Sarah Shahi, Paige Turco and Taraji P. Henson
Last Thursday, I was honored to moderate a panel at the "Made in NY" PaleyFest at New York's Paley Center, celebrating the third season of CBS's terrific cyber-thriller Person of Interest. Before the discussion with many of the show's cast and executive producer Jonathan Nolan, there was a screening of this week's episode (Tuesday, 10/9c) — the best of the season to date, and a fairly pivotal one — that is especially enjoyable in how it showcases the series' fabulous femmes fatales. With the target du jour a chameleon Casanova, the women must act as nightclub and social-media bait: an off-duty and glammed-up Carter (Taraji P. Henson), the ferociously trigger-happy Shaw (Sarah Shahi, hilariously playing against her natural beauty) and Reese's favorite fixer, the alluring Zoe Morgan (recurring co-star Paige Turco). A CBS contact refers to them as "Finch's Angels," and if they want to spin themselves off, that would be fine by me. A scene where the three ladies of the evening compare their weaponry is a riot. So's a later scene in which Shaw reflects on her disdain for relationships. (When I asked Shahi if Shaw has a soft side, she wasted no time in barking a "No.")
Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison
Question: So we had the first cancellation of the season with Lucky 7 after two showings. There are no tears from me as I never watched it. My question is: On what planet did anyone ever perceive this show's premise to be interesting or sustainable? Out of the hundreds of pilots, it is sometimes hard to believe someone at ABC thought this was one of the best. What do you think is next? — Rob
Matt Roush: Next for ABC, or next in the long annals of "what were they thinking" pilots? (That sound you hear is ABC kicking itself for not keeping Body of Proof around as a back-up, because for the time being, Scandal repeats will be airing in place of the unlucky 7.) To be fair, Lucky was based on a more successful British series, The Syndicate, but something clearly got lost in translation. (Same thing must have happened regarding ABC's equally mediocre Betrayal, based on a Dutch series and adapted by the same exec producer, who's batting 0 for 2 right now.) Your point about the sustainability of a pilot's premise is a good one, and comes up frequently when analyzing the failure of shows as disparate as last season's Last Resort and (though it may be premature) this season's Hostages — more on that one later. But from the moment many of us saw clips of Lucky 7 at last spring's upfront presentation, it felt like nothing we could imagine almost anyone would want to see. And we were right.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a big tumble in its second week.
The ABC series, which posted the biggest drama debut in four years, pulled in 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Tuesday, dropping 34 percent from last week. S.H.I.E.L.D. placed third in the timeslot
Iain De Casetecker, Elizabeth Henstridge
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted to marvelous numbers.
The highly anticipated drama premiered Tuesday to 11.9 million viewers and a 4.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the best drama debut since V's bow in 2009 and the highest-rated new show so far. S.H.I.E.L.D. dominated ...
Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg
When it comes to heavy lifting, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is being asked to flex more than its share of muscle. Leading off an entire night of new ABC programming (always a risk, especially in these fragmented times), taking on TV's top-rated drama (NCIS), satisfying the expectations of Marvel Comics fans and Joss Whedon's considerable cult following, that's a lot for any spin-off to live up to, even with source material like The Avengers.
Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson
There might be some growing pains on Person of Interest this season.
Although Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) are now working full-time with Shaw (new series regular Sarah Shahi), it seems the new partnership isn't exactly going as well as Finch would have hoped..
J.J. Abrams is helping bring a big screen sci-fi classic to the small screen.
The Star Trek director is teaming up with Lost executive producer Bryan Burk and...
Francie Swift, Dylan McDermott
Freshman CBS drama Hostages has added a potentially crucial piece to the highly serialized show's puzzle.
Francie Swift (Law & Order: SVU, Gossip Girl) has landed the possibly recurring role of Nina, the wife of Dylan McDermott's FBI agent-turned-terrorist Duncan Carlisle, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Although details about her character are scarce, sources say she will be central to the long-arc plot of the first season....
Bryan Cranston, Joshua Malina, Michael Weatherly
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Walt looks pretty sickly in the Breaking Bad flash-forward. Will we get more of those scenes in the final episodes? — Tom
ADAM: Probably not many. "Look to last year for the shape of [the season]," creator Vince Gilligan says. (Season 5 opened with a flash-forward, but didn't return to it again until Sunday's premiere.) However, as noted by Walt's return to chemotherapy, his health is of supreme interest to Gilligan & Co. "I don't know if lung cancer is ever cured," Gilligan says coyly. "It's a very insidious thing and you never know when it's going to rear its ugly head. We always kept that in mind and we want to pay off that initial story engine."
Will Abby and David get back together on Scandal this season? — Jones
NATALIE: Things are definitely not over between Abby and David...
Person of Interest is rooting for Root.
The CBS sci-fi thriller has promoted Amy Acker to series regular for the upcoming Season 3, it was announced at Saturday's Comic-Con panel. Root is a talented assassin and cyber-hacker for hire who is intent on setting the Machine free. In the Season 2 finale ...