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When does Banshee return? Is True Blood ending? How about Eastbound & Down? Has The Newsroom been renewed for season three? When is Episodes coming back? How about Ray Donovan?
Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The »
On TV this Sunday: The Good Wife hits 100 with a bang, The Walking Dead lurches into winter hibernation, Treme kicks off its final season, PBS shares a peek inside the Abbey and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | Once Upon a Time Creators Tease Adoption Flashback Twists, Warn of Peter Pan’s Resilience
- Misha Solomon
“When I was really young I remember watching The Sting  and I loved that music,” recalls Marcelo Zarvos. “It was one of those things which made me want to play the piano.” The instrument would play a major part in obsession which would become a career for the aspiring musician. “When I was a kid I played rock ’n’ roll in bands. I left Brazil when I was 18 years old. I used to write the music for the band and eventually I became interested in film.” The native of São Paulo was fascinated by the effectiveness of the musical scores featured in The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976), The Mission (1986) and Blade Runner (1982). “There was a new wave of Brazilian movies that was very good and interesting »
Of the current witches on American Horror Story, Gabourey Sidibe's turn as Queenie is the early standout of what's shaping up to be another twisted season. Prior to her turn on Coven, the actress, 30, was best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire and Andrea Jackson on Showtime's The Big C. On Horror Story, Sidibe plays a witch with voodoo powers who's starting to become integral in Fiona Goode's (Jessica Lange) plan to keep her title as supreme. Sidibe's showing is »
How did American Horror Story get its big upcoming guest-star? Ryan Murphy explains how it happened to EW, ” first I said, ‘I want to use you in the show.’ But she was very resistant because from the beginning of her career people who are in the Wiccan community had given her a hard time thinking she was a witch and she got a lot of scary fan letters. She didn’t like the darkness of that, and I explained to her the part and she’s like, ‘Aw f—, let’s just do it. Ok, I love it.’”
The CW is thinking of rebooting Tales from the Darkside, the iconic horror anthology series from the 80s. The project will involve Sleepy Hollow producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman along with Locke & Key writer Joe Hill. The reboot will try to follow the original format with half-hour standalone stories.
- Lyle Masaki
Shane Dawson may soon be heading from computer screen to TV screen, as the YouTube sensation has set a halfhour comedy at NBC.
“Losin’ It,” from Sony TV and based on Dawson’s real life experiences, is a single-cam laffer set at a suburban weight loss center franchise. The workplace is thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there, only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day.
“The Big C” creator Darlene Hunt will pen “Losin’ It” and exec produce alongside Dawson. Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz are also slated to exec produce through their Olive Bridge banner. (Gluck and Hunt both hold overall deals at Sony TV.)
Dawson’s producing partner Lauren Schnipper is also on board to produce the comedy.
Dawson has a sizable digital footprint, with over nine million subscribers across his three YouTube channels, »
- AJ Marechal
Popular YouTube personality Shane Dawson is bringing his brand to television. NBC has put in development Losin’ It, a single-camera comedy from Dawson, The Big C creator Darlene Hunt and producer Will Gluck. The workplace comedy, based on Dawson’s real-life experiences, is set at a suburban weight loss center franchise that gets thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there, only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day. Hunt will write from a story she co-penned with Dawson and his producing partner Lauren Schnipper. Hunt, Dawson, Gluck and Richie Schwartz executive produce, with Schnipper producing. The project hails from Sony TV, where Gluck’s Olive Bridge and Hunt are under deals. 25-year-old Dawson, one of YouTube’s most popular stars, with over 9 million subscribers across three channels, was working at weight-loss company Jenny Craig, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The pair sold a workplace comedy project titled Losin’ It to NBC. The single-camera half-hour, which is inspired by Dawson’s real life experiences as someone who formerly is overweight, is set at a suburban Weight Loss Center franchise that gets thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there – only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day.
Hunt is set to write and executive produce the project through Sony Pictures TV, where she is under an overall deal. She will be joined by Dawson (as an »
- Lacey Rose
Red, watch your back.
Alda’s character, Crowley, will warn Red that some crucial evidence must stay under wraps — or Red may wind up dead.
- Kimberly Roots
According to a report from Access Hollywood, Alda will play Crowley, a man from Raymond "Red" Reddington's (James Spader) mysterious past. Crowley will arrive to confront Red and to warn the criminal-turned-informant (but probably still criminal) that certain evidence must remain a secret. If not, then Red's own life could be in danger.
"The Blacklist" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
E! Online reports that the former Jenna Maroney will appear in the 11th episode of Season 5, titled "Under Pressure," playing Dr. Donna, a mean girl mom at Manny's (Rico Rodriguez) school. Naturally, she becomes a nemesis for Gloria (Sofia Vergara) because a showdown between the two would be just too good to pass up.
Krakowski isn't the only guest talent coming to play in the episode, either. She'll be joined by Jesse Eisenberg, playing Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) overly-eco-conscious neighbor Asher, and John Benjamin Hickey ("The Big C"), who is set to play a shrink for one of the Dunphy family. (Place your bets on who in the comments below.)
Whose guest appearance are you looking forward to most? »
Jane Krakowski has lined up her first post-30 Rock TV gig.
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Krakowski’s Dr. Donna is a Mean Girl Mommy at Manny’s school who spars with the Colombian beauty in Episode 11.
Eisenberg will play Cam and Mitchell’s ecologically aware neighbor Asher, while Hickey is a therapist to one of the Dunphy family members. »
- Vlada Gelman
For an upcoming episode titled “Under Pressure,” Modern Family is packing in the guest stars.
