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Last season, CBS tried to establish new shows but almost all of them were cancelled due to low ratings. No new dramas survived and only two sitcoms did. Which shows will be cancelled or renewed this time? We'll have wait and see.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion, Stalker, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing so far. »
‘Nobody else on TV has smouldered quite like her, or rocked knee-length boots with such panache’
I ticked off a long-term goal on my to-do list when I interviewed actor Archie Panjabi. If you don’t recognise her name, you’re sure to know her face – for the last five years she has played the morally flexible investigator Kalinda Sharma in More4’s legal drama The Good Wife, winning an Emmy for her performance. In that time, nobody else on TV has smouldered quite like her, or rocked knee-length boots with such panache. Panjabi fills the four corners of the television like butter does toast – and the result is even more delicious.
Most recently, she’s played pathologist Professor Tanya Reed Smith in The Fall, alongside Gillian Anderson’s DS Stella Gibson (the two recently shared a kiss, much to the excitement of various internet fan communities). But she has »
- Bim Adewunmi
The holidays are here, and while some would argue that this time should be spent with your family and friends, we think you should grab some coco and use this much-needed break to catch up all of the best TV shows that you keep putting off.
While the usual batch of television shows are currently hibernating in their winter hiatus, you should take advantage of the small screen slumber to get caught up on all the series that are worth watching (or even re-watching) before the new year approaches.
We at ETonline have created your ultimate guide to help you figure out which shows you need to catch up on or binge before Christmas break is over. So put on those sweatpants and blow off those family obligations because your schedule is now jam-packed with these can't miss shows…
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Recently, CBS finally coughed up the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 11 of season 6, and it gives us new looks at poor Cary, getting ready to get thrown into the slammer for 4,long years after agreeing to a plea deal. We also see Cary with his fists up at one point like he's getting ready to fight, and more! The episode is labeled, "Hail Mary.” In the new, 11th episode official storyline: "Cary is going to end up, hiring a prison consultant to prepare him for incarceration while the team at Florrick/Agos/Lockhart does everything in their power to help him. Also, Alicia will prepare for the State’s Attorney candidates’ debate." Episode 11 is set to air on Sunday night,January 4th, 2015 at 8pm central time on CBS. »
Recently,CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 11 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Hail Mary," and it turns out that some very interesting stuff will go down as Cary actually gets ready for 4 years in prison after accepting the plea deal, and more. In the new, 11th episode press release: "Cary (Matt Czuchry) will hire a prison consultant to prepare him for incarceration while the team at Florrick/Agos/Lockhart does everything in their power to help him. Also, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is going to prepare for the State’s Attorney candidates’ debate." Chris Elliott guest stars as Adrian Fluke, an English professor brought in for Alicia’s debate prep. Domenick Lombardozzi guest stars as Bill Kroft, Cary’s Prison Consultant. Episode 11 is set to air on Sunday night,January 4th, 2015 at 8pm central time on CBS. »
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.
Strange Magic is set for release on January 23rd. »
- Gary Collinson
The political and legal drama hit extraordinary new heights in its fifth season, with a shock move that suggested anything was possible
See the full countdown so farNominate your pick, in our form at the bottom of the article
Spoiler alert: contains discussion of The Good Wife season five. Don’t read on if you wish to avoid details
In an era so riddled with spoilers that it’s best to avoid social media entirely if you’re behind on a TV series, it was a near-miracle that The Good Wife managed to keep such a big secret this year. In the mid-point season five episode called Dramatics, Your Honor (and they weren’t messing around with that title) the legal drama went down the road of a shocking courtroom shooting, brutally bumping off Will Gardner, who had, until that point, been one of its core cast members. It wasn »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Award shows have always wrestled with balancing art and commerce — weighing the noble ability to recognize deserving fare that might not be widely viewed against lauding projects with which more of the audience is familiar, which is generally beneficial ratings-wise.
Yet as original TV series move into the “It’s not even just on TV anymore” phase, those considerations have become even more complicated — and, occasionally, unknowable.
The broadcast networks that share TV rights to the Emmys have long chafed at the bounties harvested by premium cable, particularly HBO, which has at times turned the industry’s annual bash into an extended commercial for pay TV. (The networks enjoyed a mini-resurgence at the most recent Emmys, thanks to such series as “Modern Family” and “The Good Wife.”)
The appetite for original programming, however, has expanded the balloting beyond even HBO’s and Showtime’s niche audiences to the “We’re »
- Brian Lowry
“Black Mirror”Now that “The Twilight Zone” has been on Netflix streaming for years, you’ve probably already binged on it. (If you haven’t, go do that and ignore what I’m about to advise.) But if you’re hungry for more slightly off tales of the human condition, please immediately watch an episode of British anthology series “Black Mirror.” Darkly comic and often heartbreaking, “Black Mirror” conjures up a not-very-distant future where technology hasn’t yet destroyed us but Armageddon is fast approaching. Whether it’s a service that allows one to remain in touch with dead loved ones or an implant that records every moment of your life and allows you to replay them instantly, this is a world in which technology more often than not eviscerates people emotionally. So queue up an episode or two on your Apple TV. Or iPad. Or smartphone. And ignore the »
The Marriott hotel chain is getting into the movie business with "Spider-Man" and "Grimm" stuntmen William Spencer and Caine Sinclair cast in the lead roles in the company's first short film "Two Bellmen".
Produced by Marriott Content Studio, the company aims to reach more consumers though branded content. The story deals with two bellmen as they thwart a heist at a private art event. Jade Raybin penned the script.
