NCIS Sneak Peek: Dirt Mob

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NCIS Special Agent Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) must have led an epic life while he was undercover. He loved and lost. He charmed his way through a drug lord’s empire and fooled a lot of people along the way. He flirted and danced the night away.

And, evidently, he raced dirt bikes.

Tonight, a little more of that past catches up with Torres when his connection to a bank-robbing, dirt bike riding gang intersects with the death of a Marine.

When Corporal Kyle Campbell is found face down in the mud, purportedly discovered by a hitchhiker, the corporal is determined to have been moved after his demise.

When Torres arrives on scene, he thinks that dirt bike tracks near the body may be linked to bank robberies and to a dirt bike gang that he joined while he was working undercover.

As Torres scours his contacts and notes from the case, will he find a connection to Campbell, a cargo clerk stationed onboard the USS Saipan out of Norfolk?

Or will the gang find a revealing connection to Torres?

The exploding dirt bike in his garage seems to indicate that someone has connected his real life to his undercover persona. How is he going to explain that to Gibbs (Mark Harmon)?

NCIS also stars Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Jennifer Esposito, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham, Duane Henry, Rocky Carroll and David McCallum.

Tonight’s episode, “One Book, Two Covers,” was written by David J. North and directed by Terrence O’Hara.

NCIS airs tonight (April 18) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

Miguel Ferrer: A Voice, Quieted

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It’s too quiet on the entertainment landscape. One of the fabulous voices of our industry was silenced Thursday following a bout with throat cancer. It’s especially sad because that horrible disease could affect the basso profondo of a man with a beautiful voice, Miguel Ferrer.

Many of you who read my column know that I had great admiration and respect for Miguel. I had the honor of working with him several times, and unlike his often gruff, imposing characters, I always found him to be charming, thoughtful and very funny. And talented. Very talented.

I was thrilled when his latest series, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, gave Miguel a chance to show off his softer side in an episode titled, “Granger, O.,” (above with TV daughter Malese Jow). For the episode preview, I listed some things I had learned about Miguel over the years.

His credits spanned across platforms with roles in features (ROBOCOP. IRON MAN 3), animation (JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER, MULAN), television (CROSSING JORDAN, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, TWIN PEAKS) and games (MULAN ANIMATED STORYBOOK).

An accomplished drummer and fellow Batman fan, Ferrer, 61, is being praised by many who worked with him in his dozens of films and TV shows over the years.

R. Scott Gemmill, showrunner of NCIS: LOS ANGELES issued a statement, “Today, NCIS: LOS ANGELES lost a beloved family member. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”

Indeed, he will.

ARROW Geek Peek: Clash Of The Titans

Season 5 of ARROW premieres tonight, and Oliver Queen is in over his head. There will be big changes in the upcoming weeks to please comic book fans and TV viewers alike. Here are some of the highlights of the premiere and what is coming down the pipeline.

Last season, it looked like Green Arrow had dispatched Damien Dahrk and avenged Laurel’s death, but Dahrk is not gone. He will be joining Black Siren (Katie Cassidy back as her Earth-2 doppelganger), Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer (John Barrowman), Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) in the Legion of Doom that terrorizes the Arrowverse later this season.

But before the Legion arrives in town, Green Arrow must face this season’s Big Bad, Prometheus. This Prometheus is not the one from the graphic novels, nor the Titan from Greek mythology. He is a new character created specifically for ARROW. Are we in for a surprise as to who Prometheus might be?

The future of this onslaught of evil begins with tonight’s episode, “Legacy,” with Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman). Church brings his own special brand of chaos to the city, and Oliver is spread thin between his vigilante and mayoral responsibilities.

To that end, Team Arrow will be forced to add new members this season, despite Ollie’s reticence to do so.

Though inexperienced, new recruits Rene Ramirez aka “Wild Dog” and D.A. Adrian Chase aka “Vigilante” (new cast members Rick Gonzalez and Josh Segaro, respectively) will join the team, and expect Wild Dog to live up to his codename. (Madison McLaughlin returns next week as Canary wannabe, Evelyn Sharp, newly-minted as “Artemis.”)

Also watch for Curtis to get out of the bunker and evolve into his alter-ego, “Mister Terrific” as the season progresses. Tyler Ritter will be on the canvas as SCPD Detective Malone. Joe Dinicol will recur as Rory Regan as the vigilante, Ragman, and former WWE star Cody Rhodes also is on the slate.

For non-comic book readers, artwork from DC Comics leads the above slideshow showing, in order, Mister Terrific, Wild Dog, Vigilante and Ragman. The fifth image is not the Greek goddess Artemis, but the DC version of Artemis from YOUNG JUSTICE who was in love with Wally West/Kid Flash (crossover, anyone?)

