‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC After 1 Season
“Downward Dog” is being put to sleep. ABC has canceled the freshman comedy that launched in May, a network representative confirmed to TheWrap. Series co-creator Samm Hodges, who voiced the eponymous pooch, announced the news on Twitter on Friday with a message from himself and co-creator Michael Killen. “Got the very surprising news that ABC is not moving forward with ‘Downward Dog,'” the statement reads. “They loved it creatively and really wanted to make more, but couldn’t find a financial path to do so.” Also Read: 14 Shows That Were Canceled on Awful Cliffhangers (Photos) Hodges and Killen wrote »
- Ryan Gajewski
Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser Join ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’
Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser are joining NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” Graham will play Judalon Smyth, who is described as an emotionally fraught woman who has an affair with Dr. L. Jerome Oziel, Lyle and Erik Menendez’s therapist. Reaser has landed the role of Deputy District Attorney Pam Bozanich, who is assigned to the murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez and has to fight to keep control of the case. Also Read: NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates, Including 'This Is Us,' 'Law & Order True Crime' Additionally, Larry Cedar will portray Milton Andersen, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot
The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »
- Joe Otterson
Ratings: Soft ‘Boy Band’ Premiere Drags ABC Down to 3rd Place
NBC and ABC scheduled a number of summer premieres against each other on Thursday. Ultimately, NBC won that battle, though it was Fox that topped primetime ratings in the key 18-49 demographic, and CBS which landed the most total viewers. For ABC, “Boy Band” began quite soft, though “The Gong Show” at 10 did better. For NBC, “The Wall” outdid its lead-in “Hollywood Game Night.” Unfortunately, “The Night Shift” didn’t benefit much from that boost. Fox was first in ratings with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but fourth in total viewers with an average of 3 million, »
- Tony Maglio
Luke Grimes Starring in ‘Yellowstone’ With Kevin Costner (Exclusive)
The Paramount Network show is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. Costner plays the ranch owner’s patriarch, while Grimes plays his youngest son, Cory.
- Brent Lang
‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018
The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.
The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.
- Stewart Clarke
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Dalal Badr
Dalal Badr is an actress who is best known for her roles in “Caesar and Cleopatra” (2009),”A Brand New You” (2014) and most recently “White Night” in 2017. She is a beautiful girl who has that mysterious Mediterranean look and she looks like an Egyptian princess at first glance. She is a member of the cast of the new television series “The Bold Type.” The show is a spin on the women who work at the world famous Cosmopolitan Magazine. Although the series has just recently launched, it shows promise of being a big hit. It sends an important message
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- Nat Berman
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mickie James
It is hard to believe that the WWE has evolved into one of the most lucrative brands in the entire world. What this company has been able to do over the past 35 years is nothing short of amazing. One component that has been added over the 20 years is a more balanced presentation of gender as far as the athletes are concerned. If you are over the age of 40, you can remember a time when the WWE and all professional wrestling channels were dominated by men, but that is definitely not the case now. There are some outstanding
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- Rick Wallace
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Salli Richardson-Whitfield
There is no arguing with the fact that Salli Richardson-Whitfield has had a long and successful career in entertainment. While she has been open and exposed to the camera and other media mechanisms over the course of a career, much of her life remains shrouded and well-kept. We can’t really blame entertainers for wanting certain parts of their lives to remain private. They give so much of themselves through their work. However, whenever there is a chance to dig a little deeper in order to learn a little more, of course, we take it. Currently, Salli is a part of
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- Rick Wallace
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Damon Dayoub
There seems to be a never-ending and growing list of young actors who are taking the television world by storm. One actor that is not only stealing the hearts of female fans but putting in double time as far as work is concerned as an actor, is Damon Dayoub. Born Damon Joseph Dayoub in El Paso, TX, Damon has come a very long way to display is talent as an actor and entertainer. Not only is a key figure in the series Stitchers, but he also appeared in the television series The Catch. While his female fans are 100 percent
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- Nat Berman
The Originals Season 4 Finale: What Are the Mikaelsons Without "Always and Forever"?
It was a breakup more heartbreaking than any before in The Originals Season 4 finale.
The Mikaelson family has disbanded in order to separate the parts of the evil spirit The Hollow that Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Kol (Nathaniel Buzcolic) each harbor
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- Megan Vick
The Originals Boss Explains Finale's Happy (?) Endings, Praises [Spoiler]'s Cameo and Shares Hopes for Season 5
The Originals‘ fourth season finale could not have ended on a more bittersweet note — music pun intended.
