Fresh off the announcement of its primetime 2013-14 schedule this morning, ABC has released first-look trailers for all of its new series. We already shared the full trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but here are the other new shows that we’ll be looking at today:
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – The spinoff series of the network’s fantasy show stars Sophie Lowe as the titular Alice and features John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit.
- Trophy Wife – A mixed family comedy starring Malin Akerman as a reformed party girl who must contend with her new husband’s (Bradley Whitford) numerous ex-wives.
- Betrayal – A drama series starring Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend as new lovers who find themselves on opposite sides of a murder investigation.
- Killer Women – A midseason drama series starring Tricia Helfer as the only female Texas Ranger patrolling the Texas frontier.
- Mind Games – Steve Zahn and Christian Slater star in this midseason drama procedural about two brothers who use the hard science of psychological manipulation to solve clients’ problems.
- Mixology – From the screenwriters behind The Hangover, this ensemble comedy stars Blake Lee and Andrew Santino and centers on ten single people who cross paths in a bar.
- Resurrection – The people in a small Missouri town are forever changed when their deceased love ones suddenly start to return. Omar Epps stars in this midseason drama series.
- Lucky 7 - A drama series about seven friends who unexpectedly win the lottery. Isiah Whitlock Jr. stars.
- And the new comedies Super Fun Night (starring Rebel Wilson), The Goldbergs (starring Jeff Garlin), and Back in the Game (starring James Caan).
Hit the jump to watch the trailers and to check out some images from the new series.
Earlier this week, we got our first look at the highly-anticipated new series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The new series takes place after The Avengers, and has Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) leading a new team of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives against supernatural forces. Today, seven more seconds of precious footage have been released, and Coulson announces “Welcome to Level 7″. Some may wonder, “What is Level 7″? I wonder if these incredibly brief snippets of footage will be a consistent thing throughout the summer. If so, that’s incredibly obnoxious. The people who would watch seven seconds of footage are already going to see the show. Provide real trailers or keep the show under wraps (I suspect the next major look at the show will come during Comic-Con).
Hit the jump to watch seven seconds of footage because you’re already going to see the show. The series also stars also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Chloe Bennet. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesdays this fall on ABC. [Update: ABC has released a full 3-minute trailer for the series, which is now included after the jump.]
“Underwater” was an interesting but fragmented penultimate episode for Bates Motel‘s first season, especially after that shocker last week. This may have been my least favorite episode of the season, because though it set up a final showdown really well, I don’t feel all that invested with the Abernathy situation yet. We know he’s an uber villain who was Shelby and Keith Summers boss, but his vague threats to Norma seemed to reflect more of her own craziness than his. Norman hardly had anything to do this week, and Bradley continues to successfully manipulate everyone in town. Hit the jump for why crazy people keep gravitating towards Norma (hint: she’s crazy!)
And the upfronts madness continues. ABC has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 TV season, and there are a few shakeups to be found. Here are some of the highlights:
- The highly-anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will kick off Tuesday night’s programming at 8pm ET, followed by a block of entirely new series including The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Lucky 7.
- The Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will run concurrently with the original series, as it will air Thursday nights at 8pm ET.
- Rebel Wilson’s new series Super Fun Night will air in the coveted post-Modern Family slot on Wednesday nights.
- The reality competition show Dancing With the Stars has been cut back to one night a week, with the results show scrapped entirely.
- The Neighbors has been moved from Wednesdays to Fridays, where it will air after Last Man Standing at 8:30pm ET.
- Returning comedy series Suburgatory is being held for midseason, so don’t expect to see it until after the new year.
- As previously reported, the Pixar special Toy Story of Terror will air later this year.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup, and check back on Collider soon for some images and trailers for all of the new series.
Monday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a look at the original scripted programming for the night:
- The mother of all reveals occurred on last night’s season finale of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and the episode notched a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.37 million viewers. That’s up nearly a full ratings point from last week’s season low 2.6 rating.
