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HBO cancels 'Hello Ladies' and 'Family Tree'

HBO has decided not to move ahead with new seasons of Hello Ladies and Family Tree, two comedies that launched last year to favorable reviews but failed to capture the zeitgeist like Girls.

Hello Ladies was adapted by Stephen Merchant’s stand-up show of the same name. It starred the comedian as an Englishman looking for love in L.A. The series will end with a special.

Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy from Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. It bowed in May and starred Chris O’Dowd as a young man investigating his lineage.

'Vikings' first look: A History Channel love triangle! -- PHOTO

In anticipation of the second season debut of Vikings on Feb. 27, History released some photos that tease the love triangle between Ragnar, Lagertha and Aslaug. (Now there are some monikers you’ll never see on a list of the most popular baby names, eh?)

History offers this tease: “Will Ragnar’s indiscretions with Lagertha threaten his marriage? Will Lagertha stay by her husbands’ side or leave him? In the premiere episode, Aslaug makes her way to Kattegat and brings with her a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament. Who will he choose?”

Take a gander…

'Penny Dreadful': See a new image from Showtime's upcoming monster mash -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Showtime’s new horror-drama, Penny Dreadful, premiering this Spring, posits that Victorian London was one helluva town, in which characters from classic novels like Frankenstein and Dracula crossed paths with each other—and with an American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) and a mysterious woman (Eva Green) who’s battling her own demons (the pair can be seen in the above exclusive image) .

Creator John Logan (Skyfall) says he drew inspiration from ’40s monster mash-up movies. Says Logan, “I thought there was incredible excitement to slamming all those myths together so that’s what we’re embracing in Penny Dreadful.” Though his take has a premium-cable bent — “It’s highly erotic, very bloody” — there’s a humanity to the horror. “It’s about building a family,” says Logan. “Admittedly, the creepiest family you can imagine.”

'Reliable Sources': Three things to know about Sunday's premiere

CNN this morning will premiere new host Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources, a show that examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover. Stelter’s guests include The New York Times’ Bill Keller and Ryan Seacrest. EW asked Stelter, a former TV reporter for The New York Times, to answer a few questions about his new gig. READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary show to be screened in more than 300 theaters

This November’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary show really will be bigger on the inside — the inside of cinemas, anyway. BBC America announced today that on Nov. 23, the 75 minute-long “The Day of the Doctor” will be screened in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis at the same time the special is being simulcast around the world. The screenings will be 3-D with tickets going on sale Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

'Best Funeral Ever' returns to TLC -- EXCLUSIVE

Dying to see more of those crazy parties for the dead on Best Funeral Ever? You’re in luck: TLC will air seven more half-hour episodes beginning Oct. 23

The unscripted show that launched Jan. 6 focuses on the Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home that organizes unique (a nice way to put it) funerals that are dubbed “home-going celebrations.”  The elaborate farewells are expected to continue this season with a track and field-themed funeral, a tribute for a sweet tooth that involves a chocolate-covered coffin, and a party for a youth who liked to eat breakfast three times a day.
Yeah, we know. That’s why you have to see it to believe it: READ FULL STORY

TVGN's docuseries 'Mother of All Talent' puts kids talent agents in reality spotlight -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Pageant moms, take note: A new stage-obsessed mom is invading reality television. TV Guide Network has set an Oct. 22 premiere date for Mother of All Talent, a new eight-episode original series starring casting agents Nikki and Lorri, a mother-and-daughter duo and partners of Tribune Talent, a kids talent agency based out of Staten Island, New York. Below, EW has an exclusive first look at the coming drama, via a promo for the series.

Daughter Lorri describes herself as “diplomatic” whereas mom Nikki does not mince words or her opinion — even in front of the underage talent. Nikki tells a potential client to whiten her teeth “so this way they’re not so yellow.” Brutal, sure, but that is what whitening teeth is meant to do.

Nikki and Lorri’s good cop-bad cop partnership is put on display while working with and coaching wannabe child stars and their ambitious parents. (Lorri’s son, she reveals played the character of Brady, son to Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda, on Sex and the City.) The mother-daughter team encounters stage parents of every variety, including one woman who wants her daughter to follow in her footsteps “except for like the Playboy stuff.”

Check out the exclusive sneak peek of Mother of All Talent below:


'American Horror Story': First 'Coven' clip with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett -- VIDEO

Fans of FX’s American Horror Story finally get their first peek at the cast in the teaser for the latest incarnation of the mini-series, this time subtitled Coven.

Set in New Orleans at a finishing school for young witches, the teaser gives viewers a look at stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, and Jamie Brewer. Watch the clip below:

Style to become Esquire Network


The home of Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious is about to get a new image — as a destination for men.

