‘Lucifer’ Nabs Full Season 2 Order by Fox

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Good news you little devils! FOX has a special treat in store for Lucifer and on Halloween no less! The network has given the devilish series a back-nine order to the sophomore drama, bringing it to a full 22-episode season.

Lucifer continues to deliver, with great blasts of dark humor and ambitious storytelling. The show has turned out to be a true wicked pleasure, the perfect companion to Gotham, and we couldn’t be more pleased to order these nine additional episodes,” said Madden. “We’d like to thank Tom, Lauren and the entire cast, who have imbued these characters with charm, humor and a great deal of humanity. Our thanks also go out to the production crew – Jerry, Len, Jonathan, Joe and Ildy – who, week-in and week-out, deliver a stellar show. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the season.”

Season-to-date, Lucifer is averaging 8.0 million multi-platform viewers, posting a +105% jump vs. Live + Same Day.

Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis) abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective CHLOE DECKER (Lauren German) to take down criminals.

Lucifer is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity. The series is based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment. Tom Kapinos (Californication) wrote and executive-produced the pilot. The series is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson. Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer. Kapinos serves as executive consultant on the series.

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‘Mr. Robot’ Renewed for Season 3 at USA Network

 

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USA Network’s Mr. Robot has officially been renewed for a third season with episodes slated to air in 2017.

The Universal Cable Production series is  six episodes into the second season and was recently nominated for six Primetime Emmys including best drama series and best actor for star Rami Malek.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Mr. Robot, a series that has pushed boundaries, captured the cultural zeitgeist, and been honored as one of the best dramas on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Midway through its second season, Mr. Robot continues to break new ground and open up new opportunities for the network. We can’t wait to see where Sam Esmail and the entire brilliant Robot team take us next.”

“Being the home studio for this wonderful, completely original show is an exhilarating experience.  Sam and company just keep taking it to another level,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions.  “We can’t wait to get going on Season 3… as soon as we finish Season 2!” 

Fans of the techno-thriller can catch up on Season 2 on demand or at USANetwork.com; put yourself in the middle of a pivotal scene from Elliot’s past, via an original, 12-minute virtual reality experience written by Esmail; dig deep into clues and uncover Easter Eggs from the series at whoismrrobot.com; preorder the book from Esmail and series writer Courtney Looney; and watch the series from the beginning on Amazon Prime.

Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. 

The series stars Malek, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen.

Mr. Robot has done incredibly well since the series premiere and earned two Golden Globe Awards including a win for Best Drama; a Peabody Award; a SAG Award nomination and three Critics’ Choice Awards; a Writers Guild Award for Best New Series and the TCA Award for Outstanding New Program. The series was also selected for an AFI Award for Television Program of the Year and was an official selection at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, writer and executive producer Esmail (Comet) as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).

 

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA.

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‘Suits’ Renewed for Season 7 at USA Network

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Suits fans will get another season of pop culture references between Mike and Harvey!

The long-running series has been renewed for a seventh season by USA Network, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association by Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

The Universal Cable Production series is three episodes into the sixth season with episode four airing tonight and is averaging more than 3 million viewers, 1.2 million viewers ages 25-54 and 1.1 million viewers among 18-49 in L3 numbers. The season finale is slated for Aug. 10 with Season 7 to premiere in 2017.

From the beginning, Suits has centered on the fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm. Pearson Specter Litt – but last season, their world was shaken to its core when Mike Ross (Adams) signed a two-year plea deal admitting his fraud to spare his colleagues Harvey (Macht), Jessica (Torres) and Louis (Hoffman). In Season 6, Mike deals with the harsh realities of prison life, while his relationship with his fiancé Rachel (Markle) and the future of the firm is unknown. With Pearson Specter Litt’s troubles at a peak, Donna (Rafferty) must help bring them all together to not only save the firm, but also the friendships they have all dedicated their career and lives to.

