5 Things You Need to Know About ‘You’re the Worst’ Season 3

YOU'RE THE WORST -- "LCD Soundsystem" -- Episode 209 (Airs Wednesday, November 4, 10:30 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Aya Cash as Gretchen, Chris Geere as Jimmy. CR: Byron Cohen/FX

FXX’s beloved series You’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk and cast members Chris Geere, Aya Cash and Desmin Borges were on hand at the Television Critics Association winter session to talk about all things season 3.

The series was a true fan favorite in the first season and built up to one of the best shows on television last season. The show dealt with serious issues like depression, something that’s not always talked about or even covered, and did it in a very smart and funny way.

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  1. When is the show coming back?
    CALLING ALL YOU SLEEPY BITCHES!! The network revealed that production on season 3 will begin in late spring and return in the summer or fall. It’s still unclear as to an official premiere date.
  2. Will the show pick up right where we left off? Or will there be a time jump?
    Creator and showrunner Stephen Falk, says that they will start season 3 “like literally right after the final ‘I love you” scene.'” Falk who dealt with a time jump back when he was on Weeds says the show “won’t miss a beat.”
  3. Are there plans to cover other serious issues besides depression?
    Falk says that “we’re trying hard not to top this season with an issue we’re dealing with like we did with depression. We’re just continuing with the fallout from last season and moving the characters forward, maybe some of them will fall.” He liked the fact that they could step away from the main storyline adding “the ability to do episodes that break form, to do something else in a different way was really fun.” Cash added that she had PTSD and “went into a dark depression after the show was airing.” As far as knowing anything about her character’s spiral, she said that “Stephen is on lockdown and doesn’t let us know anything. I didn’t know about the depression until I started reading.”sunday funday
  4. Sunday funday better than a Monday. Can only do it one way, & that is the drunk way!
    The fan-favorite episode spread like wildfire and became a thing, even with my own friends, of going out for our regular Sunday brunches and singing the song along with drinking our mimosas. “I think we have the right idea. A tentative yes,” says Falk regarding more Sunday Funday episodes.
  5. Character development
    Chris Geere chimed in by saying he’s “really enjoying all the characters evolving and us as actors evolving together.” Desmin Borges’s character had an uplifting storyline this season as he joined an improv class and fell for his teacher played by the talented Collette Wolfe. It was nice to see Edgar in a happy place and not dealing with his own issues and PTSD. Borges added: “I think Edgar is on an upward trajectory of where he could be. I think we’d all like to see him happy.”

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FX Sets ‘The Americans’ Season 4 Premiere Date, Reveals Poster

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FX’s spy drama series The Americans will return for a fourth season on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association winter session in Pasadena, CA.

The network has also released the key art for the upcoming season along with a description:

The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear. Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth must keep their daughter’s best interests at heart while ensuring that their cover identities, and thus their lives, remain protected. Their previous missions have already placed Philip and Elizabeth in great jeopardy. Martha (Alison Wright), a valued secretary at the FBI whom Philip married while undercover, has been an invaluable source of intel. However, when her cover is nearly blown, Philip must make increasingly difficult decisions to ensure her safety and allegiance. The Jennings’ neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat. His KGB lover/asset Nina (Annet Mahendru), having failed to turn him against the U.S., was sent back to Moscow to face an unsure fate. With Nina gone, Stan has made an effort to become closer with his family and has formed a bond with the Jennings’ 12-year-old son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati). He has also cultivated his relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov (Costa Gorn). Stan’s newfound dedication to wi[ong out Directorate S has also led him to become suspicious of Martha’s uncharacteristic behavior. As he begins to investigate what’s been in front of him all this time, he might finally get closer to uncovering the “Illegals” – Philip and Elizabeth – that have eluded him for so long. 

The premiere episode, “Glanders,” picks up on the heels of last season’s finale. Philip and Elizabeth are dealing with the fallout of all they’ve wrought. What will happen when the FBI finds out about Gene’s suicide? How will Pastor Tim deal with the revelation that they are Russian spies? And will they be able to handle a dangerous new bioweapons assignment? The episode was written by Joel Fields & Jon Weisberg, and directed by Thomas Schlamme. 

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The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg who, along with Joel Fields, series as an executive producer and writer. Graham Yost and Chris Long are also executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The Americans is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

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FX Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Fargo,’ ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ and ‘The Bastard Executioner’

FARGO -- Pictured: (L-R) Ted Danson as Hank Larsson, Patrick Wilson as Lou Solverson. CR: Chris Large/FX

FARGO — Pictured: (L-R) Ted Danson as Hank Larsson, Patrick Wilson as Lou Solverson. CR: Chris Large/FX

At the Television Critics Association summer session, FX announced the return dates for Fargo and American Horror Story: Hotel as well as the premiere date and show description for Kurt Sutter’s highly anticipated new series The Bastard Executioner.

