'Futurama' Season 7: Matt Groening teases an election, Fry and Leela and more
"Futurama" returns to Comedy Central in just a few weeks, and creator Matt Groening says fans can look forward to continued development in Fry and Leela's relationship, the return of guest voice George Takei and, according to him, the limb-losingest season yet.
"I guess what's different this summer is Fry and Leela's relationship is progressing, and people who care about that will be delighted," Groening tells Zap2it. "And the animators at Rough Draft have once again made it their missions to outdo themselves. They just love doing the show -- they have such a good time. ... With a very skimpy budget and tight time schedule, they continue to amaze us."
The season opens June 20 with back-to-back episodes. The first finds Bender the father to a robot baby (complete with explanation of how that works), and the second plays with the idea of the Mayan calendar predicting the end of »
'Duets' Recap: Classic Duets and a Surprise Newcomer
It's week 2 of Duets, which means the novelty has passed and now we can really assess how this new singing competition stands on its own merit. From the start Quddus gives the audience some good news: starting from week 6, America will get to participate in determining who wins through a public voting system (there's a relief). Also, next week, the bottom two amateurs will sing in an a cappella showdown, and one individual will finally be sent home. Given this news and Kelly and Robin's opening rockin' duet, this is shaping up to be a promising second week. »
'Hatfields & McCoys' breaks new ratings record
The final installment of the History Channel’s family feud continued to attract great ratings. Night three of Hatfields & McCoys on Wednesday ended up surpassing the first part (13.9 million) by attracting 14.2 million viewers. That makes it the No. 1 entertainment telecast of all time on ad-supported cable.
The third installment also averaged 6.3 million adults between the ages of 25 and 54, which makes it the No. 1 entertainment telecast on ad-supported cable in 14 years.
Overall, the miniseries has averaged 13.8 million total viewers over three nights. It bowed on May 28; more than 17 million people watched both the premiere and encore telecast.
The three-part, six-hour scripted »
- Lynette Rice
Imagine Television’s Robin Gurney To Depart
Exclusive: Veteran Imagine TV executive Robin Gurney, Senior Evp Development & Production, is leaving the company after a seven-year tenure. At the 20th Century Fox TV-based company, Gurney developed and produced such shows as Friday Night Lights, Shark, Lie To Me, Friends With Benefits and The Playboy Club. “I am very proud of the work I have a accomplished while at Imagine and will truly miss this amazing company” said Gurney. “Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are incredibly inspiring on so many levels and I am grateful for their continued support. That said, it is time to move on and I am excited to seek new professional challenges.” In addition to Imagine principals Howard and Grazer, Gurney has worked at the company’s TV division with former Imagine TV president David Nevins and his successor, Francie Calfo. “Robin has been a tremendous asset to the company and a valued member of the Imagine family, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Zap2it Awards: Fat Betty vs Fat Schmidt - Did 'Mad Men' or 'New Girl' have the better fat suit?
The TV season might be over, but that doesn't mean we can't reminisce over the best and worst of 2011-2012 with the Zap2it Awards! Today's poll might be the hardest decision you'll make all day: Which show had the better use of a fat suit: Fat Betty Francis on "Mad Men" or Fat Schmidt on "New Girl"?
On one hand, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) has his own theme song: "We built this Schmidty, we built this Schmidty on tootsie rolls!" On the other hand, Betty (January Jones) shares our love of Bugles and whipped cream (and breaks our heart a little bit every week with her struggles...and also has her own unofficial theme song).
It's a tough choice, but we need your help to decide which fat suit was more awesome. (And regardless of the winner, there hasn't been a more effective use of the fat suit since Fat Monica on "Friends. »
'Touch' Season 1 finale: Bodhi Elfman is 'a sexy Jew'
On Fox's drama "Touch" -- which concludes its first season with a two-hour finale on Thursday, May 31 -- Bodhi Elfman pays Avram, an Hasidic Jew who may have answers to the questions that troubled father Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) has about his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz), who seems to be able to detect world-spanning connections through mysterious numbers.
Series creator Tim Kring appears to have made a connection of his own by casting Elfman in the part.
"I've been working on a character like this on my own," Elfman tells Zap2it, "kind of an Hasidic Jew out of New York. it was something that I had been playing with for a while. Then, when the meeting came up for this type of thing, it happened very fast, just came at me.
