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‘American Horror Story’ At PaleyFest: Season 3 Has Witches, Kathy Bates Comes Onstage; Vampire Series Teased

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 9:52pm PDT

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The third season of the FX anthology hit American Horror Story will be about witches and be titled American Horror Story: Coven. The revelation came tonight during a panel in Beverly Hills that closed out the PaleyFest 2013 festival. Of the forthcoming season, co-creator and exec producer Ryan Murphy said, “It’s a really cool story we’ve been talking about for a couple of years, and this seemed the year to do it.” He also disclosed that AHS will be shooting in multiple locations for Season 3 when it resumes production this summer, including New Orleans, after having been anchored to the soundstage during its first two seasons. “We have another couple of doozy locales planned,” Murphy said of scouting out haunted places in which to film for Season 3. He also hinted he may be getting over his aversion to producing a vampire show, and that along those lines he’s had preliminary conversations with FX Networks chief John Landgraf about “a companion piece” to American Horror Story that could conceivably be vampire-based. “It would be really cool to do a couple of different incarnations of the (American Horror Story) idea,” Murphy added, “but I can’t talk too much about it.” The show’s second season, American Horror Story: Asylum, was a formidable demo force in the Wednesday 10 PM time period for FX. It wrapped on January 23. Read More »

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‘2 Broke Girls’ At PaleyFest: No Max’s Mom Yet, But A Lot Of Horsing Around

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

Fans learned that Max Black’s mother might never make an appearance, while Garrett Morris and Jennifer Coolidge proved their improv skills haven’t been diluted by the relative comfort of a successful sitcom during tonight’s 2 Broke Girls panel on the penultimate night of PaleyFest 2013. Moderated by Christina McLarty, in addition to Morris (Earl) and Coolidge (Sophie) the panel included fellow cast members Kat Dennings (Max Black), Beth Behrs (Caroline Channing), Jonathan Kite (Oleg) and Matthew Moy (Han Lee), along with series co-creator and executive producer Michael Patrick King.

Related: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ At PaleyFest: A Tease For Amy & Sheldon

2 Broke GirlsThe discussion was breezy and played to each actor’s strengths, particularly Morris and Coolidge. Early in the evening, Morris drew big laughs when, after the heartwarming reveal that he’s in his 8th year of sobriety after having kicked a problem with cocaine, he quickly reassured the audience that “when it comes to marijuana, its good for glaucoma, good for anxiety.” Coolidge was similarly game for anything, often responding to moderator and fan questions with non sequitur punch lines like the claim that she’d love salmon cupcakes. But laughs weren’t limited to the veterans, as full panel riffed off of topics ranging from the most embarrassing … Read More »

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ At PaleyFest: A Tease For Amy & Sheldon, The Devotion Of Fans

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 10:17pm PDT

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

No amount of cajoling or coaxing lured hyper-cagey producers or cast into the spoiler zone at tonight’s PaleyFest 2013 event featuring CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Moderated by NCIS star Pauley Perrette, the panel was big on camaraderie but small on the news front as series co-creators and exec producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady plus exec producer Steven Molaro joined cast members Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch for a lively and entertaining discussion.

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Producers and cast were resolutely tightlipped but that didn’t deter Perrette and fans in the audience at the Saban or in movie theaters nationwide for a Fathom Events live broadcast from trying. When asked if they’re considering any future geek celebrity guest spots, Prady deadpanned that they’d considered Jorge Bergoglio but with his ascension today as Pope the only show that could afford him is NCIS. When asked whether Amy (Bialik) and Sheldon (Parsons) will ever consummate their relationship, the producers would only say it’s something they’re considering, prompting Parsons to joke that he and Bialik “can’t wait to rehearse”. Read More »

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‘Dallas’ At PaleyFest: Who Shot J.R. Answer In Episode 15; Editing Tricks Saved Season

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Larry Hagman OscarsFans of the Dallas reboot on TNT will find out who shot (and killed) the iconic villainous oilman J.R. Ewing, and they won’t need to wait an entire summer to solve the cliffhanger. Exec producer Cynthia Cidre promised this afternoon during a Dallas panel at PaleyFest 2013 in Beverly Hills that the unknown assailant will be revealed at the end of the 15th and final episode of Season 2 in May, avoiding the possibility a potential outcry from fans such as erupted over the tease perpetrated by the AMC drama The Killing. To do otherwise, Cidre maintained, “would be like putting this great meal in front of (fans) and then taking it away.” The decision was made to kill off J.R. when the man who played him so memorably over a span of 35 years, Larry Hagman, died on November 23rd from leukemia complications at the age of 81. Hagman worked all the way up until his death, which came during the shooting of the season’s fifth episode. In the sixth episode script, J.R. is shot and killed by an unknown assailant, hearkening back to the original “Who Shot J.R.?” sensation in 1980. He’s murdered while on the telephone in a late-night conversation with his son John Ross (Josh Henderson) when we hear gunshots. The scene was made … Read More »

