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Boris Kodjoe is heading to ABC. The Real Husbands of Hollywood and Undercovers alum has joined ABC's 13-episode drama series The Club, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), The Club is described as a an upstairs-downstairs soap centered on a private country club. Kodjoe will play Deacon Harris, a former Hall of Fame football player who is persuaded to join the country club. He joins a cast that already includes Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt, Callie Hernandez and Chris Conroy. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 ABC picked up The Club straight to series. David
- Philiana Ng, Lesley Goldberg
Feature Rob Kemp 24 Mar 2014 - 07:00
Jj Abrams is arguably one of the most successful TV producers of recent times. A bold statement, maybe, but a rundown of his series feels like a name check of some of the greatest genre TV of the past couple of decades. Success though, can be a funny attribute to understand – after all, if we knew what it took to be successful, we’d all be doing it.
With Abrams it could be one thing, or many. It could be his love of fantasy, the way he casts or just an understanding of what an audience wants – a good, interesting and exciting story. There is something however, that we might agree on and it’s that his shows have something »
J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are two of the most exciting and respected filmmakers working today, and their names are often seen as an undeniable sign of quality. Abrams is known for being behind some of the most unique and mythology-heavy television shows of the last decade (Alias, Lost, and Fringe, to name a few), while Cuarón is recognized for his incredible filmography and that nice golden Best Director Oscar that now sits on his shelf for Gravity. So, when it was announced that the duo would be teaming up to produce a show on NBC called Believe, fans of the filmmakers were, as expected, incredibly excited.
Granted, Abrams’ name is often attached to projects that the man himself has little to do with. Often, his production company Bad Robot does most of the legwork, while his name is merely used to sell audiences on the prospect of high-concept television shows. »
- James Garcia
One theme that runs through much of J.J. Abrams' work as a writer and producer is family, from the ad hoc families of the college students on "Felicity" and the castaways of "Lost" to the father-daughter drama of "Alias," the husband-wife drama of "Undercovers" and the father-son drama of "Fringe."
Whatever situation the characters land in - and some of these shows have very fantastical premises -- the core of the story is people struggling with, or forming, close family bonds.
Expect more of the same when Abrams' latest project, "Believe," premieres Monday, March 10, on NBC. Created by Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Mark Friedman for Abrams' Bad Robot Productions -- with Jonas Pate and Hans Tobeason as the current showrunners -- it centers on 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a precocious girl who was also born with a range of unusual powers, including levitation, telekinesis and precognition.
But she's not »
There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of »
- Alan Sepinwall
Carter MacIntyre has found a new place to roost. He has joined as a series regular on USA Network’s upcoming comedy, “Benched.” MacIntyre will play Trent, Nina’s (“Happy Endings’” Eliza Coupe) ex-fiancé and professional nemesis. He filled in an as the resident guardian angel on the fourth season of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” Viewers will also remember him from J.J. Abrams’ short-lived NBC spy dramedy, “Undercovers.” His other TV credits include ABC’s “Mixology,” The CW’s “The Tomorrow People” and a recurring role on the final season of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Also read: ‘Office’s »
- Jethro Nededog
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