NBCUniversal — which entered a partnership with Hearst — will turn Style into the Esquire Network on Sept. 23. The original plan was to transform NBCUni’s male-skewing G4 into Esquire but the conglomerate decided to upend the female-loving Style instead.

According to an internal memo obtained by THR, NBCU Chairman Bonnie Hammer explained that Style was “redundant” in the company’s profile. “One of the hallmarks of our success is brand clarity. Our goal has always been delivery of compelling content by means of distinct, complementary brands, each in its clearly defined lane. With Bravo, E! and Oxygen, we offer unique takes on popular culture for an ever-broadening audience, including the all-important female demo. In pursuit of that same demo, Style presents brand overlap within our portfolio. Esquire Network, on the other hand, offers an opportunity to introduce a lifestyle network that speaks to an upscale male audience underserved in the current marketplace.”

Style confections like Giuliana & Bill will probably move to E!, THR says, while others will continue on the Esquire schedule.

The hope is that the Esquire Network will appeal to mature and affluent men.

'American Horror Story': See the new snaky, sexy poster for 'Coven' -- PHOTO


It’s not premiering for a month still, but American Horror Story: Coven has been slowly releasing video teasers to build buzz for its new season, set in New Orleans and focusing on witches. Now, FX has released the first poster for the series (see above) and it’s a doozy with a snake entering and exiting three different women’s mouths.

AHS: Coven debuts Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. on FX and stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, and Patti Lupone.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck to debut as co-host of 'Fox & Friends' on ...

After bidding farewell to The View last month, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is set to debut as co-host on cable news morning show Fox & Friends on Monday, Sept. 16.

Hasselbeck will join current co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on a redesigned set, which will also be unveiled on the 16th. With Doocy and Kilmeade both having been with the show from its launch in 1998, Hasselbeck’s role will be to “interview key newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians,” according to a press release.

After CBS and Verizon reach a new deal, Les Moonves claims Time Warner turned down 'exactly the same deal'


CBS and Verizon have officially reached a three-year content carriage agreement, which allows for “continued retransmission of CBS owned stations and wider distribution of CBS Sports Network on Verizon’s FIOS TV in multiple markets across the country,” according to a press release.

The deal ensures distribution of CBS-owned stations in multiple Verizon markets, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, areas that are also home to Time Warner Cable subscribers.

“We are very pleased to reach this agreement with Verizon and its FIOS service,” said Ray Hopkins, CBS Corporation president for Television Networks Distribution. “This deal was reached in a short period of time, and CBS has once again achieved fair value for our over-the-air rights. Verizon is a distribution partner of growing importance to us that provides excellent service to its expanding number of subscribers, and we are glad that this partnership will continue and grow.”

This deal with Verizon now puts the spotlight back on Time Warner Cable, particularly after CBS CEO Leslie Moonves sent a memo to his staff claiming that TWC was offered a very similar deal and has yet to move toward an agreement. “You should know that Time Warner Cable has been offered almost exactly the same deal for CBS carriage to which Verizon has agreed,” Moonves said in the memo.

Read Moonves’ entire memo to his staff below:

Al Jazeera America dropped by AT&T U-verse -- UPDATED

UPDATE: Al Jazeera has filed a suit against AT&T after the company dropped the just-launched network earlier today.

Al Jazeera released the following statement:

“Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T. Unfortunately AT&T’s decision to unilaterally delete Al Jazeera America presented us with circumstances that were untenable — an affiliate that has willfully and knowingly breached its contractual obligations. Accordingly, we had no choice but to take this action and to enforce Al Jazeera America’s rights under its agreement with AT&T — and to compel AT&T to do the right thing.

Al Jazeera America’s strong hope is to resolve this matter quickly so that AT&T’s customers will have access to our unbiased, fact-based and in depth coverage of the news that is important to Americans.”

EARLIER: New channel Al Jazeera America officially launched this afternoon, but many cable viewers won’t be able to access it.

AT&T U-verse has dropped the channel, EW has confirmed. “We dropped the current TV channel, and will not carry Al Jazeera America, on U-verse due to contract disputes. We could not reach an agreement with the owner that we believed provided value for our customers and our business,” an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement.

Time Warner Cable dropped Current TV back in January, and is currently in negotiations to get Al Jazeera America, which they don’t currently offer. A rep for Time Warner Cable told EW, “We’re in discussions.”

Al Jazeera America is the first cable news channel to launch since Fox News back in 1996; it will take over Current TV’s airwaves. The Wrap points out that today Al Jazeera America is available in about 48 million homes, compared to about 100 million for its competitors.


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