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TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
‘The Flash,’ ‘Supergirl’ Musical Crossover Will Air in March
We have an airdate for the musical episodes of The CW’s “The Flash” and “Supergirl”: The tuneful crossover will begin at the end of the Mar. 20 episode of “Supergirl,” but the main vocal action will take place in the Mar. 21 episode of “The Flash.”
That episode, entitled “Duet,” will be directed by Dermott Downs and will feature singing performances from Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan, and John Barrowman. David Harewood and Chris Wood will have non-singing guest appearances in the episode.
News of the musical episode broke last August. There’s no word yet if, as executive producer Greg Berlanti had previously indicated, the episodes will both feature one original song.
Leads Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist both belted out various tunes on “Glee,” and the casts are also stacked with Broadway vets: Garber was part of the original casts of “Sweeney Todd” and “Assassins” and has »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.
With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »
- Debra Birnbaum
Kourtney Kang Coming-Of-Age Comedy Gets NBC Pilot Order, Casts Young Lead
NBC has given a pilot green light to a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang and creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, actor-director Fred Savage, and 20th TV. I’ve learned exclusively that Isabella Russo has been cast as the young lead in the show written by Kang based on her life, which explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world… »
‘Black-ish’ Spinoff in the Works at ABC
The Johnson family may soon be taking up more airtime on ABC.
The network is considering a spin-off of its hit comedy “Black-ish,” Variety has confirmed. The spin-off, which would star Yara Shahidi, would focus on her character, oldest daughter Zoey Johnson, in college. The spinoff, which is in very early stages, would be introduced as a backdoor pilot this spring. Sources stress that this is early development and nothing has been officially ordered yet.
The series is being developed by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. For Barris, the development marks yet another project on the mega-producer’s resume. The “Black-ish” creator is looking toward a fruitful 2017-2018 television season, as he has two more hot projects in the works at ABC. Aside from this spinoff, he’s already nabbed an early pilot order for a new comedy, “Libby & Malcolm,” starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance, plus has an action dramedy starring Toni Collete in contention at »
- Variety Staff
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins Cast of ABC Drama Ten Days in the Valley
The Theo Huxtable comeback continues: Malcolm-Jamal Warner has joined the cast of the upcoming ABC drama Ten Days in the Valley.
According to our sister site Deadline, Warner will be a series regular on the show, which has already received a straight-to-series order from the network. Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) stars as TV producer Jane Sadler, whose young daughter goes missing, mirroring the cop drama she produces; Warner will co-star as Matt, the head writer on Jane’s TV show. Erika Christensen (Parenthood) has also joined the cast as Jane’s psychologist sister.
RelatedABC, Kyra Sedgwick Team for »
Bates Motel Posters Show that Even Death Can’t Break Their Bond
The Bates Motel concludes its run as season 5 is slated to start on February 20th on A&E. The show has had a remarkable run and improbable rise. The character of Norman Bates is no easy act to follow and Freddie Highmore has been brilliant as a young Norman. Vera Farmiga has been equally creepy has Bates’ mother Norman. But things appear to get even creepier in season 5. In a comic con interview Farmiga spoke to the evolution and key differences in Norma’s character. In an interview from IGN Farmiga revealed that she tried to keep herself out of
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- Nat Berman
Joy Reid To Trevor Noah: Media Must Study Vladimir Putin’s Authoritarian Regime To Cover President Trump
Updated with video: President Donald Trump’s post-truth world has to change the way the press does its job, Joy Reid told The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. “Journalists are accustomed to, when the president says something…you just report it. But now, something Donald Trump tweets is not a headline you can just translate right into your magazine, or your newspaper or on television,” she continued. “Because it might be true – and more times than not it isn’t true, it’s a… »
Tiny House Nation: Deion Sanders Decides to Go Small on the Lake
There is little doubt that the trend of tiny homes has truly caught on with the American people. The days of McMansions and other humongous spaces are slowly being replaced by more economical and space saving dwellings. This is why it’s no surprise that Fyi’s Tiny House Nation is building up a big following among viewers. And tonight’s episode is sure to boost the show’s credibility and validation for the Tiny House movement. Former NFL star and hall of famer Deion Sanders and his wife Tracey Edmonds (host of Extra) decided to go small, really small in order to get
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- Nat Berman
Performer of the Week: Rupert Friend
The Performer | Rupert Friend
The Show | Homeland
The Episode | “Fair Game” (Jan. 15, 2017)
The Performance | For the past four seasons, Homeland’s Peter Quinn has been seemingly indestructible, repeatedly cheating death as a daredevil CIA operative. But in Sunday’s Season 6 premiere, actor Rupert Friend heartbreakingly showed us the massive toll that all those brushes with death have taken on Quinn’s body — and soul.
After a chemical-weapon attack put him in a coma last season, Quinn emerged alive, but a shell of his former self. And Friend looked the part in the premiere, almost unrecognizable with scraggly facial hair and darting, »
Ransom Sneak Peek: Hostage Takers With No Demands
The jury is still out on Ransom. It’s only in its first season and tonight marks only its 3rd episode. However tonight’s show could provide a twist to kick the show into high gear. Eric and the team must figure out how to negotiate with bank robbers who are not demanding cash on Saturday’s episode. Ransom, which stars Luke Roberts and Nazneen Contractor, airs on Saturday’s which isn’t the most ideal time slot for a prime time show. However, perhaps a new angle that terrorists taking hostages without demands can draw some views. According to the NYTimes The show is
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- Nat Berman
Is Peter Dinklage Playing Pip the Troll in Avengers: Infinity War?
