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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
Netflix’s Original Movie “Little Evil” Trailer Just Dropped
Netflix just dropped the official trailer for their newest original movie, “Little Evil,” set to release September 1st, 2017. This horror slash comedy flick stars Evangeline Lilly, of Lost and Real Steel fame, and Adam Scott, popular from Parks and Recreation and Step Brothers. If you were a big fan of Netflix’s previous release, the outlandish horror, comedy mash up the “Santa Clarita Diet” (in which Drew Barrymore portrays a newly minted, flesh eating Mom and Wife) in it looks like you’ll be in for a treat. “Little Evil” is described on the Netflix page as “absurd, scary, irreverent,” and
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- Nat Berman
The Top Uses of Twisted Sister Songs in Movies and TV
This heavy metal band was known largely for knocking the educational system and highlighting differences between kids and parents, and they were absolutely loved for it. The act of wearing makeup was kind of odd to some but it somehow highlighted their slapstick mentality since a lot of their songs seemed to parody the two issues mentioned in the beginning. They were reviled and even railed against quite often but they still gained a loyal fan base that absolutely revered them. If they hadn’t made their way into movies and TV with their music it would have been a massive
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Rhea Seehorn
American actress Rhea Seehorn has made an impact on fans of “Better Call Saul” in her role as Kim Wexler. She’s also familiar to viewers of the NBC show “Whitney,” TNTs “Franklin & Bash” and ABCs “I’m With Her.” We’ve seen a lot of her in various supporting roles and the veteran actress has received multiple prestigious awards and nominations for her contributions. We know that she’s good at her craft, but here are five things that fans don’t know about her. 1. Rhea is an artist As a young girl, Rhea had an avid passion for art including drawing
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
America’s Got Talent: Second Group of Top Seven Chosen. Circus 1903 Perform.
Ever get the feeling of déjà vu? On tonight’s episode of America’s Got Talent, twelve once again become seven. What will America choose to move on to the semifinals? The second round of live results started off with the reveal of the bottom three. Magician Eric Jones, singers Evie Clare and The Masqueraders. I thought Evie Clare would be sent home, as her song choice last night was not up to par. Imagine my surprise after the young girl got the Dunkin’ Save. Guess that America thinks that she has the potential to go all the way. When Light Balance
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- Tiffany C. Lockhart
The “Stranger Things” Pop Up Bar Is a Must Attend
This shows you how insanely popular the Netflix show Stranger Things has become. TV shows are still a main part of pop culture and are represented in a number of different ways. Recently this pop-up bar was opened up in Chicago and it will last through the last week of September. It’s kind of sad to see such a thing come and go, but to be honest once the season starts back up it would be jam-packed no doubt with people wanting to sit in and discuss each episode in earnest. But all good things must eventually come to an
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jonny Sweet
Jonny Sweet is a comedian, writer, and actor who was bornin1985 in Nottingham. Sweet attended Nottingham High School a local independent school, before attending Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read English. When Sweet graduated college, he got an internship with Endemol UK. Sweet is now establishing a career in comedy and television and was also the winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for best newcomer. Sweet is particularly well-known for comedic sketches in which he plays posh characters, especially in ‘Mostly About Arthur’. Here are five more things you didn’t know about Jonny Sweet. 1. Jonny Sweet Was a Member
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- Nat Berman
‘The Sinner’: Why This Mystery Is Swapping Out Red Herrings for Something Much More Satisfying
In the lead-up to “The Sinner,” the creators, actors, and loglines stressed the idea that this was a crime story that concerned itself more about the “why.” But Wednesday night’s episode, down to the horrific discovery that closed out the show’s fourth installment, proved that the show has still been concerned with plenty of those other “w” questions, particularly “what” it is that every character in this USA drama thinks they’re pursuing.
The murder that opened the series has been combed over by all the show’s major players: possibly unwitting perpetrator Cora (Jessica Biel), detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman), and Cora’s husband Mason (Christopher Abbott). Determined to stumble on some sort of meaning to a senseless act of violence, each of them have had to confront times when they were not who they purported to be. Harry is struggling through his infidelities and Mason even »
- Steve Greene
Seemingly Harmless Things That Can Get You Banned from Disney World
The happiest place on earth seems to have gotten a little less happy and a lot more restrictive as time has passed. The unfortunate part is that we have humanity as a whole to thank for this as people tend to think that rules don’t apply to them at times and decide to do what they want. No matter the reason this is why even the most fun-filled place of all time has been cracking down on what will and won’t be allowed in their parks. These six seemingly harmless things can easily get you booted out without so much
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Outlander: New Photos Chronicle Jamie and Claire's Painful Years Apart
Absence makes the heart grow fonder… and the beard grow longer.
