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'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series

31 July 2015 1:51 PM, PDT

Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the much-anticipated Netflix & Marvel Television series, "Marvel’s Luke Cage."  Coker will also write the first 2 episodes of the series, which will premiere in 2016 on Netflix.  Coker's credits include serving as a co-executive producer on the second season of "Ray Donovan," and was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, 4th season of the drama "SouthLAnd." Coker was a part of the "SouthLAnd" team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. His feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious," and he authored the book "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G." as well.  As we already know, Mike Colter will play the Luke Cage in the series.  Before it premieres, the character will make his debut on the "Jessica...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Starz Releases First Full Trailer for 'Survivor's Remorse' Season 2 (LeBron James Will Feature This Year)

31 July 2015 1:13 PM, PDT

Also returning to the Starz network for a second season this summer ("Power" is the other, and its season 2, which premiered last month, is a;ready several episodes in) is the dramedy series “Survivor’s Remorse,” from executive producer LeBron James. The sophomore season of the half-hour scripted comedy will feature 10 episodes this time – up from its 6-episode first season. “Survivor’s Remorse" follows Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher, a basketball phenom in his early 20’s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, played by RonReaco Lee, move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying needy family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie and an unforgettable group of »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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10 Steps for Turning Your 45-Second YouTube Video Into a Comedy Central Web Series

31 July 2015 9:34 AM, PDT

1. Be at the lowest point in your life. This one's important because it adds character. You will know when you're at your lowest point in your life because you will be emptying your retirement account from the day job you briefly had back when you had common sense and wanted a "stable" "life." You won't know this yet, but having a retirement account you once emptied will feel nostalgic when you can't afford cheese at Trader Joe's. The cheese day will be the actual lowest point in your life. Then an ovarian cyst will explode and you'll owe the hospital $10,000. In the end,it will be less like a "low point" and more like a "downward spiral." Congratulations! You're on your way. Read More: 6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making a Web Series 2. Make a thing you think no one will care about (and make that go viral »

- Taylor Orci

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Watch: Full Pilot For Failed 'Clerks' TV Series

31 July 2015 8:29 AM, PDT

Twenty-one years ago, Kevin Smith splashed onto the indie movie scene (and Hollywood at large) with his first feature, “Clerks.” A genuine labor of love, the filmmaker wrote, directed, produced, edited, and co-starred in the picture, which went on to garner awards at both Sundance and Cannes; win overwhelming critical acclaim; launch Smith’s career, and spawn a sequel (with a third in the works), cartoon, and a failed 1995 live action television pilot. What’s that? You’ve never heard of “Clerks” the TV series? As Av Club reports, such a thing almost came to be. Now, before you wonder how such a potentially groundbreaking show died before leaving the gate, I should tell you that Smith was not involved in any way. Because of his absence, Jay and Silent Bob are noticeably absent (Jay was repurposed by producers as Ray); more so, though, due to his lack of participation, »


- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are Uncensored, Hilarious and 'Difficult People' in Hulu Series' First Trailer

31 July 2015 8:25 AM, PDT

Hulu is getting ready to roll out some high profile new shows, including Jason Katims' "The Way" (starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan), Jason Reitman's "Casual" (with Eliza Coupe and Francis Conroy), and the Stephen King/J.J. Abrams/James Franco collaboration "11/22/63." But before those original series attempt to rebrand the streaming service by offering up big name talent, two smaller names have an under-the-radar offering that looks to be just as much of a "must watch" as these heavy-hitting dramas.  Read More: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Got Plans For a Darker, Weirder Season 3 Billy Eichner (who most people know as Craig from "Parks and Recreation" or the loud man who roams the boulevards of New York in "Billy on the Street") and Julie Klausner (most recently seen as Donna on the now-canceled Fox series "Mulaney" but better known as the host of her podcast, »


- Ben Travers

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First Photos And Official Synopsis For 'The Leftovers' Season 2

