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Mike Epps & Nia Long Will Star in ABC's Small Screen Adaptation of 'Uncle Buck'

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On of 4 TV sales producer Will Packer made since launching his own production company and inking a first-look deal with NBC/Universal, although this one is going to ABC, the comedy pilot, titled "Uncle Buck," has tapped Mike Epps for the title role, and Nia Long. A small-screen adaptation of the 1989  John Hughes/John Candy movie of the same name, "Uncle Buck" the TV series will be penned by "MADtv" vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, and is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way.  Will Packer will exec-produce alongside Cragg and Bradley. With Epps in the title role, Nia Long will play his strong-willed and smart wife. If ABC likes the pilot, and it's ordered to series, I'd expect a 2015/2016 premiere - maybe as a companion piece »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 'Community' Spoofs 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' In Trailer For Season 6

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While the entire gang won't be returning, at this point "Community" fans will have to take what they can get. And that means the show will move from national television to uh, Yahoo, which the team behind the comedy is embracing with the first trailer seeing everyone settle into their new home. Spoofing "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," this trailer welcomes everyone to "Community: Age Of Yahoo." Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong are reprising their roles with Paget Brewster and Keith David also joining the team. You'll see all the faces in this spot, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the move online might suggest a Netflix style release, the episodes will still arrive in the old school one-per-week format for some reason.  "Community" is back on March 17th. Watch below.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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NBC Greenlights 6 Episodes of Comedy Variety Series 'I Can Do That' With Marlon Wayans

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NBC has ordered 6 hourlong episodes of "I Can Do That!" (working title), a comedy variety series where six celebrities will be asked to put on an entertainment show with skills they didn’t even know they had. The series is scheduled to air this summer. Comedian-actor-producer Marlon Wayans will serve as host. Celebrities participating are acclaimed dancer and choreographer Cheryl Burke, superstar recording artists Joe Jonas, Nicole Scherzinger and Ciara, national standup comedian Jeff Dye and actor Alan Ritchson. Each week in front of a live studio audience, the six cast members (in teams of two) will put on a show featuring everything from song and dance to magic and danger. The previous week the celebrities will watch three acts in the studio. The acts will span every variety of entertainment performance and at least one act per week will feature some of America’s biggest-name performers in a guest-starring role. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Before 'House of Cards' There Was 'Boss,' Co-Starring Sanaa Lathan

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Unless you’ve been under a Mac truck, or are just wack (or only watch network TV),  then you’d know that season three of Netlfix’ standout series “House of Cards” made its debut this past Friday. About the political maneuverings of now President Frank Underwood (formerly a Congressman, Underwood finangled himself into the vice-presidency during season one, then the top office at season two’s end), the Kevin Spacey starring “Cards” is the much ballyhooed political thriller that established Netflix’ original programming and ignited the viewing public’s need for instant gratification TV by having all 13 episodes immediately available. Other streaming networks, most notably Amazon’s, have followed suit with all their series after the grand success of Netflix’ model on all their original (“Orange is the New Black” and “Hemlock Grove,” to name a few) and licenced shows like “Peaky Blinders” and “The Fall” emblazoned with the company tag. »


- Curtis Caesar John

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How Will an 'Adventure Time' Movie Affect the Show?

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The recent news that Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" has become fodder for a movie project in development at Warner Bros. should stimulate the excitement of the show's ever-growing fan base — even as it provides just as many reasons for skepticism. For anyone not yet hooked on this alternately charming and profound fantasy show in Saturday morning cartoon clothing, it's important to note that "Adventure Time" doesn't fall into any of the familiar buckets associated with contemporary television. Read More: Why 'Adventure Time' Is More Groundbreaking Than You May Realize On the one hand, the bright, goofy odyssey about the prepubescent Finn and his talking dog pal Jake maintains a fast-paced irreverence, not unlike other offbeat animated programs designed to please kids and adults in equal measures -- "Spongebob Square Pants" chief among them. However, since it first launched in 2010, "Adventure Time" continues to refurbish its appeal....

