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When director Sam Raimi teased the idea of a TV show based on The Evil Dead this past July while promoting the upcoming video game adaptation The Last of Us at Comic Con, fans were excited. But they also weren't holding their breath, as the idea of an Army Of Darkness sequel in some form or another has been kicked around ever since that sequel's theatrical debut in 1993. But the skepticism changed to true adulation yesterday when Starz announced the TV show Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been officially green lit for 2015. And that Bruce Campbell is returning to reprise his iconic role as Deadite survivalist and horror icon Ashley J. Williams in ten episodes. Epic indeed!
What can we expect from this new horror show? Quite a bit, actually. And with the entire creative team from the first three movies returning in some capacity, this will surely be something special. »
Okay, cards on the table: I was not a huge fan of ABC's Selfie when it premiered earlier this fall. In fact, here's what I wrote about the show in EW's Oct. 3 issue: This spin on Pygmalion centers on Eliza Dooley (onetime Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan), a social-media-obsessed sales rep whose self-absorption masks a kind heart. Likewise, it seems that there could be a decent show trapped within Selfie; Gillan and her haughty Henry Higgins, John Cho, have nice chemistry, and creator Emily Kapnek boasts an enviable comedy résumé (Parks and Recreation, Suburgatory). Too bad the show's cruel sense »
- Hillary Busis
Please let's have a moment of silence for ABC's Selfie. Actually, do the opposite and let the spirit of Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) compel you and take to Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to express your heartache! The ABC comedy from Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek, described as a modern-day My Fair Lady, has been axed. Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy veteran Gillan played the vapid and social-media obsessed Eliza who seeks the guidance of marketing genius Henry (John Cho) to help rebrand her image. As the two worked together, with her helping him be more social, sparks started to blossom. Click: The best and worst new shows, according to you! Selfie joins fellow Tuesday night »
ABC has effectively canceled “Selfie,” the freshman comedy starring Karen Gillan and John Cho. The Alphabet net will not order any additional episodes beyond the show’s initial 13, leaving its chances of survival slim. The laffer was created by Emily Kapnek, who also created ABC’s “Suburgatory,” which was canceled in May after three seasons.
In Nielsen’s “most current” ratings, “Selfie” was averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall.
ABC has also canceled “Manhattan Love Story,” and picked up full seasons of “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Black-ish” and “Forever.”
- Laura Prudom
Other stars stopping by during the show’s last week include Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Tim Meadows (Suburgatory), Larry King, Angela Kinsey (The Office), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Thomas Lennon (How I Met Your Mother) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
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Adult Swim's TV newsmagazine parody Newsreaders is back for Season 2 with more absurdity and a new host, Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory). Guest stars this season include Malin Akerman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jenna Fischer, Danny Pudi, Rob Riggle and David Hasselhoff. Executive producers Jim Margolis (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) filled out the TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why Newsreaders is worth the headline.
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- Michael Schneider
The SNL alum chats about her new album I'm Hip and her upcoming TV guest appearances.
"It's a fun album," she says. "It's not a comedy album overtly. But it's a fun, very vocal, musical album."
Ana recorded the album with a full band, complete with a horn section for a big brassy sound. "I can kind of let it rip," she adds.
Video- Ana Gasteyer's Music Will Blow Your Mind
Gasteyer is balancing the promotion for the album with her busy TV schedule! She currently stars in ABC's Suburgatory and is following up a guest spot on the latest season with The Goldbergs with an appearance on The Good Wife. She reprises her role as Judge Patrice Lessner on tonight's episode of the CBS drama.
"It's great," she »
In the first cull of the season, ABC has terminated the fledgling comedy series Manhattan Love Story, after it failed to recover from a shaky start by its third episode. There is much debate about the validity of ratings numbers – at a time when networks are trying to gauge viewership around DVR recordings, while simultaneously scrambling to adapt to changing viewing habits in light of media streaming and ‘binge-watching’ – but it seems the situation for the show was just too dire to continue.
The short-lived series followed Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) as they embarked on a new relationship together – and explored their “unfiltered internal monologues” in the process. Written by Jeff Lowell (Two And A Half Men), the show got off to a relatively weak start – with ratings indicating that viewers were switching off after Manhattan Love Story’s lead-in show, Selfie. Numbers decreased with each subsequent episode which, »
- Sarah Myles
Free Fire, Star Wars, The Martian, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Love Is All You Need? Suburgatory‘s Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty‘s [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
• Meg Ryan and Kara Hayward are joining Kiernan Shipka in Fan Girl. The film follows a 15-year-old post-Millennial teenager who combines her passions—making movies and idolizing her favorite band—in a final film project. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film. Gina O'Brien wrote the script. The film also stars Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage. All Time Low will lend their music to the soundtrack and will appear as themselves. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O'Brien and Jonathan Gray are executive producing. »
- C. Molly Smith
Beverly is in for a rude awakening at the mall on tonight’s The Goldbergs (ABC, 8:30/7:30c.)
In TVLine’s exclusive video, Bev runs into daughter Erica during a shopping excursion and proceeds to embarrass her with a sweater that has to be seen to be believed.
