Lauren Graham, Alex O'Loughlin and Katee Sackhoff
With ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW holding their upfront presentations during the week of May 18 — and NBC set to reveal the rest of its own 2009-10 plan on May 19 — the pilots for a slew of prospective series are getting their final looks.
Among the surprising let-downs? NBC took a pass on David E. Kelley's Legally Mad — and owes Warner Bros. TV a seven-figure penalty payment for doing so. It also turned down Dick Wolf's Lost & Found, a cop drama starring Katee Sackhoff.
Though there has been talk in the trades that NBC might avoid the Legally Mad penalty by instead granting Warner Bros.' Chuck a pick-up, the action-comedy's creator ...
Peter Krause, Seth Meyers
NBC has revealed "Part 1" of its plan for the 2009-10 TV season, and it includes a second season of Parks and Recreation, a half-dozen installments of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, and four new dramas.
In addition to renewing Parks and Rec, NBC also officially picked up Heroes for a fourth (albeit likely shortened) season. Previously announced returns include The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Friday Night Lights, The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Apprentice.
Conspicuously missing from NBC's press release is Medium, despite ...
Alex O'Loughlin says of his Criminal Minds appearance, "Yeah, it's a little different."
Can a serial killer played by Alex O'Loughlin slake his thirst for murder? The star of TV's too-short-lived Moonlight talked to TVGuide.com about his compelling guest spot on CBS' Criminal Minds (Wednesday, 9 pm/ET). Plus: Why Alex O's fans should give his new medical drama a chance.
TVGuide.com: Where have ya been, man? We had a long stretch there, after Moonlight went bye-bye, where the fans were missing you terribly.
Alex O'Loughlin: Yeah, I didn't work for like 10 months. I went back to Australia for a minute, and then I went and sat in a forest for a couple months and got my thoughts together. I did a bunch of writing.... Essentially, I went into a bit of a tailspin and left the country, to Mexico, out of phone range. I was kind of upset.
TVGuide.com: Well, nearly a year later, not a week goes by that I don't get a Moonlight fan asking not if but when it is coming back.
O'Loughlin: [Laughs] You know, the other day I was in Pittsburgh shooting [the CBS pilot Three Rivers], when this girl comes running up to me. Before I could finish ascertaining what I thought was going to happen, she pounced through the air, like a tiger, and landed on my chest ...
Debra Messing is coming back to NBC.
The Peacock is negotiating to pick up a single-camera comedy fronted by the Emmy-winning former Will & Grace star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriot, who recently worked with Messing as writers/executive producers of USA Network's The Starter Wife miniseries.
The yet-to-be-titled comedy follows Messing as a laid-off CEO who must adjust to becoming a full-time wife and mother.
The pilot started ...
Talk about perfect timing: A day after the rescue of a U.S. sea captain from Somali pirates, Spike TV has ordered a docu-series detailing the Navy's anti-pirate operations.
Pirate Hunters: USN will focus on the anti-piracy forces in the ...
Chris O'Donnell and Mark Harmon
CBS has issued its official press release and first photos for the two-part NCIS episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.
Titled "Legend," the episode kicks off April 28 and concludes May 5. In one of the photos, Mark Harmon's Gibbs is seen walking-and-talking with O'Donnell's Special Agent G. Callen.
The setup: When the discovery of a Marine's corpse becomes a matter of national security, Gibbs' team must ...
It appears that Sydney's checkered romantic past with former brother-in-law Michael Mancini might not necessarily be in the past.
On the heels of Laura Leighton becoming the first original Melrose Place resident to join the CW's reboot, sources tell TVGuide.com that Thomas Calabro also has signed on for the pilot.
Calabro will reprise his role of Dr. Michael Mancini. As for how exactly the morally gray Michael will ...
Laura Leighton, Shaun Sipos
Heather Locklear may have passed on the chance to be a part of the CW's Melrose Place reboot, but Laura Leighton — who played sassy schemer Sydney Andrews on the original Fox prime-time sudser — has said yes.
Leighton will reprise her role in the pilot and then continue on as a recurring player, "if" the new Melrose gets ordered to series, says the Hollywood Reporter. Sources tell the trade that Sydney will serve as the landlord of the titular apartment complex/den of iniquity.
For those not familiar with Leighton's character, I — as someone who used to "blog" recaps for Melrose in another age of man, before this Internet thing met its promise — can sum up Sydney as ...
Mary Steenburgen, James D'Arcy
Mary Steenburgen has been tapped to play wife to Richard Dreyfuss — and thus mom to Jason Biggs — in the CBS comedy pilot Happiness Isn't Everything. Steenburgen's character is described by the Hollywood Reporter as "unbelievably sensitive," whereas Dreyfuss' is ... not.
In other CBS pilot news, British actor James D'Arcy has ...
Scott Porter, Nora Zehetner
Fresh off his recently wrapped run on NBC/DirecTV's just-renewed Friday Night Lights, Scott Porter has joined the cast of Masterwork, a Fox drama pilot about an FBI agent (Aussie actor Matt Passmore) who tracks down stolen antiquities. (Think Indiana Jones with a badge.)
Porter will play ...