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How ‘The Middle’ Will Say Goodbye After Nine Seasons

How ‘The Middle’ Will Say Goodbye After Nine Seasons
The last nine years have been one heck of a ride for “The Middle” cast and executive producers.

Series creators DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler don’t even want audiences to pardon the pun when they turn on ABC to watch the middle-America family comedy one last time on May 22 and see that the series finale title is simply that — “A Heck of a Ride.”

“One thing that’s very important to us is to think about our fans and to think about us and think about an ending that’s appropriate to the show we’ve always been,” Heisler tells Variety.
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Alex, Inc.: Season One Ratings

During the first half of the 2017-18 television season, only one new comedy premiered on ABC -- The Mayor -- which earned such low ratings, that it was cancelled mid-season. Now that spring is in the air, the Alphabet Network is lightening up a bit, with some more new chances to laugh, but the shows they're introducing feature fan-favorite familiar faces. In addition to the Roseanne TV series revival, The Office vet, Jenna Fischer is back, in Splitting Up Together, too. Enter Zach Braff, in his new Alex, Inc. TV show. Is the Scrubs alum just what the doctor ordered? Will Alex, Inc. be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.   *Status update below.A family sitcom, based on the "StartUp" podcast by Alex Blumberg, Alex, Inc. centers on Alex Schuman (Braff). In addition to Braff, the ABC TV series cast also includes Tiya Sircar,
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List of TV Shows That Have Gotten the Axe, So Far

Earlier this week, the season for cutting and renewing TV series began. One of the cuts was Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine which was a very unpopular decision among the viewers. You even had celebs like Sean Astin and Lin Manuel-Miranda who went to social media to get the show back on the air. And whatever it did seemed to work because as of this post, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed and picked up by NBC. There have been many shows that have gotten the axe this season and some are surprising as others aren’t. Below is a list of shows that have recently been canceled.

Fox

Lucifer – The DC based series starred Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Scarlett Estevez, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachel Harris, Tricia Helfer and Aimee Garcia. There’s already a petition online to get the series renewed.

The Mick

The Exorcist

The Last Man on Earth
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JoAnn Alfano Joins Universal Television as Exec VP of Current Series, New Business Development

JoAnn Alfano Joins Universal Television as Exec VP of Current Series, New Business Development
JoAnn Alfano is set to join Universal Television as the executive vice president of current series and new business development, the studio announced Thursday.

In her new position, Alfano will oversee and manage all aspects of Universal Television’s current series department and will also help identify development opportunities in the international scripted marketplace, liaising with NBCUniversal International Studios when appropriate. She will report to Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe.

“Having someone of JoAnn’s stature join Universal Television is a real coup for us,” Igbokwe said. “I can’t think of anyone more capable or knowledgeable to entrust our
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Abby's: NBC Orders Backyard Bar Comedy from The Good Place Producers

While The Middle is ending its nine season run on ABC, star Neil Flynn isn't going to be out of work for long. NBC has ordered the Abby's TV show to series, and Flynn is already a regular in the backyard barroom gut-buster. Perhaps the Peacock Network is hoping the tall, talented Scrubs vet will bring some serious series longevity luck along with him. An NBC sitcom, Abby's stars Natalie Morales in the title role, along with Nelson Franklin, Kimia Behpoornia, Jessica Chaffin, and Leonard Ouzts, as well as Flynn. Josh Malmuth is writing and will executive produce with Michael Schur and David Miner. Pamela Fryman is directing and executive producing the Abby's pilot. Read More…
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Neil Flynn Extends Series Regular Streak To 17 Seasons With ‘Abby’s’ Pickup

The Middle star Neil Flynn is on a roll. Two weeks before his ABC family comedy series is set to end its nine-season run on ABC, his NBC pilot Abby’s was ordered up to series. With the pickup, Flynn is extending his streak of being a series regular on a comedy series to 17 consecutive seasons and counting. Flynn rose to prominence with his role as the Janitor on NBC’s single-camera medical comedy Scrubs. After a scene-stealing run during the first season, in which he was…
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Zach Braff Said He Would Love To Do A Scrubs Reunion

