My Top 10 Mid-Season TV Shows Quick Reviews

TV2015(PCM) My Top 10 Mid-Season TV Shows Quick Reviews (Spoilers Abound)

1. Gotham – My favorite show of the season. You can sense how much this town is going to need Bruce Wayne’s alter ego in another ten years. It does have the limitations of being in a comic book realm, but that’s what suspension of belief is for. Jim Gordon’s early police past is showing us where that wisdom that will come from age and experience, when Batman needs a friend in the Gotham City Police Department.

True to the comics, and the best of the films, the character development of the bad guys is enrapturing. There is a budding evil-doer nursery in Hugo Strange’s (DB Wong) Indian Hill lab. Ed Nygma and Cobblepot’s budding friendship has been amazing, and Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue,  is the best co-star in modern fictional action/drama.

2. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – More believable than Age of Ultron on the big screen, I’m glad that the sub-plot focus is less on Skye this season – I was fearing another three years of “Wesley Crusher Saves The Universe” when she was constantly spotlighted last year. I think that in seasons one and two, they forgot it was an ensemble show, wrapped around our favorite once-dead Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season three has allowed the rest of the cast to have each gotten an episode or two to shine.

Although I’m not a fan of nail-biting cliffhangers, an unconscious Coulson, asleep on a planet half a galaxy away, with a team of Hydra agents just ahead of him, led by Grant Ward, bringing back hydra’s Holy Grail, I’m looking forward to how they wrap up the season. This is one of the few shows that consistently surprises me with its twists and turns. Bring on Agent Carter!

3. The Flash – This has been my favorite ‘fun’ show. The team and the actors, including guest Jay Garrick have been amazing. The DC Easter Eggs have made this show special as well. I wish the DC movies could be as fun, and capture the essence of their characters as well as the TV shows. The writers have brought us alternate universes, with similar but different/same characters in a believable way. Mix in some time travel, and the storytelling becomes even more impressive.

I’m glad Tom Cavanaugh’s ‘evil ‘Dr. Harrison Wells was killed off last season… I’m even more glad that ‘jerk’ Dr. Harrison Wells, also played by Tom Cavanaugh, has come in from Earth-2 to mix it up with the Star Labs team.

4. Arrow – I admit it, I didn’t watch the first few seasons, but reading the online reviews and watching last season’s finale has pretty much brought me up to date for the changeover to ‘Green’ Arrow. It was great seeing John Constantine return, and the straightforward characterization of the regular supporting cast.Early on, we saw Oliver Queen, standing alone over a grave. I’m guessing Felicity Smoak will be a permanent victim of this year’s Big Bad, Damian Darhk.

5. Doctor Who – I like Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, I really do. I think. I liked Clara Oswald as his companion. I Guess. I was sad that she died. I’m perplexed that she didn’t die, but will be forever ‘alive’ in between a heartbeat. Is Clara immortal now? At least Ashildr has a friend to spend an eternity with, in their stolen TARDIS.

And hearty congratulations are in order, to the 12th doctor, for beating Captain Jack Harness’ all-time record for most times coming back from the dead, in excess of 4.5 billion times. I’ll let more devout whovians determine the final number, but I guesstimate the grand total to be a tad over 7 trillion deaths.

6. Supernatural – Ten years of momentum has me still watching this show about two brothers who constantly, needlessly, keep important secrets from each other while battling the Forces of Darkness. It has few surprises, but I hope Sam and Dean will work through their issues in time to save us all from “The Darkness” from before The Beginning.

More importantly, I hope to see a Crawley/Castiel ‘road show’ episode before the show runs its course.

7. iZombie – Season one was fun; both the ongoing drama and the episodic adventures were a blast. Rose McIver shows subtle acting far beyond what one may expect to find on the #5 television network, and her surrounding cast members make for an intriguing cast of characters. alyroseThis year, I’m not a fan of the essential changes in Major Lillywhite’s basic character since season one, but that is more than made up for with the return of Aly Michalka, who increases the ‘eye candy’ factor by a factor of ten any time she is seen on the screen.