- Elsewhere at CBS, 2 Broke Girls hit a 2.9 rating and 8.93 million viewers for a rise of two tenths from last week’s 2.7 rating, Mike & Molly scored a 2.4 rating and 8.32 million viewers for a rise of one tenth from last week’s 2.3 rating, and Hawaii Five-0 was down a tenth from last week with a 1.8 rating and 7.68 million viewers.
- NBC’s Revolution dropped a tenth from last week’s 2.0 rating to a 1.9 rating and garnered 5.72 million viewers.
- ABC’s Castle notched a 2.2 rating and 11.26 million viewers, which is up two tenths from last week’s 2.0 rating.
- Finally, the series finale of The CW’s 90210 was even with last week’s 0.3 rating and scored 620,000 viewers.
Bittersweet news, folks. After eight years on Saturday Night Live, castmember Bill Hader has announced that he will exit the series after the end of this current season. Speaking with the New York Times, Hader explained, “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point. It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ” The actor has been a standout on the show since his first appearance in 2005, solidifying himself as one of the best impressionists in SNL history with dead-on portrayals of everyone from Alan Arkin to Vincent Price. His original characters are highlights as well, with Stefon appearances on Weekend Update eliciting squeals from both the live audience and folks watching at home. Hit the jump for more.
PBS has announced the US premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of everyone’s favorite early 20th century soap, Downton Abbey. The drama series will return on January 5, 2014 and will run through February 23rd on PBS. Those hoping the new season would air alongside the UK run in order to avoid spoilers will be disappointed, as season four will again air overseas months before its US premiere. Following last year’s abrupt exit of actor Dan Stevens, the fourth season will be chock full of new cast members like Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, and Dame Harriet Walter. Season four will also see the return of Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mother.
J.J. Abrams was the guest on The Daily Show last night, and lest you think that host Jon Stewart is somehow not a nerd, the conversation between the two quickly delved into a Star Wars vs. Star Trek discussion that had Stewart lambasting Abrams for saying he wasn’t a fan of Trek growing up. It’s a pretty great (and candid) conversation, and Abrams also talks a bit about how his approach to Star Wars differs to that of Star Trek. Moreover, the two talk briefly about Stewart’s upcoming directorial debut, Rosewater, with Abrams revealing that he provided some input on Stewart’s script for the film, which is slated to shoot this summer. Hit the jump to watch the full interview.
After releasing its new primetime schedule, Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, held a conference call to talk about some of the changes and additions that were made. Even though a number of new drama series and comedies were announced, most of the attention seems to be focused on the return of 24, likely to return in May as a compressed 12-episode run that, if successful, could become a more regular event on the network.
During the interview, Reilly also talked about how they’re going to approach their comedy block this year, why New Girl gets the post-Super Bowl slot, and where Gleewill be heading in the next two seasons. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
One of the best written and best acted dramas currently on network (or any) television is Hannibal, from show creator Bryan Fuller. Based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, the series follows the unsettling relationship between psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Bryan Fuller talked about how the series came about, how he gauges the level of violence on the show, how he ended up with Dancy, Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne as his lead actors, how fascinating the character relationships are, that knowing the eventual destination of these characters is a huge gift, when Hannibal Lecter’s famous face mask could appear, how the Red Dragon story would come into play in Season 4, adding some female characters to the mix, how they decide what meals Dr. Lecter will prepare and serve, future romantic relationships for the serial killer, and what Gillian Anderson brings to the show. He also talked about the possibility of a Kickstarter campaign for a Pushing Daisies movie. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Fresh off Fox’s unveiling of its fall 2013-14 schedule this morning, the network has released first look trailers and images for its new series. Briefly:
- Almost Human – A futuristic cop drama starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe).
- Dads – A live-action sitcom starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green, from executive producer Seth MacFarlane.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine – A buddy cop comedy starring Andy Samberg and Joe Lo Truglio, from executive producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation).
