1). Yesterday, the cable channel TNT announced the extension of its fantastic new Falling Skies for a second season of 10 episodes. The series, created with the participation of Steven Spielberg, tells of alien invasion, which destroyed almost the entire population of the planet, and a group of people that does everything possible not to join the majority.
The premiere brought together in June, a total of 8 million viewers, giving the right to be called the best serial cable premiere of the year. Ratings following series according to the name began to fall, but nevertheless impressed TNT so that the channel decided to extend the series almost in the middle of the first season.
2). NBC officially announced today that James Speyder joined the cast of the show The Office. However, the actor does not replace Steve Carell.
"James will repeat the role of Robert California, this uber-dealer with the ability to persuade and manipulate it as a high-Jedi warrior geezer" - says executive producer Paul Libershteyn (he's just Toby) in a statement. - "He will be hired as their new manager, but after a few hours later he will be promoted.
After a couple of days, he will lead the company. James has a unique energy, and in the series simply has no
means to cope with this guy. We are very pleased that he is now a part of our team. "
For the first time the character appeared in the final last season, along with many other contenders for the post of manager. At that time the head of Sabre was Kathy Bates character, but her character has appeared on the show often. Speyder will have much more time.
Joe Manganello (True Blood) will play in the second half of the third season of White Collar. Manganello character - a former prisoner who brings a lot of troubles to his new neighbors. Among them are Peter (Tim Dickey) and Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen). About the length of the arch is not reported.
Dev Patel has joined the impressive and so caste pilot HBO More as This Story Develops from Aaron Sorkin, which includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Sam Waterston and Olivia Munn. If it will burn out, then get a regular role Patel one of the employees’ of cable channel, about which, in fact, the show is.
Martin Short can be seen in several television series this year: he expects the new boss Marshall in HIMYM, a guest appearance this season in Weeds and the role of two-faced lawyer in the last season of Damages.
Speaking of Weeds, Michelle Trachtenberg will leave Nancy to arrange trouble this season, becoming a competitor in business, in which the latter is better not to interfere. But the weight classes are different, so the one who rustle it struck a few seasons in Gossip Girl, Nancy will enough for only a couple of episodes.
Jennifer Finnigan (Better With You) took the lead female role in the pilot USA Wild Card. Home Men's already assigned to Ben Lawson.
Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) will play the second season of Being Human vampire Izumi, and that the royal family and the age of a few hundred years. Leading reclusive life, she suddenly decides to return to Boston, plunging the city into chaos.
Michael K. Williams (Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is eager to see the producers of Community in the 3rd season. Response from the actor has not happened.
Director Frank Darabont and producer Gale Anne Hurd in an interview with the resource Collider talked about their TV series "Walking Dead", which was awarded Best Television Presentation at the annual festival of Saturn Awards.
- About, how to kill zombies in the second season.
Darabont: I declare to you right now: in the second episode you will see a unique scene, which previously was not shown. If you find an analogue, I’ll jump off a cliff. This scene is also unique as one in which a zombie chopped to pieces in the second episode of first season.
- About blood.
Darabont: There is no too big ax. It is the philosophy of the show, which I grasped for myself. Too big axes do not happen!
- About the rumors that suggest that freelancers write the script for the show.
Hurd: Do not believe everything you read.
Darabont: The most sensational headline last year was this one: "Darabont dismiss all of the writers!" It looked like I came to have committed mass murder of 12 people and threw their bodies in a landfill. In fact, I'm not invited to the second season of the two writers who worked with us last year for reasons that are not make sense to go. We formed a really good and strong team this year, and work in full swing in all. The only condition that I submit to the guys (the guys and a girl) is that I inspire them to move away from traditional television scripts, and create something unique. And they really take this challenge.
- About information on when the fans finally will be able to see Michon again.
Darabont: Officially, I tell you, Michon will appear in the third season.
Heard: If the third season will be. So it is better to see a second season.
- About favorite heroes.
Darabont: I knew it.
Heard: Because people do not expect that she will be such a great war.
Darabont: Oh, God. I love them all, and truly care about each of them, and hate when we have to kill someone. I feel at this lousy.
- About the future of Darabont as the director of horror films.
Darabont: Oh, yes! I would like. I'm not planning anything special, someone spends his life in search of good material, in the hope that this will be found. He then spends the second half of life to ensure that anyone interested in what he found.
- About the murder of seven-year-girl in the first scene of the first episode.
Hurd: We are killing the girl-zombie.
- In the very first scene.
Darabont: The whole message of the show is demonstrated in this scene. When I say "message" I mean that this is a cool scene, we would like to invite you to the reality.
We deliberately did not plan to start a teaser from that, it just came out with cutting. I then told Gail, "Wow, look, we kill the seven-year-girl in the first scene." But this is the premise of the show, is not it? These shots really set the tone and chained audience's attention, and if you do not respect such things, better switch on another channel.
Morgan Freeman, who shortly after his 74th birthday (June 1) was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter told about received congratulations, Clint Eastwood and about aging in Hollywood.
