Amazon has won the rights to develop Lee Child's Jack Reacher after beating competitive offers. Scorpion creator Nick Santora will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner on the TV adaptation of the Jack Reacher character from the Lee Child's bestselling book series. A Jack Reacher TV series was first announced last November. At the time, Child said he wanted the TV version of his character to be played by somebody who is the opposite of Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher movie portrayal -- an imposing, burly character like the one he created in the books. “I really enjoyed working with Cruise," Child told Deadline last November. "He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is… So what I’ve decided to do is – there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long-form streaming television, with a completely new actor...We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”
Fox has unveiled a poster for Episode 666 of The Simpsons, featuring parodies of Stranger Things and The Shape of Water.
Jackson-Cohen will play a different character on Season 2 of the Netflix anthology horror series: Peter, who is only described as “a charming fellow.”
Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season, premiering Nov. 26, will chronicle the gold medal-winning Winter Olympic female skier's last competitive campaign.
“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure for years now,” Martin says in a conversation with EW. “The most pressure I felt was a few years ago when I was desperately trying to stay ahead of the show. There was a point when the show was coming out in April and my editors said if I could finish the book by December they’d rush it out. And the pressure I felt that fall was the greatest pressure I’ve ever felt and then at a certain point it became apparent I’m not going to finish it by then. I don’t only want to finish it, I want to make it as good as I possibly can. Since then there’s been pressure but not like there was at that point. There’s no longer a race. The show is over. I’m writing the book. It will be done when it’s done.”
The dark comedy, premiering Aug. 25, stars Dunst as Krystal Stubbs, "a minimum-wage water park employee who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the cultish, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin in the first place."
The Veronica Mars revival series could've unleashed the F-bombs, but Hulu wanted to keep the former WB/CW series family friendly. “I actually understand Hulu’s decision,” creator Rob Thomas tells TVLine. “They bought (streaming rights) to all three seasons of Veronica Mars. And because those three seasons are built to appeal to younger people, they want them to be able to watch the first three seasons (seamlessly) with Season 4. That was their thinking on it.” Kristen Bell says that similar to her role at The Good Place, the Veronica revival has found a creative way "that allows us to get around saying 'f*ck." Bell adds that she's a big proponent of using profanity, but admits that "no one who hires me wants me to swear. And I’m like, ‘F*ck that.’ I have no problem with cursing. I know some people don’t care for it — like my mom — and I fully respect that. But, personally, it only offends you if you let it.”
Making the Band, which aired on ABC from 2000 to 2001 and on MTV from 2002 to 2009, is returning in 2020. "MTV and I are back together again!" said Combs in a statement. "Making the Band is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge. MTB on MTV was the pioneer of reality TV. We're going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world it's next global superstars." Combs first became involved with Making the Band when it jumped to MTV in 2002. The seasons he led resulted in acts like Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie Klang. Making the Band is the latest classic MTV series format to be revived.
The Glee alum will lead the cast of Same Time, Next Christmas from Freeform Studios. The movie follows Michele's character as she reunites with her childhood sweetheart at a resort in Hawaii. "The old chemistry between them flares up anew, but circumstances conspire to keep them apart," according to the movie's logline.
Conan wanted to make it clear on today's edition of Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend that last Thursday's last-minute cancelation was out of Nanjiani's control. "You are famously, a very nice guy, you are extremely hard working, you are punctual. This is not your MO at all. This was something that was out of your control," Conan said before giving Nanjiani a chance to explain what happen. "Yes it was completely out of my control!" said Nanjiani. "I was shooting Silicon Valley, and they said they would have me out at a certain time. The details are: There was a scene we were shooting I was going to be just in the last bit of the scene. They said we'll shoot your bit of your scene and then you'd get out. As soon as we rehearsed, they said, 'even though you are only in the last page, you're not going to be able to leave because of the way it is set up.' And, they were right." Nanjiani added: "There was no way they could really get me out." Nanjiani says he even tried to get co-star Martin Starr to replace him as a guest, but by that time it was too late.
