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NBC HITS A NEW J-LO

... Hahahahahaha NBC. The network has ordered Shades of Blue straight to series, asking for 13 episodes of the hour-long drama. And here's why I'm laughing: The cop show stars Jennifer Lopez (yes, that Jennifer Lopez) as an undercover cop/single mom who's employed by the FBI's anti-corruption task force. And her character's name is Harlee McCord. Jennifer Lopez as Harlee McCord, undercover cop, coming to NBC in the fall of 2015. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Fox has ordered a new drama from Jerry Bruckheimer, but there aren't enough details available to make it sound very interesting. Wanna hear what we got? "Project is described as a thriller that uncovers lingering secrets about a suburban family." Okay! But the network was intrigued enough to give it a "series prototype order," which means it's asked for a pilot as well as a few extra scripts so that if the show looks good, the network can order it to series right away. [Variety]

... Do you ever watch A&E's Bates Motel and then look around the room and realize that Chris Hardwick isn't around to talk about it with you, so you cry out, "Why are the TV gods so cruel!?!?" Well Chris Hardwick doesn't give a rat's ass about Bates Motel, but A&E is gonna make sure that someone is there for you after Bates. The network will board the post-show discussion train with Bates Motel: After Hours, a live program that will feature the cast and crew of Bates Motel discussing the episode that just aired. A post-The Walking Dead show makes sense. Even Talking Bad, Breaking Bad's follow-up chat series, made sense. But this? This does not make sense. Good luck with it, A&E. The second season of Bates Motel premieres Monday, March 3. [A&E via press release]  

... NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympic Games Sponsored by Subway Sandwiches Stuffed With Fritos Eww Gross came to an end last night, with the Closing Ceremonies averaging 15.1 million viewers. Over the course of the entire Games, NBC's primetime coverage averaged 21.4 million viewers, down from 24.4 million during the 2010 Vancouver Games. But that was in Canada and therefore broadcast live, so let's cut these guys some slack. [NBC via press release]

... Piers Morgan Live, CNN's replacement for Larry King Live, might need some replacing of its own. Reports are circulating that the news network is canceling the primetime interview show due to low ratings, and also due to the fact that CNN is moving toward showing more videos of squirrels water skiing. Morgan took over the 9pm slot for CNN three years ago. [NY Daily News]

... Hey, when the Veronica Mars movie comes out on March 14, what theater are you going to see it in? Well I'm going to watch it at my house! Because Kristen Bell is coming over with a family of sloths and we're partying! Or because distributor Time Warner is trying something different: It's releasing the movie via on-demand on the same day it hits theaters. But I swear I will have a picture of K-Bell and a family of possums in my living room when I do watch it. [Wall Street Journal]

... Good television alert! Netflix now has the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad and the entire first season of The Returned available for streaming. You are welcome! [Tim's brain]


CASTING NEWS

... Private Practice and Wings star Tim Daly could have a cushy gig for the next 20 years if things work out right. Daly has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni as a maverick Secretary of State. Daly will play her husband, a college professor of medieval religious history (he's probably totally fun at parties). Based on nothing but my own instincts, this seems like it has a decent shot at surviving pilot season. [TV Line]

... American Horror Story vet and a personal favorite of mine Lily Rabe has joined ABC's alien drama pilot The Visitors, which sees humans trying to fend off "an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us." Rabe will play an FBI agent who's title is apparently "Child Specialist." [TV Line]

... Emmy winner and actress your grandfather really liked Ann-Margret has joined Showtime's Ray Donovan for its second season. She'll play a former star who has a past with Elliot Gould's character. [Showtime via press release]

... Samuel Anderson (Gavin & Stacey) is joining the cast of Doctor Who on a recurring basis. He'll play a professor at the school that the new Doctor's companion, Clara Oswald, attends. This is great news! I think? I don't know, I know nothing about Doctor Who or anything, really. [BBC America via press release]

