14 items from 2016
Many of us, during this election cycle, have found us switching from live TV to our Netflix queues in search of escapism. But because the two people currently running for president of the United States have been in the public eye for decades, there’s always a danger that you might be reminded, on-screen or through some clever joke, that November 8 is coming.
By the numbers, odds are pretty good that between the two candidates, the one you’ll see will be Donald Trump. According to IMDb, since 1981 Donald Trump has made over 230 film and television appearances — 219 as “Self” and 20 as an actor usually playing “Donald Trump,” though there may be some overlap between the two.
Read More: Donald Trump: By Roasting Him, We May Have Validated Him
This includes talk shows and news programs, but it’s still more than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has 196 listed appearances as “Self, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
David Boyd, a veteran of The Walking Dead and Friday Night Lights, has boarded The Mist TV series adaptation at Spike TV as a producer and director. Based on Stephen King's novella of the same name, The Mist is in production in Nova Scotia, Canada, with an eye toward a 2017 premiere.The cast includes Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.Spike says, "The Mist tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?" Get the scoop on Boyd from this Spike TV press release.Read More… »
Nickelodeon gave fans a first look at character art for the new “Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie” during the 25 Years of Nickelodeon Animation panel at Comic-Con.
The artwork included six photos featuring the title character, Arnold, as well as Helga, Gerald, Phoebe, Grandpa and Abner, Arnold’s spirited pet pig. The images capture the personalities of the characters that fans of the animated series will remember: Arnold and Gerald appearing laid-back and cool and Helga frowning with her fist balled up.
One nostalgic image shows Arnold and Gerald enjoying ice cream cones on Arnold’s front porch while Helga looks annoyed after her’s falls down.
“Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie,” which will be a two-hour telepic and air in 2017, will finally answer the long-anticipated question: what happened to Arnold’s parents?
- Lamarco McClendon
Press Release: Halifax, Ns, July 18, 2016 – “The Mist,” a multi-million dollar original television series adapted from the Stephen King novella begins principle photography today in Halifax, Nova Scotia. American cable network Spike TV has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the series which will premiere on Spike in 2017.
“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The cast includes Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
“We were intent on finding the perfect location – a place that could double for Maine, »
- Derek Anderson
Press Release (via TheFutonCritic.com): New York, NY, July 15, 2016 – Morgan Spector has joined the cast to star in Spike’s new scripted original series “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.
“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?
- Derek Anderson
USA Network’s Mr. Robot booted back up on Wednesday night with 1.04 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, — down from both its series debut (1.75 mil/0.5) and its freshman finale (1.2 mil/0.5).
The double-episode, limited-commercials opener was followed by a live aftershow, titled Hacking Robot, which retained 376,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating.
Possibly impacting the acclaimed, freshly Emmy-nominated drama’s premiere numbers is the fact that the first half was “leaked” online by fsociety on Sunday night.
Leading into Mr. Robot, Suits opened Season 6 with 1.9 mil and a 0.5, down a tick from its previous »
Are you getting misty? Spike TV has announced eight additional actors have been cast in The Mist TV show adaptation of Stephen King's novella. Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. They join Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy who were previously cast.Christian Torpe and Amanda Segel are executive producing The Mist. Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser executive produce for TWC-Dimension Television, with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer, and Keith Levine producing.Read More… »
A new adaptation of “Behind Enemy Lines” is in the works at Fox with a new writer, Nikki Toscano, replacing Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who was originally developing the series for the network last year. The series would take place in the midst of Us and Russia peace negotiations as three American soldiers are shot down behind enemy lines in Eastern Ukraine. Davis Entertaiment, which produced the 2001 feature starring Luke Wilson and Gene Hackman, will also be producing the series. Deadline first reported the news.
Hulu has announced that Reed Morano (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Billions”) will direct the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, with Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken serving as executive producers. Atwood is a consulting producer for the series. Morano will also serve as an executive producer on the first »
- Maria Cavassuto
Joining the previously announced Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy, eight additional actors have signed on to face the otherworldly horrors of The Mist, Spike TV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella:
Press Release: New York, NY, July 13, 2016 – Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.
