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Jimmy Smits Goes from 'Outlaw' to Mayor of LA in New NBC Drama

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 18th 2011 10:15AM
Jimmy SmitsJimmy Smits just can't stay way from fictional authority figures: He's played cops, lawyers, a Senator from Alderaan and, most recently a judge. Now, it's been announced that his next TV role will be Mayor of Los Angeles.

According to Deadline.com, Smits has signed on for the last major lead role in Stephen ('Traffic') Gaghan's new drama for NBC.

Formerly known as 'S.I.L.A.,' the as-of-now untitled project is described as a complex ensemble drama in the style of 'Traffic' and 'Syriana' set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles.

Smits will portray the pivotal character of Los Angeles Mayor Alfonso Morales, who's described as a man full of ambition who cares deeply about his city, power and women, but not necessarily in that order.

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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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NBC Cancels 'Outlaw'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 12th 2010 7:25AM
Jimmy Smits in 'Outlaw'The news just keeps getting worse for Jimmy Smits and the 'Outlaw' gang. Now, it's been announced that NBC has decided to move the legal drama from Friday night to Saturday night.

According to The Live Feed, the remaining four episodes will still air, but it seems certain by now that the series is gradually being canceled. Why it's being dragged out is unclear, but perhaps the suits at NBC need more time to find a suitable replacement.

The reschedule is effectively the first cancellation for NBC this fall and the third overall, after 'Lone Star' and 'My Generation' were swiftly nixed by FOX and ABC respectively.

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More Bad News for 'Outlaw'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2010 7:50AM
Jimmy Smits in 'Outlaw'Last week we reported that the new Jimmy Smits series, 'Outlaw,' had been put on production hiatus.

NBC execs reportedly decided to wait and see if ratings improve over the next few weeks before going ahead and either axing the series or re-starting production .

Well, the viewing figures for Friday night's episode are in, and they don't bring good news. According to deadline.com, fewer people tuned in than the week before.

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Why NBC's 'Outlaw' Was Doomed from The Start

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 8th 2010 4:30PM
outlaw_jimmy_smits_nbcIf you've been watching NBC's new legal drama 'Outlaw,' you were probably ticked off to read yesterday that the network has halted production on the show. You should also probably enjoy tonight's episode since it may be one of the few that NBC will actually broadcast this fall.

It's always sad to see a quality television show bite the dust, but that likely wasn't the case here; there were questions from the start about 'Outlaw.' Why did NBC green light this series, and choose to debut it in the fall over other pilots like 'Harry's Law' with Kathy Bates, which had Emmy-winner David E. Kelley ('Boston Legal') behind it?

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Is 'Outlaw' About to Be Canceled?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 7th 2010 8:25AM
Jimmy SmitsIt looks like it could be pink slip season already at struggling legal drama 'Outlaw': It's been reported that production on the show was stopped Wednesday.

There were reports earlier this week that the show was on shaky ground as NBC looked hard at its primetime lineup in the face of lackluster ratings. But, according to deadline.com, the show is now the first this season to be officially put on "production hiatus," which usually means it's time for all involved to start looking for a new job.

However, it is possible that the show could still win a reprieve. NBC plans to air the five new episodes already completed, and should ratings rise over the next two or three episdoes then production could resume.

Two new shows -- Fox's 'Lone Star' and ABC's 'My Generation' -- have already been canceled.

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NBC Scheduling Changes: Is 'Outlaw' Out? Will 'LOLA' Move to Thursdays?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 5th 2010 5:10PM
'Outlaw'It's week three of the new fall TV season, and NBC is on its way to a third straight week of declining ratings. Although it hasn't yet canceled one of its new shows for underperforming, Deadline reports that the network will likely tinker with its schedule -- and soon.

The show in the most imminent danger of cancellation is Friday night's 'Outlaw,' which only earned a 1.0 rating and 4.7 million viewers last week. Since 'School Pride' is set to launch next Friday, the network could air a two-hour 'Dateline' afterwards in 'Outlaw''s place. Since 'The Apprentice' is not performing well either, NBC could possibly move the reality show to Wednesdays at 9PM, put new hit 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' in its Thursday night at 10PM place, then push 'Law & Order: SVU' into the Wednesday night at 10PM digs.

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Does Casting Matter? Yes, It Does!

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2010 2:00PM
scott_caan_hawaii_five-0_cbsJust a few days before the new season kicks off in earnest -- there have been a few premieres already -- and there are shows that are going to be off my "gotta watch"' list for one reason and one reason alone -- casting.

