Gugu Mbatha-Raw on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." (Photo: ABC/Randy Holmes)

‘Beyond the Lights’ Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw Talks Film, Oprah on ‘Kimmel’

Ebony magazine releases its “Power 100” list, Beyoncé gets her own “Jeopardy!” category plus watch a video of her singing “Home” at age 8. There’s also my watachlist and what’s hot (a photo of Lee Daniels, Kerry Washington and their Hollywood friends) and what’s not (college fraternity members harassing college sorority members).

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Users Speak: Why Did ‘Undercovers’ Miss Its Mark?

It was one of the most hyped new pilots of the fall season. A lighthearted J.J. Abrams-helmed spy drama with two attractive leads — what could possibly go wrong? After premiering to a paltry (by network standards) 8.6 million viewers, ‘Undercovers‘ continued to decline in ratings week over week. Yesterday NBC gave it the axe. […]

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Who Should Play The New ‘Charlie’s Angels’?

After many starts and stops, ABC is set to shoot a pilot for ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ a reboot of that ’70s series about three female private investigators working for the never-seen Charlie. ‘Charlie’s Angels’ TV Reboot Is Still Alive and Kickin’ With ‘Smallville‘ creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough executive-producing, this is bound to be a […]

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‘Undercovers’ Boss Apologizes: An Attractive Cast Wasn’t Available

Point out to the executive producers of NBC’s ‘Undercovers’ (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8/7c) that their two leads are kinda sorta, you know, lacking in the looks department, and you’ll hit a sore spot. “We tried finding better-looking people, but they weren’t unavailable,” J.J. Abrams (‘Alias’) tells Fancast, following our sarcasm-laced lead. Adds Josh […]

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First Look, Two Takes: Early Intel On J.J. Abrams’ ‘Undercovers’

As the fall TV season nears, it’s time to get a feel for the fresh fare coming our way. In Fancast’s First Look, Two Takes series, executive editor Matt Mitovich shares a snapshot overview of each new show, noting strengths and areas for improvement, and then invites senior editor Julie Zied to offer a second […]

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New J.J. Abrams Spy Series Lands on NBC’s Fall Schedule

NBC is officially going ‘Undercovers’ with auteur J.J. Abrams (‘Lost,’ ‘Fringe’), having picked up his new spy drama pilot for the 2010-11 TV season. This marks NBC’s first announced drama series pick-up for the fall. ‘Undercovers’ stars Boris Kodjoe (‘Soul Food’) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (‘Doctor Who’) as Steven and Samantha Bloom, married retired CIA agents […]

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New J.J. Abrams Drama Finds Its Female Lead

British ingenue Gugu Mbatha-Raw is going ‘Undercovers’ as the female lead in J.J. Abrams’ new spy series for NBC. ‘Undercovers’ follows Steven and Samantha Bloom, a husband and wife who are both agents for the CIA – “‘Alias’ meets ‘Hart to Hart’” is how some have pegged it. When Boris Kodjoe (‘Soul Food‘) landed the […]

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