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'Lost' Rivals Reunite on 'Person of Interest,' Jason Behr Returns to TV & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 14th 2011 7:10PM
Alan DaleIt's a 'Lost' reunion on CBS's 'Person of Interest.'

EW reports Alan Dale -- aka Charles Widmore, a one-time inhabitant of the Island and Ben Linus' nemesis -- will guest star as a former member of the German Stasi secret police. Look for Dale to appear in the eighth episode of the drama series.

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel star in the new action show.

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Ray Confesses His Crime to the Criminals on 'Breakout Kings' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 6:34AM
'Breakout Kings' - 'Paid in Full'Ray does not generally treat his convict charges well. He belittles them, insults them and as Erica said this week, he looks down his nose at them. Well, the 'Breakout Kings' (Sun., 10PM ET on A&E) learned that Ray isn't as above them as he might have wanted them to think.

Once the cat was out of the bag, Ray came clean about what he did to lose his badge. "I took eight grand from a bust to buy my kid a used car so she wouldn't think I was a deadbeat dad."

When the cons tried to rally around this, saying he's no better than them, Ray exploded. He said that what he did doesn't come close to equating to Sean being a gangbanger, or Erica choosing vengeance over her child, or Lloyd selling prescription drugs to college kids, one of whom OD'd and died.

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Robert Knepper Brings 'Prison Break's T-Bag to 'Breakout Kings' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 5:45AM
Robert Knepper, 'Breakout Kings'From 2005-2009, 'Prison Break' entertained audiences on the FOX network. But while it was uneven throughout its run, one thing remained consistently fascinating. The breakout character of the series was Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, played brilliantly by Robert Knepper. It would prove to be the defining role of his career, and thanks to 'Breakout Kings' (Sun., 9PM ET on A&E), he got a chance to return to the character.

The move puts the new series firmly in the same reality as 'Prison Break,' which means there is at least a remote chance of seeing some of that show's other characters.

'Kings' creators Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead were both writers and producers for 'Break' so they had a good handle on the character of Bagwell.

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Robert Knepper Talks 'Breakout Kings' and T-Bag's Big, Bad Return, Plus an EXCLUSIVE Clip

by Jane Murphy, posted Mar 16th 2011 9:00AM
Robert Knepper, 'Breakout Kings'The breakout character of Fox's 'Prison Break' run was one Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, indelibly portrayed by Robert Knepper.

According to Knepper, T-Bag was originally written as a "250 pound guy with a gold tooth." But when the wiry Knepper was cast, he gave the keenly intelligent but shady character thistle-like hair and a deep southern drawl. His lolling tongue deserved separate billing. For those missing their weekly cuppa T, the 'Bag Man' is tunneling out soon.

In A&E's new drama 'Breakout Kings' (reviewed here), Knepper will reprise his role as T-Bag (Sundays, 10PM ET on A&E, Knepper's first episode airs March 20).

Created by 'Prison Break's executive producers Nick Santora and Matt Olmsted, the premise is a winner: a trio of slippery cons (including Jimmi Simpson of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' as the eloquent nerd Lloyd) teams with a pair of U.S. Marshals (played by Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi) to catch prisoners on the lam. T-Bag is one of the first targets of the 'Kings.' Knepper says the month-long arc is a "love letter to T-Bag" and praises the "balls" it took for Santora and Olmsted to "come up with this idea of going into this next chapter."

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Review: 'Breakout Kings' Follows 'Prison Break' Formula With Some Success

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:10PM
'Breakout Kings' (10PM Sunday, A&E) is exactly the show you'd expect from two former 'Prison Break' writer/producers.

The premise of the series -- and it's not especially believable, as these things go -- is that to catch escaped prisoners, the U.S. Marshals put together a task force of prisoners who themselves had escaped at one time or another. "It takes a thief to catch a thief," and all that.

The result isn't a particularly creative drama but, as was the case with 'Prison Break' in its early seasons, 'Breakout Kings' is sustained by a workmanlike momentum. It has its share of clunky characters and predictable moments, but it also has a lot of earnest energy. It's enlivened by a terrific performance from Jimmi Simpson, who plays Lloyd Lowery, the show's all-purpose weirdo.

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Everything You Need to Know About 'Breakout Kings'

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Mar 1st 2011 2:00PM


TV Squad is in one of the seediest strip clubs in Toronto, watching Lauren Velez from 'Dexter' chatting amicably with a tough-looking thug and a pretty young stripper.

We're on the set of the new A&E crime show 'Breakout Kings,' and Velez and company are gearing up to film an intense shoot-out scene. Created by Matt Olmstead ('Prison Break,' 'NYPD Blue') and Nick Santora ('Prison Break,' 'The Sopranos'), each episode follows an unconventional team of two U.S. Marshals and three inmates trying to catch an escaped fugitive.