Zach Braff is currently doing his new ABC comedy series Alex Inc., but if Scrubs were to make a comeback sometime when he's available, he said he'd be down. At least, that's what the actor told James Corden on The Late Late Show, which also featured Patrick Stewart saying he would return as Professor X on Legion. That still has yet to happen, so maybe I'd take Braff's words below with a grain of salt:
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‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch

‘Condor’ Trailer: Max Irons Must Stop Brendan Fraser From Unleashing a Plague on Humanity — Watch
Max Irons will soon follow in the formidable onscreen footsteps of Robert Redford. The forthcoming Audience Network series “Condor” casts the second-generation English actor (dad is Jeremy Irons) as avian-nicknamed CIA analyst Joe Turner, the role Redford originated in Sydney Pollack’s 1975 film, the Oscar-nominated “Three Days of the Condor.” Entertainment Weekly debuted the first trailer today, along with production photos.

The TV version adapted material from both the feature and its inspiration, James Grady’s novel “Six Days of the Condor.” Unlike its predecessors, this 10-episode telling is set in Washington, D.C. instead of New York City. Available to DirectTV subscribers, Audience Network is perhaps best known for another show based on a book, “Mr. Mercedes,” overseen by showrunner David E. Kelley.

In the trailer’s opening beats, praying Muslims are unaware that the world is at risk for a weaponized plague outbreak. Its engineer, Nathan Fowler (Brendan Fraser
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‘Overboard’ Film Review: Flimsy Remake Lacks Buoyancy

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To be filed under “not great but more charming than anyone might expect,” Rob Greenberg’s “Overboard” offers a bilingual, generally serviceable remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell comedy of the same name.

Reversing idea of the original — she’s a struggling single parent, he’s a spoiled playboy — Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”) lack the instant chemistry of their predecessors, but a game ensemble of supporting players bring the silly story to surprisingly vibrant life after stumbling awkwardly through a preposterous convergence of circumstances required for its premise to feel remotely believable.

Faris plays Kate, an Oregon widower preparing to be a nurse; she supports her three daughters by delivering pizzas and working for a cleaning service. Leonardo (Derbez), the irresponsible heir to a construction supply empire, lives out Hugh Hefner fantasies aboard his $60 million yacht while his sister Magdalena (Cecilia Suarez) tries to wrest control of the family business. After refusing to pay Kate for scrubbing his boat of evidence of his latest bacchanal, Leonardo falls overboard and washes up on the shores of her small seaside town with no memory of who he is or where (or how much money) he comes from.

Watch Video: Anna Faris Fakes a Marriage With Eugenio Derbez in First 'Overboard' Remake Trailer

Frustrated at her ne’er-do-well brother, Magdalena pretends Leonardo is dead, leaving him in the hospital so she can claim their father’s company. Meanwhile, Kate discovers his plight when it’s reported in the local paper; she allows herself to be persuaded by best friend Theresa (Eva Longoria) to exact revenge on her pompous former employer by pretending Leonardo is her husband, enabling her to force him to cook, clean and tackle household chores while she’s busy studying.

With the help of her daughters and a community of friends and co-workers only too happy to lie for her, Kate convinces Leonardo to come home with her, and the two soon settle into an unexpectedly harmonious partnership as he begins to discover the meaning of real responsibility and to learn the value of a family bound together by love instead of money.

See Photos: 12 Movie Remakes With Gender-Swapped Leads, From 'His Girl Friday' to 'Overboard'

Greenberg’s background is mostly in sitcoms (“Scrubs,” “How I Met Your Mother”), which may account for how broadly and clumsily the set-up portion of this story is handled. Without quite needing to consult actual reality, one might think that Greenberg and his co-screenwriter Bob Fisher (working from Leslie Dixon’s original concept) might have updated, or at least refined, some of the foundational ideas that were scarcely convincing three decades ago. In fact, acknowledging the previous movie as inspiration for the characters in this one might have been a better way to justify what sounds by any definition like a wildly inappropriate criminal act, even if Kate’s gaslighting of Leo feels vaguely like a subversive gesture in the #MeToo era.

