Find out which five new Fall TV shows are worth watching!
I've been sharing my thoughts about the TV pilots coming at you this Fall, and today, I'd like to examine a new series that's big on hype (though its plot is still pretty hush-hush): NBC's The Event. I won't reveal too much — don't want to spoil anything! — but here are the basics.
What it's about: Told through multiple storylines, The Event follows the president of the United States, Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood), as he discovers a government cover-up that's been kept hidden by one of his advisers (Zeljko Ivanek). Meanwhile, a guy named Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) gets caught up in the secret when his fiancee-to-be (Sarah Roemer) mysteriously vanishes on a cruise.
Where it works: The pilot creates enough suspense to get you hooked, and it delivers at least one jaw-dropping twist. The ensemble of actors may be one of the best that the new Fall season has to offer (I get chills at just the sight of Ivanek), and Ritter proves he can handle the bulk of the series as the sympathetic everyman.
Where it doesn't: Will viewers be able to keep up? With multiple puzzle pieces and conspiracy theories to be had, this definitely requires dedication week to week due to its complexity. Some critics are already concerned that it will go the way of FlashForward and lose audience interest.
Am I hooked? Yes! The pilot ends with a juicy cliffhanger that's guaranteed to make me come back for more. I just question if I'm ready to subject my brain to yet another mind-bending series (it's still recuperating from Lost).
For photos and a video promo, just read more
Week one of the Summer TCA wrapped up yesterday with presentations from NBC. The morning started with The Event starring Jason Ritter, who later confided in us that he actually doesn't even know what the event is. Next it was onto JJ Abram's Undercovers followed by a panel with the execs where Steve Carell's departure from The Office was a hot topic. Outsourced is their latest workplace comedy and the producers had to face lots of tough questions about the show and stereotypes. NBC saved the best for last with Jimmy Fallon talking Late Night and hosting the Emmys, which he said is going to be more interactive this year. He also said they do have some musical performance ideas for the show, joking, "it's a fun emotion to experience and you don't get to do it much, but we booked J Lo and Steven Tyler." Later that evening he talked about Robert is Bothered with us — stay tuned for more details and follow Buzz on Twitter for updates from the panels!
Lots more from the panels so read more
It's NBC day at the Summer TCA, and the network presented us with The Event, the action/thriller show that could take the place in your heart that Lost left behind. I already got to spotlight the new series, but the stars and execs revealed a bit more about the mysterious new drama.
For more details on The Event from the TCA, just read more
There was a whole lot of Comic-Con action going down in San Diego over the weekend. True Blood's Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer were there on Friday to talk about their series, including the future of their characters' relationship. They also gave a teaser showing what's still to come this season on their show. Will Ferrell was there on behalf of his The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg, who opened up to us about playing good cop with his kids. Their costar Eva Mendes also chatted with us about the great time she had being funny with the boys.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were there on Saturday for their Green Lantern panel, and his wife, Scarlett Johansson, later appeared with her Captain America costars like Robert Downey, Jr. Pregnant Ali Larter really showed off her baby bump at a Resident Evil: Afterlife press conference, and Natalie Portman kept the cameos coming while talking about her Thor. Kellan Lutz struck a pose at the Wired Cafe and showed off his new hat, while Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's Anna Kendrick hit up a Syfy channel party that night and Vanessa Hudgens partied with her fellow Sucker Punch actresses. BuzzSugar was there covering all the fun from Southern California, so make sure to check out all the reports from the scene!
For lots more pictures from Comic-Con, just read more
I've already given you a glimpse of some of the Fall TV offerings, but it's time to hit on one of the season's buzziest newbies: The Event. It's a conspiracy theory series shrouded in mystery, so we don't know much, but let's go over what we do know:
To watch a preview for the show, just keep reading
While my exhausted tail returned to San Francisco last night, the fun rolls on at Sundance with a whole new group of celebs coming into town to brave the cold and show off their movies. Other than Diddy, who was mostly there to show off his vodka. Lukas Haas separated himself from Leonardo DiCaprio long enough to premiere his movie, Death in Love which Buzz and I saw last night — totally disturbing (though Adam Brody was really cute in it) — before also seeing him out to breakfast this morning. It's going to be a while before I can look at him in the same way. Buzz was there to see Meg Ryan, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy at the premiere of Meg/William's cute movie The Deal on Tuesday night, while my only other sighting of these folk was Virgina Madsen at the premiere of her movie Diminished Capacity. I had such a blast at the festival, and be sure to check out all my partner in crime's thoughts plus all the news about movies being bought over on Buzz.
To see more from the festival just read more
While the afternoon took a noticeably somber turn as the news of Heath Ledger's tragic death spread over snowy Park City, the morning was for celebrating as Oscar nomination news came to Sundance. While a lot of the celebrities left with the end of MLK day weekend, there was still swag to be scored for some of them. I was lucky enough to stop by the Pure & Natural Celebrity Eco-Retreat and Iconix "Gift Giving For A Cause" Suite benefiting Save the Children to see all the goodies the celebrities have been snatching up as souvenirs. I also ducked into the Wireimage portrait studio thanks to our friends over there and while I didn't get any big celebrity sightings, I was right on the trail of so many of them who have stopped through to pose.
Mischa and Audrina were definitely enjoying the goodies while Diddy was more about pimping his vodka than taking home free stuff. Luke Wilson was looking scruffy, but hopefully his movie luck has turned since BuzzSugar had only good things to say about his movie at the festival, Henry Poole is Here. I'm headed home to slightly warmer SF tonight, but there's a lot more Sundance to come!
To see a lot more celebrities all over Sundance including Adrian Grenier, Josh Lucas, Rex Lee, Maria Bello, John Legend, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen and many others just read more
Oscars week is a good time for everyone in Hollywood, not just those involved with nominated movies. In fact, you don't even have to be remotely involved with film (I would be talking to you, Lil' Kim, but I know you were in Juwanna Man) to score some free stuff at the swag events. Mischa was in the house and apparently anti clubbing baby seals this weekend as was Hayden who was certainly ready for the ring (though I think she should be careful, cause Lil' Kim did spend some time in the clink). Hey, these ladies may not be going to the big event, but they certainly know how to take advantage of a good free stuff opportunity. More power to 'em.
For more pics, including Alan Cumming, Autumn Reeser and Jason Ritter, plus Mischa in metallic just read more