The rationale behind the unusual arrangement is that "it takes a con to catch a con." In exchange for helping the Marshals hunt down escaped bad guys, the three inmates get a break from jail while they're on the case, and a month off of their total sentences for each criminal they net. This time around, Velez is playing the inmate on the run -– a far cry from her role as the career-driven Lt. Maria Laguerta on 'Dexter.'

'Breakout Kings' stars Domenick Lombardozzi ('The Wire,' 'Entourage') and Laz Alonso ('Southland') as the two U.S. Marshals, Brooke Nevin ('The Comebacks') as the Marshals' office staffer, and Jimmi Simpson ('It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'), Malcolm Goodwin ('American Gangster') and Serinda Swan ('TRON: Legacy') as the three inmates.

We spent a day on the 'Breakout Kings' set and caught up with Olmstead, Lombardozzi, Alonso and Simpson to get the scoop on everything you need to know about prime time's latest crime show.

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'Mad Men' Gets Fifth Season, Networks Announce Spring Premiere Dates and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 7th 2011 6:00PM
Mad Men, Don Draper, Jon HammRest easy, AMC fans -- your favorite quality cable programming is definitely coming back in 2011.

The network announced today that 'Mad Men' has been renewed for a fifth season, though there's no official premiere date. Same with 'Breaking Bad,' according to The Hollywood Reporter -- no official premiere date other than "summer 2011," but the show will begin filming season TK next week.

AMC also set a date for its new series 'The Killing,' about the investigation surrounding a teenager's murder. The show will debut on Sun., April 3 at 10PM.

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A&E's 'Breakout Kings' has a premiere date too. The new series, about a group of convicts who partner with a U.S. Marshal office, will bow on March 13 at 10PM. [Deadline]

'Spartacus' fans, you might have a new lead actor soon. Sources say Aussie actor Liam McIntyre is the frontronner for the role, and will be made official soon. Meanwhile, the show is definitely getting a second season. [TVLine]

Emeril Lagasse is returning to the TV kitchen. The chef just signed a new deal with the Hallmark Channel to star in a daily cooking show. It is scheduled to premiere in late 2011. [Hallmark]

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Kristen Johnston, Donald Faison Get TV Land Roles, Larry Hagman Still in 'Dallas' Talks and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 7th 2011 12:00PM
Kristen JohnstonTV Land has scooped up TV veterans Kristen Johnston, Donald Faison and Christine Taylor for new pilots.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Johnston will play the sexy female divorce attorney/landlord in Mark Reisman's comedy formerly known as 'Ex Men.' The sitcom revolves around three recently divorced men who move into Johnston's character's apartment building. 'Scrubs' star Donald Faison has been cast as one of the divorcés.

Christine Taylor has been cast in Terri Minsky's workplace sitcom set in a cola factory. Taylor will play the new boss, a New Yorker who is brought to Oregon to head the company, but nobody wants her there.

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'Angel' and 'Dollhouse' veteran Amy Acker has landed a role on USA Network's 'Common Law.' The cop dramedy stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as partners who can't stop bickering, so their captain sends them to couples therapy. Acker will play their therapist. So much for our hopes of her being Jessica Jones in ABC's 'AKA Jessica Jones.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Mark Pellegrino has been cast on 'Breakout Kings.' The 'Lost' alumnus will play Virgil Downing, an infamous assassin. [TVLine]

Larry Hagman is still in talks for the 'Dallas' reboot. Despite earlier reports that negotiations had halted, Hagman is reportedly still in talks to reprise his J.R. Ewing role on the new TNT series. [Entertainment Weekly]

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News Roundup: James Woods, Paul Giamatti Join HBO's 'Too Big to Fail,' 'Weeds' Creator Tackles Poker Comedy and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2010 6:50PM
Paul GiamattiHBO has added James Woods and Paul Giamatti to its all-star cast of 'Too Big to Fail,' an original film that chronicles the 2008 financial crisis.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Woods will play Dick Fuld, the last chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, and Giamatti will play Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Billy Crudup, Ed Asner, Kathy Baker, Cynthia Nixon, Ayad Akhtar, Topher Grace, Dan Hedaya, Michael O'Keefe, Tony Shalhoub and Joey Slotnick round out the all-star cast.

The Curtis Hanson-helmed project is set to being production this month.

