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Martin Short & Campbell Scott Join Damages

In 2009 Winter Season, 2010 Winter Schedule, Damages, FX, Royal Pains, USA on 09/23/2009 at 1:44 pm

Martin Short

Variety reported yesterday that Damages has picked up two new cast members for it’s upcoming third season: Martin Short and Campbell Scott.  Our initial thought was that Campbell Scott would make a great addition to the cast.  He ruled it this past summer as a mysterious Russian billionaire on USA’s freshman hit Royal Pains, and we could see him sinking into a dark, confusing character on the FX series.

Martin Short, though…we didn’t see that coming.  He hasn’t played many dramatic parts and our twitter followers were all in agreement with our first thought: his casting is either a mistake or is going to be completely brilliant.  We also had the same misgivings about Darrell Hammond as the Deacon…You know, until he turned out to be one of the creepiest, awesomest character in a cast full of creepy, awesome characters.

Considering Glenn Close just won her second Emmy for the series this past weekend, we should probably just trust the Damages crew to know what they’re doing by now – they’ve earned it.

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Damages is set to return to FX for it’s third season in January 2010.

Last Minute Sons of Anarchy Awesomeness!

In 2009 Fall Season, FX, Sons of Anarchy on 09/08/2009 at 4:58 pm

Sons of Anarchy

Just wanted to drop in some last minute Sons of Anarchy art and photos before tonight’s second season premiere!  We;re very excited about Henry Rollins and Adam Arkin guest-starring this season, so here’s a few teaser photos from production:

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Sons of Anarchy‘s second season begins tonight, Tuesday September 8th, at 10pm on FX.

(photos and artwork via a google image search, including fancast & spoilerTV)

Welcome Back, Sons of Anarchy!

In 2009 Fall Season, FX, Sons of Anarchy on 09/08/2009 at 11:44 am

Sons of Anarchy

And so it begins!  This evening, for us, officially marks the beginning of the 2009 Fall TV season with the return of FX’s Sons of Anarchy.  The series is, hands down, one of our absolute favorite shows around.  The network is known for often challenging, intriguing and violent original series and Sons of Anarchy is no exception.

When a poll calls for our favorite TV badasss…Well, there’s no question who that is: Jax, the lead character.  While he’s trying to do what’s right, stay on the correct side of the law and bring peace to SAMCRO, he does what he’s gotta do.  Last season that included killing a man and having sex with his ex-girlfriend right next to the corpse.  Granted the guy was a psycho stalker trying to kill his ex, but still…That’s brutally badass and  I think no further discussion is needed on the topic.

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I’m looking forward to seeing comes of the struggle between Jax and his stepfather, Clay, for control of the club’s future and wonder if the truth behind Jax’s fathers death may actually come out.  I’m also looking forward to the introduction of Henry Rollins to the series.  Talk about perfect casting!

Here’s an official promotional trailer called Rise.  While watching it, I couldn’t help but think that the members of SAMCRO would definitely hate the song.

Sons of Anarchy begins it’s second season tonight, Tuesday September 8th, at 10pm on FX.

TNT’s Men of A Certain Age Teaser

In 2009 Pilots, 2009 Winter Season, 2010 Winter Schedule, Chuck, Everybody Loves Raymond, FX, Homicide: Life On The Streets, Men of A Certain Age, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise, Thief, TNT on 09/02/2009 at 1:32 pm

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TNT posted a teaser page for their upcoming series Men of A Certain Age.  Don’t bother rushing over their site, unless you really want to.  All you’re gonna find is the picture that’s above.  We were serious when we said it was a teaser.  The network ordered 10 episodes for the first season, which, according to the graphic, begins airing this December.  That’s a bit of a change as previous reports had a January debut.

According the show’s wikipedia page, “The series follows the bonds of friendship of three college friends, Joe, Owen and Terry, who are now in their 40s.  Joe (Ray Romano) is a slightly neurotic divorced father of two (Brittany Curran plays Lucy and Braeden Lemasters plays Albert) who hoped to become a pro golfer but now owns a party store.  Owen (Andre Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father, who is a car salesman at his dad’s dealership. Terry (Scott Bakula) is a struggling actor dating a much younger woman.”

Sounds like it could be really funny, so long as it’s done right.  Ray Romano co-wrote the pilot script and we’re big fans of all three actors, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.  Romano hasn’t appeared regularly on television since Everybody Loves Raymond.  Scott Bakula, who ruled as the elder Bartowski on Chuck, hasn’t been a series regular since Star Trek: Enterprise, though we’re way bigger Quantum Leap fans.  Andre Braugher, best known as Baltimore bad-ass Det. Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life On The Street, also picked up an Emmy for his part in the FX miniseries, Thief.  Good  to have all three back on the small screen!

Rescue Me Ends 2011

In FX, Rescue Me, Summer Schedule on 08/28/2009 at 3:04 pm

Rescue Me

TV Guide is reporting that FX has set an end date for Resuce Me.  The post-9/11 NYFD series will, apropriately, wrap up in 2011.  Since the series was inspired by the post-traumatic experiences of New York firefighters, show co-creator Peter Tolan told Tvguide.com that FX has ordered 19 new episodes, which begin production soon.  The network seems to be shooting for a series finale somewhere in the vicinity of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  According to his math, “…if you put 10 episodes on next year and nine the following year, you’ll land there.”

The fifth season finale of Rescue Me airs next Tuesday September 1st at 10pm on FX.

