12 items from 2015
On a recent drive, I had the opportunity to hear, not once but twice, a radio review of Battle Creek, a cop show whose pilot was written by Vince Gilligan about 12 years ago and shelved by CBS until now. The reviewer praised the show for how cleverly it deviated from the expectations we have of network cop dramas, which are still dominated by badass fluff like CSI: Miami, where our heroes tear through their cases in simple, hour-long arcs, preferably in sunglasses. As a creator, Gilligan has had an enormously successful career, and not just starting with Breaking Bad — anyone who was writing and producing something like The X-Files before the age of 30 is doing well. But Gilligan’s arc is also the arc of television, of how we watch it and what we expect of it. Part of the reason CBS resuscitated Battle Creek was in an effort to »
- Mike Powell
Criminal Minds is bringing back a familiar face for a special investigation.
Marc Vann — known to CSI fans as Sheriff Conrad Ecklie — will guest-star in Episode 18 of Season 10, titled “Rock Creek Park,” playing an FBI agent in the Organized Crime Division, TVLine has learned exclusively.
“Rock Creek Park” precedes Criminal Minds‘ planted spinoff, which will introduce a »
What to cliffhanger and what not to cliffhanger? That was the question facing How to Get Away With Murder showrunner Pete Nowalk as he approached the Season 1 finale of his twisty, twisted mystery (airing tonight at 9/8c on ABC).
“I hope it’s not torturing the audience as much as it is keeping them questioning,” he explains of the path he ultimately took. “We knew from the beginning we really needed to show what happened to Lila. We saw how Sam got murdered, and now we »
My fellow Americans, we received some devastating news this week, courtesy of Fox’s Empire: We are all just Boo-Boo Kitties, chasing our tails and kidding ourselves that we’ll ever keep it as real — or as tight — as Cookie Lyon.
I mean, try this one on for size: Ex-con Cookie walks into a celebrity soirée, spies her barely-legal rapper son with the fortysomething girlfriend he refers to as “Mama,” and begins throwing shade like a bamboo umbrella.
RelatedEmpire Post Mortem: Ep Talks Lucious’ Confession, Andre’s Collapse and That Omg End-of-Episode Hook-Up
“I’m not one of your jailbird mates, »
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The drama project stars Patton as Lauren Marks, a woman whose perfect life is ripped apart when her husband dies in a plane crash — or did he? To uncover the truth, Lauren must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.
Rodriguez, our sister site Deadline reports, will play Troy, »
CSI: Miami alum Adam Rodriguez has been cast as the male lead opposite Paula Patton in ABC‘s drama pilot Runner. Written by Michael Cooney based on the Turkish series Son and directed by Michael Offer, the project, from 20th TV and ABC Studios, centers on Lauren Marks (Patton), a wife and mother who had believed her husband had died in a plane crash, only to discover him alive, well and traveling with a mysterious woman who uses Lauren's stolen identity. Thrown into a… »
Fans have a lot of questions about Magic Mike Xxl: Will it be sexier than the first movie? Just how much clothing will we get to see stripped off? Luckily, the ladies on CBS's The Talk are on the case. "Doing it a second time around, does it feel different?" co-host Aisha Tyler asked Adam Rodriguez, who plays Tito, on Thursday. "Are your thongs more comfortable? Did you have extra padding?" "The thongs actually were a bit more comfortable this time around, slightly," responded Rodriguez, 39, laughing. "Until they're not comfortable. They kind of go from zero to 100 real fast. »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Two and a Half Men aired its very first episode on September 22, 2003, nestled between long-gone CBS hits Everybody Loves Raymond and CSI: Miami. Viewers immediately took an interest in the Odd Couple–esque comedy starring Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer: An Eye press release at the time touted the fact that Men was the most-watched new show of premiere week and had retained a bigger percentage of its Raymond lead-in than any other comedy the network had put behind it in the 9:30 p.m. Monday slot. Twelve seasons, 260 episodes, two major cast changes, and one epic talent meltdown later, Men will finally shuffle off the prime-time coil this night as one of the most financially successful sitcoms of the century to date.Its longevity is all the more impressive given Sheen’s stormy departure at the end of season eight: A show that could’ve easily crumbled instead »
- Josef Adalian
Hulu has picked up rerun rights to 14 seasons — and counting — of CBS’ veteran procedural drama “CSI.”
The deal marks the first Svod licensing pact for the series that ranked as primetime’s most-watched drama during the first seven years of its run. Episodes from 14 seasons will be available on Hulu Plus as an Svod exclusive starting in early April.
The deal calls for Hulu to carry future seasons of the show, adding episodes after each season wraps on CBS. There has been speculation that the current 15th season may be the last for the series that launched the global franchise revolving around the work of criminal forensic investigators. The third and latest spinoff of the “CSI” mothership, “CSI: Cyber,” is set to debut March 4 on CBS.
Financial details were not disclosed, but with more than 300 episodes in the can already, Hulu is undoubtedly making a huge financial commitment to the series. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.
One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »
- Shane Ramirez
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A beloved character on “The Walking Dead” gets bitten by a zombie, staggers around for the length of an episode while his friends try to save him, and ultimately succumbs to his wounds.
Spoiler alert, you say? True: I’m talking about the monster hit’s midseason premiere last night, in which Tyreese (Chad Coleman) was the latest character to go to the great zombie asylum in the sky — barely giving the beleaguered troupe time to mourn the death of saintly Beth (Emily Kinney) in the fall finale. I’m a devoted fan, but I’ve grown weary of tracking how many lives have been lost in a show that’s claimed more than its fair share of victims.
In what’s become a rite of passage, the show’s executive producers explained in their postmortem interviews that the relentless churn »
- Debra Birnbaum
Payroll and software services firm Ease Entertainment Services has announced the appointment of several key executives and team members, including naming Craig Dougherty as chief financial officer. Dougherty will oversee all financial aspects of Ease Entertainment and will report to founder/CEO Mike Rose (pictured left). The company recently debuted its next generation of services, including the industry’s first Digital Start Packets system, Automated Time Cards and its Closed-Loop Security suite of tools, which provides unparalleled control over the distribution of sensitive production information, including budgets, data and scripts. A well-respected executive within the financial and entertainment spaces, Dougherty »
- Jeff Sneider
12 items from 2015
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