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

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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.

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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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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Trailer is Finally Here: ‘I Choose Violence’ (WATCH)

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Oh. Em. Gee.

HBO has finally released the first full trailer for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. There is so much anticipation for the sixth season, mostly because of all the back and forth about Jon Snow, but mostly because this is the first time the show will extend beyond George R.R. Martin’s series of novels.

The network has provided teasers here and there, but this is the first actual footage we’ve seen from the new season. With regards to Jon Snow, well, “he’s gone,” is the first thing you hear in the new trailer. So, there’s that.

Meanwhile, we see Cersei after the hell she went through last season and her and Jamie want to fight back and take what’s rightfully theirs. “I choose violence,” is a pretty good indicator of what’s to come.

The trailer is set to James Vincent McMorrow’s version of “Wicked Game,” giving you a sense of the calm before the storm.

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

Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 24 at 9/8 on HBO.

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