The director who brought Mad Men to life will now do the same for another 1960s-set drama, the NBC pilot Playboy.
Alan Taylor was hired late Thursday to direct the pilot of Playboy, which takes place during the same era that helped make Mad Men a critical darling. Like Mad Men, Playboy is aiming to capture the look and feel of the social and cultural revolution of the early 1960s. The story follows the exploits of a group of women hired to work at a Playboy Club in Chicago.
William Shatner may just be warp-speeding past Ryan Seacrest as the man with the most jobs in show business: the TV icon has a hit sitcom with big upcoming guest stars, a talk show, a newsmakers series, an upcoming book and a new album in the works.
His CBS sitcom, $#*! My Dad Says, is a likely candidate to return for a second season, the actor told TV Guide Magazine at a breakfast to distribute philanthropic funds in conjunction with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show he founded. "It's getting terrific numbers, holding steady and beginning to build, and we're very hopeful for next season," Shatner says of his first regular sitcom gig. "I was unprepared for how different it is and I'm thrilled by it. I may be having the most fun of anything that I've ever done."
Is Peter Bishop a man or a machine? Maybe both. In this exclusive shot from tonight's episode of Fox's Fringe (9/8c, Fox), titled "Reciprocity," we get a peek at our hero hooked up to something as the team tries to figure out his connection to Walternate's doomsday device.
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki
Upset that the CW has pulled tonight's episodes of Supernatural and Smallville at the last minute? Blame Chicago politics.
The CW decided to repeat Thursday night's episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita after learning that at least two major markets — Chicago and Baltimore — were pre-empting the shows. In Chicago, CW station WGN is airing a Chicago mayoral debate, which will likely draw increased interest due to the drama over candidate Rahm Emanuel (whose eligibility has been called in to question). In Baltimore, a college basketball game is pre-empting the shows.
Now that they've flipped through The Vampire Diaries and conjured all things Supernatural, the CW is looking to dig up another genre fave: zombies.
The CW is developing a script for the hour-long drama Awakening, about two sisters who face off against one another just as a zombie uprising begins. (This being the CW, we can probably assume Awakening will boast the best-looking zombies in the history of the genre.)
With original Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Jason Priestley and Luke Perry both turning down invitations to reprise their iconic characters on The CW's reboot, their collaboration on Hallmark Movie Channel's Goodnight for Justice may be the closest we'll ever get to a Brandon-Dylan reunion. Priestley's participation this time is strictly behind the scenes, directing his former costar in a role Perry created for himself: righteous Old West judge John Goodnight. Perry, now 45, and Priestley, 41, reminisce with TV Guide Magazine.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
It's every performer's goal: joining the Screen Actors Guild. Proud card-carrying members share their stories.
"I got my SAG card doing the first ever commercial for Dasani bottled water. I thought I only got the part because of my red hair but then the commercial was shot in black and white and I realized I got the part could I could sell the s--- out of overpriced bottled water." — Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Sure, getting a brand-new house to replace an aging double-wide trailer was "a dream." But for Jeanne Brown, seeing her 12-year-old daughter Katrina "smile like she used to," when she met Justin Bieber, was the best part of her Extreme Makeover: Home Edition experience.
Prince William and his future princess, Kate Middleton, are about to get the Lifetime movie treatment.
Lifetime has fast-tracked the TV movie William & Kate, which will star Nico Evers-Swindell (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Prince William, now second in line to the British throne. The role of Kate has not yet been cast.
William & Kate will chronicle the love affair between the mismatched couple (he's royalty, she's the daughter of upper middle-class commoners), including their recent engagement and this spring's highly anticipated Royal Wedding. The two-hour project will also star ...