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‘Survivor,’ ‘NCIS’ Trilogy, ‘Scorpion,’ More Series Renewed in Massive CBS Pickup for Fall 2017

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CBS has given an early renewal for next season to 18 of its top shows, including newcomers “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man with a Plan” and “Superior Donuts.”

Also back: “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Life in Pieces,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Survivor,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

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Previously announced to return were “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” which was recently renewed through the 2018-2019 season in a two-year agreement between CBS and Warner Bros. TV.

CBS announced 18 renewals in all on Thursday. Most of the shows renewed are produced by CBS’ in-house unit, CBS Television Studios. (“Kevin Can Wait” is a co-production with Sony, while “Big Bang” and “Mom” come from Warner Bros. TV and “Life In Pieces” is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Knick’ Cancelled: Steven Soderbergh’s Medical Series is ‘Done,’ Says Co-Star Chris Sullivan

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Bad news for fans of “The Knick:” Cinemax may be canceling the series after its second season. Although there is no official word from the network, it seems like Steven Soderbergh’s medical drama, starring Clive Owen, may not be returning for a third season.

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“Yeah, I’ve heard it’s done,” Chris Sullivan, who played ambulance driver Tom Cleary, told TVLine. “They were gonna try [to do a third season], but I’ve heard it’s done.”

The “This Is Us” star added, “I kind of love that British style: two seasons of tight, compact, good television. The more episodes you have, the thinner the episodes get. So I kind of dig that.”

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

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The Magicians” went into battle on Wednesday night and pulled out the ultimate weapon: a Broadway musical song.

In the episode, Fillory’s High King Eliot (Hale Appleman) is about to enter into mortal combat with the King of Lauria, who has never been defeated. Eliot’s right-hand magician and partner in every crime imaginable Margo (Summer Bishil) gives him a pep talk and reminisces about how well he did in a production of “Les Miserables.” Inspired by that success, she used magic to force him and others to perform the number “One Day More” from the musical in order to get him pumped up for his duel.

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“I just had this idea that going into a life and death battle, there is a great tradition in feudal societies of soldiers »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Teachers’: Why Six Bold Women Named Katie Aren’t Afraid to Get Ugly for Great Comedy

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If you’re wondering what the future of women in comedy might look like, consider Caitlin Barlow’s armpits. “We’re painting my armpit hair on for this episode,” she said to IndieWire. “I grew it out for a week, but it wasn’t dark enough.”

That’s just one example of the sort of creative choice made regularly in the course of making “Teachers,” the bold, profane and hilarious comedy created by sketch comedy group the Katydids and executive produced by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (“Key and Peele”). Having just wrapped the first half of its second season, the TV Land series features Katydids members Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas as an eclectic group of educators who work at an elementary school, doing their best not to warp young minds with their outrageous behavior.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a Secret Even From His Own Cast

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David Lynch has notoriously kept any information about the “Twin Peaks” revival a secret, so much so that even Showtime has had to go to great lengths to come up with creative ways to promote the series.

In a profile with GQ, Watts called shooting with Lynch “a game of guessing and torture, but in a sort of pleasant way, and then not knowing becomes part of the fun.”

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In the interview, Lynch, the cast and even writing partner Mark Frost some of the ways the auteur has fanatically kept his secrecy about the project:

1. Don’t Even Tell the Cast the Revival Is Happening: Most of the returning cast members had no clue that “Twin Peaks” was returning until they read about the news online and emailed Lynch. His response? “I’ll »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Trailer: Watch Ewan McGregor Talk to Himself in First Full-Length Look at Year 3

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Fargo” has been teasing us endlessly with cryptic, 10-second teasers for its hotly-anticipated third chapter, but the FX anthology series has finally released a legitimate trailer.

And it does not disappoint.

While light on spoilers (thankfully, in our humble opinion), the charming cast is out in full force for the minute-long spot. With a two-for-one deal on Ewan McGregor — sporting a springy perm as Emmit Stussy and an impressive bald cap as his twin brother Ray — and Carrie Coon’s Gloria Burgle hunting down criminals, the new trailer (below) offers our best look yet at what’s to come in “Year 3.”

We’ve got official photos below (and even more in the gallery above) as well as the trailer, but here’s FX’s official synopsis, in case you’ve missed it:

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Trailer: See Jonah Ray and Patton Oswalt in New Netflix Revival

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Netflix has released the trailer for its revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” The cult favorite is making a big return this April for a 12-episode season on the streaming giant.

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The revival sees some new cast members, including Jonah Ray (The Nerdist Podcast) as the latest unfortunate host who is forced to watch terrible movies, in the company of his robot friends Crow and Tom Servo. Joining Ray in the Satellite of Love, is Felicia Day as evil scientist Kinga Forrester who terrorizes him, assisted by Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. Dan Harmon and Joel McHale of “Community,” and Justin Roiland are among the writers for the revival.

