Episode 3.11 - "Class Action Satisfaction" – Tuesday, Nov. 27, 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLV
When a man having breakfast in the Division 1 Café dies from poisoning, Jane and the team must quickly find the source as Angela and the irascible Stanley both come under scrutiny. Meanwhile, Tommy wants proof that he’s the biological father of Lydia’s baby as she returns to take the baby back. And Detective Korsak is reunited with one of his ex-wives.
Episode 3.12 - "Love the Way You Lie" – Tuesday, Dec. 4, 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLV
A famous young writer of memoirs is found dead in an apparent suicide, but Jane and Maura soon discover there’s more to the story. Meanwhile, Frost becomes obsessed with an old case involving a young African American student as his final appeal is denied. And Jane discovers Angela is involved in a secret romance.
Episode 3.13 - "Virtual Love" – Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The virtual world and the real world collide when a microbrewer is killed. Angela tries to move on from a failed romance by seeing someone new. And Jane and the team begin to mentor underprivileged teenagers, a move that ends in near disaster.
Episode 3.14 - "Over/Under" - Tuesday, Dec. 18, 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When a former college football player is stabbed inside a carwash during a fundraiser for his alma mater, Jane, Maura and the team must piece together clues to track down the killer. Meanwhile, Frost's mother visits Boston with some unexpected news. And Lt. Col. Casey Jones (guest star Chris Vance) bumps into Jane and is forced to reveal some startling news of his own.
Episode 3.15 - "No More Drama in My Life" Tuesday, Dec. 25, 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Dr. Hope Martin (guest star Sharon Lawrence) returns to ask Maura for a life-altering favor. Jane worries about the impending spinal surgery for Lt. Col. Casey Jones (guest star Chris Vance), and Tommy (guest-star Colin Egglesfield) shows off baby T.J. But all gets shoved to the side when a building collapses, trapping loved ones inside.
The PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS, the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television, has announced that voting to determine the nominees is now officially open at http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/nominations/. Fans can vote across 46 categories, including Favorite Movie Icon, Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host and Favorite Band, until Friday, Nov. 2.
The top five in each category will become the official nominees, who will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills during the annual PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS press conference. The PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2013 will be broadcast LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Being a "scream queen" can be considered a curse to some actresses coming up in Hollywood. Not Tina Huang. She's more than ready to meet the challenge. Having already conquered the horror genre with her starring role in the feature Pig Hunt, Tina has now set her sights on television. Currently busy with not one but two series on the air, she was more than willing to sit down and answer some questions for us.
I found her to be pleasant, honest, humble and professional. We will definitely be seeing a lot more of her on both the small and big screen.
AM: What made you get into acting?
Tina: Steve! Opening with such a big question! Geez, where to begin. Well, since I was little I always wanted to be on the stage and movies were a place for me to escape and daydream. Being a latchkey kid, I consumed a lot of TV. I laughed, I cried and I was so amazed that this world of imagination could move me so much. Coming from a traditional Chinese family, I really didn't think I could become an actress. In my 6th grade show, I wanted to act but I was assigned as a writer. That was a cool experience but I wanted to be on that stage! Little diva in training. Anyhow, as I became a teen growing up in NYC, I had more energy than I knew what to do with. I started getting into trouble (as a lot of teenagers are known to do) yet my grades were still good, so nobody was the wiser. Anyhow, I was at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art for Performing Arts as a fine arts major (my parents weren't too pleased with that! I call it my gateway drug to a life of an artist) and still longed for the stage, so I secretly auditioned and was accepted for my Sophomore year. Theatre kept my imagination going. I had to be committed due to the long rehearsal hours outside of academics. It was a wonderful discipline. I still believe to this day theatre saved my life.
AM: I'm a huge horror fan. What was it like playing the lead in Pig Hunt?
Tina: PIG HUNT was an interesting experience. I was so excited to get the lead in the film. Horror is definitely a fun genre and one I would do again. I got to get muddy and shoot guns. Too be honest, I wish I got to do more of that! It was fun getting to be a bad ass!
James Isaac, the director of Pig Hunt was responsible for directing a flick called the Horror Show. When I was younger, it scared me to death. What was it like working with him?