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- Eric Kohn

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Filming Is Underway for the Return of 'Luther' in a 2-Part Event Series, Coming in 2015 (Video)

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An American "Luther" could make it to your TV screens next TV season, if Fox does order a full series; as of right now, the network has a pilot commit with creator Neil Cross, who is working with Fox on the USA adaptation, although it won't star Elba. He will executive produce, however. Fans shouldn't fret, because Elba is returning for another season of the series, in the UK, which will eventually air in the USA on BBC America, as it's done in the past.   "Luther" will indeed be returning to the BBC, however, with just a 2-part special, scheduled to premiere later this year. Show creator Cross said: "Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there's hardly been a minute when I didn't wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We're putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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On ABC's 'American Crime,' the Series to Launch a Thousand Think Pieces

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Barb Hanlon, whose son Matt turns up dead in the opening minutes of "American Crime," is the woman to launch a thousand think pieces. As played by the magnificent Felicity Huffman, she snarls and snipes her way through grief, eliciting our sympathies while testing our patience. She raised two boys alone after her husband, Russ (Timothy Hutton), walked out, and yet her rage has metamorphosed into frank, discomfiting racism. Her targets are, in her words, "some illegal" and "a black" accused of murdering her son, and a legal system she wrongly perceives to be weighted in their favor. "Hate crimes can't happen to white people," she says caustically, and your reaction to ABC's challenging, self-satisfied new drama may depend on whether you consider "American Crime" an effective critique of Barb's unexamined privilege. Created by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave"), "American Crime," title...

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- Matt Brennan

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Review: 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Episode 5, 'Alpine Shepherd Boy,' Is All About Brotherhood

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Read More: Review: 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Episode 4, 'Hero,' Might Just Save the Day Case SummaryJimmy's recent burst of free publicity, courtesy of the paper's front page coverage of his heroism had his phone ringing off the hook last week. Well, not ringing off the hook, but he did have several messages waiting for him on his answering machine. Unfortunately, these lead to many dud clients: A crazy cliche of a "billionaire" (right down to the taxidermied endangered species decorating his lounge) looking to secede from the United States, an inventor with no ability to recognize double entendre and a few very complicated wills for the very elderly. His bonding session/pedicure with Kim, in which Kim tells him that he might consider focusing his legal practice on elder law, gets interrupted by news that Chuck's in the hospital after being arrested by cops investigating complaints about »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Interview: NBC's 'The Night Shift': A Medical Drama's Underdog Origin Story

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Some shows premiere big. Some sneak onto the screen. NBC's "The Night Shift" is definitely an example of the latter. While the medical drama premiered last summer without much fanfare, it built a solid viewership over the course of its eight episode run, locking down a Season 2 after just a few weeks on the air. Featuring an ensemble cast including Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr, Freddy Rodriguez and Scott Wolf, "Night Shift" takes a "M.A.S.H"-esque look at life in a San Antonio emergency room, staffed by a blend of civilian and former military doctors. During a visit to the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Indiewire sat down with executive producer Gabe Sachs (who created the show with partner Jeff Judah) to learn how two producers best known for "Freaks and Geeks" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" went from writing about teenagers to emergency room doctors, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: What Does A Graphic Designer Do? These Films and TV Shows Won't Tell You...

2 March 2015 2:51 PM, PST

If you watch enough films, you begin to see where filmmakers' creativity flags. There's the aerial shot of wooded landscapes that often precedes films of suspense; there's the rock music that blasts in first-day-of-school scenes during teen comedies; there's the ubiquitous shot of someone waking up and slapping an alarm clock right after the opening credits have finished. And, when someone is asked what their job is, it's often... "graphic designer." This job title has popped up in many films, from Prelude to a Kiss to Friends to Girls to Parenthood to Juno, and yet do we learn what the job entails? Not really. Is it a good job? Not sure. Does it fill out the script? Yes it does. This funny supercut by Ellen Mercer and Lucy Streule fills us in--or doesn't--on the recurrence of this job, from the small screen to the big screen. Enjoy!

