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‘Star Trek’: Bryan Fuller’s New Series Will Tell Story ‘Like a Novel’

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

CBS celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” in Hall H at Comic Con Saturday, and moderator Bryan Fuller revealed a key detail about his upcoming CBS All Access revival series.

“It’s not going to be episodic,” Fuller said, noting that there have been 772 episodes of various “Star Trek” series. “We’re going to be telling stories like a novel.”

All five “Star Trek” series have been episodic in nature, featuring episodes whose stories were largely self-contained. Fuller’s comment indicates that the series will feature longer, ongoing storylines, along the lines of more contemporary telsevision drama series. That model, he said, will fit the show’s position as the first original series for CBS’s streaming service.

“Because it’s on CBS All Access, you’re not going to miss anything, because it’s right there at your fingertips,” Fuller said.

Fuller fitting asked asked William Shatner — joined onstage by Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn »


- Daniel Holloway

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Vampire Diaries Ending After Season 8

16 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Put a White Oak Stake in it; after its upcoming eighth season, The Vampire Diaries shall be no more.

RelatedThe Vampire Diaries @ Comic-Con: ‘Evil Herself’ Is Coming to Mystic Falls, Plus More Final Season Scoop

The decision was announced Saturday during The CW drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con; as you can imagine, the thousands of fans in attendance were not pleased.

Tvd‘s seventh season wrapped May 13 with a bittersweet hour: Though Bonnie’s life was spared and Stefan got his long-awaited reunion with Caroline, Damon and Enzo fell prey to the nameless evil within the Armory’s vault, »


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‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Info Revealed & David Lynch Directing All 18 Episodes

18 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fans have been patiently waiting for more information on the highly-anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival. Few details are known about what’s to be expected, but now we have a couple more to add to the list. During the San Diego Comic-Con panel for “Batman Killing Joke,” Ray Wise, who portrayed Leland Palmer in the original series, confirmed that the revival will be released by Showtime in the summer of 2017. That means fans will still have to wait a whole year!

He also stated that there would be a total of 18 episodes, all to be directed by David Lynch, and that he would be in all of them.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Cast: Who’s Making It Back To The Show & Which Notable Cast Members Won’t Be Returning

Wise will reprise his role of Palmer, who is the original series was an attorney who is well-known and respected in the town of Twin Peaks. »


- Liz Calvario

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‘iZombie’ Cast, Producers Reveal Season 3 Spoilers

22 July 2016 6:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

iZombie” isn’t returning until midseason, but at least Comic-Con gave us some scoop of what to expect.

Executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, along with cast members Rose McIver (Liv), David Anders (Blaine), Rahul Kohli (Ravi), Malcolm Goodwin (Clive) and Aly Michalka (Peyton) appeared on stage in San Diego to tease the upcoming third season. Check out what we learned below. Warning: Minor spoilers below.

“Ficus” is her safe word. This season, Liv will eat a dominatrix’s brain, McIver revealed. “I’m going to have to clear my browser history repeatedly,” she added, talking about researching the role. When asked about her safe word, the EPs joked (or perhaps were serious) that it was “ficus.”

A “Major” reconnection?  “I would love Liv and Major to work out, but I feel right now that there’s bigger fish to fry,” McIver said about the on-again, off-again couple, and then added, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why

14 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Don’t expect to see any more “Star Wars” parodies from Fox’s animated hit “Family Guy.”

The show produced three “Star Wars” homages (2007’s “Blue Harvest,” 2009’s “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and 2010’s “It’s a Trap!”) several years ago. But that was back before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and jumpstarted the franchise.

“The new regime is a little more difficult to deal with,” executive producer Alec Sulkin said. “Before we were just dealing with Lucasfilm. Seth [MacFarlane] had a good relationship with them. It’s not that Seth has a bad relationship with Disney, but they’re a bit more rigid.”

Executive producer Rich Appel said it was understandable, as “they’re a little more careful now that they’re rolling out new movies.”

Read More: 8 of Indiewire’s Favorite Talking TV Animals

Meanwhile, David Tennant, Kyle Chandler, Jacob Tremblay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea are among »


- Michael Schneider

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Scream Queens Cast Talks Season 2's 'Fast Right Turn,' as John Stamos Teases His 'Arrogant' Doc's Secret

22 July 2016 9:44 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Shhhh! Jamie Lee Curtis is trying to answer some questions!

The Scream Queens star stepped away from a Q&A with Michael Ausiello to drop a “Stfu” on some rowdy interlopers outside TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by Zte.

Comic-con 2016 Exclusive Videos, Casting News, Scoop and More

Fret not, though, the Golden Globe-winning actress was in otherwise jolly spirits as she joined the cast of Fox’s horror-comedy — including Lea Michele, Emma Roberts and incoming players John Stamos and Taylor Lautner — to tease Season 2’s hospital-based storyline.

While the move away from Season 1’s sorority-based action might sound strange on paper, »


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Castle's Nathan Fillion on Not Saying a 'Proper' Goodbye, the Season 9 Plan

16 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Nathan Fillion has post-Castle plans, for what typically would have been his first day back at the ABC series’ set. And those plans are pretty…. hairy.

