15 items from 2015
The strange tale of Robert Durst will be the latest true-crime story to be ripped from the headlines and run through the Law & Order wringer: As this trailer reveals, the upcoming season premiere of Law & Order: Svu will focus on the case of a wealthy, seemingly untouchable serial killer (Dallas Roberts's Dr. Greg Yates) whose case mirrors Durst's, down to the trash bags full of body parts and the inadvertent confession seemingly caught on tape. Svu's portrayal will complete the Law & Order–Robert Durst trifecta: A 2002 episode of Criminal Intent saw David Thornton play a rich cross-dresser who murdered his mob-daughter friend, while a 2004 episode of the Law & Order mothership featured Henry Stram as an "eccentric cross-dressing millionaire" who killed his neighbor and, decades earlier, his wife. To commemorate the occasion, Durst will receive a gold-plated statue of Jerry Orbach. »
- Nate Jones
Law and Order: Svu is taking on one of the biggest stories of the year—heck, the last decade—Robert Durst and The Jinx. The NBC drama, which is now the longest-running drama on TV with its season 17 premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 23, will even go as far as having some confession caught on camera. Check out the new preview below. And yes, that's Dallas Roberts back as the nefarious serial killer Dr. Yates, previously seen in the Law and Order: Svu-Chicago Fire-Chicago Pd crossover. Black trash bags with body parts? Check. A wealthy New Yorker suspected by endless amounts of people? Check. Disguises? Check. No word on the burping and blinking though. Of course Law and Order: Svu is no »
So much for the reprieve. HBO and David Fincher are reportedly unable to reach a compromise on the size of the budget for Fincher's conspiracy thriller remake of the British cult TV series "Utopia" says Deadline.
As a result, the cast has been officially released by the network. HBO retains the rights to the project as well so Fincher cannot take the project somewhere else such as Netflix. The network may push on with a potential new director, but no decision about its continuation has yet been made.
Though never confirmed, the cast was reportedly said to include the likes of Rooney Mara, Colm Feore, Eric McCormack, Dallas Roberts, Jason Ritter, Brandon Scott and Agyness Deyn with the actors said to have been rehearsing for up to a month with Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn.
It is unclear how the fallout will affect Fincher's other HBO project, the 1980s comedy "Videosynchrazy, »
- Garth Franklin
There was no last-minute miracle for Utopia. I hear HBO and David Fincher were not able to reach a compromise on the size of the budget for the conspiracy thriller series. As a result, the cast of the project has been officially released by HBO. While never confirmed, I hear it included Rooney Mara, Colm Feore, Eric McCormack, Dallas Roberts, Jason Ritter and Brandon Scott. I hear they had been rehearsing for up to a month with Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn… »
You’re not in Storybrooke anymore, Eion Bailey.
The Once Upon a Time alum has joined HBO’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Westworld — inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name — about a Western-themed futuristic theme park where robots go nuts and attack the guests.
Per EW.com, Bailey will play louche bachelor and veteran Westworld visitor, Logan. His hedonistic romp through the park is equally motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William (played by House of Cards‘ Jimmi Simpson), who is a reluctant first-time guest. »
'Yesterday' movie: Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 10 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the planet's 30-35 million AIDS cases. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that more than 20 million Sub-Saharan Africans have died from complications of the disease.* Even today, drug cocktails that are relatively accessible in other parts of the globe are still beyond the means of the vast majority of Africans. Writer-director Darrell Roodt's South African drama Yesterday is set in this catastrophic scenario. The film depicts the effects of AIDS in the life of a young Zulu woman who contracts HIV from her husband. Although Roodt's narrative maintains its focus on the plight of one particular individual, the (for non-Zulus) quirkily named Yesterday represents millions of other women, »
- Andre Soares
Unforgettable is undergoing another casting change as it prepares to return, now on A&E, for its fourth season later this year.
Skeet Ulrich (Jericho) will play Eddie Martin, the husband of Poppy Montgomery’s Carrie, TVGuide.com is reporting. The role, first introduced in the Season 3 finale, was originally played by Michael Dempsey (Guiding Light).
