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Dave Annable Joins Fox Pilot ‘Red Band Society’
Fox has tapped Dave Annable as a series regular for the network’s drama pilot “Red Band Society.”
Annable, who previously appeared in the ABC drama series “Brothers and Sisters” and “666 Park Avenue,” will play the role of pediatric oncologist and surgeon Dr. William McAndrew.
“Red Band Society,” exec produced by Margaret Nagle, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero, is a remake of the Catalan TV show “Polseres Vermelles” and follows a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children’s wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has already been cast to star.
- Andrea Seikaly
Malik Yoba Joins Fox Drama Pilot ‘Empire’
Malik Yoba is set to co-star opposite Terrence Howard in Fox’s hip-hop industry drama pilot Empire, from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer. It centers on Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Yoba, repped by Innovative and the Arlook Group, will play Vernon Turner, Lucious’s longtime friend from the streets and business associate who is now the chairman of the board of Empire Entertainment. Related: 2014 Fox Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Fifth Wheel’ Pushed
I’ve learned that NBC’s comedy pilot Fifth Wheel is not going forward, at least for now, after difficulties with casting. With the number of original scripted series on cable and digital platforms exploding, there were major concerns going into this broadcasting season that the depleted talent pool would put extra strain on casting, leading to a number of pilots folding over problems finding the right actors. So far, those concerns have not materialized, with Fifth Wheel the first pilot this season to be pushed. There will not be a noticeable void left as NBC already had ordered the most comedy pilots, 14, as well as two series, Tooken and Mr. Robinson, for next season. Fifth Wheel, from ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co., was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello. It an ensemble comedy of a tight-knit group of friends that centers around a young woman »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Christian Slater on 'Mind Games' ratings: 'The audience has to build'
ABC’s Mind Games isn’t an out-of-the-gates hit. Far from it — the show debuted Feb. 25 to 3.6 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, and slid to a 0.6 rating on Tuesday.
But Christian Slater, who plays one half of the fraternal duo (alongside Steve Zahn) in charge of a unique problem-solving company, says Mind Games just needs time to grow. “Look, I think it’s a great show,” says the actor, whose last TV foray was the 2011-2012 comedy Breaking In. “This really is a show that has to grow, and you have to get invested, and the audience has to build. »
- Adam Markovitz
'The Flash': 'Arrow' spinoff casts Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
Although the role has a guest-starring status in the pilot episode, Sabongui's character could become recurring if the show is picked up to series by The CW (according to The Hollywood Reporter).
As a police captain, David Singh would be the boss of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), the young man who becomes the titular Flash. Others cast in the pilot include Jesse L. Martin (Detective West), Candice Patton (Iris West), Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Rick Cosnett (Detective Eddie Thawne) and John Wesley Shipp.
A stuntman as well as an actor, Sabongui has guest-starred in "Flash" executive producer Greg Berlanti's "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." He has also recently appeared on "Almost Human," "Nikita," "Psych" and more.
'Blue Bloods' Season 4, episode 16: A woman's vengeance and a school trip add 'Insult to Injury'
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. »
Harriet Harris Joins NBC Pilot ‘Lifesaver’; Dana DeLorenzo & Kim Shaw In ‘Two To Go’
Tony winner Harriet Harris (Desperate Housewives) has been cast in NBC’s multi-camera pilot Lifesaver. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Cgristian Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Harris, repped by Brs/Gage, plays Christian’s mother Liz Parmenter. She recently finished a run in the original cast of Cinderella on Broadway. Related: 2014 NBC Pilots Dana DeLorenzo and Kim Shaw have booked NBC’s comedy pilot Two To Go. It centers on longtime best friends Kurt (Michael Stahl-David) and Laura (Christine Woods), who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try to prove that they are destined to be together. DeLorenzo, repped by TalentWorks, 3 Arts, and attorney Lev Ginsburg, and Shaw, repped by Innovative, Marilyn Glasser and Klwgn, play »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'Grimm' Season 3: Reggie Lee discusses 'Mommy Dearest' shocker and Wu's first name reveal
Warning: If you haven't watched Friday's (March 7) episode of "Grimm," you're about to be spoiled.
At long last, "Grimm" fans have gotten what they wanted for the character of Sergeant Wu. Not only did he discover the Wesen world, but viewers also learned his first name.