31 July 2015 8:05 AM, PDT

Though it took five seasons for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to more or less catch up to its still-unfinished source material – George R. R. Martin is currently writing the penultimate novel of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series – the TV adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s “The Leftovers” has completely exhausted its source material in only one season. As such, showrunner Damon Lindelof made the bold decision to relocate the setting of the show from upstate New York to Texas. Now more details are being shared about the Texas-set second season, including a full synopsis and the premiere date. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For 'The Leftovers' Season Two “The Leftovers” will be returning this fall on October 4th, and with the change of scenery, a large portion of first season’s cast won’t be making the move, leaving Justin TherouxCarrie CoonMargaret Qualley, »


- Cain Rodriguez

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TV Casting News for Blair Underwood, Wyatt Cenac, Edi Gathegi, Regina King, Ato Essandoh, Dion Johnstone, Others...

31 July 2015 7:59 AM, PDT

Some TV casting news you can use, not previously posted on this blog... First, Agent May's ex-husband will join the series once more in its third season! Blair Underwood will return for multiple episodes in the third season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 3 premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 9 Pm Et on ABC. In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s battle with Jiaying and the Inhumans, Director Coulson will search the world for more powered people and will face threats unlike the world has ever seen. However, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will soon find out they're not the only ones tracking down these new Inhumans.  Second, TBS has set the cast for its ensemble alien abduction comedy pilot "The Group" from The Office creator Greg Daniels. Former "Daily Show" correspondent and writer Wyatt Cenac will play a Wyatt Jones, described as a »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: New Teaser For 'The Knick' Season 2 Orders Quarantine Measures

31 July 2015 7:13 AM, PDT

If you haven't yet seen "The Knick," HBO is going to be make it pretty damn easy to catch up. On August 10th, HBO2 will present a marathon viewing of the first season starting at noon. However, if that doesn't fit your schedule, not to worry because on August 14th the first season will arrive on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand, as well as online affiliate portals, for a limited ten-week run. Basically, do what you can to get up to speed, because "The Knick" is one of the finest shows on the air and if this teaser for the second season is anything to go by, when it returns this fall, it's going to be great stuff. Read More: The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/15 Season When we left Clive Owen's Dr. John W. Thackery at the end of the first season he was in some dire straights, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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CW to Make 'Little Women' Adaptation That Sounds Absolutely Nothing Like 'Little Women'

31 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

Here's your head-scratcher of the day: The CW will adapt "Little Women" as a "gritty" and "hyper-stylized" dystopian survivalist tale that sounds nothing at all like Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1868 novel. It's not that adaptations can't depart drastically from the source material, but "brand recognition" is a pretty dumb reason to give the title "Little Women" to this show, which, according to Deadline, is about "disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy band[ing] together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined -- all while trying not to kill each other in the proces." The title "Little Women" and the four sisters' names, really, seem to be the only thing the book and this series have in common. Not surprisingly, a dude named Alexis C. Jolly, described as a "rising writer" (good for him),...

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- Inkoo Kang

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HBO Chief Teases "Enormously Satisfying" Ending To 'True Detective' Season 2, Says Season 3 Is Up To Nic Pizzolatto

31 July 2015 6:03 AM, PDT

With two episodes left to go, many are hoping that the season two finale of "True Detective" can salvage what has for many been a disappointing follow-up to the terrific first season. Speaking at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, HBO chief Michael Lombardo teased that the show will deliver big when it wraps up over the next couple of weeks, and he praised writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto as well.  Read More: Wildly Mixed Reviews For True Detective Season Two "I think Nic Pizzolatto is one of the most talented writers working in TV and motion pictures today," Lombardo said. "I think he takes a big swing and all I can tell you is that I think the this [season's] end is as satisfying as any show I've seen. Much like all of our shows, I didn't believe this season, or last season, was intended for as big of an audience as we're getting. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Leftovers' Season 2: First-Look Photos Released, Plus We Finally Know When It Starts