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A&E's 'Breakout Kings' may bring back a beloved 'Prison Break' villain. Producers are in discussions with Robert Knepper to have the actor portray his 'Prison Break' character T-Bag. [Ausiello Files]

'Eureka' and 'Warehouse 13' are getting into the holiday spirit. The Syfy shows will air holiday specials on Dec. 7. [Zap2It]

Ryan Devlin has been cast on 'Brothers & Sisters.' The 'Cougar Town' actor, who is also appearing on 'Grey's Anatomy,' will be around for at least four episodes as a grad student in Kitty's law class. [Ausiello Files]

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'Glades' Renewed for Season 2 on A&E

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 13th 2010 6:40PM
A&E renews 'The Glades' for season twoFans of 'The Glades,' rejoice. A&E has picked up the freshman crime drama for a 13-episode second season, according to a press release.

The order isn't a surprise, considering the show is averaging 3.2 million viewers per new episode, which, according to A&E has made them basic cable's No. 1 network on Sunday nights.

President and general manager of A&E Network Bob DeBitetto is quoted in the release as saying,"'The Glades' has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal audience in its first season. With superb writing and exceptional acting, led by a standout performance by Matt Passmore, we're pleased that the series has struck a chord with fans."

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A&E's 'Breakout Kings' Nabs 'Percy Jackson' Actress Serinda Swan

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2010 1:30PM
Serinda SwanA&E's upcoming new drama 'Breakout Kings' has added a killer to the cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Serinda Swan has been brought aboard to play a regular role -- Erica Reed, an expert in finding people, then hiding and killing them.

Swan's star is on the rise. She played Aphrodite in this year's 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief,' and has played Zatanna in 'Smallville.' She'll get another boost with the release of 'Tron: Legacy,' in which she plays a Siren.

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'Breakout Kings' Finds New Home on A&E

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 29th 2010 10:20AM
In a case of life imitating art, according to Entertainment Weekly new TV series 'Breakout Kings' has escaped from the clutches of Fox and has found safe haven at A&E after several harrowing weeks on the lam.

'Breakout Kings,' you may recall, is a follow-up of sorts to 'Prison Break;' created by 'Prison Break' mastermind Matt Olmstead, 'Breakout Kings' flips the script by focusing on the efforts of a crack team of ex-cons and U.S. Marshals tasked with tracking down and capturing escaped prisoners. The pilot, which received significant positive buzz during the months leading up to the upfront season, was widely expected to receive a pick up from Fox, leaving many fans and industry insiders surprised when it was passed over in favor of renewing 'Lie to Me' and 'Human Target.'

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'Breakout Kings' May Surface on A&E

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2010 1:20PM
A&E may pick up 'Breakout Kings'The hour-long drama 'Breakout Kings' narrowly missed the cut at Fox this year when the network picked up two other dramas and kept two, 'Lie to Me' and 'Human Target.'

But now, Deadline is reporting that 'Breakout' production company 20th TV is in talks to bring the show to the A&E network. The company had been shopping the pilot to broadcast and cable networks.

'Breakout Kings' would fit well with A&E's current schedule, which is loaded with crime and punishment titles like 'The First 48' and 'Dog the Bounty Hunter.' The premise of the drama is that a team of marshals and ex-convicts work together to track down escaped prisoners. There had been an early buzz for the show, based on studio testing, and it was considered a mild surprise when Fox did not pick up the show.

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Pilot News: CBS Picks Up Show From 'Borat' Duo

by Mike Scalise, posted Feb 12th 2010 11:30AM
The 'Borat' crew will be tackling some daddy issues.

According to Variety, CBS just gave the green light to the writer/director team of the 2006 mega hit 'Borat' -- Anthony Hines and Larry Charles, respectively -- to develop a comedy pilot about a father (Paul Kaye) who re-enters the life of his newly famous daughter. (No word yet on if Michael Lohan or Billy Ray Cyrus have been enlisted to consult.)

This news caps off a busy few months for Charles, who will work with McG ('Terminator: Salvation'; 'Charlie's Angels') on a "semi-scripted" project for NBC that will feature sci-fi enthusiasts submitting fan films of their favorite canceled shows.

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Fox, ABC Stock Up on Pilots

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 25th 2010 10:15AM
It's a good thing Michael, Lincoln and T-Bag got out while they had the chance, because after years of celebrating criminal escapees on 'Prison Break,' Fox is about to back a different horse: the correctional system.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given the greenlight to 'Breakout Kings,' which is described as "a closed-ended procedural about a team of marshals and ex-cons who work together to apprehend criminals who break out of prison." If you'll pardon the pun, the pilot, which is being produced by 'Prison Break' execs Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora and directed by 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine''s Gavin Hood (pictured), would seem to be the perfect vehicle to bring back some of that show's breakout characters; no word yet, though, on whether Wenthworth Miller or Dominic Purcell will be on hand to reprise their roles on the side of the law.

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