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PILOT, TV & SERIES SALES & CASTING (7.31.15)

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A round-up of this week’s pilot and series TV casting and sales!

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{TB Talks TV} Under The Dome: “Ejecta”

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This episode seems to me to be a turning point for the series, as we finally start to understand who put the Dome over Chester’s Mill and to what end. And I’ll explain why this revelation is the worst thing to happen to the series thus far!

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“Falling Skies” Alum Ryan Robbins Joins “Arrow” Cast As Villain

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Falling Skies Ryan Robbins is set to join the cast of the CW’s comic-based drama Arrow in its upcoming fourth season. The actor will recur as Conklin, a member of Shadowspire and will serve as an enemy to series star Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen AKA Green Arrow.

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Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, & More Join Phil Lord/Chris Miller Comedy “Son Of Zorn”

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The series follows an animated Barbarian who finds that reconnecting with his moody, live-action teenage son Alan and ex-wife while suffering a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world.

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Queen Latifah And Mary J. Blige Head To Emerald City For NBC’s “The Wiz”

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of NBC’s live production of The Wiz. They join original Dorothy Stephanie Mills, who will play Auntie Em, for musical extravaganza, set to air December 3rd.

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Diane Keaton Joins Jude Law In HBO’s “The Young Pope”

theyoungpopeDiane Keaton is set to star in HBO’s The Young Pope.
She joins Jude Law in the eight-episode mini-series, which centers on the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XXII. She will play an American nun living in Vatican City.

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Garret Dillahunt Scrubs In For “The Mindy Project”

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Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt is joining The Mindy Project. The role marks a return to his comedic roots, as he is coming off a turn as a villain in FX’s Justified. Dillahunt will play a doctor who replaces Mindy Kaling’s character when she goes on maternity leave.

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{TB Talks TV} Hannibal Review: “The Great Red Dragon”

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After 2.5 seasons, Hannibal catches up to its source material and it’s (still) good so far.

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{TB Talks TV} Aquarius Review: “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”

aquarius nbcAquarius takes a look at journalistic ethics in It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding). A Hispanic editor at The Times discovers there is a closet Cuban detective working at LAPD.

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{TB Talks TV} Falling Skies Review: “Non-Essential Personnel”

falling-skiesLast week we saw the Pope/Mason conflict come to a head, with Pope shaving his head and going rogue. At the end he captures Hal in order to lure Tom himself to a place where he can kill him, most likely after making him watch his oldest son die. Either way, we know this doesn’t end well.

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{TB Talks TV} True Detective Review: “Church In Ruins”

true-detectiveseason-2It’s fair to say that, for those of us who haven’t given up watching, this past episode of True Detective was the best so far. The reason for this was that finally the main story line clashed with genuine character moments, upping the ante for the audience in a way that it previously hadn’t.

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{TB Talks TV} The Brink Review: “Tweet Tweet Tweet”

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Seven female students get their Wi-Fi back and Tweet Tweet Tweet, until locked down in the embassy.

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{TB TALKS TV} JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL REVIEW: “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell”

jonathanstrangeandmrnorellWe’ve reached the final episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and though I’m sad for it to be over, I’m happy they did the book justice. Everything comes together in the end to bring the two magicians back together, united to use English Magic to defeat the Gentleman who created so much havoc in their lives.

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{TB Talks TV} Wayward Pines Review: “Cycle”

wayward-pines-11I’m not sure how to really talk about Wayward Pines any more. The disdain I feel for this show is greater than anything I’ve experienced in a really long time. Getting through the final episode was basically a hate-watching extravaganza, and the twist at the end (because with Shyamalan there’s always a twist) was laughable at best.

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Ed Sheeran Joins “The Bastard Executioner” Cast

edsheeran“Thinking Out Loud” crooner Ed Sheeran has joined the cast of Kurt Sutter’s new FX series The Bastard Executioner. The singer-songwriter will play Sir Cormac, the ambitious right-hand man to a high-ranking church elder in the medieval drama about a warrior whose life is changed when he receives a message from heaven ordering him to become a traveling executioner.

