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Showtime Sets Return Dates for Shameless, Episodes and House of Lies
Happy Edgy New Year, courtesy of Showtime!
The pay cabler announced today that Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes will return Sunday, January 11. The trio of dark comedies — which scored 2014 Emmy nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for stars William H. Macy, Don Cheadle and Matt LeBlanc — will air at 9/8c, 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c respectively.
Which of Showtime’s Sunday-night shows have you already added to your calendar? »
Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community
Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.
The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown says. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."
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- Michael Schneider
FX Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Pariah’ Starring Bill Burr
FX has given a pilot order to comedy “Pariah” that hails from the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” camp.
Comedian Bill Burr (pictured) plays a volatile TV personality who is drummed out of showbiz and struggles to make it in the real world. Series was created by “It’s Always Sunny” scribes John Chernin and Dave Chernin and is produced by the Rcg Prods. banner headed by “Sunny” co-creators Rob McIlhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
McIlhenney is set to direct the pilot, penned by brothers John and Dave Chernin. The two have been writers on “Sunny” for six seasons, and serve as supervising producers on the Fxx comedy’s upcoming 10th season.
“We believe that Bill, Rob, Glenn, and Charlie are four of the funniest people in comedy today. To work alongside them is a dream come true,” the Chernins said.
- Cynthia Littleton
FX orders comedy comedy pilot 'Pariah' from 'It's Always Sunny' team
FX is staying in business with the guys behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The network has given a pilot order to Pariah, a half-hour comedy starring Bill Burr that hails from John and Dave Chernin and stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney.
After an on-air meltdown, volatile TV personality Joe Abbott (Breaking Bad’s Burr) is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills.
The Chernins, who are supervising producers on Sunny, will write and executive-produce with Day, Howerton, and McElhenney, who will also direct the pilot. Dave Becky, »
- Natalie Abrams
Ryan Murphy debuts creepy, stop-motion 'Ahs: Freak Show' main titles
American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy delivered a surprise for fans today: He debuted the Freak Show main titles on his Twitter feed. Different from previous years, the credits are all stop-motion animation and give the Ahs theme music a slight circus twist. They’re stunning—somewhat reminiscent of A Nightmare Before Christmas. The elaborate opener is not surprising given that Murphy has said that this is Ahs’ biggest year yet.
- Tim Stack
‘Gracepoint’ and ‘Broadchurch’ Star David Tennant: ‘It’s Not Just Repeating the Same’
Though the American adaptation of the BBC mystery series “Broadchurch” may seem odd and unnecessary at first blush, to the cast of Fox’s “Gracepoint,” it’s the next logical step in telling the series’ powerful story. The actors arrived at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Tuesday to preview the series, premiering at 9 p.m. Oct. 2.
“I thought this was such a great story, such great characters, it has to be seen by more people,” said Jacki Weaver, noting that while the British show is stunning in its own right, comparatively few American eyes have seen it. “The only way to do that is to convert it into the American vernacular and make it about people that everyday Americans will recognize.”
- Shelli Weinstein
FX Orders Pariah Pilot From It's Always Sunny Scribes, Starring Comic Bill Burr
FX Networks has given a green light to Pariah, a comedy pilot penned by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia writers/producers John and Dave Chernin and starring funnyman Bill Burr.
The premise is such: Following an on-air meltdown, volatile TV personality “Joe Abbott” (played by Burr) is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills.
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The pilot will be directed by It’s Always Sunny star Rob McElhenney, whose Rcg Productions is producing with FX Networks. (At this early stage, »
Showtime sets 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies,' 'Episodes' premiere date
Showtime will kick off the new year on a funny note.
At 9 p.m., Shameless will open the night for their fifth season, in which the Gallaghers are dealing with their neighborhood gentrifying. Among the guest stars this season are Dermot Mulroney and Sasha Alexander.
House of Lies will follow at 10 p.m. In the fourth season, Marty’s (Don Cheadle) stint in white-collar jail has forced Jeannie (Kristen Bell) to pick up the pieces of the tainted Kaan & Associates. As recently announced, Demetri Martin »
- Natalie Abrams
Alyssa Milano leaves 'Mistresses' after two seasons
Fans of Mistresses should say their goodbyes to Savannah.
EW has confirmed that Alyssa Milano will not be returning for the third season of the ABC show, which was just recently picked up. Milano originally took to Twitter to announce the news. Her comment is below:
“After two wonderful seasons in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to shoot season three of Mistresses in Vancouver, Canada for financial reasons. It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can’t relocate. I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first and I just can »
- Samantha Highfill
TVLine Items: The 100's First Bloody Minutes, Gh Vet Returns and More
The 100 is adopting a take-all-prisoners approach to Season 2.
The CW has released the chill-inducing first three minutes of the drama’s upcoming premiere (airing Oct. 22), in which Clarke gets bloody and lethal with her captors.
Related The 100 Season 2 Photos: Clarke Meets the Big, Bad Boss and More
Press Play on the above video to watch the scary start.
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Castle Mystery Man Drops (Just a Few) Clues About Rick's Vanishing
Who faked Castle‘s car crash, dragged away his body and had him doing heaven-knows-what for two months?
The ABC series’ Season 7 premiere established at least one person who has answers that Rick and Kate so anxiously seek – a mystery man who passed himself off as mild-mannered mobile home-owner “Henry Jenkins,” in the name of pointing the 12th’s investigation down the wrong path.
Related Castle Premiere Recap: When the Mystery Writer Becomes the Mystery
‘Gracepoint’ Tries to Keep ‘Broadchurch’s’ Hit DNA in U.S. Rendition
Carolyn Bernstein is the executive in charge of threading the needle very, very carefully.
