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While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Boardwalk Empire, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for Boardwalk Empire added.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's recent/current primetime scripted shows. »
Charlie Cox (Stardust) was announced to play Daredevil on Marvel’s Netflix show of the same name a few months ago, and since then he has kept quiet about the project. We knew virtually nothing about the show prior to its panel at the New York Comic Con earlier this month where the cast spoke about working on the project [watch the panel here], and now Cox has divulged more information in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter…
“It’s great fun, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility, I wasn’t really aware of how vast the comic book world was until I became part of the Marvel universe. I went to Comic Con last week, and it’s really important to a lot of people. It really is. I’m having a great time.”
Cox went on to talk about research and the shows “darker” tone: “I’ve read »
- Thomas Roach
Rebecca Mader is going back to the island.
Related Leftovers Star Visits Hawaii
TVLine has confirmed that Lost’s erstwhile Charlotte will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the CBS procedural as Nicole, the dynamic, smart and edgy recovery specialist for a big insurance company. As she works closely with McGarrett on a case, Steve constantly second-guesses her motives, yet is genuinely impressed and amused by her various ploys.
(Rest assured, though, Mader will also share screen time with Lost »
Ryan Kwanten went shirtless while moving some furniture during a visit with his parents in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday. The True Blood hunk prepared for a day of lounging in the sun by rearranging a few chairs on the lawn, and naturally, his shirt just got in the way. Clearly, Ryan hasn't given up his workout routine since his role on the HBO show ended back in August; True Blood ended its seven-season run over the Summer, but not before Ryan's character Jason engaged in a supersteamy sex scene with Eric Northman, played by Alexander Skarsgard. Not long after the scene aired, we spotted Ryan flaunting his flawless physique on the beach in Malibu, CA, a moment that unsurprisingly landed him in the No. 4 spot of our 2014 Popsugar Shirtless Bracket. Keep reading to see why Ryan is welcome to help us out next time we move. »
DirecTV has lined up another all-star cast for the second-season drama Full Circle. Joining the 10-episode series about a group of people whose lives are intertwined are Lost's Terry O’Quinn, Stacy Keach (Nebraska), Chris Bauer (True Blood), Rita Wilson (Girls, The Good Wife), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), David Koechner (Anchorman 2), Calista Flockhart (Brothers and Sisters), Eric McCormack (Perception) and Kate Burton (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. See more Faces of Fall 2014 Season two centers on Jimmy Parerra (O’Quinn), a Chicago cop who, 18 years ago, inspired by Frank Serpico’s
- Lesley Goldberg
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 5: “Shiny Objects”
Written by Keith Eisner
Directed by Frederick E. O. Toye
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS
One of the particular strengths of The Good Wife is its uncanny sense of series memory. With well over 100 episodes’ worth of long-standing character relationships, tertiary characters, and running gags to draw upon, it’s rare that a new episode comes down the pike that doesn’t reward long-time viewers, even if it’s just in a minute way. “Shiny Objects” is, on the surface, a prototypical latter-day Good Wife episode, in that it offers up a case of the week while keeping the season’s master plot humming along, but it also manages (for better and worse) to lean on several long-standing relationships and character beats to an unusual degree.
- Simon Howell
David Clarke, “a symbol of hope and courage?” That’s what the media’s calling him after Sunday’s Revenge, though it’s totally Ok if you still see him as the self-whipping, daughter-attacking, insane beard-having lunatic we’ve all grown to love.
Related Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Revenge, Glee and More
With Victoria and Charlotte by his side — and Emily in the audience at her most emotionally wrecked — David fed the press his sob story, which they gobbled up like free Molly at a Brooklyn rave. My personal favorite anecdote was that Conrad faked David’s death, then paid »
Evan Rachel Wood did not enjoy her first experience shooting a Vanity Fair cover. After one of her Twitter followers posted a throwback pic of Wood from the magazine's 2003 cover, the True Blood actress responded with a series of tweets criticizing the issue's shoot. "I was almost in tears after this shoot," wrote Wood, who was 15 when she posed for the magazine's "Young Hollywood" issue. The actress explained that she didn't feel comfortable in the dress that was chosen for her but was told there wasn't time to tailor it. Read more Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch Make
- Ryan Gajewski
Edward Norton's fantastic 2006 film The Illusionist is the latest movie to be added to the list of TV series adaptations. I really liked this movie, especially for the fact that it centered on magic, which is something I'm completely fascinated with. On top of that it had an intriguing story.
The movie was written and directed by Neil Burger, and it's set in 1889 Vienna. The story centers around a magician named Eisenheim (Norton), who is competing with the Crown Prince for the love of a noble woman (Jessica Biel). At the same time he's being chased and investigated by the chief of police (Paul Giamatti), who is suspicious of his talents.
The series is being written by Mark Hudis (True Blood), and according to Deadline, the new adaptation will take place in turn of the century New York. "It centers on a renowned illusionist who returns home from a »
- Joey Paur
One of the highlights of the original series was Gary (Martin Clunes) and Tony's (Neil Morrissey) quest to find a new pub after The Crown gets a revamp. Gary's system of ranking their locals with different categories is a great tool for real-life pub crawls after moving somewhere new. Try it!
