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'Breaking In' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 21st 2011 3:00PM
breaking in michael rosenbaum Odette Annable['Breaking In' – 'Need For Speed']

OK, 'Breaking In,' it's time to bump Michael Rosenbaum up to full-time status, like now! The former 'Smallville' baddie stole the show from Christian Slater and Bret Harrison on this week's manic and fast-paced third episode.

Last week, I mentioned that my least favorite thing about 'Breaking In' was the blooming love triangle between Cameron, Melanie and Dutch, Rosenbaum's frosted tip-sporting douche knuckle. But I'll happily eat those words (mmm, words) if this ongoing will-they-or-won't-they plot will mean more screen time for Dutch.

Rosenbaum, who was credited as a guest star here, looks like he's having a blast playing the ultimate uberdouche. Slater momentarily nabbed the spotlight back with a few sly lines and his intense crazy guy stare, but the night clearly belonged to Rosenbaum. The guy nails his clueless character and the comic timing perfectly. He's so breezy and natural (in a role that could easily come across as grating) that it's easy to believe he's ad-libbing half his lines.

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Cameron Insults NASCAR and New Client Jimmie Johnson on 'Breaking In' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 2:23AM
'Breaking In' - 'Need for Speed'Desperate to impress his boss and prove himself worthy of field work on 'Breaking In' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on FOX), Cameron immediately proceeded to make a fool of himself with the very next client.

When he went into the conference room to meet the guy, he first failed to recognize NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. When Johnson said he was a driver, Cameron assumed he meant a limo driver, dismissed him completely and then insulted NASCAR.

"How much do you know about NASCAR?" Johnson asked him.

"You mean the one where the guys with the mullets drive around in a circle and call it a sport?" Cameron said. "Not a fan, why do you ask?"

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Kelly Ripa Questions Athletic Ability, Turns Down First Pitch at Mets Game (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 20th 2011 12:00PM
Kelly Ripa Questions Athletic Ability, Turns Down First Pitch at Mets GameWhile Christian Slater recalled throwing a first pitch at a Dodger's game, Kelly Ripa was suddenly reminded why she turned down an offer to do the same for the Mets on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

Slater said he practiced for months and somehow managed to successfully lob the ball over home plate. "I practiced for, like, two months before. I was terrified. You go out there, stand in the center of the mound and everybody's looking at you," he said. "That was a big moment. Getting it across the plate is a big deal."

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'Breaking In' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 14th 2011 8:00AM
Bret Harrison ['Breaking In' – ''Tis Better to Have Loved And Flossed']

'Breaking In' is definitely a B-level show. It's funny, fast-paced and even a little charming, but it's not nearly as sharp or as clever as it might think it is.

The comedy is all on the surface here. There's little to no depth buzzing beneath the show's endless stream of hit-and-miss jokes, fledgling catchphrases ("Tapping that grave!"), and ridiculously elaborate heist scenes. But that's not really a big problem...yet.

This week's amusing second episode kept up the lightning pace and aggressively wacky tone of last week's series premiere. I don't predict we'll see much change here in terms of format, writing or overall storytelling style, so it's pretty safe to say that 'Breaking In' will ride this steady, if uneven, wave for the rest of the season. So now's probably as good a time as any to decide if you're in or if you're out.

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Christian Slater Recalls a Frank Sinatra Concert with 'Goodfellas-Type Guys' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 13th 2011 6:00AM
Christian Slater Talks Frank Sinatra on 'Lopez'Christian Slater counts himself lucky to have seen Frank Sinatra in concert. About 20 years ago, he sat in an audience of "'Goodfellas'-type guys" in a huge Las Vegas dining hall. The guys seated around him were friendly, one telling Slater that he used to be a Golden Gloves boxing champion.

As Sinatra began to perform, the ex-boxer "starts singing along with him," Slater recounted on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS). "So you can't really hear Sinatra ... All I got is this guy next to me, and he's already let me know he can kick my a--."

Still, he said, "It was an incredible show, and to see Sinatra live was remarkable." Yes, "see" is the appropriate word.

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'Breaking In' Team Steals the Wrong Car in Series Premiere (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2011 8:40AM
Christian Slater on 'Breaking In' PremiereThe series premiere of 'Breaking In' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on FOX) offers a frenetic episode, but the premise is a lot to pack into a half-hour comedy. Oz (Christian Slater) heads a security firm of quirky employees who are tasked with breaking into homes and businesses to test their security systems.

A luxury car dealership puts the team to work. Josh takes on the persona of a wealthy foreigner who considers buying his 21st vehicle there. That starts the ball rolling.

Exterior alarms are a relative breeze; an interior alarm involves a series of lasers. The problem is solved with a remote-controlled helicopter that weaves between beams to the control box. Finally, a safe harboring the car keys is easily cracked.

But Oz is not amused. He shouts, "You were supposed to steal a car from Mayfair Motors. This car is from Mayfield Motors!" and punches a hole in the wall with his fist. Oops.

