Chicago P.D. Promotes Tracy Spiridakos to Series Regular for Season 5
Chicago P.D. is losing Det. Erin Lindsay, but the Intelligence unit won’t be without some girl power this fall.
Tracy Spiridakos, who recurred as Det. Hailey Upton during Season 4 of the NBC drama, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming run, TVLine has learned.
A member of the robbery homicide unit, Upton clashed with Voight when she was first introduced in a May episode. She eventually earned the Sergeant’s respect — and even a spot on his unit while Burgess took a leave of absence. »
Leonardo DiCaprio Developing ‘The Right Stuff’ as National Geographic Scripted Series
National Geographic is developing a scripted series adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson are serving as executive producers. Will Staples will write and executive produce.
The project is part of a new scripted development deal at National Geographic with DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Based on the 1979 book by Wolfe, “The Right Stuff” tells the story of the U.S. fighter pilots who tested the early aircraft and rockets that became the foundation of the American space program, and of the first Mercury astronauts. The book was adapted into a 1983 feature film.
“Having already had a rich relationship with Leonardo, Jennifer and their production company Appian Way on ‘Before the Flood,’ I’m excited to work with them in a scripted capacity,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks. “With ‘The Right Stuff,’ we’re looking at moment in time where the »
- Daniel Holloway
The Flash's Jessica Camacho Joins Taken Season 2 as a Series Regular
As we previously reported, Taken is shedding six series regulars — Gaius Charles (John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) — under new showrunner Greg Plageman. Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart) are the only two regulars returning.
Camacho, whose TV credits also include Sleepy Hollow and Last Resort, is set to play Santana, a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain who possesses an acerbic wit and calculated bravado. Her forte is logistics.
Taken‘s 16-episode second season was recently bumped from fall to midseason to give Plageman more time to execute his new vision for the series.
Comedy Central Orders More ‘President Show,’ ‘Jim Jefferies Show,’ New Hasan Minaj Sketch Special
Comedy Central has extended the series orders for both “The President Show” and “The Jim Jefferies Show,” in addition to ordering a new sketch comedy special from Hasan Minaj, the network announced Tuesday at the TCA summer press tour.
The Jim Jefferies Show” has received an order for 10 additional episodes. The series, which features the titular Australian comedian tackling politics and world issues, will see original episodes air through August 15. After a brief hiatus, new episodes from this extension will begin on Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt, following the fall season premiere of “Tosh.0.”
“I’m very grateful to Comedy Central for making our relationship more official,” said Jefferies. “Like all my relationships, I look forward to a few more months with Comedy Central before it starts crying outside of a bar at 2am. Or spray paints ‘liar’ on the side of my car.”
“Jim Jefferies continues to surprise me,” said »
- Joe Otterson
Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, The Weeknd Lead MTV Video Music Awards Nominations
Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry and The Weeknd lead nominations for the 2017 Video Music Awards (VMAs), MTV announced Tuesday. Rather than release the full list all at once, MTV opted to unfold each category one-by-one and via Instagram Live. According to a statement from the network, this is an unprecedented move, as no other award show has ever utilized Instagram Live to deliver its full list of nominees. Also noteworthy is the award show’s list of categories. As with this year’s “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” the VMAs will feature “genderless” categories. Former “Best Male Video” and “Best Female Video” categories are. »
- Ashley Eady
‘Stranger Things’ Creators Tease Show’s Endgame and the Timetable of Future Seasons
While we’re only just getting to Season 2, the creators of Stranger Things are already thinking about the wildly popular show’s endgame. The Netflix original series seemingly popped out of nowhere when it debuted last year, surging organically (i.e. without some crazy marketing campaign or massive movie stars) to become a bona fide sensation. The 80s-set series touches on the nostalgia for the work of folks like Steven Spielberg and Stephen King while also very much exploring and creating its own story and set of rules, not to mention memorable characters. The finale of the first … »
- Adam Chitwood
Abbi Jacobson to Lead Voice Cast for Netflix's Animated Matt Groening Comedy
The company announced Tuesday that it has officially picked up 20 episodes of adult animated comedy fantasy Disenchantment.
