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25 years ago today, audiences first saw the beloved Christmas comedy movie “Home Alone.” Here’s to a quarter century of kids collecting clever tips on how to outwit would-be burglars, getting spooked by evil furnaces, quoting fictional gangster movies, and (maybe) learning that family is the best gift of all. Directed by Chris Columbus — who would go on to helm the first two “Harry Potter” films — and produced by John Hughes, “Home Alone” became the highest-grossing live action comedy in the U.S. and worldwide after its release in 1990, and it held that record until it was overtaken by “The Hangover: Part II” in 2011. A favorite holiday movie of many, “Home Alone” has secured its place in pop culture with plenty of parodies, with this frightening personalized holiday card, a reference on “Family Guy,” four (mostly ill-advised) sequels, and a John Williams-penned song that’s become a staple of school Christmas concerts. »
- Emily Rome
The big topic of conversation among TV fanatics this past week? The overall lousiness of the network's new fall shows. After a summer filled with UnREAL, Mr. Robot, Show Me a Hero, and The Carmichael Show — not to mention the soon-departing Fear the Walking Dead, which aired its best episode yet — it was damned dispiriting to have to slog through the likes of Life in Pieces, Blindspot, and Rosewood. Where's the panache? Where are the series with something to say?
Yes, ABC's The Muppets and Fox's Scream Queens had memorable debuts, »
CSI said goodbye Sunday night after 16 seasons with its most beloved former cast members returning for a two-part finale. CSI Finale At the center of the finale were erstwhile couple Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and Gil Grissom (William Petersen). They’re pulled back together during the finale after Catherine’s (Marg Helgenberger) Las Vegas casino suffers […]
The post ‘CSI’ Series Finale: Gil Grissom And Sara Sidle Ride Off Into The Sunset appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
Appreciating the “CSI” finale – 15 years, countless bodies, piles of cash, and multiple spinoffs later – really requires going back to the beginning. This was a show that CBS had relatively little faith in, placing it behind what the network saw as its likely star in the class of 2000, “The Fugitive,” on Friday nights. Disney was so disappointed about the scheduling the studio, which developed it, backed out as a financier, one of those decisions that produce headaches and finger-pointing with eight or nine zeroes attached.
All that came to an end on Sunday night, with a two-hour movie intended to provide an element of closure. By now, of course, the ratings had shrunk to a fraction of where they were in the program’s heyday, with multiple cast changes and different leads (William Petersen, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson) over the run.
Among the program’s more dubious contributions to society was »
- Brian Lowry
It’s one of TV’s great rags-to-riches stories: Young guy from Las Vegas delivers a global smash hit with his first-ever TV script.
Anthony Zuiker, 47, was not so far removed from his job driving a tram for a Sin City hotel when he managed to field the pilot for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS in 2000. A well-arranged marriage of Zuiker with veteran showrunners Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue set “CSI” off on a journey that would change the course of TV history and spawn three spinoffs, most recently the Patricia Arquette starrer “CSI: Cyber.”
