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‘Archer’ Creator Plans to End the Show After Season 10
The end is near for FX’s “Archer,” though no need to worry because by “near” we mean about three more years. The animated series just won its first Emmy Award last month, but the show’s creator, Adam Reed, already has plans to end the comedy after its tenth season.
“The plan is to end ‘Archer’ after Season 10,” Reed stated in an interview with Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast. “I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan – to do eight, nine, and ten, and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes – and then wind it up. I was gonna end it after 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion of a way that I could do three more seasons and really keep my interest up. So the three seasons that are coming up »
- Liz Calvario
Aquarius Cancelled After Two Seasons
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The show’s fate was all but cemented in early August when NBC announced it was relocating the Charles Manson-themed period drama from its Thursday perch to the TV cemetery known as Saturday Night. At the time, entertainment president Jennifer Salke conceded the series faced “tough” odds of seeing a third season.
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Ratings: The Exorcist Drops in Week 2, MacGyver Slips But Still Tops Night
Fox’s The Exorcist turned fewer heads in Week 2, down 27 percent in audience to 2.1 million total viewers, while dropping 30 percent in the demo to a 0.7.
RelatedThe Exorcist Poll: Is It Devilishly Good or Hellishly Bad?
Opening Fox’s night, Hell’s Kitchen (3.2 mil/1.0) ticked down from its premiere.
Over on CBS, even a pistol-packing Amy Acker couldn’t save MacGyver (9.1 mil/1.4) from slipping 16 and 18 percent from its premiere; still, Mac led the night in the demo and remains up from Amazing Race‘s year-ago numbers (6 mil/1.2). Hawaii Five-0 (9.6 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth while Blue Bloods (10.4 mil/1.3) held steady and reclaimed »
‘The Purge’ May Be Getting A TV Series
The Purge movies have been reliable moneymakers for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Platinum Dunes. Their budgets are kept low, so when they make over $100 million worldwide, they crack a nice profit. Now that this franchise is three movies in, what’s in the future for this successful series? According to director James DeMonaco, it’s television. Below, learn […]
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- Jack Giroux
Lorne Michaels Breaks Silence on Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah’s ‘SNL’ Exits
The “SNL” creator and executive producer told USA Today that the NBC variety show’s roster changes keep the series fresh.
“I think they were great, and they did wonderful work when they were with us,” Michaels said. “They served the show well, and are two people I really care about.”
“Change is the lifeblood of the show; it always has been,” he added. “And you have to keep bringing new people in. Hopefully it’s for the best. I’m not worried about either of them going on to success.”
Both of the actors have since landed separate Showtime comedy pilots. Pharaoh will star in “White Famous” from exec producer Jamie Foxx, as a young African-American comedian whose star is rising, while Killam will lead “Mating” from Jason Katims, which »
- Arya Roshanian
Dynasty Reboot in the Works at The CW; Updated Version Will Be More Diverse
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For those unfamiliar with the original series, which ran on ABC from 1981 to 1989, Dynasty followed the ongoing feud between two of America’s richest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys.
Did ‘Luke Cage’ Break Netflix? Outage Leaves Saturday Bingers In Dark
Marvel super hero Luke Cage‘s worst nemesis turned out to be technology today, as Netflix servers went down for over two hours. This interruption comes one day after the third Marvel series on the streaming service debuted its thirteen episode first season. While Netflix did not respond to requests for comment and the streaming service does not reveal viewing statistics, speculation online for the disruption was laid at the feet of the popularity of Marvel’s Luke Cage… »
TV Ratings: ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘The Blacklist’ Premieres Notch Triple-Digit L7 Gains
The ratings picture for the season premieres of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” and NBC’s “The Blacklist” improved dramatically with a week of time-shifted viewing factored in.
“Htgawm” rose 107% from its live-same-day mark to a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 for its third season opener. “The Blacklist” climbed 112% to a 2.7 for its season four bow. Both shows are still down from their year-ago marks. But the lift in Nielsen’s L7 ratings for Sept. 22, which were released Saturday, is a welcome sign to the networks that viewers are still seeking out the dramas, albeit on their own timetables.
