13 items from 2013
In summer 2000, TNT might have been best known for Saturday night airings of “MonsterVision,” hosted by cult-movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs. Imagine the eyebrows the network must have raised when it unveiled “Bull” that August.
“Bull” was a scripted drama from a cable network that had never produced one before, centered on an industry that had really never been the focus of a TV program, led by a producer — Michael S. Chernuchin — better known for his touch with crime dramas like “Law & Order” and “Brooklyn South.” Stanley Tucci, who won excellent notices for his work on the film “Big Night” and the ABC series “Murder One,” appeared as a maverick trader.
And there were other challenges. “Bull” had to woo viewers who had never recognized TNT as a place for high-quality serialized drama. Clouding the effort: “Bull” was compared to another Wall Street series that had yet to launch. Fox »
- Brian Steinberg
Actress Mary McCormack loves TV and has proven it with great performances on shows like Murder One, The West Wing, In Plain Sight and now the new ABC sitcom, Welcome To The Family. Mary talks about her new role and the fun of being part of an ensemble. Plus the new TV season chalks up it’s first casualty and Marvel brings Agents Of Shield back into comics, sort of.
New York ComicCon starts in just a few days and we will be back here 24 hours early – on Thursday – with our special preview of the show!
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- Mike Raub
The family business is known to get in the way, often, of Reagan family relations.
So it was again as Season 4 of the CBS police drama "Blue Bloods" began Friday (Sept. 27) with "Unwritten Rules." The hour opened as Jamie (Will Estes) got a new patrol partner in Edit "Eddie" Janko ("Pretty Little Liars" alum Vanessa Ray), a new graduate of the police academy.
"You're my first, Reagan," she told him. "Be gentle." It didn't take her long to leap into her new job, though, since a "shots fired" alert sent her scurrying into their car's driver's seat to speed to the scene.
Once they arrived, more shots rang out as they were being briefed on a jewelry-store robbery, and Jamie found a female officer down. While he scanned the area for the shooter, Eddie got a taste of the emotionality she was in for by seeing a photo of the felled officer's husband and daughter. »
Season-long mysteries have become something of a trend on cable in the past few years, but they're old territory for Bochco. He co-created "Murder One," which followed a high-profile murder trial for a full season, for ABC in 1995. (It did well enough to earn a second season, but audiences didn't pick up the next case and it was canceled.)
"Murder One" was primarily a courtroom drama centered on the defense team, but "Murder in the First" will focus on a pair of homicide detectives played by Diggs ("Private Practice") and Robertson ("Boss"). Felton plays a »
Punk rock is a genre of music that can’t help but be defined by the attitude that surrounds it. The rebelliousness, anger, and apathy come through the songs just as strongly as the messages, making it a movement that defined a generation forever. Even though these messages and attitudes are still relevant today, it’s never too early to send up the genre, and Ska Studios does it in style with Charlie Murder.
The game follows the appropriately named punk band, Charlie Murder, as they make their way through the apocalypse to defeat their enemies in the metal band Gore Quaffer. If that doesn’t immediately make you want to play, then how about the fact that Charlie Murder is a throwback to old fashioned arcade brawlers with an RPG twist? It sounds a bit outlandish at first, and there is a bit of a learning curve since not »
- Christian Law
At 3:20 a.m. on a moonlit night, 11-year-old Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara) stands shivering at the edge of a sheer cliff high above a beach. As he stares numbly at the pounding surf below, blood drips from the fingers of his right hand.
In just a few minutes, Danny is going to be dead, the victim of a murder that's about to rock his tiny hometown to its very foundations -- a town called Broadchurch, also the title of the electrifying eight-part British mystery series premiering Wednesday, Aug. 7, on BBC America.
Just a few hours before Danny's lifeless body is found lying on the beach, Detective Sgt. Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), a Latimer family friend, has returned from a holiday to discover that a promotion she was all but promised has been given instead to an outsider: Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant), a frosty gentleman whose terse style »
When the crime drama Broadchurch was screened on the U.K.’s ITV network this spring, it swiftly became a bona fide national obsession as viewers tried to figure out who killed an 11-year-old boy named Danny Latimer in the titular seaside town. Needless to say, Broadchurch creator-writer Chris Chibnall was thrilled by this development — even if it did make getting home more difficult during the show’s eight-episode run. “One night I went out to a screening of The Shining at an old hotel,” says Chibnall, who lives in Bridport, where many of the show’s coastal exteriors were filmed. »
- Clark Collis
Few TV shows have gripped the residents of the U.K — including my very own mother — with the ferocity of the crime drama Broadchurch, which was broadcast to massive ratings and Twitter-melting interest earlier this year. Created by regular Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall, the show tracks a pair of cops, played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, as they attempt to solve the murder of an 11-year-old boy and, along the way, uncover a multitude of sins in the titular seaside town. Part-Twin Peaks, part-Murder One, and partly a rather doomed attempt to hide Tennant’s famously »
- Clark Collis
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 »
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