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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… »
Fox News’ Alan Colmes Dies at 66 After ‘Brief Illness’
Fox News contributor and commentator Alan Colmes has died after a brief illness. He was 66.
America’s Newsroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer announced the news during Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox program.
“We have, yet again, some sad news to report here at the Fox News Channel,” said Hemmer. “Fox News contributor and frequent guest here in America’s Newsroom, Alan Colmes, has passed away.”
Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement to the network:
“Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Fox News Veteran Alan Colmes Dies at 66
“I’m truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend,” Hannity said in a statement. He called Colmes “one of life’s most decent, kind and wonderful people you’d ever want to meet.”
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- Cynthia Littleton
TV Review: ‘Feud’
“Feud,” which tells the story of clashing screen titans Joan Crawford and Bette Davis around the production of their 1962 film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” is a series designed for a knowing audience, a basket of Easter eggs. The mythos of the film’s production — which cast the two rivals as two sisters raised in show business — is intertwined with each actress’ place in Hollywood legend; it was a last-ditch attempt at relevance for both “mature” stars, in an industry that would have preferred to shove them aside for younger women. As “Feud” relates, even though Crawford brought the project to Davis and profited off of its success, she couldn’t stomach the fact that Davis was nominated for an Academy Award over her. Stoked by alcohol and anger, Crawford went so far as to actively campaign against her costar in the 1963 Oscar race — before mutual desperation brought the two actresses together again for “Hush… Hush »
- Sonia Saraiya
Donald Trump Officially Spends More Time Golfing than At Intelligence Briefings
I wish this were a lie. I truly wish that this were fake news that I’m “reporting” here. But it’s not. A startling new figure has come out about how Donald Trump has spent the first month in office. The Washington Post broke down just how he’s spent his first month in office with a simply pie graph that they posted to Twitter. The numbers are highly alarming. While the Post even admits that their methodology isn’t 100% accurate, it’s unfortunately pretty darned close. For example, Trump has spent nearly a quarter of his time in office in Florida, 25
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- Nat Berman
24: Legacy: Original Series Character “Tony Almeida” to Return
For those of you who are enjoying 24: Legacy this season, the series just made a pretty awesome announcement regarding a familiar face from the past. In only a couple of weeks we’ll have a look at what happens when the CTU makes a call outside the organization for some help with interrogation techniques. This is an official press release from Fox Carter Seeks Andy’S Help On An All-new “24: Legacy” Monday, March 13, On Fox Carlos Bernard Returns as Original Series Character “Tony Almeida” Carter turns to Andy for help, in order to get crucial evidence back in their
24: Legacy: Original Series Character “Tony Almeida” to Return »
- Nat Berman
‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Did Connor Kill Wes?
Last week’s episode revealed that Connor was at Annalise’s (Viola Davis) house on the night that Wes died, and the flashback scene showed his hands on Wes’ chest, seemingly giving him CPR.
So, was Connor truly trying to save Wes? Or did he hurt him and was trying to make up for a deadly mistake?
“One could argue that looks like Connor is trying to save Wes,” Falahee proposed, speaking to Variety and a small group of reporters earlier this year.
When prodded about the theory of Connor being guilty, Falahee quipped, “Sure, but who kills someone and then is like, ‘You know what, I’m actually going to do chest compressions’?” He added, “I definitely think that Connor has been on his toes »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Damon Wayans Jr. to Star in Futuristic FX Comedy Pilot From Seth Rogen
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The Happy Endings alum has nabbed the starring role in the FX comedy pilot Singularity, from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The futuristic sitcom, created by Silicon Valley scribe Sonny Lee, takes place in a world where artificial intelligence has triumphed over human intelligence, resulting in dramatic changes to everyday society.
In the pilot — which is described as similar in vein to Rogen and Goldberg’s 2013 film This Is the End — Wayans Jr. »
Damon Wayans Jr. Joins Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s FX Comedy Pilot
“Singularity,” which hails from “Silicon Valley” and “The Real O’Neals” scribe Sonny Lee and executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, takes place in a world where artificial intelligence has been woven into daily life. In tech parlance, “the Singularity” will mark the point at which AI overtakes that of its human creators, leading to, essentially, the end of the era of homo sapiens on earth.
Wayans Jr. will play Doug, a guy who loves to be in the moment and is often dressed in Yezzy streetwear. Contrary to some, Doug is happily reliant on AI and seeks out all the pleasures technology has to offer.
Lee, who is also a co-exec producer on Netflix’s “Girlboss,” will serve as an exec producer as well as writer. Rogen »
- Oriana Schwindt
Star Wars is Real: Check Out the Scorpion 3 Hoverbike
The world of lasers, ray guns, flying ships, light sabers and all that fun stuff we always dreamed of from Star Wars is not only not far off, a lot of is already here and in development. We know that flying cars are in development. We know that driverless cars already exist and are being perfected so that we never have to manually drive again. Remember when Michael Jackson flew out of the stadium in a jetpack? That’s nothing compared to what we have going on right now. May I present to you the first fully-manned hoverbike. What’s a hoverbike?
- Nat Berman
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