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'Hemlock Grove' renewed for Season 2 on Netflix
1 hour ago
Netflix has renewed its original series, "Hemlock Grove" for Season 2. The mystery thriller will return with 10 new episodes in 2014.
One of the first major original series to appear on the Netflix streaming service, "Hemlock Grove" is a bizarre and creepy gothic horror piece set in a small Pennsylvania town. With murders, monsters and a whole lot of mystery, the main story focuses on the friendship between the wealthy Roman Godfrey and a secretive newcomer, Peter Rumancek.
For Season 2, the series will add a new showrunner, Charles Eglee ("The Walking Dead," "Dexter," "The Shield"). He will join executive producers Eli Roth ("Hostel"), Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Eric Newman and Michael Connolly.
"The worldwide fan response to 'Hemlock Grove' was phenomenal," said Roth. "Netflix members loved the potent combination of sexy monsters, mystery, and the dark family soap opera that ended with a huge twist, leaving audiences worldwide totally shocked. »
'Hot in Cleveland' live summer premiere: Who flubbed first?
1 hour ago
It's a big gamble for a TV series to go live, which is just what TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" did for their Season 4 summer premiere on Wednesday (June 19). While live TV was once the norm, it's largely become a stunt that only the most self-assured sitcoms try a handful of times in their runs. With a cast comprised of sitcom legends Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick -- why not give it a shot?
The episode wasn't without its risks, however. Chief among them? Guest star William Shatner. While our money would've been on Shatner to mug for the camera and break character (Why cast him otherwise?), the episode's first, and only, flub came from an unlikely place: White, the cast member with the most live TV experience.
It was quick, but early on in the episode (which dealt with the revelation that White's character Elka »
FX orders untitled comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence
3 hours ago
The untitled sitcom, from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury, has received a 10/90 deal mirroring the initial order of the FX's "Anger Management." In the series, Lawrence and Grammer will play two Chicago lawyers from very different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Brought together by fate, and motivated by greed, they develop a partnership and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and unscrupulous in their professional and personal lives.
"With the merging of two comedic geniuses, as well as two legendary showrunners, »
James Gandolfini death: The actor's 10 best Tony Soprano moments
4 hours ago
"Sopranos" fans were stunned on Wednesday (June 19) when news broke of iconic series star James Gandolfini's untimely passing at the age of 51, due to a possible heart attack.
While Gandolfini played countless memorable characters on TV and film during his career, but there's one role that will forever be synonymous with the actor -- that of Tony Soprano.
"The Sopranos" ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, earning its leading man the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series and Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series both three times over. As crime boss and family man Tony Soprano, Gandolfini is an indelible part of television history.
Here's a look at some of Gandolfini's best moments in the HBO series that catapulted him to legend status:
1. Tony kills FBI informant Fabian "Febby" Petrulio while on a college trip with »
'Necessary Roughness' webisodes: Mehcad Brooks' tough Tk falls in love ... with a vacuum cleaner
4 hours ago
It's not unusual for a pro football player to like getting his hands on a ball, but it's not every day that the ball is part of something that cleans your floor.
On USA Network's dramedy "Necessary Roughness," Mehcad Brooks plays Terrence "Tk" King, a star player for the New York Hawks NFL team. Starting after Wednesday's (June 19) episode, he can also been seen in a series of interactive Webisodes, called "Tk Gets Real."
The Web originals are part of USA's brand-integration strategy and feature appearances from high-tech Dyson vacuum cleaners.
Every Wednesday for the next six weeks, a new Webisode will be available at usanetwork.com/necessaryroughness, featuring Tk on a quest to become a reality-tv star, with the help of Sheree Whitfield ("The Real Housewives of Atlanta") and Paloma (Karissa Lee Staples), the new assistant of Tk's sports psychologist, Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne).
"Oh, man," says Brooks, »
'The Voice': Blake Shelton talks Danielle Bradbery's win and what it means for the show
6 hours ago
"The Voice" has been the object of criticism in its four-season run for both not launching a superstar on par with "American Idol" and for allowing singers with professional experience to compete. No one is more aware of this than three-time winning coach Blake Shelton.
