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'Stargate' Revived as MGM Launches Digital Franchise Destination
After a feature film and a number of TV series spinoffs, the Stargate franchise is coming back to life.
Producers MGM have revived the franchise as a 10-episode digital series — Stargate Origins — that will live exclusively on a dedicated subscription-based platform called Stargate Command.
The new series, which will feature 10-minute episodes, will follow fan-favorite character Catherine Langford (originally played by Elizabeth Hoffman) and explore a new chapter in her early history surrounding the portal. Young Catherine embarks on a new unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save the Earth »
- Lesley Goldberg
Timeless @ Comic-Con: One Mother of a Villain and More Season 2 Preview
Timeless, NBC’s miraculous comeback show, celebrated its surprise un-cancellation/Season 2 renewal during its San Diego Comic-Con panel on Thursday.
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As a reward for all the fans’ love and devotion, co-creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan dropped some tiny teasers about Season 2. (The writers’ room doesn’t start up until September, with an eye on a spring/summer 2018 premiere, so not much is set in stone yet.)
“Lucy’s mom [played by Susanna Thompson] is going to be one of the major Big Bads,” Kripke previewed. “And Rittenhouse does have their hands on the time machine. »
‘Wonder Woman’ Star Saïd Taghmaoui Joins ‘Legion’ Season 2
“Wonder Woman” star Saïd Taghmaoui will play Amahl Farouk — aka the Shadow King — in “Legion” season two. Noah Hawley, the creator of the FX drama series based on Marvel’s X-Men comics, announced the casting Thursday at Comic-Con.
“We are going to meet the Shadow King,” Hawley said.
The Shadow King was played in season one by Aubrey Plaza, who portrayed the character in the guise of protagonist David Haller’s friend Lenny, and Quinton Boisclair, who portrayed him as a monster who haunted Haller. Both actors will appear as those iterations of the character in season two.
The Shadow King was the only “Legion” character besides Haller taken from the Marvel comic books. All the other characters were original creations for the show. Executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who also produced Fox’s “X-Men” films, said that the character had originally been considered for a role in those movies. »
- Daniel Holloway
BBC Says New ‘Doctor Who’ Actress Will Be Paid Same as Current Star
The first female Doctor will have to continue the fight to preserve hope and light in the universe, but there is one thing she won’t have to struggle for: pay parity with her male predecessor.
The news comes on the heels of the recent firestorm faced by the BBC after its top stars’ salaries were released and it was revealed that the highest-paid female celebrity, Claudia Winkleman, makes less than a quarter of the highest-paid male star, “Top Gear’s” Chris Evans, each year. In addition, only one-third of stars making over $194,000 (£150,000) per year are female.
Hall added that he was very pleased with the appointment of a female Time Lord.
“And I do think it is time for [the] 13th Time Lord to be a »
- Erin Nyren
Michael Shannon Joins David O. Russell’s Drama Series at Amazon (Exclusive)
The highly anticipated series landed with Amazon and the Weinstein Co. last fall after a competitive bidding war for the project, which has De Niro and Moore starring and Russell writing and directing.
Amazon has committed to two eight-episode seasons of the series, which will be produced by Russell, Alexandra Milchan, and Scott Lambert, who developed the project with Russell. Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison are executive producers.
The project is being described as a mafia crime series; details beyond that, however, are vague. The details of Shannon’s role are also currently unknown.
Production is expected to start later this year in New York.
