‘Black Sails’ Renewed for Season 4 by Starz


Starz has picked up a fourth season of its hit originals pirate series Black Sails ahead of its third season, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association summer session.

The ten-episode third season of the high seas drama series, returning in 2016, follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint and take place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.”

The first two seasons of Black Sails averaged 4.5 million multi-platform viewers per episode and the series is distributed in over 175 countries and territories worldwide.

The series stars Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy Tom Hopper and Zach McGowan,


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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Betty White to Host Discovery Family’s ‘Pawgust’

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Famed animal lover Betty White is slated to host Discovery Family Channel’s new animal-themed Pawgust which includes a month of “bark-worthy and pawesome programming” beginning Saturday, August 1 with 101 Dalmations at 8/7c. White will be featured in various promos airing throughout the month of August—along with a few of her very favorite friends including golden retriever Auggie.

The month-long special will also feature themed specials, movies and series including the highly anticipated world premiere of From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni on Thursday, August 6 at 9/8c. Per the press release, “each hour-long episode brings viewers into the world of award-winning eminent theatrical animal trainer Bill Berloni, whose personal passion for animal activism has opened up the door to a litter of untapped talent— allowing him to rescue countless homeless dogs, and to give them a second life as stars on stage. Known for casting and cultivating Sandy—the dog featured in the original run of Broadway’s beloved Annie—Berloni possesses the unique ability to transform shelter dogs into stars through a combination of patience, persistence, trial-and-error and a pinch of Dr. Doolittle. The series will follow Berloni in his work as an animal trainer and in rescuing animals, while also spotlighting his happy and hectic home life in Connecticut with his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenna and menagerie of 41—and counting!—dogs, ducklings, a donkey and a handful of other farm animals.”

“August traditionally finds the country embroiled in the Dog Days of Summer, so we’re bringing the pawsitively best in programming about pets—and of course, man’s best friend—to help audiences beat the heat,” said Tom Cosgrove, general manager, Discovery Family Channel. “With her devoted advocacy and genuine affection for creatures of all kinds, Betty White is truly the best friend an animal can have—and the perfect person to host PAWGUST.”

Also on the schedule for PAWGUST:

  • Fetch the remote and fill up your water bowls! Beginning Monday, August 3, Discovery Family will unveil YAPPY HOUR, airing every weeknight at 5/4c with FUNNIEST PETS AND PEOPLE, in addition to encores of the week’s pawesome programming.
  • In addition to FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI, Thursdays are programmed with premiere specials like SECRETS OF THE DOG PARK (wt/US premiere; August 6, 10/9c), as well as encore airings of the pop culture phenomenon MY DOG’S CRAZY ANIMAL FRIENDS.
  • Every Friday beginning August 7, a night of pawmusing series including PETS MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD (wt/US premiere; Thursdays beginning August 7, 8/7c) and PLANET’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS (9/8c).
  • Grab the pupcorn, er, popcorn for movie nights on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays: See Spot Run (August 1, 10/9c), All Dogs Go to Heaven (August 3, 8/7c), Muppets From Space (August 8, 8/7c), Muppets Take Manhattan (August 8, 10/9c), Hotel for Dogs (August 9, 10/9c) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (August 15, 8/7c) and The Jungle Book (August 15, 10/9c).

There will also be an online component to complement the month-long special. DiscoveryFamilyChannel.com will run “Pawesome Paws” microsodes featuring the pawdorable animals from the programs featured on-air. Across social media platforms, Discovery Family will drive engagement with “Show Us Your Paws!,” encouraging fans and followers to take photos of their pets’ paws—any kind of paw!—in humorous situations and tagging them #Pawgust. In addition, Discovery Family will officially launch an Instagram account, with daily posts tied to #Pawgust.


Fox Renews ‘Gotham,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘Brooklyn-Nine Nine’


EMPIRE: Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson, L) visits Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard, R) — Photo Credit: Chuck Hodes / FOX


Fox has picked up three of its current series for the 2015-2016 season, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, during the network’s session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena.

Freshman dramas Gotham and Empire will return for Season 2 and Andy Samberg’s comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Season 3.

The Batman prequel was the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, and is averaging a 4.2 rating in Adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers.

Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen’s Most Current measure, Empire has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two.

Season-to-date, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is averaging a 2.7/7 in Viewers 18-49, up +17% in the key demographic versus last season, and generating the largest year-to-year gains of any sophomore series.



