19 items from 2015
The 2015-16 television season has yet to begin, but high drama is already taking place behind the scenes. With less than one month until new shows premiere, four network series have seen their showrunners exit.
Why the sudden shuffle? In this era of “too much TV” — as FX Networks chief John Landgraf pointed out at this summer’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour — insiders report the fallout is serious, with most veteran showrunners already booked on one of the 400-plus shows on air.
“Everyone is trying to jockey for position,” said Landgraf, giving a sobering assessment of the state of the TV biz. “We’re playing a game of musical chairs, and they’re starting to take away chairs. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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TVLine has learned that Benz is joining CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 in the recurring role of Jennifer, a detective from San Francisco who is heading up a task force modeled after Five-0. As the visiting detective does her research, she will form a strong connection with Chin (played by Daniel Dae Kim).
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Gotham is adding yet another tough-as-nails member to the Gcpd, and this time they’ve called in the big guns. According to TVLine, the Batman prequel show has recruited The Shield alum Michael Chiklis, who will take on the role of the new captain of the Gotham City Police Department as a series regular.
Chiklis will not be taking on the role of a DC Comics character, but will instead play Nathaniel Barnes, who has been created solely for the series. Judging by the character description, it won’t take long for the infamous city to corrupt him, either:
Barnes lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law. For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism. »
- James Garcia
Just a little Gotham update here, but one that gives us a few clues about the new season. Michael Chiklis (perhaps best known to our readers as Ben Grimm from the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies) has signed up for a role in the show.
Chiklis – who’s also appeared in American Horror Story, The Shield, Sons Of Anarchy, Vegas and No Ordinary Family – will play the Gcpd’s Captain Barnes, described as ‘a hero and a mentor for Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon’.
We’re told that Barnes "lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham's police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies -- on either side of the law. For Gordon, Barnes is a hero and a mentor, »
Jack & Bobby
Aired on WB for 1 season (22 episodes) from September 12, 2004 – May 11, 2005
Christine Lahti as Professor Grace McCallister
Matt Long as Jack McCallister
Logan Lerman as Robert “Bobby” McCallister
Keri Lynn Pratt as Missy Belknap
When we look back on all of the great American Presidents of the past, one can’t help but wonder about their lives and what they are really like behind their exterior. What lessons did they learn that would make them capable of leading a nation? What if we could see those moments that would inform the kind of President they would become? What if we could watch their life happen with the hindsight of »
- Jean Pierre Diez
CBS just released a 6-minute trailer for its upcoming "Supergirl" TV series, starring Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. "Supergirl" is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El, who comes to Earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be. The pilot episode was written by Ali Adler ("No Ordinary Family") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash"). Trailer: »
In what amounts to a news story we all saw coming, CBS has officially given Supergirl a series order. The show – developed and written by Arrow and The Flash showrunners Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with Chuck and No Ordinary Family alum Ali Adler – went into development last fall and was given a series commitment shortly thereafter.
The show stars Glee alum Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton’s destruction and has been in hiding on Earth and keeping her powers a secret ever since. The series will pick up when Kara is 24 years old and ready to “embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.” Her famous cousin, Superman, is expected to show up in a small capacity, but the Supergirl will mainly focus on Kara’s solo adventures and coming-of-age journey into heroism.
- James Garcia
Calista Flockhart has geared her screen career back in recent years, taking guest spots on TV series and eschewing the cinema since 2005. It appears she’s ready to dive back in to telly work, snagging a starring role in the new Supergirl show in development across the pond.The series, which comes from some of the team behind successful superhero outings Arrow and The Flash, will once again be set in the DC Comics universe, and focuses on Kara Zor-El (Whiplash’s Melissa Benoist), Supes’ cousin, who escaped Krypton as he did and ended up on Earth. Initially unwilling to acknowledge her powers, she starts to come into her own in her mid-twenties and accept her heroic destiny. It’s the brainchild of Greg Berlanti, who has worked on the aforementioned shows and Ali Adler, who wrote for Chuck and short-lived super-powered domestic drama No Ordinary Family.Flockhart has signed onto play Cat Grant, »
There are two famous Kryptonian parents known for sending their child away from their home planet just before its destruction: Lara Lor-Van and Jor-El, who give birth to Superman. What many may not know is that there are two other Kryptonians who did the same thing for their child, Kara, who would grow up to become Supergirl. Their names are Zor-El and Alura In-Ze, and at least one of them will show up in the upcoming Supergirl series on CBS.
According to Deadline, Nashville and Nurse Jackie actress Laura Benanti has been cast as Alura Zor-El, the birth mother of Kara, who’s being played by Glee alum Melissa Benoist. She won’t just show up to ship Kara away from Krypton, either; she’ll reportedly have a “key recurring role” in the show, and her “wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time, proving invaluable on Kara’s journey toward becoming Supergirl. »
- James Garcia
Nashville star Laura Benanti has joined the cast of CBS' Supergirl, playing Alura Zor-El, the Kryptonian birth mother of Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist). Alura, described as "a strong noblewoman," sends her daughter to Earth just before her home planet of Krypton is destroyed. While it isn't known how large of a role she will have on the series, Deadline reports that Alura's "wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time," as Kara goes on her journey to become Supergirl.
