TCA: ‘Mind Games’ Challenges TV Critics

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 5:09pm PST

TCA TV critics love deeply flawed guys on cable dramas. On broadcast, maybe not so much? Christian Slater and Steve Zahn play brothers — a con man just out of prison, and a brilliant bipolar expert in the field of human behavior, respectively — who form a problem-solving firm that uses psychological manipulation.

One TV critic at the Mind Games Q&A, told the ABC show’s creator she was totally into the pilot until the final twist when she “lost any empathy” and wondered if it would be addressed in the second episode. The creator, Mind GamesKyle Killen, explained that “what cable’s done to television” is “expanded the palate” and lead characters were no longer expected to be fixed quickly.

Another critic noted it’s Killen’s third recent stab at characters leading a dual life — the other two being NBC’s short-lived Awake, about a cop leading two parallel lives after a car accident, and Fox’s short-lived Lone Star, about a con artist living two lives in Texas. “Nope, just beating the same dead horse,” Killen responded, suggesting he’s maybe not destined to strike up with this particular TV critic one of those effervescent friendships that TV critics and show writers sometimes strike up. Taking the high road, he explained the brothers of Mind Games aspire to help people, which maybe makes it the easiest of his recent TV projects for a wide audience to embrace.

Another critic wondered if Killen had given any thought to switching the two actors’ roles — because, the critic said, Slater is maybe better suited to play a bipolar guy, the illness often goes undiagnosed, tends to run in families, and expresses itself differently among siblings. Killen said he’d never given any thought to switching the two actors. Read More »

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Christian Slater To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Influence’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
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Christian Slater will play the other lead opposite Steve Zahn in the ABC drama pilot Influence, from Awake creator Kyle Killen and 20th TV. The project is described as a provocative workplace ensemble centered … Read More »

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Matt Dillon Set For Indie Comedy ‘Imogene’

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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Dillon has been set to co-star in Imogene, joining Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in the indie comedy that started shooting this week in New York. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing, and Trudie Styler and … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Strong Start For ‘Breaking In’, Quiet Finish For ‘Mr. Sunshine’ & ‘Map’

By | Thursday April 7, 2011 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last May, Breaking In was not part of Fox’s plans for the 2010-11 season as the network had passed on the workplace comedy pilot in favor of Raising Hope, Running Wilde and Traffic Light.

Last night, the series premiere of Breaking Read More »

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UTA Signs Christian Slater

By | Tuesday April 5, 2011 @ 12:38pm PDT
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Actor Christian Slater, star of Fox’s upcoming comedy series Breaking In, has signed with UTA. He was previously with CAA. Slater, who built a career in movies, has done three back-to-back TV series in the past few years: NBC’s My Read More »

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It’s Official: Fox Picks Up Christian Slater Comedy ‘Breaking In’ For Midseason

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has picked up comedy pilot Breaking In for midseason with a seven-episode order. The order comes after several weeks of negotiations between Fox and the project’s producer Sony Pictures TV. The single-camera workplace comedy starring Christian Slater … Read More »

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John Eisendrath Signs Overall Deal with Sony Pictures TV

By | Wednesday November 17, 2010 @ 8:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran drama writer-producer John Eisendrath has inked a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. The seven-figure pact starts in June. Eisendrath was most recently under an overall deal at Universal Media Studios. Under the pact, he served … Read More »

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Fox Eyes Midseason Order For ‘Breaking In’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Last season’s Fox comedy pilot Breaking In may make it to the air after all. I hear the network is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV  to pick up the  project starring Christian Slater to series for midseason. The single-camera workplace comedy set at a digital security firm, is rumored as a possible replacement for underperforming fall comedy Running Wilde, which has not received a back order. Fox’s midseason schedule announced in May has Running Wilde airing after American Idol‘s 90-minute performance show on Tuesday, sharing the 9:30 PM slot with midseason comedy Mixed Signals. Read More »

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New Lease On Life For Fox’s ‘Breaking In’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has ordered two additional scripts for comedy Breaking In a month after the network passed on the comedy pilot starring Christian Slater. The pilot, set at a digital-security firm, was written by Adam F. Goldberg and directed by Seth Gordon. It had buzz, tested well and was in the running … Read More »

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