Per the press release, FX describes The Bastard Executioner as “FX describes “a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones), a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tight rope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny. Guided by Annora (Katey Sagal), a mystical healer whose seeming omniscience keeps Wilkin under her sway; manipulated by Milus Corbett (Stephen Moyer), a devious Chamberlain with grand political aspirations; and driven by a deepening connection with the Baroness Lady Love Ventris (Flora Spencer-Longhurst), Wilkin struggles to navigate political, emotional and supernal pitfalls in his quest to understand his greater purpose.”

The 10-episode first season of The Bastard Executioner debuts with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The new season of American Horror Story: Hotel features an all-star cast including Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.

The 13-episode season of American Horror Story: Hotel opens its doors on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

And finally, the all new “true crime” case of Fargo’s new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota.  “Lou Solverson” (Patrick Wilson), a young State Trooper recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang, a major Mob syndicate and a small town beautician “Peggy Blumquist” (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband “Ed” (Jesse Plemons), the local butcher’s assistant.  Helping Lou piece things together is his father-in-law, “Sheriff Hank Larsson” (Ted Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes “Karl Weathers” (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota.  A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist.  Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will play “Joe Bulo,” the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate.  The new face of corporate crime, Joe’s bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America.  His number two is “Mike Milligan” (Bokeem Woodbine).  Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling – but the joke is usually on you.  Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch “Floyd Gerhardt” (Jean Smart).  With her husband at death’s door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, “Dodd Gerhardt” (Jeffrey Donovan).  An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can’t wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. “Bear Gerhardt” (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. “Rye Gerhardt” (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt family, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog who barks big.

The 10-episode second season of Fargo premieres Monday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

FX Sets ‘The Strain’ Season 2 Premiere Date

THE STRAIN -- Pictured: (L-R) Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez, Cory Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather. CR. Michael Gibson/FX

FX has just announced that season 2 of the vampire-ish series The Strain will premiere Sunday, July 12 at 10/9c.

The Strain, which was renewed after only six episodes back in August of last year, is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan.

According to FX, The Strain was 2014’s most-watched new scripted series cable series in Adults 18-24 (2.4 million) and was even the most-watched premiere in FX history, with 12.7 million total viewers.

In Season 2 we find out that “New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die.”

In the teaser trailer that was released last week, we’re told that the “master is about to undergo a wondrous transformation.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get infected all over again!

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TV Shows Invade Week One of SXSW

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SXSW isn’t just for the tech, music and film industry anymore. The TV world is officially making its presence known with cool installations, photo opportunities, branded transportation and more. Networks and studios are coming up with new and interesting ways to grow their audience by expanding on their existing brand recognition and just stepping it up a notch.

Here’s what we saw in Austin this week:

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HBO celebrated the upcoming season premiere of their hit series Game of Thrones by creating a #SXSWesteros interactive exhibit. Fans were able to sit on the Iron Throne,  participate in an interactive sword training game and even taste the new Game of Thrones-themed beer, a Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale from the Ommegang brewery. HBO joined forces with a production company called Red Paper Heart, along with Civic Entertainment Group, to create an interactive sword-fighting experience whereby attendees would pose for a portrait, then step up onto a stage and hit a target using a replica of Arya’s wooden practice sword. The more accurate you were, the more your picture would project onscreen. Users were then able to email themselves their portrait at the end.

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In celebration of the release of Catch the Thrones: The Mixtape, Vol. 2, HBO set up a social media vending machine that gave out prizes including a Catch the Throne iPhone case. Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli are just a couple of artists that are featured on the mixtape that you can check out below.

FOX

FOX decided to get in on the food truck bandwagon in Austin by sending out a Simpsons-themed Kwik-E-Mart Truck of their own. The popup served over 3,400 squishees and claim to have given out the frozen sugar water at a rate of “2.6 Squishees per minute.”

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National Geographic Channel presented attendees with an opportunity to check out their “Escape the Cold” simulator in advance of the season 3 premiere of Life Below Zero on April 9. Fans entered the cold climate of Alaska and had to complete challenges in order to get back to the warmth of Austin, TX.

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The cable networks upcoming hacker series Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, definitely made their presence known by sending out a street team of guys wearing all black with Mr. Robot black hoodies and sunglasses on, walking around Austin in silence. Kind of like how the guards outside of Buckingham Palace don’t speak or move. It was sort of creepy, but it goes along with the vibe of the show which premieres in June 2015. The series will debut at SXSW on March 17 and was selected as one of five TV series to appear in the Episodic Screenings, a relatively new category for SXSW Film. Other shows included The CW’s iZombie, Lifetime’s UnReal, Rashida Jones’ Angie Tribeca and FX’s The Comedians. 

