Syfy Sets Premiere Dates for ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Hunters’

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Syfy plans on taking over your DVRs on Monday nights!

At the Television Critics Association winter session, the network announced the premiere dates for the return of their hit drama series 12 Monkeys along with newcomer Hunters. The network also released

Hunters follows Baltimore FBI agent Flynn Carroll (Nathan Phillips, Wolf Creek) as his wife goes missing and his search leads him to a highly-classified government organization – the Exo-Terrorism Unit (ETU) – who track and fight alien terrorists.  Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) plays Regan, a valuable ETU operative keeping secrets of her own. The gritty sci-fi thriller also stars Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) as the dangerously unhinged terrorist, McCarthy.

Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told reporters that they “really want to make aliens scary again. We want to make them compelling…there’s a real mystery to solve.” Hurd has multiple shows on the air including AMC’s The Walking Dead and the newly announced Falling Water which Syfy’s sister network USA just picked up to series. In regards to juggling her schedule, Hurd responded by saying “for any project I work on, it’s important for me to imagine giving up so much of my life to bring it to the small screen.” Basically, she’s saying Hunters is worth the watch!

Hunters hails from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator Trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), who will also serve as showrunner, and Emile Levisetti (Royal Pains). The series is inspired by best-selling author Whitley Strieber’s novel, Alien Hunter.

The 13-episode first season of Hunters debuts Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

Syfy’s time-travel sophomore drama 12 Monkeys will return for an all-new 13-episode second season second with Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines), Barbara Sukowa (Katarina Jones) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon) reprising their roles.

12 Monkeys  follows the journey of Cole, a time traveler sent back in time from a dark, hellish future to prevent it from ever happening. Joining forces in the present with Dr. Railly, Cole must defeat a centuries-old malevolent organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys. As Cole, Railly and their unlikely allies get closer to the truth, they’ll learn there are deadly consequences for all of history … and time itself.

Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Nikita) are executive producers and showrunners, with Charles Roven (Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, American Hustle, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (Suicide Squad, American Hustle, The International) as executive producers. Atlas Entertainment and Roven produced the original film of 12 Monkeys, which starred Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeline Stowe, on which the series is based.

Hunters and 12 Monkeys are both produced by Universal Cable Productions (in association with Valhalla Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment, respectively).

12 Monkeys returns for a second season on Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

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5 Things You Need to Know About ‘Outlander’ Season 2

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“This season changes everything for Claire and Jamie”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling empty inside without some Outlander in my life. I’VE BEEN IN DROUGHTLANDER!!!! Last we saw Jamie and Claire, they found out they were pregnant and about to board a ship to France to see about changing the future…well, Jamie’s future and Claire’s knowledge of the past.

At the Television Critics Association winter session, Starz gave the fans a bit of a teaser for what’s to come in season 2 of Outlander. 

1. Bienvenue en France
The teaser showed Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in France because that’s where Prince Charles Stuart is along with the rest of the Jacobites. They attend galas and dinners at the King’s palace in order to infiltrate the Jacobite movement in hopes of stopping the battle of Culloden.

2.  New Characters
Caitriona and Sam are excited for us to see the new cast members that are joining their little show. “We hRichard Rankin_Roger Wakefieldave some fantastic new characters coming in. There are new enemies, new allies,” added Heughan. Scottish actor Richard Rankin has been cast to play the fan favorite role of Roger Wakefield in season two. Roger is described as “intelligent, kindhearted, and charming, Roger is the grown up version of Reverend Wakefield’s adorable adopted son we met in Season One.  After his parents died in World War II, Roger was raised by the Reverend (with help from his housekeeper, Mrs. Graham) and is a proud Scot through and through. Now a professor at Oxford, Roger has a keen interest in history, and all the secrets and insight it presents.”

3.  Diana Gabaldon on her writing
Dayum! A reporter tried to get Diana Gabaldon to throw some serious shade today, referencing George R.R. Martin’s inability to finish the book in time for Game of Thrones.“Unlike George, I write no matter where I am or whatever I’m doing.” Gabaldon added, “I don’t plan books out ahead of time or write in a straight line. I knew there was more to Outlander after the first book.” She says it’s been a very collaborative process and has even written one of the episodes in the upcoming season.

