Limitless will now go from 100 to zero, as CBS has officially canceled the freshman procedural. Producers had been looking for a back-up home for the movie-cum-TV drama, but THR's sources said Wednesday that both Amazon and Netflix passed. "I'm truly sad to report that #Limitless will not continue on any platform," showrunner Craig Sweeny confirmed via Twitter. "Thanks so much to everyone who watched." Last month's season finale now marks the series finale. Added co-EP Doug Aarniokoski: "We loved making it for y'all. See you down the road soon #riplimitless."
Were you wondering what sort of manly men would get into dark and twisted trouble in the third season of True Detective? If so, we've got bad news for you: According to a THR profile of new HBO programming head Casey Bloys, a third season of the crime anthology series is probably not on the menu. More likely, sources say, is a different series from creator Nic Pizzolatto, who signed an exclusive deal with HBO last fall. The news is not incredibly surprising — even at the height of True D mania, Pizzolatto said he couldn't imagine making more than three seasons of the show. There's no word on what Pizzolatto's other ideas could be, but knowing what happened in season two, a Hollywood satire is probably out of the question.
It's a play right out of, well, HBO's playbook. THR reports that current Starz CEO and former HBO chair Chris Albrecht is moving the network's entire programming slate from Saturday nights to Sunday nights, putting the network in direct competition with other premium cable outlets that air Sunday nights (HBO, Showtime, and AMC's The Walking Dead, to name a few). The move is designed to make Starz a bigger part of the cultural conversation once the work week begins anew on Mondays. "Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays," said Albrecht. The move begins July 17 with the season three premiere of Power, the network's highest-rated series by Courtney A. Kemp (you know, the one starring 50 Cent) and continues when Survivor's Remorse returns for its third season July 24. Saturday nights will instead be reserved for movies — just like on HBO.
Here's the long and short of it, and we promise it's no tall tale: Epix has gone long on a TV adaptation of Get Shorty, ordering a series based on both the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel and the 1995 movie, which starred John Travolta, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito. The pitch, in short: A mobster moves from Nevada to Hollywood, where he picks up a job as a producer, but can't escape the long shadow of his criminal past. (A tiny reminder that the '90s are long gone: The new series will be a "modern-day re-envisioning" of the original.) Davey Holmes (Shameless, In Treatment) adapted the lengthy read for the small screen. Production on the hour-long dark comedy is set to start shortly, in time for a summer 2017 debut.
After months of searching, Being Mary Jane finally has a new showrunner. BET has scored former The Good Wife executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish to take over for the show's creator and departing showrunner Mara Brock Akil, as well as director Salim Akil. Also joining as executive producer is Will Packer, who's already an executive producer on the upcoming Roots remake and ABC's Uncle Buck. Kodish will also serve as an executive producer, as will the Akils, who signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV last August. After stalling production during the search, the hit show starring Gabrielle Union, which has already been renewed for a fourth season, is set to begin filming later this year in Atlanta. Here's how Union celebrated the news:
Darling, sit down. Your calendar's about to get very glittery for the foreseeable future: Over the next two years, we're getting three (!) new Mariah Carey movies, in addition to her first reality show. Deadline reports that Mariah has signed a two-year deal with the Hallmark Channel to create, executive produce, direct, and co-star in three new original movies for the network; she'll also write an original song for each. The first is set to debut in early 2017 during Hallmark's Countdown to Valentine’s Day, which means we may very well be blessed with a Mariah Carey rom-com. Just imagine. Carey and Hallmark previously teamed up for a holiday musical special, Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas, and a holiday movie, A Christmas Melody, in which Mariah starred and even made her directorial debut. Her reality show, Mariah's World, is set to air sometime later this year on E!, which means we're about to have even more Mariah on TV than we ever knew we could handle. How long until she gets her own network?
It’ll be like Mad Max: Fury Road, but instead of warmongering and environmental collapse, it’ll have Justin Bieber singing in a Range Rover. CBS Studios International announced today that "Carpool Karaoke," the breakout segment from The Late Late Show With James Corden, is now available for use worldwide. “Ever since Carpool Karaoke has aired as part of The Late Late Show With James Corden, the requests for the format have been overwhelming,” Paul Gilbert, senior vice president of international formats, said in a release. “International broadcasters can now leverage Carpool Karaoke’s huge digital and broadcast success for their own local viewers.” This version of "Carpool Karaoke" will be available in 30- or 60-minute episodes, each featuring a host and a celeb belting it out in a specially equipped car. Which perhaps begs the question, how many famous singers does the Earth even contain? Is it equal to or less than the number of roads? Think about it. If you calculate the number of streets against the number of countries and divide by quantity of celebrities ... dear God, Adele is going to spend the rest of her life singing in a minivan.
