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TCA 2014: Quick Takes From The CW and Showtime’s TCA Panels for JANE THE VIRGIN, THE FLASH, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR

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On Day 11 of the 16-day biannual Television Critic’s Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, the CW and Showtime introduced their new programming and revisited one of their returning shows. The following is a snapshot-look at their presentations.

THE FLASH
“The Flash” is one of the most wildly anticipated shows of the Fall 2014 season and it has every reason to be — the pilot lives up to the hype. “Arrow” fans who watched the 2-episodes in which the character Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) guest-starred in Season 2 will be better prepared for the introduction of Barry in his own world and will appreciate the fun cameo by Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in the first episode of “The Flash.” But new fans can also jump right into “The Flash” as it does a fine job reintroducing Barry and the world his lives in back in Central City. Barry is struck by lightning and when he awakes from a coma, he discovers he has the supernatural ability of super-speed. Guided by his own strong sense of morality and inspired by Oliver Queen’s heroic actions, Barry whole-heartedly embraces his new destiny to help people in jeopardy and help fight crime in his own unique way. The show radiates good-humor with heart-felt characters and a hero whose passion to help people encourages everyone to live better lives. One of the notable differences between “Arrow” and “The Flash” is that Barry Allen is not instilled with the darkness and pain that Oliver Queen brought back from his experiences on the Island. So “The Flash” feels light a more light-hearted show due to Barry’s own joy and effervescence for life. This will be a show you are adding to your “must watch” list for Fall and it deserves to be. First point of interest: John Wesley Shipp, who starred in an earlier version of “The Flash” back in the 1990′s, co-stars in this series as Barry Allen’s father. Second point of interest: Robbie Amell (“The Tomorrow People”) guest-stars in episode 3 as Firestorm. Third point of interest: “The Flash” pilot/first episode was directed by David Nutter, who has directed some of the CW’s best pilots for such shows like “Roswell,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Arrow.” (Premieres Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm on the CW.) Read the rest of this entry »

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We Shine the Spotlight on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK STAR Dascha Polanco

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Dascha Polanco appears on the Emmy nominated comedy, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Polanco guests as Daya Diaz, a pregnant inmate who although comes off very tough and aggressive, is actually an extremely sweet romantic. I spoke with Polanco about the casts Emmy nominations, Bennett and Daya’s relationship, and what she would like to see next season on the show. Read the rest of this entry »

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TCA 2014: Quick Takes From Fox’s TCA Presentation With GOTHAM, RED BAND SOCIETY, GRACEPOINT and SLEEPY HOLLOW

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On Day 12 of the 16-day biannual Television Critic’s Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, Fox introduced its new programming, and the following is a snapshot-look at a few of its new series.

GOTHAM
“Gotham” remains one of my favorite new TV series coming this Fall. Its rich visual style and texture creates a stylized look that sets the tone of the show perfectly — a bit of a dark noir mystery. In addition, casting for “Gotham” is incredibly strong with Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue portraying James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock. Then add in David Mazouz, as the young Bruce Wayne, and the show really starts off with compelling, intriguing characters that are easy to invest in and root for. As if that were not enough riches, the show weaves in its colorful villains: Selina Kyle aka Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Ivy Peppery aka Poison Ivy (Clare Foley), Edward Nygma aka the Riddler (Corey Michael Smith), Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), to flesh out the world that swirls around the destined fates of Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Also noteworthy on the heroes’ side are Alfred Pennyworth aka Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and Barbara Kean aka Future Mrs. Gordon (Erin Richards). What makes it even more fun are that all the characters are introduced in interesting and memorable ways. Point of interest: “Elementary” fans may remember Sean Pertwee, who portrayed Lestrade this past season. (Premieres on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Morning Static: SONS OF ANARCHY, GOTHAM, FARGO & More!

• RIP: James Garner, 1928–2014
• Fox explains cutting ‘Glee’ final season order: ‘It burned so hot and so fast’
• Ratings Stunt Alert: Will ‘The Simpsons’ Kill Off Krusty?
• ‘Gotham’ Boss Bruno Heller: ‘Batman Won’t Appear’
• Animation Domination: Fox Schedules Simpsons-Futurama Crossover, Hank Azaria Joins Bordertown.
• ‘Bones’ season 11? More ’24′? Fox chief gives odds.
• Hottie Alert: ‘Teen Wolf’ Star Tyler Posey to Host Teen Choice Awards.
• Duh of the Day: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Win at TCA Awards.
• SECONDED! Networks Urge Press To Abandon Live + Same Day Ratings Reports.
• What Would Bill Say?! ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Recruits Malcolm-Jamal Warner for Final Season.
• Ouch! A summer of lead in this so-called golden age of television.
• How to keep the audience laughing at a sitcom taping—even on take 10: Warm-up comedian Allan Murray tells us how it’s done/>A?
• ‘Fargo’:
The Pivotal Decision That Made the FX Miniseries Shine.
• Deal of the Day: Huge savings on DOCTOR WHO Seasons 1 thru 11 bundle via Amazon.