... Former ESPN sideline hottie Erin Andrews will be taking over as co-host of Dancing With the Stars. Andrews, who previously competed on the reality show, will cut in on Brook Burke-Charvet, who's totally been fired from her co-host spot after seven years. [E! Online / THR]


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AIRED ON 7/1/2015

Season 2 : Episode 5

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This just sounds completely horrible and unbelievable.
Give her a show about being a washed-up former dancer/singer; that's in her wheelhouse.
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Jennifer Lopez's cop drama is probably a response to Sophia Vergara's show Killer Women on ABC.
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Of course NBC would do this. Nothing NBC does surprises me anymore. If they wanted to shock me they could not camel a good show and refrain from airing crap. THat would be newsworthy.
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*cancel …. I don't know how one would "camel" a good show …. but NBC probably does.
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I love J Lo but seriously, she can do a whole lot better.
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I Love Bates Motel! Cant wait for its return. I'd watch a post show discuss thingy. Oo oo, abc should do one for Scandal too!
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I might give shades of blue a shot mostly because of lopez' most pronounced asset.

if bates motel's second season is as good as its first I'll definitely watch the follow up show as I imagine its biggest fans will. the shows IMDB forums are pretty solid with some big fans.

I don't know that I'll watch the visitors. I don't know that I'll be watching AHS next season either. I quit this season without finishing the first episode so it might be more likely that I would catch her in the new 'V' and she was always one of the bright spots on AHS.

I like daly and leoni though the show doesn't really sound like my cup of tea.
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Shades of Blue...the advanced winner of the 2014 death pool
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Tim Daly's pretty old. He might not be around in 20 years.

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Does this mean no more Lily Rabe on AHS?

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CNN is just another one of those acronyms that at some point may no longer stand for anything the network shows. Hell, Jeff Zucker may just put Anthony Bourdain on at 9PM. Maybe he'll hire someone from Food Network to host a show in primetime. It would probably do better than their attempts at news programs.
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How does Jay Leno Live sound? He's waiting in the wings and his successor seems to be doing fine without him.
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Bates Motel is awesome and I think it is worthy of an after show talk show. What we clearly need is more awareness of how great the show really is! The best show you're not watching!
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Jennifer Lopez was good in "Monster in law", "Enough" and "The Cell", so I see no reason why she can't be good in a tv show.
I'll be watching !
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No big surprise about Piers Morgan getting sacked, Americans just love arrogant foreigners banging on about gun control. ;)

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First of all, I think NBC producers should look at the Voting Totals WILL YOU WATCH JENNIFER LOPEZ AS AN UNDERCOVER COP ON NBC? 639 No and 109 Yes, before wasting millions on this women, doesn't NBC and Ryan aware of Jlo failed track record????
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LOVE ME SOME JLO! Lol, sorry but I'll be watching! I mean, have you seen Angel Eyes? Loved her as a cop on there. But that name, please I hope they change it!

And i I saw the returned and top of the lake. On netflix and was very excited since I've been dying to watch it. I've already caught up with Bates Motel on Netflix last week. Now, if only they put up orphan black!
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You guys don't have Orphan Black on Netflix, that's wierd. On my country we have it and stuff on Netflix usually comes months after you guys have it.
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Lucky! :(
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Why does Bates Motel: After Hours, not make sense? I mean fans of the show would love it. I wish there were more Walking Dead cast coming on to the show instead of random celebrities who have nothing to do with the show.

