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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Alum Steven R. McQueen Joins Cast of ‘Chicago Fire’

21 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former “Vampire Diaries” star Steven R. McQueen has joined the cast of NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” Variety has learned.

McQueen has signed on for a recurring role and will play the new candidate, Jimmy Borelli. His character makes a dramatic entrance on his first day of work, and that doesn’t sit well with his boss, Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker).

Best known for playing Jeremy Gilbert on the CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” McQueen exited the show as a series regular last season.

Chicago Fire” is exec produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Danielle Gelber, Joe Chappelle, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski.

McQueen is repped by UTA and Risa Shapiro at Mgmt Entertainment.


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum Steven R. McQueen Joins NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’

21 July 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Steven R. McQueen is moving from Mystic Falls to Chicago. The former “Vampire Diaries” star has joined the cast of NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” it was announced Tuesday. McQueen joins the cast in a recurring role as the new candidate, Jimmy Borelli. Borelli makes a dramatic entrance on his first day of work, and that doesn’t sit well with his boss, Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker). Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Danielle Gelber, Joe Chappelle, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski are executive producers of “Chicago Fire,” which is entering its fourth season on NBC. Also Read: 45 First Looks of New. »

- Linda Ge

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‘Chicago Med’ Adds ‘Jurassic World’s’ Brian Tee as Series Regular

20 July 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Chicago Med’s” team of doctors is getting bigger. “Jurassic World” alum Brian Tee has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming medical drama, as a series regular, Variety has learned.

Tee, who will also star in next year’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2″ as the villain Shredder, will play a Chicago-born resident at the hospital. His character found his calling in medicine, after serving as an army medic.

“Med” marks Tee’s return to the network, after filming The Peacock’s passed-on drama pilot “Love Is A Four-Letter Word” this past cycle.

Chicago Med” is the third project in Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise, following the flagship “Chicago Fire” and “P.D.” The series follows the day-to-day chaos of a team of doctors in the Windy City, and stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta. “Med” is expected to see familiar faces from the other two series, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt Celebrates ‘Courageous’ Writers, Producers Displaying Gay Storylines

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Milestones only feel monumental when you get some perspective, and you look back and see some of the tremors that started to pave the way for a seismic shift. The Supreme Court decision is a stunning victory for human rights and equality, but the big shift happened with the American people over the past few years, and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

I feel privileged to work in a business where we can advance the political agenda just because we tell stories. No soapbox, no demonstrations, no voting. If a story moves you, the message gets sent, and the consciousness changes. Sometimes slowly, but it happens.

Over the past 40 years, the Lgbt social and political agenda has been moving forward in our pop culture in many ways, especially on good old-fashioned broadcast television, which reaches everybody, everywhere. Back in the ’70s, I remember Archie Bunker »

- Bob Greenblatt

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Melissa George Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2!

5 June 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

And another baby makes four! Melissa George and partner Jean-David Blanc are expecting their second child together. The 38-year-old Australian actress is set to star in NBC's forthcoming series, Heartbreakers, that was set to premiere this fall. E! News has learned that the start date has been pushed back to midseason as a result of her pregnancy. Instead, Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire spinoff, Chicago Med, will take its place for the fall debut. Hearbreakers is "based on the real life achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato, and follows Dr. Alex Panttiere (George), an outspoken, world-renowned heart transplant surgeon," according to Entertainment Weekly. George and Blanc already share one »

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NBC Moves ‘Chicago Med’ Premiere Up, ‘Heartbreaker’ Delayed

5 June 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

NBC is switching doctors. The network will be premiering Chicago Med this fall after all, as the newest Chicago spin-off (following Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.) will air on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on the Peacock, replacing NBC’s other new medical drama, Heartbreaker. Instead of making its debut this fall, Heartbreaker will now most likely be held off to midseason. According to NBC, series star Melissa George’s real-life pregnancy has led to a “revised” production schedule, which will prevent the series from premiering when previously expected and delay it until sometime at midseason. NBC’s Tuesday night schedule will now feature The Voice at 8 p.m., followed by Chicago Med at nine o’clock, and then end with Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris at 10 p.m. Starting in November, Chicago Fire will return to its original timeslot and take over for Best Time Ever. Chicago Med stars Yaya DaCosta, »

- Chris King

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NBC Swaps ‘Chicago Med’ for ‘Heartbreaker’ in Fall Due to Melissa George’s Pregnancy

5 June 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is switching up their fall schedule with “Chicago Med” set to premiere this fall in place of “Heartbreaker.”

