First Trailer for NBC Miniseries ROSEMARY’S BABY Starring Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, and Jason Isaacs

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NBC has released the first full Rosemary’s Baby trailer for its upcoming miniseries adaptation of the 1967 Ira Levin novel of the same name.  The television event stars Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Levin (Suits) as a young couple who move into a Paris apartment with a dark past.  Saldana’s character becomes pregnant, but as the days wear on, she becomes suspicious that her husband and mysterious neighbors may have ulterior motives about the future of her child.  Director Roman Polanski previously adapted the material in 1968 to stellar results, and while I was keeping an open mind about NBC’s miniseries adaptation, this debut trailer is not particularly encouraging.  Despite roping in talented actors like Saldana and Jason Isaacs, this looks more like a cheap, straight-to-DVD horror remake than a television miniseries event (Hannibal, by comparison, looks like a $100 million prestige film).

Hit the jump to watch the Rosemary’s Baby trailer for yourself.  The four-hour, two-part miniseries begins on NBC Sunday, May 11th.

Wagner Moura & Jose Padilha Reteaming for Pablo Escobar Netflix Series NARCOS; NBC Orders David Duchovny Manson Murders Drama AQUARIUS

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Though filming is well underway on the Entourage movie, an actual Medellin is coming to the small screen.  Netflix has announced the original drama series Narcos, which will tell the story of the Medellin Cartel with Wagner Moura (Elysium) set to play trafficker and politician Pablo Escobar.  The project reunites Moura with his Elite Squad director Jose Padilha, who will serve as an executive producer on the series.  Padilha most recently helmed the big-screen RoboCop remake, though it’s unclear if he’ll also be directing episodes of Narcos.  His stated goal with the show is to “tell the true story of how cocaine became such a huge problem in the U.S. and Europe—and how it all started in Medellin.”

Netflix has ordered an initial 10-episode season of Narcos, which will shoot in Colombia and debut on the streaming service in early 2015.  Hit the jump for news concerning a straight-to-series order for a Charles Manson-focused drama starring David Duchovny.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Renewal Looking More Likely as Movie Talk Heats Up; Justin Lin Could Direct

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The unofficial “Six Seasons and a Movie” slogan for NBC’s beloved if underseen comedy Community began as an offhanded joke by Danny Pudi’s Abed, but it’s now looking like a serious harbinger for things to come.  Though creator Dan Harmon returned as showrunner for the fifth season and things have been on a creative upswing, ratings remain very low.  However, every comedy on NBC’s Thursday night lineup has low ratings.  In fact, after canceling all of its comedy shows besides Community and Parks and Recreation last year, these two remain the only comedies still chugging along on Thursday night as new bets like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J Fox Show have already fallen by the wayside.

As Community continues its low yet consistent ratings course, a sixth season renewal is looking more likely, and given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” moniker, talk of a movie is apparently heating up.  Hit the jump for more.

NBC Renews PARKS AND RECREATION, GRIMM, CHICAGO FIRE, and CHICAGO P.D.

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After an early renewal for The Blacklist in December, NBC has officially renewed four more scripted series.

  • NBC executive Robert Greenblatt all but promised Parks and Recreation would get a seventh season back in January.  But there was no official announcement until tonight’s press release matter-of-factly mentioned Parks as “previously picked up.”
  • Grimm is a reliable performer as the top scripted broadcast series on Friday nights, so NBC will bring it back for a fourth season.
  • The network renewed Chicago Fire for a third season and spinoff Chicago P.D. for a second season.

Read the press release after the break.

First Look at Matt Ryan in Costume as Constantine from NBC’s CONSTANTINE Pilot [UPDATED]

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Production crews from around the world have posted photos to Slates for Sarah, a Facebook page devoted to Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died in an accident on set in February.  It’s a cool tribute to raise awareness about safety on film sets.  Earlier today, the cast and crew of NBC’s Constantine pilot uploaded a photo from the Atlanta set.  The sweet gesture also gives us our first look at Matt Ryan in costume as Constantine, the “enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.”  Tie, trench coat, messy hair: he looks the part.

Neil Marshall (The Descent) is directing the pilot from a script by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist).  Cerone developed the story with David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).  Check out two images after the jump. [Update: We've added an official promo image and press notes]

Minnie Driver Talks ABOUT A BOY, Working with Creator Jason Katims, Developing Her Own Take on the Character, Transcending the “Sitcom” Genre, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby, written and produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and directed by Jon Favreau, the NBC comedy series About A Boy tells the story of Will Freeman (David Walton), a good-looking, charming guy who’s single, unemployed and loving it. But then, Fiona (Minnie Driver), a needy single mom, and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) move in next door and disrupt his perfect world, in what could turn out to be the best way possible.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Minnie Driver talked about how she came to be a part of this show, why she wanted to work with executive producer Jason Katims, what she enjoys about this character, how natural the dynamic between the cast is, why she wanted to develop her character separately from the original book and movie (starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette), what makes this show more than just a comedy, how much she enjoys doing a half-hour TV show, and how the dynamic between Will, Fiona and Marcus will evolve.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New Promo Trailer for HANNIBAL Season 2; Michael Pitt to Guest Star as Mason Verger

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Fans of NBC’s stylish and brilliantly acted drama Hannibal are probably still recovering from the news last year that the show would be renewed at all, rather than focusing on where the story might go next.  But Fannibals should be excited to hear that Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Pitt will be joining the cast in a major role for the upcoming season.  Hit the jump for more about his character, as well as a new promo video that shows Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) as bloodthirsty though debonair as ever (yet no word on who’s taking care of Will’s dog pack).

