According to EW, Perkins will play Gail Meyers, the wife of the LAPD commissioner. In the Dec. 19 episode, Gail gets into some trouble when she tries to cover up potential scandal.
Mark Moses will play the commissioner and Maggie Wheeler will play a friend of Gail's.
'The Closer' returns to TNT on Nov. 28.
In other casting news ...
Bello will play the no-nonsense police Det. Jane Tennison, the role that re-launched Helen Mirren's career in the early 1990s, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed.
In an earlier interview with EW, Bello said that she's "Definitely nervous to even think about taking over for Helen Mirren. ... C'mon! How could anyone compete with her? Didn't she do about 10 of them and win an Emmy every time?"
Bello added that although she's been kept busy with charity work and helping out with the relief efforts in Haiti, she also wants "to do something spectacular with my life work-wise and ['Prime Suspect'] may end up being it."
According to deadline.com, NBC has closed the book on the series for the current development season after writer David Shore found himself committed full-time to his duties on 'House.' With Shore unable to focus on 'The Rockford Files,' the project has been shelved.
The veteran Fox medical drama had planned an ambitious multi-episode arc featuring Dr. House on the road. However, when that arc was scrapped in the advanced stages, Shore had to jump in and help re-break stories for a significant portion of the season, which also recently grew larger after Fox ordered an extra episode.
Heck, I haven't even written about last night's AMC cocktail party and the comic stylings of Jon Hamm yet. That'll come when I get a chance. The latest info and quips will always be on our Twitter feed if you're curious.
For now, though, some highlights of the day:
According to the interview with Ron Moore that Brad wrote about, Virtuality is scheduled to start shooting in July. That's like, soon. So a leading man would be a fantastic thing to have. Here comes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to the rescue. The former star of New Amsterdam is staying with Fox to take the lead in the two-hour pilot. If any crazed fan groups were whittling away at some old-world furniture to send in to the network to save New Amsterdam, they can stop now.
Virtuality tells the tale of Earth's first starship, making its way on a ten year journey to a distant solar system, where no man has gone before... To pass the time during the trip they go into virtual reality machines, assuming different identities and having whatever adventures they choose. That's what we know so far, but I'm assuming that somewhere along the lines something goes drastically wrong so we have some real world conflicts that can't just be switched off. Moore wrote the script with his Galactica pal Michael Taylor and Peter Berg is slated to direct.
(S02E15) Yeah. So, we can't really talk about this episode without getting into the possibility that this was the series finale of Friday Night Lights. No matter what comes of the big meetings this weekend regarding the writer's strike, there are no guarantees that the show will even get to finish season two, let alone come back for a third go. Recent comments from the network certainly don't paint an optimistic picture. And all of that is important, because where this episode ends up in the time line of the show will ultimately determine how successful it was. As episode 15 of a 22 episode second season, it was solid. As the series finale, not so much.
Peter Berg (currently a writer/director/producer for Friday Night Lights) and screenwriter Sheldon Turner have teamed up to create a pilot for FX that takes place within the world of the Russian Mafia.
The series (no title yet) centers on two undercover law enforcement officers who find themselves immersed in this world. One goes crazy and disappears and the other is forced to track him down. As Variety points out, it's not unlike Heart of Darkness (or Apocalypse Now, for those of you who don't read books).
I have no interest in watching Friday Night Lights, but I agree with author Buzz Bissinger (he wrote the book that the TV show is based on) when he gives his opinion of Dancing with the Stars.
He tells The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he used to work that "America is getting what it deserves - crappy, stupid, artificial reality TV...it's distressing that so many people are flocking to a show that's obviously contrived and ridiculous."
I agree, though I would extend the sentiment to almost every other reality show on the air right now. NBC isn't giving up on the show yet though. Not only has the network ordered nine more scripts for the show, it's also going to give it a shot in Studio 60's time slot next Monday at 10pm. Maybe some people will tune in after Heroes, which just keeps on getting stronger and stronger (in ratings as well as quality).
[via TV Tattle]
(S01E01) I had a first look at this one a couple weeks back, and now we are finally to the premiere. Friday Night Lights has taken a back seat to both Studio 60 and Heroes where the NBC promotional department is concerned but it is one of the new series that deserves to find its audience.
Right from the start this episode sets the tone for the show. I really like the radio voice over as we peek into various scenes around the town. It takes its time and isn't in a hurry to force too much at the viewer. It also showcases what is the Friday Night Lights look. Lots of handheld camera, shooting on location, and a very real and gritty vibe to everything. It's different, and refreshing.
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