5 items from 2015
Though the Bravermans love them some baseball, "Parenthood" never had a regular sports component like producer Jason Katims' previous NBC drama, "Friday Night Lights." Perhaps to make up for this, "Parenthood" fans added a competitive aspect to their viewing: trying to outdo their fellow fans over how much a given episode made them cry. It was really something to witness these past six seasons, as comments and tweets and messages would fill up the internet the night and morning after each new episode aired: fans boasting that, truly, their sobbing at Kristina's cancer, or sniffles over Max's struggles to fit in at school, or their weeping over Amber's weeping, was the most possible of anyone watching. Not even "Fnl" — that beautiful, ruthless tear-jerking machine — ever made its audience quite as intent on announcing the state of their tear ducts. While I never felt that competitive spirit myself, I »
- Alan Sepinwall
Development continues on a CBS TV pilot reboot of "Charmed", the bewitching drama that ended in 2006 after eight seasons, and is currently into Season 10 with a Zenescope Entertainment comic book series:
The project will be written by Chris Keyser ("Party of Five") and Sydney Sidner, and will reimagine producer Aaron Spelling's series that previously starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan.
"...'Charmed' follows three sisters, known as the 'Charmed Ones', the most powerful good witches of all time, whose destiny is to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and 'warlocks'.
"Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern day San Francisco.
"Keeping their supernatural identities separate and secret from their ordinary lives often becomes a challenge for them, with the exposure of magic having far-reaching consequences on their »
- Michael Stevens
Down Dog, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Robin Schiff
Directed by Brad Silberling
Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon
Writer Robin Schiff, while perhaps best known for her work on Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, has also been a noticeable presence on television, writing for shows such as Party of Five, Are you there, Chelsea?, and Super Fun Night. Amazon’s latest round of pilots sees Schiff delve into creating her own show, as she writes the pilot for Down Dog, about a yoga instructor who finds his life suddenly thrown into turmoil. Unfortunately, the pilot stumbles out of the gate and never recovers, as a combination of conflicting messages about the lead character and unmemorable or reductive secondary characters make this potential show one with little to no promise.
The episode seems oddly confused about how to feel about the lead character and his actions, which »
- Deepayan Sengupta
TCA 2015: Role of Dr. Landry De La Cruz is scrapped amid creative shift in the show for Season 2
Daniella Alonzo isn’t returning for the second season of NBC’s “The Night Shift.”
Alonzo’s role as the night shift’s lone psychiatrist, Dr. Landry De La Cruz, won’t continue amid a change in creative direction on Season 2.
“We’re opening up and getting more surgery and more of the paramedic world,” executive producer Jeff Judah said during Friday’s Television Critics Association press tour panel for the show.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and »
- Jethro Nededog
Breaking Glass Pictures has kicked off 2015 by acquiring four new films for distribution. "Saugatuck Cures" stars "Glee's" Max Adler and follows Drew and his best friend Brett as they set out on a road trip to pose as ex-gay ministers using exuberant high jinks to scam churchgoers, all in order to raise money for his mother's experimental cancer treatment. "Saugatuck Cures" will have a limited theatrical release this spring. "Such Good People" follows a young gay couple that discovers a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for friends. The cast includes Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"), Randy Harrison ("Queer As Folk"), Ana Ortiz ("Devious Maids"), Scott Wolf ("Party of Five") and Nsync's Lance Bass. "Such Good People" will be released on DVD and VOD April 14. "The Dickumentary" tells the story of the penis— from its evolution as a biological structure millions of years ago in »
- Casey Cipriani
5 items from 2015
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