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In the wake of Detective Jake Peralta's (Andy Samberg) undercover FBI assignment, the dynamics at Brooklyn's 99th precinct have changed — at least behind the scenes, co-star AndreBraugher says. As the hit sophomore comedy kicks of its second season Sept. 28, the Emmy nominee behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Capt. Ray Holt says the cast of characters behind Fox's second-year comedy has turned into a finely tuned machine. See More Faces of Fall "As we get to know each other, we're working faster and more efficiently," Braugher told reporters during a recent conference call. The actor, whose credits include Men of a Certain Age and Law & Order: Svu, says the ensemble cast
- Paige Phelan
Seventeen million viewers can't be wrong. At least that many tuned in Tuesday night to see Scott Bakula make his debut as Dwayne "King" Pride, the special agent in charge over at CBS's burgeoning hit, NCIS: New Orleans. While most fans remember that Bakula played Dr. Sam Beckett in the cult sci-fi series Quantum Leap for four years, what else is there to know about the attractive 59-year-old actor? A lot, actually. Here are five of them: 1. He can sing! He started a rock band as a kid, crooned in high school musicals and even sang with the St. Louis Symphony. »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Produced with factory-like precision, “NCIS: New Orleans” seems determined not to give viewers watching lead-in “NCIS” any reason to reach for the remote or clap off the TV. And other than the jazz riffs (which no one will confuse with “Treme”) and Scott Bakula subbing for Mark Harmon (who doubles as an exec producer), audiences probably won’t notice much difference between the two shows. Despite conspicuous creole flavoring, this second spinoff looks likely to pick up pretty seamlessly where the “L.A.” edition left off – with Bakula providing good company, and justice served up faster than street-vendor gumbo.
Of course, the series really started last season, when CBS featured a planted spinoff within the context of “NCIS.” And the prospect of regular crossovers between the two series is made clear right off the bat when Cch Pounder’s medical examiner consults via TV monitor with her counterpart played by David McCallum. »
- Brian Lowry
DreamWorks Studios has named Michael Wright, former president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, as its new CEO, replacing Stacey Snider who will leave the company at the beginning of January.
Spielberg made the hire as Snider is prepping to leave DreamWorks for 20th Century Fox. He had previously worked with Wright on several DreamWorks TV series that aired on TNT, including “Falling Skies,” and the miniseries “Into the West,” and often praised the executive.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Michael for many years and have come to know him as a talented executive whose creativevision, leadership, and passion are a perfect fit for our company,” Spielberg said in a statement announcing Wright’s hire. »
- Marc Graser
If you're seeking a metaphor for acting, you couldn't do much better than the body-jumping premise of Quantum Leap. In the 21 years since that series went off the air, its star, Scott Bakula, has leaped into a striking array of characters, with an initial emphasis on more sci-fi (Star Trek: Enterprise) eventually offset by a turn toward naturalistic dramedy (Men of a Certain Age). But playing a cop on a network procedural? Inexplicably, that seemingly inevitable move had proven a leap too far.
This oversight has finally been rectified with Bakula's role as the lead in NCIS: New Orleans, premiering on CBS Sept. 23 in the coveted Tuesday time slot immediately following the franchise's flagship series...
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- Chris Willman
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is hooking Lisa Edelstein up with a new Bff.
Alanna Ubach (Hung, Men of a Certain Age) is joining Bravo’s first-ever scripted drama in the series-regular role of Jo, a blunt, brassy New Yorker and Abby’s best friend from college who comes to La to help her through her divorce.
Ubach’s character will fill the void left by Janeane Garofalo, who, as TVLine first reported, is exiting the show.
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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.
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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.”
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- James Hibberd
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