That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV

dietSpike TV has renewed Lip Sync Battle for a fourth season. TV Line reports the upcoming season will feature 18 half-hour episodes with celebrities battling it out for lip-sync dominance, with hosts LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen returning. The third season starts April 20, with season four expected in January 2018.

The freshman dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet has been renewed for a second season. The show stars Drew Barrymore and Tim Olyphant as a discontent couple who get their marriage back on the right track after a drastic change leading to death and destruction.

Hulu housed Mindy Lahiri for a couple of seasons, but The Mindy Project will return for one final season beginning this fall. Mindy Kaling added, “We started this series when she was single, and now she’s married and has a kid and she has a stepdaughter, and it kind of just felt like [a few] more episodes was all we needed to wind this down.”

Time has run out at ABC. The network has pulled the freshman drama Time After Time from its schedule. The show centered on H.G. Wells following Jack the Ripper into modern day via his time machine and attempting to thwart the serial killer running amok. Match Game will run in its Sunday 9PM ET/PT time slot for the time being.

There’s no “glee” coming to Seattle’s Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. According to TV Line, former Glee star Matthew Morrison is in line to join long-running ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy in a pivotal role. Morrison is set to play Dr. Paul Stadler on the series and though details about his character’s arrival have yet to be revealed, there is speculation that he may be playing the oft-referenced scary former husband of Jo (Camilla Luddington). Morrison will debut at the end of this season and likely return to start next season.

Comedian Billy Eichner has reportedly joined the cast of the seventh season of Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Story. Details on Eichner’s role are being kept under wraps, though he is expected to play a confidant of returning cast member Sarah Paulson on the new season. Deadline reports that shooting for the new season starts in May.

The CW can’t get enough of Katie Cassidy. While her character Laurel Lance suffered a tragic fate during Season 4 of Arrow, Cassidy will return to the show as Laurel’s doppelganger Black Siren later this season. After a pair of episodes this season, she’ll be made a full series regular during Season 6.

Could there be a third season of HBO’s True Detective? After a widely praised freshman year and almost equally derided second season, the network didn’t bring it back in 2016. But EW is reporting that creator Nic Pizzolatto has penned at least two episodes for a potential third season and that Deadwood producer David Milch is working with Pizzolatto as well. However, the network has yet to agree to a third season.

President Trump is a frequent topic on many Comedy Central shows these days, so it makes sense that the network has started teasing The President Show. While there were no details about the proposed show other than a tweet, it could fill the void left when Comedy Central canceled Larry Wilmore‘s Nightly Show.

You can add Sarah Silverman to the list of comedians hosting her own show. TV Line reports that he former SNL comedian has been given a 10 episode order to host I Love You, America, a politically-themed series for Hulu.

The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki will executive produce a new series for the Science Channel called SciJenks. According to Deadline, the show is a prank show which utilizing cutting edge science as the foundation for its stunts and practical jokes.

Parks and Recreation may be over, but Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are back working together. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former co-stars are backing a new reality competition for NBC titled The Handmade Project, in which artists and inventors compete to make things by hand. Poehler and Offerman will also co-host the series.

Miles Teller is reportedly teaming up with creator’s Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker for a new Amazon drama series titled Too Old to Die Young. According to Deadline, Teller will play Martin, a police officer entangled in a world of assassins.

Ken Burns has found his next documentary subject — late boxer Muhammad Ali. Burns will produce and direct a four-hour two-part documentary on Ali that’s expected to air on PBS in 2021.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has signed on for a new drama series for Amazon. According to Screen Crush, Jenkins will write and direct the drama The Underground Railroad based on Colin Whitehead‘s 2016 novel. The story centers on a slave named Cora who escapes her plantation and finds the railroad as she attempts to flee undiscovered.

Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Shea Wigham and Paul Sparks have all been cast in the upcoming six-part miniseries Waco that will air on Paramount Network (aka Spike) in 2018. The series stars Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch and tells the story of The Branch Davidian cult 51-day standoff with the FBI and ATF back in 1993.

‘Ali: Commemorative Edition’ Makes Blu-Ray Debut In January


Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time, and Will Smith perfectly captured the legendary pugilist in the acclaimed 2001 feature Ali. Director Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Public Enemies) is giving movie buffs an all new version of the film, as Ali: Commemorative Edition hits Blu-ray January 17 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Although it was previously released on DVD, this is the first time the film has been released in the Blu-ray format.

The disc comes with the new featurette “On Set with The Greatest” which showcases the charm and humor of Ali. Extra footage from Africa featuring Smith, Mann, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright, Jon Voight, and the late Nelson Mandela are also included. “The Making of Ali” featurette, which was on previous home video releases of the film, is also part of the special features.

Both Will Smith and Jon Voight received Oscar nods for their respective performances. Muhammad Ali died June 3, 2016 after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

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New ESPN Documentary Introduces ‘The Real Rocky’

U1872164Premiering tonight on ESPN, THE REAL ROCKY details the career of CHARLES “CHUCK” WEPNER (aka THE BAYONNE BLEEDER), who was the real-life inspiration for SYLVESTER STALLONE’S iconic character, ROCKY. A journeyman fighter who fought for over a decade, WEPNER was the New Jersey State Heavyweight Champion in 1964 and hit the ring with the likes of GEORGE FORMAN, SONNY LISTON, MUHAMMAD ALI and ANDRE THE GIANT. One of the sport’s true originals, WEPNER is a former Marine who spent three years in prison for cocaine possession and was placed on probation for his part in an autograph forgery scheme. As colorful as they come, WEPNER will tell his story to anyone who’ll listen and sports fans will get an earful with tonight’s ESPN documentary. At the recent press conference to promote the special, WEPNER jumped all over a reporter who wasn’t familiar with the legend and then talked about his run-in with ANDRE THE GIANT. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE REAL ROCKY airs tonight on ESPN


Muhammad Ali during his first reign as champ, 43 years ago

Muhammad Ali during his first reign as champ, 43 years ago

Former President George W. Bush was happily stunned when legendary former heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali stood facing him.

Bush was at a Barnes & Noble Booksellers store in Phoenix today signing his book, Decision Points when the Greatest entered (with the Secret Service) to shake hands.

With his famous comic humor, Ali sat next to Bush and held the book up as press and public snapped photos.


espn-logoTonight on ESPN’s 30 FOR 30 is MUHAMMAD AND LARRY, a documentary detailing the lead up to the 1980 fight between MUHAMMAD ALI and his former sparring partner LARRY HOLMES. Directed by ALBERT MAYSLES and BRADLEY KAPLAN, this film is a ‘don’t miss’. The ESPN 30 FOR 3O series has been bringing some great stuff to the formerly all-sports channel. We spoke with ESPN FILMS head honcho KEITH CLINKSCALES a few months ago and he talked about what the network was trying to do. Listen in below:

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