History’s ‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 4
History has picked up a fourth season of “Vikings,” the network announced Thursday.
The series, created and written by Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”), has been a reliable ratings performer for History with an average of 4.3 million viewers in the first five episodes of season three, according to Live +3 ratings. Production for season four will begin this spring in Ireland.
“We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more,” said Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History and H2.
Five new episodes remain in the current season, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on History, with the season finale slated for April 23.
- Seth Kelley
‘Downton Abbey’ Producers Confirm Season 6 Will Be Show’s Last
Producers of the Masterpiece on PBS series “Downton Abbey” confirm that the upcoming season 6 of the show will be its last. “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement on Thursday. “Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and ‘Downton’ is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of ‘Downton Abbey’ when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so. »
- L.A. Ross
Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?)
Riding probably higher than she's even been since entering the business many years ago, on the groundbreaking success of Fox's hit series "Empire," Taraji P. Henson will make her "Saturday Night Live" hosting debut on April 11, 2015! Mumford & Sons will be the show's musical guest - their second time. One can only assume that there'll be an "Empire" sketch during the episode, with Henson playing the character she plays on the show - the inimitable, always quotable Cookie Lyon; a role that's pushed Henson into a spotlight she really hasn't enjoyed until now. We can only hope it leads to even more work down the road for her - preferably diverse roles, and that she doesn't get boxed into playing Cookie in everything she's cast in from here on. I'll have to research, but it's a very rare occurrence when a black woman has hosted "Saturday Night Live." Since the show began in the mid-1970's, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Multi-Ethnic Coalition Denounces Controversial Deadline Article
A coalition of several organizations issued a statement on Wednesday condemning a Deadline Hollywood article that sparked controversy for its characterization of the TV industry’s casting practices regarding minority actors.
The coalition, comprised of American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau and National Hispanic Media Coalition, condemned Deadline for publishing “inaccuracies and misconceptions.”
“Shame on Deadline for giving a platform to the prejudices of a few Hollywood agents who, under the cloak of anonymity, revealed themselves to be among the entertainment industry gatekeepers reluctant to change their unfair and exclusionary practices and make way for progress,” the statement read.
A rep for Penske Media Corporation, parent company to both Deadline and Variety, declined comment.
The original article on TV pilot casting, written Tuesday by co-editor-in-chief of TV, Nellie Andreeva, came under fire for suggesting that qualified Caucasian talent was being passed up »
- Seth Kelley
Scandal Recap: The Marrying Man — Plus, 'Sweet Baby' Returns
This week on ABC’s Scandal, Cyrus suddenly found himself quickly heading for a wedding, Sally Langston returned as a “bully” and Olivia gave Fitz a ring.
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So, the return to frantic, “old school” Opa fixing took a back seat this week, in a quieter hour that was squarely focused on Cyrus’ long-gestating fauxgagement to rent boy Michael. The chief of staff’s fiance got caught carousing at Gentleman John’s, so spin was needed, to spare Cy disgrace.
Olivia’s fix: fast-track a “gay, Republican wedding,” held at no »
Review: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11, 'Drastic Voyage: Part 1,' Is All Set-Up & No Payoff
Previously: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11 'Achub Y Morfilod' Finds Maturity (And Matthew Rhys) "I swear to God I had something for this." (Episode Summary)The CIA hires the entire office — because, by now, everyone knows Pam, Cyril and Cheryl will get involved anyway — to go inside a doctor's brain in order to save his life. No, they're not training to be doctors (not even Krieger, who never went to medical school). They're getting shrunk down by an amazing new procedure to fit inside a needle and be injected into the comatose doctor's bloodstream. As the gang gears up for the dangerous task, Lana prods Archer about his mortality now that there's a baby in the picture (not to mention Lana, who is now officially romantically attached). He doesn't seem to think any differently, but whether that bodes well for the mission is yet to be seen. Before they could get into the nitty gritty of things, »
- Ben Travers
Can Espn Help Academy Find the Next Oscar Producer?
As Academy executives hunt for new Oscar producers after the departure of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, they should think less about Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, and more about Espn president John Skipper.
Whenever the job opens up for an Academy Awards producer, Oscar fans point out that this is the film industry’s biggest event and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences should corral a big name, since it has access to the greatest filmmakers in the world.
But even though the awards are a celebration of film, the Oscarcast is a television event. And producing live TV requires a very specific skill set, which is different from handling film, so Acad honchos should think outside the box and consider men and women who have produced live television: sports events, newscasts, talkshows and TV concerts.
Skipper, as president of Espn, has insights into multiple producers of sports events, »
- Tim Gray
Vampire Diaries Pics: What Makes Elena 'Reevaluate Her Life' With Damon?
Now that the cure is back in Damon’s possession, will he make good on his promise to give it to Elena?
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New photos from The Vampire Diaries‘ April 16 return find the undead lovers doing a bit of self-reflecting, which certainly fits with this snippet from the episode’s slightly ominous log line: “Elena discovers Jo is pregnant, prompting her to reevaluate her own life as a vampire.”
TVLine recently asked Ian Somerhalder if Alaric and Jo’s one-two wedding/baby punch would cause Damon to consider putting »
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Admissions Department
In this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, Derek told Meredith (not quite all) about “the other woman,” Owen’s mother (reluctantly) came clean about her secret romance, and Jo treated a patient whose nose was home, sweet home to a…
On second thought, keep reading. I’ll tell you in due time.
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Doctor, Heel, Thyself? | Picking up right where “Don’t Dream It’s Over” left off, “With or Without You” began with Derek at his own doorstep, eager to tell Mer that the woman who answered his phone was just his research fellow, Renee. »
ABC Family Adds ‘Covert Affairs’ Actor to Summer Crime Procedural ‘Stitchers’
The hourlong crime series, which began production this January, will star Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”), Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”).
The original drama follows a young woman (Ishta) who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Fehr will play Leslie Turner, the enigmatic head of the covert stitchers program. His character will be introduced in the middle of the season.
Watch the first trailer for “Stitchers”:
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Craig T. Nelson to Reprise ‘Coach’ Role in NBC Sequel Series
Craig T. Nelson is set to reprise his role as Coach Hayden Fox in a sequel series, given a 13-episode straight to series order at NBC, Variety has learned. The project will pick up 18 years after the original comedy went off the air.
Debuting in 1989, “Coach” spanned nine seasons on ABC and ran for 198 episodes. Nelson, who’s freshly coming off NBC’s family drama “Parenthood,” was nominated for a Golden Globe for his starring role and won the Emmy for best comedy actor in 1992.
NBC’s revival of the original series will be set in present day with Hayden Fox retired from coaching. He is called back home to become assistant coach to his grown son who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.
Nelson’s on-screen son, nor any additional cast members, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Coach Revival Starring Craig T. Nelson Ordered to Series at NBC
NBC is tackling a Coach revival.
The Peacock network has ordered a 13-episode sequel to the ’90s sitcom, with Craig T. Nelson reprising his title role, TVLine has learned.
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The present-day Coach will pick up 18 years later and find Nelson’s Hayden Fox interrupting his retirement to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.
‘Coach’ Comes Back As 13-Episode NBC Series Starring Craig T. Nelson
A signature 1990s sitcom is coming back for a new chapter. NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to Coach, with original star Craig T. Nelson on board to reprise his role and creator Barry Kemp set to write. A sequel to the original series, the new Coach will be set in present day, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom went off the air after nine seasons. Coach Hayden Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to… »
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