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Surveying a TNT landscape that in recent weeks saw Dallas and other dramas fall by the wayside, Major Crimes creator James Duff does not take for granted the fact that The Closer‘s spin-off thus far has reaped relatively easy renewals.
“We’ve been incredibly lucky,” Duff told TVLine during a Q&A previewing the crime drama’s upcoming winter run. “Believe me when I say that we are all very aware of the rarified air in which we exist at the moment” – especially with former Fox boss Kevin Reilly about to take the reins at the cable network.
By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Jamie Dornan is returning to terrorize Northern Ireland with his sexy bedroom eyes (and murderous disposition) in "The Fall" Season 2 - and now the BBC Two series has a premiere date on Netflix. The dark drama's second season has been slated to debut January 16 on the streaming service, Netflix announced today. The new batch of six episodes will again star Dornan ("50 Shades of Grey") as Paul Spector, a serial killer terrorizing Belfast, while Gillian Anderson reprises her role as Det. Superintendent Stella Gibson. Emmy winner Alan Cubitt wrote and directed all six episodes, the first of which premiered this week in the U.K. Check out a teaser trailer and full Season 2 synopsis for "The Fall" below. In other Netflix news, the service has ordered ten episodes of Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry's "The Crown," a drama centered on the life of Queen Elizabeth II (expected to be played »
- Chris Eggertsen
“No one is moving to Iowa ever,” declares Marnie, kicking off Girls‘ official Season 4 trailer.
But Allison Williams’ alter-ego isn’t entirely right, as we learn in this 90-second promo. In fact, maddening protagonist Hannah has already made her way to the Midwest — and discovered that grapes can be a satisfying snack and that house parties can involve wrestling in a kiddie pool of blue goo.
Other revelations: Jessa gets herself arrested. Marnie is still playing the role of “other woman” with musician-actor Desi. And Shoshanna continues to be a source of dazzlingly uncomfortable comedy via her search for gainful employment. »
HBO wants to start having more comedies on their network and they found just the person to work with, Kyra Sedgewick. The actress who starred in the former series The Closer, will be producing and starring in the untitled show. Kyra will play the lead role of Kate, a woman who finds herself lost after leaving a life of being a nun in the past. Can she keep it all together and succeed in the world that she left behind for so long? Only time will tell and fans can expect a 2015 or 2016 release of the show.
I am happy for Kyra, I think this will be a good sign of her career. She has worked hard and isn’t a name that is thrown around enough for her skills. However, we will also be excited to see how she fits in the role of being a producer and one »
- Sarah Peel
With three of its four leads in place (and the fourth said to be near a deal), HBO’s True Detective has moved on to casting some heavily recurring roles for Season 2.
As previously reported, Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal struggling to move into legitimate enterprise, and Colin Farrell (Alexander) will play Ray Velcoro, a police detective with torn allegiances. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) is said to be playing a detective, while Rachel McAdams is rumored to be circling the fourth and final lead role, as another detective.
In addition, all said to be near deals, »
A onetime Desperate husband may hold the fate of a desperate Phillip Stroh in his hands.
On the heels of the news that Revolution‘s Billy Burke will be guest-starring on TNT’s Major Crimes as The Closer‘s insidious Phillip Stroh, TVLine can report that Tuc Watkins will also appear in the season-ending two-parter, in a perhaps pivotal capacity.
When Stroh resurfaces in Season 3’s final two episodes (airing Jan. 12 and 19), the serial rapist/murderer is now acting as his own attorney and as such angles for a new deal. »
Emmy-winning The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick is teaming up with The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer for an upcoming HBO comedy about a nun gone rogue. The two will executive produce the half-hour, single-camera comedy for Logo Here in association with Warner Bros. Television. The untitled show will follow Sedgwick's Kate, a nun who, but disillusioned by a lifetime of service to the church and a failed marriage, walks out of the life she's led since she was 17. "No longer 'Sister Katherine,' she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, »
- Emily Blake
A new door just opened for The Closer.
Kyra Sedgwick has signed on to star in and co-executive-produce an untitled comedy project on HBO, our sister site Deadline reports.
Sedgwick will play Kate, a former nun who must figure out who she really is (and what she truly believes in) after breaking away from the church.
Are you excited for Sedgwick’s new project? »
One of The Closer‘s most loathsome creatures will finally appear on TNT’s Major Crimes in the slithery flesh, when Billy Burke reprises his role as Phillip Stroh in a wintertime two-parter, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Burke last portrayed the legal lizard/serial rapist/murderer in The Closer‘s August 2012 series finale, when Brenda risked her career to prove him guilty of murder.
