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True Detective: Colin Farrell Reportedly Confirms Season 2 Role
Well, at least one of True Detective‘s casting mysteries has apparently been solved.
Colin Farrell has told an Irish newspaper that he will appear in Season 2 of the HBO drama, following previous speculation that he and Taylor Kitsch were in talks for two of the anthology series’ leading roles.
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The Dublin-born actor reportedly told Ireland’s Sunday World, “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited. I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot.”
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Killed off 'Game of Thrones' actor promises season 5 return
We may not have seen the last of Tywin Lannister.
Actor Charles Dance told MTV UK while promoting the film Dracula Untold that his scenery chewing sinister Lannister patriarch will be in season 5 (video below). “I’m not completely missing out on the next series,” he said. “More than that, I’m not going to say. You haven’t seen the last of Tywin Lannister, is all I’ll say.”
His quote is pretty unambiguous in terms of making clear that Tywin will appear next year, yet also raises a bunch of questions. At least one major outlet reported that »
- James Hibberd
Eric ‘The Actor’ Lynch, Howard Stern ‘Wack Packer,’ Dies at 39
Johnny Fratto, his manager and longtime friend, broke the news Sunday on Twitter. SiriusXM’s official Twitter also released a message regarding his death.
I am so sorry and so sad to inform everyone that my friend Eric "The Actor" Lynch passed away yesterday afternoon!!! pic.twitter.com/6aH9LdFEWW
— Johnny Fratto (@Johnnyfratto) September 21, 2014
Rest in peace, Eric the Actor. We love you.
— SiriusXM (@Siriusxm) September 21, 2014
According to TMZ, Fratto said Lynch was rushed to a Sacramento hospital on Saturday after he began to have heart problems. He died in the hospital, surrounded by family and friends.
No official cause of death has been announced yet.
Lynch, also known as “Eric the Midget,” began calling Stern’s show in 2002, and quickly built up a reputation among those on the show »
- Alex Stedman
Syfy’s next movie: Fire-breathing tarantulas attack ‘Police Academy’ cast reunion
Syfy’s next creature film film will give us many gifts. Let’s list each of them in turn:
The movie has giant fire-breathing tarantulas.
Its title is Lavalantula.
The lavalantulas attack Los Angeles, a city that’s always worth picking on.
The movie has an awesome poster (below) including the nearly nonsensical tagline “Fire Burns. Lava Bites.”
So, yes: Giant fire-breathing tarantulas attack Los Angeles and, »
- James Hibberd
‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 2: Tom Mison on ‘Ichabbie,’ Jealousy and the Battle with War
Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” returns for season two on Sept. 22, and as the premiere opens, War has come to town — in the form of Ichabod Crane’s (Tom Mison) long-lost son, Jeremy (John Noble). Bitter and vengeful after years of parental abandonment and manipulation by the demon Moloch, Jeremy has joined forces with the Headless Horseman to wreak havoc on the town and its inhabitants, which is bad news for everyone in Sleepy Hollow, since its protectors are currently trapped — Ichabod in a pine box six feet underground, and partner Abbie Mills in Purgatory, after freeing Crane’s bewitching wife Katrina (Katia Winter). The first season finale also left Abbie’s sister, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood), at death’s door after an attack from Headless, and Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) behind bars, leaving the odds stacked rather uncomfortably in favor of the apocalypse.
Variety sat down with star Tom Mison at the Television Critics Assn. »
- Laura Prudom
Stephen King's JFK assassination thriller gets Hulu series order
Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of King’s bestseller 11/22/63 from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot productions. The 2011 novel follows a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and discovers the past can become very tricky to change. Abrams, King, writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Friday Night Lights) and Bryan Burk are all executive producers.
“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, »
- James Hibberd
TVLine Items: South Park Tackles the NFL, Sheen Eyes Men Return and More
Related Hulu Acquires Entire South Park Library
Comedy Central over the weekend released the first video from the long-running animated series’ premiere, which finds notorious nogoodnik Eric Cartman mincing words with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins.
