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'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury, »
- Andre Soares
Scream Queens, which received a new trailer this week.
USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and Predators‘ Alice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.
Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The ratings giant looks to life after its hit show CSI with an attempt to muscle into the superhero genre and an intergenerational comedy starring James Brolin
CBS has been the most-watched network in the country for years, but now it is seeing its ratings in the coveted 18-to-49 year-old demographic wither as shows such as The Walking Dead and Empire eat away at their lead. But since CBS already has a winning formula, it’s not really messing with it. There are just a few tweaks in their new fall schedule, which they plan to unveil Thursday at their upfront presentation, where they preview their new shows to advertisers like the spokesmodels on The Price Is Right show off a new car.
One of the biggest changes will be the end of CSI, the procedural that has been a tent pole for the network for 15 years and was, at one point, »
- Brian Moylan
Episodes: 335 (hour) + finale movie
TV show dates: October 6, 2000 -- September 27, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson, Paul Guilfoyle, George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Gary Dourdan, Jorja Fox, David Berman, Wallace Langham, Archie Kao, Louise Lombard, Liz Vassey, Gerald McCullouch, Larry Mitchell, Joseph Patrick Kelly, Marc Vann, Sheeri Rappaport, Jon Wellner, Skip O'Brien, and Alex Carter.
TV show description:
This drama follows the cases of the Las Vegas Police Department's Crime Scene Investigation division (otherwise known as a crime lab).
The division solves crimes almost entirely through the means of forensics evidence and interesting procedures and equipment. The cases are sometimes bizarre and often reflect the series' unique setting but unlike many other dramas, »
The mothership is being decommissioned. A few weeks ago, we reported that CBS's long-running series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was officially cancelled, but there was speculation about how (or if) it might wrap up. After 15 years of being a flagship franchise, you don't exactly just go off the air (unless you're Law & Order -- a mistake NBC made that CBS is clearly learning from). A small note in CBS's fall schedule has now revealed the series' fate: a 2-hour finale that will feature the return of some original cast members, including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. That finale, on September 27th, will then be followed the next week with the season premiere of CSI: Cyber (which CSI cast member Ted Danson will now be joining). The circle of life. So CSI will be gone, but not forgotten. The show ranked as the most-watched drama series in the world five times during its run. »
- Allison Keene
The actor, who plays FBI Assistant Deputy Director Simon Sifter on the CBS procedural, will not return for its sophomore run.
Though details of MacNicol’s departure are unclear, our sister site Deadline attributes his exit to creative reasons.
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As for the mothership series, it will wrap its 15-year run with a special movie event on Sunday, Sept. 27, which will »
CBS today unveiled its 2015-2016 primetime lineup, featuring seven new shows and 22 returning series. CBS will build on a schedule that will finish the current season as America's most-watched network in viewers for the 12th time in 13 years, including the last seven years straight. The new fall dramas are: the heart-pounding medical series Code Black, set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation; the fast-paced Limitless, based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper, starring Jake McDorman as an average guy who can suddenly access 100% of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill; and Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role based on the DC Comics superhero.
The new fall comedies are: Angel from Hell, about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson; and Life in Pieces, an irreverent »
End of an era! After 15 seasons, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is coming to a close. The long-running series aired its final episode this past February and will wrap with an upcoming feature-length movie, CBS confirmed on Wednesday, May 13. The two-hour made-for-tv flick is expected to hit airwaves on Sept. 27, and will provide fans with an anticipated send-off for the crime-fighting characters. CBS hyped the "two-hour series finale farewell" in a release, promising a reunion from "original cast members including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger." Petersen, [...] »
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Cooper, who also serves as an executive producer, will recur as a sidekick to Jake McDorman’s character. Cooper, reprising his role from the film, first appears in the pilot and will continue to do so depending on the A-lister’s availability moving forward. Cooper and McDorman previously worked together in the 2014 film American Sniper.
