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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
‘Watchmen’ Pilot From Damon Lindelof Ordered by HBO
The premium service has also committed to additional backup scripts for the series. HBO confirmed the pilot order and script commitment Wednesday, one day after Lindelof teased on Instagram that work had begun in the writers room on the project.
“Watchmen” is based on the landmark DC Comics miniseries of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The series, later collected as a graphic novel, was a serious-minded deconstruction of superhero comics loosely inspired by characters from the Charlton Comics library, which were owned by DC. Set in a universe in which the appearance of costumed heroes in the mid-20th Century had altered the course of history — leading to U.S. victory in Vietnam and a Nixon presidency that stretched into the mid-1980s — “Watchmen” followed a group of crimefighters investigating the murder of »
- Daniel Holloway
Jordan Peele Nazi Hunter TV Series in Works
Hot off the success of his directorial feature debut earlier this year, Jordan Peele is developing a TV series about Nazi hunters. The TV project, called “The Hunt,” is based on real-life events and centers on a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s. A network is not currently attached.
- Ryan Gajewski
‘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 »
Watch The Sopranos Nail the Feeling of Coming Back to Work Mondays
There’s nothing like the feeling of coming back to work on Mondays, and the Sopranos nail it perfectly. But then again if you really think about it this is the feeling for every day except Friday. At least on Friday you have the expectation that once your day is over that you’ll have a whole two days off to do nothing. Yeah, right. There’s no time to just do nothing any longer. There’s always something that needs to be done, something that needs to take up your time, and some way to figure out how to make that time drag
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Arrow Season 6 Photos: Canary Clash! Plus, Who's Back From the Pilot?
At long last, we have the first photos from Arrow Season 6, and as expected, they pretty much only confirm the “official” survivals from the Lian Yu explosion. There is one unexpected blast from the past, however.
Because in these photos from the season opener, titled “Fallout,” we not only see Oliver, with son William, and Dinah aka Black Canary staring down Laurel Lance’s Earth-Two doppelganger Black Siren, we also lay eyes on someone we have not seen since the CW series’ pilot: Queen mansion housekeeper Raisa! (After all, as TVLine’s Vlada Gelman pointed out, someone will have to »
Riverdale Season 2 Photos: A Bloodied Fred! Veronica's Dad! New Reggie!
Pop’s is about to open back up for business… and it looks like we have a lot to catch up on.
The first photos from Season 2 of The CW’s Riverdale — premiering Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8/7c — are out, and they show the bloody aftermath of the season finale, with Archie’s dad Fred getting shot by a masked gunman. In the photos, Archie carries his wounded dad into the hospital, his letterman jacket stained with blood. Will Fred pull through? And who is that masked man?
Plus, the pics give us our first glimpse of a pair of new »
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mara Lane
Mara Lane is the wife of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The couple recently lost the baby that they were expecting. We learned this in a heartbreaking video that Mara shared, featuring a close up of the sonogram and her physician telling her the news. In honor of the baby, a tree was planted for “Baby Willow.” Although many only know Mara as Meyers’ wife, she’s working on the development of her own career. She’s led a somewhat private life so far, so here are five things that you likely didn’t know about her. 1. She is an actress Mara began her
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
Big Brother 19's Christmas Explains Why She Didn't Bother to Campaign
After Christmas broke her foot two weeks into the summer, it looked like she wouldn't last long in the Big Brother 19 house. However, the CrossFit champion persevered, making it all the way to the final three.
She had expected to make it to the final two after Josh won the third part of the Hoh
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- Sadie Gennis
Chicago P.D.'s Tracy Spiridakos Talks Upton's Past, Teaming With Halstead
Chicago P.D. detective Hailey Upton is “in heat” with her partner Jay Halstead — but not in the way that you think.
After a guest arc on the NBC drama, Tracy Spiridakos is making herself — and her character — at home in the Windy City as a series regular for Season 5 (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c). And now that the actress is sticking around, that means having to address the elephant in the Intelligence unit: Will Upton and her recently single teammate Halstead have any kind of romantic spark together?
Below, Spiridakos responds to that question and teases Upton’s mysterious past. »
Warner Bros “Extremely Grateful” ‘Riverdale’ Star K.J. Apa Ok After Car Crash – Update
Update, 2:47 Pm: Warner Bros. Television is “extremely grateful that K.J. Apa was uninjured” in a recent car crash the Riverdale star had but they warn the accident could have been avoided. The statement from the studio comes hours after details of an early morning accident involving the 20-year old actor were revealed. Filming in Vancouver, the actor who places Archie Andrews in the CW drama hit a lamp post on the way home from a long day filming. Though stressing safety… »
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