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- Max Winter

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Release Date & Official Synopsis Revealed For The Wachowskis' Netflix Series 'Sense8'

2 March 2015 2:29 PM, PST

Okay, so "Jupiter Ascending" was a total nightmare and let's never talk about it again, but for those who still hope that The Wachowskis can truly deliver the kind of original sci-fi fans have been waiting for since "The Matrix," they have another shot with Netflix's "Sense8." And it already sounds fucking bonkers. "We told Netflix we were like, 'We're only interested in doing this. It's going to be so hard, it's not very much money. We're only interested in it if we can do anything. And I mean anything. Like crazy psychic orgies with all sorts of different bodies.' And they were like, 'Yeah sure, cool great,' " Lana Wachowski said last month, with Andy adding: "It's science fiction but it's more about humanity. It's about everything...we have live births…Babies coming out of vaginas…" Um, okay. Now here's an actual synopsis that sounds a little more manageable, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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TV One Delivers Best February Performance in Network’s History, Helped by the 46th NAACP Image Awards

2 March 2015 2:14 PM, PST

TV One today announced that its 2015 Black History Month schedule made ratings history, delivering the network’s best February performance of all time, in Primetime in key target demographics.  The network's acquisition of broadcast rights to the NAACP Image Awards has proven to be a great move, as the show was a primary driver for last month's record ratings, which also included a sneak peek episode of a new summer comedy, "Born Again Virgin, and the original movie, "White Water," as well as returning series "Unsung Hollywood" and "R&B Divas La."  "We knew the diversity of our Black History Month programming would be appealing to viewers seeking high-quality, star-studded and entertaining content," said Brad Siegel, President, TV One. "However, to deliver network history making results is an unexpected compliment from viewers which we are more than happy to...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Listen: 2 Hours Of Director's Commentary By David Fincher For 'House Of Cards' Seasons 1, Episodes 1 & 2

2 March 2015 1:55 PM, PST

Did you stumble into the office today bleary-eyed, perhaps with cheesy puff dust still under your fingernails? Then like many across the country and around the world, you spent the weekend hunkered inside, with your cell phone off, binging on "House Of Cards" season three. We'll have our take on it soon, but until then, why not take a trip back to the episodes that started it all? As you know, the show's executive producer is none other than David Fincher. He directed the first two episodes of "House Of Cards" way back in season one, and you can hear his commentary tracks for those shows below. The downside? You don't get the visuals to go along with his words. The upside? It's two hours of Fincher talking about about "House Of Cards." It's an interesting way to see how Frank Underwood was introduced and how he's evolved since, as well as the approach Fincher, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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June Will Be a Heavy Binge-Watching Month for Netflix - Release Dates Set for 'Orange Is the New Black,' Nina Simone Doc, More...

2 March 2015 1:52 PM, PST

Netflix has revealed premiere dates for its 2015 slate of original series and movies. Of note, its award-winning series, "Orange Is the New Black," returns for a 3rd season on June 12th (I haven't even watched season 2 yet). Also, the Nina Simone Sundance Film Festival documentary it picked up in January, "What Happened, Miss Simone," will premiere on the streaming platform on June 26. And finally, there's The Wachowskis new Netflix series titled "Sense8," which features an international ensemble cast that includes black British actors Aml Ameen, and Freema Agyeman. They join Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Brian J. SmithTuppence Middleton,  Tena Desae, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann. The project's synopsis reads: "Eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Two-Color Conspiracy in 'House of Cards'

2 March 2015 1:10 PM, PST

You may think that "House of Cards" is Peak Quality TV or pseudo-sophisticated soap opera, but it's hard to deny that the show at least looks great. Although it's employed four different cinematographers over its three-season run — Martin Ahlgren shot all but two of the most recent 13-episode batch — the show has successfully stuck to the moody, not-quite-neo-noir look of David FIncher's pilot. So successfully, in fact, that Slate's Chris Wade was able to boil "House of Cards'" visual style down to a simple two-tone trick. In "Every Shot on 'House of Cards' Looks the Same," he scrolls through the first two seasons, pinpointing dozens of shots using the same basic trick: blue accent in the foreground, acid yellow in the back. Be forewarned: Once you've seen it, especially in the accompanying video, you can't unsee it. This being "House of Cards," the conspiracy doesn't stop there. »


- Sam Adams

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Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for 'Orange is the New Black' Season 3, 'Wet Hot American Summer,' Wachowskis' 'Sense8'

