15 items from 2014
Every week, a member of the Nashville cast will blog about the latest episode of the ABC hit. This week, Tony winner Laura Benanti - who plays Sadie Stone - writes about her character's big win at the Country Music Association Awards and how her past will come back to haunt her. And for viewers who noticed Sadie catch Luke Wheeler's eye and are wondering if something might develop between them - and threaten her friendship with Rayna - Benanti says that's not going to happen.All those years working hard in country music paid off! When I won that Cma Award, »
- Laura Benanti, @laurabenanti
In a blur, “The Flash” premiere has become the CW’s most-watched telecast ever.
“The Flash” had already looked very impressive in the same-night numbers, with its Oct. 7 premiere drawing the best ratings for a debut on the network in the five years since “The Vampire Diaries,” and drawing more young adults than any program that night on ABC (including “Marvel’s Agents of Shield”) or Fox.
And Nielsen now estimates that an average audience of 6.8 million watched “The Flash” in Live+7 numbers (full week’s worth of DVR playback), adding 1.96 million viewers (about 40%) to its same-night total of 4.84 million.
It’s the largest audience ever for any telecast on CW since its launch in 2006, breaking the previous record held by a season finale of “America’s Next Top Model” in 2007 (6.69 million). “The Flash” also logged the highest-rated premiere ever for the network in men 18-34 (2.5 rating).
Across all platforms, »
- Rick Kissell
The Flash debuted as the most-watched series premiere ever on The CW, scoring 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 Day Nielsen ratings, and was the network's highest-rated series premiere among adults 18-49 in more than five years, since The Vampire Diaries debuted in 2009.
The most critically acclaimed new series of the season, Jane the Virgin, bowed with The CW's most-watched and highest-rated show in its time period in two years. TV Guide called Jane the Virgin the "#1 Must-See" new show of the season, and named star Gina Rodriguez the "most inspiring young actress on TV today." Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter said Jane was "by far the best network pilot -drama or comedy" this season.
This brings the episode totals to 23 for “The Flash” and 22 for “Jane.”
“The Flash,” which is a spinoff of the network’s well-received “Arrow,” opened with one of the biggest audiences for a CW show in Live+3 (6.2 million), beating ABC and Fox shows in the time period — which is unusual for the network. While “Jane” had more modest numbers, the show’s ratings are an improvement over CW shows in last year’s timeslot (“Beauty and the Beast” and “The Tomorrow People”). It is also a critical darling, with Variety TV critic Brian Lowry praising the show’s charm and star Gina Rodriguez.
“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with ‘The Flash’ launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and »
- Whitney Friedlander
Victor Garber is a man in demand, folks.
On the heels of landing a juicy midseason role on The CW’s The Flash, TV’s erstwhile spy daddy has booked a guest-starring gig on CBS’ Blue Bloods, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Appearing in the Nov. 21 episode, Garber will play Donald Stein, the charismatic scion of a New York real estate dynasty. As a highly respected Jewish leader, Stein is deeply disturbed by the recent murders of several prominent Jewish men in the city. Convinced they are hate crimes, he grows frustrated when Frank refuses to share that conclusion without more evidence. »
Victor Garber has landed a recurring role on The Flash, EW has learned. The Alias alum will play Dr. Martin Stein, one-half of the Firestorm entity from DC Comics. Dr. Stein is a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late. Though Amell will first appear in the third episode of the season as Ronnie Raymond, who is also »
- Natalie Abrams
Related Grade The Flash‘s Premiere, Watch Thrilling New Trailer
In the DC Comics character’s TV iteration, Stein is a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers that S.T.A.R. Labs’ malfunctioning particle »
Has Matt Letscher again found himself embroiled in scandalous happenings…?
TVLine has learned that Scandal‘s erstwhile bad boy Billy Chambers will guest-star in the Season 7 premiere of ABC’s Castle as Henry Jenkins, a security consultant who “provides Beckett with information on the most important case of her life.”
Castle opens its new season on Monday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c.
