Kevin Williamson, whose new series The Following is about a serial killer and his cult-like acolytes, admits that he can't help but be influenced by the mass shootings at Columbine, Aurora and Sandy Hook when writing his stories. But in the same breath, he wants people to know that his stories are works of fiction. "We were all traumatized by [these events], and it reached a moment when it's all too real [and] it affected me, so when I take pen to paper there's a reaction to it. But I'm just writing; I'm a storyteller," Williamson told critics at the TCA's winter TV previews.
Below you can find all the scoop on Fox's new and returning shows from the Television Critics Association winter TV previews.
Courteney Cox, Brian Van Holt
Cougar Town is not, we repeat, not a show about cougars. So what is it about? That's the question facing some newcomers just now learning about the ensemble comedy now that it's become the subject of a persistent marketing campaign from new home TBS.
Winter TV Preview: Where we left off on Cougar Town and more returning shows
For those who missed the show's first three seasons, Cougar Town is really about Jules (Courteney Cox), a fortysomething
alcoholic wine connoisseur who used to be married to lovable slacker Bobby (Brian Van Holt), but recently took the plunge again with her neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins). Jules has two best friends: the young and loud Laurie (Busy Philipps) and the icy, judgmental Ellie (Christa Miller). Ellie's whipped husband Andy (Ian Gomez) is Bobby's BFF, as is Bobby and Jules' college-age son, Travis (Dan Byrd), who kind of has a thing for Laurie. Whew!
Cougar Town team on TBS move: "It was really refreshing" to be embraced
New viewers hoping to jump into this wacky series when it returns for...
Kevin Bacon, AnnaSophia Robb
It's 2013, and with the new year comes a new outlook, new resolutions and yes, even new TV viewing habits.
Midseason TV: Check out the day-by-day schedule
Not that there's anything wrong with the shows you already love, but some scheduling changes have necessitated a rejiggering of priorities. While some series aren't continuing past the midseason mark — XOXO, Gossip Girl! Adios, Partners! — new shows are stepping in to fill the void. And since most of us didn't get a second DVR for the holidays, we still need to pick and choose how these new offerings will figure into our limited viewing time (if at all). Below are four of the busiest midseason timeslots and our take on what to watch, DVR, skip or just watch online.
Raphael Sbarge and Lana Parrilla
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's midseason premiere of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk.]
Once Upon a Time's Evil Queen, it seems, is not so evil after all...
Bad news, Smash fans. You may not have seen the last of Broadway's most annoying assistant just yet.
"Ellis is still alive," executive producer Neil Meron told reporters with a laugh at NBC's winter TV previews Sunday. "How could we forget Ellis?"
Much to the contrary, the much-maligned character is just one...
Spartacus, prepare to meet your most dangerous foe to date.
On the upcoming final season of Spartacus, premiering Friday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c on Starz, the titular rebel leader (Liam McIntyre) may have amassed 30,000 bloodthirsty followers, but he'll be met by an equally merciless force, led by a new opponent, Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).
Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, Diane Sawyer
ABC World News will air a sit-down interview with former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on the two-year anniversary of her shooting, ABC announced Sunday.
Giffords, along with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke to....
Grimm fans can look forward to lots of action when the NBC fantasy procedural returns in March.
In particular, Portland's resident Grimm, Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), will finally confront Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), the police captain who has reluctantly become the object of Nick's girlfriend Juliette's affection, thanks to a magical side effect of a potion.
Revolution and more NBC scoop from the TCA Winter TV previews
"It's going to be a powder keg," Roiz told critics at Grimm's winter TV previews on Sunday. Giuntoli added that in the "big, angry kerfuffle... he has a height advantage on me, but I have a rage advantage on him."