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Steve McQueen’s Scrapped HBO Series ‘Codes of Conduct’ Still Alive, Seeking New Home
It was almost exactly a year ago when HBO was at their peak of executive and creative turmoil. The hugely expensive “Vinyl” had premiered to dismal ratings and reviews (and the second season would be canceled a couple months later), and a multitude of high profile projects — David Fincher‘s “Videosyncrazy” and “Utopia,” the miniseries “Lewis And Clark” — all stalled out.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)
Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday. Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo) Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, »
- Linda Ge
Ratings: CBS’ ‘Doubt’ Is a Dud, No Doubt
Let there be no more doubt about the lack of interest in CBS’ “Doubt.” Wednesday’s second episode of the Laverne Cox legal drama dropped 25 percent in TV ratings from last week’s poor premiere. That decline can be seen in both the key 18-49 demographic and among total viewers.
As such, CBS relinquished the evening’s regular overall audience win to NBC. ABC’s sitcoms carried the Disney broadcaster to the top slot among adults 18-49.
ABC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demo, »
- Tony Maglio
‘Legion': What Does the Story of the Woodcutter and the Crane Mean?
(Some light spoilers ahead for the Feb. 22 episode of the FX original series “Legion.”) “Legion” opens with something of a strange moment in its third episode. It finds Melanie Bird (Jean Smart) talking to her robotic coffeemaker. While she’s waiting for the machine to finish her brew, it offers to tell her “the story of the poor woodcutter and his wife.” Dr. Bird listens to the tale more than once. The moment is important for a couple of reasons. First, it gives viewers some insight into Dr. Bird as she pours out her coffee so she has an excuse to. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Brad Garrett Cast in CBS Pilot ‘The Get’
Garrett is set to play Bill, described as a hardworking reporter who has spent his life working up to the position of executive producer. He joins existing cast member Emayatzy Corinealdi, who will play Noelle, described as a fearless journalist who never backs down from a story she cares about.
Produced by CBS Television Studios, “The Get” follows a team of tireless internet journalists as they pursue and expose stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.
The pilot hales from writer and executive producer Bridget Carpenter and CBS Television Studios. Carpenter previously served as showrunner on Hulu time-travel drama “11.22.63,” which she executive produced with J.J. Abrams. She was a consulting producer on the first season of Abrams’ HBO sci-fi drama “Westworld.” Her other television credits include Sundance TV’s “The Red Road,” NBC »
- Daniel Holloway
Star Renewed for Season 2 at Fox
Press one finger to your ear and get ready to belt out some glory notes: Star has been renewed for a second season.
Fox announced the return of Lee Daniels’ second music drama on Monday.
Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes, TVLine has confirmed.
In a special, post-Empire launch, Star debuted to 6.7 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating. Season to date, it is averaging 4.6 million viewers and a 1.5 rating, ranking third among Fox dramas in both measures (behind Empire and Lethal Weapon, both of »
‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX
FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.
Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.
The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps »
- Daniel Holloway
Paula Abdul To Co-Star As Herself In Kourtney Kang NBC Comedy Pilot
Paula Abdul, who provided inspiration for the story that became NBC's single-camera comedy pilot from Kourney Kang, is set as a series regular in the project, produced by Nahnatchka Khan. Written by Kang, based on her life, and to be directed by Fred Savage, the untitled comedy centers on young Katie (Isabella Russo) and explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She deals with real-world issues like… »
Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' Renewed for Season 2
Fox is bringing back another one of its first-year series.
A day after renewing freshman comedy The Mick, the network has also handed a season two pickup to Lethal Weapon. The drama will be back for a 22-episode second season.
“Lethal Weapon continues to fire on all cylinders,” said network entertainment president David Madden. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank »
- Kate Stanhope
Fox News’ Alan Colmes Dies at 66 After ‘Brief Illness’
Fox News contributor and commentator Alan Colmes has died after a brief illness. He was 66.
America’s Newsroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer announced the news during Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox program.
“We have, yet again, some sad news to report here at the Fox News Channel,” said Hemmer. “Fox News contributor and frequent guest here in America’s Newsroom, Alan Colmes, has passed away.”
Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement to the network:
“Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Dennis Haysbert to Star in NBC’s ‘Reverie’ Pilot
“Reverie” is a drama about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.
Shahi will play that former detective, and Haysbert will play Charlie Ventana, an ex chief of police who started his own security company and now works as a liaison for the company, Reverie, a customizable virtual reality program. He hires Mara Kint (Shahi), his former hostage negotiator who quit after a personal tragedy, to enter the consciousness of one of the comatose users in the hopes that she can negotiate his journey back to real life. Charlie knows Mara’s story well and has utmost faith in her, but the pressure is on to keep Reverie alive.
Haysbert starred on “24” and “The Unit,” among »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
American Gods’ First Look: Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon Begin Their Road Trip Into Weirdness
Buckle up because Starz is revving up for its “American Gods” premiere this spring.
The network announced the series will be released on April 30 and also released a first look at key art from the series. The image features the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) with his bodyguard and traveling partner Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who’s at loose ends after his wife’s death.