8. Heroes Reborn – My biggest problem with the first run of this series was the broad-based story that spotlighted heroes, then forgot about them for weeks at a time. I’m ‘situationally compulsive’® – I don’t like waiting for answers and guessing on forgotten plot points. I need to know the details. For the most part, they have followed that some format, but instead of seemingly dozens of key players there are just the needed handful getting my emotional investment.It’s almost cheating when a show uses time travel for plot twists, but I’m letting it slide for this limited maxi-series. I’ll be watching the final episodes in January 2016.

9. Modern Family – I never gave this show a shot because the first five people and a handful of PR notices told me it was about a gay guy, his significant male other, and the first gay guy’s immediate and extended family. A television’s key selling point being about a gay person on the show was innovative and daring in 1977. It sort-of worked for Will and Grace a decade ago, but I don’t care about someone’s sexuality, and certainly didn’t want to watch a show about it.

My Loss. The show is actually about an extended family. Jay Pritchett’s family to be precise. A very funny show about Jay Pritchett’s extended family. Oh, his son happens to be gay. Now those twelve members of Jay’s family are part of my TV family.

Even so, a sitcom would normally never be on a list like this, but very few sitcoms have ever made me want to set aside the time to watch every week, and anticipate the cliff-hanging season finales… would Haley reach Andy in time to stop the engagement? Would they ever hook up? Now that they did, will they have a future together?

I never thought I’d write three sentences in row like that. An amazing show.

10. Once Upon A Time – I actually gave up after 5 episodes. I mean, I like the portrayals by the actors of these one-dimensional characters, but that is not enough to make me a fan. It’s more the contrived story points, the constant need to remind me that ABC (and Once) are nothing but Disney products, and the inconsistency of the character traits that have freed up my Sunday nights.

This is the same team that gave us Lost? The show reminds me of Charmed, but without the three hot witch sisters. I think Hulu will be bringing me up to date with Supergirl, the #1 contender for my coveted top ten spot. Stay tuned.


Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Lends His Voice To Dr. Who


(PCM) Know for his trademark guttural growls on-stage as the front man for the heavy metal band Slipknot, Corey Taylor will now by lending his roar as the voice for alien warlord the Fisher King in BBC’s “Dr. Who”.

It is no secret that Taylor and the other members of Slipknot are huge fans of the Dr. Who series, so when BBC heard the band was going to be playing in Cardiff, they reached out to see if Taylor would be interested in lending his voice to the character.

The band was given a VIP tour of the Dr. Who set and Taylor recorded his vocals for the Fisher King character, which is a massive green alien that has tons of horns protruding from his body. The Fisher King will make his first Dr. Who appearance in next Saturday’s episode battling time lord Peter Capaldi.

The character is played by actor Neil Fingleton and voiced by Peter Serafinowicz, but the creatures horrific growls are all Taylor!

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Fall TV Season Is Upon Us! Full List of Fall 2015 Premiere Dates!


(PCM) It is our favorite time of year! All of our favorite fall TV shows are returning and the networks are churning out a slew of new series so everyone’s DVR’s are sure to fill up fast in the coming months. We have scoured the networks and came up with a complete list of every fall premiere date that has been revealed! Our most anticipated picks for each month are highlighted in bold, so definitely be sure to check them out!



