‘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 Sets ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Premiere Date

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Netflix’s drama series Black Mirror will return for a third season on Friday, October 21, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association summer session in Beverly Hills, CA.

The anthology series which first premiered in the UK on Britain’s Channel 4 and was then later picked up by the streaming giant, will return with six 1-hour episodesIf you haven’t watched any of the series, I definitely recommend checking out the first two seasons before October rolls around. Black Mirror is about technology and how it interacts with us in our everyday lives and how it could change and grow and become more involved like smart homes, implants and basically turning our world into Minority Report. 

“Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones. Its third season, comprising six episodes:

  • San Junipero features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris
  • Shut Up and Dance features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins
  • Nosedive features Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright
  • Men Against Fire stars Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen
  • Hated in the Nation features Kelly MacDonald in an episode directed by James Hawes
  • Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen star in Playtest, an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg.”

 

Check out the first two seasons of Black Mirror on Netflix.

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Netflix Sets ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Premiere Date, Releases First Trailer

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Amy Sherman-Palladino’s series about a fast-talking mother and daughter a.k.a Lorelai squared finally has a premiere date and trailer.

Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will premiere Thanksgiving weekend on November 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. PT. The series will consist of four 90-minute episodes, covering a different season of the year. The streaming giant teased the first two minutes of Winter for the critics in the room, but since you weren’t there, we’ll just have to show you the first official teaser trailer.

The series will be released all at one, per usual, even though Sherman-Palladino would prefer a week-by-week situation. And don’t worry, the last four words are just as important this time around, so don’t go spoiling it for everyone, ok?!

The cast was thrilled to return to step into the shoes of these now iconic characters. “I knew it would be special right from the get-go,” said Scott Patterson who plays Luke. “The more time goes by, the more satisfying it becomes and the show becomes iconic.” Patterson gave a nice shoutout to the ATX Television Festival for “driving it home to all parties involved.”

Lauren Graham added: “For me, it was an incredible experience. It was like going to college when you’re really ready. We were given the gift to go back knowing those things and it was a rare opportunity.”

Of course, someone brought up the Melissa McCarthy controversy which Sherman-Palladino quickly shot down, saying, “we all knew between us that we would make it work one way or another. It somehow took on a life of its own. She and Lauren [Graham] have a weird Lucy and Ethel thing and you kind of have to see it, to get it.” “Melissa came on one of our last days and it was so great,” added Graham. “Had it not happened it would have felt like a gap.”

Let’s not forget all of Rory’s boyfriends, all of whom  will “make an appearance in one way or another,” says Bledel.

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‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Confirms Summer 2017 Return, Shorter Episode Count

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Winter is coming…but in the summer.

HBO has confirmed that the award-winning series Game of Thrones will begin shooting the seventh season later this summer, with the seven-episode season debuting in summer 2017. Fans are usually used to an April premiere, so this is basically our nightmare coming true along with a shorter season. Gasp!

“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

Season seven directors will include Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement where Game of Thrones received a whopping 23 Emmy nominations including best drama series along with first-time nominees Kit Harrington and Maisie Williams.

Season seven credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; producers, Chris Newman, Greg Spence and Lisa McAtackney.

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‘The Walking Dead’: New Season 7 Comic-Con Poster Revealed

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AMC has just released the new key art for the upcoming seventh season of The Walking Dead just in time for the drama’s appearance next week at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Last we saw, newcomer Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, was about to give one hell of a beating with his beloved bat named Lucille. Because, obvi! The poster reflects what we last saw, which was Negan walking around tapping his bat on each person’s head in sort of an eeny, meeny, miny, moe-type fashion. Not gonna lie, but that scared the crap out of me.

The Walking Dead’s official San Diego Comic-Con panel is on Friday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in Hall H and will include a number of cast members like Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, and Josh McDermitt. The one and only Jeffrey Dean Morgan himself will also be making an appearance.

AMC also announced that the trailer for the upcoming season will air during the panel at SDCC.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead returns in October. Can you wait that long?!

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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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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Premiere Preview: One Month Later

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Fsociety, man!

