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Who says CBS doesn’t make bold programming moves? Oh, that’s right: Everyone. But everyone would be slightly wrong! At yesterday’s upfront presentation, the nation’s most-watched — if least-interesting — broadcast television network surprised reporters by revealing that it was not green-lighting two high-profile potential series: A small screen revival of Beverly Hills Cop from executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley and a recurring Eddie Murphy; and NCIS: Red, starring John Corbett and Kim Raver. Beverly Hills Cop might find a home elsewhere, while NCIS: Red was deemed unworthy »
- Jeff Jensen
Happy birthday, Stephen Amell! The super hunky Arrow star celebrated turning 32 this week at last night's F--k Cancer event at Bootsy Bellows. Joined by celebs like Topher Grace, Ashley Benson, Zachary Levi, Shane West, Chris Zylka and brother Robbie, Amell was surprised with a delicious birthday cake. Other stars spotted out and about… Tyra Banks, enjoying an intimate dinner with a male pal at Westwood's Napa Valley Grille. Olivia Munn, Sex and the City actor John Corbett, D.L. Hughley and Yvette Nicole Brown taking part in the 6th Annual Television Academy Honors at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Rod Stewart, grabbing a bite to eat at Fig & Olive Melrose Place in West »
We all fell in love with John Corbett as Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw's lovable boyfriend on "Sex And The City." The actor's long hair, cute grin and all-around manliness (he built furniture with his bare hands, for crying out loud) made us all want to reach through the screen and shake Carrie until she treated him better.
Nowadays, however, Mr. Corbett has moved on to other small screen ventures -- and he's totally abandoned his trademark look. We caught a glimpse of the 52-year-old while he attended the 6th Annual Television Academy Honors in Beverly Hills, but we had to do a double-take.
John's blonde hair, soul patch and mustache are quite a far cry from Aidan's low-maintenance vibe. What would Carrie think?
"The new, blonde, soul-patched John Corbett:
John Corbett with short hair during season 4 (when »
- The Huffington Post
Bouncy houses and cancer. Jason Katims‘ eloquent juxtaposition of the two set the tone for the sixth annual TV Academy Honors on Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Katims, the showrunner of “Parenthood” – one of eight programs being honored at the Phil Gurin-produced event for their use of television to promote positive social change – described in his acceptance speech how an NBC marketing clip, showing the series’ cast frolicking in a bouncy house, made him question whether to dedicate the show’s fourth season to a plot in which the character played by Monica Potter would suffer through cancer.
“Must we continue to dwell,” on such grim events, Katims wondered to himself, “when the world offers bouncy houses?”
Katims said that over the first three seasons of “Parenthood,” featuring numerous storylines of challenge and struggle, the writing staff was digging deep within themselves to tell great stories – “and saving a fortune in therapy, »
- Jon Weisman
Inspiring drama based on the memoir by Mike Kersjes, a special education teacher who enrolled students with all manner of learning disabilities from autism to Down's syndrome into a space program originally conceived only for the most gifted young scientists. Played here by Sex and the City's John Corbett, Kersjes soon realised that to make his dream - and those of the students he championed - come true, they would have to face down bullying at both the institutional and personal level. Jessy Schramm of TV's Falling Skies co-stars as Kersjes' most loyal colleague Robynn while Moira Kelly is up to the challenge as his wife Darcy. »
It’s time to uproot TV’s overgrown garden of planted spinoffs. Enough already.
(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)
The major nets are going overboard in efforts to squeeze new shows out of existing skeins with very special backdoor pilot episodes. Sure, it’s an economical way to float a trial balloon for a prospective new series. But viewers aren’t stupid, or patient at a time when savvy critics like Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall are asking philosophical questions about the limits of space and time when it comes to viewing options. “How much good TV is too much?” he posited in an April 11 post.
