It's Official: True Detective Season 2 to Star Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell
Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), whose interest in the project TVLine exclusively reported in August, will play Frank Semyon. Frank is a career criminal whose move into legitimate enterprise is jeopardized when his business partner is killed.
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Farrell (Alexander) will play Ray Velcoro, described by the network as “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” (Word of Farrell’s »
'Gotham' premieres strong while 'Big Bang Theory' explodes
Who needs Batman?
Fox’s big-swing crime thriller Gotham opened to very strong ratings Monday night. Gotham premiered to 8 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. Gotham — the story of heroic Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) fighting iconic DC Comics villains and protecting a young pre-Batman Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) — was predicted to have fall’s biggest opening by industry insiders. It’s far too early to give Gotham that crown, but 3.2 is considered a very good demo number, especially for 8 p.m. against heavy competition. CBS’ Madam Secretary, which opened Sunday night, has the new show fall lead among total viewers. »
- James Hibberd
Zach Gilford, Jonathan Cake join USA's 'Stanistan'
From the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, to a whole new fictional country—that seems to be the latest trajectory for Zach Gilford, who’s joined the cast of USA’s upcoming original drama pilot Stanistan.
But Gilford, who’s best known for his role as Matt Saracen on the television show Friday Night Lights, is not alone in his relocation. Desperate Housewives’ Jonathan Cake also joins the Stanistan cast, which already features Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter as Public Affairs Officer Marcie Post.
More generally, “Stanistan follows the staff at the American compound in the fictional country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, »
- Samantha Highfill
Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus Team Up to Preview The Walking Dead's Fifth Season
To any outsider setting foot on the Griffin, Georgia, set of The Walking Dead, the sense of heightened security and secrecy is immediately apparent. Production assistants string giant tarps across the entrance to a small alley, shielding any on-camera action from the eyes of dozens of gawkers who have parked themselves across the street in the 90-degree heat holding homemade signs professing their love for AMC's hit zombie drama. ("I <3 Daryl Dixon" is one popular sentiment.) Brief glimpses of the show's stars elicit the kind of eardrum-tearing screams usually reserved for the latest boy band.
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- Rob Moynihan
Did the NCIS: New Orleans Premiere Trot Out Too Many Big, Easy Tropes?
TV’s most watched drama officially made camp in Crescent City this Tuesday night, with the premiere of the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans. Will your DVR continue to say yes to Nola?
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One thing is for certain, coming out of the series opener: If you had a Bingo card listing every New Orleans stereotype/calling card, the pilot checked many of ‘em off in short order – including but not limited to:
√ “Mardi Gras”
√ Victim’s dad plays trumpet, at a jazz club
√ Jogging under the Greater New Orleans Bridges »
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Premiere Recap: A Lot to Absorb
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned on Tuesday with a Season 2 premiere that caught us up on Coulson & Co. — for better, and in some instances for worse — as well as introduced some new friends in the fight to fend off Hydra and rebuild the once-mighty organization.
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Following a highly entertaining prologue flashback that saw Ssr Agent Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos storm a Nazi camp to retrieve an alien obelisk from Daniel Whitehall (aka the Hydra agent known as Kraken, played by Reed Diamond), we meet badass S. »
The Mindy Project Recap: The Ma, the Myth, the Legend
As far as adversaries go, Mindy, you sure found a worthy one in Annette Castellano.
Danny’s mom makes her debut in this week’s Mindy Project, an episode that explores the Castellanos’ family dynamic by thrusting Dr. L into its midst.
Or, more accurately, Mindy thrusts herself into the guilt-trips, hurt feelings and favorites-playing that Danny and Richie have endured for years — and watching Mindy Kaling and Cheers queen Rhea Perlman throw down is going to be one of my recurring joys this TV season, I can already tell.
While the episode is still hot like Annette’s piping pot of gravy, »
Fall TV Popularity Contest: Did NCIS: New Orleans Win You Over?
Will you follow the NCIS franchise to New Orleans?
Now that the latest iteration of CBS' juggernaut has officially premiered, we want to know your thoughts — as well as what you think of every new show this season. Do you plan to stick around with Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) & Co. in the Big Easy, or is three NCISes too many?
Vote here for which new shows won you over, and which ones flopped.
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- Liz Raftery
NCIS Season 12 Premiere Recap: The Russian Is Coming
CBS’ NCIS opened its 12th season on Tuesday night with an episode that started off as a routine escorting of a team member home from Russia, but soon enough segued into an action-adventure, stranding Gibbs and McGee in the Russian wilderness.
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Setting up the events, we briefly meet Sergei Michnev, a Russian mercenary whom Deputy Ambassador Anton Pavlenko suspects has been stalking an NCIS tech whiz named Kevin. Michnev shrugs off the implication of bad behavior, stating that his interest in NCIS Special Agent Gibbs, back in the USA, »
Dancing With the Stars Week 2 Results: Did The Right Couple Go Home?
Despite some delightful high points — Leah Thompson’s knockout jive and a fabulous foxtrot by Janel Parish — during a “My Jam Monday”-themed Week 2 of Dancing With the Stars, there were plenty of possible candidates for a trip to the guillotine.
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Michael Waltrip’s not-so-sensational samba certainly put him at risk, but he had plenty of wobbly company — Tavis Smiley, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Chong and Randy Couture, I’m talking to you! — to bring suspense and uncertainty to the big announcement.
As our teetering-on-the-brink celebs sweated it out, »
Dancing with the Stars: Who Got Sent Home?
We're back with another Dancing with the Stars results show, before theTuesday edition retreats back into its glittery cave next week. A quick early observation: Can someone please inform Sadie Robertson that the camera can and will pan to her at any given opportunity? She's got a baaaad case of resting bitchface. End rant.
Tom and Erin waste no time in getting to the first set of results.
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- Liz Raftery
Mega Buzz: Castle's Mystery, a Homeland Feud and the Bones Conspiracy
Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any last-minute spoilers before the Castle premiere? — Michelle
Although it's not built as a two-parter like last year's season-opener, don't expect to get all the answers about who caused Castle's car accident or why by the end of the premiere. But do be prepared for the answers that are immediately available to make every character — even Beckett — seriously evaluate how much they really know (or believe in) Castle. The only silver lining: Those immediate answers don't necessarily paint the full picture. But will the damage already be done?
I need some more Homeland scoop! Are Quinn and Carrie still working together?
Although the first episode does pair the former colleagues on a mission, they hardly see eye-to-eye...
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- Adam Bryant
Talkshow Host Skip E. Lowe Dies at 85
Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a public access cable show about Hollywood and inspired Martin Short’s character Jiminy Glick, died Monday in Hollywood. He was 85 and had been suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.
“Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood” was based in L.A. starting in 1978, and managed to attract numerous well-known names despite its low-budget production.
Over the show’s 35-year run, he conducted more than 6,000 interviews with guests that included Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Shelley Winters, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Mickey Rooney and Lynn Redgrave, as well as numerous actors and singers who visited his show to promote their appearances.
His latest book “Hollywood Gomorrah” had an introduction by his friend Jacqueline Stallone.
Lowe was the subject of profiles in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times Magazine, where he was written about by comedian Harry Shearer, a fan of his show.
In the Los Angeles Times article, »
- Variety Staff
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