EW has learned that Jesse Eisenberg, Jane Krakowski and John Benjamin Hickey will be featured in the installment of ABC’s hit family comedy. 30 Rock alum Krakowski plays “Dr. Donna,” a mean-spirited mother of a classmate of Manny (Rico Rodriguez) who winds up sparring with Gloria (Sofia Vergara). The Social Network’s Eisenberg will assume the role of Asher, an eco-nut who is a neighbor of Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet), while Hickey (The Big C, The Normal Heart) serves as a »
- Dan Snierson
Elisabeth Moss currently gets best odds to win Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress at the SAG Awards for "Top of the Lake," but are we underestimating Laura Linney ("The Big C: Hereafter") yet again? In September, Moss and Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Asylum") were considered frontrunners for the Emmy, only for both to be ambushed by Linney, who has lost just one of her five career Emmy bids. But at SAG Lange and "American Horror Story" must compete in the drama categories, where they were entered in the horror anthology's first year, leaving Moss and Linney to reprise their Emmy rivalry head-to-head. Moss leads with 9/5 odds. She's already a two-time SAG-winner as a member of the "Mad Men" ensemble, but she has never won individually. Linney is also a SAG-winner. She previously claimed TV Movie/Mini Actress in 2008 for "John Adams" and has three other nominations for he »
Oct. 30, 1938, started as a fairly typical Halloween Eve ... but it ended with many people convinced Martians were attacking.
The reason was one of the most famous hours in the history of broadcasting: "The War of the Worlds," Orson Welles' "Mercury Theatre on the Air" CBS radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells science-fiction novel. The 75th anniversary of the program, and its effect on untold numbers of terrified listeners, is marked by a new episode of PBS' "American Experience" Tuesday, Oct. 29 (check local listings).
Oliver Platt ("The Big C") narrates the account, which merges audio clips and comments from "witnesses" (actually actors voicing people's reactions from the time) with relevant interviews. Welles' daughter Chris Welles Feder and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich - who became a close friend of Welles - are among those recalling how latecomers thought the radio play was an actual newscast, prompting widespread fear before a disclaimer (purposely »
By Mark Pinkert
In a recent interview with A.O. Scott of the New York Times, Joel and Ethan Coen admitted they first auditioned only “real musicians” for the part of the eponymous 1960s folk singer in their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films). The role was to be heavily performance-based, so casting a proven guitarist/singer seemed only logical.
The Coens realized quickly, though, that it would be difficult to marshal an inexperienced actor through an entire movie, regardless of his musical proficiency, telling one outlet: “It’s often possible — sometimes it’s even easy — to get somebody like that through a scene or two scenes or three scenes or whatever, and it’s great, it’s fine. But this character’s literally in every scene in the movie, so we realized we were going the wrong direction, and we just started seeing actors who could play, as »
- Mark Pinkert
With such a strong dramatic turn in Denis Villeneuve.s kidnapping thriller Prisoners, on top of his generally strong work as the claw wielding Wolverine, it feels like much longer than 10 months since we saw Hugh Jackman showing off his vocal pipes in Tom Hooper.s Les Misérables. Luckily his next musical endeavor, the circus superstar P.T. Barnum.s biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth, is moving forward again with The Fifth Estate director Bill Condon hired on to rewrite the 20th Century Fox project. I.m sure Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would much rather see Condon dramatize someone else.s life for a while. Condon will be putting his Academy Award-winning screenwriting talents . he took home the trophy for 1998.s Gods and Monsters . to the script originally written by Jenny Bicks (The Big C), according to THR. He.s no stranger to the musical genre, having written »
Showtime has renewed their hit Fall dramas "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex" for another season of 12 episodes each.
These will mark the fourth and second season respectively of the dramas which will return in the fourth-quarter of 2014.
"Homeland" averages 6.5 million viewers, up 26% from last season. "Masters of Sex" averages 5.4 million viewers, up 33% from Homeland's first season average in the same timeslot.
"Homeland" now ranks as Showtime's top original series in a time of transition following the departure of stalwarts such as "Dexter," "The Big C" and "The Borgias" this year.
The news also comes as the show came under some serious blowback this week due to a twist that has divided viewers and pushed this critical darling further out of favor with TV's tastemakers.
Source: Showtime »
- Garth Franklin
Laura Linney is taking a well-deserved break.
The Emmy-winning star (she just earned her fourth for her role in "The Big C" last month) has had a varied, decades-long career, with award-worthy roles in theater, film, and television. Her latest movie, "The Fifth Estate," which chronicles the rise of divisive free-speech activist Julian Assange and his website, WikiLeaks, opens this Friday. When we spoke to Linney recently, we learned that she's been enjoying some deliberate down time.
So what does Laura Linney do when she's doing nothing? Like the rest of us, she binge-watches "Breaking Bad." And when she's not immersed in Walter White's crystal meth-cooking drama, she's talking to us about taking on the WikiLeaks story, changing a pivotal moment in "Love Actually," and the gender-bending role she'd love to play.
Bill Condon said he felt an initial pang of "terror" when he took on "The Fifth Estate." What »
- Tim Hayne
Susan Sarandon could be appearing on the small screen in yet another gig soon. The “Thelma & Louise” star, who last year had a run on Showtime’s “The Big C” and recently booked a guest-starring role on CBS’s “Mike & Molly,” has been tapped to co-star in a comedy, “Growing Ivy,” that’s being developed by NBC. Also read: Susan Sarandon Books Guest Gig on ‘Mike & Molly’ The half-hour comedy project will also star her daughter Eva Amurri Martino (“Saved!”), who is co-writing the comedy based on her original idea, and will also serve as a co-executive producer. “Growing Ivy” is about. »
- Tim Kenneally
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