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Judy Greer Joins “Masters of Sex”

Premiere Screening's For FX's "You're The Worst" And "Married" - ArrivalsJudy Greer has been confirmed as a guest star on the third season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex. She will play the wife of guest star Josh Charles’ character, who is a perfume magnate interested in bottling in the smell of sex. The busy actress can also be seen in four major movies this summer, including Tomorrowland, Entourage, Jurassic World, and Ant-Man.

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Billy Bob Thornton Subscribes To Amazon Prime


Billy Bob Thornton has signed on for the lead in Amazon first straight-to-series pick up The Trial, created by TV veteran David E. Kelley. Kelley co-wrote the script with Jonathan Shapiro, and both will executive produce on the series.

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{TV TRAILER} THE GRINDER – (FRED SAVAGE, MARY ELIZABETH ELLIS, ROB LOWE)

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The series finds Sanderson (Lowe) at a crossroads in life, after his long-running hit show comes to an end.

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{TB Talks TV} Under The Dome: “Caged”

under-the-domeIn this week’s episode of Under The Dome, we get to see just how much it has become Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This episode mostly seems to be about showing the viewer who is and who not a pod person. We get to see vignettes from all of the freethinking citizens of Chester’s Mill and how they react to being the minority in town.

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Ludacris Rolls Out For “Empire” Season 2

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Ludacris confirmed that he will be appearing as a guest star in the second season of Fox’s ratings phenomenon Empire. Instagram was the Fast and Furious actor’s social media outlet of choice on Thursday to confirm his role with his followers.

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{TB Talks TV} Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Review: “The Black Tower”

jonathanstrangeandmrnorellJonathan goes mad, and challenges the Gentleman directly in this week’s episode of Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell.

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No B.S. – Bill Simmons Heading To HBO

20140422-billsimmons-x624-1398198951Bill Simmons, the popular sports personality who was let go from ESPN in May, will host a weekly talk show on HBO as part of a broader deal with the premium cable provider.

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Emmy-Winner Michael Chiklis Moves Into “Gotham”

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The Shield alum Michael Chiklis has joined Fox’s Gotham as a series regular. Chiklis will play Captain Nathaniel Barnes, an original character, in the DC Comics adaptation, which will begin its second season in the fall.

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{TB Talks TV} Wayward Pines Review: “A Reckoning”

wayward-pines-11In the first season’s penultimate episode, Wayward Pines is in revolt and falling apart at the seams.

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The X-Files Abducts Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell

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Fox’s The X-Files reboot has recruited two more, as Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose and The Flash’s Robbie Amell have joined the cast for an episode of the upcoming miniseries.

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{TB Talks TV} Falling Skies Review: “Pope Breaks Bad”

falling-skiesFalling Skies at its outset was meant to be a popcorny alien world-takeover tale, some impressive special effects for TV, a lot of explosions, and not that much character development. At its heart is Noah Wyle, a deft and talented actor who is easily likeable, which has always helped set the show apart from some of the cheesy drivel on SyFy.

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{TB Talks TV} True Detective Review: “Other Lives”

true-detectiveseason-2In every single episode of the second season thus far, we’ve been forced to sit through almost an hour of gloomy glances, brooding silences, nihilistic allusions, and a lot of moody tunes from a solo singer/songwriter playing to a mostly empty bar before ANYTHING of substance happens. The same goes for this episode.

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{TB Talks TV} The Brink Review: “Swim, Shmuley, Swim”

the-brinkThe Israeli Prime Minister rests the fate of his nation and Walter’s grand plan on a race between his grandchildren… so please, Swim, Shmuley, Swim!

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{TV TRAILER} NARCOS — TRAILER (Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal)

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A Netflix original series that chronicles notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as he evades DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña and fights fellow drug lords for control of the cocaine distribution empire.

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{TB Talks TV} Aquarius Review: “Why?”

aquarius nbcAquarius gets bloody with a Christmas cop-killer on the loose, one targeting police officers who patrol in black-white pairs. ‘Why?’ indeed.

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