TV Roundup: Robert De Niro’s ‘NYC 22’ Gets a Date, Bryan Cranston Headed to ‘Modern Family’?

Barbara Hershey If the title of NYC 22 sounds marginally familiar, it’s because the project has been floating around oblivion for some time now, being called The 2-2 (and, before that, Rookies). The New York Police Department drama, created by none other than Robert De Niro, has finally announced a release date: Sunday, Apr. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The series stars a cast including Adam Goldberg, Judy Marte, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands and Terry Kinney, who will play a collection of NYPD officers in the character-based new series. –EW

Once Upon a Time has established some pretty adept evil in the form of the Queen, a.k.a Regina Mills (Lana Parilla). So one wonders: where could this kind of evil come from? The ABC series is answering that question by casting a mother for the Evil Queen: and playing this new character will be Barbara Hershey, the talented actress with a long history of playing troubled characters, notably in Hannah and Her Sisters, The Last Temptation of Christ, and her more recent tour-de-force, Black Swan. Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –TVLine

I don’t want to overstate this, but Bryan Cranston is the most brilliant man alive. And he has generously decided to share his brilliance with others who he deems worthy of his creative vision. The Breaking Bad star and occasional director might be picking up the camera on the Modern Family set to direct an upcoming episode. Cranston is known best for his dominating portrayal of the downward spiral that is Walter White on Breaking Bad, but he is duly experienced in the director’s chair as well: Cranston has directed two episodes of Breaking Bad, seven of his former series Malcolm in the Middle, and one feature film: the 1999 drama Last Chance. If you ask me, the Pritchetts would fare quite well under the guide of his artistic genius, so let’s hope this pulls through! Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –TVLine