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Ex–Top Gear Trio Will Make a Car Show for Amazon Prime
Jeremy Clarkson has found his post-punch project: Alongside fellow ex–Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond, the irascible Clarkson has signed on to host a new automotive series on Amazon Prime, which will start streaming sometime next year. It's a savvy move, contractually: The non-compete clause in the trio's old BBC contract apparently only forbade them from signing with a competing British channel for two years, and said absolutely nothing about working with the content-producing arm of an American logistics company. Meanwhile, we now know how Top Gear will hope to survive without the three ex-presenters: BBC Two has tapped Chris Evans (not that one) to host the long-running car show, with Formula 1 driver Jenson Button rumored as a potential co-host. As long as neither of them assault a producer over a lack of hot food, they should be fine. »
- Nate Jones
U2 to Headline Two HBO Specials
HBO will air two specials featuring the rock band U2, the cable network announced Thursday. First a behind-the-scenes documentary following the band and the team behind their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour will air on Nov. 7. A week later, on Nov. 14, the network will air the band’s concert special, recorded the same day at the Bercy Arena in Paris. “U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look. »
- Reid Nakamura
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts UnReal's Constance Zimmer—Will She Help or Hurt the Team?
Constance Zimmer is trading in her walkie talkie for something a little more lethal. E! News has confirmed that the UnReal villain we all love to hate just landed a role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Zimmer is set to recur on ABC's comic book series in the upcoming season three, first appearing in the season premiere which takes place after a time jump of a few months. And here's the best part: she might be a villain on this show too! Zimmer will play the mysterious head of a government organization...and she will be Coulson's (Clark Gregg) latest adversary. Now, as all S.H.I.E.L.D. fans know, if someone is Coulson's foe, that doesn't necessarily make them a bad guy. »
Mindy Project Season 4 Twist: Mindy to Wed Big Bang Theory's Raj?!
The Mindy Project is starting off Season 4 with a big bang.
PhotosFall TV Death-Watch: 18 Characters We Fear Won’t Survive Past 2015
According to TVInsider, which broke the news, Nayyar will play Sendhil, a successful hedge fund manager that Mindy’s parents (the recently cast Ajay Mehta and Sakina Jaffrey) think would make an ideal spouse for their daughter. (Methinks Danny will have something to say about that.)
Nayyar joins a Season »
Anthony Geary to General Hospital Fans: JK About That Retirement!
Despite earlier this year saying this summer would be his last on the ABC soap, Geary is thinking about coming back, EW.com reports.
“If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so,” Geary told the site.
Related General Hospital: Did You Approve of Luke’s Farewell?
In May, the eight-time Daytime »
Rhys Ifans Joins Epix Spy Series ‘Berlin Station’
BAFTA winner Rhys Ifans (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″) will join Richard Jenkins in the cast of the Epix spy series “Berlin Station,” the network announced Thursday.
Ifans joins the ensemble to play Officer Hector DeJean, a charming agent who works for Chief Steven Frost (Jenkins). The 10-part contemporary spy series will follow case officers at the CIA foreign station in Berlin trying to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower.
“Rhys is an international star whose ability to play a wide range of characters has placed him in the rarefied group of actors who travel seamlessly between feature films and premium television,” said Mark S. Greenberg, president and CEO of Epix, in a statement. “He is truly an amazing addition to this ensemble cast.”
Jenkins joined the cast earlier this month. Production on the series is scheduled to begin this fall, »
- Reece Ristau
Own Beefs Up Original Scripted Series Slate with Megachurch Drama From 'Lost,' 'Six Feet Under' Writer/Producer
For those who were worried that Own, the Oprah Winfrey Network, was going to become the Tyler Perry Network (given that at least 4 Tyler Perry branded original series currently call Own home), here's some more news that should cheer you up. According to a Hollywood Reporter report, Own has given a straight-to-series order for what it calls a megachurch drama titled "Greenleaf," which will be scripted, and will unfold over a 13-episode season. The project comes from Craig Wright ("Six Feet Under," "Lost"), and will follow "the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Greenleaf described is the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values." I initially thought that...
