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Sherlock Holmes is one of those characters that just seems to spark endless fascination and inspire people to reimagine him almost constantly. Never mind that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found him so tiresome that he tried to definitively kill him off in The Final Problem. By then, Holmes had reached such popularity that killing him off couldn’t really work. Even now, Holmes seems to resurface in popularity every few years and gets resurrected once again to become the centerpiece of another slew of adaptations.
Of course, Americans being Americans, we just can’t seem to let the excellent “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stand. Nope. We’ve got to have a Sherlock of our own, or, well, if he’s not precisely our own, at the very least he’s going to get partially Americanized to serve our own purposes. I’m not necessarily a big fan »
To mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of fairy tale television thriller Grimm Season 1, we’re giving you the chance to win the complete first season on DVD!
Grimm stars David Giuntoli (Love Bites, Eli Stone, Cold Case), who plays Nick Burkhardt, a detective of the Portland Police Bureau, who sees disturbed visions, and Silas Weir Mitchell (The Mentalist, Numb3rs), who plays Monroe, Nicks friend and ‘a reformed creature’ who is the source of insight into the supernatural community. Nick’s partner and best friend Hank Griffin (Suits, Shameless, The Good Wife), is played by Russell Hornsby, while Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, House MD), plays Nick’s girlfriend, Juliette Silverton. Sasha Roiz (Warehouse 13, Castle, Caprica) is Captain Sean Renard, Nick’s superior officer and a member of the creature community of unknown origin, of which Nick has no idea. Reggie Lee (Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Dark Knight Rises) plays Sergeant Wu, »
Arrow has its series premiere tonight at 8pm on the CW.
Brian Markinson, Hiro Kanagawa and Roger Cross guest star in the pilot, Ty Olsson will make an appearance next week, and Tahmoh Penikett will guest star in at least one episode later in the season. The show is filmed in Vancouver, so there will probably be other familiar faces showing up throughout the season.
Press release for the pilot:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island.
While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions »
Hart Of Dixie: The Complete First Season
The O.C.‘s Rachel Bilson makes the move to leading lady in this fish-out-of-water comedic TV drama which follows fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart as she follows her plan to become a successful heart surgeon, just like her father. Beautiful, privileged and talented, when Zoe is told she doesn’t have the requisite bedside manner to get an important fellowship – that she doesn’t have the heart to be a heart surgeon – she is devastated. If Zoe wants to get the fellowship next year, she’s going to have to take a job as a general practitioner. So, this lifelong New Yorker takes a chance on an offer by a mysterious admirer – a southern country doctor – packs her bags, slips »
On TV this Thursday: Another big night of premieres, TVLiners, so I hope you’ve been pacing yourselves. Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest and Scandal all return for a new season. Plus, ABC takes a deep dive on a Last Resort and CBS’ new take on Sherlock is Elementary. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (always linked within) here are 10 programs to watch for tonight.
- Kimberly Roots
ABC's "Scandal" will feature former "Desperate Housewife" Brenda Strong as a guest star this fall, and if she's contacting Olivia Pope, chances are her character is at least a little desperate this time as well.
Strong and fellow "Everwood" alum Tom Amandes will guest-star in an episode of the ABC drama in the fall. (Amandes' casting was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, while TV Guide broke the news on Strong). He'll play the governor of a state, with Strong as his wife. There's a chance both could extend their roles beyond one episode.
Just how they come into contact with Olivia (Kerry Washington) is being kept secret. But it's safe to assume it's not because everything is going swimmingly.
Amandes and »
The first season of the fantasy drama series Grimm hits shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd October, courtesy of Universal Playback. From the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel comes a dark and pulse beating adventure, set in a world where supernatural beings (Grimms) gorge on the City of Portland.
Renewed for a second season and created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, Grimm: Season One is the highest rated drama series on Watch, with over 1 million viewers tuning in each week!
Grimm stars David Giuntoli (Love Bites, Eli Stone, Cold Case), who plays Nick Burkhardt, a detective of the Portland Police Bureau, who sees disturbed visions, and Silas Weir Mitchell (The Mentalist, Numb3rs), who plays Monrow, Nicks friend and ‘a reformed creature’ who is the source of insight into the supernatural community. Nick’s partner and best friend Hank Griffin (Suits, Shameless, The Good Wife »
Sherlock Holmes returns this fall. Yes, again. For approximately the 317th time.
What will make the CBS version of this classic character stand out? Should you give him a chance? As we breakdown a number of new programs - such as Fox's The Mob Doctor and ABC's The Last Resort - we know turn our attention to Elementary...
When It Airs: Thursday nights at 10 on CBS.
Why You Should Get A Clue: CBS and procedurals are like bread and butter. No other network does them as well, nor does any give them as much room to grow. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have proven star power. Viewers are »
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Exclusive: In Berlanti Prods.’ first sale this development season, the Warner Bros. TV-based company has set up a medical drama at ABC. The project, written/executive produced by former Supernatural co-showrunner Sera Gamble and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, centers on world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Saylor who becomes a medical anomaly himself after suffering a traumatic brain injury. He’s forced to re-specialize as an internist at the hospital where he was once king. The untitled drama, produced by Berlanti Prods. and Wbtv, has received a script commitment with penalty. Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive produces. This marks Berlanti’s first project at ABC since he left sister studio ABC Studios for Warner Bros. in June 2011. During his five-year stint at ABC Studios, Berlanti shepherded a number of series — all for ABC — including Brother & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, No Ordinary Family and another drama with a male protagonist who had a brain issue, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TVLine has learned exclusively that onetime Boston Legal lawyer Craig Bierko is set to guest-star in the freshman drama’s fourth episode as Fowkes, the imposing and fit COO of a top Wall Street financial firm who is involved in a murder investigation led by Sherlock.