Tuesday, Sept. 1
“Drunk History” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Wednesday, Sept. 2
“Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Friday, Sept. 4
“Hand of God” – Amazon

Monday, Sept. 7
“Ladies of London” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Tuesday, Sept. 8
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – 11:30 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 9
“The League” – 10 p.m., FXX
“Suddenly Royal” – 10 p.m., TLC
“You’re The Worst” – 10:30 p.m., FXX

Tuesday, Sept. 9
“Longmire” – Netflix

Friday, Sept. 11
“20/20” – 10 p.m., ABC
“Z Nation” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Continuum” – 11 p.m., Syfy

Saturday, Sept. 12
“Ferrell Takes The Field” – 10 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Sept. 13
“Project Greenlight” – 10 p.m., HBO
“Doll & Em” – 10 p.m., HBO

Monday, Sept. 14
“Dancing With the Stars” – 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 15
“The Bastard Executioner” – 10 p.m., FX
“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” – 10 p.m., NBC
“The Mindy Project” – Hulu

Wednesday, Sept. 16
“South Park” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central
“Moonbeam City” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Saturday, Sept. 19
“Doctor Who” – 9 p.m., BBC America

Monday, Sept. 21
“The Big Bang Theory” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Gotham” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Voice” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Life in Pieces” – 8:30 p.m., CBS
“Minority Report” -9 p.m., FOX
“Scorpion” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Blindspot” – 10 p.m., NBC
“Castle” – 10 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Sept. 22
“The Muppets” – 8 p.m., ABC
“NCIS” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Scream Queens” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Fresh Off the Boat” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: New Orleans” – 9 p.m., CBS
“The Bazillion Dollar Club” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Limitless” – 10 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 23
“The Middle” – 8 p.m., ABC
“The Mysteries of Laura” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Rosewood” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Survivor” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Goldbergs” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“Empire” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Law & Order: SVU” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Modern Family” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Black-ish” – 9:30 p.m., ABC
“Nashville” – 10 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Sept. 24
“Grey’s Anatomy” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Heroes Reborn” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe” – 9 p.m., Lifetime
“Scandal” – 9 p.m., ABC
“How To Get Away With Murder” – 10 p.m., ABC
“The Player” – 10 p.m., NBC

Friday, Sept. 25
“The Amazing Race” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Last Man Standing” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Hawaii Five-0” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Shark Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Blue Bloods” – 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sept. 26
“48 Hours” – 10 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Sept. 27
“60 Minutes” – 7 p.m., CBS
“Bob’s Burgers” – 7:30 p.m., FOX
“The Simpsons” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Once Upon a Time” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Blood & Oil” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Family Guy” – 9 p.m., FOX
“The Last Man on Earth” – 9:30 p.m., FOX
“Quantico” – 10 p.m., ABC

Monday, Sept. 28
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – 11 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sept. 29
“Grandfathered” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Grinder” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Beyond the Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sept. 30
“Criminal Minds” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Chicago P.D.” – 10 p.m. NBC
“Code Black” – 10 p.m., CBS



Thursday, Oct. 1
“Bones” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Blacklist” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Sleepy Hollow” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Benders” – 10 p.m., IFC

Friday, Oct. 2
“Dr. Ken” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“The Jacksons: Next Generation” – 10 p.m., Lifetime

Saturday, Oct. 3
“The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“Saturday Night Live” – 11:30 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Oct. 4
“Madame Secretary” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Good Wife” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Homeland” – 9 p.m., Showtime
“The Leftovers” – 9 p.m., HBO
“The Affair” – 10 p.m., Showtime
“CSI: Cyber” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 6
“The Flash” – 8 p.m., The CW
“iZombie” – 9 p.m., The CW

Wednesday, Oct. 7
“Arrow” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Supernatural” – 9 p.m., The CW
“American Horror Story: Hotel” – 10 p.m., FX

Thursday, Oct. 8
“The Vampire Diaries” – 8 p.m., The CW
“The Originals” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Haven” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Billy on the Street” – 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Oct. 9
“Reign” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Undateable” – 8 p.m., NBC
“America’s Next Top Model” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Red Oaks” – Amazon

Saturday, Oct. 10
“The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“The Last Kingdom” – 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Oct. 11
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” – 7 p.m., ABC
“The Walking Dead” – 9 p.m., AMC
“Talking Dead” – 10:30 p.m., AMC

