16 items from 2014
CBS has scheduled its new drama "Madam Secretary" to air on Sunday nights before "The Good Wife," which means two things: 1)You should expect its start time to often be interfered with by football (though its regular timeslot is 8 p.m. Eastern, it's tentatively set to debut this weekend at 8:30), and 2)CBS hopes that Téa Leoni and friends can do for political drama what Julianna Margulies and company have done for the law genre: find a way to juggle the formulaic procedural qualities of a broadcast network drama with the narrative and moral complexities of what you can find on cable. "Madam Secretary" — which stars Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, a former CIA analyst and college professor appointed to be Secretary of State after her predecessor dies in a plane crash — doesn't lack for talent on either side of the camera. The show was created by Barbara Hall, the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Adam Arkin broke out as an actor in 1990 with the recurring Northern Exposure role of Adam, a barefoot, grungy hermit/gourmet chef who popped up now and then to vex Dr. Joel Fleischman. But his biggest moment on the hit CBS show might have come three years later, when he made his debut on the other side of the camera. He quickly found a niche directing shows that he also appeared in, first, during his long stint on CBS’s Chicago Hope; more recently, on the FX dramas Sons of Anarchy and Justified; and just this past Sunday, on Masters of Sex, when he turned up as a PR man our recapper referred to as a “silver fox.” Tonight he joins the cast of The Bridge, playing a role he describes as “an upstanding, well-meaning DEA agent” (it should come as no surprise that he directed an August episode of »
- Bruce Fretts
“Action!” the word is said quietly but emphatically, and the cast and crew on the set of “Masters of Sex” jump into motion. The man behind the video monitor is longtime actor Adam Arkin, and it’s clear he commands respect from the director’s chair. Sitting behind him are two of the show’s executive producers, Michelle Ashford and Sarah Timberman — and they’re taking a literal backseat to Arkin’s subtle direction of the show’s second-season finale, skedded to air Sept. 28.
“For a show like ‘Masters’ that is so performance-based, where there’s so much subtext and nuance involved, Adam makes for an ideal director,” explained Timberman. “As an actor himself, he thinks about material from the inside out, so I think the cast felt enormously comfortable in his hands.”
While still expanding his already lengthy resume with the occasional acting gig, Arkin’s been steadily building »
- Debra Birnbaum
Universal Cable Productions has optioned Robert Charles Wilson Novel, “Spin,” for a TV event series. “Northern Exposure” actor Rob Morrow via his Bits And Pieces production company (“Maze”) and movie producer Leslie Urdang of Olympus Pictures (“Beginners,” “Rabbit Hole”) have signed on as executive producers. The project is one of the first under Ucp's new development executive vice president Dawn Olmstead, who joined in January. Also read: Dawn Parouse Olmstead to Head Scripted Development for Universal Cable Productions “‘Spin’ is beloved in the sci-fi world for its dynamic characters and engaging storylines. We're excited to bring this masterpiece to life with Rob Morrow and. »
- Jethro Nededog
Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to the Hugo Award winning, best-selling science fiction novel Spin by Robert Charles Wilson with the goal of developing it into an event TV series. Read on for the details.
The deal marks one of the first project commitments under Dawn Olmstead, who recently joined Universal Cable Productions as Executive Vice President, Development, and underscores the caliber of genre content and compelling stories in development.
Additionally, the studio has signed Bits and Pieces Pictures' Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure,” Quiz Show) and Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang (Beginners, Rabbit Hole) to produce, rounding out its growing slate of powerhouse auspices.
"Spin is beloved in the sci-fi world for its dynamic characters and engaging storylines. We’re excited to bring this masterpiece to life with Rob Morrow and the team at Olympus Pictures," said Olmstead.
Spin follows three childhood friends who, while playing one night, witness »
- Debi Moore
Robert Charles Wilson's best-selling sci-fi novel Spin may be coming to the small screen. Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to the Hugo Award-winning novel with the goal to adapt the post-apocalyptic book as an event series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Bits and Pieces Pictures' Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure, Quiz Show) and Olympus Pictures' Leslie Urdang (Beginners, Rabbit Hole) will produce Spin, the first book in Wilson's trilogy. A network is not currently attached. Story: The 'Bible' Effect and the Resurrection of TV Miniseries The drama follows three childhood friends who witness the
- Lesley Goldberg
It's been over a decade since we've visited Dancing Zorba's and witnessed the magical healing powers of Windex, but all that's about to change. Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," has penned a sequel that's getting big-screen treatment, with help from producers Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. Thankfully, her co-star John Corbett is also returning; the "Northern Exposure" (and, Ok, "Sex and the City") star played her hunky but most definitely not Greek husband in the original film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be yet another giant Greek wedding at the heart of this sequel, as well as a big family secret. Vardalos told THR, "Of course a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true." Hey, who could blame her?
