Juan Pablo Di Pace is playing the role of a lifetime because he is playing Jesus Christ in AD: The Bible Continues on NBC starting tonight at 9p. Even though this is the role he always wanted on his acting resume, he found it to be a huge responsibility, daunting and he’s humbled to be playing it.
Juan Pablo Di Pace grew up in religious household, so this was a dream role for him and his mother. In fact it might’ve been a role he was born to play. He explained at the NBC TCA Winter Press Day, “My mother is a religious painter. She has a painting in the Vatican. So I grew up with all of that. My name, actually, Juan Pablo, comes from John Paul II. So, you know, it was going to happen at some point.”
Then he talked more about his mom, and her paintings. He said, “She’s been painting Jesus and the saints and angels her whole life. Marta Maineri she’s called, my mother. And, yes, thanks to her teaching me about Michelangelo, about Caravagio about The Passion and all the scenes in the Bible, I was very familiar with a lot of moments in AD as well.” Then he added, “I remember when I was 12, she took me to the Sistine Chapel, and we saw The Pieta. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is the most beautiful piece of art.’ He concluded with, “Fast forward many years later, and there I am full of blood. Greta Scacchi is holding me in her arms, and I’m thinking this is just like a dream, it’s magic, it’s beautiful.”
Since his mother was such a big part of his religious upbringing, Executive Producer Roma Downey said that they flew her in to see her son’s crucifixion as they filmed it for the 12 part series, so that she could be there as emotional support for her son. How was she effected by seeing her son go through that? He said she is working on new paintings because, “She was actually taking inspiration from set.”
To see what inspired her new paintings and more importantly to see his brilliant performance as Jesus, tune in AD: The Bible Continues tonight and every Sunday at 9p on NBC.
How else can we explain why, according to TV Line, NBC announced today that they are bringing back his lackluster sitcom Coach for a 13 episode run?
I get why Fox is bringing back The X-Files and Showtime has Twin Peaks, but Coach? Is that even on syndication anywhere? Has anyone ever said that they want to see more episodes of Coach?
I can think of at 1,000 other sitcoms I would rather see NBC bring back for an update before Coach. Especially since Nelson is one of the blandest stars on television and yet he’s barely is ever out of work. So I have to wonder what he has on people because there are so many many many many many other actors who are better than him and more enjoyable to watch.
Are you the one person who is excited that Coach will be back for 13 more episodes?
Undateable was the summer’s biggest surprise hit, and tonight at 9p the highlarious comedy is back on NBC for its second season.
The whole gang is back at the bar and this time there is a new member working with them. Candace (Bridgit Mendler) is the new ditzy, but loveable waitress at Black Eyes bar. This role is a lot different from the one she played on Good Luck Charlie and it suits her. For her fans, you will be happy to hear she does sing on it.
When it comes to other guys, Justin (Brent Morin) is still dealing with his breakup to Nicki. So much so, Danny (Chris D’Elia) convinces him to try a one-night stand. Let’s just say no matter how much coaching Danny gives his roommate, Justin still manages to mess it up in his own special way. And Danny just makes it worse in his special way.
Then there’s Brett (David Fynn), Burski (Rick Glassman), Shelly (Ron Funches) and Leslie (Bianca Kajlich) and they are there to support their friends in their own special way. A way that makes you laugh so hard, you will be crying. Oh, and when it comes to Leslie, I will tell you she is the butt of all jokes tonight.
So tune into Undateable tonight and every Tuesday at 9p for a sitcom that is totally dateable!
Then at 9:30p, One Big Happy premieres on NBC. Lizzy and Luke have been best friends forever, they live together and now they are having a kid together. Why aren’t they together together? They both like the same thing, women. Everything has been going great for them until he meets Prudence and it is love at first sight and marriage on the second date. Now the three of them are living together as husband, wife and baby mama. How will it work out for them? You will just have to watch.
The show’s creator, Liz Feldman, wrote my favorite episode of 2 Broke Girls, so I had a lot of hope for the show. Sadly, that hope quickly faded with every episode I saw of the show and I saw four. The jokes and the chemistry feel forced, and Cuthbert is just unlikable. I hope that the show will get better, but sadly, I don’t think it will.
After just five episodes, NBC has pulled Allegiance from their Thursday night lineup. The spy drama will be replaced at 10p by the mini-series The Slap that previously aired at 8p. Blacklist remains at 9p.
Personally, I am surprised by their decision because Allegiance seemed to be doing better than The Slap. Plus, I am not sure how well The Slap will do in its new timeslot. It doesn’t seem like a 10p show to me, but you never know it can surprise us.
Poor NBC went from Must See TV on Thursday to Must Skip TV.
