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Who Should Replace Christopher Meloni on 'Law & Order: SVU'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 22nd 2011 8:00AM
Chris Meloni, 'Law & Order: SVU'Christopher Meloni will leave a Stabler-shaped hole in the hearts of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fans this fall.

We don't yet know how he'll say goodbye to 'SVU' after 12 seasons on the job, but it's never too early to start preparing ourselves for someone else taking over the sex crimes beat.

While rumors have been swirling about who will replace Mariska Hargitay -- she's only coming back for 13 episodes next season as Olivia Benson before departing herself -- not much has popped up in the way of recasting the role Meloni made famous.

Assuming they'll keep a man on the job to maintain that same partner dynamic, we've come up with a few great options (casting agents, take note!) to spar with Hargitay and her eventual successor, including two 'L&O' franchise alums and two stars from opposing sides on 'The Wire.'

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'The Chicago Code' Series Premiere Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Feb 8th 2011 6:45AM
'The Chicaog Code' S01/E01['The Chicago Code' - 'Pilot']

If you did an inventory of the top creative minds that ushered in The Golden Age of Television, Shawn Ryan would have to be on the top of that list. Ryan's gritty, provocative cop show 'The Shield,' featuring Michael Chiklis as one of the TV's greatest all-time antiheroes, was the first basic cable drama to showcase the kind of cinematic urgency we'd come to expect from movies and HBO. Now we expect nothing less from FX, the network that brought 'The Shield' into our living rooms.

One can expect less, however, from FOX, the network airing Ryan's return to the cop drama, 'The Chicago Code'. It's not that FOX hasn't shown its fair share of solid dramas, it's just that a show on a broadcast network can't explore as many nuanced, dark themes, or get away with as much, as a cable network like FX.

In its first hour, 'Code' wasn't as revelatory as 'The Shield.' But it's definitely ambitious, keen on addressing corruption on top of the standard chases, gun play, detective work and bursts of tough guy bravado. And, as a Chicago guy, it's great to watch a show about Chicago that was actually shot there.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cast and Creator of 'The Chicago Code' Talk About Taking On the Windy City

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 7th 2011 11:15AM
Ten episodes into shooting 'The Chicago Code' (9PM ET Monday, Fox), Matt Lauria was still having a little trouble handcuffing bad guys.

"The cuffing is really hard," said Lauria on the show's Chicago set last November. "Every time I screw it up -- the shirt gets stuck in there or something."

But Lauria ('Friday Night Lights') and Jason Clarke ('Brotherhood'), who play cop partners Caleb Evers and Jarek Wysocki in the Fox drama, received on-the-job training from the show's police advisor, Detective John Folino, said that Lauria's handcuffing skills had improved a lot.

"It was a challenge, but he worked really hard on it," said Folino, a 12-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

Lauria wasn't the only one to struggle with those bracelets, at least. It takes hundreds of arrests before slapping on the cuffs is second nature for real police officers, Folino said. And Lauria's eager character, a young detective partnered with the gruff but legendary Wysocki, still has a lot to learn.

"The advantage of working with Jarek Wysocki that he's the best in the business, and you learn from the best," Lauria said. "The disadvantage is there's a lot that's unexpected, and some things might put you at personal risk."

A lot of things put the characters at risk in 'The Chicago Code,' in particular the quest of the city's new police superintendent, Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals), to clean up Chicago's notoriously entrenched corruption.

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Review: 'The Chicago Code' Shows Potential on an Exciting Ride Through the Windy City

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 3rd 2011 3:15PM
The new cop drama 'The Chicago Code' (9PM ET Monday, Fox) resembles its lead characters: It's focused, determined and ambitious -- and sometimes it tries to do too much. Still, the handsome 'Code' succeeds far more often than it strikes out.

