ICYMI: Ratings for This Is Us finale, FOX bringing back an old favorite, and more!
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While the season finale of This Is Us didn’t receive ratings as high as last season’s finale, it still did extremely well.
FOX has decided to bring 24 back in a whole new way. While there are a few different backdrops for the show, Gary Newman is leaning towards terrorism. A&E is premiering multiple new shows due to an increase in viewership. This includes Live: PD, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Many Sides of Jane, and more. STARZ’s new original show, Power, has received the green light for a season six renewal earlier than expected.
Gavin Polone, producer, has claimed he wasn’t given his fair share of the profits from Gilmore Girls and the Netflix revival of the series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Polone has gone forward in his action to sue. The companies being sued include Warner Bros, The CW, and Time Warner.
Hot Topic: Marigo Kehoe, the managing director and Co-Founder of Left Bank (The Crown), has left the company!
Marigo Kehoe partnered with Andy Harries to create the firm in 2007. She is considered one of the key elements that secured the deal between Left Bank and Sony Pictures in 2012. Marigo has also worked for Channel 4 and Tiger Aspect in the past. Marigo was also an executive producer of Philip K. Dicks’ Electric Dreams. The fact that Marigo is leaving the firm means that there may be some changes in a new deal between Sony and the firm.
Guess Who: Katia Winter to star in new CBS drama, FOX preparing new legal drama, Missy Peregrym cast as new show lead, and more!
ABC is releasing a new drama pilot, The Fix, and Robin Tunney is set to be the lead! Breckin Meyer and Marc Blucas have previously been added to the cast along with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Aliyah O’Brien and Alice Lee have been cast in the straight-to-series show, Take Two. They will be joining leads Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian. ABC’s untitled Holmes project has cast Leigh-Ann Rose as the final lead. Steven Weber, Kylie Bunbury, and Lisseth Chavez have all been cast in ABC’s Get Christie Love reboot.
CBS has a new action series, Blood & Treasure, that will be premiering the summer of 2019. They have cast Katia Winter, Michael James Shaw, and James Callis as series regulars. A new legal military drama will be hitting the network and they have cast Dave Annable as the lead. CBS has begun working on their Cagney & Lacey reboot, and they’ve got their leads. Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd will be our dynamic duo. New drama F.B.I. has added Ebonee Noel to the cast. She’ll be joining Connie Nielsen and Jeremy Sisto. The series previously cast Missy Peregrym as the lead. Anna Wood and Ato Essandoh have officially been cast as leads in new drama, The Code.
BET has created a two-part miniseries revolving around Bobby Brown. They have officially cast Gabrielle Dennis to play the part of Whitney Houston. The Bobby Brown Story will premiere in September.
FOX will be premiering an all new drama from the co-creator of Empire, Danny Strong. The currently untitled new legal drama will star Rachelle Lefevre and Riley Smith as siblings. April Bowlby has been cast in FOX’s new drama based on the novel Gone Baby Gone. Christine Lahti is also set to star in a major role for the series and Peyton List has been added as the lead opposite Joseph Morgan.
NBC is creating a Bad Boys spinoff series and cast Ryan McPartlin as a series regular. He will be joining leads Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba.
New Amazon Prime series Homecoming has cast Shea Whigham as a series regular along with lead Julia Roberts. Hong Chau, Jeremy Allen White and Sydney Poitier have been cast in recurring roles. David Tennant has been cast opposite Jennifer Garner in new HBO series, Camping. National Geographic’s new series, Valley of the Boom, has cast Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, and Lamorne Morris as leads. Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie have been cast as leads in new Epix drama, Deep State.
TVAD Writers Room: The Resident went political, Scandal deals with digital terrorism, and more!
Check out our roundtable for The Resident to see what our guests had to say about the latest episode. Conrad has issues with Lane when he begins to see what Nic has been speaking to him about for weeks. But those aren’t the only issues he has when a patient inappropriately puts the moves on Nic. Something he can’t do much about as the patient is considered VIP.
Scandal may be in the final season, but they aren’t afraid to continue dealing with serious issues. Check out our roundtable to read about the emotional roller coaster this week’s episode put our guests on. Cyber-terrorist Cyrus remotely hacks Air Force Two and puts some of our favorite characters on a wild ride while Liv finds herself face to face with her mother.