Monday, Oct. 12
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Jane the Virgin” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Fargo” – 10 p.m., FX

Tuesday, Oct. 13
“Manhattan” – 9 p.m., WGN America
“Chicago Fire” – 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Oct. 14
“Kingdom” – 9 p.m., DirecTV

Thursday, Oct. 15
“Nathan For You” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Oct. 16
“Truth Be Told” – 8:30 p.m., NBC
“The Knick” – 10 p.m., Cinemax
“Satisfaction” – 10 p.m., USA

Monday, Oct. 26
“Supergirl” – 8:30 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 27
“Wicked City” – 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Oct. 30
“Grimm” – 9 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Oct. 31
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” – 9 p.m., Starz


Thursday, Nov. 5
“Mom” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Angel From Hell” – 9:30 p.m., CBS
“Elementary” – 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 6
“MasterChef Junior” – 8 p.m., FOX
“World’s Funniest” – 9 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Nov. 8
“Flesh and Bone” – 9 p.m., Starz

Tuesday, Nov. 17
“Chicago Med” – 10 p.m., NBC

Full List of Cancelled/Renewed TV Shows By Network


(PCM) It is time for the news about the upcoming summer and fall series to be revealed by all of the major television networks. They have also let us know which TV shows have been renewed for additional season and which have received a cancellation. Announcements have been made by all the major networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW and more. Look at the list below to find out if your favorites have still survived!

See the 2014-2015 list here!

Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, American Crime, Galavant, How To Get Away With Murder, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Secrets And Lies, 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Beyond The Tank, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing With The Stars, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Mistresses, Modern Family, Motive, Nashville, Shark Tank

Cancelled: Forever, Members Only, Resurrection, Revenge, Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Selfie

Upcoming New Shows: Rookie Blue, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Whispers, 500 Questions, Bachelor In Paradise, Battlebots, Celebrity Family Feud

Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI:Cyber, Elementary, Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Scorpion, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person Of Interest, Survivor, Undercover Boss, Wheel Of Fortune

Cancelled: Battlecreek, CSI, Stalker, The Mentalist, The McCarthy’s, The Millers, Reckless, Unforgettable (picked up by A&E)

Upcoming New Shows: Extant, The Briefcase, The Dovekeepers, Zoo

The CW
The 100, America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and The Beast, The Flash, Husbands, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Penn & Tellar, Supernatural, The Originals, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Cancelled: Cedric’s Barber Battle, Hart Of Dixie,The Messengers,

Upcoming New Shows: A Wicked Offer, Dates, Dogtown U.S.A., Masters Of Illusion, Significant Mother

Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Gotham, Last Man On Earth, Masterchef Jr, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, World’s Funniest Fails, The X-files

Cancelled: American Idol, Backstrom, The Following, Heiroglyph, Glee, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project (picked up by Hulu), Mulaney, Red Band Society, Utopia, Weird Loners

Upcoming New Shows: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Bordertown, Boom!, Bullseye, Home Free, Golan The Insatiable, Knock Knock Live, Wayward Pines

The Blacklist, Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Food Fighters, Grimm, Hannibal, Hollywood Game Night, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: SVU, Saturday Night Live, The Mysteries Of Laura, The Night Shift, The Sing-Off, Undateable, The Voice, Welcome To Sweden

Cancelled: About A Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Aquarius, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, Mission Control, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Revolution (revived for digital comic), State Of Affairs, Taxi Brooklyn, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (picked by Netflix)

Upcoming New Shows: A.D. (in limbo), American Odyssey (in limbo), Coach, Emerald City, Heroes: Reborn, I Can Do That, Mr. Robinson, Running with Bear Grylls, The Slap (in limbo), The Carmichael Show, The Island

