American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy delivered a surprise for fans today: He debuted the Freak Show main titles on his Twitter feed. Different from previous years, the credits are all stop-motion animation and give the AHS theme music a slight circus twist. They’re stunning—somewhat reminiscent of A Nightmare Before Christmas. The elaborate opener is not surprising given that Murphy has said that this is AHS‘ biggest year yet. READ FULL STORY
Showtime will kick off the new year on a funny note.
Fans of Mistresses should say their goodbyes to Savannah.
EW has confirmed that Alyssa Milano will not be returning for the third season of the ABC show, which was just recently picked up. Milano originally took to Twitter to announce the news. Her comment is below:
“After two wonderful seasons in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to shoot season three of Mistresses in Vancouver, Canada for financial reasons. It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can’t relocate. I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first and I just can not uproot my children and separate the family by moving away. I will miss this job desperately and wish everyone the absolute best.”
ABC did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Ready to salute Katherine Heigl?
With NBC having just won broadcast premiere week in the ratings, the network is starting its marketing campaign for its most promising new drama of the fall, State of Affairs. NBC held off on debuting the D.C. thriller starring Heigl as a CIA analyst who briefs the president (Alfre Woodard) to focus on launching the rest of its schedule first, including the return of last year’s breakout The Blacklist. With that mission nearly accomplished, State of Affairs will take over Blacklist’s coveted post-Voice slot starting Nov. 17.
Here’s the full art below, with Heigl in black leather and ready to brief the commander-in-chief. See every other fall broadcast show poster in EW‘s TV ads graded rundown. And if you don’t like this one, you’re just being difficult. READ FULL STORY
She was just a simple farm girl once upon a time. But then the zombie apocalypse happened and her entire family went either dead or missing. I guess that’s the bad news. The good news is that at least she has a swell boyfriend who is no longer acting like a tool because he could not forgive her for being sexually assaulted by the Governor. (Not Glenn’s finest hour.) READ FULL STORY
Hell hath no fury like an Ice Queen scorned.
Upon discovering Anna’s (Elizabeth Lail) necklace in Mr. Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) pawnshop during the Once Upon a Time premiere, Elsa (Georgina Haig) will lock down the town of Storybrooke in a bid to find her sister. But taking things to an icy level will have severe consequences for the residents, namely Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Check out a sneak peek at what’s ahead:
OMG, Seflie premiere ratings are pretty weak, LOL! ABC debuted its social media-skewing comedy last night, but most TV viewers swiped left :(
Seflie, which stars Karen Gillan and John Cho, had 4.9 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. last night. That’s down 55 percent from the debut of The Goldbergs in this slot last year. Selfie led into another new comedy, Manhattan Love Story (4.3 million, 1.3), starring Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman, which also performed very modest. The comedy block came in third place in the hour (Fox’s Utopia came in fourth). ABC’s one potential bragging point here is that both did better than Fox’s comedies, as New Girl and The Mindy Project are really struggling this season.
On the good news front, the second episode of CBS’ Person of Interest ticked up a notch from last week’s premiere. But everything else dipped to varying degrees. CBS’ NCIS: NO (16.4 million, 2.3) held up pretty well, only slipping 8 percent for its second episode. But the second week of ABC’s Agents of SHIELD (4.5 million, 1.7) was down 19 percent and the latest episode of ABC’s immortality drama Forever (5.6 million, 1.3) dropped an alarming 28 percent for its third episode.
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Maybe it hasn’t been put this way yet, but we’re living in the golden age of sketch comedy on television. When else has there been such a plethora of great options? Comedy Central has several of them—Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer—but comedy nerds should also be watching The Birthday Boys on IFC.
Executive produced by sketch-comedy guru Bob Odenkirk (for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour) and starring the titular L.A.-based group, the series returns for its second season Oct. 17—which leaves plenty of time to binge the 10-episode first season on Netflix if you missed it. Fans of Odenkirk’s seminal sketch series Mr. Show will undoubtedly see its influence on the Birthday Boys’ sketches, which mostly eschew timely references (that quickly grow dated) in favor of a more whimsical goofiness.
