Thursday, September 23, 2010

Broadway and the New TV Season: Thursday - Sunday

The second half of the TV week is kinda dull in terms of drama.  It is full of reality shows, reruns and sports.  Heck, there isn't anything comedy/drama-wise that is original on Saturday nights at all.  And only Friday nights offer any new programming featuring Broadway stars.  There are, however, many great actors returning to existing series, so at least there is that for us rabid theatre fans!

For a look at the new TV season, Monday - Wednesday, click HERE.


Tim Daly, Taye Diggs and Audra McDonald of Private Practice

Returning from last year: CBS's Johnny Galecki  (The Little Dog Laughed) in Big Bang Theory; NBC's 30 Rock has Alec Baldwin (Twentieth Century) and Tony-winner Jane Krakowski (Grand Hotel, Nine); On ABC's Grey's Anatomy  there are Chandra Wilson (Chicago), Sandra Oh (Stop: Kiss), Tony-winner Sara Ramirez (Spamalot), original Dreamgirls gal, Loretta Devine, Kim Raver (Holiday), and James Pickens, Jr. (Balm in Gilead); CSI stars Laurence Fishburn (Thurgood)on CBS, while NBC's The Office features Rainn Wilson (London Assurance) and Melora Hardin (Chicago); FOX's Fringe features Blair Brown (Copenhagen); and ABC's The Practice  has 4 time Tony-winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Carousel), Timothy Daly (Coastal Disturbances), and Mr. Idina Menzel Taye Diggs (Wicked, RENT).


Blue Bloods stars Len Cariou and Tom Selleck

8PM:  FOX: Human Target - an action-drama that features Jackie Earle Haley (Slab Boys)

9PM:  FOX: Good Guys -  is actually a return from the mid-season last year and stars Boeing Boeing's Bradley Whitford.

10PM:  CBS: Blue Bloods - This cop drama stars Tom Selleck (I Never Sang for My Father) and Broadway's original Sweeney Todd, Len Cariou (Applause, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music).

10PM:  NBC: Outlaw - This political drama stars Jimmy Smits (Anna in the Tropics, God of Carnage).

Returning from last year: On CBS's CSI:NY, Melina Kanakaredes (Cabaret) and Gary Sinise (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) co-star.


Desperate Houswives' Vanessa Williams and Felicity Huffman

9PM:  ABC: Desperate Housewives - Things are sure to reheat with Wisteria Lane's newest neighbor and Broadway favorite, Vanessa Williams (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sondheim on Sondheim).  Atlantic Theatre Company member and Broadway star Felicity Huffman (Speed-the Plow original production) also returns.

Returning from last year: On ABC's Brothers and Sisters, Calista Flockhart (The Glass Menagerie), Sally Field (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?), and Ron Rifkin (Cabaret).

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