CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler Talks the Return of UNDER THE DOME, Vince Giligan’s BATTLE CREEK, EXTANT, Limited Series and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for CBS, Network President Nina Tassler took some time to talk about their upcoming scheduling, as well as their line-up of event series.  During the interview she talked about the return of Under the Dome on June 30th, the Dovekeepers mini-series, the 13-episode series Battle Creek, written by Vince Gilligan, the Amblin Television series Extant, starring Halle Berry, and why limited series and mini-series have become popular again.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

CBS Sets Premiere Dates for Season 2 of UNDER THE DOME and the New Series EXTANT Starring Halle Berry

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CBS has set premiere dates for two high-profile sci-fi shows:

  • Under the Dome, starring Dean Norris, Mike Vogel and Rachel Lefevre, will return for its second season starting Monday, June 30th at 10pm.
  • Extant, a new sci-fi series starring Halle Berry as an astronaut returning from a year-long solo mission in space with an unexpected visitor, premiering Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm.

Hit the jump for more on each series.

Britt Robertson Talks DELIVERY MAN, Working with Vince Vaughn, the Audition Process for TOMORROWLAND, UNDER THE DOME, and More

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Now playing in theaters is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man.  Ken Scott directs this remake of his 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck.  Vince Vaughn stars as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic.  Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson.  For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson. She talked about being a fan of Vince Vaughn and what it was like to work with him, the way she prepares for a role, what she collects, getting to work with Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof on Tomorrowland (plus a bit on her character), her reaction to reading the script for the first time, Under the Dome, Jon Kasdan’s The First Time, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Colin Ford Talks UNDER THE DOME, What Surprised Him about Season 1, Unanswered Questions, Losing Cast Members, Stephen King, and Pranks on Set

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Just in time for the holiday season, and as a perfect way to kill time until Season 2 airs in 2014, the much talked about CBS hit summer series Under the Dome is now on Blu-ray.  In addition to all 13 episodes, the collection includes never-before-seen special features with insight from Stephen King about how his best-selling story is being brought to life, a look at how the characters are being developed, a visit to the set and look at the costume design, the making of the pilot, and commentary about the overall series from the production team and cast members.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Colin Ford (who plays adventurous teenager, Joe McAlister) talked about what most surprised him about the journey of Season 1, which unanswered questions he’s dying to get the answers to, how difficult it’s been to already have lost some cast members, how awesome it is to have Stephen King’s involvement, the biggest challenges in making the show, the crazy pranks they pull on set, how he thinks he might react if he suddenly found himself trapped under a dome, and that he expects they’ll start shooting Season 2 in February or March of 2014.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.  

New to Blu-ray/DVD: THE HOBBIT Extended Edition, TWILIGHT FOREVER, BOY MEETS WORLD: The Complete Collection, and More

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This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith.  Briefly:

BREAKING BAD’s Dean Norris Talks about Filming the Series Final Episodes, How the Show Changed His Life and Working on CBS’ UNDER THE DOME

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We’ve already heard from Breaking Bad’s “Ozymandias” director Rian Johnson on his behind-the-scenes experience filming the episode, but today, ASAC Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) gets his say.  If you’re all caught up on Breaking Bad and haven’t read Allison’s review of the latest episode, do so now.  We’ll keep the spoilers for after the jump, where the Harvard grad talks about filming the final episodes of the series, talking to the writers and director Johnson about how to tweak some of his scenes, and how starring on the show has changed his life and career.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say and keep in mind that there are spoilers.

Monday TV Ratings: SLEEPY HOLLOW Marks Fox’s Best Debut in Six Years; UNDER THE DOME Finishes Strong

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It’s that time of year again, folks.  The Fall TV season is upon us, which means our daily TV ratings rundown is back.  Most of the networks don’t start their new seasons until next week, but Fox got a jump on things last night.  Here’s a brief look at the ratings for Monday, September 16th:

  • Fox’s new series Sleepy Hollow debuted to a hefty 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.05 million viewers, which marks the network’s best series premiere since 2007’s K-VilleSleepy Hollow was up 127% from the premiere of The Mob Doctor last fall and up 6% over the impressive debut of The Following this past January.  Next week is the true test, as we see how well the show holds its look-in audience.  Read Allison’s recap of the pilot here.
  • CBS’ much-maligned Under the Dome finished its first season with a healthy 2.8 rating and 11.84 million viewers.  Despite truly scathing reviews, the sci-fi series was a summer hit for CBS and will return next year for a second season.
  • Back on Fox, the season premiere of Bones scored a 2.2 rating in the demo and 7.53 million viewers, which is down 4% from last season’s premiere but up 5% from last season’s finale.