After Danielle Bradbery scored a three-peat for Team Blake on Tuesday (June 18), Shelton spoke with reporters backstage about the 16-year-old singer's win and what it means to boost the show's credibility in the face of its detractors.
"'The Voice' gets some criticism in the past for bringing in artists that have had record deals and have been on tours and are professionals," Shelton admits. "They can kiss our a** now because Danielle Bradbery is a kid who -- the biggest audience she ever had was at her Thanksgiving dinner before this competition. We found somebody on this show and luckily she gave us the opportunity. »
'Ghost Hunters' Jason Hawes: In Grant Wilson's absence, Steve Gonsalves has really stepped up
7 hours ago
Zap2it: Now that your former partner, Grant Wilson, has gone on to other ventures, who on the Taps (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team has really stepped up?
Jason Hawes: Oh, Steve [Gonsalves, the tech manager], 100 percent. Most people don't realize Steve's been with me longer than Grant. He's been with me for years longer than Grant.
Q: At the beginning of the show, we saw you do a lot of investigations in private homes; now it seems more weighted toward businesses and historical sites. Why is that?
A: I have final say on what cases we investigate, but Syfy and Pilgrim Films have final say on what airs on the network. So it's totally understandable. There are a lot of cases we do that never air.
Q: Can you go anywhere without being recognized?
A: It's usually not bad. In [my home state of] Rhode Island, because it's such a small state, everybody's used to seeing me. »
'The Hero' contestants face down snakes - and math: Watch
8 hours ago
Thursday's (June 20) episode of "The Hero" forces several contestants to face their fears, and do a little bit of math at the same time.
During a team challenge in the Panamanian jungle, contestants Athena, Darnell and Shaun come face-to-face with what Shaun calls "an enormous vat" of snakes, as you can see in the photo at the top of the post and the video below -- both of which are exclusive to Zap2it.
They also notice a measuring tape in front of the box of reptiles. It quickly becomes clear that to complete the challenge, they have to measure several of the snakes. You can see how they do, and why Shaun calls Darnell "the beastmaster," in the clip.
"The Hero" airs at 8 p.m. Et Thursday on TNT.
Bravo's Sheree Whitfield helps as 'Tk Gets Real' on 'Necessary Roughness'
8 hours ago
USA's hit dramedy "Necessary Roughess" just kicked off its third season and as part of the latest goings-on of Dani, Matt and the rest of the gang, USA Network is launching "Tk Gets Real," an interactive webisode premiering after Wednesday night's (June 19) "Necessary Roughness" episode, titled "Gimme Some Lovin'."
Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek clip of Tk's (Mehcad Brooks) new quest to become a reality star, where he enlists the help of Shereé Whitfield, a reality star who was on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," along with aid from Dani's new assistant Paloma (Karissa Lee Staples).
The preview clip is above and the full episode will be available tonight at usanetwork.com/necessaryroughness. Then you can look forward to "Tk Gets Real" every Wednesday for the next six weeks, as Whitfield gives him guidance on becoming a reality star based on her experience on Bravo.
"Necessary Roughness" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p. »
'Franklin & Bash': Heather Locklear says the new boss is Amanda Woodward 2.0
8 hours ago
If a network wants to boost its "Bash," adding Heather Locklear isn't a bad way to go.
The actress, considered a good-luck charm by the late television uber-producer Aaron Spelling -- who cast her in "Dynasty," "T.J. Hooker" and arguably her biggest career success to date, "Melrose Place" -- returns to series work by joining the regular cast of TNT's law drama "Franklin & Bash" when it starts its third season Wednesday, June 19.
She plays the firm's new partner, Rachel King, a hard-charging professional who's more than a bit reminiscent of her "Melrose" character, Amanda Woodward. And that's hardly by coincidence, Locklear tells Zap2it.
"I'm so lucky," she says. "When this came, I was like, 'Oh, this should be fine.' The character was already pretty laid out for me, and I'm just adding what I would do on a daily basis in my acting.
"And though I thought it was going to be easy, »
'Futurama': Seth MacFarlane gives voice to Fry's dog
10 hours ago
The final season of "Futurama" will feature a return appearance by Fry's faithful dog, Seymour -- and he'll have a speaking role.
