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CBS have annnounced that Mehcad Brooks is to play photographer and ally of Krypton Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl, opposite Melissa Benoist. I always remember Olsen as portrayed by Marc McClure in the classic Christopher Reeve movie franchise. He was a well-meaning dope of sorts, kitted out like a Harvard professor but loyal and likeable.
This time out, he isn’t a Daily Planet employee but a lenser at Benoist’s workplace CatCo, where Kara Danvers/Supergirl spends her no-fly time. And as is the way with these things he is hiding a big secret. He’ll also be a prospective love interest of Benoist’s in a sort of reverse of the Clark Kent/Lois Lane relationship.
- Steve Palace
True Blood's Mehcad Brooks will exchange the paranormal for the extraterrestrial on CBS's Supergirl, where he's been cast as James Olsen. In this iteration of the character, Olsen will be a photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl, Melissa Benoist) works. According to DC Comics lore, the character could also be a potential love interest for Kara. (If you just yelled spicy, give yourself a high five and then picture Stefon saying "CatCo is National City's hottest new club.") »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Melissa Benoist will play the title character, Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped its destruction years ago.
Kara was taken in by a foster family who taught her to be careful with her powers. Now that she's 24, unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public and she decides to begin embracing those extraordinary abilities.
In this take, Olsen is a photographer at CatCo., where Kara works and is her workplace crush. Olsen has recently been living and working in National City though the reason is a secret. As Kara emerges as Supergirl, they grow closer.
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- Garth Franklin
Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around we have an update on the growing cast of Hannibal Season 3 and details on when you can expect to see Salem Season 2 on the small screen and the buzzed-about It Follows on the big screen.
TVLine reports that Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) will play Cordell Doemling, yet another familiar name to fans of Thomas Harris’ books and the Hannibal Lecter movies. For those unfamiliar, Cordell Doemling is the verbally abused medical aid to the wealthy, wicked, and mutilated Mason Verger, who will now be played on the TV series by Joe Anderson in place of Michael Pitt. In the 2001 film, Hannibal, Doemling was played by Željko Ivanek.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, it was recently revealed that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, will play the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind »
- Derek Anderson
Supergirl‘s version of Jimmy is described as a smart, worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara — played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist — works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret, and his salt-of-the-earth nature quickly piques Kara’s interest.
Other Supergirl roles still to be »
Jimmy, based on the DC Comics character, is an attractive photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara Zor-El works as an assistant to Cat Grant (yet to be cast). Recently, Jimmy has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.
In the “Superman” comics, Jimmy was close friends with Lois Lane and Kara’s cousin, Clark Kent.
“Supergirl” is exec produced by Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Ali Adler (“Glee,” “The New Normal”), and hails from Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Berlanti and Adler penned the hourlong pilot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS’s upcoming “Supergirl” series has found its Jimmy Olsen. Or, rather, its James Olsen.
And this Olsen comes with a question mark: He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.
The series, »
- Tim Kenneally and Jeff Sneider
The Supergirl casting news just keeps on coming! Right on the heels of the CBS superhero drama finding its titular character in Glee alum Melissa Benoist, the show has added another young face to its cast. E! News has learned that Mehcad Brooks has just joined Supergirl in a majorly iconic DC Comics role. So who will the True Blood and Necessary Roughness alum play on the CBS and Warner Bros. drama? Drum roll, please...Brooks will take on the role of James "Jimmy" Olsen! James is a photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara aka Supergirl (Benoist) works. And here's where the details around Brooks' character get mysterious...James has recently been living and »
Clark Kent isn't the only Super-person who needs a little photographer buddy. For weeks the internet has been buzzing with speculation about who would play the role of Jimmy Olsen, the photographer sidekick generally seen along side Superman's journalistic alter-ego in the comic books. Earlier this week, Hitfix broke the news that CBS had cast "Glee" alum Melissa Benoist as the lead in their upcoming series based on the adventures of the young woman of steel. Today, the network confirms to Hitfix that the next Jimmy Olsen will be.... Mehcad Brooks! Previously seen in "Necessary Roughness" (above), "True Blood" and "Desperate Housewives, Brooks has been cast in the role, described by CBS as "A photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara (series star Melissa Benoist) works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret." So what do you think? Is »
- Richard Rushfield
Following the news that Whiplash actress Melissa Benoist will play Supergirl in the CBS series of the same name, the next major casting addition has been made in the form of Mehcad Brooks. He's not a huge star, but is best known for starring in Desperate Housewives and True Blood. In the comic books, Jimmy has obviously always been portrayed as being Caucasian. The casting of Brooks will undoubtedly ruffle the feathers of the same comic book fans who objected to a similar race change for Iris West in The Flash and Perry White in Man of Steel. However, it's the official description of the character which should be more worrying as it doesn't sound all that much like Jimmy regardless of his race! You see, Supergirl's version of Jimmy is described as a "smart, worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He has recently been »
Family is like a loaded gun. Especially if you’re Richard Paxson (True Blood's Sam Trammell) and you left your rural Colorado family and its gun business 20 years ago and vowed never to go back.
