Fox has revealed the rollout of their 2017 TV schedule. Beginning Sunday, March 5, the network adds Making History to join Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy and the spring premiere of Last Man on Earth. Beginning Thursday, March 9, Kicking and Screaming will join Masterchef Junior. On Wednesday, March 22, you can look for the series premiere of Shots Fired partnered up with Empire. Tuesday, April 4 sees the return of Prison Break, following New Girl and The Mick, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine taking over for New Girl on Tuesdays beginning April 11.
Speaking of Empire, according to Deadline the show has been picked up for fourth season. As stated, the series returns from winter hiatus on March 22. Meanwhile, Fox has ordered four additional episodes of The Mick, bringing the season total to 17.
NBC is stepping up their talent for the new dance competition series World of Dance. Jenna Dewan Tatum joins Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and executive producer Jennifer Lopez as judges for the 10 episode series. According to Deadline, the series will also feature choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo and director Alex Rudzinksi.
After mastering the big screen, the Coen Brothers have partnered with Annapurna on their first TV project, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The siblings wrote the script and they’ll also direct the project.
Here’s some news deserving of a mighty fine cup of coffee. After much speculation, Showtime has announced a May 21 premiere date for the return of David Lynch’s iconic series Twin Peaks. The network will air a two-hour premiere at 9PM ET/PT, with episodes 3 and 4 being made available on demand via Showtime’s streaming platform In all, there will be 18 new hours of Twin Peaks. But for fans hoping for more, TVLine reports that Showtime CEO David Nevin says this season is “designed to be a closed-ended, one-time event.”
Though season three is still in progress, Showtime has announced plans to renew The Affair for a fourth season. The Season 3 finale is set to air on Jan. 29 at 10PM ET/PT.
And while we’re on Showtime’s scheduling, the network has announced plans to order the new series White Famous, which will be headlined by former Saturday Night Live comedian and master impressionist Jay Pharoah. Deadline reports the project is reportedly inspired by comedian Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences coming up in the business, with Pharoah starring as comedian Floyd Mooney struggling with his growing fame.
The View is heading to warmer climate in March, taking the show to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Deadline reports that daytime talk show will tape from the Animal Kingdom the week of March 6-10, with plans to visit all four of the resort’s parks.
After turning heads at the Golden Globes, Drew Barrymore and Tim Olyphant’s new Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet has a pair of new promos. The series features Barrymore as a suburban housewife who dies, but comes back to life looking better than ever with a taste for human flesh. The promos play up Barrymore’s character’s new diet and the dark comedy that will inevitably ensue. The series will debut on Netflix Feb. 3. See the promos below.
Though her life has taken many twists and turns along the way, it looks as though Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath will resume her writing career in the upcoming final season of the HBO series Girls. A new trailer for the sixth season shows Hannah trying to get back into the swing of things with her “final chapter.” Girls returns to HBO’s lineup Feb. 12. See the trailer below.
Finding one quality gig in Hollywood is an accomplishment. Having two simultaneously is an even bigger achievement, but that’s what Christine Baranski has done. The Emmy winner has spent the past seven years playing Diane Lockhart on CBS’s highly acclaimed series The Good Wife, and on the side, she’s had a recurring role as Leonard Hofstadter’s mother on TV’s top-rated comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Even though they may share the same face, there’s no chance you would ever confuse the two characters, and that’s why Baranski loves having the opportunity to play both. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christine Baransk)
Even though The Good Wife is gone, Diane Lockhart lives on! Baranski’s spin-off series, The Good Fight, premieres on the CBS All Access streaming app on February 19.
For seven decades, the Archie comics has been entertaining the world featuring the iconic characters Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge and Reggie Mantle. Now they will come to life on a weekly basis as The CW delivers a different take on Archie with the new series Riverdale.
The series will have Archie and his friends exploring the deep underbelly and eccentricities that exist amidst the suburban town’s seemingly sunny exteriors. New Zealand actor K.J. Apa, who headlines the show as the titular character, knows this project will have its share of pressure. Generations of comic book lovers have their own vision of Archie, and Apa admits that he’s a bit nervous about taking on such a beloved character. The good news is that Apa is getting great feedback on Riverdale, which bodes well for the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear K.J.Apa).
Riverdale premieres January 26 on The CW.
Tom Hiddleston won his first Golden Globe for his work in The Night Manager (Best Actor in a TV miniseries or movie), and during his speech he recalled a meeting he had while doing humanitarian work in South Sudan. Hiddleston was traveling on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund, and during one evening at a canteen he met a group from Doctors Without Borders.
“They wanted to say hello because during the shelling the previous month, they had binge-watched The Night Manager,” said the actor. “And the idea that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people who work for Unicef, Médecins Sans Frontiéres (Doctors Without Borders) and the World Food Program who are fixing the world in the places where it’s broken, well, this is lovely.”
While talking to press backstage, Hiddleston shared another memorable story. While doing research for The Night Manager, he recounted an evening he spent working at London’s Rosewood Hotel. Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hiddleston’s own experience as a night manager:
One of the many highlights from The Golden Globes came from Viola Davis,who who honored her father while accepting her supporting actress award for her work in the film. This was her first Golden Globe after receiving four nods, and while on stage she talked about how Denzel Washington’s character in Fences resonated with her.
“To the original Troy, my father Dan Davis, born in 1936. He had a fifth-grade education and didn’t know how to read until he was 15,” she said. “But you know what? He had a story and it deserved to be told — and August Wilson told it.”
The 51-year-old actress, who’s also the lead of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and starred in last year’s hit Suicide Squad, has explored many genres in the film and TV medium. Still, working in the world of August Wilson was a unique experience for Davis (she also won a Tony for her work in Fences).
