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The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | CBS’ Scorpion (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Sept. 22)
The Competition | NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and The CW’s Jane the Virgin
Homeland returns for its fourth season on Sunday, October 5, and if this first trailer is anything to go on, Carrie is up to her same old tricks — shouting, drinking wine, doing things her way! You know, typical CIA stuff. This season is set in and around Pakistan, and new cast members Raza Jaffrey (Smash) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards) are among those trying to fill the narrative gap left by Brody's absence. This promo shows only a quick glimpse of Baby Mathison (unless that's a photo of Carrie holding some rando munchkin), though it's unclear where said baby is living, and with whom. The fact that Saul is shown only for a fleeting moment is egregious, but we all have to learn to make do with what we're given. »
- Margaret Lyons
Producers behind CBS' genius drama Scorpion are fine with being called the drama version of ratings and Emmy juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Scorpion is inspired by the life of Walter O'Brien — whose 197 Iq is the fourth-highest ever recorded — and how he became a real-life Professor X. It centers on an eccentric genius (played by Elyes Gabel) and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Smash's Katharine McPhee co-stars as Paige, a waitress with a genius child who befriends Gabel's Walter
- Lesley Goldberg
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Elementary season 3 peeps have just hired actor, Raza Jaffrey (left), to come on and portray Joan Watson's new man, named Andrew. Andrew is described as being "the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama. Sherlock, who is trying to get in Joan’s good graces after almost a year away in London, will tread lightly around Andrew in the beginning. But he can only ever mind his manners for so long." Raza Jaffrey's acting credits include roles in "Smash," Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, BBC spy drama Spooks (aka Mi-5). He’ll next be seen playing a lieutenant-colonel in Pakistan’s intelligence service in the new Homeland season 4. Elementary season 3 is currently due to debut on Thursday night, October 30th at 9pm central time on CBS. »
io9 asks if it matters if Constantine maintains its character’s bisexuality. Disappointingly, they seriously fumble the answer. I’m going to try to put this briefly. As a Hellblazer fan, John Constantine struck me as someone oriented more towards hooking up with women than men. He also strikes me as someone romantically oriented towards opposite sex relationships. He’s still bisexual. That’s a very common kind of bisexual erasure, where bisexuality is dismissed by people making a tally of their partners’ gender and deciding if that’s enough to count.
Too bad, it looked like Matt Ryan got really close to getting the character right.
NBC is bringing another bit of UK TV stateside. The fundraising event Red Nose Day is getting a three hour special featuring stand-up comedy, »
- Lyle Masaki
On top of the casting news that Spooks and Smash's Raza Jaffrey is joining Elementary season three in a recurring role is the tidbit that the third run will take place almost a year after the previous season finale.
As reported in TVLine, Jaffrey is to play Andrew, a boyfriend of Joan Watson's and "the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama". Will he eventually become Joan's Mary Morstan, the wife who remains behind the scenes for the majority of Sherlock and Watson's adventures in the original stories, and whose character received a drastic rewrite in the recent BBC series in which she's played by Amanda Abbington?
Sherlock and Watson are both entering Elementary‘s third season with new companions.
Related | Fall TV Grid: What’s on When? And Versus What?
Jaffrey’s Andrew is described as the anti-Sherlock, an oasis of normalcy in a life that is still rife with strangeness and drama. Sherlock, who is trying to get in Joan’s good graces after almost a year away in London, will tread lightly around Andrew in the beginning. »
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- Natalie Abrams
"I didn't have to choose: 'Do I want to do a comedy or do I want to do a drama?'" she told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. "It does feel like...
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- Kate Stanhope
DirecTV is expanding its Kingdom.
