After being on hiatus for a couple of months, most network TV shows are back in production this week. Here's where you can find three fan-favorite series filming today:
Right now, The Vampire Diaries is filming scenes in the Covington, GA Town Square, which fans will recognize as Mystic Falls on the show. Convington has embraced its place in television history and welcomes "vampire stalkers" from around the world to tour the show's filming locations or have a bite to eat at the real Mystic Grill.
Castle's passionate fan base will be happy to know the show began production on its seventh season this morning. The show will be filming scenes for the season premiere in Calabasas, CA all day. It was also recently announced that Castle will return "with a bang" on Monday, September 29, this according to ex-showrunner Andrew W. Marlowe.
The FOX series Gotham hasn't aired yet but the Batman origin story already has fans anxiously awaiting its debut. Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon and follows his rise from rookie detective to the Police Commissioner we all know. Gotham is currently filming near the intersection of Park Ave and Grand Ave in Brooklyn, NY.
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Hayek Vies For a Rock: Jack Donaghy's rock, to be specific. Salma Hayek will appear on the Jan. 31 series finale of 30 Rock, reprising her Season 3 role as Elisa, a women Jack almost married. Also returning is Julianne Moore as Nancy, who also has quite the scandalous romantic past with Jack. May the best woman win? [EW]
Curing a Hangover With Mixology: The writers behind The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) are mixing up a pilot order for ABC for a high-concept single-camera comedy that follows a group of singles over the course of one night. Mixology takes place in a sexy Manhattan bar while the main characters search for love... or lust, all in one night. [THR]
Trading In His Scalpel For a Badge: Castle's annual February sweeps two-part episode has recruited Dylan Walsh for a huge role. The Nip/Tuck alum will play Agent Harris, an even-keeled FBI investigator who works with Rick and Kate when a murder investigation exposes a plot to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman. “Our two-parters are always about big tension with personal stakes, so we have a story that we like," showrunner Andrew Marlowe says. "[I'm] not quite ready to advertise what it’s going to be, but we’re excited about it and I think it has some fun twists and turns.” [TVLine]
Cold Justice To Heat Summer 2013: TNT has ordered eight episodes of an unscripted procedural drama from Law & Order boss Dick Wolf. Cold Justice follows Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary, a crime-scene investigator for the Las Vegas Police Department, as they help local law-enforcement agencies in small towns across the country solve violent crimes that have sat cold because of lack of funding and proper forensic technology. The partners will take on a different case each week, re-examining the evidence and questioning suspects and witnesses to finally solve the dormant cases. Cold Justice is slated for late summer 2013. [The Wrap]
Coach Sue Gets Anger-y: Seems like Coach Sue might take a hiatus from the halls of McKinley High to deal with her anger issues. Jane Lynch may guest-star on Charlie Sheen's FX sitcom Anger Management, the star revealed at Fox's winter TV preview event Tuesday night. "We have Jane Lynch coming on, maybe," Sheen told reporters. Lynch recurred as Dr. Linda Freeman, Sheen's therapist, for nine seasons on Two and a Half Men, earning her an Emmy nomination. No word yet on when she might appear. [TV Guide]
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Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.