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Of the five networks, The CW has the fewest hours of primetime to fill but they're not finding it any easier to find hits. Most of their returning shows are way down year-to-year and some of their new series are struggling. Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned!
New CW shows (so far): The Originals, Reign, and The Tomorrow People.
How does The CW decide what to cancel or renew? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play an important role. The higher the ratings, the better chance a show has of surviving. Here's how the network's shows are doing so far: »
Should the top drama category at the Emmys be expanded? The answer from many in the biz is a resounding yes. After all, we are living in a time of smallscreen riches. The elite competition has been so tough and so strong — from AMC’s gritty contemporary meth opera “Breaking Bad” to PBS’ high-brow period soap “Downton Abbey” to the new tough guys on the block at HBO’s “True Detective” — that it makes sense to expand from six to 10 nominees.
“It’s absolutely the time to consider whether to expand or not,” says Roma Khanna, president, Television Group & Digital, MGM, which produces History’s drama series “Vikings” and FX’s miniseries “Fargo.” “The number of phenomenal shows in the marketplace right now is more than we’ve ever seen, and the number of outlets has increased.”
- Thelma Adams
Below, you'll find a list of The CW's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column.
The series include The 100, America's Next Top Model, Arrow, Backpackers, Barber Battle, Beauty and the Beast, Breaking Pointe, Capture, The Carrie Diaries, The Flash, Famous in 12, Hart of Dixie, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Masters of Illusion, The Messengers, Nikita, Oh Sit!, The Originals, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Perfect Score, Reign, Seed, Star-Crossed, Supernatural, The Tomorrow People, The Vampire Diaries, Whose Line Is It Anyway? »
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions—so Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, better known as the two stars of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, took time off from their magic carpet jaunts to drop by EW’s video studio and talk all things Disney.
EW decided to pit Aladdin against Jasmine as we tested the princely pair’s knowledge of the Mouse House’s stage hits, from 1994’s Beauty and the Beast to 2012’s Newsies and beyond. Both Jacobs and Reed have an exceptional amount of Disney trivia stored up there.
Aladdin currently runs at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre and stars Jacobs, »
- Marc Snetiker
PBS and American Experience are taking a look at the man behind the mouse and will air “Walt Disney,” a four-hour, two-night film that aims to explore the life and legacy of the iconic film producer and business magnate.
The film is spearheaded by biopic veterans director-producer Sarah Colt (“Rfk,” “Henry Ford”) and writer Mark Zwonitzer (“JFK,” “Triangle Fire”) and promises to showcase archival footage and interviews with artists who worked with him on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland.
“For many Americans — and for me — the twinkle and swish of the Sunday night Disney logo was pure magic. It was an invitation to a special event,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming officer and general manager, general audience programming for PBS. “For my kids, introducing them to animated Disney movies from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to ‘The Lion King’ brought us great joy and taught them life lessons. »
- Whitney Friedlander
In order to help celebrate the 55th anniversary of Rocky and Bullwinkle, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation have created an all new animated short featuring the beloved characters that will be a part of the upcoming Mr. Peabody & Sherman blu-ray release. However, fans attending Sdcc this year will get the chance to watch the entire short at the event. Come inside to find out when!
From the press release:
In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Rocky and Bullwinkle, join Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation for the U.S. premiere of an all new Rocky and Bullwinkle short that will appear on the upcoming release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14, 2014. Join the director Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and executive producer and Bullwinkle Studios president Tiffany Ward (daughter of Jay Ward) in a discussion about the film and the legacy »
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While now known for a variety of film offerings, Disney has often been known best for their animated features, from older movies such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King to more recent features such as Tangled and Frozen. Thus, news that the animation studio was working on a new project was met with excitement, excitement which was heightened by the news that it would be an adaptation of a Marvel comic book series. Titled Big Hero 6, the movie is co-directed by Chris Williams and Don Hall, who also co-wrote the movie with Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, and Robert L. Baird. The film features the voiceover talents of Jamie Chung, Tj Miller, Maya Rudolph, and Alan Tudyk, and a full trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
The post ‘Big Hero 6′, Disney’s animated adaptation of the Marvel comic book, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
FX is using the premiere of The Strain - which airs tonight - to introduce audiences to American Horror Story: Freakshow, the fourth story arc in the anthology series. The promo finds a young woman adorn with angelic wings that are being operated by...a creepy clown. Beauty and the beast, indeed. Jessica Lange, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Bates, Angela Bassett, Jamie Brewer, Denis O’Hare, Wes Bentley and Frances Conroy star in the next season which uses a traveling freakshow as a backdrop.
- Ryan Turek
A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs.
