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‘Big Little Lies’ Notches Another Series High As It Nears April 2 Finale
HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies drew 1.4 million viewers Sunday, up from 1.17 million the previous week, for its highest Live+Same Day rating to date as it nears the April 2 finale. Total viewing for the night, including replays and HBO Go and HBO Now, was 2 million, also a series high, up 19% from the March 19 telecast and 23% above the series debut in February. Episodes are averaging more than 7 million viewers to date across all platforms. The seven-episode… »
Miles Teller to Star in Nicolas Winding Refn Amazon Series ‘Too Old to Die Young’
Miles Teller will star in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon series “Too Old to Die Young.” Written by Refn and Ed Brubaker, the series explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai. The entire series will be directed by Refn, a Danish director best known for stylish indies like 2011’s “Drive” and last year’s “The Neon Demon.” Also Read: Miles Teller, Amy Schumer War Drama 'Thank You for Your Service' Gets Fall Release Teller will play Martin, a police officer entangled in the world of assassins, in his first foray into television. »
- Linda Ge
‘True Detective’: David Milch In Talks To Join Nic Pizzolatto For Potential Season 3 On HBO
HBO is pairing up two of the marquee names on its talent roster, with veteran David Milch possibly joining True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for a potential third season of the crime drama franchise. The two have been talking, though I hear a potential partnership is still in its embryonic stages. Pizzolatto is a big fan of Milch and, like so many younger writers, he was influenced by the work of the NYPD Blue co-creator. The nature of their collaboration is still… »
Katie Cassidy Returning to ‘Arrow’ for Good as Black Siren
The “Arrow” alum will be back as a series regular in Season 6, playing Black Siren. She will first appear in the final two episodes of the CW show in the current fifth season.
An original cast member of “Arrow,” Cassidy portrayed Laurel Lance/Black Canary for the first four seasons, before being killed off in the midst of Season 4. After she was killed, Cassidy signed a deal with the CW to appear across the DC universe portfolio of shows in a guest capacity — then she reappeared as Black Siren, the villainous Earth 2 version of Black Canary, in “Arrow’s” midseason premiere of Season 5.
“Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim commented on Cassidy’s return, saying in a statement: “One of the things that most excites us about ‘Arrow’ is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Underground Railroad Series, From Moonlight Director, Greenlit at Amazon
The Underground Railroad is full steam ahead at Amazon.
The streaming video site has ordered a one-hour limited drama based on Colson Whitehead’s novel, TVLine has learned. The project will be written and directed by Barry Jenkins, who co-wrote and directed the Oscar-winning film Moonlight.
The Underground Railroad is a National Book Award-winning work that follows Cora, a young slave who tries to escape her Georgia plantation in the pre-Civil War South. When she reaches the Underground Railroad, she finds an actual subterranean rail system (tracks, tunnels, »
‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Wants to Reprise Her ‘Coven’ Character
PaleyFest La wrapped its week of TV panels with FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke.”
Executive producer Brad Falchuk revisited his original interest in the concept of “Roanoke” during a Q&A on Sunday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
“Even before the show, we were always fascinated by it. It’s one of the few American mysteries so it was always in the back of our head. It was nice to have something that had just a kernel of truth in it and we could fill in whatever we want,” said Falchuk.
“Every season we’ve always tried to do something different. We really wanted to be as scary as possible. I wanted to beat the hell out of the cast in a different way,” he added.
Sarah Paulson, who played three characters during “Roanoke,” including reprising “Asylum’s” Lana Winters, compared this season to her previous ones on show.