UPDATE: Allegiance’s star Scott Cohen Tweeted an update about the show’s future, “all @NBCAllegiance fans now and to come; sucky news, cancelled. ALL eps to air in summer! contact @NBC and say how upset you might be!!”
Hell’s Kitchen is back on Fox tonight at 9p for its 14th season. You would think after all of these years that the contestants would know what Gordon Ramsay wants, but they don’t. One contestant actually served him spaghetti and marinara sauce, and the sauce came from a jar. The woman who prepared that meal for him is just one of the many characters we have to look forward to this season. There’s another person on the show this season who will ask him if they can use the bathroom as he is describing what they can expect from that night’s dinner service.
Those are just two of the examples of what is going to happen this season. According to the preview video we can expect a whole lot more. That’s why this show is beginning its 14th season and counting.
From one fire to another, Chicago Fire is back on NBC tonight at 10p and Chief Boden is not. That means that Chief Pridgen (Matthew Del Negro) is still in charge and no one likes him. Pridgen has found out that Casey (Jesse Spencer) is dating his ex-wife, and he is going after him even harder than he was before.
When they are called out to a fire, they are informed that a there is a little girl is trapped on the third floor by the building manager. As they are preparing to get her out, another woman comes running up to the chief and says her uncle fell and hurt his ankle. The chief orders Casey to go take care of that man a few blocks away and leave the scene of the fire. The remaining firefighters are able to rescue the little girl, but what they don’t know is that building manager went back inside to rescue her. When the fire becomes too powerful, he is thrown out of the third story window and is now in critical condition because of it.
Now there is an investigation into what happened and it is a he said/he said thing with the powers to be who are siding with the chief. Will Engine 51 be able to convince them that the chief is at fault or will someone else take the fall for his mess up? You don’t want to miss this tense and exciting episode to see what happens.
Tonight at 8p on NBC, Parks and Recreation is saying goodbye to Pawnee and us. Chris Pratt, has been with the much loved show since day one, but there are people out there who don’t have a love for television shows. Those people are so full of hate, that one of the things they love to do is go online and make their opinions heard.
Recently at NBC’s TCA Winter Press Day promoting Parks & Rec’s series finale, when Pratt was asked if he had any advice for people working on new shows; he has this to say:
Advice you could give to those new shows is don’t read comments because it doesn’t mean anything. Faster is funnier and don’t be afraid to be sentimental. But don’t read the f*cking comments and what everyone thinks. It doesn’t f*cking matter. It really doesn’t, and if you change your vision to try to fit what some jackass online thinks or some group of fucking nitwits think as they’re f*cking jerking off writing comments you’re going to f*cking lose your vision. So screw everybody who writes comments. Don’t read them. It’s just a crazy, toilet bowl that you stick your head in and you flush down for as long as you want to waste time, but if you have time to read comments, you should be rewriting your jokes. Don’t read comments. Faster is funnier, and don’t be afraid to be sentimental…I think you can say whatever you want.
I say, you go boy!
I’ve loved him ever since Everwood, but that was him as an actor. In recent years we have gotten to know him as a man, and what a cool man he is. He is real and doesn’t play the game. But the game he does play is brilliant and that is why he is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars right now. You can’t find a reason to hate him. Even the people he is talking about can’t hate him.
When it comes to what he is saying about online haters, it is OK to say your peace online. But then there are people who truly get off on being an anonymous bullies. You know the types?
Those people are the ones that no one should listen to because they just like being mean to be mean.
When it comes to producers changing their visions because of online haters. Sometimes, I am sorry to say, there is truth to what they are saying. Who else thinks that their voice was heard when they watched the season finale of Sleepy Hollow last night.
There is a difference between constructive advice and being d!ck to be a d!ck.
Now back to the actor who is anything but a d!ck make sure to check out Chris Pratt and the rest of Indiana’s Park and Recreation Department tonight as they end their comedy the same way they started it 6 years ago, by laughing until it hurts.
The Night Shift was too hot for summer, so NBC moved it to the winter. Tonight at 10p the medical drama starts to heats things up.
The episode starts off a few months after the season finale. Topher (Ken Leung) has recovered from being shot and is back at work. TC (Eoin Macken) is still on suspension, but you can’t keep him down. Jordan (Jill Flint) is still trying to get everyone’s respect after the shooting, which is easier said then done. Besides that, TC and her are giving their relationship another shot. That is causing a lot of tension between her and Dr. Scott Clemmens (Scott Wolf), he is not taking their breakup very well. Finally, Ragosa (Freddy Rodriguez) is back from the surgery he got to remove the cancerous tumor in his brain and he is not the same man he used to be.
