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The eight-part murder drama has built a weekly audience of 10 million and has brought in £15m in advertising revenue
Step aside the dowager duchess. When the murder mystery Broadchurch came to an end on ITV on Mondaynight, it confirmed its status as the channel's biggest new drama since Downton Abbey and the most popular midweek drama hit for nearly a decade.
The hunt for the killer of schoolboy Danny Latimer, led by two detectives played by former Doctor Who star David Tennant and Olivia Colman, gripped the nation in a style redolent of "Who shot Jr?" The TV landscape has changed since more than 20 million viewers tuned in to discover the identity of Jr Ewing's assailant, but with an average weekly audience of nearly 10 million, Broadchurch catapulted itself into ITV's top tier next to Coronation Street and Britain's Got Talent.
Such was the secrecy around its denouement that only 29 people – cast and crew, »
- John Plunkett
Fresh off their respective runs on ABC’s Private Practice and Starz’s Boss, Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson have been recruited to investigate Murder in the First as the stars of a new TNT drama pilot from Steven Bochco.
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As reported by our sister site Deadline, the project is set in San Francisco and follows homicide detectives Terry Seagrave (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson) as they work a The Killing-esque case that grows more and more labyrinthine the more they dig into it.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
Mary McCormack is set to star opposite Mike O’Malley in Welcome To The Family, NBC‘s single-camera comedy from Mike Sikowitz and Sony TV. It chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. O’Malley and McCormack play the pregnant girl’s parents Dan and Katrina, a loving mother who is the glue between her more volatile daughter and husband. Several pilots were interested in former In Plain Sight star McCormack, who opted to do a comedy for a second straight year. Last season, she toplined Kari Lizer’s ABC pilot. McCormack’s other series credits include The West Wing, Murder One and K Street. She is with Gersh and Untitled. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In the single-cam sitcom from Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement), cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together when their children fall in love and soon must deal with an unplanned pregnancy.
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McCormack will play Katrina. She joins Glee‘s Mike O’Malley, who’ll portray one of the grandpas-to-be.
- Kimberly Roots
Archer returns tonight and in my house
so does the question, "They've got cell phones and Soviets? What year is this?"
Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec tells EW that spin-off series The Originals has been discussed for about two years, which I guess explains why the Originals stuck around long past their expiration date. Plec also says that Daniel Gillies would always be welcome on the spin-off, but that's up to Gillies.
This is turning out to be a week of the axe falling on cable shows. Yesterday it was bad news for Drop Dead Diva now, Syfy has cancelled Alphas.
Taking a cue from The Killing, TNT has ordered a pilot from Steven Bochco that will follow a murder investigation over a season. This isn't the first time Bochco has tried to tell a season-long story, in 1995 critics tried to convince viewers to pick up Murder One, which »
5 items from 2013
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