The problem is that Kate is written far too appealingly, and Faris is just too loveable to pull off the kind of grand manipulation that might have turned this rom-com scenario into an act of political vengeance. Fundamentally — and I mean this as a compliment — Faris lacks the righteous anger required for this long-suffering blue-collar worker and single parent to perpetuate the kind of deception into which she settles so easily.

Similarly, Derbez throws himself into playing an insufferable prick in the first act, but it takes little more than a scene or two for him to recognize the challenges of manual laborers who use his company’s products and to begin to respect the efforts of the people who actually have to prepare food and clean up after themselves and others.

See Photos: 'Overboard' Star Eugenio Derbez StudioWrap Portraits (Exclusive)

That said, there is a truly magnetic couple in this film sidelined by all of this plot: Longoria’s Theresa and her husband Bobby, played by “Last Man on Earth” secret weapon Mel Rodriguez. Maybe it’s because they come to Kate’s aid so naturally, but they truly feel like a duo capable of the kind of manipulation required to yank a rich jerk out of his or her life and give him the kind of wake-up call to reality that would put him through ridiculous humiliating paces and make him grateful — and even fall in love — by the end of it.

Aside from casting the massively popular Mexican star Derbez, the movie additionally wears its multilingual intentions on its sleeve in multiple scenes where, delightfully, Leonardo’s family members speak to one another exclusively in subtitled Spanish, and later, his construction-worker colleagues make a few pointed jokes at the expense of the privileged white dudes who hire them to dig out their pools.

But even as a welcome offering to audiences from a broad variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds, “Overboard” ultimately feels like one of the dinners that Kate assigns Leo to cook for his newfound family — a good effort with a few new surprises to spice up a familiar dish, but nothing special enough to truly transform it into more than a routine meal.



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New Star Wars Animated Series Set To Feature Poe Dameron and Bb-8

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Rebels has come and gone, and Disney/LucasFilm isn’t wasting any time getting us our new Star Wars Animated show!

Star Wars Resistance has just been ordered to series for the Disney Channel, the next series under the leadership of Dave Filoni(Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels). Set before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Resistance will follow Kazuda Xiono, a Resistance pilot, who is tasked to spy on the First Order, as the organization has begun to grow and become a threat to the safety of the galaxy. The series will also bring in some familiar faces including Bb-8 alongside Poe Dameron, and Captain Phasma. Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, return to voice their characters fro the live action saga. The voice cast will also include Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Suzie McGrath(East Enders), Scott Lawrence (Legion), Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor), Josh Brener
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Prequel Series Set at Disney Channel

The force will be reawakening at Disney Channel.

Just weeks after Star Wars Rebels wrapped on Disney Xd, it has been revealed that another series based on the Star Wars franchise is in the works.

Disney Channel has handed a series order to Star Wars Resistance, which will serve as another animated series.

This one, however, will take place before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Per the official logline: "A young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order."

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“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots” said Filoni in a statement.

“My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There
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Lucasfilm's New Anime-Style Star Wars Resistance Series Sounds Awesome! Here are the Details!

Lucasfilm has announced their new Star Wars animated series! It will be called Star Wars Resistance and it sounds like it has the makings of another great series for fans to enjoy!

The new show revolves around a character named Kazuda Xiono, "a young pilot recruited by the Resistance whose mission is to spy on the growing threat of the First Order."

You'll also be happy to hear that Oscar Isaac will reprise his role as Poe Dameron and Gwendoline Christie will be back as Captain Phasma! The series will also include Bb-8 and introduce several new characters.

Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni created the series. Several other producers of those previous series will join him as producers including Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge and Brandon Auman. When talking about the inspiration behind the series, Filoni said:

"The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Prequel Series Ordered at Disney Channel

Disney and Lucasfilm are following up on the success of Star Wars Rebels with a new animated extension of the iconic film franchise.

Disney Channel on Thursday announced that it has greenlit Star Wars Resistance, an anime-inspired series that takes place prior to the events of The Force Awakens, TVLine has learned.