4.   Premiere Date
While we still don’t have an exact date, we do know that the second season of Outlander will premiere in April 2016 on Starz.

5.  The costumes 
Terry Dresbach did a phenomenal job on the upcoming season. Check out some of the gorgeous pieces Caitriona and Sam get to wear in season two.

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HBO Sets Return Dates for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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At the Television Critics Association winter session, HBO announced that Game of the Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will premiere back-to-back on Sunday, April 24 starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fans are freaking out about the upcoming season as we don’t even know if Jon Snow is alive or dead or has he come back as something else? Plus, the trailer doesn’t help answer any of those questions! Also, George R.R. Martin hasn’t even FINISHED the sixth Game of Thrones book, “The Winds of Winter.”

Do you have any theories? If so, please share with the class!!

Game of Thrones’ ten-episode sixth season will premiere at 9/8c followed by Season 3 of Silicon Valley at 10 p.m. and Season 5 of Veep at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

A&E Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Bates Motel’ and ‘Damien’

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At the Television Critics Association winter session, A&E Networks announced the return date of the hit series Bates Motel which will be paired with the new original drama series Damien, airing back-to-back on Monday, March 7 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively.

Bates, which was renewed for two additional seasons back in June, returns for a gripping ten-episode fourth season that will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness followed by the series premiere of the original scripted drama, Damien, a continuation of the classic horror film, The Omen from executive producer Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, The Shield).

Bates Motel stars Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman) and, according to A&E, the Psycho-prequel “will return with ten new episodes that further reveal Norman’s continued downward spiral and the effect it has on the family. This season, Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. Will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?”

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“Damien, follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 horror film, The Omen, who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist. The saga begins when Damien, an acclaimed war photographer, returns home to New York after experiencing a traumatic event while on assignment in Syria. Strange occurrences and flashbacks plague him and he is then forced to confront his true identity.”

The series stars Bradley James (Merlin, Homeland), along with Oscar® nominee Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time), Omid Abtahi (Better Call Saul), Megalyn E.K. (House of Lies), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), David Meunier (Justified) and Robin Weigert (Sons of Anarchy).

Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions. Tucker Gates and Vera Farmiga also serve as executive producers on the series.

Damien is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios for A&E Network.  Glen Mazzara serves as writer and executive producer via his 44 Strong Productions.  Ross Fineman, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive producers through his company Fineman Entertainment.  Pancho Mansfield also serves as executive producer. Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominated director Shekhar Kapur directed and executive produced the first episode.

Bates Motel and Damien premiere on Monday, March 7 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively on A&E.

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HBO’s ‘Girls’ Ending After Season 6


HBO’s Girls starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet will say goodbye after six seasons.

Can you believe Lena was 23 when she started making the hit series and is now almost 30?! And by making, I mean writing, directing and starring in. NBD.

According to E!, the series will come to an end in 2017 which means we still have another two full seasons to go before we part ways with Hannah Horvath and her crazy life.

Back in September, Dunham told her Lenny newsletter that the show should end after the sixth season. Looks like she got her wish.

Season 5 of Girls premieres Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. on HBO.

TV Land’s ‘Younger’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date – UPDATED

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Our favorite show about a 40-year-old-woman pretending to be, well, younger, finally has a premiere date. TV Land has announced, via social media posts from the cast, that season 2 of Younger will return with a one-hour premiere on Jan. 12 Jan. 13* at 10/9c.

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TV Land renewed the comedy series, starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, for a 12-episode second season back in April.

Younger follows 40-year old Liza (Sutton Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a young guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 – with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Miriam Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and 20-something Kelsey (Hilary Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams. Now she just has to make sure no one finds out the secret only she and Maggie share.

*NOTE: The date reflects the chang made by TV Land in November and doesn’t match the date seen in the posts above

Syfy Sets Premiere Dates for ‘The Expanse’ and ‘Childhood’s End’

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At the Television Critics Association summer session, Syfy announced the premiere dates for The Expanse and Childhood’s End.

The highly anticipated space thriller series The Expanse, starring Thomas Jane and Steven Strait, will launch with a two-night premiere Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15 at 10PM (ET/PT). The epic drama from Alcon TV is based on the international best-selling book series of the same name and will regularly air on Tuesdays at 10PM for the remainder of its 10-episode first season.

