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Comic-Con TV Trailer: ‘Vikings’ Season 3

By | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 7:34pm PDT

Comic-Con TV Trailer: ‘Vikings’ Season 3Severed heads, torture, epic battles, weaponry galore, menacing voice-over, badass stares — it’s all here in the first-look trailer for Season 3 of History‘s Vikings that premiered at Comic-Con today. The series was renewed in March and will return in 2015. Have a look:

Related: History’s ‘Vikings’ Adds Cast

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Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV Schedule

Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV ScheduleWednesday, July 23 — Preview Night
6-10 PM, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. TV Pilot Screening: Constantine, The Flash, iZombie, Teen Titans Go!

Thursday, July 24
10-11 AM, Ballroom 20
Fox’s 24: Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar returns to Comic-Con to show off highlights from 24: Live Another Day.

10:30-11:30 AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Legends Of TV Land: Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Sneak peek of animated episode of Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.

Related: ‘Star Wars – Episode VII’ Not Presenting at Comic-Con 2014

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EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Network

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT

EMMYS: Overall Nominations By NetworkOnce again, HBO led all networks in Emmy nominations this year, and it wasn’t even close. Here’s a look at HBO’s noms haul in the past decade, followed by a breakdown in who got what this year.

Emmy Nominations HBO Chart 2004 to 2014

 

NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK

HBO – 99
CBS – 47
NBC – 46
FX Networks – 45
ABC – 37
PBS – 34
Netflix – 31
FOX– 30
AMC – 26
Showtime – 24
Comedy Central – 21
FOX– 30
Lifetime – 17
National Geographic Channel – 15
Starz – 11
Discovery Channel – 10 Read More »

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EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Show

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:07am PDT

EMMYS: Overall Nominations By ShowGame of Thrones led the Emmy nominations race, but not by much, ahead of Fargo, American Horror Story‘s latest, Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart. Below we have charts with all the shows, organized by most nominations and by name. We also have a show-by-show index of what each show was nominated for. Read More »

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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Carnival Films, BBC America, BBC2 Chart Historical Drama ‘The Last Kingdom’

Carnival Films, BBC America, BBC2 Chart Historical Drama ‘The Last Kingdom’Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films will travel back much further in time for its latest period drama — a Game Of Thrones-esque epic. The NBC-owned company is teaming with BBC America to co-produce ninth century-set eight-part historical series The Last Kingdom for BBC Two. Based on Bernard Cornwell’s book series The Saxon Stories, The Last Kingdom will combine real historical figures and events with fictional characters during the reign of Alfred the Great, who as King of the-last-kingdomWessex fought off a Viking invasion. Replete with heroic deeds and epic battles, the series will also embrace politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and the universal search for identity. Stephen Butchard (Good Cop, Five Daughters, House Of Saddam) is scripting. Production starts in the fall and casting has yet to be confirmed. Carnival’s Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant will exec produce with Butchard. Nick Murphy (Prey, Occupation) is co-executive producing and directing multiple episodes. Chrissy Skinns (Mr Selfridge) will produce.

The series slots into BBC Two’s strong drama portfolio. On deck, it’s also got the ambitious Wolf Hall, the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

Set in the year 872, when many of the separate kingdoms of what is now known as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, the great kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great. Against this turbulent backdrop lives Uhtred, the hero of the stories. When his noble Saxon parents are killed by the Vikings, the marauders kidnap him and raise him as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are continually tested. On a quest to claim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, seek to recapture his ancestral lands. Read More »

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Comic-Con Update: ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘American Horror Story’ To Make Debuts, 20th TV & FX Panels Announced

Comic-Con Update: ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘American Horror Story’ To Make Debuts, 20th TV & FX Panels AnnouncedThe cast of American Horror Story is finally coming to Comic-Con after three seasons on the air.  The FX show has skipped the fanboy confab in previous summers partly due to its production schedule, however, the Coven and Freak Show cast will be heading to San Diego including Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, new addition Michael Chiklis and exec producer Tim Minear.  The panel, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 PM in Room 6DE will provide a look back at Coven as well as exclusive secrets from the set of the upcoming Freak Show.

Episode 108Also announced today is Showtime’s plan for Penny Dreadful, which wrapped its first season June 27. It will make its Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24th with a 6-7 PM panel session in Ballroom 20, combined with signings and merchandise and a tie-in with the confab that will put Showtime and Penny Dreadful branding on more than 150,000 lanyards worn by attendees. Featured panelists include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. Aisha Tyler will moderate.

