It may be the middle of summer, but the Television Critics Association press tour is in full swing, and that means several big scoops have already been dropped regarding the upcoming fall TV season. Check out 10 things we learned from the 2013 TCAs.
NBC is banking on a few familiar faces.
Talk about going back to the future! NBC is trying to move on up from its third-place status, so what better way than to bring in the big guns in the form of Michael J. Fox and James Spader? The Hollywood Reporter pegs new NBC offerings "The Blacklist" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" as the Peacock Network's best shot at success for the fall season, throwing in Blair Underwood in the "Ironside" reboot for good measure.
"The Voice" is not looking for a superstar, just a really good singer.
Contrary to popular belief, NBC's Emmy-nominated TV talent show "The Voice" is not on a mission to find the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. According to the Associated Press, "Voice" mentor Adam Levine said, "I think the goal of the show is to do what we can do for these amazing singers while they're on the show ... I think that we all know that the lightning in a bottle you have to capture in order to be successful in this business is extraordinarily difficult. I'm not sure that that is the overall mission statement of the show."
Keith Urban will be back on "American Idol." (And you may not have seen the last of Dawg, either.)
"American Idol" fans can breathe a sigh of relief: At least one judge's slot has been filled. At the TCAs, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly announced Keith Urban's return to the judges' panel. "I will confirm one thing, Keith is going to return to the show," he said. "You could see how much he loved the show." In addition, Reilly left the door open for a possible Randy Jackson return: "[Randy] is a friend of show, and certainly guests spots (are real possibility)," he said.
"Glee" will get real about Cory Monteith's death.
Sadly, Finn Hudson will not just ride off into the sunset -- or to college. Reilly hinted at the fate of the late Cory Monteith's "Glee" character at the TCAs, saying Finn will be written out of the third episode of the Fox hit and the character will "deal directly with the drug abuse" that led to Monteith's death. Cast members will also star in drug-related public service announcements that will air during the show.
Diane Lane will play … Hillary Clinton?
It seems like only yesterday that she was Soc girl Cherry Valance in "The Outsiders" (OK, maybe not yesterday), but Diane Lane's latest persona will be former First Lady Hillary Clinton in an upcoming NBC miniseries. According to TV Guide, NBC will also air a "Rosemary's Baby" reboot, a series based on Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers," and a story about the landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, titled -- here's a shocker! -- "Plymouth."
The primetime game show will return … for two weeks.
Remember when "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" ushered in the return of the primetime game show in the late '90s? Make way for "The Million Second Quiz," which takes TV game shows to a whole new level (and a whole two weeks). NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said his network needs to "be in the event business." This event is a 'round-the-clock competition that NBC's programming head Paul Telegdy described as "a David and Goliath story as champions are unseated."
Jessica Simpson's "Fashion Star" is out of style.
After two short seasons on NBC, Greenblatt told TCA reporters that the network's fashion-design competition show "Fashion Star" has been canceled. Jessica Simpson starred on the reality series, along with Nicole Richie and John Varvatos. Simpson's pilot for an NBC sitcom based on her life also seems to be dead in the water.
Robin Williams will return to his TV roots.
Mork may be back in Ork, but 30 years later Robin Williams is putting his movie career aside to give TV another go. Of his upcoming CBS sitcom, Williams said at the TCA fall previews, "The idea of being funny, I love it. For me, it's great to have a steady gig after so long. It's wonderful." Sarah Michelle Gellar plays his daughter on the upcoming show, titled "The Crazy Ones." Hey, at least it's not called "Mork and Buffy."
Les Moonves is disgusted by "Big Brother" contestant's comments, but he can't look away.
Yes, it's a train wreck, but CBS CEO Les Moonves has made his stance on this season's racist "Big Brother" cast clear: "I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling personally," he said at the TCAs. But he added that he watches every episode of the reality show because, "If I didn't, my wife ['Big Brother' host Julie Chen] would kill me."
The CW is getting original ... with vampires.
Known as the network that brought us "Vampire Diaries," The CW knows where its blood and butter comes from (sorry), so at the TCAs, the "Diaries" spinoff (no, not "The Carrie Diaries!") was all the buzz. Of the upcoming CW series "The Originals," exec producer Julie Plec told the panel, "The way we like to look at it is that we had an audience grow up with us [on 'The Vampire Diaries'] for four years and it was a coming-of-age story with first love and struggles as vampires. 'Originals' is a show that is not about struggling as a vampire, but reveling in it. It's about embracing vampirism." Hmm … sounds like something we could really sink our teeth into.
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