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Courtney Love cast in upcoming Fox drama
Courtney Love is coming to Fox's primetime. The singer/actress has joined the cast of midseason hip-hop drama Empire in a recurring guest star role. Empire stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of a record label. Love will play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists." The Hole singer's most recent acting gig was on another show in the Fox family, FX's Sons of Anarchy, and she had had major roles in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Man in the Moon. Other previously announced »
- James Hibberd
TV Castings: Courtney Love Joins ‘Empire'; Mena Suvari Set for ‘South of Hell’
Courtney Love has signed on to Fox’s music-biz drama “Empire” as a recurring guest star.
In other casting news:
Mena Suvari has been tapped to star in We TV’s supernatural drama series “South of Hell,” playing an exorcist who has to expel her own demo. Production is under way in Charleston, S.C. for a 2015 debut. Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Drew Moerlein, Lamman Rucker and Paulina Singer co-star. Mary McCormack and Alicia Witt will guest star in the fourth season of Showtime’s “House of Lies,” which bows Jan. 11. »
- Variety Staff
Gossip Girl Actress Michelle Trachtenberg to Play Abigail Adams on Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow has already given us many fun versions of our favorite historical figures, from George Washington to Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin. However, it looks like it’s time for the supernatural series to now focus on the ladies of Ichabod’s time, starting with Abigail Adams. According to TVLine, who first reported the casting news, Gossip Girl vet Michelle Trachtenberg will be tackling the role of Miss Abigail (at least that’s what I picture Ichabod calling her anyway), the First Lady and wife of America’s second president, John Adams, in an upcoming episode of Sleepy Hollow. In addition to being First Lady and mother to future President John Quincy Adams (like father, like son), Abigail Adams was also a proponent of equal rights for women and will, at least in Sleepy Hollow‘s wonderfully wacky universe, have a “secret life that involved Katrina Crane.” In addition to Gossip Girl, »
- Chris King
House of Lies Recruits Mary McCormack as Marty's Potential Savior
McCormack’s Denna Altshuler is described as tough and highly successful. Marty will bring her in to help rescue his troubled business.
Ratings: ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ends on High Note for CBS; ABC Dramas Hold Strong
The seventh and final “Thursday Night Football” game on CBS this fall scored big numbers last night, as the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers matchup dominated the primetime ratings race even though ABC held strong with its femme-friendly dramas.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Peyton Manning-led Broncos’ 35-21 victory over their division rival averaged a 13.6 household rating/23 share — up two full ratings points from last week’s New York Jets-New England Patriots matchup (11.6/19) and just a tick below the season premiere on Sept. 11 between Pittsburgh and Baltimore (13.7/23). Last night’s game is expected to draw in the vicinity of 20 million viewers.
Through seven games this season on CBS and NFL Network, “Thursday Night Football” averaged an 11.4 overnight household rating/19 share, a big 81% improvement over last year (6.3/11) when the games aired on NFL Network alone. “Tnf” continues next week with New Orleans at Carolina exclusively on NFL Network, and CBS »
- Rick Kissell
Degrassi Sneak Peek: Drew Confronts a Pregnant Clare on Season Premiere
Degrassi‘s 14th season picks up just days after Clare learns of her pregnancy, and her first interaction with (potential) baby daddy Drew goes — well — about as smoothly as you’d expect.
In TVLine’s exclusive first look at the TeenNick drama’s big premiere (Tuesday, 9/8c), Drew corners his maybe-baby mama in the hallway, wondering why she ignored all of his texts over Spring Break.
We know she confides in Alli and Jenna about her pregnancy, but is she ready to also spill the beans to Drew? »
Lauren Graham Lands Odd Couple Gig as Matthew Perry's Ex-Wife
The actress, whose NBC drama is in the midst of its final, 13-episode season, has landed a guest-starring role on CBS’ upcoming reboot of The Odd Couple, where she’ll play the ex-wife of Matthew Perry’s Oscar, TVLine has confirmed.
Despite the fact that the union between Oscar and Graham’s character, Gaby, was a stormy, the couple will nevertheless exhibit warm chemistry as divorcées.