Except the whole Wesen storyline didn't exactly play out the way many people were likely expecting. Wu couldn't handle the fact that the Aswang was more than just a fairy-tale creature, and he ended up in a mental institution over it. Will he be able to come to terms with this supernatural world? That remains to be seen.
Zap2it spoke with Wu himself, Reggie Lee, about the seminal episode, what this means for his character and how they decided on the name of "Drew Wu."
Zap2it: What was your response to Wu having a mental breakdown over seeing a Wesen?
Ted Bergmann, Producer Who Brought Grammys to Television, Dies at 93
Ted Bergmann, the producer of early Grammy and National Football League telecasts, died Sunday following surgery in Santa Monica, Calif., according to his wife Beverly. He was 93.
Bergmann started his television career at NBC in 1947. He went on to work in advertising, where he matched companies such as Coca-Cola and Colgate with entertainment properties. The group behind the Grammy Awards sought Bergmann’s help in 1962 to bring the ceremony to TV. He then produced the music awards show for seven years.
Bergmann served as president of the DuMont Television Network and televised early NFL games and live boxing. Other TV credits include “The Arthur Godfrey Show,” ”Love Thy Neighbor” and “Three’s Company.”
Besides his wife, Bergmann is survived by six children, two stepsons, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
- Associated Press
Paul F. Tompkins To Star In ABC’s Brian Gallivan Pilot; Amy Sedaris In ‘Dead Boss’
Actor-comedian Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang! Bang!) will star opposite Molly Shannon in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Olive Bridge Prods. It centers on an overworked father (Tompkins) dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Shannon plays his wife. Also cast in the pilot is Tessa Albertson as the couple’s older daughter. Repped by Innovative/Mksd. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Strangers With Candy‘s Amy Sedaris will co-star opposite Jane Krakowski in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
BBC America's 'Orphan Black' Season 2 clips hid a binary message from Walt Whitman
Current favorite thing about the internet: The hardcore "Orphan Black" fans who decoded a secret binary message in the eight promo clips BBC America released via its Instagram in anticipation of the clone thriller's Season 2 premiere on April 19.
The eight teasers showed our very first glimpses at the show's upcoming second season, including Felix and Alison having a heart-to-heart, one of the clones attacking Rachel, sick Cosima, a new dude who makes out with Sarah and more, and before the "Orphan Black" logo flashed at the end of each one, a binary message came on screen.
After realizing each binary code that flashed was different, the Internet detectives at After Ellen decoded the message. It turned out to be quotes from from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."
Revisit the clips and each quote below. What does it all Mean?!
1. "I am large, I contain multitudes."
2. "Will you prove already too late? »
'Enlisted' star Angelique Cabral books lead NBC comedy pilot 'Two to Go'
Here is your weekly reminder to watch "Enlisted," Fox's funniest sitcom of the season: Star Angelique Cabral, who plays Geoff Stults' nemesis/frenemy/flirt buddy on the comedy, has booked a lead role in a new NBC comedy pilot.
According to Deadline, Cabral will star in "Two To Go," a comedy about longtime best friends Kurt and Laura (Christine Woods), who struggle with "the challenges of modern-day dating" while their group of friends insist they should be together. Cabral will play Anne, the Pilates instructor wife to Echo Kellum's stay-at-home dad Nick.
Before you fret: Yes, it is in second position to "Enlisted" so if the show is picked up and "Enlisted" is renewed, she'll stay on the military comedy. And yes, this is a very common move for actors during their busiest staffing time of the year. But it's still kind of a bummer to remember that »
Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93
Sheila MacRae, a film, TV and stage actress who played Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, on musical-comedy episodes of “The Honeymooners” featured as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the late 1960s, died on March 6 at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93.
On TV, MacRae also played herself in a famous episode of “I Love Lucy,” “The Fashion Show”; briefly had her own series in 1971; appeared on soap “General Hospital” as Madelyn Richmond in 1991; was a series regular on the single-season “Parenthood” in 1990-91; and guested on series including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
- Carmel Dagan
Seth MacFarlane explains the new ship on 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'
On Sunday, March 9, Fox and National Geographic Channel will simulcast the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that follows in the epic footsteps of the Emmy Award-winning 1980 TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original Cosmos with her late husband Carl Sagan, serves as an executive producer, and as Seth MacFarlane revealed in his SiriusXM Town Hall with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, you can thank her for the trippy spaceship that becomes “home base” through this new journey across space and time.