Our favorite hacker-drama series Mr. Robot is back! USA Network’s critically acclaimed series returns for a 10-episode second season on Wednesday, July 13 with every episode written and directed by Sam Esmail. Let’s not leave out the amazing music from Mac Quayle.

 

The season one 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 trailer (seen below) makes us feel crazier than we did the first time around.

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.

Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.

Official Synopsis:

back. one month later and omfg, five/nine changed the world. elliot in seclusion. angela happy at evil corp. fsociety delivers malicious payload. TANGO DOWN?

The season 2 trailer:

Here are some stills from Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 1:

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‘Grimm’ Preview: “The Taming of the Wu”

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There’s a new Biest in town and she’s a creepy little kid named Diana. Oh, and she happens to be Sean and Adalind’s daughter who was given to the resistance as a baby for protection from the Royal family. Not sure if that much time has gone by or if she’s like the baby from Twilight that just grew up real fast, but she’s big and has purple glowing eyes and everything.

Anyways, Adalind has GOT to tell Nick about her being a Hexenbiest again and the fact that Diana is back. I mean, she’s keeping one too many secrets from him and if she wants to stay in a relationship or whatever it is that they’re doing, then she has to come clean.

Meanwhile, Wu is legit turning into a Wesen. Here’s hoping Rosalee can come up with some sort of herbal remedy to reverse it or something.

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

The official synopsis for “The Taming of the Wu”:

BLACK CLAW CLOSES IN AS WU’S PRIMAL INSTINCTS TAKE CENTER STAGE – SHAUN TOUB, SHARON LEAL, DAMIEN PUCKLER AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR – Suffering from the bite he sustained, Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) becomes entangled in a surprising altercation that may land him in hot water. After meeting the mysterious Bonaparte (guest star Shaun Toub), Adalind (Claire Coffee) is faced with a difficult decision that could change her and Nick’s (David Giuntoli) lives forever. Meanwhile, Hank (Russell Hornsby) gets even closer to Zuri (guest star Sharon Leal) and their relationship begins to take shape. Back at HW, Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) senses that a new force may jeopardize the entire operation. Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz and Bree Turner also star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here are some stills from Grimm Season 5, Episode 18:

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‘Grimm’ Preview: “Good to the Bone”

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GRIMM — “Good to the Bone” Episode 518 — Pictured: (l-r) Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt — (Photo by: Scott Green/NBC)

Grimm is definitely firing on all cylinders…and I can barely keep up.

Adalind is a Hexenbiest again but still hasn’t told Nick. Although he knows because Rosalee told him even though she told Adalind to! Ugh it’s all so complicated. Plus, Adalind started working again at the same law firm she used to work at back in the day when she and Nick first met. However, I didn’t know that the law firm, or at least the partners were Wesen, did you? So they’re letting her come back because she’s a Hexenbiest? I feel like this is turning into an episode of Angel!

Anyways, let’s not forget about Eve and how she’s remembering her life with Nick when she was Juliette. She’s being very protective of him and even went to his home and confronted Adalind, telling her not to hurt him now that she’s a Hexenbiest again. She’s also using that weird creepy potion out of the witches hat to turn herself into Sean Renard so she can find out what he knows about Black Claw. Speaking of Sean, Diana is back! How did that press woman find her? Man, does she have good connections.

Meanwhile, something is happening to Wu. We’re not exactly sure, but I think it’s from when he was scratched by that Lycanthropia a few episodes back. They’ve been playing it up very slowly, but I’m hoping we find out soon.

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

The official synopsis for “Good to the Bone”:

A WESEN WITH A TERRIFYING APPETITE TERRORIZES PORTLAND – SHARON LEAL GUEST STARS – When a man is found dead with all of the bones in his body seemingly liquefied and removed, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves in the middle of a gruesome family arrangement. Meanwhile, Wu (Reggie Lee) deals with a crisis of his own and Hank reunites with his old flame, Zuri (guest star Sharon Leal). Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee also star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here are some stills from Grimm Season 5, Episode 18:

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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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