Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Tuesdays, 8:30/7:30C) is the best of the fall’s new half-hour comedies. It’s a combination procedural/workplace comedy set in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine – a precinct where the best detective is an immature prankster who behaves like the class clown in high school – and the precinct’s new captain is a by-the-book hardass who is also a mostly happily married gay man.
Series creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor and star Andy Samberg (hint: he’s not the new captain) talk about setting a comedy series in a genre that hasn’t been terribly successful since the days of Barney Miller.
Continue reading Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Comedy Is Hard! (Just Ask The Show’s Creators and Star…)
Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (Mondays, 9/8C) is a show that blends Hawthorne, Rip Van Winkle and Revelations within a flexible cop show/semi-procedural format. It’s goofy, weird, scary and oddly compelling in equal measures.
Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci spoke with members of the press/bloggers earlier this week to tease the series and explain how its unique mix of elements came about.
Continue reading Why Sleepy Hollow Has No ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ – Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Talk Fox’s New Horror/Cop Show Hybrid!
May sweeps will be something else again for Fox this season. Among its more momentous events: the season finale for the off-the-wall dark The Following; the two-night season premiere of so You Think You Can Dance; the world premiere of the music documentary Rihanna 777; the on-hour season finales for The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and The Simpsons, and the series premiere of the unscripted drama, Toxic Office: Does Someone Have to Go. Plus season finales of such favorites as Bones, American Dad, Glee and Kitchen Nightmares.
The array of talent to found in May’s programming includes: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Phillip Phillips, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Chloe Sevigny, Mark and Jay Duplass, Rob Reiner, Dennis Farina, Nene Leakes, Jessica Sanchez, T-Pain, Frances Fisher, D.B. Sweeney, Edward Norton, Katey Sagal, Patrick Stewart, John Leguizamo, Craig Robinson, Sinbad, Sean Hayes, Michael McKean, Bill Hader, Jane Krakowski and Bryan Cranston.
For times and details follow the jump.
Continue reading Monstrous May Ahead For Fox!
Shogun is coming back – along with a drama based on the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Shogun and The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson have been announced by Fox as prestigious long-form projects in development by FX Productions.
Shogun is based on the bestselling novel by James Clavell and follows John Blackthorne, a British sailor who navigates the political waters of 17th Century Japan to become a samurai. The Run of His Life will take viewers behind the scenes of one of the most notorious criminal trials in American history.
The official press release follows the jump.
Continue reading Fox Adds Shogun and O.J. Simpson Trial Drama to Event Series in Development!
Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman have, in Fringe [Fox, Friday, 10/9C], created a series that looks at alternate worlds in a way is fresh for TV. As the fourth season comes to a conclusion, news has come that the low-rated series has been given a thirteen episode order for a fifth and final season to wrap up the story in an appropriate fashion.
Last week, I took part in a conference call with Pinkner and Wyman as they talked about the conclusion of season four and whether a fifth season of thirteen episodes would be enough for them to conclude their story properly. Note that the call took place before last week’s episode, which featured the return of Leonard Nimoy as William Bell.
Continue reading Fringe: Showrunners Talk Season Finale And Getting That Fifth And Final Season!
In FOX’s new comedy NEW GIRL, Zooey Deschanel is reason enough to watch even if she weren’t absolutely adorable, endearing and hilarious. It is premiering Tuesdays at 9:00 pm and facing some difficult competition being up against Biggest Loser, NCIS, and the Dancing With the Stars results show. But at least NEW GIRL offers viewers a chance to get away from reality shows and procedurals, therefore I certainly hope it can grab a good chunk of audience.
Zooey plays Jess Day, a young woman who, after discovering her long-term boyfriend is cheating on her, moves into a loft apartment with three male roommates — Nick [Jake Johnson], the prickly bartender who is still pining after his ex; Schmidt [Max Greenfield], the womanizer who works in an office full of ladies; and Coach [Damon Wayans, Jr.], an intense personal trainer. The guys try to help Jess get back on her feet and back into the dating world. Overall, I found NEW GIRL to be delightful, fresh, funny, and yes, adorable.
Continue reading Preview: New Comedy NEW GIRL
Richard Dean Anderson, who is best known for his roles as the intrepid, resourceful MacGyver from the series of the same name and the Gate traveling, alien fighting Colonel Jack O’Neill of Stargate: SG1, will make a guest star appearance in the fourth episode of the second season of the FOX comedy, ‘Raising Hope’.
In the successful FOX comedy, ‘Raising Hope’, Lucas Neff plays Jimmy Chance; a man who becomes a single parent to an infant girl named Hope after the mother he had a one-night stand with ends up on death row.
Anderson, who is a father of one daughter in real life, will be playing the role of Keith, a very protective father who sees Jimmy talking to the man’s daughter at Howdy’s. Only hearing part of the conversation being had with his young daughter, Keith becomes suspicious that Jimmy is coming on his little girl. Keith’s young daughter will be played by Richard Dean Anderson’s real life thirteen year old daughter, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson.
The second season of ‘Raising Hope’ premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 PM, right after the Zooey Deschanel lead freshman comedy ‘New Girl. The Anderson’s are set to appear in the fourth episode
After months [or even years] of developing shows, shooting pilots and holding dozens [if not hundreds] of test screenings for focus groups, it all comes down to show time. Literally dozens of new shows await the approval of an audience – while many more dozens hope to keep the audience they’ve already built.
So, when do the festivities [or bloodbath…] begin? Check out the fall 2011-12 broadcast schedule by simply following the jump.
Continue reading Presenting – The 2011-12 Fall Broadcast Schedule!
I know many of you probably expect me to hate on the idea of a Glee 3D Concert movie but I am a Gleek. There I said it. I had tickets for the show at Verizon Center in DC (not comped, out of my own pocket!) and couldn’t go because of my recent move to Jersey/NYC. So I was strangely excited to see the announcement of the Glee 3D movie. Special advance showings of GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE will unspool on August 10, 2011. Tickets are on sale now. NOW! GO GET THEM!
Continue reading Gleeks See Glee 3D Movie A Day Earlier Than Everyone Else and Get some Swag!
FX has sent it’s fledging series Terriers to the cancellation Kennel. The quirky series, which averaged about 500,000 viewers per episode, starred Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as two best friends who take on the sometimes dangerous role of unlicensed private investigators in San Diego County. The series, which was created by Ted Griffin (Oceans 11), executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Tim Minear (Dollhouse), ran for 13 episodes before FX made their decision.
FOX has announced that the third season of LIE TO ME has been capped at thirteen episodes and they have declined to order the back nine episodes of the Tim Roth-starring crime drama. Executives at FOX say that Lie to Me has not been canceled and that a decision on the show’s fate is not expected to be announced until May 2011. Meanwhile, The Chicago Code, a new drama from Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers, and, yes, Lie to Me) had already been scheduled to take over Lie to Me‘s Monday night 9 PM time slot beginning February 7, 2011.
For those of you who are into pools and keeping score, the 2010 Fall TV Season has its first casualty. Fox has cancelled its critically acclaimed ratings bomb, Lone Star. Other early contenders for the #2 spot include ABC’s The Whole Truth and My Generation, and NBC’s Outlaw and The Apprentice.
I guess fans of multiple marriage and convoluted storylines will just have to settle for Big Love – when it returns…