With this in mind, we pondered which pubs from TV history would rank well using a system similar to Gary's? We've chosen just a handful of famous watering holes in order to find the best one. The only rule is that they need to serve alcoholic drinks, so Central Perk doesn't count.
Moe's Tavern (The Simpsons) - 18/50
Booze and Snacks: 4
Not the best place to take your date, »
Charlie Sheen calls it quits from former adult film star Brett Rossi just weeks before their wedding. [Et] Russell Brand was threatened with arrest after filming outside the Fox News building in New York. [Independent] August: Osage County actress Misty Upham died at 32. Her cause of death is currently unknown. [EW] Attention Lost fans: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje aka Mr. Eko is joining Game of Thrones. [Vulture] If you didn’t catch Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon’s “Breakdance Conversation” on The Tonight Show, you need to now. Kevin Hart tried to save a woman’s job as a bus driver after she was fired for taking a seflie with him. [Bet] Dane Cook throws shade at Jessica Simpson and her love making. [Fish Wrapper] True Blood star Ryan Kwanten visits sick kids in his hometown, »
- Taylor Ferber
Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
Westworld, the movie set way in the future which we first heard rumblings for in 2013, has been given a full series order at Warner Bros. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright are set to feature in the show, which is to be produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan. The series will be based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 original set within a futuristic amusement park which sees it’s robots revolt.
CBS TV Studios and Yari Film Group are also looking to bring Neil Burger’s 2006 movie The Illusionist, which starred Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, to the small screen. The period set show will see it’s original movie-set location moved from Vienna to New York, and will revolve around a renowned magician who returns home after a decade in prison to find his wife married to the crime boss who framed him. »
- Paul Heath
The show is in rude health, with a record-smashing 17.3 million tuning in for the season five premiere. Season six is already confirmed, and a spin-off is in the works too.
With a pretty constant string of character deaths, it’s not surprising that new faces are being added to the cast.
In line with the show’s running form at trying to keep future plot points under a shroud of secrecy, often using fake names to throw comic book fans off the scent, we don’t know much about her character.
Samantha is the name she’s given currently, with her breakdown describing her as “an attractive, »
Alexandra Breckenridge is about to encounter a different kind of horror story.
Not many details are available about whom Breckenridge will play — no surprise there! — but it’s likely she’ll portray a a bohemian mother named Samantha, whom the casting breakdown describes as “an attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman who also has a vulnerable side.”
True Blood.s Moyer is Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus. crucifixion, Sewell is Caiaphas, the high priest and conspirator in Jesus. death.
Rhys Davies is Annas, another high priest who first questioned Jesus and his teachings, and Entourage.s Emmanuelle Chriqui is Herodia, ex-wife of Herod II.. Haaz Sleiman (Nurse Jackie, Covert Affairs) portrays the title character.
Mor is cast as Sillaeus, first seen as a young »
- Don Groves
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
For as long as I can remember, HBO was cable TV. It was the best reason to start paying for television long before it was synonymous with the new wave of quality series programming. But a lot of its success and popularity had to do with how it was packaged for subscribers, always the primary premium channel offered in the tiered-pricing model. Most of us who grew up in the first decades of cable would have HBO before we would have Showtime and the rest, even before we’d have HBO partner Cinemax. Now, HBO could be the first blow that kills cable. There have been non-lethal jabs in recent years in the forms of Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and networks that offer shows on their own websites, but Time Warner’s announcement that HBO Go will be offered as a standalone service next year, that’s a deadly punch. All the people who have cable mainly so »
- Christopher Campbell
The First Lady asks us to “turnip” for what, former True Blood showrunner Mark Hudis is on to scripting his next TV project, a Real Housewife of Orange County has some fighting words for her former costar, and more of today’s First Dibs.
Michelle Obama dances to “Turnip for What” in an awkward Vine video we just can’t stop watching. [Time] The CW is developing a TV remake of 2006′s The Illusionist with the help of True Blood‘s former showrunner, Mark Hudis. [THR] Former Real Housewives star Gretchen Rossi called her co-star Tamra Barney the “biggest lying, manipulating, conniving, narcissistic sociopath” on Watch What Happens Live last night. Damn. [E!] Martha Stewart is relentless as ever with her recent Gwyneth Paltrow disses. [TV Guide] Claire Danes teaches the Cookie Monster how to make a diagram on Sesame Street. [Vulture] Are Teresa and Joe Giudice already living separate lives before serving their time in prison? »
- Taylor Ferber
The original starred Norton as a magician in 19th Century Vienna who uses his incredible skills to win the heart of a Duchess and save her from the brutal Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) to whom she is betrothed.
The TV series switches around the premise and setting, which will now take place in New York City at the turn of the century. There an illusionist returns home from a decade in prison to find his wife married to the ruthless crime boss who framed him.
The illusionist disguises himself as an underling in the crime lord's organization, using his sleight-of-hand skills to pull off daring heists, rising through the ranks to win back his beloved and bring down the crime boss. »
- Garth Franklin
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