The Fall 2012 TV season began in earnest this week, with most shows having their series/season premieres. Here’s a brief glance at the highlights:
- CBS’ Sherlock Holmes update Elementary debuted strong with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo for 13.41 million viewers.
- Also at CBS, The Big Bang Theory scored its highest rated season premiere ever with a 5.0 rating and a solid 15.66 million viewers.
- Things weren’t all rosy at The Eye, however, as Hawaii Five-0 was way down with a 1.8 rating. That’s a significant drop from last year’s season premiere rating of 3.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo.
- NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution saw an unsurprising drop in viewers from last week’s season premiere, though the 3.4 rating with 9.21 million viewers shows a healthy hold from last week’s 4.1 rating.
- Unfortunately, ABC’s excellent pilot for Last Resort debuted to a slightly disappointing 2.2 rating with 9.31 million viewers.
Hit the jump for the TV ratings for the week of September 23 – 29, including New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Grimm, Fringe, South Park, Sons of Anarchy, Castle, and much more.
The upfronts are nearing an end, and we’ve already seen the new schedules from NBC, Fox, and ABC. Now it’s CBS’s turn. The readers of this site may not exactly be CBS’s target demo—though I’m still watching and enjoying How I Met Your Mother—but The Eye is hoping to change that with a few promising new series slated for this fall. Shifts for returning series include moving the Ashton Kutcher-enhanced Two and a Half Men to Thursdays, while The Mentalist (which is probably your parents’ favorite show) will now air on Sunday. Also, the young-skewing comedy 2 Broke Girls has been pushed back to the prime 9pm slot on Mondays after doing well at 8:30. Moreover, I’m now aware that a show unironically called Crimetime Saturday exists.
As far as new series go, I’m really only keeping my eye on Elementary at this point. I didn’t really find the need for a new Sherlock Holmes series given that we already have the beyond excellent Sherlock (and, to a lesser extent, House), but I’m willing to check out this new drama (starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson) to see what they’ve come up with. Hit the jump to check out CBS’s schedule.
NBC has cast the lead in their drama/mystery pilot, Midnight Sun. Julia Stiles will play FBI cult specialist, Leah Kafka, as she leads an investigation into the disappearance of Midnight Sun, a cult-like, communal group living in Alaska. Stiles is joined by Emma Bell (Frozen) who plays Rory, the daughter of the cult’s leader (played by Titus Welliver of Lost). Daniella Pineda (Newlyweds) is also on board. From Deadline, the pilot, written by Lisa Zwerling (Awake), is the first series for Stiles, who has previously done a season-long guest starring arc on Showtime’s Dexter.
In other TV series news, star of Hawaii Five-O Alex O’Loughlin will be taking a short break from the CBS series reboot. Hit the jump to find out why.
It’s been 36 years since Ed Asner took a guest role in the original Hawaii Five-0 series in 1975, and now Deadline reports the veteran actor will return as that exact same character on CBS’ series reboot. In a strange almost paradoxical turn, footage from the original series will be used in the new episode featuring Asner’s return. The original episode titled Wooden Model of a Rat saw Asner playing August March, an up-and-coming world class smuggler. Thirty years later, March is reformed after spending 30 years in prison for murder. Living on O’ahu, the new Five-0 crew approached March to help with a smuggling case. This seems like a strange merging of the two series, but it’s definitely a cool move for fans of the original series who have stuck with the reboot. It may not make the most sense (at least on the surface), but it’s certainly an interesting idea.
It’s been more than thirty years since Jack Lord last uttered the famous words, “Book ‘em, Danno.” Fans of Detective Steve McGarrett and the original Hawaii Five-0 should be pleased that the new iteration pays homage to series creator Leonard Freeman and provides plenty of nostalgia along the way. What writers Alex Kurtzman, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci bring in addition to the police procedural format is robust character development for each member of the team and a willingness to explore moral ambiguity in their characters’ actions.
Starring Alex O’Loughlin (The Shield), Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), the first season of Hawaii Five-O is simultaneously a nostalgic reboot, an engaging mystery and a high-octane action series that’s one of the most entertaining on television today. Hit the jump for my review.
As you may have noticed, we’ve been a bit flooded with content for the past week thanks in no small part to Comic-Con 2011. We’ve been posting our full-scale coverage from the convention (I’m still trying to catch up on sleep), which has included a large number of interviews. We know some of you might have missed a few of these interviews, so we’ve compiled a sort of “catch up” list of 10 that we thought you might enjoy.
Not all of the interviews are Comic-Con related, but we’ve got conversations with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, Damon Lindelof, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Marc Webb, Steve Carell, Patrick Stewart, Don Cheadle, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, Nicolas Winding Refn, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Don Cheadle and Kate Beckinsale. Hit the jump for some quick recaps and links to the full interviews.
