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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 Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest, Scorpion, Stalker, Survivor, and Two and a Half Men.
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. »
That’s my hashtag, and I’m sticking with it — after a Winter Finale (aka Murder Night reveal) featuring scalding hot sex, gooey-sticky blood, spontaneous vomiting, body rolling (not the kind you see on Dancing With the Stars), one of the nastiest marital fights in network TV history and so much brains-reduced-to-smashed-taters more.
Did I mention the following bit of dialogue from Lurky McChurchmouse to Asher? “I’m a grown-ass woman. I might be drunk, but I know what I want when I want it. So get over here.”
But, yes, I’m burying the big news: After getting »
Every week, a member of the Nashville cast will blog about the latest episode of the ABC hit. This week, Tony winner Laura Benanti - who plays Sadie Stone - writes about her character's big win at the Country Music Association Awards and how her past will come back to haunt her. And for viewers who noticed Sadie catch Luke Wheeler's eye and are wondering if something might develop between them - and threaten her friendship with Rayna - Benanti says that's not going to happen.All those years working hard in country music paid off! When I won that Cma Award, »
- Laura Benanti, @laurabenanti
Topher Grace’s backstage musical comedy One Shot is getting a Broadway vet in Taye Diggs. The singer-actor has joined the cast of the indie film, about a failed star turned stage manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show’s opening night. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi; Grace, who’s currently in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, is also producing.
Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the production. Diggs of course got his start originating the character of Benny in 1996′s Tony-winning Rent, a role he reprised in 2005 when the musical was adapted into a film by Sony and Chris Columbus. By then he was well into a film and TV career with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, and a run »
- Jen Yamato
Marvel's two Netflix series Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have begun casting their title characters. For Jessica Jones they are searching for a 25-33 year old white female in line with the comic character. According to Deadline, four actresses have been invited to test for Jones, namely Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, and Jessica De Gouw. The Jones series will run for 13 episodes.
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Marvel character Luke Cage will make an appearance in the Jones series for 6-7 episodes before getting his own self-titled show. Three actorsmare in consideration: Lance Gross, Mike Colter, and Cleo Anthony.
- Free Reyes
One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.
Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.
So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.
Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »
- Bob Verini
Marin Ireland ("The Divide"), Krysten Ritter ("Breaking Bad"), Alexandra Daddario ("Texas Chainsaw 3D"), Teresa Palmer ("Warm Bodies") and Jessica De Gouw ("Dracula") are all reportedly on the list of actresses testing for the lead in Marvel/Netflix's "Jessica Jones" TV series.
Melissa Rosenberg is producing the thirteen-episode drama which marks the second in a four-series Netflix-Marvel deal. Whomever gets the part will play a superheroinne suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.
It has also been reported that Lance Gross ("Crisis") and Mike Colter ("The Good Wife") are in consideration for the role of Luke Cage. Cage will appear in approximately half the episodes of "Jessica Jones" ahead of starring in his own series.
That "Luke Cage" series will be the fourth of the Netflix/Marvel deal and will follow after "Iron Fist »
- Garth Franklin
While Marvel's bigscreen plans have been extensively covered here, I've left reports of what's going on in the TV world to the uber-capable Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg for the most part. Today, though, reports of possible casting for Jessica Jones had me thinking again about the Netflix series and just what a cool idea it is overall. Charlie Cox has already been cast as the lead in "Daredevil," and they've been shooting on that series for a little while now. They're just starting to cast for "Jessica Jones" now, and it sounds like a really solid list of possibilities so far. Alexandra Daddario would probably be my first choice, but that's true of pretty much whatever she is up for. I think Daddario's got real chops, and she's comic-book-gorgeous. She also seems like someone who could easily carry the character over from this TV incarnation into features if Marvel ever decided to do that. »
- Drew McWeeny
Welcome To Issue 72!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony claims things I say have “no validity whatsoever.”
This Week: Marvel casting abound! But what does it mean? That plus a probably not true breakdown of the whole plot of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
With the announcement that Daniel Bruhl was joining Captain America: Civil War as a villain, the internet was sent into detective-mode (not by Serial) to try and discover who this new villain is and why Variety claimed Bruhl’s character would be back as the antagonist in Doctor Strange.
That made no sense, as there’s not a Mystical Marvel character that would naturally fit into what we understand will be a Tony Stark Vs. Stever Rogers whilst pining for Bucky movie. »
With Marvel’s ever-expanding Cinematic Universe crammed so full of characters, plots, and crossovers, it’s no surprise their bag of tricks has burst onto the small screen. Their new roster of TV shows has already found a home with streaming giant, Netflix, where they will all debut exclusively. Thanks to Deadline, who landed the scoop this morning, we now have an inkling as to who will be heading up one of those series: Jessica Jones.
Testing on the show has begun with Alexandra Daddario, Krysten Ritter, Teresa Palmer and Jessica De Gouw all in contention for the lead. Landing on a Marvel shortlist of course does wonders for any actor, even if they don’t bag the role. The fact that their resume has linked them to what’s bound to be a well-watched piece of entertainment is an achievement in itself.
