Netflix at TCA: Showrunners Talk Taking on JESSICA JONES, More WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, and More

July 28, 2015 by  
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Netflix brought many of its top showrunners out for an uber panel during its TCA day to promote their new shows. (And, naturally, to talk about the lack of ratings.)

Here are some of the highlights about WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, JESSICA JONES, DAREDEVIL, and GRACE AND FRANKIE… Read more

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK at TCA: Live-Blog

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Credit: Netflix

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK season 3 launched last month, and now the cast and creator are talking with press for a Television Critics Association panel.

Follow along for a live-blog… Read more

NBC Cancels WELCOME TO SWEDEN

July 28, 2015 by  
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WTSS2_KA_Vert_revised-1WELCOME TO SWEDEN will end with its current second season, NBC has confirmed. The news was first broken by creator Greg Poehler, via a lengthy Instagram post.

“Holy shit. What a ride!” he wrote. “Due to some craptastically low ratings in the US, WTS is officially done. I am eternally grateful to all of our fans. When you make a show – and write, produce, obsess and and act in it – all you want us for someone, somewhere, to tell you they appreciate it. There have been so many of you in both Sweden and the US that have done so, and every compliment has made me immeasurably happy. So, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I’m sitting here crying, but mostly because I’ll prob never work with Josephine, Christopher, Lena, Per and Claes again. They are among the best people I’ve ever met and I am so so happy and grateful that they let me act with them.

“Regardless, what an incredible journey!” he continued. “I could write for days about it. But I am so grateful to the cast, crew and directors for making Swedish [TV] history. I love you all!…THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! I sincerely love you all. Tears of joy…. The best thing is we live in an age where you can see the remainder of the eps on NBC and Hulu and Amazon and elsewhere (Paul Simon and Jack Black and Neve Campbell and Aubrey Plaza await). So please PLEASE watch them. I think they are great. Toward the end, I finally figured out what I was doing. Worry not. The best is yet to come. For me and for you.”


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SENSE8: Co-Creator ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Season 2, Cast Reflects on Season 1

July 28, 2015 by  
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Credit: Netflix

SENSE8 launched its first season in June, but its fate is still very much up in the air.

“We’re still awaiting word,” co-creator J. Michael Straczynski told reporters during the show’s Television Critics Association panel. “[But] we’re cautiously optimistic.”

If the series does move forward Straczynski, acknowledged he and co-creators The Wachowskis have a five-year plan. “We’re long-game kind of people,” Straczynski said. “[But] it would not be in the best interest of the surprises we have in mind to [reveal it all now].”

For Straczynski — who recently made the trek to Comic-Con to panel the series — he shared that while talking to fans, “what you realize after talking to them is [the fans have] seen it three, four, five times.”

By being on Netflix, “you don’t have to dilute what you’re trying to do by appealing to everyone,” SENSE8 star Brian J. Smith (Will) added. “You can make your thing and be satisfied with it.”

“The whole reaction has been wonderful…it’s gone so well,” executive producer Grant Hill shared. “There are always people it’s not going to be their thing…[but] the overwhelming enthusiasm has been great.”

And the enthusiasm is also felt by the actors. During the panel, they praised the ability to do different takes on the same scene — and the emotions that get showcased in it — over the course of several months (and cities) due to the nature of the interconnected characters.

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MOZART IN THE JUNGLE’s Gael García Bernal to Guest Conduct at the Hollywood Bowl

July 28, 2015 by  
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Credit: Amazon

Reel life will meet real life when MOZART IN THE JUNGLE star Gael García Bernal (who plays Rodrigo DeSousa) guest conducts part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday.

And fans of the show who aren’t in Los Angeles won’t have to worry about missing out — Bernal’s guest conducting is being filmed as part of a season 2 storyline for MOZART IN THE JUNGLE.

MOZART IN THE JUNGLE season 2 will launch in 2016.

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UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Cast, Producers Talk Season 2 and ‘Pinot Noir’

July 28, 2015 by  
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Credit: Netflix

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT will return in 2016 for a second season. And while the show will remain on Netflix for its sophomore year, this will be the first season where the season was crafted while everyone knows it’ll air on the streaming site. (Originally, the series was set to air on NBC before they opted not to air it and Netflix stepped in.)

“I think the tone of the show feels set,” co-creator Tina Fey told reporters at the show’s Television Critics Association panel. She noted people have told her they watch the show with their teens/tweens, so to alter it now would jeopardize that.

But there is one freedom the producers are thrilled to have: flexible run times. Network needs had their original season 1 cuts coming in at 20 minutes and 15 seconds, and Fey noted it would often take two days to shave the episodes down to that length. Now, they’ll have the freedom to go beyond that.

