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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 »
Cougar Town's Kevin Biegel is finding humor from a source close to home for Fox's freshman comedy Enlisted. The single-camera comedy revolves around three very different brothers in the Army's dreaded Rear Detachment unit as they care for military families -- and each other. The series is based on Biegel's relationship with his two younger brothers and the second semi-autobiographical comedy this season (joining ABC's The Goldbergs). Below, Biegel and fellow executive producer Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age) talk about the military's response to the series and mistakes in the pilot, what would happen if ace soldier/eldest
- Lesley Goldberg
Atten-tion! Fox will launch its heartwarming new comedy Enlisted at midseason (Jan. 10 at 9:30/8:30c), and TVLine grabbed intel on six scoopy teases ahead of the series’ debut.
Starring Geoff Stults (The Finder), Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars), Angelique Cabral (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Keith David (Platoon) and Parker Young (Suburgatory), the Kevin Biegel/Mike Royce-helmed charmer centers on three vastly different brothers and their misfit colleagues working together on a Florida military base.
Here, Enlisted‘s cast and creators discuss the comedy, which is equal parts heart and humor.
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- Megan Masters
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