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Timothy Dalton To Star In John Logan’s Showtime Series ‘Penny Dreadful’

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s a Bond world on Showtime‘s new eight-episode drama series Penny Dreadful as former 007 Timothy Dalton has been tapped as one of the leads on the show from the team behind the most recent James Bond film, John Logan and Sam Mendes. Created, written and executive produced by Logan and executive produced by Mendes, the psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most iconic figures as they become embroiled in Victorian London. Dalton will play Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest. He joins previously cast Josh Hartnett and Eva Green.

Related: TCA: Josh Hartnett & Eva Green To Star In ‘Penny Dreadful’

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Quiet End For World Series, CBS Comedies Gain Led By ‘Men’

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It was a disappointingly short and uneventful run for the World Series this year as the San Francisco Giants wrapped things up in Game 5 to win the first title for the franchise since it moved cross country in 1958. The game between the Giants and the Rangers drew a 4.2 rating in 18-49 and 14.9 total viewers on Fox, down 21% from last year’s Game 5 featuring the Yankees and up 5% in 18-49 and 13% in total viewers from the non-Yankees Game 5 in 2008, which was plagued by rain delay. Fox is projected to win Monday in adults 18-49, while ABC was No.1 in total viewers for a seventh straight week.

The controversy surrounding Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen resulted in a 9% ratings bump for the veteran CBS comedy, which drew a 4.7/11 in adults 18-49, up from a 4.3/11 in the fast nationals last week to rank as the top program of the night in the demo. (All CBS comedies went up by a tenth in the finals last week.) The other CBS comedy to make headlines last week, Mike & Molly, the object of the infamous Marie Claire column about fat people on TV, didn’t get a boost. It was flat with the freshman comedy’s fast national number last week. CBS posted big gains in the 8 PM hour with How Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Chuck’ Adds Touch Of Bond To Cast

Nellie Andreeva

First Linda Hamilton, now Timothy Dalton. After casting Terminator star Hamilton to play Chuck (Zachary Levi) mom, NBC spy dramedy Chuck has drafted another 1980s action star to recur next season. Dalton, who has experience in spy fare having played James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, will appear in a multiple-episode arc playing a mysterious stranger who has a history with Chuck’s mom (Hamilton). This marks Dalton’s first series appearance on American television since he guest-starred on Charlie’s Angels in 1979. Dalton, who recently added his voice to the animated hit film Toy Story 3, will next be seen in The Tourist. Chuck returns for its fourth season on Monday, Sept. 20.

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