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Can you smell what The Rock has cooking at HBO?
The untitled project, to be exec-produced by the pair, centers on the lives of retired athletes in Miami, with Johnson attached to star.
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The veteran actor will come on board Season 2 of the TNT drama as Jackson Raydor, the estranged spouse of Mary McDonnell's Captain.
According to William Keck of TV Guide Magazine, the character will recur and will be a charismatic lawyer… with a gambling problem.
Look for Jackson to appear on three episodes, to accept a job as a court-appointed attorney and, of course, to clash with Sharon. Big time.
Berenger recently won an Emmy for his role in the high-rated History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (pictured).
Major Crimes Season 2, meanwhile, kicks off on TNT in June. »
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It has been nearly 17 years since the blockbuster Independence Day opened on the 4th of July in 1996, and, according to director Roland Emmerich, that time frame may come in handy for the two-part sequel ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2. The filmmaker revealed that the follow-up's story is set 20 years later, centering on a distress call that was made by the first wave of aliens in Independence Day.
"The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that's 20 or 25 years."
Roland Emmerich wrote the screenplays for both ID Forever - Part 1 and ID Forever - Part 2, with his White House Down writer James Vanderbilt currently performing a rewrite. The director also said that the humans »
Some quickie TV casting news... First, Xosha Roquemore has been promoted from guest-star to what Deadline calls a "heavily recurring role" on TV Land‘s Kirstie Alley comedy series, Kirstie’s New Show, which stars Alley as Madison “Maddie” Banks, a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down her long-lost son turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. Roquemore will reprise her guest-starring role as Tanya, Alley’s chef. She'll appear in 6 out of the first season’s 12 episodes. The show begins production in the summer for fall premiere. Secondly, former co-star of The Closer, Robert Gossett, who had a recurring role on TNT's drama series Major Crimes, has been upgraded to a series regular, playing Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, Captain Raydor’s (Mary McDonnell's) direct superior - the same character he recurred with on the first season of Major Crimes, which is a spin-off of The Closer spinoff. »
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On NBC’s My Name is Earl, actress Nadine Velazquez played Catalina, a maid who was as air headed as the rest of the bunch. When I sat back to watch the Denzel Washington starrer, Flight, I saw a very different side of the sultry actress, quite literally. Her latest news? She has just signed the dotted line to join the cast of TNT’s Major Crimes.
Velazquez is a new series regular for the upcoming season of the drama, which is a spin-off of the ever popular The Closer, which sang it’s swansong last year. Major Crimes stars Dances with Wolves and Battlestar Galactica actress Mary McDonnell as the Captain of a major crimes police unit. Deadline delivered the good news about Velazquez’s new role.
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A TV legend will be visiting "The Big Bang Theory" during May sweeps.
Bob Newhart will guest-star on an episode of the CBS hit scheduled for May 2. He'll play "Professor Proton," the former host of a science show Sheldon (Jim Parsons) loved as a kid, TVLine reports. It turns out Leonard (Johnny Galecki) also remembers him.
Sheldon learns that the Professor hires himself out for appearances and gets him to come to the guys' apartment.
More TV news and notes:
- NBC is resurrecting "The Sing-Off." The a cappella competition had a couple of fairly successful runs as a short-run show during the holidays but fizzled when the network made it a weekly series in 2011. The revived show will return to its original scheduling.
TNT has unveiled its summer 2013 premiere schedule that includes Season 3 of Falling Skies, Season 4 of Rizzoli & Isles and more.
The first premiere is The Hero, a new competition series starring Dwayne Johnson that asks contestants to test their "brains, brawn and morality." It begins on Thursday, June 6 at 8/7c.
Next is 72 Hours, a new reality competition series hosted by Brandon Johnson that leaves three teams stranded in the wildnerness with only one bottle of water and a Gps tracking device to locate a hidden stash of cash. The new series premieres on Thursday, June 6 at 9/8c immediately following The Hero.
Falling Skies: Season 3 starring Noah Wyle gets a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 9 at 9/8c. Picking up on last season's cliffhanger that saw a friendly alien new race arrive, the new season adds Robert Sean Leonard in a guest starring role as scientist Roger Kadar who runs a power »
The My Name Is Earl alumna has been added as a series regular to the TNT drama in Season 2. Her character, Emma Rios, will be the deputy D.A. assigned to the Phillip Stroh case.
