Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston
The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star. »
- Joe Otterson
Doug Liman’s ‘Impulse’ Gets Series Order From YouTube Red
YouTube has given a series order to “Impulse,” a drama from Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Doug Liman of Hypnotic. The series is based on the third novel in the “Jumper” series by Steven Gould.
The new series is slated to premiere on subscription-video service YouTube Red in 2018.
“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at Ucp and Hypnotic.”
“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on ‘Impulse’,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and president, Universal Cable Productions. “It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that »
- Daniel Holloway
AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4
Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.
“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”
“Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.
- Daniel Holloway
Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations
In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.
The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »
- Ashley Boucher
Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Beats Stephen Colbert for First Time Since Before Inauguration
Jimmy Fallon has bested Stephen Colbert in the ratings for the first time since the week before Donald Trump’s inauguration. “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Fallon, won late-night last week with most total viewers, averaging 2.66 million viewers overall compared to “The Late Show’s” 2.62 million. Fallon also saw a 62 percent demo margin over Colbert, which is its highest since the week of Jan. 9-13. He had a 0.68 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, compared to Colbert’s 0.42. This is the second week in a row that “The Tonight Show” can claim its biggest margin of victory versus its »
- Carli Velocci
Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season
Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »
- Jeremy Fuster
Lauren Graham cast in Disney Junior’s ‘Vampirina’: Could she finally win that elusive Emmy?
Lauren Graham has been cast in a new TV role, which raises the perennial question, could it finally win her that elusive Emmy? She has been cast in the Disney Junior animated series “Vampirina” as Oxana Hauntly, the mother of the title character. James Van Der Beek has been cast alongside her as her husband […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Bests ‘The Bachelorette’ for NBC Win
“American Ninja Warrior” led NBC to a win Monday night, besting ABC and “The Bachelorette” as well as Fox and “So You Think You Can Dance.” NBC’s agility competition averaged a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and 6 million total viewers in its airing from 8-10 p.m. NBC tied with ABC for first in ratings with a 1.3, but was first in total viewers with 5.3 million viewers. Aside from “American Ninja Warrior,” its airing of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” in the 10 p.m. hour garnered a 1.1 rating and 3.9 million viewers. Also Read: Ratings: NBC Tops ABC on »
- Linda Ge
Pretty Little Liars Reveals Alison's Baby Daddy in Series Finale — and It's Insane
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Ever since Alison announced her pregnancy last summer, fans have speculated about its parentage — and while I hate to toot my own horn, I’ll proudly take credit for correctly guessing that its mother was, in fact, Emily Fields. What I can’t take credit for, however, was correctly guessing the child’s father, which was finally revealed Tuesday during the Freeform drama’s two-hour series finale. »
Pretty Little Liars: A.D. Is Revealed in Series Finale — Did You Guess Right?
A.D. may have driven off into the sunset on last week’s Pretty Little Liars, but they were back in full force for Tuesday’s series finale — and just in time to reveal their true identity!
That’s right, folks, we no longer have to refer to A.D. by a gender-neutral pronoun. We finally know with exact certainty that A.D. — the latest masked monster to terrorize the good-ish people of Rosewood, Penn. — is none other than Spencer’s evil twin, Alex Drake! »
‘Downward Dog’ Finale: Saying Goodbye to a Show That Was More Human Than Anything Else on TV
On Tuesday night, “Downward Dog” bid farewell to TV. For now.
The short-lived ABC sitcom only got eight episodes on network television — still surprisingly more than you would expect for a show co-anchored by a dog pontificating on the true nature of “loyalty” or “boundaries.” But what makes the show’s disappearance from the airwaves so disheartening is that it had much more to offer to an audience beyond the bevy of dog owners who watched the show with their four-legged friends at their side.
It’s impossible to boil down this show to one simple takeaway, but “Downward Dog” did truly capture the worth of seeing the world through different eyes. Martin the dog became the conduit through which the audience reevaluated many of Nan’s (Allison Tolman) interpersonal relationships as well. But despite having an animal in the title, the lasting ways this show will resonate for fans »
- Steve Greene
What Star Trek Alum Will Be Directing an Episode of Discovery?
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- Megan Vick
‘Claws’ Star Carrie Preston on Playing a Con Artist and ‘Gunning For’ a Lead Role
Carrie Preston has been playing twisted Southern belles all her life, but as Polly in TNT’s “Claws,” she gets to try something a little different: a fabulist ex-con with an indomitable attitude and a killer manicure. Preston has long been a scene-stealer, in everything from rom-com “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to the vampire soap “True Blood” and legal procedural “The Good Wife.”
Now, as Polly, she’s part of a crew of five women who are also involved with the local West Florida mafia. “That alone was intriguing enough to get me to read the script,” she tells Variety. Her character is a compulsive liar who enjoys her fictional histories more than her depressing real one. But as Preston learned when discovered more about “Claws’” “insane words and incredible characters,” she learned that the story of what really happens to Polly — a story slowly unfolding in “Claws” — is even more bonkers than the stories she »
- Sonia Saraiya
Game of Thrones Almost Lost a Character Because of Iron Fist
Most people now recognize Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, aka the partner in crime to Danny Rand (Finn Jones) on Marvel's Iron Fist. Game of Thrones fans, however, will always think of her as Nymeria Sand of Dorne.
There's a lot to complain about when it comes to Dorne in HBO's fantasy drama -- the
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- Lindsay Macdonald
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