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Epix Renews ‘Get Shorty’ for Season 2
Epix has ordered 10 more episodes of the show, exec produced by Davey Holmes and Alan Arkin. The adaptation of the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel stars Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano, Lidio Porto, Megan Stevenson, Sean Bridgers, and Carolyn Dodd premiered Aug. 13. The show joined spy drama “Berlin Station” and the political comedy “Graves” on Epix’s original series roster.
“ ‘Get Shorty’ is our most successful original scripted series to date, and continues to deliver phenomenal performances. We are thrilled to be working again with MGM Television, Davey Holmes, Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano and the Get Shorty team on a second season,” said Epix chief Mark Greenberg.
The hourlong series revolves around O’Dowd as a hitman from Nevada who struggles to shed his criminal past after he moves to Hollywood to become a movie producer. The »
- Cynthia Littleton
Showtime Acquires Prince Concert Film ‘Sign o’ the Times’
The Prince 1987 concert film “Sign o’ the Times’ has been acquired by Showtime and will premiere on Sept. 16. The broadcast marks the first time in more than a decade that the rarely seen film, which was directed by Prince, will air on American television. It was never issued on DVD.
“Sign o’ the Times” was originally conceived as a companion to the 1987 Prince double album of the same name. Among the songs to break out of that release were “U Got the Look” (with Sheena Easton), “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” in addition to the title song and a rendition of the Prince classic, “Little Red Corvette.”
Footage for the 84-minute concert doc was shot primarily at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios. Additional filming took place on tour in the Netherlands and Belgium.
- Variety Staff
Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Score Put Pilot Order for Missing Plane Mystery Series at NBC
The series, currently titled “Manifest,” follows the passengers of a plane that disappeared from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by.
Rake will executive produce and write. Zemeckis will executive produces through his Compari Entertainment banner Compari’s Jack Rapke will also executive produce, while Compari’s Jackie Levine will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, where Zemeckis is set up under an overall deal, will produce. Zemeckis and Rake are repped by Wme.
This is Zemeckis’ second put pilot order in the past few weeks, with ABC giving out such an order for a “Jetsons” live action series that »
- Joe Otterson
Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Decimates ‘Bachelor in Paradise’
NBC absolutely dominated another Tuesday primetime thanks to “America’s Got Talent.” On the back of its big two-hour reality competition, NBC actually topped ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW combined in the key 18-49 ratings demographic. Plus, lead-in “AGT” handed the 10 p.m. “Hollywood Game Night” its third-largest audience ever — you’re welcome, Jane Lynch. While a very distant second, ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” ended up as the No. 2 show on broadcast last night. Fox finished behind both Univision and Telemundo in the main demo, airing just reruns. »
- Tony Maglio
Five Movie Releases in September We Cannot Wait To See
This coming September should be enough to get you out of the end of summer slump when you see what’s going to be arriving in theaters. The summer blockbusters have all but dried up and that means we should be getting ready for the thrills and chills of the fall to come. That cool autumn breeze that alights upon the back of your neck can be refreshing or chilling depending on which of these upcoming hits you’re planning on seeing. While nothing’s guaranteed, a lot of us can’t wait to take a seat and be entertained by these big names
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TV Review: ‘Disjointed’ From Chuck Lorre
Is “Disjointed” better if you’re stoned? Well, of course. Pot has been adding another dimension — and improving the flaws of bad television — for almost as long as we’ve had the medium. And “Disjointed,” in particular, seems designed to satisfy a mellower state of mind. It’s slow and spacey and visually kinetic, with a, well, disjointed format that frames traditional multi-camera set pieces with fake commercials, animated segments, and fictional YouTube videos. For a show on Netflix, it’s amusing how much effort “Disjointed” has put into looking like something syndicated on a forgotten cable channel; it makes use of visual nods to technologies that the streaming service has effectively made obsolete, like commercial breaks and VHS fast-forwarding. But that is part of what makes “Disjointed” so bizarrely intriguing, especially to the high among us; it’s so scattershot that it appears to imply meaning, when the fact is, it »
- Sonia Saraiya
‘This Is Us’ Season 2: Watch a Heartbreaking Scene From the Premiere
A new clip from NBC takes “This Is Us” viewers back to a familiar location — the hospital.
