If you haven’t had a good reason to pay for Hulu Plus yet, this just might be it. Hot on the heels of Netflix picking up Arrested Development for a whole new season of new episodes, Hulu is also bringing another show back from the past. You may have heard us talk about the hilarious British comedy In the Loop, mostly because director Armando Iannucci has made a big splash in the United States with the HBO comedy series Veep. But before that film hit the big screen, there was a series, where most of those characters originated, called The Thick of It, which followed the inner workings of the British government. Hit the jump for more.
Though it feels like something that could easily be straight out of American Horror Story, a new promo for the seventh season of Dexter goes under the sheets, teasing the end of the sixth season in which (spoiler alert), our favorite serial killer’s sister sees him ready to take the life of the Doomsday Killer. Though there’s no new footage (unlike the flash of a ton of scenes in the last quick promo), this is quite an erotic and peculiar thriller. Not only does it hint at the struggle Dexter will have with Deb learning of his dark passenger, but it also gives a bit of a strange feeling because of the incestuous plot that also blossomed last season before that finale twist.
You can watch the new promo after the jump, and stay tuned for our coverage of the Dexter panel at Comic-Con later this week.
Comic-Con 2012 is nearly upon us, and we’ll have plenty to report from The Walking Dead panel in Hall H. But until then, AMC has debuted something that will quench your thirst for zombie blood spilling. A marathon of The Walking Dead, including a black and white version of the pilot, dominated the network over the weekend, complete with previews of the forthcoming third season. One such clip gave us our first look at Michionne (Danai Gurira) in action, slicing and dicing one unlucky walker, and it’s already found its way online. The new characters should help shake things up a bit, especially in the wake of all the series regular deaths from last season. But that’s not all. AMC has something for Breaking Bad fans too. More details after the jump.
Kenny Powers is not dead…in more ways than one. He wasn’t dead at the end of what was supposed to be the series finale after faking his death and coming back to be with his estranged love April and their child Toby. And now he lives on back at HBO again as the cable network has picked up a fourth season of Eastbound & Down with Danny McBride back as everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, morally questionable ball player. I guess that explains why the network was so hellbent on calling the last episode of Eastbound & Down a season finale rather than a series finale.
It’s not clear whether this fourth season will actually be the last now, but Variety says it will have eight episodes just like the previous third season. I don’t know how HBO convinced Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and McBride to do another season as they seemed pretty keen on ending on a high note, but it’s happening. The question is where will the series go now that Kenny Powers is supposed to be dead? I can’t imagine he’ll go back to baseball again, but that always took a backseat to his personal problems anyway. As a big fan of the show, I supposed it’ll be nice to have McBride back as Kenny Powers, but I was already fine with the way the series ended, so I hope this won’t be a sad encore for the hilarious comedy series.
One show just aired the second episode of its freshman season while the other is a little further ahead on its fifth, but today HBO treated them as equals by announcing The Newsroom and True Blood will each get another season.
The Aaron Sorkin scripted cable news drama reeled in 2.1 million total viewers, which is just shy of the numbers for the series premiere of Game of Thrones, and that was enough to impress the cable network. On the content side of things, the second episode which just aired last night was a vast improvement on the already promising pilot, especially with series regular Alison Pill making a huge stride in one of the episodes’ more prominent plot points, and further development on the relationship between Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Overall, the series felt like it had found more solid footing after delivering a lot of what people already expected from Sorkin anyway. Either way, it’s good to hear The Newsroom will at least last one more season longer than Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a show that would’ve done much better on HBO and with better comedic sketch writing.
Details on the renewal of True Blood after the jump.
Hot on the heels of the series premiere, TNT is already rolling in the black gold that is their revival of Dallas. The series has been averaging about 6.9 million viewers in its first season this summer, and that’s after decades away from Southfork and the familiar characters from the classic series. Now with a larger family, the show is back with a vengeance and TNT has decided to keep it around for a second season with a 15-episode order just announced, slated to air sometime in 2013. But that’s not all. TNT also brings back the female detective duo Rizzoli & Isles for a fourth season next year. More details, including full press releases for both renewals, after the jump.
A new trailer for the seventh season of Dexter showed up just last week, and while there hasn’t been any new footage shown from the new season, it does hint at some big things happening between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), especially following the cliffhanger ending last season. Hopefully we’ll get more of an idea of what this season will entail at Comic-Con next month, bot for now, we have some hints from executive producer Sara Colleton who not only details some of the plot points of the forthcoming seventh season, but also confirms that the eighth season will be the last for Dexter. More details after the jump.
If the parody blaxploitation film Black Dynamite starring Michael Jai White just wasn’t enough to whet your appetite (I’m sorry that rhymed), then you are in luck. This summer the Black Dynamite animated series finally hits the Adult Swim block of Cartoon Network. The series continues the blaxploitation parody angle, but with an animation style similar to that of The Boondocks, so there’s a chance of more racial commentary and comedy this time instead of just spoof humor.
Plus, the film’s stars Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley all reprise their roles as Black Dynamite, Bullhorn, Cream Corn and Honeybee, respectively, along with new cast members like comedian J.B. Smoove. You can hear and see them in their animated form now as the first trailer for the series has just debuted, with the series slated to premiere this summer on July 15th, the last day of Comic-Con 2012. See the trailer, two posters, and four images from the series.
