The CW announced its fall 2012 lineup today, which shows that all of their shows will premiere throughout the month of October — including fan-favorite The Vampire Diaries, which does not premiere until October 11.
With The Vampire Diaries set to premiere so late in the season — and during the same week AMC’s The Walking Dead returns, no less — we may be seeing a shift away from the conventional television schedule. The standard season of television begins around September and runs for 20 to 26 weeks, but the networks seem to be playing with premiere dates by starting their shows over the three month August-October window, much similarly to their cable counterparts. Fox will begin to air its shows as early as September 12, but will still be premiering Touch late on October 26. Likewise, NBC will begin to air shows on August 8, but the Peacock is waiting until October 19 to premiere Whitney and Community.
Networks like HBO and AMC have had marked success in the recent past with schedules that were out of step with the traditional season, which may be way the standard networks are beginning to follow suit. And with the major networks shaking it up, it may not be long before each network (cable and major alike) runs on its own seasonal schedule.
In the meantime, here's The CW's full fall premiere schedule, full of new shows like Beauty and Beast and Arrow and old faithfuls like 90210 and Supernatural:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere) WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere) MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (Season Premiere) WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (Series Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Series Premiere) TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE 9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D. (Series Premiere) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: COLLEGE EDITION 9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA (Season Premiere) [Image: CW] More: Four ‘Lost’ Stars Fall TV Pilots Fail to Get Picked Up ‘Vampire Diaries’ Sneak Peek: Jeremy’s Dangerous Return - PICS
Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible franchise is a rare phenomenon. Few film series based on properties as old as it is have retained such relevance in the modern movie market and few take as long a break in between installments making each new entry a highly anticipated event. Such is the case with Ghost Protocol the fourth in fifteen years starring Tom Cruise as super-agent Ethan Hunt. Adding to the hoopla surrounding the holiday release is the fact that it marks the live-action directorial debut of Brad Bird the Pixar wunderkind responsible for Oscar-winning hits The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Unfortunately I feel that the animation auteur had too much to prove in his first physical outing and tried a bit too hard to thrill resulting in a film that plays more like John Woo’s over-the-top M:I:II than Brian de Palma’s suspenseful original.
The plot essentially kicks off when a bomb blasts a hole the size of a football field in the Kremlin (Russia’s most important government facility) while Hunt and his team of IMF agents (Paula Patton and Simon Pegg) attempt to extract a nuclear detonation device from the fortress before a mysterious figure known only as Cobalt can get to it first. The problem: Cobalt has gotten to it first and frames Hunt and company for the bombing causing the U.S. President to enact "Ghost Protocol " which disbands the IMF and disavows its soldiers. Knowing that the theft of the device and a batch of codes that enable it to be used prior to this event means that Cobalt surely intends to start World War III the agents go rogue to retrieve the components and bring the terrorist to justice.
Like the fore mentioned bomb blast Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec’s script is devastating leaving scattered pieces of information all over the place and making it hard for the story to truly find its footing. Expository plot points are dropped in way after they’re needed or wanted messing with the pace of the movie on more than one occasion. Perhaps their biggest crime is crafting a lame villain with little presence in the picture. After the intensity that Phillip Seymour Hoffman brought to his antagonist in M:I:III Michael Nyqvist’s quiet and composed Hendricks just isn’t convincing enough as a true threat. On the other hand Bird’s direction is anything but composed.
While his use of IMAX cameras is quite breathtaking when filming the much-publicized Burj Khalifa climb and other notable set pieces as stated before his approach to the material seemed to be “let’s make every action sequence as ludicrous as we can.” I realize that MIGP is a holiday blockbuster designed to get audiences blood pumping but I’ve always found that action films work best when they operate (mostly) within the confines of reality. That’s clearly not the case here where Hunt drives perfectly through a blinding sandstorm without causing much collateral damage and nosedives a Volkswagen off of a 30-foot drop and lives to save the day.