- Congratulations on winning AFI. In the film, which showed at the gala dinner, were all frames that you have made and would like to see?
No. It's not that I'm proud of everything that ever has. I just do not care. I'm always doing my work, that’s all.
- Talking about your work, for example, the children's show The Electric Company on channel PBS, what do you think in the first place?
We are with my agent had agreed that I will work on the show a couple of years and then move on. But I stayed there for the whole five. My best memories are associated with the early years of work, when we were engaged in the creation of very interesting things, which gave us "green light".
- Whether your choice of roles is limited by a glut of poor-quality comedies and actions on the market?
I have a lot of ways to adapt to the lack of work, which is due to various reasons such as old age. Older actors do not get to the actions - too many tricks. Bad knees and elbows, fragile bodies. But there is another job. I do not feel that was left out.
- Have you already started shooting in "Dark Knight Rises"?
We start filming in late June - early July in the UK. Then went to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
- Please tell us about your working relationship with Clint Eastwood, which have resulted in such fine films as "Unforgiven," "Million Dollar Baby," "Invictus".
I've always been a big fan of his acting and directing skills. When we started the project "Unforgiven", I found him very easy to operate, and it is pleasant to listen. He did not direct the actors he hires them. From this process of change we’ve obtained co-creation. His quality is wonderful, why so many actors like him.
- Did Nelson Mandela share with you his impressions about "Invictus"?
He's not too much spread, but I have the impression that he was not offended. When we showed him the film, he nodded and smiled a lot. During the scene when he gets out of prison, he leaned over and said, "I know this guy".
- You are one of the African-American actors who played President of the United States ("Deep Impact"). In your opinion, whether this could contribute to the election for president a candidate like Barack Obama?
I do not think so. In the movies, people agree with much of what will never be accepted in real life.
- Have you met Obama?
Yes, we met with him several times. He is a very nice person. Maybe he's a bit ordinary, to be U.S. president because he's a young guy who likes to play basketball, and I noticed that he has Chicago gait. Watch him how he rises to the podium.
- Despite the fact that in youth you had a permanent job in the theater and on television, you were almost 50 when it was released "Street smart".
There were moments when I wished that my career in film began so late. I could achieve more. But I am so grateful for what it did start, because there were no guarantees in principle. Nothing could happen too.
- You have no desire to return to the theater?
Nope. My goal, a dream since childhood of becoming an actor of the movie, but we work there, where we are taking. I have long waited for the hour, playing on stage. Then came the movies. In 2008 I returned to the stage (in the statement of Mike Nichols The Country Girl, where he played together with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher). So do many actors, such as Al Pacino. I realized that it was not mine.
- What do you do when not filming? What’s your hobbies?
For the sake of pleasure? I work all the time. I've been voicing, I have a lot of cameos. If I have vacation, I go to the Caribbean, where I’m waiting for the perfect vessel upon which I walk into the sea.
- Are you often there?
One time I lived and worked on my boat. When I "landed", I go there every November and return in January or February, or when to work.
- Last question: do you like the sound of your voice?
Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, it sounds deep and roared, and then I like it. In most cases, it's different. I'm a little embarrassed when people start talking about the uniqueness of my voice. For me it is not unique.
In the last series of Season 4 "The Big Bang Theory" Leonard was a witness of how Penny came out with the shame of her bedroom, where she spent the night with Raj after violent drunkenness. Of course, they are unlikely to become a couple after that, but this event definitely will make the complexity of the relationship of Leonard and Penny in the fifth season, which will be released this fall.
"At the end of each season we try to introduce some fresh twist. We really like to do this, especially the part where Leonard and Penny are complicated",- said the chief producer of the show, Bill Prady in an interview with Award Ceremony "Critics' Choice Television Awards", where Jim Parsons aka Sheldon won the nomination "The best comedian."
"We are working on unraveling this whole mess."
In addition, although Leonard in the final season and was on the verge of breaking up with his Indian girlfriend Priey, next year they decide to keep all that remains of their relationship, even though thousands of miles separating them.
"We decided to give Leonard a chance to try his hand in the relationship at a distance from Priey, for this would be pretty funny to watch," - said Prado. In addition, Penny has finally admitted that she still has feelings for ex-boyfriend". "As a result, we have Leonard and two women, but no sex" - laughing Prado.
How sadly, this situation looks like, but the positives still there. Romantic feelings will go by the wayside, and the creators of the series will be able to return to the good old stories from the life of nerds.
Last night was declared the first winners of Critics' Choice Television Awards. The award, which was conceived partly as an alternative to "Amy," surprise so far only in terms of the second plan, but there was surprised pleasantly. The best drama and comedy have been the traditional Mad Men and the Modern Family. In addition, the television critic identified several most interesting, in their view, innovations of the season.
- Best drama series
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
- Best actor (drama)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
- Best actress (drama)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)
- Best second plan actor (drama)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
- Best second plan actress (drama)
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)
- Best comedy series
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
- Best actor (comedy)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
- Best actress (comedy)
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
- Best second plan actor (comedy)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
- Best second plan actress (comedy)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)
- Most promising pilots:
The New Girl
In an interview with PARADE star of the series "Mad Men," Christina Hendricks told that she is ready to return to work and would be pleased to meet with her counterparts in the set.
