While many of the questions about the workplace/cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" landed with the producers of the show during the FOX press tour panel for the show, more than a few were lobbed at the cast, which was peppered with familiar faces. Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street") and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") were joined by retired NFL pro Terry Crews ("Bridesmaids"), Melissa Fumero ("Gossip Girl"), stand-up and writer Chesea Peretti ("Louie"), Joe Lo Truglio ("Reno 911") and Stephanie Beatriz ("Modern Family").
"Almost Human," a new FOX series presented at press tour, promises lots of action and, more importantly, an uneasy working relationship between grumpy cop Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban, "Star Trek") and android Dorian (Michael Ealy, "Sleeper Cell"). For some in the audience, it all brought back memories of the 1989 TV series "Alien Nation," but creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman shrugged off any similarities to any specific scifi influence, mentioning inspiration was drawn from "so many sources." "We wanted to do something that was a bit different…" he said, adding that the decision to create put a fresh spin on the typical android pining to be human storyline was very intentional. "It was better to have a robot that was more human than he could handle [instead]."
I'm not sure how we did this with Melinda about to jet off to Poland to hang with Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore (we can all be jealous now) and me buzzing between Comic-Con and press tour, but we did! No promises of cohesion or focus! But we did it! Here's the rundown, if you'd like to follow along with our rambling. C'mon! It'll be fun, promise!
The tragic passing of Cory Monteith won't be ignored by "Glee," according to FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly. At the network's executive panel at press tour, Reilly addressed questions about how the death will affect "Glee," though the storyline appears to still be in the works.
"Sleepy Hollow," a re-imagining of Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," will ring familiar to audiences who've gotten used to creative tweaking. This time around, Ichabod Crane is a hot guy (Tom Mison) instead of a geek, the Revolutionary War wasn't just about expats fighting the Brits for freedom, and there are witches and curses and Biblical horsemen of the Apocalypse in addition to the Headless Horseman. The debut episode also surprises with an unexpected murder, which co-executive producer Len Wiseman explained, "We wanted to keep you off balance a little bit. We wanted to make sure you were never sure which characters were gonna get it."
By the end of this episode, we'll be down to twelve dancers, which doesn't seem like a lot, does it? The good part about fewer dancers, however, is the opening number looks less like a riot out of "World War Z" and more like, well, dancing. And when the opening number is choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and Dmitry Chaplin? Well, then it really, really looks like dancing.
Less smoke! But otherwise, this opener is a fabulous piece. I love the use of the stage, especially because we don't just see the dancers cycle through solos while everyone else performs in unison (and really, haven't we seen that enough already?). There's an architectural element to this that's really remarkable. And was that Malece on the swing? Loved it!
The true story of Mary Queen of Scots, who took the sickly 14-year-old Francis, the Dauphin of France, for her first husband, doesn't seem like the stuff of a romantic CW drama. But, with a little tweaking, "Reign" (premiering Thurs. Oct. 17 at 9:00 p.m.) is giving history a slick, sexy remodel, according to the panel for the show at press tour.
The eagerly-awaited spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries, "The Originals," doesn't air until October 3, but the journalists at press tour had plenty of questions about the show. The biggest question about the spin-off, which takes "TVD" regular Klaus to New Orleans to explore a witches' curse and relationships from his distant past, was how it will differ from the mothership.
So, Drew loves Des blah blah blah. Chris loves Des blah blah blah. The show, in some respects, hits all the familiar benchmarks this week. "I love her more than I ever expected! I have no doubt that she's the woman I'm going to marry!" Then, from Des, a slightly edited echo: "I can see a future with him! He's so hot!" If you've seen one season of "The Bachelorette," you can rest assured they're working from the same script (which may or may not be literal) and it hardly needs repeating here. Basically, it's all snuggling and romance in Antigua, at least until we have to deal with Brooks, aka Grumpy.