‘Will & Grace’ Returning to NBC with 10 New Episodes

They’re baaaack! NBC is officially bringing back Will & Grace for a 10-episode run. The revival series will air sometime  during the 2017-2018 season.

Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally will return with original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan as showrunners and executive producers. Director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is also on board to direct and executive produce.

“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”

Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, added: “We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September, and the fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons. Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and ‘Will and Grace’ is one of the best.”

Said Mutchnick: “Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017.”

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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.

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USA Network Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Falling Water’ and ‘Eyewitness’

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At the Television Critics Association summer session, USA Network announced the premiere dates  for their newest original drama series Falling Water and Eyewitness.

The one-hour drama Falling Water is set to premiere on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10/9c. The series is the story of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. The deeper they dig, the more they come to realize that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world. Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story: Asylum), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) and Will Yun Lee (Hawaii 5-0) star.

The series hails from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd  (The Walking Dead), Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and Universal Cable Productions, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) directing the pilot. The late Emmy Award-Winner Henry Bromell (Homeland) executive produced the pilot as well.

 

From fexecutive producer Adi Hasak (Shades of Blue) and Universal Cable Productions comes the new series Eyewitness, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10/9c.

The bone-chilling crime thriller delves into the lives of two teenage boys after they secretly meet up in a cabin, bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen — and when you witness a horrible event, it changes everything. Adapted from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama Øyevitne, the series stars Julianne Nicholson (Black Mass, Masters of Sex), Gil Bellows (Ascension, 11.22.63), Tyler Young (Empire), and James Paxton (Term Life).

Jarl Emsell Larsen and Scott Peters (V, The 4400) and Jackie de Crinis also serve as executive producers. Peters will also direct multiple episodes of the series and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Miss You Already) will executive produce the pilot and direct the first two episodes.

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‘Suits’ Renewed for Season 7 at USA Network

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Suits fans will get another season of pop culture references between Mike and Harvey!

The long-running series has been renewed for a seventh season by USA Network, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association by Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

The Universal Cable Production series is three episodes into the sixth season with episode four airing tonight and is averaging more than 3 million viewers, 1.2 million viewers ages 25-54 and 1.1 million viewers among 18-49 in L3 numbers. The season finale is slated for Aug. 10 with Season 7 to premiere in 2017.

From the beginning, Suits has centered on the fast-paced Manhattan corporate law firm. Pearson Specter Litt – but last season, their world was shaken to its core when Mike Ross (Adams) signed a two-year plea deal admitting his fraud to spare his colleagues Harvey (Macht), Jessica (Torres) and Louis (Hoffman). In Season 6, Mike deals with the harsh realities of prison life, while his relationship with his fiancé Rachel (Markle) and the future of the firm is unknown. With Pearson Specter Litt’s troubles at a peak, Donna (Rafferty) must help bring them all together to not only save the firm, but also the friendships they have all dedicated their career and lives to.

From Universal Cable Productions, Suits was created and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh (The Deep End), Doug Liman (Covert Affairs, The Bourne Trilogy, Mr & Mrs. Smith), David Bartis (Covert Affairs, The O.C.) and Gene Klein (Covert Affairs) of Hypnotic serve as executive producers, Daniel Arkin (90210) and Rick Muirragui (Men of a Certain Age, The Good Guys), and Silver Tree (The Real O’Neals, Girfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and also serve as executive producers.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on USA.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Renewed for Season 12 at NBC, Judges Set to Return

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NBC’s America’s Got Talent is bringing back all four judges next season.

Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon are set to return to the reality series for Season 12 next summer, it was announced today during NBC’s executive session at TCA.

American’s Got Talent is the #1 broadcast series this summer in 18-49 and total viewers, delivering its most-watched season in five years.

Cowell, who created the “Got Talent” format in the U.K., will be returning for his second season. Mel B and Klum will each return for their fifth season, with Mandel back for his eighth. It will be the ninth season for Cannon as host.

“With the addition of Simon, the chemistry between our judges has grown even stronger and it’s easy to see how much enthusiasm they bring to the show night after night,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Nick adds a boundless energy as host that ties everything together.  We’re thrilled to have such a strong team returning for season 12.”

Summer to date, America’s Got Talent is averaging a 3.0 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition. The Tuesday “Talent” is maintaining 100% of its year-ago rating in 18-49 and is up +9% in total viewers, making this its most-watched season in five years. “Talent” has ranked #1 among entertainment shows on the broadcast networks every week so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers.

The “Got Talent” format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. “Britain’s Got Talent” is the U.K.’s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

America’s Got Talent is co-produced and co-owned by Simon Cowell/Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

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Jimmy Fallon Set to Host 2017 Golden Globes

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Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon will take center stage by kicking off the 2017 Award season Jan. 8 from the Beverly Hilton.

Jimmy Fallon has been named host of the “74th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” set to air on NBC live coast-to-coast from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 from 8-11 p.m. ET (5-8 p.m. PT).

The Tonight Show host, whose contract runs through 2021, previously won rave reviews for his performance as host of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. The Tonight Show is currently nominated for two Emmys this year, including Outstanding Variety Series Talk.

January’s three-hour Golden Globes telecast will serve as the official kick-off to the 2017 awards season.

“We’re thrilled to announce Jimmy as host of ‘The 74th Annual Golden Globes,’” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence that’s made the Golden Globes one of the premier events of the entire broadcast year.”

“Jimmy Fallon is an exceptionally talented and dynamic entertainer and we couldn’t be more excited that he’ll be hosting the 2017 Golden Globes,” said Lorenzo Soria, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “His charm, wit and incredible spontaneity will play exceedingly well both to everyone at the show as well as the millions watching at home from around the world.”

“Jimmy Fallon’s brand of comedy will continue the tradition of cutting-edge excitement viewers have come to expect from the host of the Golden Globes,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions.

The 2016 telecast of the Golden Globes averaged a 5.5 rating, 16 share in adults 18-49 and 18.5 million viewers overall in “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, making it the #1 entertainment telecast on the broadcast networks for the week of Jan. 4-10 in the key 18-49 demographic.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” remains the dominant force in late night, leading all other competitors in every key measure — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. In fact, “The Tonight Show” has won 46 of 46 weeks to date versus the competition in adults 18-49 and the last 45 in a row in total viewers.

Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced Monday, Dec. 12. Winners are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 236 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements.

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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.

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