The third installment in Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise takes the place of the soapy medical drama, which was planned to air Tuesday nights on the fall schedule, but has been pushed back due to Melissa George’s pregnancy.

It is understood that news of George’s pregnancy was a surprise to NBC execs after the upfront when the first trailer of the series was shown. Production on the show is being revised to accommodate the star’s pregnancy, as “Heartbreaker” remains a promising series at NBC.

Inspired by Dr. Kathy Magliato, George plays Dr. Alex Panttiere, an outspoken world-renowned stubborn and fearless heart-transplant surgeon in the male-dominated field, based on the real-life doctor. Alex’s personal life packs as much drama as her career. Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters”) plays her love interest. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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NBC Fall Update: Chicago Med Premiere Moved Up, Heartbreaker Delayed

5 June 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

NBC’s fall schedule will get a healthy dose of Chicago Med after all.

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Originally held for midseason, Dick Wolf’s latest Windy City-set spinoff will now air this fall on Tuesdays at 9/8c — the slot previously earmarked for the new Melissa George hospital drama Heartbreaker.

Per NBC, George’s real-life pregnancy has led to a “revised” production schedule, one that precludes it from debuting this fall.

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NBC Swaps Out ‘Heartbreaker’ for ‘Chicago Med’ on Fall Schedule Due to Melissa George’s Pregnancy

5 June 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A stork just changed up the peacock’s fall schedule. NBC has tagged in “Chicago Med” for “Heartbreaker” on its fall schedule due to that latter series’ star Melissa George’s pregnancy, the network said on Friday. Both shows will begin production in mid-summer, but now it’s the newest Dick Wolf procedural that will air Tuesday nights come fall. “Heartbreaker,” based on the real-life achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato, is a character-driven medical drama that follows Dr. Alex Panttiere (George), an outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. Stubborn and fearless, Alex always operates on her own terms, »

- Tony Maglio

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NBC Shifts 'Heartbreaker' to Midseason to Accommodate Melissa George Pregnancy

5 June 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The tinkering continues. The latest post-upfronts scheduling change to the fall lineup is at NBC, where actress Melissa George's pregnancy has prompted the network to shift the medical drama to midseason. Heartbreaker one of the network's enviable post-Voice time slots on the original fall schedule, planned for Tuesdays at 8 p.m. That slot now goes to another doctor drama, Dick Wolf's Chicago Med. Come November, that means Chicago Med will be partnered with 10 p.m. parent series Chicago Fire. (The first two months of the season see Neil Patrick Harris variety show Best Time Ever in

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- Michael O'Connell

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Melissa George Pregnant With Second Child, NBC Show Heartbreaker Pushed Back

5 June 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Paging Melissa George fans — the actress is pregnant! NBC confirmed on Friday, June 5, that the Alias alum is expecting her second child. Due to her pregnancy, the network revealed that the premiere of George's new medical drama, Heartbreaker, will now be pushed back. Dick Wolf's highly anticipated Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. spinoff, Chicago Med, will take its place for a fall debut. The Australian actress, 38, previously played Rosie on the TV mini-series The Slap. She also guest starred on The Good Wife from 2013 [...] »

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Andrew Dettmann Joins ‘Chicago Med’ As Showrunner

1 June 2015 5:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CSI alum Andrew Dettmann has joined new NBC medical drama Chicago Med as executive producer/showrunner. The latest offshoot in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise is described as an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city's most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. This marks the first sole showrunner gig for Dettmann, who will executive produce alongside the Chicago core creative team of Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael… »

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Colin Donnell Joins ‘Chicago Med’ As New Series Regular

29 May 2015 2:21 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Colin Donnell (Arrow, The Affair) has been added to the cast of NBC’s new drama series Chicago Med as a new regular. Because the latest offshoot in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise started off as a planted spinoff episode of Chicago Fire, the cast was not fully formed and is now expanding. Since work on the show’s 13-episode order is just beginning, the character Donnell will be playing is still being fleshed out. He is expected to be a doctor, possibly in… »

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TV Review: Showtime’s ‘3Am’

27 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the tradition of “Gigolos,” “3Am” is a Showtime “docu-series” that’s pretty much “docu” in name only – arrestingly shot, but more performance art than documentary. Focusing on five disparate characters who each toil and/or party well into the night (hence the title), this latenight entry takes the “city that never sleeps” line and runs with it. The result is visually provocative but only mildly entertaining, and never for a moment truly convincing.

