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It’s remarkable how interchangeable “Notorious” and “Conviction” are. Hayley Atwell is in one, and Piper Perabo leads the other, but you’d be forgiven for confusing the lesser details, like which one is a take on Larry King or has a presidential campaign subplot. Both are steamy procedurals that combine legal thriller with media circus, playing up high-profile clients, sensational crimes, and the sexy people involved. Both are led by beautiful white women, making the most of their business formal wardrobes in expensive high heels and blazers. Both women have smoldering sexual tension with a man — the second-billed actor — that crosses both personal and professional boundaries, while also throwing off sexual tension that tries very hard to light the screen on fire (and occasionally succeeds).
And, most importantly, both read as messy, incomplete dramas that appear to be blatant attempts to rework the “Scandal” template with a few different bells and whistles. The »
- Sonia Saraiya
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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It’s tough to love TV, and there’s no tougher time than late spring, when the several waves of broadcast network cancellations herald the arrival of Upfronts. I have a few thoughts on the most recent round of TV cancellations, spinoffs and renewals:
Among the cancellations announced in recent days: “The Grinder,” “Grandfathered,” “Galavant,” “The Family,” “Bordertown,” “Second Chance,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Nashville,” “Castle” and “Containment.” For me, the toughest losses were “Agent Carter” and “The Grinder.” More on the former in a moment, but I have a few thoughts on the latter. “The Grinder” was something of an odd duck, and I do get that it was a niche show (hence its low ratings and Fox’s desire to axe it). But given that it was a knowledgeable and meta-obsessed show that lovingly mocked TV cliches, that particular niche was designed to appeal to TV nerds like me. »
- Maureen Ryan
“Law & Order: Svu” has named Rick Eid executive producer and showrunner beginning with the upcoming Season 18. The role comes under the terms of a new two-year overall deal Eid has signed with Universal Television. Eid had previously worked with “Svu” creator Dick Wolf as a co-executive producer on the original “Law & Order” series and as co-creator of NBC’s short-lived drama “Conviction.” Also read: NBC Renews 'Chicago Med,' 'Law & Order: Svu' The producer most recently served as executive producer on CBS’ “Hostages” and showrunner on TNT’s “Dark Blue.” He is repped by Wme. NBC picked up the long-running drama for an. »
- Reid Nakamura
Rick Eid has been named the new showrunner of “Law & Order: Svu,” Variety has learned.
Eid will begin his duties with the upcoming 18th season next fall, taking the place of showrunner Warren Leight, who will exit after the current 17th season.
In addition to being named showrunner on “Svu,” Eid has closed a new overall deal with Universal TV, the studio behind the “Law & Order” franchise, which will keep him as showrunner and exec producer on the series for two years.
Eid hails from the Dick Wolf and “Law & Order” camp, having served as co-exec producer on the flagship series from 2005-07 and as a supervising producer on “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” He served as a writer on both series and penned two episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He also co-created the short-lived NBC crime drama “Conviction” with Wolf in 2006.
“I’m extremely pleased that Rick had »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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