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Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjiani to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ During Season 43
Gadot will host the Oct. 7 episode with musical guest Sam Smith, while Nanjiani will host the Oct. 14 episode with musical guest P!nk. This will mark the first time either star has hosted the long-running NBC sketch series. “Wonder Woman” earned more than $400 million at the domestic box office, with Gadot reprising the role in the highly anticipated “Justice League,” arriving in theaters Nov. 17. Nanjiani stars as Dinesh Chugtai in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and most recently wrote and starred in the critically-acclaimed indie comedy “The Big Sick.”
Smith will be making his second visit to “SNL” as musical guest. He recently dropped a new single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” on Sept. 8 in preparation for his upcoming second studio album release. P »
- Joe Otterson
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg to Produce NBC Comedy Project From ‘Sausage Party’ Actress
The currently untitled project would follow Dr. Olivia Boudreau, a 35-year-old hard-charging Doogie Howser-style prodigy, who has a complete breakdown in the operating room and loses her medical license. She is forced to move in with her estranged hippy mom and her mom’s two best friends, who team up to help get her back on her feet, while teaching her all the life lessons she missed by going to med school. If the project goes forward, Beard is attached to star.
Beard co-created the project with Guy-Endore Kaiser, with both serving as writers and executive producers. Rogen and Goldberg will executive produce under their Point Grey Pictures banner, with Point Grey’s James Weaver also executive producing. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with Point Grey, which »
- Joe Otterson
Jessica Williams To Topline Comedy In Works At Showtime, Jim Strouse To Direct
Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed a comedy series project from former The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams and indie filmmaker Jim Strouse, the duo behind The Incredible Jessica James, with Williams set to star. Williams and Strouse will write and executive produce the comedy, which tells the story of an African American aspiring science fiction writer (Williams) who comes of age in Brooklyn. Strause will direct. Showtime is the studio. I… »
‘S.W.A.T.’: David Lim Upped To Series Regular Ahead Of Season 1 Premiere
Ahead of the November Season 1 premiere, David Lim (Quantico) has been promoted to series regular on CBS drama series S.W.A.T. Lim plays Victor Tan, a relatively new S.W.A.T. officer who made his name in the Hollywood division before advancing to the heights of the Lapd and Metro S.W.A.T. Tan has a nose for action and a willingness to place a bet on anything. He uses his confidential informants in the community to help Hondo (Shemar Moore) and the rest of their team… »
‘A Christmas Story’: Matthew Broderick Set As Narrator Of Fox’s Live Production
If you were thinking, “All I want for A Christmas Story is Matthew Broderick,” then Fox has some holiday cheer for you. The two-time Tony winner will narrate the network’s live production of the classic Midwestern holiday tale, which airs December 17. As the narrator, Broderick will provided voice-over as the grown-up Ralphie Parker, who looks back with love and humor on his favorite childhood Christmas. The actor, whose screen credits range from WarGames and Ferris Beulle… »
Dan Harmon Condemns the ‘Knobs’ Who Harassed Female ‘Rick and Morty’ Writers
“Rick and Morty” co-showrunner Dan Harmon has harsh words for the people harassing his show’s female writers: “I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harmon responded to online backlash against writers Jane Becker and Jessica Gao, who were credited on the episodes “Rickmancing the Stone” and “Pickle Rick.” The women have been harassed on Twitter and had their personal information put online (a harassment practice known as “doxxing”). A Reddit thread, which lays out the events, said that the two have been the subject of complaints and abuse due in part. »
- Carli Velocci
‘Riverdale’: Warner Bros. Refutes Unsafe-Workplace Charges Following Star’s Car Crash
“The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio,” a studio spokesperson said in a pair of statements issued Thursday. “Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members. In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production.”
- Daniel Holloway
‘BoJack Horseman’ Renewed for Season 5 at Netflix
“BoJack Horseman” has been renewed for Season 5, Netflix announced Thursday.
