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Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, a “Friends” favorite made its way back to network television — and Amazon debuts a new ’60s set drama that earns our “critics pick” of the week.
“Man With A Plan,” CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m.
Though Variety critic Sonia Saraiya isn’t entirely sold on this sitcom, which she writes “feels strangely retro to center a new show around this minor upheaval of traditional gender roles in a family,” she admits the half-hour laffer “appears to be finding a nice groove.” Still, given that “Friends” alum Matt LeBlanc is returning to network TV, “Man With A Plan” is worth checking out.
“The Great Indoors,” CBS »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The network on Friday released the first teaser trailer for Tangled: The Series, which takes place between the events of the original 2010 film and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After. The series will follow Rapunzel as she “acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona.”
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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will play out on Friday the 13th of January 2017 — though the titular author (played by Patrick Warburton) lists many reasons not to watch, in the teaser above.
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Based on the best-selling novels by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, the eight-episode series recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance.
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Another winner is crowned America's favorite dancer in the season 13 finale of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. It feels like forever ago that we were at the auditions with the little ones under the age of 13, and now the Top 4 -- Tate, J.T., Emma and Kida -- take the stage one last time before one of them wins the $250,000 and gets to be on the cover of Dance Spirit.
They are joined on stage by the other six from the Top 10 this season, along with all of the All-Stars. And throughout the night, they perform some of the judges' and the All-Stars' favorite routines, as well as their favorite solo routines.
For every heartbreaking episode of Supernatural, there’s a hilarious, meta adventure or an offbeat case (about fairies, imaginary friends, etc.) to counter the angst. So why shouldn’t the show’s world also have balance on an epic scale?
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In this exclusive video from Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season (on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 6), executive producer Andrew Dabb explains that Season 11 — which confirmed God’s identity and introduced his malevolent sister, Amara (aka The Darkness) — was about “the idea that the universe is kind of on a scale. »
Ryan is following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a top agent for the FBI. Cohen — who currently stars on General Hospital — makes his debut in the season premiere, airing midseason.
Each week, the kids on So You Think You Can Dance just continue to grow and get stronger as performers. The Top 8 are performing next, and they work their hardest to remain in the competition. Two kids are eliminated, narrowing down the playing field to six. There are a lot of emotional performances, including a great hip-hop number by Nappytabs.
Opening the show is the All-Stars and the Top 8 with a Pharside and Phoenix number set to "Ain't Playing With Ya" by District 78. It's a fun, creepy number featuring clowns and broken toys, but it's a great show opener.
I will admit I was skeptical when the new format of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation was announced. I hate to watch an adult, let alone a child, weep during an elimination. What I failed to take into account is the talent of these young dancers. Am I totally in love with the format? No, and I don't think it will ever replace the original series. But this group of dancers has danced their way into my heart, so I will forgive the powers-that-be for tinkering with the show's format.
The top 10 dancers hit the stage with their All-Stars to perform in their own genres, and also danced a solo. There were many spectacular performances, and of course, a few that didn't quite live up to the others.
Unfolding like a narcotized, hyper-literal remake of “Pleasantville” that looks as though it were almost entirely shot on the monochromatic set of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video, Drake Doremus’ “Equals” is a painfully inert sci-fi romance that commits the gravest possible sin of modern cinema: It (almost) wastes Kristen Stewart.
One of those dystopian stories in which the vast majority of the world-building is accomplished via an inelegant barrage of expository information, “Equals” acclimates us to its sterile vision of the future by shoving information through the various screens that are built in to its set design. For example, a desk-sized tablet tells its user that The Great War eradicated most of mankind, bombs scorching 99.6% of the Earth’s inhabitable land (and 100% of its ugly people, it would seem). You know, just the trivial kind of detail that citizens of tomorrow might be liable to forget if not reminded by their inanimate workstations. »
- David Ehrlich
Anyone that had doubts about So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation can throw them out the window, as the kids more than step up for the first live show of the season. I know that the kids are trained dancers, but wow, they really bring it to impress the judges and America. Of course, some stand out more than others, and only America will decide in the end. One change from the All-Stars, though, is that Marco is taking the place of Joshua to pair up with Sheadan.
Meet the Top 10 dancers competing in season 13 of So You Think You Can Dance, which airs Mondays at 8pm on Fox.
For the first time ever, So You Think You Can Dance has introduced a kids' version of the series. Children ages 8 to 13 auditioned for the judges. Those who made it through advanced to the Dance Academy, where the All-Stars dancers narrowed the field down until they had a Top 10. Who will win Sytycd season 13? »
Netflix has good news for not just "Gilmore Girls" fans but those who've always been curious to check the long-running coming-of-age drama out.
Netflix has shot a promo with actress Lauren Graham in which she announces that the streaming service will make all seven seasons and 153 episodes of the series available to subscribers globally from July 1st.
The news comes ahead of the revival of the series, "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life," which will air its four parts sometime in the Fall. Graham shot the video on the Stars Hollow set of the revival.
The original series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, ran from 2000-2007 and was one of several key young adult-targeted soap opera dramas on The WB/The CW network alongside "Dawson's Creek," "Felicity," "One Tree Hill" and "7th Heaven".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
How do you make kids cry? Have them perform on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. During the third day of the Dance Academy, the remaining 40 dancers, out of 100, are put through two rigorous choreography routines and get narrowed down to 20. On the final day, the All-Stars pick their Top 10 partners for the rest of the So You Think You Can Dance competition. And there are plenty of tears shed by the winners, losers and All-Stars throughout the final days of the Academy.