The quintet of characters includes an escort (this time of the female variety, pictured), club doorman, party photographer and social media personality named Josh, who goes by the name Fat Jew. The fifth, a deejay, isn’t featured in the premiere.

The title seeks to convey the impression that strange things happen at night while those who work the day shift slumber, especially around the designated hour. But that’s a flimsy construct employed for the purpose of presenting titillating moments, »

- Brian Lowry

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Ratings: NBC, CBS Win Season Titles; ABC Comes On Strong

19 May 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC and CBS were the season’s ratings winners in key demo categories, and Fox had the hottest new show in years, but the best story of the 2014-15 television season just might have belonged to ABC.

The Alphabet emerged as the only major network to draw a larger young-adult audience this season than last, thanks in large part to a strong rookie class that included hits “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Black-ish” as well as other solid newcomers like “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Secrets and Lies.” “The Goldbergs” blossomed in in its second year, while veterans like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Modern Family” and “Shark Tank” also continued to produce.

CBS introduced new drama hit “Scorpion” and renewed four other first-year shows, while Fox launched megahit “Empire” and solid newcomer “Gotham” and the CW discovered its biggest hit to date, “The Flash.” NBC, on the other hand, »

- Rick Kissell

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TV Power Shifts From Network Biz to Content Ownership

18 May 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Content is indeed king.

The transformation of the “TV business” into the “content business” has accelerated to a gallop, forcing the industry to face the harsh realities of trying to run a traditional network in an on-demand world.

The signs of upheaval were impossible to miss last week as the major networks closed out upfront season with 2015-16 schedule presentations that emphasized how much they recognize that there’s no such thing as a status quo anymore.

“The erratic schedules of the past just don’t work anymore,” Fox TV Group chair Dana Walden told the crowd in her first upfront presentation as head of programming. Her partner atop Fox, Gary Newman, vowed that Fox would redouble its efforts to “market (shows) relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform.”

The sense of urgency emphasized onstage comes at a time when the traditional economic model »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Arrow’-‘Flash’ Crossover To Become Annual Event

14 May 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Dick Wolf has a new formidable competition in the series crossover department. On the heels of the highly rated Arrow-Flash crossover this season, the CW has decided to do it every year. “The crossover was so successful, we will be making it a special event in fourth quarter every year,” the CW President Mark Pedowitz announced at the network’s upfront presentation this… »

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All the TV Shows Canceled or Renewed by NBC and Fox

12 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The TV upfronts kicked off this week with NBC and Fox unveiling their fall lineups to advertisers. Their presentations included the usual cancellation announcements, though this year's was particularly newsworthy as Fox revealed that the next season of "American Idol" will be its last. The network also announced that its smash hit "Empire" would return in the fall and run for 18 episodes.

As for NBC, it is debuting another Dick Wolf drama in "Chicago Med," while relegating its remaining comedies to Friday nights. Here are Fox and NBC's pickups and cancellations:


Cancellations: "About a Boy," "Allegiance," "A to Z," "Bad Judge," "Constantine," "Marry Me," "One Big Happy," "The Slap," "State of Affairs"

New shows: "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris," "Blindspot," "Game of Silence," "Heartbreaker," "Heroes Reborn," "People Are Talking," "The Player,"

Midseason: "Chicago Med," "Coach," "Crowded," "Hot and Bothered," "Shades of Blue," "Superstore," "You, Me, and the »

- Kelly Woo

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Dick Wolf Docu-series ‘3 Am,’ On Showtime

11 May 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Many feel that 3 am is the devil’s hour or the witching hour, a demonic moment in the day when paranormal activity can be reported more often.  3 am is a time when demonic activity is purportedly at its strongest. The reason is that it is believed Christ died at 3 pm, thus being tormented at 3 am is a mockery of the Holy Trinity. Whatever your beliefs, waking at 3 am is an unsettling feeling. Yet some people party right through the hour.Now Dick Wolf and company take us to that time in New York City with Showtime, described […] »

- April Neale

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NBC Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule with Trailers

11 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.

In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »

- MovieWeb

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