The announcement came in the form of a video posted to the show’s social media channels, which show a “clingy netflix exec” texting BoJack to share the news of the renewal. Watch the video below.
The animated series stars Will Arnett as BoJack, the failed legendary ‘90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom “Horsin’ Around,” who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.
Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also features the voices of Paul F. Tompkins and Alison Brie.
Season 4 launched globally on Netflix on Sept. 8 and received widespread critical acclaim. The season currently has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The season saw BoJack coming to grips with his identity after »
- Joe Otterson
Billy Eichner’s ‘Billy on the Street’ to Leave TruTV
The show features Eichner asking impromptu quiz show-type questions to people on the streets of New York, often accompanied by a celebrity guest. Past celebrity guests have included: Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, and Anna Kendrick.
“We can confirm that new episodes of ‘Billy on the Street’ will not be returning to truTV,” a truTV spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “The show is deceptively time-consuming to make and scheduling was increasingly difficult. We had a great run together capped off by the show’s Emmy nomination, and we wish Billy nothing but the best.”
Produced by Funny or Die, the show aired on Fuse from 2011-2014 for its first three seasons, moving to truTV in 2015 for Seasons 4 and 5. Season 5 concluded back in January. The »
- Joe Otterson
Roseanne Revival: Meet 'Mini' Darlene
Now all they need is the father.
ABC’s upcoming Roseanne revival has tapped Shameless vet Emma Kenney to play the series-regular role of Harris, Darlene and David’s daughter. The news, coupled with the earlier hiring of Ames McNamara as Harris’ younger sibling Mark, completes casting of Darlene and David’s children. It also comes as ABC has yet to make a deal with the clan’s patriarch, played by Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki.
As Roseanne diehards know, the character of Harris was first »
SAG-aftra Sending Team To ‘Riverdale’ Set After K.J. Apa Crash
SAG-aftra will be sending up a team to the Vancouver set of the CW/Warner Bros.’ television production of Riverdale after one of the union’s 20 year-old stars — K.J. Apa — fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his automobile after he worked a reported 16-hour work day. "This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale set,” said SAG-aftra in a statement. “We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the… »
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Hgtv’s “Desert Flippers”
Hgtv’s reality series “Desert Flippers” is so popular that it’s back for another season. Eric and Lindsey Bennett find dilapidated homes in the Palm Springs area to transform into dream homes. It’s a show about renovation, restoration and making a tidy profit on the results. Seeing the before and after shots of the houses that they pair work on is fun and interesting, but there is more to the show than we see in the weekly installments. Here are five things that you didn’t know about the show “Desert Flippers.” Eric and Lindsey met in Wisconsin The couple met while
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
Sonequa Martin-Green Reveals the Emotional Moment Nichelle Nichols Passed the Star Trek Torch
Nichols, for the unintiated, starred on Star Trek: The Original Series as Lt. Uhura. She was one-half of television's first interracial kiss and an icon for actresses of
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- Megan Vick
Shameless' Emma Kenney Tapped for Roseanne Revival
Baby Harris is all grown up when Roseanne returns this winter, and she might look familiar.
Shameless star Emma Kenney is joining the Roseanne revival as Darlene's (Sara Gilbert) and David's (Johnny Galecki) now teenage daughter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Harris is not stoked to be
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- Megan Vick
‘Watchmen’: Why The Length of the HBO Series Will Affect the Story
[Editor’s note: Mild spoilers for the graphic novel “Watchmen,” written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, below.]
It begins: The build-up to what could be HBO’s next landmark television event. In a photo posted to Instagram, “The Leftovers” showrunner Damon Lindelof announced that it was “Day One” — which HBO later confirmed meant that the writers’ room for his next project, an adaptation of the 1986 graphic novel “Watchmen,” was open:
According to an official statement from HBO, “HBO has committed to the pilot and back up scripts,” but details beyond that haven’t been made available.
However, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel, well known to comic book fans and connoisseurs of great storytelling alike, has enough of a legacy to inspire questions. The biggest question, of course: Will “Watchmen” be a limited series or an ongoing drama?
It’s become an increasingly complicated question of late, as it now seems possible that every TV show, no matter how theoretically close-ended, could potentially be rebooted or continued. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
TV News Roundup: Mark Hamill Among Trio to Join Cast of Netflix Series ‘Trollhunters’
Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, and David Bradley have been cast in Season 2 of Guillermo del Toro‘s animated Netflix series “Trollhunters.” Hamill will play an evil older brother to one of the Trollhunting team, Headey will play an evil sorceress, and Bradley will voice a mysterious figure with magical powers. The 13-episode second season of “Trollhunters” will premier on Netflix in late 2017.
David Lim has been upped to a series regular on the CBS’s upcoming drama series “S.W.A.T.” Lim portrays Victor Tan, a relatively new S.W.A.T. officer who made his name in the Hollywood division before advancing to the heights of the Lapd and Metro S.W.A.T. The series premieres on CBS on Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.
Emma Kenney has been tapped to star in »
- Matt Fernandez
‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary
As “The Vietnam War” reaches its halfway point Thursday night with Episode 5, “This Is What We Do,” viewers will recognize a familiar face: John McCain. The Arizona senator is one of the most high-profile POWs during the Vietnam War, and his ordeal was brought back into the spotlight during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump said, “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
The PBS documentary will reveal just a fraction of the ordeal that McCain went through after he was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967. As the son of Admiral McCain, John McCain was an important prisoner and therefore was also interviewed for television at that time. He underwent various beatings and tortures that have left him with lifelong health issues and disabilities.
- Hanh Nguyen
The Top Five Homeless Characters in Movies
The homeless aren’t people to make fun of or deride in any way. They are those that have either made poor decisions in their lives and must now pay for them, or those that have fallen on financially hard times that have left them without the means to afford the luxury of a home. They’re not pity cases, nor aimless, shifty beggars that are looking to fleece anyone willing to give them money. There are exceptions obviously, as there are those who will beg and even steal what they need to get ahead. But in truth a lot of homeless
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‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12 Closes Out With Impressive Ratings Growth
“America’s Got Talent” season 12 aired its finale on Wednesday night, closing out the show’s highest-rated season ever in delayed viewing.
On a Nielsen Live+7 basis, “America’s Got Talent” averaged 15.7 million viewers per episode this season, up 14% from last summer. In the key adults 18-49 demographic, the show went from an average of a 3.1 rating last season to a 3.4 this season, again in L+7. Those numbers do not take into account this week’s episodes, which both saw substantial growth in Live+Same Day numbers from the previous week.
Tuesday’s episode this week drew a 3.0 rating and 14.7 million viewers, up 30% in the demo and 27% in total viewers from last week Tuesday (2.3, 11.6 million). Wednesday’s finale drew a 3.0 and 15.6 million viewers, up 43% in the demo and 35% in total viewers from last Wednesday (2.1, 11.6 million). The finale drew the show’s biggest demo rating for a Wednesday broadcast in six years and was the most-watched episode of »
- Joe Otterson
Supernatural Season 13 Photos: Dean and Sam Play Parents to Lucifer's Son
Dean and Sam Winchester, congrats! You’re now in charge of a (very large) newborn!
In these photos from Supernatural‘s Season 13 premiere, the brothers find themselves tending to Lucifer’s offspring, Jack (played by Arrow‘s Alexander Calvert), who has come out of the womb “physically fully-formed,” but “with no agenda,” executive producer Andrew Dabb told TVLine during our Fall Preview Q&A.
“He’s, in a lot of ways, a blank slate,” the Ep continued. “So he’s going to take guidance from the people around him, and the people around him are Sam and Dean. Yes, he »
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