Michelle Dockery Talks DOWNTON ABBEY Season 4, Her Reaction to Season 3′s Cast Departures, Lady Mary as a Mother, Love Interests, and More

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Returning to PBS’ Masterpiece for Season 4 on January 5, 2014, the hit drama series Downton Abbey returns to find the beloved characters learning to deal with last season’s shocking tragedy.  Cast members Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Lily James and a host of others, will be joined by Shirley MacLaine, Paul Giamatti and a handful of new faces.

During the PBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, Michelle Dockery talked about how sad it was to lose some of the actors last season, Lady Mary’s love life, how Mary will be as a mother, what sort of relationship Mary and Tom (Allen Leech) will have this season, how they’re all signed on for Season 5, and that’s she’s a bit shy about social media.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

TOP 5: First Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, 2 GUNS Interviews, AMERICAN HUSTLE, Short Film TRUTH IN JOURNALISM, TCA Press Tour Coverage

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As great a time as I’ve had at the movies this summer, basking in the glow of giant blockbuster after giant blockbuster, watching The Way, Way Back last weekend was a relief. A barely average waterpark stood in place of the massive action set pieces I had grown accustomed to. A teenager from a broken home struggling to find a shred of self-confidence was the substitute for the oft-used extinction of civilization as we know it stake. Although I hesitate to call the film great (I would reserve that attribute for the similarly-themed Adventureland if pressed), it was exactly what I needed at the time: a small-scale comedy/drama with both feet planted firmly on the ground and characters I could invest in. With films like The Way, Way Back currently playing nationwide, if you’re still suffering from blockbuster sensory overload then you only have yourself to blame.

My recommendation for curing the common blockbuster aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the moving first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2 Guns interviews with director Baltasar Kormakur and more, the first trailer and official images from David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, Joe Lynch‘s very cool short film Truth in Journalism featuring one of my favorite Marvel characters, and our own Christina Radish covering the heck out of the TCA Press Tour with Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Game of Thrones related posts. Let’s meet on the other side of the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks THE CARRIE DIARIES, SUPERNATURAL, ARROW, the Wonder Woman Series AMAZON, and More

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As part of The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, network president Mark Pedowitz took some time to discuss current programming, upcoming series and shows in various development stages.  During the interview, he talked about how The Carrie Diaries came about, what attracted the network to Cult, the genesis for the possible The Vampire Diaries spin-off about the Originals (with Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin, and set in New Orleans), that The Selection and Wonderland are still in pilot contention, how the Wonder Woman project Amazon is progressing, their interest in other DC Comics characters, that they are no longer pursuing a Battle Royale series, and how they feel about current shows Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, Nikita and Hart of Dixie.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX, Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 3, THE AMERICANS, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Season 10, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager of FX Networks John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series, new shows, and what they see as possibilities for their future line-up.  During the interview, he spoke about the importance of establishing trust with your showrunners, having strong female leads at the center of their upcoming drama series The Americans and The Bridge, what he’s heard about casting for Season 3 of American Horror Story, the plan for the next 90 episodes of Anger Management and the tweaking they’ve done to the show, how he sees It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia having a 10-season run, and broadcaster responsibility, in regard to violence on television.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Mitch Hurwitz Talks ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Season 4, Bringing Michael Cera Into the Writers’ Room, and Status of the Movie

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At the TCA Press Tour presentation for Netflix, Arrested Development show creator Mitch Hurwitz and most of the actors got together to discuss the new chapter for the comedy series, which includes 14 new episodes being released in May.  Fans of the show have been anxiously awaiting the project, since talk of a movie started, some time ago.  Instead of that movie, for the time being, they will get to see stories focusing on different cast members for each episode, at times overlapping with other stories, and this time even including some nudity from one of the principal actors.