Click on the media bar below to hear Viola Davis talk about the power of August Wilson’s storytelling:
In the glut of Oscar season, the film Lion is getting somewhat overlooked, but it is definitely worth taking the journey along with the film’s central character.
The movie stars Dev Patel as the grown up Saroo, a man who has thrived thanks to an adoptive family in Australia though he just can’t shake the events that led him to his state in life. As a youth, a 5-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) tailed alongside his older brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), eager to prove he was big enough to join him in providing for their family. But when Saroo doses off on a train platform, his brother leaves him and tell his to stay put until he returns. After awaking, the young Hindi boy decides to seek refuge in a train car while waiting for his brother, but later wakes up with the train in transit and no way to get off.
The train eventually stops in Calcutta, a Bengali-speaking country and the young Saroo has no idea how to get back home. Barely surviving on the streets and learning that a search to find his family has proved unproductive, Saroo eventually lands at what amounts to an orphanage and is eventually adopted by an Australia couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham), who takes him in and raises Saroo as their own.
For the most part, Saroo has a happy and promising new life aided by Brierley’s, and it isn’t until spotting some Indian treats at a party with friends that Saroo is confronted with the trauma of his youth. He’s now of age to deal with that happened to him in his youth and possibly do something about it. What follows is an exhaustive search to find his home, often at the cost of pulling away from his loved ones. Rooney Mara plays the supportive girlfriend struggling to come to terms with Saroo’s quest, while Kidman also turns in some emotional work as the mother who knows her son is hiding something and tormented by what that may be.
But while both Mara and Kidman do well in supporting roles, this film is really about Patel as Saroo and his at times hopeful, at times hopeless search. It’s a journey that ultimately pulls you in and has you rooting along the way. The film is bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and comes from a true-to-life experience. Director Garth Davis pays it off at the end with footage of the real life Saroo as he attempts to find the family he once knew. You may not find a more moving film this Oscar season.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story narrowly beat newcomer Hidden Figures this weekend, as it took in over $21.9 million. Hidden Figures, powered by strong performances from Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, made $21.8 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - This bonafide hit makes $21.9 million and worldwide it’s already made $914 million.
2. Hidden Figures - $21.8 million
3. Sing - $19.57 million
4.Underworld: Blood Wars - $13.1 million
5. La La Land - One of this year’s best pictures collects $10 million at the box office.
6. Passengers - The Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt flick makes $8.8 million.
7. Why Him? - James Franco and Bryan Cranston comedy has amassed $48.56 million domestically. This weekend, it took in $6.5 million.
8. Moana - $6.4 million
9. Fences - This film should receive earn Oscar nominations for Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Based on August Wilson’s acclaimed play, Fences makes $4.7 million this weekend.
10. Assassin’s Creed - Michael Fassbender’s star power and a popular video game franchise could not save this movie from being a box office misfire. It makes $3.8 million over the weekend and its worldwide take is just $99.89 million.
Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, The Kingdom) is an actor who’s no stranger to actions films. Sleepless, co-starring Michelle Monaghan (Patriots Day) and directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran bo Odar (Who Am I), continues Foxx’s love for the genre.
The story centers on Vincent Downs (Foxx), an undercover Las Vegas police officer who’s attempting to unmask a group of corrupt cops and a mob dominated, underground casino. When Downs’ teenage son is kidnapped by gangsters, he undergoes a “sleepless” night to find the culprits and rescue his child. Monaghan co-stars as the internal affairs officer who doesn’t know Downs is on the right side of the law.
Though many action films often rely on extravagant car chases and quick, flashy edits, Sleepless actually is a throwback to cop projects of yesteryear. Click on the media bar below to hear Jamie Foxx explain why Sleepless reminds him of an episode of the Teddy Savalas headlined series Kojak.
Sleepless opens nationwide January 13.
After receiving raves for delivering the August Wilson play Fences on Broadway, Denzel Washington helps bring it to the big screen, both directing the film and reprising the lead role of Troy Maxson for the movie crowd.
The film is set in the ’50s, and touches on the struggles that Troy has not only in raising his family, but adapting to the times at hand. Troy is not an easy man to define. He’s the product of a rough childhood, a man who feels he has been slighted over time due to his race and has some bitterness over how things went down and he’s a loving husband determined but not exactly capable of escaping the sins of his father.
Wilson’s screenplay peels back the depths of Troy Maxson through his relations with others. Through his best friend Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson), we learn of Troy’s past life as a star baseball player, his past run-in’s with the law, his current concern over climbing the ladder at work asking the higher ups to consider blacks to drive trash trucks and his wandering eye despite a great marriage.
Through his sons Cory (Jovan Adepo) and Lyons (Russell Hornsby), we learn that he’s a hard man who has always wanted to owe nothing to no one, but his desire to distill that in his kids comes off at times harsh, unyielding and unwilling to adapt to the times. But while he wants to owe nothing, he’s a bit of a contradiction, providing a home for his family based primarily on a payout to his injured brother Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), who had a metal plate in his head after serving in the war.
And then there’s Rose (Viola Davis), Troy’s wife — at times loving and compassionate, but with enough backbone to call Troy on his actions. She possesses a quiet strength through most of the film, but delivers an Oscar-worthy performance late in the film with how she deals with a family tragedy caused by Troy.
It’s a film that shows that no one man is no one thing, showcasing Troy almost as a case study for both and admirable and yet flawed life. Washington is larger than life, but it’s Davis who has the best shot at an Oscar, and the entire cast all have their moments to shine while on the screen.
Fences still feels like a play, especially early on, with Washington’s delivery, but the actor/director does a solid job of bringing it to audiences and delivering a movie that will make you laugh, cry and
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