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Downton Abbey Boss, Cast on Movie Hopes, Unexpected Season 6 Renewal

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Downton Abbey will soon come to an end — but could the estate one day reopen its doors in the form of a film?

RelatedPBS Announces Premiere Date for Downton Abbey‘s Final Season

“There is this speculation about whether we’ll make a Downton movie,” executive producer Gareth Neame conceded Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “We might. It’s something we’ve talked about.”

“I think a Downton movie would be a wonderful thing,” he continued. “But we don’t have a script or a plan as of yet.”

As for the period »

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Ratings: Descendants Makes a Bigger Splash Than Teen Beach 2

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Disney Channel’s Descendants on Friday night conjured 6.6 million total viewers, a 14 percent larger audience than Teen Beach 2 premiered to earlier in the month.

RelatedDescendants Stars on Twist Ending, Sequel Ideas: ‘Mal’s Story Isn’t Over’

The kids-of-villains telepic thus stands as the most-watched cable movie of the year to date, and is the highest-rated among the Kids 2-11 and Tweens 9-14 demos.

Descendants also has TVLine commenters near-unanimously clamoring for a sequel, giving it an average grade of “A-” — stay tuned!

Leading out of the TV-movie, the Jessie spinoff Bunk’D — which was not an exercise in »

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Game of Thrones Casts Ian McShane in Season 6 Mystery Role

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Ian McShane is heading back to HBO with a small (but reportedly pivotal) role in Game of Thrones.

According to EW.com, which first broke the news, the Deadwood Emmy winner’s character will appear briefly in Season 6 as a character of “key importance.”


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PBS Announces Premiere Date for Downton Abbey's Final Season

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The farewell to Downton Abbey — stateside, at least — begins early next year.

The sixth and final season of the series will premiere Jan. 3 on PBS, it was announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

RelatedIt’s True: Downton Abbey‘s Sixth Season Will Officially Be Its Last

In March, executive producer Gareth Neame issued the following statement about the decision to shutter Downton.

Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all »

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Stitchers Finale Video: Emma Ishta Promises Big Answers, Possible Death

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Kirsten is stitching where no Stitcher has stitched before in Tuesday’s season finale of — you guessed it — Stitchers!

RelatedStitchers Renewed for Season 2

“We learn all sorts of things about why Kirsten is the way she is, how the Stitchers program was created [and] one of our favorite characters ends up in the ICU,” Emma Ishta teases in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek of the explosive episode (ABC Family, 9/8c). “It’s crazy.”

Ishta also promises big things from guest stars C. Thomas Howell (Southland) and Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy). Having seen the episode, I can confirm her veiled teases. »

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Degrassi Series Finale Recap: Indecent Promposals

31 July 2015 7:10 PM, PDT

School’s out forever now! Friday’s “series” finale of Degrassi sent the school’s senior class out to sea, giving them (and us) one final look at that blessed Canadian institution. (You know, until the franchise returns on Netflix in 2016, this time under the title of Degrassi: Next Class.)

PhotosDegrassi‘s Top 17 Couples, Ranked: Eclare vs. Fimogen and More

There were a few hiccups along the way — Drew’s promposal to Becky (literally) went up in smoke, dumb-dumb Dallas booked the boat for the wrong night and Clare turned down Eli’s invitation to move in together (twice) — but »

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American Crime Adds André Benjamin in 'Fierce' Season 2 Role

31 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

American Crime creator John Ridley is calling on a familiar face for Season 2 of the ABC series: André Benjamin, better known as André 3000.

The rapper/actor — with whom Ridley worked on the 2013 Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side — has been cast in the anthology drama’s sophomore run.

Benjamin will play architect Michael Lacroix, who is married to Regina King’s Terri. According to Ridley, “They have both the financial means, as well as the acumen needed to fiercely defend their son when he becomes entangled in a scandal at an elite private school.”

RelatedAmerican Crime: Timothy Hutton, »

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Descendants Stars on Twist Ending, Sequel Ideas: 'Mal's Story Isn't Over'

31 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

Sometimes, a single glance is all it takes to spark a full-on fan frenzy, which is exactly what Disney Channel is hoping for with its latest original movie Descendants.

