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‘Legion': What Does the Story of the Woodcutter and the Crane Mean?
(Some light spoilers ahead for the Feb. 22 episode of the FX original series “Legion.”) “Legion” opens with something of a strange moment in its third episode. It finds Melanie Bird (Jean Smart) talking to her robotic coffeemaker. While she’s waiting for the machine to finish her brew, it offers to tell her “the story of the poor woodcutter and his wife.” Dr. Bird listens to the tale more than once. The moment is important for a couple of reasons. First, it gives viewers some insight into Dr. Bird as she pours out her coffee so she has an excuse to. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Brad Garrett Cast in CBS Pilot ‘The Get’
Garrett is set to play Bill, described as a hardworking reporter who has spent his life working up to the position of executive producer. He joins existing cast member Emayatzy Corinealdi, who will play Noelle, described as a fearless journalist who never backs down from a story she cares about.
Produced by CBS Television Studios, “The Get” follows a team of tireless internet journalists as they pursue and expose stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.
The pilot hales from writer and executive producer Bridget Carpenter and CBS Television Studios. Carpenter previously served as showrunner on Hulu time-travel drama “11.22.63,” which she executive produced with J.J. Abrams. She was a consulting producer on the first season of Abrams’ HBO sci-fi drama “Westworld.” Her other television credits include Sundance TV’s “The Red Road,” NBC »
- Daniel Holloway
Star Renewed for Season 2 at Fox
Press one finger to your ear and get ready to belt out some glory notes: Star has been renewed for a second season.
Fox announced the return of Lee Daniels’ second music drama on Monday.
Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes, TVLine has confirmed.
In a special, post-Empire launch, Star debuted to 6.7 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating. Season to date, it is averaging 4.6 million viewers and a 1.5 rating, ranking third among Fox dramas in both measures (behind Empire and Lethal Weapon, both of »
‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX
FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.
Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.
The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps »
- Daniel Holloway
Paula Abdul To Co-Star As Herself In Kourtney Kang NBC Comedy Pilot
Paula Abdul, who provided inspiration for the story that became NBC's single-camera comedy pilot from Kourney Kang, is set as a series regular in the project, produced by Nahnatchka Khan. Written by Kang, based on her life, and to be directed by Fred Savage, the untitled comedy centers on young Katie (Isabella Russo) and explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She deals with real-world issues like… »
Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' Renewed for Season 2
Fox is bringing back another one of its first-year series.
A day after renewing freshman comedy The Mick, the network has also handed a season two pickup to Lethal Weapon. The drama will be back for a 22-episode second season.
“Lethal Weapon continues to fire on all cylinders,” said network entertainment president David Madden. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank »
- Kate Stanhope
C Thomas Howell Joins ‘Ray Donovan’ for Recurring Role (Exclusive)
C. Thomas Howell has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” TheWrap has learned. The former “Outsiders” star will recur on the upcoming fifth season of the drama, playing Dr. Brogan, the court-appointed therapist for Liev Schreiber’s title character. Howell is the latest actor to be cast on the show, joining “Quantico” alum Graham Rogers, who will star in a season-long arc next year. Adina Porter, Brian White and Lili Simmons will also appear. Also Read: Showtime Partners With Alex Gibney for 'American Jihad' Documentary In addition to his breakout role in “The Outsiders,” Howell »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 11 Premiere Date Set at Netflix
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” fans, we have movie sign! On Tuesday, Netflix announced the premiere date for the 11th season of the beloved cult TV series about a man and two robot companions riffing on bad movies. The new season of the series will debut on April 14. The announcement was made at a special preview screening of the first episode in Los Angeles. Also Read: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot Smashes Crowdfunding Record Original series creator Joel Hodgson began a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch the show in November 2015. It raised more than $6.3 million, surpassing the record set by the “Veronica. »
- Joe Otterson
Louis Ck Books 2 Netflix Stand-up Comedy Specials
Netflix has nabbed two new stand-up comedy specials from Louis C.K.. The first, titled “2017,” was filmed in Washington DC and will premiere on April 4. “Louis has been one of the most innovative comedy voices in this new era of stand up. He has also been a thought leader in the business of comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “We have marveled at his creativity and his ability to invent comedically and commercially, and are thrilled that he is bringing his newest specials to Netflix.” “Innovative” is right. Not only is Ck lauded for his actual material and bare-bones. »
- Tony Maglio
TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Goes to Memphis, Snags a Win
“This Is Us” caused a flood of tears last night, and brought in its now-usual flood of eyeballs in the 18-49 demographic for NBC. The all-Randall episode drew a 2.5 rating in the demo and an average audience of 9.37 million viewers, up from last week and just around its average. The finale of “The Wall” notched a 1.4 in the demo and 5.9 million viewers. After “This Is Us,” “Chicago Fire” came in with a 1.6 and 7.07 million viewers.
CBS, ever the anti-ageist, continues to be the biggest draw of total viewers. “NCIS” brought in 14.69 million of them, with a 1.6 rating in the demo. “Bull” reeled in its usual 1.3 in the demo and 10.56 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” came in at a 1.1 and 9.42 million viewers.
ABC’s Tuesday comedy block began with a steady “The Middle” with a 1.5 and 6.26 million viewers. “American Housewife” dipped slightly to a 1.4 and 5.18 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat” ticked up to a 1.1 and 3.8 million »
- Oriana Schwindt
Fox’s Marvel Pilot Casts Jamie Chung As Blink
Jamie Chung is crossing over from the DC to the Marvel universe. The actress, who recurred as Valerie Vale on Batman prequel series Gotham, has been cast as a series regular on another Fox comic book drama project, the X-Men-themed untitled Marvel pilot. Written by Matt Nix and directed by Bryan Singer, the pilot focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an… »
Legion Recap: Sweet Dreams
Another week of Legion, another week of delving into the thicket of repressed angst that is David’s brain. But things got even wilder this week… and more dangerous for everyone involved.
