Nick Lachey made his debut as the host of U.S. breakfast TV show Big Morning Buzz Live on Monday (03Mar14), returning to the same stage which helped launch his career over 15 years ago. The 98 Degrees star became the official presenter for the pop culture news show on America's VH1 network, which films in the heart of Times Square in New York City in the same studio that used to house popular MTV music video countdown show Total Request Live in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
And it was not lost on the singer that the home of his new daytime talk show career is where his band got their big break.
He admitted, "It's kind of a surreal, out-of-body moment for me. I mean, I look around this studio and I have so many memories of being in this space, you know back in the day, on TRL. Actually 1999, New Year's Eve, I was standing right over there with my buddies from 98 Degrees, we performed and brought in the new year."
The studio is also where he first met his now wife, Vanessa Lachey, who used to serve as a presenter on TRL.
Lachey adds, "Seeing my career launch from this point, it's crazy to be back in the studio all these years later. My now wife interviewed me in this space. It is a full circle moment."
The singer/host kicked off his first show in an unusual way - guest Sophia Bush showed off the skills she has learned from her new show Chicago PD (Police Department) by handcuffing Lachey, and he stayed locked up for half of the show.
Actress Sophia Bush was left with concussion following an on-set accident while filming her new cop drama Chicago Pd. The star was shooting a scene in which she was required to run after a suspect when the incident occurred.
Bush was taken to a hospital and underwent a CT scan, before doctors diagnosed her with concussion.
Uploading a picture on Instagram.com showing her wearing a neck brace, she writes, "Had an accident chasing a bad guy through the mean streets of Chicago.
"Don't worry y'all. I am okay. The CT scan said so. My brain is in tip top shape despite my concussion. Just a little whiplash and a seriously bruised butt. And a slightly bruised ego. But these war wounds are worth it. My job is the s**t. ChicagoPD."
All the champagne has been popped, the confetti swept off the floor, and the entertainment execs shuttled bleary-eyed onto a plane back to LA, because the TV Upfronts are over. This little season where all the channels try to convince advertisers that their new shows are going to be awesome is all done. But other than all the particulars of the new fall lineups and the trailers for all the new shows, what else did we learn? Here are some trends!
Super Powers: Just like in the movies, it's all about the superheroes on TV these days. ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the same universe as The Avengers, The CW's Tomorrow People is a bit of an X-Men ripoff with mutant powers, ABC's Resurrection has a kid mysteriously coming back to life, and CBS' Intelligence has Josh Holloway (yes, Sawyer from Lost) as a cop with a magic microchip in his brain. Just wait, we're going to find out that Alice in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has powers too.
The Mini-Series Is Back: Doomed to irrelevance just a decade ago, limited edition programming is in for the fall. NBC has limited series Dracula all lined up, but Fox is betting the farm on a host of one-shot deals including the much-hyped 24 relaunch. They also have Billy the Kidd, Blood Brothers, The People V OJ Simpson, and a remake of classic miniseries Shogun on tap.
Fox Is Busting Up the Schedule: In a seeming response to the threat posed by cable channels and newfangled "TV" networks like Neflix is Hulu, Fox is trying to shake off the traditional September-to-May TV schedule with year-round programming. Between the mini-series and shortened schedules for other shows, the network's roster will be revolving at all times. Is this the start of the end of TV as we know it?
Who Doesn't Love a Rag Tag Group?: Sure, NBC gave Go On, a show about a diverse group of people in therapy, the axe, but the motley crew is back in a big way in a number of sitcoms. ABC's Back in the Game is a new take on the Bad News Bears, ABC's Super Fun Night shows three dorky girls trying to have the time of their lives, ABC's Lucky 7 has a weird group of coworkers winning the lottery (remember when this was called Windfall in 2006?), NBC's Undateable looks into the love lives of nerds, Fox's Enlisted is about the world's worst soldiers, and Andy Samberg leads a silly squad of cops on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
NBC Is Trying to Change...into CBS: With few shows left on its roster and even fewer hits, NBC is currently TV's whipping boy. But it's trying something different. Well, it's trying to be CBS. Its new comedies are all broad and mostly three-camera (see Sean Saves the World) and they're trying a bunch of procedurals like The Blacklist (with James Spader, which actually looks good), Ironside (a remake of the cop-in-a-wheelchair show), and Chicago PD (a spin-off of Chicago Fire).