“Chicago Fire” has done an admirable job for NBC this year in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot with not much to speak of as a lead-in. But the show is averaging a 1.6 demo rating. With all due respect to Chicago’s hunkiest, »
- Cynthia Littleton
To celebrate the Internet's obsession with Throwback Thursday, we will be recapping our favorite past episodes of television every week. Got a suggestion for what to recap next? Hit us up in the comments! Today's recap: It's Sex and City's third-season episode, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Finally, after weeks of cheating and lies, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) came clean to Aidan (John Corbett) about her affair with Big (Chris Noth). Her timing wasn't great; she blurted it out right before she and Aidan were supposed to leave for Charlotte's (Kristen Davis) wedding. What followed next was one of the most realistic and painful couple breakups in television history. But let's »
After last Tuesday's disastrous introduction to Team Red, I didn't have high expectations for "Red, Part II." I hoped it would focus a little more on the new team members and really wanted to see the action that makes NCIS: Los Angeles stand out from other procedurals.
The conclusion to the two-part NCIS: Red backdoor pilot succeeded in providing both, but neither made me excited for the potential new series.
I've been fans of both Kim Raver (Paris) and John Corbett (Roy) on other shows, but their characters were too bland here. I've written before that Raver exudes so much chemistry, she could have a relationship with a wall and it would be believable. I missed that in her performance here, but that's because of the character not her. Paris is awkward. Hetty was pushing for a relationship between her and Callen, but their interactions felt forced rather than natural. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Day)
On TV this Tuesday: The McAdmiral’s on deck on NCIS, New Girl slips on blue suede shoes, The Game kicks off another season and The Face and Face Off pick winners. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Jamey Sheridan (Homeland) guest-stars as McGee’s never-before-seen father, a Navy admiral who becomes involved in the team’s investigation of an incident aboard the USS Borealis. Also: Stan Burley is back! (View photos.)
8 pm Here Comes Peter Cottontail (The CW) | This 1971 Rankin-Bass holiday special – about a »
- Kimberly Roots
There are certain images that stick with me from my childhood TV consumption: turtles eating pizza in a sewer; Kevin Sorbo in leather pants; and a moose serenely walking down the street. The latter image is the opening to one of my favorite TV shows of all time – Northern Exposure. I didn’t remember much other than that moose until I watched the entire series on DVD several years ago. The re-discovered show was instantly a favorite for its consistently philosophical, yet comedic, treatment of the human condition. I still don’t run into many people who remember the dramedy. It seems to be largely forgotten, which is strange considering that it won two Peabody Awards and the series creators, Joshua Brand and John Falsey, and many of the show’s writers would go on to create and write episodes of The Sopranos. While my list of favorite shows continues to grow, »
- Katherine Springer
When spinoffs beget spinoffs you get "Red Team." "NCIS: Los Angeles" is itself a spinoff of a spinoff -- "NCIS" is a spinoff of "Jag" -- so why not keep making little television babies. The latest addition to the family came in part one of the two part "Red Team," a backdoor pilot for a possible series spotlighting a traveling team of NCIS agents.
The team, headed up by Kim Raver as Paris, spent this week in the snowy north investigating a seemingly random murder. After one of her team members goes down to injury, Paris came face to face with her past in the form of John Corbett's Roy. The two were partners, and things didn't end well. That was made pretty clear when she punched him in the face as response to Hetty telling her Roy would be joining their team on a temporary basis.
TV Fanatic was underwhelmed with this hour, »
- The Huffington Post
Well, that was a disappointing launch to the potential new series NCIS: Red.
This week's NCIS: Los Angeles, "Red," was used as a backdoor pilot for a new series in the franchise that initially started with Jag. The Red Team is an elite, mobile unit that can be dispatched to anywhere in the world, living quarters included. As a fan of Kim Raver and John Corbett, I had high hopes for their new series. I'll withhold a final judgment until after next week's conclusion to the two-parter, but it isn't off to a good start.
The highlight of the hour was the return of "The Box." The mysterious box that Kensi had and refused to discuss with Deeks. This time she gave it to him as a gift and said that it had what he has always wanted in it. And he didn't open it! At this point, I almost »
- email@example.com (Carla Day)
If tonight's "NCIS: La" episode felt like a whole new show... that's because it was. The episode, titled "Red," was a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off starring John Corbett and Kim Raver. The new show would follow the mobile NCIS team that was introduced tonight as they travel the country, going anywhere there might be a crime involving the Navy or the Marine Corps.