It seems South Park‘s resident hell raiser is taking advantage of the NFL team not being able to trademark its own name by launching a little company of his own.
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Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Award Goes to Mark Gordon
In a statement Monday, PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »
- Tim Gray
MGM Acquires Stake in Mark Burnett/Roma Downey Production Companies, Revives United Artists Banner
The latest incarnation of the UA brand aims to produce TV shows, films and digital content for a wide range of global platforms. The partners also intend to launch an over the top channel aimed at the faith-based audience.
“I am extremely pleased to be partnering with Mark, Roma and (Hearst CEO) Steve (Swartz) in this incredible new venture that we believe will be accretive to MGM’s business,” said MGM chairman-ceo Gary Barber. “Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful and dominant players in unscripted television and faith-based content and we »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Men in Blazers': How Producer Michael Davies Became a TV Soccer Commentator
From Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” to Gsn’s “The American Bible Challenge,” prolific producer Michael Davies has had no less than half a dozen series and pilots in the hopper at any given time during the past few years at his Sony Pictures TV-based Embassy Row banner.
With all this activity, what could make Davies take a detour into working as on-air talent himself? In a word: soccer. A podcast that Davies started with friend and fellow soccer nut Roger Bennett has evolved into a half-hour weekly series that bows tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. “Men in Blazers” will run Monday nights throughout the Premier League soccer season, which wraps in May.
“It was really very organic,” Davies said of the program’s transition to television. “It wasn’t any sort of grand plan. We just wanted to see where it took us and this is where it has. »
- Shelli Weinstein
If Jamie Dornan had returned to 'Once Upon a Time': What would've been
Once Upon a Time nearly got 50 shades hotter last season.
During season three, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis revealed to reporters that they had a plan for Jamie Dornan to return as Sheriff Graham, a.k.a. the Huntsman, who died in season one after Regina crushed his heart. Ultimately, Dornan couldn’t make it work because the actor was busy shooting Fifty Shades of Grey. At the time, the Once bosses couldn’t even reveal their initial plans, and now it’s clear why: Sheriff Graham would’ve appeared in the season finale, which featured Emma and »
- Natalie Abrams
Netflix Acts Like It Invented TV Spoilers — And That’s Smart Marketing
Is Netflix responsible for the advent of the “spoiler” — when some clueless pal divulges a key plot point of TV shows or movies you haven’t seen? Of course not: It’s been a cultural meme since “Citizen Kane,” in which… well, you know.
But Netflix is taking credit for elevating the phenomenon to a whole new level, commissioning research showing that consumers increasingly are accepting spoilers as a core part of watching TV today.
It’s a smart move. By claiming ownership of spoilers — and the related trend toward binge-watching series — Netflix continues to solidify its image as an unstoppable force that is changing entertainment-viewing habits.
Netflix’s goal is to put a positive spin on spoilers, which mostly have been viewed (as the name suggests) as ruining a prospective viewer’s enjoyment of a TV show. According to a survey conducted last month by Harris Poll on behalf of Netflix among U. »
- Todd Spangler
'Dallas' boss on the finale: 'Some people survive, some people don't'
All of the promos for Dallas’ season-three finale are teasing the same thing: One Ewing will die. So now, the question is: Who will it be? And how many other non-Ewings will also be included in the death count? Considering that when viewers left off, Bobby was in Mexico trying to save Ann and Emma, things aren’t looking good. With a highly dangerous cartel in the mix, there are no limits on tonight’s two-hour finale, which executive producer Cynthia Cidre promises will quite literally blow your mind.
EW chatted with Cidre about the finale. Here’s what you need to know going in. »
- Samantha Highfill
Murder, He Wrote: Meet the Man Behind Shondaland's Latest Wild Ride
Rather, Murder is the brainchild of Shondaland vet Pete Nowalk, a non-angry white man who has penned scripts and produced for both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. As such, the freshman drama — premiering Thursday at 10/9c, after the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal season openers — marks the shingle’s first non-Shonda creation to score a time slot since Jenna Bans’ Off the Map.
