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Ron Livingston Cast in AMC's ‘We Hate Paul Revere’ Pilot

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Ron Livingston has been cast as Paul Revere in the AMC comedy pilot “We Hate Paul Revere,” shooting next month. Livingston, perhaps best known for “Office Space” and “Sex and the City,” also appeared last season on “Boardwalk Empire.” Also read: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, More Talk ‘Drinking Buddies’ at L.A. Premiere (Video) The AMC Studios half-hour pilot is written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner. Matt Piedmont (“Saturday Night Live,” “Vibe,” “The Spoils of Babylon”) is directing, and Troy Miller (“Arrested Development,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd”) is a non-writing executive. »

- Tim Molloy

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John Rhys-Davies, Tyler Jacob Moore Join ‘Once Upon a Time’ for ‘Frozen’ Roles

21 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Once Upon a Time” has tapped John Rhys-Davies and Tyler Jacob Moore to join the fantasy drama’s new “Frozen” storyline.

Known for his work in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, John Rhys-Davies will provide the voice of rock troll Pabbie, executive producer Adam Horowitz announced via Twitter on Monday.

We're thrilled to welcome John Rhys-Davies to the #OnceUponATime family as the voice of everyone's favorite rock troll — Pabbie! #ThisFall!—

Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) July 28, 2014

The character, voiced by Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) in the Disney mega-hit, is first tasked with “curing” young Anna after Elsa accidentally freezes her head with her icy magic.

Shameless” actor Moore will play Prince Hans, voice by Santino Fontana in the Disney film.

Georgina Haig (“Fringe”), Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster (“Greek”) have also joined the “Frozen” arc as Queen Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, respectively.

Davies’ TV credits include “Legend of the Seeker, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Kurt Sutter Inks New Deals with 20th TV and FX

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Sons of Anarchy’s” Kurt Sutter has signed a new, three -year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television and a first-look development deal with FX, Variety has learned.

The contract is an exclusivity agreement between the “Anarchy” scribe and exec producer-creator and 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21. Sutter will finish the final season of the biker drama — set to premiere September 9 on FX — and then move immediately into production on his new FX series, “The Bastard Executioner.”

“Kurt is that rare producer who is a triple threat — he writes, he showruns and he directs,” said Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden. “There is nothing he can’t do. He has a singular voice and he cares so deeply about the work, every detail of every moment in Sons is meticulously thought-out and perfectly executed. Kurt is quite simply one of a kind, and we love having him at this studio. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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James Franco Gets Heated During '5-Second Summaries' on 'Tonight Show' (Video)

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James Franco dropped by The Tonight Show to brush up on his movie knowledge — and things got heated. In the new game "5-Second Summaries," Franco and Jimmy Fallon had only five seconds (or less) to explain the plot of any given film. Even before they began, Franco was noticeably — albeit jokingly — upset. It proved to be a much tougher game than the two had envisioned, with them struggling to sufficiently describe American Pie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and even Franco's very own feature film, Pineapple Express. When Franco is forced to explain Cast

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- Philiana Ng

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Matt Lauer and Al Roker Are Super Serious in ‘Sharknado 2' Cameo (Video)

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Who knew that the best acting performance on “Sharknado 2: The Second One” would come from Matt Lauer and Al Roker? Also read: Tara Reid Thinks a ‘Sharknado’ Could Actually Happen (Photo) Before “Sharnado” star Ian Ziering” was interviewed, “Today” show screened the duo's cameo on the SyFy schlock sequel that debuts July 30 at 9 p.m. Et. In clip, the pair report on the movie's apocalyptic “EF5 Sharknado” with the same seriousness that they use to report on real hurricanes and tornadoes. Lauer even, very seriously, asks Roker what conditions are creating this once-in-a-lifetime Sharknado situation. See video: ‘Sharknado 2: The Second. »

- Joel Keller

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‘Agents of Shield’ Actress Elena Satine to Join ‘Revenge’ Season 4

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Elena Satine is heading over to another ABC series this fall.

The “Agents of Shield” actress will have a recurring role in “Revenge” season four, Variety has confirmed with a rep for the show. She’ll play Louise, the slightly unhinged daughter of a rich southern family. She’ll have an unexpected connection with someone in the Hamptons.

Satine, who plays sorceress Lorelei on “Agents of Shield,” is also known for appearances on “NCIS,” “Smallville” and “Magic City.” She recently guest starred on “Matador.”

She’s not the first newcomer to be announced for the ABC drama. “The Client List’s” Brian Hallisay is also recurring as Ben, a local cop. Additionally, James Tupper will become a series regular in season four.

Season four of “Revenge” will premiere Sunday, Sept. 28.