Daniel 'Malakai' Cabrera will direct the project and co-wrote the script with Jade Raybin. Henry Simmons ("Agents of Shield”), Miles Brown ("Black-ish”), Sophina Brown ("The Good Wife”), Josue Figueroa ("Step Up: Revolution”), Josue Antonio (the "Step Up” franchise), Taryn Southern ("The Single Life”) and Stephen Boss ("So You Think You Can Dance”) also star.
Set primarily around the downtown Los Angeles Jw Marriott, filming is slated to begin on January 5th and will run for a week. A theatrical and VOD release is planned. »
- Garth Franklin
Which TV shows are doing the best? The worst? Cancelled or renewed? Wondering how your favorite series are doing in the ratings? Here are the season average ratings of the 2014-15 network TV shows -- through the end of week 12 (Sunday, December 14, 2014).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America's Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, Castle, Cristela, Dancing with the Stars, Forever, The Goldbergs, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Last Man Standing, Manhattan Love Story, Marvel's Agents of Shield, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, Scandal, Selfie, Shark Tank, and The Taste.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, »
What. A. Year!
Your television box generated much conversation in 2014, be it through shocking twists, polarizing finales, waylaid weddings or award-winning flubs.
With 2015 peeking at us around a corner, TVLine is ready to take stock of the year gone by, kicking off with this countdown of the Biggest TV Moments, from The Good Wife, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, The Flash, Outlander and dozens of other shows.
Also coming this month, as our review of 2014 marches on: TVLine will single out the best and worst dramas and comedies, steamiest smooches, most groan-worthy storylines, craziest cliffhangers, the No. 1 acting revelation and lots more. »
If it were up to us, every season would be TV season. No more 10, 16, or 22-episode batches at a time - just 52 blissful weeks of new content from our favorite shows. But, alas, that's not how it works. We can pretend that the wait just makes us appreciate the shows more when they air, but in this world of instant gratification it really just makes us impatient. Here are 15 shows we're particularly excited/impatient/desperate to see return or premiere in 2015.
The first season of "The Walking Dead" only had six episodes, so we should be grateful to get eight episodes of Season 5 from October-November 2014 and eight more again when Twd returns from February-March. Plus, there's a "companion series" coming at some point in 2015 as well. And we are grateful - when we're not whining about the wait. How will Maggie Greene, Daryl Dixon and company react »
- Gina Carbone
Blame “True Detective,” in part, which helped kick off 2014 in rousing fashion, but the blurred line between “limited series” and just plain old series has complicated the definition of a “drama.” But for the purposes of a year-end list, the two can coexist, encompassing any program presented on an episodic basis, even if the story offered closure.
By that measure, both “True Detective” and “Fargo” — the latter categorized as a miniseries for Emmy balloting — as well as Starz’s “The Missing” can join an array of dramas that, frankly, could easily fill a “top 20” list. But who on Earth has time to click through that?
Obviously, reducing the current age of drama to an arbitrary tally is going to overlook several heavy hitters, and the roster underwent considerable tinkering right down till the end. Series like “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” – -which all would have qualified in the past –- didn’t, »
- Brian Lowry
The Good Wife is back Jan. 4, and the race is on to save Cary (Matt Czuchry). In "Hail Mary," Cary hires Bill Kroft (Domenick Lombardozzi), a prison consultant, to learn the ropes. Wonder if he's been watching Orange Is the New Black or MSNBC's Lockup for further study? We've got your first look at the new episode above. Also in "Hail Mary," Chris Elliott guest stars as Adrian Fluke, an English professor who is brought in to help Alicia (Julianna Margulies) prep for her debate with Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce). Can Diane (Christine Baranski) and Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) save Cary from prison? The race is on! The Good Wife received three Golden Globe »
There’s just 11 days to go until Christmas, which also means there’s only 11 days until the U.S. release of director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) musical fantasy Into the Woods, and so Disney has stepped up the marketing campaign by dropping a pair of new clips from the film, which we have for you below after the official synopsis…
Into the Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with »
- Gary Collinson
10. The Leftovers
There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.
The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »
Producers Michelle and Robert King of “The Good Wife” and director Alex Graves of “Game of Thrones” (pictured) took top awards as the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors presented its annual Caucus Honors awards Thursday night.
The Caucus is “an alliance of TV and new-media content creators that puts special focus on hyphenates such as writer-producers and producer-directors.
Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein was honored with the Caucus’s Journalism Award. Introducing Wallenstein, co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller called Wallenstein “the best partner I could ever imagine having” and tongue in cheek, spoke of his reputation for being “a brilliant journalist… but cynical, and arrogant as hell.” Wallenstein, in turn, told of reading Eller’s articles and wondering, “How do I do that?”
“As an arrogant a-hole,” he said of Eller, “it’s nice that someone puts up with me.”
Wallenstein thanked the Caucus for acknowledging journalism in general. “My focus is on »
- Variety Staff
This year has given us many emotional ups and downs. Through our computers, phones and TV sets, we?ve stumbled upon crazy spoilers and plot twists, we learned shocking breaking news stories involving our favorite actors and we enjoyed every red carpet gaffe and giggle that the 2014 award shows presented us. We?ve also said goodbye to some wonderful characters and real-life celebrities. But that?s not all. Let?s take a look back at the most talked about moments in TV and entertainment in 2014.
Five years after losing the love of her life, Nikki (Annette Bening) falls in love again…at first sight. Tom (Ed Harris) is an art teacher with a kind heart and a great zest for life, but what he doesn’t know is that he’s also a near perfect double for Nikki’s deceased husband. Seduced by the chance to live as if her husband were never lost, Nikki spirals into a fantasy of the present as past, while Tom must unravel the mystery behind her immediate and unconditional love.
- Dan Bullock
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