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Spring TV: Which Pilots Will Crash and Burn?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 23rd 2010 5:32PM


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.

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Christian Slater's Latest Will Be a Fox Pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 22nd 2010 11:00AM
christian_slater_muscle_tee_shirtNobody can accuse Christian Slater of not trying to get himself into a hit TV series. First there was 'My Own Worst Enemy,' then this year's 'The Forgotten.' Two swings, two misses. Will the third strike rule apply if his next project fails to make the cut? Whatever the outcome, you gotta give the guy credit for trying. Today, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Christian Slater's been cast in an Adam Goldberg comedy pilot for Fox.

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.

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Christian Slater Joins Fox Comedy Pilot

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 22nd 2010 9:30AM
If at first you don't succeed with your plans to parlay a big-screen career into TV stardom, try, try again.

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.

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Christian Slater Helps Build a Home on 'Extreme Makeover' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 3:02AM
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC) never fails to make us weep. Thank goodness, they're usually tears of joy.

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.

Watch the video after the jump.

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ABC Plans 'Happy Endings' for Elisha Cuthbert

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 11th 2010 12:00PM
Elisha CuthbertThough her recent venture with ABC, 'The Forgotten,' was short-lived, Elisha Cuthbert is trying again with the network.

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.

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ABC Forgets 'The Forgotten'

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 3rd 2010 11:45AM
the forgottenFor those of you finding ABC's freshman drama 'The Forgotten' less than memorable, ABC seems to share your opinion.

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).

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Elisha Cuthbert Joins Christian Slater on 'The Forgotten' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 10th 2010 3:12AM
<a href='My Own Worst Enemy' didn't fare so well with viewers, but maybe Christian Slater will have better luck with 'The Forgotten' (Tues., 10PM ET on ABC). He stars as Alex Donovan, an ex-cop who takes on cases after they hit a dead end with the police.

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?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Elisha Cuthbert and Christian Slater on Finding 'The Forgotten'

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 8th 2010 4:30PM
Come Tue., Feb. 9, Elisha Cuthbert, who's had some memorable scenes in her career, is joining Christian Slater on the ABC mystery drama 'The Forgotten' in a recurring role. It's not the first time the two have worked together -- they paired on the big screen in the 2007 dark comedy 'He Was a Quiet Man,' in which she played a quadriplegic and Slater an office drone with homicidal fantasies.

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.

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Review: 'The Office' - 'Sabre'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:30AM
The Office: Sabre
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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.

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Christian Slater Goes Back to School and Gets GED (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 5th 2010 11:52AM
Christian Slater, star of ABC's 'The Forgotten,' appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' and discussed his decision to go back to school and get his GED as a way to show his children the importance of a good education.

"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."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Elisha Cuthbert Joins 'The Forgotten'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 8th 2009 11:00AM
Elisha Cuthbert, famous for her role as Jack Bauer's daughter (Kiefer Sutherland) on '24,' will be appearing in a six-episode arc on ABC's drama 'The Forgotten.' The Hollywood Reporter says that Cuthbert will take on the role of Maxine Denver, a Chicago professional who is forced to put aside her skepticism when the Forgotten Network helps solve a case.

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.

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Christian Slater talks about The Forgotten, life at 40, and his love of TV

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 6th 2009 11:00AM
Christian Slater The Forgotten interviewStealing scenes on the small screen is nothing new for Christian Slater. The actor, known for films like Heathers, True Romance and Pump up the Volume, has made memorable guest appearances on shows like Alias, The West Wing and My Name is Earl. His first shot at his own series, the NBC spy thriller My Own Worst Enemy, struggled to find an audience, leading the network to cancel it halfway through the first season.

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.

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It looks like those Heathers are headed to television

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 27th 2009 2:04PM
HeathersMaybe it's because I was a teenager when it came out, but Heathers still stands as one of those few movies that I really remember and connected with. I'm kind of on the fence with this news that Fox and Sony are developing Heathers for television, though.

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.

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Hilary Duff Joins 'Gossip Girl' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 2nd 2009 12:00PM
Hilary Duff and Paula Abdul

Hilary Duff books a multi-episode role on 'Gossip Girl,' Paula Abdul gets in touch with her inner 'Diva,' Wentworth Miller returns to the small screen and more TV news.

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Thirteen big name movie stars who couldn't cut it on television - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 2nd 2009 10:02AM

Faye Dunaway in a CBS sitcom? No, it's not an alternate universe. It actually happened.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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