Coster-Waldau defended creators/showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss at Game of Thrones fan convention “Con of Thrones” over the weekend. “The only thing I’ll say is that for anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of this show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all, and to for a second think that they didn’t spend the last 10 years thinking about how they were gonna end it, is kinda silly," he said, adding: “And also know that they too read the comments, and even though you sit on your own and go, ‘F*cking stupid writers! A*sholes!’ They really, like everyone on Game of Thrones… and there are thousands, we worked our a*sses off to make the best show we could for the ending.” ALSO: George R.R. Martin says fan reaction to the series finale won't affect the books.
Police are investigating after finding the 70-year-old actor's remains in Southern Oregon. Levin had many small TV roles on shows ranging from NYPD Blue to Night Court. Perhaps his most memorable role was as the Mohel on Seinfeld's "The Bris" episode in 1993.
Edge of Extinction, which allows former players to re-enter the game after being voted out, has been one of the most-hated twists in Survivor history.
O'Donnell, whose first CBS Evening News broadcast airs tonight, wants to follow in the footsteps of predecessor Walter Cronkite, who was famously known as "the most trusted man in America." Trust is more important than ratings, says new CBS News president Susan Zirinsky. “There is a desperate hunger for authentic, no-spin news,” Zirinsky says. “And that is the baton that’s being handed to Norah." O'Donnell's network newscast will focus more on Trump thanks to its relocation to Washington, D.C. "Washington gives us a tremendous advantage,” says Zirinsky, adding: "It's time to shake things up." ALSO: O'Donnell says Oprah told her CBS Evening News was her "supreme destiny."
The former Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club star will serve as a panelist along with Australian radio personality Jackie O, singer Dannii Minogue and comedian Dave Hughes.
King tweeted "I fell off my chair" over "Commence Operation Child Endangerment."
“The train was something added by David Kelley, because he wanted this guy to have a man cave,” production designer John Paino told Vulture of the train set belonging to Gordon Klein. “When I was researching man caves, it made sense that he had a train and enjoyed collecting memorabilia. We wanted to have a really expensive train set in there to show his wealth. What would be something expensive he could lose?”
The Mr. Bean star's BBC drama that has him playing the fictional French detective Jules Maigret will begin airing on Ovation starting Aug. 31. Maigret, which aired for two seasons and four episodes from 2016 to 2017, previously aired on BritBox.
“I’ve been wanting to direct since season 3, but couldn’t last year because of scheduling conflicts, so (star) David Harewood did it first,” says Benoist, who tells EW she'll be directing Episode 17 of the upcoming Season 5. “I just felt really drawn to it for a couple of seasons now, just because you know the show so well, and you get to know the character, and the world, and the tone of the show so well that you can’t help but envision certain scenes in a certain way. I want to play with that.”
Winos, which Lennon also created, follows the antics of the rag-tag group of employees who have no business running a winery.
D'Arcy Carden's character is the latest person to make the Bottle Cap Challenge look easy.
The Better Call Saul star next season will guest as a mob lawyer representing Fat Tony.
Greg Nicotero's Shudder adaptation of George Romero and Stephen King’s original 1982 Creepshow promises "12 Terrifying Tales of Terror!"
"Miss and love these two enormous slabs of beef," a clean-shaven Joshua Gomez captioned his Twitter video of him dining with Zachary Levi and Ryan McPartlin.
“I’m truly excited to be working with ITV to make Because the Night,” says Cross. “It’s one of my favorite stories: a tale of psychological suspense, of guilt and ghosts and murder. Oh, and love. Always love.”
Emanuel's new job essentially reunites him with George Stephanopoulos under the ABC News umbrella. The two worked together in Bill Clinton's White House.
“We did start on the same television show,” Pitt said on the Today show. Pitt appeared on two episodes of Growing Pains, in 1987 and 1989, playing two different characters. DiCaprio joined Growing Pains full-time for its final year in the 1991-92 season as homeless boy Luke who is taken in by the Seavers.
