Netflix has given a rare two-season order to the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was initially slated to debut midseason on NBC.
The Following will stage a Smallville reunion in season three. Allison Mack has landed a guest-starring role on the Fox drama, EW has learned.
Another familiar face is joining the pilot of Showtime’s Happyish, a series that was originally set to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. (A pilot featuring Hoffman in the show’s lead role was filmed in 2013; the network has replaced Hoffman with Steve Coogan in its new iteration of Happyish.)
The pilot’s latest addition: Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Ellen Barkin, seen most recently on the small screen as The New Normal‘s staunchly right-wing, completely politically incorrect grandmother. Showtime says that Barkin will be playing Dani Kirschenbloom, “a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project.” READ FULL STORY
Queen Latifah’s talk show has been canceled.
For the second time, the singer-actress’ syndication series is coming to an end. While The Queen Latifah Show will continue making episodes through the end of March, distributor Sony Pictures Television confirms its pulling the plug after that.
“We want to thank Dana [aka Dana Owens / Queen Latifah], the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of,” Sony said in a statement. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”
A previous The Queen Latifah Show ran from 1999 to 2001. This version launched in 2013.
Two channels are sticking with Bill Cosby.
While TV Land has stopped airing repeats of Cosby’s iconic NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, two niche basic cable channels that target black viewers have decided to continue running sitcoms starring the actor-comedian.
BET-owned Centric (formerly BET Jazz) confirmed to EW that repeats of Cosby Show will continue. Centric is available in 51 million homes. Asked for the channel’s reasoning behind the decision, a spokesperson replied that they’re not making any comments about the series at this time. READ FULL STORY
Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync battles have become one of his most recognizable and anticipated segments. Now, Spike TV is turning those intermittent appearances on Late Night and The Tonight Show into a series.
If you work with John Constantine, there’s a good chance you might not make it out of a job alive.
That’s a refrain John (Matt Ryan) has proven to be true for several weeks on NBC’s Constantine, but death doesn’t always have to mean the end of a friendship for John. His oldest pal, Chas Chandler (Charles Halford), has the uncanny ability to revive himself after a dance with death.
Chas has to take advantage of his gifts on tonight’s episode, “Danse Vaudou.” In anticipation of this larger showcase for the character, Charles Halford spoke with EW about what it’s like to play a guy who can come back from the dead, his history with the comic book source material, and teased about what fans can expect to learn about Chas as the season continues.
English actress Natalie Dormer is best known for playing beguiling femme fatales as astute as they are alluring—currently as Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, formerly as Irene Adler on Elementary and Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, as well as “The Blonde” who seduces Brad Pitt in The Counselor. “I love those women that I play that have sexual power,” Dormer told The Daily Beast in an interview published today. “But I’m trying to step away from it for me, and for my artistic growth. It’s also more who I am. I’m not that woman.”
And step away from it she did: For her latest role as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1, out in theaters Friday, Dormer shifted gears to play Cressida, a filmmaker creating anti-Capitol, pro-Katniss propaganda for the rebel faction—a character baring more resemblance to Skrillex than a sexpot. She chatted with The Daily Beast about playing Cressida, as well as the status of feminism in Hollywood, and, most crucially, the troubling inequity between male and female nudity on Game of Thrones.
“During the first season Alfie [Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy] Richard [Madden, who plays Robb Stark], and several of the men got naked—although not all the way,” Dormer recalled when asked about the nudity ratios on the HBO series. “I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.” READ FULL STORY
Justified fans awaiting that final showdown between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) finally have a date to mark on their calendars: FX has announced the show’s sixth and final season will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.
Speaking to EW earlier this month, Goggins sounded as excited as viewers: “It’s interesting when Raylan chooses to insert himself into Boyd’s life, and it’s electric. I have always waited for this. I’ve wanted this experience with Tim since we did the pilot. Six years ago, I was looking forward to these interactions between these two men, and they are complicated and they just turn me on, man,” he said. “Graham [Yost] and all the writers, the crew, everybody understands that we have something to protect here—and we’re doing it for Elmore [Leonard] and for his legacy as much as we’re doing it for ourselves. So nothing has been taken for granted. Every scene that Boyd has had with Ava [Joelle Carter] has blown me away because so much is happening from word to word, from sentence to sentence. So much is changing all the time. Everything is loaded. It’s just a pleasure to be a part of. It leaves you exhausted mentally at the end of the day. A lot’s happenin’ in Harlan County,” he continued, laughing. “I mean there’s so many pieces movin’, I forget which game we’re playing sometimes.”
FX also announced the return of The Americans. Season three debuts on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Archer, meanwhile, is back for its sixth season on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.
Over on FXX, the tenth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will begin Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of the new comedy Man Seeking Woman at 10:30 p.m. ET. That stars Jay Baruchel as a twentysomething on a quest for love. READ FULL STORY
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