James Wolk has worked with real live lions and tigers on CBS’s Zoo and tonight at 9p he works with with his hardest animal yet.
When I recently asked him at the CBS Studios Summer Press Day which animal he was scared to work with most, without hesitation he told me, “The bear, an 800 pound brown Kodiak bear.“ He explained, “We were about three inches away from a brown 800 pound Kodiak bear. So even with precautions, even with the trainers and the safety and all of that, it is still a bear. You still have that feeling of your heart beating and your palms sweating and rightfully so.” If you are that close to bear, you can smell it. He described the odor as, “They have a very particular smell. It is a smell that I have never smelled before because I have never been that close to a bear before. But it is a very specific.”
So if you are going to work that closely with live animals, what warning is given to the actors by the trainers? He revealed that they each had their different mandates, “For bears, it was don’t look them in the eye. For horses, it is like get close to them, get comfortable with them, so that they are comfortable with you.” Then he added, “I feel fortunate because I wouldn’t be that close to this animals in real life if it wasn’t for the show.”
Tune in tonight to watch him and the other actors work with a real live bear and see if you can notice the terror in their eyes.
Matthew Gray Gubler deciced to try to the spoonful of cinnamon challenge and is his criminal mind strong enough to survive it? Even after he offered to give his doubting family members a $100 if he couldn’t do it. Let’s go to the videotape. The answer is of course…no!
Hopefully the producers of Criminal Minds will see this and add this to his storyline. I mean, why couldn’t the good doctor down a spoonful of cinnamon? Right. I guess we have to start tuning in to CBS starting on September 30th to see if they take my suggestion.
If you thought that Claire Danes is the ugliest crier on television, you would be wrong. Jon Cryer shared a photo of Jeff Probst outside of the bookstore where he was singing his autobiography, and the Survivor host was crying because of the Two and a Half Man’s star’s last name. And what an ugly cry it is. If Homeland is looking for someone to make Danes look better when she balls, then they need to cast Probst for the role.
Can you think of anyone who is an ugly crier?
Last week Zoo held people captive, like an animal at a zoo; and tonight at 9p on CBS it will do the same. People are intrigued by the show’s notion that one day the animals will take back what is rightfully theirs.
Now you know the premise of this summer thriller, what are things you don’t know about the show that will make watching it so much more interesting. A few weeks ago cast members James Wolk, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder plus Executive Producers Cathy Konrad, Jeff Pinker, Scott Rosenberg and the author James Patterson shared some behind the scenes secrets from the show at the CBS Studios Summer Press Day.
Did they always intend on turning James Patterson’s words into a television show?
Cathy Konrad said, “We were concocting it initially as a feature film and thinking about it on kind of a different level which was actually scale it kind of make a more kind of contained thriller, like a Cloverfield or a District 9.” Then she added, “But as we kind of got under the scenes and read between the lines of the book and we kept kind of challenging the material in our creative meetings, it became clear that there was such a bigger world to explore with this and that kind of teching it down wouldn’t really do it justice.”
Did they use real animals or are they computer generated?
James Wolk told us, “All the animals that we’ve had down on set, and it’s been tons of animals, because it should also be said there hasn’t been a ton of CGI. There’s been a lot of real animals on set.” Then he explained, “They all come with trainers. They’re all incredibly well-trained as far as wild animals go. They can’t talk, but they’re well-trained animals and all the proper precautions are taken.”
But are there problems with working with animals as compared to humans?
Nora Arnezeder revealed, “Sometimes they fall asleep in the middle of the scene and we really need them, so we have to wait 30 minutes for them to wake up.”
What type of animals will we see on the show?
According to Wolk we will see lions, bears, wolves and rats. Remember they all are real and they are not made on the computer.
Where will Zoo be traveling to?
James Pinker says, “This show travels to Tokyo and to Rio and to Mobile, Alabama and Antarctica and Paris. It truly is a global thriller and the story spans the globe and their characters travel around the world.”
And this is this most shocking reveal?
Even though the show will be spanning the world, it is filmed entirely in New Orleans. So when you watch Zoo, be prepared to be amazed that Wolk, Arnezeder and Anozie are on US soil and not in Africa like the show says they are. I still can’t believe how amazingly The Big Easy easily substitutes for the rest of the world.
Extant is back for its second season tonight at 9p on CBS and it is a lot different than it was last year. Last season, it was more of a futuristic Sci-Fi show that you had to be into that genre to like. It was very sophisticated type of Sci-Fi drama that focused on the future, aliens and robots. This season seems more fast-paced and definitely sexier. In fact, Elizabeth Kruger, who joined the show this year as an Executive Producer, said, “There’s action, there’s romance, there’s heat, sex. I don’t know if any of you like sex, but there will be sex.” She isn’t kidding because the show starts out with Molly Woods (Halle Berry) and John (Goran Visnjic) having hot shower sex.
