Gillian Anderson is making a grand return to television.
The X-Files actress' big comeback will see her play a therapist in Bryan Fuller's serial killer thriller Hannibal, based on Thomas Harris' novels about psychiatrist turned flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
Bryan - who is writing and producing the series - commented, "Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter's personal psychiatrist. Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn't be more excited."
Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- Andy Richter Controls the Universe (Complete Series)
- Charles in Charge (Season 4)
- In Treatment (Season 1)
- Midsomer Murders (Set 12)
- The Riches (Season 2)
- Room 222 (Season 1)
- Runaway (Complete Series)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - A Galaxy Divided
- The Venture Bros. (Season 3)
Click here to see the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.
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After enduring a ratings hit and a shortened second season, FX’s The Riches is officially being put to rest.
When the series originally debuted back in March 2007, it pulled in approximately 3.8 million viewers. Unfortunately, the Eddie Izzard/Minnie Driver drama saw a significant drop just one year later. Riches - already hurt by the writers strike - saw a 44% drop in the key 18-49 demo when Season Two kicked off in March 2008.
Fortunately for FX, this failed program won’t keep the network from celebrating. Just last month, Damages became one of the first two basic cable programs ever to be nominated for Best Drama. Meanwhile, the channel has already decided to renew Sons of Anarchy for a second season.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Award Shows, Comedy, Drama, Late Night, Prime Time, Sci-Fi/Horror, ABC, Cable, CBS, FX, FOX, HBO, NBC, Showtime, Entourage, Grey's Anatomy, House, Lost, Medium, Saturday Night Live, The Office, Rumors
Last week, we told you which Emmy contenders were still in the running for the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories. And while these names are not official, we now have the rumored finalists for several of the main acting awards. (NOTE: Some categories have not yet been leaked.)
Best Actor, Drama
- Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
- Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
- Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
- Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
- Michael C. Hall, Dexter
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Eddie Izzard, The Riches
- Hugh Laurie, House
- Denis Leary, Rescue Me
- James Spader, Boston Legal (last year’s winner)
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At least there’s one network that’s not so quick to cancel every new series. FX has announced that freshman series Dirt and The Riches will both be back for a second run. While I couldn’t get into Dirt, it seems to get solid ratings (and that kiss between Courteney Cox-Arquette and Jennifer Aniston probably didn’t hurt either). I couldn’t wait to see The Riches because I’m a huge fan of Eddie Izzard, however, I haven’t had the time to keep up. Thank goodness for DVR! After watching the first two episodes, I’ve been recording the others and will have a bunch of episodes to catch up on once all of the other season finales are over with. FX president John Landgraf commented, “FX now has six original dramas, more than any network in the history of cable television, cementing the network’s status as a leader in quality original series.” Dirt pulled in about 5.2 million vieweres per week, while The Riches drew 5.9 million. Rescue Me returns on June 13th, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes back for season three in September, and new seasons of Nip/Tuck and 30 Days will come later in the year.
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The Riches premiered on Monday on FX and the viewership was great. I am eager to see this show, but somehow my dedication to What About Brian forced me to DVR The Riches and watch Brian instead. Boy, did I choose poorly. I could have used a taste of something new, rather than the same old thing on Brian. But that show is a whole other discussion. On to The Riches, starring big fave of mine Eddie Izzard and the talented Minnie Driver. Here’s the thing—I wasn’t sure how this was going to be received. Fans of Izzard are most likely expecting him in all his comedic glory and instead he’s playing the drama card. Not that he hasn’t done that before—he has acted in a handful of serious roles and he’s more than capable. It’s just that, if you’ve ever seen his standup special Dress to Kill (and if you haven’t, quickly run out and rent it—it’s the funniest thing out there), you are probably expecting him to play funny on The Riches. Despite the seriousness, the show averaged 3.8 million viewers. If you missed it, FX will re-air the debut on Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 11 p.m. With any luck, I’ll get a chance to watch it on my DVR before the weekend.
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Yahoo! Eddie Izzard is making his way to the small screen with the drama series The Riches. For anyone who has seen his stand-up (nothing short of brilliant), perhaps you’re scratching your head about why he would be taking on a drama of all things. I can only hope that the series—about a pair of con-artists (Izzard and Minnie Driver) and their three children who take on the identities of a deceased suburban family—will be infused with some of his humor. FX has ordered 13 episodes, with the show expected to air in Spring 2007. FX president John Landgraf commented about the new series, saying “We’re excited to pick up FX’s first ‘family show,’ albeit a show and a family unlike any television viewers have seen before. The pickup of The Riches reflects two of FX’s goals: first, our continued efforts to make innovative, high-quality television shows, and second, our commitment to expanding the boundaries of our successful original series brand.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Izzard, check him out in his Emmy winning stand-up performance, Dress to Kill. You cannot believe how incredibly funny this guy is. He has also been in a number of films, including Oceans Twelve and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Driver, of course, is famous for film roles in Circle of Friends, Good Will Hunting and Grosse Pointe Blank, as well as a recurring role on Will & Grace.
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