To give voice to the character, last seen in the 2002 episode "Jurassic Bark," the show has turned to someone with experience in the dog-voicing field: Seth MacFarlane.
"This will be Seymour's first and only spoken dialogue," "Futurama" co-creator David X. Cohen tells EW. "Since Seth voices 'Family Guy's' talking dog, Brian, we thought it would be funny to have him blatantly rip himself off for our benefit. As an added bonus, the only person he can sue is himself, so we're off the hook."
MacFarlane's cameo will be part of a story in which the Planet Express crew goes "Inception" on Fry and enters his dreams to complete a mission in 1999, before Fry was frozen. It also features Sarah Silverman (who last appeared in the "Bender's Big Score »
'Sesame Street' jail: Children's show introduces first muppet with a parent in prison
11 hours ago
"Sesame Street" is reaching out to a new demographic by introducing a muppet whose father is in prison. The character's name is Alex, and he is being used to reach out to the 1 in 28 children in the United States who have a parent behind bars.
Though Alex won't be introduced on the "Sesame Street" television series any time soon, he is being included in an online teaching kit called, "Little Children, Big Challenges." The kit will be shipped to prisons in 10 states, including New York where an estimated 105,000 children have an incarcerated parent.
In his scene, Alex tells his friends that his dad won't be able to help him build a toy car, The New York Daily News reports. Though he initially says he doesn't want to talk about why his father isn't around, Alex eventually reveals his parent is in prison.
"I just miss him so much," the muppet says. »
'Mickey Mouse' reinvented yet again in Disney's new animated shorts
12 hours ago
Mickey Mouse has more looks than Madonna, and Disney isn't done retooling the Mouse and his friends for the too-old-for-"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" audience. A new short-form series of 2-D, old-school Mickey Mouse cartoons debuts on Disney Channel on Friday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. with two more episodes following consecutively on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30.
Disney touts this version as a throwback, bold design, much like the classic 1930s Mickey, with backgrounds in a 1950s/60s style. And according to Disney, true fans will be able to find hidden icons from other Disney classics in the cartoons as well.
These new Mickey shorts are aimed at 6-14 year olds, but following in some of the most popular Disney shows, adults will probably find them amusing as well. The cartoons have a good tween-focused production team behind them too, including Paul Rudish ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars", "Dexter's Laboratory »
TV ratings: 'The Voice' finale hangs tough Tuesday opposite NBA Finals
13 hours ago
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, June 18, 2013
An overtime thriller in Game 6 of the NBA Finals gave ABC its best ratings of the series Tuesday and carried the network to a win for the night. But the finale of "The Voice" also scored for NBC.
"The Voice" recorded its best finale ever in total viewers and was nearly even with last spring's finale in the 18-49 demographic (although it was down from the fall edition's finale). "America's Got Talent" was also solid for NBC. The night's only other original show, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," dropped against the heavier competition.
NBC currently leads the total-viewer race with just over 14 million and an 8.6 rating/14 share in households. ABC (13.7 million, 8.2/13) is close behind, pending adjustments for the live NBA broadcast. CBS finished a distant third with 6.4 million viewers and a 4.3/7. Fox (3.85 million, 2.4/4) came in fourth. The CW brought up the rear »
'Big Brother 15' twist: 3 people will be nominated for eviction, plus a weekly Mvp
14 hours ago
"Big Brother" has added some twists to its usual formula for the fifteenth season. CBS has announced that each week, contestants will nominate three houseguests for eviction instead of two. How it will work exactly will be revealed during the season premiere next week. Check out the nomination couch instead of two nomination chairs in the photo above.
Further, the viewers will be able to vote each on the "Big Brother Mvp," or the houseguest they feel is playing the best game. The Mvp's powers will also be revealed during the season premiere.
Get excited, hamster fans. We've met the hamsters and we definitely have our favorites already. Check back here tomorrow for the cast reveal and our one-on-on interviews with the new houseguests.
