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Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)
Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd , 2014
Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.
Based on the pilot, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Is Once Upon a Time putting a twist on a triangle? Who on The Mentalist earned a promotion? Has The Walking Dead found sanctuary? Beast gains a brother? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres
Can you give us any scoop on Once Upon a Time’s Regina, please? We need something to cheer us up! –Ana
Well, when I asked The Boys about the Regina/Robin Hood/Marian love triangle presumably on tap for Season 4, Adam Horowitz was quick to retort, “Who says we’re doing a love triangle? »
If you're seeking a metaphor for acting, you couldn't do much better than the body-jumping premise of Quantum Leap. In the 21 years since that series went off the air, its star, Scott Bakula, has leaped into a striking array of characters, with an initial emphasis on more sci-fi (Star Trek: Enterprise) eventually offset by a turn toward naturalistic dramedy (Men of a Certain Age). But playing a cop on a network procedural? Inexplicably, that seemingly inevitable move had proven a leap too far.
This oversight has finally been rectified with Bakula's role as the lead in NCIS: New Orleans, premiering on CBS Sept. 23 in the coveted Tuesday time slot immediately following the franchise's flagship series...
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- Chris Willman
The list of presenters also includes Emmy-nominated actors who will find out their fates at the ceremony. They include Ricky Gervais, who is nominated in the lead actor in a comedy category for Netflix’s “Derek” and Lena Headey, who is nominated for supporting actress in a drama for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Other presenters announced include Scott Bakula, Chris Hardwick, Katherine Heigl, Mindy Kaling, John Mulaney, Hayden Panettiere, Liev Schreiber, Kate Walsh and Allison Williams.
The Emmys will air live at on NBC 5 p.m. Pt/ 8 p.m. Et on Aug. »
- Kevin Noonan
With an Emmy freshly won this week for Outstanding Guest Actress, Uzo Aduba can relax and enjoy her gig as a presenter at this year’s Emmy Awards, and she’s in great company. Fellow presenters include Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy winner Joe Morton, Peter Pan topper Allison Williams, and frequent past Emmy host Ricky Gervais.
These performers will top out the list of presenters that already include True Detective pals Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and Key and Peele. The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will air Aug. 25, 2014, with Seth Meyers as host. From a release sent by the Television Academy, »
- Teresa Jue
The final presenters have been set for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Early Emmy winners Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) and Joe Morton (Scandal) have been added to the growing presenters list, as have Scott Bakula, Ricky Gervais, Chris Hardwick, Lena Headey, Katherine Heigl, Mindy Kaling, John Mulaney, Hayden Panettiere, Liev Schreiber, Kate Walsh and Allison Williams. Executive producer Don Mischer announced the news Friday. They join previously announced presenters Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis, Gwen Stefani, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Harrelson, Julianna Margulies, Matthew McConaughey, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Julia Roberts and Kerry
- Philiana Ng
Get ready for Hayden Panettiere's glam baby bump. I can exclusively reveal that the Nashville star will be making her first red carpet appearance since she confirmed her pregnancy at the 2014 Emmys, where she'll also be presenting. Panettiere actually didn't confirm she was expecting her first baby with fiance Wladimir Klitshcko until yesterday when she nominated her "unborn child" to do the Als ice bucket challenge. Rounding out the final list of Monday's presenters are Uzo Aduba, Scott Bakula, Ricky Gervais, Chris Hardwick, Lena Headey, Katherine Heigl, Mindy Kaling, Joe Morton, Liev Schrieber, Kate Walsh, Allison Williams and John Mulaney from the upcoming Fox series »
The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
CBS has enlisted Mark Harmon and the rest of his NCIS team to help ensure that the military crime drama’s New Orleans-based spin-off completes its ratings mission. Harmon will make another appearance on NCIS: New Orleans, which launches this fall, and this time he’s bringing more of his crew. Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly’s Anthony “Tony” Dinozzo, Pauley Perrette’s Abigail “Abby” Sciuto, and David McCallum’s Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard will all visit The Big Easy in an unspecified episode. The crossover will partner Harmon with fellow veteran prime-time star Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap »
- James Hibberd
“NCIS: New Orleans” will feature crossovers with the original series, the executive producers confirmed at the show’s Television Critics Assn. summer press tour panel Thursday.
Plans are already in place for Mark Harmon’s Gibbs to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of the spinoff. “We have a storyline where Michael Weatherly is involved, where Pauley Perrette is involved, David McCallum. That’s the fun of what we have here is having that interaction. As to how often and when it happens … there’s a lot that goes into the planning of that with schedules and making sure that Mark is here and focused on ‘NCIS.’ But we’ll keep the balls in the air and make it work as best we can,” said Gary Glasberg, who serves as an executive producer along with Harmon and Jeffrey Lieber.
“The worlds of the two shows exist in the same place, »
- Laura Prudom
Fans of the wildly popular NCIS will be pleased to learn that Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, and Michael Weatherly are already making plans to appear on the show's upcoming spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans. "There's a lot of cross-pollination of the people," said executive producer Jeffrey Lieber during the show's Summer TCA panel. "We're our own thing, but we exist in the same universe." In addition, Rob Kerkovich (Chasing Life) has joined the cast as a morgue assistant named Sebastian. The series, starring Scott Bakula and Lucas Black, will premiere immediately following NCIS at 9 p.m. on Sept. 23, and you can get a peek at the trailer now! »
- Maggie Pehanick
CBS is expanding its NCIS universe this fall with its New Orleans-set spinoff, which hails from executive producers Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon. And while NCIS: New Orleans will focus on the crimes and explore the culture in its titular city, it's safe to expect to see stars from the flagship series head to the region. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows NCIS: New Orleans stars Scott Bakula and first aired as a backdoor pilot from CBS' flagship series. It becomes the third show in the NCIS franchise, joining the mothership and NCIS: La. NCIS' Gary Glasberg serves as showrunner on the CBS Television Studios
- Lesley Goldberg
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
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