Daddario’s recent work on True Detective »
- Gem Seddon
While production is currently underway on Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil, the studio is now working on putting together its next show. There will be four separate Netflix series in all, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, followed by an Avengers-style team-up miniseries called The Defenders. The Jessica Jones show is next after Daredevil, and with Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) onboard to spearhead the 13-episode drama, Marvel is currently testing actresses to lead the series. Moreover, Luke Cage is poised to make his first appearance in 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, so testing for that character is underway as well. Find out which familiar names are up for the roles after the jump. Per Deadline, the list of actresses who have been invited to test for the lead role in Jessica Jones includes Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow, »
- Adam Chitwood
In the episode “The Boys of Sudworth Place,” when a prominent attorney goes missing in Boston, the Bau unearths secrets in his past which could point to the reasons for his disappearance.
In the clip above, Rossi and Callahan review the one clue they have about the abductor UnSub, teeing the former up to dazzle with some details. But what’s her secret…?
Related storiesCBS Sets Mike & Molly Season »
Often biopics, even loosely based ones, can be dull, stiff, and uninteresting.
Not so with "The Imitation Game," director Morten Tyldum's story about the life of Alan Turing. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing as a character is fascinating to watch. The supporting cast, which features Matthew Goode ("The Good Wife") and Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey"), is an essential part of keeping the film in semi-jovial territory.
Moviefone Canada spoke with Leech, Goode and Tyldum at the Toronto Film Festival, where they chatted about the gravity of a movie like this, how historically accurate their characters are, and of course, what it's like working with Cumberbatch.
(Watch video interviews, above.) »
- Chris Jancelewicz
NBC took the sweeps staple of crossover storylines to a new level last week, as a running plot involving characters from the net’s three Dick Wolf dramas produced a ratings surge for each show. The stunt, along with “Sunday Night Football,” “The Blacklist” and three nights of “The Voice” carried the Peacock to a ratings victory in key demos.
In a down week for CBS, NBC also scored a rare victory in total viewers — its first for a full week in the November sweep since 2002, and its first in any sweep month (excluding Olympics weeks) since the week of the “Friends” finale in May 2004.
“Sunday Night Football,” featuring a great quarterback matchup between Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts produced strong ratings (7.1/19 in 18-49, 20.82 million viewers overall), standing as the week’s No. 2 primetime show in 18-49 and No. 1 in total viewers, according to Nielsen. »
- Rick Kissell
Ealy has been cast as a “brilliant, chameleon-like” murderer who’ll test Ryan Hardy’s limits, TVLine has learned.
Meet The Following's "new face of evil." Michael Ealy (Almost Human, The Good Wife) has been cast as as the new big bad in season three of the horror thriller. He'll play "a brilliant, chameleon-like killer who will push Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to the brink." Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) was the show's main antagonist for the first two seasons, but the character was arrested in the season two finale. The Following will re-join Fox's lineup next year, likely in January. »
- James Hibberd
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 eight (Sunday, November 16, 2014).
ABC shows (so far): 20/20, America's Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, Castle, Cristela, Dancing with the Stars, Forever, The Goldbergs, 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, and Shark Tank.
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 Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, »
With so many eventful episodes of TV airing, it’s another long podcast this week. First we start with the comedies, including the still fantastic Jane the Virgin. Then we talk genre, including Supernatural’s musical 200th episode, and we round out our week in TV with the dramas, including a twisty The Affair, revealing The Good Wife, and series-best The Newsroom. Afterward, Ryan McGee from ScreenCrush, HitFix, Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan, and The Not Ready for Primetime Podcast returns to the DVD Shelf to break down what has been a fantastic year for freshman comedies.
Our Week in Drama (43:10-1:14:56): Kingdom, »
- Kate Kulzick
One resurrected member of the Original family definitely will, stick around.
The CW series has promoted Yusuf Gatewood, who plays Mikaelson brother Finn (in the body of Vincent), to series regular for Season 2, EW.com reports.
We’re guessing those shackles from last night’s episode don’t stay on for long, then?
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to Difficult People, a half-hour comedy from executive producer Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and the team behind Billy on the Street, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, who star as best friends living in New York City. »
The Writers Guild Italia and the Black List have formed a new alliance, paving the way for Wgi members to list their scripts in the Black List database. The Black List has similar partnerships with the WGA West and East, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Writers Guild of Canada. However, this is the first time it has partnered with a non-English-speaking guild – a sign that good unproduced ideas come in many forms. An Italian film, The Great Beauty, of course won the Foreign Language Film Oscar last year — returning the statue to the country for the first time in 15 years — and local comedies are consistently hot at the box office. The Black List notes that although most Wgi members write primarily in Italian, many have great facility with the English language. Given the fluid language barriers, plus translation, and the unique point of view, culture, and style »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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