Childhood Friends Seek Revenge in NBC’s New Drama Series ‘Game of Silence’

GAME OF SILENCE -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) David Lyons as Jackson Brooks, Michael Raymond-James as Gil Harris, Larenz Tate as Shawn Polk -- (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) David Lyons as Jackson Brooks, Michael Raymond-James as Gil Harris, Larenz Tate as Shawn Polk — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

NBC wants you to play a little game….of silence.

Game of Silence, which is based on a Turkish television series,  follows five best friends who have a dark secret they thought they buried 25 years ago but soon discover that you can’t hide your past forever. The boys spent time in a juvenile detention center and were abused on multiple levels that made the show initially uncomfortable to watch. Things weren’t the same after they were released. Jackson Brooks (David Lyons, Revolution) plays the leader of the pack, the one that got out and made a name for himself only to be dragged back years later to help his friend Boots (Derek Phillips) out of trouble. He assaulted one of the officers that abused him as a kid after seeing him on the street one afternoon. Gill, (Michael Raymond James) who plays a bad boy and Shawn (Larenz Tate) come to Jackson for help since he happens to be a big shot lawyer. The group has to dig up the past that they chose to forget in order to move forward and seek revenge for what happened to them. They all band together to help take down the evil warden down since he also just happens to announce his run for Congress.

You feel the connection between these boys as kids and now as adults. They had each other’s backs. Even the new girl, Jessie, played by Bre Blair. They were small town kids that ended up in a bad situation, which the series unravels piece by piece, one secret at a time. It’s a reunion-style drama which actually reminded me of, well, Reunion that aired on Fox back in the day.

The mystery-thriller starts off dark. depressing and somewhat unbelievable at how many things can go wrong in a person’s life, but kept my attention long enough to see it through to the end. Not sure how many people will play that game, but we’ll see. There’s drama, implied sexual abuse and murder, flashbacks, questionable choices by corrections officers and the warden at a juvenile detention center that comes back to haunt everyone and much, much more. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Game of Silence delivers in this gripping ride of a mystery drama series that you won’t want to miss. 

Jackson, Gil Harris (Michael Raymond James, True Blood), Shawn Cook (Larenz Tate, Rush) and Boots (Derek Phillips, Friday Night Lights) always stuck together, like brothers. They spent their boyhood summers in the small town of Dalton, Texas, swimming in the quarry, shooting bottle rockets and doing everything they could to mine the fun out of small-town life. But their idyllic world turned chaotic one fateful summer afternoon when a well-intentioned and heroic attempt to save their friend Jessie (Bre Blair, Last Vegas) from her alcoholic mother ultimately cost the 13-year-old boys nine months at Quitman Youth Detention Facility where their lives were changed forever. 

Now, 25 years later, the nightmare of the worst nine months of their lives has resurfaced, uprooting a mystery even deeper than their buried past. The brotherhood must now band together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and ignite in them an unquenchable thirst for revenge.

GAME OF SILENCE -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Kelly as Young Jess, Curran Walters as Young Jackson -- (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Katie Kelly as Young Jess, Curran Walters as Young Jackson — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

The cast also includes Conor O’Farrell (The Lincoln Lawyer), Deidrie Henry (Justified) and Demetrius Grosse (Saving Mr. Banks).

Game of Silence is executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, David Hudgins, Julie Weitz, Tariq Jalil, Timur Savci, Deran Sarafian and Niels Arden Oplev (pilot). The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television.

Game of Silence premieres with a special preview on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following a two-hour edition of The Voice before its regular timeslot on Thursday, April 14.

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‘Grimm’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC

GRIMM -- "Inugami" Episode 517 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

NBC plans on keeping Grimm around as the Wesen uprising is really heating up . The peacock network has renewed the supernatural drama series for a sixth season, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

“We absolutely love what our producers and cast have accomplished over the past five seasons,” Salke said. “They have created a whole new world of creatures and have a truly devoted fan base. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

This season, Grimm originals are averaging a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” results from Nielsen Media Research. Grimm is one of the most time-shifted series on the broadcast networks, growing by an average of +90% in adult 18-49 rating (from a 0.91 to a 1.73) and more than 2.4 million viewers overall (3.9 million to 6.4 million) going from “live plus same day” to “live plus seven day” Nielsens.

As the nefarious forces of Black Claw take hold of Portland, Nick (David Giuntoli) must take a stand to protect his city and those closest to him, especially his child with Adalind (Claire Coffee). It will take the full force of Nick and his allies to find a way to bring the Wesen uprising to a halt.

Now that Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) is poised to make his move to power, his allegiance to Nick will be tested and he will consider drastic measures to ensure his place of authority.

Grimm also stars Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner.

Grimm is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner (Crowded, Hot in Cleveland) and Norberto Barba (“The Bridge”) serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

Grimm airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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‘Grimm’ Preview: “Map of the Seven Knights”

GRIMM -- "Map of the Seven Knights" Episode 510 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jacqueline Toboni as Trubel, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

This week’s episode of Grimm sets a lot of things in motion for what’s to come for the rest of the season.

