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A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I maintain my cover as Ron Burgundy... Operation: Improve "Agents of Shield" has been working in two fronts this season. The main, and most important one, has been creating more interesting contexts for the pre-existing characters like Coulson, Fitz and Ward. At the same time, the show is introducing a lot of new characters on both the Shield and Hydra side of things. Some are still fairly minor in the scheme of things — Mac's primary function this week is to let Fitz subconsciously ogle his superhuman physique — but on the whole, the show has nicely balanced new and old, so that the show feels densely populated, but not too busy. It helps when you have some excellent actors like Kyle MacLachlan and Adrianne Palicki involved. Palicki's long been a superheroine-in-waiting — one of the worst things about »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Did you see last night’s ratings for ‘Ray Donovan?’”
It’s the morning after the show’s second-season finale, and Showtime president David Nevins sounds like a proud father, high-fiving a visitor to his Westwood office and firing off stats: The Liev Schreiber drama hit a series-high 2 million viewers. “It’s up 40% from last year,” he says, with a broad grin.
Nevins has good reason to be happy on this late-September day. “Ray Donovan” indeed blossomed into a ratings hit for his network in its sophomore season (even with behind-the-scenes drama forcing a change in showrunner for season three). “Masters of Sex” also wrapped its second season with heightened critical acclaim for the show and the performances of stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
With a week to go before the fourth-season relaunch of “Homeland,” the early reviews are mostly good as the drama reboots itself in an effort »
- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum
“Full Circle” has a pretty full cast for its upcoming second season. The DirecTV anthology series has added a slew of actors for its sophomore run, including Stacy Keach, “Lost” alum Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”), “Ally McBeal” veteran Calista Flockhart, Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous”), David Koechner and “Perception” actor Eric McCormack. Also read: ‘Harry Potter’ Star Tom Felton: DirecTV's ‘Full Circle’ Was ‘a Challenge’ The first season of the series featured cast members including “Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton, “Friday Night Lights” star Minka Kelly and “Private Practice” alum Kate Walsh. O'Quinn will play Chicago cop Jimmy Parerra, »
- Tim Kenneally
"Kingdom" will continue to reign on Directv. Just a week after the series premiere, the platform has ordered an additional 20 episodes of the one-hour drama from creator Byron Balasco ("Detroit 1-8-7") and Endemol Studios ("Hell on Wheels"). Production will begin in spring 2015, with the first 10 episodes airing on the Audience Network next fall. The following 10 episodes will air sometime in 2016. Starring Nick Jonas and Frank Grillo ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), "Kingdom" is a brutal family saga that takes place in the rough and tumble world of Mixed Martial Arts in Venice, California. "Kingdom" also stars Kiele Sanchez ("Lost"), Matt Lauria ("Friday Night Lights"), Jonathan Tucker ("Parenthood") and Joanna Going ("House of Cards"). “Directv could not be more thrilled by the response that last week’s premiere of 'Kingdom' elicited from both critics and our viewers,” said Directv's Chris Long in a press statement. “The series very »
- Dave Lewis
Coming off her recent performance in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, actress Kim Dickens will be joining the third season of the Netflix series House of Cards. Currently there isn’t a lot of details about what her role in the series will be, but considering her extensive television work there’s no doubt that she’ll fit right in with the likes of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Besides her role in Gone Girl, Dickens has most recently appeared in episodes of Sons of Anarchy as well as a star on the HBO series Treme. She also starred in another HBO series, Deadwood, and has made appearances on Friday Night Lights and Lost.
Season 3 of House of Cards is set to return in February. The series is coming off of 13 Emmy nominations for it’s second season which is four more than it got for its debut season. Cards »
- Jake Peffer
Netflix’s House of Cards is beginning to beef up its Season 3 lineup. The political drama has cast actress Kim Dickens in a recurring role for Season 3, which will premiere on Netflix sometime in early 2015 (I’m going to guess February, since that’s when the past two seasons of House of Cards have debuted). As of right now, no specific details about Dickens’ role in House of Cards, or the number of episodes of Season 3 she will appear in, have been released. Since playing Joanie Stubbs, a series regular role on HBO’s Deadwood, Dickens has appeared on countless other TV series, including Lost, Friday Night Lights, and White Collar. Most recently, she starred in the David Simon series Treme on HBO and also had a recurring role on FX’s Sons of Anarchy as Colette, a madam at one of the brothels that the Sons help run who »
- Chris King
House of Cards is dealing in Kim Dickens for season 3. Details about her recurring role on Kevin Spacey's Netflix political drama—which returns early next year—are being kept under wraps. Currently seen on the big screen as Detective Rhonda Boney in Gone Girl, Dickens starred in HBO dramas Deadwood and Treme. Her TV resume also includes guest spots on Friday Night Lights, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy. TVLine first reported the news. »
- Dan Snierson
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress has landed a recurring role in House of Cards‘ upcoming third season (debuting in early 2015).
