What perfect timing for Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar win! The newly minted Best Director will see his next project, NBC’s sci-fi drama Believe, premiere just over a week after the Academy Awards were held. And in the video below, featuring the first two minutes of the pilot that Cuaron co-wrote and directed, NBC is not shy in hyping the talent behind the camera:
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NBC’s Constantine centers around John Constantine, a supernatural detective who finds himself having to defend the world against dark forces. The hour-long drama is based on characters from DC Comics and stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine. And now, the show has completed its series regular casting by adding three more name to the call sheet.
Sons of Anarchy‘s Harold Perrineau has joined the cast as Manny, “an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine.” Manny is described as having the ability to “step into other people’s bodies.” His role is mainly to observe, but he is known to take action if it means saving a life.
Next up, True Blood‘s Lucy Griffiths has also joined the cast. Griffiths will play Liv, “an offbeat young lady who finds herself teamed up with Constantine after she’s marked for death by a powerful demon.” Liv’s ability to see the supernatural among the human makes her a hot commodity in the war against evil.
Finally, True Detective‘s Charles Halford will play Chas, “Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion.” Chas is known for his survival skills, which might not be human after all.
Bonnie Bedelia has a message for those Die Hard producers: Dudes, youz ageist!
On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the Parenthood star who plays matriarch Camille Braverman talks about why we’ll probably never see her reprise her iconic role as Holly McClane in the Die Hard series. She also talks about Camille’s meaty story arc this season — her best one yet.
Also on tonight’s show: Mark Green promotes his latest talk show that airs on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, and Jeff “Doc” Jensen shares his feelings about NBC’s decision to bring back Heroes. (Hint: he’s kinda sorta optimistic).
Here’s a bit from my talk with Bonnie:
Inside TV airs at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.
Lauer: You’re out. Vieira: You’re in.
The former Today anchor will make history Friday as the first solo woman ever to anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage. She’ll be succeeding Matt Lauer, who first stepped in for ailing colleague Bob Costas earlier this week. (NBC says that though Costas’s eye infection has improved, he’s still “not quite ready to do the show.”)
“It’s so funny — I woke up this morning and I was feeling fine. And now my eyes are killing me,” Vieira joked on NBC’s morning show Friday. “I watched you guys [Lauer and Al Roker] attempt the luge. I think I’m going blind. And I’m really worried because I have to go prime time tonight.”
Seth Meyers has just tweeted the first photo of his upcoming talk show’s 8G Band, a.k.a. the Roots to his Jimmy Fallon. Spy any familiar faces?
That’s right — Meyers’ old SNL pal Fred Armisen, an accomplished musician who began his showbiz career as a drummer for a punk group (and, uh, the Blue Man Group), will serve as the frontman for Meyers’ Late Night band. Meyers says Armisen will both “curate and lead” 8G, even when the quirky comedian is busy with his own IFC comedy series, Portlandia:
Jay Leno was 'blindsided' by Conan replacement, but thinks Fallon on 'Tonight' makes 'perfect sense' -- VIDEO
How did Jay Leno really feel in 2009, when NBC revealed its master plan to hand The Tonight Show over to Conan O’Brien? The comedian doesn’t mince words in an upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, telling Steve Kroft that the decision took him completely by surprise. “I was blindsided,” he says, according to CBS News.
And though Leno adds that he never asked his corporate overlords to explain their reasoning, hearing he was being replaced felt like being rejected by his girlfriend: “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?”
This time around, though, Leno seems much more at peace with the network’s machinations — even though, as the host notes in the clip below, he “probably would have stayed [on Tonight] a little longer” if he had his druthers.
That said, Leno adds, “it’s not my decision” — and he believes that bringing in “an extremely qualified young guy” like Jimmy Fallon, whom Leno likens to “a young Johnny [Carson],” makes “perfect sense.” So maybe this isn’t a happy ending for Leno — but at least it’s one he can understand.
On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic‘s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL‘s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman,” she wrote.
Less than a month later, a rep from Saturday Night Live invited Coddett to audition for the show.
“I didn’t know anything about the audition until I got there,” she told EW in an interview Wednesday. “Going into it, I was like ‘Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if there were only black women here?’ And that’s what it was.”
Is there room on the high seas for two elaborate pirate shows? We’ll find out this spring, when NBC premieres the swashbuckling series Crossbones — months after Starz brings its own salty tale, Black Sails to the small screen. There are, however, plenty of differences between the two programs… and not just because one’s on pay cable (read: nudity!) and the other isn’t.
To wit: While both shows are set in the same year (1715) and place (the pirate paradise of New Providence, an island in the Bahamas), Black Sails is a gritty prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Crossbones, by contrast, is a fact-based drama that focuses on one of the world’s most notorious real-life pirates: Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard (played by John Malkovich. Yes, that John Malkovich). The action begins when the British government has assassin Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle of Covert Affairs) go undercover to bring Blackbeard down. But like many a clandestine agent, Lowe soon finds himself being drawn deeper and deeper into Teach’s world — and even becoming sympathetic to the scoundrel’s political ideals.
Want to know even more? Check out our Q&A with Oscar-nominated producer Walter F. Parkes, who’s executive producing Crossbones alongside Laurie MacDonald, his wife and business partner, and series creator Neil Cross, whom you may know as the mastermind behind the BBC’s Luther. READ FULL STORY
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