- Tambay A. Obenson
USA Eyes Women’s Murder Club Series From Tony Krantz & James Patterson
One of the most popular book properties of the 21st century, James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, is getting a new television adaptation. I have learned that USA Network is in early development on 1st To Die (working title), a TV series based on the books written/executive produced by Tony Krantz and executive produced by James Patterson. The books, about four women in San Francisco — a homicide detective, a reporter, the Chief Medical Examiner and a district… »
‘Supernatural’ Alum Rob Benedict Joins ‘Masters of Sex’ for Recurring Role
Benedict (who moderated “Supernatural’s” recent Comic-Con panel with fellow fan favorite Richard Speight Jr.) will appear in a multi-episode arc as Jonathan Lerner, the new office ultrasound technician working alongside Barton Scully (Beau Bridges) at the Masters and Johnson clinic.
The role reunites Benedict with Lizzy Caplan, who starred alongside Benedict in his superhero short film “The Sidekick,” which received a digital release on iTunes, Amazon and VOD earlier this year. The short, written by Benedict and directed by Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”), made its world premiere at Comic-Con in 2013.
Benedict and Speight are also collaborating on single-camera comedy “The Kings of Con,” which was funded through an Indiegogo campaign, raising almost three times the project’s initial $100,000 goal. The show is based on »
- Laura Prudom
Tony Harris Expands Relationship With Investigation Discovery – TCA
Investigation Discovery is expanding its relationship with Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris, announcing it has greenlit a documentary special and limited series with the journalist. Both projects will be produced by NBC News' Peacock Productions. Behind Closed Doors: Shocking Secrets is a special report on the state of domestic violence in the U.S., set to premiere in October. Additionally, ID and Harris are once again teaming with the Southern Poverty Law Center… »
The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi Collars Brooklyn Nine-Nine Guest Stint
This just in: Kalinda Sharma has joined the NYPD!
The Emmy winner will guest star as Lieutenant Knox, a police officer who has her eye on Joe Lo Truglio’s Detective Boyle. She’ll appear in Season 3’s second episode, slated to air Oct. 4.
This marks Panjabi’s first TV stint since wrapping her six-year run as Good Wife‘s high-skirted, »
Jessie Spinoff Sneak Peek: Bunk'd Forces the Rich Ross Kids to Rough It
VideosDescendants: Watch First 6 Minutes of Disney’s Kid-Villain Musical
The set-up for the offshoot has the New York City penthouse-raised kiddies shuttled off to a rustic summer camp in Maine, where their parents first met. As it turns out, the camp’s frightful owner, Gladys (iCarly‘s Mary »
Investigation Discovery Greenlights Series with Barbara Walters, Wendy Williams
On Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m., ID will bow “Death by Gossip With Wendy Williams,” executive produced and hosted by the daytime media personality. According to ID, the series uncovers crimes fueled by rumors and sordid half-truths that lead to betrayal and even murder, with six stories of harmless whispers turned deadly acts.
“There’s nobody better than the daring diva of daytime, Wendy Williams, to offer this cautionary tale to those who indulge in chatter and innuendo,” said Henry Schleiff, group president, Discovery Networks. “Jealousy, drama and betrayal — no one tells those tales like ID, and now with Wendy on board, our arsenal of homegrown experts has grown that much more entertaining.”