The DVD box set is normally $55. But with The Office leaving Netflix, the DVD box set is a good thing to have.
The cast and crew reacted over the weekend to Friday's news that Niznik had died on June 23. “Everwood was more than a television show. It was a family,” said a statement released by Berlanti and Everwood showrunner Rina Mimoun via Twitter. “We recently lost the mother of our tribe, Stephanie Niznik. Stephanie played Nina, the next door neighbor to Andy Brown, and the woman who helped raise his children as he struggled with being a single father. She continued that role offscreen by being an incredible friend, a nurturing mother figure to our younger cast members and an artist who brought warmth, compassion and humor to every episode and our set. Everyone who was lucky enough to know and work with her will miss her dearly.” Treat Williams, Scott Wolf, Sarah Drew, Vivien Cardone, Justin Baldoni and Brenda Strong also expressed their condolences via Twitter. "This is heartbreaking," tweeted Wolf, whose character Dr. Jake Hartman was a romance with Niznik's Nina. "She was so kind, and so fun to work with. I’m lucky to have known her. Rest In Peace Stephanie."
Friday's Indiewire report that creative control of Season 2 was "yanked away" from British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, whose directorial and editing duties were handed over to Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée, seemed to offer an explanation for why this season has felt "frustratingly not-quite-right." But it's not the directing that's the major flaw with Season 2, it's David E. Kelley's writing, says Caroline Framke. "There’s no saying just how different the season might have been if Arnold had the kind of control she might have expected when taking the job, or how much Vallee specifically managed to change when he took over post-production," says Framke. "Still, having watched all but the finale, the biggest culprit of the season’s decline (and in fact the series’ weakest component overall) isn’t the direction, but the writing. And one of the most damning details of the Indiewire report is its suggestion that the new edit scrubbed the season of Arnold’s particular 'grace notes,' especially her way of filming between the lines on the page... With vanishingly few exceptions, that Season 2 dulled Arnold’s specific voice and more wholly embraced that of writer David E. Kelley is obvious from watching it. Kelley, best known for network procedurals like The Practice and Ally McBeal, has always favored a blunt approach to the Big Little Lies scripts. That can sometimes pay off; you don’t get characters like Laura Dern’s pointed Renata or Reese Witherspoon’s insistent Madeline without some seriously forthright writing. But other times, the writing’s clunky attempts to be cutting and memorable crowd the screen and blur the lines between satire and reality too much for the moment in question to stand on its own. This shortcoming was also present in Season 1; I spent many scenes in the early episodes wondering if Kelley’s ever seen two women speaking to each other out in the wild without a camera to capture it. The difference is that in Season 2, the lack of a cohesive directing and editing vision has made the scripts’ weaknesses doubly obvious."
Ever since ABC canceled Whiskey Cavalier on May 12, Walking Dead fans have been wondering if Cohan might return to the AMC series. “I’m not sure if I can say much about it right now actually,” said showrunner Angela Kang when EW asked about the possibility. “I’ll just say that we’re working on it.” As EW's Dalton Ross points out, however, "while that sounds optimistic, there are no doubt several issues that would have to be worked out to bring Cohan back into the fold. First off, AMC and the actress would have to agree on financial terms — something they were having trouble doing before Cohan jumped ship for ABC. And then there is the question of whether the story could be retrofitted to work Maggie back into it."
Niznik died unexpectedly on June 23 at her home in Encino, California, Variety reports. Her cause of death is unknown. Niznik played sweet neighbor Nina Feeney on all four seasons of The WB drama. Niznik reunited with the Everwood cast for a 15th-anniversary panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in 2017. Niznik also had roles on Lost, Diagnosis Murder and Grey's Anatomy.
