Netflix Releases Dark ‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Teaser During Inauguration

The internet streaming giant released an aptly-timed teaser trailer for the upcoming season of House of Cards during the inauguration. The trailer which, was quite disturbing in that it was a dark and gloomy day and all you saw was an upside down American flag blowing in the wind, was shared on twitter with the message “We make the terror.” Oh, and the Pledge of Allegiance was playing in the background. That’s not creepy at all!

Season five premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, two senior writers who have been with House of Cards since 2014, have been promoted to showrunners of the award-winning Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital.

House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman. Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the fifth season of House of Cards is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

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AMC Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Into the Badlands,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ and ‘The Son’

At the Television Critics Association winter session, AMC announced premiere dates for new and returning series including Into the Badlands, Better Call Saul and Pierce Brosnan’s new series The Son.

Martial arts drama Into the Badlands will return for its sophomore season on Sunday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ETPT.  The 10-episode second season finds Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow (Emily Beecham) continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships are betrayed, and by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.

In its first season, Into the Badlands averaged 53 million viewers and ranked as the #4 highest-rated freshman season of any series in cable history among adults 18-49. The series is executive produced by creators/showrunners/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Smallville), Oscar-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Contagion), David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Nights), director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury) nd Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero).

Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son will air on both AMC and SundanceTV with a two-hour premiere beginning Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode, one-hour drama is a sweeping family saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the transformation of Eli MCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Eli’s eldest son Pete (Henry Garrett), has grown up in his father’s shadow and struggles to make him proud while forging his own identity. Pete’s strong-willed daughter, Jeannie (Sydney Lucas) idolizes her grandfather and despite being raised in a male-dominated world, rejects her fate of existing solely to marry and bear children. Eli’s ruthlessness pits him against his wealthy Spanish neighbor, Pedro Garcia (Carlos Bardem) and his quest for power triggers consequences that span generations. Shared through a series of flashbacks, The Son pulls viewers into the world of young Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland) and his father figure, Comanche war chief, Toshaway (Zahn McClarnon) and deftly explores the McCullough’s rise to become one of the most powerful family dynasties in Texas.

The series is produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment and written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni also serve as executive producers.

Better Call Saul will return for its third season on Monday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new season follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGil’s (Bob Odenkirk) devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman – Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer. Six years before he meets Walter White, Jimmy is a more or less law-abiding, small-time attorney hustling to champion his underdog clients, build his practice and somehow make a name for himself.

The sophomore season ended with a pair of cliffhangers. Determined to prevent his brother from practicing law, Chuck (Michael McKean) staged an elaborate con, secretly recording Jimmy’s confession to a felony. When Mike (Jonathan Banks) set his sights on sociopathic cartel boss Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis), an ominous intervention stopped him from pulling the trigger, raising questions as to what other dangerous players may be in the game.

As the new season begins, the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme test, Jimmy and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) fledgling law practices – and their romance – as never before. This imminent existential threat presses Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to the limit. Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary who seems to know almost everything about his business.

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‘Emerald City’ is the Dark Trip to Oz You’ve Been Waiting for

EMERALD CITY -- "The Beast Forever" Episode 101-- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Jackson Cohen as Lucas, Adria Arjona as Dorothy -- (Photo by: Rico Torres/NBC)

I don’t know about you…well, depending on how old you are…but I absolutely LOVED Return to Oz as a child and NBC’s take on the yellow brick road classic reminds me of that same dark and twisted version of Dorothy’s adventure.

Emerald City has so much color and life just like those ruby red slippers we all remember, except no slippers in this one. There are so many twists and turns and the fight between science and magic, you won’t want to miss it. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming 10-episode event series:

EMERALD CITY -- "The Beast Forever" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Adria Arjona as Dodorthy -- (Photo by: Rico Torres/NBC)

Dorthy Gale is played by Adria Arjona (True Detective). She’s Hispanic and breathes new life into the boring, frantic character who was always in a state of cry-talking in the original Oz. You know, when you’re talking and yet crying in the background at the same time? No? Ok, cool. Anyways, she kicks ass and it’s refreshing to see someone like her on my screen.