“It was very important »
- Mandi Bierly
R.I.P. ‘Three’s Company’, NFL & Grammys TV Producer Ted Bergmann
Broadcasting veteran Ted Bergmann, who produced the first NFL and Grammy telecasts and was present to record the German surrender to the Allies for radio in 1945, has died. He was 93. Bergmann died March 2 following surgery at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. During the course of his 70-year broadcast career, Bergmann produced such shows as Three’s Company and its two spinoffs; The Arthur Godfrey Show; and Love Thy Neighbor, a 1973 ABC series about a black couple in a white neighborhood that was so controversial that Sears and Proctor & Gamble pulled their advertising. A Brooklyn native, Bergmann started his TV career as an NBC page. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army, soon earning the rank of captain and covering stories in the European theater for the NBC radio program Army Hour. On May 6, 1945, the 24-year-old Bergmann took a recording crew to a schoolhouse Reims, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
R.I.P. Sheila MacRae
The Honeymooners actress Sheila MacRae has died. The 93-year-old UK-born MacRae passed away March 6 , at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. She is best known to American audiences for her 4-year stint as Alice Kramden in the mid-’60s revival of The Honeymooners within The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. In addition to her 1966-70 run as Ralph Kramden’s wife, MacRae was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 with her then husband, singer Gordon MacRae, the night the Beatles debuted in America. The actress appeared on General Hospital in the 1960s and on NBC’s Parenthood TV series for the 1990-91 season. MacRae had a career on the stage as well in Guys and Dolls, Absurd Person Singular and other productions. One of her last acting appearance was in the one-women show An Evening With Sheila MacRae. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'Doctor Who': Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman say goodbye with jokes
In a a behind-the-scenes video from The Wrap, which appears on the "Day of the Doctor" DVD release, Smith commandeers a camera to ask Coleman what she'll miss most about him. "The daily abuse," she answers.
Based on the hugs and jokes they share in the video, it's easy to see just how special their connection aboard the Tardis was. »
'New Girl,' 'The Following,' 'Mindy Project' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' all renewed for 2014-15 on Fox
Fox has picked up three of its Tuesday-night comedies -- "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mindy Project" -- for next season, along with drama "The Following."
Three of the four pickups seemed fairly likely: Ratings for "The Following" have been down some this season but it remains a solid performer, and "New Girl" and "Brooklyn" are the network's two top live-action comedies. The "Mindy" renewal is a mild surprise as its ratings are somewhat lower, and it's been on hiatus since January, with a return set for April 1.
The four shows join the already renewed "Bones," "Glee" and "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox's schedule for next season. The network also has made series commitments to several new shows, including dramas "Gotham" and "Backstrom" and comedies "Mulaney" and "Cabot College," for 2014-15.
Where they all end up on the schedule is very much an open question, as Fox is committing to »
'The Mentalist' Season 6, episode 13: Jane goes underground in 'Black Helicopters'
After nearly two months off the air, "The Mentalist" returns to CBS Sunday (March 9). The show's first episode back finds Jane literally going underground to work a case.
Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek at the episode, titled "Black Helicopters." The episode centers on the death of a U.S. attorney in Mexico, which leads Jane to a separatist compound near the border. In the clip, Jane (Simon Baker) calls Fischer (Emily Swallow) and Cho (Tim Kang) and asks them to trace his phone, but when they arrive, there's no sign of him -- just an angry guy with a shotgun.
The situation goes from tense to just when Jane, through Fischer's phone, asks everyone not to shoot and then pops out of a hole in the ground. Take a look:
"The Mentalist" airs at 10 p.m. Et/Pt Sunday on CBS. »
Everything You Need to Know Before Once Upon a Time Returns
It's been three long months since Once Upon a Time shocked viewers by sending our favorite fairy-tale characters back to the Enchanted Forest while wiping Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry's (Jared Gilmore) memories of their time in Storybrooke. When the ABC fairy-tale drama returns, it's been a year since Emma and Henry took up residence in New York, while Regina (Lana Parrilla) and the Charmings have had their hands full with new foe the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader)! So what's in store for Oncers when the show returns?
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- Natalie Abrams
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