The casting marks Shannon’s return to television after playing federal agent-turned-Al Capone soldier George Mueller on the HBO mob drama “Boardwalk Empire »
- Justin Kroll
New Flash Season 4 To Bring Back Dangerous Peek-a-Boo Teleporter, New Details
According to a recent report from Cinemablend, The Flash season 4 crew has gone and rehired actress Britne Oldford to come back and reprise her role as villain Shawna "Peek-a-Boo" Baez (above)! It’s believed that she will once again cause some major problems for Team Flash. The last time we saw her in action was way back in the 12th episode of the very first season which was labeled, “Crazy For You." Barry aka The Flash was eventually able to put her madness to an end by taking out all the lights in the city which halted her teleportation abilities. From there, she was imprisoned within the power-muting pipeline with all the other villains. However, in episode 22 of that same season, it was revealed that Peek-a-Boo was set free after characters Leonard Snart and Lisa Snart attacked the truck that was hauling the meta-villains away from S.T.A.R. »
- Andre Braddox
‘The Originals’ to Conclude After 5 Seasons on The CW
The CW’s “The Originals” will come to an end after five seasons, showrunner Julie Plec announced on Twitter on Thursday. “It’s both a gift and a burden to be able to control the ending of a series,” Plec wrote. “Many shows are not lucky enough to have a hand in deciding when the end has come. Being able to celebrate the completion of ‘The Vampire Diairies’ was a joyful and deeply emotional ride, a luxury gifted by Mark Pedowitz at The CW and Peter Roth at Wbtv, who, as TV fans themselves, know what it means when a fan is. »
- Reid Nakamura
Ryan Seacrest to Host ABC’s ‘American Idol’
Ryan Seacrest will reprise his role as “American Idol” host on the upcoming ABC revival, Kelly Ripa revealed Thursday morning on the duo’s syndicated daytime talker, “Live.” Seacrest will stay aboard their daily Disney-abc production in New York City, where they built the guy his own radio studio just to continue broadcasting “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”
The busiest man in show-business has hosted “Idol” since its 2002 inception on Fox. Back in Season 1, the radio personality split the duties with stand-up comedian Brian Dunkleman.
The nationwide search for the next American. »
- Tony Maglio
Jason Bateman Says Arrested Development Season 5 Will Revolve Around a Huge Mistake, Specifically Murder
First, there was “Who shot J.R.?” Then, there was “Who killed Laura Palmer?” And now, we’re apparently getting “What happened to Lucille Two?” According to Jason Bateman, who knows a thing or two about serious dramas now, the fifth season of Arrested Development will center on a murder mystery, specifically the death of Liza Minnelli’s Lucille Austero. »
- Jackson McHenry
And the Title of American Horror Story Season 7 Is...
After sharing a multitude of teases for American Horror Story's seventh season -- ranging from bees to clowns to intriguing dye jobs -- producer Ryan Murphy finally revealed the title. So without further adieu, get ready for American Horror Story: Cult.
Clues were first teased at San Diego Comic-Con
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- Sadie Gennis
‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Defend New Slavery Drama ‘Confederate’: ‘This is Scary For All of Us’
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no strangers to controversy — the showrunners’ hit series “Game of Thrones” has generated its fair share of headlines throughout its run. But the announcement of their next project, titled “Confederate” — which imagines an alternate timeline, where the southern states have seceded from the Union and slavery is legal — sparked a firestorm of backlash on social media.
Critics questioned the decision to have the drama be told by two white men, although Benioff and Weiss will be working on the project along with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Justified,” “The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”).
The producing team defended the project in an interview with Vulture, urging patience given that no scripts have even been written yet.
“Everything is brand new and nothing’s been written,” said Weiss. “I guess that’s what was a little bit surprising about some of the outrage. It’s just a little premature. You »
- Debra Birnbaum
What’s Next In Handmaid’s Tale Season 2?
It was a page straight out of their very own dystopian MGM/Hulu TV drama series. It was the day of November 8. Election day. Elisabeth Moss was hanging out at the Drake Hotel with fellow Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano and a few other people. Most of the Americans were still at the polls, voting for their president. Moss remembered not worrying about her lines and just relaxing, taking in the moment. It wasn’t her usual work ethic, but today was a very special day because it would be a historic moment. The very first female president would be elected
What’s Next In Handmaid’s Tale Season 2? »
- Nat Berman
Donald Trump To Name Financier/Sean Hannity Pal Anthony Scaramucci New Communications Director: Report
President Trump is expected to announce Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his White House communications director, web site Axios reports. The role has been vacant since Mike Dubke resigned in May after just a few months on the job. Sean Spicer has been handling those duties since Dubke left. It’s unclear what would be Spicer’s role going forward. The plan came as a surprise to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who found out after the plans had already been made… »
Stephen Colbert Presents Result Of ‘Late Show’s Russian Pee Pee Tape Probe
Kicking off his Night 4 of Russia Week, Late Show host Stephen Colbert said he took the trip to investigate the infamous dossier report that President Donald Trump hired prostitutes to pee on the bed at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite where the Obamas once stayed. He again credited his showrunner Chris Licht with the idea of the Russian road trip, Colbert having insisted that “no one’s going to be talking about Russia in the summer.” Accommodatingly, the day… »
Marvel's Inhumans: Medusa's Hair Puts Maximus in Chokehold in New Trailer
Marvel’s Inhumans made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, unspooling a new IMAX trailer for attendees in Ballroom 20.