Comic-con 2016 Exclusive Videos, Casting News, Scoop and More

Speaking with Michael Ausiello at TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by Zte — where he and Alan Tudyk were promoting Con Man, their web series about a sci-fi actor’s adventures on the convention circuit — Fillion questioned if there was any way to have a “proper send-off” (versus down-to-the-wire cancellation) for a series, after eight years.

“[I’ve worked] with amazing people that I love so very, very much… »


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‘Archer’ Season 8 Trailer Answers Season 7 Cliffhanger, Introduces ‘Dreamland’

22 July 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Spoiler Warning: The below reveals details for “Archer” Season 8 as well as the Season 7 finale.]

The big question following “Archer” Season 7 was the one everyone wanted answered at the FX comedy’s Comic-Con panel Friday afternoon, and the producers & cast wasted no time in letting everyone know what’s next for Archer: “Dreamland.”

At the end of Season 7, it appeared as though Archer died while solving the season-long mystery surrounding Veronica Deane. But the trailer shown to the Comic-Con audience (and not yet available online) found Archer still alive, but in a coma.

That doesn’t mean the season is free from tragedy. Following the death of voice actor George Coe — who played Archer’s butler, Woodhouse — Adam Reed decided it best to end his character’s arc rather than permanently recast him. The trailer showed the “Archer” characters dressed in black, attending Woodhouse’s funeral — all of them except Archer, who was revealed to be stuck in a coma for the three months following his shooting (aka, »


- Ben Travers

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Comic-Con: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Adds Aladdin and Jafar

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

Once Upon a Time” is going on a magic carpet ride.

Executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed a three-minute sneak preview of Season 6 at Comic-Con on Saturday, which teased the story of Aladdin and his rivalry with Jafar.

Covert Affairs” star Oded Fehr has been cast in the role of Jafar, while Deniz Akdeniz (“South Beach”) will play Aladdin. They join previously announced new season six cast members Giles Matthey as Morpheus and Craig Horner as the Count of Monte Cristo.

Galavant” star Karen David will play the role of Princess Jasmine.

The characters first appeared in the 1992 film “Aladdin,” and are just the latest from the Disney archive to be folded into the hit ABC show.

At the panel, the producers and cast talked about what’s ahead for Regina (Lana Parilla), now that she’s been separated from the Evil Queen.

A new video released by ABC looks back on the best Evil »


- Debra Birnbaum

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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller on Whether You Need to Read the Book Before the Starz Show

16 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

What do you worship? That’s the question “American Gods” will be asking in 2017.

There aren’t many authors who have the kind of fandom that Neil Gaiman has, and “American Gods,” his novel about old-world deities trying to find purpose in the modern age, is a big part of that. That’s why expectations were already high when Starz and FremantleMedia announced that the book’s story would be adapted for television. Fans got more excited when it was later announced that “Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller (who’s also behind CBS All Access’ upcoming new “Star Trek” series) would showrun with Michael Green.

Read More: Gillian Anderson Joins Cast of Starz’s ‘American Gods

During a packed panel presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Gaiman shared that “American Gods” had a special connection to the convention: He wrote the first chapter of the novel on a train to San Diego »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Fox Screens New ‘Exorcism’ Pilot at Comic-Con

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

The Exorcist” is ba’ack. On Friday, Comic-Con fans got the first look at Fox’s TV adaptation of the 1973 horror film, which premieres in the fall.

The audience was treated to the entire first episode following the panel, which included showrunner Jeremy Slater and cast members Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, Briannae Howey and Hannah Kasulka.

Inspired by William Blatty’s original book, the one-hour drama is set in Chicago and takes place 40 years after the Georgetown exorcism.

“There is no bigger fan of the original than myself, so if anyone’s gonna screw it up that’ll be me,” Slater laughed.

Slater, whose writing credits include “Fantastic Four,” exec produced the show with James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.

Before the pilot screened, the “Exorcist” cast, along with Slater, told funny stories about the frightening impact it had on them personally and professionally.

“(It) scarred me for life,” Davis »


- Stephanie Panisello

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Set at Netflix

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

They’re back: “Mystery Science Theater 3000” has scored a revival at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.

The streaming giant announced the news on Twitter Saturday night, saying: “In the not so distant future.”

In the not-too-distant future. @MST3K pic.twitter.com/L9IpZW2Cmb

— Netflix Us (@netflix) July 24, 2016

The revival is set to star Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt, along with original cast members Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy and Mary Jo Pehl who will reprise their roles. “Community” creator Dan Harmon and series star Joel Harmon are set to join the writing staff, which is being led by head writer Elliott Kalan, former head writer of “The Daily Show.”

Series creator Joel Hodgson had launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the revival, and ended up raising over $5.7 million, breaking the record previously held by “Veronica Mars.”