"Big Brother" premieres Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS. Don't forget to sign up for the live feeds to keep track of all the action all summer long. »
'The Voice' winner Danielle Bradbery talks Season 4 victory
20 hours ago
She was the unstoppable freight train of pluck and talent, wowing the coaches and fans from Day 1 -- and on Tuesday (June 18), 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery was named, at long last, the winner of Season 4 of "The Voice," besting fellow finalists Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers.
After leading coach Blake Shelton to a three-peat, Bradbery spoke with reporters backstage, opening up about what it felt like to win, why Shelton makes such a successful coach and just where she plans on storing her awesome new trophy.
"A lot was going through my mind," Bradbery says of the final moments of the finale, awaiting news of her fate. "The fact that any one of us could've been the winner, and The Swon Brothers and Michelle deserved it so much and they were amazing. When I got my name called, of course, you saw me cry my eyes out. It was an overwhelming moment. »
Cher proves it's a 'Woman's World' with performance on 'The Voice' finale
22 hours ago
As host Carson Daly said during the Tuesday (June 18) finale of "The Voice," the "goddess of pop" deigned to come down to Earth and debut her new single. That's right -- as advertised, Cher herself stopped by the hit NBC singing competition to premiere "Woman's World."
While at times it seemed obvious that the legend was lip-syncing, it still doesn't take away from the astounding fact that Cher is 67 years old and debuting a dance track. Sure, she was wearing a ridiculous wig on her head. Who cares? It's Cher!
The performance of "Woman's World" was the singer's first live TV performance in over 10 years, but fans likely have plenty to look forward to in the coming months as Cher is putting out a new album -- her first in 12 years -- on Sept. 24. The album, entitled "Closer To the Truth," is already available for pre-order on iTunes.
Be sure »
'So You Think You Can Dance' Top 20: Meet the contemporary dancers
22 hours ago
As always, contemporary dancers are dominant in the "So You Think You Can Dance" Top 20. Seven of them made the cut -- Makenzie Dustman, Jasmine Harper, Tucker Knox, Nico Greetham, Carlos Garland, Hayley Erbert and Malece Miller.
After talking to each of the dancers right after they learned they had made the show, meet each contemporary hopeful here.
How do you feel, making it into the Top 20?
Makenzie Dustman: "I feel like I'm living a dream life right now. I mean, we just found out we made Top 20 yesterday, and it still does not feel real. Like, at all. I'm in shock but living the dream life!"
Can you describe what Vegas Week was like for you?
Makenzie Dustman: "Vegas Week was good. I got through the rounds pretty easily, I had amazing partners. Probably my lowest point was Group Round. That was really tough, staying up all night. »
'The Voice' Season 4 winner: Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel or The Swon Brothers - who won?
18 June 2013 9:00 PM, PDT
With voting for the Season 4 winner of "The Voice" closed, there was little for finalists Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers to do during Tuesday night's (June 18) live finale but enjoy themselves, have fun and try not to let their nerves get the best of them. And enjoy themselves they did, taking the stage with major acts like Bob Seger, One Republic and Hunter Hayes (which we'll get to later). But the night had one main purpose: To reveal a champion.
So who won? With seven minutes left in the two-hour broadcast, host Carson Daly brought the three finalists on stage to begin the end. After asking for final thoughts from each, it was time to get down to business. Taking third place, its the brother duo from Oklahoma. As the Swons left the stage, Danielle and Michelle gathered close to await their fate. And then the announcement »
'America's Got Talent': American Military Spouses Choir ends night on high note
18 June 2013 8:30 PM, PDT
It may have been a shorter version of "America's Got Talent" Tuesday (June 18), but it packed no less of a punch. In a show filled with dancers, muscle men and even a very impressive Rube Goldgerg device, the true stars of the night were the members of the American Military Spouses Choir.
The group regularly performs to support their husbands in the military, plus uses music therapy for soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury and Ptsd. The entire 35-woman ensemble took the stage, prepared to show the judges why they should move forward.
Their rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" easily won them a ticket to Vegas, as judge Howard Stern told the choir they knew "how to lift the human spirit." The group got a standing ovation, from both the judges and the audience, as they celebrated their victory.
Check out the American Military Spouses Choir's performance below: »
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