Created by Rebels Ep Dave Filoni, Resistance will follow the adventures of Kazuda Xiono, “a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order,” according to the official logline. The series will feature Bb-8 (as
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‘Star Wars Resistance’: Disney Announces Dave Filoni-Created ‘Force Awakens’ Prequel Anime-Inspired Series

‘Star Wars Resistance’: Disney Announces Dave Filoni-Created ‘Force Awakens’ Prequel Anime-Inspired Series
Looks like a galaxy far, far away still very much includes the talents of “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” director and mastermind Dave Filoni. Lucasfilm and Disney have announced that they have started production on “Star Wars Resistance,” a brand-new Filoni-created animated series that is billed as “anime-inspired” and which will explore some new territory in the sprawling cinematic universe. The new series will debut this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and, thereafter, on Disney Xd and around the world.

The show is set in the “uncharted timeframe” before “The Force Awakens,” and will thus include some familiar faces from the most recent entires in the cinematic franchise. The show will include “beloved droid Bb-8 alongside ace pilots, colorful new characters and appearances by fan favorites, including Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, voiced by actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie.” Mostly, though, the
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'Mini-Me' Actor Verne Troyer's Alcohol Abuse Played a Big Role in His Death (Report)

So sad. Earlier this week, actor Verne Troyer — who is best known for his role as "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers trilogy — died at just 49 years old. But now that an investigation is underway, more details about what led to his death have been revealed and alcohol had played a major part. Before he died on Saturday, April 21, Verne was in distress when he called 911 and he admitted that he had been experiencing suicidal thoughts, according to TMZ. After he was rushed to the hospital, doctors found that he had three times the .08 limit that is legal for driving a car. He became unresponsive so he was transferred to another hospital, but soon after his organs started failing. He was then placed on life support and he never recovered. Verne's team took to his official Instagram page to announce his death and to share a tribue to Verne's memory. "It
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Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49

Austin Powers' Verne Troyer Dead at 49
Verne Troyer, best known to audiences for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49.

Troyer, who has publicly battled alcoholism, was first admitted to the hospital earlier this month after authorities were made aware that he was drunk and suicidal. There, he was treated for possible alcohol poisoning, according to TMZ.

The Austin Powers actor first began working in the mid-90s, appearing as a stunt double in the 1994 film Baby’s Day Out. That was followed by small parts in Men in Black, Jingle All the Way and Dustin Checks In.
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films, has died. He was 49.

According to a statement posted on his Instagram account, the actor died Saturday afternoon. Troyer’s representatives did not disclose a cause of death, but the statement alluded to depression and suicide. Troyer’s reps said there would be no comment beyond the statement.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” read the statement. “Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

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The actor was hospitalized earlier this week after emergency personnel responded to a call at his North Hollywood residence. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap that there was a call regarding a medical emergency, resulting in Troyer being transported to a local hospital.

On Tuesday, a message was posted to Troyer’s Instagram account that read, “Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Troyer, who was diagnosed with achondroplasia dwarfism and measured 2 feet 8 inches tall, played Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films and also starred as Griphook the goblin in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”

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In a statement to TheWrap, “Austin Powers” costar Mike Myers said, “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

He was born in Sturgis, Michigan, on Jan. 1, 1969 and began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double in “Baby’s Day Out.” Troyer’s other credits included “The Love Guru,” “Men in Black,” “Jingle All the Way,” “Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Scrubs” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” He also appeared on reality shows like “Celebrity Juice” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

Last April, Troyer said that he was entering a treatment center to combat alcohol addiction, after receiving treatment for the past week.

The statement posted to social media also asked that donations be made to either of his two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies, in lieu of flowers.

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‘Riverdale’ Musical Episode: Casey Cott on That Crazy Ending and Kevin’s ‘Iconic’ Powder Blue Tux

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‘Riverdale’ Musical Episode: Casey Cott on That Crazy Ending and Kevin’s ‘Iconic’ Powder Blue Tux
(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode of “Riverdale” Chapter 31: “A Night to Remember”)

The anticipated “Riverdale” musical episode has come and gone, but we are still reeling from the music, the drama, and the return of the Black Hood (we warned you: spoilers!).

