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Part of the legacy of the Bourne franchise has been the pairing of the lead hero - be it Matt Damon or Jeremy Renner - with a capable and active female lead who helps the hero on his mission for the truth. As a result, the series has cast many great actresses over the years, including Franka Potente, Julia Stoles, Joan Allen. and Rachel Weisz, and if new reports are accurate, we may soon see it add yet another great name: Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander. Deadline has gotten word that the Swedish actress is now in talks to join the cast of the untitled Bourne 5 - which is set to see the return of both Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass in the director's chair. Given that nothing is known about the plot of the movie thus far, no information is available about the role she might play, »
With many shows from the 2014-2015 television season easing into their season finales over the next few weeks, numerous network channels are already beginning to gear up for the 2015-2016 television season’s unofficial kickoff in September. ABC is no different, as they have already announced their renewals, cancellations, and new projects. At Upfronts this week, the channel released trailers for a number of their new series, along with details on each show.
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
- Deepayan Sengupta
ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Here's what Paul Lee had to say in a statement.
"Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year. ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC's place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television.
ABC is the only major network to increase its Adult 18-49 audience during the 2014-15 season. ABC delivered 7 of the Top »
Following the release of their 2015-16 schedule, ABC has now put out trailers for all of their upcoming premieres in the season. This includes Wicked City, Oil, The Catch, Quantico, The Family, Dr. Ken, Uncle Buck, The Real O'Neal's, and Of Kings and Prophets; you can check out the trailer for the brand new Muppets here. Couch potatoes rejoice! Check out the trailers and synopses of each show below: The Family This thriller follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? Starring: Joan Allen | Allison Pill | Margot Bingham | Zach Gilford | Liam James | Floriana Lima | Madeline Arthur | Rarmian Newton | Rupert Graves | Andrew McCarthy The Catch From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, this thriller centers on the strong, successful »
- Chris Cabin
Along with announcing its fall 2015 schedule, ABC on Tuesday unveiled sneak peeks of its new shows, including The Muppets‘ return to primetime, Shondaland thriller The Catch, anthology series Wicked City, the Joan Allen-Zach Gilford drama The Family and the comedy Uncle Buck.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Watch the trailers in their entirety below:
The Catch (Midseason)
Dr. Ken (Fridays, 8:30/7:30c)
The Family (Midseason)
The Muppets (Tuesdays, 8/7c)
Of Kings and Prophets (Sundays, 10/9c)
Oil (Fka Boom) (Sundays, 9/8c)
Quantico (Tuesdays, 10/9c)
The Real O’Neals (Midseason)
Secrets and Lies will give Nashville a winter breather next season.
During a conference call with reporters to discuss ABC’s new 2015-16 schedule, network president Paul Lee announced that Season 2 of the mystery-drama will air Wednesdays at 10/9c during Nashville‘s midseason break.
As previously reported, Juliette Lewis’ unflappable and formidable Detective Andrea Cornell will be the only character returning for the show’s second season.
RelatedABC Fall Schedule: Muppets vs. NCIS, Shonda’s Catch Held for Midseason, Agent Carter Plots Big Move
ABC has released full-length trailers for its new fall series. Among the six new drama additions to the 2015-16 schedule are the latest Shondaland series, The Catch, starring Mireille Enos; Joan Allen's The Family; Oil; Of Kings and Prophets; Quantico; and the anthology series Wicked City. See more Broadcast TV's New Shows for 2015-16 Season This season, the network hopes to bolster to its impressive comedy brand with adds including a reboot of The Muppets from Bob Kushell and Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady; Ken Jeong's Dr. Ken; The Real O'Neals; and Uncle Buck, a remake of the beloved John
- Kate Stanhope
ABC opted for stability in the fall, launching just five new series with no major shakeups to its nightly strategies. The network, which had momentum this past season with improved ratings, is clearly hoping to maintain its uptick, simply swapping dramas for dramas and comedies for comedies.
ABC is poised to win the May sweep in adults 18-49 and will finish as the only Big Four broadcast network up in the demo vs. last season. For the season, ABC will finish a competitive third in 18-49 and is No. 1 with all sports excluded from averages.
Monday nights will stay put in the fall with “Dancing With the Stars,” followed by “Castle,” which just set both Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, “our two beloved heroines and heroes,” said ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, for its eighth season, following lengthy contract negotiations. After “DWTS” hands out the mirror ball, “The Bachelor” will come in, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It has never been harder to predict the network schedules, as the number of series (including many shorter-flight ones) has increased exponentially in recent years and networks seem more willing to stick with lower-rated shows for a variety of reasons. So while it’s admittedly a futile exercise, it doesn’t keep us from trying to spitball once again. So, here’s a look at one way things could play out:
After strengthening the Thursday 10 p.m. hour last fall with “How to Get Away With Murder,” a priority for ABC this fall is to bolster the final hour of primetime on other nights. “Quantico” and “Wicked City,” both of which should have some male appeal, would be good fits to close Tuesday and Wednesday. And though “Castle” is heading into the homestretch of its run, it’s more important that ABC establish stronger Tuesday and Wednesday 10 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
ABC has unveiled a good picture of what its 2015-2016 television season will look like, handing down a number of renewals, cancellations, and series orders to new shows, as well as passing on other pilots.
