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Vulture's TV critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be watching and evaluating the early clips and concepts of each of the new shows unveiled at this year's upfronts. Here are his thoughts on CBS's shows. The Crazy Ones The gist: Comedy-drama from David E. Kelley set at Roberts & Roberts, a Chicago ad agency run by a father (Robin Williams) and his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar). The father, Simon Roberts, is a wild, wacky, impulsive Robin Williams type of character, an impish id-creature; his daughter Sydney is the level-headed one who advises caution and tries to rein her dad in. Gut reaction: Looks like Patch Adams set at an ad agency, with Williams riffing while squares gape at him in awe and confusion. Kelley has always demonstrated a knack for showcasing oddball lead actors (Robert Downey Jr. on Ally McBeal, James Spader and William Shatner on Boston Legal), so he’s the »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Who says CBS doesn’t make bold programming moves? Oh, that’s right: Everyone. But everyone would be slightly wrong! At yesterday’s upfront presentation, the nation’s most-watched — if least-interesting — broadcast television network surprised reporters by revealing that it was not green-lighting two high-profile potential series: A small screen revival of Beverly Hills Cop from executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley and a recurring Eddie Murphy; and NCIS: Red, starring John Corbett and Kim Raver. Beverly Hills Cop might find a home elsewhere, while NCIS: Red was deemed unworthy »
- Jeff Jensen
"The Crazy Ones" marks Robin Williams' return to series TV, his first regular gig since "Mork & Mindy" in the late 1970s. The new CBS series also marks Sarah Michelle Gellar's first half-hour TV comedy. The two are joined by co-stars James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton and Kelly Clarkson appears in the pilot episode.
"The girl can act," Gellar said of Clarkson on CBS's Upfront 2013 red carpet.
"The group of people we have on this show is pretty wild ... They can go one-on-one so it's not like all you riffing. There's a lot of people doing great stuff backing it up. The writing is really great," Williams said.
In the series from David E. Kelley ("Chicago Hope," "The Practice" & "Ally McBeal"), Williams plays ad executive Simon Roberts, who's known for his unique way of thinking. Gellar plays his daughter, Sydney, a fellow executive at the firm.
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- Chris Harnick
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
The king of the networks easily remains in charge despite "Elementary" being their only fresh hit of last season's new shows. The network's line-up remains fairly stable with only a few key moves such as Thursday being expanded to include two hours of comedy programming, and "Hawaii Five-0" moving to Fridays.
Several other pilots didn't make the cut this week including the series sequel to the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, a TV version of the comedy "Bad Teacher", the "NCIS" mobile spin-off "NCIS: Red," a procedural based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary homicide detective Everett Backstrom, the Frank Marshall-produced political thriller "The Ordained" about a priest turned lawyer trying to save his sister from assassination, »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – When you’re the #1 network on TV, it must be tempting to stay the course. However, CBS always shakes things up a bit and this year is no different. The 2013-14 schedule, announced this morning, features four new comedies (including a new comedy block in one of their most successful time slots) and one drama, along with new time slots for big hits “Person of Interest,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Hawaii Five-0.” The five new shows feature a stunning degree of star power with lead roles taken by Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margo Martindale, Tony Shalhoub, Toni Collette, Will Arnett, Tate Donovan, Allison Janney, and more. It must be nice to be #1.
Full schedule below with new show descriptions under that. Come back for more news, reviews, and previews of the 2013-14 Fall schedule.
7pm “How I Met Your Mother”
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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5:29pm: That’s all, folks!
5:27pm: Fox closes out its presentation with an autotuned collection of clips from the net’s shows, laced together into a song. Unclear as to whether this is ending on a high or low note, but people are heading towards the exit…
5:25pm: Introduction of the “Epic Event Series” from Fox, or “the miniseries, reinvented.” Included in the mix is the highly-anticipated “24″ revival, and a clip of exec producer Howard Gordon discussing how the limited series format is the perfect vehicle for the return of the real-time thriller.