2 March 2015 12:24 PM, PST

"Orange is the New Black" may be switching categories at the Emmys, but it's keeping the same premiere schedule. Following the same trajectory as its first two seasons, Jenji Kohan's "drama" will return June 12 for its Season 3 premiere.  Netflix also announced premieres for three new original series: First and foremost, the hotly-anticipated "Wet Hot American Summer" television series — full title: "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" — will unveil itself in the heat of summer, aptly, on July 17. Things developed quickly for the star-studded series set to reunite most of the gang from David Wain's cult classic film, as it's gone from rumor to release in just over a year. Check out the trailer for a full list of the returning cast. Read More: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Set For Netflix Series with Original Cast, But Is It a Mistake? Also set to make its »


- Ben Travers

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TV Series in Development About Modeling Industry Titan Eileen Ford

2 March 2015 12:21 PM, PST

An upcoming biography of Eileen Ford, the woman who invented the modeling business as we know it today, has been optioned for a TV series.  "Mistresses" creator K.J. Steinberg will adapt Robert Lacey's "Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty" for the small screen. The book will be published on June 16, 2015.  A former model who founded her own agency in her mid twenties, Ford and her husband Jerry eventually turned their company into one of the largest institutions in the modeling world. Her entrepreneurial feats are all the more impressive considering that Ford made her success during the postwar years when "proper" women returned to the home in droves and that she had to contend with a domineering husband with whom she had eloped. Ford is credited with turning modeling, a "mostly part-time, poorly paid hobby, into one of the world's most glamorous occupations, turning attractive girls next door into multimillionaire. »


- Inkoo Kang

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Watch: SundanceTV Travels 'The Red Road' In Thrilling Season 2 Trailer

2 March 2015 11:45 AM, PST

SundanceTV has dropped a new trailer for the second season of their action-packed drama "The Red Road," starring "Game of Thrones" veteran and the new Aquaman, Jason Mamoa. Season 2 of "The Red Road" jumps straight into the action following the Season 1 finale, with tensions building between Mamoa's Philip Kopus, a dangerous member of the local Native American tribe and local cop Harold Jensen, played by Martin Hendersen. As characters piece their lives together, rumors arise that the tribe's new federal recognition will lead to the building of a casino, which could lead to dangerous consequences and rivalries.  "The Red Road" returns April 2 at 10pm on SundanceTV. Viewers can catch up or rewatch Season 1 on DVD March 10. SundanceTV will also air a marathon on March 28. Watch the new trailer below.  Read More: Sundance TV Renews Aaron Guzikowski's 'The Red Road' Starring Jason Mamoa for Season Two

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- Travis Clark

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‘Broadchurch’ Returns, a Disappointing Shell of Its Former Self (Trailer)

2 March 2015 11:16 AM, PST

The morning after screening the first four episodes of the sophomore season of “Broadchurch,” I noted my initial impressions on Twitter, an assessment of which I am only more convinced after a few days of reflection. “Review: ‘Broadchurch,’ Season Two,” I wrote. “Kill it. Kill it with fire.” Having spent the five months since I reviewed the extraordinary first season praising the small-town mystery to everyone who would listen, a bit of hyperbole seems only fair: shunning the unassuming precision of its debut for high dudgeon and overwrought dramatics, the crime drama, which returns to BBC America Wednesday, is now but a shell of its former self. Read: “‘Gracepoint’ vs. ‘Broadchurch,’ or the Problem with Remakes” The new season courts the danger of high expectations from the opening minutes, setting the table for the trial of accused child molester and murderer Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle) with a superb, fleet-footed sequence »


- Matt Brennan

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Emerging Black TV Network Bounce TV to Broadcast Live Boxing in New Multi-Year Deal w/ Premier Boxing Champions

2 March 2015 10:56 AM, PST

Bounce TV has announced that the black TV network has inked a multi-year deal to televise live boxing events of the new Premier Boxing Champions (Pbc) series, joining NBC Sports Group, CBS Sports and Spike TV as television partners for the Pbc series. "Pbc The Next Round" will be a monthly series, with two hours of live boxing, featuring the most exciting prospects in the sport and boxing's future stars.  The series will premiere on Bounce TV in July, with a schedule of fights and on-air talent to be announced shortly.  "This series provides future stars of boxing frequent nationwide exposure on over-the-air television, and will benefit the African-American audience who I believe miss watching this great sport on free TV," said co-founder Martin Luther King, III. Co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young commented, "Many legendary boxing champions have been heroes to the African American community, whose love of, and...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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