30 July 2015 6:44 PM, PDT

"The Leftovers" officially announced a release date for its second season at this year's Television Critics Association press tour -- per a trailer screened for critics by HBO, the vaguely supernatural drama about the aftermath of a Rapture-like event will return on Sunday, October 4.  Read More: Consider This: Ann Dowd on 'The Leftovers' Season 2 and Her Remarkable Year in Television The trailer also teased big reveals about what comes next as the core characters transplant from their Season 1 location of Mapleton, New York to a mysterious Texas town where no one vanished during the Sudden Departure. (But here's a hint: Just because no one vanished from Miracle, Texas, that doesn't mean anyone is safe.) And a random aside: For those who watched Season 1, know that Ann Dowd is set to return as a series regular for Season 2... Despite the events of Season 1. Producers were incredibly mysterious about the casting, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More

30 July 2015 6:35 PM, PDT

The Television Critics Association summer press tour took place today, which means there’s tons of television news coming out of California this evening. HBO president Michael Lombardo dropped one of the most eye-raising bits of info: their flagship show “Game Of Thrones” is looking to close up shop after season eight. According to Lombardo, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are “feeling like there’s probably two more years after [season] six.” The HBO president admitted he would “love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.” Previously, the HBO chief said he’d hoped the show would run at least a decade. This certainly makes sense as eight years, plus development, is a long time to do one project. Benioff and Weiss have earned the clout to do anything they want, and could pull off some big feature film work if they aspired to. »


- Rodrigo Perez

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David Fincher's 'Utopia' Starring Rooney Mara In Trouble Over Budget Issues

30 July 2015 6:09 PM, PDT

While David Fincher is no stranger to small screen success, launching "House Of Cards" over at Netflix where he continues to serve as executive producer, his ventures so far at HBO have hit some major bumps. Last month, production was halted on the set of the '80s-based "Videosyncrazy," facing creative adjustments after the network saw footage from the first four or five episodes. In the meantime, Fincher began work on "Utopia," his ambitious remake of the cult U.K. series, the first season of which he would direct entirely himself, with scripts from Gillian Flynn, and Rooney Mara in the lead role. However, it seems as if things are not working out. Read More: Rooney Mara To Reteam With David Fincher For HBO Series 'Utopia' Playing Jessica Hyde Deadline reports that while more casting has happened, the green-light still has not been given for "Utopia" as the »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017

30 July 2015 4:22 PM, PDT

HBO is making its presentation at the ongoing TCA (Television Critics Association) summer event as I type this, and, thankfully, there are journalists live-tweeting it, as the cable TV network's CEO Richard Plepler, and its president of programming Michael Lombardo, drop news on returning and upcoming new series. Of interest to this blog, it's been revealed that Issa Rae's series, which was officially given a pilot order earlier this year, likely won't be coming to a TV screen near you until late 2016, or even early 2017. So, sadly, if you were expecting something next TV season (2015/2016) - although you really shouldn't have been, if you've been reading this blog - you'll have to update your calendar to reflect today's news. Of course, the pilot, once complete, still has to be ordered to series. So, assuming HBO loves the pilot and wants a full series (cross your fingers), don't expect to see anything until, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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HBO & Russell Simmons Ink New Production Deal - 5 Projects, Including One from Shaka King, in Development

30 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT

HBO has inked an overall first-look deal with Russell Simmons' new media company All Def Digital (Add), which will see Simmons and his team create and develop a wide range of television projects for HBO. Simmons currently has five active projects set up at HBO, three of which are being developed through his All Def Digital (Add). Of most interest to me is a new comedy series titled "These Are My Friends," created by Shaka King ("Newlyweeds" and the hilarious short film that went viral earlier this year after its Sundance premiere, "Mulignans"). The series, which promises an original and authentic look at hip-hop culture, will follow four real-life rap and hip-hop artists as they struggle to keep their dream alive.  The other project of interest is a comedy series through Add with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, which will take an innovative and comedic look at race when, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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6 Must-Watch TV Shows and Movies on HBO Now in August 2015, From 'Birdman' to 'Show Me a Hero'