Related | TNT Sets Summer Premieres for Falling Skies, Rizzoli & Isles, King & Maxwell and More
Expect Emma to butt heads with Mary McDonnell’s Raydor in a big way after she questions the captain’s intentions as Rusty’s guardian.
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Exclusive: My Name Is Earl alumna Nadine Velazquez has joined TNT drama series Major Crimes as new regular for the upcoming second season. Additionally, former Closer co-star Robert Gossett, who recurred as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, Captain Raydor’s (Mary McDonnell) direct superior, on the first season of Major Crimes, is being promoted to regular. On The Closer spinoff, Velazquez will play Deputy D.A. Emma Rios. Newly assigned to the Phillip Stroh case, Emma interviews Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) about his involvement as a key witness in the murder case. She immediately causes a stir within the department, coming into conflict with Raydor (McDonnell) when she questions Raydor’s intentions as Rusty’s guardian and challenges her authority. Velazquez, repped by Gersh and Klwgn, was recently seen in Flight and in a 16-episode arc on FX’s The League. She is in Snitch and next stars in Aztec Warrior. »
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It's Valentine's Day - and as our romantic gift to you, we're delivering a sweet dollop of telly scoop. I know - don't you just love us more every day?
Even if you find yourself alone this February 14th, the info-packed Tube Talk Q&A is the perfect antidote for a lonely heart - with our latest batch of UK air-dates, you'll know precisely when to plonk yourself in front of the box, grab a tub of ice-cream and let off some steam with your favourite Us series!
When is the Sony Entertainment Channel going to air new Community?
There's something to be said for delayed gratification - when we were quizzed back in August about Sony's plans for Community in the UK, we'd heard that the channel planned to continue airing the cult comedy but were unable to confirm. Darn red tape!
But now we can officially reveal that »
This past weekend was a good one for celebrated cinematographer Roger Deakins. He took home both the British Academy of Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography and the American Society of Cinematographers award, both for his work on Skyfall. They're two more accolades for a man who has a ton of them - though, curiously, despite eleven career nominations, he's never taken home an Oscar. Perhaps this is the year. Anyway, despite a career filled with iconic work - most often in service of the Coen Brothers or Sam Mendes - Deakins still has a handful of less heralded films on his C.V. Here's a quick look at some of the Roger Deakins movies you might not normally think of when you think of Roger Deakins. Passion Fish (1992) John Sayles used Deakins's skill with light to create murky interiors for Mary McDonnell's boarded-up recluse. The film was »
Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc; Balazs Bolygo, Hsc; Kramer Morgenthau, Asc; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Deakins won the Asc Award in the feature film competition for Skyfall. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s Hunted and HBO’s Game Of Thrones, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ Great Expectations, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s Wilfred. The Asc Award for best feature was presented by Emmy®-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won Asc Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’T There (2002). His other Asc nominations include Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, »
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‘Major Crimes’ Coming To The UK Major Crimes, the Mary McDonnell police procedural hit for TNT, will go out on the Universal Channel in the UK. The Warner Bros. International Television Distribution show, which spins off from Kyra Sedgwick-starrer The Closer, follows McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor as the recently-upped head of Lapd’s Major Crimes Division. Major Crimes got its second season order from TNT back in September, after the first season’s debut episode played to 9.5M viewers (Live + 7). – Joe Utichi ‘Sapphires’ Actress Signs With Impression Entertainment Shari Sebbens plays one of four Aboriginal girls from Outback Australia who formed a successful singing group in the 1960s in The Sapphires. That was her first film role but it’s landed her a U.S. management deal with Impression Entertainment. Sebbens, repped in Oz by Linsten Morris Management, is going to the U.S. next month with her co-stars, »
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The police procedural series is a spinoff of long-running show The Closer, which ended with a seventh series in 2012.
Channel 5 had previously stated the show was "under consideration" for a spot in its schedules.
The show's first series was a ratings success in the Us, with its debut episode attracting 9.5 million viewers when DVR playback is taken into account. It was renewed for a second series in September last year.
James Newton, Channel Director of the Universal Channel, said: "With its engaging characters, great story-telling and outstanding ensemble cast, Major Crimes has had millions of Us fans gripped week after week.
"It is high-quality Us procedural crime »
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