16 items from 2015
Debuting just before Passover starts this year, The Dovekeepers is not the only story of faith from the First Century A.D. to show up on network television in the next week or so, and it certainly isn't the best. As the video review above says, this epic two-night tale of the siege of Masada – starring Cote De Pablo – by Rome’s bloodthirsty legions proves that big is not always better on the small screen. Based on the best-selling Alice Hoffman novel of the same name and… »
The Dovekeepers — the newest TV event from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett under their LightWorkers Media banner — is based on a bloody chapter of human history. But, says Downey, the tale’s true foundation is love and the resilience of the human spirit. “We’re most interested in telling stories that find light in the darkness,” she explained at a recent press event. “Dovekeepers is really a love story … a love story in the face of this incredible tragedy.” Inspired by Alice Hoffman’s heralded 2011 bestseller, The Dovekeepers tells the intertwined tales of mistreated beauty Yael (Rachel Brosnahan), mystical Shirah (Cote … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
There's a one-of-a-kind TV event coming to CBS, and you won't want to miss it.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (The Bible) are once again combining their brilliance as executive producers of the new four-hour limited series The Dovekeepers – and only ETonline has your exclusive behind-the-scenes first look.
In our sneak peek video above, Burnett and Downey are on location in Malta and they reveal how they were able to devise the look and feel of the first-century Seige of Masada, along with the goals, research, challenges that came along with creating The Dovekeepers.
Based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling historical novel, The Dovekeepers centers on a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. The project stars Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter) in the title dovekeeper roles.
It doesn’t require a “spoiler alert” warning to say that almost nothing happens on this week’s installment of The Good Wife.
And yet, if the seeds randomly scattered over the course of the hour take root, it could be the start of everything that’s to come in the complicated, mixed-up, ethically murky life of Alicia Florrick — political candidate, power spouse, occasional trial attorney and most certainly a woman in denial about her mourning over the tragic death of her lover Will Gardner.
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The Alicia-Kalinda reunion that Good Wife fans have been clamoring for may be nigh.
Reminded of the fact that Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi haven’t shared a scene together in more than two seasons, series cocreator Robert King told TVLine Saturday at PaleyFest that the decision to keep the two characters apart “is very much intentional to raise expectations,” adding that viewers should, “stay tuned.”
But with Panjabi set to exit at season’s end, time is running out. For his part, King agreed that the »
Supergirl stars Benoist as Kara Danvers née Zor-El, who since arriving on Earth years ago in the wake of planet Krypton’s destruction has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin (Kal-El aka Superman). At age 24, Kara decides to embrace her super abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.
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Jada Pinkett Smith is cutting bait.
The actress is leaving Gotham and her role as Falcone crime family lieutenant Fish Mooney at the end of the season.
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“We’re done, I did my year and I had a good time,” she tells Extra, adding that Fish will go out with a bang. “The show is gonna [have] an awesome finale.”
Smith’s character loomed large during the first half of Gotham’s freshman run. But as of late, ever since running afoul of the Don, »
After being forced out of their homes in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 C.E., 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling historical novel and airing Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 on CBS, The Dovekeepers presents »
Not so long ago, the Easter holiday, as far as mainstream TV networks were concerned, was defined by ABC’s annual airing of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments.” Local stations might cue up the Fred Astaire-Judy Garland chestnut “Easter Parade.”
But the success of History’s “The Bible” miniseries in 2013 has spurred networks to take a second look at Holy Week leading into Easter as a showcase for event programming. National Geographic Channel has set March 29, Palm Sunday, as the premiere date for “Killing Jesus,” the latest in the series of telepics based on historical novels by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
CBS is airing miniseries “The Dovekeepers,” set in biblical times, over four hours on March 31 and April 1. And NBC is launching its 12-hour “A.D: The Bible Continues” series on Easter Sunday, April 5. Both “Dovekeepers” and “A.D.” hail from the producers behind “The Bible, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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The four-hour series event, airing March 31 and April 1, is based on Alice Hoffman's historical novel about the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E. where 900 Jews stood their ground against Roman armies after being forced out of their home in Jerusalem and ensconced in a fortress at a mountain in the Judean desert. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women with different backstories who share a common bond for survival. Cote plays Shirah, a healer accused of practicing witchcraft.
The 35-year-old actress was in full wardrobe as she gave a tour of the set in Malta and spilled details on the show.
"Is there romance for Shirah?" Cote said. "Let's just say it's all the romance I didn't »
Love is in the air over at NCIS. Things have been quiet in the romance department for Agent Tony Dinozzo (recently slimmed-down Michael Weatherly) since his epic relationship with Agent Ziva David ended when actress Cote de Pablo left the CBS drama after Season 10. But, now things look like they're heating up for Dinozzo! Viewers will discover that the dapper lawman has a new love interest during Tuesday night's episode, and People has the exclusive first look at his new paramour. (And no, it's not Julie Chen!) Fans of the long-running hit series will recognize this new addition as Atf »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
The spirit is moving Eric Roberts back to CSI this spring.
Roberts will reprise the role of Brother Daniel Larson in the CBS procedural’s season finale, which is ominously titled “End Game,” TVLine has learned exclusively. This marks Roberts’ third CSI appearance; he previously guest-starred in the Season 13 finale and Season 14 premiere, both in 2013.
“We’re super excited about Eric Roberts returning to CSI to reprise his role as the silk-shirt smooth preacher-pimp, Brother Larson,” executive producer Don McGill tells TVLine. “Eric is always a blast to work with, and it’s always a privilege to be in his »
“I find that as a woman in my 50s, it’s often a time when people are stepping back from their career and I feel very encouraged that I’m moving into a whole new chapter for my career,” Downey told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
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“It’s complicated for an actor in their 40s and 50s, »
- Jethro Nededog
The four-hour limited series event from Downey and Mark Burnett, based on Alice Hoffman’s book of the same name, stars “NCIS’s” Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan, Kathryn Prescott, Diego Boneta and Sam Neill.
Downey said after the huge success of her “Bible” miniseries on History (which drew more than 100 million views), she knew viewers would be “hungry” for “Dovekeepers,” which she decided to produce because she is such a big fan of the novel.
“At its heart, ‘Dovekeepers’ is a love story…there is tragedy, of course, but at its heartbeat, there is beauty and hope,” Downey said on the TCA panel, adding that the dark story of Masada, which was filmed in Malta, is “profoundly moving.”
The net is hoping that de Pablo’s “noisy” fanbase, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After spending 10 years in the role of Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry’s return to a multi-camera sitcom could have been daunting.
But the actor maintains that working on CBS’ The Odd Couple reboot has allowed him to check an item off the bucket list.
“It’s been a dream come true to play Oscar Madison,” Perry said Monday at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour in Pasadena. “It’s been big shoes to fill, but we’re playing it differently.”
But that’s not to say Perry doesn’t get nervous, even after more than 200 episodes in front of a live audience on Friends. »
Exactly a year-and-a-half after the news first broke that she and NCIS were parting ways, Cote de Pablo has answered many burning questions about Ziva’s “rushed” exit storyline, the “outpouring of love” she felt from fans and whether she’d ever return to the CBS drama she called home for eight years.
Following her appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour — where she was promoting the upcoming CBS mini The Dovekeepers — de Pablo said that after her break from NCIS, “I took a couple of months off, and my entire family came over which was really great. »
16 items from 2015
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