Exclusive Interview: Erica Durance and Daniel Gillies on SAVING HOPE, SMALLVILLE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Erica Durance in SAVING HOPE - Season 1 - "Consenting Adults" | ©2012 NBC/Ken Woroner

In NBC’s new drama SAVING HOPE, which has its season finale tonight at 9 PM ET/PT, 8 PM central, a spirit walks the halls of Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital. Not to fear – it’s not malevolent, nor even technically a ghost. When the hospital’s Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris, played by Michael Shanks of STARGATE SG-1 fame, gets into a car crash on the way to his wedding, he goes into a coma and finds himself able to speak to the spirits of fellow unconscious patients at the hospital. Erica Durance, who portrays Charlie’s fiancée and colleague Dr. Alex Reid, and […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks about passing on THE MINDY PROJECT and having it land at Fox

Mindy Kaling in THE MINDY PROJECT - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Autumn De Wilde

It’s rare for a series to be created by one network and then set up at another, but that’s what happened with the new comedy series THE MINDY PROJECT from THE OFFICE actor-writer-producer Mindy Kaling. The series almost made the cut on the Peacock Network schedule, but when it was passed on, it was instantly set up at Fox for a fall birth. At NBCUniversal’s Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke addressed the network shift for the series. “We developed THE MINDY PROJECT and loved it at the network,” Salke reveals. “We felt like, knock on wood, […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC discusses the state of their Thursday night comedies THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, and PARKS AND RECREATION

Amy Poehler in PARKS AND RECREATION - Season 4 - "Win, Lose, Or Draw" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

As NBC begins to transition from its aging comedy series to finding the next big breakout hits, change is inevitable. And even though THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION, COMMUNITY (now on Fridays) and 30 ROCK are critics darlings, ratings have been on the decline and NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says they are looking to find broader based shows to fill those holes if and when those series go off the air. “The Thursday night shows are great shows,” says Greenblatt speaking at this week’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour. “They’re award-winning and incredibly sophisticated and clever, and we couldn’t […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks about SMASH Season 2 and why changes were made

Brian d'Arcy, Frank Houston, Jaime Cepero, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Raza Jaffrey in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Mark Seliger

Despite an uneven first season, NBC renewed SMASH for a second season and brought in new showrunner Josh Safron to get the show focused. At the NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt discussed the changes on the horizon and why they were made. “I’m inordinately proud of SMASH on so many levels,” explains Greenblatt. “The complexity of producing that show every week is just incredible. And as a television producer and as a Broadway producer, which I once was, I am in awe of what we can do on that show every week. It’s a big soap […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks COMMUNITY Season 5 possibilities, the move to Fridays and the recent showrunner changeover

Joel McHale in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Biology 101" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

With COMMUNITY  getting new showrunners, only a 13-episode commitment and a new timeslot on Fridays, the question remains – how committed is NBC to the ground-breaking and highly original series? At today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt discussed the COMMUNITY situation and what’s happening with NBC’s comedy slate in general “I think we’re going to transition with our comedy programming trying to broaden the audience and broaden what the network does,” says Greenblatt. “Those Thursday comedies [30 ROCK, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE), which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC says THE VOICE can sustain a Fall and Spring cycle

Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

With NBC’s music competition series THE VOICE adding a Fall cycle in addition to a Spring cycle, the question arises can the show sustain its ratings and not over-saturate itself. At today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt addressed these concerns saying every network partakes in this practice to some extent – particularly with their most popular series. “Almost every reality franchise does two cycles a season,” observes Greenblatt. “And one could argue that AMERICAN IDOL and THE X FACTOR are the same show in many respects with one in the Fall and one in the […]Read On »

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Breaking News: NBC announces new DRACULA series with Jonathan Rhys Meyers – TCA 2012

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in NBC's DRACULA. This photo was for COMPLEX MAGAZINE'S October 2007 issue / photo by Matt Doyle/Contour by Getty Images/courtesy NBC Universal

NBC announced today that they will be embarking on an ambitious 10-episode series DRACULA based on the Bram Stoker novel and starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (THE TUDORS) as the world’s most famous vampire. “In a world of TWILIGHT and TRUE BLOOD with contemporized stories, it’s great to go back to the original,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour. “The book is still fresh and owe have an original, incredible script. We’re very excited about it and it’s going right to series.” Cole Haddon serves as co-executive producer and wrote the script. The series will […]Read On »

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DVD Review: CHUCK – THE COMPLETE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON

CHUCK - THE COMPLETE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON | ©2012 Warner Bros. Home Video

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin, Sarah Lancaster Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 (DVD), $49.99 (Blu-ray) Distributor: Warner Home Video Release Date: May 8, 2012 If NBC didn’t have the kind of executive and management woes it’s had over the last five years, perennial bubble series CHUCK would have not made it past its second season, let alone reached five seasons total. Yet, amid all of NBC’s internal turmoil, there was a solid fan base for CHUCK that fought for it to the end – including letter writing campaigns and sponsorship saviors like […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Turtles All The Way Down” – Series Finale

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Turtles All The Way Down" - Series Finale | ©2012 NBC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen, story by Killen, Leonard Chang, Noelle Valdivia Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 24, 2012 There’s two ways to look at the challenging NBC series AWAKE. On one hand, the network gave a greenlight to a challenging, original and incredibly high-concept police procedural that in any other NBC era it wouldn’t even make it past the pilot stage. On the other hand, you can view it as another missed opportunity – a chance to build and grow […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: AWAKE stars BD Wong and Cherry Jones are shrink wrapped

Jason Isaacs and BD Wong in AWAKE - Season 1 - "That's Not My Penguin" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

AWAKE has its series finale tonight on NBC. The thoughtful, offbeat show is part psychological mystery and part procedural. Created by Kyle Killen, who executive-produces with Howard Gordon (24, HOMELAND) stars Jason Isaacs as LAPD detective Mike Britten, who wakes to one reality where his wife is alive but their son has died, then goes to sleep and wakes in a different universe where his teenaged son is still with him but his wife has passed away. Not surprisingly, Mike is in therapy. His doctor in the universe where his wife still lives is Dr. John Lee, played by BD […]Read On »

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