Tina: Jim Isaac was a wonderful director, friend and committed family man. You couldn't ask for a nicer guy to make your first feature as the lead with. He was sensitive, caring, listened and a funny guy. His enthusiasm was infectious. He loved making horror movies and always had a sense of humor about it (see JASON X ). He affectionately called me "THE GIRL" and you know, coming from him, it didn't offend me in the slightest. The experience is sort of a blur now as it was so long ago but people like Jim are cemented in my memory. I'm sure us actors were a handful to deal with and if Jim was dealing with some production issues, he never showed it to us. He was just a class act. Sadly, Jim passed away this year after a long fight with cancer. It was a shock. He always seemed calm and optimistic the few times we corresponded over the years since Pig Hunt. I will remember him always and I will take with me the lesson that I get to do what I love every day and to be grateful for that.
AM: You had a small role in the already cult classic Drive. What was it like working with such a cast? Did you get to share scenes with Ron Perlman or Albert Brooks?
Tina: I had a tiny part in Drive which I think didn't make the final cut. But I didn't care because I was excited just to be on this set. What an amazing cast! I had a scene with Albert Brooks and Ryan Gosling. Both were so great to watch. Albert Brooks was intimidating which I guess is par for the course and Ryan Gosling's vulnerability was moving. It was a great experience.
AM: Any chance of seeing an extended edition somewhere down the line?
Tina: Hmmm, I don't know. Let me know if YOU hear anything.
AM: You've done an extensive amount of work on television. Law & Order, 90210. What is your preference? TV or movies?
Tina: Gosh, I don't know, they are so different. I LOVE movies. It's a group of people sharing one goal and one story line that drives everyone for 2 months (sometimes more). There is something so magical about that experience. I was in Larry Crowne directed by Tom Hanks and even though I was only on set for a week, I felt a part of a family. Plus, I was so excited to get to work with Mr. Hanks who IS the nicest person. TV is a wonderful medium too! I LOVE that as well. Look at Breaking Bad. I am just blown away by that show and I would feel like I hit the jackpot if I ever get to play on a show like that. And of the shows I have done, they are like a quick fix, like an adrenaline shot. I just wrapped several months shooting Hollywood Heights for Nickelodeon and TNT's Rizzoli & Isles season 3. Those two projects were so much fun. On one I was a series regular as Lily Park, a relentless entertainment reporter and the other a recurring guest star, Susie Chang, the enthusiastic senior criminalist, respectively. I think in the long run, I want to make my own movies, either directing or producing. But right now, I'm happy/lucky to be a part of either.
AM: What shows do you currently watch?
Tina: Breaking Bad!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE LAST 8 episodes! I love everything about this show. The actors, the writing, the directing, the cinematography, the editing. EVERYTHING! Ok, now that I got that out of my system. I watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, 30 Rock, Fringe, Broardwalk Empire, Veep (Julia Louie Dreyfuss is FANTASTIC. So is the rest of the cast for that matter), Sherlock (BBC), The Mindy Project, Law & Order: SVU, past seasons of Dexter and Louie on FX. I LOVE Louie. I admire that man so much. I watch a lot of HULU and Netflix so I'm realizing now that a lot of what I watch is really dated. I’m trying to list everything but I honestly don't watch much TV. I know, terrible. I hear HOMELAND is amazing. Anyone want to give me their SHOWTIME login and password?
AM: What's your take on Hollywood remaking everything these days?
Tina: OH, I WISH THIS WOULD STOP. I catch myself giving so much credit to original screenplays even if they are only "MEH" because I am so excited to see something different. OLD BOY is a fantastic movie! The Koreans did it right. I was a little upset to hear it was being remade but then again I like Spike Lee. And if you haven't seen the Vengeance trilogy, do it now, before it is all remade. Here's the thing, there are so many fresh writers in Hollywood, trying to break in, but Hollywood has to be willing to take the chance. That's why Indies are winning all the awards. I think the best film era was the 70's: raw, natural films with original screenplays. I hope that this trend makes a comeback. I also hope taking a chance on new faces makes a comeback too.
AM: You are now finishing the third season of Rizzoli and Isles. What is it like on the set?
Tina: THIS SET IS FANTSTIC! I love working at Paramount studios. Blows my mind every time I go to work and realize I am living my girlhood dream. It's wild. Everyone is so friendly and cool. Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon are incredible women and definitely people I respect deeply. They work really hard! The whole cast is fun and so lovely to me. I take some ribbing on set but I kind of love it. It’s the first time I’ve really loved being the new kid. It’s like a family.
AM: You also have a nice role on the series Hollywood Heights. How did that come about?
