Dylan McDermott to Star in Fox Pilot ‘LA > Vegas’
Dylan McDermott has been set as the lead in Fox’s comedy pilot “LA > Vegas.” Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, “LA > Vegas” is set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday. The ensemble comedy centers on a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world and all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life. McDermott will play Captain Dave, all-American, cocky but also a baby, he is the pilot on Flight 1710, a likable narcissist who feels. »
- Linda Ge
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Courting Nancy Kerrigan, Nick Viall & Fifth Harmony for Season 24 (Exclusive)
With less than one month until the Season 24 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC is setting the new cast of celebrity contestants.
Nancy Kerrigan will compete on the upcoming season, along with a member of Fifth Harmony, a source tells Variety. Our insider also tells us that “The Bachelor” Nick Viall will more-than-likely be a contestant.
Mr. T. and Simone Biles will also compete on Season 24, our source says, confirming the participation of the wrestler and Olympic gymnast, who was courted to dance on the competition series last year, but was unable to due to scheduling. (Her Rio teammate Laurie Hernandez competed and won last season).
Kerrigan was one of the most notable figure skaters of the ’90s, having won the bronze medal at the ’92 Olympics and the silver at the ’94 games. She also is known for the highly-publicized 1994 incident in which she was attacked by associates of her rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
History's Military Drama 'Six' Renewed for Season Two
For History's Six, the lucky number is two.
The cable network has renewed military drama Six for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Season two will consist of 10 episodes — up two from its freshman order. Production will resume in the summer for a likely 2018 return.
The Navy SEALs drama starring Walton Goggins (who replaced Joe Manganiello) was picked up straight to series and bowed this year to what History says is cable's No. 1 new show of the year in total viewers (based on live viewership). The series, which has two episodes left in its »
- Lesley Goldberg
Matthew Broderick Joins Katrina: American Crime Story as Fema's Michael D. Brown
Katrina: American Crime Story's cast is shaping up to be as A-list heavy as The People V. O.J. Simpson's with the addition of Matthew Broderick. Broderick will play Michael D. Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Katrina. Broderick joins Annette Bening in the cast of the second installment of the anthology series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Bening is playing Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana at the time of the disaster. This isn't Broderick's first time playing a government official on TV, he had a memorable role on 30 Rock as Cooter Burger. Brodreick has two Tony and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy. On the »
Lauren Graham to Star in Fox Comedy 'Linda From HR'
Lauren Graham is returning to broadcast television.
Fresh off Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival and NBC's gone but not forgotten family drama Parenthood, the actress has booked the lead role in the Fox comedy pilot "Linda From HR," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pilot was picked up pending casting, with Graham's commitment to the single-camera comedy lifting the contingency. Graham had received multiple offers this pilot season — all for comedies.
"Linda From HR" is a high-concept family comedy that explores the one bad decision that throws Linda's monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of »
- Lesley Goldberg
Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine to Star in USA's Tupac Drama 'Unsolved'
Set to star in the pilot are Josh Duhamel (11.22.63), Westworld breakout Jimmi Simpson and Fargo favorite Bokeem Woodbine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. All three actors had been receiving multiple offers for broadcast dramas this pilot season.
Unsolved is a true-crime serialized drama that chronicles the two major police investigations into the slayings of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The drama hails from People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Emmy winner Anthony Hemmingway.
Duhamel will star as Detective Greg Kading. In 2006, »
- Lesley Goldberg
‘The Get Down’ Part Two: Teaser Trailer Promises ‘Major League’ Music, Sets Release Date
“The Get Down” got people up out of their seats when it debuted on Netflix last summer, but the new teaser trailer promises we haven’t seen anything yet. Come April 7, when the second half of Season 1 debuts, Baz Luhrmann and The Get Down Brothers are going to drop some “major league” music on us.
Better get ready.
The initial six episodes of “The Get Down” premiered in August 2016, earning largely positive reviews overall (and a rave from IndieWire). Starring Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, and Jaden Smith, the first half of Season 1 tracked the rise of a hip-hop supergroup — The Get Down Brothers — formed in the Bronx during the summer of 1977. Simultaneously, Mylene Cruz (Guardiola) gained prominence on her own… with a bit of help from the group’s leader, Books (Justice Smith), and the two shared a steamy romance.
Netflix provided the following synopsis for the second half of Season 1: “Part Two of ‘The Get Down’ picks up in 1978, one year after the events of Part One. The sweeping upheaval of late ’70s New York City finds an as-yet-unnamed new pop cultural force striking a new beat in the Bronx, while disco still reigns supreme. Our young lovers Books and Mylene are caught in the swirl of a looming cultural revolution destined to change everything about their world — but they have this moment to make their mark. Amidst the backdrop of a bankrupt New York City, ruthless gangsters and money-hungry record label bosses, they discover it’s only their creativity and love that will carry them through — and that they’ll sacrifice everything for their music, and each other.
“The Get Down” Part Two premieres April 7. Watch the teaser trailer below.
- Ben Travers
Steve McQueen’s Scrapped HBO Series ‘Codes of Conduct’ Still Alive, Seeking New Home
It was almost exactly a year ago when HBO was at their peak of executive and creative turmoil. The hugely expensive “Vinyl” had premiered to dismal ratings and reviews (and the second season would be canceled a couple months later), and a multitude of high profile projects — David Fincher‘s “Videosyncrazy” and “Utopia,” the miniseries “Lewis And Clark” — all stalled out.
