News: Stephen King UNDER THE DOME TV series to air in summer

UNDER THE DOME by Stephen King

The 2009 Stephen King novel UNDER THE DOME is getting the TV treatment as a scripted series on CBS which is set to air this summer. Thirteen episodes will be produced and it’s part of CBS’s strategy to have high-profile scripted fare on in the summer as well. At today’s CBS Winter 2013 TCA session, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the series and what their intentions are for it moving forward. “The script was developed at Showtime [and the option lapsed],” explains Tassler who says she got a call from Amblin and DreamWorks who wanted her to look […]Read On »

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News: CBS wants more TWO AND A HALF MEN and Angus T. Jones to return – TCA 2013

Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer in TWO AND A HALF MEN | ©2011 CBS/Warner Bros./Matt Hoyle

At today’s CBS Winter 2013 press tour, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the recent rant by TWO AND A HALF MEN star Angus T. Jones and how they would like him back on the show for an eleventh season if it’s renewed. “We would like him to be part of that,” says Tassler. “We’d like him to be part of it next year. I think he would like to come back too.  We would like him to. [Executive Producer] Chuck [Lorre] would like him to.  Warner Bros. would.  He made his public apology, and we’ve moved on.  He’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HANSEL & GRETEL star Brent Lydic revisits a classic

Brent Lydic in HANSEL & GRETEL | ©2012 The Asylum

In the new horror film HANSEL & GRETEL, actor Brent Lydic plays the sweets loving character (albeit a much older version) from the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale as he, along with his sister Gretel (Stephanie Greco) end up taken hostage by a malevolent witch named Lilith (Dee Wallace) who has a penchant for making some pretty tasty meat pies at her bakery. Lydic is a familiar face to the horror genre, having also starred in FLU BIRDS and HEADLESS HORSEMAN (for HANSEL & GRETEL director Anthony C. Ferrante). In this exclusive interview, Lydic talks about working on the new […]Read On »

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News: The scoop on AVENGERS TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book | ©2013 Marvel Comics

Interest in keen in the ABC pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D., the ABC/Marvel show from executive producer and co-creator Joss Whedon about the organization featured prominently in Marvel Comics and in Whedon’s summer blockbuster THE AVENGERS. Speaking to the press on Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee had this to say on the subject. “I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart,” says Lee. “There is something which I talk less about that’s very, very real about this network, and it’s real for. ONCE [UPON A TIME], which […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TNT President Michael Wright on the cancellation of LEVERAGE – TCA 2013

Aldis Hodge, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane and Mark Sheppard in LEVERAGE - Season 4 - "The Queen's Gambit Job" | ©2011 TNT/Erik Heinila

At the Television Critics Association press tour, TNT/TBS network president Michael Wright took a moment to talk with ASSIGNMENT X about the cancellation of LEVERAGE, which concluded its five-year run on TNT Christmas Day, 2012. ASSIGNMENT X: Why did you decide this was a good time to end LEVERAGE? MICHAEL WRIGHT: I’m actually happy you asked me this, because it’s never easy to cancel a show. This was the hardest cancellation ever, because [LEVERAGE executive producer] Dean [Devlin] is a friend. We were creative partners on this show. This show was born from a meeting Dean and [series co-creator] John […]Read On »

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News: New AMERICAN IDOL judge Nicki Minaj says she’s not looking for a rap IDOL – TCA 2012

AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 judge Nicki Minaj | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

With AMERICAN IDOL adding new judges for Season 12 with diva Mariah Carey, country crooner Keith Urban and rap-pop princess Nicki Minaj, the show is going to be more eclectic than ever. At today’s Fox’s Winter TCA 2013 session, Minaj even discussed what being a judge on IDOL means to her and how serious she takes it. “Even up until the last day, before I had to sign the contract, I was still not a 100 percent sold,” says Minaj. “AMERICAN IDOL is so big, you can’t do this unless you commit fully. I realized I made a lot of […]Read On »

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News: How THE FOLLOWING is different from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – TCA 2013

Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy in THE FOLLOWING - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Michael Lavine

The new Fox thriller THE FOLLOWING debuts January 21 and stars Kevin Bacon as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy who is called back into service when serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from prison (who captured him many years before). At today’s Fox Winter 2013 TCA session, executive producer and creator Kevin Williamson spoke about THE FOLLOWING and how different it is from his other cult hit THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. “When you’re doing one thing, the next thing you do, you don’t want to do the same thing,” admits Williamson. “So you’re always looking for the differences and what […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview HANSEL & GRETEL star Stephanie Greco goes Grimm

Stephanie Greco in HANSEL & GRETEL | ©2013 The Asylum

The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale HANSEL & GRETEL has been translated on film in many different ways over the years and 2013 looks to be the year of these misunderstood, gingerbread house eating ruffians with four different film versions due out before March (including a big budget one starring Jeremy Renner hitting at the end of the month). The first to arrive is the true horror film version of the story simply titled HANSEL & GRETEL. In the film, our protagonists are teenagers with Stephanie Gretel playing responsible Gretel and Brent Lydic as the erratic Hansel. After an accident […]Read On »

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News: The scoop on the rest of GRIMM Season 2 – TCA 2013

GRIMM - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 NBCUniversal

With GRIMM getting ready to head into the second half of Season Two, the cast and executive producers made an appearance at the Winter 2013 TCAs for NBC and spoke about what to expect with the season’s remaining episodes. The biggest blow-out is a showdown between cop Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) with Nick discovering his Captain is part of the larger Wesen conspiracy and also deeply in love with his girlfriend Juliet (Bitsie Tulloch), albeit due to a spell. “There’s a big, angry kerfuffle and we come to blows,” says Giuntoli. “He has a […]Read On »

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News: The Scoop on REVOLUTION and the rest of Season 1 – TCA 2013

Billy Burke in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

At NBC’s Winter 2013 TCA session today for their hit new action-drama series REVOLUTION, the cast and executive producers revealed what to expect during the second half of Season 1 when it returns in March. Here was what was revealed … The show will pick up the pace with  more revelations according to creator Eric Kripke. “I felt we could have picked up the pace of the stunning revelations,” says Kripke. “Maybe the pace of the shocking surprises were a bit too slow in the first half, if I was being hard on myself. We have a second half that […]Read On »

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