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In addition to his run as Scandal‘s nefarious Billy, Letscher’s TV credits include the coming season of Boardwalk Empire (as Joseph Kennedy), The Carrie Diaries, Bent, Brothers & Sisters and Eli Stone. »
Burbank, CA (July 10, 2014) – Just in time for Arrow’s third season on The CW, catch up with the hard-hitting action series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (Wbheg) releases Arrow: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD and on September 16, 2014. The releasecontains all 23 action-packed episodes from the second season, plus the one-hour Season One recap episode, “Year One,” and over 90 minutesof extra content, including episode commentary, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, six mini-webisodes, and a gag reel from The CW’s #1 series among Total Viewers. Arrow: The Complete Second Season is priced at $59.98 Srp on DVD and $69.97 Srp on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
Billionaire archery enthusiast Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns for another season in Starling City. Sworn to fight crime and corruption in his city, Oliver (aka the Arrow) – with the help of the tech-savvy Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and his iron-fisted right hand, »
- ComicMix Staff
(Cbr) John Wesley Shipp's "mysterious" role on upcoming CW series "The Flash" has been confirmed by the network: He's playing Henry Allen, father to lead character Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). "Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry's father and that was John Wesley Shipp," "Flash" executive producer Greg Berlanti said in a statement. "He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at 'Dawson's Creek'. He's a great actor and a great guy." While not previously disclosed, Shipp's role was heavily hinted at the extended trailer released by The CW following the show's series order earlier this month, with the actor visible in a Allen family photo. »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
Arrow‘s second season came to a close last night with an explosive finale that tied up enough loose ends for a satisfying conclusion, but left the characters in interesting places for season 3. It may be a while before we know any concrete details about what the showrunners have planned for the emerald archer next season, but a few pieces of information have come trickling in today.
The first piece of info comes from the Arrow himself, actor Stephen Amell. He took to Twitter to announce that John Barrowman, who plays Malcom Merlyn, has been bumped up as a series regular for the upcoming season.
#Arrow has a new series regular. @Team_Barrowman — What could go wrong?!?! pic.twitter.com/VgFQdQhKNq
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) May 15, 2014
Fans should definitely be pleased to hear this, as Barrowman was one of the best parts of the first season. His presence was surely missed this year, »
- James Garcia
The CW Network unveiled a full five-minute trailer and a new clip for The Flash during the network's upfront presentation in New York City today. In addition, we also have two photos from the pilot episode. While the network hasn't announced a premiere date for this series starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who was introduced in two episodes of Arrow earlier this season, the network did announce the show will debut on Tuesday nights at 8 Pm Et. Take a look at the new footage and images, then read the official plot description below and, in case you missed it, clickHere to watch the first trailer that debuted yesterday.
Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, »
Katie Holmes is going from Capeside to the East Side.
Holmes will star opposite Rufus Sewell in this drama about opposing couples living in New York City. She will play Ann, a well-bred and educated woman who runs a philanthropic foundation with her husband. After Philip (Sewell) and his wife Margot make a bet to destroy Ann’s seemingly perfect marriage, Ann and Philip engage in a rivalry. The two equally-matched, powerful socialites »
- Jake Perlman
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cavanagh's character of Wells was a "rock star in the world of physics" before his pet project went horribly awry. That would be the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. In the "Three Ghosts" episode of "Arrow," Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) went home to Central City just in time to get caught in the accelerator's bizarre explosion.
That confluence of events is set to create the superhero known as the Flash.
Unfortunately for Wells, the explosion also means that he's a scientific pariah -- he only gets a shot at redemption when he realizes Barry has gained super speed as a result of the accident.
With the casting of Cavanagh, the "Flash" pilot has almost all of its characters set. »
Cavanagh will play “Harrison Wells” on The Flash. He’s described as “a rock star in the world of physics, the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. He becomes a pariah after the lab’s explosion, but he charts his path to redemption when he discovers that his failed experiment had the unintended consequence of creating the world’s fastest man (Grant Gustin).”
Best known as the star of the 2000-04 NBC series Ed, Cavanagh has also had arcs »
- James Hibberd
15 items from 2014