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Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film franchise and on TV played son to Hank Azaria’s Huff, was found dead on Sunday after getting pinned between his car and his home’s security gate. He was 27.
According to TMZ, which first reported the news (since confirmed by the Associated Press), Yelchin’s body was found by friends at 1 am in the morning, after he was a no-show for a rehearsal. His body was pinned between the car, its engine in neutral and still running, and a mailbox attached to his San Fernando Valley home’s security gate, »
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
Paging Emma Watson. The Code Black TV show on CBS is casting for a new doctor character, Charlotte Piel, in the second season. Per TV Line she is described as "a former child star of an iconic movie franchise — 'think Hermione Granger in Harry Potter'... who gave up acting to go to medical school." While in residency at Angels Memorial, Charlotte will reportedly fight to be taken seriously by her coworkers. The role is a recurring one with an option to become a series regular.
NYPD Blue's Bonnie Somerville and Smash's Raza Jaffrey have been cut from the Code Black season two cast. TV Line says the medical series will be bringing on a "fortysomething ex-combat doctor,'Colonel David Willis' to play opposite Marcia Gay Harden. That character is described as, "... heroic, blunt, irreverent, and rule-breaking, Willis lands at Angels to teach the attendings and »
The doctors are out.
Meanwhile, Boris Kodjoe — who joined the freshman medical drama midseason — has been promoted to a series regular, as Will Campbell, as has Jillian Murray‘s Heather Pinkney, says Deadline. Other cast additions, including a male co-lead for Marcia Gay Harden, are expected, as the show rejiggers itself to reach a broader audience. »
If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Looking back, 2015 was a transformative year for the Emmys.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” nabbed their first wins in the top series categories. First-time champs Jeffrey Tambor and Jon Hamm took the lead actor wins for the freshman season of Amazon’s “Transparent” and the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men,” respectively. Viola Davis became the first black woman to triumph in the drama lead actress category thanks to ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Can 2016 possibly top that celebration of the new?
After all, when it comes to the Emmys, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
In the midst of all the fresh faces, last year’s winners across the drama and comedy supporting categories were all repeat honorees. The award in the brand new variety talk series category went to longtime Emmy favorite “The Daily Show” (although buzzy “Inside Amy Schumer »
- Geoff Berkshire
When Michael Emerson signed on to star in CBS’ “Person of Interest” in 2011, he had no idea — or, truthfully, any hope — that the series would make it 100 episodes. The show’s pilot was the first he’d ever made. In fact, before he got the role of Benjamin Linus in “Lost,” he says, he could never get hired to be part of a show’s original cast.
“When you start out with a show, you think of it as, ‘Ok, this is a pilot. It’s a job. I don’t think you really have an expectation of it going,’” Emerson says. “Actors, we just train ourselves over the years not to hope too much. So when it does actually go, you think, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to have to really do this. I’m going to have to do it a lot. One hundred episodes, possibly. Hahahaha! »
- Melanie McFarland
Fox has released a first trailer for the upcoming Baseball drama series Pitch, which we have for you here…
From executive producers Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Rick Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”), Pitch is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. A beautiful, tough and gifted athlete, Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut. Like any rookie, Ginny must prove herself to her teammates. Foremost among them is Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), the team’s ruggedly handsome star catcher. There’s instant chemistry between them, although neither dares admit it. After all, Mike is captain of the team and a few of his players don’t even want Ginny on the field. »
- Amie Cranswick
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
Following yesterday’s premiere date announcement and first look image, Fox has released a trailer from the 24 limited series reboot 24: Legacy; check it out below…
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. Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins, “Straight Outta Compton”), killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. »
- Amie Cranswick
Next year, the pulse-pounding action of 24 returns to the Fox airwaves, with a whole new cast of characters when 24: Legacy debuts. Kiefer Sutherland will return to serve as an executive producer on the series, and while he will not be starring in the show, the actor himself teased that he may return at some point as Jack Bauer. We may not know for quite some time whether or not he is coming back. But today, Fox debuted the first trailer and photo for 24: Legacy, which introduces a new hero, U.S. Army Ranger Sergeant Eric Carter (Corey Antonio Hawkins). 24: Legacy will debut with a special two-night event on Sunday, February 5, following Super Bowl Li, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, February 6.
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
The planned remake of Maniac Cop is now pressing ahead, it's being reported.
The project is the result of a multi-studio deal that will see Hollywood’s Vendian Entertainment and France-based Wild Brunch team up with Space Rocket Nation (the company of director Nicolas Winding Refn). While this multi-year alliance of firms will facilitate first-look deals to produce commercials for up and coming talent, feature films are on the menu, the first of which will be this Maniac Cop remake which has been gestating for the past few years.
