NBC Extends Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Contract Through 2021

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Thank you, NBC, for keeping Jimmy Fallon around even though we totally knew this would happen.

The host’s contract has been renewed for another six years, NBC announced Thursday morning as part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

That means we’ll get to watch the funnyman and all his late night skits through 2021!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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

THE EXPANSE -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Florence Faivre as Juliette Andromeda Mao -- (Photo by: Jason Bell/Syfy)

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.

CHILDHOOD'S END -- "The Overlords" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mike Vogel as Ricky Stormgren, Daisy Betts as Ellie -- (Photo by: Ben King/Syfy)

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’

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. 

‘Humans’ Renewed for Season 2 at AMC

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AMC, along with Channel 4 and Kudos, have renewed its newest sci-fi series Humans for a second season, 8-episode pickup with production starting next year.

Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (SpooksSpooks: The Greater Good) and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans from Matador Films, the series’ first season tapped into society’s preoccupation with and mistrust of advancing technology and artificial intelligence. What does it mean to be human? Can the very traits through which we define humanity (love, trust, loyalty, friendship, sacrifice) be taught? What really is family?  Exploring humans’ inherent fear of the unknown and the possible implications of granting machines consciousness, the final episodes will leave viewers on a thrilling cliff-hanger.

The first season averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3 ratings and the first episode was Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years.

“We’re so pleased to announce a second season of Humans and extend our terrific partnership with Channel 4, Kudos and the stellar cast, crew and writers Sam and Jonathan,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV. “As one of the year’s top new cable series, Humans has been embraced by fans and critics across the U.S. and UK. We’re looking forward to continuing this very captivating story and further exploring the show’s parallel, Synth-filled world that hits so disturbingly close to home.”

Humans airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

 

Starz Wants You to Binge-Watch the Entire Season of ‘Flesh and Bone’ and ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’

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Starz has decided to jump on the binge-watching bandwagon!

Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced today at the Television Critics Association summer session that all episodes of the third and final season of Da Vinci’s Demons and the highly anticipated limited series Flesh and Bone will be available exclusive for Starz subscribers on STARZ PLAY and STARZ ON DEMAND when they premiere on October 24 and November 8 respectively.

“Starz has had a fantastic year with original programming in 2015 and we are rewarding our Starz subscribers with two special opportunities to immerse themselves into quality series and enjoy them on their own schedules,” said Albrecht.

Da Vinci’s Demons 10-episode third season is helmed by creator and executive producer David S,. Goyer and all eight episodes of Flesh and Bone come from Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett.

“The great and passionate followers of Da Vinci’s Demons have been waiting since the spring of last year for new episodes while the  gritty world of ballet as depicted in the Flesh and Bone limited series is must-see television for fans of the genre and great television alike,” said David Baldwin, Starz Executive Vice President of Program Planning. “Both series are engaging and well-suited for a binge viewing experiment. In the busy fall television season, we thought this was a terrific benefit for Starz subscribers who want to get a jump and enjoy the complete series on their own time and schedule, with the first two seasons of Da Vinci’s Demons already available on STARZ PLAY and STARZ ON DEMAND.”

When asked if other programs would become available for binge-watching, like say, Outlander, Albrecht immediately squashed that idea saying, “if we waited for all the episodes to be done, we would have to delay the debut of the first episode quite significantly.”

Sorry, Outlander fans, your dreams of curling up on the couch and watching an entirely new season of Sam Heughan in a kilt have been killed.

In the meantime, check out the trailers for the Da Vinci’s Demons and Flesh and Bones below.

 

Photo and Video Credit: Starz

‘Black Sails’ Renewed for Season 4 by Starz

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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’

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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.