TLC Cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ Citing Concern for ‘Health and Welfare’ of Kids
TLC has pulled the plug on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” one of its most prominent series, following allegations that the mother at the center of the show has been romantically linked to a convicted child molester.
June Shannon posted a video statement on the show’s Facebook page Friday morning denying the allegation that she has been dating a man she identifies as “Pumpkin.”
“The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue,” Shannon said. “I would not ever, ever put my kids in danger.”
Shannon confirms that TLC has halted production on the show and that the Discovery Communications cabler has told the family to remain “hush, hush” about the allegations reported Thursday by TMZ. TMZ posted a grainy photograph of Shannon and the man in question, claiming that it was taken recently at a hotel.
TLC’s move comes two months before the show’s »
- Cynthia Littleton
Ratings: Reign, ABC Dramas Tick Up; Bad Judge, A to Z Slip; Football Pops
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (with 8.6 million total viewers and a 2.5 demo rating) and Scandal (10 mil/3.0) each added eyeballs and a tenth in the demo this Thursday, while How to Get Away With Murder (9.9 mil/3.0) rose two tenths.
CBS | Thursday Night Football (15 mil/4.8) was up a good 20 percent from last week’s fast nationals. CBS’ scripted line-up returns next Thursday.
Fox | Leading out of a Bones rerun (4.3 mil/0.9), Gracepoint (3.8 mil/0.8) was flat.
'Parenthood' star Lauren Graham to guest-star on Matthew Perry's 'Odd Couple'
Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry will reunite on his new CBS comedy The Odd Couple, EW has learned. In this modern-day take on Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway play, Perry stars as the easygoing Oscar Madison opposite Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger. The Parenthood and Gilmore Girls actress will guest-star as Oscar’s ex-wife Gaby, who lived through a contentious marriage and an even more contentious divorce. But beneath all the bickering, there remains a deep connection and affection between them. Graham and Perry, who previously dated in real life, worked together on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Go On. »
- Natalie Abrams
Recording Academy, CBS Shuffle Grammy Nominations Announcement Plan
The Recording Academy and CBS are shaking up the Grammy nominations process, returning to the traditional early morning unveiling of most categories — other than the top prize of album of the year — after announcing key categories as part of a primetime special for the past six years.
This year, album of the year nominees will be revealed during the Dec. 5 “A Very Grammy Christmas” hourlong special airing at 9 p.m. The nominees in the 82 other categories for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, set for Feb. 8, will be released that morning. Details on the morning announcement are still being hammered out but the news is not expected to be presented in a press conference setting as with the other major industry kudos and as the Grammys held in the past.
The Grammy nominations broke from kudocast protocol of the early ayem unveiling in 2008 when the Recording Academy and CBS opted to »
- Christopher Morris
TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
The Honey Boo Boo bubble has burst.
Related Can We Please Give Honey Boo-Boo – And All Such ‘Exploitainment TV’ – a Time-Out?
“TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”
A fifth season of the show was shot but will not air. »
AMC is Buying a 49.9% Stake in BBC America
Two great channels are about to get a lot closer. AMC, known for dramatic hits from Breaking Bad to Mad Men to The Walking Dead, just shelled out $200M for a 49.9% not-quite-majority stake in BBC America, broadcaster of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Orphan Black in the Us. Why the big move? I’ll let the executives explain: “A combined AMC Networks-BBC America channel group creates a powerful collection of networks that are among the most critically-acclaimed, with distinct dramas and other potent content that creates a deep connection with viewers,” said Josh Sapan, AMC Networks president and CEO, in a statement. “Our content rises to the top on many levels and is particularly well-suited to an era of on-demand viewing and expanding consumer choice.” And then from across the pond: “The U.S. is an important market for the BBC’s commercial activities. This partnership brings together the whole BBC and will… »
Warner Bros. is Making a Live-Action Static Shock Series
Not content to be left in the dust by Marvel with a zillion superhero shows on deck, DC is looking to add to its roster of Gotham and Constantine with another new live-action superhero show. And it’s probably not one you’re expecting. That’s right, if you can correctly read my title, you’ve figured out that it’s Static Shock coming to life on the small screen. The character had his own animated series for a while, and has bounced around from TV to comics, and has been seen as both a young teen and an old man in the DC universe. But I’m going to put my money on “young teen” for this project. Here’s what we know about it so far. “Static Shock” — Live-action series from Reginald Hudlin (producer of “Django Unchained,” writer-director of “House Party,” and exec producer-director of TV series “The Bernie Mac Show »
Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, White Collar, Once, Haven, Supernatural, Arrow, Beast and More
Who on Castle might have a very merry Christmas? How will White Collar say goodbye? Is a Haven hook-up ahead? What happens to the Arrow on The Flash? Is a Beauty-ful family expanding? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
I saw on Twitter that you got the White Collar final season premiere. Anything you could share? — Katie H.