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The cast of 'Sleepy Hollow' explains season 1 in 30 seconds
In Sleepy Hollow, anything is possible. Seriously, the series started when Ichabod Crane woke up from a 250-year sleep. Cut to the end of the season, and Abbie’s stuck in purgatory, Katrina’s been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman, and Ichabod’s son is the Horseman of War. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in.
That’s why, in advance of tonight’s season-two premiere, EW got Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison, John Noble, and Orlando Jones to help catch us up with what we like to call “Sleepy Hollow in 30 Seconds.”
Sleepy Hollow returns Monday night at 9 p. »
- Samantha Highfill
Brazil’s Globosat and Colombia’s Caracol TV to launch Hispanic pay-tv channel
Two of Latin America’s biggest broadcasters – Brazil’s Globosat and Colombia’s Caracol TV – have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a Spanish-language pay-tv channel in the United States in 2015. The 55 million Hispanic TV market is one of the fastest growing markets in the Us.
Globosat and Caracol believe that their new pay-tv channel will be able to compete with the likes of Univision and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo, who have gained increasing control over this market by cherry-picking popular telenovelas and producing new Spanish-language shows for Us viewers.
The new joint venture will air existing content from Globosat and Caracol and will also develop new high-quality fiction programming specifically aimed at the Us market.
Globosat, part of the privately controlled Globo group, is the biggest pay-tv operator in Latin America, with 34 Brazilian channels – spanning news, fiction, sports, culture, education and live entertainment – including 15 HD channels, 10 PPV channels and 6 VOD channels. »
- Martin Dale
Globosat, Caracol TV to Launch Hispanic Pay-tv Channel (Exclusive)
Two of Latin America’s biggest broadcasters – Brazil’s Globosat and Colombia’s Caracol TV – have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a Spanish-language pay-tv channel in the United States in 2015.
The 55 million Hispanic TV market is one of the fastest growing markets in the U.S..
Globosat and Caracol believe that their new pay-tv channel will be able to compete with the likes of Univision and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo, who have gained increasing control over this market by cherry-picking popular telenovelas and producing new Spanish-language shows for U.S. viewers.
The new joint venture will air existing content from Globosat and Caracol and will also develop new high-quality fiction programming specifically aimed at the U.S. market.
Globosat, part of the privately controlled Globo group, is the biggest pay-tv operator in Latin America, with 34 Brazilian channels – spanning news, fiction, sports, culture, education and live entertainment – including 15 HD channels, »
- Martin Dale
Reporter Resigns on Live TV: "F--- It, I Quit"
We've seen reporters quit on air and we've seen them curse during a live broadcast, but what happens when you get both in one sentence? TV gold.
Fall TV's stars to watch
In the video below, Charlo Greene, a reporter for Alaskan CBS affiliate Ktva, finishes up a segment about marijuana by admitting she's actually the owner of the cannabis club featured in the segment. Perhaps concerned with the apparent conflict of interest, Greene then resigns from the job in fantastic fashion.
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- Robyn Ross
James Spader talks 'The Blacklist' season premiere, loving the strange
The Blacklist returns Sept. 22 (10 p.m. Et on NBC), and as fans were informed in the teaser below, war is coming. Berlin (Peter Stormare), the Big Bad revealed in the season-one finale to be the reason Red (James Spader) turned himself into the FBI in the first place—because he couldn’t lure him out and fight him alone—will make it very personal very quickly, executive producer Jon Bokencamp says. “I told Peter we wanted the character to be dangerous and strange,” he says. “He’s constantly emailing back and forth with little questions, nuances, line changes, and ideas »
- Mandi Bierly
'Survivor' host Jeff Probst names his favorites for this season
He’s already defended the casting of controversial baseball player John Rocker. And he told us why the show imported Amazing Race duo Nadiya and Natalie. Now, host Jeff Probst names his favorites going into Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Of course, whether these people will be his favorites when all is said and done is anyone’s guess. Several people that Probst thought in the past would be stars on the show turned out to be total duds. Conversely, often people that didn’t really impress him all that much in casting ended up popping »
- Dalton Ross
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