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"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.
"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)
Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »
- Gina Carbone
As the enigmatic Bedelia Du Maurier on NBC’s “Hannibal,” Gillian Anderson has the opportunity to play a character almost as fascinating as the titular cannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) himself, a woman who seemingly vacillates between accomplice, captive and enabler for her companion’s unusual urges depending on the day. As the two cut an increasingly bloody and reckless swath through Europe, they will once again draw the attention of many potential friends and foes in season three, including Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne).
One of the things I most appreciate about Bedelia as a character is that you’re never quite sure where her loyalties lie, or how much she truly trusts Hannibal at any given moment. »
- Laura Prudom
Hannibal, Sneaky Pete, Tennison, and other TV shows have all made recent TV show news by being renewed for an additional season, cancelled, or had additional episode orders. These shows air on NBC, Netflix, and ITV.
NBC will not be ordering another course of “Hannibal.”
The network has canceled the drama, which is currently in its third season.
For its most recent airing, “Hannibal” drew an anemic 0.5 rating/2 share in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, tying the previous week’s series low.
Did show creator Bryan Fuller hint that the show might continue somewhere else:
‘Hannibal’ is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
- Rollo Tomasi
Hot off the heels of the announcement of a "Prime Suspect" prequel series, ITV has also given a season order for the eight-part multi-stranded crime drama "Marcella".
Hans Rosenfeldt, the creator of the original Danish-Swedish series "Bron/Broen" - better known outside Europe as "The Bridge," has penned the new series which aims to bring Scandinavian noir to the streets of contemporary London.
The story follows a detective in her late thirties who returns to the Metropolitan Police's Murder Squad after a twelve-year career break to start a family. The return comes after the abrupt end to her marriage and isolation from her daughter at boarding school.
As she attempts to make sense of what's happened in her life, she is immediately assigned to investigate a spate of recent killings which bear the hallmarks of unsolved murders committed over a decade prior. Is it the same killer or a copycat? »
- Garth Franklin
La Plante’s move comes before the fall release of her new “Prime Suspect” prequel novel “Tennison,” which she is adapting for television.
The award-winning “Prime Suspect” TV trilogy, starring Helen Mirren, was created by La Plante, who penned the miniseries in the ’90s. The story was remade for U.S. audiences in 2011 with NBC’s drama series, starring Mario Bello, which La Plante co-created and exec produced.
“Tennison,” the first novel in a series of “Prime Suspect” prequels, will be published this September. La Plante is adapting the story for ITV, where her “Widows” and “Prime Suspect” franchises originally aired.
La Plante broke through in 1983 with her six-part British robbery miniseries “Widows,” which had a follow-up series, “Widows 2,” in 1985 and another spinoff, “She’s Out,” in 1995. The American remake, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Prime Suspect," the British crime series that made Helen Mirren a household name and unflinchingly explored institutional sexism within the police ranks, is returning to TV. But don't expect Mirren to resume her role as Detective Jane Tennison, the gifted, no-nonsense detective dealing with a London Pd rife with chauvinism. "Prime Suspect" creator Lynda La Plante is bringing back the series as a six-episode prequel set in the '70s. "Tennison" will "portray the young Jane Tennison beginning her career and reveal why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police," according to a press release from ITV. Here's the rest of the PR summary: "It’s Hackney in the 1970s, and women police constables are being uneasily ‘integrated’ into the force. We’re introduced to 22-year-old Jane, a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic,...
- Inkoo Kang
ITV is coming fast with the original series commissions today, giving season orders to three new drama projects. Along with The Durrells and Prime Suspect prequel Tennison, the network is going ahead with Marcella, an eight-part multi-stranded crime drama written by Hans Rosenfeldt. He’s the creator of the original Danish-Swedish series Bron/Broen, aka The Bridge. He’s also a veteran writer of Rederiet, one of Sweden’s most successful and long-running series. Marcella is… »
Related: Prime Suspect prequel sees return of Jane Tennison on ITV
Over the past few years, television has been dominated by award-winning police dramas, many of which have been helmed by female leads – Happy Valley, Line of Duty, No Offence and a whole lot of Nordic noir, among others – so it is perhaps unsurprising that the Og of crime procedurals is coming back to our screens. ITV has confirmed new commission Tennison, a six-part prequel to Prime Suspect, set in the 1970s. The series will follow a 22-year-old Jane Tennison as a probationary officer in Hackney, where she will deal with London’s shadiest gangland villains and a sexist force struggling to integrate female officers. But who »
- Rebecca Nicholson
London — U.K. broadcaster ITV has greenlit a prequel to multi Emmy-winning crime series “Prime Suspect,” which starred Helen Mirren and ran for seven seasons. The new series “Tennison” will be written by “Prime Suspect” scribe Lynda La Plante, and will air next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of “Prime Suspect.”
“Tennison,” which will comprise six hour-long episodes, portrays the young Jane Tennison beginning her career and reveals why she became such a complex and formidable character in London’s police force. It’s set in East London in the 1970s, when women police officers are being uneasily “integrated” into the force. Twenty-two year-old Tennison is a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent.
Single-minded and ambitious, if a touch naive, Tennison’s dedicated and instinctive approach to her career is evident from the start. »
- Leo Barraclough
Tennison features detective, made famous by Helen Mirren, as a 22-year-old, with ITV also announcing new eight-part drama by creator of The Bridge
The six-part series, called Tennison, will be set in 1970s Hackney and portrays a young Tennison starting out on her police career, experiencing London’s violent criminal ganglands first hand.