UNDER THE DOME Season Finale Recap: “Curtains”

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Oh Under the Dome, if only we could trust your episode title.  Curtains you predicted, and yet not a single one fell.  I was prepared to give the show a positively-tinged review tonight if only because of the joy felt that it is finally over.  But it did not earn that.  What is it that Ghost-Alice taught us?  That to get rid of the darkness, you have to earn the light.  Despite “Curtains” being co-written by Brian K. Vaughan (the series’ new showrunner and writer of that great pilot), it didn’t distinguish itself in any way as a season finale, but just left views steeped in frustration.  Hit the jump for more.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Exigent Circumstances”

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At long last, here we are at what should have been the penultimate episode of the Under the Dome miniseries.  Instead, it’s the penultimate episode of the series’ first season.  Either way, it didn’t feel like much of anything more than a regular episode.  Most series now on premium networks or cable have set up their ten or twelve or thirteen episode seasons to always build to the penultimate episode, allowing the season finale to be the aftermath and set up for the season to come.  Considering Under the Dome in that setup makes “Exigent Circumstances” all the more curious.  Especially given the promos for next week’s dark prognostications, have we earned this as a season ending yet?  Hit the jump for more.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Speak of the Devil”

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Under the Dome has two lessons.  One, guns and murder make it easy to get rid of people who annoy you.  Two, we should learn to have patience in the face of supreme incompetence.  Because let’s be serious, those people under the dome are some of the dumbest motherfuckers I have ever laid eyes on.  The problem is, they aren’t even good people, so this isn’t a “well bless their hearts” situation.  No, they are the worst combination of stupid and arrogant.  Not the mention trigger happy.  The dome, it turns out, is really bitchy, too.  Is there anyone who can rise above?  Hit the jump for more.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Let The Games Begin”

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I almost forgot to watch Under the Dome this week.  That has never happened for any show I’ve been reviewing before, not even in the hectic flurry of the Fall TV season.  I bring this up because it illustrates one of Under the Dome‘s biggest failures: it has never (after the pilot) created any sense that we might be missing something if we skip a week.  There was a still a hope for awhile that the show would come into its own as it matured under its 13-episode mini-series structure — that is, until the news of a second season.  However, in the end, “Let the Games Begin” turned out to be a great example of the series’ high and low points, and almost (almost) created a sense of interest again.  Hit the jump for more.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “The Fourth Hand”

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Last week, Under the Dome taught us that it’s easy to solve your problems as long as you have a gun.  Really though, the only person who seemed to be wielding a gun and killing people off was Junior.  Of course, he’s one of the few people who’s allowed to still carry one under Big Jim’s New World Order, in which guns are all voluntarily confiscated.  Normally, that kind of idea wouldn’t work, but luckily the citizens of Chester’s Mill are all lemmings.  Those who don’t submit are threatened with guns.  See?  Hit the jump for why you’re probably not going to be a member of Seizure Club.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Thicker Than Water”

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Under the Dome has the maddening ability to set up something good and then ruin it in execution.  The fight over water rights could have been an opportunity for this stupid town (and look, they really are) to wake up and actually consider the fact that they need to organize.  The groceries and marts have been looted, but so far no one seems to find it pertinent that they look to agriculture as an answer, save for Big Jim.  Also, he and Ollie talk a lot about the future crops to start the episode, but from my limited understanding of biology, most things don’t grow overnight.  Aren’t the townspeople the least bit concerned about how to feed themselves in the meantime?  Hit the jump for more on why “it’s the bitch’s own fault she’s dead.”

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “Imperfect Circles”

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Something truly unexpected happened on Under the Dome this week: “Imperfect Circles” was a very decent episode.  Finally, the show has built up some of the main characters enough that viewers are compelled to care, just a little bit, about who they are and what happens to them.  Even though there weren’t riots or any kind of organization regarding the remaining resources beyond asking neighbors for yogurt, “Imperfect Circles” actually found a way to move the plot forward with its characters while not actually addressing any of the issues of living of the Dome.  But what else is new?  Hit the jump for why any sign of love is also one of doom.

UNDER THE DOME Recap: “The Endless Thirst”

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What a surprisingly apt title for Under the Dome this week.  “The Endless Thirst” could well describe CBS’s approach to programming, at least as regards this show.  What began as a miniseries has turned — thanks to incredibly high ratings in a dull and empty summer broadcast season — into a full-fledged series.  CBS announced early on Monday that the show would have a second season next year, with Stephen King penning the first episode.  But that doesn’t really make things better, and the idea that this year could end without resolution is excruciating.  At the same time, “The Endless Thirst” did up the ante and give viewers what we’ve been craving since week one, which is a start.  Finally, the Xanax wore off and the citizens of Chester’s Mill have woken up to their reality.  Hit the jump for more.

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