Walking Dead comic writer — and Walking Dead TV show executive producer – Robert Kirkman will participate in a string of panels and signing events during this year’s New York Comic-Con, which runs at the Javits Center, October 11-14.
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Every new TV show is a gamble. That’s especially true in the crowded fall season, when the networks roll out an array of new shows. Many of them won’t make it to a second season – and even if they do, it takes years for a TV show to turn a profit. There are ways to mitigate the risk, of course. You cast a recognizable actor. You work with a successful producer – look, there’s Ryan Murphy doing his Ryan Murphy thing with The New Normal! And even in the modern era of DVR and downloading, a good timeslot is still essential. A solid concept also helps – especially if you’re a procedural on CBS, or a female-skewing soap on ABC.
Risk is hardly a bad thing. Some of the biggest crowd pleasers in network history were shows that were eccentric, unique, and overly complicated. Lost was an expensive sci-fi show with an unknown cast headlined by the guy from Party of Five, produced by J.J. Abrams in the days when his brand of serialization was critically acclaimed but commercially unproven. CSI was a crime thriller focused on the geeks in the lab created by then-newcomer Anthony Zuiker, slotted halfheartedly into the schedule on Friday at 9:00. And Glee was a prime-time musical, a genre that was widely considered ratings kryptonite. Notice how nobody ever mentions Cop Rock anymore? (Just for fun, we ran a retroactive Risk Factor on those previous risks-turned-megahit shows. Click here to check it out.)
To kick off this fall TV seasion, we’ve determined the Risk Factor of all 21 new network offerings. We assessed each project by five criteria — The Pitch (how it fits in within the network’s typical framework), The Stars (who leads the cast), The Team (the creators and showrunners behind the project), The Time (where it falls on the schedule) and Ken’s Risk Rating (EW critic Ken Tucker’s assessment of the quality of each show’s pilot — a determination of high quality translates to a low risk factor rating and vice versa). We assigned a rating of 1 to 5 in each category — with 1 being the least risky and 5 being the most risky. (Click here for an expanded explanation of our terms.) Check out how each new show rates on our scale, below!
'Revolution': J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau on why a future without power is 'wish-fulfillment,' not apocalypse now
Ask J.J. Abrams to describe his new television series Revolution and the super-producer behind Alias, Lost and Person of Interest will tell you that the epic drama is a prime time Lord of The Rings. “A quest story,” he says, “set in a world as medieval as it is modern.” He’ll tell you that the sci-fi tinged fantasy — created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and exec produced by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau (who directed the pilot) — is “Star Wars-ian” in nature, with reluctant heroes poured from the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo molds, struggling and scrapping toward the new hope of a better tomorrow. In fact, he’ll tell you that this high-concept drama – set 15 years after a mysterious planetary event caused all forms of electrical energy clicked off, perhaps permanently – has many things in common with many other memorable stories past and present, including Game of Thrones, yet aspires to be unique — “a hyper-real fantasy world you’ve never seen before.”
Lost fans, Juliet Burke is back. Or at least a J.J. Abrams-Elizabeth Mitchell collaboration is on the air again.
Mitchell has reunited with the Lost mastermind for Revolution, an NBC event series that Abrams is executive producing. The show, which comes from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, takes place 15 years after all sources of electrical power have ceased working — no light bulbs, no batteries, no cars, none of that. Mitchell plays Rachel Matheson, the mother of the family at the heart of Revolution. In the 15-years-post-blackout time when most of the show takes place, (SPOILER ALERT!) Rachel is dead — or at least her family thinks she is — but the actress will appear in several episodes during scenes that flash back to the first days of the blackout.
Mitchell took on the role this summer, replacing Rescue Me actress Andrea Roth who was in the original pilot. Ahead of Monday’s on-air premiere of Revolution (it was released online last week, so watch it here), EW talked with Mitchell about starting a new show via reshoots, working with costars like Tim Guinee and how the show has gotten her thinking about her chances in a post-apocalyptic world.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you sign up for another J.J. Abrams-produced, high-concept show, is there a point when you think, “What have I gotten myself into?”
ELIZABETH MITCHELL: Oh, sure. I do that all the time on every project though. I had watched the pilot with Andrea in it, and I thought that it was extraordinary, so when Eric called me, I was really excited. I was like, “Everybody’s okay? Everything’s good? It’s just a different direction? Yes? Okay, awesome.” READ FULL STORY
WARNING: If you haven’t watched the season premiere of Glee, the info below will spoil some major plot points.
Now that you’ve presumably seen the season premiere of Glee, you now know that all those warnings about big changes this year were not to be taken lightly. You also got a better idea of what co-creator Brad Falchuk meant when he said they were going to “challenge every relationship” this season.
