Tonight on TNT, the cable network that would lead you to believe their programming should be likened to explosive materials, a new show featuring some of Beantown’s boys in blue premieres. The docudrama, called “Boston’s Finest,” is produced by Donnie Wahlberg of the Dorchester Wahlbergs, otherwise known as “the one that was in New Kids on the Block.” The pet project came out of a home-grown respect for the BPD, fostered early on in his childhood.
Wahlberg, who was in town last week for the show’s premiere event, told NECN:
“The Boston Police, when I was a kid, they were typically chasing some of my brothers. I was the good kid by the way, rarely saw the inside of a police cruiser in my childhood, but they were also very good to us.”
Who better to honor the true spirit of Boston than someone who was raised here? While Wahlberg insists that he wanted to help Hollywood steer clear of the endless parade of the oft parodied Boston accent, the realities of true Beantown life are pervasive throughout the show, thanks to the up close and personal perspective the show assumes. Wahlberg also serves as the voice-over narrator of the series.
“Boston’s Finest” debuts tonight, with an hour long episode on TNT at 9 p.m.
Calling all would-be heroes, big, tall, and even small! An open casting call for a new reality series on TNT starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is happening in Boston this Saturday. The show is called “The Hero,” and will feature everyday contestants of extraordinary character and will competing in a variety of physical and mental challenges for a final cash prize.
The site says:
We are looking for outgoing, competitive individuals from ALL WALKS OF LIFE who are ready to put their skills, intellect and character to the test, as they compete for a chance to win a huge cash prize.
Get ready to embark on a journey in an exotic location that will challenge your brains, brawn, moral decisions, motives & competitive spirit!
The casting call will be from from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jillians, 3 Lansdowne St., Boston, tomorrow, October 20th. All attendees must bring a recent photo to the open call. Applicants must be 21 years old by January 2013, have a valid passport, and be willing and able to travel outside the United States for a period of at least three-weeks.
For more information on the show, and the casting call, visit their website here: www.theherotnt.com.
Bring on the ‘heat’ this summer with “Dallas”. And since the Ewing’s are fueling JetBlue. TNT decided to go big with the premiere of a hot ‘blue’ summer. So let’s strip down with this sexy cast and crew.
Boston’s number 1 airline, Jet Blue is spreading its wings with a new route to Dallas/Fort Worth. And it just so happens, “Dallas” and JetBlue collided. TNT and JetBlue Airways, two highly rated channels are buckled in for the launch.
Who shot J. R? TNT did. Returning to the hit series are J.R, Bobby and Sue Ellen! That’s right. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray will all be weaving some new webs. While the younger generation, will tangle even more. In addition TNT’s “Dallas” hot cast will feature the handsome Jesse Metcalfe, who played basketball as a teen right here in New England and graduated from The Williams School in New London, CT. We are ‘desperate’ for more Metcalfe in our homes.
“Dallas has a reputation for being larger than life, from the characters and the scheming to the power struggles and the backstabs,” said Tricia Melton, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Marketing for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Nothing is done on a small scale with the Ewing clan, so when we thought about how the Ewings would welcome JetBlue to Dallas, we knew the message had to be big and bold. This five-acre environmental installation embodies not only the Ewing spirit but also the dramatic impact of the TNT brand and the quirky, fun personality of the JetBlue brand.”
As we know the Ewing’s never do anything small, so when environmental artist Stan Herd wanted to build a five-acre Earthworks creation to help achieve the blue hue Dallas premiere. Ewing’s signed the check. Herd’s Dallas/JetBlue art installation incorporates 20 tons of mulch, 10 tons of sand, 6 tons of rock, limestone, prairie hay and crushed pecan shells. All passengers will take in and off to a spinning art spectacular.
The action doesn’t stop there either. JetBlue customers will also be able to enjoy compliment “Dallas” content during their flight. “Dallas” will premiere on Wednesday, June 13th, and to take off the May 1st departure of three daily flights between Boston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Jet Blue has been offering fares as low as $140.
“They’re back, and no, you’re not dreaming.” Will you fly away to “Dallas” for the sizzling summer premiere?
It looks like Emmy winning writer-producer David E Kelley could be adding another hit show to his already impressive resume. TNT has picked up ten episodes of Kelley’s medical drama pilot Monday Mornings. The show, formerly called Chelsea General, is based on the book by CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, developed the show with Kelley.
