Friday, May 20, 2011

New Fall TV Shows Announced and many have Broadway performers starring in them!

This week is the week when new tv shows are announced for next season.   There are numerous ones that star or co-star familiar faces from Broadway - below are clips and previews from some of the more interesting ones.  Check out the clips and see what you might be watching this coming Fall and just remember that three years ago only a few Broadway lovers knew who Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Martha Plimpton were before Glee. Modern Family and Raising Hope made them household names.

This is probably the most anticipated show for Broadway lovers since it focuses on the backstage development of the production of a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe.  It features a cornucopia of Broadway performers and comes from Executive Producer Stephen Spielberg.   It stars Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee and Angelica Huston and features Broadway stars Meghan Hilty (Wicked), Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek, Next to Normal, Titanic, Sweet Smell of Success) and Christian Borle (Legally Blond and Mary Poppins.)  The pilot was directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) and features songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can). The show airs midseason on NBC.

The Playboy Club
Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) co-stars in this 1960's set drama about the Chicago Playboy nightclub and the swinging 60's.  Benanti will actually get to sing a few songs on the show as well.  Airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC.

A Gifted Man
This CBS drama stars Patrick Wilson (two time Tony nominee for The Full Monty and Oklahoma!), Jennifer Ehle (two time Tony winner for The Coast of Utopia and The Real Thing) and Pablo Schreiber (Awake and Sing! and Desire Under the Elms as well as being Liev's half brother.)  It's a supernatural drama where Wilson is a surgeon who is able to see and speak to his dead ex-wife, Ehle.  Airs Fridays at 8pm.

Good Christian Belles
This night time soap co-stars Kristen Chenoweth (Tony winner for You're a Good Man Charlie Brown as well as Tony nominee for Wicked), Annie Potts (God of Carnage) and Miriam Shor (Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the D.C. Merrily We Roll Along).  It's set in Dallas and was originally called Good Christian Bitches before they changed the title, but that should give you an idea what the show is about!  Airs on ABC beginning mid-season.

Cherry Jones who besides having two Tony's (Doubt and The Heiress) also won an Emmy for her stint as the President of the United States on the hit tv show 24.   B.D. Wong is also a Tony winner for M. Butterfly and frequent tv star (Oz and Law and Order: SVU.)  Together they return to tv in this drama that stars Jason Issacs as a detective who finds himself living in two realities and leading a strange double life after he survives a car accident involving his family.  Jones and Wong play Isaacs' therapists in the two alternate worlds.  This show is sorta like Inception meets a cop show and looks very intriguing.  Airs midseason on NBC.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter
This comedy co-stars two time Tony Winner Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises and Noises Off) and Jaime Pressly as two mothers who are best friends and who were outcasts in high school.  They are now both single moms raising their two teenage daughters who have basically become the kind of mean girls who tormented them in high school.  Airs on Fox Wednesdays at 9:30 pm.

The Secret Circle
Gale Harold (Off-Broadway's Suddenly, Last Summer and tv's Queer as Folk) co-stars in this supernatural series set to air Thursday nights at 9 PM On The CW.   The series is based on the three-book series by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries) about an orphaned teenage girl who moves to a small town in Washington where she discovers she is a part of a secret coven of witches and the key that unlocks a centuries-old battle between good and evil.

Hart of Dixie
Scott Porter (Off Broadway's Altar Boyz and tv's The Good Wife and Friday Night Lights) co-stars in this medical drama about a young female doctor from New York City who inherits a practice in a small Alabama town inhabited by eccentrics.  Porter plays a lawyer and potential love interest for the lead, airs Mondays at
9 on The CW.

Kate Burton is someone who has moved seamlessly between Broadway and tv, having appeared numerous times as Merdith Grey's mother on the first few seasons of Grey's Anatomy, she's also appeared as a judge on a couple of episodes of The Good Wife and has guest starred on numerous other tv shows.  She also appeared in over a dozen Broadway shows, earning three Tony nominations.  In this new series she plays the aunt of the lead character, a detective, who's mission is to protect humans from the real life Grimm's fairy tale creatures that exist in the world.  And Burton seems like she has some dark secrets of her own.  Airs Fridays at 9pm on NBC.

Person of Interest
Michael Emerson had a vast theatre career before hitting it big as Ben on Lost, winning an Emmy for that role.  On Broadway, he appeared with Kate Burton in the revival of Hedda Gabler and with Kevin Spacey in the revival of The Ice Man Cometh.  Off Broadway he originated the role of Oscar Wilde in the hit play Gross Indecency.  In this drama, he plays a mysterious New York City billionaire who teams up with an ex FBI agent to prevent serious crimes.  Executive produced by Lost's J.J. Abrams, this show airs on CBS Thursdays at 9pm.

Tony Goldwyn who co-starred on Broadway in Promises, Promises last season and the revival of Holiday as well as originated the lead role in Off Broadway's The Sum of Us, co-stars as the President of the United States in this ensemble drama from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes set in a crisis management firm that "handles" all types of political problems and scandals - airs midseason on ABC.

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