USA Sets ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere Date

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USA Network’s critically acclaimed series Mr. Robot will return for a second season on Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c, it was announced today. Executive Producer and creator Sam Esmail will direct the entire 10-episode second season.

The season finale left us with a lot of unanswered questions. Elliot succeed in taking down E Corp, but did he really? We saw the CEO, Phillip Price, tell someone that he knows who’s responsible. The network released a teaser trailer, seen below, that shows absolutely zero footage from the upcoming season, but who the hell is knocking on Elliot’s door? What happened to Tyrell? And what about Angela now that she’s embedded in Evil Corp? EW has an exclusive first look at footage from the new season.

Back in January at the Television Critics Association, Esmail revealed the “there will be a lot more backstory shown in season two…and the timeline will be a little clearer.”

The techno-thriller 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 became an instant hit after it exploded on the scene at SXSW in 2015. Mr. Robot won the coveted audience award in the Episodics category and returned to Austin this past March and brought Coney Island and fsociety to Austin.

Mr. Robot stars Golden Globe Award and SAG® Award Nominee Malek (The Pacific), Golden Globe Award Winner Slater (Nymphomaniac), Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström (Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (Extant), Michael Cristofer (Ray Donovan) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow).

New recurring guest stars include Craig Robinson (The Office), hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, Sandrine Holt (Fear The Walking Dead), Michael Maize (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Dorothi Fox (Run All Night) and Luke Robertson (The Americans). Returning cast members include BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU), Gloria Reuben (Saints & Sinners), Michael Drayer (Vinyl), Michel Gill (House of Cards), Ron Cephas Jones (The Blacklist), Sunita Mani (5 Stages), Azhar Khan (Veep) and Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife).

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

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The CW’s New Series ‘Containment’ is Infectious

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Imagine your life turned upside down because of a viral outbreak that the government can’t seem to control. That’s the premise of the CW’s newest viral thriller Containment.

What started with one sick patient quickly turned into quarantined zones with families separated and the race to find a cure within a matter of days. I’m not sure how much fans will follow a show about a viral outbreak without zombies, but I’m definitely tuning in to see what happens next.

The series hails from Julie Plec, executive producer of both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals which just happened to star the one and only Christopher Wood as the infamous villain Kai, who plays Officer Jake in her newest series.

You also might recognize Police Officer Lex Carnahan who’s played by David Gyasi, you know, Romilly from Interstellar. 

Containment premieres Tuesday, April 19 at 9/8c on the CW.

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus.  On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. CONTAINMENT stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar”); Christina Moses (“Starship: Apocalypse,” “Starship: Rising”); Chris Wood (“The Vampire Diaries”); Kristen Gutoskie (“Beaver Falls”); Claudia Black (“The Originals,” “Farscape”); George Young (“Casualty”); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”); and Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”).  Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, CONTAINMENT is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) and David Nutter (“The Flash,” “Arrow”).

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Childhood Friends Seek Revenge in NBC’s New Drama Series ‘Game of Silence’

GAME OF SILENCE -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) David Lyons as Jackson Brooks, Michael Raymond-James as Gil Harris, Larenz Tate as Shawn Polk -- (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) David Lyons as Jackson Brooks, Michael Raymond-James as Gil Harris, Larenz Tate as Shawn Polk — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

NBC wants you to play a little game….of silence.

Game of Silence, which is based on a Turkish television series,  follows five best friends who have a dark secret they thought they buried 25 years ago but soon discover that you can’t hide your past forever. The boys spent time in a juvenile detention center and were abused on multiple levels that made the show initially uncomfortable to watch. Things weren’t the same after they were released. Jackson Brooks (David Lyons, Revolution) plays the leader of the pack, the one that got out and made a name for himself only to be dragged back years later to help his friend Boots (Derek Phillips) out of trouble. He assaulted one of the officers that abused him as a kid after seeing him on the street one afternoon. Gill, (Michael Raymond James) who plays a bad boy and Shawn (Larenz Tate) come to Jackson for help since he happens to be a big shot lawyer. The group has to dig up the past that they chose to forget in order to move forward and seek revenge for what happened to them. They all band together to help take down the evil warden down since he also just happens to announce his run for Congress.

You feel the connection between these boys as kids and now as adults. They had each other’s backs. Even the new girl, Jessie, played by Bre Blair. They were small town kids that ended up in a bad situation, which the series unravels piece by piece, one secret at a time. It’s a reunion-style drama which actually reminded me of, well, Reunion that aired on Fox back in the day.

The mystery-thriller starts off dark. depressing and somewhat unbelievable at how many things can go wrong in a person’s life, but kept my attention long enough to see it through to the end. Not sure how many people will play that game, but we’ll see. There’s drama, implied sexual abuse and murder, flashbacks, questionable choices by corrections officers and the warden at a juvenile detention center that comes back to haunt everyone and much, much more. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Game of Silence delivers in this gripping ride of a mystery drama series that you won’t want to miss. 