During the panel itself and giving some extra time for a bit after, producer/writer Mitch Hurwitz talked about how he didn’t realize how big of a challenge it would be to finally get this going, that fan fiction has scooped possible storylines, how they had to learn to not be precious with the material, bringing actor Michael Cera into the writers’ room this time, that they’re trying to make the episodes just under half an hour while they’re in the post-production process, how the movie is in a bit of limbo until they see how the new episodes do, that there are things that harken back to the old incarnation of the show but that he also feels new viewers will find these episodes very accessible, and how he hopes to have extras available on Netflix at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TCA Fox Roundup, Including New M. Night Shyamalan Series, Plus Seth Rogen to Guest-Star on THE MINDY PROJECT

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Fox has unveiled a few newsworthy items during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, including the announcement of a new series by M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines, which the network says should be evocative of Twin Peaks (how many times have we heard that before?)  Additionally, a new series called Blood Brothers is also on the slate, focusing on a true story of the West Point Class of 1861.

A few more points of interest:

  • The networks’ veteran procedural Bones has been renewed for its ninth (ninth!) season.
  • Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) is set to to guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project as Mindy’s “first kiss” (The show returns February 19th at 9:30pm)
  • Fox is unveiling “Animation Domination High-Def,” a new bloc for “alternative” comedy (translation: more super short-form, Adult Swim kinda stuff)

NBC Executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke Talk Bryan Fuller’s HANNIBAL, Keeping Audiences Aware of REVOLUTION, SMASH Season 2, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke took some time to talk about their comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and what’s to come. During this interview, they touched on when viewers might expect to see Hannibal (from show creator Bryan Fuller and starring Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter), how they’re going into production on Dracula (with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role) and pre-production on the Blackbeard series Crossbones (from Luther creator Neil Cross), how they approach violence in their programming, their upcoming series with Michael J. Fox, their approach to keeping people aware of Revolution, after a four-month hiatus, and how they feel about the changes to Season 2 of Smash.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Russell Brand Talks BRANDX, Upcoming Changes to the Show, Diablo Cody’s Directorial Debut, and DESPICABLE ME 2

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BrandX with Russell Brand features the British comedian’s honest and unfiltered point of view on current events, worldwide politics and popular culture. After a somewhat experimental series of six episodes, FX has ordered another seven installments that will return sometime in October, likely behind the new seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League.

While at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, Collider got the opportunity to participate in both the show’s panel and a 1-on-1 interview with the always outrageous and often thoughtful Russell Brand, in which he talked about what the experience of this show has been like, whether it’s been more fun or more work than he expected, what he enjoys about having such honest interactions with his audience, the creative changes he’s planning to make with the show, who he would like to exchange lives with for a day, and what he would do, if he could be President of the United States. He also talked about working with Diablo Cody on her directorial debut, his career doing family films, and how it’s been difficult to book time to do his voice work for Despicable Me 2 because they keep wanting to record during his yoga class, but that he will definitely be in it, eventually. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Jason O’Mara Talks TERRA NOVA Cancellation and What Went Wrong

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After making what he referred to as a premature decision, with Fox’s cancellation of the ambitious sci-fi drama Terra Nova and the Netflix deal not going through, actor Jason O’Mara immediately pursued a role in the CBS drama series Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss.  Premiering on September 25th, Vegas is a 1960′s period piece inspired by the true story of Ralph Lamb (Quaid), a cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas, and Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a Chicago mob fixer.

While at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, Jason O’Mara shared some thoughts about the creative issues with Terra Nova, how he felt about the cancellation of the series, that the showrunners had plans for what they could do with Season 2, and that he would have definitely stuck with it, if it had moved to Netflix.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee Talks New Series NASHVILLE, LAST RESORT, THE NEIGHBORS, Serialized Storytelling and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee took some time to talk about their new Fall line-up of comedies and dramas, and some of their already existing series.  During the interview, he spoke about what appealed to him about the new drama series Nashville (starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere), what they see for the future of Shawn Ryan’s drama series Last Resort, multi-camera versus single-camera comedies at the network, what happened with the Gotham pilot, and his thoughts on serialized storytelling.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Creator Julian Fellowes Talks DOWNTON ABBEY, Adding Shirley MacLaine to the Cast, and Teases Season 3

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Returning for Season 3 in September in the UKand January 2013 on Masterpiece on PBS, the hit drama series Downton Abbey will see wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises that grip the majestic English country estate, now that the Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, the show has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, breaking records with all of its nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards.