“I think it will be very enjoyable for us,” she said. “We have to be our own guides so we don’t get too fat [in time] or slow.”

For the stars, one of the perks of being on Netflix is getting to launch the entire season at once, which felt “a bit like opening night,” Jane Krakowski (Jacqueline) said. “We made the pure product that [the writers] had in mind.”

As fans discovered the show in season 1, a key moment resonated strongly with many: Titus’ (Tituss Burgess) viral song, “Pinot Noir.”

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Netflix at TCA: Executive Session Live-Blog

July 28, 2015 by  
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Credit: Netflix

We’re starting off the Television Critics Association summer press tour with Netflix. The streaming site’s boss, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix Executive Session, is up first, so follow along for a live-blog… Read more

Rizzoli & Isles | 9pm on TNT

July 28, 2015 by  
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When a sixteen-year-old girl is murdered and left in a cage, Jane and Maura must overcome the ethical dilemma of a psychiatrist and the stiff opposition of a fussy prosecutor in order to find the killer. Meanwhile, Jane has couch issues, and Frankie is seeing UFOs.

America’s Got Talent | 8pm on NBC

July 28, 2015 by  
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Actor, comedian and producer Marlon Wayans joins “AGT” for the third week of Judge Cuts. In this round, the season’s top acts perform for their chance to compete for America’s vote in the live performance shows at Radio City Music Hall. One act will become Wayans’ Golden Buzzer favorite and automatically earn a place in the Top 36.

Tom Cruise and Jimmy Fallon Have a Lip Sync Battle on THE TONIGHT SHOW

Tom Cruise will do what it takes to promote a film.

While Cruise was on THE TONIGHT SHOW, he gamely participated in one of Jimmy Fallon’s more adventurous games — “Lip Sync Battle.” And while Cruise seemed a bit embarrassed by it, he rocked out to his selections. (And helped Fallon out with his second/final song.)

Take a look at Cruise vs. Fallon….

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Paley Center Sets 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview Lineup, Including a Goodbye to CSI

July 27, 2015 by  
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Paley Center has set its fall TV preview lineup.

This year, in addition to showcasing new shows, NCIS:LA will be showcased and CSI will get a farewell panel.

Check out the planned lineup and talent scheduled to attend… Read more

GOTHAM’s Robin Lord Taylor on Oswald’s Season 2 Power: ‘He’s Running the Show’

July 27, 2015 by  
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Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX

GOTHAM’s Oswald Cobblepot has scored his biggest victory to date at the end of season 1: his mentor-turned-enemy Fish is (seemingly) dead.

And with Fish gone, “he’s running things” in Gotham, Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald/Penguin) told reporters in the video below. “He set out to accomplish that in the first season, got it. He’s the king of Gotham, king of the underworld at the moment…we’ll see how long he holds on to it.”

Since there are new villains heading to GOTHAM in season 2, the struggle for power will likely get a bit more complicated than Oswald anticipated.

Check out the video for more from Taylor, including the characters he hopes to interact with in season 2, why the “honeymoon is over” with Jim, and more…

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LIMITLESS: ARROW’s Colin Salmon to Recur

July 27, 2015 by  
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Credit: Kharen Hill/The CW

ARROW’s Colin Salmon has landed a season-long recurring role on LIMITLESS, a rep for the show has confirmed.

Salmon will play Jared Sands, “a former intelligence officer” who now works as a fixer for Bradley Cooper’s Eddie Mora. (Cooper appears in the pilot and is set to appear on the series as needed/when he’s available.) Jared will keep tabs on Jake McDorman’s Brian Finch, the latter of whom is a new taker of the NZT drug — and is now working for the FBI.

Deadline was first to report Salmon’s casting.

LIMITLESS premieres Tuesday, September 22nd at 10 PM on CBS.

Related:

LIMITLESS Executive Producers on the New CBS Drama: It’s an Origin Story
LIMITLESS on CBS – First Look
CBS Upfronts: Nina Tassler on THE GOOD WIFE and PERSON OF INTEREST’s Future; Bradley Cooper to Recur on LIMITLESS

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So You Think You Can Dance | 8pm on Fox

July 27, 2015 by  
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America has spoken! The Top 18 will perform live and two dancers will have to say goodbye. Tune in to the all-new “Top 18 Perform + Elimination” episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

Major Crimes | 9pm on TNT

July 27, 2015 by  
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New information prompts the re-opening of an old kidnapping investigation, forcing Captain Raydor and her Major Crimes Division into partnership with a potentially corrupt FBI agent. Rusty has a major breakthrough in his investigation on Alice Herrera, but discovers he and T.J. are possibly not the friends he thought they were.

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