Jackson, Gil Harris (Michael Raymond James, True Blood), Shawn Cook (Larenz Tate, Rush) and Boots (Derek Phillips, Friday Night Lights) always stuck together, like brothers. They spent their boyhood summers in the small town of Dalton, Texas, swimming in the quarry, shooting bottle rockets and doing everything they could to mine the fun out of small-town life. But their idyllic world turned chaotic one fateful summer afternoon when a well-intentioned and heroic attempt to save their friend Jessie (Bre Blair, Last Vegas) from her alcoholic mother ultimately cost the 13-year-old boys nine months at Quitman Youth Detention Facility where their lives were changed forever. 

Now, 25 years later, the nightmare of the worst nine months of their lives has resurfaced, uprooting a mystery even deeper than their buried past. The brotherhood must now band together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and ignite in them an unquenchable thirst for revenge.

GAME OF SILENCE -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Katie Kelly as Young Jess, Curran Walters as Young Jackson -- (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Katie Kelly as Young Jess, Curran Walters as Young Jackson — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

The cast also includes Conor O’Farrell (The Lincoln Lawyer), Deidrie Henry (Justified) and Demetrius Grosse (Saving Mr. Banks).

Game of Silence is executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, David Hudgins, Julie Weitz, Tariq Jalil, Timur Savci, Deran Sarafian and Niels Arden Oplev (pilot). The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television.

Game of Silence premieres with a special preview on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following a two-hour edition of The Voice before its regular timeslot on Thursday, April 14.

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‘Younger’ Season Finale Preview: “No Weddings & A Funeral”

"Younger" (Ep. 212 - Airs March 23, 2016)

There’s only one episode left of TV Land’s hit series Younger and it will give you all the feels! Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

We were left with so many unanswered questions after last week’s penultimate episode, that honestly, no one saw coming. Will Liza tell Kelsey the truth about Thad? About herself? Thad’s sudden and oddly ridiculous death scene made Liza think about all the lies she’s been telling to herself and all the people around her that she loves. It’s got to be exhausting telling all those lies and not being able to tell her new best friends the truth about her life, her age and the fact that she has a daughter.

The season finale definitely makes things even more unsure about her future with Josh, with Empirical and her relationship with Kelsey.

Younger airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on TV Land.

And just because I don’t want you to be sad after the finale, here’s a little something to hold on to.

Photo and Video Credit: TV Land

‘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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‘Vinyl’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

HBO has renewed its freshman drama series Vinyl for a second season shortly after its series debut, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. 

Created by Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese & Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, the show is a ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business of the early 1970s at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop.
Vinyl kicked off its ten-episode first season Sunday, Feb. 14 with a two-hour pilot directed by Scorsese, from a teleplay by Terence Winter and George Mastras, and story by Rich Cohen & Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, with other hour-long episodes debuting subsequent Sundays.

The series stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record label president who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path, the first season of VINYL also stars Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor.

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‘Mr. Robot’ Returns to SXSW with Hacker Arcade, Lounge and Ferris Wheel

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USA’s hacker series Mr. Robot is returning to SXSW in Austin this March with some fun activations to get you back on that paranoid-inducing roller coaster…or shall I say Ferris Wheel.

The 4-Day activation includes an expansive re-creation of the Hacker Den with customized games and giveaways for festival-goers in Downtown Austin from March 11 through March 14.

The massive re-imagination will consume the full Congress Avenue parking lot with more than six customized experiences. Throughout the festival, USA will distribute promotional giveaways including t-shirts, fsociety masks and shareable photos.

Complete elements of the fsociety Coney Island arcade experience include:

  • MR. ROBOT FERRIS WHEEL – A nod to the series’ iconic backdrop, the first of its kind, 100-foot Ferris wheel will stand in the heart of downtown Austin (West 4th Street and Congress). From 11:00am – 10:00pm, fans can board one of the 20-branded gondolas for a full, complimentary 360-degree view of the city.
  • HACKER ARCADESimilar to the underground fsociety lair, the recreated arcade will feature popular retro games for attendees.
  • PHOTO BOOTH – To become one of the fsociety hackers, festival-goers can stop by the provocative MR. ROBOT photo booth and share the creed of the 99%. They’ll be immersed in the story and stand alongside the hacktivists behind the masks.
  • THEMED GIVEAWAY – In tandem with the 90’s style of the drama series, consumers can visit the screen-printing t-shirt bar and walk away with their own wearable, limited-edition custom MR. ROBOT prints.
  • GRAFFITI ART INSTALLATION – Standing 8-feet tall, the freestanding art wall will display MR. ROBOT fsociety wild postings and stencil artwork.\
  • HACKER LOUNGE – To unwind, fans can relax in the vintage, basement-inspired hacker lounge with monitors playing the series’ pilot episode daily.