Cotton Mather has come a long way since Salem first premiered, with the once god-fearing reverend slowly transforming into an almost scientific thinker. “He starts out as a villain,” Seth Gabel tells TVLine.”But the second Giles Corey’s blood splatters on his face it’s like this rebirth of the character. He gets a real sense of the horror and injustice that’s happening.”
Gabel believes that »
Called simply "Duet," this animated short is the creation of Glen Keane, an animator who worked for Walt Disney Studios for nearly 37 years. As you can see, this lovely and luminescent cartoon unfurls the love story of a boy and girl who've know each other since infancy. But beyond being beautiful, there's something truly unique about this particular animation, though you might not guess it from the above render. Big Cartoon News reports that "Duet" is the first release to come from Glen Keane's recent association with Google and Motorola. The 60-year-old animator who contributed to the character animation for such beloved Disney films as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled left Disney in the spring of 2012. But rather than retire, he joined the Advanced Technology and Projects Group Motorola and Google had created to further merge the worlds of art and technology. Duet »
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
A sexy ne’er-do-well is coming to Reign in Season 2 — and he’s got his evil eye on French Court.
Described as “brilliant, sexual [and] fierce,” Narcisse is a devout Catholic with a “death grip” on French Court. But every man has his Achilles heel, and in this case, Narcisse will meet his match in Catherine de Medici.
(A new sparring partner for Catherine? Yes please.)
In addition to Spartacus, Parker’s TV credits include roles on NCIS, »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Leftovers, Teen Wolf, The Fosters and Suits!
1 | What was the more impressive feat on The Leftovers: Kevin fixing up his ransacked house in a matter of weeks, or Laurie taming her frizzy hair?
2 | Won’t Mary rescuing John in Salem make it seem like he was a witch after all?
Related Devious Maids »
Chicago – Debbie Gibson was the youngest recording artist – at 17 years old – to write, produce and perform a number one hit (“Foolish Beat” in 1988), and her songs were the soundtrack to that era’s teen generation. HollywoodChicago.com caught up with the candid Ms. Gibson at the “Hollywood Show” Chicago.
Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of four musical siblings. At age eight, she sang in the children’s chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New Your City, and took piano lessons. By the time she was in her early teens in the early 1980s, she had a handful of demo songs that caught the interest of Atlantic Records. In the meantime she started playing club dates, all while attending high school. Atlantic Records released her first album in 1986, “Out of the Blue,” and the single “Only in My Dreams” reached number four on the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | The CW’s Jane the Virgin (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Oct. 13)
If Arendelle were anything like New York, Frozen's Elsa would face some serious repercussions for some of her cold actions. Piper Chapman, a prisoner at the (still fictional) Litchfield Correctional Facility on Orange Is the New Black, unfortunately had no troll king (or successfully overprotective parents) to make things right, so she's serving time behind bars. But what if Elsa and a whole cast of Disney princesses were thrown into Piper's realm? Illustrator-animator Leigh Lahav made brought the two worlds together in an animated YouTube video called "Frozen Is the New Black." Beauty and the Beast's Gaston plays a warden remarkably similar to Pornstache, 101 Dalmations' Cruella de Vil »
Glen Keane is a legend in the animation world — notably his time at the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked as a key creative on some of your favorite animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled. Keane revealed a personal short film he created titled […]
- Peter Sciretta
Related Fall TV First Impression: The Flash
TVLine has learned that the actor (and real-life cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell) has been cast in the recurring role of Ronnie Raymond, the fiance of S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Caitlin Snow (played by Danielle Panabaker).
Oh, and Ronnie is also one-half of the DC Comics character Firestorm – creating a tremendous bit of irony, considering Caitlin’s own (possible) destiny. In his Flash incarnation, S.T.A. »
If you thought Litchfield Prison on "Orange Is the New Black" was a tough place, wait 'til you see Princess Prison.
That's where "Frozen" queen Elsa goes after committing the crime of freezing her kingdom. Animator Leigh Lahav has mashed up the blockbuster Disney film with Netflix's hit dramedy, "Orange Is the New Black," and the results are simply divine.
All of Disney's iconic princesses are included, from the chirpy Snow White (channeling Lorna) to a controlling Merida (is that you, Red?) to a too-close-for-comfort Mulan (Crazy Eyes?). There's even a version of Pornstache, the jerk guard - the Disney version is "Beauty and the Beast" villain Gaston!
"Wait! I don't have my tiara!" cries Elsa when her photo is taken upon intake.
"Tough s---," smirks Gaston.
Yup -- watch out for the language here.
Oh, and just wait until Elsa tries to "Let It Go"!
- Kelly Woo
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