Fair or not, some stars are a major draw, while others just a turn-off. Here's a short take on the casting conundrums that exist as the season commences ...

The Caan Connection
Until the 'Hawaii Five-0' cast included Scott Caan as Danno Williams, I wasn't too interested. However, Caan makes a difference. He's an interesting actor who exudes a fun, cocky and cool energy.

He was great in the 'Ocean's 11' movies and stole scenes on 'Entourage.' In fact, he's a chip of the old block, James Caan. I always liked his dad, and I like the son, too. For Scott, I'll be watching 'Hawaii Five-0.'

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Jimmy Smits Talks New Role on Courtroom Drama 'Outlaw' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 15th 2010 3:45PM
Jimmy Smits returns to NBC in the courtroom drama 'Outlaw,' playing a U.S. Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench to practice law. Smits said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) that he was drawn to the role because the character has depth and is deeply flawed.

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'Outlaw' Premiere Review: This Whole Court's Out of Order

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 15th 2010 9:30AM
NBC's new Jimmy Smits vehicle is called 'Outlaw.' I guess the title 'Contrived, Irritating Star Vehicle' just wasn't as catchy.

You may have gathered that I found 'Outlaw' to be a waste of time, but it's actually a misfire that illustrates several things that end up going wrong every fall and mid-season, when when the networks roll out half a dozen shows that make similar mistakes.

Someone call the TV police, because they're going to have to cite 'Outlaw' (which premieres 10PM ET Wednesday, then moves to 10PM ET Fridays) for the following crimes:

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Jimmy Smits Returns to Court on 'Outlaw'

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 14th 2010 5:35PM
Jimmy Smits of 'Outlaw'Jimmy Smits has had a long and varied career on the stage, the big screen and the small screen. He's done everything from 'Star Wars' to 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' to last year's 'God of Carnage' on Broadway. But he also keeps returning to the law, as a senator, lawyer or cop.

On NBC's new drama, 'Outlaw' (special premiere preview tonight, 10PM ET), Smits returns to the well again as a Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench for private practice when faced with the possibility of keeping an innocent man in jail.

'Outlaw' is a mix of serious issues and light comedy, of legal procedure and personal drama, and the charismatic Smits is its soul and focus, similar to Hugh Laurie in 'House.'

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Fall TV's Worst New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:45PM
Though it's a lot of fun to point you toward Fall's Best New Shows, it's only right and proper to do the opposite as well.

After all, you have a limited amount of time on this planet and you shouldn't spend any of it watching bad TV, if you can possibly help it.

Now, keep in mind that the shows listed below may just have terrible first episodes. Theoretically, it's possible for them to progress, after they premiere, from bad to decent or even good. Stranger things have happened. But don't count on it.

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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NBC Panel Round-Up 'Outlaw' and 'Chase' - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 30th 2010 9:53PM
Outlaw cast and producers
Procedurals are a dime a dozen on primetime, but NBC is hoping to capture audiences with two new crime/legal dramas that -- according to the casts and producers at the TCA press tour -- will offer brand new perspectives on an already crowded genre.

First up was 'Outlaw,' a series starring Jimmy Smits as Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza, who retires his gavel to take on controversial cases from the other side of the bench. Then (after a delicious dessert break courtesy of 'Top Chef') NBC introduced 'Chase,' a Texas-based drama about a team of U.S. Marshals. Join us after the jump for highlights from both panels.

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NBC Execs: Live '30 Rock,' Rob Lowe on 'Parks and Rec,' Early Premieres for 'Parenthood' and 'Outlaw' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 30th 2010 3:40PM
Angela Bromstad and Jeff Gaspin at NBC exec session at Summer '10 TCAWhat a difference six months makes. In January, with the Leno/Conan mess blowing up all around them, NBC Universal entertainment execs Jeff Gaspin and Angela Bromstad sat before the critics and answered questions as unassuredly as people in their position could be. Gaspin, who had just been inserted in his job, tried to be honest about the fiasco and their mistakes, but really couldn't talk about how the network's future would look.

Now, though, with a development season under their belts, both executives took a more confident stance at the TCA press tour, talking about "rebuilding" the network. More on that in a bit.

First some news: '30 Rock' will air a live episode on Oct. 14. 'Parenthood' and 'Outlaw' will premiere early, after the final two episodes of 'America's Got Talent' on Sept. 14 and 15, respectively. Rob Lowe is now a permanent cast member of 'Parks and Recreation.' And there will be guest stars galore on various NBC shows, including Drew Carey on 'Community.' Finally, 'The Apprentice' comes back with a two-hour premiere on Sept. 16.

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