Week in Review 1.3.14

TV is Back

In truth, it never went anywhere, but many shows have been on "winter break" or off season until now. The Hollywood Reporter has a helpful guide to what's back and when it's on. Of note:
  • Community is back for its fifth season, having premiered yesterday, January 2. Show creator Dan Harmon is back at the helm, so look for the series to return to its seasons one-three oddball glory.

  • Parenthood returned from break on Thursday.

  • Downton Abbey returns for its fourth season on Sunday, January 5, and on the same night, The Good Wife continues its incredible fifth season. (The Good Wife was one of my favorite things of 2013!)

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project return from break on Tuesday, January 7; Modern Family returns on January 8; and Parks and Recreation is back on Thursday, January 9.

  • Over on the premium cable channels, Girls and Episodes return on Sunday, January 12; the same night, the HBO show True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson premieres, and the Golden Globe Awards will be presented.

  • HBO's new series, Looking, starring Jonathan Groff, premieres on Sunday, January 19.

  • The second season of House of Cards will be released on Netflix on Friday, February 14.

  • Monday, February 17, will be the debut of Jimmy Fallon as The Tonight Show host, while Seth Meyers will take over Late Night on Monday, February 24.

  • Sunday, June 8, are the Tony Awards (but you knew that already, didn't you?).
Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

So, you know that Springsteen's outtakes/covers/remixes album, High Hopes, is being released on January 14, but did you know that you'll be able to stream it on CBS's website beginning January 5? It's part of a promotional tie-in to the January 12 episode of The Good Wife, in which three Springsteen songs will be featured. Rolling Stone quotes show runners Robert and Michelle King, as saying, "We love music in The Good Wife, and we always have the music inform the action and the cutting." So head over to CBS.com on January 5 (around 7pm EST) to stream the album, and then tune into The Good Wife on the 12th.

Broadway Debuts: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Every year, there are plenty of actors making their Broadway debut. Last week, Broadway.com listed the ten they were most happy to see, including Tom Sturridge in Orphans, Shalita Grant in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Zachary Levi in First Date. This week, they took a look at the actors set to make their Broadway debuts in 2014. (All actors will debut this spring, in the latter half of the 2013-2014 season.) You can look forward to (or cringe at the thought of, depending upon your point of view) Bryan Cranston in All the Way, which drew raves at A.R.T.; Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, opposite Alan Cumming; Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, a role he's already played in Toronto; James Franco (127 Hours) in Of Mice and Men, opposite Chris O'Dowd, who'll also be making his Broadway debut; and Zach Braff (Trust, All New People) in the stage adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman.

Awards Season

Oscars—As Scott Feinberg notes in last week's Feinberg Forecast, Oscar voting has begun. (In the Forecast, The Hollywood Reporter's awards guru, Feinberg, analyzes the week's happening and what impact they have on the Oscar race.) In the Forecast, he notes:
  • The Wolf of Wall Street is doing well at the box office, which, right or wrong, can influence Academy voters (Want more Wolf and Leo? Feinberg recently spoke to DiCaprio about his career, including his feelings about Oscar.)

  • The Academy released the list of films eligible in the Best Foreign Language Film category

  • Various festivals and Hollywood heavyweights continue to fete Oscar hopefuls, continuing the campaign; of note were the Associated Press's selection of Jennifer Lawarence (hoping for a nod for American Hustle) as its Entertainer of the Year, and the Times' profile of Julia Roberts (hoping for a nod for August: Osage County)

  • Feinberg also updated his predictions of Oscar nominations, once again including awards for which the creative has already either won or been nominated for
In other award season happenings, here's a roundup of all of The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable discussions, including new discussions among casting directors and composers.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, whose latest collaboration is The Wolf of Wall Street, will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Variety has more.

Producers Guild of America Nominations—The PGA announced its nominees, giving some awards prognosticators insight into what might happen when Oscar nominations are announced on January 16. As Thompson on Hollywood notes, the typically potent Weinstein Co. did not receive any nominations. The nominees for best picture are: American Hustle; Blue Jasmine; Captain Phillips; Dallas Buyers Club; Gravity; Her; Nebraska; Saving Mr. Banks; 12 Years a Slave; and The Wolf of Wall Street. Nominees in the television categories include Breaking Bad; Downton Abbey; Game of Thrones; House of Cards; Modern Family; and Veep.

Writers Guild of America Nominations—The WGA announced its nominees for excellence in screenwriting. The nominees for both original (the first five) and adapted (the second five) screenplay are: (see the full list of nominees on Broadwayworld.com)

  • American Hustle, by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
  • Her, by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, by Bob Nelson
  • August: Osage County, adapted by Tracy Letts
  • Before Midnight, adapted by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
  • Captain Phillips, adapted by Billy Ray
  • Lone Survivor, adapted by Peter Berg
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, adapted by Terence Winter
I don't know how Inside Llewyn Davis and 12 Years a Slave were left out. What do you think of the nominees?

Broadway Casting Updates

Andy Kelso and Jeanna de Waal will assume lead roles in Kinky Boots, taking over for Tony nominees Stark Sands and Annaleigh Ashford. (Kelso is getting a promotion; he's currently a featured player in the show.) Broadway.com has details.

Tony nominee Laura Osnes will depart the Tony-winning production of Cinderella (in which she plays the title character) sometime in January. Taking over the role will be Carly Rae Jepsen, who gained notoriety for the obnoxious pop hit "Call Me Maybe." Broadway.com has details.

Tony Award winner Nikki M. James will depart The Book of Mormon this weekend; her final performance will be January 5. She's getting ready to appear in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables, in which she'll appear as Eponine. Playbill has more.

Beau Willimon Premiere

The talented political operative-turned-scribe has a new play that will receive its world premiere in New York this spring. Willimon (Farragut North, The Ides of March, House of Cards) has written a new play, Breathing Time, that focuses on "the seemingly arbitrary but ultimately indispensable connections between us all." Fault Line Theatre will produce Breathing Time, which is to be directed by Aaron Rossini and which will run March 21-April 13 at Teatro Iati. Casting has not yet been announced. Playbill has more.

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