Granted, it’s a risky business to rate a new series’ prospects on the basis of its pilot episode, which is typically the only thing critics have to go on. But even if it doesn’t guarantee a great series will follow, a pilot must at least trigger interest at a level to get viewers to return the second week. Here are 10 new series that might catch your fancy.
Monday night, in a parallel universe, Keri Russell will win an Emmy for “The Americans,” narrowly beating Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black." Top drama honors will go to “The Good Wife,” that rarest of quality network legal dramas, while Hugh Dancy’s best actor win will drive more viewers to “Hannibal.” But back in our dimension, TV’s most predictable shows will add trophies to their overstuffed cases. It pays to be the comfortable choice. (Awards air 7 p.m. Monday on NBC.)
When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.
Here comes the third round of Amazon pilots, even before we've seen the fruits of the second. The first gave the world Garry Trudeau's (neologism alert) Republicom "Alpha House," whose second season began filming in July. Jill Soloway's "Transparent," one of four green-lighted pilots from the last batch, arrives as a series to stream via Amazon.com in late September.
The release of U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted "60 Minutes" to issue portions of an interview with a fellow ex-hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis.
Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.
William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died at age 87.