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You can never have too much of a good thing, or so the old saying goes. But in Andre Braugher‘s case, you can have so many Primetime Emmy acting nominations (eight to be exact), that you’ll need a few moments — and perhaps a little help — to remember ‘em all.
Asked during a phone conversation how it feels to have scored nods for four separate series-regular roles (in addition to two nominations in the miniseries/movie genre), Braugher quickly lists Homicide: Life on the Street »
I started to get a little paranoid last month while sitting through the major networks’ upfront presentations in Gotham.
One after the other, the nets rolled out new dramas rooted in the high-intensity conspiracy/mystery/post-apocalypse/everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong milieu that has worked so well for cablers in recent years. Call it the “Homeland”-meets-“Breaking Bad” effect. To name a few: NBC has “Allegiance,” “Odyssey” and “State of Affairs”; Fox has “Hieroglyph”; ABC has “American Crime,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “The Whispers”; USA Network has “Dig”; TNT has “The Last Ship” and “Legends.”
I fear there are so many international global conspiracies unfolding in primetime next season that not even the flawed anti-hero love child of Jack Bauer and Carrie Mathison would be able to keep us safe from harm. And there has been an explosion in the number of seemingly innocuous suburbanites harboring deep dark backstories that »
- Cynthia Littleton
Michael Wright, TNT’s president of programming, clearly loves television. A former actor who transitioned into the executive suite, Wright strives to set a welcoming mood in his spacious Burbank office, with its sweeping view of the Warner Bros. lot. (“Look, there’s Peter Roth’s office,” he jokes. “I wonder what he’s doing now?”) “I’ve always maintained that network executives don’t create hit television shows — really talented showrunners do,” he says. “So the single best thing you can do is create an environment where the Howard Gordons and Steven Bochcos and Steven Spielbergs of the world want to come work with you.”
Oh Captain: Wright keeps his grandfather’s captain’s bars in the credenza behind his desk. “I know it sounds corny, but my grandfather is my hero,” he says. “I never met a human being to this day with a better character, better brain, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Austin television fans have been gearing up for the 3rd annual Atx Television Festival (or as the festival likes to say, "Season 3"), running from Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8 in downtown Austin. The relatively new festival features a handful of current television shows as well as a few retrospectives and panels that focus on the behind-the-scenes world of TV. Venues include Alamo Drafthouse Ritz and Stateside at the Paramount.
The full lineup was recently released, and Nineties kids will once again rejoice at the fact that another childhood favorite is coming to Atx. A cast and crew reunion of Hey Dude! is one of the headliners, bringing fan favorites such as Christine Taylor and David Brisbin to town. That's not the only reunion the fest has planned, though. Everwood and Roswell cast members are also coming together again to discuss what it was like to work on these popular shows. »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
One of our favorite web series over the last few years has been Old Dogs & New Tricks, which features the “Gay Men Of A Certain Age” Brad, Muscles, Ross, and Nathan, as they make their journey through the dating world of West Hollywood.
We had the pleasure of presenting Seasons One & Two, and while we eagerly await what Season Three has to offer, here’s something to tide us over. “WeHo Horror Story” takes place two months after the Season Two finale … on Halloween.
Take a look!
Ray Romano has joined the cast of HBO‘s untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter. The pilot is eyeing a production start in early summer with Scorsese directing. Co-written by Winter and showrunner Mastras, the untitled drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Romano will play Richie’s close confidante and right hand man Zak Yankovich, the tough and sharp-witted Head of Promotions of American Century with years of experience dating back to the shady, mob-infested days of the recording business. The cast also includes Olivia Wilde and Juno Temple. Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn also executive produce. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Steve Koonin, who as entertainment chief at Time Warner’s Turner unit presided over a long run of growth at big cable networks like TNT, TBS, truTV and TCM, as well as a streak of aggressive, sometimes maverick promotional maneuvers, is leaving his post to take the reins of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, as well as an equity position in the team.