With Cowboys & Aliens hitting theaters tomorrow, yesterday afternoon I sat down with screenwriters/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for an extended interview. During our wide ranging conversation, we discussed Comic-Con, Cowboys & Aliens, balancing the western genre with Sci-Fi, Harrison Ford, Kurtzman’s directorial debut Welcome to People (which stars Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Banks), Hawaii Five-0, Fringe, the potential for TV show crossovers, the Star Trek sequel, 3D, Ender’s Game, the Star Trek video game (which takes place after the first movie), and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
It looks like Lost veteran Terry O’Quinn is going back to the island. Well, it may not be the island, but the actor will be spending time on Hawaii Five-0 in a pivotal recurring role on the series remake. What makes this even more exciting for Lost fans is the new gig will reunite O’Quinn with Daniel Dae Kim who played Jin on the sci-fi castaway series. As for O’Quinn’s role on the show, TV Line says he will play Navy Seal Lt. Commander who trained McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in Coronado, and served with his father in Vietnam. He’s described as strong, stubborn and a man you want in your corner when things go south. Apparently he also will bring about some answers to long-standing mysteries concerning the murder of McGarrett’s mother and father. I’m glad to have Terry O’Quinn back on TV, but I wish Odd Jobs with him and Michael Emerson would’ve gotten picked up instead of being pushed back to the 2012 development season.
After putting his best foot forward with work in films like Training Day and both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, it looks like Ethan Hawke taking post at Fox with his first major TV series. Deadline reports the actor will both star in and produce Exit Strategy, a potential series which would focus on a team of 5 experts associated with the CIA who are deployed when an operation goes bad to extract those in danger before it’s too late. Hawke would play the team leader, the architect of the plan who would rather die than fail them. Set up as a procedural, each episode would deal with a different crises at different locales around the world. The pilot was written by Safe House screenwriter David Guggenheim and several unnamed A-List directors apparently already circling the project. Sounds like a decent replacement for Fox’s now finished action series 24, and with Hawke attached, we’ll likely see it get picked up for next season.
Details on a couple guest stars for Hawaii Five-0 and No Ordinary Family after the jump.
It’s that time where networks start deciding which new shows will be sticking around for an entire season (NBC has already kicked things off), and which will end up in the dumpster on the backlot. CBS is apparently feeling very generous this year as the network has just announced (via press release) that they have ordered full seasons for every single one of their new series this season. The police drama remake Hawaii Five-0, the half-hour, Twitter-inspired comedy $#*! My Dad Says, the plus-sized sitcom Mike & Molly, the Tom Selleck led drama Blue Bloods, and Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi’s turn as Las Vegas lawyers in The Defenders will be sticking around for the entire season run.
Since none of these shows really tickled my fancy, this move from CBS kind of makes it seem like Santa is giving everyone presents, but all he has is candy corn. I don’t like candy corn. Anyone out there happy to have any of these shows sticking around?
On the new re-imagining of Hawaii Five-0, Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin is playing Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and decides to stay after Hawaii’s Governor persuades him to head up a new team to rid the Island of its worst criminals.
First brought to the attention of audiences when he starred as Mick St. John on the vampire series Moonlight, and then again as an organ transplant doctor on the medical drama Three Rivers, this highly-anticipated series marks the actor’s third try with CBS and he certainly has his fingers crossed that this one makes it past 13 episodes. But, with a stellar cast that includes Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, and executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci behind the camera, it seems as though it’s as close to a sure thing as you can get in Hollywood.
During a recent interview, Alex O’Loughlin talked about paying homage to the original while still making a modern version, the pressure that comes with taking on such an iconic role and what it’s been like adapting to life in Hawaii. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The time is finally upon us for the 2010 fall TV season to kick off next week with the return of all your favorite series and the premiere of some brand new ones for you to sink your teeth into (or forget about completely). We’ve been posting reviews here and there for several of the new shows, but right now we’re just going to give you the line-up of most of the new series hitting the different networks complete with plot description and premiere time. You can find the line-up after the jump (organized chronologically by premiere date), but stay tuned for more pilot reviews as the fall season starts next week as well as episode recaps for several prominent series both new and old.
The new CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission it is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Led by Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, the team, which includes Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), ex-Police Detective Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and recent Police Academy graduate Kono (Grace Park), work together to eliminate the seedy elements from the beautiful and serene state.
In a recent interview, executive producer Peter Lenkov and pilot director Len Wiseman talked about how they’re setting this version of Hawaii Five-0 apart from the original, what they went through in determining the perfect cast, developing the shooting style and look for the show, and what viewers can expect in episodes to come. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
CBS has announced their premiere dates for Fall 2010, and virtually everything drops during the week of September 20-26. To find out when to mark your calendar for the return of old favorites like How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, and CSI, or potential adoptees like Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, S#*! My Dad Says, Blue Bloods, hit the jump.
With the release of CBS’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. Here we have short promos for freshman shows $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, and Blue Bloods. You can see that CBS is working in their wheelhouse here (three-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas), resulting in a slate with a good chance of success in the fall. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.