For the entirety of its run, The Legend of Korra was almost as nerve-wracking for its fans as some of the show’s more intense action scenes. Originally a 12-episode sequel miniseries to Nickelodeon’s critically acclaimed Avatar: The Last Airbender, the show was quickly expanded into a full 52-episode series. But just as quickly, there were network hiccups; midway through the third season, the show was relegated to a digital-only series. Despite some behind-the-scenes drama, the series was allowed to end on its own terms, with a finale that culminates in a spectacular and fitting fashion.
Craig Ferguson doesn’t have a band. That’s been a long-running joke of The Late Late Show—he didn’t have a lot of things that most late-night talk shows have. It’s why, among other things, his sidekick is a talking robot skeleton. But on Friday night, Ferguson began his final show with the biggest band of all: A montage of nearly 50 celebrities, all former guests on his show—from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to Quentin Tarantino and Kristen Bell—sang and danced to “Bang Your Drum” by Glasgow group Dead Man Fall.
Considering Hallmark Channel’s annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming begins on Halloween, it should come as no surprise that Christmas is on the mind of Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming and network publicity for Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, all year round. “We right now are in development and some stages of pre-production and finalizing scripts for 2015,” she says. “We like to get real snow as often as we can, but yes, there will be some movies that’ll be shot in the summer and people will be shivering in 80 degree weather with the fake snow.”
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Hannibal will welcome a new face in the upcoming third season.
David Schwimmer has joined Ryan Murphy’s miniseries tackling the O.J. Simpson trial. READ FULL STORY
Ernie Hudson is trading in his proton pack for a trident, as the actor has been cast as Poseidon in Once Upon a Time, EW has confirmed.
The second half of the first season of Outlander is still a ways away, but Starz has offered up another tantalizing glimpse at what’s to come.
In a new featurette, the actors promise an escalation of both the action and—rejoice, shippers—the romance. “Jamie and Claire’s relationship really blossoms,” Sam Heughan says. READ FULL STORY
Forget Ben Affleck.
Netflix’s Daredevil is “the exact opposite” of Affleck’s much-maligned 2003 bomb, promises showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. Expect the classic origin story to remain unchanged: Blinded as a child, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a lawyer by day who hunts criminals by night (he apparently doesn’t get much sleep). But this upcoming iteration of Daredevil—the first of Netflix’s multi-show deal with Marvel, which also includes adaptations A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage—is more influenced by 1970s mean-street films like The French Connection and Taxi Driver than traditional superhero titles.
“There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky; there are no magic hammers,” says Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb. “We’ve always approached this as a crime drama first, superhero show second.” There’s also more grown-up content here. “It’s a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before,” says DeKnight, best known for the ultra-hardcore Starz series Spartacus, adding, “but we’re not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”
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Norman Bates is thisclose to fulfilling his destiny.
Hulu announced its plans to exclusively stream most of FX and FXX’s successful new shows from 2014 on Dec. 18, but one show was conspicuously absent—Fargo.
Though thanks to a new deal, you betcha the critically acclaimed show is coming to the streaming service next year. READ FULL STORY
So this is timely: USA Network has given a series order to its hacker thriller project starring Christian Slater.
The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of Mr. Robot (a working title, hopefully) from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (Comet) and executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding). READ FULL STORY
Mythbusters fans, here are the answers to your long-simmering questions: What’s the deal with those cast departures? How will the show’s format change now that co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are on their own? What myths will be tested in the upcoming season? What’s the one myth the team regrets? How long will Mythbusters continue? And are Adam and Jamie still really not friends?
Below, co-host Savage gives EW a candid and thoughtful exclusive interview. We also have a clip from the new season, in which the guys take on a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
But first, we rang the show’s longtime executive producer, Dan Tapster. Last August, Mythbusters fans were stunned to learn that longtime supporting players Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci were exiting the show. Sources say the departures were the result of a salary renegotiation with the supporting cast. Keep in mind that a show’s talent cost tends to rise each year, and the 11-year-old Mythbusters is one of the longest-running series on cable—and with a larger regular returning cast than most unscripted series. (If Mythbusters were a cop drama on CBS, some characters would have been “written out” years ago by financial necessity.) In this case, the departures were also viewed as a creative opportunity to refresh the show.
“We were very keen for [Imahara, Byron and Belleci] to be a part of the show, we are massive fans of theirs, and what they did over 10 years was phenomenal,” Tapster says. “There were negotiations, and based on those negotiations, they opted out. It’s a shame for them. It’s a shame for us. But it gave us the opportunity to reinvent the show, which it kind of needed.” READ FULL STORY
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