Television


NEW FALL SHOWS

NBC DRAMA

STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP



Emmy Award-winning executive producer-writer (NBC's "The West Wing") Aaron Sorkin and Emmy Award-winning executive producer-director (“The West Wing”) Thomas Schlamme return to television with this crackling take on the drama behind the humor of producing a popular, late-night comedy sketch show, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

In the new drama series, Sorkin lays bare the backstage politics, romances and delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives in an instant text-messaging world. Prominent are Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet, "Syriana"), a savvy new network entertainment chief who inherits a massive public relations disaster on the series -- even before she starts her first day -- and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry, "Friends") and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford, "The West Wing"), a brilliant creative team that she wants to resurrect the program.

Also playing crucial roles are the sketch comedy series stars Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson, "Down With Love"), Simon Stiles (D.L. Hughley, "The Hughleys") and Tom Jeter (Nathan Corddry, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), their normally cool-headed director, Cal Shanley (Timothy Busfield, "thirtysomething") as well as supreme network honcho Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber, "Wings").

Don’t take the term “drama” too seriously. This show is, at times, whimsical and light hearted. It’s very much like Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network.”

A “Saturday Night Live” type show starts to show it’s age and two former writers who were fired off the show are brought in to revive it by the new NBS network president.

Everyone is in good form on this show.


KIDNAPPED

A high-stakes serialized thriller in which the teenaged son of a wealthy Upper East Side family is kidnapped and everyone is a suspect. The series focuses on the elaborate, triangulated game between the kidnappers, FBI and law enforcement, and the private negotiating team contracted by this perhaps not-so-picture-perfect family.

On a rainy New York morning, the idyllic existence of Conrad Cain (Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, "Ordinary People," "Kinsey"), a self-made millionaire with a long list of enemies, and his well-to-do wife Ellie (Emmy Award winner Dana Delany, "China Beach") is torn apart when their 15-year-old son Leopold (Will Denton, "Palindromes"), a smart but quirky kid whose innocence makes him the perfect target, is kidnapped on his way to school. The boy's bodyguard Virgil (Mykelti Williamson, "Boomtown"), the boy's first line of defense even after the kidnapping, is left to die.

Desperate to find his son while keeping his skeletons hidden, Cain enlists the services of Knapp (Jeremy Sisto, "Six Feet Under," "Thirteen"), a professional investigator who works outside the law's strict rulebook to retrieve kidnapping victims and guide families through the grueling process, and Turner (Carmen Ejogo, "Lackawanna Blues"), his able partner and right hand.

Operating opposite Knapp and his team are Special Agent Latimer King (Delroy Lindo, "The Core"), an experienced FBI agent who postpones his retirement due to a vested interest in this complicated case, as well as King’s colleague and antithesis, Agent Andy Archer (Linus Roache, "Batman Begins"), who only knows how to play by the rules.
Like the Fox series 24, this show will spend all season working on this one case.

NBC COMEDY

Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls") writes, executive-produces and stars as Liz Lemon in NBC’s "30 Rock," a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind-the-scenes of a live variety show. The show is told through the comedic voice of Fey and features Alec Baldwin ("The Aviator,” “The Cooler” ) as Jack Donaghy, the brash new network executive who has turned the show upside down with his meddling ways.

The single Lemon is living every comedy writer's dream - head writer on a demanding, live TV program in New York City. Her life is jolted when Donaghy interferes with her show, and bullies Lemon into convincing Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan, "Saturday Night Live," "The Longest Yard") -- a wild and unpredictable movie star -- to join the cast. Now Lemon must manage the unmanageable so that the show -- and her dream -- can go on.

Also rounding out the cast in the half hour comedy are: Jane Krakowski ("Ally McBeal" as Jenna Maroney), Scott Adsit (“Kicking and Screaming” as Pete Hornberger,) the variety show’s producer, Jack McBrayer (“Arrested Development” as Kenneth the Page,) the over-eager NBC Page -- a highly sought-after entry level position with the network, and Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live” in multiple roles).

"30 Rock" is executive produced by Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live fame.

 


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