The main reason to watch the Golden Globes this year is to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as the awards ceremony’s hosts. They brought a fantastic sense of humor to the show last year, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did right by signing them on as hosts for the next two ceremonies. Fresh off of this morning’s Golden Globes nominations announcement, NBC has released a trio of promos in which Fey and Poehler tease their hosting duties. Unsurprisingly, they’re quite funny. Hit the jump to watch the videos. The 71st Golden Globes will take place on January 12, 2014.
Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy may be done for the year, but the creator/showrunner already has a project lined up once the biker drama series takes it’s final ride in the seventh season. Sutter is sticking with FX (and why wouldn’t he?) and teaming up with Brian Grazer to develop a pilot for the drama series, The Bastard Executioner. In keeping with Sutter’s dark and violent material, the series centers on one of King Edward III’s warrior knights whose soul is broken by war, but must pick up the sword when violence finds him once again. Sutter will pen the script with filming on the pilot slated to begin late next year when Sons of Anarchy wraps for good. Hit the jump for more.
Wednesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The CW’s Arrow garnered a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, dropping 8% from last week’s 1.2 rating. The Tomorrow People dropped 17% to a 0.5 rating and 1.43 million viewers. Read Dave’s Arrow recap here.
- ABC’s The Middle matched last week’s 1.9 rating and scored 8.14 million viewers, Back in the Game rose 7% to a 1.5 rating and 6.1 million viewers, Modern Family was up 9% to a 3.5 rating and 10.53 million viewers, the new comedy Super Fun Night saw a 13% rise to a 1.8 rating and 5.47 million viewers, and Nashville tied its series low with a 1.4 rating and 5.15 million viewers for a drop of 13%.
- Over on CBS, Criminal Minds was even with its last new episode’s 2.4 rating and scored 11.02 million viewers, while CSI hit a 1.8 rating and 9.95 million viewers for a drop of 14% from its last episode’s 2.0 rating.
If you felt like something was a bit off with season four of NBC’s comedy series, Community, this new trailer for season five will set you right again. There’s no doubt in my mind that Dan Harmon brings a brand of humor to the show that’s unique (and hilarious), but will he be able to get back into form after being away for a season? This trailer absolutely puts those fears to rest as it’s quintessential Harmon. And if you’re wondering why and how Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is back, check out this explanatory trailer.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. Community returns in a one-hour premiere on NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.
It appears that Ridley Scott’s first foray into television as a director won’t actually be making it to television. The filmmaker signed on to helm the pilot for the potential Showtime series The Vatican last year with Kyle Chandler in the lead role, but the network has decided not to move forward with the show. Described as a contemporary thriller, the aim of the series was to explore spirituality, power, and politics against the backdrop of the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. THR reports that the expensive pilot did not turn out well, and difficulties with showrunner Paul Attanasio—including failure to meet deadlines and clashing with colleagues—led to his exit once they wrapped. Hit the jump for more.
Arrow closed out the first half of its second season run on The CW last night (read the episode recap here), and the newly released mid-season schedule reveals the Hooded Hero will return mid-March. In addition to scheduling other mid-season premiers for such series as Beauty and the Beast, The Tomorrow People, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Hart of Dixie, the network will also premiere some new series. One new series, Star-Crossed, will premiere mid-February, while another, The 100, will debut in mid-March.
Hit the jump for the full mid-season schedule.
The CW series Arrow never shies away from shocking moments and huge reveals, and the last few episodes were full of them. Although Season 2 has been about Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) transformation from vigilante to hero, attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow, there have been a number of bumps along the way. And with the show on break until January 2014, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with DC Comics’ Geoff Johns, gave some hints about where the storylines and characters will be headed next.
During this recent interview, Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns talked about cramming so much content in just one episode, the process for deciding what The Arrow’s mask would look like and how it would be introduced, that a couple more people will find out The Arrow’s identity, over the course of the season, what led to the decision to bring back Tommy (Colin Donnell), what’s next for Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), what Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) motivations are, whether Thea (Willa Holland) will find out about her connection to Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), what to expect from Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), and whether Ra’s al Ghul might ever make an appearance. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.