Everyone is filled with a certain amount of righteous anger on Facebook, but invoking the power of Prince and Beyoncé? That should be reserved for bringing about a fiery apocalypse, and a fiery apocalypse only. Variety reports that Tamar Braxton is exiting her co-host position on The Real, having been a part of the show’s panel since its inception in 2013.
“The Real and Tamar Braxton have mutually decided that Tamar will not be continuing with the show for its upcoming third season,” the singer and show announced in a joint statement. “She will be leaving in order to concentrate on her solo career. Everyone associated with The Real appreciates Tamar’s efforts and the contributions she has made to the show’s success, and we wish her all the best for the future.” Over on Facebook, however, Tamar has recently been deeply wounded by an act of treachery. “I love u all but I have been stabbed in the back by someone I stupidly trusted (not my man or my sisters),” she wrote. “I am not about to be tried and tested to snitch (👀) and it's not in good taste to tell you who...... but as #tamartians you are very smart and can figure things out on your own.” The star of Braxton Family Values concludes, “I am Tamar Braxton. And if you thought for 1 sec u played me.....In the late great prince and the amazing Beyoncé voice you PLAYED yourself.” What’s worse: Tamar Braxton was stabbed in the back by a person or persons at The Real, or she’s leaving The Real and completely unrelatedly she was utterly betrayed?
Fast 8 Reveals Charlize Theron’s Villainess, and While She Might Appear Calm, Chances Are She Is Actually Extremely FuriousBy Halle Kiefer
Loves: Metallica, guns, fastness. The Fast & Furious Twitter account just dropped a first look at Charlize Theron’s Fast 8 bad gal Cipher, who is apparently more furious than both former military and mercenaries. Ah, but is she as fast as them? Just kidding, of course she is. This is the eighth film in the franchise; they certainly aren’t going to have villain who is less fast or less furious than previous villains. The Fast & Furious team knows how to read a room, especially if that room has a beautiful car exploding through it at 200 mph.
[Warning: Spoilers from the Grey's Anatomy finale follow.]
Confirming suspicions raised last month, Sara Ramirez announced Thursday that she's leaving Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital — at least for the time being. The update came tied to the Grey's Anatomy season-12 finale, which saw Ramirez's character, Dr. Callie Torres, receive a shared child-custody offer from her ex-wife, Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw). "I'm deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey's Anatomy & ABC but for now I'm taking some welcome time off," Ramirez tweeted. "Shonda's been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations!" At the end of April, Ramirez had hinted that this year would entail a "wrap for Doctor Callie Torres," but it wasn't — and still isn't — clear if that's permanent or if she'll be back in the future. If it's the former, the ten-season veteran's move puts her in the same company as other esteemed Grey's actors who have left recently, including Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey.
The CW released its upcoming fall schedule for the 2016–17 television season Thursday morning ahead of its upfront presentation. There are a few major changes to the schedule, namely that Greg Berlanti's Supergirl is moving networks from CBS to its younger sibling, the CW, where it will lead into Jane the Virgin on Monday nights. That means the Golden Globe–winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend moves to Friday nights, where it will be paired with The Vampire Diaries. The move isn't entirely surprising, given CXG's low ratings and the fact that it will have less ratings pressure in a Friday evening slot.
Otherwise, there aren't major changes to the network's schedule, with just two new additions: Romantic comedy No Tomorrow gets a lead-in from The Flash on Tuesdays, and the cop drama with a time-traveling twist Frequency is on Wednesdays with Arrow.
The full schedule is below with the new shows in bold:
Our dream of a Good Wife expanded universe might be coming true: THR reports that Christine Baranski is in negotiations to reprise her role of Diane Lockhart in a TGW spinoff, with the magnificently attired attorney Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) also expected to make the jump. Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King are in talks to write the show's pilot, though they're too busy with the political satire BrainDead to stay on as showrunners for the spinoff.
Rob Corddry’s New Adult Swim Pilot Is About the Hindenburg and Boy, If That Doesn’t Have You Laughing Already!By Halle Kiefer
Zeppelin wranglers, Zeppelin pilots, zeppoles for craft services, firefighters, fire encouragers, Nazi uniforms, probably some microphones or whatever: The budget for Rob Corddry’s new pilot, The Hindenburg Explodes!, must be astronomical. The 15-minute pilot, which was just picked up by Adult Swim, was co-written by Josh Perilo and Jonathan Stern, and will follow the Hindenburg’s 1937 infamous flight from Germany to New Jersey, telling the story of “that flight and its unusual crew and passengers.” Spoiler alert for those of you unfamiliar with the Hindenburg: The trip has a real twist ending.