There is a certain "cultural inertia" in younger generations embracing Friends and The Office and making them extremely valuable properties, says Hank Stuever. "I recognize the primal comforts offered by each (to say nothing of The Office’s emergence as the common meme-based language for young, wired ones to convey their full range of ooky emotions), but I cannot condone this cultural rut, this zombielike obsession for two old shows," he says. Stuever says a similar phenomenon happened with The Brady Bunch, and how it acted as Generation X's security blanket. "Irony was the key to it all and has been ever since — even HGTV’s Brady reunion this fall, in which the surviving cast members will help the Property Brothers renovate the San Fernando Valley house seen in the original show’s exterior shots, lends a certain tongue-in-cheek approach to the tongue-in-groove. Irony, in the end, used to play a vital role in our nostalgic regard for nearly all of television’s past: I Love Lucy, Leave It to Beaver, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," says Stuever. "The American Dream with a wink. But irony seems to have no place when it comes to the nonstop streaming of Friends and The Office. They’re slavishly re-watched with what appears to be an authentic and uncomplicated sincerity. Nobody watches them to make fun of the clothes or mock the message. They have been loved to death in the on-demand age, deprived of a proper burial.
Game of Thrones alum Dempsie had to exit the space series due to visa issues. He'll be replaced by Once Upon a Time alum O’Donoghue in the role of Project Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper.
The former special counsel had originally agreed to testify for four hours on July 17. Instead, he'll testify on July 24.
CNN's announcement for its July 30 and 31 debate stated "there will be no show of hands or one-word, down-the-line questions." To which Erik Wemple responds: "What? Even if CNN decided that it doesn’t like the theater of such questions; even if CNN decided that it doesn’t want its debates to make headlines; even if CNN decided that it didn’t want to put the candidates on the spot regarding contemporary controversies; even if CNN decided that it didn’t want good ratings; even if CNN decided that, somehow, these sorts of questions were journalistically corrupt, why would it broadcast this limitation in a public release? Why would it crimp its moderators — Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper — by plucking a wrench from their toolboxes?"
Van Zandt -- who starred as mobster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano who flees to Norway under the Witness Protection Program -- has issued a two-volume soundtrack for Netflix's first original series, which ended in 2014.
Hader calls requesting a letter of recommendation from Winkler the “most Brentwood-y thing I’ve ever done in my life." But Hader says despite the letter of recommendation, Winkler still had to audition for Barry.
"The newsmagazine has become a pop culture phenomenon, propelled by a growing public appetite for true-crime stories," says Stephen Battaglio. "The enduring success of Dateline — one of the most profitable network TV news shows — reflects the growing appeal of the true-crime genre despite big changes in viewing habits. Dateline currently airs 90 hours a week across NBC, several cable networks and on local TV stations across the country. Through the first six months of 2019, a whopping 106 million people have spent at least six minutes watching a Dateline episode. The show has benefited from true crime’s role as a dependable fixture for cable networks that have battled audience declines due to competition from streaming. Channels such as HLN and A&E have seen their ratings stabilize after adding more true-crime series. NBC Universal’s Oxygen remade itself as a true-crime network in 2017 and saw its ratings surge."
When Rob Thomas approached her about the reboot that would require many night shoots and nights away from her two young daughters, Bell recalled asking herself, “Do I want a world where my daughters know she exists? Or do I think there’s enough out there for them to look to?” “I didn’t,” she said. “And I thought, yeah, I have to do it.” Bell added: “Just knowing Veronica exists has allowed me to pull strength in certain situations."
The Starz restaurant drama will focus on other staffers at the unnamed restaurant at the heart of the show when it returns for Season 2 on Sunday.
"I was never afraid of him — he was the kindest, sweetest man — but there were all these crazy stories about him, like how he once smashed (Norman0 Mailer with a ball-peen hammer or how he got in a big fight with Dennis Hopper," Doucett tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But there was never anything like that on our set. He was never a bad guy. I will say, though, that as the show got more and more critically acclaimed, Rip started counting lines. Clint Black was on the show at one point and they kept adding songs and Rip kept getting cut. Being a film actor, he wasn’t used to that and it really upset him. One day, we were in the writing room and the A.D. comes in and says, 'Garry, Rip’s going crazy, he’s smashing stuff and has a gun!' Garry pauses and then says, 'OK, send Linda in.' Everyone starts laughing, but he’s like, 'Send Linda in, he won’t shoot her. We’ve got a show to tape.' So, I go in to talk Rip down and he’s the sweetest guy. He’s like, 'Oh, sweetheart, of course I wouldn't shoot you.'" ALSO: Rip Torn as Artie was like a comedy version of the stereotypical Tony Robbins motivational guru.