EMERALD CITY -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Toto -- (Photo by: Michael Muller/NBC)

Toto is the cutest German Shepherd you ever did see! No yapping here, folks!

EMERALD CITY -- "Prison of the Abject" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Oliver Jackson Cohen as Lucas -- (Photo by: Rico Torres/NBC)

Scarecrow is played by the handsome Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Each of the characters are unlike anything you remember from the original. They’re dark and harboring some type of secret.

EMERALD CITY -- "The Beast Forever" Episode 101-- Pictured: Vincent D'onofrio as The Wizard -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

The great and powerful Oz is played by Vincent D’Onofrio who wears a wig that’s just ridiculous. He’s trying to destroy all presence of magic in the land and basically starts a fight between the witches who we’ll get to in a moment.

EMERALD CITY -- "The Beast Forever" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Jackson as Lucas, Toto, Adria Arjona as Dorothy -- (Photo by: Rico Torres/NBC)

The yellow brick road is actually trying to kill you! Sure, it looks beautiful in the picture above, but it’s all fake. It’s opium disguised as poppy pollen which is ridiculous since it’s such a long road. How will anyone survive???

EMERALD CITY -- "The Beast Forever" Episode 101-- Pictured: Joely Richardson as Glinda -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

EMERALD CITY -- "The Beast Forever" Episode 101-- Pictured: Ana Ularu as West -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

The witches!! There are so many of them and the lovely Joely Richardson is such a fantastic edition to the series as Glinda. And let’s not forget about West, played by Ana Ularu, who totally reminds me of Fairuza Balk who was in Return to Oz…twist!

The first two episodes are sort of slow and you tend to lose focus on his storyline but that changes as you get into it.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Emerald City premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Friday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

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‘The 100’ Season 4 Trailer: From the Ashes We Will Rise

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The trailer for the upcoming season of The 100 is finally here and there are so many things we need to talk about. Let’s break it down, shall we?!

First of all, I’m so glad Alie is gone. I was getting a little tired of that storyline but that’s just me. And, okay, maybe most of you. We left off with Clarke pulling the kill switch only to find out that “the nuclear power plants that weren’t destroyed by the bombs are melting down. No drinkable water, pre-cancerous lesions will form”….basically, they’re all going to die in 6 months time. Great! These poor kids can’t catch a break!

Meanwhile, there’s a lot of steamy moments happening like Emori and Murphy, Marcus and Abigail and hopefully Clarke and Bellamy because I need that to happen already!

Can we talk about Octavia for a minute? She is becoming even more of a badass, which I didn’t know was possible, and Indra is just so darn proud of her. She’s being called the Skyripper for obvious reasons. I mean, we saw what she did to Pike in the season 3 finale. Girl don’t give AF anymore! She’s out for blood.

Roan is becoming quite the leader in his own right and building up a new army of followers. Basically, everyone is trying to save their own group but killing others in the process.

Last but not least, we see Clarke as she turns around with her face covered in the pre-cancerous lesions.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

Season 4 of The 100 premieres Wednesday, Feb 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. 

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AMC Sets ‘Humans’ Season 2 Premiere Date, Releases Key Art and Trailer

Humans, the sci-fi series that deals with the age-old question of what it means to be human within the advancement of technology, is back for a second season after being gone for over a year.

AMC, along with Channel 4 and Kudos, renewed the series in July of 2015 for a second season that will premiere on Monday, February 13 at 10/9c. In addition to the premiere date, the network has revealed the key art for season 2 with a tagline, “Reboot. Recharge. Rebel.” The network also released a new trailer for the upcoming season and will air a marathon of season one season on December 30th from 9:00 A.M. ET/PT – 5:00 P.M. ET/PT.

