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Per the official description, the 10-episode period piece “tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.”
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"I vowed to hunt the Master until the day I died. If today is that day, so be it." Abraham Setrakian is back to strike the growing ranks of strigoi with his silver sword in the sophomore season of FX's The Strain, premiering July 12th at 10:00pm Est:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "Los Angeles, May 19, 2015 – The Strain returns to FX this summer for its highly-anticipated second season on Sundays at 10 Pm e/p, beginning July 12th. The award-winning thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, was the most-watched new cable drama of 2014.
As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. »
- Derek Anderson
Blood is thicker than water, the old saying goes. But FX’s Tyrant would like to tweak that adage to something much more ominous: “Blood guarantees nothing.”
The cabler has released a trailer for Season 2 of its political drama, starring Adam Rayner as the son of a Middle Eastern ruler who reluctantly returns to his home country amid chaos.
Press Play below for a preview of the sophomore season, in which Rayner’s Bassam must suffer the consequences of planning a coup against his brother. »
Scream Factory has added another Blu-ray release to their Summer of Fear Part 2: a double feature of the 1990 Italian horror films Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness. Details on the season two world premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the release details for James Cullen Bressack's Pernicious, are also included in our latest round-up.
Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness Blu-ray: Scream Factory has slated their Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness double feature Blu-ray for a late August release.
From Scream Factory: "Our "Summer of Fear Part 2" lineup continues to roll out with more retro Italian-made horror films both coming to blu-ray for the first time! 1990’s "mad science" film Metamorphosis will be doubled-billed with the 1990 haunted house-themed Beyond Darkness (and from the Director of Troll 2!) for a planned late August release. Pre-order links will go up next month."
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: The sophomore »
- Derek Anderson
The 2015 incarnation of the Atx Television Festival, the fourth one in the festival’s history, has added a number of new panels to their lineup to go with previously announced panels, which have included Justified, Bunheads, and Playing House.
The festival has added the Fox series Empire to its lineup. Titled “Empire: The Creatives”, the panel will feature the show’s producers Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken, and Wendy Calhoun discussing the freshman series. The animated series Rick & Morty will also be making an appearance at the festival, as channel Adult Swim is set to present “Inside Rick and Morty”, which will feature a discussion with the show’s creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.
The most sizable presence, however, appears to be that of FX, as the channel has brought a number of its half-hour series to the festival. Among the panels will be the series Married, which will screen »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Atx Television Festival is adding several events including “Empire” and FX comedy screenings to its already long list of panels hitting Austin, Texas, on June 4.
FX will also screen several of its comedies, including a premiere of its new series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” with exec producer and star Denis Leary, and fellow cast members Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly, Elaine Hendrix and John Ales.
“Married” stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer and exec producer Andrew Gurland will premiere a new episode of their FX show, and last season’s finale of “You’re the Worst” will screen with Aya Cash, Chris Geere and creator Stephen Falk in attendance. The cabler will also screen a new episode of “The Comedians,” including a »
- Seth Kelley
Read More: Jenny Slate and 'Obvious Child' Director Making Female-Focused Road Trip Comedy for FX FX has become one of the most reliable cable networks for the comedy genre over the past several years thanks to critical hits such as "Louie" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as well as breakout favorites like "Wilfred" and "You're the Worst." Denis Leary looks to be in good hands, then, when he joins FX's growing comedy slate with the new half-hour series "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll." In his return to FX after seven seasons of "Rescue Me," Leary plays Johnny Rock, lead singer of a legendary early '90s New York-based band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. Twenty-five years after the band's twisted breakup, the down-and-out Johnny »
- Zack Sharf
There will be a lot less laughter on USA next year. The network has decided to cancel its comedy series Sirens after two seasons. Sirens followed a group of paramedics in Chicago and the many professional and personal troubles they endured. The series, which was loosely based on the British comedy of the same name and was adapted by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, starred Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley, Jessica McNamee, Bill Nunn, Kelly O’Sullivan, Maura Kidwell, and Josh Segarra. When it debuted last year, Sirens was USA’s first-ever half-hour comedy series, as the network attempted to carve out its own identity in the genre after acquiring Modern Family (repeats of which you can still watch pretty much all the time on USA). Although Sirens was never a huge hit, it did develop a strong and loyal fanbase throughout its first season; however, that fanbase didn’t grow at all during… »
- Chris King
The project from Denis Leary was the cabler’s first scripted half-hour comedy. The series followed a group of EMTs in Chicago and starred Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley and Jessica McNamee. Leary produced with Bob Fisher.
“Sirens” had a very passionate fanbase, but Variety has learned USA decided not to go forward with a third season because the series didn’t find a big enough audience, especially given that the network did not own the property.
“Sirens,” whose cancellation was first reported by Deadline, was joined by “Benched” on the network’s new comedy slate, which was pulled after one season. However, USA is committed to its other comedies, “Playing House” and “Donny,” a satirical, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-style sitcom starring Donny Deutsch, which was handed a six-episode order.
