Fall TV Scoop: NBC Orders J.J. Abrams' Believe, Jason Katims' About a Boy, Sean Hayes Comedy

Fall TV Scoop: NBC Orders J.J. Abrams' Believe, Jason Katims' About a Boy, Sean Hayes Comedy
NBC is jumping into the fall pickup fray, ordering two dramas — the Gillian Anderson-Dermot Mulroney thriller Crisis and J.J. Abrams’ Believe — to series.

Also getting a green light are the Sean Hayes sitcom Sean Saves the World, DJ Nash’s Family Guide and Jason Katims’ comedy About a Boy. They join the previously-ordered Michael J. Fox Show and Jonathan Rhys MeyersDracula.

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Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from NBC: Hatfields & McCoys, The Gates and The Sixth Gun. (NBC’s complete development slate can be found here.
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Pilot News: Dermot Mulroney, Revenge Alum Join NBC Drama From Life Creator Rand Ravich

Pilot News: Dermot Mulroney, Revenge Alum Join NBC Drama From Life Creator Rand Ravich
Dermot Mulroney‘s fancy self is set to star in NBC’s untitled drama pilot from Life‘s Rand Ravich, our sister site Deadline reports.

The project follows Marcus Finley (played by Lance Gross), a Secret Service agent pulled into an international crisis on his first day of work after the President’s son and countless classmates are kidnapped.

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Mulroney — who’s slated to reprise his fan fave role on New Girl later this season — joins as Bill Gibson, a meek-looking father
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X-cellent Pilot News: Gillian Anderson Joins NBC Drama From Life Creator Rand Ravich

X-cellent Pilot News: Gillian Anderson Joins NBC Drama From Life Creator Rand Ravich
Gillian Anderson is once more embroiled in an international conspiracy.

The X-Files star has joined an untitled NBC drama pilot — which centers on some shady global dealings — from Life‘s Rand Ravich, reports.

The project examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy. Ravich and Far Shariat will exec-produce.

666 Park Avenue‘s Rachael Taylor also has been cast as Susie Dunn, the FBI agent investigating the
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‘X-Files’ Gillian Anderson & ‘666’s Rachael Taylor To Co-Star In NBC’s Rand Ravich Pilot

In what would be her first regular U.S. series role since The X-Files, Gillian Anderson has re-teamed with X-Files producer 20th Century Fox with a part in the studio’s NBC drama pilot from writer-executive producer Rand Ravich. Also cast in the untitled project is 666 Park Avenue star Rachael Taylor. Described as an emotionally charged action thriller set in and around the world of Washington DC, the pilot follows an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job as the President’s son’s protection when the son, along with several of his schoolmates, are kidnapped. Taylor will play FBI agent Susie Dunn, the point person on the abduction whose niece, Amber, is among the kidnapped kids. In investigating the case, she must reestablish ties with her estranged sister, Meg (Anderson), whom she has not spoken to for years.
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666 Park Avenue Review: Deals with the Devil

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I really wanted to like 666 Park Avenue.

I wanted to move in, kick my feet up and take up a very long residence inside an address that features such personal favorites as Terry O'Quinn, Vanessa Williams and Rachael Taylor.

But the pilot didn't exactly inspire me to buy an apartment there. I'll rent for a couple more weeks, but the series needs to seriously up the scary ante if it wants my down payment.

Let's start with O'Quinn's Gavin Doran. We can only assume at this point that he's The Devil, which isn't exactly a fresh concept on TV or on the big screen. Blame Reaper or blame The Devil's Advocate or, heck, blame Death on The Simpsons.

But the premise simply doesn't feel very original. Nor does it give O'Quinn a lot of material to mine. Any fan of Lost is quite familiar with the nuances and the depth of this incredible actor.
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TV Feature: The 10 Most Promising New Shows of Fall 2012

Chicago – The 2010-11 season was a very interesting one for network television. After a few years of undeniable failure, most of the networks found at least one new notable hit. Fox is building an entire night of comedy around Emmy-nominated breakout “New Girl.” ABC is ecstatic over the loyal followings for “Revenge” & “Once Upon a Time” (and “Suburgatory” has the potential to truly breakout in its sophomore season). NBC looks a little more dire but is willing to give “Up All Night” and “Whitney” second chances. And CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” looks like it could be on for a decade. It was a solid crop all around. The good news? This season looks even more promising when one looks at the very top of my annual top ten list of the most promising new shows.

Promising for drama. Comedy is another story. The new comedies of the 21 new shows on the
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Bdtv Chats With 'Shutter' Star Rachel Taylor!

If you head on over to Bdtv you can check out our exclusive one-on-one interview with Rachel Taylor, the star of 20th Century Fox's Shutter, which arrives in theaters everywhere on Friday. A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved. Click the title for stills and the poster and don't forget to click here for three clips.
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