- Alex Stedman

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TV Land Cancels Kirstie Alley Comedy

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Kirstie Alley’s return to sitcom work was short-lived. TV Land has axed “Kirstie” after one season.

Kirstie” starred Alley as a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption years ago. The series reunited Alley with her former “Cheers” co-star Rhea Perlman. It also starred Eric Petersen and “Seinfeld’s” Michael Richards.

Kirstie” bowed in December and faced a behind-the-scenes shakeup in February when creator/showrunner Marco Pennette left the show.

TV Land is continuing its aggressive push into scripted comedies, with word circulating that the Viacom cabler is about to greenlight a project toplined by Jim Gaffigan.




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Espn Suspends Stephen A. Smith One Week for Ray Rice Comments

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Espn said it would remove Stephen A. Smith from  programming for about a week in the wake of controversial remarks the popular host made about women and domestic violence.

Smith, who co-hosts “First Take” on ESPN2, drew notice last Friday when, during a discussion of the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice over allegations he beat his fiancée. Smith suggested that victims of abuse might also be responsible for provoking it. “In Ray Rice’s case, he probably deserves more than a two-game suspension, which we both acknowledged,” he said. “But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation.”

The remarks drew the ire of Espn personality and host Michelle Beadle, who took to Twitter to voice her concern about what Smith had said. »

- Brian Steinberg

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TV Land Cancels Kirstie Alley Sitcom Kirstie After One Season

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It looks like Kirstie Alley’s sitcom comeback is going to be short-lived.

Related Exclusive First Look: Hot in Cleveland‘s Elka Makes Like Wonka in Animated Outing

TV Land has canceled Kirstie after just one season, our sister site Deadline is reporting.

The sitcom — which co-starred fellow sitcom vets Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards — found Alley playing Maddie Banks, a Tony Award-winning actress whose life was turned upside down upon the discovery of her long-lost son Arlo (played by Eric Peterson).

Related storiesFirst Look: Hot in Cleveland's Elka Makes Like Wonka in Animated OutingTVLine Items: Mayim's Candid, Conan Is Beheaded, »

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Billy Bob Thornton Makes a Pitch for ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Guest Spots

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At Monday’s Emmy Performers Peer Group party at the Montage Beverly Hills, the nominees thought long and hard about which TV shows they’d like to grace as a guest star. But “Veep’s” Tony Hale didn’t hesitate with his bid for a role on IFC’s “Portlandia.”

“Hands down, Portlandia,” he remarked. “Definitely. It puts a mirror up to society and just allows people to laugh at it. It kind of wakes us up to the ridiculousness of life and I just think it’s brilliant.”

Hale’s own show was the pick of “Scandal’s” Dan Bucatinsky. “Not to go onto another political show but the show is so funny — it had such a great year. I think it would be really fun!”

Coming off a successful first television run on “Fargo,” Billy Bob Thornton entertained the idea of a part very different from the miniseries’ Lorne Malvo. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 Poster Promises Same Shift on a Different Day — Plus: An 'Artsy' Photo Shoot Video

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Season 2 of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine may have copped a brand-new time slot — Sundays at 8:30/7:30c, premiering Sept. 28 — but everything else about the Golden Globe-nominated comedy is staying wonderfully the same.

Related Brooklyn Nine-Nine EPs Talk Season 2 Time Jump, Plans for Jake and Amy

As made clear in this exclusive first look at B99‘s Season 2 key art, it’s the “same shift” just on a “different day,” as a leaping-into-action Jake Peralta makes the usual mayhem, Diaz is locked-and-loaded, Jeffords is hulking out and Holt (played by Emmy nominee Andre Braugher)… well, he’s not amused. Or maybe he is. »

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CNN Uses New John Walsh Series To Create Headlines In Regular Coverage

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CNN’s new slate of primetime non-fiction programs are supposed to give its viewers a break from the news cycle the Time Warner outlet churns through each morning, afternoon and early evening. Now one of those new shows is feeding it.

CNN’s “The Hunt,” which debuted Sunday, July 13, has gained notice because it marks the return of John Walsh to television after his long-running weekly manhunt program, “America’s Most Wanted,” was cancelled by Fox and then Lifetime. But the show is also generating headlines upon which CNN seems eager to seize.

Charles Mozdir was featured in the July 20 episode of the program. The alleged sex offender had been missing since 2012, after he fled following an arrest on suspicion of touching a young boy inappropriately. Mozdir posted bail and then failed to show for his subsequent arraignment, according to a CNN report. On Monday, authorities tracked him down in New York City, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Will iZombie 'Out-Gore' Walking Dead? Is Veronica Mars Crossover Inevitable?

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When the cast and creatives behind The CW’s iZombie dropped by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con suite, Michael Ausiello fittingly picked their brains about what the midseason drama has in store.