The film will update the 1988-1993 Maniac Cop horror trilogy directed by William Lustig featuring the signature lantern-jawed visage of the late Robert Z’Dar as the titular killer constabulary Matt Cordell, who escaped from prison to wantonly murder innocent people in uniform. The »
This week, CBS began the twice-weekly airing of the final 13 episodes of Person of Interest. The series is dark, compelling, and addresses many of the privacy and cyber-terrorism issues we’re wrestling with in our world. They just do it with an attractive cast and solve things every 60 minutes. Here’s the official word on the final season collection.
Burbank, CA (May 4, 2016) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) is set to release one of television’s most compelling, action-packed, crime dramas, Person of Interest: The Complete Fifth and Final Season on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Available July 19, 2016, the final season will include all 13 season five episodes plus the “Finale for the Fans” featurette, the show’s 2015 Comic-Con Panel and more bonus content. Season five finds the team of covert crime fighters faced with the potential demise of The Machine as its rival, Samaritan, begins to take control. The release will retail »
- ComicMix Staff
Arrow recently said goodbye to original cast member Katie Cassidy, who played Laurel Lance/Black Canary and was killed off in last week's episode. Her departure has been especially hard for Paul Blackthorne, who stars as her father Quentin Lance, and tells People he was "very sad" when he found out about it. "Working with Katie has been amazing. We had a very special working relationship, which I hoped has been reflected on the screen," says Blackthorne. In Wednesday's "tough" episode, Quentin tries to find a way to bring his daughter back from the dead since other people have done it before, »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
Fox is getting an early jump on Upfront week, ordering 24: Legacy and Lee Daniels’ Star to series.
The 24 reboot, which stars The Walking Dead‘s Corey Hawkins, Homeland‘s Miranda Otto and NYPD Blue/Sons of Anarchy vet Jimmy Smits, will adopt the original series’ real-time format. Like 2014’s event series 24: Live Another Day, 24: Legacy will consist of 12 episodes (although Legacy, unlike 24: Lad, is an ongoing series).
Related24 Vet Kiefer Sutherland Expects ‘Extraordinary’ Things From Jack-Less Relaunch, Also Hopes for Closure
As previously reported, Hawkins will essentially be playing the new Jack Bauer in the potential series. »
One of the running gags in the new season of Veep involves Selina's daughter Catherine trying to film a documentary about her mother's work, and constantly being shooed out of the Oval Office because she's just captured an unflattering moment from America's first female president. "Catherine, do not use any of the vulgar parts," Selina eventually warns her. "But that's, like, all of it," Catherine points out. So, no, Veep fans, you don't have to worry about the Emmy-winning HBO comedy transforming into a radically different show in season 5 (which debuts Sunday at 10:30), even though creator Armando Iannucci has moved on to other projects, replaced by comedy veteran — and Veep newbie — David Mandel. This isn't going to be the gas leak season of Community: the four episodes I've seen feel very much like the show Iannucci was making, not only in the way they continue the cliffhanger of »
- Alan Sepinwall
The film premieres Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival’s television-oriented “Tune In” program. The film’s second Tribeca screening on April 18 will be followed by a panel discussion with Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, “For the Love of Spock” producer David Zappone and critic Scott Mantz.
Adam Nimoy raised $662,640 last spring through a Kickstarter campaign to complete the documentary.
The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Quinto, who portrayed Spock in the two latest “Star Trek” films, is narrating the doc.
Adam Nimoy broke into show business as an »
- Dave McNary
The union’s national board made the decision Saturday in a vote by acclamation. Carteris has been serving as acting president since Howard’s death.
She had been re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in October, topping Patricia Richardson.
The SAG-aftra Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will succeed the president should the office be vacated with the national board then selecting the president to serve the balance of the unexpired term.
SAG-aftra’s next election will take place in August 2017.
“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the SAG-aftra National Board to serve the union and its members as president,” said Carteris. “Ken was a great union leader, »
- Dave McNary
The studio and Paramount-based production company won an auction for T.J. English’s upcoming book “The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuba American Underworld.” The nonfiction book will be published in 2017 by William Morrow. David Matthews, a writer on the HBO series “Vinyl,” will adapt the book.
The story centers on Jose Miguel Battle Sr. (“El Padrino”), the leader of “The Corporation.” Battle served as key operative for Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, bringing him his cut from the gambling casinos when the mafia ran Cuba.
Battle — also known as the Godfather — escaped to the United States when Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959 and was trained by the CIA to invade the country at the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. Having saved the lives of 28 of his men, »
- Dave McNary
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