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Get ready for TV’s spinoff invasion. Over half a dozen of next season’s newcomers will hit the airwaves with a presold connection to proven ratings performers. From “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” to fresh takes on the durable “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises to CW’s comicbook offshoot “The Flash” (introduced via “Arrow”), they’re already among the most anticipated new shows.
There’s nothing new about the concept of spinoffs, but as the crowded TV landscape makes launching a series increasingly difficult, the built-in appeal offered by a known quantity (like NBC’s looming revival “Heroes: Reborn” or ABC’s big-to-small screen experiment “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is proving more appealing to networks than ever before. Just as every movie studio wants at least one powerhouse franchise to call its own, TV networks are embracing the value of successful brands.
“It was enormously helpful,” Dick Wolf says »
- Geoff Berkshire
Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O’Connor, Famke Janssen, Joseph Latimore, Sheila Tousey, Susan Traylor, Ashley Tesoro, Trevor Edmond, Wayne Grace, Daniel von Bargen, Johnny Venocur | Written and Directed by Clive Barker
Liverpool born Clive Barker is a well-known name in fiction, and especially in horror. His novels have sold millions of copies all over the world and many of his stories have been adapted to the screen over the last three decades, one of those films was Lord of Illusions, based on the short story “The Last Illusion” from Barker’s Books of Blood Vol. 6, a compilation of stories from 1985.
Directed by Clive himself, Lord of Illusions is a fantasy horror starring Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Kevin J. O’Connor and Famke Janssen (X-Men). This was the last film that Barker directed after previously stepping behind the camera for Nightbreed and Hellraiser. The director’s cut of Lord of Illusions is, »
- Chris Cummings
Although Dean Stockwell spent most of his life in front of the camera -- he's best known for playing the cigar smoking Admiral Al Calavicci -- photographed here with his costar Scott Bakula -- in the early '90s adventure series "Quantum Leap." Guess what he looks like now! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
ABC Studios is selling a diverse slate of new hours as well as a trio of unique comedies.
On the drama side, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Whispers” may hold the most global appeal, but others have potential as well.
“Agent Carter,” the second series from Marvel in the last two years, follows Peggy Carter in 1946 as she balances her administrative work with embarking on secret missions for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve). It should hold more appeal for women than last year’s “Agents of Shield.”
In “Whispers,” aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination — our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in a race to save humanity.
- Variety Staff
With the oncoming end of the 2013-2014 television season, many network channels, and television fans, are looking ahead to the fall, when the 2014-2015 television season kicks off. With a stable of shows that already include hourlong dramas such as The Good Wife and sitcoms such as Mom, many were interested to hear what CBS would be picking up, especially with the end of long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother this past television season. The new shows that shall be appearing on CBS, starting from the fall, are NCIS: New Orleans, CSI: Cyber, Madam Secretary, Stalker, The McCarthys, The Odd Couple, Scorpion and Battle Creek. CBS released the trailers for some of their new shows, which can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Vulture's TV critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be watching and evaluating the early clips and concepts of each of the new shows unveiled at this year's upfronts. Here are his thoughts on CBS's shows.NCIS: New Orleans The gist: A new entry in the franchise, starring Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, and Zoe McClellan. Gut reaction: There's pretty much no way that another one of these could excite me unless it was set in Hell, and maybe not even then. But if it's your bag, knock yourself out. Extant The gist: In this miniseries from Mickey Fisher and executive producer Steven Spielberg, an astronaut (Halle Berry) returns home from a solo mission pregnant, seemingly by an apparition, despite the fact that she's infertile; her pregnancy creates tension between her, her scientist husband (Goran Visjnic), and her robot son (Piece Gagnon, the scary-as-hell kid from Looper). More complications ensue. Robot boy is »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
CBS unveiled its new fall programming yesterday, but only a few new shows made it to the lineup — CBS is all about returning favorites, so there aren't a lot of open slots. In fact, there's only one new comedy for fall (Odd Couple is scheduled for mid-season), and the new dramas are pretty by-the-book CBS shows. Behold:The McCarthys is the only sitcom of the bunch, and it's about a tight-knit Boston family. The show was created by Brian Gallivan, whom you might recognize as Sassy Gay Friend. Scorpion is about geniuses. Katharine McPhee plays a waitress. NCIS: New Orleans is what it sounds like. Scott Bakula who will be sorely missed on Looking. Stalker comes from Kevin Williamson and fits right in with this season's new crop of violent murder shows. If you were wondering which woman-in-peril show would straight-up light a woman on fire in a two-minute promo, »
- Margaret Lyons
What’s the best new show coming to CBS? Well, we have high hopes for Vince Gilligan and David Shore’s Battle Creek, but as CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler explained during the network’s upfronts presentation, that doesn’t premiere until midseason. For fall, CBS knows what you want: More NCIS! Your guide to non-ncis offerings also appears below.
- Melissa Maerz
CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" is headed for its final run.
