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Netflix's 'Marco Polo' teaser trailer is all about snakes, swords, and nudity

Who said 13th-century China was boring? Has anyone? Well, if they did, this Marco Polo teaser trailer would prove them very, very wrong.

In the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix show, which follows Polo on his adventures through Kublai Khan’s court, we get a glimpse into his “greatest adventure of all.” Said adventure appears to be full of violence, sex, more violence, and plenty of breathtaking scenery.

The 10-episode original series stars Lorenzo Richelmy in the titular role with Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan.


'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' bosses weigh in on tattooed mystery man

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Blame Hydra if you get spoiled.

There may be hope for Coulson yet!


'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Brett Dalton: Can Ward ever be trusted?

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. finally got back into the government’s good graces, but it came at a steep price.


'Ren & Stimpy,' 'Hey Arnold!' and more coming to Hulu

Prepare to binge…

Hulu and Viacom have extended their streaming deal.

Shows from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, TVLand, Spike, BET, and Logo will be added to the online streaming service, Hulu’s senior vice president and head of content, Craig Erwich, announced on Tuesday.

“Today, I am excited to share the news that we are extending our partnership with Viacom—to continue bringing thousands of episodes from some of Viacom’s most popular series and a selection of kids content to Hulu,” Erwich wrote.

Hulu Kids will now offer titles from Nickelodeon that have never been on the site before, including—90s kids rejoice—Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Drake & Josh, Hey Arnold!, and more. Additionally, Hulu Kids will also add a selection of Latino kid’s programming in Spanish from Nickelodeon, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As for comedies, full seasons of Key & Peele, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, and more, will be made available. Reality additions include Catfish, 16 & Pregnant, Snooki & JWoww, and more, with Workaholics, Faking It, and Hot in Cleavland rounding out the scripted series.

The new shows and episodes will be added over the coming weeks.

MTV's 'Scream' gets full series order


Finally, Teen Wolf has a scary friend.

MTV has handed a full series order to its TV adaptation of Scream, the 1996 slasher film and subsequent box office-busting horror franchise. The series will premiere in October 2015 with 10 episodes.

The co-production with Dimension TV was announced way back in May 2013 with the original announcement of a pilot order with Ravenswood writer Jill Blotevogel running the show and Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds) penning the pilot script. The series found its cast and director (Faking It’s Jamie Travis) in August. Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce alongside Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.

The high school-set series will follow a slew of not-yet-slain students: shy popular girl Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), artsy loner Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), computer geek Noah (John Karna), all-American athlete Will (Connor Weil), ferocious socialite Brooke (Carlson Young), and mysterious new kid Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). The show also stars Joel Gretsch as Sheriff Clark Hudson (Kieran’s father) and Tracy Middendorf as Maggie.

The horror drama seems a likely pair for MTV’s gargantuan supernatural hit Teen Wolf, which up until now has had free reign of the network’s teen horror genre. The series’ fifth season would serve as a strong lead-in for the similarly spooky Scream.

There is more horror to be had on TV, though; in related news, American Horror Story co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk recently announced a new anthology series on Fox titled Scream Queens, which will debut in fall 2015 and follow a college campus rocked by murders (in the first season). Murphy stated that he and Falchuk “hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror,” but original Scream creators Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven may agree to disagree about whether that genre’s already been duly created by the slasher franchise, which is as darkly funny as it is frightening (and, in the case of Drew Barrymore, gross).

Kurt Sutter temporarily sidelined from 'Sons of Anarchy' series finale (Updated)

Update: Kurt Sutter is back in action Wednesday, and Instagrammed a photo to prove it.

Original post: As if there wasn’t going to be enough drama in front of the camera during the filming of Sons of Anarchy‘s final episode, there was some behind-the-scenes on Monday, when creator Kurt Sutter had to excuse himself from the director’s chair to have his appendix removed. Sutter, who also wrote the series finale set to air Dec. 9, tweeted a photo of his outed organ.


TBS orders comedy pilot from 'Daily Show' correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee

TBS is headed south: The cable network announced on Tuesday that it has ordered a Key West-road-trip comedy pilot from Daily Show correspondents (and real-life spouses) Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, with the former starring in the prospective series. READ FULL STORY

Syfy plans to lure you back with these 5 shows


Syfy knows they messed up. Now they have a plan to win you back.

The cable network’s top executives won’t say this in such blunt language, but they acknowledge that somewhere along the line, the network missed an opportunity to have more great scripted dramas. It happened sometime after the name change from Sci Fi Channel to Syfy and the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica—the acclaimed series that was once mentioned by critics alongside titles like Mad Men and The Sopranos as representing TV’s top-tier of storytelling. Once the weary Battlestar crew decided to settle on Earth in the show’s 2009 series finale, Syfy did much the same thing by launching terrestrial-based dramas like Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, Haven, and Eureka.

Let’s be clear: Syfy executives do not regret those titles; many were successful. The mistake wasn’t the dramas Syfy made but the ones Syfy did not make—acclaimed, must-see high-end “serious” shows like Battlestar that would get a lot of buzz and super-passionate fans.

The post-Battlestar shift made sense on paper. Broad-targeted female-friendly fantasies like Twilight and Harry Potter were dominating the box office while breezy crime dramas on USA and TNT ruled cable. So Syfy doubled down on light, sci-fi-themed procedurals.  READ FULL STORY

Watch John meet Zed in 'Constantine' sneak peek

Constantine has a lot more on his plate to handle than just a couple of demons.


Lorraine Toussaint's Vee will not be returning to season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

It’s probably fair to say that Orange is the New Black’s Vee is a goner. READ FULL STORY

'Mysteries of Laura' gets full season order


Debra Messing’s domestic cop dramedy is getting a full season.

NBC has decided to give The Mysteries of Laura a complete 22-episode first season, the network announced. “Debra has effortlessly infused Laura with a relatability that is captivating audiences,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see how Laura will continue to evolve throughout the entire season.”

Before the season started, The Mysteries of Laura was a show that some observers thought might be a good candidate for the first canceled series of the season. Critics didn’t like the pilot, and the show’s tough Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot has been struggling for NBC in recent years. But Mysteries did better than its modest expectations, averaging 10.4 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49.

'The Originals' is launching a Kol-centric web series

Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson might be the best-known Originals, but their siblings have just as much baggage—even the youngest brother, Kol. And now there’s a web series to prove it.


'Sleepy Hollow' ratings slip to new low: What happened?


What happened to Sleepy Hollow?

Fox’s supernatural thriller was last season’s surprise hit, remember? The one that nobody saw coming? Sure, Sleepy Hollow ratings eroded during its first season. But then it came back this fall surprisingly weak. Now Monday night’s episode hit an all-time-worst rating (at least in these early numbers)—5 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. Even if the thriller climbs up a tick, at best it’s matching its recently set series low.

The problem isn’t the show’s lead-in—Gotham isn’t huge, but had 5.8 million and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. (Gotham was down a tenth from last week’s national number.) The show’s competition is on par with last year. Hollow does make up a fair amount of viewing on DVR, at least, with week three climbing 65 percent (not as much as Gotham, which climbed a really impressive 80 percent). So what’s the deal—is Ichabod losing his appeal? READ FULL STORY


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