NBC picks up Katherine Heigl’s CIA drama ‘State of Affairs’

05.06.14 4 years ago

NBC picks up Katherine Heigl”s CIA drama “State of Affairs”
She”ll play a CIA agent whose job is to brief the president of the United States, as played by Alfre Woodard.

NBC orders Russian spy thriller “Alliance”
Gavin Stenhouse plays a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst whose parents (Hope Davis and Scott Cohen) belong to a Russian sleeper cell.

Watch Charlize Theron's “SNL” promos
Theron, who last hosted in 2000, shows her “Model Face.”

Lee Daniels hopes “Empire” becomes the black “Dynasty,” says Oprah told him he couldn”t do a TV show
The director of “Lee Daniels” The Butler” says his hip-hop drama – made with former “Buffy” and “Gilmore Girls” star Danny Strong” — is “more like ‘Nashville.' And 'The Sopranos,' because there is no much violence. And ‘Dynasty.' I wanted to make a black 'Dynasty.” You sit there and go, “No, this bitch didn”t! Oh my f–king God!”

The real Prince Harry went to Memphis, and Fox's fake Prince Harry followed
People hoping to see the real Prince Harry, who was in town over the weekend for a friend”s wedding, mobbed the fake Prince Harry, who's starring in “I Wanna Marry Harry.”

When did food TV shows become so bad?
Everything these days seems to be derivative of “Top Chef” or Guy Fieri.

A Twitter account is helping TV viewers connect with the fashion they see on screen
Kingsley Maunder”s Style on Screen has found a way to hook up brands featured on TV shows with fans who want to buy them.

Fox boss is not ready to quit on “American Idol,” may give “Mindy” fewer episodes
Entertainment president Kevin Reilly also says he liked “Enlisted,” he isn”t ready to join the late-night wars and doesn”t regret extending “Sleepy Hollow.”

Comedy Central picks up “Archer” reruns
The FX animated series could begin airing on Comedy Central as soon as May 2015.

Why do Americans watch TV shows about government if they hate it so much?
So many of TV”s biggest shows revolve around the government, from “NCIS” to “CSI.”

Watch Oprah”s original “Oprah Winfrey Show” audition tape
Oprah Winfrey filmed this audition in 1983.

Marge Simpson is getting her own makeup line
MAC Cosmetics is releasing a limited-edition color collection dedicated to Marge this fall.

Adam Goldberg: “I was terrified” to learn American Sign Language for “Fargo”
“I was genuinely scared,” admits Goldberg, who compares the learning process to “dancing or playing music.”

“Person of Interest” has become TV”s most prescient show, thanks to Edward Snowden
As Kate Aurthur points out, “The web the show had fictionally spun in which the government, often in collusion with corporations, is watching and listening to us, turned out to be almost exactly what Edward Snowden”s leaks revealed to be true. While Person of Interest still has the spine of a case-of-the-week procedural, it has deepened into an acutely paranoid, multi-layered story about emotionally damaged, well-funded vigilantes (who kill frequently).”

Chris Colfer: I could not turn down an opportunity to write for “Glee”
“I never wanted to do this,” he says, “or gave any indication that I wanted to do it. It”s not my world, these aren”t my characters and I thought I”d hate tampering with it or ruining it. But then they came to me and said, 'Would you be interested in writing an episode? We want you to.””

Fred Armisen may split his time between NYC and “Portlandia,” but he just bought a house in L.A.
Check out the “Late Night” bandleader”s “hipster home.”

Discovery taps Peter Dinklage to narrate animal documentary “Mini Monsters”
The two-hour special will celebrate diminutive animal characters.

Zooey Deschanel will be wearing clothing from her own fashion line on “New Girl” season finale
Deschanel insists her “To Tommy, From Zooey” – which she co-designed with Tommy Hilfiger – was picked out without the costume designer knowing she helped create the clothes.

“24”s” Chloe O”Brian might be the most “meritocratically powerful female character on television right now”
“he fundamental fact about Chloe – what has made her a breakout character since the show”s first season – remains just as true today,” says Joanna Weiss. “She”s principled, valued, and good at what she does, and her power has nothing to do with sex appeal.” PLUS: Jack Bauer seems harder, more dead-eyed and resolute in “Live Another Day.”

Here are 7 things “Friends” fans still argue about
From Ross & Rachel to Rachel & Joey. PLUS: Courteney Cox acknowledges the 10-year anniversary: “Ten years. Time flies.”

Why “The Mindy Project” should reboot itself
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz should stay. But everything else – including the premise – should be gone next season. Because she's no longer believable as a doctor. PLUS: Meet “Mindy”s” producing director, and are you a Mindy Kaling fan who hates “The Mindy Project”?

With “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver has become the old Jon Stewart
“It's only been two episodes, granted,” says Jordan Sargent, “but in that hour of television Oliver has proven himself to be an antidote to Stewart's current brand of humor. Perhaps more precisely, he is what Stewart himself used to be: an outsider who presented the absurdity of politics and the hypocrisy of powerful blowhards while guffawing along with the audience.”

“Louie” will have “lots of… parts stories” this season
There will be a two-episode arc, a three-episode arc and a six-episode arc this season. Presenting the Louis CK Guide to Masturbation.

It”s “Buffy” the video game
Here”s how “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” would look like as a LucasArts adventure game.

Tony the Tiger”s voice dies
Lee Marshall, who took over as the Frosted Flakes icon in 1999, passed away on April 26. He was 64.

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