Taking a step away from the cinema once a week, What’s On The Box?! will bring you all of the latest and greatest news in the world of television.
Grey’s Anatomy fans, start weeping and gnashing your teeth! According to People, show stalwart Sandra Oh will depart Seattle Grace in the upcoming 10th season. While the article states that Oh felt it was time for her character to go, a show rep indicates it does not mean the end of the long-running drama.
In related Grey’s Anatomy news, TVLine.com reports that Dexter‘s father, James Remar, will join the cast of Grey’s in a story arc that has yet to be revealed. Let’s just hope he doesn’t bring a son with a penchant for murder to Seattle with him.
American Idolaters, your favorite latina from the block is back at the judge’s table for the upcoming season of American Idol. According to The Hollywood Reporter, J-Lo’s arm candy let slip that the diva will be returning to the singing competition for its 13th attempt at destroying the music industry. Lopez will join Keith Urban and two other as-yet-announced judges in mocking contestants, then sit back and let the dwindling home audience vote for the winner.
The Simpsons, Adventure Time, Portlandia and others have already landed Emmy wins, according to Variety. The Juried Emmy winners were revealed this past week and will be presented with their awards at the Creative Arts Emmys presentation on September 15th. For those inclined, viewers can watch the broadcast for the Creative Arts Emmys on the FXX network on September 21st.
As September fast approaches, the 2013 Fall TV Season is almost upon us. There are a few stand outs in this year’s crop of new shows. This week we’ll take a look at a couple of potential FOX breakouts Almost Human and Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
J.J. Abrams is taking another shot at the small screen with this cop show, featuring Judge Dredd himself, Karl Urban, as loose cannon John Kennex. Abrams and Urban have a good partnership through the Star Trek movie franchise, so it is a no brainer that Urban will be able to handle Abrams material. The show also stars Michael Ealy (Barbershop) as Urban’s android partner and Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) as Urban’s boss, Captain Maldonado. With solid actors and Abrams and his team behind the scenes on this one, Almost Human has the potential to break the mold on the standard cop drama genre. The show premieres on November 4th.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) as a doofus cop who has to deal with the new, strict, boss Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life On The Streets). The show is promising, as it appears Samberg’s schtick is somewhat muted, plus the ever funny Terry Crews (The Expendables, Idiocracy) also stars. Most intriguing is the relative acting new-comer, Chelsea Peretti. Peretti is best known as a stand-up comic and a writer for the cult favorite Parks and Recreation, so it will be interesting to see her in her first recurring television role. Everyone seems to have good chemistry in the short trailer, which is key for a comedy show to work. Plus, with Samberg’s history, it is likely there will be plenty of cameos from other SNL alumni. Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres September 17th.
Last, in a bit of sad news, troubled former actress, Lisa Robin Kelly, best known as Laurie, the snotty sister to Eric Forman, on That 70′s Show, has died. The Daily Beast, as well as many other news outlets, reports the 43-year-old died in her sleep after suffering cardiac arrest. Kelly, whose mugshots for previous drug arrests, had become somewhat of an internet joke, had checked into a rehab facility in California the day she died.