5:17pm: Fox emphasizing drama with edge in its sizzle reel for “Sleepy Hollow.” A beheading scene — the requisite one for the classic tale — was featured in slow motion for the aud of advertisers. The clip is compelling, transitioning between period storytelling and modern day police drama. The headless horseman gets a rousing applause. »
- AJ Marechal
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- Michael Ausiello
Grimm is back tonight for its third-to-last episode of Season 2, and things continue to ramp up. Of course, now that Juliette is remembering, what are the chances that things will work out for our favorite Portland couple? Before we find out, let’s see what David Giuntoli had to say to SciFiMafia.com recently about some of his favorite times, and a cool little insider bit o’ info about his partner on the force:
David Giuntoli: Something about Season Two that I’ve really loved, and going into Season Three that I’m going to continue to love, is more and more of the main characters are “in the know” (about the Grimm world) which means that certain characters can interact that wouldn’t have during much of Season Two, or all of season one. And it brings a fresh, lovely dynamic to scenes where I’ll be in a room with say, »
- Erin Willard
It’s not Spoiler to say that one of the last things seen onscreen at the end of Iron Man 3 was a single line of naked text: “Tony Stark will return.” The thing is, people want to know how and when, and though an appearance in Avengers 2 seems assured, it is – at least – possible that we might not have to wait that long.
Presently in negotiations with Marvel for a new deal, Robert Downey Jr. is apparently open to a cameo appearance on Marvel’s possible TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Said Rdj about showing up as Stark in Avengers director Joss Whedon’s spinoff TV series:
“You know what? There’s no telling. I am open to everything.”
- Jason Tabrys
We recently chatted with the leading man to discuss "Grimm" and its evolution up to this point. Giuntoli also stated that there is a chance we will see the return of Nick's mother, Kelly Burkhardt, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in tonight's episode, "Endangered," while Nick and Juliette continue trying to repair their relationship.
Before getting into the hardcore plot points of what is ahead, I chatted with David about some of the things he likes to do for fun, including what video games he plays--hey, I am BioGamer Girl after all!
Amanda Dyar: Hey, David. I want to know- on the show Nick never really gets a lot of downtime. So what »
- Amanda Dyar
Even the best TV shows go wrong. A misconceived plotline winds up bogging down a whole season. (Wait, Landry killed somebody?) A new character fails to gel with the rest of the cast. (See: Every new desperate housewife not played by Dana Delany.) The writers just start repeating the same story beats — oh look, Marissa’s falling in love with the wrong guy again! — or, even worse, they conjure up a potentially exciting twist that pushes the show too far outside of its comfort zone. (See: Abu Nazir, in the tunnels, acting less like a terrorist and more like a horror movie monster. »
- Darren Franich
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Justice League, Man of Steel, Superman Lives, Superman: Flyby, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, Arrow, Teen Titans Go!, Superman: Unbound, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Ultimate Spider-Man and more...
With just under five weeks to go until Iron Man 3 kicks off Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (well, in the UK at least, with North American audiences having to wait an extra week), Disney has released a couple of new promos for the Shane Black-directed superhero sequel - a short Tcl exclusive trailer, and an even shorter Kid's Choice Award teaser and Kids Choice Award TV »
- Flickering Myth
After years on a hit TV series and having his face plastered on the walls of teenage girls everywhere, Jonathan Taylor Thomas made a conscious decision to walk away from fame.
"I'd been going nonstop since I was 8-years-old," the 31-year-old former "Home Improvement" star told People. "I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break."
Thomas played Randy Taylor on the top-rated ABC series from 1991 to 1998, and enrolled in Harvard University in 2000, where he studied philosophy and history, and would eventually go on to finally complete his degree, graduating from Columbia University in 2010.
"To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool. It was a novel experience for me," he told People of his educational experience, saying that he has "no regrets" about taking time away from the spotlight.
"I never took the fame too seriously. It was »
- Stephanie Marcus
Flawless Flockhart! Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart stepped out in L.A's Brentwood neighborhood on Tuesday, March 19, without wearing makeup -- and by the look of it, her complexion was perfect. While running errands with her mother, the 48-year-old Brothers & Sisters actress styled glasses, a gray shirt, jeans and dark green jacket. She also pulled her hair back to show off even more of her natural beauty. The ageless A-lister also recently showed off her incredible bikini body while vacationing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with husband [...] »
- Nicole Eggenberger
No doubt inspired by the success of both The Dark Knight and the Marvel movie universe, NBC sought to get it’s own chunk of costumed superhero real estate in 2010 when they hooked up with former Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley to make a Wonder Woman TV show.