In a Magnolia blog post, the former Fixer Upper stars shared a glimpse of their cable network that is replacing the DIY Network.
The Sci-Fi Channel helped promote the horror film with the special Curse Of The Blair Witch that aired three days before the movie's release in July 1999. "Schlock-doc cable television reached its highest (or maybe lowest) point in the late ’90s," says Andrew Paul. "During that era, random channel-surfing could almost always turn up a grimy true-crime exposé, history of American UFO sightings, or countdown of the most haunted hotels in America thanks to shows like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Forensic Files, and History’s Mysteries. So prevalent were these offerings that few batted an eye when Syfy (then the Sci-Fi Channel) got in on the craze, premiering an hour-long special entitled Curse Of The Blair Witch on July 11, 1999."
ABC, NBC and CBS pooled their resources for their coverage of what Variety then called a “31-hour TV super-special," running all day Sunday through midday Monday. "But each network also wanted to plant its own distinct footprint on the moon landing," says Tim Gray. "CBS offered Arthur C. Clarke, Walter Cronkite and Orson Welles (think War of the Worlds). ABC had Rod Serling, Isaac Asimov and Marshall McLuhan; ABC also commissioned Duke Ellington to compose a piece of music. NBC had a special hosted by John Chancellor and Danny Kaye, which Variety described as 'a rather unusual mating of entertainment with news.'...Also taking part in the broadcasts were Van Heflin, James Earl Jones and Julie Harris with dramatic readings, plus poet Rod McKuen and writer Michael Crichton. Before the actual landing, the three TV networks and four radio networks offered minute-by-minute coverage of Apollo 11 preparations and flight. ABC hoped for a call-in show for viewers to ask questions of scientists and newsmen, but AT&T feared an overload of equipment." ALSO: Here are 10 documentaries commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Corden has been taking a lengthy hiatus from The Late Late Show to film the BBC holiday special.
The Canadian reality show is fascinating despite using every reality show cliché imaginable.
Ross painted more than 1,000 paintings for PBS' Joy of Painting, yet so many are hard to find. The New York Times gets to the bottom of the mystery.
"There is more creativity, weirdness, thoughtfulness and ambition — both achieved and failed — in the new Showtime docuseries Shangri-La than in a good portion of recent TV dramas," says Tim Goodman. "It's a fascinating four-part, four-hour documentation of music producer Rick Rubin's genius, his oddness, his ego, his belief systems and, most wonderfully, his effect on musicians who come to him to find inspiration. Spoiler: They usually find it, to fantastic creative effect." ALSO: Shangri-La is only good for the first three hours but self-indulgently meanders through its final hour.
“You could probably do three seasons on the Atlanta Child Murders,” David Fincher said on KCRW’s The Treatment podcast. “It’s a huge and sweeping and tragic story. We couldn’t do it justice in the background of our nine hours. We had to choose to dramatize” The Atlanta Child Murders were a series of killings between 1979 and 1987 that left 28 African-American children, teens and adults dead. While the Atlanta Child Murders will drive the narrative of Season 2, Fincher said Charles Manson and Son of Sam are also integral to the new episodes as interest in serial killers has exploded on a national scale. “In the 70s, post-Manson, post-Son of Sam, post-Zodiac, there really was, I don’t think you can say it was an epidemic, but there was definitely the feeling that the notion of this has gotten away from us,” Fincher said about the atmosphere of Season 2. “There was this transition. I remember it happening with Son of Sam. When I left the Bay Area in the mid 1970s and our parents moved to Oregon, you go 300 miles north and nobody talked about Zodiac. It had been this festering thing that had never been brought to any kind of closure but no one cared about it (outside of the Bay Area). Then Son of Sam came, and it was Newsweek and Time, the cover.”