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FX Networks

FX did a little something different. They took over an already existing establishment, creating the “FX Fearless Factory” where they told SXSW-goers to be Be Fearless. The installation had something fun for everyone including:

  • Interactive FXNOW App Wall
  • The Strain Evolution Gallery
  • The FX FEARLESS Social Vending Machine
  • Free Craft Coffee From Austin’s Flat Track
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Custom Giveaways And More

Visitors were treated to donuts from Little Lucy’s of Austin and could even get their own custom rigged Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll T-shirt.

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NBC

What better way to promote the second season of a show than by kicking off a comedy tour featuring the stars of the series. Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman performed at Esther’s Follies on Saturday night and I’m not gonna lie, they were pretty freaking hilarious. Make sure to tune in to the season 2 premiere of Undateable on Tuesday, March 17 at 9/8c.

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Photo Credit: Chris McLaughlin

Saturday Night Live had a 40th Anniversary Virtual Reality Experience Presented by Samsung Gear VR on site. Cast member Vanessa Bayer, producer Erik Kenward, and filmmaker Chris Milk were on hand to guide attendees through the experience, which allowed users to sit in on pieces of the SNL 40th (specifically, Jerry Seinfeld’s audience Q&A) as if there were part of the audience.

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A&E

SXSW wouldn’t be complete without a replica of the Bates Motel to help promote the new season which premiered on March 9. In just three days, A&E had built The Bates Motel, a fully-immersive live activation based on the hit thriller by the same name. The motel will open its doors throughout the festival to let fans truly experience the world of Norman Bates, complete with authentic décor, show props designed with the series producers, a Bates-themed Tumblr GIF booth and eerie surprises around every (dimly-lit) corner.

Fans could even enter to win a night’s stay in one of the three fully-functional replica rooms which included:

·       “Special” brownies – often found in White Pine Bay – from local bakery Delish;
·       Maid and turndown service from leading-service booking platform Handy;
·       Bates Motel-themed welcome packages from Austin-based Tito’s Vodka; and
·       “Minibar room service” from liquor delivery service Drizly.

A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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A&E's "Bates Motel" Open Its Doors at SXSW

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CBS

CBS provided free rides for attendees of SXSW courtesy of Battle Creek and CSI: Cyber.

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CW – iZombie

Last but not least, was The CW / Buzzfeed party in celebration of the series premiere of iZombie on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The “Party Til You’re UNDEAD” party came with everything you hoped for in an undead party, including 3D printed candy brains and even zombie hosted bartenders serving “Brain Appétit”-themed drinks.

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Lady Gaga to Star in ‘American Horror Story’ Season 5

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Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Photo

Attention Little Monsters! Lady Gaga herself will star in the upcoming season of FX’s hit anthology series ‘American Horror Story,’ and marks her largest TV role to date.

The singer shared via her Twitter a little teaser, announcing the theme of the new season will be ‘American Horror Story: Hotel.’

The news comes on the heels of her extraordinary Oscar performance where she paid tribute to The Sound of Music‘s 50th Anniversary and Julie Andrews.

No details have been released with regards to her character, nor has any other casting news come out as far as AHS vets Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange and Emma Roberts.

The upcoming season of American Horror Story debuts in October. According to THR, an official premiere date has not yet been determined.

FX’s ‘The Strain’ Renewed for a Second Season

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We are all infected…the virus is spreading! FX has announced that they are renewing The Strain for a second season, just days after the sixth episode aired. The second season will consist of thirteen episodes and premiere in summer 2015. The network also announced that Season 1 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray December 2.

The Strain is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan. “I am thrilled! Another season to spread the virus!” said del Toro. “Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes — the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.”

According to FX, The Strain is the highest-rated new basic cable drama of 2014, and was even the most-watched premiere in FX history, with 12.7 million total viewers..

The vampire-ish series is firing on all cylinders, with the last few episodes reeling me in more and more. When Abraham went down into the basement and found the family of vampires and then dropped his heart pills, almost gave me a heart attack myself!

The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, David Bradley, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Jack Kesy, Miguel Gomez and Ben Hyland .

The Strain airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Premieres Tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT

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For those that haven’t seen the creepy billboards with the worm in the eye, you’re missing out. The Strain is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan. The show centers around Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll of House of Cards), head of the Center for Disease Control in NY and is dealing with a custody battle of his son and his wife’s new boyfriend moving into his home, all while investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with supernatural connections. The show has a definite creepy factor that made me scream during the day and jump out of my seat, all of which my neighbor can attest to, but it is definitely something I will continue watching.

The Strain premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

FX SYNOPSIS: The Strain is a high concept thriller from Academy Award® nominated Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse, which is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by del Toro and Hogan.  It tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers del Toro and Hogan co-wrote the pilot script for The Strain, which was directed by del Toro.  Emmy® Award winning Writer and Producer Carlton Cuse serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Writer. Gary Ungar also serves as Executive Producer.  The series is produced by FX Productions. FX has ordered 13 episodes of The Strain for its first season which will air Sunday nights at 10 PM ET/PT.