With the mothership wrapping its 15-year run with a two-hour movie airing Sunday night, creator/exec producer Zuiker spoke with Variety about the emotional experience of writing the finale, reuniting with original “CSI” stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger and his deep appreciation for Mendelsohn, Donahue, CBS’ Nina Tassler, Leslie Moonves »
- Cynthia Littleton
Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) is returning to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for one last hurrah. The long-running CBS procedural calls it quits after 15 seasons with a two-hour series finale on Sept. 27. The series capper sees Grissom (William Petersen) and Willows reconnecting with the CSI team in Las Vegas to help solve a pivotal case that is threatening the entire city. Helgenberger spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about why she didn't miss her character after she left CSI, the surprising scene in the finale that kept causing her to well up with tears and whether the show should
- Ryan Gajewski
Earlier this week, IndieWire's Sam Adams interviewed me, Mo Ryan, and Tim Goodman about the increasingly strange and outdated practice of reviewing new shows based just on the pilot episode. At one point, Sam asked what was the wrongest I ever was about a show's quality based on the pilot episode. I didn't have a great answer for that one, since I have a pretty good Spidey sense about when pilots aren't to be trusted (case in point: "Studio 60"), but I did think of an answer to a related question: What show was I most wrong in predicting its commercial success based on the pilot? The answer to that one's easy, and timely, because the show in question is airing a series finale special Sunday night at 9: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." It's not that I was predicting its outright failure or anything. I actually found the pilot interesting »
- Alan Sepinwall
In a new teaser for the two-hour “CSI” series finale, we get our first look at the explosive conclusion of the popular CBS series. In the finale, a bomber is plaguing Las Vegas, which forces former CSIs Gil Grissom (William Petersen), Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) and Det. Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) to return to Las Vegas to assist the team in solving the case. Lady Heather (Melinda Clarke), Grissom’s longtime acquaintance, becomes the prime suspect. “CSI” first debuted on CBS in 2000 and became a ratings powerhouse. By its second season, it was among the top-rated shows on television. See photos: 'CSI' Series. »
- Joe Otterson
Brush up on your forensic jargon and crank the volume on The Who, because it’s nearly time to say goodbye to CSI.
After formally getting cancelled in May, the long-running mothership series will tie up loose ends with a two-hour movie event on Sunday, Sept. 27 (9/8c, CBS), which will involve almost every key player from the past 15 seasons.
Though some fans may be skeptical as to how Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows, et al. will return after being off the show for years, series creator Anthony E. Zuiker is confident that the finale’s plot will allow for a seamless blast from the past. »
Actors, writers, producers and creators of CBS hit show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” gathered Wednesday night for a panel to mark its series finale at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The Q&A concluded the 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews.
Devoted fan and Entertainment Weekly writer Lynette Rice moderated the event and began with a question directed to creator Anthony E. Zuiker. Rice asked how he thought to redefine the television crime genre, singing the iconic theme song, “Who were you, who who who who?”
“I was watching a show called ‘The New Detectives’ on the Discovery Channel and saw a forensic docu-drama… about a cheerleader who was killed and they pulled a long blonde hair out of the headrest,” Zuiker started.
After a voice-over explained the cause of death from studying the strand, Zuiker said, “That’s when I learned that the body really is the perfect »
- Mannie Holmes
As CSI: Crime Scene Investigation gets ready to wrap its historic 15-year run, we’re getting a look at some of the highlights in a fun video released by CBS. After more than 300 episodes, the series concludes with a two-hour finale, featuring original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, on Sunday, September 27. Have a look above and enjoy the trip down memory… »
“Let’s give the world something to remember,” indeed!
The first teaser trailer for CSI‘s two-hour finale event (CBS, Sept. 27) promises to tie up any loose ends from the procedural’s 15-season run — including Sara Sidle and Gil Grissom’s uncertain romantic future.
RelatedCSI Finale Photos: Marg Helgenberger Shares ‘Grillows’ Reunion and More
“Do you love him?” Lady Heather (guest-star Melinda Clarke) asks Sidle, to which Sidle tearfully replies, “I do.” That exchange, coupled with a shot of Sidle approaching Grissom on a boat, should offer suffering fans quite a bit of hope.
Additionally, the new teaser gives us »
Remember those initial reviews of “Under the Dome,” most praising its considerable promise? And what about the gaudy ratings, giving CBS a rare summer hit? That all seems a lot longer than three seasons ago, much less the four weeks that actually transpired within the show’s universe. After running in increasingly preposterous circles (somewhat appropriately, given the shape of its otherworldly enclosure), the Dome came down, along with the curtain, in what turned out to be the series finale. Although the last hour didn’t exactly provide closure, it’s hard to argue the end came prematurely.
Indeed, the producers were clearly leaving their options open, even if the title would have been something of a misnomer going forward. Still, given how clearly the storytelling had run out of gas CBS’ decision felt like a mercy killing, on a show that had already crammed a whole lot of violence into its small town. »
- Brian Lowry
The second Cthulhu figure in a three-part series from Warpo will be available this fall. Also: a trailer for The Inhabitants, first details on IFC Midnight's acquisition of Cabin Fever, El Rey Network's Stephen King marathon, and Last Shift on Blu-ray.
