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ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for Marvel’s ‘Inhumans,’ Daveed Diggs’ ‘The Mayor’
ABC has set their fall premiere dates for the 2017-2018 season.
The network’s new offerings will kick off with medical drama “The Good Doctor” starring Freddie Highmore premiering on Monday, Sept. 25 following “Dancing with the Stars.” The new Marvel series “Inhumans” will then launch with a two-hour premiere on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Kyra Segdwick-led drama “Ten Days in the Valley” will begin on Sunday, Oct. 1 following the Season 9 premiere of “Shark Tank.” Comedy series “The Mayor,” from executive producer and “Hamilton” breakout Daveed Diggs, will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 3 after the Season 4 premiere of “black-ish.” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” formerly “The Gospel of Kevin,” will air immediately after.
Read the full list of premiere dates below. All times listed are Et, and new shows are listed in bold.
- Joe Otterson
‘Justice League,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Among Most Tweeted Topics at Comic-Con
As a mecca for fans of franchises ranging from Marvel to “Star Trek,” it’s no surprise that San Diego Comic-Con’s output of teasers, panels, and meet and greets would foster an explosion of tweets. Topping this year’s outpouring of excitement with the most tweets were properties that revealed new trailers or are supported by obsessive fandoms.
Marvel’s pantheon of offerings was pushed out by DC’s “Justice League” as the most-tweeted about movie, followed by “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Kingsman.” Warner Bros. released an Sdcc-exclusive “Justice League” trailer, which may have prompted the tweets.
New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con
As for television, MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” with its massive following, beat out The CW’s “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as the most-tweeted show. The series’s main star, Dylan O’Brien, »
- Erin Nyren
‘Modern Family’ Kids Set Two-Season Deal With Big Pay Bump
Manny, Luke, Haley and Alex will all be back with the family.
The core “Modern Family” kids have closed their deals to sign onto two more seasons of the ABC sitcom, Variety has learned. Insiders say “significant” pay raises were given to each of the young adult actors — Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter.
Kids actors Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily, and Jeremy Maguire, who plays Joe, joined the series later on in its run and have more time left on their current deals, unlike the other four TV kids, who are now all adults and at least the age of 18 in real life.
ABC and 20th Century Fox Television declined to comment on the actor deals.
The close of the younger actors’ contracts marks the end of rather lengthy negotiations for the regular “Modern Family” cast, who are now all officially set for Seasons 9 and 10. In early May, ABC »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Game of Thrones': Why ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ Prophecy Mistranslation Is a Big Deal
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the July 23 episode of “Game of Thrones”, “Stormborn.”) For season after season of “Game of Thrones,” several people in Westeros have been worried about a certain prophecy about the Prince That Was Promised, the mythical figure who will lead the world in the fight to defeat the White Walkers. Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the Red Woman, spent most of “Game of Thrones” telling Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) he was the Prince That Was Promised. Obviously, that wasn’t true, since Stannis died. After that, Melisandre thought it might be Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), since she managed. »
- Phil Hornshaw
George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Could Hit Shelves in 2018
George R.R. Martin gave fans another update on his long-awaited next installment in the “Song of Ice and Fire” novel series.
“I’ve seen some truly weird reports about [‘Winds of Winter’] on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth,” Martin wrote on his Livejournal. “I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.”
Martin also said that he is working on a two-volume history of Westeros’ history under the Targaryen dynasty, which is currently titled “Fire and Blood,” with »
- Joe Otterson
TV Ratings: ‘Candy Crush’ Sinks for Second Straight Week
CBS’ live game show version of “Candy Crush” suffered another large drop in the Sunday overnight ratings in its third week, according to Nielsen data.
Airing at 9 p.m., the show averaged a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers, down approximately 38% in the key demo and 17% in total viewers compared to last week (0.8, 2.9 million). It also shed the vast majority of its lead in from “Big Brother” (1.8, 6.1 million) at 8.
CBS aired only repeats for the rest of primetime.
Fox aired mostly repeats except for “American Grit” (0.4, 1.1 million), which was up in total viewers.
NBC’s overnight numbers are currently not totally accurate, given the extended overrun of the Nascar Brickyard 400. Due to the overrun of the race, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” did not air until 9, but is currently averaging a 0.5 and 2.7 million viewers. “Spartan: »
- Joe Otterson
‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Sneak Peek Hints at Season 2 Case
In the clip, Barnett’s titular Dirk finds himself held captive in some sort of futuristic prison. Wood and Eshete then break into the building in an attempt to rescue their eccentric friend — complete with their same masks from Season 1. Unfortunately, it turns out just to be a bad dream with Dirk remaining in the clutches of his captors.
- JD Knapp
‘Doctor Who’: Pearl Mackie Confirms She’s Exiting Series After Christmas Episode
The Comic-Con panel for “Doctor Who” was always going to be a bit bittersweet since this was the last one for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Sadly, Pearl Mackie, who plays new companion Bill Potts, also confirmed that she will be leaving the series after the Christmas special.
Mackie has become an instant fan-favorite from her very first episode. Bill Potts had the honor of being the first openly gay companion in the series. While her sexuality wasn’t the main focus for her character, it wasn’t ignored either. In scenes throughout the season, various characters were seen accepting the fact that she is gay with no real issues. In the season finale, she was seen joining her love interest from the first episode to explore space aboard an alien ship.
Bill was also particularly »
- Hanh Nguyen
WGA West Members Facing Higher Health Care Costs
Members of the Writers Guild of America West will face higher health costs next year, the guild’s leaders have told members.
