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Ex–Top Gear Trio Will Make a Car Show for Amazon Prime
Jeremy Clarkson has found his post-punch project: Alongside fellow ex–Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond, the irascible Clarkson has signed on to host a new automotive series on Amazon Prime, which will start streaming sometime next year. It's a savvy move, contractually: The non-compete clause in the trio's old BBC contract apparently only forbade them from signing with a competing British channel for two years, and said absolutely nothing about working with the content-producing arm of an American logistics company. Meanwhile, we now know how Top Gear will hope to survive without the three ex-presenters: BBC Two has tapped Chris Evans (not that one) to host the long-running car show, with Formula 1 driver Jenson Button rumored as a potential co-host. As long as neither of them assault a producer over a lack of hot food, they should be fine. »
- Nate Jones
U2 to Headline Two HBO Specials
HBO will air two specials featuring the rock band U2, the cable network announced Thursday. First a behind-the-scenes documentary following the band and the team behind their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour will air on Nov. 7. A week later, on Nov. 14, the network will air the band’s concert special, recorded the same day at the Bercy Arena in Paris. “U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look. »
- Reid Nakamura
Valerie Harper Hospitalized in Maine
Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night before a performance of her musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” in Ogunquit, Maine.
The Emmy winner, best known for her role as the brazen Rhoda Morgenstern in the ’70s sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Rhoda,” was taken by ambulance from the Ogunquit Playhouse to a local hospital.
The Ogunquit Playhouse said in a statement on Thursday that Harper was hospitalized “as a precaution” after reporting that she was not feeling well.
“She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being,” the Playhouse said.
Harper, 75, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and told she had three months to live in January of 2013. Doctors had successfully removed a lung tumor in 2009, but the cancer cells had moved to her brain. She has continued working and competed on “Dancing With the Stars »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts UnReal's Constance Zimmer—Will She Help or Hurt the Team?
Constance Zimmer is trading in her walkie talkie for something a little more lethal. E! News has confirmed that the UnReal villain we all love to hate just landed a role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Zimmer is set to recur on ABC's comic book series in the upcoming season three, first appearing in the season premiere which takes place after a time jump of a few months. And here's the best part: she might be a villain on this show too! Zimmer will play the mysterious head of a government organization...and she will be Coulson's (Clark Gregg) latest adversary. Now, as all S.H.I.E.L.D. fans know, if someone is Coulson's foe, that doesn't necessarily make them a bad guy. »
Mindy Project Season 4 Twist: Mindy to Wed Big Bang Theory's Raj?!
The Mindy Project is starting off Season 4 with a big bang.
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According to TVInsider, which broke the news, Nayyar will play Sendhil, a successful hedge fund manager that Mindy’s parents (the recently cast Ajay Mehta and Sakina Jaffrey) think would make an ideal spouse for their daughter. (Methinks Danny will have something to say about that.)
Nayyar joins a Season »
Anthony Geary to General Hospital Fans: JK About That Retirement!
Despite earlier this year saying this summer would be his last on the ABC soap, Geary is thinking about coming back, EW.com reports.
“If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so,” Geary told the site.
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In May, the eight-time Daytime »
Amy Schumer’s HBO Comedy Special to Premiere This Fall
The A-list comedian’s comedy special, previously announced, marks her first one-off with the premium cabler.
A first look of Schumer’s show was shown during HBO’s Thursday presentation at the Television Critics’ Assn. press tour. The clip garnered much laughter in the room of journos and critics.
“Amy is one of the most inspired comics working today, and we hope her first HBO special marks the start of a long and beautiful relationship,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, at the time of the announcement earlier this year. “This event is even more special because our good friend, the incredibly talented Chris Rock, is directing.”
Schumer — who’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Julia Ormond Cast as Georgina Haig's Mom in Syfy Drama Pilot Incorporated
Ormond, who also recently completed an acclaimed stint on AMC’s Mad Men, will star in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Syfy drama Incorporated, a thriller set in a future where corporations have limitless power.
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Ormond will play Elizabeth, an executive who relishes her power but also finds herself at the mercy of the corporate system’s demands. Her son-in-law Ben (Reign‘s Sean Teale) takes on that system to save his wife, »
Julia Ormond to Star in Matt Damon, Ben Affleck’s Syfy Pilot
Julia Ormond has joined “Incorporated,” Syfy’s futuristic espionage thriller pilot that hails from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.
The project centers on Ben Larson (“Reign’s” Sean Teale), a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate an all-controlling corporate world to save the woman he loves. He ends up taking down the entire system — with deadly consequences.
Ormond will play Ben’s mother-in-law, Elizabeth. A powerful, whip-smart top executive who enjoys the perks of her position, she is also trapped in a ruthless system that demands results. The cast includes Georgina Haig (“Once Upon a Time”) as Ben’s wife Laura.
“Incorporated” is created and written by David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless,” “The Last Days”), who also will direct the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer-showrunner. Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd are also exec producing. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Leftovers Season 2 Premiere Date, Storyline Revealed
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In making the announcement, the cabler also released an extremely detailed (read: spoilery) Season 2 synopsis. Scroll down and read at your own risk.
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of The Leftovers finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. »
MSNBC Spikes Three Hours of Afternoon Lineup
MSNBC is canceling three more hours of daytime programming as it works to rechristen itself as a place for hard news, not progressive views, in the hours leading up to the early evening.
