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Amazon Studios held court on Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, where they shared fresh sneak peeks at four of their new series — dramas Bosch and The After, and half-hours Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle — and then hinted at time frames for their respective launches.
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The closest critics came to nailing down a premiere “date” was a “late September” debut for Transparent, Six Feet Under scribe Jill Soloway’s Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy about a Los Angeles family with boundary issues.
Soloway also revealed that, »
TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes
ABC’s Castle left fans pretty hot with its Season 6 finale, which ended with the titular mystery writer seemingly burned to a crisp inside his crashed Mercedes.
Seemingly being the operative word.
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Because while Kate Beckett has no idea that she is a fictional character on a TV show named after Richard Castle and thus is allowed to genuinely fear the worst, »
The Space Shuttle Endeavor served as the perfect backdrop for the Monday premiere of the CBS sci-fi drama “Extant” as guests including series star Halle Berry flocked to the California Science Center for a screening of the pilot episode.
“Extant,” created by Mickey Fisher and co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, marks Berry’s first major TV role since the 2005 telefilm “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Berry plays Molly, an astronaut who returns home from a 13-month solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband (Goran Visnjic) and young son (Pierce Gagnon).
Though she is no stranger to shooting action scenes after playing the titular superhero in “Catwoman” and, most recently, reprising her role as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the Oscar winner admitted that her return to TV did pose a few new challenges.
While walking the red carpet with husband Olivier Martinez, »
- Andrea Seikaly
Extant has caused some confusion among castmembers. From executive producer Steven Spielberg, CBS’s new science fiction drama about an astronaut (Molly Woods, played by Academy Award winner Halle Berry) who returns from a solo outer space mission inexplicably pregnant has its actors guessing at the title's meaning. Photos Summer TV Preview When asked about the significance of "extant" at the June 16 premiere at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, some castmembers admitted they had no clue. “I kind of wonder the same thing. I should probably know that answer,” said Annie Wersching, who plays Femi Dodd, a rival
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Scott Davis reviews the sixth episode of 24: Live Another Day…
Like the end of season hoopla that greets every Premier League “champions elect”, the s**t is about to hit the fan. As every second ticks away, and the stakes continue to grow, you wonder why Jack Bauer hasn’t stopped full flow, sat his gun on a side table, tiredly collapsed onto a soft chair, brushed away his sweat and said “enough is enough”.
Such is the renewed intensity of 24 in its latest incarnation, that even Bauer himself, knee deep in drone attacks, presidential hesitancy and renewed loves, would just stop and say no more, no more longest day’s of my life.
As Lad crosses the halfway point, one thing is for sure that without Jack, and by assimilation Sutherland, this show wouldn’t be half as good. Not that it isn’t good, quite the opposite, »
- Scott Davis
Over the course of a career spanning over 20 years, actress Halle Berry has made a name for herself with roles in movies such as Jungle Fever, Swordfish, Monster’s Ball, Cloud Atlas, and Storm in the X-Men movies. However, Berry has not appeared in a tv series since 1991, piquing many of her fans’ interest when she signed on to the lead role in a television show. Titled Extant, the series is created by Mickey Fisher, and executive produced by Berry and Steven Spielberg. Berry’s co-stars include Camryn Manheim, Goran Visnjic, and Annie Wersching, and will air on CBS. Ahead of the show’s premiere on July 9th, the first trailer has been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Amazon Studios confirmed on Monday (March 31) that it was renewing "Alpha House" for Season 2 and was picking up two dramas, two comedies and two kids' shows. No dates have been announced yet for airings of any of these series.
The pilots ordered to series are:
"The After" -- From Chris Carter ("The X-Files"), the show will follow eight strangers thrown together and needing to survive in a violent and mysterious world. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot star."Bosch" -- Based on Michael Connelly's book series, "Bosch" is a drama about a relentless Lapd homicide detective. Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector star."Mozart in the Jungle" -- The half-hour comedic drama takes on sex, drugs and classical music. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack."Transparent »
This news came out about a week ago and somehow slipped under our radar, but today we're remedying that situation! Remember hearing about the new Chris Carter pilot, "The After," which Amazon posted for viewer feedback? Well, here's an update...