- Maria Cavassuto
Noreen Fraser, TV Producer and ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ Co-Creator, Dies at 63
Noreen Fraser, a TV producer who dedicated her life to raising money for cancer research, has lost her own battle with the disease. She was 63. Fraser, who’s TV credits include “Entertainment Tonight,” “Home Show” on ABC and “The Richard Simmons Show,” died at her Brentwood, California, home on Monday, a representative for the Noreen Fraser Foundation confirmed to TheWrap. The producer and philanthropist was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer 16 years ago, and since then has not only fought her own battle but helped countless fellow sufferers live better, longer lives. Also Read: Sick Teen Who. »
- Debbie Emery
‘Big Little Lies’ Sets New TV Ratings Record Ahead of Final Episode
“Big Little Lies” is killing it in TV Ratings. The HBO thriller just broke an internal TV Ratings record with its penultimate episode, drawing 1.4 million total viewers in Nielsen’s Live + Same Day numbers. That’s up about 20 percent from last week’s 1.17 million. With streaming tune-in counted and some late replays, that sum for last night’s episode grew to a cool 2 million, per HBO. Also Read: Was That Alexander Skarsgard's Real Penis on 'Big Little Lies'? Fans Need to Know The Jean-Marc Vallee series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley and follows the »
- Tony Maglio
CBS Sets Season Finale Dates for ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘NCIS,’ More
CBS has announced season finale airdates for its primetime comedies, dramas, and unscripted series. Most fall into the traditional May finale mold, like “The Big Bang Theory” (recently renewed for two more seasons) and various “NCIS” franchises. But there are a few early birds, like “Macgyver” (April 14) and “2 Broke Girls” (April 17).
The Eye’s finale schedule runs thusly:
Friday, April 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Macgyver” (Season 1 Finale)
Saturday, April 15
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Ransom” (Season 1 Finale)
Monday, April 17
9:30-10:00 p.m. “2 Broke Girls” (Season 6 Finale)
Friday, May 5
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Blue Bloods” (Season 7 Finale)
Monday, May 8
8:00-8:30 p.m. “Kevin Can Wait” (Season 1 Finale)
9:00-9:30 p.m. “Superior Donuts” (Season 1 Finale)
Wednesday, May 10
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (Season 12 Finale)
Thursday, May 11
8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” (Season 10 Finale)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “The Great Indoors »
- Oriana Schwindt
TV News Roundup: Johnny Galecki Gets Science Channel Series, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Ratings
In today’s TV news roundup, Johnny Galecki will executive produce and star in new Science Channel series titled “SciJinks,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has a more-than-solid premiere on its new network, and more.
Science Channel has ordered eight 30-minute episodes of prank series “SciJinks” from “The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki. He will appear in and executive produce the series, which is scheduled to premiere in fourth quarter 2017. The series will use cutting-edge science as the foundation for outrageous stunts and practical jokes. Along with Galecki, each of the episodes will be guided by scientists, physicists, and Stem students. Galecki’s Alcide Bava Productions and A. Smith & Co. Productions will produce the series.
Own has ordered two new docuseries that will join its Saturday night programming line-up later this year. “Released,” produced by Lucky 8, features intimate, first-person narratives of formerly incarcerated men and women as they walk out of the prison doors for the »
- Sarah Ahern
‘Humans’ Renewed For Season 3 By AMC
AMC has picked up an eight-episode third season of sci-fi drama series Humans for premiere in 2018. Production will begin in the fall with key cast set to return. Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the series — which also airs on Channel 4 in the UK — is set in a parallel present and focuses on what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred. It’s based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans created by Lars Lundstrom and… »
‘Humans’ Renewed for Season 3 at AMC, Channel 4
“Humans” has been renewed for Season 3 at AMC and Channel 4, Variety has learned. The series will return with eight new episodes in 2018. Production will begin in this fall with key cast members set to return.
Set in a parallel present, the series explores what happens when the line between human and machine becomes blurred as robotic servants called Synths become more and more a part of human life. Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson, and Lucy Carless are among the stars of the series.
“‘Humans’ provides a thrilling look at the evolution of technology and its effect on society,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV. “The critical response to season two celebrates the creative vision, dynamic story-telling and compelling portrayals shared by the writers, producers and actors. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Channel 4 and Kudos and look forward to season three.”
