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'Taboo' vs. 'Frontier': Who Wins the Battle of TV Tough-Guy Dramas?
Television and movie producers have a weird habit of doubling-up on big ideas, delivering two projects with more or less the same basic concept at roughly the same time. For no apparent reason, we'll get hit with a couple of "giant space rock threatens to destroy the Earth" blockbusters in the same summer; or a pair of "behind the scenes at a late-night comedy series" in the same fall TV season. So perhaps it's not that odd that FX and Netflix are about to serve up competing historical adventures, both »
TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
‘The Flash,’ ‘Supergirl’ Musical Crossover Will Air in March
We have an airdate for the musical episodes of The CW’s “The Flash” and “Supergirl”: The tuneful crossover will begin at the end of the Mar. 20 episode of “Supergirl,” but the main vocal action will take place in the Mar. 21 episode of “The Flash.”
That episode, entitled “Duet,” will be directed by Dermott Downs and will feature singing performances from Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan, and John Barrowman. David Harewood and Chris Wood will have non-singing guest appearances in the episode.
News of the musical episode broke last August. There’s no word yet if, as executive producer Greg Berlanti had previously indicated, the episodes will both feature one original song.
Leads Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist both belted out various tunes on “Glee,” and the casts are also stacked with Broadway vets: Garber was part of the original casts of “Sweeney Todd” and “Assassins” and has »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.
With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »
- Debra Birnbaum
Kourtney Kang Coming-Of-Age Comedy Gets NBC Pilot Order, Casts Young Lead
NBC has given a pilot green light to a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang and creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, actor-director Fred Savage, and 20th TV. I’ve learned exclusively that Isabella Russo has been cast as the young lead in the show written by Kang based on her life, which explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world… »
‘Black-ish’ Spinoff in the Works at ABC
The Johnson family may soon be taking up more airtime on ABC.
The network is considering a spin-off of its hit comedy “Black-ish,” Variety has confirmed. The spin-off, which would star Yara Shahidi, would focus on her character, oldest daughter Zoey Johnson, in college. The spinoff, which is in very early stages, would be introduced as a backdoor pilot this spring. Sources stress that this is early development and nothing has been officially ordered yet.
The series is being developed by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. For Barris, the development marks yet another project on the mega-producer’s resume. The “Black-ish” creator is looking toward a fruitful 2017-2018 television season, as he has two more hot projects in the works at ABC. Aside from this spinoff, he’s already nabbed an early pilot order for a new comedy, “Libby & Malcolm,” starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance, plus has an action dramedy starring Toni Collete in contention at »
- Variety Staff
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins Cast of ABC Drama Ten Days in the Valley
The Theo Huxtable comeback continues: Malcolm-Jamal Warner has joined the cast of the upcoming ABC drama Ten Days in the Valley.
According to our sister site Deadline, Warner will be a series regular on the show, which has already received a straight-to-series order from the network. Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) stars as TV producer Jane Sadler, whose young daughter goes missing, mirroring the cop drama she produces; Warner will co-star as Matt, the head writer on Jane’s TV show. Erika Christensen (Parenthood) has also joined the cast as Jane’s psychologist sister.
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‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Teasers: The Icons Race to the Studio Gate in New FX Promos
Starring Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, the upcoming drama chronicles the legendary rivalry between the two movie stars during the making of their box office hit “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
The first teasers don’t show their complete faces, instead, one features a memorable and shocking scene from the film involving a rat, while the second promo shows the leading ladies racing to the studio gate in Hollywood.
During FX’s TCA panel, the actresses stated that the story of the icons is still relevant today as it depicts “what Hollywood does to women as they age. »
- Liz Calvario
Sundance: Women’s March Gets Bad Weather, Lower Turnout But High Hopes
With a smaller turnout that expected and battling snowfall and traffic snarls, today's Women's March On Main still drew thousands to Park City this morning. Led by Chelsea Handler, the two-hour event down the main drag of the Sundance Film Festival's home base was full of A-listers with Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Underground Ep and Oscar winner John Legend, Nashville's Connie Britton and more Hollywooders taking their protest against Donald Trump to the somewhat… »
Last Man Standing Review: Kyle and Mandy Create “A House Divided”
I don’t know that Last Man Standing always outdoes itself. Sometimes, the episodes are really funny, or poignant, or both. Other times, they’re a little more like this one and will fade into obscurity. Though they all still have their merits, lessons, and good old fashioned laughs. Doing a sitcom on a major network is always hit or miss, because there are so many episodes. I’m not sure that “A House Divided” had quite enough material to fill an episode, but lets talk about it anyway, shall we? This week on Last Man Standing: Kyle and Mandy’s displays of affection have become annoying to
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- Nick Hogan
Ratings: Last Man Standing Tops Night, Sleepy Hollow Dips to New Lows
Fox’s retooled Sleepy Hollow this Friday drew 1.92 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, ticking down on both counts to new series lows.
Leading into that, Rosewood (2.9 mil/0.6) was down a tenth in the demo.
RelatedSleepy Hollow Recap: Head-Scratcher
ABC’s Last Man Standing (6.9 mil/1.3) led the night in the demo, holding steady week-to-week. Dr. Ken (4.7 mil/1.0) ticked up.
Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Over on CBS, Hawaii Five-0 (8.4 mil/1.2) — leading out of an inauguration post mortem (4.9 mil/0.7) — slipped to its smallest audience since April while matching »
Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV
When Lifetime asked iconic indie filmmaker Allison Anders to direct the network’s “Beaches” remake, the director found herself in an interesting position: She’d never seen Garry Marshall’s 1988 melodrama.
“In fact, I can say this to IndieWire — I was like, ‘Well fuck no, I haven’t seen “Beaches.” That’s everything my generation of filmmakers was against,'” Anders said.
Nonetheless, she decided to check out the original, and found herself deeply surprised by Marshall’s depiction of the decades-long bond between Cc (Idina Menzel in the remake, originally played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (Nia Long in the remake, originally played by Barbara Hershey). “I feel like the messiness is what was appealing to me, and that they endure through that messiness,” Anders said. “I mean, that’s the key, the endurance of the friendship. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Women’s March: “Day 1 In Our United Movement,” Says America Ferrera
Update, 8:55 a.m. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren rallied a massive crowd in Boston, saying from the speakers podium, “I can’t believe I have to say this in 2017, but we believe in equal pay and a woman’s right to decisions over her own body.” Marchers packed Boston Common to hear the kick-off speech. “We believe that equal means equal, and that is true in the workplace, in marriage, it’s true every place,” Warren said. “You know I could do this all day, but we… »
Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Inaugural Address Positively Lincolnish
Updated with video: “Like Lincoln huffing paint thinner, this stirring orator invoked an inspiring picture of the country he now leads,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert said hours after President Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Among Trump’s zippier turns of phrase: America's infrastructure has fall into disrepair and decay… Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities… Rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape… Our you… »
Jill Soloway On Today’s Women’s March, ‘I Love Dick’ At Sundance & ‘Transparent’
“This is a rallying cry that women, people of color, queer people, and their allies are all one big movement,” says Jill Soloway of the Women’s Marches that are set for Washington D.C, Park City and all over the country today after Friday’s Inauguration of Donald Trump. “The enemy is now clear and the enemy is now named,” the Transparent creator and multiple Emmy winner added. A Sundance alum and the winner of the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award with her 2013 film Afternoon… »
Trevor Noah Sings To President Donald Trump On His First Day In Office
“Did anyone have ‘carnage,’ ‘blood,’ and ‘decay’ on their Inauguration Speech Bingo card?” Trevor Noah asked at the top of The Daily Show hours after Donald Trump delivered his dystopic inaugural address which, the late night host noted, former First Lady Michelle Obama seemed to be having none of. Then, about 6:50 into his show, in a bit of a surprise, Noah broke into song: No more excuses, no more excuses. It’s time to take your red cap off and really do shit. Cause if y… »
Bates Motel Posters Show that Even Death Can’t Break Their Bond
The Bates Motel concludes its run as season 5 is slated to start on February 20th on A&E. The show has had a remarkable run and improbable rise. The character of Norman Bates is no easy act to follow and Freddie Highmore has been brilliant as a young Norman. Vera Farmiga has been equally creepy has Bates’ mother Norman. But things appear to get even creepier in season 5. In a comic con interview Farmiga spoke to the evolution and key differences in Norma’s character. In an interview from IGN Farmiga revealed that she tried to keep herself out of
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- Nat Berman
Joy Reid To Trevor Noah: Media Must Study Vladimir Putin’s Authoritarian Regime To Cover President Trump
Updated with video: President Donald Trump’s post-truth world has to change the way the press does its job, Joy Reid told The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. “Journalists are accustomed to, when the president says something…you just report it. But now, something Donald Trump tweets is not a headline you can just translate right into your magazine, or your newspaper or on television,” she continued. “Because it might be true – and more times than not it isn’t true, it’s a… »
Tiny House Nation: Deion Sanders Decides to Go Small on the Lake
There is little doubt that the trend of tiny homes has truly caught on with the American people. The days of McMansions and other humongous spaces are slowly being replaced by more economical and space saving dwellings. This is why it’s no surprise that Fyi’s Tiny House Nation is building up a big following among viewers. And tonight’s episode is sure to boost the show’s credibility and validation for the Tiny House movement. Former NFL star and hall of famer Deion Sanders and his wife Tracey Edmonds (host of Extra) decided to go small, really small in order to get
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- Nat Berman
Performer of the Week: Rupert Friend
The Performer | Rupert Friend
The Show | Homeland
The Episode | “Fair Game” (Jan. 15, 2017)
The Performance | For the past four seasons, Homeland’s Peter Quinn has been seemingly indestructible, repeatedly cheating death as a daredevil CIA operative. But in Sunday’s Season 6 premiere, actor Rupert Friend heartbreakingly showed us the massive toll that all those brushes with death have taken on Quinn’s body — and soul.
After a chemical-weapon attack put him in a coma last season, Quinn emerged alive, but a shell of his former self. And Friend looked the part in the premiere, almost unrecognizable with scraggly facial hair and darting, »
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