In Hollywood, the tweets and email alerts from industry trades trumpeting the announcements of superstar actors and showrunners attached to flashy TV projects roll out with almost numbing regularity now: Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange team up for FX, Amy Adams heads to HBO, Drew Barrymore joins Timothy Olyphant for a Netflix comedy.
It’s like the Curious Incident of the Host in the Morning Time over here. Only instead of dog murderers, it's friendly faced men with perfect teeth and impeccable prompter-reading skills. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Bush will be joining NBC's Today show during its 9 a.m. hour, alongside Tamron Hall, Willie Geist, and Al Roker. Seeing as Live With Kelly and Michael is positioned in direct competition with Today's 9 a.m. slot, there's obviously no way Billy Bush could possibly secretly be Kelly Ripa's new Live co-host, unless *rips Billy Bush's wig off dramatically*... Oh God, sorry Mr. Bush. Yeah, no, looks like that whole situation is still up in the air.
Hillary Clinton and the Ghostbusters Cast Head to Ellen, Hopefully to Unveil the Government’s Vast Ghost ConspiracyBy Halle Kiefer
Who cares if the government has been concealing information about UFOs or aliens landing at Area 51? We need their dirt on all the ghosts. Have you seen Ghost Hunters? They find evidence of supernatural infestation 100 percent of the time. That percentage is simply too high. Hopefully Hillary Clinton and the cast of Ghostbusters can get to the bottom of America's secret wraith problem when they all appear on Ellen Wednesday, May 25. And really, if the choice was between calling the Ghostbusters and calling Hillary Clinton, you know Hillary would bust your ghost in a shorter amount of time with minimal hilarious banter. Plus she probably has a less obtrusive car.
Nintendo is chasing silver-screen dreams, according to the Asahi Shimbun, because the game maker wants more opportunities to support its most popular franchises. The company's president, Tatsumi Kimishima, told the Japanese paper Monday that he and his team are "negotiating with a number of movie production companies around the world in search of a partner for full-fledged filmmaking," though they "want to do as much as we can by ourselves." Nintendo has historically licensed its properties for TV series and films, but now it wants a more active role in production, financially and creatively. Kimishima didn't share many other specifics, but the Shimbun noted that prospective films would enjoy global releases and likely unspool as 3D-animated features. The first project is slated to arrive two-to-three years from now and will showcase "characters everyone knows," according to Variety. Super Smash Bros.: The Movie, anyone?
Count on Mariah Carey to rouse the advertising executives from their slumber at the NBC upfronts when she came in on a loveseat carried by two shirtless men, thus creating new commuting goals for everyone. Carey was there to present her new E! reality show (ahem, eight-part docu-series), Mariah's World. "I have a rule which states that I will not be seen in fluorescent lighting without sunglasses," Mariah Carey says in the trailer. Good luck trying to catch her under the harsh light of reality, E!
Another season is definitely out there. During a conversation with reporters Monday, Fox TV group chair Dana Walden all but confirmed the speculation: There will be more X-Files. Walden said that there have been “conversations” with both series creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. "Everyone is onboard to do another installment of the show," she said. Walden said it could take some time to put together a show since the actors are working on various projects right now, with fellow chair Gary Newman later suggesting a new season likely wouldn’t be able to come together any earlier than late 2017 or early 2018. There’s also a continuing discussion of exactly how many episodes the next chapter of the series would run, Newman added. But he made it clear Fox wanted the show to be back. “The network and studio want more,” Newman said.
Toby Jones Joins Sherlock As a New Villain, and Oh, You Better Believe There Will Be Some Nefarious Mind GamesBy Halle Kiefer
Jeez, when is London gonna catch a break? These evil hyperintelligent madmen are popping up everywhere. To wit, Wayward Pines actor Toby Jones starts filming today on the second episode of Sherlock's fourth season as a new, as-of-yet unnamed bad guy. "I'm excited and intrigued by the character I shall be playing in Sherlock," he said. Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat added that he's "delighted to have Toby Jones on board, bringing to life one of Doyle's finest villains." No word on which of Holmes's nemeses he will portray, but based on everything we know from the first three seasons of Sherlock, he is probably a really smart guy. Top-notch brain, if we had to venture a guess. Good at thinking, that is for sure.
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