“Everyone loves a little dish now and then, but in these cases, »
- Laura Prudom
David Glasser Resigning As Weinstein Company COO After Seven-Year Run
Exclusive: David Glasser has tendered his resignation to the board of The Weinstein Company, which sets the stage for the COO to transition out of the company after seven years there. This has been an evolving situation after Glasser resigned; Bob and Harvey Weinstein and TWC’s Comp Committee initially continued trying to persuade him to stay on, but they have come around to the fact that that Glasser will move on after he helps to transition a replacement for the indie… »
Barbara Walters Revisits Celebrity Killers For Investigation Discovery – TCA
Barbara Walters can’t quit some of her biggest “gets,” including parental-killing Menendez brothers, John Lennon-murdering Mark David Chapman, and celebrity diet doctor-offing Jean Harris. Lucky for Discovery Communications’ ID network, which this morning announced Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, debuting November 2 at 10 Pm. Discovery Networks Group President Henry Schleiff called it the network’s “crown jewel,” explaining Walters will revise, update and give… »
Valerie Harper Hospitalized in Maine
Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night before a performance of her musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” in Ogunquit, Maine.
The Emmy winner, best known for her role as the brazen Rhoda Morgenstern in the ’70s sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Rhoda,” was taken by ambulance from the Ogunquit Playhouse to a local hospital.
The Ogunquit Playhouse said in a statement on Thursday that Harper was hospitalized “as a precaution” after reporting that she was not feeling well.
“She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being,” the Playhouse said.
Harper, 75, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and told she had three months to live in January of 2013. Doctors had successfully removed a lung tumor in 2009, but the cancer cells had moved to her brain. She has continued working and competed on “Dancing With the Stars »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ted Turner to Receive News & Documentary Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement
Television visionary Ted Turner will receive this year’s News & Documentary Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Thursday.
The award will be presented Sept. 28 at a ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) as part of the 36th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The event will be attended by more than 1,400 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.
Turner, who entered the television business in 1970, originated the Superstation concept when he launched TBS Superstation in 1976. Four years later, he launched CNN, the world’s first live, 24-hour global news network. In recent years, he has devoted his time and energy toward promoting the use of clean energy sources.
“In my over 30 years of working in the television industry, there is no man that has made a bigger or more long-lasting impact on the »
- Rick Kissell
Betty White to Host Discovery Family’s Animal-Themed Pawgust
Hoping to fetch some viewers who are sitting and staying on their couches this summer, Discovery Family has announced plans for Pawgust, a month-long event of animal-themed series, specials and movies.
The programming will be hosted by noted animal lover, Betty White. She and her friends — including, fittingly, a golden retriever named Auggie — will be featured in various promos airing throughout the month of August.
“August traditionally finds the country embroiled in the Dog Days of Summer, so we’re bringing the pawsitively best in programming about pets—and of course, man’s best friend — to help audiences beat the heat,” said Tom Cosgrove, general manager, Discovery Family Channel. “With her devoted advocacy and genuine affection for creatures of all kinds, Betty White is truly the best friend an animal can have — and the perfect person to host Pawgust.”
The programming is anchored by the premiere of “From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Live Exorcism Of Hellish “Exorcist” House To Air On Destination America – TCA
Destination America boasted this morning it will host the first live televised exorcism in this country’s history, which is something you’d think they would not acknowledge unless they knew it could be proved against them. Exorcism: Live! will debut on October 30, aka the night before Halloween. The live event will take place at “the original Exorcist House” in the suburbs of St. Louis where exorcisms were performed on Roland Doe. The made-for-tv events marks the 66th… »
Emmy Nominations Reflect Television’s Embrace of Diversity
Take that, Oscars. In a year when the film industry’s biggest awards were roundly criticized for having an all-white lineup of acting nominees, the Emmy Awards nommed a record 18 black actors in 11 different thesping categories. Impressively, the number comes without any single program leading the charge.
HBO’s “Bessie” landed noms for star Queen Latifah and supporting standouts Mo’Nique and Michael Kenneth Williams, but other than the “How to Get Away With Murder” daughter-mother duo of Viola Davis (lead actress) and Cicely Tyson (guest), the remaining 13 nominees hail from 13 different programs on outlets ranging from ABC to Netflix to Showtime.
That reinforces how the smallscreen’s much-ballyhooed movement toward diversity isn’t just a matter of one or two shows or progressive networks, but instead a wider spread of diverse voices.
But before TV Academy voters give themselves a collective pat on the back, it’s worth noting »
- Geoff Berkshire
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