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FX invited you back to Fargo this Monday night, uncorking a second season set 27 years prior to the first but just as chockablock with complicated murder scenarios. Will you bundle up and stay a while?
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Setting in motion the acclaimed drama’s sophomore run is the plight of Rye Gerhardt (played by Kieran Culkin), the “runt” son in the Gerhardt crime family based out of Fargo. (Burn Notice‘s Jeffrey Donovan and Insidious‘ Angus Sampson play his big bros, Dodd and Bear, while Designing Woman Jean Smart is family matriarch Floyd.) Rye hasn’t been earnin‘, as they say, »
Eight years ago this November, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, a 12-week work stoppage that ultimately scored scribes (among other things) a piece of the growing digital-media pie, but also would come to be blamed for derailing shows such as Heroes and Pushing Daisies while allowing unscripted “reality” programming to gain a firmer foothold in the TV landscape.
The WGA action also helped sire Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a three-act musical comedy crafted by Whedon brothers Joss, Zack and Jed, along with Maurissa Tancharoen, and financed for barely $200,000.
PhotosDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: Who’s Who? »
If it feels like a long time since we've seen a new episode of Fargo, it's because it has been. The last episode of Fargo's first season aired in June of 2014, and we're finally getting an all-new season. It's worth the wait; the anthology series is taking us back in time with a new plot and stable of characters. Before season two premieres on Monday, take a look at all the details you may have missed about the second season. The Cast Get ready for another all-star cast! Dunst and Plemons are playing Peggy Blomquist and her husband, Ed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peggy is "a beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with societal expectations," while Ed is "a butcher's assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife's self-discovery - even »
- Maggie Pehanick
After replacing How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch last year, Broadway reports that Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) is continuing his hobby of filling in for gay TV leads on Broadway. Rannells will step into the role of King George in Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton while Jonathan Groff films the Looking movie. Groff himself first joined the cast last winter, replacing Brian d’Arcy James. Ranells will be seen in the role from October 27 through November 29. Groff returns to Hamilton on December 1. Listen to Groff sing "You'll Be Back" below, because why not. »
- Ira Madison III
Talk about having the best time ever! Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka's twins Gideon and Harper, who will celebrate their fifth birthday next week, appear in an adorable family video the actor posted on Facebook on Thursday. Taking a page from the How I Met Your Mother, Broadway show alum and host of NBC's Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, the little boy and girl showcase their musical talents in front of their parents, with Gideon belting out the Star Wars theme and Harper singing the song "Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain, over breakfast. She also improvises an ode to My Little Pony. Later, Gideon debuts a new name for »
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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Simian Tales have today released the first official trailer, teaser poster and stills for Live-Evil, expected for release in 2016. Billed as “Ghostbusters meets Dawn of the Dead as seen through Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone” Live-Evil is written and directed by Ari Kirschenbaum.
When a small college town police station is besieged by “Evil” on a sleepy Halloween night, Pete, the sheriff, and Hancock, his loyal deputy, are thrown into the middle of holy chess-game that could destroy the town, and possibly the world.
Live-Evil stars Vladimir Kulich (The Equalizer), Charlene Amoia (How I Met Your Mother), Vincent M. Ward (Ocean’s Eleven), J. Richey Nash (Fabled) and the legendary Tony Todd (Candyman, TVs The Flash). The soundtrack is composed by Shawn Lee (Bully).
- Phil Wheat
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 »
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
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