13This category continually churns out all manner of drama, comedy and larger-than-life characters, but Emmy voters have been sticking with the same set of nominees for almost a decade.
While no one is arguing about the high production values and quality of “The Amazing Race,” “Project Runway,” last year’s winner, “The Voice,” and “Top Chef,” wouldn’t it be great to see entertaining series such as “MasterChef Junior,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Face Off,” cultural touchstone “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the growing phenomenon “American Ninja Warrior” — all showcasing talented folks and mostly devoid of backbiting, bleeped words and horrible behavior — getting a nod?
Cablers such as Food Network and Hgtv have built their brands with unscripted series, including successful entries in the reality competition arena. Series from those lifestyle networks that are stepping up their, ahem, games, include “Chopped” — which has inspired many a family to test their mettle at home — the deliciously subversive “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Brother vs. Brother” and “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” “Lip Sync Battle” is a viral phenomenom as well.
Or will voters find it in their hearts to reward “American Idol” in its final season?
America’s Got Talent
On The Bubble
Next Top Model
Beat Bobby Flay
Brother vs. Brother
Celebrity Family Feud
Ellen’s Design Challenge
Lip Sync Battle
RuPaul’s Drag Race
America’s Funniest Home Videos
The Fashion Fund
Game Show Network
- Carole Horst
Fire up your Snapchat. Upload something cool on fleek to Instagram. And, Oh Em Gee, limit your opinions to a Twitter-friendly 140 characters. So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation is upon us, and it’s going to improve its ratings in the advertiser-craved 18-34 demographic even if it kills those of us who’ve faithfully watched Fox’s summer staple for the past 12 seasons.
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Ah well, for all the social-media ridiculousness that pervaded the hour, at least they didn’t replace Cat Deeley with a series of emojis. »
Set your DVRs! This week, the major TV networks announced their upcoming fall and midseason shows. Here are the top 17 series People's own TV team is most excited to watch in coming months.This Is Us Stars: Mandy Moore, Milo VentimigliaWhy we're excited: Grab your tissues! Moore is about to bring the feels (again), now the small screen. NBC's new dramedy pulls together an ensemble of characters that initially share the same birthday but ultimately connect on deeper levels. Each one has a story to tell that is bound to make you both laugh and cry. The trailer wracked »
- PEOPLE TV Staff
Big things come in small packages. That's basically what the new season of So You Think You Can Dance is all about according to host Cat Deeley. As reported previously, season 13 will be a competition between kid dancers from 8-13 years old. The best young contestants will move on to the Academy where the top 10 child dancers will be chosen and paired with the Sytycd All-Stars.
Stars: Michael Adamthwaite, Troy Baker, James L. Brewster, James C. Burns, Holgie Forrester, Karl Girolamo, Matthew Grant Godbey, William Goldman, Yuri Lowenthal, Elise Muller, Liam O’Brien | Written and Directed by Keith Arem
Strange and otherwise terrifying things tend to happen on Friday the 13th, at least according to superstition and a certain horror franchise featuring a machete-wielding maniac, but it was on Thursday the 13th of March, in 1997, that the residents of Phoenix, Arizona experienced a good deal of unusual activity. On that night, an unidentified flying object was spotted and filmed by thousands of people in both Phoenix and Sonora, Mexico, and to date, the strange v-shaped pattern of lights has never quite been explained – at least not in any sort of satisfying way.
Leave it to a horror movie to come along and offer up a possible explanation.
Written and directed by video game producer/director/engineer Keith Arem, »
- John Squires
Showtime’s “Billions” celebrated its lucrative first year run with a panel discussion for TV Academy members Tuesday at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills.
Stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, David Costabile, Condola Rashad and co-creators and exec producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien were joined onstage by Variety‘s Maureen Ryan, who moderated the panel.
“The constant work is nice,” said film veteran Giamatti, who will have the chance again for the show’s second season. “It’s like the best of both worlds. It’s like doing a play because you get the same character to work on all of the time. But, it’s the good part of a movie in that there is always new material to work on.”
Giamatti’s character is Chuck Rhoades, an ambitious U.S. Attorney hell-bent on taking down Bobby Axelrod (Lewis), a self-made Wall Street billionaire »
- Lamarco McClendon
Stars: Cassie Steele, Jason London, Roger J. Timber, Ross Britz, Laura Cayouette, Sloane Coe, Becky Andrews, Ladson Deyne, Leslie Castay, Carter Burch, Flynn Foster, Jeff Pearson | Written by Greg Mitchell | Directed by Misty Talley
Also known as Shark Island, a more generic title that would undoubtedly failed to sell more copies than the films other more exploitative moniker, Zombie Shark; this film stars former Degrassi: The Next Generation actress Cassie Steele as Amber, a tough as nails bartender who goes on a trip to a quite coastal island with her sister and a few friends, and runs straight into an army of sharks intent on eating anything and everything that get in their way. Only these are no ordinary sharks, oh no…
You see the almost-deseted island Amber and her friends are partying on also happens to home to a once-abandoned army facility that now houses a scientist, Dr. »
- Phil Wheat
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