Glee will begin its season with a two-part tribute to one of the greatest bands of all-time, The Beatles. Now, Columbia Records has released the full track-listing for the elaborate episode and announced there will be a special Glee/Beatles album out Sept. 24, just two days before the premiere. See the listing below. READ FULL STORY
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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.
HBO announced Sept. 3 that True Blood will end its run after seven seasons in 2014.
The final 10 episodes will air next summer.
“True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”
The sixth season of True Blood ended last month with an average gross audience of 10.6 million viewers per episode. The pay network says it remains one of its most popular series.
'The Writers' Room': 'American Horror Story' producers on the return of horror to TV -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
FX’s Emmy-nominated American Horror Story is one of the scariest and most ambitious series ever to hit the small screen. It also is part of a horror renaissance on television that includes AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fox’s The Following, and Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. On tonight’s season finale of Entertainment Weekly and The Sundance Channel’s behind-the-scene series The Writers’ Room, AHS‘ writer/producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear join star Lily Rabe to discuss the terrifying series and, in this exclusive clip, why viewers love being scared. Watch below…
The Writers’ Room airs at 10pm on The Sundance Channel. Season three of American Horror Story, this time subtitled Coven, premieres on Oct. 9 at 10pm on FX.
It’s over: CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable announced today that they have reached a new agreement. Service for the 3 million-plus subscribers who have been without service since Aug. 2 will resume at 6 p.m. ET today.
And just in time, too! The first NFL game of the regular season is set to air on CBS on Sept. 8.
Specific terms were not disclosed. The new deal involves CBS stations and Time Warner Cable systems in New York (WCBS and WLYW), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) and Dallas (KTVT and KTXA).
The blackout started when Time Warner balked at CBS’ demands for a subscriber increase from $1 to about $2. Since cable customers pay more than $5 for ESPN (which doesn’t air a full lineup of programming like the Masters, The Big Bang Theory, the Grammys, or the NCAA Tournament), the broadcast company didn’t think $2 was too much to ask. But TWC argued that CBS programming is still free over the air to homes and refused to pay. Ergo, a infuriating blackout that left fans of Under the Dome and Big Brother without their favorite programs.
The dispute prompted some court activity. In a class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, three customers charged that they subscribed to TWC service because of CBS-owned channels like CBS and Showtime but have been unable to access them due to the ongoing coverage blackout.
Meanwhile, CBS also tried to save face by saying the blackout had a minimal effect on ratings.
Fox will try yet again to remain relevant in the romance business with Dream Date, a new reality show in the works from Ryan Seacrest Prods.
The show which will could bow midseason focuses on a group of women on the hunt for love, Deadline reports. Fox isn’t releasing any details, though casting calls went out last spring for women ages 21 and over nationwide. “Do you think chivalry is dead?” the audition sheets read. “Are you asked or expected to pay half the final bill? Would you like to be wined and dined? Are you ready to have a life-changing dating experience?”
Apparently, the show includes a celebrity component. (Is that the life-changing part?)
Fox has tried for years to find a dating show that’ll pop as well as its 2000 hot mess Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? Recently, it failed in 2012 with The Choice, a ripoff of The Voice that featured four male celebrities in spinning chairs, looking for love. There was also the dead-on-arrival Take Me Out, hosted by George Lopez.
David Morrissey — aka the Governor on The Walking Dead — has been cast in a new drama pilot for AMC, which may fuel speculation that his character will finally meet his maker in season four.
But don’t despair, Dead-heads: The cable network insists that Morrissey will do double duty on the zombie drama and Line of Sight, which will focus on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator (Morrissey) who survives a mysterious plane crash. AMC told Deadline that both are produced in Atlanta, which will make it possible for the actor to work two jobs. Line Of Sight is from Blake Masters (2 Guns) and director Jonathan Demme.
Morrissey appeared alongside other cast members at Dead’s Comic-Con panel last month in San Diego. His character wasn’t featured in the trailer, though. Hmm…
The fourth season of The Walking Dead begins on Oct. 13.
Oops, was it something George Eads said?
Apparently it was: The actor who plays Nick Stokes on CSI is taking a leave of absence from the CBS drama. THR is reporting that Eads, who is an original member of the show, got into a heated exchange with a pregnant writer on the drama over his character’s storyline. The argument reportedly got back to Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn, who then had her own mano e mano with Eads.
What happened at that meeting? Hard to say, but CBS Studios did issue this statement sometime later: “George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season. We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon.”
No return date was announced, though.
THR says the show will deal with Eads’ absence in the fourth episode when Marg Helgenberger reprises her role as Catherine Willows for the 300th episode. CSI returns for its 14th season on Sept. 25.
In 2004, Eads and his co-star Jorja Fox were briefly fired after a contract dispute with CBS and the production company over their salaries.
The NBC sudser Days of Our Lives said Monday that it will replace Chandler Massey, who shot his last scene Friday as Will Horton.
“As Chandler Massey announced back in June, he will be leaving the show to further pursue his education and other entertainment opportunities,” according to a show statement. “While Days of our Lives is disappointed to lose such a talent, the show understands and supports him in his future endeavors. Due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton, a mutual decision has been made for the changes to taken place immediately. Chandler will always be a part of the Days family and we wish him nothing but continued success.”
Massey won two daytime Emmys for playing a gay character on the soap that he joined in 2010. He released this statement on his last day at work: “I’m done. It’s bittersweet. These four years have been so amazing. I’ve built a family here. I’m so grateful to everyone for these amazing four years.”
Last February, Massey’s character finally kissed another man — a first for the NBC sudser. Will came out of the closet in 2011.
Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys may become a series at SyFy.
The cable net announced today that it’s developing a pilot about a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
Production is set to begin in November on the script from Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita). The pilot is cast contingent — meaning, if they can’t find actors to fill the roles originally played by the likes of Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt in the movie — the project won’t go forward.
The film grossed over $160 million and earned Pitt an Academy Award nomination.
Cue those patriotic trumpets! CBS is developing an update of Love, American Style, the anthology series that originally aired as part of ABC’s Friday night lineup in the ’70s.
Deadline reports that the project will veer away from the show’s original format, which worked from 1969 to 1974. Instead, the new script from Jana Sinyor (Being Erica) and Aaron Martin (The Best Years) will follow four different couples who are connected through their complicated relationships. This is only a script deal; the network still has to order it to pilot before even considering it for its fall 2014 lineup.There have been several attempts to bring back the anthology series that gave actors like Jo Ann Worley, Richard Gautier, and Joyce Van Patten some regular work back in the day. In 1985, a daytime version dubbed New Love, American Style bowed on ABC but it was short-lived. In 1998, ABC then developed a new edition starring Melissa Joan Hart but it wasn’t ordered to series.
In 2010, NBC developed a like-minded anthology series called Love Bites that starred Becki Newton and Greg Grunberg. Though originally developed for the regular season, the Peacock regulated the show to the summer, where it eventually fizzled.
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:
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CBS has settled a dispute with producers of ABC’s alleged Big Brother knock-off, Glass House, the network announced today.
The news comes a year after CBS tried but failed to gain traction on a suit brought against ABC and producers of Glass House, claiming copyright infringement. When that motion failed to get the courts to bar ABC from airing the program, CBS dropped the suit and instead pursued arbitration, which takes place out of the courts, against some of the show’s producers.
CBS’ statement reads in full:
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