Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Does Abigail’s Note to Chad Say She’s Leaving Him?
Things are heating up quickly on Days of Our Lives, and it might have everything to do with a fire. Abigail was badly burned in one recently, and then she begged her husband to get her out of the hospital. He did not do it, and she took matters into her own hands. Broken out of the hospital, she doesn’t tell her family that she’s still alive, leaving us all wondering if she’s going to let them know she’s alive or if she is going to start her life over on her own terms. Our question has remained unanswered, but
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- Tiffany Raiford
Starz Bringing ‘American Gods’ & ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ To Comic-Con
Hot off its multibillion-dollar deal with Lionsgate, Starz is heading back to Comic-Con later next month with a new property and a veteran. No Outlander this year, but the cabler's American Gods and Ash vs. Evil Dead will be at the San Diego Convention Center on Sdcc weekend. Adapted from Neil Gaiman's acclaimed 2001 novel — a Comic-Con favorite — American Gods will be making its debut in Room 6Bcf at 3:15 Pm July 22. Gaiman, an Ep on the 2017-premiering show, will be… »
July 4 Weekend TV Guide: 9 Movie and TV Marathons, 4 TV Specials to Watch
Are you scared of fireworks? Do you eat too much at the 4th of July family BBQ? Is summer too hot to go outside? Those are a few reasons to lounge on the couch this weekend and if you’re a movie buff or a TV binger, we’ve got many more. In the spirit of a holiday weekend, many networks are running ridiculously long marathons that we’ll applaud you for staying up for.
“Empire” (Season 1 and 2)
TV One, July 3 at 7am to July 4 at 5pm
Check out the epic tale of a man having to decide who in his family should inherit his entertainment company with TV One’s “Empire” marathon. Airing all 30 episodes, the marathon will begin at 7am on July 3 and go to 5pm on July 4.
Read More: How ‘Empire’ Season 2 Raised the Stakes (Emmy Watch)
“Underground” (Season 1)
Wgn, July 2 from 7am to 5pm »
- Kyle Kizu and Kate Halliwell
Disney Sees 20% Gain in Volume for Kids’ Upfront
Doc McStuffins may be able to cut back on her office hours: Walt Disney has notched a greater share of volume of advance ad commitments as part of its upfront sales.
The company, which operates Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney Xd, among other properties, saw advance ad commitments rise by 20%, said Rita Ferro, executive vice president of Disney Media Sales and Marketing, in an interview. She cited robust interest by movie studios as well as a swell in spending by traditional toy companies and new entrants into that arena, as well as a greater amount of interest by advertisers in buying cross-media packages that include traditional TV, video on demand, digital and mobile. Ferro declined to provide an estimate of the volume of dollars the company secured.
Where advertisers eager to court kids and families often place emphasis on a so-called “hard ten” – the weeks leading from late September to the end of November – more of »
- Brian Steinberg
7 Great Independent Pilots from SeriesFest We Hope Become TV Series
The world of independent television is pretty chaotic right now, largely because, unlike the indie film scene, there’s no clear trajectory to success. Some shows threw all their money into shooting a pilot. Some shows have shot multiple episodes. Some shows have found alternate distribution opportunities already. Some shows remain unseen. All of them, though, want to go beyond their current status.
Read More: SeriesFest 2016 Winners Include Fan Fiction and Irish Crime
As an attendee of SeriesFest 2016, I had the opportunity to see a large percentage of the pilots screened as part of the independent pilot competition. Some of these pilots were not world premieres, but all of the ones I saw represented the impressive state of independent production today; where a shoestring budget can still produce content on a level equal to what you might watch on TV. Below are just a few of the pilots that impressed me most, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Nashville’ Season 5 Will Likely See Return Of Its Biggest Stars
After “Nashville” was cancelled over at ABC, Cmt quickly resurrected the country music drama. Now, as they try to make the transition, it’s time to see which of the cast members will stick around.
According to TVLine, the entire original cast is almost set to return. Among those who will continue as series regulars for Season 5 include Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack.
Previous reports also stated that Aubrey Peeples and Will Chase would not be returning to the series, but Variety learned that both actors are in talks to appear in a couple of episode to wrap up their storylines.
Nothing as this moment has been confirmed by either Lionsgate or Cmt.
Read More: ‘Nashville’s’ Renewal Reveals the Good and Bad Within Today’s TV Industry
The fifth season of “Nashville” will include 22 episodes »
- Liz Calvario
TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Wins Wednesday, ‘American Gothic’ Holds Steady
Wednesday night belonged to “Big Brother,” with the CBS reality stalwart matching last week’s premiere rating of 1.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic, drawing 6 million watchers opposite NBC’s continued coverage of the Olympic swimming trials, which earned a 1.2 demo score and 5.7 million viewers at 8 p.m. Fox’s “MasterChef” earned a 1.1 rating and 3.9 million viewers, while ABC and The CW aired repeats all night.
At 9 p.m., CBS still eked out a 0.9 demo score with a repeat of “Criminal Minds,” with the second episode of “American Gothic” matching last week’s modest premiere rating of 0.7 at 10 p.m., earning 3.5 million viewers. Both went up against a double bill of NBC’s “The Night Shift,” which scored a 0.8 in the demo, beating both shows with 4.5 million viewers. “Wayward Pines” matched “Night Shift” with a 0.8 in the demo at 9 p.m., up a tenth from its most recent outing.
CBS won the night overall in the adults 18- »
- Laura Prudom
‘Big Brother’ Ratings Steady, Michael Phelps’ Olympic Trials Win Spurs Viewership Race
With 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps finishing first in the men's 200-meter butterfly last night, securing a historic fifth Team USA spot and heading to Rio, it was a viewership race between NBC's Olympic Trials: Swimming (1.2/5) and CBS’ Big Brother (1.8/7). In early numbers, it was a win for the long-running reality show with 6.02 million viewers to the 5.67M of NBC's Olympic trials coverage. It was also a win for Big Brother among adults 18-49s, with the series… »
Disney Channel Sets Season 2 Premiere Date for ‘Jessie’ Spinoff ‘Bunk’D’
Season 2 of Disney Channel’s hit comedy series “Bunk’D” will debut this summer, Variety has learned exclusively.
Following the jam-packed week of episodes, the series will return in its normal Friday night 8 p.m. timeslot on Sept. 16.
“In Season 2, our ‘Bunk’D’ characters will have even bigger adventures and even more fun. They will meet some great new campers, face new challenges, and continue to grow and experience life lessons, while strengthening and forming new lasting friendships,” said Pamela Eells O’Connell, creator and exec producer of the series, who also created “Jessie” and was a producer on Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Turner Expects to Notch Volume Gains in TV Upfront
Time Warner’s Turner expects to snare a greater volume of advance ad commitments in TV’s annual upfront marketplace, the latest indication that Madison Avenue is placing more emphasis on TV than it has in several years,
The operator of CNN, TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network, among others, expects volume to rise in line with the general market, according to a person familiar with the situation, which the company sees as being between 2% and 4%. It’s hard to draw a direct line from upfront hauls to actual revenue, but Turner, Time Warner’s largest operating unit by revenue, took in $10.6 billion in overall revenue in 2015, with ad revenue increasing 1%, or $43 million, largely due to performance at CNN. In 2015, Turner expected its upfront volume to be flat or lower than what it secured in the previous year.
Like many other operators of TV networks, Turner pressed for higher increases in the rate of reaching 1,000 viewers, a »
- Brian Steinberg
‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date On AMC
AMC has set Tuesday, August 23 for the third season premiere of its period drama Halt and Catch Fire, about the rise of the PC industry in the 1980s It will debut with back-to-back episodes at 9 Pm, then will air in its regular time slot of 10 Pm beginning Tuesday, August 30. The series has been a modest ratings performer, but a solid DVR gainer. It was renewed in October with co-creators and writers Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers tapped as new… »
‘Stranger Things’: New Trailer For Netflix Series Pushes the Paranormal, Kids & More Spielbergian ’80s Nostalgia
“Ninety-nine out of a hundred times, the missing kid is with a parent or relative. What about the other time?”
Netflix plans to answer this question in their new eight-episode series, “Stranger Things,” which will stream in full on July 15.
Read More: Netflix’s Binge Scale Reveals Which Shows Viewers Watch for More Than Two Hours at a Time
According to the official description, “A love letter to the supernatural classics of the ’80s, ‘Stranger Things’ is the story of a young boy named Will who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.”
