Last year, The CW attempted an ambitious endeavor with its slate of superhero shows: A crossover story that played out over the course of that week’s episodes. It was a resounding success, and a lot of viewers (including us) thought the story was better than what we’ve seen in the Justice League movies. Since it worked so well last season, the network is doing it again, with another story that brings together Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. While the crossover episodes may be great fun for viewers, they’re a logistical nightmare for producers. Each of the four shows is already on a demanding schedule, and The Flash star Grant Gustin told us things get even crazier when the crossover episodes are filmed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)
The second half of this season’s CW crossover event airs tonight, with The Flash airing Part 3 at 8/7c, followed by Part 4 on DC’s The Legends of Tomorrow at 9/8c.
The end of 2016 is upon us, which means it’s time for various lists to pop up. For TV viewers, one interesting list of note comes from TorrentFreak, who have revealed the 10 Most Pirated TV Shows of 2016. It should come as no surprise that the hugely popular Game of Thrones tops the list. Check out the full Top 10 below:
1. Game of Thrones
2. The Walking Dead
4. The Flash
6. The Big Bang Theory
10. The Grand Tour
Things aren’t so “super” at home. TMZ reports that Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and Edge of Seventeen star Blake Jenner have filed for divorce. The couple met while starring on the Fox series Glee and Jenner did make a few guest appearances on Supergirl. The couple wed in 2013. In court documents, TMZ reports that Benoist cites “irreconcilable differences” and is seeking to block spousal support for either she or Jenner.
George Lucas is coming to TV … sort of. In an upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the time jumping heroes will land in the ’60s where they find the prolific director deciding to drop out of film school after a time aberration. Producer Marc Guggenheim reveals to EW that the ripple effect will affect two of the show’s characters who were influenced to enter their fields because of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lucas will be played by Matt Angel, when the series returns on Jan. 24 at 9PM ET on the CW.
Though the Americanized version of Broadchurch called Gracepoint failed stateside, the BBC America edition is about to enter season three. A new trailer for the third season of Broadchurch has surfaced and can be seen below. David Tennant and Olivia Colman return to investigate a new case that features past familiar faces and some new characters, setting up the show’s farewell. Look for an early 2017 premiere on BBC America.
The CW has revealed some key dates for midseason. No Tomorrow will air its freshman finale on Jan. 17, with Legends of Tomorrow filling the spot beginning on Jan. 24. Riverdale joins the CW Thursday lineup on Jan. 26, pairing up with lead-in Supernatual. And The 100 returns on Feb. 1 after Frequency ends its first season run. According to TV Line, you can also look for Reign back on Feb. 10 taking over Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s spot, iZombie is back on April 4, and The Originals will be back for Season 4 on Friday, March 17, the week after The Vampire Diaries series finale.
Rumer Willis has landed a recurring role on the third season of FOX’s hip-hop drama Empire. According to Deadline, the actress will play Tory Ash, a brilliant but volatile singer/songwriter who becomes a key figure in Jamal (Jussie Smollett)’s development. But her own attempts at a comeback while courting controversy will have a ripple effect throughout the series.
Wendie Malick, best known for her roles on Dream On and Just Shoot Me, will guest star as Katie’s (Katy Mixon) mother on the Thanksgiving episode of ABC’s American Housewife. The episode airs next Tuesday on ABC.
TBS has picked up Full Frontal With Samantha Bee for a second season. Bee stated, “I am only sorry that this renewal leaves me unavailable for a cabinet position in the new administration. I will, however, be available to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, seeing as I already bought the dress.” The network has also announced that the series will be moving from Mondays to Wednesdays at 10:30PM ET/PT, beginning with the Season 2 premiere on Jan. 11.
Speaking of new seasons, TV Line reports that Hulu’s The Path will return for Season 2 on Jan. 25, while The Mindy Project returns for Season 5 on Feb. 14 and Casual starts Season 3 on May 23. In addition, the new series Harlots, starring Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville, launched March 29 and The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, is expected to debut in April.
There’s bad news to report for former Deadliest Catch cast member Jake Harris, as People reports that he was robbed and attacked. According to People, Harris got into a vehicle with the two assailants and was beaten during an altercation. Some of his personal property was stolen and he reportedly suffered some bleeding in the brain from a cracked skull.
Are you ready for Season 2 of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle? A new trailer has arrived teasing the new season and there are some dark days ahead for several of the cast members. The second season starts a 10-episode run on Dec. 16 on Amazon Prime.
According to Deadline, the SyFy network has teamed up with Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions on a new series based on Robert Heinlein‘s popular novel, Stranger in a Strange Land. The story centers on a human born and raised by Martians who returns to Earth as an adult male.
Kristen Wiig will return the sketch comedy series that made her a star. She set to host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 19, marking her second time as host of the show. The xx will be the music guests, promoting their upcoming album I See You.
ESPN Films have announced another 30 for 30 documentary in the works. This Was the XFL will explore the ill-fated football league that made “He Hate Me” a star. The film will be directed by Charlie Ebersol, son of onetime NBC Sports exec Dick Ebersol who launched the league with wrestling titan Vince McMahon in 2001. Deadline reports the film will premiere on ESPN on Feb. 2, three days ahead of the Super Bowl.
The CW is giving one of their series a few more “tomorrows,” as DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s current season has been expanded by four more episodes. TV Line reports that the Season 2 order will now reach 17. The show is currently the fourth highest rated series on the network.
The Good Fight continues to add to its cast with more familiar faces. TV Line reports that Zach Grenier and Jerry Adler will reprise their roles as David Lee and Howard Lyman when The Good Wife spinoff starts in February. The show will debut on CBS before moving over to the networks CBS All Access online channel.
While the long awaited sequel to the 1996 film Trainspotting is set to arrive on the big screen in 2017, author Irvine Welsh reveals that he has penned other stories for the characters in the film that he would potentially like to see air on TV. “Basically, I’ve plans for all of them, all in various kinds of schedules and adaptations,” said Welsh to NME (via Dark Horizons). “It’s all ruling on cable TV. Cable TV has some interesting developments. We’re working on all these different kinds of things.”
Speaking of film adaptations for TV, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that ABC is exploring a potential workplace comedy based on the ’70s film Car Wash. Kenny Leon (Hairspray Live, The Wiz Live) will direct the pilot and would also co-executive produce should the show get picked up.
The murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. grabbed headlines in the ’90s. Now, nearly two decades later, they will serve as the basis for the new USA pilot Unsolved. EW reports the series will pull from the experiences of LAPD detective Greg Kading, who investigated the murders and penned a book about both cases. The People vs. O.J. Simpson director Anthony Hemingway is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series if it gets picked up.