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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
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
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 »
Fox Cancels Seacrest's Knock Knock
Knock Knock Live has been Ding-Dong Ditched, pulled from Fox’s schedule after just two airings.
RelatedRatings: Fox’s Knock Knock Finds Few Home, Beats Only CW Reruns
The Ryan Seacrest-hosted feel-good effort premiered last week to just 1.7 million viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, besting only CW reruns on that night.
In its second outing, it dipped to 1.6 mil and a 0.5 — despite the presence of the almighty Bieber.
In its place, a one-hour Last Man on Earth rerun will fill the Tuesdays-at 9 time slot on Aug. 4. From there on, »
Looking Cancellation: HBO Boss Talks 'Painful' Decision to End Series
The cabler’s top exec told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills that “ending that show was, on a personal level, very painful for me” but noted that Looking‘s weak ratings “didn’t support us going forward” beyond Season 2.
“I thought the show, creatively, was really doing something that I hadn’t seen on any other show, »
HBO Chief Defends ‘True Detective,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Rape Controversy
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo defended the second season of “True Detective” in light of critical second-guessing, and expressed support for the network’s hit “Game of Thrones” regarding scenes of sexual violence that have provoked criticism.
Lombardo, in what he billed Thursday as his first solo outing at the TV Critics Assn. tour without network chief Richard Plepler, seemed well-prepared for both questions, given some of the complaining, most recently, about “Detective’s” current run.
The executive joked that he had returned from vacation to learn that some critics had voiced their displeasure with “True Detective,” but he gave a vote of confidence to writer/showrunner Nic Pizzolatto and said he would be eager to hear his plans for a third season. “I think he takes a big swing,” Lombardo said, adding that he has seen the final episodes and “I’m enormously proud of it. … I think he’s a spectacular writer. »
- Brian Lowry
TVLine Items: Top Gear Hosts' New Show, Gilmore Girls Reruns and More
VideosDoctor Who Stars, Ep on Season 9: A ‘Surprise’ Resurrection, Classic Monsters and an ‘Upside Down’ Twist
Clarkson broke the news on Twitter Thursday:
I'm very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with .@AmazonVideo
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015
Game of Thrones Poised to End With Season 8, HBO 'Open' to Prequel
Winter is coming — and so is the end of Game of Thrones.
“I think seven seasons and out has never been the conversation; the question is how much beyond the seventh season are we going to do,” Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
“[The producers are] feeling like there’s probably two more years after six,” Lombardo added. “I would love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now. »
True Detective Backlash: HBO Boss 'Enormously Proud' of Season 2
An investigation into who, or what, perpetrated True Detective‘s epic sophomore slump was formally opened Thursday when HBO president Michael Lombardo faced the media at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
RelatedSophomore Slump: True Detective and More Shows That Imploded in Season 2
Asked to weigh in on the critical drubbing the anthology drama has received, Lombardo said he’s “enormously proud” of the current second season, adding that the upcoming finale “is as satisfying as any I’ve seen.”
“I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he continued. “I have, and I think it’s enormously satisfying. »
Amy Schumer’s HBO Comedy Special to Premiere This Fall
The A-list comedian’s comedy special, previously announced, marks her first one-off with the premium cabler.
A first look of Schumer’s show was shown during HBO’s Thursday presentation at the Television Critics’ Assn. press tour. The clip garnered much laughter in the room of journos and critics.
“Amy is one of the most inspired comics working today, and we hope her first HBO special marks the start of a long and beautiful relationship,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, at the time of the announcement earlier this year. “This event is even more special because our good friend, the incredibly talented Chris Rock, is directing.”
Schumer — who’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Julia Ormond Cast as Georgina Haig's Mom in Syfy Drama Pilot Incorporated
Ormond, who also recently completed an acclaimed stint on AMC’s Mad Men, will star in Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Syfy drama Incorporated, a thriller set in a future where corporations have limitless power.
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Ormond will play Elizabeth, an executive who relishes her power but also finds herself at the mercy of the corporate system’s demands. Her son-in-law Ben (Reign‘s Sean Teale) takes on that system to save his wife, »
Julia Ormond to Star in Matt Damon, Ben Affleck’s Syfy Pilot
Julia Ormond has joined “Incorporated,” Syfy’s futuristic espionage thriller pilot that hails from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.
The project centers on Ben Larson (“Reign’s” Sean Teale), a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate an all-controlling corporate world to save the woman he loves. He ends up taking down the entire system — with deadly consequences.
Ormond will play Ben’s mother-in-law, Elizabeth. A powerful, whip-smart top executive who enjoys the perks of her position, she is also trapped in a ruthless system that demands results. The cast includes Georgina Haig (“Once Upon a Time”) as Ben’s wife Laura.
“Incorporated” is created and written by David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless,” “The Last Days”), who also will direct the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer-showrunner. Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd are also exec producing. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Leftovers Season 2 Premiere Date, Storyline Revealed
VideosThe Leftovers Season 2 Teaser Trailer Reveals Twist Behind New Setting
In making the announcement, the cabler also released an extremely detailed (read: spoilery) Season 2 synopsis. Scroll down and read at your own risk.
After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of The Leftovers finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. »
MSNBC Spikes Three Hours of Afternoon Lineup
MSNBC is canceling three more hours of daytime programming as it works to rechristen itself as a place for hard news, not progressive views, in the hours leading up to the early evening.
Gone are “The Cycle,” “Now With Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” as of Friday, MSNBC president Phil Griffin told network staffers in a memo Thursday. Wagner is expected to stay with MSNBC and cover the politics beat as coverage of the 2016 election increases. Ari Melber of “The Cycle” will continue as the network’s chief legal correspondent. Other hosts — Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure — will leave the network, Griffin said.
- Brian Steinberg
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 3: Constance Zimmer to Clash With Coulson, Blair Underwood Returns
RelatedS.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Poll: That Thing Ate Simmons! — What Happens Next?
The Entourage alum will recur during Season 3 (premiering Sept. 29) as the head of a government agency that is hunting Inhumans. As such, her character is set to clash with Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, EW.com reports.
RelatedSecret Warriors to Invade S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3
Meanwhile, our sister site Variety reports that Blair Underwood is set to reprise his »
Watch: First ‘Unauthorized Full House Story’ Clip Digs Up Drama
The clip begins by showing the actors playing a scene in the hit sitcom, but Stamos complains that the then-toddler Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not quite professional enough for the big time after one of them fills her diaper during a scene, as babies are wont to do.
“We love the twins, but is there any way you can find babies who are a little more comfortable onstage?” Stamos asks a producer.
“Yeah, toddler veterans, we’ll get right on that,” the producer laughs.
And the clip certainly makes a point to milk Bob Saget’s dirty reputation, with the actor suggesting that they “hire a bunch of strippers” and install a pole on set — right in front of the young Jodie Sweetin.
“What’s a stripper? »
- Alex Stedman
HBO & Russell Simmons Ink New Production Deal - 5 Projects, Including One from Shaka King, in Development
HBO has inked an overall first-look deal with Russell Simmons' new media company All Def Digital (Add), which will see Simmons and his team create and develop a wide range of television projects for HBO. Simmons currently has five active projects set up at HBO, three of which are being developed through his All Def Digital (Add). Of most interest to me is a new comedy series titled "These Are My Friends," created by Shaka King ("Newlyweeds" and the hilarious short film that went viral earlier this year after its Sundance premiere, "Mulignans"). The series, which promises an original and authentic look at hip-hop culture, will follow four real-life rap and hip-hop artists as they struggle to keep their dream alive. The other project of interest is a comedy series through Add with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, which will take an innovative and comedic look at race when, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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