First Oprah says “bye”, now Alec Baldwin is telling NBC that he will not re-sign with ’30 Rock’ when his contract expires in 2012. Check out the upcoming ’Men’s Journal’ magazine and you will learn a lot about his thoughts on suicide, his feelings on his movie career which he thinks is awful and the war with his ex-wife Kim Basinger on their custody battle over their daughter Ireland. That mess led to his breakup with his girlfriend of seven years. Keep your ex separate from your girlfriend, Judge Judy would say.
Baldwin will give up the business entirely, according to the article, because “I don’t have any interest in acting anymore” so a couple more years and he will be gone. We’ll see if NBC comes up with a nice number to keep him in the fold. This is one of those negotiation techniques, maybe?
OK so it’s time to play a little chess. Gregory Itzin, who has played President Charles Logan in the Fox hit series ’24′, is returning to the show when it returns in the fall. That means he will no longer be the boss at the California Bureau of Investigation on ‘The Mentalist’, the hit show on CBS. So we have two hit shows so far, right? Now Gregory Itzin is not getting a lot of play on ‘The Mentalist’ so he’s going back to ’24′ where he does get a lot of air time and the CBI needs a new leader.
Step in Aunjanue Ellis. She takes over and apparently will have a pretty substantial recurring role on the show. Itzin’s character Virgil Minelli resigns after the murder of three agents and Ellis’s new gig gets her the job of restoring discipline and morale to the team.
You might have remembered Ellis in ‘The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three’ with Denzel Washington. She’s also been in ’The Good Wife’ and ’True Blood’ for several episodes.
On the heels of picking up the blockbuster movie ’2012′ to first run that movie on its cable network, FX is really busy getting their hands on a couple of other huge grossing films. The movies ‘Twilight’ and the recently released follow-up film ‘New Moon’ will get its first television broadcast rights on FX.
‘Twilight’ will be available in late 2011 while ‘New Moon’ will be ready to go in late 2012. The third part of this mega hit group of movies to be released in June of next summer is called ‘Eclipse’ and FX will also get first broadcast rights to that film which they will be able to air in late 2013.
Showtime has the pay cable rights to air the trilogy.
The working title at this point is ‘Bob Saget’s Strange Days’ but the comedian/actor will find himself exploring America’s strange subcultures on this new project on A&E.Saget will travel the country looking for ways of living that we might not know about.So what does that mean?From mail order brides (didn’t know they had that in the States) to joining a survivalist cult to rushing at a fraternity (why?) during the series that’s expected to hit the network sometime in 2010.
A long way from ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, you think?
This new show on TNT is developing a solid cast with the addition of Lorraine Bracco to the team. And TNT still hasn’t let us know when ‘Rizzoli’ will launch on the network. You last saw her on ‘The Sopranos’ on HBO and now she will be Angie Harmon mom in the new detective series.
Angie Harmon is the lead in the series as you read about a month ago on RealTVCritics.com and along with Bracco joining the crew Sasha Alexander will play the medical examiner working with ‘Rizzoli’ in the Boston police department.
No word as to what they spent for the rights to air ‘This Is It’ but with sister networks VH1 and BET able to air the movie under the agreement expect big bucks to exchange hands between Viacom Networks and the Jackson clan. If you remember MTV was the network of the 80′s that played music videos night and day with Michael Jackson’s content leading the way.
Expect MTV to launch the movie at some point in 2011. The film details footage from Michael Jackson’s final days in preparation for his world tour before his drug overdose which took his life this past summer.
George Segal is getting back in to television with a new show on TVLand. The new series ‘Retired at 35′ gets him the role as a father again as he will bond with his son who has had it with the rat race and calls it a day by retiring at a young age. The son actually moves back home with Segal’s character and his wife in their retirement living facility in Florida.
Segal’s last television series was ‘Just Shoot Me’ which was on for seven years on NBC.
Well that didn’t take long. A monster weekend for the opening of ’2102′ in domestic theaters and FX doesn’t take a breather to grab the television rights to air the movie. The Sony Pictures produced film will get its launch at the beginning of 2012 on the cable network. The cost for the now epic film could bring in over $24 million dollars which FX will have to pay out to Sony.
FX has also put up about $8 million to be the first to broadcast Woody Harrelson’s ‘Zombieland’ on cable TV. That’s expected to debut on the network at the end of next year. Figure Halloween 2010.
The show is huge now on CBS with monster ratings so TNT has moved quickly to pay over $2,000.000 per episode to air the popular show ‘The Mentalist’ in syndication. Simon Baker’s show is one of the strongest newcomers on the prime time schedule and is just in its second year of airing on the big network.
Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan -
The Golden Globe winner plays Patrick Jane, a consultant to the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) working on high profile cases and using his skills as a psychic medium to solve high profile crimes.
The show also has a great cast including Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti. And the search continues for the serial killer Red John, who took the life of Jane’s family, which keeps him a part of the CBI.
Looks like the success of ‘The Mentalist’ is spawning new cop dramas with very unlikely characters becoming crime busters. Coming soon to a TV set near you will be two new shows. One will feature a cop by day and an Elvis impersonator by night (read the George Clooney story) and now a crime solving magician. So far an untitled project from the writer of ‘NCIS” series on CBS.
So here’s the concept. A magician career is in ruins after he develops stage fright and acrophobia. And then an elite law enforcement agency hires him to take unusual approaches to help them solve crimes. No time set on when it will air and what network will be picking up the new series.