Related | Elementary Boss: Playing Up Sherlock/Watson Sexual Tension ‘Is »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
We’ll have to wait until October 10 to see the premiere of the hotly anticipated series Arrow on The CW, so we’re always happy to get tidbits of information on what’s to come while we drum our fingers impatiently. Today we’re naming names – a villain and the lovely man who will portray him.
The episode – I think it’s pretty amazing … Especially as a third episode, because it already takes the existing paradigm and plays with it. And also, just the nature of a character like Deadshot, who is Oliver’s equal in every, way, shape or form, and maybe even his superior in certain ways… it just creates the opportunity for amazing action very, very early on in the series. »
- Erin Willard
Byzantium is the next in a long line of vampire films, but it’s gotten strong buzz and hype due to the involvement of Neil Jordan, who directed Interview With The Vampire. The film will be making its premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which starts September 6th. It’s also on my watch list because of its cast, with Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace, Clash Of The Titans), Saoirse Ronan (Hanna and soon The Host) and Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone, Dark Shadows) involved.
- Andy Greene
TNT’s return to Dallas has a whole new collection of salacious secrets, schemes and betrayals on the steamy nighttime soap. This time, Jr (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) are joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a whole new level. At the show’s press day, actress Julie Gonzalo (Eli Stone) – who plays Rebecca Sutter, a beautiful young woman with many secrets, who is torn between her love for Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and her brother (Callard Harris) – spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what it’s like to work with some of the original Dallas cast, what she thinks of her complex and layered character, her favorite confrontations this season, and what she’d love to learn about her character, in the future. Check out what she had to say after the jump. Collider: Was there »
- Christina Radish
New York -- If you want to get a good idea of Katie Holmes, actress – as opposed to tabloid star – you can't do any better than "Pieces of April," a gem from 2003 in which she plays a ponytailed and tattooed New Yorker desperately trying to prove herself to her visiting suburban family with an improvised, downtown Thanksgiving dinner.
This was back when Holmes was transitioning out of "Dawson's Creek," that teenage soap of a fictional New England coastal town childhood. But Holmes had already amassed an early filmography that any young actress would envy, including "The Ice Storm," "Go" and "Wonder Boys."
The budget for "Pieces of April" started at $6 million, but dwindled to $300,000 and was shot over just 16 days. Writer-director Peter Hedges recalls shooting in "condemnable" buildings with paint dropping off the walls of Holmes' makeshift dressing room.
"You learn a lot about a person's character when you work in those conditions, »
USA network’s six-part series, Political Animals, has just about all the pieces you could hope for. Creator Greg Berlanti is perhaps slightly out of his element, as most will know him from things like Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, and short-lived efforts, Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family (well, and possibly Green Lantern and Wrath of the Titans). It isn’t a resume that leads one to suspect that a politically-charged drama unfolding in the White House is a clear next step, but he’s put together television that people have managed to enjoy.
Now throw in Sigourney Weaver as the prime star, and a nice collection of supporters (including Ellen Burstyn, the always interesting Carla Gugino, and the charismatic James Wolk, just to name a few), and add the fact that it’s a drama-filled walk through a White House with an ex-First Lady serving as Secretary of State, »
- Marc Eastman
When prolific TV producer Greg Berlanti started developing a series about Political Animals — first and foremost a former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State (played by Sigourney Weaver) who is trying to get out from under her philandering husband’s shadow — he frankly had no idea where it would ultimately call home.
“It was about politics, it had a lead of a woman who’s over 30, there’s [salty] language, there’s sex…. There were a lot of reasons people were like, ‘Who’s going to make that?’” the man who previously gave us Everwood and Eli Stone recalls. “There were only a »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Katie Holmes is a free woman — meaning, that as she embarks on this new chapter in her life, and on a new coast, the time is right for her to reconsider and recommit to her acting career (and in doing so hopefully steer wide of anything else like Jack & Jill). So, short of How I Met Your Mother‘s Slutty Pumpkin getting her own show, we’ve got some ideas of where on TV she could (or should) turn up.
- Team TVLine
The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a Revolution-ary drama from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, a Nashville home for Connie Britton and a new comedy from Friends‘ Matthew Perry. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions based on the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
The Show | CBS’ Elementary (Thursdays, 10/9c)
The Competition | Scandal (ABC), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The League (FX), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)
Related | Fall Preview: »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Comic-Con International has released the full schedules for Preview Night, Wednesday, July 11, and the first full day at the Con, Thursday, July 12. We have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related events right here. You can also clickHere for the entire schedule, including comic book events.
Wednesday, July 11 - Preview Night
6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012-13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult.
666 Park Avenue
At 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours...for a price. Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Desperate Housewives' Vanessa Williams headline this scary, seductive drama from Alloy Entertainment as the owners of a Manhattan apartment building who recruit an idealistic young couple »
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
It may not be hitting our shores until September, when you’ll have to tune in to Channel 5 to see it in the UK, but here at What Culture, we’ve already had a bit of a dabble into the new season of Dallas, the television soap opera that made Jr, Bobby and Sue Ellen global superstars right up until 1991, when the thirteenth season wrapped.
For those of you too young to remember, and that includes much of the cast, the phenomenon of dirty double (and triple) dealings, family rivalry, murder and professional backstabbing practically ruled the ratings for an entire decade. It was big hair, big shoulder pads and too much make up for the women and oil, horses and Stetsons for the men.
- Steve Leadbetter
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