CBS is serious about tackling broadcast TV's summer problem, and to prove it, the network is hauling out two big names: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
The Steves are behind the upcoming 13-episode CBS summer series Under the Dome, based on King's best-selling thriller about a New England town that becomes sealed off from the rest of the world.
"What a difference a year makes," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said during his opening remarks at the Television Critics Association winter previews Sunday.
Of course, he was referring to NBC's huge comeback this fall. On the strength of Sunday Night Football, a fall cycle of The Voice and new drama hit Revolution, NBC ended the fall as the No. 1 broadcast network. In fact, Greenblatt said the network was up 24 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic and 19 percent in total viewers; NBC was also the only network to improve in both measures this fall.
Soon after news broke of the horrific December 14 elementary-school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the broadcast and cable networks scoured their schedules for anything that might be deemed offensive or inappropriate in light of the massacre.
"Caution carries the day," says one network executive. "You look up and down the schedule for shows and promos that might be uncomfortably close to the subject matter. Then you ask yourself, 'Are we being sensitive in a correct way or are we being overly careful?'"
TV's killer cauldron is getting crowded. Now that viewers have been thrilled by the likes of
The Walking Dead's Governor, Dexter's titular killer and American Horror Story's Bloody Face, the broadcast networks are looking to maim cable's momentum by airing their own dark, twisted tales this midseason.
On Fox's The Following, James Purefoy plays Edgar Allan Poe scholar Joe Carroll, a serial killer who...
Scully is back!
Ten years after the end of The X-Files, star Gillian Anderson is returning to U.S. broadcast TV on the upcoming NBC thriller Hannibal, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Anderson, 44, will play...
Suits star Gina Torres has been added to the cast of NBC's upcoming Hannibal Lecter series Hannibal, TVLine reports.
She'll play the wife of Laurence Fishburne's FBI agent Jack Crawford. The role won't be too much of a stretch for her — the two are also married in real life.
Bryan Fuller isn't giving up on Mockingbird Lane. Now that NBC plans to air the pilot as a special later this month, it appeared that the network had thrown in the towel on its Munsters redux. But Fuller—who's in Canada overseeing NBC's upcoming take on Hannibal—tells TV Guide Magazine that he remains bullish on Mockingbird, and thinks Halloween is a perfect time to get viewers on board.
"Such a different show merits a different way of getting it out to the audience," he says. "There's been tremendous support to get it out there and get people to see it, and have them make up their own minds," he says.
Fuller's modern take on The Munsters—starring Jerry O'Connell and Portia de Rossi as Herman and Lily Munster, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa—wasn't ordered to series but instead will air as a one-hour special on Oct. 26 at 8/7c. That could be the end of the long-percolating project, which had been in the works for years...
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The next few weeks will be rough for the networks, as they parse what works — and what doesn't — among this year's crop of new shows. We asked the five broadcast network heads, plus a few key cable bosses, to give us their thoughts on what will big on the small screen.
Lara Jean Chorostecki
Another name has been added to the cast of NBC's upcoming Silence of the Lambs drama, Hannibal — but there's a twist.
The show has tapped Camelot actress Lara Jean Chorostecki to play tabloid reporter Freddie Lounds, a traditionally male role, played in previous film versions by Philip Seymour Hoffman (Red Dragon) and Stephen Lang (Manhunter) — as "Freddy Lounds," TVLine reports.
Hannibal has cast Wonderfalls' Caroline Dhavernas as its female lead, TVLine reports.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller, who created both shows, tweeted the news along with a picture of Dhavernas and her Wonderfalls lion figurine.
In the adaptation, Dhavernas will play Dr. Alana "Al" Bloom, a psychology professor and protégé of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).