“These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ rollercoaster,” the Empire co-creator said in an emotional video posted this afternoon to Instagram, one week after the show's midseason return following Smollett's arrest for allegedly staging his own hate crime. "We have, me and my cast have experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it,” a clearly agitated Daniels said in the video. “This is not what the show was made for,” Daniels added. “The show was made to bring America together, to talk about the atrocities happening right now in the streets." As Deadline notes, Daniels' new comments are in stark contrast to his initial reaction to Smollett's reported hate crime, when he said: "Hold your head up Jussie....I’m with you. I’ll be there in a minute, because it’s just another f*cking day in America.”
Altered Carbon's Mackie and Watchmen's Abdul-Mateen will be part of Season 5 of Charlie Brooker's Netflix series in roles that are being kept under wraps.
Two years after CBS canceled her legal drama Doubt, Heigl is set to return to the Eye Network in a multicamera comedy pilot would mark her first half-hour regular series role.
The Hallmark Channel series has a devoted fanbase called "Hearties," who had to grapple last week with Loughlin's abrupt firing following her college cheating indictment. "Such hardcore devotion may surprise even avid TV viewers, who are not likely to pay much attention to a wholesome period series airing on a basic-cable network far up the dial," says Steven Zeitchik. "But the loyalty demonstrates how even in this age of streaming, when the latest Netflix black comedy is endlessly hashed out by upscale audiences on Twitter, basic cable has not disappeared (or gone exclusively with its cheaply produced bread-and-butter of reality television). In some ways, in fact, scripted cable is stronger than it has been in years. As many industry figures and pundits lament the scourge of cord-cutting — in which viewers are abandoning cable subscriptions because they do not care enough about the shows being offered to pay for them — the Hearties and the show they love refute the point. The fans are expressing a level of interest that will keep them paying their Comcast, Charter and DirecTV bills for years to come."
"Abby’s was filmed before a live outdoor audience" will open each episode of the Michael Schur-produced sitcom. That's because producers wanted the backyard bar-set comedy to be as accurate as possible, complete with bleachers for am outdoor studio audience. "After NBC gave the go-ahead, an outdoor studio was built behind the house that once belonged to Edie (the desperate housewife played by Nicollette Sheridan)," reports Jeremy Egner. "The goal was to split the difference between a conventional set — with water- and windproof lighting rigs and a smooth, level concrete slab for easy camera movement — and a backyard, with strung lights, fire pits and largely unobstructed natural elements."
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Disney Television Studios now boasts a deep bunch of showrunners, including Dan Fogelman, Steve Levitan, Seth MacFarlane, Alex Gansa, Lee Daniels, Kurt Sutter and Ilene Chaiken. Still, Disney could lose some of these showrunners -- MacFarlane and Fogelman's deals are up soon.
Scripted shows like The Simpsons and Empire and unscripted shows like The Masked Singer are featured in the sizzle reel on Fox Entertainment.
Looking back, a whole lot of signs point to Sterling K. Brown's character being the worst.
The Sky/Amazon crime drama will return for a shortened six-episode final season.
The Glades and Satisfaction alum will co-star on the drama pilot that imagines the Bermuda Triangle as a land lost in time.
The official trailer for Season 3 showed an unsettling scene of Joe Keery's fan-favorite character being injected with a needle to the neck.
The former star of Comedy Central's Insomniac and Showtime's Dave's Old Porn has, at age 54, become simply a club comic. "What Attell does best doesn’t lead to fame and fortune these days," says Jason Zinoman. "It’s not just that he’s an old-school performer in a media landscape biased toward novelty and provocation. Making noise in the crowded comedy scene today means going personal, political or controversial. Attell generally avoids all three. You can watch him for hours and learn next to nothing about his life or his deepest convictions outside an abiding faith in punchy jokes."
"Honestly, I don’t have a clue," Miles Surrey says of the premiere of the Rob Lowe-hosted Fox game show. "There is nothing we’ve seen in the premiere that correlates to medieval Japan’s elite warrior class. My best guess is that the series’ brain trust decided—appropriately—that calling a winning contestant a 'Mental Samurai' sounds slightly cooler than something like 'Mental Ninja,' 'Mental Viking,' or 'Mental Magus.'" ALSO: Mental Samurai has a slow start with 2.28 million viewers.
GarfieldEats, a "quick mobile restaurant," touts itself as North America's first Garfield-themed restaurant.
Actress Tavi Gevinson's The Inventor-inspired impression is terrifyingly brilliant.
For the second year in a row, ESPN is trying to get Manning to join its Monday Night Football booth. ESPN executives met with Manning last week at his Denver house. "But there is no evidence yet that Manning will say yes to ESPN, as he declined MNF last year and he has said no thanks to CBS and Fox before," reports Andrew Marchand. "To finally go into the booth, Manning will likely need everything to line up right, which it doesn’t appear to with MNF; especially after Manning saw fellow Tennessee alum, Witten, go from 'Captain America' to America’s punch line under ESPN’s watch last year." ALSO: With or without Manning, MNF is in the midst of a 40-year-long identity crisis.
"This is an excellent state of affairs, as far as The Perfectionists is concerned," says Alexis Gunderson of the second Pretty Little Liars spinoff. "Not only was Pretty Little Liars a monumentally popular series that helped define a whole generation of teen television," says Gunderson, "but with seven seasons of clever mystery-box storytelling under their belts, everyone on showrunner I. Marlene King’s creative team can turn out a classic PLL-style episode in their (nightmare-ridden) sleep. You want darkly pregnant narrative tension? King can give you darkly pregnant narrative tension. You want gorgeously framed, allusively rich images? Co-EP/director Norman Buckley and DP Larry Reibman can give you those damn beautiful shots. You want mysterious doll parts in jars? Oh, The Perfectionists will give you mysterious doll parts in jars. The problem is, committing to being Pretty Little Liars 2.0—at least so far as this critic can tell on the basis of the single episode provided for review—means committing to all the bad that came with the good." ALSO: PLL: The Perfectionists shooting on location in Portland, Oregon means no more green screens and backlot sets.
Patricia Arquette and Joey King deliver awards-worthy performances on the anthology series based on the Buzzfeed article, "Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom Murdered," according to Katie Rife. "As always with true crime—a genre where we always know, or at the very least can find out, how the story ends—the gratification of The Act is in the telling," says Rife. "And the show, spread out over 10 leisurely hours that greatly expand on Lifetime’s condensed treatment of the story in the recent TV movie Love You To Death, only gets more compelling with every new reveal. From the very first shot of the pilot episode—a hallway littered with overflowing plastic bins full of toys—The Act takes a dishy joy in serving up the perverse details of Dee Dee’s long con. These details are presented in two primary ways: First, there’s the commendably meticulous costumes and production design, which place Gypsy and Dee Dee in a psychotically juvenile world full of stuffed animals, princess dresses, and feminine shades of pink and purple. Juxtaposed with sinister scenes of abuse straight out of a Stephen King novel, the effect is truly unnerving—and extremely effective in conveying Gypsy’s stunted emotional state."