Ray Donovan is way better than what most critics rate it ! In that sense, it is under-rated.
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NBC, I tell ya. They come up with the answers to questions that no body asked, ever. Such as Why isn't there a female cop drama starring jennifer Lopez? This pretty much solidifies my belief that NBC tripped and fell on shows like Community, Hannibal and Grimm. Because really those shows do not belong on this network. Hannibal really should be on AMC, Grimm should be on SciFi and Community probably should be on FX. But nope, they find themselves not really being promoted on NBC. And you know that NBC is going to promote the hell out of this craptacular show.
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They tripped and fell on shows like Community, Hannibal, and Grimm - their strongest shows, yet somehow also the shows always up for cancellation debate. They'll throw shows at "big name" celebrities, and producers they're fanboys of and promote the hell out of them. The NBC Execs …. I try to understand, I really do, I just can't. It's like they operate in a completely different dimension or their last 5 years of programming (okay, all programming since the Friends era) has all been a sociological experiment and the results will be the plot of their next reality show. Or they're all heavily medicated.
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NBC needs to change their tag to 'Not your parents NBC' because their parents remember when it was Number 1. NBC just wants to remind ABC who really sucks the worse. Lady Cop is a cliche (and its been done to death) and this crap should be riddled with them. YOU GO NBC, YOU KEEP ON SUCKING BUTT!
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Well, here's the question, really: before she was a pop star, JLo was a pretty good young actress, culminating in a very good showing in Out of Sight with Clooney - where she played a cop detective. So, will she be able to find that role again, or ruin this show with everything else that has gone on after that?
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I guess it's expected that NBC and J-Lo work together. Desperate people usually band together when they feel they are all out of hope.
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I don't know about J.Lopez but NBC currently has pretty great shows to offer. COMMUNITY, Parks and Rec, Chicago Fire are my favorites.
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A drama about a female politician and you think it's going to survive? Congrats on the optimism, Tim.

On a Doctor Who note: there a few purists who like just the one companion and nobody else because that's how a relationship between the Doctor and the companion can develop. I say "bollocks" to those people, 'cause I love me some team adventures. I do hope it's not a romantic pairing though, 'cause been there, done that.
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Yes, I always enjoyed it when Rory was in an episode with The Doctor and Amy.
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CBC ran the Olympics closing ceremony live in the morning so those Americans who could pick up the Canadian signal were able to watch it before NBC aired it. And some downloaded it as well.
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I think J-Lo will last for one season and then it will cancelled just like the other mid-season shows of NBC which gets axed after one season.
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I have a lot of problems with this Jennifer Lopez show on NBC.... First, everything I remember her playing a cop in has been horrible! Second, does Jennifer Lopez just hate playing Latina characters? I have yet to see her in anything that required her to be a white woman, but she's constantly playing them like representing as a Latina on screen is too much of a chore for her. Third, Jennifer Lopez is just horrible at acting! The only thing I've ever really loved her in was Selena.

NBC do better!
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Have you watched " Mother in law" she is perfect and her acting skills are good.
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For some irrational reason, knowing there'll be a talk show about it makes me kinda not want to watch Bates Motel anymore.
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Because the talk show will kill the mood that you have experienced on that episode.
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This J-Lo show makes me can't help but think that NBC is trying to pull a real life "The Producers"
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The JLo project also involves Ryan Seacrest so cynical me thinks this is not about the show itself but about keeping those two happy esp him and at NBC.. I believe his contract with NBC for American idol was due to end Apr 2014...
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American Idol is on Fox.... I think NBC is just trying to pick up some "big names" from the other networks. Not realizing that these two have nothing to do with their network's ratings successes.
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You're right of course! Timing is suspiciously close to allow NBC to get Seacrest... Agreed talent is not all but desperate times...
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This could also be the last season of American Idol as it's the first season where they're actually losing money by making it. Seacrest is likely seeing his raft start to sink and jumping ship appropriately. Now, his choice of an alternative bouye, very questionable. But, lest we remember that Seacreat is the EP of Keeping up with the Kardashians and the like - he'll do anything for a big paycheck.
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Ann-Margaret, lots of 50+ year old males will be smiling
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LOL Another Emmy contender from NBC
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that great about VM. the torrent should be available the same day
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Its just another cop dram that I won't watch. As a former police officer, the majority of the cop drams are lame, way too dramatic and mostly full of it.
I am tired of the typical cop show cliches. I am tired of the yelling LT or Capt. The BS forensic teams. I am tired of seeing the so-called super cop who can do everything.

