"I'm a really curious person ... I'd be interested in studies on violence in entertainment and the correlation of violence in real life," FX chief John Landgraf told reporters at the FX winter previews Wednesday. "If we find meaningful correlations, we should act on those correlations."
Landgraf, whose network airs the sometimes brutally violent Sons of Anarchy, was responding to the inevitable questions about violence and responsibility question that has been prevalent at the Television Critics Association tour this month. Although he pointed out that the U.S. and U.K. consume the same violent media (The Walking Dead is the No. 1 cable show in England), violent gun deaths are significantly higher in the States. He theorized that it is differences in the countries' gun-control policies ...
The Mindy Project
The cast changes at The Mindy Project continue.
Recurring star Ike Barinholtz — who plays Morgan and also writes for the freshman Fox sitcom — has been promoted to a series regular, star, creator and executive producer Mindy Kaling revealed at Fox's winter TV previews Tuesday.
The promotion is the most recent of many for The Mindy Project. Stephen Tobolwsky exited in December, Amanda Setton will also soon be departing, and...
Animation Domination High Def
It should come as no surprise that Fox's new Saturday night animated comedy block is dubbed ADHD.
Animation Domination High-Def is the network's new alternative animated programming block, featuring quarter-hour series like Axe Cop and High School USA! The quick-fire offerings also include gifs and other short-form animated projects geared toward the niche audience, which are likely college students craving Cheetos, if you know what we mean. The form is similar to that of Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim, though ADHD's head Nick Weidenfeld, who previously served as head of program development for Adult Swim, says that challenging Swim is not necessarily their intention.
Get the latest news on all of Fox's midseason shows
Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca
There's trouble in secret-agent paradise.
Even though Nikita kicked off the season with a romantic proposal between our favorite rogue agents, relations don't look so rosy when the series returns Friday, Jan. 18 at 8/7c on The CW. Or at least, that's the conclusion that Amanda (Melinda Clarke) has drawn from her surveillance of Division.
Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj
A sex tape. Christian Louboutins. A sinus infection. Cheated contestants.
All of these subjects were rather unsuccessfully referenced in Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's combined attempts to deflect from the topic of their so-called American Idol feud at Fox's winter TV previews on Tuesday. Producers and the women themselves have repeatedly denied such enmity exists, only acknowledging that they've moved past any friction and disagree solely in the line of duty as Idol's newest judges, alongside fellow new judge Keith Urban and vet Randy Jackson.
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.