The show picks up six months after the season finale, a lot has happened to Molly, and it has changed her. As we know her robot son, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon) sacrificed himself to save the world. Her half-alien son escaped and no one knows where he is.
Suddenly, women are dying and their stomachs look like they have exploded open. Police are perplexed and Molly thinks there might be connection. JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) an unorthodox police officer thinks there is something strange going on here too. Molly and him meet up, and now the two of them are investigating the cases. What are they going to find out?
This season of Extant is much lighter. I think it keeps enough of the old feel for the original fans, but adds a new sense of vivacity to attract newer viewers.
So tune into tonight at every Wednesday on CBS.
Zoo roars on to the small screen tonight at 9p and you don’t want to miss this CBS drama that will make you look at your pet differently. Ever since the dawn of time, man has locked up animals and now they have had enough. Starting tonight, James Patterson’s book comes to life as the animals rebel against their captivators.
The series starts off with a lion attack at a Zoo in LA that leaves several people dead. Jamie (Kristen Connolly) is a newspaper reporter who has a conspiracy blog on the side. She is convinced that the lion attack is related to the food and she is using her investigative skills to find out if that is the culprit. She winds up getting in touch with Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke), who performed the autopsy on the lions and knows a lot about animals. He knows there’s something going on here and now the two of them are trying to figure what is.
Over in Africa, Jackson Oz (James Wolk) is a Safari Tour Guide in Botswana. He knows the animals there, and they are not acting like they normally do. So his friend, Abraham (Nonso Anozie) and him try to find out what is happening. They go to a nearby camp and no one is there. The two of them discover a video that shows that they might’ve been under an animal attack. Just as the video finishes, they hear the roar of the King of the Jungle. As they try to avoid the attack, Chloe (Nora Arnezeder), a tourist and the surviving member of the original attack, looks to them for protection. Now they are running for their lives in an open area.
Jackson is an American Zoologist and he has animals in blood because his dad studied them. In fact, everyone thought that his dad was insane because he predicted exactly what is happening now. Jackson needs to finds his father’s research and stop the attacks before we become an endangered species.
Zoo is thrilling drama that is a perfect way to spend your Tuesdays this summer. You just might not want your pet in the same room with you as you watch it. On that note, does anyone want my cat?
You know the series is excellent when the man who wrote the book praises it. A few weeks ago at the CBS Studios’ Summer Press Day, James Patterson talked about the show. He said, “People always say the book is better than the movie and the screenwriters say well, we only had two hours. In this case, they have 13 hours so there’s no excuses.” Then he added, “But in this case, the series is going to be better than the book.” How did he come up with the idea for the book? He explained, “I kept seeing stories about odd behavior around the world, alligators in Florida and crocodiles doing weird things in Africa and remember the story about the fish jumping into the boats in Michigan. And that sort of spurred me into, okay, why is this going on and is there a novel here, is there something kind of cool.”
There was something cool about that concept, and the book he wrote from it went to sell millions of copies. Not only that, as we know, Zoo has been turned into a TV series. So tune in tonight and every Tuesday at 9p to see his chilling words come to life.
CBS announced when their old shows will be back today and when their news will make their debut. The season starts off on Monday, September 21st with The Big Bang Theory, new comedy Life in Pieces, last year’s huge hit Scorpion and NCIS: LA. Then on the next night Limitless asks you to swallow it up like a pill. The next new show to hit the lineup is Code Black on Sunday, September 30th. On Monday, November 2nd, Supergirl, the most anticipated show of the fall season flies on to our TVs. Normally, I would say a show that starts that late in the season, has very little chance of survival, but the show is already a critics’ darling. After watching the pilot, I concur with my cohorts. Which brings me to the final show of theirs to hit the airwaves, that one is Angel From Hell on November 5th. Remember what I said about shows that debut that late in the season, well, that one needs a lot of heavenly help to not be replaced by one of the 3 comedies (2 Broke Girls, The Odd Couple and Mike & Molly) waiting for a place to call home by January the latest.
Which shows are you looking forward to most?
