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With Arrow set to go on its midseason break soon, a surprising casting addition has been made which we’ll see pay off when The CW series returns next year. That is Tom Amandes as The Calculator (yes, that’s actually the name of a DC Comics character), a villain who is described by the network as a criminal mastermind and technical genius.
The Calculator, whose real name is Noah Kuttler, uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding, which leads to an epic battle with Team Arrow.
This casting explains why the former Arsenal is going to return to Arrow then, something fans have been wondering and speculating about ever since it was revealed earlier this week.
- Josh Wilding
VideosArrow/Flash Crossover Promo: Vandal Savage Invades Star City, Hawkgirl Takes Flight & More Superhero Sights
TVLine has learned exclusively that the alum of such past Greg Berlanti projects as Everwood, Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family has booked an arc on (one of!) the prolific producer’s CW series as DC Comics villain The Calculator.
A criminal mastermind and technical genius, The Calculator — aka Noah Kuttler — uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding, »
Playbill Reviews are in for Keira Knightley's Broadway turn in Therese Raquin
Brooklyn Mag pornish art films before Gaspar Noé's Love
Pajiba Patton Oswalt ranks the Gop candidates with D&D statistics
Pajiba Quentin Tarantino vs. Cops. Ugly business.
Variety talks to superhero loving TV megaproducer Greg Berlanti (The Flash and Supergirl are big hits ... but they aren't even his first superhero shows - remember that Incredibles/Fantastic4 ripoff called No Ordinary Family?)
Empire lots of new Suicide Squad photos
Coming Soon Matthew McConaughey turns Marvel villain role down - I mean wouldn't you? Their »
- NATHANIEL R
"I feel like I'm not living up to my potential," Kara admits to her sister Alex. "I have the same powers he does! I can lift a bus, stop a bullet. Alex, I can fly!" The "he" is Superman, Kara's celebrated cousin. Like Kara — (slightly) better known as "Supergirl," and now the star of her own TV series (it debuts Monday at 8:30 on CBS) — points out, they come from the same planet, and have the same powers, but he's an icon and she never seems to find her place. That line about squandered potential could just as easily be applied to many of the writers responsible for crafting Kara's adventures over the years, going back to her comic book debut in 1959. Despite being Superman's equal, strength-wise, the "girl" in her name was treated as doubly diminutive. Superman was there to save the world, Supergirl was there to have boy trouble, »
- Alan Sepinwall
When CBS unveiled the first extended trailer for "Supergirl" — its entree into the ubiquitous new world of TV superhero action, as well as the network's biggest priority for this TV season — in May, many fan's immediate reaction was to note the unfortunate similarities to the recent "Saturday Night Live" parody trailer for a "Black Widow" movie that suggested any female superhero story would be presented as a romantic comedy. But while the "Supergirl" trailer definitely played up the most "Devil Wears Prada"-ish aspects — where the title character (Melissa Benoist) in her civilian identity is the mousy assistant to a snarling media mogul played by Calista Flockhart, and has bad luck in the dating department — that's only one component of the full pilot, which has a lot of action, and a lot of discussion about how Supergirl should be taken every bit as seriously as her more celebrated male cousin. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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
RelatedCBS Fall Premiere Dates: Supergirl Gets Big October Launch
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, »
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