Tina: I got an audition from my manager (Justice & Ponder) and my agent (Ellis Talent Group). I went to the audition with Shaner/Testa Casting (they are fabulous), got a call back, found out about a week or so later that I was going to test. It was a pretty tense week. I was having a rough week in general so my husband and I went and bought a Mega Millions lotto ticket. We both said to the Universe "If Tina doesn't test, she is going to win the mega millions, deal? It's one or the other and we are putting it out there." We got the call to test. I was overjoyed and nervous as hell. The process ended up being really fun. I think we bought two more Mega Millions tickets after that and made similar deals with the Universe until my managers told me I got the part! P.S.- my husband and I rarely talk to the Universe. Perhaps we should more often.
AM: Any upcoming feature films on the horizon?
Tina: No upcoming films at the moment, but the Rizzoli & Isles Season 3 fall return is November 27, 2012. The final episodes for the season are really fun and I hope to be returning to the show next season!
AM: I have to say that your performance was the best part of Pig Hunt. You definitely mixed "scream queen" energy with some Ripley from Aliens. Any talk of a sequel?
Tina: Thank you! Ripley is one of my FAVORITE female heroines and we talked about her a lot on set. I'm glad that came through. Jim Isaac and Robert Anderson (producer/ co-writer) wanted that bad ass Ripley energy. I would be down for a sequel but I haven't heard anything about one. I think Brooks should take the boys to her hometown.
AM: What is your favorite genre to work in?
Tina: Action/horror was a lot more fun than I expected. And I love comedy and drama. Total cop out but I love it all. That’s what so fun about being an actor. I would love to do a period piece or a wild adventure movie.
AM: And my final question, any chance of you autographing my Pig Hunt DVD?
Tina: Don’t leave it to chance. Have it ready when I see you next!
From their obsessive rituals (Peppermint Patties! Oatmeal! Bruce Springsteen!) to the parts of their jobs they hate most (killing characters off, dealing with agents), TV's most influential writer-producers featured on The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the Top 50 Showrunners come clean about the people, things and quirky habits that keep them -- and their shows -- alive.
Janet Tamaro, Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
The TV show that inspired me to write: Tamaro: It’s not that I didn't and don’t love TV. I do. And it's not because I'm sucking up to my parents, who wouldn't let me watch TV when I was a kid. I nearly electrocuted myself trying to reconnect a plug to an electrical cord my father had severed because he caught us watching TV. The truth isn't sexy: books made me want to be a writer. But maybe that’s because the TV didn't work...
My first big break: Tamaro: I wrote a freelance episode while still working as a journalist. That was season one of Law & Order: SVU.
My TV mentor:
Tamaro: My mentors were all from news. I was a television correspondent before I started writing TV dramas. Blame me. Could be I was a lousy mentee thanks to too many years of trying to learn the basics of nuclear physics in an hour so I wasn't a complete blockhead when I interviewed the world expert in fission. Looking back, I wish I'd been less afraid of appearing "dumb" while asking a truckload of "dumb" questions. This whole thing might've gone faster. John Jacobs, great political reporter, told me I had the goods. Bob Young, John Tomlin and Bill O'Reilly assigned tough news stories without regard to age (I was goofy young) or gender. Every news director I worked for: you learn fast they don't suffer fools.
My proudest accomplishment this year: Tamaro: Not tapping my health insurance for a long stay in a sanitarium ... and finding enough fun, fresh, produce-able ideas in a continuing series, while staying on a basic cable budget.
My toughest scene to write this year:
Tamaro: Pretend that you watch the show so you know what I'm talking about: the scene where Jane and Maura first meet. Too many fans had built up absurdly high hopes about that scene... Made me nauseous to think about writing it. I believe I typed it in the fetal position under my desk...
The most absurd note I've ever gotten: Tamaro: OK, this is really unfair because my face still flushes scarlet at the memory of a few of my early pitches. Hart Hansen: I'm sorry I suggested using a playing card, albeit a metal-edged one, as a murder weapon. One executive gave this note on an interracial romance script I'd written: "Can they both be white?" ...not really...
The one aspect of your job as showrunner that I'd rather delegate:
Tamaro: There is honestly nothing I would ask someone else to do that I wouldn't do myself. That is the truth. I kinda love what I do. And I come from a big family. Once you stopped teething, you had chores.
My preferred method for breaking through writers' block: Tamaro: More geeky self-truths: I work out. Sounds better if I give you that whole "body-mind" speech. But exercise is my heroin. It's one of the few times when I finally turn off RADIO K-F--- in my brain and chill. That's when the ideas come to me.