So what comes next for everyone? Will Brody make a move on Rachel? Will Mike and Tina ever rekindle their romance? Where are some of our old faves? Read on for some answers. READ FULL STORY
The third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (finally!) premieres on Sunday and we’ve got some clips to whet your appetite. In the opener, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) and Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) make some unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, and Gyp’s (Bobby Cannavale) mission to take control of the Boardwalk is most ambitious of all — especially now that Jimmy (Michael Pitt) is out of the picture.
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Vampire Diaries fans have already heard that season 4 may very well end with Elena (Nina Dobrev) graduating from high school. But here’s why: “Paul Wesley looked at me this year, and he’s like, ‘I don’t have to go back to high school, do I?’” exec producer Julie Plec tells EW with a laugh. “I said, ‘Yeah, you do. You’re in high school.’ He goes, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ I’m like, ‘You’re in high school. If you don’t go to high school, what’s the point?’ ‘I look so ridiculous. We all look so ridiculous. We’re 100 years old, we shouldn’t be in high school.’ I said, ‘Well, there’s one more year to go, so suck it up.’” READ FULL STORY
For our Fall TV Preview issue, we spoke with the cast of ABC’s new drama Nashville about the question that’s on everyone’s minds: Can Connie Britton really sing?
When ABC first started casting for the show, its creator, Callie Khouri, knew she wanted Britton for the role of country superstar Rayna Jaymes, even before she knew whether or not Britton could carry a tune. “I said, if we can’t get Connie Britton, let’s just not do the show,” Khouri tells EW. “Everybody thought I was nuts!” But Khouri held out for her first choice. “She’s a woman that other women really relate to,” she explains, “and I felt that was exactly the right way to go with this character.”
There was only one problem: Britton’s real voice would be used on the show. And that made the actress very nervous. “I grew up singing,” Britton reveals. “My mother was a music teacher and I trained for [musicals] in drama school. But when I started pounding the pavement in New York, I realized that people there have these majestic voices. I’m a perfectionist, so I let that go by the wayside.”
When Glee‘s third season finale aired in May, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was plenty popular — but it hadn’t yet taken over the world. That all changed this summer, when the Canadian import’s hit single became the season’s inescapable anthem. Unfortunately, Fox’s musical series would have to wait until its return to put its own spin on the ubiquitous song. And, happily, the wait is now over.
The network recently posted the Glee gangs full performance of “Call Me Maybe,” a fairly stripped-down affair that takes place in McKinley High’s auditorium. Why is Artie the only person in the audience, thoughtfully watching Brittany, Blaine, Tina, and New Directions newcomer Wade (Glee Project runner-up Alex Newell) perform this infectious song? Where did that full string orchestra come from? How many girls will faint when they hear Darren Criss croon that he’d “trade [his] soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss”? We’ll have to wait for the premiere to find out; in the meantime, here’s the clip.
Everything has changed in Storybrooke when the second season of Once Upon a Time begins.
The line between reality and fairytale was eliminated in the season finale after the curse was broken, and when we pick up with all our favorites, it looks like they’re all still getting used to their new, fully-aware psyches. “So what do we do now?” says Ruby. And that’s the big question.
On top of all that, as the new promo touts, “there is no telling what will be unleashed” as a result of all the changes in the town. (Belle certainly has some concerns. “Promise me you won’t give into your hate,” she begs of Rumple at one point.)
Get a glimpse at what else awaits us on Sept. 30 when the show returns by playing the video below! READ FULL STORY
While we won’t meet Joel McHale’s con man Warren (no last name) in Sons of Anarchy‘s Sept. 11 season 5 premiere (he first appears in episode six), you can watch him in action now in the latest installment of “Before the Anarchy” embedded below. We see him in makeup (there will be blood), and he talks about his chance to shoot guns and possibly a nude scene. (We hope/assume he isn’t joking about that.) READ FULL STORY
The first promo for Supernatural‘s new season left a slight Walking Dead taste in my mouth. That’s a good thing. Nay, a great thing.
As you’ll recall, Dean went poof at the end of last season and found himself stuck in Purgatory. This season finds the boys reuniting (d’awww!) and but the season will flashback to their year apart. And while we know that Sam spent his year getting to know a new lady friend, Dean’s time away was slightly more terrifying. (That zombie-style snarl from the monster attacking Dean? AWESOME.)
In the present day, as we learn from the first look, they are on a quest to close the gates of hell…forever. But don’t take that as a signal of the end of the show. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. New showrunner Jeremy Carver told EW earlier this summer that the boys’ quest this season would find them on a journey to obtain a “power source” (which we can now assume is this new tableau) that could set the show up for a bright future. “It’s something that will hopefully uncork knowledge about our Supernatural universe in this season and beyond,” he told EW. “We’re setting up things not just for this year but beyond.”
Check out the new promo below! READ FULL STORY
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