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On TV Tonight: Monday July 21, 2014

NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All Mistresses
CBS 2 Broke Girls (R) Mom (R) Mike & Molly (R) Two and a Half Men (R) Under the Dome
CW Whose Line Is it… Whose Line Is it… Seed Backpackers
FOX MasterChef Hotel Hell
NBC Last Comic Standing (R) American Ninja Warrior
ABC
FAM
Switched at Birth The Fosters
MISC Antiques Roadshow (PBS) Major Crimes (TNT) Teen Wolf (MTV)
Murder in the First (TNT)
Longmire (A&E)

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THE LOTTERY Scoop: Marley Shelton Talks Her Character’s Personal Mission to Save the Human Race

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Imagine a world where there are no children. In Lifetime’s new drama series, there are only six children left. The human race is on the verge of extinction in one lifetime if a cure to the world’s infertility is not found. Astoundingly, one scientist, Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton), has miraculously been able to artificially fertilize 52 embryos. So the President calls for a lottery to select the lucky women to be surrogates. Yet in this time of relief and joy, suddenly Alison finds herself being hunted by the very government who commissioned her work. Just what secrets does it have to hide?

In an exclusive interview, star Marley Shelton talked about Alison’s drive to cure infertility and where her journey leads her in Season 1 of THE LOTTERY. Read the rest of this entry »

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24! MISTRESSES! BIG BROTHER! GENERAL HOSPITAL! TCA! NCIS! The TV Addict Week in Rewind

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Least Happy Ending: Man, talk about a crappy day. 24′s Jack lost his one-time love, Audrey, and wound up in Russian custody as the season ended. On the plus side, he did save the world (again) and get to behead a dude.

Most Likely To Be Arrested For Stalking: BIG BROTHER’s Caleb is proving to be a guy who won’t take no for an answer where Amber is concerned.

Truest Philosophy: “Men generally don’t dump young women for older women,” mused MISTRESSES’ Karen. “They dump young women for younger women. I really don’t like younger women.”

Lamest Rose Ceremony: After Andi booted farmer Chris, THE BACHELORETTE insisted on going through with a rose ceremony… despite the fact nobody would be eliminated and there was absolutely zero chance of creepy Nick or lunkhead Josh rejected the proffered flower.

Deadliest Finale: WGN’s SALEM wrapped up a killer season by knocking off several characters, challenging relationships, shifting loyalties and leaving us hanging like the proverbial accused witch until Season 2 kicks off in April!

Lamest Fake-Out: Fox endlessly promoted HELL’S KITCHEN in such a way as to make viewers — well, really dumb viewers — think perhaps President Obama would be dining in the not-so-fine establishment. Instead, the security-surrounded, limo-driven guests were… the families of the cheftestaints.

Saddest (Fictional) Death: GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Rafe bit the dust following a car accident, and I’m not sure which was more tear-enducing… the gorgeously directed scenes in which the character was taken off life-support, or the fact that the soap axed his talented portrayer, Jimmy Deshler. (As many fans were quick to point out, however, Rafeis kinda sorta the son of a possible vampire, and heaven knows most of the show’s characters have made return trips from the grave… ) Read the rest of this entry »

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The Big Tease Showtime Unveils THE AFFAIR

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Funny Business: Liam Neeson, Allison Janney, Zach Galifanakis, Aziz Ansari Among the Many Big Name A-Listers Coming to Fox’s Sunday Night Animated Lineup this Fall

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Press Release: This fall, FOX attracts an all-star lineup of guest voices on returning animated series AMERICAN DAD, beginning Sunday, Sept. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), with two back-to back episodes; THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and a special one-hour broadcast of FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), premiering Sunday, Sept. 28; and BOB’S BURGERS, debuting Sunday, Oct. 5 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT). Read the rest of this entry »

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RECKLESS Scoop: EP Dana Stevens Talks the Emerging Love-Triangle and Upcoming Twists

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CBS’ new drama series RECKLESS began as a tale of a city attorney butting heads with and yet impossibly charmed by the new hot-shot attorney in town. The friction and sizzle between Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet) and Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood) was evident from the start, but case after case seems to keep them at odds — and the fact that Jamie has a hunky detective boyfriend, Preston (Adam Rodriguez). Things got even more complicated by an politically explosive case involving a young female police officer fired from her job. Suddenly all the dirty secrets from the police department were under a microscope and one particular sex tape could bring down the entire department. Yet, as the case moves forward, things are not exactly as they appear. Evidence and stories are manipulated and manufactured, and it will be up to Jamie and Roy to dig a bit deeper to figure out what really happened.

In an exclusive interview, executive producer Dana Stevens talked about the steamy love-triangle and where the sex-tape case is headed this season. Read the rest of this entry »

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