Monday, May 17, 2010

Calling all couch potatoes

Coming this fall to NBC

The Event
...evidently trying to be the next "24" (even to bringing on some of that now available talent such as Evan Katz, one of "24"'s writer-producers, as show-runner), "The Event" is a conspiracy thriller about an average Joe, Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), who decides to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée (Sarah Roemer), only to unwittingly stumble on the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Co-starring in the pilot are Blair Underwood as the newly elected U.S. President Martinez, Laura Innes ("ER") , Scott Patterson, Ian Anthony Dale and "24," "Heroes" and "Damages" alum Željko Ivanek.

... the latest Jerry Bruckheimer effort. Think "CSI:" meets "The Fugitive". The show follows a team of U.S. marshals as they hunt down America's most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish ("Past Life") plays U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy from Texas who tracks down violent criminals on the run. Cole Hauser ("K-Ville"), Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break"), Rose Rollins ("The L Word") and Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives") also star as members of Frost's elite team.

Think “Hart to Hart" meets “Mr. & Mrs. Smith." J.J. Abrams co-wrote, produced and directed the "Undercovers" pilot, which stars British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as a married couple who, years after they retired, are re-activated as CIA agents by their old boss (Gerald McRaney) to find a gone-missing agent. Undercovers will be the first pilot Abrams directed himself since 2004’s “Lost.”

Law & Order Los Angeles
Simultaneously (close enough) with canceling the "mother ship," NBC picked up the youngest Wolf cub, "LOLA" (believe it or not, I didn't make up that nickname) to start in the fall—even though not only hasn't a pilot been shot, but the show hasn't even been cast (well, nothing has been announced, sniffed out or leaked, anyway). As recently as four days ago, the big rumor was still that the suits were 'approaching' Jimmy Smits. Not very promising, given that that same network has already committed to another show starring Jimmy Smits, Outlaw.

...follows Cyrus Garza (Smits), a Supreme Court justice ("playboy and gambler") who starts to see the flaws in the system and quits his job to go back to practicing law to represent the underdog. Jesse Bradford ("West Wing"), Carly Pope ("24"), Ellen Woglom ("Californication") and David Ramsey ("Dexter") also star. I'm thinking this could be "Shark" meets "Vegas".

Love Bites
...and from Cindy Chupack (“Sex and the City”) we get an hour-long romantic comedy anthology series featuring three loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating (shocker). Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty") stars as Annie, the "bubbly optimist," Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”) plays Frannie, the "pragmatist" — they are the last two single girls standing after all their friends marry. Call me crazy but could Annie be Charlotte, with a little Carrie thrown in for good measure (or vice versa)? And Frannie, Samantha with a dash of Miranda? Their story will anchor the series, while other romantically-challenged characters come and go each week. The pilot’s guest cast includes Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Ghost Whisperer”), Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”), Craig Robinson (“The Office”), Jason Lewis (“Sex and the City”), Lindsay Price (“Lipstick Jungle”), Larry Wilmore (“The Daily Show”), Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”), Pamela Adlon (“Californication”), Stacy Galina (“Hidden Hills”), Brian Hallisay (“Privileged”), Kyle Howard (“My Boys”) and Steve Howey (“Bride Wars”). "Sex and the City" meets network TV?

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