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NPR’s biggest hit is heading for the small screen.
Serial, the public radio podcast that you and everyone you know was talking about last year, is on the path to become a cable drama, our sister site Deadline reports.
Season 1 of the popular true-crime broadcast, an offshoot of NPR’s This American Life hosted by Sarah Koenig, followed the investigation of a young woman’s murder and the alleged involvement of her ex-boyfriend.
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After covering New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall will next set his sights on Mother’s Day. Set to be released next April, the ensemble comedy has now added another star in the form of Sarah Chalke.
The actress is best known for Scrubs, but also had a starring role in How I Met Your Mother and is a member of Rick And Morty‘s voice cast. In Mother’s Day, Chalke will play Gabi, a woman who, along with her partner Max (Cameron Esposito), is raising their son.
The movie has a great ensemble thus far, with names like Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Aasif Mandvi, Ella Anderson and Loni Love all on board. There aren’t many other 2016 films with a cast as starry as Mother’s Day, and the talent involved should »
- Josh Wilding
Take another look @ actress Cobie Smulders aka 'Agent Maria Hill', in a revealing pictorial of images from a recent issue of "Women's Health" magazine:
She will return for Season 3.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Agent Maria Hill'...
- Michael Stevens
Netflix (and its Cco Ted Sarandos in particular) is notably dismissive of ratings, to the point where it has been known to withhold viewership numbers from the showrunners of its own original programs. At the same time, Netflix is happy to share data about one of its best-known viewing innovations: Binge-watching. In a report shared by Variety, Netflix takes particular shows and, for each one, reveals the episode at which the average viewer decides it is time to binge watch an entire season.
For each show it measured, Netflix revealed the point at which 70% of viewers stuck around for the whole season. This point varied significantly depending on the show. For Breaking Bad, the second episode serves as the binge-watching event horizon. For How I Met Your Mother, it takes until episode eight to reach that point.
Here, via Variety, are the binge-watching tipping points for the 25 shows Netflix measured. »
- Sam Gutelle
A survey of more than 20 shows in 16 countries conducted by the streaming behemoth has revealed that viewers do not turn into fans after the first episode.
In a finding that will reinforce Netflix’s advocacy of binge viewing but flies in the face of perceived wisdom concering the pilot, the study appears to have found the approximate point at which 70% of a show’s viewers commit to watching the entire first season.
Based on Netflix data the tipping point comes after 3.44 episodes of the first season. Netflix analysed data on 25 original and licensed shows on the streaming service, where viewers started watching the first season between January and July of this year.
“Given the precious nature of primetime slots on traditional TV, a series pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show, said chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “However, in our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have found their villain for Jack Reacher 2, with Variety reporting that Patrick Heusinger (Black Swan, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce) has signed on to star opposite Tom Cruise in the sequel.
The follow-up to the 2014 action thriller is set to go into production next month under director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), with Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) on board to star and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) both in talks.
Jack Reacher 2 is slated for release on October 21st 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Paramount Pictures has been filling roles left, right and center ahead of the November start date for Jack Reacher 2, with Danika Yarosh and How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders both tapped for the action sequel. One part that had been left vacant, however, was that of the lead villain, though Variety reports that the studio has finally found the actor who will be causing all sorts of problems for Tom Cruise’s returning super solider come next year – that is, Black Swan and Quantum Break star Patrick Heusinger.
Joining the nascent project as “The Hunter,” Paramount has offered up precious few details about Heusinger’s true identity in the actioner, lest fans of Lee Child’s source material identify his character ahead of time.
- Michael Briers
The Big Bang Theory's first episode of season 9, Matrimonial Momentum, leaves viewers on a peculiarly sour note...
This review contains spoilers.
9.1 The Matrimonial Momentum
When we were last with The Big Bang Theory gang, they left us with some pretty big cliffhangers - Leonard and Penny off to Vegas for a quickie wedding and Sheldon possibly, maybe, perhaps considering popping the question to Amy following her request for time to figure out their relationship. Now, while this premiere was always going to resolve both of those will they/won’t they questions, it’s been unclear exactly how.
For one would be an inevitability that would subsequently pose the question – what now? – and the other had the potential to upend the entire series. The progression of both relationships has been deliberately slow, with Sheldon and Amy in particular coming off for the most part well-paced, so what happens when »
Happy 10th Birthday, How I Met Your Mother! Let's celebrate by continuing to argue over your series finale! Seriously, it's been 10 years since we were first introduced to Ted (Josh Radnor), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan), and began the longest story ever told: how Ted met his wife, which he was telling to his two children. After a lot of inside jokes, laughs, losses and questionable love interests (Britney Spears, anyone?!), the legendary tale came to an end after nine seasons and over 200 episodes, and boy, did people have thoughts on the ending. which might go down as one of TV's most polarizing finales ever. In fact, people are Still »
Hodge, who played Mc Ren in the N.W.A biopic, is set for an as-yet-unrevealed role in the sequel, which is being directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai). Both Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) are also in talks to appear.
