ICYMI: Fox’s The Resident sees a drop in ratings following its second episode
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Fox’s new medical drama, The Resident, saw a 60% drop in ratings and viewership following its second episode that aired Monday night. This significant decline was in large part due to its two-night premiere. The first episode aired after the NFC championship game Sunday night–possibly being the reason for higher ratings/viewership during it.
Hot Topic: Greg Berlanti’s new show on CBS, Erin Brockovich writer gets a limited series order from Netflix, and more!
Sexual allegations continue to rock the world of Hollywood. The latest sexual harassment claim was made against medical consultant, Zachary Lutsky, who was working on Fox’s The Resident. While no matters have arisen during his time on The Resident, claims are being investigated during his time on ABC’s Code Black.
Famously known for his work on the CW (Arrow, The Flash), Greg Berlanti was given the green light for his new project on CBS, God Friended Me. The story will follow that of an atheist who is thrown for a loop when God himself sends him a friend request on Facebook. The show will tackle topics like faith with a comedic twist.
Erin Brockovich writer, Susannah Grant, got a series order from Netflix for a limited series by the name of Unbelievable. The story is based on an article written in 2015 which was based off an episode of This American Life. It is a story about a teenager who was accused of lying about being raped and the female detectives that investigated her case.
Guess Who: Paul Bettany in talks to play Prince Philip on season 3 of The Crown, Helen Mirren to play Catherine the Great, and more!
Netflix’s The Crown is making some changes to its cast as the story of Queen Elizabeth’s reign moves forward. The latest (almost!) addition to the cast is Avengers star, Paul Bettany, who is closing in on a deal to play the role of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He would be replacing Matt Smith (Doctor Who), who played this role in the first two seasons.
HBO has cast Helen Mirren in the lead role for their upcoming drama, Catherine The Great. The four-part drama will cover the 18th-century reign of one of the most powerful female monarchs–and her love affair with Grigory Potemkin. The mini-series will begin filming later this year.
Following its season 2 renewal, Meryl Streep is the latest addition to the cast of Big Little Lies. She will be playing the character of Mary Louise Wright, mother of Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Following the events of the first season, she will arrive in Monterey to care for her grandchildren.
TVAD Writers Room: Check out what our The Resident and Victoria roundtables had to say about this week’s episodes!
With the winter hiatus finally behind us, there was a lot of activity on TV After Dark! Check out what our writers had to say this past week!
Fox’s The Resident had its series premiere this past week and a lot went down during the first two episodes of this medical drama. See what our roundtable guests had to say about the deep, dark secrets of the medical world in The Resident.
Things were royally depressing this past week on PBS’ Victoria. Check out the roundtable discussion of that unexpected twist regarding Lord M!
Interviews: Vince Gilligan celebrates Breaking Bad’s 10th anniversary, Dylan Minnette talks about season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, plus more!
The cast of TNT’s The Alienist compared the alarming similarities regarding racial/social discrimination between 1896 and today.
“To have done these scenes that are set so long ago that are almost weirdly carbon-copied of an article that you can go read right now that took place in 2017.” -Dakota Fanning (plays Sara Howard)
The creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, rang in the 10-year anniversary of the critically acclaimed show by reminiscing about disagreements during the creative process. One particular memory he recalls is the death of Jane (played by Krysten Ritter) and how he initially wanted it to go.
“It’s one of those things where you’re pitching to the window and you turn around and everyone is just looking at you with abject horror. That was a big one.” – Vince Gilligan (creator of Breaking Bad)
The second season of Netflix’s controversial 13 Reasons Why will continue Hannah’s story via flashbacks, which will highlight the stories of the other people involved in Hannah’s suicide.
“It would have been weird to end Hannah’s story in season one because we only heard very small tidbits of her life told by her. There’s a whole life that Hannah had, and there’s more we can learn about her.” -Dylan Minnette (plays Clay).
This Is Us creator, Dan Fogelman, discusses the upcoming heartbreaking episode and all our burning questions. All we can say is, brace yourself.
“I mean, all signs point to that next week is going to be the Big One. This was always the plan from inception, that this time in season 2 is when we’re going to show the answer to this question — and then let things progress in a different way beyond there, which people will see next week as well.”- Dan Fogelman (showrunner)
What’s happening next week: Betty explores her darkness in next week’s Riverdale plus more!
The CW has released the first look at next week’s episode of Riverdale, “The Wicked and the Divine.” Betty (Lili Reinhart) will explore her inner darkness with Chic (Dart Henton) while Archie falls deeper into Hiram’s world.
Coming Soon: The Mighty Ducks to become a TV series, HBO releases a teaser trailer for Al Pacino’s Paterno, and much more!
The teaser trailer for HBO’s Paterno is finally here! The film will star Al Pacino playing the role of Joe Paterno, Penn State’s college football coach and follows the events that took place following the sexual abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky. Check out the trailer below!
The Get Christie Love reboot gets a pilot order from ABC and will star Kylie Bunbury in the lead. ABC also ordered a pilot for drama series, False Profits, from writer/executive producer Kayla Alpert.
Mystery thriller and drama, Manifest, landed a pilot order from NBC. Jeff Rake and Robert Zemeckis are set to executive produce and write for the series. NBC also ordered an FBI drama, The Enemy Within, from the writer of The Mentalist to pilot.
Continuing the trend of pilot orders is CBS–with a total of three slated for upcoming seasons, including one drama and two comedies all by a female creator.
Say what! ABC Signature Studios is developing 90’s classic, The Mighty Ducks into a TV series. The original screenwriter and producer are both on board for this project.
Netflix continues to highlight the world of crime in their original productions. The trailer for their upcoming crime anthology, Seven Seconds, was released and is set to premiere on February 23rd.
Amazon Video announced that its drama series, Sneaky Pete, will be returning for a second season on March 9th. Take a look at the trailer below!
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