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Fox Announces 2012 Midseason Schedule: 'Alcatraz,' 'Touch' Premiere Dates

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 1st 2011 4:40PM
fox midseason Fox announced its 2012 midseason schedule with premiere dates set for returning favorites 'American Idol' and 'House,' as well as the network's new scripted lineup, including 'The Finder,' 'Alcatraz' and 'Touch.'

The anticipated 'Bones' spin-off, 'The Finder,' will kick off the network's new scripted lineup on Thurs., Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams' new mystery drama 'Alcatraz' -- the high-concept series that halted production in November in order to re-shoot a few scenes in the first seven episodes -- will premiere Mon., Jan. 16.

Kiefer Sutherland's new series, 'Touch,' is getting an 'American Idol' lead-in for a series premiere preview on Wed., Jan. 25, before heading to Sutherland's old '24' slot on Monday nights in March for its official premiere.

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DC Comics Hero 'Booster Gold' Coming to Syfy and More TV News

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 22nd 2011 7:00PM
booster gold syfyIf it worked for 'Smallville,' then surely 'Booster Gold' has a shot, right? Syfy has reportedly orded a pilot script for a one-hour drama based on the popular DC Comics franchise, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Greg Berlanti ('Brothers & Sisters') will serve as an executive producer for the superhero project, while 'Fringe's Andrew Kreisberg will write the pilot and executive produce. Berlanti and Kreisberg last collaborated on ABC's 'Eli Stone.'

As die-hard DC Comics fans know, the series will center on Booster Gold, a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back in time to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest superhero of all time. However, his priorities are a little off. Instead of chasing criminals, his main priority is chasing fame and money. Booster Gold will soon realize that being a superhero means that you actually need to do a little work.

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'Twilight' Star Joins 'Pan Am,' 50 Cent Books Fox Role and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:30PM
Ashley Greene'Twilight' star Ashley Greene has joined the cast of 'Pan Am.' According to EW, Alice Cullen Greene will appear in three episodes of the ABC drama.

Greene will play a debutante who has a connection to Ted (Michael Mosley). Look for the actress to make her debut in the Dec. 5 episode, 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.'

'Pan Am' has yet to receive a full season order. The network ordered more scripts of the freshman drama, but ABC is playing a wait and see game with the ratings.

Want more 'Pan Am' scoop? Check out our interviews with the stars about the Nov. 13 episode.

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'General Hospital' Star Joins 'Days of Our Lives,' 'The Finder' Adds 2 Actresses & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 11:45AM
Sarah Brown'General Hospital' veteran Sarah Brown -- the original Carly -- is moving to 'Days of Our Lives.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown will play Madison James, a CEO who starts mentoring Alison Sweeney's character, Sami. Look for the character to latch on to Brady (Eric Martsolf) and take on Kate (Lauren Koslow).

"'I'm excited to join such a talented cast to portray such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewers," Brown said in a statement.

Look for Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn to return to 'Days' in September.

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Fox Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:00PM
New Fox showsWe'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 Fox's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are seven shows total -- the good ('New Girl'), the bad ('I Hate My Teenage Daughter') and the why-the-hell-did-this-happen (animated 'Napoleon Dynamite') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Alexis Moore 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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James Van Der Beek Books 'Law & Order: CI' Role, Martin Short Joins 'Weeds' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 26th 2011 3:30PM
James Van Der BeekJames Van Der Beek will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: CI.'

According to TVLine, the 'Dawson's Creek' veteran will play Rex Tamlyn, described as an "overconfident, hard-partying playboy." The character is a partner in a Facebook-esque website that's devoted to hooking people up for fleeting romantic trysts.

Like 'The Social Network,' there's a lawsuit around the idea of the site, but with this case there are a few murders mixed in. It's 'Criminal Intent,' what do you expect? Thad and Trent Luckinbill also guest star.

Van Der Beek will appear in the ABC midseason comedy 'Apartment 23' as a fictionalized version of himself.

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Martin Short and Aidan Quinn will guest star on Showtime's 'Weeds.' Short will play an attorney and Quinn has been tapped to play the CEO of an investment firm. Other guest stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Lindsay Sloane, Pablo Schreiber, David Clennon and Gary Anthony Williams. [Showtime]

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Darren Criss Stays Mum on 'Glee' Finale, Geoff Stults Gives Hugs & More From Fox's Upfront Party

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 11:45PM
Michael Clarke Duncan, Geoff Stults, The Finder, FoxNo matter how much you ask, Darren Criss won't tell you anything about the 'Glee' finale.