In this exclusive clip from the show’s upcoming second season, the Boys star in a commercial for designer clothes too expensive to really wear. It features another comedy legend, Dana Carvey (on whose short-lived sketch show Odenkirk wrote).
The Birthday Boys airs Friday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on IFC.
In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Wednesday night game plan:
Watch: Survivor (CBS): The long-running reality show revives the Blood vs. Water concept as nine pairs compete to win a million dollars in Nicaragua.
DVR: Arrow (The CW): Arrow returns with classic DC Comics villain Ra’s al Ghul as a new foe while Oliver (Stephen Amell) continues to contend with his identity as the titular superhero. Premieres Oct. 8.
Watch: Modern Family (ABC): The show continues with Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) honeymoon period while Haley (Sarah Hyland) struggles with her feelings for Andy (Adam Devine).
Watch: Black-ish (ABC): Black-ish follows the Johnsons, a family living the American dream—even though father Andre (Anthony Anderson) feels that his family isn’t living his particular definition of “the black experience.”
DVR: Red Band Society (Fox): The hospital drama follows a Breakfast Club-like group of kids who live in the pediatric ward while dealing with illness and the everyday struggles of the teenage experience.
Watch: American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX): Freak Show was doing three-boobs before it became a whole thing. FX continues the American Horror Story franchise, this time set in a circus of performers that features the three-boobed Desiree (Angela Bassett), conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), and bearded lady Ethel (Kathy Bates). Premieres Oct. 8.
DVR: Stalker (CBS): CBS’s new procedural follows LAPD detectives played by Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott, who handle the city’s incredibly creepy list of stalking cases.
Though Bones fans are heartbroken over the loss of Sweets, his death may ultimately help the Jeffersonian team uncover the big conspiracy.
PBS won 11 awards at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards followed close behind by CBS with 10. Four of PBS’s prizes came from Frontline programs, and two from Independent Lens, including the Oscar-nominated The Invisible War, about sexual assault in the military. The Invisible War won both the Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form and Best Documentary Emmys. READ FULL STORY
King Kong is coming to Netflix in 2016, but the animated Kong – King of the Apes won’t be telling the same old Skull Island story you’re used to hearing.
Set in 2050, Kong becomes a wanted fugitive after wrecking havoc at Alcatraz Island’s Natural History and Marine Preserve. What most humans on the hunt for the formidable animal don’t realize, though, is that Kong was framed by an evil genius who plans to terrorize the world with an army of enormous robotic dinosaurs. As the only beast strong enough to save humanity from the mechanical dinos, Kong must rely on the help of three kids who know the truth about him.
The original CGI animation series from Netflix and 41 Entertainment will be targeted at kids and introduced through a feature-length film that will be followed by 12 half-hour episodes starting in 2016. Industry vet Avi Arad, who’s produced Iron Man, the Spider-Man movies, and many of the X-Men films, is serving as executive producer on the series.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Avi who has made some of the most successful action and adventure franchises today and whose Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventure series has been very popular on Netflix around the world,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “With 41 Entertainment as our partner on this, we continue to work with some of the finest animation studios around the world to create shows that will appeal to kids of all ages globally.”
Arad added: “I always loved King Kong. This is a unique opportunity to introduce him in brilliant CGI animation to kids worldwide with the power of Netflix.”
All summer long, Person of Interest fans have dealt with one lingering question after last season’s so-good-it’s-maddening finale: Where are Finch, Reese and the rest of Team Machine supposed to go now?
With the library dismantled and the team now underground, Tuesday’s episode finally held the answer to the gestating question, revealing the whereabouts (well, vaguely) of the brand-new headquarters that will now serve as the meeting place for our newly displaced heroes. Viewers got their first peek at the new HQ—an abandoned subway station deep underneath New York City, far from the prying eyes of Samaritan—and EW has an exclusive, closer look at the new digs. READ FULL STORY
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