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Chicago – ABC announced their 2013-14 schedule this morning and revealed an aggressive slate of new programming, including four new comedies and four new dramas. Tuesday nights will be entirely new, anchored by “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Their hit shows aren’t really moving other than “The Neighbors” slidng to Friday nights and “Dancing with the Stars” downsized to one night. They also revealed that they will air a special based on the hit Pixar trilogy, “Toy Story of Terror,” in October 2013.
Full schedule below with an asterisk for new show. New show descriptions below that. “Suburgatory” is being held for mid-season.
7pm “Dancing with the Stars”
7pm “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”*
8pm “The Goldbergs”*
8:30pm “Trophy Wife”*
9pm “Lucky 7”*
7pm “The Middle”
7:30pm “Back in the Game”*
8pm “Modern Family”
8:30pm “Super Fun Night”*
7pm “Once »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
What’s more, the first promo for the brand-new series is set to air this Sunday during the Once Upon a Time season finale.
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The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
This darkly comic anthology series taps into the collective unease about the modern world. Each one hour story is in turn, disarming, suspenseful and darkly satirical, and all explore our modern reality. The drama won a Golden Rose for comedy at the Rose D’Or festival and an Emmy for Best TV Mini-series in 2012.
The cleverly crafted brand new series is deeper and darker than ever bringing with it a strong cast, including Hayley Atwell (Captain America, The Duchess, Pillars of The Earth), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Sugar Rush) & Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie).
Each self contained episode of Black Mirror will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Sometimes uncomfortable but always compelling, let »
- Simon Gallagher
Creator: Charlie Brooker
Running Time: 135 minutes
Charlie Brooker is a genius when it comes to astute social commentary. His Wipe series demonstrate his biting wit and scathing satire, as well as highlighting his powers of observation. In 2011, Brooker’s dark anthology series Black Mirror arrived with a bang – the banging of a pig that is, in the unforgettable and shocking first episode ‘The National Anthem’. Although this second series never quite reaches the heights of series one, it is still some of the most impressive storytelling on television.
Black Mirror is a painfully short series (always leave them wanting more), but in just three stand alone episodes it does more than other shows can produce with longer runs. The main theme behind the show is to take a close look at society and its vices, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In childhood the monster that lived under my bed was a shadowy, shape-shifting fear of the unknown. By adulthood that monster had morphed into a more specific beast: insecurity. Will my relationship survive? Is my life, my job, my future, a joke? Who am I, how did I get here? Does anybody care??
Charlie Brooker’s Emmy winning Black Mirror returns for a second series with three more self contained stories. The broadcaster and columnist this time serves as writer for all three and his pithy insight packs a punch that lands well across each drama in the anthology.
The DVD opens with Be Right Back. Ash and Martha are looking forward to starting a new life in the country together. As the young couple unpacks, Ash cannot resist uploading a photo of his younger self for his friends to mock online. Martha gestures to the phone and jokes that »
- Emily Breen
Actress Lily James of Downton Abbey has joined the cast of Cinderella as the title character in the Disney upcoming film directed by Kenneth Branagh has been cast as Cinderella in Disney’s upcoming Cate Blanchett stars as the iconic evil stepmother in the live-action interpretation of the beloved classic tale. Disney informed us of the casting just now, also stating that additional announcements regarding Cinderella are expected in the coming weeks. James' other film credits including Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath of the Titans with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fieness as well Fast Girls with Lenora Crichlow and Philip Davis. »
Da Vinci's Demons spreads its wings tonight.
Patrick Duffy says he'd like to participate in a Step by Step reunion movie and that it would be interesting to see how the Lambert family grew up. I just hope such a series spawns a serious topical drama that desperately adds a laugh track when ratings tank, giving the Tgif generation a The Bradys of their own.
You've seen me complain that the dark side of a golden age of television is a too-full DVR that make it challenging to keep up with all the good shows (as well as the guilty pleasures and hate watching) available. It also means that shows like Southland and Switched at Birth don't quite get the attention they deserve. I'm still looking for time to get caught up on Game of Thrones, much less time to get to that third episode of Top of the Lake. »
The supernatural flatshare drama comes to an end on Sunday. But the cast was excellent, the storylines strong and the ratings respectable. So why is BBC3 dropping it?
On Sunday, the final episode of Being Human will air on BBC3 – bringing to a close five series of supernatural flatsharing between a vampire, werewolf and ghost. Not unreasonably, many fans are asking: why? The horror comedy does not bow out having outlived its usefulness or popularity. And, while the recently concluded Merlin was always conceived as a five-year project, it feels as though Being Human only recently took the necessary steps to ensure its continued life on-screen.
At the end of series four, with original cast members Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow all gone, it did look as if it might be the right time for the stake: cast overhauls rarely work completely. But Being Human has not only survived with a new cast, »
- Dan Martin
Last week, Friday Fiver picked out the five greatest episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and today we've got cause to look back on another of cult drama's very best - after five years, Being Human will draw to a close this Sunday night (March 10).
From Mitchell, George and Annie to Hal, Tom and Alex, we're nominating a quintet that represents the very finest that Toby Whithouse's BBC Three series had to offer and, to be fair, we've chosen one episode per series - check out our picks below and be sure to share your own favourites too!