The musical movie, which premiered Friday, explains how four children of Disney villains come to choose good over evil; in the final moments, Mal, the purple-haired daughter of Maleficent, flashes a pair of devilish green eyes at the camera, hinting that there might still be some darkness in her yet.

“It was a bookend,” director »

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Fear The Walking Dead: Full-On Zombie Outbreak 'Delayed' Until Season 2

31 July 2015 4:56 PM, PDT

The zombies in Fear The Walking Dead will be in no rush to mobilize.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, showrunner Dave Erickson said the walker quotient will be decidedly light in spinoff’s six-episode first season (debuting Aug. 23). “We purposely built the show a bit more slowly than the original,” said the Ep. “We call them ‘infected’ and not ‘walkers.’ There’s absolutely going to be walkers, [but] there will be a build.

VideosFear the Walking Dead Trailer Is Finally Here! (And So’s the Premiere Date!)

By design, we tried to »

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'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Dead at 61

31 July 2015 3:32 PM, PDT

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who as a professional wrestler/esteemed alumnus appeared on myriad WWF and WWE TV programs over the decades, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, TMZ reports. He was 61.

Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved my millions of fans around the world,” WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said in a statement. “I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

Born Roderick George Toombs, the Saskatchewan native got his start as a professional grappler in the 1970s with the Nwa (National Wrestling Alliance), before moving up to the WWF (World Wrestling Foundation). There, »

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Kyle Chandler in a Ladies' Locker Room: Behind the Scenes of That Fnl PSA

31 July 2015 3:07 PM, PDT

If Peter Berg and Connie Britton couldn’t get Kyle Chandler to don Coach Taylor’s baseball cap again, how the heck did a Texas-based chain of movie theaters bring home the win?

Easy, says a very grateful John Gross, director of creative production at Alamo Drafthouse — aka the people who brought us Chandler’s Friday Night Lights-themed, silence-your-cell-phones public-service announcement: The actor, who lives in Austin, is a frequent patron of the movie-theater chain.

Video Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler Resurrects Coach Taylor on the Big Screen — Watch the Lol Clip

“Kyle lives near one of our locations and is a regular, »

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Lucy Lawless on Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot: 'I'd Love to See it Happen'

31 July 2015 2:20 PM, PDT

Lucy Lawless maintains that she has no involvement in the Xena: Warrior Princess reboot reportedly in the works at NBC — as she tweeted when the news first broke — but that doesn’t mean she’s opposed to the idea.

RelatedLucy Lawless Stages Xena Reunion With Renee O’Connor — See the Photo

“If there’s anything current going on, we’re not involved — we being me, Rob [Tapert and] Sam [Raimi],” she told EW.com on Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “But [NBC] could be doing it without us; they have the right to, don’t they? »

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Humans Sneak Peek: A Spooked Karen Confesses Her Secret to Pete

31 July 2015 2:12 PM, PDT

Humans‘ Pete may be the least observant cop in the world, but even he can’t ignore his partner’s odd behavior in this Sunday’s episode.

As the following exclusive clip shows, the soon-to-be-divorcee’s update linking poor, busted Odi to synth pioneer George Millican is news to Karen — and she’s so boggled, she reveals something very odd about herself.

Related Humans Renewed for Season 2 at AMC

Elsewhere in the episode, Laura and Mattie’s relationship reaches a breaking point, and Karen decides to tell Pete the truth.

Does the sneak peek show us the moment that Karen »

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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Adds Abby's Parents in Season 2

31 July 2015 1:47 PM, PDT

Because Abby still has a few levels of public embarrassment she hasn’t experienced, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has decided to introduce her parents in Season 2.

