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I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
Related Mysteries of Laura Ep on Debra Messing Cop Comedy: ‘We Push the Envelope’
In the first five minutes of the NBC drama’s comedy’s pilot — which aired Wednesday as a special preview of sorts — Messing’s Laura Diamond (literally) shoots a perp’s ear off, then shifts her (metaphorical) target onto her twin boys, who seem to land her in far worse danger than any criminal ever could. They also apparently inherited their mother’s perfect aim, »
Three faces familiar to TV viewers have been confirmed as joining broadcast drama pilots slated for next season.
Anthony Lapaglia is returning to CBS to lead the network’s untitled terrorism drama from Nikki Toscano (Revenge) and Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel). The actor, who could be seen on Without a Trace for seven seasons, will play a retired CIA operative-turned-high school football coach. When a catastrophic event hits Washington, D.C., he is pulled back into action to investigate the new generation of terrorists.
Lapaglia won a Golden Globe and earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as Jack »
- Amber Ray
'The Firm' star will appear as Jake, the male lead of the drama where he will play the role of a clever cop with keen instincts who winds up being captain in the same precinct as his soon-to-be ex-wife, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The role brings the American actor back to NBC after his starring turn in Nb''s short-lived follow-up to 'The Firm'.
- Leon David
The one-hour drama follows the life and relationships of the titular female homicide detective, played by Debra Messing. Lucas will play Jake, Laura’s soon-to-be ex-husband and also the clever cop who ends up being captain of her police precinct. The schmoozing serial cheater just needs to sign the papers for their divorce to be finalized. In the meantime, he’s stuck Laura with the responsibility of parenting their young twins.
The actor previously appeared in USA Network’s legal drama “The Firm” and has worked on numerous film projects, including 2001′s “Sweet Home Alabama,” in which his character was also under pressure to sign divorce papers.
- Andrea Seikaly
Josh Lucas is returning to NBC to star in another reboot for the network. The Firm alum has booked the male lead opposite Debra Messing in NBC's The Mysteries of Laura, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the Spanish format Los Misterios De Laura, the procedural with a sharp sense of humor follows a quirky female homicide detective (Smash and Will & Grace's Messing) who juggles high stakes crime as well as her ex-husband (Lucas) and a devilish set of twin boys. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Lucas will play Jake, a clever cop with keen instincts
- Lesley Goldberg
Based on an Australian mystery series, Secrets & Lies is about a man (Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) is the writer-producer and Charles McDougall (Desperate Housewives) directs the pilot. ABC has made a 10-episode commitment to the project.
- James Hibberd
Juliette Lewis is returning to TV, booking the starring role in ABC's drama Secrets & Lies. The actress, who most recently co-starred in NBC's The Firm reboot, will play a detective in the network's adaptation of the Australian series starring Martin Henderson. The drama, which has a series commitment attached, centers on a patriarch (Ryan Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Lewis will play Andrea Cornell, the unflappable, somewhat formidable detective conducting the investigation into the slaying of 4-year-
- Lesley Goldberg
Netflix has released a batch of photos for the upcoming second season of "House of Cards." There are no captions or episode descriptions, so details are scarce, but we do get our first look at some Season 2 newcomers: Molly Parker and David Clennon.
Parker, a alum of "Deadwood" and "The Firm," can be seen above sitting at a table with Clennon ("Ghost Whisperer," "Once and Again"). We don't even yet know their character names yet, but things look pretty intense.
Based on some of the other pictures here -- Parker perhaps snooping on someone else's computer, and Parker coming face-to-face with Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood -- we would guess that Parker and Clennon are on opposite sides of Frank and his wife Claire (Robin Wright).
"House of Cards" Season 2 premieres on Netflix Friday, Feb. 14. Check out all the Season 2 photos here and watch the Season 2 trailer for a sneak peek. »
9 items from 2014
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