The character has since been mentioned on the spin-off Major Crimes and most notably had his legal fate (seemingly?) sealed by testimony from Captain Sharon Raydor’s ward, former street rat Rusty Beck — though Stroh himself »
Tom Verica wasn't expecting to return to acting. But that is precisely what happened for one of Scandal's go-to directors. Verica, a co-executive producer on Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Scandal, was busy prepping to direct the third-season finale of the White House drama when his phone rang. The former actor, who was last seen on-screen in a 2010 episode of The Closer, got a call from Rhimes with an offer he couldn't refuse: Playing Viola Davis' husband, Sam, on ABC's rookie hit How to Get Away With Murder. The role marks Verica's latest Shondaland gig
- Lesley Goldberg
J.K. Simmons has spent the last 20 years as one of Hollywood's most in-demand character actors, making an outsize impression in films like Spider-Man and Juno and on TV shows including Oz, Law & Order, and The Closer, but his role in the acclaimed new film Whiplash may be the juiciest of his career — and, if the pundits' early predictions are borne out, it could earn him an Oscar. In the Damien Chazelle–directed music drama, Simmons plays the tyrannical Fletcher, an epithet-spitting, frequently screaming music instructor who zeroes in on Andrew Nieman (Miles Teller), a jazz-drumming student who becomes both Fletcher's pet project and punching bag. It's one of the scariest performances of the year, and among the most fascinating, too: Chazelle and Simmons reveal just enough of Fletcher to suggest even more, and earlier this month, Simmons sat down with Vulture in Los Angeles to discuss some of »
- Kyle Buchanan
Intense music drama Whiplash, already a big winner at Sundance and the Deauville American Film Festival earlier this year, should drum up plenty of audience interest in its debut this weekend, even though it faces a crowded specialty market that also features several other notable newcomers, including the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent, Hilary Swank‘s You’re Not You and Jeremy Renner‘s Kill the Messenger. All are what I’d call “big” specialty releases, with big names attached that should attract big attention.
The weekend also includes what I’d call some “small” releases, including documentaries The Overnighters (another Sundance winner) and I Am Ali, about the former heavyweight boxing champion, alongside the Mormon Church-backed Meet the Mormons. All will be clawing for attention in a market that’s seen more than 30 films debut in the past three weeks.
That said, Whiplash should be a real career turner »
- Brian Brooks
This week on ABC’s Castle, Rick took the lead on the investigation into his months-long disappearance and loss of memory — only to be left with new questions.
Fast-forwarding to the good stuff: After tendering a $250,000 reward for info about his possible whereabouts, Castle meets newlyweds who noticed him in the background of a honeymoon photo, taken outside a Montreal bank. What’s more, Rick in the pic is talking to Not Henry Jenkins (played by Matt Letscher).
Alexis — who was full of all sorts of smart ideas this week, »
The last two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have catered to the strengths of its game ensemble, to an extent that the major crimes that should throttle the episodes forward have been pushed into the background. In this week’s episode, a skirmish at a chocolate milk restaurant – a concept this writer truly hopes is not a creation of writer Gabe Liedman, but a high-concept dining idea that exists – gets just over a minute of screen time. It unfortunately receives the short straw in exchange for a packaged deal nicknamed “chocolate milk,” according to Peralta: a buddy team-up with him and Terry.
As much admiration as Andre Braugher gets and deserves for his placid deadpan stare and tone, the series’ secret comic weapon has often been the bulky Terry Crews. Using his linebacker persona to the advantage of great sight gags this week, the writers have created a sweet, genial character »
- Jordan Adler
A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I embarrass myself in front of Derek Jeter... There's plenty of funny stuff for the whole "Brooklyn" ensemble in "Chocolate Milk," from Gina slapping Boyle at the thought of them being "bone bros" to Santiago's eyes going wide with terror at the realization that she just yelled at her captain, to the spectacle of Terry being high. (In addition to the spectacle of Jake clinging to Terry's ankle as Terry easily continues walking.) Solid episode all-around. But the highlight, by far, is the introduction of Kyra Sedgwick as Holt's partner-turned-nemesis, Madeline Wuntch. Despite the badge and deputy chief ranking, this is in no way a parody of Sedgwick's role on "The Closer" — though it is funny to have two of TV's greatest interrogators facing off — but a chance for a fine comic actress to prove she can »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the episode, Kyra plays Deputy Chief Wuntch, archenemy to Andre Braugher's Captain Holt. Even with decades under her belt as an actress, Kyra admitted that it's still challenging to hop in as the new girl with an established show.
"The coming back to TV part is not so weird," said Kyra who's been missing from our TVs since The Closer ended in 2012. "What's weird is being a guest star."
After playing the more serious role of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson for seven years on The Closer, Kyra jumped into her comedic guest starring role with both feet -- even pitching a pivotal idea for the episode.
Thanks to actress »
Actor J.K. Simmons has described next year's "Terminator Genisys" as something you would not expect to hear it described as - "a love story".
The actor has certainly been involved in his share of big projects ranging from cable series hit "The Closer" to Sam Raimi's blockbuster "Spider-Man" films. He tells Coming Soon that next year's time-travel action thriller film is probably more dimensional and well-rounded than many are expecting:
"I thought, 'Well, obviously it's a gigantic movie and on that level, it's something most actors would want to be a part of, but is it just going to be the formulaic yadda-yadda-yadda then cut to the stuff blowing up?' But I found the script to be really much more intelligent and fun and funny and well-rounded and heartfelt. It's a love story. It's a really interesting script. They got great actors. I wrapped that in August, so »
- Garth Franklin
Related Ratings: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Returns Up, in New Time Slot
In the exclusive video below, Braugher and Sedgwick (as well as Andy Samberg) preview the arrival of Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch, a longtime foil of Captain Holt’s — though in at least one flashback to their earlier days, Wuntch looked hot to “close” the deal with her (then-closeted) colleague.
Can Sedgwick, who like Braugher earned »
Better call this one in: Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine is returning to the streets—and to your flat-screens—on Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. It’s been a long wait, as the season finale in May left us hanging from a cliff made out of exclamation points and question marks: Jake is working undercover for the FBI!?!?! He confessed his crush to Amy!?!?! And what the—Charles slept with Gina!?!?! So, what barely legal hijinks can you expect in season two from first-degree wiseass detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), absolute-opposite-of-wiseass Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), and the rest of the precinct? »
- Dan Snierson
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