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Scorpion: Is the CBS Procedural a Stroke of Genius?

11 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There isn’t a single problem that Scorpion‘s Walter O’Brien can’t solve. Well, if you don’t count the whole “unable to process emotions” thing.

On the CBS procedural, which debuted Monday, Walter (Body of Proof’s Elyes Gabel) is one of the five smartest people in the world, and he’s surrounded himself with other highly intelligent outcasts who are just scraping by in the real world: Sylvester Dodd, a mind-bogglingly fast mathematician; Toby Curtis, a Harvard-trained behaviorist; and Happy Quinn, an engineering whiz (who also has an affinity for punching people in the mouth).

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NBC's Peter Pan Live! Casts Broadway Actress Taylor Louderman as Wendy

16 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Peter Pan, here comes your woman.

NBC on Monday announced that Broadway actress Taylor Louderman has joined the cast of Peter Pan Live! as Wendy Darling.

Related Peter Pan First Look: Allison Williams as The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

A relatively new name, Louderman recently starred as Campbell in Bring It On: The Musical.

Louderman joins previously announced stars Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, Christian Borle (Smash) as Mr. Darling/Smee and Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling.

Peter Pan Live! raises its curtains live Dec. 4 on NBC.

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‘Scorpion’ Ep Nick Santora Promises ‘Great Rides’ in Both Stunts and Character Arcs

17 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It's lonely at the top … of the Iq chart. At least, that's one of the lessons that Nick Santora, executive producer of the upcoming CBS series “Scorpion,” hopes viewers will take away from the show. Based on real-life brainiac/computer wizard Walter O'Brien, the series — which stars Elyes Gabel, Jadyn Wong, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Katharine McPhee — follows a group of super-geniuses who align themselves with the U.S. government to solve crises as they grapple with the alienation created by their superior intellects. See video: ‘Scorpion’ Star Katharine McPhee on Jumping From ‘Smash’ to Dodging Bombs But “Scorpion” isn't all woe-is-me, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Interview: 'Scorpion' star Katharine McPhee on stunts, fictional motherhood and her 'Smash' Tony loss

21 September 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Going back to my failure to get on-board with the Soul Patrol, I'm accustomed to supporting Katharine McPhee in ill-fated circumstances. It's no wonder, then, that we're simpatico when it comes to Karen Cartwright losing the Tony to Ivy Lynn. "That's a great question," McPhee says when I inquire about her disappointment regarding this fictional theater award. "I wanted Karen to win!" "[M]y heart kind of like broke for her," McPhee admits. "I'm like, 'Really? She ends up with this loser guy who goes to jail and she can't even win the Tony?' And she has to have this nasty catfight with a girl who she could have potentially had a great relationship with? And she can't win the Tony. At least she got to play Marilyn for a little bit." McPhee's two-year run on "Smash" taught her many lessons, which we discussed in July when we sat down »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Megan Hilty Gives Birth to Baby Girl Viola Philomena!

19 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Megan Hilty is officially a mommy now! The Smash star and hubby Brian Gallagher welcomed a baby girl Thursday in New York City, the actress's rep confirmed to E! News Friday. So what did the Broadway star and her actor hubby name their new little lady? Viola Philomena! Just as the 33-year-old actress told E! News back in June, she did indeed steer clear of the quirky Hollywood naming route. "There are no fruits or animals or food in general for her name," she promised. "We have three possibilities and we are not telling anybody," she said. "We're just gonna meet her first and see which one fits her." And it looks like Viola Philomena was the »

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Megan Hilty Gives Birth, Welcomes Baby Girl Viola Philomena With Husband Brian Gallagher

19 September 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Megan Hilty is a mommy! The Smash star welcomed her first child, a daughter, with actor husband Brian Gallagher, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. Baby girl Viola Philomena was born on Thursday, Sept. 18, in New York City, the rep tells Us.  The actress and Broadway veteran was vocal and effusive throughout her pregnancy, admitting that she craved everything that was off limits. "I want everything I can't have: Sushi, tuna fish. I was never a sweets person, and now I have to have at least one cookie [...] »

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Josh Safran, Mark Gordon Team for Quantico Drama at ABC (Exclusive)

17 September 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC is getting into the war game. The network is teaming with Gossip Girl and Smash alum Josh Safran and uber-producer Mark Gordon for an untitled Quantico drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Described as Grey's Anatomy meets Homeland, the drama — which has received a script commitment — revolves around a group of diverse FBI recruits going through 21 weeks of training to become special agents at the FBI's academy in Quantico, Virginia. Although each of them has secrets and hidden reasons for enlisting, one harbors the biggest secret of all: They're a sleeper terrorist, who in the