Video Arrow’s John Barrowman Promises ‘The Best of Brutal Times’ for Thea

See, the DC Comics-inspired drama stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time) as Liv, a go-getter medical resident who finds herself among the “formerly alive” after stumbling upon a zombie feeding frenzy. To keep her undead desires at bay, Liv takes a job at the Seattle coroner’s office, where she can munch on »

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Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams on Lady Stoneheart, 'Snobby' Book Readers and Her New Movie Heatstroke

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As Game of Thrones‘ feisty swordstress Arya Stark, Maisie Williams isn’t typically seen as a damsel in distress — nor should she be — but following the stateside release of her new movie Heatstroke, that’s all about to change.

Related Game of Thrones Adds Jonathan Pryce, Deep Space Nine Alum and Casts Sand Snakes for Season 5

In Heatstroke — originally released in the UK in 2013, but now available in the U.S. on iTunes and VOD — Williams plays Josie, the daughter of Stephen Dorff’s Paul, who finds herself in desperate need of saving after a family trip to Africa goes horribly, »

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Stars on the Rise: Get to Know Justin Bieber's Protégé Madison Beer

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You may not know her name just yet, but Madison Beer's career is just getting started.

From Shake It Up to Starlet: See how Zendaya has grown up

After the 15-year-old was discovered by Justin Bieber, her life became a whirlwind when she was quickly brought into a recording studio and was filming a music video before she knew it. And it didn't hurt when Bieber made a cameo in the clip — paying it forward after Usher did the same for him.  

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Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Morton Share Emmy Excitement, Wardrobe Plans at Performers Peer Group Celebration

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“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” exclaimed TV Academy governor Bob Bergen of Monday’s Performers Peer Group party at Montage Beverly Hills. “We get to celebrate the Performers Peer Group and the nominees as well — it’s so wonderful.”

And celebrate they did. Nominees and members of the Peer Group turned out to mingle and celebrate ahead of the 66th Emmy Awards with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Morton among the attendees.

“There’s nothing like a party with some old friends and some new friends, and we’re all here to breathe, I think,” said Morton, nominated for his role on “Scandal.” This will be the actor’s first Emmy Awards, and he says he is “really looking forward to it.”

“It’s a lot of fun getting dressed up,” said Minnie Driver with a grin. Driver is nominated for Lifetime’s “Return to Zero. »

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How it feels to go 'Into the Storm' in the Oculus Rift

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Comic-Con trend pieces often skew toward the macro, focusing on how the various entertainment megacorporations use the annual San Diego event to carve out valuable real estate in the cultural calendar for the next two or three years. But a quick walk around the main floor inside of the Convention Center revealed a more immediate new development: Virtual Reality has arrived. Fresh off its purchase by Facebook and a buzzy line-around-the-block presence at E3, the Oculus Rift appeared in a few different places on the Comic-Con floor.

The most memorable–and windiest–was in a glass booth set up for »

- Darren Franich

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' finale

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I want to start off by saying congratulations to Andi and Josh on their engagement. I couldn’t be happier for them.

That said, this live After the Final Rose special was easily one of the more intense hours of television I’ve ever hosted. I want to pick this story up about a month and a half ago. That was the first time I sat down with a producer who let me know that Nick was still very much interested in Andi and he wanted to talk with her. Nick called me and we talked for a bit about how he was doing, »

- Chris Harrison

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'The Walking Dead' cast and producers promise that 'every single thing in the first episode is a spoiler'

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Fans have been weighing in with their thoughts about the new Walking Dead season 5 trailer that debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego, but what about the cast and producers themselves? What do they have to say about it? After the awesome experience of watching them watch it on a monitor while backstage at their panel, I asked Team Walking Dead their thoughts later when they stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio at the convention, and now you can hear the entire conversation by clicking on the audio player icon below.

Joining us were none other than cast members Norman Reedus, »

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Trailer: MTV’s Music Doc ‘No Cameras Allowed’

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MTV has released the trailer for its upcoming documentary “No Cameras Allowed.”

“No Cameras Allowed” follows James Marcus Haney’s journey of breaking into music festivals and getting into circles with names like Mumford & Sons and Jay Z.

“I was no longer an outsider looking in,” he says in the trailer.

The film highlights Haney’s love of photography and filmmaking, and the passion that drives him to do nearly anything to see his favorite bands perform.  Using his camera as a prop to access festivals, Haney comes away from events with intimate footage that impresses his famous subjects.

Said Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane in a statement, “he is so hungry for is what makes his images so unique and compelling and the force that propels this behavior is deep within him and pure.”

“No Cameras Allowed” premieres August 29 on MTV.

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- Shelli Weinstein

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