Jack Reacher 2 will begin filming next month, and is slated for release on October 21st 2016.
- Gary Collinson
We’re going to play a little game we like to call, Haaaaaave You Met Ted? And Robin? And Barney? And Marshall and Lily?
Its been 10 years since How I Met Your Mother‘s series premiere, and whether or not you agree with how the CBS series ended, one thing remains undisputed: The pilot was absolutely, positively legendary.
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In honor of this milestone, we’re taking a look back at the episode that hooked millions to see how it holds up a decade later. From Ted and Robin’s meet-cute »
Neil Patrick Harris has had hit TV shows on both ABC (Doogie Howser, MD) and CBS (How I Met Your Mother). Now, he's headlining a live show on NBC. Will it be a ratings success as well or will it fizzle? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned!
On Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, it seems like anything can happen. This live one-hour show features appearances by A-list stars, stunts, comedy skits, musical performances, mini game shows, audience giveaways, and hidden camera pranks. Harris is assisted by a mini-version of himself (Nathaniel Motulsky) and sassy Nicole Scherzinger.
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Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have identified newcomer Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) for the role of Tom Cruise’s daughter in the upcoming sequel Jack Reacher 2.
According to the site, Yarosh is the number one choice for the role, assuming that the schedule doesn’t clash with NBC’s event series Heroes Reborn.
Jack Reacher 2 is being directed by Ed Zwick and will see Tom Cruise joined in the cast by Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother). Filming is slated to get underway next month, ahead of a release on October 21st 2016.
- Gary Collinson
It's perhaps bad timing that Neil Patrick Harris currently can be seen in a beer commercial promising that somebody — definitely not Neil Patrick Harris — will give consumers their money back if said beer is not, in fact, the best light beer they've ever tasted. This is a precedent the former How I Met Your Mother star and TV uber-host probably doesn't want to be encouraging, lest several million viewers decide to make it clear to NBC that Harris' new live variety show, which premiered Tuesday night on NBC, did not come close to fulfilling its promise of
- Daniel Fienberg
There's nothing like a good prank, especially when it's a little celeb-on-celeb April Fools' Day action. And starting tonight, Neil Patrick Harris will put his pranking chops to the test on the Best Time Ever stage. In addition to what we can only guess will be some legendary schemes, the former How I Met Your Mother star promises musical acts, comedy skits, audience giveaways and more will unfold on his new show. Nph is no stranger to going that extra mile for a few laughs (who else would strip down to their skivvies for the Oscars?!), but the funnyman has some pretty big shoes to fill when it comes to pulling practical jokes. Check out some of our favorite »
Let's get real, is there anything Neil Patrick Harris can't do? The actor has made us laugh till we cry on How I Met Your Mother, hide as far as possible under the covers during his time on American Horror Story and even taught some pretty valuable life lessons on Sesame Street. And who can forget his time as the child prodigy medical doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D.? Handling the woes of teenage romantics and open heart surgery was all in a day's work for Harris. Now the Emmy and Tony award-winner is taking on an entirely new project, hosting and starring in Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. The live variety show will include mind boggling stunts, skits, pranks and »
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I've seen season one of How I Met Your Mother and liked it (mostly because of the charming cast), though it wasn't Parks and Recreation good (my comedy high standard). Is the finale so bad/disappointing that it ruins the whole program, or should I watch it all anyway? A bad finale is soul-destroying, so I don't know if I can go through that. —AlexThere are a lot of shows that eventually lose steam, particularly over the course of nine seasons, that I still recommend in this space. And at first I was going to tell you to go ahead »
- Margaret Lyons
Before the critical and (belated) commercial success of Breaking Bad, its star, Bryan Cranston, was mostly known for his comedic roles on American sitcoms, playing the dad in Malcolm in the Middle and making a few appearances as Hammond Druthers on How I Met Your Mother.
Now, two years since Breaking Bad ended (*sob*), it’s not in question what role Cranston is known for. He is the one who knocks; the meth-cooking chemistry teacher; Walter White and Heisenberg. There’s no denying all that the show has done for him, as he has received four Emmy awards for his performance, becoming the first man since Bill Cosby in the 1960s to win three in a row. He’s also landed a string of roles that likely wouldn’t have went his way without the show, such as Argo, Godzilla, and the Broadway play All the Way, which is »
- James Hunt
Now this is the look of love! It's hard to believe that it's been 12 months since Neil Patrick Harris said "I Do" to his partner David Burtka. But in honor of the special anniversary, the former How I Met Your Mother star took to Instagram to celebrate the milestone. "One year ago today I had the pleasure of marrying David Burtka," he wrote on the social media site Sunday afternoon. "I am so happy that I did—he's a truly wonderful man." He added, "Here's to many more laughs and adventures…!" Traveling back to the romantic ceremony in Italy, guests including the couple's twins were treated to a performance from Sir Elton John. »
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