The addition of Ulrich is merely the latest in a long line of casting shake-ups for the former CBS drama. Not only are Jane Curtin, Tawny Cypress and Dallas Roberts not returning as series regulars, »
One of Nolan’s exes has landed an Unforgettable new gig.
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Bonilla will play Denny Padilla, a new team member at the Major Cases division and a fast-rising star within the NYPD. He’s a bit rough-around-the-edges, but with a quiet side with a gentle wit. He’s also a fanboy of Poppy Montgomery’s Carrie.
The Denny character is one of three »
The Performer | Gina Rodriguez
The Show | Jane the Virgin
The Episode | “Chapter Twenty” (April 27)
The Performance | We can’t remember a television character we’ve rooted for harder than Jane the Virgin‘s titular mother-to-be, and the latest twist on her path to parenthood — she now intends to fight baby daddy Rafael for sole custody — only pushed us further into her corner.
The haunting blend of fear and exhaustion in Rodriguez’s voice as Jane poured her heart out to Alba in Monday’s episode served as the perfect example of how the Golden Globe winner commands her audience. Her »
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the April 29 episodes of Chicago PDand Law & Order: Svu.] The Intelligence Unit of Chicago Pd lost another one of its own Wednesday when Nadia (Stella Maeve) was kidnapped, raped and murdered by serial killer Greg Yates (Dallas Roberts). "That sends Lindsay on a spiral," Chicago Pd showrunner Matt Olmstead tells THR. Voight tries to keep her from losing it and that leads toward our cliffhanger in Pd which is Lindsay looking at her badge. Is she going to fling it and just go back to the party life where
- Kate Stanhope
NBC kicks off its second mega-crossover event with “Law & Order: Svu,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” Tuesday night with Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson heading to the Windy City for an unsolved murder rape case.
“It’s a little bit like ‘Justice League’ — it’s fun to watch the different heroes get together,” “Svu” showrunner Warren Leight tells Variety of the crossover’s popularity, adding that this week’s episodes have purposeful storylines, rather than simply being slapped onto the slate for more big numbers. “There was great chemistry between Benson and Voight (Jason Beghe), which was worth revisiting.”
The story sensibly brings the three casts together, thanks to a crime launched »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It's going to take somebody super nasty to unite the teams of Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd and Law & Order: Svu for the big three-show crossover. That somebody is The Good Wife and The Walking Dead veteran Dallas Roberts as Dr. Yates. Just how nasty is this Yates? Well in the clip below a fellow traveler stops him to ask why something in the back of his car was moving quite a bit. What could it be? A kidnapped girl or his dog? Is he nastier than the Beast (Pablo Schreiber)? In the Svu part of the crossover, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Voight (Jason Beghe) continue the investigation into a rape and murder that is very similar to a case Benson worked with Stabler (Christopher Meloni) all those years ago. The »
Unforgettable is officially saying goodbye to three cast members as it inches closer to its Season 4 reboot on A&E.
A Sony insider confirms that Jane Curtin, Tawny Cypress and Dallas Roberts will not return as series regulars, although Roberts is slated to make two guest appearances early in Season 4. (Fyi: When CBS axed the series, many of the actors’ deals lapsed, and some have moved on to other gigs.)
Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The show is currently casting three new regulars (including a new detective and medical »
John Noble is coming to Forever — but don’t worry, he’s not bringing the apocalypse with him.
Noble will play Aubrey Griffin, a wheelchair-bound expert of history and antiques. When a museum curator dies with a cursed Roman dagger in her possession, Aubrey gets caught up in solving the mystery behind the weapon.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Syfy has given a pilot order to Incorporated, »
USA Network continues to make decisions on the pilots from its current batch. I’ve learned that the cable network has opted not to proceed with supernatural drama pilot Evil Men, from CBS TV Studios and Universal Cable Prods. Written by Daniel Taplitz and directed by Gary Fleder, the proe down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill "evil men" or see his family ject followed Harry Killas (Dallas Roberts), an upstanding, middle-class… »
15 items from 2015
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