10 items from 2014
It’s never easy being the new guy on the team — a fact Peter Scanavino‘s character will learn the hard way when Law & Order: Svu returns next month.
TVLine has an exclusive first look at the NBC procedural’s Season 16 squad, which includes guest star Scanavino (Person of Interest, The Blacklist) as Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr., newly assigned to Manhattan Svu after a few months working in other boroughs’ special victims units. Olivia will reluctantly take him under her wing »
Veteran television and radio announcer Dominick “Don” Pardo, best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live, has died. He was 96.
Pardo passed away Monday evening, an NBC rep confirms to TVLine.
Pardo retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to provide the introductions for SNL — most recently, pre-recording them from his home in Arizona. He had only missed one season of SNL — the show’s seventh — giving him a longer tenure than even Lorne Michaels (who stepped away for five seasons).
“I can’t imagine the show without [Don],” Michaels once said, “and as long as he’s there, I stay young. »
The freshman finale of The Blacklist left us with plenty of unanswered questions — and from the looks of it, Season 2 will pose even more.
NBC has released a handful of photos from the drama’s Season 2 premiere (airing Sept. 22 at 10/9c), and there’s a whooooole lot that we need cleared up.
Among the head-scratchers:
* What could be inside not one, but two important-looking envelopes?
* Where are Liz and Red currently laying low? On one hand, the duo is sitting in plain sight on the front »
This Week in TV:
We get another look at Boardwalk Empire season 5 via a new full-length trailer; Game of Thrones showrunners decide not to recast the role of J.J. Murphy, who recently passed away; HBO’s Westworld adds four more cast members, including Ed Harris; and NBC’s Bad Judge casts Ryan McPartlin in a recurring role.
Thus far, promotion for Boardwalk Empire season 5 has emphasized that no one will go quietly as the show comes to an end, and the first full-length trailer for the show’s final eight-episode run hammers that point home. Check it out below.
Boardwalk‘s final season picks up seven years after the events of season 4 and shifts the setting from the Roaring Twenties to the dawn of The Great Depression. It’s safe to say change is indeed coming – as Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) ominously ...
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- Daniel Johnson
Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
McPartlin will recur on NBC’s upcoming comedy Bad Judge as Billy the Fireman, our sister site Deadline reports. And because men in uniform always get the girl, Billy will be a love interest for Kate Walsh’s Rebecca — though he might find himself at odds with new series regular Ryan Hansen, who’s also a love interest for Rebeeca (aka the luckiest judge ever).
But seriously, I wasn’t kidding about McPartlin’s knack for playing life savers. »
Expectant mothers have a lot to do before the baby arrives: baby-proof the house, assemble the crib, install the car seat. But when there's someone as charming as Chuck alum Ryan McPartlin around, thosee tasks suddenly become a lot less mundane.
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- Kate Stanhope
E! has ordered its first scripted drama, The Royals, about a British royal family with Elizabeth Hurley starring.
Lana! Lana! Laaaaaana! Guess who got renewed? Yep, FX has ordered a sixth and seventh season of the hilarious Archer.
In disappointing news, the BBC is shutting down BBC Three. Why should U.S. viewers care about this decision? BBC Three is the source of a good number of shows that developed loyal followings stateside like Gavin & Stacey, Being Human, Little Britain, and Torchwood. The channel will continue as a streaming video channel, but celebrities like Matt Lucas are already campaigning to save the channel.
I’m not sure how I feel about the news, as reported by EW, that Isaiah Washington will return to Grey’s Anatomy. At first I was angry, but it’s a one-episode appearance as part of Sandra Oh‘s exit from the series. I guess »
- Lyle Masaki
Chuck alum Ryan McPartlin will co-star opposite Ashley Judd in NBC’s drama pilot Salvation. In the project, written by Elizabeth Heldens and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, mega-church Pastor Daniel Strickland suddenly dies, and his loyal wife, Jennifer Strickland (Judd), must rally to keep their family together and save the church. McPartlin, repped by Gersh and Evolution, will play Congressman Todd Bishop, an ambitious man whose political life keeps him from home, making him a bit of an absent husband and father. His romantic comedy feature The Right Kind Of Wrong opens next week. Related: 2014 NBC Pilots Bryshere Y. Gray aka rapper Yazz The Greatest has been cast in Fox’s hip-hop industry drama pilot Empire, from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer. The booking comes on the heels of the actor-musician signing with Paradigm. Empire centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The laffer traces the lives of childhood best friends Maggie and Emma who prepare to raise a baby together after Maggie discovers that her husband is having an affair. Lennon Parham stars as Maggie alongside Jessica St. Clair as Emma. Both actresses also serve as co-exec producers.
Wilmore be featured as Maggie’s reassuring doctor who finds himself charged the task of calming Emma’s anxieties about childbirth.
He most recently hosted the comedy special “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex” and also makes regular appearances on “The Daily Show.” Wilmore won an Emmy in 2002 for his work as a writer for “The Bernie Mac Show.”
- Andrea Seikaly
Hln has announced its first set of new shows as part of its new identity as the channel for the “social media generation”. It includes I Can Haz NewsToons highlighting online political satire, Keywords which sounds like an online scavenger hunt game show and #What’s Your Fomo about people’s “Fear of Missing Out”. I double checked the story to make sure it didn’t come from The Onion. It isn’t. I think. I’d better check again.
Talking to a panel, Looking writer Jc Lee commented on the criticism the show has received from gay viewers, “It’s a minority trap… When you have a piece that showcases a community, there’s this identity factor where if you’re showing a certain kind of queerness, you’re not honoring what queerness is. There’s a sense their queerness feels threatened by a show that is normalizing it. »
- Lyle Masaki
10 items from 2014
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