David is still worried about his sister Amy, who’s being interrogated by that Phil Spector-looking creep, The Eye. But he dives back into more memory work with Melanie, who promises they’ll speed things up by focusing on big events. (“The s—t that scares you the most,” as Ptonomy puts it.) They zap back »
‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’
[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “The Expanse” Season 2, Episode 5, “Home,” below.]
If you’ve never read the books written by James S.A. Corey upon which “The Expanse” is based, then Episode 5 of the second season more than likely came as a massive shock. As a show adapted from a popular book series with serious genre roots, “The Expanse” has elicited comparisons to “Game of Thrones” before. But the series reached Red Wedding-levels of surprise with “Home,” in which Miller (Thomas Jane) bonds with the protomolecule-infected Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) to prevent the Eros station from crashing into Earth.
Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly
It’s a surprisingly romantic sequence, dense with visual effects to capture the depths to which Julie has become bonded with the protomolecule. But the actual filming featured none of those trappings: Jane and Faivre were acting, according to executive producer Mark Fergus, in “a big empty room with just a chair. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Sony and Japan’s Mitsui Launch Animation Joint Venture
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) is looking to take anime to a global audience in partnership with Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.
The two firms have created joint venture Ak Holdings Corporation, in which Sony has a majority. Ak will operate the two companies’ existing Japanese animation channels, Animax and Kids Station, and also produce and distribute animation content.
With plans to expand into live animation events and to manage animation-themed restaurants, the operation is looking at worldwide expansion. The scheduled launch date is March 31.
“Anime has grown to become a major cultural export with massive commercial appeal around the world,” said Masao Takiyama, managing director of Spej Television Network, and representative director of Kids Station and Animax, in a statement. “Combining the strengths of Sony’s Animax with Mitsui’s Kids Station will allow us to increase our production capacity and reach fans of all ages in Japan and around the world.”
- Mark Schilling
The 100 Review: Clarke Fails to Protect “A Lie Guarded”
Sometimes it’s hard to review a show that maintains such a high level of intensity and quality for such a long time. The 100 does such a great job with maintaining intensity on what most would consider a slow-burn, serialized story, that it’s hard to review it week to week. They don’t have a ton of ups and downs, they have some ups but are relatively constant the rest of the time. All of that said, I think this week’s episode was an up. This week on The 100: The peace in Polis crumbles when Roan finds out about the preparations for the Ark,
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- Nick Hogan
The Magicians Get a Cheat Day
What an episode. “Cheat Day” consistently gave me chills, from the beginning right until the end. The episode focused on Quentin, and Julia, with some important subplots from Penny and Eliot. Let’s start with the small stuff. Eliot is going to be a dad! His subjects have a secret rebellion called the Foo Fighters! His wife used to be with the man who tried to kill him! So much nonsense in Fillory. Eliot is growing, and I love it. There’s not much more to say about it. Penny’s Mr. Miyagi scheme was lacking, but I did love the lead up
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- Dara Driscoll
Stephen Colbert Wonders If Donald Trump Will Get WaPo’s “Democracy Dies In Darkness” Message
Over the weekend President Donald Trump called the media “the enemy of the American people.” To which Washington Post responded today with the addition of a nuts-to-you slogan which, sadly, did not read “Nuts To You” but rather, more self-importantly: "Democracy Dies In Darkness." Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted President Trump will get this strong “goth phase” message, just as soon as he sees it mentioned on Fox & Friends. “DDiD” beat out WaPo's other top choices… »
Arrow Season 5 Episode 14 Review: “The Sin-Eater”
One of Oliver Queen’s defining traits throughout the majority of Arrow‘s run has been incessant need to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders, blaming himself for everyone’s mistakes when they lead to some type of bad outcome. He’s beaten himself for putting those he loves in harm’s way, for giving certain criminals the opportunity to terrorize Star City, and, just last season, for Laurel’s death. Most recently, though, Oliver has blamed himself for the death of Star City police officer and Felicity’s boyfriend, Billy Malone, who he shot and killed after being manipulated by Prometheus in this year’s
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- Chris King
Kellyanne Conway Returns To TV, Says She Has Been Busy Looking At Houses And Being Mom
"I don't think I have to explain myself if I'm not going on TV if I'm out with four kids for three days looking at houses and schools,” President Donald Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Channel primetime star Sean Hannity tonight in re her absence from TV for more than a week. “A lot of my colleagues aren't trying to figure out how to be a mother of four kids, I assure you." Conway also insisted only “about 5% of what I'm being asked to do in this White… »
The 100 Actress Reacts to the Latest Death: 'Are You Kidding Me?!'
Just when Luna thought she hit rock bottom on The 100, along came Wednesday’s episode to remind her that things can always get worse.
RelatedThe 100 Trio Talks Luna’s Miracle Blood, Clarke and Bellamy’s New ‘Understanding’
The journey to Becca’s abandoned laboratory was difficult for everyone — Raven, in particular, can’t seem to catch a damn break — but at least most of them made it out alive. The same, unfortunately, can’t be said for Nyko.
“I was like, ‘Another one? For real? Are you kidding me?!'” actress Nadia Hilker (aka Luna) tells TVLine »
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