News of his departure came as a surprise to many Turner insiders. It follows the larger shakeup at the Turner unit, which also encompasses CNN, Cartoon Network and digital properties such as the Bleacher Report. John Martin, formerly chief financial officer of the media conglomerate, became CEO in January of this year, with longtime chief Phil Kent taking a chairman role prior to his retirement in December.
David Levy, a Turner executive who supervises ad sales, distribution and sports, was named president. Koonin’s departure follows that of Greg D’Alba, »
- Brian Steinberg
NCIS really wants to make another spinoff happen, which is why showrunner and producer Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon are putting together such a stellar team. When you say, “Hey, Scott Bakula is going to be on the new NCIS spinoff,” you tend to grab people’s attentions. It doesn’t matter how you know Bakula – Quantum Leap, Chuck, or Men of a Certain Age – as long as you know that he’s a great actor and is probably way above NCIS and its spinoff, NCIS: New Orleans. But even Bakula can’t carry a series all on his own, which is why Lucas Black is being brought in.
Black is going to be reprising his The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift role in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7, which will put him fresh in the minds of the world. This makes him an ideal candidate for NCIS: New Orleans, »
- Brody Gibson
Lucas Black is the newest actor to join the cast of the latest NCIS spin-off. Black, who starred in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Friday Night Lights, will play Special Agent Lasalle, a federal agent who is both a party boy and a hard worker. The new series takes place in New Orleans and is set to premiere this spring.
- Ariana Bacle
Scott Bakula is heading to the Big Easy. The "Men of a Certain Age" star has been enlisted to topline CBS' prospective New Orleans-set "NCIS" spinoff, according to Variety. Bakula will play the special agent in charge of NCIS cases for the Texas-Mississippi-Louisiana region in the series, the "backdoor pilot" of which will air as a special two-part "NCIS" episode this spring. Bakula recently earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in HBO's acclaimed Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," and he has a recurring role on the network's "Looking," which debuted to generally positive reviews last month. On the feature-film side he'll »
- HitFix Staff
Scott Bakula is heading to NCIS. E! News has confirmed the Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise star will headline the NCIS New Orleans-set spinoff pilot that will be a two-part NCIS episode. Bakula, who recently starred in Men of a Certain Age and Behind the Candelabra, can also be seen in HBO's Looking. In the NCIS planted spinoff, Bakula will play Agent Pride, described as the embodiment of New Orleans. The character is also described as being driven by the need to do what's right and he does it with "warmth, passion, strength and humor." The NCIS spinoff will follow the NCIS New Orlenas office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. The two »
Scott Bakula will star in CBS's upcoming New Orleans–set spinoff of NCIS, according to multiple outlets. He'll play Special Agent Pride, a man who "embodies New Orleans … [and is] driven by the need to do what's right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor," per CBS's description. The network has already spun off NCIS into NCIS: La, and last year tried to spin off NCIS: Red, which would have starred Kim Raver and John Corbett. (There was a backdoor pilot, but CBS didn't pick up the show to series.) Bakula's currently on HBO's Looking, and between that, Behind the Candelabra, and his work on the late great Men of a Certain Age, this seems like a megadowngrade. »
- Margaret Lyons
Scott Bakula is set to lead the cast of CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff set in New Orleans. Like the mothership series starring Mark Harmon, the spinoff too is built around a central character, NCIS Special Agent Pride, played by Bakula. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and Harmon, spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula), who embodies New Orleans. He’s driven by the need to do what’s right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor. The planted spinoff will air as a two-part NCIS episode this spring. Quantum Leap and Men Of A Certain Age alum Bakula was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO Films’ Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra and currently recurs on the new HBO comedy Looking. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In case you haven’t heard, CBS is working on another NCIS spinoff, this one set in New Orleans. Now we can reveal the pilot has found its star: Scott Bakula.
The Golden Globe-winning Quantum Leap actor will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, a man who “embodies New Orleans.” The role description states Pride is driven — not by pride — but by the “need to do what’s right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor. He’s a unique federal agent working in one of this country’s most unique cities.”
More details from CBS on the »
- James Hibberd
Bakula will play the special agent who oversees NCIS cases for the Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana region. The planted spinoff is set to air as a two-part episode of the mothership “NCIS” series this spring.