ABC Family
Renewed: Baby Daddy, Chasing Life, The Fosters, Young & Hungry

Cancelled: Melissa & Joey, Pretty Little Liars

Upcoming New Shows: Becoming Us, Job Or No Job, Kevin From Work, Monica The Medium, Next Step Reality: NYC, Start Up U, Stitchers

Renewed: Bates Motel, Country Buck$, Duck Dynasty, Longmire, Unforgettable,

Cancelled: Beyond Scared Straight, The Returned,

Upcoming New Shows: Brandi & Jarrod: Married To The Job (in limbo), Wild Transport

Adult Swim
Renewed: Black Jesus, Children’s Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mr. Pickles, The Eric Andre Show

Cancelled: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Black Dynamite

Upcoming New Shows: Decker

Renewed: Better Call Saul, Comic Book Men, Talking Dead, The Walking Dead

Cancelled: Freak Show, Game Of Arms, Hell On Wheels, Mad Men, Small Town Security,

Upcoming New Shows: Fear The Walking Dead, Humans, Making Of The Mob: New York

BBC/BBC America
Renewed: Broadchurch, Dr. Who, Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Sherlock, The Musketeers, Top of The Lake

Cancelled: Atlantis, Intruders,

Upcoming New Shows: Tatau, The Game

Renewed: Don’t Be Tardy, Flipping Out, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Ladies Of London, Manzo’d With Children, Married To Medicine, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles, Shah’s Of Sunset, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Top Chef


Upcoming New Shows: Best New Restaurant, Friends to Lovers, Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco, Mother Funders, Southern Charm, Thicker Than Water

Renewed: Banchee

Cancelled: Sam Hunter, Strike Back

Upcoming New Shows: 

Comedy Central
Renewed: Broad City, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening, Workaholics,

Cancelled: Brickleberry, Kroll Show, The Colbert Report,

Upcoming New Shows: Another Period, Review, Why? with Hannibal Buress

Discovery Channel
Renewed: Alaskan Bush People, Berring Sea Gold, Deadliest Catch, Naked & Afraid


Upcoming New Shows: Alaska: The Last Frontier, Naked & Afraid XL,

Disney Channel
Renewed: K.C. Undercover, Kirby Buckets, Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider Man vs The Sinister Six,  Penn Zero: Part-time Hero, Star Wars vs The Forces Of Evil, Star Wars Rebels, The Chronicles Of Evermoor

Cancelled: Jessie, Phineas and Ferb

Upcoming New Shows: BUNK’ D, Girl Meets World

Renewed: Christina Milian Turned Up, House Of DVF, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Royals, Total Divas

Cancelled: Fashion Police (hiatus)

Upcoming New Shows: Hollywood Cycle, Kourtney & Khole Take The Hamptons, Sex with Brody, Stewarts & Hamiltons,WAGS

Renewed: American Horror Story, The Americans, Archer, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Man Seeking Woman, Married, Fargo, The Strain, Tyrant

Cancelled: Anger Management, Justified, Sons Of Anarchy

Upcoming New Shows: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Renewed: Animals, Game Of Thrones, Girls, Getting On, High Maintenance, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, The Comeback, The Leftovers, True Detective, VEEP, Vice

Cancelled: Boardwalk Empire, Looking, The Newsroom,

Upcoming New Shows: Ballers, The Brink

History Channel
Renewed: Mountain Men, Roots, Vikings


Upcoming New Shows: 

Renewed: Are You The One?, Broke A$$ Game Show, Faking It, Finding Carter, Teen Mom, Teen Wolf, The Challenge

Cancelled: Awkward, Eye Candy, Happyland, Snooki & JWOWW,

Upcoming New Shows: Scream, Todrick, Underemployed

Renewed: Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Inside Comedy, Penny Dreadful, Shameless, The Affair,

Cancelled: Nurse Jackie

Upcoming New Shows: Twin Peaks, 3AM

Renewed: Catch A Contractor, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle

Cancelled: Auction Hunters,

Upcoming New Shows: TUT

Renewed: Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Power, Outlander, The Missing, Survivor’s Remorse


Upcoming New Shows: The Chair

Renewed: 12 Monkeys, Bitten, Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Haven, Paranormal Witness,  Z Nation

Cancelled: Ascension, Continuum, Helix, Lost Girl,

Upcoming New Shows: Dark Matter, Geeks Who Drink, Killjoys, The Expanse

Renewed: American Dad!,

Cancelled: Cougar Town, Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son,

Upcoming New Shows: 

Renewed: Cake Boss, Gypsy Sisters, Love, Lust Or Run, My 600lb Life, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Our Little Family, Return To Amish, Sister Wives,

Cancelled: 19 Kids And Counting (pulled indefinitely), Trailer Park Welcome To Myrtle Manor,

Upcoming New Shows: 

Renewed: Cold Justice, Legends, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Murder In The First

Cancelled: Falling Skies, Perceptions

Upcoming New Shows: Proof

USA Network
Renewed: Chrisley Knows Best, Graceland, Playing House, Royal Pains, Satisfaction, Suits,

Cancelled: Benched, Cover Affairs, Dig, Rush, Sirens, White Collar

Upcoming New Shows: Complications, Mr. Robot

Renewed: Bosch, Catastrophe, Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, Ripper Street

Cancelled: The After

Upcoming New Series: Alpha House

Renewed: Deadbeat, East Los High

Cancelled: Moone Boy

Upcoming New Shows: Difficult People

Renewed: Arrested Development, Bloodline, BoJack Horseman, Crossing Lines, Daredevil, Degrassi: Next Class, Full House, Grace & Frankie, House Of Cards, Longmire, Mako Mermaids, Marco Polo, Orange Is The New Black, The Fall, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Cancelled: Derek, Hemlock Grove,

Upcoming New Shows: Chef’s Table, How To Train Your Dragon: Race To The Edge, We Hot American Summer,

David Tennant Talks FOX’s “Gracepoint”, “Broadchurch” And More!

David-Tennant7(PCM) Words can’t even describe how excited I was to check out “Gracepoint”, the new 10 part mysterious mini-series set to debut on FOX this October. I sat down and binge-watched the first seven episodes and without a doubt I am hooked. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see how this will all play out and eventually reach it’s conclusion.

The series is heavily influenced by the U.K. television series “Broadchurch” and oddly enough both “Broadchurch” and “Gracepoint” star actor David Tennant. For his role in “Broadchurch” Tennant portrays detective Alex Hardy who teams up with local detective Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and in “Gracepoint” Tennant takes on the role of detective Emmett Carver opposite local detective Ellie Miller played by actress Anna Gunn.

While both series have a type of murder mystery as the central plot line there are many other differences between the two that can certainly make “Gracepoint” have its’ own unique viewing experience for fans of “Broadchurch”.

I was recently able to catch up with David Tennant to discuss his role in “Gracepoint”, the similarities and difference between both “Gracepoint” and “Broadchurch” and so much more!

To start off, we were sure there had to be some differences between the roles of Detective Hardy (Broadchurch) and Detective Carver (Gracepoint), to which Tennant responded “I didn’t set out to change anything particularly, I just tried to tell the story as it came up and through the script, and be as truthful and loyal to that as possible.”

“I think Hardy and Carver are very different, actually. They certainly feel very different in my bones. Obviously, they look quite similar. They are following the trail of an investigation which has many similarities, but they feel different to me. It’s probably for others to make a list of quite how obvious those differences might be. That’s not really my principal concern. I just want to tell this fantastic story as truthfully and as honestly as I can, I suppose.”

Tennant went on to say, “We’re really out to tell this story to an audience who, broadly speaking, haven’t seen it yet.”

“Broadchurch was obviously a bit of the sensation back here in the UK, and I think that’s what brought it to the attention of Fox. It got a very loyal and very enthusiastic following on BBC America. There’s a huge populist audience who haven’t seen it yet, and that I think is what we’re principally aiming at.”