Continue reading Steve McQueen’s Scrapped HBO Series ‘Codes of Conduct’ Still Alive, Seeking New Home at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)
Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday. Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo) Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, »
- Linda Ge
Ratings: CBS’ ‘Doubt’ Is a Dud, No Doubt
Let there be no more doubt about the lack of interest in CBS’ “Doubt.” Wednesday’s second episode of the Laverne Cox legal drama dropped 25 percent in TV ratings from last week’s poor premiere. That decline can be seen in both the key 18-49 demographic and among total viewers.
As such, CBS relinquished the evening’s regular overall audience win to NBC. ABC’s sitcoms carried the Disney broadcaster to the top slot among adults 18-49.
ABC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demo, »
- Tony Maglio
‘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
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
When the Muppets Parody La La Land All is Right in the World
Most movies that are nominated for as many awards as La La Land get parodied. It’s natural. But even I can admit it’s a little more natural when you have a movie that 100% deserves to be parodied. It’s not like Platoon was getting the serious parody treatment back in the 80s. I mean sure, people were acting out scenes and there was some funny stuff but Platoon wasn’t a lavish Broadway musical type movie specifically written to get an Oscar. If you think this movie wasn’t written for that purpose and that purpose only, think again. Look at the
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- Nat Berman
TV Review: ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’
The most lasting impression from the premiere of “The Blacklist: Redemption,” NBC’s new spinoff of its successful drama “The Blacklist,” is that Tom Keen sure seems to be attracted to his mom. At least, we’re supposed to think she’s his mom. Tom (Ryan Eggold), who had a baby with Liz (Megan Boone) in the original “The Blacklist,” encountered Scottie (Famke Janssen) late in Season 3; one thing led to another, and eventually, he attempted to kill her, getting as far as her front door. But then Red (James Spader), that series’ impossibly charming and endlessly enigmatic lead, stopped him at the last minute with a maternal bombshell — a bombshell that apparently Red knows, but Scottie doesn’t.
Now, in “The Blacklist: Redemption,” Tom is working with Scottie, while hiding the fact that he may or may not be her son. It is not possible to tell, from the premiere, how »
- Sonia Saraiya
I Really Do Wish They Could All be California Girls
And no not the Katy Perry kind or even The Beach Boys kind. I’m talking about David Lee Roth’s “California Girls.” Maybe it’s because I just heard the song in my car. Maybe because it’s 2017 and I seriously long for the 80s but I just gotta hand it to that song for being hands down one of the most fun songs I’ve ever heard. It’s just so “not serious.” It’s just so “California beachy.” Every single time I hear this song I immediately think of 80s people wearing bathing suits zooming down the pavement in Venice Beach on roller
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- Nat Berman
Lea Michele to Star in ABC's Mayoral Comedy Pilot — R.I.P. Scream Queens?
Lea Michele has elected a half-hour ABC sitcom as her next TV endeavor.
The Scream Queens actress has joined the network’s untitled comedy pilot about a struggling hip-hop artist (played by Search Party‘s Brandon Michael Hall) who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape — and wins.
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Details on Michele’s character are Tbd.
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Lea Michele to Co-Star in ABC Comedy Pilot
Lea Michele has signed onto star in another broadcast series.
The “Glee” alum has joined ABC’s comedy pilot that hails from “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs, Variety has learned. The Untitled City Mayor pilot is about an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, then surprising everyone, including himself, when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
No word on Michele’s character name or details. The lead rapper/mayor will be played by Brandon Michael Hall.
The single-cam comedy hails from writer Jeremy Bronson, who will executive produce alongside Diggs, who starred on Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber and James Griffiths who will direct the pilot. ABC Studios is producing.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Here’s to Logan and John Wick 2 Not Being in 3D
I was particularly happy when I saw a Reddit post hit their front page and the title reads “a cheer for ‘Logan’ and ‘John Wick 2’ for Not being in 3D!” I’d like to share the exact post that the individual made. Right now it’s sitting at #2 on the front page with close to 40,000 upvotes. It wasn’t flashy. It’s not a once in a lifetime literary piece. It’s just an honest dude from Germany telling it like it is. I’ve recently seen both these films. and they are both not in 3D which made the quality of watching
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- Nat Berman
Lea Michele Cast In ABC Mayor Comedy Pilot; What About ‘Scream Queens’?
Scream Queens‘ Lea Michele is set to co-star opposite Brandon Micheal Hall in ABC's untitled City Mayor comedy pilot, from Hamilton standout Daveed Diggs. To do the ABC half-hour pilot, Michele was released by Ryan Murphy from her deal on the Fox/20th TV series Scream Queens. Fox has yet to make a decision on the fate of the modestly rated horror-comedy series, with a Season 3 renewal is considered unlikely. That said, Scream Queens is designed in a way that not every… »
Stephen Hopkins To Direct Fox Pilot ‘The Beast’; Jason Ensler To Helm NBC’s ‘Redliners’
Stephen Hopkins is set to direct Fox’s The Beast, a medical drama pilot from former ER executive producer and practicing pediatrician Neal Baer. Written by Law & Order: Svu veterans Baer and Dawn DeNoon, The Beast is a life-and-death procedural — literally. Each week will follow three challenging medical cases; in the end, two of the patients will live and one will die. The series will center on their doctor who has a clinical fear of death and never stops fighting the… »
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