ABC Winter TCA: ‘Secrets and Lies’

SECRETS AND LIES - ABC's "Secrets and Lies" stars Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell and Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

SECRETS AND LIES – ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” stars Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell and Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

Executive Producer Barbie Kligman’s upcoming series, which is based on the Australian version of the same name, is set in a suburban neighborhood that changes forever after the body of a young boy is found by Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe).

Crawford goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect and Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis), who is the lead investigator on the case will stop at nothing to find the boys killer and believes that it’s Ben from the get-go.

Secrets and Lies premieres on Sunday, March 1 with a two-hour special starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Cast: Ryan Phillippe (“Damages,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Flags of Our Fathers”) as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis (“August Osage County”) as Detective Cornell, KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice”) as Christy Crawford, Natalie Martinez (“Under the Dome,” “CSI: NY”) as Jess Murphy, Dan Fogler (“The Goldbergs,” “Hannibal”) as Dave Lindsey, Indiana Evans (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) as Natalie Crawford and Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford.

Executive Producers: Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”), Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Neighbors,” “Mysteries of Laura”),Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Charles McDougall (“Resurrection”).

Secrets and Lies Synopsis:

Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son, Tom Murphy, in the woods. Even as Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth in her investigation and pegs Ben as a “person of interest,” the case unfolds from Ben’s perspective — whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, it is Ben who peels back the layers of these suburbanites’ lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons. No one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life, already privately in disarray, is turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence, on ABC’s gripping, explosive new drama, “Secrets and Lies,” which premieres on SUNDAY, MARCH 1, with a two-hour special (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). The ten-episode drama will then air in its regular time period beginning SUNDAY, MARCH 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Ben, a handsome and decent family man who works as a house painter, has his normal share of parenting problems with his teenage daughter, Natalie, and smart-as-a-whip 12-year-old daughter, Abby, as well as the usual marital struggles, which have lately come to a head. His wife Christy (KaDee Strickland), who he has dated since they were both 19, is a local realtor. She finds her feelings for Ben complicated by his deadly discovery and the relentless police and media attention on their family. Natalie is a typical 16-year-old with an attitude, who is upset by Tom’s death, a little boy she used to babysit. But is she hiding her own indiscretion? And Abby, upset by the state of her family, is deeply concerned but hides her feelings. She is fiercely loyal to her dad.

The unflappable and formidable Detective Cornell is the smartest person in the room – always. But that isn’t to say that she isn’t hiding something behind that slight hint of sadness in her eyes and a deceptive look of disconcerting calm. Once she has a suspect in her crosshairs, she doesn’t let go. Unfortunately for Ben, she has targeted him as Tom’s murderer.

Jess Murphy, the mother of four-year-old Tom who has suffered her own indignations in a broken marriage, is crushed by her son’s death. The one person Ben can unload on is Dave Lindsey (Dan Fogler), his childhood friend. A tenant in the Crawford’s guest house, he lives a cheerfully irresponsible life, but is basically a good guy who is very supportive of Ben and the girls.

Is Ben innocent or guilty? He is fighting to keep his marriage, kids, job and reputation, and he is barely clinging to his sanity. As the investigation progresses, the close knit community starts to come apart at the seams, unraveling until the jaw-dropping conclusion.

Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) developed the mystery thriller, which is based on the original Australian series “Secrets & Lies,” created by Stephen Irwin.

The teleplay for “Secrets and Lies’” series pilot, entitled “The Trail,” is by Kligman, who also executive produced along with Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Neighbors,” “Mysteries of Laura”),Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Charles McDougall (“Resurrection”), who also directed. Executive producers of “Secrets and Lies” include Kligman for Avenue K Productions, Kaplan for Kapital Entertainment, Robertson and Mayfield for Hoodlum Entertainment and Timothy Busfield. “Secrets and Lies” is a production of ABC Studios.

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The CW Renews 8 Shows Including ‘Arrow,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ The Flash’ and More for 2015-2016 Season


The CW Network has picked up eight of its current series for the 2015-2016 season, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW, during the network’s session at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena.

The renewals include some obvious choices like Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Originals and The Flash, which is the most-watched show in the CW’s history. Some shows that don’t have the best ratings but definitely fan-favorites include The 100, Reign and Jane the Virgin, for which title star Gina Rodriguez is nominated for a Golden Globe.

In essence, The CW picked up all of the scripted series from its Fall 2014 schedule to next season.