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‘Arrow’ At PaleyFest: Emily Bett Rickards Confirmed As Regular, Plus Trips To WonderCon, Comic-Con Too

By | Saturday March 9, 2013 @ 10:16pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Stephen Amell, star of the CW’s DC Comics-inspired Arrow, was deliberately coy about pending developments for his character Oliver Queen at this evening’s PaleyFest panel. The actor said things are “happening fast and furious now” for Oliver. “We’ve been shooting for just over 7 months. In coming episode 17, things are actually pretty good for Oliver, which means they are about to go really bad.” Producers also confirmed that one minor character will become a regular in Season 2: Emily Bett Rickards as IT expert Felicity Smoak. The character’s bright future was ensured by two things: One, the positive Twitter feedback during her first appearance as well the reaction of Warner Bros. TV President Peter Roth who, Andrew Kreisberg reported, called to say: “I love the blond computer girl.”

Related: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Teases Peter Pan Season Finale

Amell also said Arrow is going to WonderCon this year and that he “can’t wait” to return to Comic-Con as well. He admitted he will miss the anonymity that the cast enjoyed on Arrow’s first visit to New York Comic-Con in mid-October, days after the series premiered. The series, which debuted on October 10, 2012, was picked up for a full season on October 22 and was renewed for a second season in February. Given the show’s success, Amell joked that like his dual-identity character, this year he might have to attend the fan conventions in disguise.
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‘Nashville’ At PaleyFest: “Vague” Talk About A Concert Tour, Sources Of Sexual Tension

By | Saturday March 9, 2013 @ 5:14pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Today’s PaleyFest panel on ABC’s freshman drama Nashville raised questions appropriate for a soap opera: When the show returns on March 27, what heat will develop between Connie Britton’s Rayna James and Charles Esten’s Deacon Claybourne? And when (if ever) will Deacon find out he’s really the father of Rayna’s daughter Maddie? Plus a question from the audience: As per news reports, are the stars of the country music series planning to go on a concert tour? The show’s creator/executive producer Callie Khouri joked: “We might go on vacation.” Added Esten: “I know there’s talk about it, but it’s in vague stages, it would make sense to anybody on some level, but there’s nothing very concrete about it.” Esten added that he hoped that the man in charge of the music for Nashville — T Bone Burnett, who is also Khouri’s husband, would be an integral part of the venture. “I would say again that if it ever happened in any form that T Bone would have his warm and loving arms around it and make it all that it could be”.  Read More »

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‘The Mindy Project’ At PaleyFest: She’s Writing A 2nd Book, Will Do ‘Office’ Finale

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 9:58pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Mindy Kaling confirmed during tonight’s PaleyFest 2013 panel in Beverly Hills that she will be spending her hiatus down time between seasons writing a new book. It’ll be the second book for the former regular on The Office and current creator/exec producer/star of her freshman Fox comedy The Mindy Project, which earned an early second season renewal on Monday despite tepid ratings. During the PaleyFest event for Mindy Project, Kaling revealed that the untitled book would find her looking at “the high highs and low lows of the past 18 months” and would come out “in like a year and a half.” Her first book, titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), was published in November 2011. And she said early in the evening that she will be returning to shoot The Office series finale. “It’s really exciting,” she offered. “I’ve just read the pages, and it’s a really amazing episode of television.”
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‘Parenthood’ At PaleyFest: Season 5?

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 10:32pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

At this evening’s PaleyFest panel on NBC’s Parenthood, the question on everyone’s mind was whether Parenthood will be around to make audiences bawl for a 5th season? Oddly, this question got punted to 15-year-old Max Burkholder, who gamely tried to answer. “I don’t think there’s any way to know, or anything to officially announce, but I’m definitely crossing my fingers.” According to the moderator, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, some fingers are crossed already for Monica Potter to win an Emmy nod. Her character fought cancer this season. He offered that Potter portrayed “the C word, but now there’s talk that she might be a contender for the E word.” Pplot twists have included abortion, illness, autism and heartbreak, but an audience member stood up to show her bald head. She thanked the producer and cast for this season’s cancer story: “You brought the cameras into my life,” she said. Tissues had been distributed in advance to the audience because this extended-family drama from executive producer Jason Katims has a penchant for making people cry. (So did his Friday Night Lights.) The large Parenthood panel included Katims and cast members Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen, Monica Potter, Sam Jaeger, Mae Whitman, Jason Ritter, Joy Bryant and young actors Miles Heizer and Burkholder.
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‘The New Normal’ At PaleyFest 2013: Spoilers, A John Lennon Song, And More

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 10:12pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

At tonight’s PaleyFest panel featuring cast and producers of NBC’s freshman comedy The New Normal, it came as no surprise when show co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that recurring guest star John Stamos, who hosted the panel, would continue to recur as Brice the realtor (Stamos jokingly demanded to know). More surprising was when Murphy announced that one of the final season episodes will feature an entire act with no dialogue, only music. And not just any music: John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy.” Murphy said the song is one of his and show co-creator Ali Adler’s favorites so they asked for permission to use it. “We reached out to Yoko Ono, and she said yes,” Murphy said. “So we are thankful to Yoko Ono. I just wanted to do something different.”  Read More »