As the newbies are introduced to the team, Oliver’s high standards are likely to make them wonder if crimefighting is their best career choice, especially when Ollie puts killing back on the table as an option.

Flashbacks this season (reportedly the last season for flashbacks) find Oliver in Russia, keeping his promise to Tatiana. He becomes involved with an organization called the Bratva and runs into ROCKY IV’s Dolph Lundgren and old buddy/enemy Anatoly Knyazev (guest star David Nykl).

Look for another big change that could affect Star City. The Flashpoint reset on THE FLASH has the potential to spill throughout the Arrowverse.

At least one character from the past is rumored to reappear with speculation ranging from Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) to Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell who currently is on CHICAGO MED) to The Huntress (Jessica de Gouw). Stay tuned to see how Barry’s time-tripping will affect ARROW, THE FLASH, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and CW new transplant, SUPERGIRL. Also look for the possibility of a new man in Felicity’s life.

Guest starring on tonight’s are Kory Grim, Jay Hindle, Aaron Pearl, Nisreen Slim and Ryan S Williams. James Bamford directed “Legacy” with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.

Check out these fun clips with David Ramsey’s take on the new season, comic book fan, Echo Kellum’s thoughts and a fun photo shoot.

ARROW airs tonight (October 5) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Season 8 Premiere Sneak Peeks: Explosive

There has been a whirlwind of changes and baby news for NCIS: LOS ANGELES over the summer.

Showrunner Shane Brennan is transitioning to develop new projects for CBS while maintaining his role as Executive Producer. R. Scott Gemmill, Executive Producer/Writer, is taking over Brennan’s showrunner duties and bringing years of his experience with NCIS: LOS ANGELES, as well as ER, JAG and THE UNIT.

Kensi Blye portrayer, Daniela Ruah and husband, David Olsen, welcomed a baby girl, Sierra Esther Ruah Olsen, on September 4.

The cast and crew used inventive techniques to shoot around her burgeoning baby bump while shooting over the summer. The actress currently is on maternity leave, but has confirmed that despite the pregnancy, Kensi will not be absent from the scene.

Not to be outdone by his real-life sister-in-law, Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks) and wife, actress Sarah Wright, had a 10-pound-12-oz baby girl, Esmé Olivia, on August 9. (Ruah is married to Olsen’s brother, Eric’s stunt double on the show.)

On screen, Kensi and Deeks reportedly will get engaged this season, and there is a rumor that a character may be killed off or leave the team sometime this year.

Season 9 has an explosive beginning tonight with a 2-hour event at a special time after 60 MINUTES in most timezones, around 8:30pm, depending upon how football earlier in the day affects the start time. (Be sure to set your DVR for overrun if you are not on the West Coast.)

Part one of tonight’s event, “High-Value Target,” sets up the arrival of Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan (guest star Jackson Hurst) who is sent in by Washington to take the lead because Hetty (Linda Hunt) and Granger (Miguel Ferrer) have been unsuccessful in finding the mole in the NCIS: LOS ANGELES organization.

Whether Duggan can be trusted or has a part in the rumored demise/injury/departure of a team member remains to be seen. Both Hetty and Granger have been reported as possibly facing uncertain futures, but whether that simply is a threat to their current positions or something more life-threatening is not yet know.

The team spreads out in its pursuit of evidence, and some of that evidence leads to Syria, where one team member is severely injured when the mission goes off course.

Part two of tonight’s Season 8 premiere event concludes with “Belly of the Beast,” where Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) must formulate new plans on the fly.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES also stars Barrett Foa as Tech Operator Eric Beale and Renée Felice Smith as Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones.

Guest starring tonight are Alexander Wraith, Cherami Leigh, Harry Katzman, Bryce McBratnie, AJ Meijer, Lisa Maley, Ben Cain, Nadia Sloane and Sammy Sheik. “High Value Target” was directed by Tawnia McKiernan and “Belly of the Beast” was directed by Terrence O’Hara. Both episodes were written by Gemmill.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES airs tonight after 60 MINUTES in the East, at approximately 8:30 pm contingent upon football overtime, and at 8:00 pm on the West Coast on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

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EXTANT Scoop: Creator Mickey Fisher and Showrunner Greg Walker Talk the Mysteries of Their New Halle Berry Sci-Fi Starrer

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CBS Television has jumped into the sci-fi genre pool with another big splash. This summer CBS is debuting its new sci-fi series EXTANT starring Halle Berry. It starts off as a tale of a female astronaut returning from a 13-month solo mission in space and finding out she is pregnant. Just how is that possible? In addition, she is returning to her husband and son, though she has a hard time acclimating back into her family, especially with the unexpected news of an impossible pregnancy. To add a bit more a twist on the sci-fi angle, her son is a humanic — or rather a robot android that simulates human interaction.