Unfortunately, the pilot wound up being a disaster despite the presence Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) and ample buzz. NBC passed on it and then, when the semi-finished product slipped out onto the internet, it became a public joke, earning a sort of infamy-powered afterlife. Regardless, Palicki apparently wants more.
Speaking with Bang Showbiz on the red carpet for the London premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Palicki said:
“If they wanted me, I would absolutely do it in a heartbeat. [...] I was devastated [when it wasn't picked up]. ...
- Jason Tabrys
After the hugely successful television adaptation of The Walking Dead, studios are now on the lookout for the next big comic book that they can bring to the small screen. The latest one making the leap is The Sixth Gun created by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt and released through Oni Press. First released on “Free Comic Book” day in 2010, it has, over the years gathered a following due to its supernatural and western themed storyline.
The story revolves around six magical guns that cannot be taken from their owner until death, and the problems that arise from this and what happens if someone were to possess all six of them.
After a fruitless attempt by the SyFy Channel to adapt the comic in 2011, NBC has now acquired the rights and is in the process of creating a pilot for the show, with Carlton Cuse, the producer of Lost, attached »
- Flickering Myth
Calista Flockhart appeared ageless as she stepped out wearing not a stitch of makeup while running errands with her mom in Brentwood, Calif., on March 19.
The 48-year-old "Brothers & Sisters" star looked chic, donning a pair of thick-rimmed glasses, a loose-fitting T-shirt, a green jacket and skinny jeans.
Flockhart recently flaunted her toned body in a bikini while on vacation with her husband Harrison Ford, 70, and their son Liam, 12, in Rio de Janeiro last month.
The actress, who battled anorexia during the shooting of her show "Ally McBeal," has admitted that she used to focus on vanity over health back then. “I started under-eating, over-exercising, pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system," Flockhart explained of her eating disorder. "I guess I just didn’t find time to eat. I am much more healthy these days.”
Check out Calista's gorgeous makeup-free look:
- Leigh Blickley
by Brett White
Adrianne Palicki revealed to Bang Showbiz at the London premiere of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" that one go as Wonder Woman just wasn't enough for her. The "Red Dawn" and "Friday Night Lights" actress played the iconic character in a high-profile pilot for NBC in 2011. Despite the pilot's failure to go to series, Palicki revealed that she's always up for more.
"If they wanted me, I would absolutely do it in a heartbeat... I was devastated [when the series wasn't picked up]. We shot it and it was amazing. I got to wear the uniform, I got to wear the outfit, and it didn't go. I was completely devastated about it."
The 2011 "Wonder Woman" pilot was written by David E. Kelly, the man behind numerous successful television series, including "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice." The pilot was heavily scrutinized by comic book fans online, with most of the criticism focusing on Wonder Woman's costume. »
- Splash Page Team
Deadline reports that actor Michiel Huisman (Treme, Nashville) has been cast in NBC’s Carlton Cuse pilot The Sixth Gun, an adaptation of the comic series by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt. He will play Drake Sinclair, who is described as "a rogue gunslinger and handsome bastard." In addition, TV Rage report that Pedro Pascal (The Good Wife), James LeGros (Ally McBeal) and Chin Han (The Dark Knight) have also signed on. According to them Pascal will play Special Agent Ortega, "the younger of the two Pinkerton detectives who must follow Agent Mercer’s (Aldis Hodge) lead". LeGros will play Bill John O’Henry, a gunslinger and friend of Drake Sinclair's, described as "a mysterious man who holds a wealth of knowledge about the supernatural, as well as four of the six guns". And finally recent Arrow cast addition Chin Han will play Chow, a “brilliant Machiavellian schemer”. Quite a cast, »
Ostensibly Girls is a comedy about female friendship. Shows like Sex and the City drove this home by insisting on plopping a lunch date in the middle of each episode so the ladies could get together and, like, bitch about their men. But Hannah is so alone, wandering around the city in that poop-colored extra-large T-shirt! Has Shoshanna admitted to anyone she cheated on Ray? Even someone as peripheral as a Facebook acquaintance could have told Marnie that singing in public is never the gift you think it is (as we learned in Ally McBeal)! Who the hell knows what Jessa is supposedly up to? Which isn’t to say last night's episode was a bad one, or that Girls is heading in a direction I can’t get behind. Last night was horrifyingly, terribly, awfully good. I could barely sit still, and not just because Lena decided to use »
- Kaitlin Phillips
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