Marvel's 'Agent Carter' casts 'Himym' actress
Marvel's Agent Carter has filled another key role with another notable name. Nikita and How I Met Your Mother actress Lyndsy Fonseca is joining the cast of the upcoming ABC action series. The Captain America spin-off signed Fonseca to play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy (Hayley Atwell). Agent Carter follows the heroine in 1946 as she works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve while secretly taking on secret missions with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). The series also stars Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson (an agent with the Ssr, James D'Arcy as Edwin Jarvis (Stark's butler), Shea Whigham as »
- James Hibberd
Is Anybody Really Shocked By ‘Honey Boo Boo’ PR Mess?
Add TLC to the list of networks who have discovered when it comes to reality-tv stars, reality isn’t always so funny.
The Discovery-owned network’s decision to cancel “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” one of its most popular shows, represents just the latest in a long line of public-relations headaches and nightmares surrounding the colorful characters cast in such franchises. Not all the dust-ups are created equal, obviously, but they include — just in the 18 months — fraud charges surrounding “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” racism and homophobia within the “Big Brother” house, and Phil Robertson’s biblical ruminations triggering his fleeting (as it turned out) suspension from “Duck Dynasty.”
But honestly, why should anyone be surprised? The main reason these shows exist, after all, beyond the budgetary considerations, is precisely because of the combustible aspects of casting such personalities. So it’s hard to feel particularly sorry for anyone — producers, »
- Brian Lowry
Constantine: Will You Go to Hell and Back for NBC's New Drama?
Fighting the good fight takes a gnarly turn in the series premiere of Constantine, NBC’s new supernatural drama based on the DC Comic Hellblazer. After watching Friday night’s premiere, are you willing to stand with the title character against the forces of evil?
We want to hear your thoughts on the episode, but first, a brief recap:
We first meet John Constantine (Matt Ryan, The Tudors) as he’s willingly being prepped for electroshock therapy at a psychiatric treatment facility in England. “In my line of work, there are days you just need to forget,” he tells us via voiceover. »
Grimm Season 4 Premiere Recap: Trubel-ing Times
It’s been months since we checked in with the Grimm gang, but for Nick & Co., mere moments have passed between the events of last season’s finale cliffhanger — Nick’s Wesen-detection powers are gone! — and this week’s season-opening episode.
And by the end of the hour, those moments seem like a peaceful respite from the insanity ahead. Let’s take a look at what happened in “Thanks for the Memories.”
Don’T Lose Your Head | Nick, Juliette, Trubel and Hank speed away from Monroe and Rosalee’s melee of a wedding reception and wind up back at Nick’s house, »
ABC's Manhattan Love Story Is Fall TV Season's First Cancellation
ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is not getting a happy ending.
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The internal monologue-heavy rom-com premiered on Oct. 1 to 4.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, and by its fourth outing had dropped to 2.7 mil/0.7. Even more damming, the show was only seeing a 15 percent boost from Live+7 DVR playback — the lowest return of any scripted series this fall. »
ABC Cancels ‘Manhattan Love Story’
The ABC Studios comedy, which focused on the inner monologues of characters who were embarking on a new relationship, is the first of the new fall shows to be canceled.
“Love Story,” which aired at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays after fellow new rom-com “Selfie,” had a weak ratings start and lukewarm reviews, with Variety’s Brian Lowry writing that the narrative device was “straight out of the subtitled feeling-out exchange in ‘Annie Hall'” — even if leads Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman were appealing.
Despite being the first to drop the axe this season, ABC has had good luck in some of its other new properties and recently gave full-season orders to new comedy “Black-ish” and drama “How to Get Away with Murder.” Both of those shows have growing fan bases, »
- Whitney Friedlander
'Manhattan Love Story' canceled: First axed fall show
We have the first canceled show of the fall: ABC's Manhattan Love Story. ABC has decided to axe the Tuesday night comedy series, which fell to a new low in the ratings this week. The most recent episode delivered only 2.6 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. The comedy chronicled the relationship journey of a new couple and starred Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman. Next week the show and its lead-in Selfie will be preempted by a Halloween special. The week after that the 8 p.m. hour will have two episodes of Seflie -- which is easily the most »
- James Hibberd
'Grey's Anatomy' Episode 11.6 Photos: A Visit from April's Mom
Official photos from the sixth episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Don't Let's Start," airing Thursday, November 6 at 8pm on ABC.
Official Synopsis from ABC: "Owen becomes invested in a patient when he realizes she may have served in the military, April?s mother (Connie Ray) pays her daughter a visit and bonds with Jackson, and Derek plans a family dinner. Meanwhile, a patient?s diagnosis causes Bailey to reconsider her own health issues and Dr. Herman drops a bombshell on Arizona." »
The Legend of Korra Season 4 Episode 4 Review: “The Calling”
When watching The Legend of Korra–or any TV series, for that matter–it’s hard to view the product from outside the context of the story itself. Maybe in special cases like this one, the animation or scoring is just so superb that you wind up buying official art books or OSTs. More often than not, though, the show is so engrossing that it exists in its own world. The showrunners and voice actors are somewhere out there floating on the periphery not-so-secretly pulling the strings, but acknowledging them is a secondary task to appreciating and analyzing the show they’ve created. In the case of the Avatar franchise, there is someone who simply cannot go under-recognized and -appreciated, because to do so would be a travesty. Katie Mattila’s major contributions to Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have been sparse but phenomenal in the »
- Sean Colletti
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