We just learned that Showtime is bringing Dexter back to Comic-Con in San Diego this year, so you can be sure there will be a great new trailer shown that will hint at the problems to come for everyone’s favorite serial killer, Dexter, played wonderfully by Michael C. Hall. However, until then, fans will have to settle for this new promo Showtime just released. There isn’t any footage from the new season, but it has a whole new voice-over from Dexter complete with somewhat of a recap from the last scene of season six. It’s definitely a spoiler for those who haven’t finished the last season, so proceed with caution. See the trailer after the jump.
We’re just 20 days away from the biggest pop culture convention of the year with Comic-Con 2012 coming next month, and slowly but surely studios and TV networks are firming up their rosters of films and series that will take San Diego by storm. This week it’s AMC announcing their line-up of panels for the convention, and the trio of programs hitting the Con is no surprise.
The Walking Dead will make a triumphant return to the convention with an hour-long panel in Hall H moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick and including special guests like cast members Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Denai Guerrero and David Morrisey along with Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman and Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero. But that’s not all. Hit the jump for more.
Nicolas Winding Refn is alread reaching back in the history of cinema for a future project with a remake of Logan’s Run in the works with Ryan Gosling attached to star. But now it sounds like the director is reaching further back into the past for a new project, this time for the small screen. Refn is currently working with Martha De Laurentiis, wife of the late great producer Dino De Laurentiis, to turn the classic 1968 sci-fi movie Barbarella starring Jane Fonda into a TV series. The film itself was based on a graphic novel by Jean-Claude Forest and followed a sultry vixen tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand, an evil weapon inventor. So how exactly will the director of Drive be involved? Hit the jump to find out.
Currently the hilarious workplace comedy Workaholics on Comedy Central is in the middle of their third season, and this season’s guest stars have been pretty interesting with Rumer Willis and the band The Black Keys showing up (not to mention what might be the cameo of the year from All That cast member Lori Beth Denberg). Now another familiar face to TV is heading to the series as EW reports Tim Heidecker, fresh off Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, has landed a guest spot. So who will he play?
The role sounds about as outrageous as you would expect with Heidecker playing the leader of a group called The Lord’s Force, which series creator, writer and star Adam DeVine describes as “a religious group of weight lifters that use the power of the Lord to break baseball bats over their knees.” Apparently Adam, Ders and Blake welcome some of these guys into their casa and that’s when the fun begins. The episode airs July 10th, so don’t miss it. For news on Ray Romano snagging a few episodes of the fourth season of Parenthood, hit the jump.
Last night the second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were revealed, and while fans usually gripe about these kinds of people being out of touch with the public, they’re usually more accurate than the Emmys when it comes to picking the best that TV has to offer. This time was no exception as Homeland, the best new drama of the season took home the big award for Best Drama Series and Community finally won its biggest award yet by winning the Best Comedy Series award. It’s just a shame that creator Dan Harmon won’t be around next season to try again, though we’re going to give the new showrunners a chance before truly griping.
There were also some great wins for cast members from Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, not to mention some much deserved loved for BBC’s Sherlock and its star Benedict Cumberbatch, and FX’s animated comedy series Archer. I can’t say there’s much I disagree with here. Even the tie for Best Actress in a Comedy Series makes perfect sense. My favorite award though is the one that went to Louis C.K. for his turn on his own series Louie, followed closely by Paul Rudd‘s guest turn on Parks and Recreation as opposing city council candidate Bobby Newport (“Leslie, we did it!”). In addition, critics even gave us a taste of what they think the most promising shows of next season are by naming five of them the most exciting of the upcoming slate. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
We already know Fox is going to have a big TV presence at Comic-Con this year, including the last appearance of Fringe for their fifth and final season, and now the network has just announced their premiere dates for new and returning series this fall which will start showing up in the middle of September and through October.The heat is on for new shows to get the hype machine going and fans to get excited for the return of their favorites, and here’s how Fox’s premiere schedule looks.
- · The X Factor Two Night Premiere – September 12th and 13th
- · Glee – September 13th
- · Bones – September 17th
- · New Girl – September 25th
- · Fringe – September 28th
- · Kitchen Nightmares – September 28th
- · The Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers – September 30th
- · Raising Hope – October 2nd
- The Cleveland Show – October 7th
- · Touch – October 26th
- · The Mob Doctor – September 17th
- · Ben and Kate – September 25th
- · The Mindy Project – September 25th
For the full press release and schedule, including a couple of shuffling dates when certain shows return, hit the jump.
Following in the footsteps of House M.D., which just finished their eighth and final season last month, Weeds will be doing the exact same thing this summer. The eighth season which premieres this summer on July 1st at 10/9c will be the last for the popular Showtime series. That will leave Dexter as the longest running show on the cable network, and right now the plan is for that series to finish on its eighth season as well (too bad The Office isn’t taking cues from Showtime). However, it sounds like the show’s creator haven’t exactly decided how to finish Nancy Botwin’s (Mary-Louise Parker) smoky journey. More after the jump.