According to the press release, The Expanse is set two hundred years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. A hardened detective (Thomas Jane, Hung) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam, House of Sand and Fog) , Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy), Cas Anvar (Olympus), Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Florence Faivre (Alpha House, The Following). Jonathan Banks(Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains), and Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad, Gang Related) will appear as guest stars throughout the series’ first season.

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Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, one of the most acclaimed science fiction novels of all time, will come to life in the first-ever adaptation beginning December 14 on Syfy. This six-hour television event from Syfy and Universal Cable Productions will air over three consecutive nights on Monday, December 14, Tuesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 16from 8-10PM (ET/PT).

Per the release,  Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the alien Overlords, who promise to eliminate poverty, war and sickness – ushering in a golden age of peace, health and security for all of humankind. But why do the Overlords insist on hiding their appearance – and what do they ultimately want from Earth? While much of the world enjoys its newfound utopia, some suspect there’s a price to pay. As the truth about the Overlords’ intentions are revealed, humanity will discover its actual destiny may actually be a nightmare, instead of a dream.

Executive produced by award-winning producers Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips, Moneyball, The Social Network), the star-studded cast is led by Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Daisy Betts (The Last Resort), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Osy Ikhile (The Fear) and Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

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

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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. 

HBO Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Doll & Em,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ and Amy Schumer Stand-Up Special

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At the Television Critics Association summer session, HBO announced the premiere dates for Doll  & Em, The Leftovers and the premiere of Amy Schumer’s stand-up special, Amy Schumer: Live from the Apollo.

Comedy series Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary), will return for its second season Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Guest stars on the six-episode season include Ewan McGregor, Olivia Wilde, Evan Rachel Wood and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Written by and starring real-life best friends Mortimer and Wells, Doll & Em explored what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. In the second season, the two write an off-Broadway play together in an effort to do something creative on equal footing. They even manage to hoodwink Evan Rachel Wood and Olivia Wilde into appearing in it, with Wood playing Doll and Wilde playing Em.

Season two of drama series The Leftovers will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta and overseen by Lost’s Damon Lindelof, follows a small town in eastern Texas in the wake of a global Rapture, following those that were left behind. The cast of season two includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo and Janel Moloney.

Comedy darling Amy Schumer is set to star in her first HBO stand-up special, Amy Schumer: Live from the Apollo, which debuts Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Directed by Chris Rock and taped May 29 before a live audience at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater, the one-hour special features Schumer talking about her life.

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 2 Premiere Date, Story Details Revealed

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HBO announced that The Leftovers will return for its second season on Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The HBO drama is based on the novel by Tom Perrotta and overseen by Lost’s Damon Lindelof. The Leftovers follows a small town in eastern Texas in the wake of a global Rapture, following those that were left behind. The cast of season two includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo and Janel Moloney.

The network also released a very detailed, almost too detailed,  synopsis to go along with the Season 2 teaser trailer that was released last month.

Per the press release:

After last season’s elaborate Memorial Day initiative by the Guilty Remnant plunged Mapleton into chaos, season two of THE LEFTOVERS finds many searching for a fresh start. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has retired from his post as chief of police of Mapleton and is moving his new family to Texas. With him is Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who’s discovered new purpose in caring for the baby she found on Kevin’s doorstep and welcomes leaving behind Mapleton and the incredible tragedy she suffered there. Equally eager to leave the town she grew up in and the friends she made there is Kevin’s daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley).
Upon their arrival in Jarden, Texas, the newly formed Garvey family meet their neighbors, the Murphys: John (Kevin Carroll) and Erika (Regina King) and their teenage twins, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Michael (Jovan Adepo). Attracted to this special town and hoping for miracles for his whole family, Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) has moved with his wife, Mary (Janel Moloney), who still suffers from consequences of the terrible car accident on October 14.
Meanwhile, Kevin’s ex-wife, Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), has left the Guilty Remnant and reunited with her son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who may have finally discovered a cause to help replace the pain in his heart. And while Meg (Liv Tyler) remains in the Guilty Remnant, it may not be the same cult she originally joined.
The first season of THE LEFTOVERS was based on Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name. In the second season, the show expands on the novel’s original concept of The Rapture, continuing to explore the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events.

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