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New Show Introduction: Taken

taken

The small screen adaptation of Taken will debut on NBC on February 27 at 10 PM.

The series follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen from Vikings) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the “Taken” films.

The cast includes Brooklyn Sudano (My Wife and Kids), Gaius Charles (Friday Night Lights and Aquarius), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Monique Curnen (The Following).

Here is a trailer for Taken:

TV Ratings

Here are the ratings for the few primetime dramas that aired new episodes on the major networks this past weekend.

SATURDAY:

8 PM Show:
Ransom (CBS) [NEW] – 3.1 million

SUNDAY:

8 PM Show:
The Good Fight (CBS) [DEBUT] – 7.2 million [Reminder: The series will now air on CBS All Access]

9 PM Show:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW – Special Time] – 8.5 million

10 PM Show:
Elementary (CBS) [NEW] – 5 million

What did you watch on TV over the weekend? Please share.

patriot

The new Amazon series Patriot will debut online on February 24.

The show follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman from Wonderland) whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, which requires him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover” – that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm.

The cast includes Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show), Michael Chernus (Manhattan Project) and Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz and Resurrection).

Here is a trailer for Patriot:

Here is a list of programming options to expect on TV this coming week:

On February 20, the fifth and final season of Bates Motel will air on A&E at 10 PM while that same night the season finale of the new NBC drama Timeless will air at 10 PM.

Major Crimes will be back for the remainder of its fifth season on TNT on February 22 at 9 PM.

On February 23, the spin-off series The Blacklist: Redemption will debut on NBC at 10 PM. The world’s most elusive criminals from Raymond “Red” Reddington’s infamous list come together to form an elite mercenary team as they try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. Seeking redemption for their past transgressions, this new group solves problems governments don’t dare touch. Blacklist undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) joins the team’s brilliant and cunning chief, Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), as well as lethal assassin and Tom’s nemesis Matias Solomon (Edi Gathegi), as they aim to be a force for good and right dangerous wrongs. Along with highly skilled members Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) and hacker Dumont (Adrian Martinez), they will undertake seemingly impossible missions – all in the hopes of repairing their damaged souls.

Also on February 23, the new CMT series Sun Records will debut at 10 PM. Set in Memphis and inspired by true events, the series will focus on a chance meeting in December 4, 1956 by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins who stumbled into an impromptu jam session that turned out to be a seminal moment in modern music history. The cast includes Kevin Fonteyne (Melissa & Joey) as Johnny Cash; newcomer Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley; Christian Lees (the British sitcom Parents) as Jerry Lee Lewis and Dustin Ingram (Lab Rats and True Blood) as Carl Perkins. One Tree Hill alum Chad Michael Murray will star as the legendary Sam Phillips and Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) as the one and only Colonel Tom Parker.

The new Amazon series Patriot will debut online on February 24. The show follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman from Wonderland) whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, which requires him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover” – that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. The cast includes Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show), Michael Chernus (Manhattan Project) and Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz and Resurrection).

And on February 26, the 89th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC at 8:30 PM (check local listings for airtime).

Mark your calendars!

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

4:30 PM:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie on TNT

5 PM:
The Blind Side movie on Freeform

7 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on AMC
The Equalizer movie on FX
Along Came a Nanny movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Two Weeks Notice movie on Lifetime

8 PM:
Supergirl on The CW (NEW)
24: Legacy on FOX (NEW)
Shadowhunters on Freeform (NEW)
Bridge of Spies movie on Showtime 2

9 PM:
Jane the Virgin on The CW (NEW)
Beyond on Freeform (NEW)
Sandra Brown’s White Hot movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

9:01 PM:
APB on FOX (NEW)

10 PM:
Scorpion on CBS (NEW)
Timeless on NBC (NEW – Season Finale)
Shadowhunters on Freeform (Encore)
Humans on AMC (NEW)
The Equalizer movie on FX

10:01 PM:
Quantico on ABC (NEW)

10:06 PM:
True Lies movie on Starz

Enjoy!

Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week:

RENEWALS

Lucifer has been renewed for a third season by FOX. (Variety)

The Royals has received a fourth season order from E!. (Variety)

Amazon has renewed their streaming series Goliath for a second season. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Veteran actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) will star in the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC, which centers on EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves. Olmos will star as Felipe Reyes, the family’s formerly strong patriarch who, after years of being crushed by bullets and labor, struggles to keep his past buried and lead his own sons down a lawful and righteous path. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actors Ian Anthony Dale (Murder in the First) and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes and The Musketeers) have joined the cast of the upcoming CBS summer suspense drama Salvation, which follows whip-smart MIT grad student Liam (Charlie Rowe) and tech billionaire Darius Tanz, who bring to a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery: An asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Liam and Darius team to launch a secret project to save the planet — a secret Liam must keep from the ones he loves. Dale will play Deputy Secretary of Defense Harris Anders, a consummate Washington insider who is tasked with running the government’s top-secret plan to deflect a planet killer asteroid. A man who’s devoted himself to country, Harris will find himself torn between following orders, following his conscience and following his heart. Meanwhile, Cabrera will play Darius, a charming self-made tech billionaire and visionary maverick, whose great love seems to be his projects. His greatest project of all, however, will be an audacious plan to save the human race from an incoming asteroid. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actor Eion Bailey (Once Upon a Time) will have a recurring role on the Amazon series The Last Tycoon, starring opposite Matt Bomer (White Collar), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Lily Collins (box office film Rules Don’t Apply) and Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land). The series focuses on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Bailey will play Clint Frost, an actor who’s handsome as hell, confident and excited about viewing an early preview of his movie, The Bells of Boston, for the studio brass. However, his elation turns to fear when he realizes his performance, like the movie, is not good. (Deadline)

Casting has been announced for the straight-to-series Freeform drama Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger that centers on Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) who come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Additional cast members include Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) and Gloria Reuben (ER and Mr. Robot). Roth will portray Melissa Bowen, Tandy’s mom, who is the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence; while Reuben plays Adina Johnson, who invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. (Deadline)

Actors Edgar Ramirez (The Girl on the Train) and Darren Criss (Glee) have signed on to appear in Versace: American Crime Story that will explore the murder of Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed five people that year and then killed himself on a house boat, eight days after killing Versace. Ramirez will play Gianni Versace while Criss will play Andrew Cunanan. (Variety)

The new UP TV scripted series Date My Dad, starring Barry Watson (7th Heaven) has added to its cast. The new cast members include Cindy Busby (Cedar Cove and the Hallmark Channel movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy), Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale) and Chris Gauthier (Once Upon a Time and Eureka).  (Press Release)

Actor Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy and The 100) will appear in the 150th episode of Blue Bloods (set to air in late March), playing ESU Deputy Chief Travis Jackson, who goes up against Frank when he files an age-discrimination suit against the department. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

TV NEWS

Uber-producer/director J.J. Abrams and author Stephen King will be working on a new Hulu series called Castle Rock, the fictional town in Maine where many of the author’s books take place. (Variety)

Starz and the BBC will co-produce the limited series Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel that will bring the beloved novel to the small screen. The four hour-long episodes will explore the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts. Among the cast will be Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street and Pride & Prejudice) and Tracey Ullman. (The Futon Critic)

That’s it. Enjoy!

sun-records

On February 23, the new CMT series Sun Records will debut at 10 PM.

Set in Memphis and inspired by true events, the series will focus on a chance meeting in December 4, 1956 by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins who stumbled into an impromptu jam session that turned out to be a seminal moment in modern music history.

The cast includes Kevin Fonteyne (Melissa & Joey) as Johnny Cash; newcomer Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley; Christian Lees (the British sitcom Parents) as Jerry Lee Lewis and Dustin Ingram (Lab Rats and True Blood) as Carl Perkins.

One Tree Hill alum Chad Michael Murray will star as the legendary Sam Phillips and Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) as the one and only Colonel Tom Parker.

Here is a trailer for Sun Records: