The official word: NBC has announced premiere dates for its burgeoning midseason schedule — dramas “The Blacklist,” “Allegiance, “Night Shift,” “A.D.” and “Odyssey,” event series “The Slap,” and comedies “One Big Happy” and “Undateable.”
As previously announced, Emmy Award winner James Spader and “The Blacklist” will return to the NBC schedule on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, immediately following the game. The series then shifts to its new timeslot beginning Thursday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.
“The Blacklist” will serve as a lead-in to the new spy thriller “Allegiance” from writer-director George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”). “Allegiance” will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning Feb. 5.
The eight-episode event series “The Slap,” written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz and executive produced by the team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”) and director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Olive Kitteridge”), will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 12. The series stars Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton and Zachary Quinto.To read more or comment...
The official word: Golden Globe nominated actress Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons have signed on to star in the second installment of MGM Television and FX Production’s Emmy and Award winning miniseries franchise Fargo, it was announced today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark President, Television Production & Development of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Production will begin in Calgary in January 2015 and the 10-episode anthology miniseries is slated to premiere next fall on FX.
Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley (showrunner/writer), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron all return for the second installment. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions. MGM Television serves as worldwide distributor of the series.
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This week, Beacon Journal pop culture reporter Rich Heldenfels talks about Glen Campbell, and the new documentary about him. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which details Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's, is impressive.
Read Rich's full review of the movie here.To read more or comment...
The nominations have been announced. I watched them online and the pronunciation gaffes by the announcers were amusing. Then, as usual, there are laughable elements in the nominations themselves (as there were in the more earnest SAG awards nominations this week). But we should always keep in mind that the Globes are not sold as a prestigious award but as an excuse for what NBC likes to call the biggest party of the year. So party on, Globers. Just don't expect me to celebrate with you.To read more or comment...
The official word:
David Letterman will host his final broadcast of the LATE SHOW on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, it was announced today by CBS and Worldwide Pants Incorporated, Letterman’s production company.
“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”To read more or comment...
I know that TV is stacked with great stuff right now; still, when we're talking about acting, did none of the SAG voters see "The Leftovers"? Sure seems that way. The awards will be presented Jan. 25. The official list of nominees:
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – "FOXCATCHER" (Sony Pictures Classics)
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – "THE IMITATION GAME" (The Weinstein Company)
JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – "NIGHTCRAWLER" (Open Road Films)
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING" (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – "CAKE" (Cinelou Films)
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING" (Focus Features)
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – "STILL ALICE" (Sony Pictures Classics)
ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – "GONE GIRL" (20th Century Fox)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – "WILD" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The official word: TNT has ordered a sixth season of the blockbuster hit Rizzoli & Isles, which finished this past summer as basic cable's #1 series. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star in the drama, which has ranked as one of basic cable's Top 5 series for five consecutive years, including 2014-to-date. Season five of Rizzoli & Isles is set to return with new episodes in early 2015. TNT has ordered 18 episodes for season six, which is slated to launch in summer 2015. Rizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Haber and showrunner Jan Nash serving as executive producers.
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen and developed for television by Janet Tamaro, Rizzoli & Isles stars Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston.
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Here is the obit released by her family: Mary Ann Mobley Collins, 77, died at her Beverly Hills, California, home on Tuesday morning, December 9, 2014, from complications due to breast cancer. Services will be held Monday, December 15, at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, with burial at Parkway Funeral Home.
A native of Mississippi, the former Miss America, actress and humanitarian led a fascinating and varied life. A Golden Globe winner, Mobley starred opposite Elvis Presley on screen, performed death-defying circus acts in television’s Circus of the Stars and dedicated many years to documenting the young victims of war and starvation in places like Cambodia, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Sudan.
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