Everything You Need to Know About USA’s New Series ‘Colony’

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“The only thing in this world we can trust is ourselves…”

The Hosts have taken over. A curfew has been set. Welcome to USA’s new drama series Colony.

Instead of the usual story that strings us along from the very beginning with the Aliens invading and what happens next, Colony starts us off after that’s already happened. Now we’re dealing with the aftermath of how people are surviving the invasion and what they have to do to stay alive and keep their families together.

The show has a slow start, but will leave you wanting more by the end. The last few minutes will have you hooked, looking to hit play on the next episode.

From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) comes USA’s newest, highly-anticipated drama Colony which is set in the near future and centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles.

Josh Holloway (Lost) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies.  While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences.  After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives.  They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.

Colony is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.   Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces.

Colony premieres Thursday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

You can watch the first 11 minutes of the premiere here:

Check out some still from Colony Season 1, Episode 1:

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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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‘Playing House’ Renewed for Season 3 by USA Network

That body be bangin’…for a third season!!

The comedy from real-life best friends and creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham has been renewed for a third season, USA Network announced at the Television Critics Association winter session in Pasadena, CA.

USA President Chris McCumber was in the middle of talking when the ladies surprised the audience from the back of the room, bombarding him with questions on whether or not they’d get to come back. The comedy duo said “We NEED to see Keegan-Michael Key with his clothes off!” and that “it would be such a shame since the show ended up on multiple lists for 2015.”

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It’s true, the season finale ended with Key and St. Clair’s characters finally, well, hopefully getting together. We were left not knowing what Mark wanted to tell Emma on her porch. AND THAT STUPID CONGA LINE for interrupting their moment!

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Lennon and Jessica are smart, funny and have an amazing chemistry that definitely shines in this adorable comedy.

No premiere date was announced for the third season of Playing House.

Gale Anne Hurd’s ‘Falling Water’ Picked Up by USA

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Falling Water has been picked up to series by USA Network, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association winter session in Pasadena, CA. The drama series is from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (Homeland).

Falling Water is the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream.  Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them.   The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas. That the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.

Ajala takes on the role of Burton, the head of in-house security for a multinational investment banking firm, whose personal and professional paranoia collide when an investigation into financial malfeasance at the firm leads to a backlash that engulfs his love life.  Meanwhile, Lee is Taka, an intuitive NYPD Detective, whose leap-of-faith insights put him on the trail of an obscure dream-obsessed cult; and Brochere plays Tess, a cutting edge trend spotter with an uncanny ability to predict the next big thing, who is haunted by nightly dreams of an absent child.

Falling Water captivated us with its cinematic journey and unique exploration into the power of the dream world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, “It is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that reveals a race to control the collective conscience.”

“Today’s world demands shows that both challenge and reward the audience in spectacular ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Falling Water is the type of show that can move the needle of popular culture with its thrilling exploration of the dark side of the mind.”

The pilot was written and co-created by Masters and Bromell and is from Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) directed the pilot and will also executive produce the series.  Bromell and Masters previously teamed up on Brotherhood and AMC’s short-lived series, Rubicon.  David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), Will Yun Lee (Hawaii 5-0) and Lizzie Brochere (American Horror Story: Asylum) are set to star in the series.

 

Falling Water is the first pilot to be greenlit off of USA Network’s 2015/2016 slate.  Still in contention are the Ryan Phillippe-led Shooter, Brooklyn Animal Control, The Wildling and Poor Richard’s Almanack. 

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‘The Originals,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ Midseason Crossover Event Confirmed

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The vampire gang is getting back together…for a crossover.

At the Television Critics Association’s winter session, CW President Mark Pedowitz announced that The Vampire Diaries along with its spinoff series The Originals will have a crossover episode later this season.

“You will see, organically, a crossover this year,” said Pedowitz. He adds that it won’t be “the size or scope that you see on The Flash and Arrow. They have to be organic and make sense. If it doesn’t make sense storywise, don’t force it.”

The fans have been hoping for a crossover episode for a while, so this will be an exciting event. Plus, this news comes after the network moved both series to Friday nights. Pedowitz responded by saying that “the move is not to exile the shows, but to strengthen Friday night.”

The Vampire Diaries returns Friday, Jan. 29 at 8/7 c followed by The Originals at 9/8c on the CW.

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. 

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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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‘Younger’ Renewed for Season 3 by TV Land

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Younger is getting older! TV Land has renewed the comedy series, starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, for a 12-episode third season, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour.

The news comes before the series has even begun airing its second season, which is set to start on Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 10 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes for an hour-long premiere.

Younger was a critical success and fan favorite right out of the gate, and Darren Star and his team of writers have brought an even sexier, shocking sophomore season to the table,” said Keith Cox, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, TV Land. “We’re thrilled with the show and what it’s done for the network, and we’re so confident in our viewers’ passion for it. We’re excited for our audience to see season two and beyond.”

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.

According to the press release, season two boasts some amazing guest stars, including Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), as a reclusive author who lives on a farm, Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) as a psychologist pitching a life guidebook to people in their 20s, and returning guest stars Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act”) and Josh Pais (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”), as Denise and Todd, Lauren’s (Bernard) parents, as well asMartha Plimpton (“Raising Hope”), back as Cheryl Sussman, the former colleague who blackmailed Liza (Foster) in season one. Also guest starring over the course of the season is Bobby Flay(“Throwdown with Bobby Flay”), Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), best-selling author Jennifer Weiner,David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), Ice-T (“Law & Order: SVU”), Richard Masur (“Transparent”), Diane Rehm (“The Diane Rehm Show”), Dolly Wells (“Blunt Talk”) and more.

Check out the season two trailer here.

The season premiere of Younger airs Wednesday, January 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.

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