It's Always About the Parents: Plenty in this year's crop of shows feature adults dealing with their older parents. Will Arnett's parents move back in on CBS' The Millers, Anna Faris deals with her crazy mom Allison Janney on CBS' Mom, Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi can't take their Dads on Fox, James Caan and his daughter coach her kid's little league team on ABC's Back in the Game, and Sarah Michelle Gellar is cursed with having Robin Williams as her dad and business partner on CBS' The Crazy Ones.
The Past Is Our Future: Everything old is new again! The CW gets all soapy with Mary Queen of Scots in Reign, the '80s get The Wonder Years treatment (with more camp) in ABC's The Goldbergs, and in Fox's insane Sleepy Hollow Ichibod Crane literally wakes up in the modern day to fight the headless horseman once again. Sometimes the past should stay buried.
The Future Is Also Our Future: Not only are we going to the past, but the future is so bright, we have to wear shades. Or, well, we have to have our cops partner with robots in J.J. Abrams' Fox drama Almost Human. The CW is going all genre all the time and both The 100, where teenage criminals are shipped off to a ruined planet Earth, and Star Crossed, about human and alien integration in high school, are both set in brave new worlds.
The CW Is Sticking to Its Guns: If sci-fi and teen drama shows work for the network, why fix it? All of their new offerings fall into one category or the other. Like someone who wears the same outfit every day, at least they know what looks good on them.
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NBC may be down four shows (I mean, they weren't very good ones, so no major love lost there) but they're gaining even more. After yesterday's annoucement that new series from the likes of J.J. Abrams and the small screen adaptation of About a Boy would be heading to the peacock network, there's been the annoucement that they have ordered even more shows for the 2013-2014 lineup. Check it out:
-Blair Underwood, whose TV credits include L.A. Law, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Sex and the City, will join the NBC family as his star vehicle, the reboot of the 1960s series Ironside, has been picked up. The drama stars Underwood as a police detective who is bound to a wheelchair after a shooting, but continues to work.
-Bill Lawrence, who brought the likes of Scrubs and Cougar Town to ABC, will now bring his new comedy Undateable to NBC. The show has a familiar, if not usually successful sitcom M.O.: a group of twentysomething friends trying to navigate their love lives.
- Loved Chicago Fire? You're in luck, because NBC has ordered a series spin-off called Chicago PD.
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Cee-Lo Who? Christina Who?: The Voice's vacationing judges might have something to worry about — despite being up against the NCAA finals last night, the competition show drew in 13.7 million viewers and a 4.9 in the demo, marking a spring cycle high. The critical response for newcomers Shakira and Usher has been very positive as well, leaving NBC with an interesting debacle on their hands... [TVLine]
Game of Thrones Beauty Leaves Westeros: Just kidding, she'll be back. But we love Natalie Dormer as the firey Margaery Tyrell so much that we're thrilled to hear that she's joining CBS' Elementary for a multi-episode arc. The English beauty will play Irene Adler, a revered character from the Sherlock Holmes stories, who has been murdered in this iteration of the classic tale. Her death sent Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) into a drug-fueled downward spiral... so, we're guessing this arc will be flashback-oriented. She'll first appear Thursday, May 9. [TVGuide]
Lost Alum Walks Into the Fire: Tania Raymonde, who played Ben Linus' ill-fated daughter on Lost, has been cast in the proposed spinoff for NBC's hit Chicago Fire. She'll join the show's current cast for their first season finale, which will serve as a backdoor pilot of sorts. No word yet on which CF hunks will head over for the spinoff, but Jon Seda's Chicago PD Detective Antonio Dawson seems likely. [Deadline]
Aly Michalka Now Dateable: Aly Michalka just exited the NBC pilot Undebateable, and she's already been replaced by Briga Heelan. The multi-camera comedy pilot is described as a bromantic comedy about Danny (Chris D’Elia) and Justin (Brent Morin) — two very different guys bonded by their common inability to attract women. Heelan will play Maddie, a waitress in Justin’s (Morin) bar who is endlessly attracted to jerks and bad pickup lines and might have a sweet spot for Justin. [Deadline]
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After a slew of brutal slayings, District 21, led by Sergeant Hank Voight go after a Columbian drug cartel cleaning house in Chicago. They discover D'Anthony who proves to be an asset in the investigation. At District, complicated histories and unit rivalries surface which could end up costing them one of their own. Meanwhile, Rookie Kyle Ruzek is pulled from the police academy by Olinski to join the team.