Monday, Sept. 21
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (9th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (Series Debut)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (7th Season Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (13th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM LIMITLESS (Series Debut)
Wednesday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR (90-Minute, 31st Season Premiere)
9:30-11:00 PM BIG BROTHER (90 Minute Season Finale)
Friday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (27th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 (6th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS (6th Season Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 27
7:30-9:00 PM 60 MINUTES (48th Season Premiere)
9:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (Two-Hour Series Finale)
Wednesday, Sept. 30
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (11th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM CODE BLACK (Series Debut)
Sunday, Oct. 4
8:00-9:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY (2nd Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE (7th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CYBER (2nd Season Premiere)
Monday, Oct. 26
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (Original Episode)
8:30-9:30 PM SUPERGIRL (Series Debut)
9:30-10:30 PM SCORPION
10:30-11:00 PM COMEDY REBROADCAST TBD
Monday, Nov. 2
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
Thursday, Nov. 5
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (Regular Time Period)
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (Regular Time Period)
9:00-9:30 PM MOM (3rd Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM ANGEL FROM HELL (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY (4th Season Premiere)
On June 30th, James Patterson’s words from his critically acclaimed novel, Zoo, are going to come to life in a 13 episode event that should not be missed. On Monday, I attended the CBS Studios Summer Press Day and Patterson, the producers and the cast talked about the series that takes a look at what happens if the animals take back what is rightfully there’s.
When the producers were asked if animals will be vilified on the show, Scott Rosenberg answered what he wants the viewers to take away from it. He said, “Listen, we all love animals and nobody wants to create an environment that are anti-animal.” Then he added, “That said, in July, when mom, dad, Buddy and sis are sitting on the couch and they just finished watching episode five of Zoo and the dog is sitting over there, Skippy the Spaniel, we really want a place where, ‘So ma, it’s your turn to walk Skippy’; ‘I ain’t walking Skippy, you walk Skippy’. We really want, I keep saying this, we want the whole world to fear their Schnauzer, then we’ve done our job right.”
As someone who is already afraid of her cat, I am not sure how to handle what he said. Luckily, I spoke to Zoo’s star James Wolk, who has a dog, after the panel and I asked him if he is afraid of his four-legged friend since he started working on the show. He told me, “No! She’s too sweet. She’s such a wimp.” Then he added that 9 year old Flea (named after the bassist from Red Hot Chili Peppers), “Afraid of the dog, I can’t even tell the dog not to sleep in bed with me because she’s such a softie.”
Wolk also wanted to make it clear how the animals will most likely be perceived after the show debuts. He said, “We don’t vilify the animals. We really don’t. You’ll see when the show happens, there’s reason to be frightened of animals in the show, but they are not vilified. I think audiences, actually in part, will hope for their success.” Then he explained, “How we treat animals, we put them behind bars. It is a reminder that we need to treat the animal kingdom in our environment with respect. I think in that way the show is going to surprise people. It’s just not going to be animal attack of the week.”
So be prepared to be scared, surprised and excited for what happens next on Zoo starting June 30th on CBS.
CBS announced their fall schedule today and I will barely be watching any of their shows. In fact, I think I am finally ready to part ways with The Big Bang Theory that has lost its momentum the last two seasons. I still think that making Bernadette and Amy series regulars ruined the show.
I am also upset that 2 Broke Girls, Mike and Molly, and The Odd Couple do not have timeslots yet. Although looking at their new comedies, they should be back sooner rather than later.
I don’t get why CBS didn’t move NCIS: LA to Tuesdays at 10p and put Limitless on Mondays at 10p. Didn’t they hear, it worked wonders for ABC on Thursdays. Plus, Limitless was a crappy movie, so I have little faith in the series. Even with Bradley Cooper making a few appearances on the show, it won’t get me to watch.
When it comes to medical dramas, we already have too many. We don’t need another one. Just put Rush Hour there and get it over with.
Some information that is not listed below, CSI is ending with a two hour movie on September 27th. William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger are returning because what else do they have? Ted Danson will be joining CSI: Cyber and hopefully, he will give the show some much needed chemisty. Highly doubtful because he is so blah in dramas.
When it comes to Supergirl, I am so over comic book shows. I know I am in the minority. I also feel bad for the show because most new shows that debut in late October and/or November don’t get a second season. I think Grimm might’ve been the last one, but I am too lazy to research whether another show has done it since.
What do you think of CBS’s schedule?
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (N)
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (N) (Starting in November)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (RTP) (Starting in November)
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (NTP) (Starting in November)
9:00-9:30 PM MOM (Starting in November)
9:30-10:00 PM ANGEL FROM HELL (N) (Starting in November)
10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY (Starting in November)
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CYBER (NTP)
To read descriptions of the new fall shows, then click here!
Believe it or not, CBS did not pick up TV’s #1 show NCIS until today. It wasn’t the only show that they renewed for next season, 14 other shows got the good news today. Joining NCIS is NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, The Odd Couple, Elementary, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes and The Good Wife. All 15 of those shows join the already renewed Two Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Scorpion, NCIS: NoLa, The Big Theory, Mom and Madam Secretary.
So what’s left? CSI and they are still working on a future final season for their longest running scripted show that is currently on their air.