The series, news of which first leaked in January 2016, takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland. The series follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, »
- Lesley Goldberg
Blood Drive's Colin Cunningham Details the Evolution of Slink — Plus: How He Asked for (And Got) Full Frontal Nudity
Blood Drive‘s titular race for years had been a subversive affair sneaked to lookie-loos via closed-circuit TV. But as the gauntlet gained a following, evil overlord Heart Enterprises stepped forward with a national broadcast and (gasp/ugh) “notes.”
Julian Slink — the race’s Master of Mayhem — at first waved off the input, steadfastly “trying to retain his integrity as an artist, to come up with something of worth that is meaningful,” says portrayer Colin Cunningham. Or at least “something of worth” as pertains a contest where the cars are fueled by ill-gotten human blood. But in this Wednesday’s »
Will Packer Crafts Content Production Pact for ‘All Screens’
Will Packer wasn’t satisfied with his options for setting up a new TV production pact. So he tackled the problem like an entrepreneur, setting up an unusual partnership with Discovery Communications, Own, and Universal Pictures that gives him much more flexibility to tackle film, TV, and digital projects in all shapes and sizes, from miniseries to short-form branded digital content.
“We wanted to put ourselves in a position to expand beyond the traditional TV model and produce content for all screens and all formats,” Packer told Variety. “We wanted to get our production business in line with the democratization of media that is happening right now. We want to be able to get the right content to consumers in the way they want »
- Cynthia Littleton
Game of Thrones: In Defense of Theon's "Cowardly" Decision
A lot of you out there were understandably upset at Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) in this week's episode of Game of Thrones, as the young squid opted to jump ship rather than engage in battle with his uncle Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), who held Theon's sister Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) hostage as his
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- Tim Surette
Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat Say Goodbye to Twelve
The time has almost come to say goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and while it's exciting to prepare for the arrival of the first female Doctor, it's still hard bidding adieu to a character as awesome as Twelve.
If you weren't already emotional about it, Capaldi's answer about how hard
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- Lindsay Macdonald
‘Mr. Mercedes’: Stephen King Novel’s Terror Threat Won’t Echo Manchester Concert Attack
The Manchester, UK, terror attack this past May eerily mirrored a similar event in Stephen King’s novel “Mr. Mercedes.” Producers behind Audience Network’s upcoming adaptation of the novel confirmed that they changed that central event for the series, in a way that won’t be revealed here.
At Tuesday’s Television Critics Association press tour panel for the series, director Jack Bender said that the show’s choice to change that framework was decided early on and was a “better way to make it a potentially more catastrophic event.”
On May 22, a young male suicide bomber walked into the foyer of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena and detonated a nail bomb that he had strapped to himself, killing 22 people (one child as young as 8 years old) and injuring 250. In the novel “Mr. Mercedes,” the killer Brady Hartsfield, who is being pursued by detective Bill Hodges, also »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Game of Thrones’: 5 Moments From Arya’s Journey That Prove She’s Not Beyond Saving
Of all the characters on “Game of Thrones,” it’s Arya Stark whose soul we worry for most. As played by the adorable Maisie Williams, we’ve not only watched her grow up on screen, but become more and more confident… and deadly.
Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Family Means Nothing in ‘Stormborn,’ As History Begins to Die Too
One of the last living Starks has amounted quite the body count over the past seven seasons (including the Season 7 cold open, in which she wiped out everyone who participated in the Red Wedding with poisoned wine). But while we worry that the darkness inside her, as identified by Melisandre, might be all-consuming, there’s still a chance that she’ll be able to reclaim the spark of goodness that she, like all Starks, has inside her. And, looking back on the show, there are some moments where this is all too clear. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
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