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TV News Roundup: Mark Consuelos Cast in ‘Riverdale’ Season 2 as Veronica’s Father
Mark Consuelos may be joining the the CW’s “Riverdale” cast for the show’s second season as Hiram Lodge, according to TV Line. Lodge, Veronica Lodge’s heretofore-unseen father, has been stuck in jail throughout the first season due to an embezzlement charge. Per the show’s official description, Lodge is described as a “a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, especially, his daughter Veronica, who is the apple of his eye.” Consuelos’ appearance in the show, however, is dependent on whether or not Fox’s baseball drama “Pitch,” on which Consuelos co-stars, is »
- Erin Nyren
‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Season 3
AMC has ordered a third season of its martial arts drama “Into the Badlands.” Sixteen episdoes will air in 2018. “‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a statement. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride. »
- Linda Ge
Nickelodeon Renews ‘Hunter Street’ For Season 2
Nickelodeon's adventure-comedy series Hunter Street has been officially renewed for a 20-episode Season 2. The show stars Stony Blyden, Mae Mae Renfrow, Kyra Smith, Thomas Jansen, and Daan Creyghton, as five foster children in Amsterdam who attempt to find out what happened to their disappearing foster parents, Erik (Ronald Top) and Kate Hunter (Tooske Ragas). In order to crack the case, the siblings set out on a quest for clues, leading them on an epic and suspenseful… »
‘Powerless’ Pulled From NBC Schedule as DC Comedy Nears Cancellation
It’s the end of the road for “Powerless” — well, almost the end of the road.
NBC has pulled the DC Comics comedy from the network’s schedule and has not yet determined where or when the final three episodes of the season will air, Variety has confirmed. While NBC is not deeming the series is officially cancelled, the writing is on the wall.
“Powerless” being yanked off air comes as network executives are determining which of their bubble shows will be cancelled or renewed for the 2017-2018 season.
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- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Greg Berlanti’s ‘Titans’ to Launch on DC Digital Platform
The live-action “Teen Titans” adaptation “Titans” is back on, this time with the backing of superhero super-producer Greg Berlanti. “Titans” will launch on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018, along with animated series “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the third season of the popular “Young Justice” series. “Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and. »
- Linda Ge
‘Bachelor’ Star Chris Soules Arrested for Leaving Scene of Deadly Car Crash
According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules, who starred on Season 19 of the hit ABC reality series, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident — a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Soules, 35, was not charged with driving under the influence, although TMZ obtained court documents that indicate he was in possession of alcoholic beverage containers at the time of the collision.
Soules reportedly rear-ended a tractor with his pickup truck near Aurora in Buchanan County on Monday night around 8:20 p.m. According to local outlet Kwwl, both vehicles, going southbound at the time of the crash, ended up in roadside ditches. Soules allegedly fled the scene on foot, leaving his truck behind. The person driving the tractor was rushed to the hospital, where »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks
“Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.
“Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.
The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ratings: Fox’s ‘APB’ Ticks Up in Season Finale
Elsewhere, the season finale Fox’s “APB” ticked up from last week in the main demo, and the broadcaster tied CBS’ prime average by that important Nielsen metric.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers.
Also Read: 'Fargo' Season 3 Premiere Breaks Into 3 Million Viewers' Homes ABC was second in ratings. »
- Tony Maglio
‘The Detour’ Renewed for Season 3 at TBS
Created, written and executive-produced by Jones and Samantha Bee, the series also stars Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Daniella Pineda. Season 2 will end tonight with two back-to-back episodes.
“I hear from so many people who love ‘The Detour,’ even my hardcore comedy friends,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “Season Two has been so smart, hilarious and wrong. And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from Jason and Sam, Season Three is going to be even more effed up.”
The series centers on a family of four led by Nate (Jones) and his wife, Robin (Zea). At the opening of the second season, Nate pursues a job opportunity and moves the family to New York City for a fresh start. Everyone is excited except for Robin, whose »
- Joe Otterson
Vince McMahon Biopic Called ‘Pandemonium’ is Going to Happen
Can you even fathom just how big Andre the Giant is from this picture? It’s not like Vince McMahon is a small dude. In fact, quite the contrary. McMahon is as jacked as they come. Speaking of the WWE titan, Vince McMahon is going to be immortalized in Hollywood with a feature film called Pandemonium. According to Deadline: The film is landing at Sony Pictures’ TriStar, with Andrew Lazar producing with WWE Studios president Michael Luisi and Adam Goldworm. Nobody’s talking, but the film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and having WWE Studios involved indicates the project has the
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- Nat Berman
China’s Youku to Make Local Version of ‘Saturday Night Live’
Chinese streaming giant Youku is to produce a localized version of hit comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” following an agreement with NBCUniversal. The show is expected to be one of the flagship programs for Youku’s fall-winter entertainment lineup.
The Youku show will be the tenth local iteration of the iconic “SNL,” after previous international versions were launched in places including France, the Middle East and Finland. On NBC, the show has played for over 40 years with more than 800 episodes aired to date.
“Lorne Michaels has created a timeless format that taps into the prevailing cultural zeitgeist and instantaneously responds with whip-smart humor to national affairs and social trends,” Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Studios. In China, comedy is a popular genre, though current affairs can be a sensitive area and many producers tend to self-censor in order to avoid regulatory interference.
