This Week in TV:
Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) is cast as the other half of The Odd Couple in CBS’ new reboot; Tomb Raider voice actress Keeley Hawes joins Doctor Who as a guest star; Homeland promotes Nazanin Boniadi to series regular for season 4; and the True Detective season 1 finale crashes HBO Go.
Matthew Perry’s The Odd Couple pilot at CBS found its Felix Unger this week, casting veteran comic actor Thomas Lennon as the neurotic, uptight half of the classic mismatched duo.
With Perry – who helped bring the project to the network – set to co-star as the messy and disorganized Oscar Madison, both of the project’s lead roles have now been filled less than a month after CBS ordered the pilot. The potential reboot series has also already cast one of its supporting roles – Madison’s assistant, who will be played by Sarah Baker (Go On).
As evidenced by the successes of the classic 1970s series, the 1968 feature film and the original 1965 Neil Simon Broadway play, we know there has to be a solid and undeniable comedic chemistry between the two leads for The Odd Couple to truly work. While we won’t know if Perry and Lennon have that chemistry until we see them in character as Oscar and Felix, the fact that they’ve worked together before – on the body-switching comedy 17 Again – has to bode well for this new reboot.
Despite not owning a starring TV role since playing Lt. Jim Dangle on Reno 911!, Lennon, like Perry, has plenty of experience on sitcoms, which includes guest-starring roles on How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Party Down, Children’s Hospital, Archer, The League and even Perry’s old show Friends.
We’ll pass along the latest on CBS’ The Odd Couple as it comes in.
Television and video game voice actress Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Tomb Raider) joined the cast of Doctor Who this week in a guest-starring role.
Hawes is set to play Ms. Delphox, a character described as “a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret.” While we don’t much much else about the mysterious villain, we do know she will be encountering the new Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi) and his companion(s) in some fashion when they arrive on a strange planet in season 8. Check out the official image of Hawes in costume as Ms. Delphox below.
Here’s what Hawes said about the show and her role:
“I am delighted to join ‘Doctor Who’ and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.”
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Known primarily as the voice of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider video game series, Hawes is also an accomplished live-action actress who has recently starred as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in the second series of the BBC Two’s police drama Line of Duty.
Check out Peter Capaldi‘s first season as The Doctor when Doctor Who returns to BBC One for season 8 later this year.
This week, Showtime announced that Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Fara Sherazi on Homeland, will return for season 4 as a series regular.
Boniadi guest-starred in season 3 as the Muslim CIA analyst, who was recruited by Saul (Mandy Patinkin) for her expertise and knowledge of international banking. As the season progressed, we saw her character form a bond with Carrie (Claire Danes) over their mutual passion for justice. Eventually, that bond caused Fara to become more involved within the organization and with this latest promotion to series regular, we should expect her to have an even bigger role working under Carrie next season.
Look for Homeland season 4 to air on Showtime this fall.
We expected HBO’s wildly popular True Detective to draw a massive viewership for its highly anticipated season 1 finale, but the folks running the network’s streaming service, HBO Go, still weren’t ready to handle the traffic as many users reported that the website crashed during the episode.
With a large number of users experiencing technical problems, the complaints poured in – many via Twitter – as HBO scrambled to get things back up and running. Some viewers couldn’t even get past the loading screen, while others watched the episode live on HBO and tweeted their reactions to last Sunday’s season finale.
Later in the evening, the network took to social media to address the situation, issuing this statement on Twitter:
“Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.”
Early Monday, HBO said the service was “back to normal” after experiencing “an excessive amount of traffic.”