Filming hasn’t even begun on Avengers: Infinity War but as you might imagine about any Marvel release, fans are already speculating about plot lines, characters, and anything else you can imagine about the upcoming film. The latest rumors and speculation revolve around Peter Dinklage and his role in the movie. A glimpse at the Game of Thrones star’s new hairstyle and color have given fans a reason to believe he’ll be playing Pip. Initially, a recent rumor (well, a 4Chan theory more accurately) suggested Peter Dinklage might have signed on to play Eitri the Dwarf-King in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War,
- Nat Berman
Can Lifetime’s Beaches Do the Movie Beaches Any Justice?
Did you ever know that you’re my hero? It’s something you’re going to be hearing Idina Menzel belt out on Lifetime tonight at 8pm. In what seems to be a fairly big surprise to a lot of Beaches fans, Lifetime is doing a reboot of the classic movie Beaches that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Only this Beaches is starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long. From what I can gather there’s a collective “sigh” from about 50% of people and another collective “this should be interesting” from the others. We all know how amazing Idina Menzel’s voice is and
- Nat Berman
Small Wonder: The TV Show I’m Kind of Missing Today
Sometimes when you’re sitting around watching television there are shows that you kind of long to watch. It’s the reason we tune in to TV Land or Nick at Night to watch some our favorite shows from the past. I personally record shows like Growing Pains, Who’s the Boss, and The Wonder Years when they make their annual runs. Perhaps it’s a reminder of my youth, or perhaps it’s just for nostalgia. Speaking of which the network “Antenna” airs Small Wonder on the weekends. I had no idea of this and I think I owe it to myself to watch
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- Nat Berman
Forrest Gump is Playing on AMC Today
If you find yourself staying in today I wanted to let all of you know that Forrest Gump will be on AMC at 4pm today. I bring this up because there aren’t too many movies on my list of “movies I’d watch any single time they’re on TV regardless of commercials,” but Forrest Gump is definitely one of them. Despite the fact that it will take AMC 3 hours to run this movie, it puts a warm feeling in my heart to know that if I’m flipping around the channels that I can come back to the comfort of Forrest
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- Nat Berman
American Crime Story to Take on Monica Lewinsky Scandal
In what could only be considered a very successful season 1, American Crime Story took on the People vs Oj Simpson trial. The show garnered a record 10 Emmy awards for both the acting and writing. Now the show is going after another scandal that took place in the 1990s: The Monica Lewinsky scandal. FX and Fox 21 TV are working together to option legal expert Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President,” for use in the next season, reports Variety. Toobin also served as a consultant for season 1; he
- Nat Berman
House of Cards Season 5 Trailer is “Bringing the Terror”
Only yesterday Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. But another man by the name of Frank Underwood appears to be planning ahead. On the same day as the inauguration, Netflix released a teaser trailer for season 5 of their hit show House of Cards. While we’ll have to wait until May 30th for Kevin Spacey to return to the screen as Underwood, this little teaser gives us a glimpse of what the show has in store for us. While the teaser itself doesn’t say “bring the terror,” the show’s Twitter account literally has
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- Nat Berman
The Supernatural Winter Premiere Trailer Looks Fantastic
It’s hard to believe that Supernatural is in its 12th season and got renewed for a 13th. When you look at the history of television shows, Supernatural is in very rare company for having lasted as long as it has. And if its any indication, the winter premiere trailer “See No Evil” proves that the show has no signs of slowing down. The CW series’ winter premiere (Thursday, Jan. 26, now at 8/7c) makes a compelling case for why the Winchesters are essential to humanity’s survival. According to TVline As we see foreboding snippets of Dean, Sam and their mom Mary
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- Nat Berman
James Cameron Talking to Tim Miller about a Terminator Reboot
This cannot be true can it? Is James Cameron really talking about a Terminator reboot with Tim Miller (Deadpool)? Considering the horrible reception that Terminator Genisys received you would think that the franchise would be left alone. However, you have to believe that if anyone could bring The Terminator back to life it would be James Cameron, the original director of the 1984 sci-fi classic. According to Deadline, none other than James Cameron himself will be bringing the character back from the dead. The Avatar director will regain certain rights to The Terminator in 2019, and the outlet reports that
- Nat Berman
Karen Gillan Has a Great 2017 Ahead with Guardians 2 and Others
Karen Gillan might not be the most popular name in Hollywood right now but something tells me that 2017 is going to be a banner year for the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 actress. Gillan’s actually been in the news quite recently for defending her “skimpy” outfit she wore in Jumanji. According to the Daily Mail Now the 29-year-old redhead has spoken out about what appears to be the totally inappropriate jungle get up for her character Ruby Roundhouse in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, published Friday. ‘There’s a really valid reason why she’s wearing that,’ Karen insisted, adding,
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- Nat Berman
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