There's not a lot of time for character development in the pilot episode of Crisis, NBC's hostage thriller that premieres Sunday. The first hour is more preoccupied with immersing viewers into the action and getting a couple of major twists out of the way than delving into the depths of its major players.
But here's what we do know: A bus of children is taken hostage by a group of highly trained criminals while on a field trip. What do the bad guys want? It's unclear. But the children's parents all hold positions of power in Washington, D.C., ranging from the CEO of a major corporation (Gillian Anderson) to the president of the United States. There's also a nearly unrecognizable Dermot Mulroney playing a shlubby parent chaperone who's an embarrassment to his daughter, but who defies expectations when it comes to the events that unfold. And in a made-for-TV coincidence, the no-nonsense FBI agent in charge of the case, Susie Dunn (Rachael Taylor), is the estranged sister of Anderson's character, Meg Fitch.
Cougar Town star Brian Van Holt had plenty of reasons to be nervous about the directing the second episode of the sitcom's fifth season.
Not only was Tuesday's episode (10/9c, TBS) Holt's directorial debut, but he was also tasked with directing Friends alum Matthew Perry's highly anticipated guest appearance. "100 percent I was nervous for sure," Holt tells TVGuide.com. "But Matthew is...
When Sundance Channel acquired the French-language zombie series The Returned, network president Sarah Barnett was concerned about how viewers might react. Not about the subject matter — the show came with high critical acclaim, and the success of The Walking Dead proved that audiences could stomach undead antics.
Meredith Stiehm is returning to Homeland as executive producer, Deadline reports.
Stiehm, who was one of the original writers on the Showtime drama, left after Season 2 to run The Bridge with Elwood Reid. But she will now depart the FX drama after striking a deal with Homeland producer Fox 21 to return for Homeland's fourth season and its fifth, pending an order from Showtime. Stiehm's deal also includes a development component.
When Adam F. Goldberg created his 1980s-set ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, he knew he needed to include a catchy title tune. "The '80s was the Golden Age of theme songs," he says. "From Golden Girls to The Facts of Life to Silver Spoons, people sometimes remember the theme songs more than they remember the show."
Goldberg co-wrote the theme song for his last comedy, Fox's short-lived Breaking In. This time, he decided to contact his favorite band...