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Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
The "Office" alum and longtime "Boston Legal" star returns to the spotlight on the Peacock network and this time, instead of upholding the law (albeit via blackmail, bribery and the like), he's breaking it. In NBC's upcoming series "The Blacklist," Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the most wanted man in the world.
Check out Spader and his devilish ways below in NBC's new four-minute trailer for "The Blacklist", as well as two new preview clips, and scroll down for more previews and official descriptions of the new series on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule: the “Ironside" remake starring Blair Underwood, the new Mike O'Malley comedy "Welcome To The Family," Sean Hayes' return to sitcoms with "Sean Saves The World," and, of course, the highly-anticipated "Michael J. Fox Show."
"The Blacklist," Mondays at 10 p.m. Et
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, »
- Jaimie Etkin
Chicago – When you’re in as much of a ratings struggle as NBC, it makes sense to shake things up and that’s exactly what they’re doing in the Fall with a new show or an old show in a new time every single night of the week. “Chicago Fire,” “Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Parenthood” are moving. “Community” is being held until a midseason, 13-episode run. No decision yet made on “Celebrity Apprentice” or “Hannibal,” which isn’t that surprising as they are mid-season shows anyway although it shouldn’t give fans of either program confidence as NBC announced a midseason schedule as well and they’re not on it. Anything could still happen with either program however and they could be held as replacements for shows that fail. That may be the best shot for “Hannibal” fans now. The best new show on the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Laffer “Undateable” marks the Peacock’s fifth new comedy series. “Ironside” (pictured) is a remake of the 1970s series, starring Blair Underwood as the wheelchair-bound gumshoe originally played by Raymond Burr.
Peacock unveils its new sked to advertisers in Gotham on Monday.
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When confident slacker Danny Beeman (Chris D’Elia, “Whitney,” ”Glory Daze”) takes Justin »
- Cynthia Littleton
If the May upfront presentations are like Christmas for me, this week is the one when kids watch every package to come out of the car trunk, looking for clues to what thrills will be discovered under the tree. A few hints came from NBC today as they officially cancelled Deception. (Somebody find Victor Garber a good show, please!). It also passed on seven pilots, including ones starring Tbl-faves Dave Annable, Chris Zylka, Jesse Lee Soffer and Stephen Guarino.
Meanwhile, Variety says that NBC will announce a decision on bubble shows like The New Normal, Go On and Community today. According to Variety, NBC is inclined to clean house with its comedies but there’s a chance some shows will get a 13-episode order to use as midseason replacements.
- Lyle Masaki
The Online Network announced today that Brooke Newton is taking on the role of Colby Chandler, described as the spoiled entitled daughter of patriarch Adam Chandler, and Jason Pendergraft is checking into Pine Valley Hospital as new character Dr. Anders, an all-business physician. Newton’s episodes begin streaming May 16, and Pendergraft’s episodes begin running May 27. Newton’s TV credits include Gary Unmarried, CSI, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men, Happy Endings, and Suburgatory. She also has appeared in the feature films Natale a Miami, Real Premonition, Sydney White, Little Fish, Strange Pond, and RoboDoc. She currently stars opposite Rob Lowe in the feature Knife Fight and appears in the films Jake Squared, Hamlet’s Ghost, Jet Set and A Leading Man, all set for summer release. Pendergraft’s TV credits include Law & Order, As the World Turns, CSI: New York, Gossip Girl, Army Wives and White Collar. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
We've lightened up our coverage of BBC America's "Orphan Black" as it's really more sci-fi/thriller than pure horror, but since it does fit in our wheelhouse a bit, we thought we'd share the news of its renewal for another season.
From the Press Release:
BBC America has renewed highly acclaimed original series "Orphan Black" for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, ahead of its Season One finale on Saturday, June 1.
In making the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America said: "Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year’s standout performances. We’re excited to commission a second season from the talented team of Graeme, John, and Temple Street Productions, and we can’t wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in Season Two. »
- The Woman In Black
Here’s to the Great News o’ the Day! The extremely clever BBC America has renewed its very excellent, smart, twisty new mystery clone original series Orphan Black for a second season, returning in 2014. But Season 1 isn’t over yet, so keep watching! It is absolutely excellent, and the star, Tatiana Maslany, is a wonderment in her multiple clone roles, leading a truly top notch cast.
For those of you still unfortunately unfamiliar:
Trailer: Orphan Black
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Here’s the press release:
New York – May 2, 2013 – BBC America has renewed highly acclaimed original series, Orphan Black, for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, »
- Erin Willard
BBC America has renewed its new conspiracy thriller for a 10-episode second season ahead of its Season 1 finale on Saturday, June 1. Season 2 is slated to premiere in 2014. "Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year's standout performances," BBC Worldwide general manager of channels, Perry Simon, said of the series' star in a statement. It also stars Maria Doyle Kennedy ("Downton Abbey," "Dexter"), Jordan Gavaris ("Degrassi"), Dylan Bruce ("As The World Turns"), Kevin Hanchard ("The Listener") and Michael Mando ("Make Your Move"). Co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, "Orphan »
- Jethro Nededog
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As first reported by Soap Opera Digest, West has been cast in the new role of Ava Jerome, with no further details being offered.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
This week’s episode of The Following finds a bleeding madman, marinating in a cocktail of drugs, alcohol and his own deteriorating mental state, still getting the jump on the FBI. In the Bureau’s defense, it’s distracted by townsfolk who’ve chosen to deal with the threat of rampant killers in the same way they would an impending hurricane or catastrophic heat wave. But Joe’s banter, and two really big developments in the final moments of the episode, make all of the aforementioned silliness worth it. For now. Let’s review what happened in “The End Is Near. »
- Kimberly Roots
Actress Jennifer Ferrin is currently a recurring presence on Fox’s The Following, but she has just won a series regular role on the third season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels. Load your six-shooters, because if season 2 was any evidence, then season 3 will make for a very bumpy ride.
