Pillars of the Earth
It wasn't the swords. It wasn't the sandals. For Rufus Sewell, the tough part was all the stinkin' mud. Playing a 12th-century stonemason in mega miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, premiering tonight on Starz at 10/9c, meant maintaining "a level of grime on my neck consistent with that of your typical farm animal," he says.
A small price, indeed, for what's shaping up to be the armor-clanking, leech-sucking, monks-a-poppin' drama of the summer. Pillars, based on Ken Follett's doorstop of a best-seller (all 973 pages of it), about the quest to build a Gothic cathedral in a fictional England of yore, runs eight hours over six Friday nights...
Elizabeth Reaser by Cliff Lipson/CBS
CBS was the only network this year to provide screeners for all its new shows, which they presented on Friday. Here's my quick take on them. Mickey O'ConnorWorst WeekThe premise: Sam (Kyle Bornheimer) tries to impress his future in-laws with disastrous results.It's like: Meet the Parents almost exactly like that, in fact, although it's actually based on a British series.My take: I found the pilot to be very funny, and Bornheimer's comic timing to be excellent, but I wonder how enjoyable it will be to watch Sam demoralize himself on a weekly basis.Eleventh HourThe premise: Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell) is a special scientific advisor to the FBI who lends his particular skills to criminal investigations.It's like: Well, we know what it's not like. "This is a science fact show, not a science fiction show," says executive producer Ethan Reiff (who also wrote Showtime's Sleeper Cell).My take: Well, Jerry Bruckheimer is involved, which is a good sign, but after watching a...
Tatum O'Neal by Tim Grant/WireImage.com
Lifetime this summer will premiere Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal, a true-story-inspired movie about a group of out-of-control teen girls who taunt their teachers. Tatum O'Neal plays the principal, Jenna Dewan (Step Up) a young teach who alerts the media to the goings-on.... Rufus Sewell is the lead in Jerry Bruckheimer's CBS drama pilot Eleventh Hour, based on a British series about a government adviser who saves people from abuses of science.... Jacqueline Bisset will have An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving in a Hallmark movie airing in November.Related: Bruckheimer, CBS Eye Big-bucks Eleventh Hour Deal
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Following a fierce bidding war between CBS and ABC, Warner Bros. has cut a massive deal with the Eye for the rights to a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced take on the British thriller Eleventh Hour, says Variety. Sources close to the deal say it is easily the most lucrative pact of the development season, with CBS greenlighting a $4 million pilot and agreeing to produce 13 episodes at a pay-or-play licensing fee of $1.75 mil per.The X-Files-esque Eleventh Hour last year aired as a four-part miniseries in the U.K., with Patrick Stewart starring as a professor called in by the government to investigate mysterious cases involving matters of science, from cloning to global warming.