As we're reminded most recently by Gracepoint, Fox's so-so remake of the brilliant mystery series Broadchurch (shown here on BBC America), the British seem to have a knack for executing certain genres with more sophisticated aplomb. That includes the adult spy thriller, of which BBC America's six-part The Game (Wednesday, 10/9c) is an especially taut specimen.
Robin Tunney, Simon Baker
The Mentalist's final season will begin Sunday, Nov. 30 at 9:30 ET/9 PT, CBS announced Tuesday.
On the wall of a tiny wood cabin outside Prescott, Arizona, hangs a large poster of Cody Lundin staring intensely with a thin half-smile. Below him is a quote: "Learn survival skills from an expert." Lundin was one of the stars of the Discovery Channel series Dual Survival for three and a half of the show's first four seasons, until he departed abruptly late last year. He has been a survival instructor, running his Aboriginal Living Skills School, since the early '90s. This cabin is ostensibly the school's store, though there's little for sale beyond...
Cheryl Burke and Antonio Sabato Jr.
After 18 seasons on Dancing with the Stars, Cheryl Burke maintains that she's ready to pack it in... probably.
"As of now, it's still up in the air if I'm coming back or not. Contractually, my contract is over and there's other opportunities that have been out there for me," Burke, who has been on the show consecutively since Season 2, tells TVGuide.com. "Will it most likely be my last season? I would have to say yes."
Comedies with an actual point of view are as rare as they are welcome — especially in a fall awash in mediocre new cookie-cutter romantic comedies. Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish (9:30/8:30c) would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism. (It's also about time ABC scheduled a smart family comedy after its multiple-Emmy-winning champ Modern Family.)
Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union
Longtime couple Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are officially married.
The actress and NBA player tied the knot on Saturday at the Chateau Artisan castle in Miami, Us Weekly reports.
It's a family affair this fall as Survivor storms the beaches of Nicaragua for Survivor: San Juan del Sur. The 29th season of the CBS reality franchise (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 24, 8/7c) resurrects last year's fan-favorite Blood vs. Water twist, this time pitting 18 brand new contestants against each other and their family members. But fans of reality television will recognize two faces: twin sisters Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, who have already appeared on two cycles of The Amazing Race.
Other castaways include ...
Jeff Probst, Spencer Bledsoe
The editing team on Survivor is prepared to snuff the torch on the show's upcoming 29th season if contractual demands aren't met.
The Motion Picture Editors Guild announced Wednesday via Twitter that the show's editors were going on strike after their request for negotiations on a union contract from CBS fell on deaf ears. The walkout lasted less than 12 hours, however, as producer Mark Burnett's company Island Post Productions agreed to talks with the group of about 24 post-production staff members, according to Deadline.
NCIS, Big Bang Theory
CBS announced a "multi-phase rollout" of its fall programming Tuesday, with premiere dates for Survivor, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory and more stretching from September through the end of October.
The Big Bang Theory
CBS is shaking up its schedule this fall. The Big Bang Theory is moving to Mondays at 8/7c while the network airs NFL Thursday Night Football. But starting on Oct. 30, The Big Bang will return to Thursdays at 8/7c. That same week will also see the series debut of new comedyThe McCarthys and the premiere of Two and a Half Men's final season, which will air Thursdays at 9/8c.
Other shows moving to new nights are NCIS: Los Angeles, which will head to Mondays at 10/9c, following new drama Scorpion; The Amazing Race, which will shift to Fridays at 8/7c to make way for Tea Leoni's Madam Secretary on Sundays at 8/7c; and CSI, which will relocate to Sundays at 10/9c and split the timeslot with new spin-off CSI: Cyber.