Though much of it set in the world of the Chicago Police Department, it would be unfair to call this worthy drama from Shawn Ryan ('The Shield,' 'Terriers,' 'The Unit') a police procedural. A significant chunk of the story is devoted to police superintendent Teresa Colvin's efforts to combat corruption in the Windy City. To assist her in that lonely cause, the steely Colvin (Jennifer Beals) recruits her old partner, Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke), a tenacious detective well known for his headstrong ways.

Together, they take on a powerful alderman, Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), a very well-connected shotcaller in the world of Chicago politics. This trio of increasingly interesting characters form the core of the show, and, in the three episodes Fox sent for review, any time Beals, Clarke or Lindo occupied the screen, 'Code' crackled with intriguing potential.

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'The Chicago Code' Cast Previews the Show's Big Drama (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 28th 2011 11:00AM
If you thought creator Shawn Ryan's last series, 'The Shield,' dove deep into a world of police and political corruption, just want until you see his new show, 'The Chicago Code' (premieres Monday, Feb. 7, 9PM ET on Fox).

The amazing cast includes Jennifer Beals playing the first female superintendent of Chicago, determined to change the city; Jason Clarke as her former partner turned go-to guy for help on the ground; and Delroy Lindo as one of the city's most powerful men, who isn't exactly an angel.
The Chicago Code
Add to that a sharp rookie, played by Matt Lauria, and Billy Lush as a cop so deep undercover he doesn't really know what's right anymore and you've got a beautifully layered drama that's the best new show of the year.

I caught up with the cast to hear more about the show, the shades of gray in all their characters and their newfound respect for the Chicago police department.

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TV Casting: Jason Clarke to Star in Shawn Ryan Cop Drama

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 18th 2010 12:23PM
Jason Clarke'Brotherhood's' Jason Clarke will star in Shawn Ryan's ('The Shield') new cop drama 'Ride-Along.' He'll play larger-than-life Detective Jarek Wysocki in the Chicago-based series, about a man who tries to clean up the city's violence and corruption. 'Ride-Along' will air on Fox, with a premiere date to be determined. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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Showtime wrap-up: executive session and four shows talk at once - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2008 12:28PM
Showtime stars
When I posted the news items that came out of Showtime's portion of the CBS tour, the one question I got was "When will Dexter be back?" Well, network president Robert Greenblatt mentioned that the third season would debut in September. No word beyond that. Didn't seem like news to me. But there you are, Dexter fans; that's all I've got on that.

The executive session was introduced by a semi-funny clip from one of the network's stars, Tracey Ullman. Really, it wasn't that good, so I won't talk much about it here. Greenblatt also showed clips of The United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie during his opening remarks. Other than that? Well, isn't that enough?

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Brotherhood: Vivekachudamani :51

by Michael Canfield, posted Sep 17th 2006 11:32PM
BrotherhoodVivekachudamani :51: A father has got his sons and others to free him from his debts, but he has got none but himself to remove his bondage.

The long-lost father of the Caffee clan shows up to make his miserable family even more miserable.

Pete's still trying to help Eileen along with AA, even holding private sessions for her, since she won't go to a public one. Pete's a little too soft-hearted of late in his management of the teen street dealers for Michael's taste. After a lecture from the elder Caffee brother, Pete falls back off the wagon himself again. Hm, looks like this'll end badly for both Pete and Eileen.

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Brotherhood -- An early look

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 7th 2006 10:07AM
Brotherhood
The premise: In Showtime's new drama, Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is a dedicated politician residing in Providence, Rhode Island. His brother, Michael Caffee (Jason Isaacs), is a gangster who returns to the neighborhood to regain control of the area's shady activities. Tension rises in the neighborhood as the two worlds (and brothers) collide.

My thoughts: First off, allow me to applaud both Clarke and Isaacs for doing such fantastic jobs with their accents. I always knew Isaacs was English (heh, he plays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films), but I was surprised to learn that Clarke isn't American, but Australian. Excellent work. They're close to giving Hugh Laurie (House) a run for his money.

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