Her new role will be somewhat of a change up for her and sounds to me like it will be loads of fun. Hell on Wheels has a western theme and that alone should be a remarkable change of pace from being a part of the Fox crime series cast.
- Sasha Nova
The actress will play Louise Ellison, a smart, witty and flirtatious journalist hired by the New York Sun to cover the “story of the century” — the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Louise imbues her work with an element of human emotion as well as thorough, blunt, truthful fact-finding. She is strong and independent and demands to be treated with the same respect that any man in her position would be given.
- Michael Ausiello
The Daytime Emmys love a "Carly." This name has an unusually strong track record at these awards. To date, five women have earned a total of 15 nominations and six wins for playing a character by that name. And even those who failed to win for that role eventually claimed Emmys later in their career, so playing Carly, it seems, always pays off. -Insertgroups:12- Among the most successful actresses to take the name was Maura West. She debuted in the role of Carly Tenney on CBS's now defunct "As the World Turns" in 1995, and though she didn't earn her first Emmy bid until 2001, she was a perennial nominee after that, earning two nominations as a supporting actress and then five more as a lead. She won Best Actress twice (2007 and 2010). Crystal Chappell first played Carly Manning on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" from 1990 to 1993, but didn't get on Emmy's radar »
Yesterday we posted a bogus announcement that parent company Logo would be producing another series in its A-List franchise. A-List Amish Country. Commenter beforelautner appreciated the April Fool's joke, but wondered aloud why Logo wasn't producing more worthy gay interest projects. As an example he mentioned Eastsiders, the online web series starring Van Hansis and Kit Williamson.
Oh beforelautner, how prescient you are! Logo today announces they have picked up Eastsiders and will be producing more episodes! The show will launch on LogoTV (and right here on AfterElton/TheBacklot) with the first three episodes on April 23rd!
Here's a preview...
Have to say, we're pretty psyched about this. The dark comedy follows the travails of a young gay couple living in the East La neighborhood of Silver Lake. Van Hansis plays one half of that couple and has been a particular favorite with our readers (and staff) from his days »
On TV this weekend: The Tardis brings back Doctor Who, Orphan Black finds herself in the clone zone, The Bible closes, it’s a whole new Game of Thrones, Rick & Co. come to a Walking Dead stop and March Madness culls the Elite 8. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, March 30
4:30 pm Ncaa Men’s Basketball Tournament (CBS) | Syracuse vs. Marquette ["Let's go, Orange!" says Wtw editor Matt Mitovich], then Wichita State vs. Ohio State (at 7 pm)
- Kimberly Roots
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Please Like Me (Australia)
There were several moments I really enjoyed here. I loved where Josh talked to his father about him paying for Josh to visit him in Thailand — the only problem being Josh would have to see his father there. Josh’s quiet comment of ‘That’s a shame’ was hilarious as was the bit with the dog in a dress. I also liked Tom talking about having a child, only to find out that you didn’t like it very much and would have to pretend to love it. It had an odd ring of truth. But, my favorite was the gag about the erotic gif that Tom made. This show is full of lines that are rich with wit and warmth. And Claire and Tom’s kiss in the rain was really sweet. But I still think that Tom’s ex isn’t pregnant. »
- Anthony D. Langford
"We are going to have so many babies."
If you need a primer on the characters..
This will be a mini-cap, focusing primarily on gay-in-training Walt.
Walt and Maggie decide to make amends, just in time for Carrie's 17th birthday. Maggie is ready to grovel, but Walt admits that it wasn't all her fault. He couldn't love her the way she deserves to be loved, which should be a huge rainbow flag for Maggie, but this is 1985, and the Ask J.T. column is still a few decades away, so how's a girl to know how to interpret gay signals?
Carrie wants to throw herself a birthday party, but Larissa wants her to work the Interview party for the hot new book Less Than Zero, and its future Twitter Asshat author the same night. When Plus One Sebastian has to back out (his estranged mother wants to see him), Carrie »
Birthday shoutouts go to Daniel Gillies (above), who is 37, Jamie Bell is 27, and Kevin Williamson is 48. High School Musical star Corbin Bleu has joined the online cast of One Life To Live. Australian network Ten has been blasted for editing same-sex scenes out of Glee. The Veronica Mars Kickstarter backlash has started.NY Ag: NFL must act on sexual orientation concern. Ian Somerhalder talks about tonight's return of Vampire Diaries.The documentary Friend Of Essex is being screened around the U.S., and explores the lives of young people of color.
Below you can see the first full-length trailer for Hannibal, which premieres on NBC on April 4th.
Charisma Carpenter first came to our attention as Cordelia Chase, the popular, acid-tongued cheerleader who taunted the lovable misfits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, all while dreaming of escaping her one-Starbucks town for something bigger. That shallow first impression of Cordelia didn’t last, as the character grew over seven seasons (four on spin-off series Angel).
Since her unforgettable run in the Whedonverse, Carpenter has made memorable recurring appearances on a variety of shows like Veronica Mars, Burn Notice and Greek. But her current gig on The Lying Game has her back on television as a series regular.
The Lying Game focuses on a pair of identical twins, Sutton and Emma, (both played by As the World Turns alum Alexandra Chando) who were separated at birth, only to find each other in the teen years. Searching for their birth mother requires unraveling a web of family secrets that gets more interesting when Carpenter’s character, »
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