Not only does Louise get her nails done with the girls, but she’s also sporting a Cheap Trick shirt, so you know she’s really awesome. »
Exclusive: Reverse gay-bullying drama Love Is All You Need? has bolstered its cast as filming continues in La. Suburgatory‘s Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Deception‘s Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife‘s Jenica Bergere, and Drumline‘s Leonard Roberts have joined Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy in the film set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars‘ Tyler Blackburn for a lead role playing Ryan, the journalist who strikes up a forbidden romance with Evigan’s star quarterback. The feature is based on the provocative short film of the same name that scored over 45 million hits on YouTube. Blackburn, Ortiz, and Sisto are repped by The Gersh Agency. La Nasa is repped by Paradigm. Bergere is repped by Innovative. Roberts is repped by Michael Greene.
Hawaiian model and »
- Jen Yamato
The sheer volume of British television shows that receive the U.S. reboot treatment continues to baffle me, mainly because the majority are often massive flops. Much like the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy Chinese subtitle issue, wherein the nuanced comedy was lost in translation, a similar fate often befalls British shows headed across the pond. Still, we can hold out hope that ABC Studios and Amblin TV won’t make a complete balls-up of No Angels.
The dramedy is being spearheaded by producer Julie Anne Robinson (Suburgatory), who is no stranger to the naughty antics of those Northern nurses. Robinson directed two episodes of the original series, which followed four nurses who work and live together. It began airing in 2004 and ran for two seasons, which wasn’t nearly enough in my opinion.
No Angels managed to perfectly blend the silly, funny and true-to-life aspects of the nurses’ daily lives, »
- Gem Seddon
USA is continuing its focus on adding household names to its roster, announcing today that Christian Slater will play the title role in the pilot for its cyber crime thriller “Mr. Robot.”
The project focuses on a young programmer (“24’s” Rami Malek) who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. Slater plays a mysterious anarchist who recruits him into an underground organization intent on bringing down corporate America. It hails from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Sam Esmail (“Comet”), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”), and Niels Arden Oplev (Sweden’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Under The Dome”). Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”) also star.
- Whitney Friedlander
Christian Slater has been cast to star in the pilot for USA network's hacker drama “Mr. Robot,” a spokesman for the network's parent company NBC Universal told TheWrap on Tuesday. The show centers around Elliot (Rami Malek), an anti-social young hacker who meets a mysterious anarchist named Mr. Robot (Slater) who attempts to recruit him into an underground hacking ring hellbent on bringing down destroying corporate America. “Mr. Robot‘s” co-stars include Martin Wallstrom (“Remake”), Portia Doubleday (“Carrie”) and Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”). Also read: Christian Slater's ‘Mind Games’ Pulled From ABC Schedule, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ to Return The »
- Travis Reilly
Christian Slater has a new title: Mr. Robot.
The Mind Games and Breaking In alum has landed the title role in USA Network’s cyber-crime pilot, which centers on a mysterious anarchist (Slater) who recruits a brilliant cyber security engineer (24‘s Rami Malek) into an underground hacker organization intent on bringing down corporate America.
Slater’s TV credits also include a turn as a literal robot: In NBC’s short-lived My Own Worst Enemy, he played a secret agent implanted with a dual-personality-triggering computer chip. »
“In Good Company” is the latest movie getting a TV remake CBS is developing the 2004 film starring Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in which Grace falls for the boss’ daughter as a comedy based on Paul Weitz’s script. Another movie remake: CW orders “The Illusionist” The 2006 magician film starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel will be remade as a TV series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. Coming soon: “Real Housewives of Philly”? A producer from the Bravo franchise has been recently interviewing Philadelphia’s most successful and glamorous women. Click Read Full Post For More “About a Boy’s” David Walton: "This is my first Season 2 experience, and I really like it” ""It's just nice to be employed,” says Walton, who’s starred in six failed network shows over the past decade. Steve McQueen’s HBO drama project gets a name and a star The »
- Norman Weiss
Beverly Goldberg is about to play matchmaker on ABC's The Goldbergs. The 1980s-set comedy has tapped Suburgatory alum Allie Grant for a guest role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Grant will return to Suburgatory's former time slot and play Evelyn in an upcoming episode. Evelyn is described as a mini-version of Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) — she has big blonde hair, an affection for loud sweaters and scrapbooking, and an uncontrollable need to smother even though she's a teenager. Barry's (Troy Gentile) smother-mother Beverly will set her eldest son up with Evelyn in an episode set to
- Lesley Goldberg
In a preemptive deal, Paramount has bought the feature pitch “Eternal” from writers Dan Frey and Russell Sommer, who previously teamed on the Black List script “Bleeding Kansas,” an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap. Mary Parent‘s Disruption Entertainment will produce “Eternal,” which is described as a grounded superhero story in the vein of “‘Chronicle’ meets ‘Highlander.'” Paramount had no comment on the deal. Also read: ‘X-Men’ Actor Lucas Till, ‘Suburgatory’ Star Jane Levy Eyed for ‘Monster Trucks’ Movie (Exclusive) Parent will produce “Eternal” through Disruption along with Cale Boyter and David Whitney, while Paramount »
- Jeff Sneider
CBS is diving into the parenting arena with plans to develop a comedy based on the book “How Not to Calm a Child On a Plane.”
Author Johanna Stein is co-writing the adaptation with Adam Barr. Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue banner is producing with CBS TV Studios. Arnett, Barr and Peter Principato are exec producers, with Stein serving as co-exec producer.
Project revolves around a pair of unconventional parents who try to raise their child by their own rules. The book is a collection of humorous essays about parenting from Stein, an experienced TV scribe and producer of the Yahoo series “Life of Mom.”
Format of “Calm a Child” has not yet been determined.
Arnett, repped by Wme and Principato-Young, is a co-star of the CBS sitcom “The Millers.”
- Cynthia Littleton
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