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- John Plunkett
Prime Suspect is returning to ITV by way of a prequel to the Helen Mirren-led miniseries that began in the early 90s and concluded with 2006's The Final Act. Lynda La Plante, who wrote the early installments of that series will pen Tennison, a six-part hourlong period drama. Mirren originally played Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in the Metropolitan Police; the prequel will see a young Tennison as she begins her career, revealing why she… »
The prequel to Prime Suspect has been commissioned by ITV.
Tennison, from writer Lynda La Plante, follows a young Jane Tennison beginning her career in Hackney in the 1970s.
The six-episode series will explore how she became such a formidable character in the Metropolitan Police.
Starting as a Wpc, Jane is drawn into a brutal murder enquiry, and works alongside Dci Bradfield on the case.
ITV's director of drama Steve November said: "I'm delighted Lynda has revisited the iconic character of Jane Tennison. The scripts are brilliantly written, and she perfectly captures the sights, sounds and mood of the '70s period."
La Plante added: "I have very much enjoyed writing the young Jane, creating her family background and the start of her career in the police force."
The drama series will broadcast in 2016, while La Plante's book »
Much like "Endeavour" does for "Inspector Morse," the new series will explore the early days in the career of Jane Tennison who would become one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in the Metropolitan Police.
In the series which is set in the 1970s, we see how a then 22-year-old probationary officer Tennison became such a complex and formidable character in a time when female police constables are being uneasily 'integrated' into the force.
She is soon thrown in at the deep end, drawn into a brutal murder investigation, and experiences first-hand London's violent criminal ganglands. Lynda La Plante, who penned the earlier instalments in the series, will return to write this.
Mirren last played the role in 2006's "Prime Suspect: The Final Act »
- Garth Franklin
“The X-Files” isn’t just the series that brought Gillian Anderson her first Emmy, it was also her first major job in show business. Since then Anderson has emerged as a major force on television and the stage in both the U.S. and U.K. She earned a fifth Emmy nom for PBS mini “Bleak House” and currently stars on Netflix’s “The Fall” and NBC’s “Hannibal.” Next year, she’ll reprise her breakout role as Dana Scully for Fox’s “X-Files” limited series revival.
What do you remember about going to the Emmys for the first time?
I have the worst memory known to mankind, but for somebody coming from Grand Rapids, Mich., going to those events and being nominated amongst great people — back then it was Julianna Margulies, Christine Lahti — it was terrifying, and amazing and exciting. I think the Emmys was the first time I met Jodie Foster. »
- Geoff Berkshire
Will Helen Mirren be the next mega talented star to join the highly elite Egot club? Well, after winning a Tony Award on Sunday night for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, the 69-year-old is now one step closer to completing the holy grail of awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Mirren already has three out of four in the bag, winning an Academy Award in 2006 for portraying the same monarch in The Queen and three Emmys for her work on Prime Suspect and Elizabeth I. And it looks as if Mirren isn't afraid of going for the final Grammy. Before the show, the elegant actress opened up to E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles on her plan to reach the ranks of entertainment legends »
The Egot crew is one of the most exclusive clubs in Hollywood, and it seems that there's no dearth of performers on the cusp of claiming that title. Now, yet another Hollywood legend is poised to join that historic group.
Helen Mirren is the latest candidate for an Egot -- the distinction bestowed on someone who's won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony -- after she snagged a Tony on Sunday night for best lead actress in a play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience." Mirren also won an Oscar for playing Her Royal Highness in "The Queen," and has a whopping four Emmys -- three for her leading role on BBC miniseries "Prime Suspect," and another for once again portraying QE2. Now, Mirren is only one spoken-word album or audio book narration away from nabbing that Grammy, and that sweet Egot title. »
- Katie Roberts
Helen Mirren reprised her Oscar-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway this season in “The Audience" and bagged her first Tony for her efforts. She won one of her four Emmys for portraying the reigning monarch's ancestor, Elizabeth I, in an HBO miniseries (the other three are for two seasons of “Prime Suspect” and “The Passion of Ayn Rand”). Now, she only needs a Grammy to become the 14th person to complete the Egot. In keeping with her winning ways when she plays women named Elizabeth, perhaps she could record some of Elizabeth Barret Browning's poems. -Break- Mirren had been the overwhelming frontrunner to win Best Actress (Play) this year, having already claimed an Olivier Award for the London run of the play which looks at the 60-plus reign of Elizabeth II through her weekly meetings with her prime ministers (12 and counting). Mirren plays the monarch at various ages, »
Michael Kenneth Williams stars as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of the upcoming 6-part pulp-noir murder mystery series, "The Spoils Before Dying," which will air on IFC this summer. He is joined in front of the camera by Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment . Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, "The Spoils Before Dying follows" Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the Prime Suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (who will be played by Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Michael Kenneth Williams stars as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of the upcoming 6-part pulp-noir murder mystery series, "The Spoils Before Dying," which will air on IFC this summer. He is joined in front of the camera by Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment . Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, "The Spoils Before Dying follows" Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the Prime Suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (who will be played by Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Kristen Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last night, CBS dropped the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 22 of season 3, and it serves up new looks at some pretty interesting stuff as Holmes gets totally stumped by the culprit of his latest case, and more. The episode is titled, "The Best Way Out Is Always Through." In the new, 22nd episode official description: Holmes And Watson Embark On An Interstate Search To Locate An Escaped Convict Who Is The Prime Suspect In A Judge's Murder. Synopsis number 2: When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson are going to become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, who is an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell's new relationship, the romance is going to hit a rough patch. Episode 22 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, April 30th at 9pm central time on CBS. »
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