Lauren Graham To Topline ‘Linda From HR’ Pilot, Recur On ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Coming off reprising her starring role in Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life on Netfllix, Lauren Graham has booked two high-profile TV gigs. She has been tapped as the lead of Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Linda From HR, lifting the contingency on the project. Additionally, she is set to recur on the upcoming new season of Larry David’s HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld and directed by Marc Buckland, Linda From HR… Read
Scarlett Johansson To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ For Fifth Time
Scarlett Johansson will host Saturday Night Live March 11, scoring a fifth time in the spot. The episode’s musical guest will be Lorde, making her debut solo performance on the show.
Johansson’s episode follows the previously announced March 4 episode with Octavia Spencer and musical guest Father John Misty.
Johansson will be promoting her new movie Ghost in the Shell, hitting theaters March 31.
Her previous SNL hosting gigs were January 14, 2006; April 21, 2007; November… Read
‘Unsolved’: Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson & Bokeem Woodbine To Topline USA Pilot On Tupac Shakur & Biggie Smalls Murders
Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Jimmi Simpson (House of Cards) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) will lead the cast of Unsolved, USA’s scripted true crime serial drama pilot that chronicles the major police investigations into the murders of rap stars Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
Written by Kyle Long (Suits), Unsolved, from Universal Cable Productions, is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who is played by Duhamel, author of the book Murder Rap: The U… Read
FCC Seeks Comment On Rule To Let TV Stations Test Next Gen Transmissions
Amid a blizzard of decisions released today, the FCC helped to promote a TV standard that could make it easier for broadcasters to meld 4K programming and interactive broadband data in their over-the-air transmissions.
Regulators voted unanimously to seek comment on a proposal allowing stations to voluntarily transmit signals using the ATSC 3.0 standard — an upgrade from the current ATSC 1.0.
Commissioners made separate statements on the initiative; the FCC says ones… Read
‘Six’ Navy SEAL Drama Series Renewed By History For Season 2
Ahead of its March 8 Season 1 finale, History has ordered a 10-episode second season of its breakout Navy SEAL drama series Six, up from its current eight-episode first season. Production is set to begin this summer.
From A+E Studios and Weinstein Television, and created by father/son duo William and David Broyles, Six has been a strong ratings performer for History, averaging 2.9 million total viewers in Live+3 over the first four weeks. The January 18 premiere drew 3… Read
‘The Get Down Part II’: Netflix Announces Return Date With New Video Clip
Netflix has set an April 7 return date for The Get Down Part II, the follow-up to the premiere season of the Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis hip-hop musical drama.
“Gonna take our music from minor to major league,” says a voice-over on the new clip announcing the return date. Set in the late-1970s South Bronx and focusing on six gifted kids at the forefront of the hip-hop musical revolution, The Get Down premiered last August with six episodes and a cast including… Read
Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolutely Final FINAL Predictions In Every Category
According to La La Land's opening song, "It's just another day of sun" in Los Angeles. And for the 14-time-nominated musical, the Oscars might be "just another award" to win on what we actually hear is going to be just another day of rain. But will Oscar also rain on La La Land’s impressive record this awards season or will it continue its reign? So far it has swept just about every major precursor honor there is, and in very convincing style. But the Oscar isn't just… Read
Dennis Haysbert To Star In NBC’s Virtual Reality Thriller Drama Pilot ‘Reverie’
Former The Unit and 24 star Dennis Haysbert is set as the male lead opposite Sarah Shahi in NBC's drama pilot Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV.
Penned by Fisher, Reverie is described as a grounded and dramatic thriller that centers on Mara (Shahi), 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. Haysbert will play… Read
Pilot Season 2017 Yields Only One Female Drama Director As Diversity Slips Further
Despite so many initiatives across television networks designed to boost opportunities for female and minority directors, those helmers took another step back this pilot season. Of 41 broadcast drama pilots this season, only one — ABC’s Las Reinas — is directed by a woman, Liz Friedlander. This could be an all-time low.
The numbers have been going down the past couple of years. In 2015, there were four female drama pilot directors, two of them women of color: Ava DuVernay… Read
‘Instinct’: Naveen Andrews To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot
Lost alum Naveen Andrews is set for a lead role in Instinct, CBS' drama pilot starring and executive produced by Alan Cumming.
Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James Patterson and directed by Marc Webb, Instinct (fka Killer Instinct and Dr. Death), centers on Dylan, a former CIA operative (Cumming) who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial… Read
‘Keeping Up With The Kattarshians’: Iceland’s Reality Cat Show Becomes Local Hit
Move over Kardashians, there's a new reality show in town and this time it centers around a group of adorable furry felines. That's right, Keeping Up With The Kattarshians is an actual thing, much to the delight of cat lovers everywhere.
A local Icelandic news website has begun live streaming the lives of four rescue kittens – Guoni, Stubbur, Briet and Ronja – 24 hours a day. The show, which is sponsored by the Icelandic Cat Protection Society to promote the adoption of… Read
‘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… Read