The weekend won’t be complete without a panel discussion on “Authenticity on TV” with Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater as well as executive producer Sam Esmail. The one-hour Q&A takes place on Sunday, March 13 at 12:30pm at the Austin Convention Center (Ballroom EFG, 531 E 4th St.) where panelists will discuss the realistic depiction of tech culture on the hit series and why authenticity matters when it comes to attracting and maintaining contemporary audiences.

Mr. Robot had its world premiere at last year’s SXSW and won the coveted audience award in the Episodics category and just recently nabbed two Golden Globe  Awards for Best TV Drama and Best Supporting Actor, Christian Slater.

Check out the rendering of what’s to come at SXSW and get ready to become immersed in fsociety once again.

Mr. Robot returns for Season 2 this summer on USA.

Mr Robot Ferris Wheel Rendering2

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‘The Flash’ Preview: “Escape from Earth-2”

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Earth-2 is all sorts of crazy and the team needs to find Zoom and a way home back to Earth-1 before it’s too late.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead if you haven’t watched last week’s episode.

Not everything is as it seems over in Earth-2 and things are happening back home that need the teams attention. Iris is a detective, Joe is now dead, Barry is, well, not The Flash, and Caitlin aka Killer Frost, Firestorm and Cisco are bad guys working for Zoom. Well, Cisco aka Reverb and Firestorm were working for Zoom, but they were killed for not following his instructions to bring The Flash in unharmed.

Now, Iris, Earth-2 Barry, Cisco and Dr. Wells need to find Zoom before he kills our Barry and Wells’ daughter. The only way to find Zoom is with the help of Killer Frost who is probably pretty angry at Zoom for killing her beloved Firestorm. Ugh…Drama!

Anyways, back on Earth-2, Caitlin is struggling to perfect the Velocity serum so that Jay can become The Flash again and protect their city while the rest of the team is gone. Metahumans have noticed that The Flash isn’t in Central City and they’ve been roaming around doing what most bad guys do and causing problems. Jay needs his speed to protect everyone and to be himself again. I don’t think Caitlin can handle losing yet another lover.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.

The official synopsis for “Escape from Earth-2”:

THE EXCITING CONCLUSION TO THE EARTH-2 JOURNEY — On Earth-2, the team races to find Zoom’s lair and asks for help from the most unexpected source. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) rushes to perfect Velocity-9 so that Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) can stop the Geomancer (guest star Adam Stafford).

Check out some clips from this week’s episode:

Here are some stills from The Flash Season 2, Episode 14:

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‘The Good Wife’ Ending After Season 7

Well, that’s one way to announce some big news.

CBS has just announced that The Good Wife is officially coming to an end after seven seasons through a commercial during Super Bowl 50. The series will say its final goodbye in May which means there are only nine episodes left.

Earlier last month at the Television Critics Association winter session, Glenn Geller announced during his executive session that Good Wife creators Michelle and Robert King would not be returning after the seventh season. That was some pretty big news and no one could really see how the show would move forward without them.

According to Vulture, just shortly after TCA, Julianna Margulies made a shocking comment at the Casting Society of America’s third annual Artios Awards saying, “I surprised Robert and Michelle tonight.” “They didn’t know I was going to be here. They think I’m here for them, but I’m unemployed come April, and I think you haven’t seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up.”

Can anyone say DRAMA?!

I just hope she ends up with Jason (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Photo credit: CBS

Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC

SHADES OF BLUE -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ray Liotta as Bill Wozniak, Jennifer Lopez as Detective Harlee Santos -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

NBC has renewed its freshman drama series Shades of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, for a second season after only five episodes.

“We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today,” said NBC Entertainment President, Jennifer Salke. “We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”

The series has averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall in the L+3 results from the first three episodes. Shades of Blue has delivered NBC’s first Thursday 10-11 p.m. ET time period wins with in-season regular programming over original competition on ABC and CBS since March 2010 in 18-49 and since March 2008 in total viewers.

Jennifer Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.

As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee engages in a perilous dance with her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy obsession with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit’s patriarch, begins an all-consuming hunt for the informant. Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand of street justice under FBI watch.

The cast includes Drea de Matteo (Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy), Dayo Okeniyi (Terminator: Genisys, Hunger Games), Vincent Laresca (The Aviator, Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift), Hampton Fluker (Aquarius, The Blind Side) and Sarah Jeffery (Rogue, Wayward Pines). Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is a recurring guest star.

Showrunner Jack Orman (Men of a Certain Age, ER, Pan Am), Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door, The Fosters), Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Extant, The Fosters),  Benny Medina (The Boy Next Door, The Fosters), Ryan Seacrest (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset) and Nina Wass (Mixology, Golden Girls) all serve as executive producers with creator Adi Hasak (Generation Kill, 3 Days to Kill). Barry Levinson (Rain Man, And Justice for All) directed the first two episodes.

Shades of Blue is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.

Photo Credit: NBC