RelatedThe Originals Season 5 Twist Could Set the Stage for Another Spinoff
TVLine spoke with departing showrunner Michael Narducci about the episode’s biggest twists, as well as what fans can expect — at least according to his educated assumptions — from the show’s confirmed (phew!) fifth season. But first, a quick recap:
Vincent’s plan to separate The Hollow into four parts, each inhabiting the body of an undead being with blood ties to Hope, was a success. (Freya nearly had to turn »
RuPaul's Drag Race Finale: Did Your Favorite Queen Win Season 9?
If you still doubt the deadliness of a great lip sync battle, you clearly missed Friday’s season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race: a four-way bloodbath of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.
RelatedDrag Race Reunion: Valentina’s Apology and 5 Other Shocking Moments
For the first time in Drag Race herstory, all four finalists — Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee and Trinity Taylor — took part in a “smackdown for the crown,” a multi-battle melee that alone would determine the winner of Season 9.
The first round found Trinity and Peppermint battling to the tune of Britney Spears’ “Stronger,” which Trinity appeared to »
Stephen Colbert Appears on Russian TV, Jokes About Presidential Run
Stephen Colbert made an appearance on Russian TV, where he appeared to jokingly mull a presidential run.
In a video released Friday, Colbert appeared on “Evening Urgant,” a late-night style talk show that airs on Russia’s Channel 1. The back and forth between Colbert and host Ivan Urgant took place partly in Russian, partly in English.
In the interview, Colbert and Urgant played a Russian roulette-style drinking game with multiple vodka shots.
Lifting a glass to the studio audience upon taking his first shot, Colbert said, “To the beautiful and friendly Russian people, I have no idea why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.” Colbert then took a shot and ate a pickle.
After Urgant took a shot, Colbert asked, “By the way, can I announce something?” He then continued, “I’m here in Russia … I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought »
- Variety Staff
Is Stephen Colbert Planning a Run for Office in 2020?
Stephen Colbert is still in Russia "on assignment" for The Late Show, but he's already making headlines from overseas. The host appeared on the Russian talk show Evening with Urgant on Friday night and may have made his first bid for President of the United States.
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- Megan Vick
Zola the Gorilla Cooling off in His Kiddie Pool at the Dallas Zoo
While the threat of a robot or machine apocalypse is very real in our not too distant future, there’s one species that probably won’t be taking over the human race anytime soon. Even though a new trilogy of Planet of the Apes will conclude with The War for the Planet of the Apes this summer, if you look at the evolution of actual apes, we humans don’t have much to fear, yet. Case in point is this recent 30 second video of a gorilla named Zola at the Dallas Zoo. Zola has a penchant for cooling off in the kiddie
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- Nat Berman
Quiz: Why Are These TV Characters Wearing Eyepatches?
Test your knowledge to see if you remember why these characters have one eye covered. »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Power’: When Starz Began Targeting African-American Viewers, It Paid Off With More Ratings and Subscribers
“Power,” which returns for a fourth season this Sunday, continues to be perhaps the most-watched TV series that the industry still isn’t talking about. But they should be.
Last year, the Starz drama was the second-most watched series on premium cable (behind “Game of Thrones”), according to the network’s data – which cumed more than 8 million viewers per episode via multiple platforms.
Credit for the show’s – and Starz’s – success goes to tapping into an African-American audience that has traditionally been underserved by the pay cable networks.
“The secret weapon is targeting audiences that are voracious watchers of television,” CEO Chris Albrecht said, “and would like to have something on there that is targeted toward them and is high quality.”
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- Michael Schneider
DGA To Elect New President Saturday At Convention
The DGA elects a new president tomorrow at its biennial convention in Los Angeles, and there's a good chance the winner will come from the ranks of its three West Coast-residing vice presidents, as have the past four DGA presidents. If that pattern holds, the next DGA president will be either Betty Thomas, currently the guild's 1st VP; Thomas Schlamme, now the 3rd VP; or Jon Favreau, the 5th VP. The guild actually has four other vice presidents – the national VP and the… »
Broadcasters Look to Extend Lives of Veteran Shows With Cast Changes
When “Taken” returns to NBC this fall, it will look different from the series that premiered last season. Clive Standen will still play Bryan Mills, the ex-Green Beret with the very particular set of skills. But the faces around him will have changed.
Variety learned this week that six cast members will leave “Taken” ahead of season two. The move is part of an effort to creatively retool the drama under new showrunner Greg Plageman. It is also one of several made since May upfront presentations on returning shows. The flurry of changes reflects the effort that broadcasters are willing to exert to sustain returning series at a time when networks are taking a conservative approach to new programming.
On ABC, “Once Upon a Time” and “Quantico” are both undergoing radical casting and creative changes heading into the upcoming season. Both were bubble shows speculated to have been on the chopping block as schedules for next season »
- Daniel Holloway
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