The eight-episode second season picks up several months after the events of season one, with Niska (Emily Berrington) still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan), and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage. As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house.  Joe, Laura, and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight. As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Jessica Jones) joins the cast as Dr. Athena Morrow, a pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert who is driven by her own motives to create a new kind of machine consciousness. Sam Palladio (Nashville, Episodes) plays Ed, a struggling café owner trying to breathe life into his family business; Marshall Allman (True Blood, Prison Break) plays Milo Khoury, a young Silicon Valley billionaire, founder and CEO of a leading technology company intent on changing the world; Sonya Cassidy (The Paradise, Olympus) as Hester, one of the most unique Synths on the planet; Bella Dayne (Man in the High Castle) as Astrid, a free-spirited young Berliner who will be tested by someone special who comes into her life; and Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Cucumber, Banana) as Renie, a bullied seventeen-year-old “synthie,” a fast-growing subculture of humans pretending to be Synths.

Humans is written by Vincent and Brackley with Joe Barton, Charlie Covell and Iain Weatherby. The series is produced by Kudos in association with Matador Films. Executive producers are Derek Wax (The Hour, Capital) and Chris Fry (The Smoke, Spooks) for Kudos; Vincent and Brackley; and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. The series is produced by Paul Gilbert and directed by Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch), Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror: White Bear), Francesca Gregorini (The Truth About Emanuel) and Mark Brozel (Dickensian). HUMANS was commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell, and Joel Stillerman and Kristin Jones for AMC.

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USA Network Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Falling Water’ and ‘Eyewitness’

FALLING WATER -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Lizzie Brochere as Tess -- (Photo by: Giovanni Rufino/USA Network)

At the Television Critics Association summer session, USA Network announced the premiere dates  for their newest original drama series Falling Water and Eyewitness.

The one-hour drama Falling Water is set to premiere on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10/9c. The series is the story of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. The deeper they dig, the more they come to realize that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world. Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story: Asylum), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Will Yun Lee (Hawaii 5-0) star.

The series hails from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd  (The Walking Dead), Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and Universal Cable Productions, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) directing the pilot. The late Emmy Award-Winner Henry Bromell (Homeland) executive produced the pilot as well.

 

From fexecutive producer Adi Hasak (Shades of Blue) and Universal Cable Productions comes the new series Eyewitness, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10/9c.

The bone-chilling crime thriller delves into the lives of two teenage boys after they secretly meet up in a cabin, bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen — and when you witness a horrible event, it changes everything. Adapted from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama Øyevitne, the series stars Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass, Masters of Sex), Gil Bellows (Ascension, 11.22.63), Tyler Young (Empire), and James Paxton (Term Life).

Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters (V, The 4400) and Jackie de Crinis also serve as executive producers. Peters will also direct multiple episodes of the series and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Miss You Already) will executive produce the pilot and direct the first two episodes.

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HBO Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Westworld,’ ‘Insecure,’ and Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Divorce’

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At the Television Critics Association summer session, HBO announced the premiere dates for the long-awaited Westworld, Insecure, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s new comedy series Divorce. 

The one-hour drama series Westworld kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 PM (ET/PT). Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice), Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Co-creator Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?”

Co-creator Joy adds, “We also wanted to explore what it means to be human from the outside in – through the eyes of the ‘hosts’: the lifelike AI characters that are the main attractions of the park. It’s a meditation on consciousness – the blessing and the burden of it – beautifully portrayed by our remarkable cast.”

The series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright along with Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Nolan and Joy are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing. Production companies, Kilter Films, Bad Robot Productions, and Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

Comedy series Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker, who also serves as executive producer, begins its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances (Parker) has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband, played by Thomas Haden Church. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

Set in Westchester County, NY, Divorce is created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), with Paul Simms (HBO’s Girls) serving as a showrunner on the series. Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan executive produce.

The series also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore.

Immediately following Divorce, comes another new comedy series titled Insecure, starring Issa Rae, and launches its eight-episode season Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 PM (ET/PT).

Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show, which explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.

Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life.

Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Frieda (Lisa Joyce), Issa’s overeager white co-worker, whose enthusiasm is both annoying and endearing, is at the crux of Issa’s racial frustrations at work.

Shot in and around South Los Angeles, Insecure incorporates the music of both indie and established artists of color and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.

Insecure was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

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