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.
On Monday we find out what the networks have planned for next season and today we found out some more shows that won’t be included on their schedules.
NBC pulled the plug on Constantine, About a Boy, Marry Me, State of Affairs and One Big Happy. I knew that NBC wasn’t going to move forward with Constantine, I was just hoping it would’ve had a new home by now. Some are saying The CW, but I am hoping for Syfy instead.
Over at Fox since Following lost its following and Backstrom never had one, they won’t be following Empire to the 2015-2016 season. Too bad they can’t cancel Wayward Pines today too.
Finally, CBS ended the ratings battle for Battle Creek, The McCarthys and Stalker.
Which show are you most upset to lose?
Elementary is filming a scene that takes place in a NYC subway station, but they couldn’t actually go down there to film it. So they recreated the stop on the set and Johnny Lee Miller shared what it looks like. If Sherlock didn’t solve this mystery for us, we would’ve all watched the episode and thought they really filmed it on 48th street.
Ladies and gentleman that is movie, or is this case television, magic!!!
Chi McBride is one of those actors who knows how to give such a powerful performance that it will send chills through your body and that is exactly what he does on tonight’s Hawaii Five-0 at 9p on CBS.
Lou Grover’s (McBride) friend of 25 years, Clay (Mykelti Williamson), travels down to Hawaii from Chicago with his wife, Diane, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The four long time friends celebrate the couple’s arrival, but the next day they want to celebrate their special day alone on the island. Grover partied a little too much and he is hungover, but then a phone call from his friend sobers him real quick.
Clay and Diane went for a hike up one of the scenic mountains and now she is lying on the ground below dead. Everything points to it being an accident, but Lou is not convinced that it isn’t murder. Now he will do everything in power to prove that his friend didn’t kill his wife, although everything points to the fact that he did.
Will Grover lose his best friend to accusations or to jail? You just have to tune in to this intense and emotional episode to find out. Be prepared to know that there are a few scenes during the episode that will gut you because of his persuasive performance during them.
Blue Bloods is a police procedural with a lot of heart and emotion and tonight’s episode on CBS at 10p brings a lot that for Tom Selleck and his character Frank Reagan.
Reagan comes to work and he finds out that a young woman from his past has come to visit him. Back when he was a beat cop and she was just a child, he saved her life. Sarah (Amelia Rose Blaire) was six years old when a man came into her house and murdered her parents and younger brother. Frank was one of the first cops who arrived at the house during crime, and to this day it’s the most disturbing crime scene he has ever witnessed.
Since it left such an impact on him, he has remained like a surrogate father to Sarah. So much so, she is there to ask him to walk her down the aisle later on in the week. Sarah also came to see him to tell him that the man who killed her family wrote her a letter, but she can’t bear to open it and would like Frank to do that. When he reads the letter, he finds out that the killer (Kevin Riley) wants to meet Sarah and tell her he is not the same man that he was that day. Sarah doesn’t know if she wants to meet the man who said in court, a year after the murders, that he wishes he killed her too.
She eventually decides that she wants to meet him and she asks Frank to join her. He agrees. When the three of them are sitting in that cold, puke-colored, confined room together having their confrontation, you will witness a scene that is so impactful that you will not be able to do anything but watch and sit there numb for a few minutes.
It is a scene that resonated so much with Tom Selleck that he talked about it on a conference call earlier in the week. Selleck described what his character is going through ealrier in that episode. Frank has such a bond Sarah that he wants to protect her, especially during the week of her wedding. He doesn’t want her to go; but when she can’t get the letter out of her head, he knows she has to and he will be there to support her. Selleck said, “We lead up to the scene where she confronts a cold-blooded killer, who claims to have remorse. It was just very moving to me, and the actress, of course, delivered as the character.” Then he added, “It was a very difficult scene as an actor. Look, we don’t become someone else, but you believe in the situation. It was a very dark place for Frank to go and for Sarah to go. Those aren’t easy scenes. At the same time, she was so good, it was pretty easy for me.”
Executive Producer, Kevin Wade, was also on the call and he described the atmosphere in the studio as they filmed that poignant scene. He said, “It was the first time I’ve really seen everybody kind of drop to dead silence and crowd around the monitors. The commitment on part of all three actors in that moment. It was something that, you know, we didn’t prepare them for it, but all of a sudden this silence came over the set as they were working as everybody crowded around to watch it.” Wade has been working on the show since almost the beginning and he doesn’t remember that happening before on the set.
Imagine an episode that is so powerful that the lead actor who rarely does press wanted to do some to promote it and a cast a crew stopping everything they were doing to watch it in silence, that is exactly the impact it has. It is a side of Frank Reagan that we’ve never seen before and I think that plays a part in the scene that is so tense, you can cut the tension with a knife. Blaire also gives an award-winning performance as her character confronts the man who ruined her life.
It’s an emotional episode, but not one that leaves you feeling depressed when is over. It plays out in a way that Blue Bloods has perfected during the 5 years it has been on the air.
Make sure to watch an episode that proves excellent television still exists tonight at 10p on CBS.
CBS announced today that 2 Broke Girls, Mom and Mike & Molly will all be back on their line up next season with The Big Bang Theory. The news is not a surprise because all three comedies are doing well in the ratings and have all had strong seasons. What I am surprised about is that the Eye didn’t also pick up The Odd Couple that has been retaining most of TBBT’s audience. I am sure the Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon starrer will be back next season because the show definitely found its focus midway through the second episode.
Granted that is if CBS wants to do more than two hours of comedy every week, which I hope that they do. I think the murder network needs a few more laughs on their air and a lot less death.
Michael Weatherly was so happy that William Shatner Tweeted him that the NCIS star shared a photo of Liam, his son and future Captain Kirk fan, with the legend. Then Dinozzo followed it up with the above photo and said, “He survived this work related mishap and lived to smile another day.” So did he drop his son? Nope, the baby is as real as the one in American Sniper.
Where is Gibbs to slap Weatherly on the back of the head when you really need him to? Hopefully, he will do it on the naval drama tonight at 8p on CBS.
Last week, viewers were captivated by Battle Creek on CBS, and tonight at 10p they find themselves in a sticky situation. That’s because they are investigating a murder that is tied to the city’s syrup business.
Another thing that Battle Creek is known for, is housing the headquarters for Kellogg’s Cereal. Twelves years ago, Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan had an idea for a show, and last year it became a reality. When he was asked at the TCA CBS Summer Press Day how he came up with idea for Battle Creek, he couldn’t remember. So the show’s star Josh Duhamel reminded him of the story he told him when he read for the part of FBI Agent Milton Chamberlin. He said, “I remember the first time I met Vince and David (Shore), I asked them the same question. And he said that, when he was a kid eating his cereal, he looked at the side of the Kellogg’s box, and it said Battle Creek, and that’s where you got this. Isn’t that where your fascination with Battle Creek came from?” Then Gilligan added, “I am fascinated by the name because it’s such a great name because it’s got the word battle in it. And yet they make cereal there.” So while you and I were looking for the toy in the cereal box, Gilligan came up with the name of his future show. Stupid me and my sugar high!
Talking about highs, Kal Penn has an interesting story on tonight’s episode. When Detective Fontanelle White goes to smoke his medicinal marijuana to get rid of his migraine, he realizes he was sold fake pot when his headache doesn’t go away. Now, he is out to arrest his supplier. You just have to tune in to see exactly how he does it. It will make you laugh like you just smoked a joint!