David-Tennant1Tennant is very well-known for his roles on both television and film, as well as on the stage. When asked if he had a particular favorite out of any of the genres to which he replied, “I like the fact that I get to flip between them all. That’s something that I would sort of work quite hard to preserve my ability to do that, I suppose. There are advantages and frustrations with each, I guess. In theater, you get to tell a story many times, over a number of months, and you get to investigate every possible corner of what that story might be.”

“I guess if you’re filming something, whether it’s film or television, it’s all about chasing that one moment and getting it in the can to make it live just that one time. They’re both related but very different techniques. I enjoy trying to master both of them really. I think they are quite different jobs, but the experience of working the theater I think informs working on film and television and vice versa. I feel very fortunate that I get to dabble in all these different genres. Hopefully, that’s something I’ll be able to continue to do.”

Tennant is currently filming the second season of “Broadchurch” now and we were curious what he thought about a possible season two for “Gracepoint” depending upon season one’s success. He replied “Yes, there’s always an eye for that, isn’t there, with almost everything on television. We have to wait and see how the audience responds to it. Broadchurch is going to a second season, so there’s no reason why Gracepoint shouldn’t. There’s a template there; although, a second season of Gracepoint might go off in a very different way. Who knows?”

“All these things are to be decided. We’re all very excited about Gracepoint premiering in a couple of weeks. I just want America to take to it in a way that the UK did, because it was an extraordinary thing to be a part of.”

One of the defining things about “Gracepoint” is the relationship between both Detective Carver and Detective Miller (Anna Gunn). When speaking about working with Gunn, Tennant reveals “I play the big city cop who gets dropped into this one horse town, as he sees it, and is given, as his deputy, this rather local cop, who is perfectly good at her job, but from Carver’s point of view is something of a hick, who doesn’t really understand how modern policing works, and gets far too emotionally involved with everyone, and really needs to develop a healthy streak of cynicism.”

“That relationship, as it was in Broadchurch, is very much one of the central structures to Gracepoint. A lot of that is defined by the relationship you can build up as actors. I was very nervous, especially having done this show before, and that relationship and worked very well with the wonderful Olivia Colman, who plays Miller in Broadchurch. I was nervous, of course, turning up on day one to meet Anna, because we had so much to do together, that that relationship was so important to get right.”

David-Tennant5“Luckily, she just turned out to be a proper actress, someone who was committed to getting it right, who was open, who was easy to work with, who you could also have a laugh with, who you could throw anything at her and she would respond. That’s just the kind of relationship, the kind of professional relationship that you always hope for.”

“It was a huge relief and then a great joy to work with her throughout the ten episodes. Everyone who knows her work knows how talented she is. I was very chuffed to get to play alongside and also get to know her offset as well. She’s a lovely lady and someone that I feel greatly enriched to know.”

In his words Tennant describes “Gracepoint” by saying “On one level, it’s a whodunit and the sort of spine of that is something that I think is familiar to us from many TV shows and movies of the past. There’s a very strong whodunit in there. There’s the procedural element of cops trying to solve a case.”

“I think what gives it an extra texture and really makes it something rather special is the way that the characters are drawn so beautifully. There’s so much texture going on, that we get to understand the lives of all the different characters that get drawn into this and the impact of the event; the death of Danny Solano, which starts the whole ball running, which is the inciting incident in the show. It’s not just another TV cop show death. We really understand the impact of that, and we really understand what that would mean to a small community such as Gracepoint.”

“The repercussions of that are followed through. I think it’s very hard to watch the first episode without your heart breaking for the family, actually. That’s helped by the fact that they’re played by Michael Pena and Virginia Kull, who both really take you on this harrowing, awful journey of two parents who lose a child. That, in itself, is about one of the worst things that human beings can imagine.”