EXTANT looks to explore what it means to be human, what else may be out there in the universe and whether entities alien or android can understand truly the human condition and forge genuine bonds and love.

In a recent press conference call creator and executive producer Mike Fisher and show runner and executive producer Greg Walker talked about the genesis of the show, what themes it seeks to explore and if there is life beyond this season. [Read more…]

BAD TEACHER Review: A Hilarious New Comedy Starring Ari Graynor and Ryan Hansen

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With so many stellar comedy series on television right now, it is hard to stand out in the crowd. So CBS was smart to cast Ari Graynor and Ryan Hansen as its comedic leads for its new series BAD TEACHER.

Taken from the concept of the movie that starred Cameron Diaz, BAD TEACHER looks at the life of a rich socialite, Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), as it disintegrates around her upon her divorce. Destitute and desperate for money, as well as the opportunity to meet eligible young, wealthy men, Meredith talks her way into a teaching job.

Confident that her luck must be changing, Meredith just knows that the right man with the right bank account will fall right into her lap if she just makes herself available and puts herself in his path. The “right place, right time” strategy is fairly fool-proof. Yet, interestingly, Meredith discovers that there is more to life than marrying a rich man.

Inspired by the kids around her, she finds herself a champion of the school under-dogs. Unable to just stand by and abide the bullying prevalent in the school, Meredith is soon mentoring in the art of “fake it ‘til you make it” and teaching how confidence is all you need to get exactly what you want out of life.

It is a plucky, poignant tale of a young woman inspired to be more than she ever dreamed she could be; and how that courage and can-do attitude inspires the kids to do the same. [Read more…]

We Shine the Spotlight on MOM Star Blake Garrett Rosenthal

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Very few actors in Hollywood can hold their own on screen with the likes of Allison Janney and Anna Faris, but young actor Blake Garrett Rosenthal makes it look effortless. Portraying Roscoe, the younger son of Faris’ character Christy, Blake gets all the best lines. His character Roscoe is a child beyond his years that seems to innately know that he is years ahead of his mom and even his grandmother in maturity and wisdom. Getting to play such a rich and hilarious character has been a dream for Blake, and even at his tender age, he knows how rare it is to get such a fun and remarkable opportunity.

In a recent exclusive interview, Blake talked about what he loves and appreciates working on the CBS comedy series MOM. [Read more…]

“Last Call” Preview: A Closer Look at THE GOOD WIFE Following Last Sunday’s Shocker

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The heartbreaking surprise of last week’s episode on THE GOOD WIFE was the sudden and shocking death of Will Gardner (Josh Charles). Due to the utmost secrecy of everyone involved, audiences everywhere gasped in unison and distress when Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) came across Will’s lifeless body, unattended in the hospital emergency room.

It should have been obvious that something devastating was about to happen as the gunshots rang out and the entire courthouse erupted. But as Kalinda and Diane (Christine Baranski) made their way towards the bloody courtroom, there was always a moment of hope that Will would survive, that the paramedics would reach him in time and save his life. After all, D.A. Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode) had pulled Will to safety.

But just like Kalinda and Diane, the audience was caught off guard and sat in silence as the horrifying reality set in. THE GOOD WIFE had dared to kill off one of its most beloved characters. It was small consolation as the producers and star Josh Charles all took to the internet and news shows to reassure devastated fans that it was Josh’s choice to leave the show and that his exit had been planned for nearly a year. Even harder to process and accept was learning that Josh chose to stay with the show in a directing capacity. [Read more…]

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Your Exclusive First Look at Finch’s New Job!

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Just how excited are we for the return of PERSON OF INTEREST? So much so that we’re thrilled to share this exclusive clip from next week’s episode! Ominously titled “Last Call,” the Tuesday February 25th instalment sees our intrepid team put in a perilous situation when Finch (Michael Emerson) goes undercover in an emergency call center to protect a 911 operator, that in typical POI fashion, appears to be in more trouble than it initially appears. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Reasons Why We Recommend Spying On CBS’ INTELLIGENCE

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At the recent Television Critic’s Association Winter Press Tour, CBS brought their creative team behind its new spy series INTELLIGENCE to talk about the secret to the show’s success. The following are five fun tidbits gleamed about the show. [Read more…]