The series follows 24-year-old Kara, who has been hiding her incredible abilities during her time on Earth, before she decides to embrace her powers and become the hero she was born to be. The only other confirmed cast member at this time is Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, a photographer for CatCo, the media conglomerate that Kara also works for. Other characters who have yet to be cast are Cat Grant, »
Coming hot on the heels of Melissa Benoist’s (Whiplash) casting as Kara Zor-El, it looks like CBS has found its Jimmy Olsen for the upcoming Supergirl TV series, with TV Line reporting that Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives, True Blood) has nabbed the role.
The site reports that Supergirl’s version of Jimmy Olsen is a “smart, worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret, and his salt-of-the-earth nature quickly piques Kara’s interest.”
- Gary Collinson
CBS has turned to young, charismatic TV veteran Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in their new series, Supergirl. Brooks has appeared in shows like True Blood and Necessary Roughness, and will be the new face for Superman's pal. This version of the character will retain his usual occupation- photographer- but shift some things around to work for the timeline of the new show.
For the series, which will be led by Melissa Benoist in the titular role, Olsen will be like the Lois to Kara's Clark. THR claims he'll be a co-worker and love interest for Kara, who grows closer to her after the public emergence of Supergirl. He'll likely be dying to get pictures of Supergirl in action, while a disguised Kara- in glasses and pulled-back hair- pines for him in the background. The report also implies that their might be some intrigue surrounding Olsen, as he's recently »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
DC Comics, HBO
Glee and Whiplash actress Melissa Benoist will be playing her, and the next casting major addition to the pilot has now been made. That will be Desperate Housewives and True Blood star Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, The Daily Planet photographer who is best friends with Clark Kent and a keen admirer of Superman.
That’s the comic book version of the character however, and the Supergirl one is described as a “smart, worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret, and his salt-of-the-earth nature quickly piques Kara’s interest. »
- Josh Wilding
Supergirl‘s version of Jimmy is described as a smart, worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara — played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist — works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret, and his salt-of-the-earth nature quickly piques Kara’s interest.
Other Supergirl roles still to be »
Less than a week after actress Melissa Benoist signed on to play the title character in CBS' Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood) has joined the cast as James Olsen. Based on the Jimmy Olsen character from the DC Comics, James Olsen is an attractive photographer for CatCo, the same media conglomerate that Kara Zor-el (Melissa Benoist) works for. Kara is an assistant to Cat Grant, the company's founder, who has yet to be cast at this time.
James has recently been living and working in National City, although his reason for doing so is still a secret. Entertainment Weekly reports that James is rumored to be a love interest for Kara, but that has yet to be confirmed. In the comics, Jimmy Olsen was a photographer for the Daily Planet, who typically appeared in Clark Kent's stories. He was also close friends with both Clark and Lois Lane, »
After previously eyeing actresses Gemma Atkinson and Claire Holt, CBS has cast Melissa Benoist (Whiplash, Glee) as Kara Zor-El in Supergirl. Producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), who co-created the series with Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) revealed at the TCA Winter Tour last week that casting was to be announced soon, since production on the pilot will begin in the near future.
The series will center on Kara Zor-El, who has been hiding in plain sight on Earth for several years, following the destruction of her home planet Krypton. At the age of 24, she decides to finally embrace her incredible abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. It still has yet to be confirmed if Kara's superhero cousin, Superman, will appear on the series. TV Line reports that other main roles which still need to be cast are Alex, Kara's "science-minded foster sister," Cat Grant, »
Look, up in the sky, it’s… Supergirl!
Per the CBS series’ logline, Kara Zor-El escaped her home planet of Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has concealed the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
CBS has its "Supergirl" star, and it's... "Glee" alum Melissa Benoist? Benoist, currently in theaters as Miles Teller's love interest in "Whiplash," has been cast in the Warner Bros.-produced series, which CBS has already given a series order for next season. Adapted from the DC Comics title by Greg Berlanti (who helped pave the way for DC's current TV success with "Arrow" and "The Flash") and Ali Adler, "Supergirl" will focus on Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El, who also escaped Krypton before it exploded. As the series logline puts it, "Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be." Benoist was one of the second-generation "Glee" stars for parts of the Fox drama's fourth and fifth seasons. She doesn't have an Amazonian build, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Comic-book heroes – particularly from the DC universe – have rarely been more successful on TV. Word arrived in October that Us network CBS (the home of the CSI franchise and other crime procedurals) was looking to get in on the action by commissioning Supergirl. We now know that Melissa Benoist will be playing Kara Zor-El in the show.The plot will follow Kal-El’s cousin, who escaped Krypton as he did and ended up on Earth. Initially unwilling to acknowledge her powers, she starts to come into her own in her mid-twenties and accept her heroic destiny. It’s the brainchild of Greg Berlanti, the man behind two of the bigger superhero shows on TV right now, Arrow and The Flash and Ali Adler, who worked on Chuck and short-lived super-powered domestic drama No Ordinary Family."As you can tell from the strength of the female characters we have on television, »
19 items from 2015
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