Specifics on Dickens’ character and episode count were not available and a Netflix rep declined to comment.
Related storiesTVLine Items: Mistresses Fave Joins Red Band, Poi on Netflix and MoreFriends Is Coming to Netflix »
Kingdom Season 1, Episode 1, “Set Yourself on Fire”
Directed by Adam Davidson
Written by Byron Balasco
Airs Wednesdays at 9pm on the Audience Network
Kingdom is a different beast for the land of pay cable shows. Byron Balasco — he of such procedurals as Without a Trace, Detroit 1-8-7, and FlashForward — wrote the script on spec. DirecTV’s third scripted series ever (not counting their role as savior of Friday Night Lights) and only the third show out of Endemol Studios, the show is very much a mix of experience and newer hands both behind the camera and in front of it. Balasco’s expertise in the world of Mma is sketchy at best, and before now he was better know as an executive producer or co-producer than a show runner. Even after taking all of this into account, the pilot is a more cohesive look at the damaged and problematic Kulinas »
- Whitney McIntosh
Chicago P.D.‘s Det. Antonio Dawson is about to protect and serve a soap star.
As the World Turns Emmy winner Michael Park has landed a three-episode arc on the NBC drama as Asher Roslyn, a slick, confident diamond dealer who hires the detective for after-hours private security, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Related Chicago Fire Boss on [Spoiler's] Death, Fan Outrage and a Possible Return
Dawson’s judgment and instincts will be challenged as he balances the new assignment with his official police department responsibilities.
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Victoria, BC. It's early May on Vancouver Island and rain has temporarily trapped Kevin Rankin in a makeshift press tent just inland at Island View Beach Regional Park. With several of his co-stars in rotation being interviewed, Rankin ends up sitting next to the heat lamp, which means sitting next to me for what turns out to be an in-depth conversation about both his work on Fox's "Broadchurch" and his eclectic and varied career. With his turns as rascally and resilient Herc on "Friday Night Lights" and gloriously unprepared-for-authority Ra Lucien on "Undeclared," Rankin has the rare honor of having been part of multiple shows that earned the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Summer ReWatch treatment. [Three, if you include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though his one-episode appearance came after the season featured in the podcast.] Rankin has also had runs on shows including "Breaking Bad," "Six Feet Under," "Big Love" and "Justified," when he wasn't terrorizing the President in "White House Down" or assisting Matthew McConaughey to his Oscar in "Dallas Buyers Club. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The uncredited star of Kingdom? The F-bomb! DirecTV's highly anticipated new series, starring Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas, Jonathan Tucker and Frank Grillo, centers on the bloody and brutal world of Mma fighting, where just as many curses as punches are flying. And while watching its premiere tonight, we bet you found yourself saying, "F--k, they are saying f--k a lot!'" We decided to play a little game with the buff cast when we caught up with them at Kingdom's premiere party, asking them to guess just how many F-bombs were dropped in the first episode. And guess what? They were all waaay off. "We use it, we can use it," executive producer »
“Kingdom,” DirecTV’s latest original series, is unlike anything currently on TV. While the brutal and kinetic fight sequences are most reminiscent of Tom Hardy’s 2011 mixed martial arts pic “Warrior,” the compelling ensemble and thorny character dynamics — set against the backdrop of the professional Mma circuit — evoke memories of another drama where the sports took a backseat to character evolution: the short-lived but much-beloved “Friday Night Lights” (which was co-produced by DirecTV in its final three seasons). Another commonality between the two shows is Matt Lauria, who played Luke Cafferty in seasons four and five of “Fnl,” and whose troubled new character, Ryan Wheeler, is miles removed from the mild-mannered farm boy who stole fans’ hearts while playing for the East Dillon Lions.
