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After just one summer season for both CBS dramas, the network has decided to pull the plug on BrainDead and American Gothic, says The Hollywood Reporter. Out of their only three dramas of the summer, just the James Wolk-led series Zoo remains. Find out all the details on the cancellations and what it means for the network's Good Wife spin-off below.
It’s practically impossible to talk about what’s happening in Chris Sparling‘s latest thriller, Mercy, without spoiling it. The writer-director knows, and splits his film into three pieces as a result: the first third completely shrouded in mystery, the next a replay from alternative perspectives, and the last the truth of the pursuers’ identities and the lies their victims have been spinning from the start. The only other Sparling film I’ve seen is his most popular one, Buried, which he wrote with Rodrigo Cortés directing, but the similarities in deflection and confusion are obvious. Whereas it focused solely on one character trapped without the ability to fully comprehend what’s happening, Mercy places its viewer in the coffin. We don’t know who’s out there and we definitely cannot trust the family in peril.
I’ll stick solely to the first act to whet your suspense-thriller »
- Jared Mobarak
The Friday night agency party crawl has become a staple of Emmy weekend.
The fortunate few who were invited to all of them had the high-class problem of mapping a route that wound through the home of UTA managing partner Jay Sures in Brentwood, the Little Holmby digs of Gersh’s Leslie Siebert, Bouchon (CAA) in Beverly Hills and Catch La (Wme) in West Hollywood.
Among the Emmy weekend warriors on the circuit were Fox Television Group’s Dana Walden and NBCUniversal Cable’s Bonnie Hammer. Both of them also managed to make time to stop in at the Variety/Women in Film bash at Gracias Madre, just down the street from Wme’s gathering.
Bouchon was packed with A-listers who wound their way through every nook-and-cranny of the famed Thomas Keller eatery. Showrunners “Better Call Saul’s” Peter Gould talked up production for season three of his AMC hit and “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail tried »
- Cynthia Littleton and Debra Birnbaum
Zoo just ended its second season last night, but what's in store for season three? Recently, star James Wolk spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the future of the CBS series.The drama stars Wolk as a zoologist trying to understand why animals have suddenly turned against humans in coordinated attacks. The cast also includes Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke, Josh Salatin, and Alyssa Diaz.Read More… »
In the wake of Gibson’s controversial firing, the CBS procedural has turned former co-star Paget Brewster‘s temporary Season 12 comeback arc as Ssa Emily Prentiss into a full-time return. A CBS rep confirms that Brewster is once again a full-fledged series regular.
“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” said exec producer Erica Messer in a statement. “The Bau family has definitely missed her, »
Three of the special ladies in Steve McGarrett’s life, past and present, will be on hand for Hawaii Five-0‘s 150th episode.
RelatedHawaii Five-0 Boss Shoots Down ‘Final Season’ Talk, Reveals Episode 150 Plan — Including Two Big Returns
TVLine has learned that in addition to Christine Lahti and Michelle Borth (who are returning as Doris McGarrett and Cathrine Rollins), Falling Skies alum/Rogue star Sarah Carter — who twice last season appeared as Steve’s new girlfriend, Lynn Downey — is confirmed to reprise her role in the milestone hour, as first teased by our Inside Line column.
RelatedHawaii Five-0 »
RelatedZoo Renewed for Season 3 at CBS
Having had his testy triple-helix DNA triggered by Abe’s betrayal, an enraged Jackson fled the team and was poised to turn himself over to General Davies when his presumed-dead dad showed up to save his life. Can father and son make nice? Or is Jackson about to be duped again?
Here, Wolk offers TVLine an update on Jackson’s mutant state, previews the team’s »
God, I love this wackadoodle show.
This week on CBS’ Zoo, Mitch deduced that their “missing link” in finding the cure would be an extremely hard get, while Jackson came face to face with his mutated mother. When all was said and done, the team was poised for a Jurassic lark, until an unexpected adversary surfaced.
RelatedZoo Renewed for Season 3 at CBS
Surveying the bones of the last animal they need to capture in the name of curing the triple-helix mutation, Mitch ultimately realized that their prey was a saber tooth cat — as in the animal that went extinct during the Ice Age. »
Jackson’s mom has got it going on — and by “it,” we mean the triple-helix DNA, as seen in this intense sneak peek from tonight’s Zoo (CBS, 9/8c).
RelatedZoo Renewed for Season 3 at CBS
In “Sins of the Father,” Jackson and Abraham (played by James Wolk and Nonso Anozie) track down the missing Elizabeth Oz (Bess Armstong). Suffice it to say, Mom could very much use a visit from Mary Kay and a SuperCuts gift card. Having apparently also been injected with the triple-helix DNA by her husband/Jackson’s father, Elizabeth turned for the worse much quicker than her son. »
The doctor is (back) in.
Jonny Coyne is set to guest-star on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, reprising his role as Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘s Dr. Lydgate, TVLine has confirmed. The news comes on the heels of David Anders’ announced encore as Dr. Whale/Dr. Frankenstein. Fold in Dr. Jekyll, and you have the trappings for a very unorthodox Ama conference.