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The revival has been funded by a Kickstarter »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Southpaw Regional Wrestling: John Cena Stars in Hilarious WWE Comedy Miniseries

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WWE may have a digital hit on its hands thanks to a miniseries called “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” that stars John Cena. The video has been viewed roughly 1.5 million times on YouTube and has a 9.6 out of 10 on IMDb through 72 ratings. Here’s the official synopsis from IMDb:

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A mini-series that parodies 80’s southern Wrestling, “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” is a low budget wrestling show set in February 1987 featuring current WWE superstars playing 80’s wrestling stereotypes building up to the PPV “Lethal Leap year.”

The original WWE four-part miniseries introduces itself by claiming to be footage from a video cassette discovered in the WWE archives of a “renegade promotion” called Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Cena stars as Lance Catamaran, a wrestling announcer in the vein of Ron Burgandy who repeatedly hints at an impending emotional collapse.

“What a week it’s been! »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Shots Fired’: How George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Led to Fox’s Powerful New Series — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Fox’s “Shots Fired” dives into the explosive subject of race-related police shootings by throwing everything you know about recent real-life incidents up in the air.

The new 10-part series kicks off with a police shooting — but in this case it’s an African-American cop who shoots a young white man. Department of Justice investigators are brought in, and they encounter resistance from everyone, including cops and witnesses.

What really happened? We’ll find out by the end of the series, promise creators and executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood.

Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Moyer, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, Jill Hennessy, and Dennis Haysbert are among the stars.

The show originated from something that happened within the Bythewood family, after George »


- Michael Schneider

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Diddy’s Revolt TV Sued for Discrimination Against Caucasian Employees

22 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

Diddy’s Revolt TV is facing legal action over claims of racist treatment.

In a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit obtained by Page Six, a group of white employees are taking on Sean CombsRevolt TV, claiming they were fired because they weren’t young and black. Douglas Goldstein and four other white producers on “The Breakfast Club,” Revolt’s small-screen version of their popular talk-radio program, say that they were treated “worse than other employees who were younger and African-American.”

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Among the complaints are Executive Vice President Val Borland treating the white team with rudeness and condescension, while black employees who exhibited unprofessional behavior were never chastised, her brother Anthony Borland harboring “animosity” towards them, and production manager Charisse McKenzie allegedly defending the lack of punctuality of the show’s guests by claiming a white producer “did not understand the »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Trailer: Netflix’s Internet Porn Docuseries Explores How Technology Changes Us

22 March 2017 8:54 AM, PDT

Hot Girls Wanted” was just the start.

Netflix is releasing “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” which is a six-part anthology series based on the acclaimed feature documentary. Produced by Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, this unflinchingly candid series goes inside six true and personal stories about those affected by the explosion of the Internet, and how it can promise sex and intimacy with just a click.

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One story will follow a young woman who works for Hussie Models, a pro-amateur porn agency out of North Miami Beach. Another story explores the fantasy role playing aspect of the business. One young woman is a cam girl who feels that she fulfills the role of a psychiatrist: “I’m making a difference.” We’ll also meet some of the men who consume this online fantasy, including one guy who »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Big Little Lies’: Shailene Woodley on American Repression, Violence, and Why ‘Every Parent is Afraid of Their Kid’

22 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

During the fifth episode of “Big Little Lies,” director Jean-Marc Valle unveiled an image so instantly satisfying its full weight didn’t register right away: Three women, running together in silence, wordlessly united against the pain all around them.

Jane’s therapeutic jogging scenes have become a staple of the HBO limited series, but Shailene Woodley’s character is no longer alone. Her new equally tormented best friends, Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman), are now running right beside her. It’s a testament to the support needed to survive in a world filled with hardship, but it’s also a conviction of silent suffering. Each woman has a secret. Each woman is afraid to confess her secret, and — as the series so prominently foreshadows — it could end up killing one of them.

Read More: Reese Witherspoon Made ‘Big Little Lies’ Because She Had Enough of Hollywood Reducing Women »


- Ben Travers

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Chuck Barris, ‘Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind’ Subject, Is Dead At 87

22 March 2017 7:48 AM, PDT

Chuck Barris, the game show host whose life was immortalized by the 2002 film “Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., Variety reports. He was 87.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was adapted from his autobiography by Charlie Kaufman, and was the first directorial effort by George Clooney. The film starred Sam Rockwell as Barris, and told the story of his alleged side gig as a C.I.A. assassin in the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the agency denied.

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Barris was famous for hosting the 1970s NBC game show “The Gong Show,” a wacky and free-wheeling talent show spoof which he created and produced. (Will Arnett is bringing a “Gong Show” revival to ABC this summer). Before stepping on camera, Barris created and produced popular game show hits such as “The Dating Game, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Shots Fired’ Review: Fox’s Ferguson-Inspired Miniseries is Messy but Ambitious

22 March 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

Given the success of  ABC’s “American Crime” and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” it’s unsurprising that there’s another limited series about American race relations. However, not only is “Shots Fired” engaging and (mostly) well-executed, it also does a great job of making itself distinct from its predecessors, and stands out for the right reasons.