- Joe Otterson
Samurai Jack Seasons 1-4 Summed Up in 2 Minutes
After a 14 year hiatus Samurai Jack has been back with season 5 and people are loving the show. Originally on the Cartoon Network, Samurai Jack now airs on Adult Swim. Samurai Jack takes place in a future Earth where science and technology have developed far beyond what is available in the present day, and in some ways resembles magic on its own. However, despite scientific advances, the future is decidedly dystopian — for example, in one episode, the mafia profits greatly from the sale of simple water. It’s a show that’s way more adult than you would think and
Samurai Jack Seasons 1-4 Summed Up in 2 Minutes »
- Nat Berman
Here’s What the Highest Basketball Shot in the World Looks Like
You know all those crazy trick videos of guys shooting ridiculous basketball shots? Sometimes it’ll be from 100 feet away. Other times the ball will bounce off a few walls. The reality is that a lot of these shots take an obscene amount of takes before they finally go in. For a video that lasts only a few minutes it might take weeks to film it. But today it seems we’ve been gifted with a world record basketball shot that apparently took only three tries to make. While I find that hard to believe, this is kind of cool to
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- Nat Berman
WGA West’s Board Votes To Send Strike-Authorization Ballots To Members
Updated: Hollywood moved a step closer to an industry-crippling writers' strike tonight when the WGA West's board of directors approved sending strike authorization ballots to the guild's members. Tonight's vote came at the unanimous recommendation of the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management's AMPTP on Friday. The WGA East's council will vote tomorrow to send strike authorization ballots to their members. Earlier tonight, the WGA West… »
‘Cash Me Ousside’ Girl Danielle Bregoli Will Get a Reality TV Show
All of you remember Danielle Bregoli. She was the troubled teen who visited Dr. Phil and became famous for the phrase “Cash me Ousside” while confronting the talk show host. Bregoli came on the show with her mother and became an instant Internet classic after her disgusting attitude on the show and reluctance to show any respect to any human being on earth. Since then we’ve seen entirely too much of this girl with a speech pattern she claims to have gotten “from the streets.” Since Dr. Phil Bregoli has spent her time getting into fights on commercial airplanes, threatening
‘Cash Me Ousside’ Girl Danielle Bregoli Will Get a Reality TV Show »
- Nat Berman
Sia Sings a Song on Sesame Street Without a Mask On
Sia is known just as much for her appearance as her singing. While you might normally see her with a wig that has bangs covering her face, on Sesame Street she went with a black and white wig only this time, no bangs. The reality is that if you want to see Sia’s face all you have to do is a Google search. However, it’s important to note this song on Sesame Street is her first major appearance without a mask on in years. Also, she’s totally bringing back some Big Comfy Couch vibes with that nose on. Sia appeared
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- Nat Berman
Guy Names His Softball Team The ‘Crying Jordans’ With Uniforms to Boot
There’s always that one team in your fantasy league who has a great team name. It’s one of those names where you think to yourself, “why couldn’t I think of that?” Just enough wit. Just enough subtlety. Just enough everything where all the guys in the league are jealous of the team name. Now, I’m not saying that the name “Crying Jordans” is special or even creative for that matter. But I will say that when you take it to the step that one man did, it’s pretty special. Brian Havrilla, a Clevelander, named his softball team the Crying Jordan’s.
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- Nat Berman
Bates Motel EPs Talk 'Empowering' Shower-Scene Twist: 'We Were Not Throwing Shade at Psycho'
Somewhere Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic head is spinning.
In what marks Bates Motel‘s latest and boldest source-material detour to date, Monday’s installment — which served as the conclusion of Rihanna’s two-episode arc as Psycho‘s ill-fated heroine Marion Crane — put a progressive, gender-swapping spin on the film’s legendary shower scene. [Spoiler Alert] Instead of Marion getting hacked to death in the bathtub, it was her philandering beau Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols) who had a fatal run-in with Norman’s knife. And as an added twist, Norman committed the brutal murder in his street clothes!
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‘Bates Motel’ Recap: Did Rihanna Survive Her Visit? (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode 6 of season 5 of “Bates Motel,” titled “Marion.”
That famous shower. The soaring music. The water swirling down the drain.
And then…. “Screw this s–t.”
With those three words, Rihanna’s Marion Crane upended the storied “Psycho” mythology — and got out of that famous “Bates Motel” shower with nary a scratch. “It always made me laugh in editing every single time,” says executive producer Kerry Ehrin.
Instead, the victim at the other end of Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) bloody knife turned out to be Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols) — unrepentant philanderer and psychological substitute for Norman’s father, who we learned that yes, Norman did in fact kill.
When Marion finally finds out from Norman that the man she thought was her boyfriend actually has a wife, she escapes from him — and the murderous motel-owner — with her suitcase full of cash, leaving »
- Debra Birnbaum
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