Before getting there, the three minute clip starts with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) telling Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that his wife isn’t totally on board with his adoption plans. He asks his mother about how she and her late husband Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) decided to adopt him. With some prodding, she hesitantly admits, “It’s complicated.”
A flashback cuts to Jack and Rebecca looking at a newborn Randall in the hospital. Having just lost a triplet during childbirth, Rebecca confessed she initially said no to adopting. “But your father was so sure I was tired and I was grieving, and he just kept pushing me,” she recounted. “He was so determined that you were meant to be. Meant to be ours.”
Rebecca reflected back on her marriage and left her son with encouraging words. “Sometimes »
- Rebecca Rubin
‘Mr. Robot’ Releases Recap Ahead of Season 3 Premiere (Watch)
In preparation for the Season 3 premiere, “Mr. Robot” released a seven-minute recap covering all vital storylines from the previous season.
The summary video begins with a newscast of President Barack Obama revealing an attack by Tyrell Wellick and fsociety before launching into a montage of Season 2’s pivotal moments.
Season 3 picks up following last season’s cliffhanger, and explores each character’s motivations and the disintegration between Elliot and Mr. Robot. The series follows cyber-security engineer Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), hacker Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), and hacktivists known as fsociety, who team up for cyber missions.
Carly Chaikin, who plays Elliot’s sister Darlene Alderson, explained earlier, “Season 1 was about plot, Season 2 was about character, and Season 3 is both.”
From Universal Cable Productions, “Mr Robot” stars Malek, Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer, Bobby Cannavale, Stephanie Corneliussen, and Bd Wong. Sam Esmail writes and executive produces along with Anonymous Content executive producers »
- Rebecca Rubin
Kevin Can Wait Probably Won't Tell Us How Donna Died
The single most interesting off-season decision for a television show comes from an unexpected source: CBS' Kevin James hubby-and-wife comedy Kevin Can Wait. In an attempt to overhaul the structure of the series, producers decided to kill off the wife, Donna (Erinn Hayes), in between seasons.
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- Tim Surette
Five Things You Didn’t Know About LeToya Luckett
LeToya Luckett is known to fans as a singer and the star of VH1s “Single Ladies” as music executive Felicia Price. She’s can be serious or funny, but her preference is to be on the “goofy” side as she describes. Her admirers love her great sense of humor and her amazing stage presence, but here are five things that they don’t know about her. 1. Her best friends are also celebs When asked who she is closest to, she chose two well-known celebrities as her besties. She is friends with Michelle Williams who is a former member of the musical
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
Chicago P.D. Boss Talks How Lindsay’s Exit Will Affect Halstead and Voight
When the Season 5 premiere picks up, Detective Erin Lindsay (exiting series regular Sophia Bush) will have, indeed, moved on to a position at the FBI’s New York counter-terrorism unit, new showrunner Rick Eid tells TVLine. Despite “a bit of a [time] jump,” the episode will, “emotionally, in many ways, pick up from where” last May’s cliffhanger left off, with Lindsay’s ex-boyfriend Jay Halstead and her surrogate father Hank Voight still coping with her sudden departure.
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Once Upon a Time: How Will the New Curse Affect Everyone?
Once Upon a Time has seen its fair share of curses over the years (what are we at now, 11?), but this one will be a big change for Regina (Lana Parrilla), Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and Rumple (Robert Carlyle).