30 July 2015 1:36 PM, PDT

With the second season of "True Detective" coming to an end this month (the finale will be available for viewing August 9), HBO has a new batch of original programming prepared to fill the void. In addition to two new one-off specials — Tig Notaro's comedy special and "Back on Board: Greg Louganis," a sports documentary following the Olympic diving champion — this August will see the debut of highly anticipated miniseries "Show Me a Hero," as well as the season finales of "Ballers" and "The Brink."  Read More: 6 Must-Watch TV Shows and Movies Coming to HBO Now in July 2015, from 'The Drop' to '7 Days in Hell' Meanwhile, in the film department, HBO Now will be adding some exciting features, from rom-coms "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "John Tucker Must Die," to this year's Oscar winners "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything," starring Eddie Redmayne (who won Best Actor for his. »


- Sara Itkis

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Trailer: New Doc on Cuba as U.S. Begins Normalization with Island Neighbor After 54+ Years

30 July 2015 12:23 PM, PDT

As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, after the latter was cut off from America by decades of hostility, living in conditions of scarcity and political restrictions, expect that unfolding new relationship to give birth to new collaborations in art - specifically film. In this case, a documentary that profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing local boundaries and, as the title states, "Reinventing Cuba." Per the press release, the one hour documentary goes beyond the stereotypes - beyond cigars and salsa, beyond mojitos and Malecón, beyond antique American cars and decaying architecture to reveal an extraordinary nation eager to embrace change. Host Gerry Hadden takes viewers on a personal journey. He meets little league sluggers defying the odds and dreaming of the majors; doctors and medical researchers saving lives; hustlers finding ways around limited...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Own Beefs Up Original Scripted Series Slate with Megachurch Drama From 'Lost,' 'Six Feet Under' Writer/Producer

30 July 2015 11:18 AM, PDT

For those who were worried that Own, the Oprah Winfrey Network, was going to become the Tyler Perry Network (given that at least 4 Tyler Perry branded original series currently call Own home), here's some more news that should cheer you up. Announced via press release, Own has given a straight-to-series order for what it calls a megachurch drama titled "Greenleaf," which will be scripted, and will unfold over a 13-episode season. The project comes from Craig Wright ("Six Feet Under," "Lost"), and will follow "the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Greenleaf described is the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values." I initially thought that the project...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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With 'Another Period,' Comedy Central Is Officially All About the Ladies

30 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

They're not talking about it much, but it seems the network of "The Daily Show," "South Park" and (eyeroll) "Tosh.0" has finally decided to start seriously including women in its target demographic. The latest evidence: "Another Period," the Gilded Age-set mockumentary on Comedy Central, which is one of the channel's -- and this summer's -- best offerings. Creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome (the latter was half of the comic musical duo Garfunkel and Oates) mash up the Kardashians and "Downton Abbey" for their show about Newport's Bellacourt sisters: a vapid, cruel and endlessly wealthy duo who dine on “bald eagle and toast points” and treat the help like subhumans. You know you've got a quality show when Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") agrees to play a chambermaid who has to carry around an overflowing bucket of sewage. But she's just one of many first-rate cast members here. "Another Period" is stuffed. »


- Sara Stewart

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'BoJack Horseman' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Got Plans For a Darker, Weirder Season 3

30 July 2015 9:01 AM, PDT

When Indiewire sat down with "BoJack Horseman" creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg at the TCA summer press tour this week, he was pretty excited. Netflix had just announced that the animated showbiz satire about a former sitcom star/talking horse would be coming back for a third season.  Read More: Review: 'BoJack Horseman' Season 2 Brings the Comedy, But Finds True Depth in Its Questions While of course Bob-Waksberg declined to offer specifics as to what he's got planned for "BoJack's" return next year, he was able to talk about the big picture, in regard to how much further they might take the strangely existential comedy and its complicated characters, while also explaining why, exactly, he doesn't want to tell anyone how to feel about it.  So how are you feeling today? I'm feeling great. It's a great day. Yeah, did you know Season 3 was coming? There had been conversations. There have been inklings of it. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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