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” not surprisingly, was also among the big gainers on the first Thursday of the 2016-17 season. The veteran hospital drama spiked 59% in adults 18-49 to a 4.0 demo rating. NBC’s “Chicago Med” improved a full ratings point, or 72%, to a 2.4 demo rating.
Fox’s much-praised new baseball drama “Pitch” had a »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Stranger Things’ Gets Re-Imagined as an 8-Bit Video Game
“Stranger Things” continues to be a source of inspiration for many – something that we certainly don’t mind when the projects are just as entertaining as the Netflix series. A new “8 Bit Cinema” short film was created by CineFix, which re-imagines the story as a classic video game, and the result is genius!
“The show is widely known for its ‘80s vibes but watching it in 8-bit really digs deeper into our nostalgia,” stated CineFix on the video’s description. The four-minute clip begins with the four friends playing in the basement, then shows Will getting abducted, the appearance of Eleven and the gang’s search to find their friend from the upside-down.
- Liz Calvario
‘Saturday Night Live’ Boss Lorne Michaels on Why Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam Were Axed
In August it was announced that veteran cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah would not be returning to “Saturday Night Live” for its 42nd season, even though they had a year left on their contracts. No exact reason was revealed for their departure other than that their contracts would not be renewed. Now, “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels has finally broken his silence on why the duo was let go.
“I think they were great, and they did wonderful work when they were with us,” Michaels told USA Today. “They served the show well, and are two people I really care about.” Adding, “Change is the lifeblood of the show; it always has been. And you have to keep bringing new people in. Hopefully it’s for the best. I’m not worried about either of them going on to success.”
Shortly after their departure was announced, Showtime revealed that »
- Liz Calvario
‘Aquarius’ Canceled by NBC After Two Seasons
The series debuted in May of 2015 and was picked up straight to series. Following the premiere, the full first season was released on NBC’s website and mobile apps for for weeks. The second season aired in June of 2016 and drew low ratings.
Sources told Variety that several actors were released from their contracts a few months ago. During NBC’s Television Critics Association panel in August, the network’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke told reporters that the chances for a renewal for the drama were “tough.”
In June, »
- Liz Calvario
‘Archer’ Creator Says Show Will End After Season 10
“The plan is to end ‘Archer’ after Season 10,” Reed said. “I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan, is to do eight, nine, and 10 — and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes — and then wind it up.”
Reed explained that he had planned to end the show after eight seasons, but had a creative “brain explosion” that led him to believe that he could maintain interest for two more after that.
“So the three seasons that are coming up are going to be pretty different from what’s come before, and they’re going to be different from each other,” he said.
- Seth Kelley
NBC Axes Manson Drama ‘Aquarius’ After Two Seasons
Aquarius, NBC’s David Duchovny-starrer based on the Charles Manson murders, will end after two seasons. Created by John McNamara, the highly fictionalized historical drama kicked off in the summer of 2015 and finished its second season September 10. The news isn’t surprising. In August, Deadline reported that the series’ linear ratings had eroded following the series’ second-season renewal, as Aquarius was moved from Thursday to the low-trafficked Saturday night. For a… »
Producer Sean Hanish Refines Diy Filmmaking Model With ‘Sister Cities’
Director-producer Sean Hanish broke into the movie business by pursuing a passion project that could not have been closer to his heart.
During the past three years, Hanish and a team that includes actor Alfred Molina and CBS executive Kelly Kahl have crafted a business template that has allowed Hanish to make more movies on his own terms — and even turn a small profit for investors.
Hanish’s most recent film, “Sister Cities,” heads to Netflix on Oct. 2 following its Sept. 17 debut on Lifetime.
“Sister Cities” revolves around four estranged sisters brought together by their mother’s suicide. The material attracted a strong cast that includes Jacki Weaver, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler, Troian Bellisario and Michelle Trachtenberg.