Previously independent, Youku was last year acquired by e-commerce giant Alibaba and is now part »
- Patrick Frater
Chicago Fire Review: Carry Their Legacy
One of the hardest things a human being can do is to gather the strength to be there for another person when they are at their lowest strength. Chicago Fire does that everytime they walk into a building to rescue someone. When it’s someone they love it’s a whole other matter. You can tell the strength of a person’s character by how they choose to stick by the people they love when they are in pain. Casey and Severide have to gather their strength to support the people they love in their darkest hours. Connie comes back from break, making
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- Araceli Aviles
Best Uses of Songs in Movies: “Burn” by The Cure in the Movie “The Crow”
If I’m being honest with myself The Crow is a movie that’s 100% ripe for a remake. On a personal level I’d like to leave it as is and have it forever be an untouchable part of Brandon Lee’s legacy. But from a business standpoint I think it’s the kind of movie that could do extremely well today. Speaking of The Crow, I was at the gym the other day when the song “Burn” by The Cure came on. It’s one of my favorite songs of all-time and I couldn’t be happier that it found its way into the soundtrack
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- Nat Berman
‘Sense8’ Season 2 Review: No More Learning Curve, As Lana Wachowski Revs the Show Forward
The best way to enjoy “Sense8” as a series is to not question it too much. It’s a show that has a lot of complicated elements, with Season 2 continuing to expand the mythology that creators J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis built from scratch in Season 1, but if you find yourself asking too many questions about the rules that govern this world, you’ll find yourself lost in the weeds.
This isn’t to say that the show doesn’t have an intriguing plotline, which only gets denser and richer in Season 2. But you’ll be missing the best aspects of a show that leads with its heart, first and foremost. In telling this story about eight once-upon-a-time strangers who find themselves bonded together by a psychic link, the creators have chosen to celebrate the sense of connection that underlies this premise.
If you watched Season 1, you know what we’re talking about. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Could The Show Girls Pull off a Feature Film?
Recently Girls star Jemima Kirke was asked about the finale of Girls and even though many fans were disappointed Kirke said she “loved it.” But a more important question she was asked is if she would want to do some kind of reunion be it a movie or more television. Jemima said that she’d “love to” and would be very interested to see where the Girls would be 10 years from now. But here’s the question: Could Girls pull off a movie? The easy answer to this one is “of course” and you can probably bet that Lena Dunham’s already
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- Nat Berman
Redone Clips from William Shatner’s Little Known Interview Show “Raw Nerve”
I had no clue that William Shatner had an interview show called Raw Nerve. Did you know that William Shatner had an interview show called Raw Nerve? Turns out this 30 minute interview format series lasted a full three seasons on The Biography Channel. After 32 episodes the show was canceled some time in 2011. It featured Shatner interviewing fellow Hollywood royalty the likes of Regis Philbin, Jenna Jameson, and a whole bunch of former Star Trek co-stars. Recently comedian Joe Mande unearthed some edits he made to the program with comedy writer Noah Garfinkel, and they make it seem
- Nat Berman
Issa Rae and HBO’s Casey Bloys on How ‘Insecure’ Is Like ‘Golden Girls’
“Insecure” is about two young black women. “The Golden Girls” was about four old white ladies. So it drew a few laughs Tuesday night when HBO programming president Casey Bloys invoked the latter show when talking about one his favorite elements of the former Tuesday night at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills.
“The fantasy of ‘Golden Girls,'” Bloys began, as the audience broke into heavy laughter. “Hear me out. I’m trying to make a point. The fantasy of ‘Golden Girls’ is that even at the end, you had your girlfriends with you, and I think that’s a very important part of this show.” He likened the relationship between the four women on “Golden Girls” to the friendship between the characters Issa and Molly on “Insecure.”
“First of all, thank you for being a friend,” Rae responded.
Bloys and Rae appeared together Tuesday night for a Paley Media Council conversation, in »
- Daniel Holloway
Sadly Stephen A. Smith Probably Won’t Be One of the 40 On-Air Espn Cuts
Things haven’t been too great for the “Worldwide Leader” in sports. Espn is struggling due to the continuous decrease in cable subscriptions on a month to month basis. Cord cutting is becoming more common as audiences are finding cheaper ways to consume their media. As it turns out Espn is resorting to cutting a large amount of on-air talent within the next month. According to Yahoo: Espn will part ways with more than 40 people, all of them “talent,” a label that Espn applies to radio hosts and writers (almost all of whom regularly do video or audio), not just
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- Nat Berman
Agents of Shield Review: “All the Madame’s Men” Do Battle
As fun, fresh, and interesting as Agents of Shield has been in the framework, it was just as interesting to venture outside of it a little bit. For the first time in several weeks, we saw a few tidbits outside of the framework, as things really heated up inside. Shield has long been an exciting show, but the framework story has bumped it up to the next level. This week on Agents of Shield: May turns her back on Hydra in the framework, and helps Daisy and the other agents to foil Aida’s plot. Coulson, May, and Mack begin to remember their old selves, at least
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- Nick Hogan
Drone Footage Shows Alarmingly Large Number of Sharks Just Inches Off The Beach
The photo above might just look like some sort of dirty sand cloud in the ocean but upon closer inspection you’ll see that it’s much more alarming than a little dust rising in the water. The cloud that you see are in fact mullet. And the areas that show the cloud clearing up are actually nurse sharks eating the mullet. Dramatic drone footage from high above Fingal Bay in Port Stephens, Australia, has captured the full extent of a shark hunt off the popular strip. During this particular feeding frenzy, authorities were forced to close the beach to swimming, but
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- Nat Berman
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