"I was able to go in there, just do my work. It was fortuitous that »
Emma Stone To Make A Cameo On 'iCarly' Plus More Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Emma Stone is about to be launched into the stratosphere this summer. The actress who worked her way up the ladder with considerable charm in a string of films ("Superbad," "Easy A," "Stupid Crazy Love," "The Help") features in her first franchise in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Then later this fall, she'll go all femme fatale alongside the macho cast of "Gangster Squad." But lest you think she doesn't have time to have fun anymore, you'd be mistaken. EW reports that Stone will make a cameo appearance in the hugely popular Nickelodean show "iCarly." Since I'm not a girl or twelve years old, I've never seen this show, but it's a pretty big deal for a certain demographic and having Stone pop up will be a nice treat, particularly as it will be the final season for the program. Anyway, in the episode that will air later this year, Stone will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ratings: Hatfields & McCoys Finale Smashes Own Record, Stanley Cup Game 1 Slips Hard
The Hatfields & McCoys feud ended with a massive bang on Wednesday night.
The conclusion of the History miniseries surpassed the record it set on Night 1 by drawing 14.3 million total viewers, thus making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in ad-supported cable history.
Across all three nights, Hatfields & McCoys averaged 13.8 million total viewers, with 4.9 mil falling into the coveted 18-49 demo. What’s more, the finale’s 6.3 million viewers in the 25-54 range marks a 14-year high for ad-supported cable.
Update: Late adopters can catch all six hours of Hatfields this Saturday starting at 6/5c.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
IFC’s Violent New Comedy ‘Bullet In The Face’ Stirs Controversy, Will Make It To Air
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage. When IFC and Sundance Channel president Evan Shapiro departed his post in April, the forthcoming IFC original comedy Bullet In The Face lost its biggest champion. And champions are exactly what a show like Bullet needs considering that the broad, over-the-top half-hour may be the most violent comedy in television history. According to sources, when IFC execs screened the six-episode series, there was shock and nervousness in the room. And now the controversial Bullet, which was not mentioned during IFC’s upfront presentation in March, is being scheduled in a very odd pattern: three episodes back-to-back on two consecutive nights, August 16 and August 17, from 10 Pm-11:30 Pm. The uncertainty of what to do with Bullet In The Face is understandable. While its first three screened episodes show it to be uproarious and twisted, it’s also rife with cinematic-level violence and wildly politically incorrect imagery. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Breaks More Cable Records
Night 3 of History’s Hatfields & McCoys topped Night 1 and Night 2 with 14.3 million total viewers, 6.3 million adults 25-54 and 5.1 million adults 18-49 to become the new most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on ad-supported cable and the No. 1 entertainment telecast on ad-supported cable among 25-54 in 14 years. The mini’s three parts rank as the top three entertainment telecasts of all time in ad-supported cable history among total viewers. Overall, for the three nights on May 28-30, Hatfields & McCoys averaged 13.8 total viewers, 6 million adults 25-54 and 4.9 million adults 18-49. The 4.9 million ddult 18-49 average makes it the highest-rated miniseries or movie on cable since 1998. Related: History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Sets Cable Ratings Record With 13.9 Million Viewers »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Viacom Chief Says Paramount Developing Films With “Consumer Products Potential”
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman doesn’t sound anything like Dwight Eisenhower, but he seems to to have the architect of D-Day in mind when he talks about his broad plan to invade retail shelves with licensed merchandise. At Paramount, “for the most part we’re going to greenlight films with consumer products potential,” he told investors today at the Nomura U.S. Media & Telecom Summit. That’s key to his goal for Paramount to “focus on profitability” especially by integrating with other Viacom businesses. He’s particularly excited about Viacom’s plans to relaunch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which Viacom bought for $60M in 2009. The characters will appear in an animated series on Nickelodeon this fall and in a film on Christmas 2013. ”Everybody knows the history of it and are excited by the way it’s been reinvented,” Dauman says. “Once you get that strength at the retailer level, it »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Starz Campaigns for Boss With a New Season 2 Trailer (Video)
When Starz isn't making shows about beefy men in ancient times (and boobs) or 1960s hoteliers in Miami (and boobs), it's making a show about the cunning mayor of Chicago and his slipping grip on both power and his health (and boobs). Starz's Boss returns for Season 2 on August 17, and to make sure it gets your vote, the cable channel has released this trailer. With new footage!
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- Tim Surette
'Awkward's' Team Jake captain Brett Davern: 'Do you want a boyfriend who is always smelling his armpits?'
The Team Jake vs. Team Matty competition began when the cast of MTV's "Awkward" (returning for a second season June 28) first met.
"We were all joking about Team Jake team Matty when shooting the pilot," Brett Davern, who plays Jake, tells Zap2it. "It took on a life of its own. The social media has created that. Fans have latched on and it has been really fun to see. They definitely have who they are rooting for."
The question is should people be on Team Jake? Sure he is the cute, blond, class president, a jock and very sweet, but he did cheat on his girlfriend.
Greer Grammer, who plays that ex, Lissa, says, "Jake is such a nice boy. I guess he cheated on his girlfriend. I am very Team Matty."
