Like many actors considering a new project, Steve Zahn says he was sucked into ABC's Mind Games based solely on the pilot script.
"I was floored by it," Zahn, who was just wrapping up a four-season run on HBO's Treme when he first the script, tells TVGuide.com. "I really thought it was a cable show. It didn't read like network to me."
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Perhaps Zahn should have looked a little closer at the author's name. Mind Games creator Kyle Killen's back catalog includes a pair of complex series with brilliant pilots that critics instantly labeled as "cable shows on broadcast TV." ...
Steve Zahn, Christian Slater, Jaime Ray Newman
Even in a season distinguished by insta-duds like Lucky 7 and Betrayal, ABC hits a new low with Mind Games (Tuesday, 10/9c), an inexplicably and ridiculously convoluted drama which achieves the rare trick of making Christian Slater look like a master of understated acting. He plays an ex-con who teams with his frenetic, bipolar brother (Steve Zahn in an eye-poppingly cartoonish performance), an expert in all human behaviors but his own, to start a firm that specializes in elaborate psychological manipulations to achieve their clients' aims.
Marvels's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
ABC's fall schedule is starting to look pretty super.
The network has picked up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Avengers director and Buffy creator Joss Whedon. The series is based on...
Christian Slater has been cast opposite Steve Zahn in the ABC drama pilot Influence, TVGuide.com has learned.
Rebel Wilson, Bradley Whiford
The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Lost's Josh Holloway, Andy Samberg, The Office's Ellie Kemper and Malin Akerman (Watchmen), and from proven producers like J.J. Abrams, Arrow's Greg Berlanti, David Shore (House) and Joss Whedon.
To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the series projects in contention — there are nearly 100! — and check back for updates on their status. Here are the ABC pilots: (Click here for CBS, CW, Fox and NBC.)
ABC has given pilot orders to dramas from House creator David Shore, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Awake's Kyle Killen.
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Deaths! Interrogations! Plane crashes! Breakups! Weddings! Catfights! Sex dreams! TV had it all this year. From Desperate Housewives' fitting farewell to Fringe's powerful flash-forward, 2012 served up some remarkable hours of television, and we've assembled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.
Here are Episodes 20-16. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21.)
strong>Question: As Mad Men's season begins to wrap up, I wonder what your take on it is.
Jason Isaacs, Laura Prepon
NBC dropped the axe Friday on four freshman series Are You There, Chelsea?, Awake, Bent and Best Friends Forever.
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Castle, Private Practice, Law & Order: SVU
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I know Castle is trying to keep Castle and Beckett apart, but why is he acting like such a brat? — Liz
ADAM: He's just being a man, creator Andrew W. Marlowe says. "Men in general usually don't confront their feelings," he says of Castle's reaction to learning that Beckett remembers Castle's declaration of love. "He's certainly not the type of person to go up to Beckett and say, 'Hey, you hurt me!' because that would be exposing himself. He's expressing his anger with Beckett, and whether he knows it or not, he's trying to punish her without really putting his cards on the table." But don't worry: Beckett will soon figure out what set Castle off, thanks to another revealing chat with her therapist.
Some Private Practice scoop, please!!! I'm dying! — Manuela
NATALIE: Don't die! Private Practice returns next Tuesday! This scoop, however, may kill you: