Cast Signs on for GAME OF THRONES Season 7 with Big Raises

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If HBO decides to move forward with Game of Thrones Season 7 (spoiler alert: they will), the cast is in for a significant pay increase.  While the pay cable network previously picked the show up for Season 5 and Season 6 at the same time, they faced a potential road bump when it came to a potential seventh season of the incredibly popular series.  When actors initially sign contracts for a TV series, their options normally span multiple seasons that keep them obligated to appear for years to come—unless they get killed off, of course.  It turns out the Game of Thrones cast contracts went up through Season 6, but with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealing that their game plan is to conclude the show with Season 7 (or maybe Season 8), a renegotiation process was necessary to ensure the cast will be intact for the end game.

And so the news comes today that, while HBO hasn’t officially ordered a seventh season of Game of Thrones just yet, they have completed renegotiations with the actors’ contracts to include an option for Season 7 with a big pay increase to boot.  More after the jump.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe Set to Appear on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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There’s already a slew of characters in play on American Horror Story: Freak Show, but when folks like Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Lily Rabe want in, you give them roles.  Harris will guest-star on the 11th and 12th episodes while Burtka is set to make his appearance in the 13th, the season finale.  As for Rabe, she’s going to be in episode 10.  That’s the final episode before the holidays, so there’s a chance her character could be involved in whatever outrageous winter cliffhanger the writers come up with.

Hit the jump for more on their roles.  American Horror Story: Freak Show airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10pm.

New 12 MONKEYS TV Series Trailer Tells Us We’re All Already Dead

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SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys.  The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race.  While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy’s better series.  This isn’t a story that can only be told one way, and I’m curious to see what the TV series will do with it.

Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer.  The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk AcevedoBarbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek.

ARROW Recap: “The Magician”

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Felicity’s nowhere to be seen on tonight’s episode of Arrow, but that’s because she’s taking a much-needed vacation excursion to Central City to visit The Flash.  Can Team Arrow survive without her?  Yeah, of course they can, but to help out in her absence, Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) lends her bow in the effort to track down this season’s mysterious murderer.  That case is an enjoyable slow burn in an otherwise fast-paced and action-filled season thus far, but now a new enemy has appeared on the horizon and Team Arrow may have to forge some undesirable alliances to get out of this mess alive.

Hit the jump for our Arrow recap.

Tuesday TV Ratings: THE FLASH Dips While AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Tuesday, October 28th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The CW’s The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) fell 13% from last week to a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, scoring 3.37 million viewers.  Supernatural was also down, dropping 11% to a 0.8 rating and scoring 2.01 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan’s recap here) enjoyed a slight ratings uptick from the promise of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip, though we’ll never really know how big of a bump the trailer debut might have given the Marvel series.  Last night’s episode rose 6% to a 1.7 rating and scored 4.46 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, Forever tied its series low with a 1.1 rating and 4.95 million viewers for a drop of 8%.
  • NBC’s fantastic new comedy Marry Me was down 13% from last week to a 1.6 rating and scored 5.60 million viewers, while About a Boy fell 14% to a 1.2 rating and 4.41 million viewers and Chicago Fire was down 11% to a 1.7 rating and scored 7.22 million viewers.
  • Over on CBS, NCIS was up 4% to a 2.5 rating and 17.2 million viewers, NCIS: New Orleans was down 4% to a 2.3 rating and 15.74 million viewers, and Person of Interest ticked up 7% to a 1.6 rating and 9.7 million viewers.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “A Fractured House”

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Welcome back, true believers! Heck of a news day, huh?  If anything, the current slate of Marvel films will certainly have a gigantic impact on the world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (if of course it’s still around at that time, fingers crossed).  How will Coulson’s team react to a superhuman civil war?  Will the crew be swinging around Wakanda now that Black Panther’s been confirmed?  These are questions for another day as tonight’s episode finds Hydra impersonating S.H.I.E.L.D. and attacking the United Nations.  Will our team be able to combat their brand new public relations problem?  How is Mockingbird fitting in with the rest of the team?  Why can’t it be 2018 already so we can all watch Avengers: Infinity War?  These questions will be answered on tonight’s episode, “A Fractured House” when you hit the jump….

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “The Separation of Crows”

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“The Separation of Crows” showed the Sons of Anarchy’s world truly being shaken by the fallout from Jax’s rampage.  For all of his clever machinations, Jax has met a formidable foe in August Marks, one who also has incredible financial and political resources.  The gangland violence that SAMCRO is used to in their tangles with other clubs won’t fly here, and Jax starts the episode demoralized about how to fight it.  In the end, he also finds that the terms are not negotiable.  Hit the jump if you thought for a moment that Abel murdered those birds.

