British actor Jamie Bamber was already a favorite for television audiences on both sides of the Atlantic before he stepped into the role of Lee "Apollo" Adama on "Battlestar Galactica" (The Sci Fi Cha...
Fall season premieres are still under way, but that hasn’t stopped TNT from looking forward to the next round of dates: winter premiere season!
TNT has announced its lineup, and along with four returning shows (Dallas, Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, and Southland), the network will also premiere a brand new medical drama Monday Mornings from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta starring Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Bamber, as well as a new unscripted series with unprecedented access to the Boston Police Department called Boston’s Finest from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg.
Check out when the new and returning series come back on your TV:
Nov. 27: Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage
Jan. 28: Dallas
Feb. 4: Monday Mornings
Feb. 13: Southland
Feb. 27: Boston’s Finest
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The actor has posed topless for the Bare Skin, Not Bearskin ad, which urges officials at Britain's Ministry of Defence to stop slaughtering Canadian black bears to make the Queen's Guards' hats.
He says, "The obvious alternative is to make caps out of faux fur. You know, use synthetic materials to avoid killing a beautiful animal. They're not to keep warm. It's not particularly freezing outside Buckingham Palace. You could wear something else. And you could certainly wear faux fur."
Bamber joins animal-friendly stars including Pamela Anderson, Joss Stone and Ricky Gervais who have spoken out against the use of bear hides.
This story is exactly what is wrong with the entertainment industry today. Rob Huebel (he’s not what’s wrong with the industry AT LEAST AS FAR AS I KNOW I’M ON TO YOU HUEBEL) was recently cast in the new Fox sitcom, Family Album, about a “headstrong patriarch who, determined to get some quality family time, embarks on a vacation with his extended family.” Huebel is set to play the patriarch’s brother. Now that isn’t so bad -- it sounds like another basic Modern Family rip off. But what does suck is that it's not going to be nearly as good as the pilot that Huebel already filmed for a different show, called U.S.S. Alabama. U.S.S. Alabama was from the creators of Reno 911! and Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant starred in it. The show followed the crew of a United Nations peace-keeping spaceship a thousand years in the future. But FX passed on the show so we won't ever see it.
Here’s whats wrong: a channel passed on a show from the geniuses behind Reno 911! and now the star has to go to do a Modern Family clone for a network. What the hell, television thrives on the kind of imagination that goes into peace-keeping spaceships and good lord the family sitcom has been done to death. It pisses me off that the industry keeps passing on innovation and creativity in favor of the flavor of the month show.
But to play devil’s advocate for a second, I haven’t seen U.S.S. Alabama and for all I know it could be complete shit. Nor have I read Family Album and considering Shawn Levy is directing the pilot, it very well may be a great show. And these are two different outlets I'm talking about so naturally they would be looking for two different things. It sucks. I would just rather see channels like FX take a chance on a comedy set on a spaceship rather than do another show about a family. But that’s just me.
As the final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica begin Jan. 19, it’s not just the fans who will mourn its passing.
Jamie Bamber, better known as Lee "Apollo" Adama on Battlestar, is reflective. Although he has already moved on -- starring in the newest version of the Law & Order franchise, set in London -- he wistfully recalled the last days of Battlestar shooting in an interview with the L.A. Times.
“We had quieter moments leading up to that point -- the final read-through, the wrap party two weeks before we wrapped. And evenings and dinners … There was a lot of whiskey drunk in the camera truck at 4 a.m.”
Though a prequel series called Caprica has been locked in for 2010, Dave Howe, the president of the Sci Fi (formerly called the Sci Fi Channel) owned by NBC Universal, is a little nervous. He told the L.A. Times there is anxiety about losing the award-winning drama that gave the cable station so much of its identity.
"Believe me, none of us could ever overestimate the success of Battlestar in terms of putting us on the map with not just a critical audience but actually with a new audience," Howe said. "I think all of us will be depressed when it's over."
Still, Howe is proud of Sci Fi’s broader success and points to the new series Sanctuary, which premiered Oct. 3, as way to continue the traditions Battlestar help create for the cable station.
Howe and his team are also pushing online webisodes, as a way to expand and are now working on a project for a 2010 premiere that Howe calls "the Holy Grail": The channel is teaming television writers with video-game designers to create a franchise that is both a television series and a massive multi-player game on the Internet. Plus, they are looking at reality television, including one in development in which "men in black" hunt players.
Lots of grand plans, but word is still out on whether Sci Fi can measure up to its Galactic predecessor. Will you stay tuned in?
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Landed breakthrough role as Midshipman Archie Kennedy in ITV miniseries "Horatio Hornblower"
Reprised role of Archie Kennedy on two additional episodes of "Horatio Hornblower"
Family returned to England
Spent part of formative years living with family in France
Reprised role on Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica"
Born in a suburb of London
Co-starred on ITV's "Law & Order: U.K."
Returned to U.S. TV with role as top neurosurgeon Tyler Wilson on TNT medical drama "Monday Mornings"
While still attending Cambridge, made film debut in "Shifting Sands"
Co-starred in A&E/ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"
Cast as Lee "Apollo" Adama in Sci Fi Channel miniseries reboot of "Battlestar Galactica"
Made U.S. TV debut in A&E/BBC adaptation "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
Cast in small role in HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers"
British actor Jamie Bamber was already a favorite for television audiences on both sides of the Atlantic before he stepped into the role of Lee "Apollo" Adama on "Battlestar Galactica" (The Sci Fi Channel, 2004- ). He had distinguished himself in dramatic roles in "Hornblower" (ITV, 1998-2003) and "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001), but neither was adequate preparation for the overwhelming fan response generated by the re-imagined version of the campy 1978-79 television series. In fact, the program's popularity eventually allowed him to cross over to other American network programs and features.
Born Aug. 27, 2004; twin of Darcy; mother, Kerry Norton
Born Aug. 27, 2004; twin of Ava; mother, Kerry Norton