In its final seasons on Fox, American Idol limped to the finish line — its viewership during seasons 13 through 15 was less than 40% of what it had been in the show’s heyday. (Even worse, it failed to produce any memorable winners during that time.) But with the show returning on a new network, ABC, host Ryan Seacrest feels like they’ve addressed the issues that were dragging the show down, and he’s really excited about the enthusiasm the new Idol judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan — are bringing to the new American Idol. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Seacrest)
American Idol returns with a two-hour premiere Sunday, March 11 on ABC.
While we’ll always miss Dick Clark counting down to the New Year, Ryan Seacrest is once again carrying on Clark’s grand tradition with ABC’s annual New Year’s Eve special. And the thing Seacrest likes best about hosting the show? For a few hours, he feels like the entire world actually comes together in one big celebration. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Seacrest)
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 airs Sunday, December 31 (duh!) starting at 8/7c on ABC.
Game of Thrones may eventually exit the HBO schedule, but the games will continue. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is eyeing four potential follow-up series. Each of the four projects will explore different time periods within the Westeros universe.
Kelly Ripa has a permanent new co-host! Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Ryan Seacrest would fill the co-host spot that has featured a rotating list of guests since the exit of Michael Strahan. Live With Kelly & Ryan became the official title with Monday’s airing.
Hulu has re-upped The Handmaid’s Tale for a second season. The first season premiere was watched by more Hulu viewers than any other series premiere. Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski and Ann Dowd are among the cast members. Look for Season 2 to air in 2018.
Sundance has announced that Hap and Leonard will return for a third season. The six-episode third season will premiere in 2018.
FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia recently wrapped its twelfth season last month, and it will be a while before we see Season 13. Sunny star Kaitlin Olson confirmed that there will be an “extended hiatus” before the next season. Olson will shoot a second season of The Mick for Fox, and she told TV Guide that her husband, Rob McElhenney will be directing a movie based on the Minecraft video game. Glenn Howerton also has an NBC pilot in the works, and Danny DeVito has a play and additional work planned during the break. It’s expected that Season 13 won’t premiere until 2019.
Speaking of Danny DeVito, the actor is reportedly developing a still untitled comedy series for Amazon. TV Line reports that the half-hour show follows an iconic music duo portrayed by DeVito and Jeff Goldblum who can’t stand each other but are forced to reunite.
FOX has pulled the plug on Pitch. Despite positive critical reviews, the show never gained ratings traction during its Thursday night time slot before completing its run during the fall of 2016. The axe has also fallen on Emerald City. TV Line reports that NBC has opted against a second season of the show, though there is talk of the series being shopped elsewhere. And, despite critical raves, MTV has canceled their freshman series Sweet / Vicious.
Ready for more island hijinks? TBS has announced a June 20 start for back-to-back episodes of Wrecked.
NBC is giving the green light to two new series. Rise stars How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor and Rosie Perez and is based on the life of an inspirational theater teacher. The peacock is also pushing forward on For God & Country, starring Anne Heche as a military deputy director leading a team of analysts using surveillance technology. Under the Dome’s Mike Vogel also stars as a Special Ops squad unit leader.
Alec Baldwin will guest star on Hulu’s new 9/11 drama The Looming Tower. Deadline reports that Baldwin will play former CIA director George Genet in the adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize winning 9/11 expose. Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg have also been cast in the series.
Nashville star Will Chase has joined the cast for the second season of Stranger Things. TV Line reports that Chase will play Neil Mayfield, the patriarch of a new family who recently moved from California to Hawkins, Indiana. Chase is among the new Season 2 additions that include Paul Reiser and Sean Astin.
Anna Paquin and Terrence Howard are the latest actors to join the cast of Amazon’s anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Deadline reports that Paquin and Howard will both appear in an episode called “Real Life” as Paquin is a police officer who shares a headspace with a brilliant game designer (Howard) as they both pursue violent killers.
American Idolhost Ryan Seacrest is the executive producer and host of Knock Knock Live, a new series which has Seacrest and several other co-hosts (which includes Kellie Pickler, Tyler Posey, and Ross Matthews) knocking on the doors of various people.
The person who opens that door will be treated with an unexpected surprise that may change their life or simply brighten up their day.
“What I love, you know, on the radio I play people’s bills every day and what I love is to see great stories,” said Seacrest. “And stories from people not nominating themselves for something for free, but talking about a great teacher or talking about a great brother or a great father. Those are the stories we’re looking for.”
In the video below, Ryan Seacrest explains why people will have to be “on their toes” for Knock Knock Live.
Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson faced off last night on American Idol at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and for Irene it was pretty much the experience of a lifetime.
“To just perform in front of an audience of that many people and in an amazing venue is so different than what we’re used to each week,” said Irene. “So I was definitely a little bit nervous but I was excited more than anything. My adrenaline was going just the whole time.”
For judge Harry Connick Jr., the matchup reminded him of one of boxing’s greatest rivalries. “It really is kind of like Ali and Frazier. Caleb really (packs) a powerhouse punch and Jena is really more of like a boxer (laughs). It really seems like that.”
This season’s American Idol champ will be crowned tonight (FOX, 8 pm et/pt), and one of the many anticipated moments will be Irene’s collaboration with Paramore. Click on the media bar below to hear Irene talk about getting the chance to perform with the popular band:
To check out Caleb Johnson’s thoughts on the impending results of American Idol, check out the post on our sister site Deepest Dream.