Episode 2. Wrong Side of the Bars
(AIR DATE 01/15/2014)
Antonio's son was kidnapped and he has a feeling the Columbian drug gang is to blame. Pulpo, the Columbian gang leader, is being held in jail and suggests his release may trigger the release of Diego. During the investigation, Halstead learns some new information about Lindsay. Voight offers Antonio a new approach to get information on Diego's whereabouts.
Episode 3. Chin Check
(AIR DATE 01/22/2014)
Voight and team head to a house that's been associated with a number of top gangs. Events at the search result in Ruzek, being encouraged to seek some counseling which may have lasting repercussions professionally and personally. Meanwhile Halstead's temper rises when he comes in contact with some unwelcomed people from his past.
Episode 4. Now Is Always Temporary
(AIR DATE 01/29/2014)
More is learned about Halstead's dislike of the Rodiger family and it's family relationships all around as Olinsky shows a paternal side with his daughter Lexi in an attempt to protect her and as Voight's trying to help his son who has recently been released from jail. Meanwhile the Intelligence Unit investigates a counterfeiting operation after discovering some high end cloth-like paper. Sergeant Platt sends Atwater and Burgess to arrest a hoarder where they discover more than just clutter.
Episode 5. Thirty Balloons
(AIR DATE 02/05/2014)
Atwater and Burgess are given a new patrol car, but are challenged with keeping it brand new. A run in with a psychotic woman leads the Intelligence Unit to discover a drug smuggling operation which has put several girl's lives in peril. Voight's overprotective act with Lindsay leads her right where he doesn't want as she also helps to keep Justin out of trouble. Meanwhile on stakeout, things get tense between Olinsky and Ruzek as Olinski tries to teach him the finer points of surveillance.
Episode 6. Conventions
(AIR DATE 02/26/2014)
Voight and Antonio enlist the help of agents at the Special Victims Unit in New York, Fin and Rollins, to help track down the culprit of a series of rape/murders. Burgess has an opportunity to prove herself to Intelligence. Elsewhere Lindsay enlists the help of Halstead to act as her date for her high school reunion to get back at an old rival.
Episode 7. The Price We Pay
(AIR DATE 03/05/2014)
The Fitori murder case is brought to the intelligence unit and Voight's son, Justin, may be involved. Gradishar fills Antonio in on the arrangement between Internal Affairs and Voight which increases friction between Voight and Antonio. Back at the precinct Ruzek helps Burgess get back at desk sergeant Platt.
Episode 8. A Material Witness
In responding to a call Atwater and Burgess discover a gunshot victim and the only witness is Lexi Olinsky. The shooting is tied to a Latin gang. To protect Olinsky's daughter, Voight takes the case from the Gang Unit. Ruzek pulls up Burgess to help with an undercover mission that he hopes will help solve the case.
Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups: The uniformed cops who patrol the beat and deal with street crimes and the intelligence unit, the team that combats the city's major offenses, such as organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders. Leading the intelligence team is Sgt. Hank Voight, a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice.