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David Alan Grier is trading comedy for drama.
The story follows Akeem, a 17-year-old Rastafarian teenager and track athlete. His goal is to qualify for the national youth team and go to the World Youth Championships in Philadelphia. There, Akeem hopes reunite with his mother, who’s been living in Philly illegally for 10 years. But once he gets there, he realizes that dream isn’t necessarily shared.
Grier will play Akeem’s track and field coach in the film.
The actor can currently be seen on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show.” He is repped by Innovative Artists, Roar and Ziffren Bittenham.
Storm Saulter is writing and directing with Overbrook Entertainment producing.
- Justin Kroll
NBC is continuing its dance with Jennifer Lopez.
The “Shades of Blue” superstar is teaming up with the network for a brand new dance competition series “World of Dance,” which NBC has greenlit with a straight-to-series ten-episode order.
Lopez is on board as an exec producer. Sources say it’s undetermined if she will appear in any on-camera capacity, and that decision will come down the road.
Described as an “unparalleled dance competition,” the winner of the new series will receive a grand prize of one million dollars. The show will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more.
“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents. I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
San Diego Comic-Con attendees looking for on-site frights will find them at FX Networks' FXhibition. Taking place at the Hilton Bayfront Park, the FXhibition area will feature an American Horror Story Fearless Vr Experience and a 25-foot-tall Lady Liberty statue from The Strain:
Press Release: Los Angeles - July 8, 2016 – FX Networks is headed to the City in Motion, bringing innovative activations and live entertainment to San Diego this July. FX Networks will take center stage at Hilton Bayfront Park during San Diego Comic-Con July 21-24, 2016 with groundbreaking activations and installations of fan-favorite shows Archer, American Horror Story, The Strain, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. FXhibition will transport guests to each FX series through a visually arresting, one-of-a-kind interactive art space featuring the riveting American Horror Story Fearless Vr Experience.
For attendees who love a thrill, American Horror Story will curate a virtual reality experience »
- Derek Anderson
Former Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “The Walking Dead” executive producer Glen Mazzara and comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans have been nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGA West’s board of directors.
Verrone, best known for leading the 2007-08 WGA strike, is running as an incumbent as are Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. Others seeking seats are Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Dan Wilcox, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith.
Weiner received nine Emmys for his work on “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos.” Mazzara was the executive producer of “Walking Dead” on its second and third seasons and is the creator and executive producer of “Damien.”
Wayans is best known as the host and co-creator of “In Living Color.”
The election is likely to fuel discussions about details of a successor deal to the current WGA master contract, which »
- Dave McNary
Inspired by the 1971 novel and the 1973 film that both bear the same name, The Exorcist will make its series premiere on Friday, September 23rd at 9:00pm Est. Scream Queens, meanwhile, will return for its second season on Tuesday, September 20th at 9:00pm Est, and fans of Mr. Morningstar can watch Lucifer Season 2 debut on Monday, September 19th at 9:00pm Est. Below, we have the official press release with full details:
Press Release: Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
All-new episodes of Gotham and Lucifer return Monday, Sept. 19. On Season Three of Gotham (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), the origin story continues and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. Season Two of Lucifer (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) promises to be a mother of a season, as Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is tasked with finding his family’s matriarch, while continuing to take down criminals alongside Lapd Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).
Tuesday nights of comedy begin Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the return of Brooklyn Nine-nine, New Girl and Scream Queens. Entering its fourth season, Brooklyn Nine-nine (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt) returns after a season finale cliffhanger in which Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his by-the-book boss, Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), were forced to enter the federal witness protection program. Then, the sixth season of ensemble comedy New Girl (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) continues to follow Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the gang as they attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood – from marriage to career advancement – with often hilarious results.
From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“The People V. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story,” “Nip/Tuck”), Brad Falchuk (“American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”) and Ian Brennan (“Glee”), Season Two of Scream Queens (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) graduates from the college campus and into a hospital with a haunted past, as a new and terrifyingly funny mystery begins. Returning for Season Two are cast members Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, 2016 Golden Globe Award nominee Jamie Lee Curtis as Cathy Munsch, Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich, Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5, Keke Palmer as Zayday Williams, Billie Lourd as Chanel #3, Glen Powell as Chad Radwell and Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill. Additional cast members to be announced.
Beginning Sept. 21, Wednesdays are explosive, with the series premiere of Lethal Weapon and the return of Empire. Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, Lethal Weapon (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) follows iconic cop duo Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) and Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Empire (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), broadcast television’s biggest hit, is a powerful drama about a family at the center of a music dynasty. This season, Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) sets his sights on a new streaming service; as his ex-wife, Cookie Lyon (Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson) pursues a new romantic interest; and his sons, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers), struggle with fame and ambition.
All-new episodes of Rosewood return, followed by the series premiere of Pitch, beginning Thursday, Sept. 22. Set against the vibrant backdrop of one of the world’s hottest cities – Miami – medical procedural Rosewood (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) enters its second season as top private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) solve the Miami Pd’s most challenging cases. Pitch (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) is the dramatic and emotional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”), who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight. From executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), the inspiring series also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), Ali Larter (“Legends,” “Heroes”), Mark Consuelos (“Kingdom,” “All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).
Friday nights are terrifyingly entertaining, beginning Sept. 23, with the return of Hell’S Kitchen and the series premiere of The Exorcist. Season 16 of Hell’S Kitchen (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts them through an intense culinary academy. Then, The Exorcist (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the series stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Chosen”) and Ben Daniels (“Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”).
Sunday Funday returns beginning Sept. 25, with the season premieres of Emmy Award-winning comedy Bob’S Burgers (7:30-8:00 Pm Et/Pt) and the unprecedented 28th season of The Simpsons (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt), followed by the premiere of hybrid live-action/animated family comedy Son Of Zorn (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt). Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man On Earth, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), Son Of Zorn follows an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean, who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and teenage son (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”). Rounding out the night are the 14th season premiere of creator Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy (9:00-9:30 Pm Et/Pt) and Season Three of the critically acclaimed live-action comedy The Last Man On Earth (9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), created by and starring Emmy Award nominee Will Forte.
Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are Et/Pt):
Monday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 Pm Gotham (Season Three Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm Lucifer (Season Two Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 20
8:00-8:30 Pm Brooklyn Nine-nine (Season Four Premiere)
8:30-9:00 Pm New Girl (Season Six Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm Scream Queens (Season Two Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:00-9:00 Pm Lethal Weapon (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm Empire (Season Three Premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 Pm Rosewood (Season Two Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm Pitch (Series Premiere)
Friday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 Pm Hell’S Kitchen (Season 16 Premiere)
9:00-10:00 Pm The Exorcist (Series Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 25
7:30-8:00 Pm Bob’S Burgers (Season Seven Premiere)
8:00-8:30 Pm The Simpsons (Season 28 Premiere)
8:30-9:00 Pm Son Of Zorn (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 Pm Family Guy (Season 14 Premiere)
9:30-10:00 Pm The Last Man On Earth (Season Three Premiere)
- Derek Anderson
After invading both the West and East Coasts in the first three movies, the Sharknado sensation is heading to the Las Vegas desert in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. Last month, Syfy took advantage of Star Wars Day (May 4) to debut a new, yet very familiar poster for this sequel, which spoofed last year's blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With just under two months left until this sequel debuts, the network has debuted a new trailer, which shows how some of Sin City's finest strippers and Elvis impersonators defend themselves from this onslaught of sharks.
Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid) reprise their roles from the first three Sharknado movies, with Gary Busey signing on to play April's father. Sharknado: The 4th Awakens takes place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Fin (Ziering »
Larry Wilmore is now in front of the camera nearly every night for Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” but he first attracted Emmy attention for his writing on “In Living Color.” Wilmore went on to win an individual Emmy for penning the groundbreaking pilot of Fox’s “The Bernie Mac Show.” And then he got fired from the show the following season. Wilmore recalls the ups (meeting Oprah Winfrey!) and downs (falling out with Mac), of the Emmy win.
What do you remember about winning?
Halle Berry had done her Oscar speech the same year. (“Bernie Mac”) had won a TV Critics’ Award earlier that summer and I did a joke like I was Halle Berry, I was fake crying or whatever. It got a big laugh and I thought, “If I ever actually won an Emmy I would do that joke.” And it just so happened that I won. »
- Geoff Berkshire
The iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh are back in the all-new Fox series Lethal Weapon, which reboots the hit movie franchise on television, once again following cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy Seal-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to California to “start over” at the Lapd. He’s paired up with Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique. It’s clear from the moment they meet, this partnership could be lethal. But during their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh on a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long »
- Phil Wheat
It's that time of year again. The TV season is winding down, and with that comes the beginnings of all the anticipation for the next season of TV.
Fox has thrown together a series of trailers and synopses for shows in their upcoming 2016-2017 Fall/Spring season. Check them all out below!
24: Legacy (Mid-Season Mondays, 8 p.m.) The clock ticks again with 24: Legacy, the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning 24. From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24: Live Another Day), Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 24), writers and executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz (24, 24: Live Another Day), director and executive producer Stephen Hopkins (24) and executive producer and original series star Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Legacy chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. »
- Joseph Medina
Fox has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming TV adaptation of the hit buddy cop franchise Lethal Weapon which sees Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans in the roles of Lapd Officers Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the original four feature films; take a look below…
Combining action and drama with friendship and humor, Lethal Weapon reboots the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who are working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy Seal-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to California to “start over” at the Lapd. He’s paired up with Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant »
- Amie Cranswick
Earlier today, Fox unveiled their full lineup for the 2016-2017 TV season, which includes 13 new shows that will debut both this fall and in midseason. Following the network's upfront presentation today, Fox debuted the first trailers for many of these shows, including the highly-anticipated The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. We also have the first photos from The Exorcist, which will debut this fall in the Friday 9 Pm time slot, and Lethal Weapon, which is being held for a midseason debut in the Wednesday 8 Pm time slot.
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, The Exorcist returns as a TV series. Directed by Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), The Exorcist is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. »
Fox has released the first trailers for the network’s 2016-17 lineup of shows, including revivals of “Prison Break” and “24,” adaptations of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” the latest musical drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, and more.
Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world. »
- Laura Prudom
NBC is turning to some sketch-comedy MVPs to boost its 2016-2017 schedule.
RelatedTV’s Bloody Thursday: 12 Shows Cancelled — Which One Hurt the Most?
The network on Friday gave series orders to Marlon — a family sitcom starring Marlon Wayans (In Living Color, Scary Movie) — and Great News, starring Sctv vet Andrea Martin and produced by Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock).
Wayans will star in and executive-produce his eponymous comedy, with the cast also including Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?, Half & Half), Bresha Webb (Grey’s Anatomy), Diallo Riddle (Silicon Valley) and young newcomers Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil. Loosely inspired by Wayans’ own life, »
FX has announced that The Strain Season 3 will premiere on Sunday, August 28th, giving fans plenty of time to mark their calendars and settle in for round three of the fight between the living and the bloodthirsty strigoi.
In the past, The Strain has started its seasons in mid-July, so the late August start time is a bit of a transition. This season will consist of ten episodes compared to its usual 13-episode orders, but fans can still expect a lot of action and character-driven drama following the Season 2 finale.
Along with the premiere date announcement, FX unveiled a photo from The Strain (see below), and we also have the official press release with Season 3 synopsis:
Press Release (via TheFutonCritic.com): Los Angeles, May 10, 2016 – FX Networks has set the premiere dates for the highly-anticipated third seasons of The Strain and You’re the Worst, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, »
- Derek Anderson
On July 31st, the sharknados return, and Syfy has revealed a list of celebrities set to appear in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens as well as an official poster for the film. To Fin (Ian Ziering) and his new friends, may the force be with you.
Press Release: New York – May 4, 2016 – Today, the Fourth is definitely with you as Syfy reveals the first wave of cameos and the official movie poster for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, premiering Sunday, July 31 at 8Pm Et/Pt.
With sharknados back in full force, it’s only natural that Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) would need to enlist help from some new friends in his tireless fight to protect the world from the sharknado menace.
Among those making cameos in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens this summer are (in alphabetical order):
- Tamika Jones
Syfy have revealed the first wave of cameos and the official movie poster for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, with Anthony C. Ferrante returning to direct an original screenplay written by Thunder Levin, premiering in the Us on Sunday July 31st.
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens takes place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer’s Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Fin (Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks – and ‘nados! – are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected. Tara Reid is also set to return as April Wexler to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. David Hasselhoff (as Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (as Claudia Shepard) will also reprise their Sharknado 3 roles. New additions to the Sharknado: The 4th Awakens cast include Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, »
- Phil Wheat
Today, the Fourth is definitely with you as Syfy reveals the first wave of cameos and the official movie poster for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, premiering Sunday, July 31 at 8Pm Et/Pt. With sharknados back in full force, it's only natural that Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) would need to enlist help from some new friends in his tireless fight to protect the world from the sharknado menace...Take a look at some those making cameos in The 4th Awakens this summer, in alphabetical order.
Syfy has revealed that Cynthia Bailey (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), Kym Johnson (Dancing with the Stars), Carrie Keagan (TV host), T'Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color) and Baywatch stars Gena Lee Nolin and Alexandra Paul will play Astro-x rocket scientists and astrophysicists. Benjy Bronk (The Howard Stern Show) will play a morning show host, Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter »
Grab your chainsaws and umbrellas: Sharknado 4, titled Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, is coming and along with the sharks falling from the sky, there will be plenty of celebrity cameos to shake your robotic hand at. Celebrity cameos this time around include Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey, Dancing With the Stars' Kym Johnson, Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec, TV host Carrie Keagan, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah of In Living Color and Baywatch's Gena Lee Nolin and Alexandra Paul as Astro-x rocket scientists and astrophysicists. You read that right! The Howard Stern Show's Benjy Bronk will play a morning show host, Duane Chapman, yes Dog the Bounty Hunter, will play a chainsaw dealer (necessary »
Syfy and The Asylum announced today that Ian Ziering will slay again in Sharknado 4 (working title), reprising his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard, while Tara Reid is set to return as April Wexler to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. The fourth addition to the hit global franchise also sees the return of David Hasselhoff as Gil Shepard and Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard.
Set to premiere on Syfy this July, Sharknado 4 will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks - and 'nados! - are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected... Sharknado 4 will also star Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon, Celebrity Apprentice), as Wilford Wexler, April's father and a lead scientist at Astro-x. He's at »
Syfy and The Asylum announced today that a 4th film in its successful "Sharknado" movie franchise has begun filming. Tentatively titled "Shaknado 4," the film will see Ian Ziering reprise his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard, while Tara Reid is set to return as April Wexler, David Hasselhoff as Gil Shepard and Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard. New additions of note include: - Tommy Davidson ("Black Dynamite," "In Living Color"), as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire. Aston is the CEO of tech company Astro-x, developers of a revolutionary energy system that can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes. - Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris"), as Gabrielle, a tough and no-nonsense soldier who can take care of herself and isn't afraid to show what she's capable of doing. Joining them are: - Gary Busey as Wilford Wexler, April's father and a lead scientist at Astro-x. He's at...
- Tambay A. Obenson
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