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13 items from 2015

This week in TV news: The Atx Television Festival announces show panels

28 March 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.

Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Meet your new 'Star Trek 3' villain

27 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: The next "Star Trek" movie finds its villain in Idris Elba. Plus, more TV, film and music stories: Lollapalooza announces its lineup including some classic rock headliners; Run the Jewels releases a racially charged new music video; Bruce Campbell is headed to "Fargo" as a former president; Sam Taylor-Johnson says goodbye to the "Fifty Shades of Grey" franchise; William Peterson heads back to the small screen via Wgn; Florence + The Machine drop a new song; NBC sets some summer premieres for "Mr. Robinson," "The Carmichael Show, and more; HBO and Vice plot a nightly newscast; and more. What moved the needle for you this week? »

- Katie Hasty

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William Petersen Joins Cast of Wgn America’s ‘Manhattan’

26 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“CSI” alum William Petersen has joined the cast of Wgn America’s “Manhattan,” which is about to begin production on its second season.

Petersen will play a new military officer in Los Alamos who is deeply religious and believes he’s been called by God to spread American values around the globe. The period drama, from Lionsgate TV, Skydance TV and Tribune Studios, revolves around the secret development of nuclear weaponry at the Los Alamos laboratories in New Mexico in the mid-1940s.

John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zuckerman and Rachel Brosnahan star. “Manhattan” was created by Sam Shaw, who exec produces with director Thomas Schlamme and Skydance TV’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.

Petersen had a 10-year run as the star of CBS’ “CSI.” “Manhattan” marks his first major TV role since leaving the long-running series.


- Cynthia Littleton

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William Petersen Joins Wgn America’s ‘Manhattan’ For TV Return

26 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Former CSI star William Petersen is returning to television with a series regular role on the second season of the Wgn America drama series Manhattan. Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos. Petersen will play Col. Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at… »

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CSI's William Petersen Eyes TV Return With Major Manhattan Gig

26 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

William Petersen is putting down roots in Manhattan.

The CSI alum has joined the Wgn America drama’s upcoming second season in a series-regular role, TVLine has learned.

Petersen will play Colonel Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at Los Alamos. A deeply religious and patriotic man, Darrow feels called by God to usher in the atomic future, and to spread American values across the globe.

He joins a cast that includes John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern and Rachel Brosnahan.

Production on Season 2 begins next month in New Mexico ahead of a 2015 return.

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'CSI's' William Petersen Returns to TV in Wgn's 'Manhattan'

26 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

William Petersen is plotting his TV return. The CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star has joined the cast of Wgn America's Manhattan as a series regular, the network announced Thursday. The actor, who departed the CBS procedural during season nine, will play Col. Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at Los Alamos. A deeply religious and patriotic man, Darrow feels called by God to usher in the atomic future, and to spread American values across the globe. See more The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Manhattan marks Petersen's return to the small screen following his 10-season Emmy- and

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- Lesley Goldberg

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‘CSI: Cyber’ Review: Patricia Arquette Sells CBS’s Latest Franchise Extension

4 March 2015 5:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Going into CBS’s newest offering, “CSI: Cyber,” fans of the franchise will first ask what’s Special Agent Avery Ryan’s angle: Does she have the quirky gravitas of William Peterson’s Gil Grissom from the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” or the reserve of Gary Sinise‘s Mac Taylor (forever Lieutenant Dan!) in “CSI: NY” or the sunglasses of David Caruso’s Horatio Caine in “CSI: Miami”? Or does Patricia Arquette, fresh off her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for Richard Linklater‘s 12-year “Boyhood” filmmaking odyssey, bring to the role her special brand of Patricia Arquette-ness — the quiet, »

- Deborah Day

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It's World CSI Day – can Patricia Arquette breathe new life into the franchise with CSI: Cyber?

4 March 2015 5:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

To celebrate 15 years of the popular franchise, an episode of CSI will be broadcast simultaneously in 150 countries, introducing us to CSI: Cyber

Are you in the mood for Danson? Today is World CSI Day, celebrating 15 years of meticulous crime scene investigation. To mark this historic occasion, CBS have mobilised broadcasters in 150 countries to screen the same CSI episode at midnight GMT (in the UK, it will be shown on 5Usa; in the Us, it will be streamed online), thereby claiming the Guinness world record for largest ever TV drama simulcast, a title currently held by Doctor Who, whose 50th anniversary episode was beamed to a mere 98 countries in 2013. To get fans pumped up, there’s a World CSI Day preview – although it’s region-restricted, which hardly seems in the spirit of the enterprise.