Bernstein, head of scripted programming at Shine America, spearheaded the drive to produce a U.S. rendition of “Broadchurch,” the murder-mystery series that garnered such acclaim in the U.K. and in its Stateside airing on BBC America.
A big part of Bernstein’s job at Shine America is to scout around at other Shine Group affiliated companies for formats that lend themselves to U.S. adaptations. She helped build “The Bridge” at FX from a Scandinavian drama format, and she is working with David Fincher and Gillian Flynn, fresh off their teaming on “Gone Girl,” to bring another Kudos property, »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Transparent’ Creates Trans-Positive Environment Behind the Scenes
Amazon’s “Transparent” is getting rave reviews for its honest depiction of an adult father coming out as transgender to his grown children, with Variety’s Brian Lowry, among others, praising the strong writing and performances.
That authenticity was critical to executive producer Jill Soloway. Not only did she seek out transgender people for the cast and writers’ room, but for the below-the-line crew as well — at least one person in each department. Her goal was not just to make sure she got the details of her story right, but to create a “trans-positive” environment on set. “It became clear to me that the only way to do a show like this would be to make it a safe place for trans people everywhere,” she says.
The result: A trans cast and crew of 25 that helped inform the shoot. “You can easily say that this is the most trans-inclusive production in Hollywood history, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Katherine Heigl's patriotically sexy 'State of Affairs' poster
Ready to salute Katherine Heigl?
With NBC having just won broadcast premiere week in the ratings, the network is starting its marketing campaign for its most promising new drama of the fall, State of Affairs. NBC held off on debuting the D.C. thriller starring Heigl as a CIA analyst who briefs the president (Alfre Woodard) to focus on launching the rest of its schedule first, including the return of last year’s breakout The Blacklist. With that mission nearly accomplished, State of Affairs will take over Blacklist’s coveted post-Voice slot starting Nov. 17.
Here’s the full art below, »
- James Hibberd
ABC Tuesday Comedies Premiere Low; CBS’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Strong in Second Week
ABC comedies “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” got off to slow starts on Tuesday, an overall sluggish night for the net, whose “Forever” fell off in its second week. NBC won all six half-hours in demos with “The Voice” and hot third-year show “Chicago Fire,” while CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” had a good second-week showing — retaining more than 90% of its week-ago premiere.
NBC won the second Tuesday of the season in 18-49 and 25-54, and CBS dominated in total viewers.
According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s “Selfie” settled for a 1.4 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall in Tuesday’s opening half-hour, and “Manhattan Love Story” followed with a 1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall — putting them on par with Fox’s “Red Band Society” as the lowest rated of the fall’s Big Four premieres in 18-49, and also making them the »
- Rick Kissell
The 15 Best 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes Ever
If you haven?t already been introduced to the mother and daughter duo of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, then now is your chance since all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls is officially on Netflix. This series, set in the quirky Connecticut town of Stars Hollow, mixes family drama, humor, and an assortment of endearing odd-ball characters. Lorelai is a coffee-addicted single mother who gave birth to her daughter at the age of sixteen and then raised her alone, refusing the help of her rich parents. Lorelai decides to ask for a favor for her teenaged daughter?s future that changes her relationship with her parents, Emily and Richard. To celebrate, we are counting down the 15 must-see episodes to start your binge watch. »
Firsts & Worsts: Annaleigh Ashford on 'Sex,' superstition, and Cyndi Lauper
Fresh off a fantastic turn on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Annaleigh Ashford has settled back into a familiar home on Broadway, where the stage veteran is slaying audiences as horrible dancer (but excellent candymaker) Essie in the hit revival of You Can’t Take It With You.
Ashford appeared in a slew of familiar shows—starring as Glinda in Wicked, reviving Maureen in the Off-Broadway mounting of Rent, originating daughter of Delta Nu Margot in Legally Blonde, and earning her first Tony Award nomination last year for her standout performance in Kinky Boots. Now, she’s back on the boards, »
- Marc Snetiker
'The Walking Dead' star Lauren Cohan says 'we're all animals' in season 5
She was just a simple farm girl once upon a time. But then the zombie apocalypse happened and her entire family went either dead or missing. I guess that’s the bad news. The good news is that at least she has a swell boyfriend who is no longer acting like a tool because he could not forgive her for being sexually assaulted by the Governor. (Not Glenn’s finest hour.)
No doubt about it: Maggie Greene has been though a lot on The Walking Dead. And we have watched her evolve before our very eyes. But how does actress »
- Dalton Ross
'Once Upon a Time' sneak peek: Elsa puts Storybrooke on lockdown
Upon discovering Anna’s (Elizabeth Lail) necklace in Mr. Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) pawnshop during the Once Upon a Time premiere, Elsa (Georgina Haig) will lock down the town of Storybrooke in a bid to find her sister. But taking things to an icy level will have severe consequences for the residents, namely Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Check out a sneak peek at what’s ahead:
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. Et on ABC. »
- Natalie Abrams
Ratings: Selfie and Love Story Gets Few Likes, S.H.I.E.L.D. Hits Low, Mindy Rises
ABC’s Selfie didn’t get a whole lotta Instagratification with its Tuesday premiere, drawing just 4.9 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.
But Manhattan Love Story had even fewer followers, leading out of that with 4.3 mil and a 1.3.
Selfie (which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B”) and Love Story (“C+”) thus mark ABC’s lowest-rated comedy premieres ever, a rival notes.
Continuing ABC’s night, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (4.5 mil/1.7) fell 25 and 19 percent (hitting a demo low), while Forever (5.6 mil/1.3) dropped 19 and 28 percent.
CBS | NCIS (18.6 mil/2.6) added a few eyeballs versus its premiere but slipped 10 percent in the demo. »
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