“It doesn’t shy away from really showing you what the true repercussions of that will be. That really follows through the whole series. It’s very honest. It’s very candid, and yet at the same time, it’s a thriller as well. It just takes you on the journey. It kind of grabs you and takes you on this journey, which is a bewildering and thrilling and grueling and gruesome, and yet, at the same time, I think impossible to turn off. I think it’s a compelling story. I think it’s been brilliantly told. I’m just very pleased to be a part of it.”

David-Tennant6With a career that is as extensive as David Tennant’s we wanted to know if there was anything he was surprised to learn about himself as an actor, especially looking at the role of Emmett Carver in “Gracepoint”. Tennant told us “That’s hard to know when you’re in it, I think. I think you sort of realize these things years down the line, actually. I look back on things I did years ago, and go that’s when I started to do that, or that’s when I figured out that sometimes you can try too hard or sometimes you can worry too much. Many actors would recognize that journey through a career is learning how to let go of various personal hang-ups.”

“I’m sure that my continuing journey is absolutely part of that, and I think you can be a better actor the more relaxed you can be, the more honest you can be, the more candid you can be, the less self-conscious you can be. I think that’s something that keeps going and I’m sure my experience in Gracepoint will contribute to that when I look back on it, with the objectivity of a decade or so.”

We also wanted to know what makes the characters of both Hardy and Carver so compelling to play. Tennant reveals “He’s got lots of secrets. That’s always intriguing from an audience’s point of view and from an acting point of view. Certainly at the start of Gracepoint, we’ve got an awful lot to learn about who this man is, and why he is motivated in a way that he is motivated. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that throughout Gracepoint we don’t entirely learn the answers to all Carver’s particular questions. Maybe we will if we ever get a Season 2.”

“We’re certainly learning a few of Hardy’s secrets in Broadchurch, too, which I’m filming at the moment. Who knows what we’ll ultimately learn about Carver. Clearly, he’s troubled. He’s got some personal stuff going on, but he’s also hugely motivated to get justice and to find out the truth, and that’s something that I think we’re all motivated by, especially when something as grotesque as a child murder has taken place.”

“We may not identify with Hardy, but we can understand why he does what he does. Even though he can be quite unpleasant and quite difficult at times, I think ultimately we’re all rooting for him, because he’s got the interest of right on his side.”

“Gracepoint” will premiere on Thursday, October 2nd at 9pm only on FOX!


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Doctor Who World Tour

DrWho(BBC America) BBC America and the BBC Worldwide announced today that for the first time ever, the iconic sci-fi series, Doctor Who, will launch a global world tour to introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat*, visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicize the upcoming season to a global audience. The tour launches in the UK on August 7 and finishes in Brazil on August 19.On Thursday, August 14, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will appear together for the first time in the US when they arrive in New York.

DrWho2The introduction of the new Doctor follows last year’s record-setting global success of the 50th Anniversary special, which was broadcast across the world simultaneously in 98 countries and released in more than 1500 cinemas globally. The special broke ratings and social media records for BBC AMERICA as well as set a new record for a one-night unaudited theatrical event – reaching No. 2 for the night at the US box office. Filming of the 12-part season continues through August. As in past years, the series will premiere on BBC AMERICA day and date with the UK in August.

Peter Capaldi on his excitement ahead of the tour: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.” 

Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat adds: “I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”

Richard De Croce, SVP, Programming for BBC AMERICA says: “It’s a new beginning for one of the most popular series in the world and we couldn’t be more excited to have the Twelfth Doctor live in New York to promote the long awaited return of Doctor Who on BBC AMERICA. It’s going to be epic.”

The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before taking in London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). More details of the itinerary will be available soon at as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.  Doctor Who is distributed by BBC Worldwide to over 200 territories.

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* Due to production commitments, Steven Moffat will be unable to attend to the entire tour. His schedule will be confirmed soon.

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