On the drama side, USA is making a »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Exclusive: USA Network has opted not to go forward with a third season of paramedic comedy series Sirens, from Fox 21 TV Studios, Denis Leary and Bob Fisher. Sirens was the first original half-hour comedy series to launch under USA's push in the genre following the off-network acquisition of Modern Family. It was soon joined by Playing House and Benched, two of which, Sirens and Benched have now been cancelled. It was a slow build out of the gate in Season 1, but… »
In the beginning, and to the very end, Justified was about two guys who once dug coal together.
The FX drama on Tuesday night wrapped its six-season run with, of course, much gunplay, a couple more deaths, a few happy (or happy-ish) endings, a significant time jump and a wee surprise.
RelatedFX Sets Dates for Married and Tyrant Returns, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs
In summary: Desperate to get his dollars back, Markham took Ava hostage, until Boyd came in guns a-blazing, felling the venerable player. That set the stage for a Boyd/Raylan face-off, but the former knew better than to draw a (lent! »
Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.
Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »
- Deepayan Sengupta
FX has announced the upcoming premieres of returning series Married and Tyrant and new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The Strain will return sometime this summer.
Here's the press release:
FX Sets Summer 2015 Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series
Denis Leary Returns to FX with Series Premiere of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll on Thursday, July 16 at 10 Pm e/p
Married Returns for Second Season on Thursday, July 16 at 10:30 Pm e/p, Immediately Following Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
ABC has set its summer slate with four new series including “Celebrity Family Feud,” which joins longtime veterans “The Bachelorette,” “Extreme Weight Loss” and last year’s hit “Bachelor in Paradise.” Three of the new series are reality competition shows — “500 Questions,” “Celebrity Family Feud” and “BattleBots,” a revival of the early 2000s robot death match series that ran on Comedy Central. Also Read: FX Sets Summer Premieres for Denis Leary’s ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,’ Louis Ck’s Standup Special Joining those new shows is the Steven Spielberg-produced “The Whispers,” a conspiracy drama about children in Washington, D.C. »
- L.A. Ross
FX has set summer premiere dates for new and returning shows, including a standup comedy special from Louis C.K.
The comedian’s latest special, “Louis C.K.: Live From the Comedy Store,” will air May 28 at 11 p.m., immediately following the season-five finale of “Louie.” Written and directed by C.K., and hailing from his production company Pig Newton, the special was filmed at the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. C.K. also serves as an exec producer with M. Blair Breard. The project marks the second standup special from C.K. to air on FX.
Also announced Wednesday by Chuck Saftler, president of program strategy and COO of FX Networks, was the premiere date for season two of “Tyrant” on June 16 at 10 p.m. The political drama, starring Adam Rayner, a follows an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Denis Leary has an official return date to FX. The co-creator, writer and star of the cable net’s firefighter drama Rescue Me has the same roles in Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which FX today set for a July 16 premiere. FX also said it will bow the Louie multihyphenate’s latest hourlong stand-up special Louis C.K.: Live From The Comedy Store on May 28, following the Season 5 finale of his eponymous series. It’s Louis C.K.’s sixth hourlong special and second to air on FX… »
Set your calendars, FX fans: Denis Leary‘s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” is set to debut on the cable channel Thursday, July 16 at 10 p.m. The Season 2 premiere of “Married” will immediately follow, the network said Wednesday. A month and a half earlier, Louis Ck’s stand-up comedy special, “Louis Ck: Live From the Comedy Store,” will premiere, slated for Thursday, May 28 at 11 p.m. In between those initial airings, “Tyrant” will kick off its second season on Tuesday, June 16 at 10 p.m. “The Strain” will also be back this summer, but its return date and time has yet to be announced. »
- Tony Maglio
Read More: IFC Responds to Abel Ferrara About the Unapproved Cut of 'Welcome to New York' IFC hopes to find the back of the net with "Benders," whether it be with hockey fans or not. The company has acquired the new half-hour comedy for their original programming lineup later this year. The show follows a group of friends so obsessed with their amateur hockey league that it starts interfering in their everyday lives. even though... well, they're not that good. Production on the first eight episodes begins later this spring under Apostle. Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti are executive producers. Serpico and Sellitti created the series. "We cherish our relationship with IFC," Serpico said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to be bringing our dysfunctional band of characters to life on their network." "Benders" is only the latest in IFC's expanding list of comedies premiering this year, »
- Travis Clark
The half-hour series revolves around a group of beer-swilling friends who participate in a amateur hockey league. “Benders” was created by Tom Sellitti and Jim Serpico, who is Leary’s longtime partner in Apostle. The pair exec produce with Leary.
“We cherish our relationship with IFC,” said Serpico. “We’re thrilled to be bringing our dysfunctional band of characters to life on their network.”
- Cynthia Littleton
The Denis Leary-produced hockey comedy “Benders” has been ordered to series at IFC, the network announced Tuesday. The show follows several friends bound by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. Their skills may be limited but their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos hockey creates in their everyday lives. This isn’t fast-paced, brawler-style hockey; it’s the slow motion, falling-down version. IFC has ordered eight half-hour episodes that will be produced by Apostle, with Jim Serpico, Tom Sellitti and Denis Leary serving as executive producers. Serpico and Sellitti created and will write the series. »
- Joe Otterson
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