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Elizabeth Perkins Books 'The Closer' Role, 'New Girl' Enlists Lake Bell and More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2011 4:30PM
Elizabeth Perkins'Weeds' star Elizabeth Perkins will guest star on 'The Closer.'

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.

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What to Watch: September 19 - 25

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 19th 2011 8:00AM
Roast of Charlie Sheen - Monday September 19, 10 p.m. ET/PT, Comedy

If anyone out there is still interested in the Charlie Sheen train-wreck tour of 2011, it's making a stop on Comedy this week - about 30 weeks too late. Sheen's appearance at the Emmys proved he lost his sense of humour along with his dignity around the time he got fired from 'Two and a Half Men' but hopefully the professional comics and various celebs can keep this thing funny. Seth MacFarlane of 'Family Guy' is the ring leader, and roasters include Jon Lovitz, Kate Walsh, William Shatner and Slash.

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Lady Gaga Lends Voice to 'The Simpsons,' Andre Braugher Heading to 'SVU' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2011 4:00PM
Lady GagaLady Gaga is going to make little monsters out of 'The Simpsons.' The pop sensation will be stopping by Springfield in 'Lisa Goes Gaga,' EW reports.

After learning the fictional city is filled with low self-esteem, Gaga tries to cheer up Lisa with a song and a flash mob. In addition to some Lisa interaction, Gaga will have a variety of wardrobe changes and share a smooch with none other than Marge Simpson.

"I would say this is one of the coolest things I've ever done," Gaga told EW about her guest spot. "My dad's probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out."

The episode is set to air in the spring of 2012.

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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Reboot Gets Seal of Approval from Helen Mirren

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 3rd 2011 6:00AM
'Prime Suspect'Maria Bello has big shoes to fill when she debuts as the star of 'Prime Suspect' in the fall, so she'll doubtless be relieved to know that the rebooted version of the gritty cop drama has received the blessing of the writer and star of the British original.

Producers of the U.S. remake told reporters that while the new series is lighter and has more humor than the original, it has won the approval of series creator Lynda LaPlante and star Helen Mirren.

Executive producer and writer Alexandra Cunningham ('Desperate Housewives') said that LaPlante had written to them approving their updated concept of the series.

"She couldn't be happier that Maria is shouldering the character ... She is happy it is being modernized, and there's nobody better to do it than Maria. And Maria reminds people of Helen Mirren in her strength and her complete lack of vanity."

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TCA Report: NBC Exec Talks 'Smash' Debut, 'The Voice' Return & 'Playboy' Controversy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 1st 2011 3:00PM
Smash, NBCTalking to critics at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, new NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt took the right tack: He modestly called attention to the network's few bright spots, he didn't assert that the network would roar back this fall, and most importantly, he had Joel McHale from 'Community' relentlessly mock the Peacock Network well before Greenblatt even took the stage.

It was a wise move, and a way of acknowledging NBC's many problems without turning the Greenblatt session into an inquisition about the last decade of shoddy, brain-melting mismanagement at NBC. Well played, sir.

Some news came out of the session: Greenblatt said the second season of 'The Voice' will premiere Feb. 5, after the Super Bowl. The next episode of the singing contest will air Feb. 6, which is the same night that NBC's well-received mid-season pilot 'Smash' will premiere.

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Aidan Quinn Didn't Want to Move to L.A. for 'Prime Suspect' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2011 5:00PM
Aidan Quinn taks about 'Prime Suspect' on 'Today'The NBC adaptation of 'Prime Suspect' exchanges Scotland Yard for the NYPD's homicide squad, and Helen Mirren for Maria Bello. But if it was going to make Aidan Quinn exchange New York for Los Angeles, he wasn't going to do it, he said Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). The show is set in New York, where Quinn lives, and most of the pilot was filmed there, but the series will film in Los Angeles.

That was almost a deal-breaker for Quinn, who has a family back East. "It involved moving to L.A., and I've lived in New York, and I said, 'No, I can't,'" he said. The producers told him to just read his part, the lieutenant Quinn described as "the head of the dog and pony show," and that hooked him. Then he read the whole script, and said, "This is really good."


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NBC Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 2:30PM
Up All NightNBC has unveiled its new fall schedule and it kicks off with football ... if there's a season!

The new scripted shows begin Tues., Sept. 13 with 'Parenthood.' New comedies 'Up All Night' (starring Will Arnet and Christina Applegate, right) and 'Free Agents' premiere after the 'America's Got Talent' finale on Wed., Sept. 14.

'The Playboy Club' bows Mon., Sept. 19. NBC's Thursday night comedy heavy-hitters return on Sept. 22 with new addition 'Whitney.' 'Prime Suspect' anchors Thursday nights.

Fan favorite 'Chuck' moves to Fridays at 8PM on Oct. 21.

Look for Tina Fey's '30 Rock,' 'Awake,' 'Smash' and more mid-season.

Check out the full schedule below!