After some unfortunate circumstances, the big city corporate exec is forced to return home to help save the family business. But older brother Grady Paxton (My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee), a playboy bachelor and gun aficionado, isn’t so happy to have him back. And his liberal wife and opinionated teenage kids are horrified by the world they have been thrown into. Hilarity, epic fights and emotional breakdowns ensue.
Created by Samuel Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan – TV series), Cocked is an hour-long dark comedy that also stars Tony award-winning Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), and Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) — a stellar cast. »
Less than a week after actress Melissa Benoist signed on to play the title character in CBS' Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood) has joined the cast as James Olsen. Based on the Jimmy Olsen character from the DC Comics, James Olsen is an attractive photographer for CatCo, the same media conglomerate that Kara Zor-el (Melissa Benoist) works for. Kara is an assistant to Cat Grant, the company's founder, who has yet to be cast at this time.
James has recently been living and working in National City, although his reason for doing so is still a secret. Entertainment Weekly reports that James is rumored to be a love interest for Kara, but that has yet to be confirmed. In the comics, Jimmy Olsen was a photographer for the Daily Planet, who typically appeared in Clark Kent's stories. He was also close friends with both Clark and Lois Lane, »
Fleshler recently portrayed the murderous and also-creepy Errol Childress, dubbed “The Spaghetti Monster” for his facial disfigurement, on Season 1 of HBO’s popular mystery anthology.
Here’s how the network describes Cordell:
The personal doctor to a disfigured Mason Verger, quiet, »
- Alicia Banks
True Blood's Alan Ball and Elton John are teaming up with HBO to make a pilot for "an hourlong period drama set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna," writes The Hollywood Reporter. To be called Virtuoso, it centers around musical prodigies at the Academy of Musical Excellence — like Fame for genius-types. You know there will be wigs! We're in. »
- Lindsey Weber
HBO has given the go-ahead to the pilot for "Virtuoso," a musical series from Elton John, his husband David Furnish and "True Blood" creator Alan Ball. The hour-long period drama follows a class of young, 18th-century European musicians attending a prestigious music academy in Vienna. Production is set to begin in Budapest this Spring. Ball's partner Peter Macdissi, who appeared in both "True Blood" and "Six Feet Under," Ball's first cable series after his "American Beauty" Oscar win for Best Screenplay, will star and executive-produce. Ball and Macdissi have written the teleplay, with a pilot story to be penned by Macdissi, Ball and co-executive producer Steve Hamilton Shaw. This isn't the only musical period series on HBO's docket. Martin Scorsese has a full series order on his plate for a yet-to-be-titled '70s rock drama co-executive produced by Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. (More on that here.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Boardwalk Empire, The Comeback, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for Girls, Looking, and Togetherness added.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's recent/current primetime scripted »
A creepy comic-book villain is making the leap from The CW to Fox.
The baddie — who was also portrayed by Michael Eklund (Bates Motel) on Arrow last season — has a zealotry bordering on madness, genius-level intellect and vast medical expertise. He pursues his demented research even as the bloody cost of his actions grows ever greater.
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Set in 18th century Vienna, the series follows a class of musicians from all across Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
Peter Macdissi (who worked with Ball on “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood”) will star in the pilot. Macdissi will also serve as exec producer, alongside Ball, John, Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw. The pilot teleplay is written by Ball, and Macdissi, Shaw and Ball will pen the pilot story.
The cast of musical students includes “The Imitation Game’s” Alex Lawther as Battista; French actor Francois Civil (“Rosemary’s Baby”) as Isidoro; British actor Nico Mirallegro (BBC’s “Upstairs Downstairs”) as Franz; Australian actor Lindsay Farris as Heinrich; and actress Iva Babic as Leonid.
Production on the “Virtuoso” pilot begins this spring in Budapest. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing over in Utah, and a whole host of films have had their premieres in the variety of showcases across the festival. As ever, many of the films have had distributors clamouring over each other to purchase the distribution rights and a lucky few have been successfully picked up for cinema or VOD release.
Starring Jack Black (School of Rock) and James Marsden (The Best of Me), The D Train is close to being acquired by IFC Films. Variety reports that the comedy, directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, sees Black star as an insecure guy heading preparations for his 20th high school reunion, and takes to befriending the most popular guy in his class (Marsden) in order to boost the profile of both the reunion and his own life.
The deal for the film, set to be over in the seven-figure range, »
- Scott J. Davis
We’re back with another horror/sci-fi news round-up. This time around, we focus on John Carpenter’s upcoming Lost Themes record release, the hiring of a new writer for one of the stand-alone Star Wars films, and an unpredictable new cast addition for Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens TV series.
It followed Laurie Strode as she was hunted by Michael Myers, rode with Christine as the flaming 1958 Plymouth Fury mercilessly pursued Buddy Repperton down a dark stretch of asphalt, and accompanied Jack Burton and his pals on their rescue mission in Lo Pan’s lair. John Carpenter’s music could be listed as a cast member in his films, as they are like another character, superbly complimenting the dialogue and actions of the main players.
The nine tracks on Carpenter’s upcoming Lost Themes record, however, don’t come from iconic films, but they will likely have listeners watching »
- Derek Anderson
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