The 71st Golden Globes Awards nominations have been announced, and while the show isn’t much of a barometer in terms of how the Academy will vote, it’s still another marker on the awards race. 12 Years a Slave continues to be the favorite, earning seven nominations including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Steve McQueen) Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). However, American Hustle managed to match the number of nominations, and I’m sure Adam will be able to say in Oscar Beat how much that changes the awards race. Looking solely at the Golden Globes, I have to say there aren’t really any big surprises both in terms of nominees and snubs. Some people gained some heat, and others lost a little bit of it, but I don’t see anything that’s going to significantly alter the awards conversation.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees, including those for television. Winners will be announced on January 12, 2014 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
As of tonight’s episode, American Horror Story: Coven is back on track, which is remarkable for a show that’s known for going off the rails in all sorts of entertaining ways. The show’s mid-season finale had all of the elements that make the horror anthology so much fun to watch: multiple examples of the supernatural (in this case, the powers of both the witches and voodoo practitioners), explorations of character backstories that make their otherwise vile actions seem somewhat justified, and plenty of shocking WTF moments to go around. Some characters are starting to come apart at the seams while others are finally managing to knit themselves back together. Hit the jump for a recap and review of tonight’s episode, “Head”.
The mid-season finale of The CW’s Arrow had everything you could ask for: comic book references, wall-to-wall action, and an added bonus of Christmas cheer. It even managed to make good on its episode title of “Three Ghosts”, one of whom included a special guest star. Speaking of special guest stars, this episode also featured Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who did his part to help the hooded do-gooder before making his way back home to Central City with explosive consequences. There’s lots to get to in this mid-season finale, so hit the jump to get right to it.
20th Century Fox and Threadless recently put out a challenge to artists around the world to come up with a t-shirt design centered on the long-running animated series, The Simpsons. What followed were 832 submissions and well over half-a-million votes cast by the Threadless community to narrow the officially licensed t-shirts down to 29. Now, you can proudly display the winners in your wardrobe. Each t-shirt can be purchased for the special holiday price of $10 – $15. Hit the jump to check out some of the winning designs and for more on how to get your hands on them.
FX is adding a new drama series to its roster from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. The network announced today (via THR) that it has ordered Tyrant to series, scheduling it for a summer 2014 debut. The story revolves around an American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, and producers aimed high when crafting the pilot. Ang Lee was initially signed on to direct the first episode, but he subsequently backed out citing exhaustion over the very long post-production and awards campaign process on Life of Pi. In his stead, producers nabbed Harry Potter director David Yates to helm the pilot.
Production on Tyrant will begin in earnest this coming March in Tel Aviv and the show will debut next summer alongside Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. The cast for Tyrant includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, and Justin Kirk.
If you’re coming up a bit short on ideas for your holiday shopping list, you might want to check out this Geek Gifts Grab-Bag Giveaway! We’ve got a whole host of holiday collectibles from such cult favorites as Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica and even Downton Abbey to giveaway. Need a new ornament for the tree? Want some new clothing to show off your starship allegiance? Need a coffee table book that delves behind the scenes of a certain dramatic series about a wealthy British family in the early 20th century? Hit the jump for your one-stop shop of holiday geek goodies!
BBC America has released the first trailer and a collection of images and posters for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor. The episode will mark star Matt Smith’s last appearance as The Doctor before he hands off the role to new Doctor Peter Capaldi. Preceding the special will be a farewell documentary titled Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith, narrated by Alex Kingston and featuring interviews with numerous castmates, writers, producers, and guest stars. All this to say that if you’re a Who fan, you’re probably going to want to set aside some time (or your DVR) this coming Christmas Day.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith airs on BBC America December 25th at 8pm ET, immediately followed by the Christmas special The Time of the Doctor.
Tuesday evening’s TV ratings are in. Here’s a brief rundown:
- The new ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fell to a new series low last night, notching a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.92 million viewers for a drop of over half a ratings point from its most recent episode’s 2.6 rating. Read Evan’s recap here.
- Alternatively, ABC’s new comedies saw a rise in viewership with The Goldbergs rising 21% from last week’s 1.4 rating to a 1.7 rating and 4.85 million viewers, while Trophy Wife was up 9% from last week’s 1.1 rating to a 1.2 rating and 3.49 million viewers.
- CBS’ procedural NCIS notched a 2.8 rating and 18.84 million viewers, down 7% from its last episode’s 3.0 rating. NCIS: Los Angeles was even with a 2.4 rating and 14.71 million viewers, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show dropped 6% from last year to a 3.4 rating and 9.71 million viewers.
- Finally, NBC’s Chicago Fire garnered a 2.2 rating and 9.27 million viewers, dropping 4% from last week.