Sarah Shahi, Paige Turco and Taraji P. Henson
Last Thursday, I was honored to moderate a panel at the "Made in NY" PaleyFest at New York's Paley Center, celebrating the third season of CBS's terrific cyber-thriller Person of Interest. Before the discussion with many of the show's cast and executive producer Jonathan Nolan, there was a screening of this week's episode (Tuesday, 10/9c) — the best of the season to date, and a fairly pivotal one — that is especially enjoyable in how it showcases the series' fabulous femmes fatales. With the target du jour a chameleon Casanova, the women must act as nightclub and social-media bait: an off-duty and glammed-up Carter (Taraji P. Henson), the ferociously trigger-happy Shaw (Sarah Shahi, hilariously playing against her natural beauty) and Reese's favorite fixer, the alluring Zoe Morgan (recurring co-star Paige Turco). A CBS contact refers to them as "Finch's Angels," and if they want to spin themselves off, that would be fine by me. A scene where the three ladies of the evening compare their weaponry is a riot. So's a later scene in which Shaw reflects on her disdain for relationships. (When I asked Shahi if Shaw has a soft side, she wasted no time in barking a "No.")
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Among last week's more encouraging TV signs: On the first Tuesday of the official fall season, it felt a bit like a return to the good (or at least simpler) old days when network TV was the dominant game in town, and crowded time periods could support more than one hit. In prime time's starting position of 8/7c, there appear to be three blockbusters duking it out:
Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg
After writing many memorable Parks and Recreation episodes (including 2011's "Li'l Sebastian"), Dan Goor partnered with Parks boss Michael Schur to co-create the new Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Andy Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a hotshot cop who's good at what he does — when he's not irritating his co-workers or his new...
Allison Janney and Arsenio Hall
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13. Best Reveal: Granted, Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) shows a lot of skin in the first episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine — hello, Speedo! — but it's his boss, Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), who really exposes himself. Ray explains that, even though he caught the infamous Disco Strangler way back when, he's only now been able to lead a command because he revealed that he was...
Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher
Did Dads make you laugh out loud? Did you find Brooklyn Nine-Nine arresting? Now that these shows have premiered, TVGuide.com wants to know what you thought of them — as well as every other new show this season.
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As an object lesson in the extremes of new fall TV, welcome to Fox's new and not entirely improved Tuesday comedy lineup. (Unhappily missing in action, but for how long: Raising Hope, currently designated to return for its fourth season in the Friday swamplands in early November with back-to-back episodes, a scenario few believe will ever occur.)
Fans may be surprised to see Andy Samberg back on the small screen so soon after ending his seven-year run on Saturday Night Live. However, his new gig as the star of the Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, in fact, part of the grand plan all along.
"I had seen what they did with Amy [Poehler]," Samberg tells TVGuide.com of the series' creators...
Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio
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Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher
They have the right to remain hilarious. Former Saturday Night Live cutup Andy Samberg is ready for primetime in Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Jake Peralta, a hotshot New York detective whose unconventional workplace antics are disrupted by the arrival of a new by-the-book captain, Ray Holt, played by Homicide vet Andre Braugher. We interrogate the duo about their arresting new comedy....
When the Fox network burst on the scene back in 1986, it changed the broadcast map with its bold shows and brash style. But the TV landscape and the way we consume the increasing tide of product (on cable, online and On Demand) continues to evolve, so the network's entertainment president Kevin Reilly put on his Professor Television cap to kick off Fox's day at the summer TCA press tour on Thursday with a long soliloquy, or was it a filibuster, rattling off statistics to show that network TV is far from dead. Promising (not for the first time) to schedule and develop shows year round with fewer "fallow" periods of repeats, while changing up the way this new wave of "event" series is being programmed — most notably, launching the 12-hour 24 reboot next May, with the M. Night Shyamalan miniseries Wayward Pines to follow in July — Reilly declared, "The one-size-fits-all business is over."