9 items from 2015
Season in and season out, the Super Bowl is the most-watched broadcast across all of television for the calendar year. So when the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks raise the Lombardi Trophy this weekend, NBC Sports will be celebrating right alongside the winning 53-man roster. Immediately after that, it will be “The Blacklist’s” turn to pop some champagne while dreaming of ostentatious Nielsen numbers.
The critically acclaimed James Spader drama returns on Sunday night in the highly coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot. The result is guaranteed to hand “The Blacklist” its most-watched episode ever — likely by a landslide »
- Tony Maglio
Created by David Sacks
Produced by Carsey-Werner Productions
Aired on Upn for 1 season (6 episodes, 1 unaired) from March 10 – April 22, 2004
Patrick Warburton as Rip Smashenburn
Lucy Liu as Raquel Smashenburn
Rachel Dratch as Alice Smashenburn
Elizabeth Daily as Billy Smashenburn
This is a show that, similar to Disney’s Wreck It Ralph, asks the question, “What do video game characters do outside of the video game?” Unlike the film however, this series focuses on an average family of video game characters known as the Smashenburns. The family is made up of father Rip, a Grand Prix race car driver from an unspecified racing game, mother Raquel, a Lara Croft type from an artifact scavenging adventure game, daughter Alice, who is an activist that sometimes goes boy-crazy, son Billy, who is trend-obsessed with becoming a rapper, and lastly Turbo, their talking purple »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Maybe if "Wild" hadn't done such a solid and visually rich job of portraying one woman's determination to restart her life by hiking 2000 miles, the banal platitudes and strange visual monotony of two older guys' determination to restart their lives by hiking 2000 miles in "A Walk in the Woods" wouldn't seem so subpar. Maybe if Robert Redford hadn't done such harrowing, committed and honest work as a man battling nature in "All Is Lost," Robert Redford's lax, barely engaged work as a man meandering through nature in "A Walk in the Woods" wouldn't seem so subpar. Maybe if "A Walk in the Woods" weren't having its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a venue that doesn't always demand artistic or narrative experimentation but certainly rewards the work of risk-taking, it's bland and peculiar artistic and narrative flatness wouldn't seem so subpar. But here we are in Park City, »
- Daniel Fienberg
ABC Family ("Pretty Little Liars") has started production on the procedural drama series "Stitchers", focusing on 'Kirsten' (Emma Ishta), a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be 'stitched' into the minds of the recently deceased (?!):
"...using memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave, 'Cameron' (Kyle Harris), a brilliant neuroscientist whose passion for the program is evident in his work, works alongside Kirsten.
"The secret program, headed by 'Maggie' (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a skilled veteran of covert operations, includes 'Linus' (Ritesh Rajan), a socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician.
"Kirsten’s roommate, 'Camille' (Allison Scagliotti), a gifted computer science grad student, is also recruited to use her skills to assist Kirsten in her new role as a 'stitcher'..."
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- Michael Stevens
The hourlong crime drama, which was ordered to series in September and began production Wednesday in Los Angeles, has added Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”) to the main cast, rounded out by Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”) and Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), who were in the original pilot.
“Stitchers” follows Kirsten (Ishta), a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Working alongside Kirsten is passionate neuroscientist Cameron (Harris); socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician Linus (Rajan); Maggie (Richardson-Whitfield), who heads the covert program; and Kirsten’s roommate, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Happy birthday Julia Louis-Dreyfus! The wildly successful Veep actress celebrates her 54th birthday Tuesday – but we all have start somewhere, and for Julia it was at The Practical Theater Company in Chicago.
Back in 1982, Et stopped by the theater for a special performance from Julia and the fellow members of her improv group, The Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee, as they prepared to take their final bow for the opportunity of a lifetime.
"I am incredibly excited about moving to New York, working on Saturday Night Live! I can hardly sleep!" Julia told Et back in '82.
Watch: On The Set of 'Malcolm in the Middle' 15 Years Ago
That's right! Not just Julia, but the entire improv group was just hired by SNL as their newest cast members.
"This was kind of this supreme opportunity to become nationally successful," said Julia.
Get ready to feel old! It’s been 15 years since Malcolm in the Middle premiered on television but before you start binge-watching on Netflix, let’s get nostalgic with the family that changed the face of sitcoms on television forever.
The groundbreaking show centered on Malcolm, played by Frankie Muniz, and his dysfunctional, yet entirely relatable family -- played by Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield, and Erik Per Sullivan.
"It reminds me of my childhood and the rambunctiousness of it all," Cranston told Et on set back in 2000. "You look at most houses on television and everything's in order and everything's nice and neat and everything -- and you look at our house, and it's real!"
Watch: 'The Amanda Show' Turns 15!
Back then, 14-year-old Muniz was a star on the rise, getting his first real glimpse of the television world in a role he’s dreamed about his entire young life.
"[Even] if »
Amazon Studios’ first pilot season of 2015 will debut Thursday, Jan. 15, unveiling seven drama and comedy projects as well as a half-dozen kid-centric pilots.
Already due to debut via Amazon Studios this year are the first full seasons of Bosch, Hand of God and Red Oaks, plus Season 2 of Transparent. (Chris Carter’s The After meanwhile just had its series order scrapped.)
The dramas and comedies are as follows (click photos to zoom):
While many may still be catching up on some of the great television from 2014, programming in 2015 is starting earlier than ever. Gone are the days of months-long hiatuses and January and Februarys full of repeats. This year looks to be just as jam-packed as last year, with interesting television coming from any number of sources. Here are Chief TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta’s picks for new premieres to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks.
Created by Dan Fogelman
Airs Sundays at 8pm and 8:30pm (Et) on ABC
Premieres Jan. 4th, 2015
Musicals have been a genre rarely explored on television, and fairy tales even less so. Thus, the idea of a new show in either category is an intriguing one and a show that combines the two, as Galavant does, is an exciting prospect. With a four-week run (eight half-hour »
9 items from 2015
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