Despite the number of times AOL TV pressed him for intel at tonight's Fox Upfront party, he wouldn't spill any details. Of course, that could be because he isn't actually in the episode. He was in New York when the cast visited a few weeks ago to film, so that could've caused some confusion.

"I was here when they were shooting so I just went to say hi," he told us.

Though Criss was spiffed up in a suit when we chatted, earlier he had joined the Dalton Warblers in donning one of those ubiquitous red-piped blazers to sing 'Hey Soul Sister' at Fox's presentation today. Naturally, that led to the most hard-hitting Warbler-related question of them all: How often do those blazers get washed?

"Oh, never!" he joked (we think).

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Fox Pilots: What Did the Network Pick up for the 2011-2012 Season?

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 12:00PM
Geoff StultsBy now you've read about last night's Fox bloodbath, during which the network canceled five of its bubble shows to make room for new series.

So what, exactly, will fill those now-vacant time slots? Here's a rundown of the pilots The Hollywood Reporter says are a go.

The most notable (and inevitable) pickup is J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz,' about the storied San Francisco prison. There's also scientists and a time warp involved, naturally. 'Lost' vet Jorge Garcia stars in the crime drama, which somehow involves prisoners from the 1960s appearing in the present day.

Also on the list is the 'Bones' spinoff 'The Finder,' starring Geoff Stults as a person who's really, really good at finding things (people, possessions, etc.). The Florida Keys-set series could take the place of its predecessor while 'Bones' star Emily Deschanel is out on maternity leave later this year.

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Comedy Central to Roast Kid Rock, Ryan Murphy Explains 'Glee' 'Friday' Cover and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted May 9th 2011 6:30PM
Kid RockComedy Central announced the next victim -- er, subject -- of its notorious roasts: Kid Rock.

The musician joins a storied group of former roastees that includes his ex-wife Pamela Anderson, Flavor Flav, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy and most recently, Donald Trump.

The event will be taped Aug. 14 at an as-yet-announced location. Kid Rock is currently touring with Cheryl Crow.

In other TV news ...

Ryan Murphy has finally addressed the reason why 'Glee' is covering Rebecca Black's 'Friday.' (We know you were dying to know.) "The [glee club] is hired to perform songs for the prom and they were told by the principal to please do popular songs that the kids know. The show pays tribute to pop culture and, love it or hate it, that song is pop culture," he said. [THR]

Fox may have found a way to get around 'Bones' star Emily Deschanel's pregnancy in the fall. The network could use potential 'Bones' spinoff 'The Finder' as a filler show while the new mom is out on maternity leave. [Deadline]

'CBS Early Show' executive producer David Friedman is out after 16 months. 'Morning Joe' exec producer Chris Licht will possibly take his place. [NY Times]

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'Bones' Season 6, Episode 19 Recap

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2011 9:00AM
Booth, Cam and Bones investigate a body brought in by Walter Sherman in this week's episode of 'Bones.'['Bones' - 'The Finder']

For those of you who follow episode titles, you'll notice the one for this week's 'Bones' was different than normal. Usually, it's something like 'The Blackout in the Blizzard' or 'The Feet on the Beach.' This week, the episode title was 'The Finder.'

Why? Well, instead of primarily focusing on Booth, Bones and the Squints, this particular episode was what Folks in the Industry call a backdoor pilot. Its main focus was Walter Sherman, the main character from 'The Locator' series of novels by Richard Greener, and the episode was meant to introduce us to Walter, his supporting cast and his unique ability to find anyone and anything.

The main question is this: after watching the pilot, would 'The Finder' be a good series? Yes, but with some fine tuning.

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Geoff Stults Signs for 'Bones' Spinoff, Andy Garica Heads to 'The Simpsons' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 28th 2011 5:50PM
Geoff StultsGeoff Stults has grabbed the lead role in 'The Finder,' the 'Bones' spinoff.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Stults will play Walter Sherman, a former member of the military police who has the ability to find anything. The character is based on 'The Locator' books by Richard Greener.

Michael Clarke Duncan is set to play Stults' partner.

In other casting news ...

Andy Garcia will voice a character on 'The Simpsons.' Garcia will voice a character in a parody episode of 'Ocean's Eleven.' [Entertainment Weekly]

John Lithgow will play Barney's biological dad on 'How I Met Your Mother.' Lithgow, who won an Emmy for his work on 'Dexter,' will appear in a February episode. [Hollywood Reporter]

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