“Each of these series have helped define what The CW is today, a network that is home to smart, provocative, quality programming, targeting a savvy adult audience,” said Pedowitz.  “By picking up these shows now, our executive producers can start planning next season’s storylines, and rolling these shows out throughout next season guarantees The CW will have more proven original series for our fall, midseason and summer 2016 line-ups.”

The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for ‘iZombie,’ ‘The Messengers’; Moves ‘Supernatural’

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The CW set midseason premiere dates for their new dramas iZombie and The Messengers on Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter session. The network also revealed a return date for their hit series Supernatural, which will shift to a new night.

The comic book-inspired iZombie, starring Rose McIver as the overly-achieving medical student-turned zombie who eats brains and sees flashes of memories from the dead, premieres Tuesday, March 17 at 9/8c after The Flash.

Supernatural, starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as demon hunting brothers, will return from its midseason hiatus on Wednesday, March 18 at 9/8c following Arrow. 

Finally, The Messengers, an apocalyptic drama, debuts Friday, April 10 at 9 p.m. ET after the premiere of Cedric’s Barber Battle, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, and the return of Whose Line Is It Anyway? at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET respectively.

If you were looking to find out when Beauty and the Beast returns, you’re not alone. The CW has yet to announce when the show will appear on the schedule. However, at the CW TCA panel, Mark Pedowitz did say it would be returning in late May or early June.

Here is the CW Midseason Premiere Schedule:

Wednesday, March 11
8:00-9:00pm “Arrow”
9:00-10:00pm “The 100” (Season Finale)

Tuesday, March 17
8:00-9:00pm “The Flash”
9:00-10:00pm “iZombie” (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, March 18
8:00-9:00pm “Arrow”
9:00-10:00pm “Supernatural” (New Night)

Friday, April 10
8:00-8:30pm “Cedric’s Barber Battle” (Series Premiere)
8:30-9:00pm “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (Cycle Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm “The Messengers” (Series Premiere)

All Times ET



Lifetime Orders Two Additional Episodes of ‘The Lizzie Borden Chronicles’

(L to R) Christina Ricci (“Lizzie Borden”) and Clea DuVall (“Emma Borden”) star in the all-new Lifetime Original Limited Series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, premiering April 2015 on Lifetime. ©2014 A&E Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Photo Credit: Chris Reardon

Christina Ricci (“Lizzie Borden”) and Clea DuVall (“Emma Borden”) — The Lizzie Borden Chronicles — Photo Credit: Chris Reardon

On Friday at the Television Critics Association, Lifetime announced that they have ordered two additional episodes of its limited six-episode mini-series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles in which Christina Ricci reprises her role from the networks hit movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. 

If you’re wondering how they can turn this into a show, you’re not alone. Christina Ricci, who was present at the winter session panel on Friday, says “it’s a fictionalized version of what happens after the trial when she continues to misbehave.”

“She doesn’t always use an ax,” added Ricci. So there’s always that to look forward to. You sort of end up rooting for her in a way, and apparently, both Ricci and DuVall had a lot of “fun” while shooting the series.

Lifetime Synopsis: “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity filled with scandalous love affairs.  But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother William (Andrew Howard, Hatfields & McCoys) to Broadway luminaries and her business associate/underworld kingpin Mr. Flowers (Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks,Breaking Bad) — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, Good Will Hunting) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.  Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) plays Nancy O’Keefe, an alluring and ambitious actress and dancer who befriends Lizzie, and Emmy nominee John Heard (The Sopranos) will portray William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew.”

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres in April 2015 on Lifetime.

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‘Orphan Black’ Season 3: Ari Millen is Project Castor [PHOTO]

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I’ve been on the edge of my seat since the season 2 finale and on Saturday at the Television Critics Association, BBC American released an exclusive image (shown above) from the upcoming season.

“In season three of the Peabody Award winning Orphan Black, a set of highly-trained military clones will turn the seestrahood on its head. In this newly released photo, Ari Millen appears as the lethal “Rudy” aka “Scarface” – the brutal and crazed Castor clone with a sleek mohawk and a menacing scar that adds to his intimidating exterior. Just when the sisters thought they knew their enemies and allies, they’ll learn they’re more vulnerable than ever before.”

Here’s a teaser trailer to refresh your memory:

Orphan Black season three returns Saturday, April 18th on BBC AMERICA.