Interview: BOOK OF MORMON star Andrew Rannells becomes THE NEW NORMAL

Andrew Rannells in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

On NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL, which premieres tonight at 9:30 PM after several previews, Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha play Bryan and David, who turn to single mom Goldie (Georgia King) to be the surrogate mother for their child. Created by Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy (the latter of GLEE and AMERICAN HORROR STORY), the half-hour comedy also stars Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s ferociously disapproving grandmother, Bebe Wood as Goldie’s accepting young daughter and NeNe Leakes as Bryan and David’s friend and assistant. Rannells is new-minted Broadway royalty, having originated the role of Elder Price in the mega-hit musical THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: STARS EARN STRIPES contestant Dean Cain searches and destroys

Dean Cain in STARS EARN STRIPES - Season 1 | ©2012 NBCUniversal/Trae Patton

Actor Dean Cain famously appeared to do some extraordinary physical exploits while playing Superman and Clark Kenton four seasons of LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and has been in any number of action roles since. However, in the reality competition show STARS EARN STRIPES, which has its first-season finale Monday at 8 PM on NBC, Cain is put through the action wringer for real. The format of STARS EARN STRIPES is that, at the outset, eight celebrities are each matched with a military/law enforcement specialist (Navy SEAL, SWAT and the like) to go on missions designed for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GRIMM star Russell Hornsby Talks Fairy-tales, Production and more

Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in GRIMM - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Eric Ogden

On NBC’s GRIMM, now in its second season Monday nights at 10 PM – the show moves back to its Friday 9 PM timeslot in several weeks – Russell Hornsby plays Portland, Oregon police detective Hank Griffin. Hornsby has previously been a series regular on GIDEON’S CROSSING as a medical doctor, on HAUNTED as a police detective who assists a private eye (played by Matthew Fox) who can see ghosts and on LINCOLN HEIGHTS as the father of a family involved in dramatic situations. On GRIMM, Hank has lately been cutting a lot of slack for the sometimes strange behavior of his […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANIMAL PRACTICE – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Monkey and Justin Kirk in ANIMAL PRACTICE - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley, Betsy Sodaro, Tyler Lebrine Writers: Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka Director: Anthony & Joe Russo Network: NBC Original Telecast: Aug. 21st, 2012 The new fall season is fast approaching and with it comes a deluge of new shows trying desperately to find an audience. Point in case – the new comedy ANIMAL PRACTICE starring Justin Kirk and JoAnna Garcia-Swisher. Kirk plays a veterinarian set on doing things “his way” to a fault. Garcia-Swisher is his ex who comes back into town after a two-year exit to lay claim on the […]Read On »

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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Highlights last week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE LORAX | (c) 2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – Some of the adaptations of the DR. SEUSS children’s books have been pretty good (THE GRINCH) and pretty bad (THE CAT IN THE HAT), luckily THE LORAX is actually animated, which seems to always make things better. Here the basic plot elements […]Read On »

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TV Review: GO ON – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Matthew Perry in GO ON - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

Stars: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, John Cho Writer: Scott Silveri, series created by Scott Silveri Director: Todd Holland Network: NBC, Tuesdays Original Airdate: August 8, 2012 As Los Angeles Times reviewer Mary McNamara just observed, television has done very well with both psychotherapy (FRASIER, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW) and Matthew Perry (FRIENDS) in the half-hour comedy genre. Putting the two together seems like a good idea. The first twist in GO ON is that Perry’s character, snarky and closed-off radio sportscaster Ryan, is a patient rather than the therapist, which works very well. When we meet Ryan, his […]Read On »

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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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