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Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Greg Kinnear is headed toward his first regular TV gig since hosting E!'s "Talk Soup" in the early 90s. In "Rake," Kinnear plays a brilliant lawyer, who is less than smart with his personal choices. He's got a gambling problem, is in deep with a bookie, falls in love with a prostitute, has a woman who wants him dead and that's only the beginning.
The show has a good pedigree. Based on an Australian show, "Rake" is from director Sam Raimi and one of the creators of FX's "Rescue Me." It also stars Miranda Otto, John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan and Tara Summers.
"Rake" is an hour long, and set for Fox's midseason, Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Et. »
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Sample the network’s new offerings below, and then hit the comments with your snappy judgments! (Promos for several of Fox’s midseason shows will be added as soon as they become available.)
- Megan Masters
Fox will announce its 2013-2014 schedule on Monday, but the network gave viewers an idea of what's to come yesterday by announcing pick-ups of four dramas and five comedies.
Cast: Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Ramon Rodriguez (Charlie’s Angels), Jay Hernandez (Last Resort), Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious), Inbar Lavi (Underemployed), Rza, Cliff Curtis (Missing), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill)
Synopsis: Follows a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through its ranks — ultimately landing on the Gang Task Force. There, he must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” on the Sfpd.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
"Almost Human" from the "Fringe" team of J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in an action-packed buddy cop drama, set in the near future, when all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby and Minka Kelly co-star.
"Fringe" producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci are behind "Sleepy Hollow," a modern-day reinvention of the story of Ichabod Crane starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. Orlando Jones and Katia Winter co-star and John Cho guest stars in the pilot.
Among the noteworthy drama pilots not getting the go-ahead from Fox: Felicity Huffman’s Boomerang, an adaptation of the Delirum novels and The List (costarring Grey’s newbie Hilarie Burton). (Fox’s complete development slate can be found here.)
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- Michael Ausiello
Looks like the new cool thing for directors to try after a big success is dipping their toes in TV. Ang Lee is following up his Life Of Pi Oscar triumph with a pilot for the Homeland team, and Sam Raimi is swapping the big fantasy visuals of Oz The Great And Powerful for Sony TV’s legal dramedy show Rake.Adapted from an Australian comedy drama series, Rake follows brilliant-but-batty criminal defence lawyer Keegan Joyce (Greg Kinnear), who is amazing at his job but terrible with people. He’s dedicated to justice and is surprisingly optimistic despite his rough outer shell. Yes, it sounds like it could be a little bit House-meets-Boston Legal..The show – assuming it gets picked up – was created by Peter Duncan (who crafted the original), who worked on it alongside Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer. Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, John Ortiz, David Harbour »
Richard Roxburgh starred in the original which follows the self-destructive, tactless Sydney criminal defense lawyer Cleaver Greene who defended some seemingly hopeless cases including a cannibal, a bigamist, a dog f--ker, an emasculator, a racist shock jock, an Assange-esque online reporter, and the wife of an incompetent suicide bomber.
Clients, judges and city officials have been played by high-profile guest stars with the likes of Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Sam Neill, Rachel Griffiths, Martin Henderson, Noah Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie and Jack Thompson all appearing in colourful roles.
The American version has Greg Kinnear stepping into the role of Greene, while Miranda Otto, Necar Zadegan, John Ortiz, David Harbour and Ian Colletti also star. Roxburgh, Ian Collie, show creator Peter Duncan, and "Rescue Me" showrunner Peter Tolan will executive produce. »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Miranda Otto has been tapped as the female lead opposite Greg Kinnear in the Fox comedic drama pilot Rake, which also has cast Emily Owens, MD‘s Necar Zadegan. Additionally, Otto has booked a co-starring role opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank in the movie The Homesman, written and directed by Jones. Based on the Australian series, Rake, from the original series’ creator Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan and Sony TV, follows the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter. In addition to Keegan’s cases within the justice system, the show follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his ongoing battle against the IRS, his mounting debt to his bookie, overlapping affairs and liaisons with women, a hormonal son, an exhausted ex-wife, Maddy (Otto), and the evolving relationship between his two married best friends, Ben »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Many medical TV series have been ratings hits and many have been flops. How will Emily Owens, MD fare on The CW? Stay tuned to find out.
Revolving around a young medical intern at a prestigious Denver hospital, Emily Owens, MD typically airs Tuesday nights on The CW network. The cast includes Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King, Kelly McCreary, Harry Lennix, Necar Zadegan, and Michael Rady.
Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Emily Owens, MD will be cancelled or renewed for a second season.
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Final season averages: 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.27 million total viewers.
Episode 01-13: Tuesday, 02/05/13 »
Network: The CW
Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: October 16, 2012 -- February 5, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer) thought that she was done with the world of high school. After all, she graduated years ago and has now finished medical school as well. Unfortunately, her years as a geeky girl have come back to haunt her.
Emily is beginning an internship at Denver Memorial Hospital, a facility where her med-school crush Will Collins (Justin Hartley) is also an interning. Unfortunately, her high school nemesis, gorgeous and popular Cassandra Kopelson (Aja Naomi King), is also interning at Denver Memorial as well.
Another intern, Tyra Dupre (Kelly McCreary), warns »
11 items from 2013
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