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

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

23 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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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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Paramount deletes tweet of Australian 'Tmnt' poster amid 9/11 controversy

33 minutes ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Things are not looking so “cowabunga” Down Under.

Less than two weeks before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere in the United States, a poster for the film’s Australian release is causing controversy. The image in question was tweeted from the @ParamountAU account to promote the film’s September 11 release date there:

The image of the Turtles jumping from a burning building with the words “September 11!” did not sit well with the internet. The significance of that day may hold a different meaning in America than it does in Australia, but angry fans nonetheless took to their own Twitter accounts, »

- Jake Perlman

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DirecTV Won’t Bite on Dodgers Arbitration with Time Warner Cable

55 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Despite a threat from the FCC to begin arbitration, DirecTV refuses to back down in its standoff with Time Warner Cable over TV rights to the Dodgers’ SportsNet La channel.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the satcaster is again pushing Time Warner Cable to agree to a deal in which DirecTV could offer the channel ala carte to its customers.

“Rather than force everyone to bail Time Warner Cable out, the simplest solution is to enable only those who want to pay to see the remaining Dodgers games to do so at the price Time Warner Cable wants to set,” DirecTV said in a statement.

DirecTV isn’t alone in its accusation of Time Warner Cable as the culprit.

On Tuesday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he was encouraged by TWC’s willingness to end the TV blackout but very “troubled by the negative impact that your apparent actions »

- Ted Johnson

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Mega Buzz: A Once Connection, Sons' Final Ride, and a Big Grey's Decision

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Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

Do Anna and Elsa have a connection to any of our favorite Once Upon a Time characters? — Nathan  

You mean other than Elsa having been locked up in Rumple's vault all those years? It sure sounds like it! "Maybe there is an unlikely friendship that Charming had in his past that maybe literally changed the entire path of his life," Josh Dallas told me at Comic-Con when I asked the exact same question. Safe  money is on him being friends with Anna over Elsa, though.

I can't wait for the final season of Sons of Anarchy. Give me scoop! — Mel

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- Natalie Abrams

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‘Outlander’ Cast and Crew Celebrate New York Screening: ‘Make the Show for the Fans’

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Six days prior to its multiplatform preview debut, Starz’s “Outlander” preemed Monday at the 92 Street Y to a very enthusiastic crowd.

An adaptation of author Diana Gabaldon’s popular historical novels, the 16-episode series follows the passion and adventure that awaits a time-traveling nurse named Claire Randall played by Caitriona Balfe.

“It was the great Scarlett O’Hara search to find Claire,” exec producer Ronald Moore told the audience following the screening of the premiere episode, “Sassenach.”

“At the onset of the project, I said, because I’m an idiot, that we are going to cast Claire first and (her love interest) Jamie Fraser is going to be the one we cast at the last minute. Because in the books Jamie is the “King of Men,” so I thought well, that’s going to take forever, but of course it’s exactly the opposite of what happened.”

Producers found actor Sam Heughan almost immediately, »

- Addie Morfoot

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Jim Gaffigan Comedy Nabs Series Order from TV Land

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Jim Gaffigan’s domestic comedy “The Gaffigan Show” has landed a series order at TV Land.

The show, which has a 10-episode order for a 2015 premiere, revolves around Gaffigan’s life as a standup comic and father who struggles with an insatiable appetite. The project was developed for CBS this past pilot season.

Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer are exec producers with Gaffigan and Jeannie Gaffigan. Seth Gordon directed the pilot. The show is still in need of a showrunner, however.

Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams also star. Episodes of the show will air on sibling Viacom cabler Comedy Central, where Gaffigan is known for his many standup specials, within a week of debut on TV Land.

TV Land prexy Larry Jones said the show was a good fit with the “Gen Xers” the cabler is targeting. “We love Jim Gaffigan’s brand of humor,” Jones said. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Originals' Claire Holt Joins NBC Drama Aquarius as Series Regular

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Claire Holt is about to find herself on the hunt for a killer.

Related The Originals Cast, Ep Preview ‘Messed-Up’ Season 2, Crossover With… Aunt Jenna?

The actress, who famously pulled out of her series regular gig on The Originals during its first season, has snagged a series regular role on NBC’s upcoming Charles Manson-themed event series Aquarius. Holt will play tough-skinned police officer Charmain Tully.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Holt’s Originals character Rebekah Mikaelson. Not only does she appear in the trailer for the CW drama’s upcoming second season, »

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PopWatch Confessional: I tried to play 'New Girl's fake drinking game

2 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

First, a reminder: You are not Zooey Deschanel. There are things Zooey Deschanel can get away with doing that you will never be able to get away with. One of those things is playing New Girl’s fictional drinking game, True American.

True American is perhaps the pinnacle of absurd in-sitcom group games. That’s an area with surprisingly stiff competition—from Friends’ apartment bet to Cougar Town’s Penny Can to Parks and Recreation’s Cones of Dunshire. But New Girl has managed to win out, mostly because it’s returned to the game in no less than three different episodes, »

- Jackson McHenry

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Nickelodeon Orders Comedy ‘100 Things to Do Before High School’

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Nickelodeon has given a 26-episode order to live-action comedy “100 Things to Do Before High School” from “Big Time Rush” creator Scott Fellows.

Series follows three friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school. Production is to begin in the fall in Los Angeles. “100 Things” adds to a growing slate of new live-action entries at Nickelodeon, with teen-focused “Henry Danger” and “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” poised to bow in this fall.

Isabela Moner, Jaheem Toombs and Owen Joyner star in “100 Things.” Fellows is a Nick vet who also created “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”


- Cynthia Littleton

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Lauren Sanchez, Dan Friedkin Form Pursuit Productions

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“Good Day La” host Lauren Sanchez and Dan Friedkin have teamed to form production company Pursuit Productions.

The Santa Monica-based company will focus on telling real-life stories, which includes its first documentary feature “Found.” The company recently closed a deal with Mark Monroe to write this doc about the search for pilots whose planes were lost in World War II’s  Battle of Peleliu.

Friedkin and Sanchez, working closely with Friedkin’s Imperative Entertainment, are also currently shooting the pilot “On the Road,” which chronicles the death-defying adventures of vintage P-51 aerobatic flight team The Horsemen.

Pursuit Productions is repped by Wme.


- Nikara Johns

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‘Fargo’s’ Colin Hanks on His Emmy Nomination and Playing on Both Sides of the Law

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Despite “Fargo’s” total 18 Emmy nominations, as well as his own for supporting actor in a miniseries, Colin Hanks is still taken aback by the response the show has garnered.  “It’s an awesome feeling,” he says.  “This is on par with so many of these shows that I admire – that someone would think of ‘Fargo’ in the same breath is sort of surreal.”

Though the role of soft-spoken police officer Gus Grimley had only one scene in the pilot, Hanks was instantly in love with the script and the concept.  “Never mind if I get the part, that’s out of my control,” Hanks says he told himself back in the audition stage, “But this is a fun afternoon.  This is an audition I don’t mind driving across town for.’”

“That pilot script was so gripping and so much fun to read, but more importantly I think was »

- Shelli Weinstein

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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).

Signs of trouble began when Kirstie‘s executive producer/creator/showrunner Marco Pennette exited the series following the »

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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-winning 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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