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Starz has renewed its New York-based drama "Power" for a ten-episode third season in the wake of the second season premiere scoring 1.43 million Live+Sd viewers, the most ever for a Starz Original series season premiere episode.
More than 3.62 million Live+Sd viewers watched the episode over the initial weekend, securing “Power’s” second season Starz premiere weekend as the most watched episode ever for a Starz Original series. [Source: Starz]
The Showtime and BBC co-production has been a regular awards season contender for the cabler, earning LeBlanc three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
“Better Late Than Never” will follow five famous men as they backpack throughout Asia without any luxuries. Actors Henry Winkler and William Shatner, former athletes Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman and comedian Jeff Dye have signed up for the reality series that begins production in August. The one-hour series, an adaptation of the South Korean variety show “Grandpa Over Flowers,” will follow participants to Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. “The five will navigate their way through each city — communicating with the local population, immersing themselves in local traditions and enjoying exotic food — all the while dealing with. »
- Reid Nakamura
Comedian Jeff Dye and sportscaster Terry Bradshaw are also on board for the bro-mance vehicle that will send the five men on a trek through major cities in Asia. “Better Late Than Never” is adapted from the hit South Korean format “Grandpa Over Flowers,” which NBC optioned last year.
Production begins in August. Episodes will cover stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. The show aims to offer a comedic look at how the five navigate unfamiliar cultures and settings and rely on one another for support while forgoing the usual trappings of celebrity status such as limousines and assistants. Each will also be tasked with checking off “bucket list” items.
Winkler is exec producing for Universal »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC is taking Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye on a major adventure throughout Asia. They have been tapped to join Better Late Than Never, an alternative comedy series based on the South Korean format Grandpas Over Flowers from content company Cj E&M. The one-hour series will begin production in August, traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai before heading home The five will navigate their way through… »
NBC has assembled an eclectic group for it's newest series. Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye will headline the adventure series Better Late Than Never, the network announced Tuesday. The alternative comedy project will see the five men travel together to Asia in search of intimate, life-changing experiences. The one-hour series will begin production in August and travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. Read More NBC Shifts 'Heartbreaker' to Midseason to Accommodate Melissa George Pregnancy With no assistants and no limos, the quintet must deal with all the
- Kate Stanhope
Last year, the ratings for Royal Pains dropped a lot -- nearly 35% in the 18-49 demographic and 43% in viewers. It wasn't cancelled but USA Network renewed it for two short seasons of eight episodes each. It's believed that season eight will be the end. Could the ratings rebound and lead to a ninth year? Stay tuned.
Royal Pains follows the continuing adventures of a former ER doctor (Mark Feuerstein) from New York who, along with his younger brother (Paulo Costanzo), runs a concierge doctor business in The Hamptons. The show's cast includes Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Campbell Scott, Ben Shenkman, and Henry Winkler.
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A tense trailer for a post-apocalyptic thriller, variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1 featuring Michonne and her pets, and Blu-ray / DVD release details for Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau comprise this round-up.
Z for Zachariah: Directed by Craig Zobel from Nissar Modi's screenplay that's based on the 1974 novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. The film is slated for a limited theatrical release from Roadside Attractions beginning August 21st.
Synopsis (via Collider): "In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. »
- Derek Anderson
Taste the happy, Netflix subscribers – producer Brian Grazer confirmed on the Adam Carolla Show podcast this week that Arrested Development will begin production on new episodes for the streaming giant sometime next year.
“Netflix is determined to do more epsiodes, so we’re going to do more episodes,” Grazer told Carolla, noting that everything is only just falling into place for a fifth season of the beloved cult comedy, which was famously revived for an online fourth season seven years after Fox originally pulled the plug. Reviews were mixed-to-positive on Netflix’s continuation, and the series was such a reputation-booster for Netflix that it makes sense that the company would want to double down on more Bluth misadventures.
Production will start early next year, Grazer said, and fans can expect to see new episodes “four months after that,” so in the late spring or early summer of 2016. Grazer told Caolla »
- Isaac Feldberg
Kerrie Mailey @ Km Casting Is Looking For The Following:
Hank Zipzer Series 3
Fast-paced and funny, the series follows 12-year-old Henry 'Hank' Zipzer, a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world.
We Are Looking For An Asian Actress Aged Between 11- 15 ( Please Note You Must Be Able To Play Down If You Are 15) For A Large Role In The New Series. Must Be Good At Comedy.
Overall Shoot Dates Are 22Nd June - 4th September 2015.
To Apply Please Email This Casting Is Now Closed and make sure you include your height, location, age and a current picture. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Fouad Mikati directed Return To Sender from a script by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett. Rlj Entertainment chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward negotiated the deal with Voltage and plans a 2015 release.
Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Ron Judkins’ festival favourite and comedic drama Finding Neighbors starring Michael O’Keefe and Catherine Dent. Jon Gerrans negotiated rights with producers Judy Korin and Jennifer Young.