In the history of the show, none of these three returning characters have ever truly had a
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- Lindsay Macdonald
Robert Rodriguez & go90 Ink Programming Deal; Unveil New Series With Michael Madsen, Danny Trejo, More
Verizon’s go90 is partnering with the studio division of Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network on a programming deal that includes a new animated short series and an independent filmmaking event inspired by Rodriguez’s career. Animated short series Explosion Jones, starring Michael Madsen, Jaylen Barron, Carl Weathers, James Hong, Danny Trejo and Vivica A. Fox, will debut September 5 on go90. Rebel Without a Crew, an independent filmmaking event to commemorate the 25th… »
A Typical Week in the Production of “Seinfeld”
Actor Jason Alexander sat down for an interview with Archive of American Television and talked about working with the cast and crew of Seinfeld. At one point he was asked to describe what a typical work week for the show was like. Jason said it went something like this; Day 1 They would get the scripts and do a table read. The producers, writers, representatives would be present. The higher-ups would have a powwow, make their notes, Larry would quit, and the notes were thrown away. Larry would agree to stay to the end of the day, and then the
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- Nat Berman
CBS Buys Quantico Ep's Legal Drama
CBS is betting that Joshua Safran‘s newest project will be quite the smash.
The Peacock Net has bought Safran’s currently untitled legal drama, our sister site Deadline reports.
Safran (Quantico, Smash) will write the potential series, which will follow a powerful corporate attorney who signs on to defend her rich-yet-estranged husband when he is arrested for the long-ago — and still unsolved — murder of his first Mrs.
The official logline is below:
Susanna Strait, a wealthy New York corporate lawyer, is asked to move to Houston to help legendary criminal attorney Beau Gosse defend her husband, a real-estate baron »
Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Godless’ Gets Premiere Date, First-Look Images at Netflix
The western stars Jeff Daniels as notorious criminal Frank Griffin, who, along with his band of outlaws, is on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Donnell), who betrayed Griffin and his men. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in the worn-down, isolated mining town of La Belle, N.M., which is governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend itself against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.
The series marks Daniels’ first television appearance since 2014, when he appeared as Will McAvoy in HBO’s “The Newsroom.” It »
- Erin Nyren
Five of the Most Amazing Elevator Scenes in Movies
You either love elevators, hate them, or don’t feel any real two ways about them. They’re wonderful for saving all that walking up and down stairs but they’re also problematic because they can actually break down and leave you stranded. In movies they’re kind of a problem just because they offer so many unknowns and can be extremely dangerous. It’s not so much the actual conveyance however it’s more the fact that since it’s a powered lift it can be manipulated and even forced to cause harm if that’s the intent of the controller. In any case elevators can also
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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Photos Still Show No Signs of Daenerys, but Bran Appears Ready to Finally Speak Up
In the final episode of “Game of Thrones” this season, history will be made one way or another.
For the first time during her reign, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has deigned to hold court to meet with her biggest rivals: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the leaders whose respective Houses are represented in the episode’s title, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
Read More:‘Game of Thrones’: In Defense of Believable Timelines and Logic Even on a Fantasy Show With Dragons
While Jon and Dany have seen the White Walkers and their army of the dead up close and personal, they have yet to convince Cersei to put aside her power-hungry ways and call a detente in order to focus their combined forces up North to defeat their common enemy. Because most people in Westeros still believe the White Walkers, whom they’ve dubbed The Others, »
- Hanh Nguyen
7 Questions Game of Thrones Needs to Address in the Season 7 Finale
It's here: the end of Game of Thrones' seventh season is upon us. How did we get here? Where did the time go? No one knows, no one cares -- least of all Game of Thrones itself. The show's timeline this season has been, well, wonky would be putting it kindly. Time and distance had no meaning as people
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- Kaitlin Thomas
Crashing's Pete Holmes Talks Season 2 Returns, Starts a Beef With Iron Man
For example: Holmes tells TVLine that filming a scene from the comedy’s upcoming second season felt very much like something out of a classic ’80s sci-fi film. “[There] was this big elaborate rig, and it was like 1 in the morning, and I’m riding around the streets of Chelsea on this bike, and it was very E.T.,” he says.
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