It may have lost its lustre in recent years, but the world’s favourite forensic procedural is »

- Graeme Virtue

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‘CSI’ Heads to Hulu in First Svod Pact

19 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu has picked up rerun rights to 14 seasons — and counting — of CBS’ veteran procedural drama “CSI.”

The deal marks the first Svod licensing pact for the series that ranked as primetime’s most-watched drama during the first seven years of its run. Episodes from 14 seasons will be available on Hulu Plus as an Svod exclusive starting in early April.

The deal calls for Hulu to carry future seasons of the show, adding episodes after each season wraps on CBS. There has been speculation that the current 15th season may be the last for the series that launched the global franchise revolving around the work of criminal forensic investigators. The third and latest spinoff of the “CSI” mothership, “CSI: Cyber,” is set to debut March 4 on CBS.

Financial details were not disclosed, but with more than 300 episodes in the can already, Hulu is undoubtedly making a huge financial commitment to the series. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Re-Viewed: Michael Mann introduces Hannibal in Manhunter

17 February 2015 10:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last month it was announced that Richard Armitage (The Hobbit's Thorin) is to play Frances Dolarhyde in season 3 of NBC's hit TV series Hannibal. Dolarhyde, a serial killer who leaves bite marks on his victims and is thus granted the nom de plume The Tooth Fairy, will reportedly feature in a six-episode arc touching upon the events of Red Dragon.

It was Red Dragon, both Thomas Harris's 1991 novel and Brett Ratner's 2002 movie, that many articles referenced when reporting the Armitage news, with scribes recalling Ralph Fiennes's haunting portrayal of the home-invasion killer who slays entire families. Less common, but more discerning, were the recollections of Tom Noonan's towering, heavyweight (6'7" and 217lb, to be exact) take on Dolarhyde in Michael Mann's atmosphere-drenched 1986 adaptation, Manhunter.

Mann's movie might have jettisoned Harris's title to avoid confusion with Year of the Dragon, which flopped the previous year, and »

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Blu-ray Review – Thief (1981)

5 February 2015 12:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thief, 1981.

Written and Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Willie Nelson, Dennis Farina, William Petersen and Robert Prosky.


A professional safecracker’s plan for going straight spirals out-of-control when he becomes indebted to a crime boss.

The limited Blu-ray slipcase edition of Michael Mann’s theatrical film début Thief (1981) comprises a whole host of insightful features.  Offering an in-depth study and analysis of the starkly morally ambivalent crime thriller, the release is a timely reminder of what a fantastic introduction it was to the stylish and iconic world of Mann. Provided by Arrow Films as another in their series of cult classics, the release shows off the film as a true original and a remarkable piece of inspired visualisation.

Focusing on the professional safe-cracker Frank’s (James Caan) attempts to navigate the modern world after a young adulthood spent in prison, the film itself »

- Robert W Monk

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Blu-ray Review – Thief (1981)

2 February 2015 4:18 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thief, 1981.

Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Dennis Farina and William Petersen.


A professional safecracker starts working for the mob in order to make enough money to quit his criminal lifestyle but things don’t go according to plan.

You have to hand it to director Michael Mann, he knows how to make crime thrillers. A quick trawl through the special features on this Arrow Video Blu-ray release will reveal several tales of a filmmaker who spent a lot of time with professional criminals in his quest for authenticity. Thief is his debut feature film and was adapted by Mann from the novel The Home Invaders by Frank Hohimer (real name John Seybold), himself a convicted thief, and although Mann would go on to perfect his storytelling craft in 1995’s classic Heat it’s quite startling how much of his style is already present here. »

- Gary Collinson

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Blackhat – The Review

16 January 2015 7:16 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Even just an average Michael Mann film is still a Michael Mann film – which isn’t a bad thing in my book. The man has a unique style that has developed over his career that’s often described as gritty, in your face, and just plain cool. This is mainly in part due to his more recent use of digital photography that he embraced starting with the movie Collateral. It’s a storytelling choice that has produced a mixed bag of films but nevertheless feel like Mann films (though “man films” would be appropriate as well due to his knack for tough guy stories). Blackhat gives fans of Mann’s macho style what they have come to expect: a cold but mainly likable anti-hero, a world of elite cops and criminals, intense shoot-outs, and skylines lit with neon lights at night. All of this mind you, filmed with shaky camera »

- Michael Haffner

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