“Return to Zero,” which also aired on Lifetime, told »
- Cynthia Littleton
Richard Trentlage Dies; Ad Man Wrote Iconic Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle
The big hits of 1963 included “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Puff the Magic Dragon” and, in England anyway, a rush of hits by some next big thing called The Beatles, but in terms of sheer recall-ability, a song from that year by advertising executive Richard Trentlage might best them all. It begins, “Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer weiner…” Trentlage, a former ad man with McCann-Erickson and D’Arcy who wrote the Oscar Mayer jingle, died of congestive heart failure at 87 on… »
NBC Cancels ‘Aquarius’ After Two Seasons
“Aquarius” is canceled at NBC after two seasons, Variety has confirmed.
The Charles Manson drama, created by John McNamara and starring David Duchovny, premiered May 28, 2015. It was picked up straight to series, and following the premiere’s broadcast, the full 13-episode first season was released on NBC’s website and mobile apps for four weeks. The second season premiered June 16, 2016.
Sources tell Variety that several of the actors were released from their contracts a few months ago.
The series was set in Los Angeles in 1967. Duchovny played Detective Sam Hodiak who was tasked with investigating the disappearance of a teenaged girl (Emma Dumont), only to find out that she was with the Manson Family.
Gethin Anthony played a fictionalized version of Manson. The rest of the core cast included Grey Damon, Claire Holt, Ambyr Childers, Madisen Beaty, Cameron Deane, Michaela McManus, Brían F. O’Byrne and Chance Kelly.
The show faced some controversy during its second season »
- Seth Kelley
‘MacGyver’ Ratings Down In Week 2 But CBS Still Tops Night, ‘Exorcist’ Falls
Well, Week 2 of the fall season proves once again that there are reboots and then there are reboots – and for CBS, the declining outcome is still a win. After a strong start on September 23, it was almost certain that the new MacGyver (1.4/6) would see someone downward movement – and it did, 18% among adults 18-49 to be precise. However, with a 17% drop in viewership to 9.09 million, the 8 Pm reboot of the Reagan Era action series still snared the title of highest rated… »
NBC Halts Comedy ‘Mail Order Family’ After Backlash
NBC has decided to halt production on their new show “Mail Order Family” two days after it was announced. The decision came after the concept received backlash, with critics complaining that it was perpetuating stereotypes of Filipino women. A change.org petition was also created, stating that “exploitation and violence against Filipino women is not entertainment.”
“We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” an NBC spokesman said in a statement. “The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”
- Liz Calvario
TV Ratings: ‘MacGyver’ Hangs Tough for CBS on Friday, ‘Exorcist’ Dips
“MacGyver” was no flash in the pan for CBS. The reboot of the 1980s actioner held up well in its second week, propelling CBS to win every half-hour of Friday in viewers and adults 18-49.
“MacGyver” lassoed 9.1 million viewers and 1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 in the lead-off 8 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day preliminary ratings. That marks a strong retention rate from last week’s premiere (1.7/8, 10.9 million viewers).
The crowd that gathered for “MacGyver’s” gave a boost to 9 p.m.’s “Hawaii Five-0” (1.3/5, 9.6 million) and 10 p.m.’s “Blue Bloods” (1.3/5, 10.4 million), which were also close to last week’s premiere ratings.
Fox saw its 9 p.m. freshman “The Exorcist” (0.7/3, 2.1 million) dip from last week’s premiere ratings that were already underwhelming (1.0/4, 2.9 million). Given the generally low traffic on Fridays, Fox is undoubtedly counting on delayed viewing to salvage “Exorcist.” At 8 p.m., Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.0/4, 3.2 million) was also off slightly from »
- Cynthia Littleton
Divorce Review: Sjp Returns to HBO With an Uncomfortably Funny Gem
If you’re tuning into Sarah Jessica Parker‘s new HBO comedy Divorce hoping to see Season 18 of Sex and the City, you might be disappointed. But actually, this might be better. (Certainly better than that last Satc movie.) Taking a hard look at love and marriage through a darkly comedic lens, Divorce (premiering Oct. 9 at 10/9c) is raw and uncomfortable at times… but it’s also one of the best new comedies of the year.
Parker stars as Frances, a suburban wife and mother who finds herself increasingly irritated with everything her husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church) does. The »
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