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Manolo Cardona Joins Netflix’s ‘Narcos’; Jennie Jacques In History’s ‘Vikings’

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 5:34pm PDT

Manolo Cardona Cardona 1has joined the cast of Netflix’s drama series Narcos as a series regular. Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers on notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and Javier Pena (Pedro Pascal), a Mexican DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him. Manolo, repped by D2 Management, will play Eduardo Mendoza, the baby-faced chief of the National Prison System, an inexperienced, kind, idealistic man-child with a can-do attitude who was wrongly blamed for Escobar’s escape from La Catedral. Cardona recently recurred on CW’s Reign and USA’s Covert Affairs.
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Katheryn Winnick Signs With CAA; Justin Long Inks With Gersh

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 3:05pm PDT

Katheryn WinnickKatheryn Winnick has signed with CAA. She plays Queen Lagertha on History’s hit drama series Vikings, which starts production shortly on a third season. Winnick has appeared in Ed Zwick’s Love And Other Drugs and Robert Luketic’s The Killers. She continues to be managed by Alchemy Entertainment and is with the law firm Jackoway Tyerman.

Justin LongJustin Long has inked with Gersh. His recent credits include TV’s Mom, New Girl and Unsupervised, and he stars in Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion. Long also has appeared in such features as Ask Me Anything, Live Free Or Die Hard, The Break-Up and Dodgeball and next stars in the films The Lookalike, Tusk and Comet.

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History’s ‘Vikings’ Adds Cast

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 1:32pm PDT

Lothaire BluteauKevin durand 1 lothaire bluteau(The Tudors), Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Morgane Polanski (The Ghost) have joined the cast of History’s original scripted series Vikings for Season 3. They join previously announced Ben Robson (Dracula: The Dark Prince) who will play Kalf, Lagertha’s trusted second in Morgane Polanski 1command. Vikings centers on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Bluteau will play Emperor Charles of France, a powerful man who views the Vikings as spiritual and earthly; Durand will play The Wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems; and Polanski will play Princess Gisla, the elegant, self-possessed daughter of Emperor Charles and his most trusted advisor. Vikings Season 3 begins production this summer for a 2015 premiere.

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NBC Developing Event Series About The Beatles From ‘The Tudors’ Team

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 4:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Beatles NBC SeriesEXCLUSIVE: The team that brought to the small screen the story of King Henry VIII is taking on another English royalty, this time in the world of rock & roll. I have learned that NBC is in early stages of development of an eight-episode event series about the Beatles that would tell the story of the greatest band of all time. The series will be written by The Tudors creator/executive producer silvermanhirstweinbergMichael Hirst who will executive produce with Tudors executive producers Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. The project reunites the trio with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, who greenlighted The Tudors while he ran Showtime. The Beatles limited series is part of NBC’s push in event programming area that includes live productions like The Sound Of Music, miniseries like Rosemary’s Baby, and limited series like the 12-part Bible follow-up A.D.

nbclogoThere have been very few attempts to tell the story of the Liverpool quartet — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — on screen. The 2009 feature Nowhere Boy chronicled Lennon’s early years. The Fifth Beatle, a movie about the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, had been in the works with Peyton Reed attached to direct. Read More »

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EMMYS: Creating The World Of ‘Vikings’ From Boats to Tattoos (Video)

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 1:38pm PDT

Vikings creator Michael Hirst had access to a bigger canvas in creating the second season of History‘s epic series which begins with King Horik and Ragnar battling Rollo and Jarl Borg. Bigger meaning a larger set to wage an ax fight in and lose the audience in, with a few boats and extras thrown in. In the featurette below, a number of the show’s below-the-line creatives expound on their challenges from season 2 including costume designer Joan Bergin, DP P.J. Dillion, production designer Mark Geraghty, prop master Paul Hedges, chief make-up artist Tom McInerney, set decorator Jill Turner,  director Jeff Woolnough and key hair designer Dee Corcoran, who says that when it comes to the long hair and beards, “the actors are really into the look.”  Last year the show pulled in three Emmy noms for main title design, special visual effects in a supporting role and sound editing.

Related: History’s ‘Vikings’ Renewed For Third Season

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Ben Robson Joins History’s ‘Vikings’; Rob Morrow In ‘Texas Rising’

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ROBSON-PIC__140528184846-150x150History has added cast to its drama series Vikings and miniseries Texas RisingBen Robson (Dracula: The Dark Prince) has landed a series regular role in Season 3 of Vikings. It centers on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Robson, repped by UTA and Management 360, will play Kalf, the trusted second-in-command to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Produced by MGM Television, Vikings Season 3 begins production this summer for a 2015 premiere.

Related: Rhys Coiro & Joe Egender Join History’s ‘Texas Rising’

robmorrowRob Morrow has joined the cast of Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ThinkFactory Media. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project, which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Morrow, repped by Gersh, Berwick & Kovacik, and Jackson Tyerman, will play Col. Fannin, a passionate member of the Texas Army who follows his heart instead of orders. He next will be seen in the upcoming John Carney film Begin Again.

