AMC Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Into the Badlands,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ and ‘The Son’

At the Television Critics Association winter session, AMC announced premiere dates for new and returning series including Into the Badlands, Better Call Saul and Pierce Brosnan’s new series The Son.

Martial arts drama Into the Badlands will return for its sophomore season on Sunday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ETPT.  The 10-episode second season finds Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow (Emily Beecham) continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships are betrayed, and by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.

In its first season, Into the Badlands averaged 53 million viewers and ranked as the #4 highest-rated freshman season of any series in cable history among adults 18-49. The series is executive produced by creators/showrunners/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Smallville), Oscar-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Contagion), David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Nights), director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury) nd Daniel Wu (Tai Chi Zero).

Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son will air on both AMC and SundanceTV with a two-hour premiere beginning Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode, one-hour drama is a sweeping family saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the transformation of Eli MCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. Eli’s eldest son Pete (Henry Garrett), has grown up in his father’s shadow and struggles to make him proud while forging his own identity. Pete’s strong-willed daughter, Jeannie (Sydney Lucas) idolizes her grandfather and despite being raised in a male-dominated world, rejects her fate of existing solely to marry and bear children. Eli’s ruthlessness pits him against his wealthy Spanish neighbor, Pedro Garcia (Carlos Bardem) and his quest for power triggers consequences that span generations. Shared through a series of flashbacks, The Son pulls viewers into the world of young Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland) and his father figure, Comanche war chief, Toshaway (Zahn McClarnon) and deftly explores the McCullough’s rise to become one of the most powerful family dynasties in Texas.

The series is produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment and written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni also serve as executive producers.

Better Call Saul will return for its third season on Monday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new season follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGil’s (Bob Odenkirk) devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman – Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer. Six years before he meets Walter White, Jimmy is a more or less law-abiding, small-time attorney hustling to champion his underdog clients, build his practice and somehow make a name for himself.

The sophomore season ended with a pair of cliffhangers. Determined to prevent his brother from practicing law, Chuck (Michael McKean) staged an elaborate con, secretly recording Jimmy’s confession to a felony. When Mike (Jonathan Banks) set his sights on sociopathic cartel boss Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis), an ominous intervention stopped him from pulling the trigger, raising questions as to what other dangerous players may be in the game.

As the new season begins, the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme test, Jimmy and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) fledgling law practices – and their romance – as never before. This imminent existential threat presses Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to the limit. Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary who seems to know almost everything about his business.

Photo and Video Credit: AMC Networks 

The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for ‘Riverdale,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘Reign’; Moves ‘Supernatural’ & ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’

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The CW set midseason premiere dates for their new drama Riverdale as well as returning shows The 100, Reign and The Originals. The network also revealed that their hit series Supernatural and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will shift to a new night as well as the series finale date for The Vampire Diaries. 

The newest drama series Riverdale, a surprising and subversive take based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics, will premiere on Thursday, January 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, pushing Supernatural to Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Meanwhile, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow moves to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT starting Jan. 24, pairing up with The Flash, with the finale set for Tuesday, March 28. Season three of iZombie will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, before moving to its regularly scheduled time period after The Flash on April 11.

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The 100 returns Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT immediately following Arrow at 8 p.m. while Reign returns for its fourth and final season on Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The series finale of The Vampire Diaries is slated to air Friday, March 10 with The Originals taking its place the following week on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The season finale of No Tomorrow will air Tuesday, January 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale of Frequency set for the following week on Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wraps up its second season on Friday, February 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

MONDAY

8:00-9:00pm SUPERGIRL
9:00-10:00pm JANE THE VIRGIN

TUESDAYS BEGINNING JANUARY 24

8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH
9:00-10:00pm DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Time Period)

WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 1

8:00-9:00pm ARROW
9:00-10:00pm THE 100 (Season Premiere)

THURSDAYS BEGINNING JANUARY 26

8:00-9:00pm SUPERNATURAL (New Time Period)
9:00-10:00pm RIVERDALE (Series Premiere)

FRIDAYS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 10

8:00-9:00pm THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00pm REIGN (Season Premiere)

FRIDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 17

8:00-9:00pm THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm REIGN

TUESDAY, APRIL 4

8:00-9:00pm iZOMBIE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm iZOMBIE (New Episode)

TUESDAYS BEGINNING APRIL 11

8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH
9:00-10:00pm IZOMBIE (Regular Time Period)

All Times ET/PT

Disclaimer: I was working as a freelance consultant at Warner Bros. Television when this news came out. My father is also a writer and executive producer on The 100. 

HBO Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Westworld,’ ‘Insecure,’ and Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Divorce’

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At the Television Critics Association summer session, HBO announced the premiere dates for the long-awaited Westworld, Insecure, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s new comedy series Divorce. 

The one-hour drama series Westworld kicks off its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 PM (ET/PT). Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice), Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Co-creator Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?”

Co-creator Joy adds, “We also wanted to explore what it means to be human from the outside in – through the eyes of the ‘hosts’: the lifelike AI characters that are the main attractions of the park. It’s a meditation on consciousness – the blessing and the burden of it – beautifully portrayed by our remarkable cast.”

