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“Outlander” will air its midseason finale on Sept. 27, and the action-packed hour should certainly leave viewers craving more until the drama returns for the final eight episodes of season one next April.
Ahead of episode eight, titled “Both Sides Now,” Variety spoke to executive producer Ron Moore and star Tobias Menzies (who plays Frank Randall and his bloodthirsty ancestor, “Black Jack” Randall) about the season so far and what to expect in this week’s installment. Read on for more, and come back to Variety on Saturday after the episode airs for a postmortem with the duo.
Menzies revealed that “this is one of the episodes that departs from the book most because [we] go back and see what has been happening with Frank in these intervening months since Claire (Caitriona Balfe) disappeared, and obviously, that is not in the book. I think one of the things »
- Laura Prudom
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The final eight episodes of the Starz drama’s freshman season will cover roughly the second half of the Diana Gabaldon novel on which it is based.
The cable network also touted Live +3 ratings from last week’s wedding episode, which delivered 3.8 million viewers. According to Starz, the drama is averaging 5 million pairs of eyeballs per episode.
Outlander‘s midseason finale airs Saturday at 9/8c on Starz.
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James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, welcome to the promised land.
We couldn’t let such a momentous event pass without somehow marking the occasion, so without further preamble, here are Heughan’s thoughts on the prosthetics, preparation and politics involved in the Starz drama’s latest hour.
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It.s a fair bet that many ABC viewers are not enamoured of the cooking, home renovations, talent and other reality shows that dominate the commercial broadcasters. schedules.
But producer Nick Murray is betting that Reality Check, an eight-part, studio-based series that investigates the global phenomenon of reality TV, will resonate with ABC audiences, including those who usually shun the genre.
.We won.t be ripping into reality TV,. says Murray, whose company Cjz is co-producing the show with the ABC, which premieres at 9 pm on Wednesday August 13, hosted by comedian Tom Ballard. .It will be a celebratory look at the biggest form of entertainment in the world, the highs and the lows..
Each episode will feature two people who have produced or broadcast reality TV, and a former contestant or judge.
Viewers won.t need to be familiar with the local and international shows being spotlighted to appreciate Reality Check, »
- Don Groves
MTV revealed its 2014 Video Music Awards nominations via Snapchat on Thursday morning. Beyonce, Eminem and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea topped the list of nominees. Beyoncé leads the pack with eight nominations including “Video of the Year,” “Best Female” and “Best Choreography.” Eminem scores multiple nods for categories including Best Hip-Hop, Best Male and Best Collaboration. Azalea will compete for several top awards including Video of the Year, Best Female and Best Pop. Also read: MTV's ‘Virgin Territory': Teens Debate Saving Sex for Later Also in the mix with multiple noms were Jay Z, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, »
- Jethro Nededog
MTV’s “Virgin Territory” explores a serious topic — young adults who delay having sex — in an un-serious way. Following multiple participants, who rotate in and out, the show employs a docuseries format that’s heavy on direct-to-camera interviews, but uses an anecdotal approach that cries out for some experts, discussion and third-party sources. “Some will keep it. Some will lose it,” the show notes of the characters’ virgin status. And some networks will pimp kids out — under cover of sex education — to score ratings.
Actually, the show might have a better chance at maintaining interest if it stuck with a central quartet and followed them over the course of its entire run. Instead, there’s little rhyme or reason to how long the players stick around. For example, one 23-year-old woman, Lisa, who has waited to have sex until marriage, is dropped after her wedding night, a little like “Logan’s Run, »
- Brian Lowry
MTV presented its upcoming docuseries, “Virgin Territory,” at the Television Critics Association press tour with panelists that didn't quite reflect any groundbreaking differences between the genders. The panel was made up of two women of faith in their early-20s, Dominique Sullivan and Lisa Youngerman, who are waiting for sex until marriage. They're joined by Alec Melger, 21, a gay man from a small Arizona town who can't wait to have sex. So, two women who want to remain virgins and a guy that wants to lose it Asap? That sounds like every college sex movie ever. What's groundbreaking about that? »
- Jethro Nededog
Colin Nash has been upped to Svp Series Development of West Coast Reality Programming at MTV. Nash, who joined the network in 2010 as VP Series Development, has worked on the reincarnation of Punk’d, Buckwild and contributed to the revitalization of MTV’s longest-running series, Real World with Season 29’s popular Real World: Ex-plosion, in addition to the Real World’s successful after shows. Additionally, Nash oversaw the special, Life Continued: Defeating Depression. In his new position, Nash will continue to oversee MTV’s West Coast-based development team and reality slate, including the upcoming Slednecks, Virgin Territory and the recently announced 30th season of Real World. Based in Santa Monica, he will continue to report to Evp Lauren Dolgen, MTV Head of West Coast Reality Programming. “When Colin asked him to come to MTV to the development side he was deep into his career as a prolific showrunner,” Dolgen said. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"Hung Like an Outlaw". These are hilarious. Comedian/filmmaker/actor Seth MacFarlane has debuted a handful of 8 brand new character posters for his upcoming western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, featuring the movie's cast: Charlize Theron - "Smoking Guns", Amanda Seyfried - "Gold Digger", Neil Patrick Harris - "Lady Tickler", Giovanni Ribisi - "Virgin Territory", Sarah Silverman - "Westward Ho" and Liam Neeson - "Hung Like an Outlaw", plus MacFarlane himself - "Black Sheep". This is fun and ingenious way to introduce all the characters, and I'm looking forward to seeing the trailer next. Here's all 8 of the character posters, debuted one-by-one online via MacFarlane, for your viewing pleasure: Click above for any of the original images, directed from @SethMacFarlane's Twitter. Trailer coming soon. Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West official synopsis: After a cowardly sheep farmer (MacFarlane) backs out of a gunfight, »
- Alex Billington
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