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Sandrine Holt Books Female Lead in ABC’s Drama Pilot ‘The Crossing’
The “House of Cards” alum has been cast as the female lead in the drama, which is nearing a deal with her male co-lead, sources say.
In “The Crossing,” refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive the conspiracy-centered story.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Connie Britton Lands First Post-‘Nashville’ Role in Netflix’s ‘Land of Steady Habits’
Britton is joining Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco and Thomas Mann in “Steady Habits,” based on the Ted Thompson novel. Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu are producing through their Likely Story production company.
Holofcener is directing from her own script, based on a man in his fifties who implodes in the middle of affluent Connecticut life by leaving his wife. When the character — played by Mendelsohn — realizes he’s made a mistake, he tries to redeem his personal and professional missteps. Britton will play a divorcee who develops a connection with Mendelsohn’s character.
Britton has been nominated for four Emmys, including one for “Nasvhille” and two for “Friday Night Lights.” She appeared in »
- Dave McNary
Bradley Whitford Joins Busy Philipps in NBC’s Tina Fey Pilot ‘The Sackett Sisters’
“The Sackett Sisters” is filling up its family tree.
“The Sackett Sisters” is a single-camera comedy about the Sackett family, which is reunited when two estranged sisters perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Whitford will play the character, Henry Sackett. Philipps will play one of the sisters, and the other sibling is still being cast, though insiders tell Variety a comic actress is in negotiations.
The pilot hails from “30 Rock” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer Luke Del Tredici, who will executive produce with Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner. Universal Television is producing with Fey’s Little Stranger shingle.
Whitford has courted a few pilot offers this season, both in comedy and drama. Lately, Whitford has earned critical praise for his role on Amazon »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Nashville: Connie Britton Talks About That "Lie" and Her Future on the Series
Warning: Huge Nashville Spoilers Ahoy!Well she had us fooled. Back in January, on her daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres asked Connie Britton about the rumors that she would only recur in the fifth season of the Nashville TV show, which was renewed by Cmt, after being unceremoniously cancelled by ABC.At the time, Britton replied, "“I’m in. I’m in for the duration.” It turns out that wasn't the duration of Nashville's Cmt run, or even the duration of season five. Now it's clear she meant another duration, entirely (revealed after the jump). Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella also star.Read More… »
Freddie Highmore to Star in ABC Pilot ‘The Good Doctor’
“The Good Doctor” tells the story of Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism who relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to win over his skeptical colleagues and save the lives of the patients he deeply cares for.
Highmore will play the central character, Dr. Shaun Murphy, who is described as being awkward at the best of times, not good with social interaction, but possessed of an engaging honesty and directness. A medical savant, Shaun has survived a troubled childhood to become a talented doctor. Unable to access emotions but brilliant and intuitive when it comes to medicine, Shaun »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
TV Ratings: ‘Blacklist: Redemption’ Off to Sluggish Start, ‘Htgawm’ Up in Finale
As much as broadcast networks say that Nielsen’s Live+Same Day ratings are no longer of any real concern to them, there’s no denying that most midseason dramas have gotten off to a rocky start by that metric. “The Blacklist: Redemption,” the spinoff of James Spader-led “The Blacklist,” became the latest data point in that trend Thursday night. Coming out of its progenitor, “Redemption” notched a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic and drew an average audience of 4.2 million viewers.
On the plus side for NBC, that was just one-tenth off in the demo from “The Blacklist,” which brought in a 0.9 and an audience of 4.92 million. Thursday comedies “Superstore” and “Powerless” inched down slightly from last week. “Superstore” notched a 1.1 and 3.54 million viewers, while “Powerless” drew a 0.7 and 2.3 million.
ABC cruised to its customary Shonda Rhimes-fueled victory. “Grey’s Anatomy” delivered a 2.0 in the demo and 7.61 million viewers, while »
- Oriana Schwindt
Kesha Set to Star in Maker Studios’ ‘Highly Gifted’ Animated Series (Exclusive)
Pop star Kesha is set to star in Maker Studios’ new animated series “Highly Gifted,” TheWrap has learned. The “Tik Tok” singer will be joined by Drake Bell and Ron Funches in the comedy project from the Lehrer Boys. “Highly Gifted” is a semi-autobiographical show based on the Lehrer brothers’ years of being shunted to highly-gifted programs, where they existed in a precarious intellectual bubble within the larger school — an exotic and forbidden world, where people went on dates, attended sporting events, partied, and engaged in other exotic and mysterious rites and ceremonies. Also Read: Lady Gaga Gets Dragged Into Kesha's Legal Drama With. »
- Linda Ge
I’m Kind of Surprised Shepard Smith Hasn’t Been Fired Yet
Not once, not twice, but now three times in the last two months, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is standing up for free press and continuing his stance that CNN is not fake news. Once again, Smith known for being a highly conservative media influence and “prior” supporter of Donald Trump has gone on the offensive and is essentially calling out the President for his claims about CNN (and others) being “fake news” outlets. Shepard said, “CNN’s reporting was not fake news,” continued Smith, seen in video below. “Its journalists follows the same standards to which other news organizations, including
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- Nat Berman
Last Man Standing: The Baxters Have a “Church” Problem
All over the United States, young people have stopped attending churches. In my world, in which I was raised middle class, white, and in the church, less and less people my age are engaging with communities of faith. Though not often portrayed in western media, Last Man Standing tackles stories of real issues being encountered all over, and issues to which I can relate. This week on Last Man Standing: Mike and Vanessa struggle to get their girls to come to church with them, so Mike devises a plan to make the sermons more interesting. When that doesn’t work, he appeals straight to the
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- Nick Hogan
A Trump-approved New York Times Commercial by Jimmy Fallon
After the Trump Administration has made enemies out of just about every single major news outlet, The New York Times decided to hit back this week. The media titan unveiled a splashy new ad campaign this week as well as Oscars commercial which emphasize the importance of journalism in our world today. However, Jimmy Fallon tries to imagine what this commercial would look like if it got into the hands of Donald Trump. On Friday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Fallon presented a faux Times commercial that Trump ostensibly made a few edits to. “In today’s world, journalism is more
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- Nat Berman
Mama June’s Revenge Weight Loss: This is the World We Live In?
