2012: The year film stars flock to television
As American television networks prepare the fall line-up of shows, new series on the network schedules will feature several film stars, such as Kevin Bacon, Sigourney Weaver and Dennis Quaid, to draw audiences to the small screen.
Themes in the upcoming season include news and politics, with thrillers the most popular genre. Here are some of the highlights from the four major networks, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox, plus a cable channel. Most are from upcoming dramas with high-profile actors and/or directors:
A modern take on Sherlock Holmes set in New York City starring Jonny Lee Miller ( Dark Shadows) as the iconic detective with a female Watson played by Lucy Liu ( Kung Fu Panda 2). Trailer:
Based on a true story, this 1950s period drama stars Dennis Quaid ( G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) as Ralph Lamb, a former rodeo star turned Las Vegas sheriff. From the writers/producers of GoodFellas and Walk the Line, it also stars Michael Chiklis ( The Shield) as a casino mobster.
Starring Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent dragged out of retirement to search for a serial killer who has created a cult of serial killers:
An epic thriller from producer/director J.J. Abrams ( Star Trek, Super 8) takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape of empty cities, with all technology from computers to planes and lights unplugged. Directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
Bill Pullman, who last played the American president in Independence Day, again takes on the commander-in-chief and head of a dysfunctional family living in the White House.
On cable channel USA, this political mini-series stars Sigourney Weaver as the former First Lady and current Secretary of State with Irish actor Ciaran Hinds (John Carter) as her divorced husband, the ex-President.