The unique situation these officers find themselves in allows for something that most of the shows in the genre can't offer fans: the audience gets to "go home" with the team, because the team is home. They live and work in two giant trailers that can be flown to various locations, so that they can bring their entire field office with them when they go.
"These people eat sleep and work together 24/7," showrunner Shane Brennan tells EW. "They get up in the morning, they see each other in their pajamas, »
This Tuesday on NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 9/8c), a perplexing case in Idaho finds Callen & Co. collaborating on location with the “Red” team, in an two-parter that serves as a pilot episode for a new offshoot of the Jag/NCIS franchise.
Kim Raver (24) and John Corbett (Parenthood) lead the planted pilot’s ensemble, respectively playing Special Agent Paris, the athletic, witty and bold leader of the Red team, and Roy Quaid, a former Special Agent forced to retire from active service who now works as an analyst. Rounding out the mobile unit are Gillian Alexy (Damages) as brainiac/military junkie Clare, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
CBS has definitely won the sweepstakes for best pilot casting this year.
The network — which has already lured actors like Robin Williams, Anna Faris, Jason Isaacs, Toni Collette and Josh Holloway — has cast Rainn Wilson in the leading role of Backstrom, a drama pilot that’s based on a Swedish detective series of same name about an overweight, offensive irascible cop as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. Wilson will play Det. Backstrom. Other cast members in the drama pilot from Hart Hanson, Leif G.W. Persson and Niclas Salomonsson include Dennis Haysbert as Det. John Almon and Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. »
- Lynette Rice
Good day, Roomies!
Hope the world is treating you well. I certainly can’t complain. In the last week since we’ve touched base, I’m settled into my new L.A.-based digs, mourned the loss of my access to solid public transportation and purchased a car, and started a Fund the Veronica Mars movie piggy bank. Very busy, as you can see. But that brings me to the highlight of my week: Giving y’all scoop on the cool stuff coming up on your favorite shows.
Check out this week’s offerings below, and if you have a question, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
On March 19, NCIS: Los Angeles looks to continue a CBS dynasty.
In the NCIS: La episode “Red,” we will be introduced to the potential spinoff ... of the spinoff of NCIS, which itself was a Jag spinoff. For those keeping score, Jag debuted in 1995 ... that is some run!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
The "NCIS: La" spinoff has assembled an impressive cast of TV drama veterans.
John Corbett, Kim Raver and Scott Grimes will appear in the "NCIS: La" episode titled "Red," which will serve as a backdoor pilot. When a murder weapon in Idaho matches the one used in a national security case in La, Callen and Sam join the NCIS: Red team, a mobile group of agents who live and work together as they travel around solving crimes.
The March 19 episode features "Grey's Anatomy" veteran Kim Raver as NCIS Special Agent Paris Summerskill, John Corbett of “Sex and the City” fame as Roy Haines and former "ER" actor Scott Grimes as NCIS Special Agent Dave Flynn.
The first part of the "NCIS: La" spinoff backdoor pilot airs Tuesday, March 19 at 9 p.m. Et on CBS.
- Chris Harnick
What Jag starteth, the March 19 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles hopes to continueth, laying the foundation for a spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off — and here’s a fresh batch of photos of the new team.
Related | Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
In the NCIS: La episode “Red,” when a murder weapon in Idaho matches the one used in a national security case in L.A., Callen and Sam fly to the crime scene to join a mobile team of NCIS agents who live and work together as they solve crimes in various locations. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Why did Chris O’Donnell take the NCIS: La cast and crew to a Russian bathhouse?
For starters, it was for work — not leisure. And in fact, the trip to the bathhouse was part of some of the hardest days O’Donnell has ever put in during his time at NCIS: La.
Tonight’s episode, titled “Wanted,” marks O’Donnell’s directorial debut, and the episode took the actor/director and the show’s hardworking crew to a number of “fun” locations — Russian bathhouse included. “It was fun to have some input on the locations and where we shot, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
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