Besides all of that, there are still a lot of sick and injured people coming into the ER. They have to put all of that aside to help all of those patients.
Can they handle all of that stress? By the end of the episode someone is going to quit. Think you know who? You don’t, so you are going to have to find out.
What happens if there were parents of a boy who didn’t believe in disciplining him. The little boy is destructive and does whatever he wants. One day, when he is playing with your kid and your nephew’s kids, he starts swinging a wooden bat erratically around them. You ask his parents to control him and they barely do anything. So you grab the kid by the shoulders and tell him to listen to adults, and then he kicks you in the shin. A reaction for some might be to slap him, while others would be to just walk away.
For Harry, he slaps the kid and everyone’s lives change on The Slap because of it. The 8 part mini-series starts tonight at 8p on NBC and you don’t want to miss it.
The first episode is about Hector’s 40th party at his house and his family and friends come to celebrate it there. Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is happily married to Aisha (Thandie Newton) and they have three kids. They have their issues, and his Greek parents are major part of them. His cousin, Harry (Zachary Quinto) is a very successful cars salesman who has a temper. He is married to Sandi (Marin Ireland) and they have a son named Rocco (Owen Tanzer). Then there is Aisha’s childhood friend Rosie (Melissa George) who treats her son, Hugo (Dylan Schombing), like a baby. Even though he is in school, she is still breastfeeding him.
When Hugo acts up the party, Harry takes things in his own hands. He slaps him and now Rosie is determined it get him arrested for the crime.
Harry’s life is being ruined because of it and so is everyone elses who was the party. Each week we will see the effects through a different character’s eyes. Things are going to get worse for them, before it gets better. For some, it doesn’t.
Each week you will ask yourself if Harry did the right thing or the wrong thing. You will ask yourself, what would you do in that situation? And you will start to have that discussion with people you know. Therefore, The Slap will get you talking.
The Slap is a remake of the Australian version and after watching two episodes of the American one and the complete Aussie one, I have to say I like the USA one better. If you’ve seen the original one on Netflix, know that this one doesn’t go in the same order. I am curious to see how else it differs. I will tell you another difference is that Hugo is so much worse in the American version.
Tune in to NBC tonight and every Thursday at 8p for a show that will be watercooler talk tomorrow.
NBC announced today that they picked up Grimm, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order: SVU and The Blacklist for another season.
That means the future doesn’t look so bright for the freshmen dramas State of Affairs, The Mysteries of Laura and Constantine. Although, with the chances of any of the comedies getting renewed that will leave a lot of hours of programming to fill. The Voice gives them 4 hours, The Biggest Loser (not officially picked up) a fifth, Dateline gives them 6 and these 5 dramas bring it to 11 hours. That means they have 4 hours to fill, so maybe one of the frosh will graduate to its sophomore year. Which I hope it does because I am enjoying all three of them. I also hope that they still make sitcoms because I have hope they might once again have a night of Must See TV. Another possibility is that The Night Shift and Undateable could return in the fall if come back strong in a few weeks. Which will give NBC only two and half hours to fill. Still to early to tell what will happen in the fall, so until then enjoy what you have while you have it.
When it comes to dramas that were picked up, I am so happy that Grimm and Chicago Fire will be back for more. Both shows are having really strong seasons so far.
Tonight at 10p on NBC, Chicago Fire leads off a two night event to find the arsonist who set the fire that killed Shay. Tomorrow at the same time Chicago PD concludes the investigation.
Both shows are shot in the city they are named for and the actors don’t take her for granted. Recently at the NBC TCA Winter Press Days some of the stars talked about their co-star, The Windy City.
Jesse Spencer said, “There’s so many new places that we go to. We’re all over the city. Having only been there for three years, we’re still getting to learn it.” Then he added, “We shoot in a lot of abandoned buildings. It’s not a very glamorous job, really. I’ve realized that. We’re sort of sitting in gutters for a lot of the day.” Having said that he added, “But they’re part and parcel of the show. We could never do the show anywhere else.” He explained that what you see on your TV screens is what it is because of Chi-Town herself. He made sure to acknowledge her and her people by saying, “That’s the other character in the piece. And the firemen and the police, they all inform everything we do and make it what it is.”
Eamonn Walker wanted to add, “I would turn around and say that sometimes we have seen more of Chicago than most Chicagoans because of the amount of locations that we shoot. We show the full side of Chicago.” Then he ended his thought with, “Chicago is a major character and you are getting to know Chicago through these two shows.”
Not only are we watching two compelling drama that highlight the tough jobs of firemen and policemen, we are also learning more about one of the biggest cities in the country and getting to appreciate her beauty. Even better than a lot of the people who have called her home for all of their lives.