The series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright along with Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Nolan and Joy are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing. Production companies, Kilter Films, Bad Robot Productions, and Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

Comedy series Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker, who also serves as executive producer, begins its ten-episode season Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances (Parker) has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband, played by Thomas Haden Church. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

Set in Westchester County, NY, Divorce is created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), with Paul Simms (HBO’s Girls) serving as a showrunner on the series. Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan executive produce.

The series also stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore.

Immediately following Divorce, comes another new comedy series titled Insecure, starring Issa Rae, and launches its eight-episode season Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 PM (ET/PT).

Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show, which explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.

Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life.

Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Frieda (Lisa Joyce), Issa’s overeager white co-worker, whose enthusiasm is both annoying and endearing, is at the crux of Issa’s racial frustrations at work.

Shot in and around South Los Angeles, Insecure incorporates the music of both indie and established artists of color and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.

Insecure was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

PHOTO CREDIT: HBO

 

The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,’ ‘The 100’; ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Originals’ Move to Friday

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The CW set midseason premiere dates for their new drama DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as well as returning post-apocalyptic drama The 100.  The network also revealed that their hit series The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will shift to a new night.

The newest offshoot of The Flash/Arrow-world about a ragtag team of both heroes and villains titled Legends of Tomorrow will premiere on Thursday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT followed by the Season 3 premiere of The 100 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Check out the newest teaser trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow below:

According to the release, starting January 29, The Salvatore brothers and the First Family of vampires head to Friday nights to kick off the weekend with two hours of high-stakes drama, with The Vampire Diaries at 8 p.m. ET/PT followed by The Originals at 9 p.m.

Similar to last season, Reign will have its winter finale on Friday, January 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and return later in the season, night and time to be announced.

Here is the CW Midseason Premiere Schedule:

Thursday, January 21
8:00-9:00 PM DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM The 100 (Season Premiere)

Friday, January 29
8:00-9:00 PM The Vampire Diaries (New night)
9:00-10:00 PM The Originals  (New night)

Photo and Video Credit: The CW

 

Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ and More

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The streaming giant announced today (March 2) premiere dates for the highly anticipated series Wet Hot American Summer as well as Sense8, the upcoming sci-fi drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski, and revealed a return date for Season 3 of Orange is the New Black. 

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (a follow-up on the 2001 cult classic movie) will be available on July 17 while the women of Litchfield return for a third season of Orange is the New Black on June 12.

According to a press release, Sense8 is “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted,” and makes its streaming debut on June 5.

The Canadian thriller Between, starring Jeanette McCurdy, will drop sometime in May.

Let’s not forget about their comedy specials including Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible on April 17 followed by Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) on May 22.

CBS Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Extant,’ ‘Zoo’ and ‘Big Brother’; Moves ‘Under the Dome’

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CBS set a premiere date for their new drama Zoo and revealed return dates for their hit series Extant, Big Brother and Under the Dome, which will shift to a new night.

Zoo, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, stars James Wolk (Mad Men, The Crazy Ones) as a young renegade biologist who is forced to solve the mystery of why animals are violently attacking humans across the globe before it’s too late. The series premieres Tuesday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and also stars Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder.

The second season of the Halle Berry event series Extant returns on Wednesday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Magic City, Watchmen) joins the cast as a series regular, playing JD Richter, “a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future who is a mercenary/bounty hunter.” The show also stars Goran Visnjic, Grace Gummer and Camryn Manheim.

Reality hit Big Brother returns with a special two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 both at 8 p.m. ET/PT. According to CBS, the Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, moves to its regular time period on July 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The Sunday broadcast premieres June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Event series Under the Dome returns for a  third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 at 10 p.m. immediately following Big Brother. CSI alum Marg Helgenberger joins the cast “in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town’s inhabitants figure out the Dome’s purpose and what it wants from them.” Under the Dome was last summer’s most-watched (11.32m) and highest-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 (2.8/09) and adults 25-54 (3.7/10).

 

‘The Blacklist’ Casts Paul Reubens as Villain in Season 2

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Pee-Wee Herman is on a new adventure and the latest to join the list of guest stars on NBC’s The Blacklist. According to EW.com, NBC has tapped Paul Reubens for the role of Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld. He will first appear in season two’s third episode and will stay for at least two episodes.

“It’s going to be something totally different, and it’s going to be awesome,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp tells EW. “It can’t get strange enough for me. One of the most fun things is being able to write for actors who I’ve admired and think are interesting and try to play against expectations. I’d say he’s gonna shake things up a bit when enters Red’s orbit.”

Reubens started work this Friday. He joins a list of recently announced guest stars that includes Mary-Louis Parker, Lee Tergesen and Krysten Ritter.

The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Ryan Eggold.

Jon Bokenkamp (The Call, Taking Lives), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Predator, I, Robot, Chronicle) and John Fox serve as executive producers. The Blacklist is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

Season 2 of The Blacklist premieres on Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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