- Sleepy Hollow – An modern-day retelling of the classic story starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe).
- Enlisted – An army base-set comedy starring Geoff Stults, from executive producer Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town).
- Midseason dramas Rake (starring Greg Kinnear) and Gang Related (starring Terry O’Quinn), and midseason comedies Surviving Jack (starring Christopher Meloni), Us & Them (starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel), and the animated Murder Police.
Hit the jump to check out trailers and images for the aforementioned series. [Update: We've updated the article with the recently-released trailers for Surviving Jack and Gang Related]
Sunday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a look at the night’s original scripted programming:
- Kicking off Fox’s Animation Domination was a double dose of the recently cancelled The Cleveland Show, which earned a 0.8 rating and 1.92 million viewers and a 1.0 rating and 2.22 million viewers for its two episodes. Both were down from its last original, which hit a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo.
- The Simpsons was even with last week’s 1.9 rating and scored 4.09 million viewers, Bob’s Burgers was down a tenth from last week’s 1.5 rating with a 1.6 rating and 3.27 million viewers, Family Guy earned a 2.4 rating and 4.72 million viewers for a rise of one tenth from last week, and American Dad notched a 1.9 rating and 3.94 million viewers for a drop of four tenths from its last new episode’s 2.3 rating.
- Over at ABC, Once Upon a Time was even with last week’s 2.2 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers, and the two-hour season finale of Revenge hit a 1.6 rating and 6.04 million viewers for a drop of two tenths from last week’s 1.8 rating.
In the flurry of chaotic renewal and cancellation news, Fox has released its new primetime schedule that includes seven new series among its many renewals (including five nights of Gordon Ramsay! … Almost). The broadcast network is premiering J.J. Abrams’s sci-fi police drama Almost Human on Monday nights in late fall, along with with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s fantasy series Sleepy Hollow in the second time slot in early fall (with encores on Friday nights) before The Following returns (why oh why). Tuesday remains a comedy night, with the addition of Dads and the Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Hit the jump for the full new line-up and schedule, and look for images and videos from the new series coming later today.
Yesterday, NBC revealed their line-up for the 2013-2014 season. Today, they’ve released trailers for six of their upcoming series: The Blacklist, The Michael J. Fox Show, Dracula, Ironside, Sean Saves the World, and Welcome to the Family. The Blacklist has promise partially because of James Spader and partially because it appears to be a cross between Hannibal and Homeland. I love Michael J. Fox, but his show appears to be, “I have Parkinson’s, but it’s okay because we’re going to laugh about it!” As for Dracula, Welcome to the Family, Ironside, and Sean Saves the World, they all look like they will be swiftly canceled (Ironside comes off as a parody of a TV trailer while Sean Saves the World looks like a CBS comedy that wandered onto another network).
Hit the jump to check out the trailers, and click on the corresponding links for NBC’s other new series, About a Boy, Believe, Chicago PD, Crisis, Crossbones, The Family Guide, The Night Shift, and Undateable.
24 almost seems like a relic in 2013. It was perfectly in tune with the neo-con zeitgeist when it came to dealing with the War on Terror. Specifically, “If the suspect doesn’t give you information, torture him or her some more.” The show also wasn’t very good, but it still managed to run eight seasons. We previously reported that Fox was considering bringing Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) back for a limited series, which would be the only way to see the character again since in March we learned that the 24 movie wasn’t going to happen. Today, Fox has announced that 24 is set to return to Fox next May for a 12-episode limited series entitled, 24: Live Another Day. If it’s really the same show, shouldn’t it be titled, “12: Live Another Day“?
I’m curious to see where Jack Bauer fits in when it comes to the age of drone strikes. Then again, after the Boston bombings, Bauer may be relevant again. The show was almost born out of 9/11, and with a recent terrorist attack, some viewers may want to take comfort in a hard-charging special agent who has a gun in one hand and a PDA in the other. Hit the jump for the press release.