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- email@example.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
This morning CBS unveiled its full fall schedule, and now the network has released trailers for its new upcoming series. Briefly: Stalker – From creator Kevin Williamson, the psychological thriller drama stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as detectives investigating stalking incidents. Extant – A new sci-fi series from executive producer Steven Spielberg starring Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns home to strange occurrences. The series debuts this summer. Madam Secretary – A new political drama series starring Tea Leoni as the newly appointed Secretary of State. Scorpion – A new drama inspired by the true story of an eccentric genius and his band of misfits working to protect the U.S. from high-tech threats. Katherine McPhee and Eddie Kaye Thomas star. NCIS: New Orleans – A self-explanatory spinoff starring Scott Bakula. The McCarthys – A new ensemble comedy series about a sports-crazed Boston family and their gay son. Hit the jump to watch trailers »
- Adam Chitwood
CBS had what was, by their impressive and very stable standards, a down year. Though still the most-watched network on television, the network slipped behind football and Olympics-enhanced NBC for the season among the adults 18-49 demo. "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams' return to television was a ratings dud, and won't be back. "2 Broke Girls" regressed in the ratings this season, and the network failed to develop any other viable successors to "How I Met Your Mother." (And they also passed on the "How I Met Your Dad" pseudo-spin-off.) And its new Monday night dramas — the fairly off-brand "Hostages" and the very on-brand "Intelligence" — were both resounding failures. As a result of those (relative) struggles, and as a result of the deal to telecast Thursday night NFL games for eight weeks starting September 11, CBS is being more experimental with its schedule than in any year I can remember of the Les Moonves regime, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Radford and Anna Pavigano wrote the remake of the 2005 Spain-Argentina hit about two senior citizens who find love.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Millennium Entertainment closed a U.S. rights deal on the Michael Radford-directed Elsa & Fred, starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Radford wrote it with Anna Pavigano, and Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula also star. Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy, Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon produce. Pic is a remake of the 2005 Spanish/Argentinian film the story of two people in the twilight of their lives who discover that it’s never too late to find love and make their dreams come true. After losing his wife, straight-laced Fred (Plummer) is forced by his daughter (Harden) to move into a small apartment where he meets Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The CSI franchise — which includes the new spinoff CSI: Cyber — moves to Sundays after The Good Wife, and The Big Bang Theory will start off the season on Mondays to help launch fall, according to CBS’ new schedule released today.
NFL Football will debut on Thursdays this fall with a total of eight games. Afterwards, the Eye’s winning comedy lineup will return Oct. 30, which includes Tbbt at 8. The Amazing Race moves to Fridays.
Here is the schedule:
Mike & Molly, »
- Lynette Rice
Lotus Entertainment is handling international sales at Cannes.
The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula. Producers are Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy and Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon.
In the 2005 film, Fred was a recently widowed Spaniard in his 70s who has led a quiet life and retires to an apartment in Madrid with Elsa — an Argentinian and a chronic liar — as his neighbor.
In the remake, Plummer’s straight-laced Fred is forced by his daughter (Harden) to move into a small apartment where he meets MacLaine’s Elsa. »
- Dave McNary
That's the good news out of the the way. The bad news? The network has also finalised its list of cancellations with many of last season's new shows getting the chop.
The network has also ordered seven new shows to join its line-up, most notably the latest spin-off "NCIS: New Orleans" with Scott Bakula and Cch Pounder. There's also the remake of "The Odd Couple," the sports-themed family comedy "McCarthy's, the high-profile buddy detective drama "Battle Creek" starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, the Tea Leoni-led "Madam Secretary, »
- Garth Franklin
All week long as the other networks have been frantically renewing and canceling established shows and picking up new shows, CBS has been the cool kid leaning up against the wall in a leather jacket smoking a cigarette. [Yes, I'm picturing Pre-Upfronts Week as a '50s problem drama.] Late Friday (May 9), CBS decided to get in on the action, announcing seven series pickups, five dramas and two comedies. [Actually, it's kinda only six series pickups, since Vince Gilligan's "Battle Creek" had been acquired as a 13-episode series commitment pre-pilot.] On the drama side, CBS is moving forward with the "Battle Creek," the planted spinoff "NCIS: New Orleans," "Stalker" (formerly "Untitled Kevin Williamson"), "Scorpion" and "Madam Secretary." On the comedy side, CBS has ordered "The McCarthys" and "The Odd Couple" to series. It's unclear which shows are headed for midseason and which are targeted for fall. And CBS isn't expected to announce any additional pickups or cancellations today. So let's get down to the details on CBS' new shows for the 2014-15 season, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sources confirmed CBS's pickups today, and the five dramas and two comedies joining the network are: NCIS: New Orleans, a spin-off starring Scott Bakula (and jazz, presumably). Madam Secretary, the Morgan Freeman–produced drama about a female secretary of state, played by Téa Leoni. (Script is by Homeland writer Barbara Hall.) Stalker, a Kevin Williamson cop show about — you guessed it! — stalker crimes. Dylan McDermott will star in this one. The Odd Couple reboot, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Scorpion, in which Katharine McPhee plays friend and "translator" to a group of weird genius people. The McCarthys, a multi-camera comedy that went through the pilot process last year but was rejected. It's about a family in Boston; Joey McIntyre plays one of the adult sons. Battle Creek, the Vince Gilligan show you can't wait for. Congratulations to everyone who got a job today. CBS still has some other »
- Amanda Dobbins
What’s missing from this round of pickups? There was talk of a CSI spinoff that would have starred Patricia Arquette as a special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber crime division.
CBS, which has already issued verdicts on most of its shows save The Crazy Ones, »
- Lynette Rice
The drama roster consists of “Battle Creek,” the David Shore-Vince Gilligan collaboration that landed a series order last September, as well as “Madame Secretary,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion” and “Stalker.”
“The McCarthys,” written by Brian Gallivan, revolves around a large sports-crazy Boston family. Mike Sikowitz is on board as showrunner and exec produces with Will Gluck for Sony Pictures TV. Project was developed last year at the Eye as a single-cam but retooled this time around as a multi-cam.
- Cynthia Littleton
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