I can share that the final-season storyline, as laid out in the first episode (airing Nov. 6), is pretty damn nifty – a specific, final gambit with enormous stakes all involved, including on the personal front. The highly »
TLC cancels 'Honey Boo Boo'
There goes Honey Boo Boo. TLC has abruptly canceled its polarizing reality sensation after co-star "Mama June" Shannon allegedly started dating a convicted child molester. Earlier this week, TMZ first reported that Shannon had started dating Mark McDaniel, who was convicted in 2004 of aggravated child molestation of an 8-year-old. After the report, members of Shannon's family denied the two were together—saying the two had not dated in 10 years and that Shannon was "all about the kids" these days. But TLC became convinced the claim was accurate and executives pulled the plug on the reality series early Friday. TLC released »
- James Hibberd
TV Review: Adult Swim’s ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’
Silliness is an admirable quality, but to borrow a boxing metaphor, jabbing away with that alone represents a rather slim arsenal. Yet into the ring steps “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” the latest round in the former heavyweight champ’s gradual transformation into a hip entertainment commodity, from “The Hangover” movies to his one-man show (and HBO special) and now this Adult Swim animated series, which casts Tyson at the center of a Scooby-Doo-like spoof. Filled with non sequiturs and raunchy dialogue, the show’s reception should closely correlate with the level of illicit substances ingested by its audience.
Writer-producer Hugh Davidson (“The Looney Tunes Show”) extracts the expected fun from the animated Tyson garbling the English language (or for that matter, trying to say “Chupacabra”), while surrounding the boxer’s alter ego with a Mystery Team consisting of the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry (voiced by Jim Rash), Mike’s »
- Brian Lowry
Ladies Who (Liquid) Lunch: Olivia, Alicia and 8 Other Characters Who'd Make Great Drinking Buddies
We’re not exactly sure when Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” become the unofficial theme song of the primetime TV female, but you’ll hear no complaints from us.
ABC has encouraged viewers to stock up on red wine in ads for its #Tgit programming block, The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick has downed post-work tequila shots as she enters the treacherous waters of a campaign for State’s Attorney, and nary an episode of Game of Thrones goes by in which Cersei Lannister fails to get her drink on.
Mind you, we’re not celebrating (or advocating) a tortured »
Storyville Promotes Caroline Christoper to Svp, Production and Development
NY production house Storyville Entertainment has promoted Caroline Christopher to Svp of production and development, an expansion of her previous role of VP of the same departments.
Christopher will report to Storyville president Betsy Schechter and oversee the company’s development slate, including projects with H2, truTV, Oxygen, SyFy, National Geographic and MTV International.
“Caroline is unique in that she has both incredible development instincts and vast production expertise,” said Schechter. “In less than a year, we’ve sold nearly 10 projects and I’m grateful to my team and their endless effort to bring innovative ideas and a unique voice to the marketplace.”
Prior to Storyville, Christopher served as director of development for National Geographic Television. In her development career, she has worked on programming for NBC’s Peacock Productions and ABC News Productions, as well as Discovery, A&E, TLC, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, AMC and Travel Channel.
Storyville launched in March, »
- Kevin Noonan
Helix Season 2 Video Teases New Viral Outbreak, Ominous Steven Weber
Season 2 of the sci-fi drama finds Billy Campbell’s Dr. Alan Farragut and his Cdc team, still haunted by the Narvik crisis at Arctic Biosystems, investigating the outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer. Clues lead them to an island inhabited by a cult that is dead-set on creating a utopian society.
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