The "gritty cop drama" follows the personal and professional lives of six first-year cops in the NYPD, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Goldberg will play Lazarus on the Robert De Niro-produced show. He joins Leelee Sobieski, who was cast on the series last week. Goldberg played a detective in the short-lived ABC show 'The Unusuals.'
In other TV news ...
• 'Nikita' isn't a sure bet to return for a second season, but star Melinda Clarke is optimistic. "From what I hear, the buzz is that we'll be fortunate enough to have another season," she said. [EW]
• Fox has renewed 'American Dad' for a seventh season. The series will now stay on the air until 2013. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Hallmark is hopping on the royal wedding bandwagon with a new movie. Hallmark's 'William & Kate: A Royal Love Story' will premiere Aug. 13. Lifetime is already well underway with its TV movie take on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton; it will debut on April 18. [Deadline Hollywood]
Goldberg cracked a joke as well, saying that his girlfriend's drawing of the intruder "bore a striking resemblance" to 'The Social Network's' Andrew Garfield. The actor showed the picture before Craig Ferguson cut to commercial.
During the break, Goldberg recounted some details of the incident. Ferguson's lighthearted demeanor had vanished once the interview picked back up. "That was terrifying! I'm so sorry that I mocked," he said.
So he rolled with it: "He doesn't know he's a magician -- that's the wonder of magic," Ferguson whispered, then began to laugh. Try as he might, he just couldn't compose himself.
Meanwhile, Goldberg just sauntered onto the stage behind him and sat down. The actor/musician/magician went along with it, too, showing the host a (really bad) magic trick with his keys. We suggest he stick to drama and music.
"You have a girlfriend?" asked the host, surprised when Goldberg mentioned her. "I don't ask, I don't tell. Until that's repealed, my lips are sealed," joked the actor.
"So you have a boyfriend?" countered Ferguson. Responded Goldberg, "Yeah, I'm gay ... and I'm straight. I'm bi, I'm tri, man."
It only gets more bizarre from there.
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.
Remember when The Unusuals premiered? At first it looked like one of those shows that didn't get gangbuster ratings or critical acclaim, but you sensed that it would be a show ABC would get behind and renew for a second season. Well, that renewal went to Castle. But a lot of people are really going to miss this show.
What did you think of the series finale?
The news won't come officially until ABC's upfront later tomorrow, but creator Noah Hawley says on his Twitter page that the show will not be back next season, and that the final four episodes will start airing on May 27.
Fox Mulder's apartment number was 42, if I remember correctly ...
So, are you into The Unusuals? Or are you avoiding this show because you're still ticked that ABC canceled Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, and/or Life on Mars? Discuss last night's bonus episode or the show, in general, starting ... now! (Note: there's another new episode tonight in its regular time slot.)
Harold Perrineau is worried. He's worried that viewers won't give his new show, The Unusuals, a chance. He has a valid concern: The Unusuals, which just premiered, is on Wednesday nights at 10, on ABC; otherwise known as the post-Lost timeslot (of doom).
ABC is showing faith in The Unusuals. After all, it's not stuck in the Friday night graveyard or anything. The post-Lost slot is tricky though; shows generally don't do well there. It could be that the minds of everybody who watches Lost are so blown, they can't even stick around for another hour of television. Whatever it is, the quirky cop show Life On Mars recently died a sad death there. Will this quirky cop show do better? Harold Perrineau certainly hopes so.
Warning: Spoilers ahead. We talk about plot points in the recently aired pilot, some spoilers for upcoming episodes, as well as the fate of Michael, Perrineau's character on Lost.
(S01E01) ABC's quirky new crime procedural is not the brilliant blend of drama and absurd comedy the network might want it to be, but it does have a few good things going for it. First, there's the great cast. It's hard to pick a favorite among these talented TV vets, but series star Amber Tamblyn is genuine and beleiveable as Casey Shraeger, a detective working to weed out corruption in a kooky NYPD homicide unit, one of her first grown-up roles. Jeremy Renner, adding some Nathan Fillion-esque goofiness to his all-around good guy persona, is a good fit for Detective Jason Walsh, Tamblyn's possibly duplicitous partner.
I'm convinced that Lost's Harold Perrineau can do almost anything, even turn a one-note character like Detective Leo Banks, who's obsessed with the idea that he'll die at the age of 42, into something special. Perrineau didn't exactly get the best material here, but he and partner Adam Goldberg, playing a nervous depressive who is actually dying, managed to elevate their short scenes together.
Why, might you ask? After all, most of my posts are about the reality television genre. But I'm a cop show buff at heart. I expect a lot out of my cop shows. Some I watch just because -- you know, the Law and Order franchise kind of dealings. Some I watch for the amazing storytelling. The Wire comes to mind as not just a cop show, but stellar storytelling. I don't expect either the straight crime drama, nor the intensity of The Wire.
1. Amber Tamblyn. I've loved her since she played Emily on General Hospital, and she has that something-different quality that will surely rocket her to super-stardom ... in an indie-film sort of way. She broke into the mainstream consciousness with Joan of Arcadia, the talk-to-God series that ran from 2003 to 2005. I was so disappointed when Tamblyn's I-see-dead-people series Babylon Fields wasn't picked up last year, but The Unusuals sounds even better.
2. Harold Perrineau. We know him as Michael on Lost, and the actor was disappointed that his character wouldn't have a happy ending with son Walt. But he's on to bigger and better things with his role in The Unusuals. It was also announced today that he's joining the cast of (and exec producing) the feature film The Killing Jar, an indie thriller also starring Michael Madsen and Danny Trejo. It was time for Perrineau to leave the island.
Lack of casting aside, I thought that team Medium delivered another winner tonight. They continued the trend of getting great guest stars as well. Adam Goldberg was terrific as Bruce. I'd put him just behind Mark Sheppard as my second favorite of the season. But then, "Blood Relations" remains my favorite episode of this go round. They kicked things off on just the right note with the strange DREAD opening. That, combined with Allison's cryptic dream really set the mood for what was to come.
The networks have added a few new faces to their pilots, because, well, otherwise the shows would just be shot after shot of empty sets, and that's not very exciting. Here's what's goin' on:
Jeffery Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development) has joined the cast of the CBS comedy The Captain. The series stars Fran Kranz as a writer who moves into an apartment building where Tambor, a retired TV writer, also lives.
Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (which is actually a much funnier movie than it has any right to be) will star in The Call, a comedy from ABC about a group of paramedics in Los Angeles.
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