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Why Debra Messing Is Starring in The Mysteries of Laura

17 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Mysteries of Laura should be Debra Messing's triumphant return to TV. The Will and Grace star earned much goodwill from her NBC sitcom and USA's Starter Wife, but then Smash happened. And hey, we loved Smash, but let's face it, it had its problems. Now Messing is back with the cop dramedy that can be boiled down to this: she's a mom, she's a cop and she's attempting to do it all. So why is Debra Messing starring in The Mysteries of Laura? "I loved that it was a dramedy, that there was a really smart murder-mystery that needed to be solved every week and that it was real in that you saw the messy personal lives," Messing told us. "It made me laugh out loud when I was »

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Mysteries of Laura Ep on Debra Messing Cop Comedy: 'We Push the Envelope'

17 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC on Wednesday is giving audiences a sneak peek at its new action-comedy The Mysteries of Laura (10/9c), which finds Debra Messing packing heat… and school lunches.

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The former Smash star pulls double duty as an NYPD homicide detective and mother of twin boys — actually, make that twin terrors — and executive producer Jeff Rake tells TVLine that the constant struggle for balance is what makes Messing perfect for Laura, which is based on a Spanish-language procedural.

“We all know her comedic chops from Will & Grace, but for those who saw The Starter Wife, »

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Exclusive Clip from Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s Blu-ray/Digital Release Takes a Peek into the Mind, Method, and Madness of Michael Bay

16 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay's filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products.  Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie's end.  While I was lucky enough to see Bay's process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip.  This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film's release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew.  Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release. Take a look at our exclusive clip from the Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray below: ComplexEmbed. »

- Dave Trumbore

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TV Review: ‘The Mysteries of Laura’

16 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Without putting too fine a point on it, “The Mysteries of Laura” is designed for people who really, really love Debra Messing — who have been pining for her return to NBC ever since “Will & Grace,” and were even willing to forgive and forget her role in “Smash.” That contingent, alas, had better be fairly sizable, since there’s precious little else to recommend this new series, which liberally mixes the struggles-of-motherhood comedy with standard police procedural fare. Although Laura’s partner playfully refers to her as “Columbo,” the more apt comparison for NBC might be its “Ironside” revival.

At times, Laura’s commitment to whimsy makes the crime in the premiere — a hard-to-explain murder, committed in plain view — feel almost like an afterthought. That’s because she spends much of her time dealing with her mischievous preschoolers and a philandering husband (Josh Lucas) who, in addition to also being on the police force, »

- Brian Lowry

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Review: NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura' could be this fall's worst new show

15 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as "The Mysteries of Laura," it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series — whose promos all suggest that the chief mystery is how in the world a woman could possibly be both a cop and a mom(*) at the same time — is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984. (*) Linda Holmes of NPR has dubbed the show "CopMom, MomCop," and her catchy alternate theme song is probably a better critique of the show than the one you're reading here. But that would be unfair to 1984, whose best new fall show was "The Cosby Show." More importantly, that season led to the first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy win for "Cagney & Lacey," a cop show that dealt with all sorts of questions about the life of a female police »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Mysteries of Laura star Debra Messing: “Laura would never be wearing heels!”

9 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

She gained fame as goofy-glam decorator Grace Adler on NBC’s long-running Will & Grace, then turned earnest as lyricist Julia Houston in the network’s ill-fated Smash. Now, flame-haired funny woman Debra Messing is smashing in a role that hits closer to home. The divorced mother of preteen son Roman stars as frazzled soon-to-be-a-single-mom Detective Laura Diamond in the Peacock’s new dramedy The Mysteries of Laura, which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 17 after the America’s Got Talent finale. The series, created by Jeff Rake (Private Practice, Boston Legal), boasts a Castle-meets-Moonlighting feel, blending soapy murder mysteries with comical — and sometimes poignant … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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NBC's Peter Pan Live Adds Broadway Star Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling

9 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Peter Pan Live has met its mother.

Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara — most recently nominated for her role in The Bridges of Madison County — has boarded the NBC production as Mrs. Darling, the wife of Mr. Darling and the mother of Wendy, John and Michael.

Related Peter Pan First Look: Allison Williams as The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

“Kelli O’Hara is Broadway royalty, a musical star at the top of her game,” says Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She will be perfect as the regal mother of the Darling children, and we look forward to »

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‘Scorpion’ Star Katharine McPhee on Jumping From ‘Smash’ to Dodging Bombs (Video)

8 September 2014 7:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former “American Idol” fave Katharine McPhee is beginning to build quite the diverse acting portfolio. While McPhee was last a series regular on NBC's musical series “Smash,” McPhee has quite a different project on her hands with the upcoming CBS drama “Scorpion,” which premieres Sept. 22. Also read: 13 Fall TV Burning Questions: What's Stephen Colbert Really Like? Can NBC Stay No. 1? On the series, McPhee plays Paige Dineen, a waitress and single mother who finds herself allied with a group of super-geniuses who've teamed with the government to save the world from destruction. To hear McPhee tell it, her new. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Watch Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan Sing While Driving Recklessly in ‘The Last Five Years’ (Video)

8 September 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Love conquers all, even traffic laws. Fresh off its triumphant debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was bought by TWC-Radius before it even premiered, “The Last Five Years” now begins its marketing campaign. Luckily, that won't be too hard for the Richard Lagravenese-directed film, since it's a musical starring fan favorite Anna Kendrick and up-and-comer dreamboat Jeremy Jordan (“Smash,” “Newsies”). Also read: Why Anna Kendrick Is Done With Musicals: ‘Singing Is F-cking Hard’ Of course, it's not exactly as happy a tale as the video below suggests. As TheWrap reported in February after seeing the film, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Season finale review: 'The Leftovers' - 'The Prodigal Son Returns'

7 September 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Leftovers" wrapped up its first season earlier this evening. A review of the finale coming up just as soon as we have different physiques... In the end, it was the goddamn dog that wrecked me. Love it or hate it — and 50-odd savage minutes of "The Prodigal Son" absolutely affirmed my love for it — "The Leftovers" isn't really like anything else on television, past or present. Structurally, it has a passing resemblance to a few other series (including Damon Lindelof's previous one). But in terms of tone and substance, as well as its focus on the emotional and spiritual health of its characters far ahead of any questions of plot, it's an original. Even with the book to adapt(*), there was no real template for Lindelof and Tom Perrotta to follow in crafting a finale for this season. (*) And, for what it's worth, the finale pretty much exhausts »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Anna Kendrick Musical 'The Last 5 Years' Goes to RADiUS-twc

5 September 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

RADiUS is proud to announce one of the first major acquisitions of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, with North American rights to The Last 5 Years, Richard Lagravenese's (Behind the Candelabra) big screen adaptation of the 2002 Off-Broadway musical by Tony Award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash) star in Lagravenese's highly anticipated film.

The Last 5 Years will celebrate its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 7th at 8:30Pm at the Ryerson Theater.

The film's two stars are no strangers to the musical community. Kendrick previously received a Tony Award nomination for High Society, and is well known for her wildly popular role in Pitch Perfect, the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 and Into the Woods. She also had a top ten song on the Us Billboard Hot 100 with "Cups" which peaked at #6 on the chart. Tony nominated Jordan, »

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Toronto: RADiUS Grabs Musical 'The Last 5 Years,' Starring Anna Kendrick, Before World Premiere

5 September 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

RADiUS-twc has landed one of the first major acquisitions of this year's Toronto International Film Festival with "The Last 5 Years," Richard Lagravenese's big-screen adaptation of the 2002 off-Broadway smash musical. RADiUS has North American rights and will open the film stateside on Valentine's Day 2015. It is slated to play Tiff on Sunday, September 7. Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan of TV's "Smash," "The Last 5 Years" chronicles the rise and fall of a love affair and marriage over, well, five years: Jamie (Jordan) is a novelist, Cathy (Kendrick) a struggling actress, and their story is told through song across different time periods. The film features the stage production's original book and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Toronto: Radius Nabs North American Rights to Anna Kendrick Musical 'The Last 5 Years'

5 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In one of the first major acquisitions of the Toronto Film Festival, Radius has scooped up North American rights to the Anna Kendrick starrer The Last 5 Years. Richard Lagravenese directed the film, an adaptation of the 2002 off-Broadway musical by Tony-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Jeremy Jordan (Smash) also stars. The move comes two days before the film makes its world premiere Sunday at the Ryerson Theater. The film's two stars are veterans of the musical genre. Kendrick received a Tony nomination for High Society and starred in the breakout film Pitch Perfect and its

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- Tatiana Siegel

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