8 items from 2011
On TV this Wednesday: A really big tree grows in Manhattan, the Shat hits the Psych, Soup‘s on… a new night, and more. With ABC in repeat mode and the CBS dramas riding the pine, we’ve singled out 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | Sit down and wrap your brain around this teaser: “A castaway tells a bold lie in hopes of gaining favor with his tribemates.” No, really. A strategic lie. On Survivor!
8 pm Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) | Co-hosted by Today‘s Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie, the 79th annual tree »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The just-retired Regis Philbin is already eying his next big gig. Or gigs plural, even,
Speaking with New York Post‘s Page Six, the former Live! co-host announced that he and his team are “contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show…a family competition.” Philbin added that this latest project is “going to be on primetime” when and if it comes to fruition. Reege also says he has been approached about reviving the variety show format.
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- Megan Masters
While original TV movies continue to struggle on broadcast TV as evident by the underwhelming ratings for the Hallmark Hall Of Fame film on ABC last night, the genre’s resurgence on basic cable continues. TNT has decided to extend its Mystery Movie Night franchise into the spring, greenlighting today the original movie Hornet’s Nest, an adaptation of the Patricia Cornwall novel that will star Sherry Stringfield and Virginia Madsen. The green light for Hornet’s Nest comes ahead of the debut of the TNT Mystery Movie Night, which features original movies based on popular crime novels. The franchise is set to premiere tomorrow with Scott Turow’s Innocent and continues Wednesday with the Sandra Brown novel Ricochet, starring John Corbett, Julie Benz and Gary Cole. The series will feature six movies this month and in December before returning in the spring with Hornet’s Nest and three other movies to be announced. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Now recurring as Patrick Wilson's sister on the CBS drama "A Gifted Man" -- on which she's featured Friday (Oct. 14) -- the "Dexter" and "No Ordinary Family" alum is game for a guest shot on Fox's "Bones" once the show returns Thursday, Nov. 3. That would put her back in the company of series star David Boreanaz, who was Angel to her Darla as still seen in weekday-morning TNT repeats.
"David and I always had a very special relationship," Benz tells Zap2it, "and to work with him again would just be very exciting. We joke around about it, and hopefully, it'll come true. Charisma Carpenter [alias Cordelia on both 'Angel' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'] is still a close friend; with David, the two of us are always like, 'We need to work with you again!'"
Carpenter will reteam with James Marsters, »
After scoring its most successful summer of original programming ever, including the launch of mega-hit Falling Skies, TNT is set to heat up the fall and winter with a terrific lineup of popular and acclaimed original series and a showcase of new original movies. The drama network's slate includes the return of basic cable's top two series of all time, The Closer, starring 2010 Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, and Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; all-new episodes of the hit caper series Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and a new season of the critically acclaimed Southland.
TNT has also unveiled the slate for The TNT Mystery Movie Night, a new showcase of contemporary procedural dramas set to launch Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. (Et/Pt). The showcase will kick off with Scott Turow's Innocent, starring Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Torchwood: Miracle Day), Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Damages) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, »
If you're feeling a little blue now that the summer TV season is winding down, don't fret, at least if you're a TNT fan. Why? The network has announced return dates for three of its current summer shows, which will allow them to finish out their seasons, and a date for arguably their most critically acclaimed show early next year.
Leverage will be returning on Sunday, November 27th for the first of 8 additional episodes in season four. The following night, The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles will both be returning (9:00 and 10:00, respectively) for 5 episode stints. All three will be coming back summer 2012 for their next full seasons, with The Closer's summer 2012 being its swan song.
Southland may not be joining the party of short episode stints in late fall/early winter, but that's because its fourth season will be premiering on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 (10:00) for another 10 episode installment. »
- Shilo Adams
Building on this week’s unofficial theme of Cablers Announce Their Fall/Winter Plans, TNT on Tuesday revealed its winter return/premiere dates for four different series.
Leading things off: Leverage, which airs its summer finale this Sunday, will resume its fourth season on Nov. 27, with eight new episodes.
On Nov. 28, The Closer will return with what we will call Season 7.33, comprised of five episodes, followed by Rizzoli & Isles‘ Season 2.5 (also five eps).
Rizzoli & Isles Casting Scoop: Korsak’s Ex-Wife Is a Real Lolita!
Southland, meanwhile, is set to launch its fourth season on Jan. 17, 2012, with 10 fresh episodes — each and »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Exclusive: John Corbett and Julie Benz lead the cast of TNT's two-hour movie Ricochet, based on the best-selling book by Sandra Brown. Gary Cole and Kelly Overton co-star in the project, the second entry in the network's recently announced new TNT Tuesday Night Mystery movie franchise slated to launch in November that will feature six contemporary crime dramas, from true-crime stories to fictional mysteries. Det. Sgt. Duncan Hatcher (Corbett), a sexy Savannah homicide cop, falls hard for Elise Laird (Benz), a dishy damsel-in-distress. She's married to corrupt Judge Cato Laird (Cole), who consistently subverts Hatcher's efforts to bring a local drug lord to justice. Things get complicated when Hatcher and his feisty partner, Det. DeeDee Bowen (Overton), are called to the Laird home after Elise supposedly shoots an intruder in self-defense. Production on Ricochet begins next week in New Orleans. Benz, who is coming off ABC's superhero drama No Ordinary Family, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
8 items from 2011
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