From Universal Cable Productions, Suits was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh (The Deep End), Doug Liman (Covert Affairs, The Bourne Trilogy, Mr & Mrs. Smith), David Bartis (Covert Affairs, The O.C.) and Gene Klein (Covert Affairs) of Hypnotic serve as executive producers, Daniel Arkin (90210) and Rick Muirragui (Men of a Certain Age, The Good Guys), and Silver Tree (The Real O’Neals, Girfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and also serve as executive producers.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on USA.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Renewed for Season 12 at NBC, Judges Set to Return

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NBC’s America’s Got Talent is bringing back all four judges next season.

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon are set to return to the reality series for Season 12 next summer, it was announced today during NBC’s executive session at TCA.

American’s Got Talent is the #1 broadcast series this summer in 18-49 and total viewers, delivering its most-watched season in five years.

Cowell, who created the “Got Talent” format in the U.K., will be returning for his second season. Mel B and Klum will each return for their fifth season, with Mandel back for his eighth. It will be the ninth season for Cannon as host.

“With the addition of Simon, the chemistry between our judges has grown even stronger and it’s easy to see how much enthusiasm they bring to the show night after night,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Nick adds a boundless energy as host that ties everything together.  We’re thrilled to have such a strong team returning for season 12.”

Summer to date, America’s Got Talent is averaging a 3.0 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition. The Tuesday “Talent” is maintaining 100% of its year-ago rating in 18-49 and is up +9% in total viewers, making this its most-watched season in five years. “Talent” has ranked #1 among entertainment shows on the broadcast networks every week so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers.

The “Got Talent” format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. “Britain’s Got Talent” is the U.K.’s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

America’s Got Talent is co-produced and co-owned by Simon Cowell/Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

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‘Ballers’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

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BALLER ALERT!

The Dwayne Johnson-led comedy series Ballers has been renewed for a third season at HBO, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.

While not a big must-watch like some of HBO’s other series, Ballers’ first season went on to average 9.1 million viewers in gross audience – HBO’s biggest half-hour in six years. Created by Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire), the hit comedy series kicked off its ten-episode second season July 17 with the premiere episode tallying up at 5.7 million viewers.

“Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the Ballers team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers,” said Bloys. “We look forward to another great season of Ballers next year.”

Johnson shared the news with his fans via Instagram.

BREAKING: Baller alert. After just two episodes into our SEASON 2 of #Ballers, @HBO has ordered SEASON 3! Congratulations to our hard working cast, crew, producers and our show's creator Stephen Levinson. Thank you to our home network HBO (Plepler, Bloys & brilliant team) for the commitment & long term vision of our show. To all our BALLER FANS out there – THANK YOU! Millions of you tune in every week to join us on this crazy journey of chasin' greatness and dealin' with life's pain… and the greatest compliment we always hear from you is that we're real and authentic. Means the world considering how close this character is to my bones. Now that you know there's gonna be a Season 3.. you'll be watchin' this season with a different eye. Enjoy and have fun with it and above all else… Ball so hard. #Ballers SUNDAY NIGHTS 10pm on @HBO @sevenbucksprod

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Looking at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players in sun-soaked Miami.

The cast on season two of Ballers includes Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, London Brown, Arielle Kebbel, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff and Andy Garcia.

Season two credits: Ballers was created by Stephen Levinson; executive produced by Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs.

Ballers airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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Netflix Renews ‘Bloodline’ for Season 3

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Netflix has renewed the Kyle Chandler-led family drama Bloodline for a third season.

The series hails from creators and executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and produced by Sony Pictures Television will return with 10 new episodes in 2017.

Bloodline is a dramatic thriller that centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home and stars Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz. Seasons one and two are currently streaming on Netflix in 4k.