Gone are “The Cycle,” “Now With Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” as of Friday, MSNBC president Phil Griffin told network staffers in a memo Thursday. Wagner is expected to stay with MSNBC and cover the politics beat as coverage of the 2016 election increases. Ari Melber of “The Cycle” will continue as the network’s chief legal correspondent. Other hosts — Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure — will leave the network, Griffin said.
- Brian Steinberg
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3: Constance Zimmer to Clash With Coulson, Blair Underwood Returns
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The Entourage alum will recur during Season 3 (premiering Sept. 29) as the head of a government agency that is hunting Inhumans. As such, her character is set to clash with Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, EW.com reports.
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Meanwhile, our sister site Variety reports that Blair Underwood is set to reprise his »
Watch: First ‘Unauthorized Full House Story’ Clip Digs Up Drama
The clip begins by showing the actors playing a scene in the hit sitcom, but Stamos complains that the then-toddler Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not quite professional enough for the big time after one of them fills her diaper during a scene, as babies are wont to do.
“We love the twins, but is there any way you can find babies who are a little more comfortable onstage?” Stamos asks a producer.
“Yeah, toddler veterans, we’ll get right on that,” the producer laughs.
And the clip certainly makes a point to milk Bob Saget’s dirty reputation, with the actor suggesting that they “hire a bunch of strippers” and install a pole on set — right in front of the young Jodie Sweetin.
“What’s a stripper? »
- Alex Stedman
HBO & Russell Simmons Ink New Production Deal - 5 Projects, Including One from Shaka King, in Development
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
Continuum's Final Season Gets Syfy Premiere Date — Watch the Trailer
We now know when the beginning of Continuum‘s end will air on Syfy.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Canadian-produced sci-fi drama will kick off its fourth and final, six-episode season on Friday, Sept. 11 at 11/10c.
As such, the Rachel Nichols starrer will run only a week behind its airings in Canada, which launch Sept. 4 on Showcase.
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In the series’ farewell run, Kiera (played by Nichols) and the mysterious time traveler Brad Tonkin (Ryan Robbins, Falling Skies) must battle the Future Soldiers who arrived in a flash of light in the closing moments of Season 3. Meanwhile, »
Wyatt Cenac to Co-Star in Conan O’Brien’s TBS Alien Abductee Ensemble Pilot
Wyatt Cenac will soon be seeking answers to the truth that’s clearly out there.
The “Daily Show” vet is one of many who have joined the ranks of TBS comedy pilot “The Group” (working title).
Hailing from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco shingle in association with Warner Horizon Television, the project focuses on Cenac’s curious, accomplished and serious-minded staff journalist (also named Wyatt) in a town called Beacon who finds himself pulled into the fringe world of alien abductees, or “experiencers,” as they like to be called.
O’Brien is exec producing “The Group” along with Jeff Ross, David Kissinger, Dan Halsted, and Greg Daniels. Daniels is directing the pilot, which was written by co-executive producer David Jenkins. Cenac is repped by UTA and David Martin of Avalon Management.
Other cast members include the following:
Alice Wetterlund as Kelly Grady: A goofball who doesn’t realize how attractive she actually is. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Daily Show Vet Wyatt Cenac to Lead TBS Comedy Pilot The Group
Longtime Daily Show scribe/correspondent Wyatt Cenac — who recently made waves after detailing a rocky relationship with Jon Stewart — will next turn his attention to The Group, TBS’ upcoming comedy pilot in which he will star.
The Group — which counts Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) among its executive producers — focuses on skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones (Cenac), who investigates a support group for people who believe they have been abducted by aliens. The more he digs into the oddballs’ claims, however, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes.
The cast also includes Oscar Nuñez »
6 Must-Watch TV Shows and Movies on HBO Now in August 2015, From 'Birdman' to 'Show Me a Hero'
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
‘Marvel’s Agents of Shield': Blair Underwood Returning for Season 3
Looks like The Cavalry will have company in season three of “Marvel’s Agents of Shield.” Variety has learned that Blair Underwood will return to the ABC series to reprise his role as Melinda May’s (Ming-Na Wen) ex-husband Andrew in multiple episodes when the show returns this fall.
In true Marvel fashion, Underwood’s storyline and the status of his relationship with Agent May is being kept under wraps. When we last saw Andrew in the “Shield” season two finale, he and May had reconciled and were preparing to take a long-overdue vacation — but things rarely stay quiet in the Marvel universe, especially given that the finale ended with May’s teammate, Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), being swallowed up by the mysterious Kree Monolith, unbeknownst to her friends.
As Variety first reported, season three of “Shield” will introduce characters based on Marvel’s “Secret Warriors” comics. In the aftermath »
- Laura Prudom
Own Picks Up Megachurch Drama From ‘Lost’ Alum
The Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a megachurch drama straight to series.
“Greenleaf” comes from the mind of writer-producer Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under,” “Lost”) and explores the titular family and its Memphis megachurch, which acts as the center of a community for thousands of predominantly African-American parishioners. Scandals and secrets lie beneath its sprawling surface, however. The series is a multigenerational family drama at heart.
“When I first read the script, I instantly felt an affinity for the characters and loved Craig’s creative vision for a fictional drama on an epic scale,” Oprah Winfrey said. “This show is going to be a fun ride and will hopefully have viewers on the edge of their pews week after week.”
Wright was also executive producer for FX’s “Tyrant,” another series following a family with dark secrets.
“To tell this potentially explosive story with Oprah, a partner who has as »
- Reece Ristau
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