Series One, Episode Four - first aired Feb 15, 2009
Lenora Crichlow has landed a role in a new Us pilot.
The Being Human star will appear in a new sports comedy from ABC, TVLine reports.
Crichlow will play Gigi Fernandez-Lovette, mother of one of the players who befriends Lawson's character Terry.
Us TV's most exciting pilots - in pictures »
White Collar wasn't planning on having a season finale tonight,
but it just happened upon a finale that was just sitting on the bench not doing anything.
Fox gave early renewals to four shows yesterday: The Following, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope. The one surprise on that list is The Mindy Project, which has been on the bubble all year. However, Deadline reports that Raising Hope will have to go without series creator Greg Garcia who is expected to supervise one of the two comedy pilots he's developing for CBS.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andrews will play "Roland, a renegade who will do what ever it takes -- for a price -- to rescue David's kidnapped wife, Sara. He's a British national and former Secret Air Service member who works as an illegal mercenary in some of the world's deadliest locations who is wanted in about a dozen countries."
In other pilot news ...
Lili Taylor joins Fox's futuristic cop pilot. The "Six Feet Under" star will play "Maldonado, an ambitious and determined police captain who is willing to make sacrifices for the greater good," in the project from "Fringe" Ep Joel Wyman and J.J. Abrams. »
- Laura Prudom
Brit actress Lenora Crichlow continues to push her way into mainstream American consciousness, as she's joins the cast of an ABC pilot from the Cullen Brothers. The star of BBC Three's critically-acclaimed supernatural drama series Being Human currently in its final season) has booked a role in the untitled Cullen Brothers comedy which centers on "Terry Gannon (Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player." Crichlow will play a character named Gigi, described as a mom whose son tries out for Little League with Terry’s son. Deadline states that Crichlow is getting a lot of looks for various pilots here in the USA, so there might be more casting announcements coming.
- Tambay A. Obenson
Brit actress Lenora Crichlow continues to push her way into mainstream American consciousness, as she's joins the cast of an ABC pilot from the Cullen Brothers. The star of BBC Three's critically-acclaimed supernatural drama series Being Human currently in its final season) has booked a role in the untitled Cullen Brothers comedy which centers on "Terry Gannon (Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player." Crichlow will play a character named Gigi, described as a mom whose son tries out for Little League with Terry’s son. Deadline states that Crichlow is getting a lot »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Samaire Armstrong (The Mentalist) and British actor Sam Hazeldine (Raven) have been cast in ABC’s drama pilot The Returned, from Brillstein Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and ABC Studios. Written by Aaron Zelman and directed by Charles McDougall, the project chronicles how the lives of the people in Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Armstrong, repped by Leverage and Apa, plays Elaine, an attractive and snarky woman with a controlling personality who loses her composure when her father seems to have come back from the dead. Hazeldine, repped by Luber Roklin and UK’s Rights House, will play Abel, a mysterious man coming back from the past. Hazeldine, the son of British actor James Hazeldine, next co-stars in another Plan B project, the George Clooney-starring/directed feature Monument Man. This is Hazeldine’s second ABC drama pilot — he was in Scruples last season. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The single-camera project, formerly titled She’s Got Balls, follows a recently divorced, single mother (played by Psych‘s Maggie Lawson) who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Las Vegas‘ Caan) and reluctantly starts coaching her son’s Little League team. As she does so, she’s reluctantly drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
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- Kimberly Roots
Episode Two: White Bear
This week on Black Mirror, there's been a heavy shift in storytelling. While the last episode, 'Be Right Back', was effectively emotional; I found that, for Speculative Fiction, it didn't really explore its own ideas very well.
White Bear says “Screw that!” and focuses on giving an intense, crazy story that only has the light trappings of technology, and a heavy dollop of commentary about the evil that men do.
And it works all the better for it, honestly.
Victoria (Lenora Crichlow, Being Human) wakes up to find she's lost her memory. There's the remains of an implied suicide attempt, a photograph of an implied daughter, and a very much actual harsh electronic buzz in the air. Outside, the streets seem empty, until she sees the people standing silently, watching through their smartphones. Voyeurs. Once she's been spotted, it's not long until a man in a balaclava pulls up, »
Last week’s episode was an incredibly sombre and slow paced show that was centred around one performance. This week’s episode, White Bear, however was a completely different kettle of fish – which is what makes Black Mirror such an interesting show.
White Bear was a visceral, violent, frightening and all together terrifying affair with some incredible visuals, an intriguing build and a payoff that seems to have split its audience. A brief look at Twitter has seen many people claim that the reveal in the third part was a letdown while others thought it was very clever. I'm personally in the latter camp as I think it asks more philosophical questions than a conventional twist ending would have, but I can understand the frustrations.
For me however the episode fell down on its lead performance from Lenora Crichlow. This was »
"White Bear" is the single darkest episode of Black Mirror so far. That's definitely saying something for a show that is far from cheerful at the best of times. However, if you found last week's "Be Right Back" just a little more sentimental than expected, the more surreal edge that Charlie Brooker is known for is back on display here.Lenora Crichlow plays a young woman who wakes up in unfamiliar house with no memory, she tries to piece things together but finds herself lost and alone in a world where bystanders appear to be more interested in filming her on their phones than helping her. When she encounters Jen (Tuppence Middleton), it is revealed to her that much of the population have effectively been turned...
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