TheWrap caught up with Casey Cott, who plays Kevin Keller, ahead of Wednesday’s episode to discuss what it was like directing Riverdale High’s production of “Carrie: The Musical.” The actor said the Broadway play’s themes “matches the dark undertone” of “Riverdale.”

“There’s a really cool line in the beginning of the episode where Jughead [Cole Sprouse] asks Kevin why we’re doing ‘Carrie’ and Kevin has a really lovely response: that ‘Carrie’ really reflects the town that is Riverdale,” Cott said. “So I think that’s why he’s chosen that musical, about this really dark town, going through all these really dark things, and there’s nothing more ‘Riverdale’ than that, so it works perfectly.”

Also Read: Watch the 'Riverdale' Cast Perform 2 Songs From 'Carrie' Musical Episode (Videos)

Although the special episode included a whopping 11 musical numbers, the cast didn’t have extra time to shoot it.

“We did it all in the same amount of time we do a normal episode, which is pretty insane,” Cott said. “Riverdale” isn’t shy when it comes to featuring music, but Cott said this episode was different than your average episode that features a song or two.

“Those musical episodes are pretty stationary, you know, they kind of happen on a stage,” the 25-year-old actor said. “Whereas a lot of these ones were happening in real time all over the [school] — all over, whether it was in the student lounge, the music room, or onstage, or in the theater … There are some similarities, but they are pretty different in the intricacy of shooting.”

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And as for the Black Hood’s macabre return? Cott is “all about it.”

When Mr. Svenson was revealed as the Black Hood earlier this season, Cott said he found it “kind of lame.”

“I was like, ‘I really hope this is not the end of this guy,'” he said. “But he’s back in full force and it’s about to get rowdy. So just prepare yourself because it’s next-level from here on out.”

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Read the rest of our interview with Cott below, which includes how Kevin ended up in an “iconic” powder blue tuxedo for opening night.

TheWrap: It seemed like Kevin was trying to bring all these friends back together with this musical. Is that true?

Casey Cott: I think that’s very true. I think you definitely hit the nail on the head. That’s very apparent in the episode. I think that’s part of it, but I also think Kevin is just obsessed with this musical and wants it to be epic. So it’s half and half.

What about “Carrie: The Musical” is Kevin obsessed with?

I think Kevin is just excited to be able to put on a musical. I think it’s less about this specific musical and more just musicals in general. But obviously, he’s chosen this one for this year, and I think it matches the dark undertone. There’s a really cool line in the beginning of the episode where Jughead [Cole Sprouse] asks Kevin why we’re doing “Carrie” and Kevin has a really lovely response, that “Carrie” really reflects the town that is Riverdale. So I think that’s why he’s chosen that musical, about this really dark town, going through all these really dark things, and there’s nothing more “Riverdale” than that, so it works perfectly.

There’s one line where Kevin says, “Am I directing a train-wreck here?!” Things just keep going wrong. But why is Kevin uniquely situated to handle these crazy situations as the director?

“I think of anyone in the show, Kevin seems to be the most loyal friend — minus that one little weird thing with [Betty’s brother] Chick — but I think Kevin’s the most loyal friend. He’s the most wanting everyone to get along. He loves the drama, but not with his friends. And I think he’s always just trying to rally the gang and keep them together. Keep them strong.”

Were you a theater kid growing up?

I’m a super theater nerd. I went to school for acting and theater, musical theater, and my brother [Corey Cott] is a Broadway actor. We’re a very musical family.

What’s your favorite musical and/or TV musical episode?

I don’t think I have a specific favorite one, there’s so many. I love Sondheim and I love Stephen Schwartz, I love all the shows my brother has done. He just did a show called “Bandstand” last year that I loved. As far as musical episodes, the one that stands out in my mind is the “Scrubs” episode .. I think the “Scrubs” episode is the one that stands out in my memory that I remember from many years ago that I really enjoyed. There’s so many, it’s kind of its own genre.

How much time did you spend doing choreography and practicing the musical numbers in addition to regular film time?