Warpo's Cthulhu Figure Series: Press Release: "Chicago, Il (September 9, 2015): Warpo, creators of the Legends of Cthulhu action figures, today released part two of three of Cthulhu: The Great Old One, their retro commercial series for the forthcoming 12” Cthulhu figure.
In keeping with the company’s method manufacturing, the process of development by which Team Warpo creates everything with the mindset and methods of the late 1970s to mid-1980s, the commercial series was created with the look and feel of being an “uploaded artifact” from the era – a rip from an old VHS tape that was used over and over again to capture storylines for the sandbox adventures of childhood. »
- Tamika Jones
Channel 5 is sending Us TV favourite CSI: Crime Scene Investigation out in style with a night-long tribute
CSI Night will include a re-broadcast of the procedural drama's 2000 premiere, as well as the debut of its movie-length finale called Immortality.
You can also vote now through September 14 for your all-time favourite episode to be shown during CSI Night, and possibly even win a box set.
No air date has been set yet for Channel 5's CSI Night, but the marathon will serve as an introduction into the spinoff CSI: Cyber.
CSI star Elisabeth Harnois recently opened up to Digital Spy about her dream ending for her character Morgan Brody - and it's a doozy.
Immortality wraps up CSI's run in the Us on September 27 on CBS. »
It was recently announced that Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) signed on to star in the upcoming "Holding Patterns" comedy/drama. And now, Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel, "Law and Order") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") have joined the cast. The film follows a young man (Highmore) still living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his sight on a girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. The problem — she has a serious boyfriend. As the two become closer, the line between friendship and romance becomes blurred and they're forced to examine where their lives are going. The new movie is directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore) and Jim Young (The Words). It co-stars Jake Abel (The Host), Rita Volk ("Faking It") and Taylor John Smith (Wolves »
Exclusive: Coming of age dramedy Holding Patterns has added Christopher Meloni and Marg Helgenberger to the cast, joining Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment. The film follows a young man (Highmore) still living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his sight on a girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. The problem — she has a serious boyfriend. As the two become closer, the line between friendship and romance becomes blurred and they’re… »
In the first official images from “CSI: Immortality,” we see fan favorite characters Det. Jim Brass and Catherine Willows back in action. Marg Helgenberger, who plays Willows, departed the series after the 12th season, while Paul Guilfoyle, who plays Brass, left the show after the 14th. Both will return, along with Gil Grissom (William Petersen), for the two-hour finale event. Plot details for the finale are scarce, but we know that former members of the Las Vegas Crime Lab return to action after a catastrophic event paralyzes Las Vegas. Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) is also forced to make a decision regarding her career. »
- Joe Otterson
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Under The Dome" episode 11 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Love Is A Battlefield," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense and high drama stuff go down as Barbie's life gets put in major danger. The Resistance races against the clock to rescue their loved ones, and more! In the new, 11th episode press release: The Resistance Races To Release Their Loved Ones From The Kinship Before Christine Finalizes Her Plan For The Dome. Press release number 2: Members of The Resistance will race to release their loved ones from Christine's (Marg Helgenberger) influence before she reaches her end game for the Dome. While Barbie risks everything in an attempt to free Eva from the Kinship, Big Jim and Julia are going to get enlisted by Hektor (Eriq La Salle) , the head of Aktaion, »
- Andre Braddox
A bevy of Hollywood A-listers have been named to Paley Center for Media’s Los Angeles board of governors, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.
Among them are Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and United Talent Agency founding partner Peter Benedek. CBS Entertainment chair Nina Tassler is the sole woman on the list.
The board’s goal is to offer the Paley Center advice and counsel in support of a mission to lead the conversation about the cultural, creative and social significance of media and its impact on our society. Also, said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, “The board will serve an important role in helping to ensure the Paley Center will continue to be a thriving cultural institution, must-visit tourist destination and the go-to place for television fans and the media-interested public.”
The full list of board of governors is below. »
- Whitney Friedlander
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