Set to premiere in the summer of 2013, the series stars Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina. Also announced as part of the cast are Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao and Emily Swallow. The show will air on both TNT and other Turner networks around the world. “Monday Mornings is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright.
The show is set at a fictional hospital in Portland, OR. The title, Monday Mornings, refers to the weekly morbidity and mortality meetings the doctors and staff have.
Kelley, who grew up in Belmont, MA, wrote the pilot episode and will serve as executive producer on the series, along with Gupta. Kelley’s array of hit series include Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal and Harry’s Law.
Ray Ramano’s mid-life dramedy, “Men of a Certain Age” returns to TNT this June, with Boston native Brittany Curran still starring as the funny man’s daughter.
Curran, who turns 21 next month, left chilly New England to pursue an acting career in Hollywood after only a year and a half of acting lessons. She told HEC last year that she loves being immersed in the history and community of Hollywood, but the young actress sticks to her New England roots, even attempting to make a bet with Romano that the Red Sox would surpass his team, the New York Yankees in last year’s playoffs.
You can learn more about Curran on her website and check out some more of her acting chops on her YouTube channel. And, of course, you can watch her on “Men of a Certain Age,” premiering June 1 at 10 pm on TNT.
Ever imagined what Boston would be like in the aftermath of an alien attack? Steven Spielberg and Saving Private Ryan writer, Robert Rodas, envision just that in their new television series, ”Falling Skies.” The new TNT series begins next month on June 19.
The series stars “E.R.” alum, Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor on a quest to save his son, who was captured by the invaders during the attack. Mason puts his extensive military knowledge to the test as a leader in the Boston-based alien resistance movement, 2nd Mass, in their battle to overtake the aliens and rebuild the human race.
You can follow the “Falling Skies” story before the show begins, by checking out the online web-comic that leads up to the series. The comic begins two weeks after the attack and will eventually be released as a 104-page comic book in July.
The TV show wasn’t filmed here but watch out for references to Hollywood East and those bad Boston accents!
TNT’s newest crime drama, “Rizzoli & Isles,” is the latest television show to continue the long held tradition of being set in Boston. This crime drama comes out later this year and centers around a Boston detective played by Angie Harmon and a medical examiner (Sasha Alexander) who work closely to solve crimes.
Currently, there are several other shows along with “Rizzoli & Isles” that are set in Boston. In fact, Boston has been featured in shows so often, that there is even a Wikipedia page about it. These include the latest installment of the Jesse Stone series, “Fringe,” and the recently premiered “Boston Med,” that delves into the goings on of three of Boston’s best hospitals – Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Teens might remember that the main characters in programs like “Dawson’s Creek” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” attended college in Boston, while “Two Guys and a Girl” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” also took place there.
Of course you cannot mention Boston-based television shows without giving a nod to “Cheers,” the 1980s sitcom centering around a bar “where everybody knows your name.” People from all over the world still come to Boston to visit the famous bar on Beacon street where all of the exteriors were filmed.
It is important to note that although all of these shows were set in Boston, most of them were taped in Los Angeles. As disappointing as that might be for some New England filmmakers, it is still exciting to know that Boston is the home to so many favorite television shows.
Emerging in the monstrous shadow of Emmy-winner Ray Romano‘s syndicated television show “Everybody Loves Raymond” is the funnyman’s sophomore effort as executive producer, “Men of a Certain Age.” The hour-long show, dubbed a “midlife triumph” by Entertainment Weekly, explores the friendship of three college buddies as they learn to navigate the other side of the hill in their 40s.
The dramedy features the all-star tag-team of Golden Globe-winner Scott Bakula (Terry) and Emmy-winner Andre Braugher (Owen) alongside Romano (Joe). But “Men” takes advantage of New England’s talent pool as well; Bostonians Brian J. White of “The Shield” and Brittany Curran of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” both have recurring roles this season. White will play Marcus, a young, charming car salesman, and Curran will play Lucy, Joe’s daughter.
In a recent interview on Kiss 108‘s Matty in the Morning, White expressed his enthusiasm about the show: “It’s a little bit like ‘Californication’ meets ‘thirtysomething’ meets ‘Sex and the City’ for guys. I’m really really proud of it. I think you guys are going to like it.”
“Men of a Certain Age” will premiere on Monday, December 7 at 10pm on TNT. Check out the promo below for a sneak peek at Romano’s latest project.
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