- Jenni Miller
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
In honor of tonight's "The Big Bang Theory" season finale, let's throw it back to the '90s and revisit the early work of its now-famous cast.
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco now star on one of the biggest sit-coms ever, but before they became Penny and Leonard, they landed some TV guest spots as kids that will live forever in the land of re-runs and the internet.
And, in 1991, Johnny made an appearance on coming-of-age sit-com "Blossom," a show that happened to star another "Big Bang" actress, Miyam Bialik. Two throwbacks for the price of one!
- Alana Altmann
Watching the new trailer for "Wayward Pines," the new Fox 10-episode thriller from M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense"), I couldn't shake a feeling of deja vu. No, not visions of dead people, but elements that seemed to be ripped from (oh, wait, an homage to) other sources. On the one hand, this could be seen as a salute to a short-lived by deeply influential 1990 cultural touchstone ("Twin Peaks") or a beloved scifi series ("The X-Files") or a serious take on a hit comedy ("The Truman Show"). Or, if you're not a fan of Shyamalan, you could see this as a desperate grab for the good ideas of other people. You be the judge! 1) This looks a lot like "Twin Peaks." Like, a lot. From the police chief mooning over his rum raisin ice cream (shadows of Agent Cooper's pie fixation) to the wacky townspeople to the very premise of »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The Americans Season 2, Episode 7 “Arpanet”
Written by Joshua Brand
Directed by Kevin Dowling
Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX
Lies, lies, lies…. can’t any of these people just be honest with each other?!! I’m kidding, of course – but “Arpanet” seems to go out of its way to throw shade over every character, from the increasingly creepy Laric, to quietly conspicuous Kate and the ever-facetious Oleg. There isn’t a lot of coherent evidence as to what these people are up to (or more importantly, where their alliances lie) – and because of that, “Arpanet” is a tough egg to crack, especially with six hours left for these motivations and grand plans to come to light.
This ambiguity works as as aesthetic tool: even the most banal conversations in “Arpanet” become fascinating affairs, especially with characters whose plans are growing more complex as the season continues (I’m looking at you, »
- Randy Dankievitch
Nick Frost had a deep, dark secret: He liked to dance. Or he wanted to like to dance. One night, after a few drinks, he pecked out a movie idea in an email to his longtime producer, Nira Park, then went to bed. She called him the next morning to say how much she liked his idea about a shy, average-looking guy who resurrects his childhood passion for salsa dancing in order to woo his beautiful new boss (Rashida Jones) away from her doucheboat boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd).
“I think I’d always been a massive fan of Strictly Ballroom, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Denis Leary's upcoming FX pilot “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” has added “NYC 22″ actor Robert Kelly and “Victorious” vet Elizabeth Gillies to its cast, which already included Leary and “Northern Exposure” alum John Corbett. Also read: ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ Vet John Corbett Joins Denis Leary's FX Pilot The pilot, which Leary wrote and is executive producing with Jim Serpico and Apostle Pictures, stars the “Rescue Me” alum as Johnny Rock, a would-have-been rock star ane lead singer of '90s band The Heathens, whose path to fame was blocked by Rock's penchant for substance abuse and sleeping with his bandmates’ women. »
- Tim Kenneally
John Corbett is ready to rock — and also roll — with Denis Leary. Corbett (“Northern Exposure,” “Parenthood”) has signed on for Leary's FX comedy pilot “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” which Leary wrote and will star in. Also read: FX's ‘Archer’ Renewed for 2 More Seasons The comedy revolves around Leary's Johnny Rock character, a middle-aged rock ‘n roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous, but was waylaid by tendencies toward booze, drugs and sleeping with his bandmates’ significant others. Now 50, Rock is trying to get the band back together. Corbett will play Flash, the much-acclaimed former lead guitarist of Leary's band The. »
- Tim Kenneally
The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot. »
- Sarah Myles
The third and final chapter in the independently-produced film trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" has gone into production, and once again all the film's cast members have changed.
Laura Regan ("Mad Men," "Unbreakable") and Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure") take on the roles of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden respectively. They take over from Taylor Schilling and Grant Bowler in the first film, and Samantha Mathis and Jason Beghe in the second.
Joaquim de Almeida ("The Mentalist," "Revolution") takes over from Jsu Garcia and Esai Morales as Francisco d’Anconia, while Eric Allan Kramer has been cast as the modern-day maritime pirate Ragnar Danneskjold.
Kristoffer Polaha ("Ringer," "Devil's Knot") takes on the key role of John Galt himself in the film, the mysterious figure orchestrating a bizarre 'strike' involving the most productive members of society.
This final chapter, entitled "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?", is planned for a release in September. »
- Garth Franklin
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