Having seen "The After," we can say that this is great news indeed! Finally we'll be able to find out what happens next! In case you haven't watched it yet, visit the Amazon Pilot Season Page.
No word on how many episodes there'll be or when these shows might debut, but we'll keep you posted.
"The After" Synopsis:
Eight strangers are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Starring Aldis Hodge, »
- Debi Moore
Amazon Studios has given four new series the green light after reviewing 10 pilots that have been under consideration in recent months. Variety reports that Amazon decided on the series by judging ratings and viewer feedback, a process that produced the comedies Alpha House and Betas last year.
61 Reasons to Love 2014
Chief among the new series is The After, a drama conceived by X-Files creator Chris Carter, that follows eight strangers brought together by "mysterious forces." The group must then work with one another to survive their daily life, which is now filled with inexplicable violence. »
Amazon Studios has settled on four series orders among the 10 pilots the company announced last month were under consideration, according to sources close to the deals.
A rep for Amazon Studios declined comment.
Getting the greenlight will be “Bosch,” a cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, written by Eric Overmyer and Connelly. Pilot follows title character, played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Cast includes: Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Written and directed by Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), “The After” is a drama that follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Dangerous byproducts of car-accident deaths, plus the police commissioner's visit to a museum, meant another active day for the Reagans.
"Insult to Injury," Friday's (March 7) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods" -- written by co-executive producer Daniel Truly, from a story by him and series script coordinator Andrew Raab -- made Frank (Tom Selleck) a chaperone for grandson Sean's (Andrew Terraciano) school field trip. The trek's main guide, Joyce Carpenter (guest star Annie Wersching), quickly proved herself something of a control freak.
"This isn't my first rodeo," she briskly informed Frank. "You're just to follow my lead." Clearly, she did not know Frank Reagan.
What looked to be a day of paperwork for Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) became something else when he took a call meant for a detective who had passed away. The distressed caller, named Jill (guest star Bess Rous), angrily told Danny that the NYPD and the justice system had failed her. »
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, drama pilot Bosch follows a relentless Lapd homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch is played by Titus Welliver (Argo, The Good Wife) and stars Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Watch the pilot and help decide if this show should be made into a series. Plus watch behind the scenes footage of Michael Connelly on the set.
News and notes from all corners of the TV world:
- After a nine-year absence, Hugh Jackman will return as host of the Tony Awards. Jackman hosted the awards honoring Broadway's finest for three consecutive years from 2003-05, winning an Emmy for his work on the 2004 telecast. The 68th annual Tonys will air June 8 on CBS.
- MTV's continuing to expand its original series portfolio with the 10-episode pick-up of thriller drama "Eye Candy." From "Insidious" producer Jason Blum, the series stars Victoria Justice as tech whiz Lindy, who, after suspecting an online suitor may be a cyber stalker, begins working with hackers to solve murders in Manhattan while unleashing her own brand of justice. [Deadline]
- "24" alum Annie Wersching has joined the cast of CBS' summer series "Extant." Wersching, who also stars in Amazon's pilot "Bosch," will have a recurring part in the Halle Berry-led "Extant" as a member »
Back in August we got the word that Amazon Studios was proceeding with a pilot for "The After" from "The X-Files" creator Chris Carter, and now it's ready for you to watch and vote on along with a few others.
"The After" Synopsis:
Eight strangers are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Starring Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Sam Littlefield, Louise Monot, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, Jason Lewis, Brynn Bowie, Madison Bowie, Giovanni Lopes, Fred Cross, »
- Debi Moore
Amazon has released online its second wave of pilots for potential new shows, once again bringing democracy to pilot season.
Feedback from viewers will help determine which shows will become full-fledged series. Viewers can watch them for free if they’re Amazon Prime members. Projects include X Files creator Chris Carter’s new show The After and a detective drama based on Michael Connelly’s popular Harry Bosch novels. Below are the official descriptions of the adult-targeted shows from Amazon. For more thoughts on this subject, see our previous post on whether regular TV networks should follow Amazon’s lead »
- James Hibberd
15 items from 2014