Shots Fired” opens on Deputy Joshua Beck (Tristan Mack Wilds), a scared cop pointing his gun at a body on the pavement. Blood pours from the unmoving victim as people pour out of their homes to get a better look; more officers arrive to section off the area. Phones come out and start recording. A cop new to the scene gets a little too rough with an onlooker. Tensions run high.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Iron Fist’ Almost Cast Lewis Tan in Lead Role

21 March 2017 2:05 PM, PDT

The widely criticized decision to cast a white actor in the lead role of Marvel and Netflix’s “Iron Fist” became even more frustrating on Tuesday when Asian-American actor Lewis Tan revealed he had originally auditioned for the part before landing a minor role in the series.

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Tan recently told Vulture that he was in consideration to play Danny Rand before taking the role of the villain Zhou Cheng, who appears in one episode of the 13-episode series. Many fans of the original comic book character had lobbied Marvel to cast an Asian or Asian-American actor in the role, which would have marked the first Asian-American superhero to appear onscreen. “Game of Thrones” actor Finn Jones plays Rand in the series.

Punisher: War Zone” filmmaker and former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion Lexi Alexander weighed in on the situation on Twitter on Monday. »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Brian Dennehy Tackles an All-Too-Real Issue in New Clip — Watch

21 March 2017 12:47 PM, PDT

“For far too long, our community has been divided,” declares Brian Dennehy in this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo.” Currently in its second season, the SundanceTV original series looks to draw parallels between its storyline and current events.

Evoking far too many memories of recent police shootings, the upcoming episode of  the SundanceTV original series aims to tackle the all-too real issue as seen in this exclusive clip from the episode “Ticking Mojo.” The clip features the wealthy and powerful Sheriff Valentine Otis (Brian Dennehy) as he eulogizes a young boy in front of the African community he is supposed to protect, much to the chagrin of a mistrusting Hap (James Purefoy).

Read More: ‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: Sundance TV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

Adapted from the second book in Joe R. Landsdale’s popular “Hap and Leonard” series, »


- Juan Diaz

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‘Iron Fist’: The Original Creator Weighs in on the Show’s Cultural Appropriation Controversy

21 March 2017 12:22 PM, PDT

The casting of Finn Jones as the lead in the new Netflix and Marvel superhero series “Iron Fist” sparked a cultural appropriation controversy. Some fans of the comics believe an Asian actor should have been cast to play Danny Rand, a billionaire with supernatural powers who uses his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the power of the Iron Fist. Now, Roy Thomas, who created the original character with ‎Gil Kane over four decades ago, is weighing in on the controversy.

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“I try not to think about it too much,” the former Marvel editor-in-chief told Inverse. “I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have. I mean, I understand where it’s coming from. You know, cultural appropriation, my god. It’s just an adventure story. Don’t these people have something »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Supergirl’ Might Just Be the Show the World Needs Right Now — PaleyFest 2017

21 March 2017 12:22 PM, PDT

Moderator Kevin Smith began the panel for the CW’s “Heroes & Aliens” PaleyFest panel with a heartfelt story of the impact comic books had on him as a kid, and the skepticism he felt when he first heard about the CW’s production of “Arrow.”

“It took me a long time to buy into the CW shows,” recalled the director and comic book superfan. But he’s clearly gotten over it, given that he has gone on to direct for both “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”

“I found something in these shows that I haven’t felt since I was a kid.” Smith revealed. “These people are telling amazing stories — that deserve to be honored, as we’re going to honor them right now.”

Present for the event were Stephen Amell and David Ramsey (“Arrow”), Grant Gustin and Candice Patton (“The Flash”), Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz (“Legends of Tomorrow”) and »


- Juan Diaz

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‘Handsome’ Trailer: Jeff Garlin Is an Inept Detective in His New Netflix Comedy — Watch

21 March 2017 11:24 AM, PDT

Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming original film “Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie.” The detective comedy is written by, directed by and stars actor/comedian Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Goldbergs”).

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Here is the official plot summary for the film: Gene Handsome (Garlin) is an La homicide detective who tries to make sense of his life as he solves crime. Handsome’s knack for solving mysteries is matched only by his inability to make sense of his own problems.

Orange Is the New Black” actress Natasha Lyonne co-stars as Handome’s partner, Detective Fleur Scozzari. Amy Sedaris (“Thanksgiving”), Christine Woods (“Perfect Couples”), Steven Weber (“Wings”), Eddie Pepitone (“The Muppets”), and Leah Remini (“The King of Queens”) round up the cast. The film is co-written by »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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Stella Reunion: Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black and David Wain Struggle With Modern Life in New Sketch — Watch

21 March 2017 10:18 AM, PDT

Twenty years after forming the comedy trio Stella, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black and David Wain have reunited for a hilarious new sketch titled “Rip Van Winkle.” The trio taped the short back in January while in San Francisco to attend Sketchfest, where it was then shown.

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The sketch sees Showalter, Black and Wain waking up after sleeping since 1997, when they first formed their group. The trio struggles with modern inventions, such as a flat screen TV, and confuse their hotel room thermostat with a transistor radio. They also puzzled when they don’t find Oprah Winfrey on broadcast television.

Read More: Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career

Showalter’s latest directorial work, “The Big Sick,” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Black has focused on writing and acting, »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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