Comic-Con has become the ultimate experience for TV fans. And more than 125,000 of them will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center from this Thursday through Sunday for screenings, star panels, autograph opportunities and specially designed collectibles. In the last few years, though, the featured TV shows have fallen into three distinct categories: the obvious "genre" programming like Fringe, Caprica, Supernatural, Futurama and The Vampire Diaries; the shows with tangential relationships to genre entertainment (see ABC's Castle panel, with former Firefly star Nathan Fillion, for instance); and finally, entries, like Glee, that make some hard-core fans think, "Why exactly is that show here?"
Joining that elite first group is AMC's The Walking Dead, a zombie drama based on the Image Comics title by Robert Kirkman, a veteran of the San Diego experience. "It seems like every time I go to Comic-Con, I discover a new VIP area," he says. "Like, 'Wait a minute, just behind this wall they're giving back rubs and everyone gets pink lemonade?'" ...
Cheers to Scott Caan for finding a home on the small screen.
The swagger-iffic son of James Caan spent the past 15 years trying to follow in his dad's cinematic footsteps and only occasionally landing ...
Body of Proof, Hawaii Five-O
We've watched the pilot episodes of all the new fall shows and made our picks for the best new comedies and dramas.
Better With You (ABC)
Premise: Sisters Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan), a high-strung attorney, and Mia (Privileged's JoAnna Garcia), a free-spirited "inventor," are fundamentally different. Maddie lives with, but has not married, Ben (Josh Cooke), her boyfriend of nine years. "It's a valid life choice," she repeats throughout the pilot. Mia, on the other hand, has just agreed to marry Casey (Jake Lacy), her boyfriend of seven-and-a-half weeks. Kurt Fuller and Debra Jo Rupp play the girls' quirky parents.
Why We Like It: The chemistry among the six leads is fantastic, and the snappy dialogue is very funny. The show was created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan, one of the big brains behind Friends.
But ... Both sisters are...
Alex O'Loughlin fans got a bloody good summer treat when the CW acquired all 16 episodes of Moonlight, the Aussie actor's short-lived but beloved vampire detective show. "We get letters and e-mails about Moonlight all the time," says CW entertainment chief Dawn Ostroff. "And so we thought it would be interesting if we aired it following The Vampire Diaries."
Moonlight (Thursdays at 9/8c, The CW) follows the perpetually 30-year-old private investigator Mick St. John (O'Loughlin), his hedonistic buddy Josef (Jason Dohring) and Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), a young reporter whose chemistry with Mick threatens her relationship with her human fiancé. Around to cause trouble...
Tim Roth (Lie to Me), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) , Alex O'Loughlin (Hawaii Five-O)
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Any juicy teasers for the remaining episodes of Lie to Me's second season? — Kim M.
ADAM: Outgoing showrunner Shawn Ryan says the final nine episodes build to a cliff-hanger leading into Season 3, even though many of the episodes stand alone. One reunites Ryan with six cast members from his hit cable series, The Shield. Airing Aug. 16, the episode finds Lightman (Tim Roth) wondering if he sent the wrong person to jail in a child murder case. "We get called to an execution and the guy says he didn't do it, and he didn't do it," Roth says. "The reason he is getting executed is because I was a witness. So he's sentenced to death based on my science and my testimony."
When is Royal Pains coming back? What has Hank been doing all winter? — Michael
MICKEY: Nothing. In fact, there is no winter in Hank's world...
Big Brother 12 will premiere on Thursday, July 8 at 8/7c on CBS, the network announced Tuesday. The Julie Chen-hosted reality show, where houseguests compete to win $500,000, will air three times a week: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8/7c.
The network also announced return dates for dramas Flashpoint and Three Rivers, in addition to...
Jim Parsons and William Shatner
CBS will add only five new series to its fall lineup, taking an if-it-ain't broke approach that will bring back 18 series, though some of them will be in unproven new time slots. The male-dominated new shows include the previously anticipated Hawaii Five-0 reboot, a new legal drama, The Defenders, starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell, a family cop drama starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, and $#*! My Dad Says, a William Shatner vehicle inspired ...
In a surprise to almost no one, CBS has reportedly picked up its remake of the classic cop drama Hawaii Five-O, a show whose cast has made it already one of the most anticipated shows of the fall season.
Fall TV Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which also...
The CW is going to have a vampire night.
On Thursdays this summer, the network will air the canceled CBS series Moonlight, starring Alex O'Loughlin as vampire detective Mick St. John, following repeats of...