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Christian Slater Talks Meeting His Hero, Kimmel Demands He Reveal Who It Is (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 6th 2011 6:20AM
Christian Slater on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), Christian Slater recounted once meeting -- and singing with -- one of his heroes. At first he wouldn't say who it was. And his story about the encounter went on and on...

At a restaurant, Slater sent a bottle of wine to the mysterious celeb's table. Soon the two were chatting at the same table, and a woman came over and pestered his hero, saying, "I bet he doesn't even know how to play [piano] anymore."

OK, so we learned the guy's a musician. Before long, they both performed for the impromptu audience, with Slater belting out some Sinatra accompanied by "this dude" on the piano.

"Tell us who it is, Slater!" demanded Jimmy Kimmel. Slater answered, "It was Billy Joel. He was the sweetest, nicest guy and to get up there and do that, especially after this lady was ribbing him."

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Review: Christian Slater's 'Breaking In' Doesn't Break New Ground But Is Worth a Look

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 12:00PM
In some ways, 'Breaking In' (9:30PM ET Wednesday, Fox) is exactly what you'd expect. The new comedy about a team of security experts stars Christian Slater doing his Christian Slater schtick, which hasn't changed much in the last couple of decades. It also features Bret Harrison doing his usual put-upon everyman thing, which has been seen in everything from 'Reaper' to 'V' to 'The Loop,' a short-lived Fox sitcom from a few years ago.

Yet there's a frisky energy to this half-hour comedy, which does two things for which I'm grateful: It takes a concept suited to a USA Network show and crunches it down to half an hour (a move that I think would benefit some of USA's less sturdy programs), and it does not offer viewers yet another take on young adults navigating the pitfalls of modern relationships, as almost every other mid-season comedy has.

The truth is, if you like Slater and enjoy the work of Michael Rosenbaum and Alyssa Milano, both of whom offer excellent guest turns on the show, 'Breaking In' is not a bad way to spend half an hour.

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The Stars of 'Breaking In' Preview Their Quirky New Comedy (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 4th 2011 12:00PM
Christian Slater is giving this TV thing another go, but he's not playing a 'CSI'-style crime-solver or a split-personality secret agent -- this one's a comedy. A workplace comedy, actually, just not at a workplace you've ever seen before.

'Breaking In' (premieres Wednesday, April 6, 9:30PM ET on Fox) pits Slater as the boss of a ragtag group of crafty kids whose work at Contra Security allows them to stretch the limits of the law to prove that they're the ultimate in security companies. They essentially break into places, steal things and wreak all kinds of havoc, all to prove that they can, and then they get paid for it when the victims become their clients.

'Breaking In'
I caught up with the team, including Slater, who plays quirky boss Oz; Melanie, the tough, sexy chick (Odette Yustman -- now Odette Annable since she married 'Brothers & Sisters' star Dave Annable); Cash, the tech guru (Alphonso McAuley); and new recruit Cameron (Bret Harrison), who's the butt of most of the office pranks.

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Carlton Cuse Preps Civil War Drama at ABC, 'Mike & Molly' to Address Marie Claire Blog and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 19th 2010 5:40PM
Carlton CuseCarlton Cuse is taking on the 1800s with a new ABC drama.

The 'Lost' executive producer is teaming with 'Secretariat's' Randall Wallace for a Civil War-set drama. The two are co-writing the pilot script and if it's picked up, Wallace will direct.

According to Variety, details are still vague, but the project is set in Virginia and has been envisioned as an "event" series.

In other TV news ...

Syfy will air the final five episodes of 'Caprica' in a January marathon. The episodes will start at 6PM on Tues., Jan. 4 and end at 11PM. [TV By the Numbers]

'Mike & Molly' is using its Thanksgiving episode to address the Marie Claire blog controversy. Look for the mention to happen in a speech by Billy Gardell. "It's a very eloquently put thing that I get to say at the Thanksgiving speech that kind of says everything we feel." [Entertainment Weekly]

Jennifer Esposito has been promoted to a series regular on 'Blue Bloods.' Esposito plays Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Donnie Wahlberg's Danny Reagan. [TV Guide]

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Will Fox Cancel 'Running Wilde' to Make Way for 'Breaking in'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2010 8:10AM
Christian Slater, October 2010In news that could spell the end for struggling sitcom 'Running Wilde,' we hear that Fox execs may pick up Christian Slater's new comedy, 'Breaking In,' as a midseason replacement.

According to deadline.com, Fox is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV for a midseason order. Although the show's pilot tested well, the network passed on the series in May. However, they kept the project alive by ordering two scripts in June. This led Sony to extend the options on the cast, which means they should still be available if Fox decides to go ahead and order several episodes.

'Breaking In' is a single-camera workplace sitcom, set in a digital security firm. Sources say that Fox will use it to replace the chronically underperforming 'Running Wilde' in the 9:30PM ET slot on Tuesdays, airing after 'American Idol'.

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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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