There are two groups of people who get really excited about pilot season: L.A. actors hoping for a break and television writers. Being a member of the latter category, I admit to a tingly feeling creeping over me as word of the shows in development at all the big networks are starting to leak out. While most people are attributing feelings of renewal to the change in the weather, I'm happily anticipating what J.J. Abrams has in store for us this fall.
There's action as well as comedy apparently, with Slater playing the leader of a group called Titan Team, a bunch of young, brilliant security experts. He's ex-military and a maverick. Writer/actor Trevor Moore from 'The Whitest Kids U'Know' is also in the pilot. He's the Don Juan and reconnaissance expert.
At least, that seems to be Christian Slater's motto, as the 'Heathers' and 'True Romance' star has signed on for his third TV show in as many years.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Slater will play the lead in an untitled Fox comedy pilot that revolves around the Titan Team, a group of super-smart twentysomethings who break into complex security systems.
Last night, it was a happy reunion between a soldier and his family, and Christian Slater was on hand to share in the joy. He's got plenty of time on his hands, since none of his TV shows seem to be working out.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has cast the actress as the lead in its comedy pilot, 'Happy Endings.'
The sitcom, written by David Caspe, centers on a couple who break up at the altar. Though not together anymore, the former bride and groom still want to share their four best friends, which creates a complicated social circle.
Rather than letting Christian Slater's new crime procedural run its course, the network plans to pull the March 23 episode, originally designated as the show's first season finale, and has dubbed next week's episode the season (and probably series) ender instead, the Live Feed reports.
This follows the Alphabet's earlier decision to replace the March 16 ep with a 'FlashForward' clip show (ouch).
Looks like Elisha Cuthbert doesn't plan on spending too much time as Kim Bauer on '24,' because she's joined The Forgotten Network. All she has to do is "show up," so how hard can that be?
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On 'The Forgotten,' Cuthbert's Maxine Denver joins a team led by Slater of non-professionals who help law enforcement identify Jane and John Does. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series, which premiered in the fall, marks a new television venture for Cuthbert, who's best known as Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer on Fox's '24,' and for the movies 'Old School,' and 'Love Actually.'
We chatted with Slater and Cuthbert about the similarities between 'Quiet Man' and 'The Forgotten' -- besides the dead bodies -- and about how 'The Forgotten' has started to solve real-life John and Jane Doe mysteries.
(S01E15) Why has this season of 'The Office' been so off-kilter? There have been promising episodes but very few that hit the mark. In fact, the only episode that can hold its own with classic 'Office' episodes is the Pam-Jim wedding, and I'm starting to fear that the show really is trying to figure out where to go from that high point.
And Jam may be the big problem here. They're not interesting anymore. But I'll get to them later.
So Dunder Mifflin is now owned by a company called Sabre. We don't quite know what they're all about except that they sell printers and they have a feisty CEO played by Kathy Bates. And in exchange for saving the branch's ass, they've asked for a few very reasonable changes. You'd think that even Michael Scott would embrace those changes. You'd be wrong.
"I was working from the time I was nine years old. So, school was not very important to me; it wasn't a great priority," Slater said. "And then, when I had kids, I want them to obviously get a full education ... I didn't want to lose the argument. So, I figured the best thing to do is to go and at least take some action, get the GED."
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Cuthbert first appeared on the scene with mini roles in 2003's 'Old School' and 'Love Actually.' She then worked on other film and television projects, including appearing as a judge on the Canadian version of 'Project Runway.' In 2010, she'll breathe life into the animated cat Cleo, a cartoon kitty with wealthy feline parents, in Imagi Entertainment's 'Cat Tale,' along side Jerry O'Connell and Billy Idol.
Slater is back starring in a new series, The Forgotten, produced by CSI head honcho Jerry Bruckheimer. The ABC procedural follows a team of amateur detectives who work murder cases involving unidentified victims, or John and Jane Does. Slater plays former cop Alex Donovan, whose search for his missing daughter inspires him in the field.
I got the chance to talk with Slater about The Forgotten, his new career in TV, and what one of his most famous big screen characters would think about his latest role.
In the film Winona Ryder's character Veronica goes from being a "Heather," the popular clique in the school, to systematically murdering them and making their deaths look like suicides. Suddenly, suicide becomes the "in" thing. And all of this because she was tricked into doing so by the new "bad boy" in town.
Ultimately standing up to him, Veronica does the right thing in the theatrical ending, but there's lots of death, suicide attempts and darkness along the way. I'm not sure how well that translates to TV, though Buffy the Vampire Slayer had lots of death and darkness in a high school and it did okay. There's a way to do a very serious story about the emotional turmoil and cruelty of high school, but it's a tightrope that has to be walked very carefully.
Movie actors are a unique bunch of characters in Hollywood. Adept at script memorization, method acting, and being snobby little princesses (the males included), they are somewhat limited in their performance venues. They can switch pretty easily and thrive in theater productions because most of them began their acting lives on the stage in front of adoring audiences. Decades ago they could also do radio pretty easily; most likely because they could read right from the script and no one listening would know any different.
Television? Well, that's a whole different loaf a bread! For some reason, big-named movie stars with their Oscars and Golden Globes just tank when they decide to jump to the small screen. Their failures could be due to the show they've decided to star in, who they play on the show, or the fact that they are catering to a different audience than film-goers. Whatever the reason, some of Hollywood's most famous film stars had some famously big television flops. Here are but a few of them to digest.
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