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt Talks PETER PAN, EMERALD CITY, THE SLAP, STATE OF AFFAIRS, PARKS AND RECREATION, GRIMM, and COMMUNITY

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman Robert Greenblatt took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as some possibilities for the future.  During the interview, he talked about how Peter Pan will be their next live production, airing on December 4th, what people can expect from their Emerald City series with a 20-year-old Dorothy in the center of it, the mini-series The Slap, about a family that gets torn apart when a child is slapped by a family member at a barbecue, State of Affairs, starring and produced by Katherine Heigl, in which she plays a special CIA advisor to the president, their development relationship with Amy Poehler, and the possibility of another season of Grimm, Parks and Recreation, and Community.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer for HANNIBAL Season 2

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The second course of Hannibal is due to be served in just over a month, and NBC has released the chilling first trailer for season two.  Things certainly look to be getting intense when the relationship between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) picks back up, and I’m incredibly eager to see how the season progresses given the events of last season’s finale.  Fair warning, if you haven’t watched the first season of Hannibal there are more than a few major spoilers in this trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Hannibal kicks off its second season on NBC February 28th.

CONSTANTINE Coming to Small Screen as NBC Pilot

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The television landscape is about to get a bit more crowded as far as superheroes are concerned, as NBC has just greenlit a pilot for Constantine.  Based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, the script for the project was written by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).  Constantine is “an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.”  Hit the jump for more.

Zoe Saldana to Star in ROSEMARY’S BABY Miniseries for NBC

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NBC has found its lead for the upcoming miniseries adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby.  We learned last month that the Hannibal network was moving forward with a miniseries based on Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby, and now Variety reports that Zoe Saldana has been tapped to lead the project.  The story focuses on a young couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a “darkly storied past.”  After getting pregnant, “the woman becomes increasingly suspicious that her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.”  Director Roman Polanski famously adapted the novel in 1968 with Mia Farrow taking on the harrowing lead role, and this iteration has James Wong (American Horror Story) and Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) penning the script.

The team behind the miniseries certainly has big shoes to fill, but Saldana—who will be seen later this year in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy—is a strong actress, so I’m interested to see her take on the titular role of Rosemary.

CHICAGO PD Review: An Old-School Cop Show with the Right Balance of Action and Drama

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“You tell me the truth so I can lie for you,” is how Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) instructs his Chicago Intelligence Unit, proving himself to be a loyal, if unconventional leader.  Chicago PD is a spin-off of NBC’s windy city series Chicago Fire, and while there are some crossover characters and plots, the show not only stands on its own, but seems to improve upon its parent series.  Unlike FirePD is not just produced by, but created by veteran TV content magician Dick Wolf, and PD feels (in the best of ways) like those early years of Law & Order – plus a little more melodrama, but that’s not a bad change.  Hit the jump for more.

Watch: PARKS AND RECREATION Cast Reflects on 100 Episodes in Retrospective Special

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Though NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation hasn’t ever been a ratings juggernaut, it has secretly (or not so secretly) been one of the most consistently funny and surprisingly emotional shows on network television.  Currently in its sixth season, the show is coming up on its 100th episode, and to mark the occasion NBC has released a web-only, 20-minute retrospective special featuring interviews with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang.  The actors discuss their favorite moments and episodes from the series, and while there are many highlights here that Parks and Rec fans will enjoy, my personal favorite just might be the glorious Perd Hapley.

Hit the jump to watch the special.  Parks and Recreation airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:30pm ET.

Fox Picks Up Rainn Wilson Drama Series BACKSTROM; NBC Orders Craig Robinson Comedy MR. ROBINSON to Series

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A couple of The Office alums have new shows potentially on tap for the 2014-15 TV season.  Last fall, CBS passed on the hourlong procedural Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson, but the project has now been granted new life at Fox.  The network has ordered 13 episodes of the crime drama, which is based on author Leif G.W. Persson’s book series of the same name.  Created by Bones mastermind Hart Hanson, Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson as “an offensive, irascible detective” who tries to change his self-destructive behavior to no avail.  Backstrom leads Portland’s Serious Crimes Unit, which is where the procedural element comes in.

Hit the jump for the full press release and news concerning a new NBC series starring Craig Robinson.

First Promos for THE TONIGHT SHOW Starring Jimmy Fallon and LATE NIGHT with Seth Meyers

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The Winter Olympics isn’t the only major piece of programming poised to air on NBC in the next few months.  The network will be shuffling its late night schedule in a big way when Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show and Seth Meyers steps into his new role as host of Late Night, and now promos for both programs have been released online.  The Late Night with Seth Meyers promo is more on the fun side, complete with SNL cameos and some solid jokes, while The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon promo focuses more on the legacy of The Tonight Show.  It’s nice to see that NBC doesn’t completely gloss over Conan O’Brien’s tenure as host of The Tonight Show, but he certainly deserves more recognition than he gets in this debut promo.

Hit the jump to watch the promo videos.  The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon debuts on NBC February 17th and Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres February 24th.

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