In the world of novelist Neil Gaiman, who wrote the international best seller on which this series is based, it’s the strength of people’s belief that give the gods strength, but these days people are worshipping New Gods: technology, celebrity, and media, among other things.
Mr. Wedensday and Shadow Moon are on a cross-country road trip with big goals, to reclaim the lost glory of the Old Gods because »
- Hanh Nguyen
National Geographic and Jason Silva Tell Humanity’s ‘Origins’ Story – Exclusive First Look
National Geographic’s new unscripted series “Origins: The Journey of Humankind” aims to go old school – really old school.
Hosted by Jason Silva (“Brain Games”), the eight-part series tells the origins story of humans, from the dawn of our species, up through now. The premiere episode, “Origins: Fire,” explores the impact that fire had on human history, starting with the first spark more than 14,000 years ago. The episode then recounts the creation of gunpowder; the 1666 Great Fire of London; and the development of the first modern rocket, among other milestones.
“Origins” will also explore the beginnings of medicine, money, war, communication, shelter, exploration and transportation in its first season.
The show will feature scripted sequences, documentary moments, experts and mashups created by John Boswell, the artist known online as Melodysheep.
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- Michael Schneider
‘The Get Down’ Part Two: Exclusive Teaser Trailer Promises ‘Major League’ Music, Sets Release Date
“The Get Down” got people up out of their seats when it debuted on Netflix last summer, but the new teaser trailer promises we haven’t seen anything yet. Come April 7, when the second half of Season 1 debuts, Baz Luhrmann and The Get Down Brothers are going to drop some “major league” music on us.
Better get ready.
The initial six episodes of “The Get Down” premiered in August 2016, earning largely positive reviews overall (and a rave from IndieWire). Starring Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, and Jaden Smith, the first half of Season 1 tracked the rise of a hip-hop supergroup — The Get Down Brothers — formed in the Bronx during the summer of 1977. Simultaneously, Mylene Cruz (Guardiola) gained prominence on her own… with a bit of help from the group’s leader, Books (Justice Smith), and the two shared a steamy romance.
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- Ben Travers
Speechless Season 1 Episode 16 Review: “O-s–Oscar P-a–Party”
On this Week’s Episode of Speechless: Mya’s Oscar party doesn’t go as planned and her support group adds a new member. At the beginning of the episode everyone is looking for Mya’s keys but it isn’t until Ray retraces her steps that they find them. Mya’s Special Needs Moms support group adds a new member named Becca. When she shows up and looks so put together it surprises Mya and the rest of the group. When the Moms show up to the party on Sunday they are wearing makeup and their eye brows are done. When Mya ask
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- Destiny Stephens
Anthony Anderson to Host Post-Oscar Show, Replacing Kimmel Special
With Jimmy Kimmel set to preside over this year’s Oscars telecast, ABC will turn to another one of its funnymen to serve up an after-show this Sunday night.
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Black-ish star Anthony Anderson is set to host Live From Hollywood: The After Party special, which will fill the vacancy left by Kimmel, who typically hosts an After the Oscars edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Variety reports.
The live, hour-long special will feature red carpet interviews from outside of the Governors Ball, as well as backstage moments with some of the evening’s biggest winners. Gma‘s Lara Spencer, »
American Gods: Starz Sets Premiere Date for Neil Gaiman Novel Adaptation
Prepare yourself, because Gods will be among us this spring.
Based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods follows a brewing war between the old and new gods; the old crew feels upstaged by the newbies, who reflect modern society’s obsession with money, drugs, celebrities, etc. The 100‘s Ricky Whittle stars as Shadow Moon, »
Tom Brady Completely Eats it While Skiing and He’s Still Awesome
The only thing I can’t understand about Tom Brady is his relationship to Donald Trump. That’s about the only thing that I know about him that rubs me the wrong way. Other than that there’s very little not to like about this guy. At least from all the public information we have. He’s the best quarterback the NFL has ever seen. He still plays with a chip on his shoulder which I love. He takes the game more seriously than anyone ever has. He’s got a gorgeous wife. He’s got great kids. He eats healthier than anyone on the planet.
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- Nat Berman
Starz Sets ‘American Gods’ Premiere Date for April 30
Bryan Fuller is at the helm of “American Gods,” with Ricky Wittle starring as protagonist Shadow Moon. Shadow is an ex-con who finds himself in a tug-of-war between America’s old gods — the ones brought here via millennia of immigration, like Ian McShane’s “Mr. Wednesday” (Odin) and Orlando Jones’ “Mr. Nancy” (Anansi) — and the new kids, like Gillian Anderson’s Media. America is intrinsically poor spiritual soil for gods in Gaiman’s world, leading to inevitable conflict among the generations of deities.
Other cast members include Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura, Pablo Schrieber as Mad Sweeney, Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Chris Obi »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘American Gods’: Starz Sets Premiere Date, Gives First Look At New Fantasy Series
American Gods, the new Starz series adapted from Neil Gaiman's contemporary fantasy novel, will have its TV bow on Sunday, April 30 at 9pm Et/Pt. And from this first-look key art, clouds and strangeness are heading this way. Before the TV premiere of the eight-episode series, produced by FremantleMedia North America, American Gods will make a public debut at the SXSW festival on March 11. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with showrunners and cast including Bryan… »
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