In the new trailer, Will’s loved ones search for him and grow increasingly frustrated with what seems to be some sort of governmental cover-up involving paranormal events. The discovery of Eleven, »
- Kate Halliwell
Halt and Catch Fire Season 3 Premiere Date Set at AMC
AMC has set an official premiere date for Halt and Catch Fire Season 3. The network is changing things up for its critically-acclaimed drama, moving the series from its previous Sunday night perch to Tuesday nights, with a start date set for late August. Halt and Catch Fire‘s ten-episode third season will kick off with a two-hour season premiere on Tuesday, August 23, at 9 p.m. Following the two-hour premiere, the eight remaining Season 3 episodes of Halt and Catch Fire will air in the show’s new regular time slot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on AMC. “Following last season’s critical reception,
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- Chris King
Denis Leary Talks Season 2 of ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ and the Heavy Burden of ‘Rescue Me’
When I sit down with Denis Leary, the comedian and writer currently starring in his creation “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” he’s coming off of days of edits, watching each episode of Season 2 over and over again, looking for the minute changes that need to be made. Confronting himself on screen doesn’t bother him if he’s working, but he recalls going to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” in which he played Emma Stone’s father, Captain Stacy. He had to watch himself in 3-D. “I put on these glasses, and I’m sitting with my kids, and everything was great until my first time my guy showed up. You should never have to watch yourself in 3-D. My nose!”
Over nearly three decades, Leary’s made a career as a stand-up, actor, and writer, lending remarkable pathos to the a–holes he became famous for singing about. His »
- Sonia Saraiya
Watch: The ‘Downward Dog’ Web Shorts That Inspired ABC’s New Talking Dog Comedy
Killen, whose credits include animating the infamous Taco Bell chihuahua (you remember – “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”), was looking to depict a dog in an entirely different way than usual. He enlisted commercial director Samm Hodges to write the scripts. That led to “Downward Dog,” a web series about Martin, a talking dog suffering from ennui and a bit of depression as he ruminates about his relationship with his owner, Nan.
“[Killen] had always wanted to do a dog thing that took dogs more seriously,” Hodges told IndieWire last week at the 2016 Palm Springs ShortFest. »
- Michael Schneider
‘Preacher’ Exclusive Clip: Romantic Tensions Arise As Tulip and Cassidy Get Close
Fans of AMC’s darkly funny “Preacher” are having a good day: The show, adapted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a popular graphic novel series, was just renewed for a second season and granted thirteen more episodes. As if that wasn’t enough, an exclusive clip hints that newfound romantic tensions may be brewing in this weekend’s upcoming episode.
Read More: AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Renewed for Season 2, Gets More Episodes
In the video, Tulip finds herself up close and personal with charming resident vampire Cassidy. When Jesse walks in on the confrontation, Tulip scrambles to cover up the presence of her second suitor.
For those who aren’t caught up with AMC’s strangely compelling series, the network describes it as “a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him »
- Kate Halliwell
Chaotic Good Studios Launches Franchise Lab With Industry Advisory Board; Will Give Writers Ownership In Their Work
Chaotic Good Studios, a new content company devoted to developing franchises for globally recognized intellectual properties (IPs), is putting together a Franchise Lab and named a bevy of executives known in the entertainment industry as its top advisors. Chaotic Good’s Franchise Lab is a paid fellowship and collaborative year-long venture for established writers and content creators from diverse backgrounds to help them take original ideas and learn how to develop… »
Ratings: American Gothic Holds Steady in Demo, Grows Audience in Week 2
CBS’ American Gothic avoided the Week 2 drop-off that sister summer series BrainDead suffered, holding steady this Wednesday with 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, now leading out of a Criminal Minds rerun.
In fact, American Gothic added a few eyeballs versus its week-ago premiere, while matching the demo number.
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Opening the Eye’s night, Big Brother (6 mil/1.8) dipped just a bit from its week-ago season opener.
Over on NBC, The Night Shift‘s double pump averaged 4.5 mil/0.8, down a tenth from last week, leading out of U.S. Olympics swimming trials (5.7 mil »
Date for Halt and Catch Fire's Two-Hour Season 3 Premiere Set at AMC
Here’s news that’ll reboot your spirits: AMC has chosen a return date for Halt and Catch Fire. The 1980s computer drama’s two-hour Season 3 premiere will bow on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9/8c.
Subsequent episodes will air Tuesdays at 10 pm. Vox first reported the date.
Per the official press release: “In the third season, which picks up in March 1986, Mutiny leaves Texas for the big leagues of Silicon Valley. Founders Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé) search for the idea that will launch Mutiny as a player, »
Walton Goggins Reveals the Acting Advice Bill Murray Gave Him on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Walton Goggins (aka Justified‘s Boyd Crowder—I still miss that show deeply) appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his new series Vice Principals, which also stars Danny McBride and debuts on HBO next month. The show, unlike Justified and The Shield, the FX dramas that Goggins is best known for, is a comedy, and while filming Vice Principals, Goggins got the opportunity to act opposite a comedy legend: Bill Murray, who has a small role as the principal in the HBO series. Just like most people are when they first meet Bill Murray, Goggins was pretty starstruck. In fact, during his scenes
- Chris King
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