Mystery Science Theater 3000″ first aired on Ktma-tv in Minneapolis for its freshman season, then »


- Debra Birnbaum

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Los Angeles Area Emmys: NBC4 Leads With 8 Wins; Kmex, Kvea & Time Warner Cable SportsNet L.A. Follow With 5 Each

7 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC4 was the big winner at the 68th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards handed out today with eight nods. Kmex, Kvea and Time Warner Cable SportsNet L.A. followed with five wins each and KTLA5 snagged four. NBC4’s eight wins included Live Coverage of an Unscheduled News Event for San Bernardino Shooting, Outstanding Hard News Reporting for Joel Grover, reporter and Matthew Glasser, producer; and Outstanding Sports Reporting for Fred Roggin. Among its five wins, Kmex took… »

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Comic-Con: The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Promises to Solve Murder Mystery in First Season

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The CW spin on the iconic Archie comics, “Riverdale,” arrived at Comic-Con today with a screening of the pilot followed by a Q&A with cast and producers.

With this take, developed by Greg Berlanti and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from the iconic “Archie” comic books, the titular town is one shrouded with mystery, murder and more than a little romance since the “Archie” characters are updated and definitely fit the CW brand of sexy.

In fact, in updating the characters, executive producer Sarah Schechter said that finding the right actor to play Archie proved to be the most difficult. “In this case we started about six months in advance because we knew how hard it was going to be to fill all these iconic shoes,” she said. “We were very worried, it’s very hard to do ‘Riverdale’ without Archie but luckily K.J. (Apa) walked in and we were, like, done »


- Jim Halterman

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Looking: The Movie (aka Series Finale) Recap: Reunited, Did It Feel So Good?

7 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

You’ll get no judgment from me if — after watching Looking: The Movie — you’re overcome by the urge to gather your closest friends and/or significant other at the nearest greasy spoon to scarf down runny eggs and weak coffee and whatever else you might need to fend off a Sunday-morning hangover.

Comic-con 2016 Exclusive Videos, Casting News, Scoop and More

Oh, sure, the wrapup of HBO’s sometimes charming, sometimes maddening dramedy — essentially a third season packed into a tidy 90 minutes — features one too many Unsubtle One-Liners to Underscore the Big Themes (“Sometimes you’ve got to leave »


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Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ Special on PBS Wins Second Emmy

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Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS was awarded the Emmy Award for best entertainment programming at the Television Academy’s 68th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards.

This is the second win in two years for the interview series, which features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft. “Actors on Actors” was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC.

Hosted by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley, the 2016 edition featured such pairings as Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellan, Will Smith and Benicio del Toro and Amy Schumer and Lily Tomlin.

The winners of this year’s La Area Emmy Awards were announced Saturday night at the TV Academy’s newly renovated Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

NBC4 was the evening’s big winner with 8 awards, followed by Kmex, Kvea and Time Warner Cable SportsNet L.A. with 5 trophies each.

The rest of the winners are:

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‘Conan’ Returning To Comic-Con In 2017

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TBS’ Conan and its host Conan O’Brien will return to Comic-Con next year, the network confirmed tonight. It will mark the third year his late-night show will tape from San Diego during the convention. This year, O’Brien’s show taped in the afternoons at Spreckles Theater from Wednesday through to tomorrow, when he wraps his stay with the cast of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Tonight, Conan hosted the cast of Suicide Squad — including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara… »

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The Flash @ Comic-Con: Barry's 'Blind Bliss,' Flashpoint's Affect on Arrow, Season 3's Two New Foes and More

8 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Flash is going to look like a different show when Season 3 arrives in October.

When the premiere opens, Barry has been “living in that blind bliss” with both of his parents in the “Flashpoint” world, even though he has his memories of the other timeline, and was still zapped by the particle accelerator.

But once he comes out of his bubble, “There are many different changes that Barry discovers, and different relationships,” executive producer Aaron Helbing previewed at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.

VideosThe Flash Season 3 Trailer: Barry/Iris ‘Meet’ Again, Billionaire Cisco, a New Speedster »


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Gotham Shocker! Which Character Will Become [Spoiler] During Season 3?

8 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Someone shine a spotlight signal into the sky, because we’ve got a tantalizing Gotham Season 5 scoop for all to hear.

RelatedGotham @ Comic-Con: Bruce’s Double Trouble, Jim’s New Gig, But No Ra’s (Yet) — Plus, Watch a Season 3 Teaser

When the cast of Fox’s Batman prequel series visited TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by Zte, Michael Ausiello requested a parting gift before they moved on — any scoopy little something to whet viewers’ whistles. And boy, did one cast member come through big time, revealing that [Spoiler] will become [spoiler] at some point during the coming season. (You’ll »


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Lee Majors Makes His Comic-Con Debut At ‘Ash Vs Evil Dead’ Panel

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Lee Majors made his first Comic-Con appearance ever today at Starz's Ash Vs. Evil Dead panel. As previously reported, he'll play the father to Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams, the one-handed chainsaw man. "This is a guy who had two series go over 100 episodes," beamed Bruce Campbell in his introduction to Majors. Said co-creator Sam Raimi, "We get to learn about Bruce's character through Lee Majors." "We get to see where Ash got all of his bad habits," said Campbell in the… »

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