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‘NCIS': Maria Bello Joins CBS Drama as Series Regular
Per the network, Bello will play an NCIS agent who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army and served two tours in Afghanistan.
Bello will be the agency’s premier forensic psychologist. Unlike the other agents, she can second guess and challenge Gibbs (Mark Harmon), leading to both friction and mutual respect, the broadcaster said. She is a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic. »
- Tony Maglio
Supernatural: CW Showrunner Teases Season 13 Villain
TV Line reports Supernatural co-showrunner, Andrew Dabb is teasing the "big bad" for the drama's 13th season on The CW -- and it's not Lucifer's son, Jack. According to the report, Dabb said, "It’s an old — let’s call him friend — who we have not seen for many years." Reporter Vlada Gelman floated her own theory about who it may be. Check out some unspoiled speculation, after the jump. The season 12 Supernatural finale, "All Along the Watchtower," was a deadly one, with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) finally stepping up and sacrificing himself, and Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) killing Castiel (Misha Collins) -- at least temporarily. Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) also had to watch as Lucifer shoved Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith) into the rift that leads to a post-apocalyptic world, in which Sam »
Showtime Orders Boston-Set Drama Pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
The cabler has picked up a drama pilot “City on a Hill” from the Oscar winners, who will executive produce the project.
Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. The two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.
- Debra Birnbaum
NBC Developing Black Female Mayor Drama With ‘Orville’ Star, ‘West Wing’ Writer (Exclusive)
The series will be set in Baltimore and follows a newly elected African-American female mayor, her female chief of police, and district attorney as they work for the good of one of America’s most dangerous cities.
Abner and Jerald will both serve as executive producers on the project, with Abner also serving as writer. Tom Szentgyorgyi, who has written and produced for shows like “The Mentalist” and “NYPD Blue,” will also executive produce. Sheila Ducksworth and Lavern Whitt will also executive produce. Universal Television will produce.
Jerald will star in the upcoming Fox sci-fi series “The Orville” from Seth MacFarlane, set to debut in September. Her other acting credits include HBO’s Emmy-winning series “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and the ABC procedural “Castle.” She »
- Joe Otterson
Chris Pine, Wonder Woman Director Reteam for Black Dahlia TNT Series
The six-episode drama, announced on Thursday, is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, who in 1949 was given up by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino. Per the official logline, One Day will follow Hodel as she “begins to investigate the secrets to her past,” embarking down a “sinister trail” leading to notorious Hollywood gynecologist Dr. »
‘Angie Tribeca’ Earns Fourth Season Renewal, While ‘Animal Kingdom’ Gets a Season 3 — Here’s When They’re Back
The renewals were announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Angie Tribeca” will return with 10 episodes for Season 4 in 2018, while “Animal Kingdom’s” Season 3 will also premiere next year.
TBS called the casting “a shameless attempt to grab some much-deserved awards attention,” given Cannavale’s past two Emmys. “He is irresistible to the academy,” the network quipped in its announcement. “Fingers crossed!”
- Michael Schneider
We'll Meet Again: New Ann Curry Series Coming to PBS
NBC's loss is public television's gain. PBS has announced its new six-part TV series, We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry, will premiere early in 2018. The docu-series reunites people who connected during dramatic historical events. "This series helps people separated by conflict, war and humanitarian disasters find each other again and reveals untold stories of courage, survival, friendship and even love," said Curry. "This is human history, - not from the point of view of kings or politicians or generals - but of everyday people on the front lines of massive events they have no way to control. Their stories tell us something about what we are made of." Check out this PBS press release, for more about We'll Meet Again. Read More… »
June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99
Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”
Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.
The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. »
- Terry Flores
Jon Stewart to Return to Stand-Up for HBO Specials
Jon Stewart will be performing his first broadcast stand-up specials in more than 20 years. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the two planned comedy specials will air on HBO. His last special, which also aired on HBO, was 1996's Jon Stewart: Unleavened.
Of course, Stewart has been pretty busy in the time between stand-up specials, having hosted The Daily Show for 16 years. Following his departure in 2015, he signed a four-year production deal with HBO. The dates and locations for the new specials have not yet been revealed.
"I’m really thrilled »
‘Game of Thrones’ Hot Pie Actor Opens Real-Life Bakery
On Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” Arya Stark came face-to-face with her past with two surprise encounters. The one that everyone was talking about, of course, was her unexpected reunion with her now-feral direwolf, Nymeria. But the other, less expected reunion was with her former fugitive buddy, Hot Pie, who had the pleasure of informing Arya that Jon and Sansa are alive and have taken back Winterfell. Ahead of his surprise return to the HBO hit, Hot Pie actor Ben Hawkey opened a bakery of his own on July 17 and is offering “GoT” fans in Britain some Westerosi treats. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel to Appear in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
After a six-year hiatus, Curb Your Enthusiasm is returning for its ninth season and it will boast an all-star cast of guests, including Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Carrie Brownstein, Elizabeth Banks and Nick Offerman, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
Earlier this month HBO announced the comedy show's revival, which is based on a fictionalized version of lead star and creator Larry David. The network previously announced the return of series regulars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman and J.B. Smoove.
