The Television Critics Association winter press tour is in full swing in Los Angeles and the Fox network has made some major announcements recently. The network announced its renewal of the hit freshman series Glee for a second season and that it will be searching for new actors for the show, the pick-up of the new series Code 58, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and milestone episode announcements for the 100th episode of Bones, the 150th episode announcement for Family Guy and the 1000th episode announcement for America's Most Wanted. You can find out more details with all of the official press releases below.
Glee Renewal and Casting Call
Fox has ordered a second season of the genre-defying comedy Glee, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. Glee has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon boasting winning ratings, critical acclaim, a rabid fan base of "Gleeks," two certified Gold albums and more than 4 million song downloads. The series has received four Golden Globe nominations, including one for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy; a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; two Directors Guild of America Award nominations; and a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series. Additionally, the American Film Institute named Glee one of the Top 10 TV Programs of the Year, and the series also recently won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
"We've loved Glee ever since it was a pilot script, so it's been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season," said Reilly. "The show is a true and rare gem in television. We couldn't be more proud of what Ryan Murphy and the Glee team have created so far, and can't wait to see what they come up with for Season Two."
Glee has also launched the acting and singing careers of its young, talented cast, and turned them into international sensations. Replicating and expanding on the process used to discover the stars from Season One, the series' executive producers will begin a nationwide casting search this February to fill three new roles that will be added to the show's second season.
Building upon the show's incredibly supportive community of Gleeks and with the hope of bringing fans even closer to the series, auditions will be open to amateur individuals as well as professionals between the ages of 16-26, and all hopefuls will be able to submit auditions online. Additional details to be announced soon, please check Fox.com/Glee for updates.
This unique casting search and process will be chronicled in a multi-part special that will air leading up to the premiere of the series' second season in fall 2010 on Fox, and the new cast members will be revealed in the premiere episode.
"Glee has always been about finding new fresh exciting voices. Our second season search for young talent will be in the vein of our first season. We launched a nationwide search for talent for our first season with great unexpected results, and Season Two expands that search in an even bigger way," said executive producer and creator Ryan Murphy. He added, "Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs. No matter who you are - a Broadway talent or a struggling singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest - you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true by posting your talent video and showing us what you can do. ALL the roles will be chosen from the video audition process, which is exciting and unprecedented. We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television, and the search is ON."
"Glee is the hottest new show of the season, and it's amazing to look back at the audition tapes of those stars as they were being discovered," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for FOX. "Just like Glee, there's never really been an unscripted program like this on television before. The stakes are real, and it's going to be incredibly compelling to watch the lives of these unknowns transformed before our eyes."
Glee returns with all-new episodes on a new night beginning Tuesday, April 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Glee follows an optimistic teacher who - against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach - inspires McKinley High's Glee Club to conquer the world one singing competition at a time. Glee stars Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz.
Glee is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer.
Code 58 Pickup
Code 58 (working title), the new action-comedy from Matt Nix (Burn Notice), will have special previews on two nights, Wednesday, May 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), before making its series premiere Monday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
"I'm incredibly excited to be doing the show at Fox," said Nix. "It's a network that's known for pushing limits, and that's what we're doing here. They've really embraced the quirkier, more unconventional aspects of the show, and even encouraged me to go further with them."
Code 58 (working title) is a comedic look at what happens when an old-school cop and a modern-day detective try to expose the big picture of small crime. Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford, The West Wing) was once a big-shot Dallas detective. Thirty years later, Dan Stark is a washed-up detective who spends most of his time drunk or re-hashing his glory days. Dan's new partner, JACK BAILEY (Colin Hanks, Mad Men, Numb3rs), is an ambitious, by-the-book and overall promising detective, but is sometimes a bit too snarky for his own good. His habit of undermining himself has earned him a dead-end position in the department. Jack may not see it, but he has little chance of getting out of his situation; his knack for making enemies at the station has assured he is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Jack's only ally is Assistant District Attorney Liz Townsend (Jenny Wade, Reaper), a quick-witted former girlfriend whom Jack hasn't quite gotten over and the one person he turns to for help with his current professional predicament. Not helping matters any is Jack and Dan's boss, Lieutenant Ana Ruiz (Diana Maria Riva, Side Order of Life, Castle), who has committed herself to seeing that Jack and Dan spend the remainder of their days in the Property Crimes Division, assigned to investigate seemingly minor crimes in order to keep them - and the department - out of major trouble.
Code 58 (working title) is produced by Fox Television Studios. Matt Nix and Mikkel Bondesen serve as executive producers. Tim Matheson will direct the pilot episode.