Return to the 60th - the fifth season.
"Yes, we are ready to return to work next month. While there is no exact date, but we're all very excited and happy. I quickly want to hear the command "Action!" Because I know that fans are waiting for our return."
She is confident that the show will not lose its popularity.
"I've always believed that everything was fine. Show creator Matt Weiner is incredible producer and screenwriter. He is passionate about his creation, and stands firm in all that in his opinion is for the benefit of our series. Despite the small differences that have arisen between him and channel AMC, now everything is in order, and he once again at "the helm".
- Will Christina, whose heroine Joan Holloway, who had learned that she was pregnant at the end of the fourth season, change diapers together with a colleague on the show January Jones this season?
"Good question, I do not know what will happen next. Writers are working in their den, and I'm going to go to them and try to find out any details. But in general, until we hand over the script, we do not know, what will be the season. That's why I'm so curious to know what awaits me ahead. "
- She did not count on the fact that her sexy image will be the focus of "Mad Men."
"When we launched the pilot series, we did not examine the role of Joan as a sex bomb. It happened by itself, through a combination of stage clothing, hairstyles, makeup, my vision of the image and script from Matt. All interwoven together and later took shape in the character of the office of the Queen. That is how the audience perceives now my heroine".
She wants to draw attention to her talent as an actress, and not for her famous figure.
"There are so many things about which I have big plans. I'm obsessed with my profession and career and films in which I worked. "
About her new project "I do not know how she does it," in which she worked with Sarah Jessica Parker.
"I play the best friend and partner of Sarah Jessica. We, like, crazy restless business-woman. We try to be perfect mothers and wives and also successfully run a business. To work with Sarah Jessica is just a dream, she is perfect: incredibly intelligent, talented, kind and wonderful partner on stage. I adore her. "
"I know how lucky I was, but I do not take it for granted. Many of us were interrupted by the work before the project hit the "Mad Men." So we know how difficult it is to get a good job, especially such an incredible, like this one. I think we're all damned grateful for every day. When we're on the set, we are happy. It supports you in the real world. "
About the fact that her dream of becoming an actress came true
"I've always been an actress, showy. I was attracted to art, even at a very early age. I went to dances. For me, it was natural. I was a goth in high school and dyed my hair color in purple, but still participated in theater productions. I look very dramatic with my purple hair! "
- Is it more fun with purple hair?
"Difficult choices. Purple is terribly attractive, but now red suits me more."
1). Staff writers of Glee with a light hand producers will increase trice. By now carrying the burden of screenwriter responsibilities Ryan Murphy, Brad Felchaku and Ian Brennan joined Allison Adler (Chuck, No Ordinary Family), Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love ), Michael Hitchcock (United States of Tara), Matt Hodgson and Ross Maxwell.
Originally it was planned to introduce new writers in the middle of the second season, but due to intense production schedule, including the selection and preparation of songs, choreography and planning of the summer concert tours, in the end, all 22 episodes come from the pen of three creators of the series.
From the words of Murphy in the new season will focus on new characters-graders, and will include a larger story arcs.
2). Steven Moffat hard work on the second season of the drama Sherlock forced BBC to reconsider their plans for Doctor Who, which seventh season will be released in 2012. Such rumors were already going, but now they are confirmed by the channel.
"Moffat must have enough time to do his job well, then he will work on a new season of Doctor Who", - said one of the bosses of BBC. So Doctor Who  will be, but not so much." Which part of the 14 newly ordered episodes (including the Christmas issue) will be released in 2012, it is not clear.
Moffat - one of the key writers and BBC will follow all the episodes of Doctor Who. He is also the executive producer of Sherlock and now writes one of three new episodes.
Star of the show "Gossip Girl" Chace Crawford continues to progress on the big screen. Actor is assigned to the adaptation of Nobel Prize laureate for novel of Nadine Godimer "The House Gun". Crawford father will play Pierce Brosnan.
The novel Godimer developed in South Africa. Harold and Claudia, great professionals in their field (she is headed an insurance company, he is - a doctor), comfortably settled in South Africa, arriving at a post-apartheid. Their life becomes a nightmare when her only son Duncan accused of killing a neighbor. The young man shot him from the usual "home gun", purchased for protection. However, Duncan does not deny his guilt, than introduces parents to a screeching halt. Boy defends a black lawyer who does not have much experience in court.
Pierce Brosnan will play the father of the hero Chace Crawford. The actor has always willingly acted in independent projects. In particular, this year at the Berlin Festival has shown a low-budget film "Salvation Boulevard" with Brosnan, and last year the former Bond appeared in the drama "Remember Me".
Chace Crawford has repeatedly tried to get out of the TV series in a great movie, but no thriller "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" or crime drama "Twelve" did not help the actor. Recently, Crawford was forced to abandon filming a remake of the melodrama "Free" because of the busy schedule filming in "Gossip Girl."
Director's chair of the project "The House Gun" is yet vacant.