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‘Community’ Teases All Puppet Episode, Fifth Season At PaleyFest 2013

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 11:10pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Community PuppetsIt wasn’t until the end of tonight’s Community panel at PaleyFest 2013 that the one genuine piece of news emerged, as a clip of the cast as Muppet-like puppets was shown to those at the Saban Theatre. An all-puppet episode featuring extensive use of the performers in puppet form will air in April and include a cameo from Jason Alexander (though not as a puppet). As the panel closed, the cast mates brought out their puppet lookalikes to revel in the moment. The puppet gambit is in keeping with a quirky series that’s already used stop-motion animation and other creative devices to distinguish itself. Earlier, new show runners David Guarascio and Moses Port focused on this Thursday’s episode that finds the introduction of James Brolin in a recurring role as the long-estranged father of star Joel McHale’s character, Jeff Winger. The installment also features Fred Willard in a cameo, and he was also present during a table read that opened the panel.
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Season 2 Spoilers For Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’: PaleyFest 2013

By | Sunday March 3, 2013 @ 10:19pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Creator and exec producer Aaron Sorkin gave a rough layout of how the forthcoming second season of his polarizing HBO cable news drama The Newsroom will play out in terms of covering real-life stories. He told an SRO crowd at PaleyFest 2013 in Beverly Hills tonight that Season 2 will pick up a week after where Season 1 ends and ticked off the topics he’s tackling on the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN): “The Tea Party/American Taliban, the General Election including the primaries and conventions, Trayvon Martin, the Affordable Care Act, and drones.” He said he’s still unsure whether the Newtown school shootings will be included when the show returns with fresh episodes in June. “That’s a tough thing to write about without minimizing or exploiting it or spreading Cheez Whiz around it. It’s a profoundly important moment, and the last thing you want to do is handle it poorly.” Sorkin explained the show “would simply stop our narrative before” it took place. Sorkin also maintained tonight that he doesn’t want Season 2 to polarize viewers or critics as much. “I hope some of the critics who weren’t happy with the first season will take a look at the second and maybe reassess their opinion,” he said. “But no one has ever won a fight with a television critic, and I doubt that I’ll be the first one.” Executive producer Alan Poul added that part of … Read More »

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‘Once Upon A Time’ Teases Peter Pan Season Finale At PaleyFest

By | Sunday March 3, 2013 @ 4:10pm PST

Paleyfest 2013 Once Upon A TimeOnce Upon A Time may be wrapping up its sophomore season in Neverland. Ahead of tonight’s new episode, the cast and showrunners of ABC‘s fairy tale drama revealed that the first episode in their season-ending two-parter will be titled “Second Star To The Right” followed by the finale “And Straight On Til Morning”. A new character will be teased but not revealed until the third season, which show creators Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz also promised would include the backstory of fan favorite Captain Hook (Season 2 regular Colin O’Donoghue).
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PaleyFest 2013: Accelerating ‘Revolution’

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 10:29pm PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

With an average of 8.4 million viewers per episode, the apocalyptic sci-fi series Revolution has been a relative hit for NBC in a humiliating turn of events that recently saw the network finish fifth — behind Univision — for the first time in its history. Despite that success, Revolution was put on a 4-month hiatus after 10 episodes. In advance of the series’ March 25 return, Night 2 of PaleyFest 2013 featured a Revolution panel with series creator and executive producer Eric Kripke, co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams, and executive producer Jon Favreau. Also along for the ride were cast members Billy Burke (Miles Matheson), Tracy Spiridakos (Charlie Matheson), Giancarlo Esposito (Major Tom Neville), David Lyons (Sebastian Monroe), Daniella Alonso (Nora Clayton). and J.D. Pardo (Jason Neville). The discussion centered heavily on the show’s return and based on what the executive producers said, fans can expect a much more fast-paced experience.

Set 15 years after an unspecified event caused all electrical devices to stop working, Revolution hangs on a heavy myth arc, but as revealed during the panel the series is bucking the tradition of genre TV shows by refusing to draw things out. Read More »

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‘The Walking Dead’ At PaleyFest 2013: Creators, Cast Close & Controversy-Free

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 11:57pm PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline Contributor.

Diehard zombie fans were out in force for the first night of PaleyFest 2013 thanks to the festival-opening The Walking Dead panel moderated by Nerdist impressario and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. Perhaps that’s why Hardwick erred on the side of devoted fanboy rather than penetrating interviewer, giving the event more of a Comic-Con panel feel. Cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Dania Gurira (Michonne), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Emily Kinney (Beth), Norman Reedus (Daryl), and Steven Yeun (Glenn) were joined by series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman and his co-executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert for a occasionally salty, consistently hilarious discussion that avoided any hint of controversy.
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