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New Nip/Tuck Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, FX, Nip/Tuck on 08/24/2009 at 2:50 pm

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FX released a new promotional trailer for ultra-soapy, oft-graphic drama Nip/Tuck.  We have to admit that after last season’s Kanye West video-cum-commercial, we’re a bit disappointed.  Maybe it’s the lack of Busby Berkeley dance choreography, or maybe we’re just not fans of Timbaland (We’re not.  We really do prefer Kanye West).  The trailer, though, is creepy with all the strings and tying and untying of girls…Plus it’s in that over-exposed, hyper-stylized Nip/Tuck fashion that’s equally gorgeous and disturbing.

Nip/Tuck returns to FX on Wednesday October 14th at 10pm.

Preview: FX’s Lawman

In 2009 Pilots, 2010 Spring Schedule, Damages, Deadwood, FX, HBO, Lawman, Uncategorized on 08/12/2009 at 10:56 pm

The Live Feed posted a first look preview of FX’s upcoming Lawman. Who’s that you see? Why yes it is Timothy Olyphant of HBO’s Deadwood. He’s playing a cop again – pretty nifty, eh? Don’t get us wrong, his little spin as a bad guy was a highlight of Damages second season but we’re glad to see him back as a tough guy lawman.  Type casting it may be, but he just shines in such a character.

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FX Fall Premiere Dates

In 2009 Fall Season, FX, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy on 06/30/2009 at 4:13 pm

FX has announced the premiere dates for two of it’s returning series this fall and tentative plans for another. To kick off their new season, Shakespeare in leather drama Sons of Anarchy will be returning for it’s sophomore season of gang warfare, drugs, biker babes and massive amounts of alcohol. And Henry Rollins.

The biker drama did pretty well in it’s first season last year, and deservedly so. Nothing really in the way of awards but ratings where good in the hoped for demographics and critics really dug the show. This season will feature Henry Rollins for at least six of the seasons thirteen episodes. Not sure what the part is, other than he’s some sort of threat to the gang. I call pretty good casting here!

In other casting news for the show, Ally Walker will be back as Agent Stahl, a real thorn in the side of Sam Crow and Mitch Pelliggi will be returning as the head of Charming’s local white supremecist gang, The Nordics. He’ll also be joined by a new supremicist, Adam Arkin. Once again, DVR Life would like to call good casting!
Not returning this season is Drea de Mateo who played Wendy, Jax’s former junkie lover and baby mama. DVR Life hasn’t had a chance to post this yet, but de Mateo will be making her way to ABC’s Desperate Housewives in the 2009 season. So there ya go, we reported it.

Somewhat too-quirky for DVR Life comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia will also be returning and will reportedly have a new partner – another half hour comedy – sharing the 10pm hour.

Finally, Nip/Tuck, the oft-mind blowing, usually disturbing, plastic surgery dramedy will be premiering it’s sixth and final season in October. No firm date has been set, though just the return is pretty big news as we weren’t expecting it until 2010. Word is the final season will be cut in two and we’ll be treated to ten episodes in the 2009/2010 season and then the final nine in 2011. Way to drag it out, FX.

Sons of Anarchy returns Thursday September 8th at 10pm, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia premieres September 17th.

Update: EW has just announced that FX’s Damages will be returning in 2010. No other info yet. If I recall correctly, the previous two seasons premiered in January, so I’ll assume things won’t be much different for season three. Here’s hoping they realize season two was just a bit too vague and confusing, even for people like who tend to like vague and confusing in a good mystery/drama.

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Showrunner Musical Chairs

In CBS, Fox, FX, Gary Unmarried, Lie To Me, The Shield, The Unit on 05/14/2009 at 3:19 am

Fox announced yesterday that Lie To Me will be returning for a second season and it has a new showrunner: Shawn Ryan. Ryan’s resume is short but sweet: FX’s former gritty and ultra violent cop drama The Shield and CBS’ slick and more mainstream The Unit.

The two shows are polar opposites, which is not something you see much of – usually a writer/producer has a certain set style that they stick with but Ryan’s two shows don’t have much in common. Obviously The Unit leans more towards the usual CBS fare, which tends to be geared towards middle-agers while The Shield was more in your face, fast paced ala 18-39 crowd. David Mamet was The Unit’s other showrunner, but the show doesn’t really match his super talk-laden playwrite style either, so who know’s where The Unit gets it’s style from.

I’m interested in seeing if Ryan pushes Lie To Me into dirtier territory or not. Keeping in mind that it’s on Fox, which means either an 8pm or 9pm slot, he can’t start cursing and slaughtering like in The Shield. Remember, though, that FX and Fox is the same parent company so they may permit him some leeway that CBS may not.

Ryan has another project with CBS for the 2009 season called Confessions Of A Contractor based on a book about an LA contractor working with wealthy clients and falling in love. The deal is for a put pilot (that means the network will have to pay heavy penalties if the pilot is not picked up) but is cast-contingent (meaning the network has a say in casting). In January the network announced that, because they couldn’t find a lead actor for the series, it was being pushed to mid-season.

Another showrunner shuffle occurred last week at CBS: Executive producers Ed Yeager and Ric Swartzlander will be leaving CBS family laugher Gary Unmarried. The show is about to wrap up it’s first season with consistantly so-so ratings and there’s no word if there’ll even be a second season yet. “Creative differences” was the reason given.

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