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Elliot will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Scorpion, according to The Hollywood Reporter, playing a former Secret Service agent named Bruce Jones. When terrorists threaten to break into a nuclear missile silo, Bruce turns to the Scorpion gang to recover an important, 15-year-old memory.
It’s possible Bruce could become a recurring character.
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Dick Wolf’s latest project, “Nightwatch,” will premiere Jan. 22 on A&E.
The hour-long docu-series from executive producers Wolf, Tom Thayer and 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch will follow emergency teams working the intense and life-threatening overnight shift in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“’Nightwatch’ focuses on first responders, working the graveyard shift, in one of the world’s most notorious night cities — New Orleans,” Wolf tells Variety. “We take the viewer behind the scenes in real time as Ems, police and fire respond to every kind of call possible, many of which are stranger than fiction.”
Adds Drachkovitch, “We were amazed by the incredible cooperation and access from all three of New Orleans’ first responder agencies. They all embraced us and our crew, and gave an unfiltered front seat view of the city’s action, intrigue and drama.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ever since NBC killed “Must See TV” on Thursday nights (Rip), the Peacock network has felt only spy/cop dramas (ex. Blacklist, State of Affairs, anything by Dick Wolf) and event programming (The Voice, football, musicals) can be successful. In other words, not comedies. Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, fixes this problem for the seventh and last season of Parks and Recreation by airing back-to-back episodes on Tuesdays at 8 pm starting January 13. The schedule allows them to “‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level. The highly anticipated one-hour finale will air behind The Voice in order to lead the largest audience possible into what promises to be a very special hour of television.”
To actual Parks and Rec fans, this move feels like a seven-week burnoff of the last successful sitcom NBC had left. Community has a new season on Yahoo, »
- Michelle Leibowitz
Update: In updated Nielsen estimates released Thursday afternoon, the only revision was CBS’ “Stalker” losing a tenth (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.98 million viewers overall) — leaving it up 0.2 from its low of the previous week and the show’s best score in three weeks.
NBC’s “Chicago Pd” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.29 million viewers overall), which held at its prelim score, tied with “Stalker” in 18-49 for its second best finish relative to the CBS rookie (behind only last week, when the Peacock sophomore won big thanks to its crossover storyline with other NBC dramas.)
FX’s “American Horror Story” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 3.91 million viewers overall) was the overall 10 p.m. winner in 18-49.
There were no other demo revisions at the broadcasters, so CW’s “The 100″ (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.64 million viewers overall) is able to claim a season high.
At A&E, the seventh-season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” continued the show’s downward ratings trajectory (1.0/3 in »
- Rick Kissell
NBC took the sweeps staple of crossover storylines to a new level last week, as a running plot involving characters from the net’s three Dick Wolf dramas produced a ratings surge for each show. The stunt, along with “Sunday Night Football,” “The Blacklist” and three nights of “The Voice” carried the Peacock to a ratings victory in key demos.
In a down week for CBS, NBC also scored a rare victory in total viewers — its first for a full week in the November sweep since 2002, and its first in any sweep month (excluding Olympics weeks) since the week of the “Friends” finale in May 2004.
“Sunday Night Football,” featuring a great quarterback matchup between Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts produced strong ratings (7.1/19 in 18-49, 20.82 million viewers overall), standing as the week’s No. 2 primetime show in 18-49 and No. 1 in total viewers, according to Nielsen. »
- Rick Kissell
The Voice may have been slightly humbled in its Wednesday move, but it certainly lifted its lead-outs. After the NBC singing competition fetched a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m., both Law & Order: Svu (2.4 adults) and Chicago P.D. (2.2 adults) skyrocketed by eight-tenths of a point. The two Dick Wolf dramas aired parts of a crossover storyline that launched with Tuesday's Chicago Fire. Both The Middle (1.9 adults) and The Goldbergs (2.1 adults) were steady on ABC, while Modern Family (3.1 adults) dropped four-tenths
- Michael O'Connell
Ah, the beloved crossover episode. This welcome programming gimmick has been used to boost ratings, buzz, and awareness for lesser-watched shows since the early years of television. Even "I Love Lucy" crossed paths with shows like "Private Secretary" back in the good ole 1950s.
"The Simpsons," no stranger to the concept, aired a highly-anticipated crossover with "Futurama" this past Sunday, and "Family Guy" merged with the former show earlier this season. Dramas "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D." just teamed up with Dick Wolf sister vehicle "Law & Order: Svu" this week and ratings skyrocketed. And this coming December you can catch an "Arrow" crossover with the new CW breakout, "The Flash."
With all the series intermingling that seems to be dominating the small screen lately, we thought it was the perfect time to look back at 7 classic crossovers from television history. »
- Alana Altmann
Dick Wolf characters unite!
Like a superhero team-up, the firemen, police officers and detectives of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: Svu join forces this week for an unprecedented three-show crossover, and some angry sparks are going to fly among the crimefighters. (Hey, even The Avengers had their spats.)
The action kicks off on Fire this Tuesday (at 10/9c), the executive producer explains in TVLine’s first look video, when Severide rescues a victim who’s in possession of a mysterious box. That brings in P.D. detectives Voight and Lindsay, who then travel with Halstead to »
TNT has ordered a spinoff of reality investigation series “Cold Justice” to focus on unsolved sex crimes, the cabler announced Wednesday.
The untitled series, produced by Wolf Reality and Magical Elves, will follow a pair of crime experts as they travel the country to assist local law enforcement in closing long-unsolved cases involving sex-related crimes. 10 episodes have been ordered for a spring 2015 premiere. Former Harris County, Texas, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O’Neill will headline the series.
Garrett, a protégé of Siegler, has been first chair in more than a hundred criminal trials as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. O’Neill, who also worked with Siegler in Harris County, is a forensics expert with specialized training in DNA analysis. »
- Variety Staff
“Cold Justice” is getting a spinoff. TNT has given a series order to an offshoot of the Dick Wolf series, which will follow crime experts as they travel the country and assist local law-enforcement in solving long-unsolved sex crimes. Also read: TNT Renews ‘Cold Justice’ for Season 2 The new series, which has received a 10-episode order, will be executive produced by “Cold Justice” EPs Wolf, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer, with “Cold Justice” expert Kelly Siegler also coming aboard to executive produce. The spinoff will feature former Harris County, Texas prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O'Neill traveling to small towns. »
- Tim Kenneally
A child pornography ring will bring the cops, firefighters and district attorneys of three Dick Wolf shows together on NBC during the November ratings period. The network announced plans on Monday for a three way cross-over event of “Law & Order: Svu,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Pd.” The storyline will revolve around a child pornography ring that stretches from New York to Chicago, which will kick off on “Chicago Fire” on Tuesday, Nov 11. Also read: 31 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actors Were on ‘Law & Order’ (Video) The storyline will conclude on Wednesday, Nov 12 on “Law & Order: Svu” and “Chicago Pd,” »
- Linda Ge
It's official: NBC is doing a crossover stunt across three different crime dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: Svu. The unusual three-way crossover will have characters from NBC's Dick Wolf-produced fall procedurals interacting across three epiosdes next month. Word of the crossover had been making the rounds, but the network officially announced the plan and the event's premiere date today -- Nov. 11-12. NBC staged a crossover between Fire and P.D. last season, but this time is letting Svu in on the action. "We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows, »
- James Hibberd
How to Get Away With Murder, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by Michael Offer
Written by Peter Norwalk
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on ABC
How to Get Away With Murder, the new ABC drama from writer Peter Norwalk and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, has the potential to drive off the rails at any moment. The premise it sets up for itself (spoiler alert: it’s a murder) cannot sustain itself for more than a season. Its characters, a group of ambitious law students, are pitched at tones ranging between frantic and rabid. Its procedural elements are nothing that would be out of place on a Dick Wolf show. But the one element that gives me utter confidence that this show is worth watching, besides Shondaland’s unquestionable track record, is the central performance of Viola Davis, one of the great American actresses of our time. Her role as Annalise Keating, »
- Bryan Rucker
Kevin Hart to guest-judge “Dancing with the Stars” The comedian will fill in for Len Goodman for next week’s Movie Night. In defense of “True Detective's” casting Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn There was plenty of Twitter hate greeting today’s long-anticipated announcement, but the "seen-better-days duo” of Farrell and Vaughn could actually work. Plus: HBO couldn’t have cast a better actor than Vaughn. Floyd Mayweather: My Showtime “All Access” show was all fake The boxer told Nevada boxing regulators today that his reality show was completely staged. "I don't want to just sell a fight," Mayweather said. "I want to sell a lifestyle." Click Read Full Post For More The NY Times’ TV critic’s “angry black woman” critique of Shonda Rhimes shouldn’t be surprising "This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage,” says Eric Deggans, »
- Norman Weiss
“Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy.
The 2014 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Chuck Lorre and previous recipients include J J Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Garry K Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E Kelley and Mark Burnett. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a statement Monday, PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »
- Tim Gray
Campaign: UK-based producer Shaheen Schleifer and Executive Producer Roger Trett have
launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a small portion of the funding for psychological horror film Earthworks.
Story: Written by Michael Gilvary, executive story editor and producer on Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire, Earthworks is a chilling story set in the trenches of World War 1, centred around 5 young … Continue reading →
- Mike Joy
The film, television and stage actor will play Deputy Chief William Dodds, a charismatic but tough-as-nails boss who oversees all of the special victims units in the Big Apple. He demands respect and hard work from the commanders who answer to him — and is used to getting it.
“I’ve wanted to write for and work with Peter Gallagher since … forever,” said “Svu” showrunner Warren Leight. “He’s an actor’s actor – deft with text and subtext; emotion and intellect. Like everyone else in our cast, he’s also a great singer. We’re all thrilled that this long into the show’s run, actors of his quality want to do an arc on ‘Svu.’”
- Whitney Friedlander
ITV in the UK has announced that Law & Order: UK is ending after eight seasons. The final installment aired on June 11th overseas but season eight has yet to air on BBC America.
Created by Dick Wolf, Law & Order: UK began in 2009 and episodes were based on early episodes of the original Law & Order series. The cast includes Bradley Walsh, Ben Bailey Smith, Peter Davison, Georgia Taylor and Dominic Rowan.
"There may well come a time when we re-visit Law & Order: UK," said ITV's Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November. "For the moment we’ll be resting the series whilst we continue to refresh our drama slate."
The cancellation decision coincides with Walsh's decision to leave his role as Ronnie Brooks. The actor has been with the series since the beginning. He said, "Eight series is a »
“I remained on good terms with (CAA), just as I remain on good terms with UTA where I still have projects that we’re working on together,” Balcer said in an email.
Balcer is currently developing the FBI period drama “WonderWorld” at Starz with Owen Wilson and fellow “L&O” alum Fred Berner. Balcer will serve as showrunner, in addition to writing and exec producing the series.
Balcer has written for the “Law & Order” franchise since its start in 1990. He »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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