The Bravo drama has cast Barry Bostwick (Spin City) and Lesley Anne Warren (In Plain Sight) as Abby’s folks, George and Dina, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Related NeNe Leaks Parts Ways With Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta

At present, the pair are slated to appear in one episode. They join a Season 2 guest roster that includes Megan Hilty (Smash), Maury Sterling (Homeland), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and »

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Cosby Show Legacy 'Kind of Tarnished' By Bill Cosby Sex Scandal, Says Ep

31 July 2015 1:19 PM, PDT

The Cosby Show‘s legacy has taken a hit in the wake of the growing scandal surrounding its star Bill Cosby, acknowledged one of the show’s top exec producers.

“I certainly think that at the moment the show is kind of tarnished,” Cosby Show Ep Tom Werner told TVInsider. “But hopefully people can distinguish between the show and Bill. I think about all the great episodes that we’ve done and the impact that it had. I’m certainly hoping that people can continue to watch it.”

VideosAmy Schumer ‘Defends’ Bill Cosby in Court of Public Opinion — Watch »

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Secrets and Lies: Jordana Brewster, Charlie Barnett Join Season 2

31 July 2015 1:11 PM, PDT

Jordana Brewster (Dallas) and Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) will be wrapped up in Secrets and Lies‘ new mystery when the ABC drama returns, our sister site Deadline reports.

Season 2 of the anthology series will focus on Eric Warner (Almost Human‘s Michael Ealy), a well-educated newlywed and heir apparent to his family’s private equity firm in Charlotte, N.C. While Eric is attending a party to honor his dad’s (Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn) retirement, Eric’s wife, Kate (Brewster), is murdered — and he must turn to the unflappable Det. Cornell (Juliette Lewis) to investigate Kate’s death. »

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Pretty Little Liars Sneak Peek: Caleb Bails on Hanna Right Before Prom

31 July 2015 12:21 PM, PDT

Caleb and Hanna have already had a rough go of things in Season 6, and judging by this clip from Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars, prom night isn’t going to make their relationship any stronger.

RelatedPretty Little Liars Finale Photos: What Do the Girls Find in Charles’ Lair?

“Can’t you come home early, so you don’t miss the prom?” she asks him as he packs his car for a trip to New York.

“We’re all missing it,” he replies. “You said we’re just hanging out in Spencer’s barn watching Molly Ringwald movies. We can do that any day. »

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TVLine Items: Yvonne Strahovski in Amazon Pilot, New Arrow Foe and More

31 July 2015 11:52 AM, PDT

Yvonne Strahovski has played the killer before, but she’ll soon be on the other side of a murder investigation.

The Dexter alumna has been cast in Amazon’s drama pilot Edge, opposite Max Martini (The Unit) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood).

RelatedHouse Creator’s Sneaky Pete Pilot Gets Second Chance on Amazon

Based on the books by George G. Gilman, the potential series centers on Martini’s Josiah Hedges (aka Edge), who is out for vengeance after his younger brother is killed. Per our sister site Variety, Strahovski will play Beth, a mysterious Pinkerton detective and newcomer to the town of Seward, »

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Fall TV First Impression: Limitless

31 July 2015 11:45 AM, PDT

The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a soaring Supergirl, reborn Heroes, reanimated Muppets and sexy Scream Queens. To help you prep, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!

The Show | CBS’ Limitless (Tuesdays at 10/9c, premiering Sept. 22)

The Competition | NBC’s Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (new)/Chicago Fire and ABC’s Wicked City (new)

The Cast | Jake McDorman (Shameless), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Grimm) and Hill Harper (CSI: NY)

The Set-up | In this »

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Did True Detective Evoke Alias? Can Gh's Luke Stay Gone? Is Hannibal Doc Dead? Risky Robot? And More TV Qs

31 July 2015 11:14 AM, PDT

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including I Am Cait, True Detective, Humans and Mistresses!

1 | Are we 100-percent certain that Hannibal‘s Dr. Chilton is alive — and not just a figment of multiple imaginations?

2 | Did you get serious Alias vibes from True Detective‘s Ani in her party getup? And who shares TVLine reader Mike’s theory, that the kids who survived the jewel heist way back when somehow became Mayor Chessani’s son and daughter?

RelatedTrue Detective Backlash: HBO »

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