Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison
Question: So we had the first cancellation of the season with Lucky 7 after two showings. There are no tears from me as I never watched it. My question is: On what planet did anyone ever perceive this show's premise to be interesting or sustainable? Out of the hundreds of pilots, it is sometimes hard to believe someone at ABC thought this was one of the best. What do you think is next? — Rob
Matt Roush: Next for ABC, or next in the long annals of "what were they thinking" pilots? (That sound you hear is ABC kicking itself for not keeping Body of Proof around as a back-up, because for the time being, Scandal repeats will be airing in place of the unlucky 7.) To be fair, Lucky was based on a more successful British series, The Syndicate, but something clearly got lost in translation. (Same thing must have happened regarding ABC's equally mediocre Betrayal, based on a Dutch series and adapted by the same exec producer, who's batting 0 for 2 right now.) Your point about the sustainability of a pilot's premise is a good one, and comes up frequently when analyzing the failure of shows as disparate as last season's Last Resort and (though it may be premature) this season's Hostages — more on that one later. But from the moment many of us saw clips of Lucky 7 at last spring's upfront presentation, it felt like nothing we could imagine almost anyone would want to see. And we were right.
Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg
When it comes to heavy lifting, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is being asked to flex more than its share of muscle. Leading off an entire night of new ABC programming (always a risk, especially in these fragmented times), taking on TV's top-rated drama (NCIS), satisfying the expectations of Marvel Comics fans and Joss Whedon's considerable cult following, that's a lot for any spin-off to live up to, even with source material like The Avengers.
It's hard to keep track of a team as big and as busy as Firehouse 51. In between battling blazes and saving lives on Chicago Fire's freshman season, Matt Casey, Kelly Severide and the rest of the squad somehow found ample time to find, and lose, love more times than we can count. And things are just starting to heat up! "We're just adding more pressure points: The risk of closures, new people coming in," showrunner Matt Olmstead tells TVGuide.com. "It's more pressure on this family, and do they fracture or do they galvanize?"Ahead of the Season 2 premiere (Tuesday, 10/9c, NBC), TVGuide.com is catching up viewers on where we left off and what's coming up...
Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson
There might be some growing pains on Person of Interest this season.
Although Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) are now working full-time with Shaw (new series regular Sarah Shahi), it seems the new partnership isn't exactly going as well as Finch would have hoped..
Person of Interest is rooting for Root.
The CBS sci-fi thriller has promoted Amy Acker to series regular for the upcoming Season 3, it was announced at Saturday's Comic-Con panel. Root is a talented assassin and cyber-hacker for hire who is intent on setting the Machine free. In the Season 2 finale ...
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Question: This TV mid-season has brought us three dramas about serial killers: The Following, Hannibal and Bates Motel. Why do competing networks often program similar TV shows? Remember the recent explosion of shows set in the 1960s (The Playboy Club, Pan Am, The Hour)? Last year we had the more successful slate of fantasy universe-meets-modern universe shows (Grimm, Once Upon a Time). What gives? Are the networks just waiting around for word of what their rivals are doing so that they can make a duplicate? Or is it all just coincidence? — Sam
Billy Burke, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Rhys
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Thanks for all the scoop on Revolution. What the heck is the tower?! — Clark
NATALIE: We will see the tower of power before the end of the season, co-executive producer David Rambo says. "It's very much like the cave that the Dragon guards in mythology," he says. "It's a place of a lot of power and it's dangerous for everybody who goes in there. Whoever controls the tower, controls the power."
Will the FBI ever do something right on The Following? They can't all be that stupid, can they? — Jason
ADAM: We can't speak for the whole Bureau, but...
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys
Felicity as Mata Hari? The mind reels. And yet there's Keri Russell, once America's sweetheart on The WB, bewigged and brazenly seducing classified secrets out of a Department of Justice stooge in the opening minutes of FX's engrossing spies-among-us drama The Americans (Wednesday, 10/9c).
USA has canceled legal dramedy Fairly Legal after two seasons, Deadline reports.
The cancellation comes a day after USA also killed buddy cop comedy Common Law. Fairly Legal, which premiered in January 2011, starred Sarah Shahi (Life) as a successful mediator who must work for...
Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi will soon be heating things up on NBC's Chicago Fire. The actress has signed on to appear in at least five episodes of the Dick Wolf-produced drama....