Monroe receives a call in the middle of the night from a relative who found something that Nick might be interested in. Something that might connect everything that’s happening between the Hadrian’s Wall and the Black Claw. Something that’s worth killing over.

Meanwhile, Nick and Adalind have slowly been talking about their feelings and them being a family. Now that Juliette, I mean, Eve, back in the picture, will that change the way that Nick feels about Adalind? Or will her presence distract him? Don’t worry, Trubel decides to have a little chat with Eve about her intentions.

Elsewhere, we learn a lot more about Black Claw, Meisner and Hadrian’s Wall. We get a little sneak peek inside their lair and Monroe finally meets Eve for the first time. Apparently the Black Claw is the second time a group has tried to erase anything and everything that has to do with Grimms.

Will we find out what is so important that’s worth killing for?

Grimm airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The official synopsis for “Map of the Seven Knights”:

MONROE GETS A CALL THAT WILL LEAD NICK TO AN INCREDIBLE DISCOVERY – JACQUELINE TOBONI AND DAMIEN PUCKLER GUEST STAR – Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) gets a call from a relative in Germany that will bring Nick (David Giuntoli) closer to his ancestors. Things get complicated when the nefarious group Black Claw is also after the same artifacts. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) helps a mayoral candidate get an edge on his opponent. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) confronts Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) about Nick and Adalind (Claire Coffee). Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here are some stills from Grimm Season 5, Episode 10:

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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC

SHADES OF BLUE -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ray Liotta as Bill Wozniak, Jennifer Lopez as Detective Harlee Santos -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

NBC has renewed its freshman drama series Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, for a second season after only five episodes.

“We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today,” said NBC Entertainment President, Jennifer Salke. “We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”

The series has averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall in the L+3 results from the first three episodes. Shades of Blue has delivered NBC’s first Thursday 10-11 p.m. ET time period wins with in-season regular programming over original competition on ABC and CBS since March 2010 in 18-49 and since March 2008 in total viewers.

Jennifer Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.

As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee engages in a perilous dance with her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy obsession with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit’s patriarch, begins an all-consuming hunt for the informant. Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand of street justice under FBI watch.

The cast includes Drea de Matteo (Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy), Dayo Okeniyi (Terminator: Genisys, Hunger Games), Vincent Laresca (The Aviator, Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift), Hampton Fluker (Aquarius, The Blind Side) and Sarah Jeffery (Rogue, Wayward Pines). Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is a recurring guest star.

Showrunner Jack Orman (Men of a Certain Age, ER, Pan Am), Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door, The Fosters), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Extant, The Fosters),  Benny Medina (The Boy Next Door, The Fosters), Ryan Seacrest (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset) and Nina Wass (Mixology, Golden Girls) all serve as executive producers with creator Adi Hasak (Generation Kill, 3 Days to Kill). Barry Levinson (Rain Man, And Justice for All) directed the first two episodes.

Shades of Blue is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.

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‘Grimm’ Preview: “A Reptile Dysfunction”

GRIMM -- "A Reptile Dysfunction" Episode 508 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin, Jacqueline Toboni as Trubel -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Nick will need something more than a bigger boat in this week’s episode of Grimm.

There’s something in the water…and Nick and Hank have to investigate a mysterious sighing after a tourist dies at a local lake. Meanwhile, Captain Renard is still supporting a local candidate for mayor. God, I hope he does another commercial within the show.

Elsewhere, Rosalee’s past comes back to haunt her. As if she doesn’t have enough to deal with. Can’t these people catch a break?! Let’s not forget about Juliette and Meisner, who bring Nick deep into their secret government operations as they’ll need him to be ready for more Wesen uprisings.

Grimm airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The official synopsis for “A Reptile Dysfunction”:

THE LEGEND OF THE LAKE MONSTER RESURFACES – JACQUELINE TOBONI AND DAMIEN PUCKLER GUEST STAR – A local legend comes back to life as Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) investigate a mysterious sighting linked to a tourist’s death at a local lake. Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) past comes back to haunt her. Elsewhere, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to support a candidate for mayor. Meanwhile, Nick is shown the scope of the Wesen uprising as the secret government agency takes him into the heart of their Portland operations center. Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Claire Coffee also star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here are some stills from Grimm Season 5, Episode 8:

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‘Grimm’ Preview: A War is Brewing in “Eve of Destruction”

GRIMM -- "Eve of Destruction" Episode 507 -- Pictured: Bitsie Tulloch as Eve -- (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

A secret war is brewing amongst the Wesen…Trubel is back and our favorite hexenbiest is alive!

Last we saw, someone in the shadows saved Nick’s life and he whispered, “Juliette?” I mean, I knew they couldn’t get rid of her, but I was still somewhat convinced she was dead. So now she’s back, but as what? This new Juliette, or Eve as she’s called now, is different. She’s not the same hexenbiest we once knew. Where’s she been? What’s she been up to? Why does she go be Eve now? Has she been brainwashed? Is she here to help? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

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Is she good? Is she bad? I guess we’ll just have to watch and find out.