True Detective Season 3 Inches Closer, Mahershala Ali Confirmed to Star
True Detective is almost back on the case. (Should we crack open a Lone Star beer to celebrate?)
A third season of HBO’s Emmy-winning crime anthology is in the works, the network confirmed during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday. Even better news: Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) has officially signed on to star in the third installment, a casting coup that was first rumored last month.
Shooter Will Be Cut Short Because of Ryan Phillippe's Injury
An unusual accident off set is affecting things on set for USA's Shooter.
The second season of the thriller was originally set to air 10 episodes, but will not only last eight episodes, according to Deadline. The Season 2 finale will now air Sept. 5.
The decision comes after star Ryan Phillippe broke
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- Tim Surette
‘Game of Thrones': HBO Says Final Season Scripts Done, Air Date Still Not Decided
There’s still more winter to look forward to, even in the midst of summer. At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday, HBO programming head Casey Bloys said that all six scripts for the final season of “Game of Thrones” are now in, but the network still hasn’t been decided whether it will air in 2018 or 2019. Bloys says HBO is currently determining the logistics of shooting the final episodes and what the production schedule will be. “It’s a big season,” he explained. “So they’re trying to get a sense of how long they »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Deadwood’ Movie Update: HBO Exec Praises David Milch’s ‘Terrific’ Script
HBO Original Programming chief Casey Bloys told reporters Wednesday that he was impressed by the script delivered a few months ago by series creator David Milch. Bloys said he wanted to ensure that a movie would be accessible to viewers who have not seen the original series, which ran for three seasons from 2004-2006.
“I wanted a script that would stand on its own … I’m happy to say that David totally delivered on that. It’s a terrific script,” Bloys said during the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Bloys quickly cautioned that there are a number of hurdles to clear before the cameras roll.
“If we can do it for a budget that makes sense for us, if we can find a director and we can get the cast together — it’s no easy »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9
Larry David’s been away for a while, but he’s bringing plenty of friends with him when he comes back.
Details are still tight on what/how to expect these cast members to fit into the ongoing adventures of everyone’s favorite misanthrope, but the 10-episode season debuts on HBO in October.
You can watch the Roman-inspired teaser trailer for Season 9 below:
- Steve Greene
HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director
HBO’s latest miniseries is going back to the ’80s.
The network announced that “Chernobyl,” their latest limited series, will follow the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear meltdown that devastated an entire region.
Jared Harris is set to star as Valery Legasov, a Kremlin-appointed scientist charged with looking into the accident that made global headlines.
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“Chernobyl” will focus on the literal and figurative fallout from the incident, but will also highlight responders who went into the area to prevent further damage.
As HBO explained in a statement:
“The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the Chernobyl–2 nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, »
- Steve Greene
Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Team Up to Star in TV Series
“House of Cards” producer Jay Carson is attached to write the script, with Steve Kloves executive producing. Witherspoon and Aniston will also executive produce, with Witherspoon producing through her Hello Sunshine production banner along with her film and television head Lauren Levy Neustadter. The project hails from HBO alum Michael Ellenberg’s newly-launched Media Res banner.
The series is expected to be shopped to networks and streaming services in the coming weeks, industry sources say.
Aniston and Witherspoon previously worked together when Witherspoon guest starred on “Friends” as Aniston’s sister. Witherspoon recently made the jump to TV with the HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” which earned her an Emmy nomination. For Aniston, it would mark her first regular TV role since the end of “Friends” in 2004.
More to come… »
- Joe Otterson
Television Academy Announces Awards Lineup for Creative Arts Emmys
The Television Academy has revealed the awards that will be presented on each night of the two-night presentation of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
As with last year, the lengthy presentation will be split into two nights, Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys will air September 16 at 8 p.m. on Fxx.
The Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, September 17, will present awards for outstanding comedy and drama series, limited series, reality competition, variety talk and sketch, television movie, acting, directing, and writing. The Emmys will air on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert.
The complete lineup is as follows:
Saturday, September 9:
Outstanding Animated Program
Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program
Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance
Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program
Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program
Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming
Outstanding Creative Achievement In »
- Erin Nyren
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon to Star in Morning Show-Themed Comedy
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the A-list duo have signed on to headline a prospective sitcom that explores morning shows and the larger New York media scene they inhabit. The project will be shopped around to cable and streaming nets in the coming weeks (cue the Hulu-Amazon-Netflix bidding war in 3, 2, 1… )
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The project — which would »
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