Mark Your Calendars: CBS Unveils Fall 2014 Primetime Schedule

Press Release: CBS announced today a multi-phase rollout for its new season with fall premiere dates ranging from the kick-off of NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Sept. 11 to the launch of its top-rated Thursday entertainment lineup on Oct. 30.

“The addition of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL provides the flexibility to strategically roll out our fall season in multiple waves, maximizing promotional platforms and scheduling opportunities to give our new and returning series the best possible launch,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. [Read more...]

GOTHAM Preview: Stars David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova and EP John Stephens Talk Bringing a New BATMAN Tale to Television!

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Fox’s new drama series GOTHAM seeks to tell the unknown tale of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) in the years before Batman took up his mask to right the wrongs of injustice. It will show us the journey Bruce Wayne took during those formulate teen years and how Jim Gordon rose within Gotham’s police force fighting corruption every step of the way. As for Catwoman, she has always been a mystery as to her origins. Fortunately, GOTHAM has found a way to tie all their fates together.

At a recent special press screening, stars David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova, along with executive producer John Stephens, provided some insight as to the entangled journey of Bruce Wayne, Selina aka Catwoman and police detective Jim Gordon. [Read more...]

For Canadian Eyes Only: Shaw Media Unveils 2014 Fall Schedule

Press Release: Today, Shaw Media announced Global’s epic 2014/2015 fall schedule.

Building on last year’s red-hot momentum with new series The Blacklist, Chicago PD and Sleepy Hollow, the network is adding eight new high-octane dramas to bolster its already sizzling lineup. Audiences will obsess over the new psychological thriller Stalker starring Maggie Q (Nikita) and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice). Also sure to build a massive following is the much-anticipated drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni (The Naked Truth) in a show-stopping performance as the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Coupled with the return of the hugely popular drama The Good Wife, now in simulcast, the network brings two hours of back-to-back sophisticated and gripping dramas to viewers. The drama continues when Global takes audiences on the mystery ride of the season with Gracepoint, the richly layered series starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) and Nick Nolte (Warrior), as well as State of Affairs, which sees Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) in her highly anticipated return to TV as a CIA analyst who navigates political minefields in this high-octane thriller from writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist). [Read more...]

Because It’s Never Too Early To Think Fall, NBC Announces Fall 2014 Premiere Dates

Press Release: NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which include No. 1 broadcast program “Sunday Night Football,” the return of No. 1 reality series “The Voice,” No. 1 new series “The Blacklist,” and the debuts of highly anticipated comedy “Marry Me” and drama “The Mysteries of Laura.”

“Sunday Night Football” launches its campaign on Thursday, Sept. 4 when the Green Bay Packers travel to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Three days later on Sunday, Sept. 7, the Indianapolis Colts will play at the AFC champion Denver Broncos (8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT). The game will be preceded by the season premiere of “Football Night in America” (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).

“The Biggest Loser,” in which contestants lose weight in the hope of restarting their lives, returns for its 16th season Thursday, Sept. 11 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

The Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice,” with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, begins its seventh season Monday, Sept. 22 (8-10 p.m.).

“The Blacklist” returns for its second season Sept. 22 (10-11 p.m.) following “The Voice.” “The Blacklist,” which stars Emmy winner James Spader as “Red” Reddington, was the top new series last season and helped propel NBC to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo for the first time in 10 years.

Following a two-hour episode of “The Voice” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, “Chicago Fire” (10-11 p.m.) returns for its third season as the heroic men and women of the Windy City’s fire department consistently put their lives in on the line in order to save others.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 marks the debut of the new Debra Messing series “The Mysteries of Laura” (8-9 p.m.). In this breezy new drama, Messing plays a NYPD detective who must balance her professional life as a cop with her home life as a mother of unruly twin boys and on the cusp of divorce.

On that same night and back in their familiar Wednesday timeslots, “Law & Order: SVU” (9-10 p.m.), and star Mariska Hargitay, returns for an astonishing 16th season while “Chicago P.D.” (10-11 p.m.) comes back for its second season.

NBC’s beloved family drama “Parenthood” begins its sixth and final season Thursday, Sept. 25 (10-11 p.m.).

Venerable newsmagazine “Dateline NBC” makes its season premiere with a two-hour episode Friday, Sept. 26 (9-11 p.m.).

Comedy “Bad Judge” begins Thursday, Oct. 2 (9-9:30 p.m.) with Kate Walsh starring as a judge who enjoys living on the wild side, but is one of the most respected jurists when behind the bench. Following “Bad Judge” that night, “A to Z” (9:30 p.m.) makes its debut. The comedy series, which stars Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti, chronicles the relationship of a young couple from the first time they meet.

Also on the comedy front, “Marry Me” — from “Happy Endings” executive producer David Caspe, about how a couple’s engagement gets off to a rough start — launches Tuesday, Oct. 14 (9-9:30 p.m.). That is immediately followed by Jason Katims’ second-year series “About a Boy” (9:30 p.m.), which was one of the most successful new comedies of last season.

Fan favorite “Grimm” begins its fourth campaign Friday, Oct. 24 (9-10 p.m.), and that will be immediately followed by new series “Constantine” (10-11 p.m.). “Constantine” is based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer” and stars Matt Ryan as master of the occult John Constantine.

Finally, the highly touted drama “State of Affairs” will begin Monday, Nov. 17 (10-11 p.m.). In the series, Katherine Heigl plays a CIA analyst who, faced with constant moral and political judgment calls, prioritizes the President’s Daily Briefing.

As a reminder, “The Blacklist” will return to NBC’s primetime lineup with a two-part episode beginning Sunday, Feb. 1 immediately following the Super Bowl. Part two will air Thursday, Feb. 5 (9-10 p.m.) in its regular midseason timeslot.

NBC’s fall premiere schedule follows: [Read more...]