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The two-minute sneak peek features our first glimpse at Medusa’s hair-raising abilities, as King Black Bolt’s resilient warrior wife goes after power-hungry brother-in-law Maximus. In the footage, Maximus also warns Black Bolt of what the humans might do if they were to discover their superhuman species.
“Brother, sooner or later the humans are going to find us. Their first course of action will be to try and destroy us, »
‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Debuts Imax Trailer & Footage Revealing Hair-Raising Action — Comic-Con
Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb, with his endless amount of energy, got the crowd riled up to welcome the cast and crew of the ABC superhero series Marvel’s Inhumans at Comic-Con today. Loeb was joined onstage by Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ken Leung, Ellen Woglom, Sonya Balmores and Mike Moh as well as director Roel Reine and showrunner Scott Buck. The show tells the story of the Inhuman Royal Family and how they escape to… »
TBS Unveils Three Original Animated Series, Teases New ‘American Dad!’ Episodes (Exclusive)
TBS fans are about to be bombarded with an array of animated original series, Variety has confirmed at Comic-Con.
The TBS animation panel at the San Diego convention released four never-before-seen clips of their upcoming series — “Close Enough,” “Final Space,” and “Tarantula” — as well as a look into the next season of “American Dad!” exclusively to Variety on Thursday evening. The panel was moderated by “People of Earth” star Brian Huskey and featured TBS’ Matt Weitzman, Carson Mell, Olan Rogers, David Sacks, and J.G. Quintel.
Weitzman, the co-creator and executive producer of “American Dad!,” showcased a sneak peek into the Smith world as Stan attempts to help his daughter, Hayley, who intends to never show her face again. Unfortunately, Stan’s solution is to simply drug his daughter and reconstruct her face with his own (lack of) expertise. The new episodes premiere Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. Et on TBS. See »
- Dixie Limbachia
‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Iwan Rheon Feared Being Typecast With ‘Inhumans’ Role
“Game of Thrones” alum Iwan Rheon was initially reluctant to take on his role in Marvel’s “Inhumans” for fear that it was too close to the character he had just played on the HBO drama — the villainous Ramsay Bolton.
“My fear was that … fear of being typecast and just repeating myself,” said Rheon, who plays antagonist Maximus in the upcoming ABC series, to moderator and Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb. “But as I looked at it more and more, I realized that wasn’t what you were trying to create with this show.
Loeb introduced three scenes from the premiere episode of “Inhumans,” as well as a trailer set to premiere ahead of the upcoming Christopher Nolan film “Dunkirk.” In the first of the three scenes, which Loeb called “the dinner scene.” Rheon’s Maximus — brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt — storms off after challenging his brother’s decision to send another Inhuman, Triton »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Krypton’ Teaser: First Look At Syfy’s Superman Prequel – Comic-Con
The House of El will be redeemed. That might sound cryptic to some, but it’s Krypton for others. Syfy and Warner Bros have taken the wraps off the first teaser for the cable net’s Superman prequel that invades Earth next year. The clip premiered today at Comic-Con in San Diego. Watch it above. Based on DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and set two generations before the destruction of the Man of Steel's ill-fated home planet, Krypton follows Superman's… »
‘The Exorcist’ Season 2: Priestly Road Trip, Possible Rance Family Cameos & A Foster Kid Who Kicks Butt – Comic-Con
The padres of Fox’s The Exorcist are putting the pedal to the metal and flooring it to the Pacific Northwest after saving Chicago. At tonight’s Comic-Con panel for the series, creator Jeremy Slater unloaded more details about Season 2, specifically that the events will take place on a forested island off of Seattle. Expanding the drama to another location provides the opportunity for The Exorcist to be played out more as an anthology series. “We’re going to see a foster… »
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