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‘Extant’ To Blast Off On UK’s Amazon Prime Instant One Day After U.S. Broadcast

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 2:55am PDT

AmazonPrimeInstantVideo__140423194249-575x164In its continued push to entice UK viewers with first-run series, Amazon Prime Instant Video has acquired exclusive rights to Halle Berry sci-fi thriller Extant. The CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television co-production will air on the service one day after the U.S. broadcast. It launches Stateside on CBS on July 9 and will be available in the UK on July 10. Subsequent episodes will follow the same pattern. Berry plays an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history. Goran Visnjic, Camryn Manheim, Michael extantO’Neill, Hiroyuki Sanada, Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer also star. Amazon folded its LoveFilm streaming service into its British website in February, combining it with Amazon Prime to effectively create the UK’s largest digital TV and film streaming provider. With a catalog of over 15,000 movies and TV episodes, it’s the main rival to Netflix. Among its TV offerings are The Walking Dead and Vikings which are also available the day after their U.S. broadcast. Amazon has pledged to increase its investment in original programming, and made good on the promise when it rode to the rescue of cancelled BBC drama Ripper Street earlier this year. The 3rd season commission started shooting last week in Manchester.

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Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Fall Schedule 2014Animation domination no more. Fox is abandoning its all-animated Sunday comedy block and reverting to a mix of live-action and animated comedies on the night, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and newbie Mulaney joining The Simpsons and Family Guy. Meanwhile, for the first time since its launch, Glee is not on in the fall schedule for its final season. Here is Fox’s fall schedule, followed by analysis and description of the network’s new series.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY Read More »

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2014-15 Fox Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

2014-15 Fox Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY

Related: Fox New Series First Looks: Video

2014-2015 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

New Dramas – Fall

GOTHAM – Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise … Read More »

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘24: Live Another Day’ Debuts Solid

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 10:22am PDT

24 Live Another Day RatingsUPDATE, 10:22 PM: Turns out Jack is back even a little bit more. Time zone adjusted ratings are in via Nielsen and the 24: Live Another Day premiere rose up to a 2.6 among Adults 18-49. Perhaps more importantly for Fox, that’s a 94% retention from the show’s Season 8 finale 2.8 result back on May 24, 2010. In terms of viewership, the time zone adjusteds also inched up the 2-hour return of Jack Bauer to 8.1 million. 

PREVIOUS, 8:08 AM: After weeks of Fox promotion and #JackIsBack on social media, the event series 24: Live Another Day (2.5/8) premiered last night. Bringing back anti-terrorism super-agent Jack Bauer after four years in both real time and TV time, the Kiefer Sutherland-starring series bounced right back into the game. The two-hour debut dipped just 10% from the 2.8/8 rating that the two-hour Season 8 finale of 24 pulled on May 24, 2010. In a time when network viewership across the board was about 27% higher than today, that Monday show drew 9 million viewers. Last night’s 24: Live Another Day had 7.98 million viewers from 8-10 PM. It’s worth noting that a 2.8 rating and 9.1 million viewers is also the Season 8 average for the last cycle of 24. This latest version of the world-saving adventures of Jack, Chloe O’Brien and the gang runs for 12 episodes with a July 14 finale.

Related: Photo Gallery: The Best Of ‘24’ & Jack Bauer

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UPDATE: Hollywood Guests At 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 5:06pm PDT

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2ND UPDATE, 5:06 PM: The Atlantic is bringing a number of D.C. players to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — TV D.C. players, this is. The magazine’s guest list includes several cast members from Netflix’s House Of Cards: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Gill, Mahershala Ali and Molly Parker, along with the show’s creator-writer Beau Willimon. Cynthia Nixon of Amazon’s Alpha House also is on the list.

UPDATE, 1:45 PM: Reuters and CNN have unveiled their guests for Saturday’s shindig, with the former adding among others Unbroken lead Jack O’Connell, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn and Revenge‘s Madeline Stowe, and CNN hosting Diane Lane.

PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY PM: Awards season has receded in Hollywood, but Washington D.C. is getting ready for its biggest party weekend of the year with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s an even bigger deal this year as Saturday’s event will be the centennial dinner for the White House Correspondents Association. Joel McHale will be providing the headlining laughs at the self-described Nerdprom this year, but of course it’s President Obama who is the real marquee act. Read More »

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MGM Joins Studios That Sell Movies To Comcast Customers

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 6:26am PDT

Comcast-new-logo__130212144603-200x112Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA – April 30, 2014 – Comcast and MGM Television (MGM) today announced that Comcast will begin to make MGM content available through the Xfinity On Demand digital store. Xfinity TV customers can own and access movies anytime, anywhere, on any device, often before the DVD release.

The list of stellar MGM fan favorites to be added to the Xfinity On Demand store will include: Bull Durham, Capote, Carrie (2013), Fargo, The Graduate, Hoosiers, Hot Tub Time Machine, Legally Blonde, The Princess Bride, the Rocky franchise, Skyfall, The Silence Of The Lambs, The Usual Suspects, Thelma & Louise, West Side Story and When Harry Met Sally as well as the hit television series Vikings. MGM’s content will debut on Comcast with the 2014 film RoboCop on Digital HD on May 20, 2014.

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