Friends, Self Promotion, and HBO Standalone Service

-Katy Perry will be performing during the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime show. The Super Bowl will be broadcast on Sunday, February 1 on NBC. http://tvline.com/2014/10/09/katy-perry-super-bowl-xlix-halftime-show-performer/

-Alexandra Krosney (Last Man Standing) has been cast as the lead in MTV’s dark comedy pilot Self Promotion, that will be directed by Zach Braff. The show centers on an overworked assistant Katie Preston (Krosney) who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing. Things get messy fast, with Katie, believing she’ll be the prime suspect, covering up the crime scene. She starts calling the shots in her boss’s “absence,” and goes full CSI to find out what actually happened and exonerate herself. http://deadline.com/2014/10/alexandra-krosney-to-topline-mtv-pilot-self-promotion-nicole-bloom-to-co-star-849185/

-Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles in Toy Story for an ABC holiday special. ABC will be airing Toy Story That Time Forgot on Tuesday, December 2 at 8pm ET on ABC. The gang will gather after a post-Christmas play date and they find themselves facing off against a group of action figures who turn out to be “dangerously delusional.” The gang will need the help of Trixie the triceratops if they ever hope to go back to Bonnie’s room. The whole gang will be back for the special. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/10/abc-toy-story-holiday-special/

-A Guardians of the Galaxy animated series has been announced at New York Comic-Con. The series will debut in 2015 on Disney XD, but fans can get a sneak peek at the artwork and test footage now. http://www.cnet.com/news/marvels-guardians-of-the-galaxy-animated-tv-series-on-the-way/

-HBO is set to launch a standalone service in 2015, which is described as an over-the-top HBO Go. I have no idea how much it will cost or when it will be released. http://deadline.com/2014/10/richard-plepler-time-warner-investor-day-hbo-ceo-presentation-851815/

-All 10 season of Friends will be available on Netflix on January 1, 2015. http://deadline.com/2014/10/friends-netflix-streaming-deal-851909/

-Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Oscars, which will take place on February 22, 2015 on ABC. I’m really hoping there is a musical number (or two). http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2014/10/15/neil-patrick-harris-to-host-the-2015-oscars/17319865/

Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Good Night and Good Luck) is joining FX’s The Americans during the third season as Gabriel, the former KGB handler for Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell). Gabriel comes out of retirement to resume oversight of those two operatives, taking over from the previous handler Claudia (Margo Martindale). http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/10/16/frank-langella-joins-fxs-the-americans/17358433/

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-Dex

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