Multi-platform specialist Orion Releasing has picked up North America and MGM Latin America on Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant. [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The rise in television programming over the years has led to a number of television festivals where show fans and show casts and crews can get together to discuss series. Among these festivals is the Atx Television festival, which is held in Austin Texas every summer. Set to go into its fourth incarnation this year, the festival will be held from June 4th to the 7th, and a new slate of attendees have now been announced, as per Variety.
The festival will formally begin with a look at the upcoming series Complications. The USA Network drama’s screening will be followed by a panel with the show’s stars and creator Matt Nix, who is also onboard as producer.
The festival will also feature a conversation with legendary Simpsons, Taxi, and Mary Tyler Moore writer and co-creator James L. Brooks, who will be sitting down for a conversation with journalist Phil Rosenthal. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Even more television is heading down to Austin, Texas, this summer for the fourth annual Atx Festival on June 4-7.
Panels for NBC’s “Hannibal” with creator Bryan Fuller and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with creator Dan Goor and cast members have been added to the festival, along with a “cancelled too soon” panel for Amy Sherman Palladino’s former ABC Family series “Bunheads.”
Atx will also feature the season-five premiere screening of USA Networks’ “Suits,” a 25-year anniversary screening of Marta Kauffman’s HBO series “Dream On” and a “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading, presented by creator Kevin Williamson and surprise guests.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »
- Louis Virtel
PhotosCancellation Anxiety: 9 Shows You Should Probably Start Worrying About
His ‘rents are so awesome, in fact, that Jess considers not breaking up with him in order to remain close to mom and pops.
Killam shot his New Girl episode earlier this month during his SNL hiatus.
Let's face it: Netflix has become a way to excuse yourself for watching 13 hours of television in a row. There's a thrill to the uninterrupted nature of it. Frankly, who cares about having friends? They're not as funny or sexy as TV characters. Think about that. And then, please think about these five underrated seasons of TV all streaming right now on Netflix. "Damages" season three The season-to-season reinvention of FX's "Damages" was sometimes only half-successful (particularly in the transition from three to four, when it went to DirecTV's Audience network), but I really think we've under-heralded the fabulous moments from the third season. By that year we'd already had the triumphant, basically flawless first season and an ultimately too-confusing second season (with some great work from Marcia Gay Harden), but the third season gave us a trio of wonderful additions: Martin Short as the chilling Leonard Winstone, Lily Tomlin »
- Louis Virtel
Henry Winkler: ‘Leather was associated with crime, so at first I had to wear a puce golf jacket. It did not look cool’
As a kid I was told I would never achieve anything, that I was a dumb dog. But I moved to La in 1973 and two weeks later went to Paramount Studios for an audition – with hair down to my shoulders and a gigantic sweat patch because I was petrified. I walked in and said six lines. I guess I did them pretty well because I got the part of Arthur Fonzarelli.
Related: Henry Winkler: 'The Fonz was everything I wanted to be'
Robin Williams picked up a script and I realised I was in the presence of greatness
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- Interviews by Kate Abbott
“Childrens Hospital” is set to return on Friday, March 20, at midnight as season six begins.
Adult Swim announced the premiere date Wednesday and released the new season trailer (watch above).
The new episodes pick up where season five left off, with the hospital crew forced to return to Brazil, after the Japanese army base was left in ruins. The doctors find their lives turned upside down in the upcoming season, which will feature a sperm bank heist, a visit to a secret facility under the White House and a designated Staff Fart Room.
“Childrens Hospital” is exec produced by star-writer Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain. Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Megan Mullally and Henry Winkler round out the cast. Abominable Pictures, the Corddry Company and Studio 2.0 produce.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
During its rocky first season, Parks and Recreation faced much criticism for being too similar to The Office – Leslie was just a female Michael Scott, and Ron Swanson was the new Dwight Schrute. Setting it in the vibrant and weird Indiana town of Pawnee instantly assuaged some of these fears. Even during that first season, it was clear from the town hall meetings, where Leslie and company had to defend themselves against the many residents of Pawnee, that Michael Schur and his writers had dreamt up one of the most vivid communities for a sitcom. So, in honor of Parks and Recreation’s end, here are the ten best recurring characters on the show.
1. The Tammys
While it may seem unfair to group three characters together, especially in the top spot, Parks has too many amazing recurring characters to properly showcase in ten slots. Ron Swanson’s two ex-wives and »
- George Morvis
It’s a tough task to end a series after seven much-loved seasons, but “Parks and Recreation” showrunner Mike Schur proved more than up to the job. He co-wrote tonight’s finale, “One Last Ride,” with series star Amy Poehler and also directed the flash forward-filled episode, a love letter to both the show’s crazy characters and devoted fans.
Variety spoke with Schur by phone a few hours before the finale aired on the East Coast — he’s in New York for an appearance with the “Parks” crew on tonight’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He happily answered questions about his writing process with Poehler, which flash forwards didn’t make it into the final cut, whether or not we’ll ever see the Pawnee gang again, and, of course, the tantalizing tease of President Leslie Knope. He also dropped a hint about a Jean-Ralphio easter egg. (“Parks” fans, »
- Geoff Berkshire
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