New photos from Outlander‘s upcoming third season detail the years that Claire and Jamie spend apart following her return to the 1940s and his participation in the Battle of Culloden. While neither Mr. nor Mrs. Fraser seem particularly happy to be so far removed from the love of their lives, Claire at least seems… comfortable as she and Frank settle into their new home.
Jamie, meanwhile, ranges from unkempt and worried (carrying Fergus in his arms) to resigned and shackled (standing with Lord John Grey, played by new »
How Will Superman Return to the Dceu?
At the moment, Superman is dead in the DC Extended Universe. This happened in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when the final confrontation between Superman and Doomsday resulted in a mutual kill. However, it is interesting to note that Superman is expected to make a return in Justice League, which raises the issue of how that will happen. How Will Superman Return to the DC Extended Universe? Some people have suggested that Superman didn’t die in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Instead, he became convinced that his presence posed a serious risk to the people of planet Earth,
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- Nat Berman
8 Times Supernatural's Dean Winchester Broke Our Hearts
Supernatural, and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) in particular, has pretty much cornered the market on the singly manly tear. Over the course of 12 seasons, the CW's longest running series has proven time and again that putting the Winchester boys through the emotional wringer is just great TV.
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- Lindsay Macdonald
TV News Roundup: Gordon Ramsay to Produce Cocaine Docuseries for ITV
ITV and Studio Ramsay have teamed up to produce “Gordon on Cocaine,” a new two-part series from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Britain is Europe’s largest user of cocaine, which is rampant in the restaurant industry. The show will follow Ramsay as he travels the world to uncover the secrets of the drug and the damage it has done. Ramsay, who lost a friend to the drug in 2003, said, “I’ve wanted to understand the world of cocaine ever since I lost one of my chefs…and I wanted to learn why it’s becoming such an epidemic not just globally but specifically in the culinary world….The documentary is gritty and shocking, but importantly an eye opener and hopefully a real education to all those in our industry and beyond »
- Matt Fernandez
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mercy James
Mercy James is the adopted daughter of the mega singing and acting star Madonna. Her adoptive mother made the news when she started the controversial adoption process to gain legal rights over the cut 11 year old girl from Malawi. Mercy has made the move from her native country to a completely different lifestyle, as the daughter of a famous American celebrity. Here are five things that you probably didn’t know about Mercy. 1. Her biological family wants her back In recent news releases, we discover that Mercy’s biological family did not realize that they would be forever separated from
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
CBS’s Salvation – Patriot Games Looks to Be a Nail-Biter!
Here’s what’s up on CBS’s Salvation – Patriot Games! No, they are not talking about football, It’s a lot more dangerous than even that! Patriot Games” – Grace narrowly escapes a deadly assassin and Darius and Liam forge unlikely alliances, on Salvation, Wednesday, August 23 (9:00-10:00 Pm, Et/Pt). If someone is trying to kill Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) my bet is that Claire Rayburn ( Erica Luttrell) has something to do with it! Let’s hope it’s not Harris Edwards (Ian Anthony Dale). I know he’s a “company guy”, but ordering Grace killed would be too much. As for Liam Cole
- Joy D'Angelo
‘Disjointed’ Review: Kathy Bates & Chuck Lorre Sitcom May Be Funny if You’re High
Reinforcing way too many stereotypes of directionless potheads, the cannabis laced Disjointed is a mess that doesn't even have the benefit of giving you the munchies. With the first 10-episodes of the series launching on Netflix on August 25, what the Chuck Lorre co-created and Kathy Bates-led show does do is make you wonder what was going through the heads of such talented people? Or, as I say in my video review above, what were they smoking? Take away the profanity and… »
Mr. Mercedes Recap: 'No Problem'
Mr. Mercedes‘ titular fiend was effectively taunted this week, while a burning question — Why doesn’t Bill simply get his police pals involved? — got answered.
Having spiffed himself up more than a little for his latest tête-à-tête with Janey, Bill was presented with a wealth of letters written by Mr. Mercedes to Olivia, the owner of the car used for the years-ago massacre. In them, akin to the messages Bill himself now is receiving, Mr. Mercedes pretended to offer a sympathetic ear in the course of actually preying upon Olivia’s sense of guilt over her unwitting role in the tragedy. »
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