Variety spoke to Lauria ahead of “Kingdom’s” Oct. 8 premiere to learn more about what makes his character tick, Ryan’s relationship with Mma coach Alvey »
- Laura Prudom
When Byron Balasco tells people that his new show Kingdom is about Mixed Martial Arts, their response tends to be, "Oh, so it's a reality show?" It's not a wild notion, considering that we live in a world with very few (if any) scripted shows about Mma. But for Balasco, the idea never seemed far-fetched. "I had been a fan of Mma for years and years and years, way back even before it became what it is, like 10-12 years ago even," Balasco said. "And it always seemed like a great place to set a show because it's such an interesting cross-section of characters. »
- Samantha Highfill
Lisbon's family is expanding. Friday Night Lights alum Derek Phillips and Rob Belushi, who played Lily’s go-to bartender, Linus, during the final season of How I Met Your Mother, have landed guest-starring roles on The Mentalist, EW has learned exclusively. Belushi, whose credits also include Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will play Jimmy Lisbon, the smart yet underachieving younger brother of Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney) who happens to be an enthusiastic gambler. Wanted for questioning in regards to the murder of a high-profile attorney, Jimmy must put aside his differences with his sister in order to clear his name »
- Natalie Abrams
After getting past the premise’s inherent pander — Hey, mixed martial arts! That’ll appeal to a young male demo! — “Kingdom,” an awful title, quickly establishes itself as a solid drama, one that weaves L.A.’s Venice neighborhood and its assorted quirks into the fabric of the show. Perpetual tough guy Frank Grillo plays Alvey Kulina, the legendary fighter who presides over a local gym, and whose youngest son, portrayed by a buff Nick Jonas, is one of his brightest prospects. Yes, there are plenty of boxing-movie-type cliches in creator Byron Balasco’s series, but DirecTV’s latest original still delivers a surprisingly potent punch.
Alvey’s talents are conveniently demonstrated right away (courtesy of a couple of not-so-friendly neighborhood gangbangers), but his larger problem involves the gym, which — as his girlfriend/inhouse manager Lisa (Kiele Sanchez) keeps reminding him — is struggling financially. Blame part of it on Alvey’s soft heart, »
- Brian Lowry
We're debuting the premiere of Showtime's new drama, a week early, starting at midnight on October 5, so you can get hooked ahead of time. Of course, that means you'll have to wait up to two weeks for the next ep, but nothing satisfies quite like instant gratification, right? Well, maybe there are a few things...
"The Affair" officially premieres Sunday, October 12, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Showtime.
Wanna know more more? Here's what the show is about, straight from Showtime:
Showtime's upcoming one-hour drama series, The Affair, stars Golden Globe(R) nominees Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), as well as Emmy(R) nominee Maura Tierney (ER) and SAG Award(R) nominee Joshua Jackson (Fringe). The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair. The provocative drama will be told separately from the male and female perspectives - using the distinct memory biases to both misdirect and intrigue. »
- Moviefone Staff
When anyone is cast on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it immediately raises the question of whether or not that character could then make the jump from the small screen to the silver screen and join the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One such question arose this past summer when Friday Night Lights and G.I. Joe: Retaliation actress Adrianne Palicki joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird, a member of the Avengers in the comics and the eventual wife of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
And while it’s completely possible that Mockingbird could appear on the big screen someday, it was previously unclear if that was a viable option. According to Palicki herself, however, it’s not only possible, but it’s already been discussed.
When promoting her upcoming film John Wick, Palicki spoke with IGN and said the following about playing Bobbi Morse, »
- James Garcia
To date, we have seen some big screen characters make appearances on ABC's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. like Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, but we have yet to see characters originating on the small screen jumping to the feature film world. That could change though and we may know who the first contender could be. Adrianne Palicki, best known for parts on the small screen Friday Night Lights and the failed Wonder Woman pilot as well as the big screen G.I. Joe: »
- Alex Maidy
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected global IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015.
Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original movie, but tells its own story — one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.
Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1&2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip »
- Michelle McCue
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