“Todd, Daniel, and Glenn have created a riveting family saga featuring one of the most talented ensembles in the history of television. We can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for the all-too-human Rayburns,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

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HBO Renews ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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HBO has renewed Game of ThronesVeep and Silicon Valley for a seventh, sixth and fourth season respectively, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. The news comes just days before all three shows return on Sunday, April 24, solidifying one of the best Sunday night lineups on HBO.

The Emmy®-winning Game of Thrones begins its ten-episode sixth season Sunday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Based on the bestselling fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, the fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Series regulars this season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Jonathan Pryce.

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The Emmy®-winning comedy series Veep kicks off its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). The show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer, for whom the most banal action can set off a ripple effect with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The ensemble cast also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.

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The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show returns for its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). Series regulars include Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer.

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‘Grimm’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC

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NBC plans on keeping Grimm around as the Wesen uprising is really heating up . The peacock network has renewed the supernatural drama series for a sixth season, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

“We absolutely love what our producers and cast have accomplished over the past five seasons,” Salke said. “They have created a whole new world of creatures and have a truly devoted fan base. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

This season, Grimm originals are averaging a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” results from Nielsen Media Research. Grimm is one of the most time-shifted series on the broadcast networks, growing by an average of +90% in adult 18-49 rating (from a 0.91 to a 1.73) and more than 2.4 million viewers overall (3.9 million to 6.4 million) going from “live plus same day” to “live plus seven day” Nielsens.

As the nefarious forces of Black Claw take hold of Portland, Nick (David Giuntoli) must take a stand to protect his city and those closest to him, especially his child with Adalind (Claire Coffee). It will take the full force of Nick and his allies to find a way to bring the Wesen uprising to a halt.

Now that Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) is poised to make his move to power, his allegiance to Nick will be tested and he will consider drastic measures to ensure his place of authority.

Grimm also stars Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner.

Grimm is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner (Crowded, Hot in Cleveland) and Norberto Barba (“The Bridge”) serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

Grimm airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 5 by History, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Cast 

 
HISTORY has picked up a 20-episode fifth season of its hit scripted series Vikings, it was announced today by Jana Bennett, President and General Manager of HISTORY. 

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Dracula, Roots) joins the cast for season five which will begin production this summer to air in 2017. 

“The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television,” said Bennett. “Vikings has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the HISTORY family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of Roots

MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings “Vikings” to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. 

Vikings continues to be a powerhouse series worldwide, bolstered by the ongoing support from HISTORY and the direction of our first-class creative team, led by Michael Hirst, and partners World 2000 and Take 5 Productions,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. “We are excited to have Jonathan Rhys Meyers join our talented cast and watch as this epic story evolves heading into Season 5.”

From creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award® winning film Elizabeth and the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series The Tudors), Vikings is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. 

Vikings remains a top ten cable drama series and is the #1 telecast on Thursday nights on cable in all key demographics within Live +3 delivery garnering 4.2 million total viewers, 2.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 million Adults 18-49.

New episodes of season four of Vikings currently air every Thursday at 10 p.m., with an additional ten episodes scheduled to air later this year

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‘Master of None’ Season 2 Will Premiere in 2017

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Probably one of the best shows of 2016 has officially been renewed for a second season!

According to Aziz Ansari, who announced the big news on Twitter, Master of None will return in 2017!

The witty 10 half-hour episode series debuted on Netflix back in November and was a huge hit. Even my parents watched it…and loved it! It catered to everyone and touched upon some everyday topics and feelings that not a lot of shows address.

Best known for his role on the award-winning series Parks and Recreation, comedian Aziz Ansari wrote, starred and directed Master of None, a Netflix original comedy series loosely based on his own life experiences. The series follows Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York who is still trying to figure out his life including relationships, family, the immigrant experience, work and friendship.

The season 1 finale left us uncertain of where Dev would end up. Maybe we’ll find ourselves in Japan or maybe Italy? I hope he took pictures of the pasta he made!

The show was created by Ansari and Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang. The series is executive produced by Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang, Michael Schur, Dave Becky, and David Miner.

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