Breaking News: HOSTAGES is a CBS experiment in shorter episode runs and a more serialized format – TCA 2013

HOSTAGES Season 1 poster art | ©2013 CBS

With the new CBS fall drama HOSTAGES, CBS is now embracing the concept of shortened episode runs and more serialized storytelling according to CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. “HOSTAGES, more than anything else, is a very different kind of show,” says Moonves of the series a surgeon (Toni Collette) whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott). “We’ve generally avoided serialized shows in those shortened orders, although we watched with great interest at the success of, obviously, a 24. THE FOLLOWING did very well. So when the [Jerry] Bruckheimer people brought us […]Read On »


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Breaking News: UNDER THE DOME renewed for Season 2 – TCA 2013

UNDER THE DOME - Season 1 Key Art | ©2013 CBS

At today’s CBS Summer TCA press tour, CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves announced that the hit Stephen King summer series UNDER THE DOME will return again next summer. “It’s official, and Stephen King will be writing the first episode of that 13-episode arc,” says Moonves. “We’re really proud of  what UNDER THE DOME has done. It sort of changed the face of summer television. The highest premiere of a drama, since, I think, 1992. It’s the way television should be. It’s the way television can be. Obviously it’s a very different model.” With summer programming being […]Read On »


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TV Review: UNDER THE DOME – Season 1 – “The Fire”

Linda (Natalie Martinez) tries to save a life in UNDER THE DOME "The Fire" | (c) 2013 CBS

Cast: Dean Norris, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Mike Vogel, Natalie Martinez, Aisha Hinds, Jolene Purdy, Britt Robinson Writer: Rick Cleveland Director: Jack Bender Network: CBS, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: July 1, 2013 “It means (long dramatic pause) … we’re all gonna die in here.”  – Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) on UNDER THE DOME “The Fire” The thing that cracks me up most about Stephen King made-for-TV specials has always been the acting. Or lack of it. While UNDER THE DOME may be interesting from a pure storyline point-of-view, the acting and dialogue in the first two episodes is […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Theo James chats about GOLDEN BOY

Theo James in GOLDEN BOY - Season 1 - "Next Question" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli/Warner Bros.

In GOLDEN BOY, which has its finale on CBS tonight, Theo James’ character Walter Clark has become the youngest-ever commissioner of the NYPD. The story flashes back to seven years earlier, when an act of heroism on Walter’s part vaults into the ranks of the city’s homicide detectives. There Walter meets mentor and partner Det. Don Owen (Chi McBride) and idol/rival Det. Christian Arroyo. Despite playing a New Yorker through and through, James is actually from Oxford, England. He appeared in one pivotal episode of DOWNTON ABBEY as Mr. Pamut, who died in Lady Mary’s bed. Two years ago, James […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Michael Chiklis plays the VEGAS odds

Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid in VEGAS - Season 1 - "Scoundrels"| ©2012 CBS/Robert Voets

Michael Chiklis is in the set that is the office of his VEGAS character, casino owner, businessman and gangster Vincent Savino. Looking out the office window, one can see the entire casino floor, which looks exactly like what it’s meant to be – an opulent Las Vegas casino circa 1960 – rather than a set on a soundstage in Santa Clarita,California. In fact, outside the casino doorway is a replica of the Vegas strip of the era, complete with period cars. On VEGAS, which has its first-season finale on CBS, Friday May 10 at 9 PM, Chiklis’ Savino has been […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Jason O’Mara rolls the VEGAS dice

Jason O'Mara in VEGAS | ©2012 CBS/Lorey Sebastian

In VEGAS, Dennis Quaid plays farmer-turned-Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb, who has to team up with casino owner/gangster Vincent Savino, played by Michael Chiklis, in the first-season finale, CBS, Friday May 10 at 9 PM. Jason O’Mara plays Jack Lamb, Ralph’s brother and now a deputy sheriff who has become romantically entangled with mob boss’ daughter Mia Rizzo, played by Sarah Jones. This situation has cost Jack dearly. As VEGAS is set in 1960-61, this marks the third TV series in a row that’s seen O’Mara playing a period role. He previously starred in the U.S. remake of LIFE ON […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Actor Kevin Alejandro on GOLDEN BOY and TRUE BLOOD

Kevin Alejandro in GOLDEN BOY - Season 1 - "Beast of Burden" | ©2013 CBS/Giovanni Rufino

On CBS’ freshman series GOLDEN BOY, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Walter Clark (Theo James) has become the youngest police commissioner inNew York City history. Much of the series takes place in flashback, showing us Walter’s rise to the top. When Walter becomes a homicide detective, one of his heroes who quickly turns into a squad room nemesis is Kevin Alejandro’s character, Detective Christian Arroyo. Christian has plenty of ambition and doesn’t mind bending a few rules to get ahead. Alejandro spent three seasons on TNT’s acclaimed SOUTHLAND as LAPD homicide detective Nate Moretta, who was fatally gunned down. On TRUE […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: VEGAS star Carrie-Anne Moss rolls the dice

Carrie-Anne Moss in VEGAS - Season 1 - "(Il)Legitimate" | ©2013 CBS/Cliff Lipson

On VEGAS, CBS Friday nights at 9 PM, it’s 1960 and the Mob and glamour are both hitting town. This is a problem for rancher-turned-sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), who in turn is making life a little rough forChicago businessman/casino owner Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis). Carrie-Anne Moss’ character Katherine O’Connell keeps tabs on both men, though her relationship with Lamb is considerably less adversarial than her encounters with Savino. Canadian-born Moss will forever be revered by science-fiction fans for her portrayal of martial arts-savvy heroine Trinity in the three MATRIX films. Other feature credits include FIDO, DISTURBIA and Christopher Nolan’s […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: LL Cool J on hosting THE 55th GRAMMY AWARDS

LL Cool J hosts THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS | ©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc./Robert Voets

LL Cool J is a very busy man. He’s a multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/music producer, he is of course the star of CBS’s NCIS: LA and he’ll be hosting the 55th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday night for CBS. On the one hand, at a Q and A panel for the Television Critics Association, both LL Cool J and CBS executive vice-president in charge of specials, music and live events Jack Sussman acknowledge that the performer’s presence as a network regular was perhaps a factor in his hosting the awards this year. “Well, I’m thinking it had something to do with it,” […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: VEGAS Star Dennis Quaid talks going old school in his first TV series role

Dennis Quaid stars in VEGAS on CBS | (c) 2013 Ron P. Jaffe/CBS

In VEGAS, the freshman series that is doing very well for CBS in its Tuesday night 10 PM slot, it’s 1960. Dennis Quaid stars as real-life rancher turned sheriff Ralph Lamb, who becomes a lawman just as the Mob comes toLas Vegas, with Michael Chiklis as its primary representative, casino owner Vincent Savino. Houston, Texasnative Quaid has been a leading man in movies for decades, with his first major role as the dedicated cyclist in 1979’s BREAKING AWAY. Since then, a sampling of his major credits include real-life astronaut Gordon Cooper in THE RIGHT STUFF, fictional space explorer Willis Davidge […]Read On »


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