Grimm returns Friday, January 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The official synopsis for “Eve of Destruction”:

NICK IS ON THE HUNT FOR THE TRUTH AFTER A SHOCKING REVELATION AND THE WESEN UPRISING ESCALATES – JACQUELINE TOBONI AND DAMIEN PUCKLER GUEST STAR – Nick (David Giuntoli) and the gang are still reeling from the scope of the ambush and the surprise return of “Juliette” (Bitsie Tulloch), but not everything is as it seems. In light of the heightened Wesen violence, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) seek answers from the Wesen Council. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) has some information for Nick that will help him get what he is looking for. Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee and Claire Coffee also star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here are some stills from Grimm Season 5, Episode 7:

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‘Blindspot’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC

BLINDSPOT -- "Pilot" --  Pictured: (l-r) Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

NBC has renewed its freshman drama series Blindspot for a second season, weeks after it received an additional script order.

Blindspot, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander, is off to a promising startThe series ranks as the #1 new fall series among adults 18-49, averaging a 3.7 rating with 12.7 million viewers overall so far this season, according to “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research through the season’s opening six weeks.

Blindspot is also one of the most time-shifted shows on television, growing by +71% so far this season in adult 18-49 rating going from its next-day “live plus same day” rating to “live plus seven day Nielsens (from a 2.65 to a 4.54) and by more than 5.7 million viewers overall (9.3 million to 15.1 million).

The series follows Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), a beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, who is found naked in Times Square, fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

Writer Martin Gero (“Bored to Death,” “L.A. Complex”) serves as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Sarah Schechter (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Mark Pellington (“Cold Case”) and Marcos Siega (“The Following”). Pellington directed the pilot episode.

“Blindspot” is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions.

Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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‘Blindspot’ Preview: “A Stray Howl”

BLINDSPOT -- "A Stray Howl" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

If the premiere of Blindspot left you wanting more, then you’re not alone. I’m very much interested in this “tattoo of the week” thing NBC has going on.

Last week, Weller was on to something as to who Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) might be. Remember the black square tattoo that Patterson (Ashley Johnson) found? We found out that it was an insignia of some kind…that she might be a Navy SEAL. Black ops of course, because no known female SEALs have ever existed.

We got a peak at the end that Jane knowingly went along with the procedure that made her completely forget who she is. Have any guesses as to who Jane might be? Let us know in the comments.

Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC

The official synopsis for “A Stray Howl”:

“A CRYPTIC TATTOO SENDS THE TEAM AFTER A FIGHTER PILOT ON A DEADLY MISSION The team unlocks a cryptic tattoo that points to Major Arthur Gibson (guest star Robert Eli), an Air Force pilot with a painful past and a lethal agenda. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) continues to search for clues to her identity and is haunted when flashes of a disturbing memory force her to question her past. Meanwhile, Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) thinks he might know Jane’s true identity. Also starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson, and Ukweli Roach. Johnny Whitworth, Cotter Smith and Jordana Spiro guest star.”

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Stills from Blindspot Season 1, Episode 2:

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NBC Wants You to Dive Into the Tattoo Mystery that is ‘Blindspot’

BLINDSPOT -- "Pilot" --  Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

BLINDSPOT — “Pilot” — Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

NBC really turned things around with the premiere of The Blacklist in 2013 and tried to capitalize on that momentum with their Americans-lite version, titled Allegiance. We all know that didn’t go so well, so they’re trying yet again, but this time with an interesting new plot, a powerful cast, and a producer team that will really draw the audience in. Plus, the Peacock network believes in the show so much, they’re pairing it up with The Voice. 

Blindspot is about a beautiful woman (Jaimie Alexander), with no memories of her past, who is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

The “tattoo of the week” series starts off strong, making us want more, and those tattoos are the key to the whole story. Jaimie Alexander brings her Jane Doe character to life with her ability to speak Mandarin Chinese so fluently and fight bad guys so effortlessly. It didn’t hurt that she had a background in martial arts and was a wrestler back in high school.

At the Television Critics Association last month, executive producer Greg Berlanti said that “we will get some answers as to why her memory was wiped.” EP Sarah Schechter added that “each episode is sort of a puzzle piece and we’ll learn more and more as each episode goes on.”

Blindspot premieres Monday, September 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT immediately following The Voice on NBC.

The cast includes Jaimie Alexander (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Sullivan Stapleton (“300: Rise of an Empire,” “Strike Back”), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (“Broadchurch,” “Without a Trace”), Rob Brown (“Treme”), Audrey Esparza (“Black Box”), Ukweli Roach (“The Royals”) and Ashley Johnson (“Much Ado About Nothing”).

Writer Martin Gero (“Bored to Death,” “L.A. Complex”) serves as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Sarah Schechter (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Mark Pellington (“Cold Case”) and Marcos Siega (“The Following”). Pellington directed the pilot episode.

“Blindspot” is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions.

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NBC Extends Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Contract Through 2021

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Thank you, NBC, for keeping Jimmy Fallon around even though we totally knew this would happen.

The host’s contract has been renewed for another six years, NBC announced Thursday morning as part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

That means we’ll get to watch the funnyman and all his late night skits through 2021!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.