Family Guy's 150th Episode
Over the past 10 years, Family Guy has entertained audiences with outrageous antics, irreverent humor, dazzling musical numbers and side-splitting cutaway gags. Since its debut in 1999, the series has spawned a legion of die-hard fans. Now, as Family Guy gets ready to celebrate its 150th episode Sunday, May 2 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, it solidifies its place in American pop culture.
"150 episodes? And to think people said we wouldn't make it past Season Two," said Brian Griffin. "Technically, they were right. Good foresight on their part."
"150 episodes, and yet I haven't aged," said Stewie Griffin. "Is there something wrong with me? Oh, no! Do I have that Emmanuel Lewis thing?"
In the 150th episode, "Brian and Stewie," the series honors two of its breakout characters, Brian (voiced by MacFarlane) and Stewie (voiced by MacFarlane). When the pair get locked in a bank vault, they are forced to deal with each other on a whole new level. Unlike any other Family Guy episode, the acts will play out in real time as Brian and Stewie react to being locked in a small space with no baby food or martinis to keep them from losing their minds while they hatch an escape plan.
Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2009, Family Guy is the second animated series in television history to be honored with such a distinction. With more than 18 million combined DVD units sold, it is the largest-selling TV series ever.
Family Guy follows the adventures of lovable oaf Peter Griffin (voiced by MacFarlane) and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders. The series also features the voice talents of Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis, and has featured guest voice appearances by a wide range of notables, including Drew Barrymore, Lauren Conrad, Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe, Hugh Hefner, Will Ferrell, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Kiefer Sutherland, James Woods, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and legendary rock group KISS.
Family Guy is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer, while Steve Callaghan and Mark Hentemann are executive producers/show-runners. David A. Goodman, Chris Sheridan and Danny Smith serve as executive producers, and Kara Vallow serves as producer.
Bones 100th Episode
Over the course of five seasons, the partnership between Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) has evolved from strictly professional into an unlikely and perhaps romantic pairing. The formidable duo's dynamic and unusual history is examined in the milestone 100th episode of Bones airing Thursday, April 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
"The Parts in the Sum of the Whole," directed by Boreanaz, recounts the first time Brennan and Booth worked together on a case. This look back at their beginnings has a profound effect on them and may change their feelings for each other forever. The episode also provides a glimpse at the other Jeffersonian team members to see how their relationships began and the influence they have had on each other's lives.
"I'm so proud to stand by each and every cast and crew member on this momentous achievement of our 100th episode," said Boreanaz. "All the blood, sweat and tears has brought us to this moment. With each step we became a family, and with each step further I take on directing this episode as a friend. To 100! Salute!"
"All of us at Bones are keenly aware of how rare and exciting it is for a television drama to make it to the 100th episode mark," said Bones executive producer Hart Hanson. "For this to happen, a lot of elements have to come together in an organic way - the most important being cast and audience. Bones is fortunate to have the best of both."
Throughout Bones' 100 episodes, Brennan and Booth's "will they or won't they?" connection has excited a loyal fan base and has generated much discussion as to what direction their relationship should take. In addition, the Jeffersonian team has explored and uncovered incredibly bizarre causes of death in their investigations, and the series has served up some of the most gruesome cases ever on television.
A darkly amusing procedural with humor, heart and character, Bones focuses on a highly skilled forensic anthropologist whose special expertise lies in her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the bones of murder victims. The series also stars TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley.
Bones is from Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton and Barry Josephson are executive producers.
America's Most Wanted 1000th Episode
After nearly 22 years of tracking down the nation's most notorious criminals, America's Most Wanted will celebrate its milestone 1000th episode with a special broadcast Saturday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
"Since the very first broadcast of America's Most Wanted, we've been telling people that they can make a difference just by making a simple phone call," said AMW host/executive producer John Walsh. "Reaching 1000 episodes, capturing 1100 fugitives and recovering more than 40 missing children are incredible milestones for me and the show, and I'm extremely proud of what we've accomplished."
On January 3, America's Most Wanted was credited with its 1099th capture when a Florida motel owner recognized fugitive Paul Merhige from an episode of America's Most Wanted and contacted authorities. Merhige stands accused of murdering four family members, including a 6-year-old girl, on Thanksgiving Day.
Among its many accomplishments, America's Most Wanted has helped capture 1100 criminals, including 17 on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The series has also reunited 43 missing children with their families, which is Walsh's proudest achievement.
Hosted by John Walsh, America's Most Wanted is one of network television's longest-running series and continues to be the No. 1 show on Saturday nights. Lauded by law enforcement organizations nationwide and internationally, America's Most Wanted has changed the lives of thousands of crime victims and has put hundreds of perpetrators behind bars. The award-winning series is a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere and has no plans to slow down. As long as there are criminals on the streets, America's Most Wanted will be there to hunt them down.
America's Most Wanted is produced by STF Productions, Inc. John Walsh is executive producer, and Steve Katz serves as co-executive producer.