“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King’s vast archive of fiction continues to be a rich resource for Hollywood studios to mine. Cast one eye over the movie landscape and you’ll find that both The Dark Tower and It – arguably some of King’s finest work – are simmering in the works, not to mention Tod Williams’ rendition of lesser-known thriller Cell.
From one medium to another, Spike’s serialized take on The Mist – a gripping Stephen King novella – stands as one of the most intriguing properities on the network’s slate, and The Hollywood Reporter brings word of a final casting spree before production officially gets underway over the summer.
Among those that have been enlisted is Vikings actress Alyssa Sutherland, who has been set as Eve Cunningham, a “wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past. »
- Michael Briers
Spike is building out the cast for its straight-to-series drama The Mist, based on the Stephen King novella, adding eight actors ahead of start-of-production later this summer. Joining the cast are Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove and Danica Curcic. The Mist, from TWC-Dimension Television, tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its… »
The story follows a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. Here's the breakdown of the new characters:
Alyssa Sutherland as "Eve Cunningham," a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.
Dan Butler as "Father Romanov," a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual. »
- Garth Franklin
Nickelodeon is bringing back the original “Hey Arnold” cast for the upcoming TV movie, which is titled “Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie.” The two-hour telepic will air in 2017.
“Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie” picks up from where the original series left off in 2004 and will resolve unanswered questions and plotlines — including Arnold finally getting answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents.
Original voice actors Francesca Marie Smith will return as Helga; Anndi McAfee as Phoebe; Justin Shenkarow as Harold; Olivia Hack as Rhonda; Nika Futterman as Olga; Dan Butler as Mr. Simmons; “The Simpsons” vet Dan Castellaneta as Grandpa; Tress MacNeille as Grandma; Antoinette Stella as Stella; Carlos Alazraqui as Eduardo; Dom Irrera as Ernie; Maurice Lamarche as Bob Pataki; Kath Soucie as Miriam; Danielle Judovits as Big Patty; Danny Cooksey as Stoop Kid; Jim Belushi as Coach Wittenberg; and Craig Bartlett as Miles.
Arnold, and many of the kid characters from the original cartoon, will be voiced by new actors. Mason Vale Cotton will play the title character; Benjamin “L’il P-Nut” Flores Jr. will voice Gerald; Gavin Lewis as Eugene; Jet Jurgensmeyer as Stinky; Aiden Lewandowski as Sid; Laya Hayes as Nadine; Nicolas Cantu as Curly; Wally Wingert as Oskar; and Stephen Stanton as Pigeon Man.
Alfred Molina joins that cast as the resident villain, Lasombra, an infamous river pirate operating from a secret compound in the jungles of San Lorenzo.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to work with these talented voice actors who brought to life one of the most celebrated cartoons in Nickelodeon’s history,” said Chris Viscardi, Svp of content development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties. “The voice cast is an essential piece to the ‘Hey Arnold’ universe and we’re excited for a new generation of fans to hear these characters in a new TV movie.”
“Hey Arnold” originally ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2004. The revival movie is one of the cabler’s original projects returning, in addition to a “Legends of the Hidden Temple” movie, based on the ’90s game show. The “Hey Arnold” movie was first reported by Variety.
The announcement comes amidst Nickelodeon’s 25th anniversary celebration of original creator-driven animation.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If I asked you to think of a sitcom beginning with ‘F’ which first aired in the 90s, what immediately springs to mind? I’d wager about 90% of you are currently thinking “well it’s Friends, of course” – or at least would be had I not incepted you by writing ‘Frasier’ in the title. Whether you’d be thinking it in such a polite manner is also up for question.
And that’s fine, by the way. Friends is wonderful and brilliant, and completely deserving of its adoration amongst the 90s generation. This isn’t just a list of reasons Frasier is better than Friends, or, for that matter, The Simpsons or South Park or Seinfeld. This is simply a list of reasons Frasier is one of the greatest sitcoms ever to grace the small screen, and why more people need to watch it. »
- Edward Gardiner
14 items from 2016
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