A source at Homeland Security Investigations, the federal agency’s investigative arm, tells Page Six that the Lifetime docuseries led to an investigation that started in January that resulted in last night's arrest of R. Kelly on federal sex crime charges. “It was an agent on our trafficking unit who was watching that Lifetime show, Surviving R. Kelly," the source said. The source added: “They were looking at the victims’ interviews” and realized that “this is so much bigger than (what) he has previously been charged with." ALSO: Surviving R. Kelly filmmaker dream hampton celebrates R. Kelly's arrest.
Conan O'Brien's new one-guest-per-episode policy finally backfired as his late-night talk show had nobody to interview after Nanjiani canceled 30 minutes before taping. Nanjiani -- who appeared on Watch What Happens Live and Jimmy Kimmel Live! the previous night -- had to cancel at the last minute due to a "snafu" in Silicon Valley's shooting schedule. Conan ended up interviewing Sona Movsesian, his assistant of 10 years and his Conan Needs a Friend podcast co-host. Meanwhile, Nanjiani tweeted this morning of his cancelation: " @ConanOBrien is my comedy hero. Him and @AndyRichter are the reason I started comedy. So this clip is something I would love if it was about anybody other than me. But it’s about me, so I’m truly mortified."
British filmmaker Andrea Arnold was brought in to bring her distinctive visual style to the second season of the HBO drama, replacing Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée, who was busy working on Sharp Objects. According to Indiewire, Arnold was told she would be given free reign in not only directing the episodes, but in pre- and post-production. But showrunner David E. Kelley didn't like that Arnold's style was dramatically different from Vallée's. So the show was taken away from her after she completed filming and just as she was starting on the editing, and Vallée was brought back to edit Season 2 to remove Arnold's unique style while also directing 17 days of additional shooting. "Before the February order of additional photography started, the Vallée-led direction the show was taking was obvious, but sources close to Arnold say she felt obligated to see it through to the end," reports Indiewire's Chris O'Falt. "While DGA rules required Arnold be the director on set, Vallée was now an extremely hands-on EP dictating not only what would be shot, but how it would be shot, oversight that Arnold never had during the initial shoot. The optics were not lost on many associated with Big Little Lies: A show dominated by some of the most powerful actresses in Hollywood hired a fiercely independent woman director – who was now being forced to watch from the director’s chair as scenes were shot in the style of her male predecessor."
The third and final season of David Simon's HBO porn drama kicks off on Sept. 9.
The You're the Worst alum is in talks to join the Amazon series based on the Garth Ennis comic book should it be picked up for a second season.
“We’re done with the first season,” Favreau said of his Disney+ Star Wars series in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. “I’m actually writing part of the second season now.”
The Daily Beast reported last month that the former WWE wrestler was removed from the Fox Nation show Un-PC and given his own show after allegedly sending sexually harassing texts to co-host Britt McHenry. The Huffington Post now has the contents of those texts. Between November 2018 and January 2019, Tyrus sent texts like this one to McHenry: “I love the fact your always working if we ever had sex I feel like after an orgazzum you say speaking of feeling good did see the story on the puppy rescue we should do a segment on it hand me my phone.” McHenry's complaint to management resulted in him being pulled off Un-PC and given his own show, titled Nuffsaid.
“I don’t want to cheat you out of the experience of visiting the White House," Kimmel told the two World Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team captains.
The ad-free $5.99 monthly subscription service FX+ will be shut down after Aug. 20 -- less than a year after its debut last September. A notice to subscribers says: “There is no need to cancel your subscription. If you subscribe through your TV provider, your TV provider will discontinue billing you for the service."
Donnell played Oliver’s best friend Tommy Merlyn in Season 1 and Segarra starred as Season 5 big bad Adrian Chase/Prometheus. But Arrow fans should expect a twist when they return for the eighth and final season.
They'll recur as husband and wife on Armando Iannucci’s HBO space comedy.