The changes are due to concessions that the guild made in its negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in order to shore up its health plan, which had been running at a deficit. The two sides reached a deal less than an hour before the contract expired on May 1.
“Our Mba deal includes both contribution increases from our employers and an agreement by the Guild to cut costs,” the missive said. “Basically, the companies agreed to increase contributions by $30 million annually and we agreed to make cuts that yield $7 million in savings annually. Now comes the tough part.”
- Dave McNary
So, Twin Peaks Is Officially a Comedy, Right?
We all like to laugh. Sometimes we like to laugh at intentionally hilarious things like puns or Victorian bon mots. Other times we like to laugh at things that make us uncomfortable, like people falling down in public or The Big Bang Theory. But the main idea is that often the only way we cope
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- Price Peterson
Midnight, Texas: How the Show Is Different From True Blood
NBC's new supernatural drama Midnight, Texas is based on the novel trilogy of the same name by Charlaine Harris, and if that name sounds familiar to you, it's because it should. Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries were the basis for HBO's True Blood, which turned the book franchise into an immediate
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- Tim Surette
Sarah Hyland's Halloween Costume Inspired Her Shadowhunters Role of the Seelie Queen
Showrunner Matt Hastings explained that Hyland showed him a photo of her Halloween costume last year -- which just
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- Lindsay Macdonald
Sony Pictures Chief Taps Internal Trio to Lead TV Production Division
Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra has tapped a trio of insiders to lead its TV production division. Business affairs veteran Jeff Frost has been promoted to president of Sony Pictures TV Studios, while drama development chiefs Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter have been upped to co-presidents focusing on creative matters.
The trio will serve as an “office of the president” spearheading all production and development, per Sony. Frost reports to Vinciquerra, who took the reins of the studio in June. Parnell and Clodfelter report to Frost.
“Jeff, Chris and Jason are the perfect team to run our U.S. television business,” Vinciquerra said. “Over the last several weeks, I have been able to see first-hand the strong leadership qualities possessed by Jeff, Chris »
- Cynthia Littleton
Comic-Con 2017 Winners & Losers: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Archer,’ Halle Berry, ‘Mr. Robot’ and More
The anticipation that surrounds the lead-up to the San Diego Comic-Con is always intriguing, because there’s a legitimate potential for things to fall apart. You can’t always anticipate how fans will react to big reveals or changes, not to mention new properties that are hoping to gain traction with the convention’s geek-inclined audience.
Read MoreComic-Con Stunts Prove That The Future of Entertainment Isn’t Technology, But Live Interaction
In this week’s Very Good Television Podcast, Liz and Ben are joined by IndieWire executive editor Michael Schneider, as the three of them spent the last several days running around San Diego (literally) to check out all of the excitement to be had at Comic-Con.
While there was so much to experience — in the podcast above, the trio mentions a ton of things they enjoyed over the course of the convention — there were even more notable winners and losers. »
- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers
Candice Patton Teases a "Very Hardened" Iris in The Flash Season 4
As we saw in the Comic-Con trailer, she steps up as the leader Team Flash after Barry (Grant Gustin) volunteers to take Jay Garrick's (John Wesley Shipp) place in the Speed Force. If she looks calm and
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- Keisha Hatchett
Mario Cantone Wants to Play Anthony Scaramucci on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Over the weekend, after Donald Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, Twitter users speculated about what actor could parody him on the long-running NBC sketch show.
When reached by Variety, Cantone said that he’d seen the online chatter about him taking on the role. “Of course I’d do it,” Cantone said. “It would be a very big deal for me and a lot of fun. I know this guy. I have cousins.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Marvel's The Defenders Isn't The Avengers -- and That's the Point
If you go into Marvel and Netflix's new epic superhero mash-up show The Defenders expecting a small screen version of Marvel Studios' Avengers series, I've got some shocking news for you: it's a TV show, not a movie. And, as it turns out from the four episodes we've watched of the show, that's a
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- Alexander Zalben
Game of Thrones: The Yara and Ellaria Kiss Was Improvised
You could practically cut the sexual tension between Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Ellaria (Indira Varma) on this week's episode of Game of Thrones, "Stormborn," with a knife, but apparently it was never intended to be quite as hot as it was.
Before Euron (Pilou Asbæk) so rudely interrupted their
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- Lindsay Macdonald
Who Do You Think the Next Bachelor Will Be?
By now, we have a pretty clear idea of who's going to be the Bachelor next season. Note that this is different than who we want to be the next Bachelor; we have a separate poll for that.
Since the next Bachelor is usually picked from the previous season of The Bachelorette's final four, we know who
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- Liam Mathews
Nickelodeon Web Show ‘Welcome to the Wayne’ Premieres as Full-Length Animated Series
The 2014 animated web series “Welcome to the Wayne” is checking into Nickelodeon on Monday as a full-fledged series, debuting at 5:30 p.m. Et/Pt.
“Welcome to the Wayne” was Nick’s first web-only short-form series, with six four to five-minute episodes telling the tale of 10-year-olds Ansi Molina and Olly Timbers, and Olly’s little sister Saraline, as they try to unlock the secrets of the mysterious New York building they live in, the Wayne.
The series was created by Emmy winner Billy Lopez (“Peg+Cat,” “Wonder Pets!”), who doubles as the voice of Olly, and is inspired by his childhood in New York’s Greenwich Village. “I especially remember Halloween, when my neighborhood friends and I would go through the buildings we’d lived in. We would just start from the penthouse and tear down the stairs and bang on everyone’s door. It was sort of like ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ We »
- Terry Flores
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