Among the new shows on ABC next season will be Quantico, The Catch, Wicked City, The Family, Of Kings and Prophets, and the currently untitled drama formerly called Boom. They will be joined by The Muppets, The Real O’Neals, Uncle Buck, and Dr. Ken, while the channel has most notably passed on the proposed spinoff to Agents of Shield.
Among the returning shows, ABC renewed first season shows How to Get Away with Murder, American Crime, Secrets and Lies, Agent Carter, Galavant, Black-ish, and Fresh Off the Boat, as well as veteran shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Castle, The Goldbergs, The Middle, Once Upon a Time, and Modern Family. The supernatural drama Resurrection, as »
- Deepayan Sengupta
And finally ABC is in the game! The only network not to pick up a new series (and still the only network not to formally renew a single old series) jumped into the pre-upfronts excitement in a major way on Thursday afternoon, picking up six new dramas, several of which sound rather ambitious. Before going into depth, the basics: On Thursday (May 7) afternoon, ABC ordered the Biblical epic "Of Kings and Prophets" and the Shonda Rhimes-produced "The Catch," as well as "Wicked City" (formerly "L.A. Crime"), "The Family" (formerly Untitled Jenna Bans), "Quantico" and the Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (formerly "Boom"). ABC no doubt has plenty more new series pickups to do ahead of the network's Tuesday, May 12 upfront presentation. Let's get to the details, because some of these new shows sound pretty interesting actually... *** "Of Kings and Prophets" comes from creators Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and it is »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars
Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
ABC is adding a fourth Shondaland series, The Catch, for next season. It is one of six new drama series picked up by the network, along with Jenna Bans’ The Family starring Joan Allen, the untitled Don Johnson-Chace Crawford starrer (formerly Boom), the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, which already has a writers room set up to work on 15 scripts, gritty anthology L.A. Crime — now titled Wicked City — and the Mark Gordon-produced procedural Quantico. This is a nice… »
ABC has given the series greenlight to a half-dozen drama projects, ranging from a Biblical epic to an FBI 9/11 conspiracy vehicle to a long-con thriller from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland shop. All six of the series hail from ABC Studios or the ABC Signature production unit.
The orders reinforce ABC’s strategy of loading up on dramas with an eye toward some shows with shorter-episode orders to help refresh the schedule and avoid repeats of new and returning series. The emphasis on ABC-produced projects makes it clear that the Alphabet is looking for maximum control of the digital windowing strategies on its shows, an increasingly important factor for broadcasting networks.
The six dramas getting the nod for ABC’s 2015-16 slate so far:
“Of Kings & Prophets”
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a »
- Cynthia Littleton
While Gaspar Noe's provocative, pornographic "Love" hogged the attention of the latest additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, cinephiles were cheered by another auteur returning to the Croisette: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. And a couple glimpses at his latest "Cemetery Of Splendour" have arrived. Read More: Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants To Work With Chiara Mastroianni & Joan Allen The Palme d'Or winner for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," looks set to deliver another movie in that hazy space between reality, fantasy, dreams, and more. And past collaborators Jenjira Pongpas ('Uncle Boonmee') and Banlop Lomnoi ("Tropical Malady") take the lead roles. Here's the official synopsis: In Khon Kaen a lonesome middle-aged housewife tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. "I write this film as a rumination on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Alex Steele has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot, “Original Sin,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. From writer Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”), “Original Sin” follows the return of a politician’s (Joan Allen) son, Adam Warren (Liam James) presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sends shockwaves through his tight knit family. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago. Steele will play the younger version of Floriana Lima’s Bridey Howard, »
- Jethro Nededog and Jeff Sneider
Wendy Wasserstein's seminal, eras-spanning play returns to Broadway and now stars "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss — who has lately been steadily proving herself as a serious screen actress — as "the smarty-pants art history major who rides the social roller coaster from the mid-’60s through the late 1980s," per Deadline in a strong review that touts this version of the Tony-winning 1988 production. Wasserstein's feminist play—buoyantly humorous while asking serious existential questions—scooped up the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and has since boasted the likes of Joan Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Lahti and Mary McDonnell. The New York Times adores this revamp's "softly radiant" Elisabeth Moss, who carries the role as well as the best of them: "Ms. Moss, a superb actor who possesses an unusual ability to project innocence and smarts at the same time, inherits a role played by many since Joan Allen originated it when the play had. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Rupert Graves (V For Vendetta) has landed a lead role opposite Joan Allen in the untitled ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot written by Jenna Bans and directed by Paul McGuigan. It follows the return of a politician's (Allen) young son, Adam Warren (Liam James), who was presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier. Graves, repped by Apa and United Talent Agents in London, will play John (fka Peter Warren), Claire’s (Allen) handsome, warm and charismatic husband… »
A Good Marriage is an independent film based on the Stephen King story by the same name in Full Dark No Stars. A solid script and decent acting by the supporting cast does the story justice. But because the story is 99 Darcys perspective and much of the camera time is on her alone the strength of the film comes down to the performance of the actress who plays her Joan Allen. »
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