But Davern has solid reasons for why everyone should root for him to win over the star, Jenna »
'Devious Maids': Lifetime interested in Marc Cherry's ABC pilot
The cable channel has had some preliminary talks with producer ABC Studios about migrating the show, Deadline reports. "Devious Maids" may also not be the only reclamation project Lifetime undertakes, either: It's reportedly looking at some other (unnamed) pilots the broadcast networks rejected this spring and has also expressed interest in CBS' canceled drama "Unforgettable."
"Devious Maids" is based on a Mexican series and follows the lives of four housekeepers who work for wealthy families in Beverly Hills while dreaming of and scheming for better lives of their own. The cast includes Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty"), Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), Grant Show ("Melrose Place") and Susan Lucci ("All My Children").
Cherry created the show as "Desperate Housewives" was winding down and shares executive producer »
'Toddlers & Tiaras': Honey Boo Boo Child gets her own spinoff
Get the Go Go Juice ready because Alana -- otherwise known as pageant monster Honey Boo Boo Child -- just landed her own "Toddlers & Tiaras" spinoff at TLC. Coming in August 2012, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" will take us inside Alana's life both on and off the pageant circuit.
According to a press release from TLC, the show will chronicle six-year-old Alana's family life in rural Georgia where the norm is "four-wheeling through mud pits and picking up road kill for the family cookout."
"Each episode follows Alana and her family: stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn ("Pumpkin"), 15-year-old Jessica ("Chubbs") and 17-year-old pregnant Anna ("Chickadee").
Honey Boo Boo and her mom made headlines in January when "Toddlers & Tiaras" chronicled June's practice of giving Alana a blend of highly-caffeinated soda (i.e. Mountain Dew) and energy drink (i.e. Red Bull) before competitions. »
Wil Calhoun Joins NBC’s ‘Whitney’ As New Showrunner
Friends alum Wil Calhoun has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of NBC’s comedy series Whitney, which is heading into its second season. The stint is part of his overall deal with Universal TV, which produces Whitney. Calhoun, who will work with series creator/star Whitney Cummings, replaces Betsy Thomas, who has moved to NBC’s new comedy series Guys With Kids as a co-executive producer. There has been a change at the helm of both NBC freshman comedies that were renewed for a second season. Up All Night has Tucker Cawley as new executive producer/showrunner. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'The Expendables,' 'Red' & 'Step Up' Being Eyed For Potential TV Series
Earlier this year, Lionsgate bought Summit for big pile of money, and the question more savvy business types began asking was: "Why?" Granted, the indie studio was successful, largely due in part to the "Twilight" franchise, but it remained to be seen how Lionsgate would exploit the rest of their catalog to make the purchase worth the price. Well, now there appears to be some insight into their approach. CEO Jon Feltheimer spent this morning on the phone with Wall Street analysts as the company dropped their Q4 results and revealed that the studio is considering turning "The Expendables," "Red" and "Step Up" into TV shows. While our stomach kind of churns at the idea, it makes sense. Both "The Expendables" and "Red" are stepping into franchise territory with sequels on the way ("The Expendables 2" this summer and "Red 2" next year) and are firmly in the Old People Doing Stuff mode that. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
NBC's 'Whitney' getting new showrunner
Executive producer Betsy Thomas is stepping down from her post on the Whitney Cummings sitcom. Instead, Friends veteran Wil Calhoun will take the lead (who were you expecting, Dan Harmon?). Calhoun most recently worked on NBC’s Kath & Kim, CBS’ Gary Unmarried and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Meanwhile Thomas has already landed another gig: She’s moving over to serve as co-executive producer on NBC’s upcoming comedy Guys With Kids. »
- James Hibberd
Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined
The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013. This is an odd way to make an increasingly competitive field even more fierce. Many of our best actors are heading to TV where the juicier roles are. This year's pool of competing actors and actresses will include the likes of Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Idris Elba, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Clive Owen, Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Jessica Lange, Julianne Moore, Emily Watson, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel Weisz. The 2011 winners were Kate Winslet (Lead, »
- Sophia Savage
TVLine Items: Walking Dead-athon Debuts B&W Episode, AMC Alum to Army Wives and More
AMC will marathon all 19 episodes of The Walking Dead‘s first two seasons the weekend of July 8, leading up to a special edition of Talking Dead and a never-before-broadcast black-and-white conversion of the series pilot.
The Dead-athon kicks off Saturday, July 8 at 11:30am Est, running to 1 am that night. The action picks back up Sunday at 11:30 am, leading into the 9 o’clock Talking Dead special and then the 10 pm showing of the B&W series opener.
The marathon event will also be laden with behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews, and maybe a peek or two at Season 3, premiering this fall. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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