Still it’s all in the name of fun and he does manage to create an entertaining dynamic between his IMF agents. Patton is totally passable as Jane Carter an agent seeking revenge for the murder of her cohort and apparent beau Hanaway (Josh Holloway) while Pegg returning as Benji the tech-geek from the preceding film has been promoted to field agent and is without question the movie’s saving grace. Though his comic relief is relied heavily upon it’s absolutely welcomed. The biggest surprise is Jeremy Renner who was supposedly brought in to take the reigns of the franchise but is pretty stale as Brandt. He never elevates his character to the level of coolness that Cruise has maintained throughout the years and doesn’t provide anything significant other than assistance. Given the talent that we all know he possesses his negligible contribution was a bigger let down than the film itself.
Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor best known for playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the international hit thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is about to make the jump to Hollywood. According to Heat Vision, the 49-year-old actor has been cast as the lead villain in Paramount's upcoming Mission: Impossible 4, opposite Tom Cruise and new addition Jeremy Renner.
According to Swedish tabloid Nojes Bladet, Nyqvist just landed in Prague, where filming is set to begin this week. "I'm having to train kickboxing and such every day," Nyqvist told the paper (via Google Translate). "In the end, Tom Cruise and I have a fight as it will take three to four weeks to film, there will be stunts where we are using ropes and such." Adds Nyqvist, "I like Tom Cruise. He is damn nice."
While Paramount hasn't issued any kind of statement as to who Nyqvist's character will be, certainly a third act showdown between Tom Cruise and the Swede hints at an arch villain-type role of one kind or another.
Former Pixar director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) is set to direct with a script from Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, with a healthy dose of oversight from producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams. Principal photography begins with Nyqvist, Cruise, Renner, Paula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg on location in Vancouver, Prague, and Dubai this month, ahead of a December 2011 release.
Source: Heat Vision
As the Tom Cruise vehicle Knight and Day failed to live up the lofty box-office standards that controversial actor is known for, insiders raised the question of whether Paramount Pictures would be forced to pursue some kind of Shia LaBeouf-type to revitalize their upcoming Mission: Impossible 4 and to bolster the franchise against Cruise's newfound box office anathema. Now, after some two months of speculation, it will be announced that Jeremy Renner, the Oscar-nominated star of The Hurt Locker, has been picked to inject some new blood into the 14-year-old franchise.
Paramount chose Renner to co-star with Tom Cruise after a prolonged search that included planned screen-tests for a number of young actors, including Tom Hardy, Chris Pine, Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan, and Anthony Mackie. However, Deadline is now reporting that the studio has officially canceled its remaining screen-tests and has set the somewhat older Hurt Locker star for the series' fourth installment.
M:I4 will mark the second major role Renner has landed after his critically hailed turn as reckless adrenaline-junkie Sergeant William James in 2008. The 39-year-old actor is currently set to play Hawkeye in Marvel Studio's upcoming superhero ensemble flick The Avengers, with director Joss Whedon. He also has a supporting role in Ben Affleck's The Town, which debuts next month.
According to Deadline, Renner will be groomed to take over the franchise should Cruise cease to be the films' central protagonist. Though Cruise is still expected to return for a fifth Mission: Impossible, studio execs wanted a new co-star to act as an insurance policy for the billion dollar franchise. Production chief Adam Goodman said that Renner had "a Daniel Craig quality" that the studio felt would be bankable in the long run.
Ratatouille and The Incredibles director Brad Bird will direct from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, with M:I:3 director JJ Abrams returning to produce alongside Cruise. Mission: Impossible 4 is set to begin production this fall on location in the U.S., Vancouver, Prague and Dubai.
January 07, 2009 4:07pm EST
The Coen brothers could be adding a third Writers Guild of America Award to their impressive trophy case next month if they can nab best original screenplay for their quirky comedy Burn After Reading. The WGA, who announced their nominees today, presented Joel and Ethan Coen with best adapted screenplay last year for No Country for Old Men and best original screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.