While it’s not shocking to anyone, this week’s episode of This Is Us had us feeling all kinds of emotional, as did the roundtable. We were given an inside look into not only how Deja grew up, but more insight on how the Pearsons grew up. Deja didn’t have an easy life and neither did her young mother. While Randall and Beth were willing to give both Shauna and Deja a place to stay, Shauna seemed ready to leave Deja behind for good.
Interviews: Francesca Orsi apologizes for word usage, This Is Us cast talk on the importance of the show, Gina Rodriguez talks directing, and more!
When asked about gender pay equality, the producers of The Crown were pretty straightforward and unanimous with their response. Suzanne Mackie spoke of Matt Smith and his previous role of being the Doctor in Doctor Who and how this affected pay.
“It’s really important for the Queen to be paid more.”
Francesca Orsi has spoken out against Amazon. The HBO drama chief felt that they had been taken advantage of when it came to star costs for the second season of the hit show, Big Little Lies. Shortly after being interviewed, Orsi once again spoke out, this time in apology for her previous use of the word “raped.”
“Obviously, I am embarrassed by my poor choice of words. We are extremely proud of Big Little Lies and excited for the second season.”
Gina Rodriguez, lead, co-executive producer, and occasional director of the series Jane the Virgin has discussed the future of the show. She had such an amazing time directing an episode of the show, the highest rated episode of the season, Gina is excited to continue directing.
“I plan to do more directing next year — in our final season.”
Dan Fogelman sat down with stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Justin Hartley to discuss This Is Us and what it’s like being part of such a show. Milo Ventimiglia spoke some words of wisdom on just a few takeaways from the show.
“If you lead with love, if you’re hopeful, if you’re inspiring, if you’re communicative, then you should lead a good life.”
Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg sat down to talk about their show, The Fosters, and how they feel about it getting to its hundredth episode. According to Paige and Bredeweg, it all started with a pitch about a traditional family drama that would involve a not so traditional family.
Ben Shenkman plays Roger Gunn in Paul Williams Davies’ drama For The People. He spoke with Variety on what the show centers on and how the relationships between the characters really set the stage.
Coming Soon: Code Black season three premiere, FX orders new tech thriller, The Fosters series finale three night event, and more!
Code Black will be taking over the Criminal Minds slot for their third season. This changes the premiere date to Wednesday, April 25th at 10/9c. As for Criminal Minds, the two hour season finale has been moved up a week.
A new drama based on the opioid crisis has been pitched and picked up. It will be digging deeper into the pharmaceutical company at the center of it all.
The end of The Fosters is near! The show will wrap up with a three night finale event. Monday, June 4th will be the beginning of the end, with everything coming to a close Wednesday, June 6th.
After the success of The Story of Diana, ABC and People are teaming up once again. This time they will be doing a miniseries devoted to the British royal family. The Story of the Royals will be a two night, four hour event in August.
Alex Garland, writer and director of Ex Machina, has put together a new thriller pilot. Devs has received a pilot order from FX. The show will focus on a computer engineer who finds herself involved in taking an investigative look into her employer.
Saverio Costanzo will be directing a new eight-episode series based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novel, My Brilliant Friend. The series of the same name has been picked up by HBO. STARZ has decided to go forward with another installment related to Philippa Gregory’s bestselling books. The third limited series will be titled The Spanish Princess.
The new Showtime limited series, Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead and title role, will premiere Saturday, May 12th. This won’t be the only Saturday scripted series, as the network is expanding original programming for this night.
Netflix will be premiering an all new original series based on Robert Kennedy. The four-part docuseries will show never before seen footage revolving around the Kennedy family. Bobby Kennedy for President will launch on April 27th.
Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is being adapted into a limited series. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are heading up the project that is on a straight-to-series order from Hulu.
The drama just keeps on coming! We can’t wait for all the new dramas coming our way, but they are guaranteed to get us emotional. So be sure to give yourself a little comedic relief with our Comedy After Dark! If you’re more into the super side, we’ve got you covered with our Superhero After Dark!
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