For the record I did not watch the show Mama June: From Hot to Not last night. I was too busy not watching shows like this. However, I never thought I’d say that there’s a startling similarity between this show and The Curse of Oak Island. Like The Curse of Oak Island, Mama’s June’s show was a giant tease with no “big reveal” at the end. Fans were shocked and angry that they never actually got to see this tiny, thin Mama June we were expecting from all the promos. Instead fans claimed that she was wearing a fat suit.
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- Nat Berman
Rick Derringer Singing “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” to Start the Weekend
Rick Derringer’s been in the news for the last 24 hours because he brought a loaded gun on an airplane. The classic rock singer and guitarist has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Mexico with a loaded handgun in Atlanta’s airport. Derringer told a federal air marshal he kept his gun with him on commercial airline flights 30 to 50 times a year, and never before had a problem carrying it through airport checkpoints, prosecutors said. Tsa spokesman Mark Howell said earlier that the agency investigates such statements
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- Nat Berman
Stephen Colbert Compares Trump’s Nuclear Plan to the Cold War
Our last President won the Nobel Prize for carefully decommissioning our nukes, while our new President wants ‘everybody-nobody’ to have them. That’s essentially the main subject of Stephen Colbert’s monologue last night on The Late Show. Colbert begins by joking about the 35th day that Trump has been in office, but really calling it the 35th year because that’s essentially what it’s felt like for many of us. But the main topic was Trump’s desire to expand the United States nuclear arsenal. Trump was quoted as saying he wants to make it “top of the pack.” Exactly what Trump meant
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- Nat Berman
Sleepy Hollow: Team Witness Battles Fire Genie. Molly Sees Older Ichabod.
“There is more to life than amassing followers.”. This quote from Ichabod couldn’t be more ironic. On tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, Team Witness fight against a Fire Djinn. Yes, you heard right, a djinn that consumes people’s lifeforce through its flames. The hour began with Malcolm sitting in a chair on the White House lawn. A choir stands before him singing what I deduce as “American the Beautiful.” I could be wrong so feel free to correct me. Then two men brought him a man in chains. The man in question turns out to be none other than Ichabod
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Vampire Diaries Trailer Offers First Look at Stefan and Caroline's Wedding
It may not be the #SterolineJuneWedding fans were hoping for, but Stefan and Caroline will walk down the aisle on The Vampire Diaries‘ penultimate episode — and we finally have our first look at the big day.
PhotosVampire Diaries First Look: [Spoiler] Crashes the ‘Steroline’ Wedding
As revealed in the trailer for the March 3 episode (8/7c), appropriately titled “We’re Planning a June Wedding,” Damon decides that the best way to lure Katherine (aka the new Queen of Hell) out of hiding is to throw the one party she can’t possibly pass up: Stefan and Caroline’s nuptials.
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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Slams ‘Bait’-Taking Liberals & Huggy, Panda-Loving TV Journalists
Updated with New Rules video After praising recent instances of journalists like George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd standing their ground against White House falsehoods, Bill Maher didn’t stay nice for long. Showing clips of network news segments on unicorns, hugs and pet goats, Maher’s New Rules segment of tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO excoriated the softies. Scott Pelley of CBS News got two swats, first for introducing a news item with “From time to time… »
'Supernatural' Episode 12.14 Photos: The Winchesters Slay Some Vampires
Official photos from the 14th episode of Supernatural season 12, "The Raid," airing Thursday, March 2 at 8/7c on the CW.
Official Synopsis from the CW: "A chance to take out a nest of vampires backfires when the alpha-vamp shows up and turns the tables on Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and The British Men of Letters, who are doing their best to recruit Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles)." »
Keeping up with the Kattarshians is a Real Show
When it comes to cats, don’t ever count out any idea, ever. But I’m pretty sure that neither I or many of you could have predicted that a show starring cats based on Keeping up with the Kardashians would ever exist. But it does. Oh boy. It does. Four kittens live in a house together. It’s scaled to be just their size. Three live webcams (and a night vision camera) follow their antics as they learn to get along with each other -or not. This is Keeping up with the Kattarshians, an Icelandic production starring a litter of kittens who
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- Nat Berman
Dear Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Don’t Play Nightwing
Of all the actors out there, one guy who I respect more than most is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Not only do I think he’s an incredible talent but I feel like he’s made the right role decisions in his career. I mean we’re talking way back to when he was in A River Runs Through It as a kid. Then his role on 30 Rock from the Sun which seems like an eternity ago. He earned his wings on teeny bopper flicks like 10 Things I Hate about You but once we all saw him in 500 Days of Summer he
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- Nat Berman
UTA Rally: “This Is Our Time To Resist,” Jodie Foster Tells Crowd; Asghar Farhadi Speaks Via Video – Watch
Updated with video montage and more quotes, 7:45 Pm: “The rights of the press and artists and the right to seek a better life is what this country is about,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told a crowd gathered in the heart of Beverly Hills as his agency hosted a rally at its headquarters. He also joked about getting a tweet from President Donald Trump that read, “UTA best company in the world. Rally so sad.” Check out a video montage of the days events above. Jodie Foster was… »
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