Videos Once Upon a Time Cast on Season 6’s ‘Pure Evil’ Queen, Charming’s Big Surprise and Belle’s ‘New Perspective’
Coyne first played Wonderland-bound Alice’s asylum overlord in the Once spinoff’s series premiere. »
Wolk will play Craig Heidecker, an innovative young tech billionaire, in the sophomore season of the Showtime drama. The star currently headlines CBS’ summer drama series “Zoo,” which was just renewed for a third season. Based on James Patterson’s novel of the same name, “Zoo” is currently the summer’s second most-watched original scripted series on broadcast. “Zoo” airs its two-hour Season 2 finale on Sept. 6.
“Billions” stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis as they scorch the earth in a costly war for personal domination. It’s law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance, as hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Maggie Siff stars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s estranged wife and the top performance coach in the hedge fund »
- Laura Prudom
In good news for fans, James Patterson's Zoo TV show has been renewed for a third season on CBS. The scripted summer drama series, based on Patterson's best seller, is currently in its second season on the Tiffany Network.The Zoo TV series cast includes: James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, and Billy Burke. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Michael Katleman, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen executive produce.Read More… »
We have good news for fans of Zoo and Big Brother!
Both shows have been renewed by CBS.
The news was confirmed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
The renewal for Zoo is a welcome one. The series hasn't been performing that great in the ratings, but the show is still very enjoyable.
It's one of the most improved shows on TV in quite some time.
The promos alone are enough to make anyone want to watch!
Who doesn't want to watch James Wolk try to save the world?
We still have five episodes left this summer of Zoo and it's clear the season is going to conclude with a bang.
Elsewhere on CBS, Big Brother has been renewed for two more seasons.
The veteran reality series continues to be one »
- Paul Dailly
Big Brother may be on the move, but it's not going anywhere any time soon. The long-running reality show will return to CBS for seasons 19 and 20 for the summers of 2017 and 2018. Season 18 of the series will air this full on CBS All Access. CBS All Access, the network's streaming platform, is also home to the live feeds of the series. Julie Chen will return to host the new fall edition and the summer installments. According to CBS, all three weekly broadcasts of Big Brother rank among the Top 5 programs in 18-34 and the Top 10 programs in the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics. Big Brother isn't the only show returning to the network. Summer series Zoo starring James Wolk will also return in 2017. The 2-hour »
CBS isn’t being cagey: It has renewed Zoo for a third season, ahead of next month’s Season 2 finale.The network announced the renewal Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
To date, the drama’s sophomore run is averaging better numbers (4.5 million total viewers and a 0/8 demo rating) than fellow CBS summertime series American Gothic (2.9 mil/0.6) and BrainDead (3.1 mil/0.5).
Peter Lenkov never expected to become TV’s King of the Remake.
But in a season crawling with series reboots and do-overs, Lenkov’s new take on “MacGyver” for CBS stands out in at least one specific way: The showrunner has successfully done it before.
In recent years, the broadcast networks have had very little luck in taking old titles and giving them a fresh coat of paint. Lenkov, however, unlocked the code with “Hawaii Five-o.”
“Part of it is luck, and part of it is really knowing the property very well, and knowing what ingredients to add to bring it back to life, what worked and didn’t work,” said Lenkov, who admits that even he’s surprised that “Five-o” has already made it to Season 7.
He didn’t expect to do it again. But after CBS shot a “MacGyver” remake as a pilot last season, the network turned to Lenkov for his notes. »
- Michael Schneider
NBC’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls on Tuesday night drew 5.3 million total viewers — a series high — and a 1.8 rating, matching its second-best demo number ever, with the mighty America’s Got Talent as a lead-in.
Versus Monday’s season opener, Running Wild surged 66 and 63 percent.
RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Opening the Peacock’s night, Agt (11.3 mil/2.4) ticked up 8 percent and a tenth week-to-week.
CBS | Zoo (4.5 mil/0.8) ticked up, tying its season high in the demo.
Jackson Oz is in a bad, bad way tonight on Zoo (CBS, 9/8) — but that could turn out to be a very good thing for our heroes.
Succumbing to more and more of the side effects that come with possessing the mutant gene/triple-helix DNA, Jackson (played by James Wolk) is seen in the above clip frantically digging a grave for dearly departed Chloe, even though her body got shipped off to France some time ago.
But it’s what Jackson mumbles as Abraham attempts to temper »
It seems Zoo has some surprises in store. The cast of the CBS series recently revealed the season two finale will feature a major cliffhanger, TVLine reports.The drama follows a young zoologist (James Wolk) as he tries to figure out why animals have started attacking humans. The cast also includes Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke, Josh Salatin, and Alyssa Diaz.Read More… »
Season 2 of CBS’ Zoo may only be at its midway point (Episode 6 of 13 airs tonight at 9/8c), but such a technicality didn’t keep Michael Ausiello from asking James Wolk for finale scoop, during the CBS Fan Favorites’ visit to TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by Zte.
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In the video clip above, Wolk reports that not only does Season 2 end (on Sept. 6) with a cliffhanger, but it effectively paves the way for a “very interesting” Season 3 — if, that is, CBS renews the summertime series/James Patterson adaptation.
VideosNCIS: La Duo Talks Kensi/Deeks Engagement, »
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