MARCO POLO Trailer Teases Swordplay and a Massive Scale for Netflix’s Biggest Series Yet

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Netflix has released the first Marco Polo trailer for its upcoming historical drama series.  The show follows the explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  The show was created and written by John Fusco (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directed the first two episodes.  This trailer certainly teases a massive scope, as this appears to be Netflix’s biggest original series yet.  There’s also plenty of sex and violence, but I’m most struck by the impressive visuals.  Indeed, the drama was shot on location in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia.

Watch the first Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jadu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

SCREAM TV Show Gets Series Order from MTV

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The Scream TV show is officially a go.  THR reports that MTV has given a series order to the 10-episode reboot, which is set to debut on the network in October 2015.  The show is, of course, based on Wes Craven’s incredibly influential 1996 horror film, which revolved around a serial killer with a heavy knowledge of horror tropes who terrorized high school students in a sleepy town.  It’s currently unclear which aspects of the original film franchise will be carried over into the TV show, but we recently learned that Ghostface will not be making an appearance—at least not during the first season.  I’m fine if MTV wants to mine this property for a new TV series, but doing Scream without Ghostface feels a little pointless.  Hit the jump for more on the show.

THE FLASH Recap: “Going Rogue”

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The Flash may be too hot to handle, but Wentworth Miller’s addition to the show is too cold to hold.  The special guest star turned in a great performance as the episode’s villain, and without giving too much away, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing him again in the future.  Things continue to heat up for the title speedster outside of his life as a crimefighter when a familiar face shows up and offers a possible chance at romance.  Will there be sparks?  Or will one of them get the cold shoulder?

Hit the jump for The Flash recap to find out.

Bob Odenkirk Says BETTER CALL SAUL is 85 Percent Drama, 15 Percent Comedy

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Based on what we’ve seen of Better Call Saul thus far and the fact that Saul Goodman was a major source of comedic relief on Breaking Bad, I assumed the show would be more comedy than drama.  However, according to Bob Odenkirk, that’s not the case at all.  It’ll actually be just 15 percent comedy and 85 percent drama.

The spin-off series will take place five years before Saul’s dealings with Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  At that time, he was going by the name Jimmy McGill and, based on the teaser we got back in August, he wasn’t interested in representing guilty clients because there’s too much aggravation involved.  Hit the jump for more on what Odenkirk had to say about the show.

CBS Renews All 4 of Its New Dramas: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker

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While most networks stumble to find at least one new show that can survive in the ratings, CBS has picked up all four of its new drama series: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker.  For CBS, this news isn’t all that surprising.  The network’s formula for the least-offensive programming possible is perfectly suited to an older generation that still holds to Nielsen boxes even though the way we watch television has changed drastically.  That’s not to say these shows are bad (I haven’t watched them), but I can’t think of a single CBS drama other than The Good Wife that gets people talking and has fans encouraging others to watch.

Hit the jump for the press release.

Neil Patrick Harris to Host NBC Variety Show Based on SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY

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Neil Patrick Harris will host a new NBC variety show, adapted from the ITV program Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.  The untitled series will be shot in front of a live audience and feature “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.”  NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America.  The network has not scheduled a premiere date—I would be surprised to see it on Saturdays unless NBC is planning an aggressive programming move.

Harris is the best chance to revive the classic television format for a modern era.  The versatile actor will next show off his hosting talents at the 2015 Academy Awards.  Hit the jump for the press release.

GOTHAM Recap: “Spirit of the Goat”

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Be careful, Gotham; you might just start living up to your potential with more episodes like this.  Don’t get me wrong, the show still has plenty of growing pains to suffer through, but tonight’s episode “Spirit of the Goat” revealed just a hint of the neo-noir storytelling it’s hopefully aiming for.  You’ve got your hard-boiled detectives and their dynamic partnerships, a spooky serial killer and his copycat cohort, and even a femme fatale (or two) for good measure.  All that’s well and good, but do Bullock and Gordon get their goat?

Hit the jump for our Gotham recap to find out.

Official Synopsis for AGENT CARTER Teases Secret Missions for Howard Stark

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Marvel has released the lengthy official synopsis for its second foray into television, Agent Carter.  The initial logline revealed that the show takes place in 1946 and sees Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter character navigating the male-dominated world of the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) following the end of the war while also mourning the loss of Steve Rogers.  This new synopsis adds that Carter turns to Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) after she’s stuck doing administrative work for the SSR.  Stark enlists Peggy’s help when he is framed for selling his deadliest weapons to the highest bidder, and he sets his butler Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) to assist her as she attempts to track down those responsible.  This “desk clerk by day, spy by night” hook appears to be the central conceit of the show, but the synopsis also teases an overall arc as Peggy begins to find that those she works for are not who they seem.

Read the full lengthy Agent Carter synopsis after the jump.  The show also stars Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokai, and Shea WhighamAgent Carter debuts on ABC in 2015, likely during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s midseason break.

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