While at the PBS portion of the TCA Summer Press Tour, Fellowes talked about how this season will be about the recovery from the war, the advantages of being able to create a story set in the past but with a modern mind-set in writing it, what actress Shirley MacLaine will add to this season, how amused he is by the people who wrongly point out inaccuracies in the show, and how far he’d like to take the story. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

NBC Executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke Talk the Time Slot Change and Future of COMMUNITY, SMASH Season 2, Passing on THE MINDY PROJECT, Ryan Murphy’s THE NEW NORMAL, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBCUniversal, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke, who’s in charge of scripted programming, took some time to talk about their slate of comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and for the Fall season.  During this interview, they addressed the upcoming season of Community, why only 13 episodes and why on Friday night, the affects of the new showrunner, and whether it could get another season or more episodes to this next season.  They also talked about their hopes for Go On (with Matthew Perry) and The New Normal (from Ryan Murphy), why they passed The Mindy Project on to Fox, and what fans of the series can expect from Season 2 of Smash.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Kevin Reilly (Fox President of Entertainment) Talks the Future of GLEE, THE MINDY PROJECT, the Final Season of FRINGE, Seth MacFarlane and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about where things stand with some of the new comedies and dramas, as well as old favorites, Glee and Fringe.  During the interview, he spoke about their new comedy block which includes New Girl, Raising Hope, Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, what Glee 2.0 will look like, the importance of giving Fringe a final season, how they’ll approach genre programming in the future, their hope for Primetime Emmy nominations next year, and the likelihood of Seth MacFarlane returning to live-action on the network.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive: Kenneth Branagh Talks Playing the Villain and Directing JACK RYAN; Reveals He’d Like to Do an IMAX 3D Shakespeare Film

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The Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour kicked off on July 21st with the PBS portion, and Collider will be covering all of the networks and cable channels through August 3rd.  While there, I felt very fortunate to speak with acclaimed and accomplished actor/director, and recently knighted, Sir Kenneth Branagh for his BBC television series Wallander, adapted from Swedish novelist Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander detective novels.

We will run what Branagh had to say about the third series of films, premiering on PBS in September, closer to their air date, but wanted to share what he said about the next Jack Ryan film – an origin story that allows the audience to understand how Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) develops into a CIA analyst – which he is both directing and playing the villain in.  In this exclusive interview with Collider, he talked about the appeal of taking on such a strong and complicated character, how he came to the decision to both direct and star in the film, that he expects to shoot from the beginning of September until Christmas, that he thinks it’s unlikely he will shoot in either IMAX or 3D, and more.  In addition, he talked about his desire to do an IMAX 3D Shakespeare film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Lena Dunham and Producer Judd Apatow Talk HBO Series GIRLS

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Lena Dunham’s indie feature Tiny Furniture put her on the map, as an actress, writer and director. Now, HBO is adding executive producer (along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner) to her resume, for the new comedy series Girls, which premieres on April 15th. Following the lives of four very different young women in their 20s, in New York City, Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) are trying to figure life out. Even with all of the humiliations and triumphs, they’re still not sure what they want, from boys, from each other or from themselves, and things just aren’t getting any clearer.

During the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-executive producers Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow talked about how close these characters are to real life, what it’s like to produce a show for HBO, balancing this often awkward and embarrassing journey with some hope for the characters, and how, as the series progressing, all of the characters will be equally punished. Apatow also said that they would see if there’s an idea worth doing, before making a decision about Bridesmaids 2. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

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