The CW’s fall 2013 TV lineup just got a whole lot bigger. The network announced on Thursday that it has ordered four new drama series — The Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed, and Reign — were picked up for series orders.
The Tomorrow People stars Robbie Amell (cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell) and is based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price. The drama, from Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec, tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
The 100 stars Eliza Taylor and Lost's Henry Ian Cusick and is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series is based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.
Star-Crossed (formerly Oxygen) stars Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden and 90210’s Matt Lanter as a human girl and an alien boy who fall in love when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
Reign tells the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The period drama unveils the secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue and stars Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo.
The network also announced renewals for both Nikita and The Carrie Diaries.
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Vegas Goes All In on New Night: CBS announced on Thursday that it will keep the Theo James-led cop drama Golden Boy on Tuesday nights — in the 10 PM ET/PT slot previously belonging to Vegas— instead of moving it to Fridays at 9 PM ET/PT as planned. That means Vegas will air at 9 on Fridays beginning April 5, while a new Golden Boy episode will air this Friday as scheduled, following Undercover Boss. [TVLine]
Joy Behar Leaving The View: After 16 and a half years on The View, Joy Behar is leaving ABC's daytime talk show. “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season,” ABC said in a statement. Behar said she felt 16.5 years on The View were enough. “It seemed like the right time,” she said. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.” [Deadline]
House Vet Returns to TV: House alum Omar Epps just landed a role in ABC’s drama pilot The Returned. Based on Jason Mott’s novel, the potential series is about how the lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Epps’ Immigration Agent Martin Bellamy is in town to figure out the identity of the mysterious kid claiming to be the long-dead child of a couple. [TVLine]
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New Actress Selected: British actress Sarah Winter (who next appears in a U.K. TV movie about Doctor Who's origins) is set to co-star in The CW's retooled pilot The Selection. Set 300 years in the future, it is an epic romance centering on a working-class young woman, America Singer (Israeli actress Yael Grobglas), chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for Prince Maxon's (Michael Malarkey) hand to become the nation's next queen. Winter will play Ashley Brovillette, a naive young woman who is overjoyed to be chosen as one of the contestants for The Selection competition. [THR]
Interested Mother Joins The Hundred: Paige Turco, who recurs on CBS' Person of Interest, has been cast in The CW's drama pilot The Hundred. Based on the forthcoming Hundred books by Kass Morgan, the drama takes place 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Turco will play Abby, mother to Clarke (Eliza Taylor), who is the authoritative chief medical officer of The Ark space station. She navigates the political spectrum with tact -- especially after her husband was put to death as a traitor for revealing the truth about The Ark's limited life-expectancy. [THR]
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Kate Winslet surprised everyone when news broke Wednesday that she had married Ned Rocknroll in early December. Reports are that Rocknroll (an alias for the nephew of British billionaire Richard Branson, real name Abel Smith) and Winslet exchanged vows amongst family and friends in New York. The ceremony was reportedly an intimate one, including only the closest confidants of the couple.
This is the third marriage for Winslet, who previously married director Jim Threapleton from 1998 to 2001, and then director Sam Mendes from 2003 to 2010. Winslet has a 12-year-old daughter Mia with Treapleton and a 9-year-old son Joe with Mendes. This is the second marriage for Rocknroll, who was previously married to British socialite Eliza Cowdray, the daughter of a multimillionaire viscount.
Winslet's marriage to Rocknroll is hardly the first celebrity wedding to catch us by surprise. From Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon to Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson, check out our most surprising celebrity weddings gallery below!
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Based on the life of New York City police detective Vincent LaMarca City by the Sea vacillates between a true-crime mystery and a family drama. As Vincent (De Niro) investigates the murder of a Long Beach N.Y. drug dealer it becomes painfully clear that his estranged son junkie Joey (James Franco) known on the street as Joey Nova is the prime suspect. Vincent is of course taken off the case but when his partner is killed while pursuing Joey the search becomes the Long Beach police department's top priority--and saving his son from a police department eager for cop-killer blood becomes Vincent's. The fact that Vincent discovers that he has a grandson Angelo doesn't help the situation especially when Joey's supposedly clean ex-junkie girlfriend (Eliza Dushku) leaves the kid at Vincent's apartment when she goes to buy cigarettes and fails to return. Vincent who's always defined himself against his criminal father finds himself forced to decide whether he's a cop or a father and grandfather first a quandary that naturally leads to some pretty compelling if slightly melodramatic scenes for De Niro. Interestingly despite the somber subject matter and the dramatic tone the film still manages a few lighthearted moments which really save it from the pitfalls of its own seriousness.
Sometimes a great cast can make even a mediocre film good and that's what happens in City by the Sea. Even though the dialogue they're given to work with isn't always completely natural--in fact sometimes it's downright contrived--the cast still manages to create a compelling final product. You just can't go wrong with De Niro as a hardened streetwise emotionally distant cop and he makes everyone opposite him look great especially relative newcomer Franco (whose performance as a young James Dean in TNT's James Dean earned him some critical kudos of his own). The young actor swaggers onto the scene like a very young Bob Dylan a hollow-body vintage guitar slung across his back. Of course he's selling it for drugs not heading for a gig. Patti LuPone really sinks her teeth--and catty claws--into her role as LaMarca's bitter ex-wife creating some of the film's most dynamic scenes while Frances McDormand lends her subtly expressive style to the most emotional moments as De Niro's sometime girlfriend Michelle.
Director Michael Caton-Jones delves into the dark side of his imagination with images of a desolate Long Beach: graffiti-covered walls crumbling casinos and a rickety boardwalk--all the detritus of a once-thriving tourist destination. In this grim setting Joey wanders virtually empty streets and beaches where as a child he played happily; meanwhile in Manhattan Vincent is wandering his streets in much the same way. It's an interesting device Caton-Jones uses to show the similarities between the two men and it's as effective at establishing their relationship as the relatively few scenes they have together. At moments like this when the film is making its emotional impact visually it shines; unfortunately City by the Sea relies a little too often on its average dialogue and does a little too much telling and not enough showing.
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DJ Qualls who was drop dead funny in Road Trip carries on the tradition in The New Guy mostly due to his reactions and gut-busting facial expressions. For example when he tosses away a lighter he's playing with to look cool and inadvertently sets a statue on fire he displays this expression of pure shock as he walks away calm and collected. (And in case you are wondering he's not a deejay: his initials are short for Daniel Joseph.) As the inmate Luther Eddie Griffin (John Q) is also pretty funny thanks in part to some great lines such as: "High school is a lot like prison. The sex you want you ain't gettin'. The sex you gettin' you don't want." He also does the buggy-eye thing eerily well. Lyle Lovett has a small role as Dizzy's father and is mostly the butt of the joke in all his scenes including when he gets hit in the eye with a flaming marshmallow. Keep your eyes peeled for a multitude of cameo appearances including former Black Flag frontman-turned-poet/actor Henry Rollins former "Ice Ice Baby" rapper Vanilla Ice and the commercially successful skateboarder Tony Hawk.
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