If I could add any one writer to my staff, it would be: Tamaro: Tom Wolfe. Please don't tell him I said that…
The show I’m embarrassed to admit I watch:
Tamaro: Man, you really know how to embarrass a girl! Do I have to say? What if it was a reality show? Would you tell TNT & Warner Brothers and/or any of my writer friends?? Fine. Project Runway. Are you happy now?
The three things I need in order to write: Tamaro: A chance to see my bed every night for an uninterrupted stretch, my treadmill, desk and Peet's coffee. That’s a lie. Peet's low-fat, flat, extra-hot latte. But I thought you might judge if I added all the adjectives.
If I could scrub one credit from your resume, it would be:
Tamaro: The year I scraped together enough money to go to graduate school by writing fabulous missives about pineapple cutters in Dole's P.R. department: "It slices and dices." Aloha?
Lineup Includes Returning Hits "Rizzoli & Isles," "Dallas" and "Leverage"; Launch of New Medical Drama "Monday Mornings"; And Fifth Season of Acclaimed Cop Drama "Southland"
As part of its strategic expansion to year-round original programming, TNT is set to burn brightly this winter with a slate of six original series. The lineup includes the return of three hit dramas, a new season of one of the most acclaimed series on television and the premiere of a brand new medical drama from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Among TNT's winter highlights, hit dramas Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage will return for a run of episodes beginning Nov. 27.
TNT's hot new series Dallas will return for its second season on Jan. 28, followed on Feb. 4 by the debut of Monday Mornings, the new David E. Kelley-Sanjay Gupta medical drama starring Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber.
On Feb. 13, TNT will launch the fifth season of Southland, the acclaimed police drama that puts viewers in the middle of the action on the streets of Los Angeles.
And on Feb. 27, TNT will premiere Boston's Finest (working title), a new unscripted series with unprecedented access to the Boston Police Department, from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg.
When it comes to specials, TNT will showcase some of the music industry's biggest stars in the network's annual presentation of Christmas in Washington on Dec. 21. And TNT will team up with TBS for a live simulcast of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) on Jan. 27.
Over the span of three seasons, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have proven that two heads are better than one in this Top 5 drama series. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston's most notorious criminals. Developed by Janet Tamaro from the popular characters created by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro's Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions.
Winter Premiere: Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Television's coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back to close out the fifth season of this fast-paced, light-hearted caper series from blockbuster executive producer Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment. Academy Award(R) winner Timothy Hutton stars, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. Together, they attempt to take down those who would use wealth and power to take advantage of others.
Two-Hour Season Premiere: Monday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
This January, TNT is going to usher in the New Year with a whole new wave of back-stabbing, plot-scheming, black-mailing fun as the hit drama series Dallas returns for its second season. The exciting drama stars three iconic figures from the original series: Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman. They are joined by the next generation, played by Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo. The series also stars Brenda Strong, Mitch Pileggi and Emma Bell. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, TNT's Dallas burst onto the scene this past summer with an average of 6.1 million viewers. It currently ranks as basic cable's #1 new drama for the year-to-date with key adult demos.
Special Programming Note: TNT will build up to the season 2 premiere of Dallas with two days of episodes from the first season on Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27.
Series Premiere: Monday, Feb. 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
This powerful new series comes to TNT from award-winning producer David E. Kelley and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D., on whose book the series is based. Set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Ore., Monday Mornings follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. Produced by TNT Originals and David E. Kelley Productions, the series stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow.
Season Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
TNT's critically acclaimed police drama takes viewers directly to the streets of LA to present an intensely personal, first-person look at cops and detectives on the beat. The extraordinary show - starring Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie - has redefined the police drama genre with a raw, authentic look at the lives and work of detectives and beat cops. Southland is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Special Programming Note: TNT will lead into the season 5 premiere of Southland with a marathon of memorable episodes on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
BOSTON'S FINEST (working title)
Series Premiere: Wednesday, Feb. 27
This gripping new series follows the men and women of the Boston Police Department, encompassing multiple units including the exclusive and highly decorated Gang Unit. Featuring detectives, investigators, beat officers, and others, we get an up close and personal look at what it takes to patrol and secure one of America's greatest and most distinctive cities. Boston's Finest (working title) comes to TNT from Jarrett Creative Group, along with executive producer Donnie Wahlberg's Donnie D. Productions.