I would like to see more unique shows on TV.
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Veronica Schmores ondemand - it'll be eaten up like a hot thing in pirate land. Perhaps the idea - a freebie to 'the fans' we hear so much about?
The only good thing I've seen J-blowme in was that creepy/dodgy crime drama type movie where she had some incestuous relationship with her step/daddy. This FBI drama sounds great though. A single tart with a heart single mom whose out to catch those naughty, naughty, yes, bad men on the inside but also out? Where do they get this original shit from? I want their address!!!
Isn't there already some cable show coming out about some family and its BS secrets - someone should tell Jerry Bruckheimer, right?
Bates Motel is doing well, from what I read on here. so why all the snark Tim? Another show you haven't watched but dis? How unusual.

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I'm scared about this Lopez project too, but let's not forget Out Of Sight. Pretty solid flick.
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As for the success of Shades of Blue, I'm pretty doubtful. But like a train wreck, I will HAVE to watch the first episode. If only to see the fall out. She can sing, but the only of her movies that I liked was 'Jersey Girl'.
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And for all those shitting on the fact it'll be a cop show...Out Of Sight? C'mon son!

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J.Lo is my favourite, ever since Selena...I love when she acts, especially serious roles (Parker was an awesome movie!), so hell yeah i'm down!! Can't wait!
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How can you NOT watch? Seriously. At least the pilot.
It's either going to be awesome or it's going to go down in flames (I wonder which is more likely.....), either of which will be fascinating because it's JLo. I know, I know, it's not always fun to watch a show disintegrate - watching Super Fun Night burn was painful because Rebel Wilson grates on my nerves - but watching JLo slowly combust will be extremely entertaining. For one episode, at least.
For TV, it's a new generation of police, people.
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Quick... someone put up a gif of Kyle and Stan burning jennifer lopez wiht a magnifying glass
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Jennifer Lopez in a TV cop show.Is it April 1 already?!?!Wait a second,my calender says it's Feb.24,you mean this news is for real......................*I need a drink*
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Why don't they just have her be Puerto Rican or any other kind of hispanic?
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Those after show talk shows are kind of stupid, then again how is that different than, say, TV.Com doing review columns with fan comments to follow? Are they not basically a review show too, but with cast, crew, and, I am guessing, fan (celebrity or otherwise) discussion of it? Doesn't TV.Com do a Bates Motel review, or did they? At the very least, those shows are original and save the network from having to fill a half hour or so of some old repeat. I watch stuff On Demand anyway and have no interest in these follow-up things.

What were NBC Sports ratings of Olympic coverage where they did have live events coverage?
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The headline story: UUUUUGH.
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Given Capaldi's age difference with Coleman, I think Anderson will be her new love interest....
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The Bates Motel after show will work if they get one of Hardwick's buddies... Pete Holmes or Doug Benson, perhaps? Anything would work with those guys.
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Agreed. As long as they're fans of the show I think it could work. i love me some Doug Benson, so don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure A&E would be willing to roll the dice with whether or not he'd be under the influence of something while hosting. Also, I'm not sure why Tim brought up Hardwick because he's on AMC for his after shows not A&E … but anyway, semantics ...
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Yeah, and Doug doesn't look particularly host-y like Hardwick. It's A&E, so they'll get either a hoarder or one of the Wahlbergs.
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Nice job NBC, bypassing the pilot process on the J-Lo show takes away any chance it will be good.
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That chance actually existed? ;-)

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I know, it's a stretch, lets just say I was being diplomatic.
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They did this with the Michael J. Fox show and look at how that turned out for them. LIke the show or not it was a mistake not to pilot it to possibly make essential changes that would keep it on the air.
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Wait, didn't J-Lo do the whole single mum as undercover something in Maid in Manhattan? Or was it Out of Sight? Oh, never mind. This will be as ludicrous as it sounds, and for that reason, I am tuning in.

Some nice casting choices there in Madam Secretary. As Chelsea Peretti put it so eloquently on Brooklyn 99, I wouldn't mind a hot cup of Tea Leoni!
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Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!! :D
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