Lost actress Zuleikha Robinson, most recently seen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, is joining the mixed martial arts drama (fka Navy St.) for a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Additonally, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum-turned-Malibu Country co-star Jai Rodriguez is also set to appear in multiple episodes of the series, which stars Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria, Kiele Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Photos and Video From 50+ New Shows
Robinson plays Allison, a charming and ultimately ruthless woman looking to go into business »
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining ‘The Millers,’ ” said Greg Garcia, series creator and executive producer, in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as Bff’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”
Hayes most recently starred in and executive produced the sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” which was canceled by NBC in January. His additional credits include “Smash,” “Up All Night” and most famously “Will & Grace, »
- Shelli Weinstein
CBS has tapped the former Will & Grace scene stealer for a series regular role on its sophomore comedy, the network announced Tuesday.
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. »
Sean Hayes is returning to Thursday nights.
The actor-producer has joined the cast of CBS’ The Millers where he will be a series regular for the show’s second season. Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for her son Nathan (Will Arnett). “After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as »
- James Hibberd
The CBS comedy “The Millers” has a new addition to its family. “Will & Grace” alum Sean Hayes has joined the series, which stars Will Arnett, Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges. Hayes will play Kip Withers, the new best friend of Carol Miller (played by Martindale), as well as a new source of friction for Carol's son Nathan (Arnett). Also read: Taye Diggs Joining CBS’ ‘The Good Wife’ Hayes, who played Jack McFarland on “Will & Grace,” more recently starred in the NBC comedy “Sean Saves the World” and appeared in the NBC musical series “Smash.” “After years of being a fan and hearing. »
- Tim Kenneally
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "State of Affairs" (NBC) The Pitch: "Megan Boone is everybody's favorite part of 'Blacklist,' right?" "Ummm..." "So let's do something with the political intrigue of 'Blacklist' but without Red, Ok?" "Ummm..." "Katherine Heigl?" "Sold." Quick Response: I never bought into the Katherine Heigl backlash. I thought she was great on "Grey's Anatomy" and totally earned her Emmy. I thought she was a valuable part of the "Knocked Up" machine, plus I skipped every movie she's made since, which I'm sure helps. And Heigl is a solid contributor to the part of "State of Affairs" that I would watch on a weekly basis. It just happens she's the centerpiece of the part of "State of Affairs" I'd prefer not to watch again. It's probably not Heigl's fault that I don't care about the mystery of what happened to her deceased fiancé, who was the President's (Alfre Woodard) son. It's »
- Daniel Fienberg
Mary McCormack has learned to forgive -- though we doubt forget ... the actress and her cheating hubby Michael Morris look very much still together despite those pics of him kissing Katharine McPhee.Mary and the former "Smash" director caught a flight out of Lax on Wednesday, presumably going on a romantic vacay for the long weekend (their 3 daughters were nowhere in sight). Double M doesn't seem like the type to gloat -- but it's worth noting ... Kat's marriage has tanked. »
- TMZ Staff
A few months ago, Fox paraded their new mid-season Egyptian drama, Hieroglyph, around during their Upfront presentation to mixed reviews from critics. Since then, the network has changed their mind about the series and seven months before the show was scheduled to premiere, Fox has pulled the plug on the action adventure show that last October they gave a straight to series order.
The network chose to skip the pilot process and go straight to series in order to spread the budget out over multiple episodes, but have revealed that the scripts going forward weren’t as strong at they had originally hoped. The series, written by Travis Beacham, was developed several season ago and had set Anne Fricke to be showrunner in March as part of her overall deal with 20th Century.
Kevin Reilly, the former Fox entertainment chairman had this to say about the project at the time: »
- Lindsay Sperling
Ouch. It looks like “action-adventure” series Hieroglyph has had its plugged pulled before its even had a chance to switch on with The Hollywood Reporter bringing the news that the show has been cancelled after filming just one episode.
According to the website, problems started to show after the first episode was completed with writers “breaking scripts and stories” which then weren’t meeting the creative level for the rest of the season. 12 more episodes were planned to film later this year with a launch date of early 2015, but it looks like this one is all wrapped up.
When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, master thief Ambrose (Max Brown, Beauty and the Beast, Mi-5) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, »
- Luke Owen
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