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NBC Pilots Snap Judgments: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 16th 2011 12:00PM
NBC Pilots: Smash, Grimm & Up All NightWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of NBC's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season. (Read up and watch previews here)

There are nine new scripted shows -- the good (we want 'Smash' now!), bad (the 'Grimm' headline writes itself) and holy-hell-remember-how-funny-Will-Arnett-is ('Up All Night' is a delight) -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Sneak Previews: The New NBC Shows

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 3:35PM
The Playboy ClubAlong with today's announcement of NBC's fall schedule, the network released trailers for most of its new shows. A few highlights? The Christina Applegate/Will Arnett comedy 'Up All Night,' for one, which looks like a welcome return to TV for the actress and her costar, Will Arnett, whose guest spots on '30 Rock' have proven more successful than his past attempts at full-time series work.

Also intriguing: the '60s-set drama 'The Playboy Club,' the mind-bending mid-season drama 'Awake,' and the mid-season musical 'Smash,' whose preview managed to look intriguing despite being essentially a minute-long clip of Katharine McPhee singing a Christina Aguilera song.

After the jump, find updated extended previews and descriptions of each new series.

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NBC Pilots: 'Prime Suspect,' 'Smash,' Christina Applegate Comedy and More Picked Up for Fall

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 9:00PM
Christina ApplegateIn preparation for next week's upfront presentations, during which the major TV networks introduce their 2011-2012 programming schedules to the press, NBC today gave series orders to four pilots it had in contention.

Appearing on your TVs next year will be the dramas 'Prime Suspect' and 'Smash,' along with two female-fronted comedies, 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney.' According to Deadline, the network plans to continue its pickup spree in the morning. So, what did NBC choose?

'Smash,' NBC's answer to 'Glee,' follows the staging of a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe's life. It stars Debra Messing as the show's lyricist, Anjelica Huston as the producer, former 'American Idol' Katharine McPhee as the lead starlet and Jack Davenport as the choreographer. The cast will sing original songs penned by Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

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Maria Bello to Tackle Helen Mirren's Role in 'Prime Suspect'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 17th 2011 8:30AM
Maria BelloMaria Bello is set to star in NBC's remake of the classic British crime drama series 'Prime Suspect.'

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."

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'Arrested Development' Movie in 2011? Alex Kingston Joins 'Private Practice' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 4th 2011 5:45PM
Arrested DevelopmentCould the mythical 'Arrested Development' movie get off the ground and make it to a theater near you this year? That's what creator Mitch Hurwitz seems to think.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Hurwitz said the movie plans are in motion.

"We've started that process and it is our sincere hope to shoot it this year and get it out this year," Hurwitz said. "That's what we're hoping, but a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen."

That's what we've been hoping for years, Mitch. For now, let's just file this as another chapter in the ongoing saga of a movie that will probably never get made.

In other TV news ...

NBC has ordered two more pilots, a remake of 'Prime Suspect' and a Civil Warera drama. 'Prime Suspect' is a remake of the iconic British police drama starring Helen Mirren. NBC's version has Peter Berg attached as executive producer. 'The Crossing' follows a soldier who travels across country until he settles into a town and is welcomed as its savior. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Desperate Housewives' to end in 2013? That's creator Marc Cherry's plan. Cherry said the stars of the show are in negotiations and if all goes well, he anticipates ABC giving the series a two-season renewal with a 2013 finale. [TV Guide]

Alex Kingston is heading to 'Private Practice.' The 'Doctor Who' and 'ER' star will play Marla, a shrink, for multiple episodes. [TVLine]

Lauren Conrad's return to MTV isn't happening. The 'Hills' star was planning a new reality series following her life as she gets her fashion business off the ground, but Conrad told EW that MTV felt it was "too highbrow." Yep, TOO HIGHBROW. [EW]

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Best 'Masterpiece Theatre' Shows Ever

by Jane Murphy, posted Jan 16th 2011 11:00AM

Created during the Nixon Administration, in existence longer than CNN and HBO, 'Masterpiece Theatre' began 40 years ago last week on public television stations. It earned its very first Emmy for Best Miniseries in its second season, for 'Tom Brown's Schooldays.'

That show was very much a part of the golden age of the miniseries in the mid-1970s, with such blockbusters as ABC's 'Rich Man, Poor Man' and 'Roots', and 'Masterpiece Theatre's own 'Upstairs, Downstairs'.

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NBC Postpones 'Prime Suspect' Remake

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 25th 2010 11:45AM
Helen MirrenNBC has postponed its remake of the award-winning UK series 'Prime Suspect' due to casting problems, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Network execs said that they are struggling to cast the police drama's lead character, an uncompromising female detective. In the original seven-season series, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison was played by none other than Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren.

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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Put on Hold

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2010 8:29AM
helen_mirren_headshotRemember that proposed remake of the British crime series 'Prime Suspect' for NBC? You can forget about it... for a while anyway. NBC has shelved 'Prime Suspect' till June and the reason why is all about casting. This, my friends, is exactly what we were saying when the idea first surfaced.

The notion that you're going to find an actress as perfect for the role of detective chief inspector Jane Tennison as Helen Mirren is madness. T'aint gonna happen. She's an Oscar, Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winner for a reason. She's freaking brilliant.

So, NBC is acknowledging that they have not found another Helen Mirren and will not push 'Prime Suspect' into pilot production at this time. Veteran writer/producer Hank Steinberg -- he did 'Without A Trace' for CBS -- has wisely decided to push the project back and revisit it in June. It could always be created as a mid-season show instead of a fall 2010 premiere... assuming the project comes together.

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