Actually, we didn’t have any extra time to shoot this one. We did it all in the same amount of time we do a normal episode, which is pretty insane. The amount of things you have to do on top of just shooting an episode like, the dance rehearsals, the recording sessions, it was gnarly. But luckily, our cast is just people you throw on something, and they’re like alright, let’s do it. Just jump in and we went bonkers, but it was so much fun. And hats off to the crew, too, because they stuck through it. I have never had more fun, it was such a blast, so we did a lot with very little time but I think it ended up well.

You guys are used to performing musical numbers sometimes on the show in regular episodes, did that help prepare you?

We do sometimes. Those are really isolated. So let’s say, Josie and the Pussycats have a number, they’ll go to the recording studio on a Saturday or something and record that, and then we’ll all shoot it together, but it’s a lot more simple than the things we were doing for this episode. And those musical episodes are pretty stationary, you know, they kind of happen on a stage. Whereas a lot of these ones were happening in real time all over the [school] — all over, whether it was in the student lounge, the music room, or onstage, or in the theater… There are some similarities, but they are pretty different in the intricacy of shooting. Like the technicalities of actually shooting those scenes.

So the biggest thing about this episode is obviously the ending, it’s insane.

You mean when Midge [Emilija Baranac] is crucified to the backdrop?

That’s even more shocking than Cheryl covering herself in blood. It just escalates. So, what do you think about the Black Hood being back in Riverdale?

I’m all about it. Like I was ready for it to strike back up — cause I never believed that that guy [janitor Mr. Svenson] was the Black Hood. I just thought it was kind of lame. I was like, ‘I really hope this is not the end of this guy.’ But he’s back in full force and it’s about to get rowdy. So just prepare yourself because it’s next-level from here on out. But I was really excited that they threw it in at the end of this episode, because there’s so much happening that it brings you right back to the plot. It served a purpose in that way.

I was impressed with how well the story of the Riverdale students was woven into the story of Carrie and vice versa.

Totally. [Showrunner] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] is a genius.

The last thing I have to talk to you about is Kevin’s powder blue tuxedo that he wears on opening night.

Thank you! … I’m like ‘guys, that thing was iconic!’

It was so iconic. So let’s talk about it, how did that happen?

So I went in to a costume fitting and they had that one, and then this like kind of mahogany one that was fine, but when I put the powder blue one on, I was like, guys, this is straight out of ‘”Dumb and Dumber.” But also in the style of our show, Kevin is being serious. This, like, has to happen. And then they had that gigantic bow tie, and from there on out, it was like game over. But you know what’s funny? I wore that for like four days of shooting, and by the end I was very excited to not wear it again. But people were just having a field day. There are a lot of photos of me in that suit… I don’t think they had to alter it at all, it just kind of fit. Of all the costumes to wear, that’s the one that fit.

It’s exactly what I would imagine Kevin would decide to wear

To wear to be an audience member. Yeah, so like make sure everyone knows it’s his show.

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays on The CW at 8/7c.

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Great Uses of Music on TV: Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison” on “Scrubs”

Scrubs was always known for being able to make people laugh and bringing out some of the best tracks ever laid. Bel Biv Devoe’s song Poison was just another among many but it was also one of the best uses of the song in a TV show since Turk was using it to make a point. As one of the surgeons in the hospital Turk was always one of the funniest and most prominent characters on the staff. He wasn’t really that much of a jerk but he knew how to flaunt when he had when it was necessary. In

Great Uses of Music on TV: Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison” on “Scrubs
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The Best TV Pilots of the 21st Century, Ranked

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There has been a lot of debate in recent years about the relevancy of the series pilot. In an age where so many cable networks, streaming services (and even broadcast networks) like to go straight to series, bypassing the pilot process, the question of whether the entire pilot process is necessary has been an open debate.

A few years ago, when then-Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly proclaimed the death of pilot season, he was referring to the short, frenzied period of time when every network goes after the same talent in order to produce multiple pilots all at once. Reilly wasn’t criticizing the art of the pilot itself, but just the outdated idea of everyone developing shows all at once.

Pilots, after all, can still be a good judge of whether a show can be sustained — and if it has been cast, written and produced properly. On the flip side,
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