Coming off strong reviews for his turns in the TNT dramedy “Men of a Certain Age” and the HBO telepic “Behind the Candelabra” (for which he earned an Emmy nom), Bakula has been busy of late. He has a recurring role on HBO’s new dramedy “Looking,” and he will be seen in two upcoming features: “Basmati Blues,” opposite Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Twenty-one Super Sundays ago, Andre Braugher kicked off his episodic-tv career as hard-charging Baltimore Det. Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street. The role would earn him his first of seven Emmy nominations — he has won twice, for Homicide and the FX miniseries Thief — and lead to gigs playing doctors (Gideon's Crossing, House), military men (Last Resort) and even a car salesman (Men of a Certain Age).
Now he's come full circle, again embodying a police officer, albeit a very different one: Capt. Ray Holt, the deadpan commanding officer on...
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- Bruce Fretts
Between "Quantum Leap," "Chuck" and "Men of a Certain Age," Scott Bakula is something of a TV legend. It's always a pleasure when he turns up in a new series, but the last place we expected him to show up was in "Looking," HBO's new series about gay life in San Francisco.
That said, when his character, Lynn, arrives, it's a something of an unexpected treat. In fact, it's one the show wants to protect fiercely, Bakula tells Zap2it.
"They [the producers] don't me to talk about when I show up or who I show up with ...They're gonna let it be a surprise," Bakula says, speaking on the red carpet at the "Looking" premiere on Wednesday (Jan. 15). "But yes, the first scene was a first in a lot of ways -- for me."
When Bakula agreed to the role, he did so before that surprising first scene was even written. »
It’s only the second full week in 2014, and there’s already a slew of new TV to discuss on the podcast. First we take a look at the comedy pilots and premieres, including Spoils of Babylon, Enlisted, Archer, Chozen, and Girls. Then we talk over the week’s genre offerings, including the pilot of Helix, before moving on to the dramas, including the premiere of Justified and the pilot of True Detective. Afterward, we welcome Mike Royce to the podcast to discuss his new series, Enlisted, as well as join us at the DVD Shelf to take a look at the short-lived gem he co-created, Men of a Certain Age.
Comedies (7:08-23:33): Golden Globes, Spoils of Babylon, Enlisted pilot, Archer premiere, Chozen pilot, Girls premiere
Genre (24:23-33:27): Grimm, Helix pilot, Ahs Coven
Drama (34:23-59:42): Justified premiere, Parenthood, The Good Wife, »
- Kate Kulzick
There are a lot of ways to approach reviewing television shows, but the best ways are always the ones that come most easily to mind. In reality, criticism is about articulating a personal response while employing some modicum of detached perspective.
The ratio between the two inevitably varies between show to show and critic to critic, which is why having a variety of opinion about a variety of programs is a feature, not a bug, of this particular industry. All of which is to say it's all fine and well for the Boob Tube Dude to say that "Enlisted," premiering at 9:30 p.m. Et Friday (Jan. 10) on Fox, is the best comedy of the 2013-14 season, but it's far more important for me to say why I feel that's true. Simply stating something is the job of sycophants or haters. Explaining that statement is the important aspect.
That's an »
Geoff Stults is sitting at the bar in the memorabilia-stuffed set for the Claymore (named after either a Scottish two-handled long sword or an anti-personnel mine), a watering hole serving the soldiers of Florida Army base Fort McGee in the Fox comedy "Enlisted," premiering Friday, Jan. 10.
He plays Staff Sgt. Pete Hill, a soldier who was on the fast track until a mistake overseas got him sent stateside to Fort McGee, where his younger brothers, Derrick (Chris Lowell) and Randy (Parker Young), are also stationed.
The Hill brothers serve in the Rear Detachment (Rear D) unit, composed of soldiers left behind when others deployed. They mow lawns, sort mail, maintain equipment and find lost dogs. But their main job is to look after the families of deployed troops, which can be emotionally taxing.
So Rear D sometimes cuts the tension with some hijinks. On this particular day, Randy is directing »
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