Rounding out the contenders this year are Dustin Lance Black for Milk, Woody Allen for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tom McCarthy for The Visitor and Robert Siegel for The Wrestler.
The WGA’s best adapted screenplay noms include Eric Roth for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with story by Roth and Robin Swicord; Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight with story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer; John Patrick Shanley for Doubt, based on the stage play; Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon, based on his stage play; and Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire.
WGA members will meet simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles for the award ceremony on Feb. 7.
Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features
Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company
The Visitor, Written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films
The Wrestler, Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; Based on the Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures
The Dark Knight, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer; Based on Characters Appearing in Comic Books Published by DC Comics; Batman Created by Bob Kane, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doubt, Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, Based on his Stage Play, Miramax Films
Frost/Nixon, Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Based on his Stage Play, Universal Pictures
Slumdog Millionaire, Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Written by Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker, InterPositive Media
Chicago 10, Written by Brett Morgen, Roadside Attractions
Fuel, Written by Johnny O'Hara, Greenlight Theatrical / Intention Media
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Screenplay by Alex Gibney, From the Words of Hunter S. Thompson, Magnolia Pictures
Waltz with Bashir, Written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classics
Dramatic Series Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fierro, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann; Showtime
Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC
Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L. Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan; ABC
Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC
The Wire, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, David Mills, David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos; HBO
30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC
Entourage, Written by Doug Ellin, Jeremy Miller, Ally Musika, Steve Pink, Rob Weiss; HBO
The Office, Written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell, Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; NBC
The Simpsons, Written by J. Stewart Burns, Daniel Chun, Joel H. Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink, Tom Gammill, Valentina Garza, Stephanie Gillis, Dan Greaney, Reid Harrison, Ron Hauge, Al Jean, Brian Kelly, Billy Kimball, Rob LaZebnik, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, David Mirkin, Bill Odenkirk, Carolyn Omine, Don Payne, Michael Price, Max Pross, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Jeff Westbrook, Marc Wilmore, William Wright; Fox
Weeds, Written by Roberto Benabib, Mark A. Burley, Ron Fitzgerald, David Holstein, Rolin Jones, Brendan Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Victoria Morrow, Matthew Salsberg; Showtime
Breaking Bad, Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Patty Lin, George Mastras, J Roberts; AMC
Fringe, Written by JJ Abrams, Jason Cahill, Julia Cho, David H. Goodman, Felicia Henderson, Brad Caleb Kane, Alex Kurtzman, Darin Morgan, J.R. Orci, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Zack Whedon; Fox
In Treatment, Written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Meritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem; HBO
Life on Mars, Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Becky Hartman Edwards, David Wilcox, Adele Lim, Bryan Oh, Tracy McMillan, Sonny Postiglione, Phil M. Rosenberg, Meredith Averill; ABC
True Blood, Written by Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver, Chris Offutt; HBO
Episodic Drama - any length - one airing time
“Don’t Ever Change” (House), Written by Doris Egan & Leonard Dick; Fox
“Double Booked” (Burn Notice), Written by Craig O’Neill & Jason Tracey; USA
“Gray Matter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Patty Lin; AMC
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC
“Pilot” (Eli Stone), Written by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim; ABC
“There’s Something About Harry” (Dexter), Written by Scott Reynolds; Showtime
Episodic Comedy - any length - one airing time
“Believe in the Stars” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC
“Cooter” (30 Rock), Written by Tina Fey; NBC
“Crime Aid” (The Office), Written by Charlie Grandy; NBC
“Crush’d” (Ugly Betty), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; ABC
“Succession” (30 Rock), Written by Andrew Guest & John Riggi; NBC
“Vote for This and I Promise to Do Something Crazy at the Emmys” (My Name is Earl), Written by Greg Garcia; NBC
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