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CBS owes a great deal of its success over the past 15 years to the original "CSI," which is why it's getting the grand farewell treatment its spin-offs didn't. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has been canceled, but there will be a two-hour finale special on September 27, bringing back original castmembers including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. The franchise will continue with the renewal of "CSI: Cyber," which will add Ted Danson (who has fronted "CSI" Coke Classic in its final years) to its cast. At CBS' annual upfronts press breakfast, scheduling chief Kelly Kahl called the original "CSI" a show that was "easy to take for granted, easy to forget. This is one of the strongest, longest-running dramas in TV history, and very important to us as a network. It was one of the shows that really helped reverse our fortunes and point us in a very positive direction. So I'm »
- Alan Sepinwall
CBS announced its fall 2015 new series and schedule: Three new dramas: Code Black, Limitless, Supergirl Two new comedies: Angel From Hell, Life in Pieces Midseason: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Rush Hour More notes on the CBS fall 2015 schedule: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert premieres Tuesday, Sept. 8 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will have a two-hour series finale on Sunday, Sept. 27, which will include original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. CBS airs Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7. Returning series premiering later in the season are 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, … Continue reading →
The post CBS fall 2015 new shows and schedule appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
CBS announced its 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday (May 13) morning, a schedule accompanied by much talk about the network's stability and CBS' latest overall ratings triumph. For all of the network's success, CBS' schedule answered a slew of important questions, including: Where would "Supergirl" go? What will get the benefit of the "Big Bang Theory" lead-in? What's actually happening with the end of "CSI"? And which established successes will be on the bench for midseason? Your answers in brief? Monday, "Life in Pieces," two-hour finale and lots of stuff. Let's get more details. "This is a schedule well-positioned to build on the foundation of last year when we introduced five successful new series and increased our audience by 5 percent," blurbs Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. "With ‘Thursday Night Football,’ many of the biggest hits on primetime television and huge events throughout the year, all of our exciting new shows have the best possible environment to succeed, »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS this morning confirmed that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will end its 15-season run with a two-hour finale, featuring original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. The two-hour movie will air Sept. 27, the first Sunday of the season. Additionally, current CSI leading man Ted Danson will be transitioning to new spinoff CSI: Cyber starring opposite Patricia Arquette as a new regular. He will reprise his character from the mothership series, D.B… »
CBS is canceling “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” after a 15-Season run, and ending the series with a two-hour TV movie, the network announced on Wednesday. William Petersen, the drama’s original leading man, will return to reprise his role as Gil Grissom along with Marg Helgenberger for the movie airing Sept. 27. After the conclusion of CBS’ flagship program, current series star Ted Danson will join Patricia Arquette on”CSI: Cyber.” “It’s easy to forget this was one of the strongest, longest-running dramas in TV history and really important to the network,” CBS scheduling head Kelly Kahl told reporters. “I »
- Itay Hod
CBS is sending CSI off into the sunset in style.
The network confirmed on Wednesday that the former juggernaut will end its 15-year run with a special movie event to air on Sunday, Sept. 27. Original cast members including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger are among the CSI Mvps set to return for the swan song.
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CSI was a breakout hit when it debuted in 2000, averaging 20 million viewers by the end of Season 1 and ranking among TV’s top 10 shows. In Season 5, it hit a peak audience of 26 million viewers. »
CBS is saying goodbye to the show that turned the network’s fortunes around some 15 years ago. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will wrap its 15-season run in September with a two-hour finale that will reunite original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.
The finale will air Sept. 27 and feature other returning cast members who have been on the forensic procedural over its run. Ted Danson, the current “CSI” star, will relocate to the latest spinoff, “CSI: Cyber,” opposite Patricia Arquette.
“It’s easy to take it for granted,” said Kelly Kahl, CBS senior exec VP. “This is one of the strongest and longest-running dramas in TV history.” He noted its importance to CBS: “This was one of the shows that reversed our fortunes and put us in the right direction.”
“CSI” was a sleeper hit for the Eye in its debut in the fall of 2000. The show’s cinematic style »
- Cynthia Littleton
CBS has confirmed that the long-running "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" will end its fifteen-season run with a two-hour telemovie finale that will see original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger return.
CBS’ Nina Tassler said the network considered various options for a sendoff, with the two-hour movie being seen as more of an 'event' and reportedly was an idea that came from CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
“Supergirl” has landed the 8 p.m. Monday slot on CBS’ 2015-16 schedule. The hotly anticipated new drama from Greg Berlanti will bow on the night in early November, after CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” ends, and when “The Big Bang Theory” relocates to Thursday.
Its competition will include another superhero drama, Fox’s “Gotham,” as well as long-running reality contests “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC and “The Voice” on NBC.
“Supergirl” marks the first drama to fill the Monday leadoff hour since 1949 — the slot has been filled with comedy on CBS but for the run of “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” in the mid-’80s. Last season marked the first time in decades that Monday’s 9 p.m. hour wasn’t occupied by comedies.
“We see this as a much broader show then just a genre show or just a comic book show,” said CBS Primetime senior VP Kelly Kahl of “Supergirl, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fifteen seasons. Fifteen years. Talk about a good run. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" premiered back on October 6, 2000 and it's finally ending on September 27, 2015. It's not a shock to see the series end -- how long would you expect it to go on? -- but CBS made it official today, adding that the show will close with a two-hour TV movie starring OGs William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. Season 15 already aired 18 episodes from September 2014 to February 2015, and the writing was on the wall when CBS cut the episode order by four. But at least they are giving the show a TV movie with the original cast, instead of just coldly announcing "You're canceled."
In more positive news, current "CSI" star Ted Danson will just move on over to the Patricia Arquette spinoff, "CSI: Cyber." So it's not like they're giving up on the franchise. But it's truly the end of an »
- Gina Carbone
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As the CBS drama closed Season 12 on Tuesday night, Gibbs, Dinozzo and CIA Officer Joanna “Dorneget’s Mom” Teague tracked abducted young Luke to Zakho, Iraq, where he has been spirited away by the kid-targeting, coded music-employing terrorist group known as The Calling.
Once there, Gibbs split off from the others to track a suspicious girl. Dinozzo meanwhile took a call from Daniel Budd, the leader of The Calling, which already had »
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