Hell on Wheels, The Good Wife, and Community

-AMC has announced that Hell on Wheels will be returning for a fifth and final season consisting of 14 episodes. Seven new episodes will air next summer, while the final seven episodes of the series will air in the summer of 2016. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/11/07/breaking-tv-news-amc-announces-a-fifth-and-final-season-of-hell-on-wheels/

Community has hired Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Keith David (Enlisted) to join the comedy full time for season 6. Brewster will play Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant hired to help shape things up at the underachieving school. David will play Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself. The 13 episode sixth season is supposed to premiere exclusively on Yahoo in early 2015. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Community-Paget-Brewster-Keith-David-1088992.aspx

-CBS has bought a new drama from Justified producer Ingrid Escajeda. “In a suburban Texas country already on the verge of chaos, the cold-blooded assassination of the district attorney means the ascension of Gaby Ortiz, a formidable young prosecutor. Under assault by the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, narco cartels and rampant corruption, Gaby must resurrect the country’s crumbling law enforcement effort, with little more than her defiant will and the support of her extraordinary extended family.” http://deadline.com/2014/11/ingrid-escajeda-drama-justified-cbs-1201278016/

-Chris Elliot (How I Met Your Mother, Everybody Loves Raymond) will guest star on The Good Wife as an English professor who is brought in to help wannabe State’s Attorney Alicia prepare for her looming debate against opponent Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce). His episode will air in early 2015. http://tvline.com/2014/11/10/chris-elliott-the-good-wife-season-6-debate-election/

-Starz has ordered a follow-up series to the cult “Evil Dead” film franchise, titled Ash vs. Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell will reprise his role as Ash. The series will be about “when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons–personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.” The series is slated for 10 half-hour episodes set to debut in 2015. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/evil-dead-series-starz-ash-bruce-campbell-1201352764/

-Showtime has renewed Homeland for a fifth season as well The Affair for a second season. The Affair will consist of 10 new episodes while Homeland will consist of 12. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/11/10/the-business-of-show-showtime-renews-homeland-and-the-affair/

Graceland has been renewed for a third season which will consist of 13 episodes. http://www.thewrap.com/usa-network-graceland-renewed-for-season-3/

-TNT has cancelled Franklin & Bash after four seasons. http://deadline.com/2014/11/franklin-bash-cancelled-tnt-1201281566/

-ABC Family has renewed Chasing Life for a second season that will consist of 13 episodes. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/06/chasing-life-second-season-renewal/

-Netflix will premiere the next second installment of The Fall beginning at 12:01 am PT on January 16. http://deadline.com/2014/11/netflix-premiere-date-gillian-anderson-the-fall-season-2-video-1201283329/

-Fox is bringing back Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? to its primetime lineup. No word on a premiere date or time slot yet. But there will be “new twists” for the revival. http://tvline.com/2014/11/06/are-you-smarter-than-a-5th-grader-returning-to-fox/

-NBC is eyeing a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s play A Few Good Men. The network is in the early stages of working out an agreement with Sorkin. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/nbc-eyes-live-staging-of-aaron-sorkins-a-few-good-men-exclusive-1201350526/

-ABC has given Forever a full season order, which will add another nine episodes to its first season. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/07/forever-full-season/

-ABC has effectively cancelled Selfie by not buying any more episodes of the comedy beyond its initial order of 13. It’s unclear how many of the remaining episodes will air. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/07/selfie-canceled/

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Dex

CBS Subscription Service, Mission Control, and The Voice

There is so much news! I probably should have done another post earlier in the week but I was so swamped with midterms (since I’m still in college) that I just didn’t have time. This honestly may have to be 3 posts. Let’s get started! 

-CBS is launching its own subscription service for on-demand consumption for its new TV shows as well as their old ones. Since they are not part of Hulu (jointly owned by ABC, NBC, and Fox) they have been out of the subscription service for awhile and have only focused on their website (which I might add, is not very good compared to Hulu). “CBS All Access” will offer thousands of episodes from many of CBS’ current programs, classic series in its library as well as content from its local-TV station, for $5.99 a month. With the service, anyone who wants to watch CBS shows will be able to do so whether or not they subscribe to a programming package from a video distributor (aka a standalone service). http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/cbs-to-launch-svod-all-access-service-with-current-and-classic-programs-1201331028/

-Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, Parks and Recreation) is coming to New Girl for the holidays! He will guest-star as a Grinch-like character in the Christmas episode. His character, Barry, a beleaguered airline representative the gang encounter at the airport is tired of dealing with holiday travelers and Christmas itself. Catch the episode on Tuesday, December 9 at 9/8c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/16/billy-eichner-new-girl-season-4-christmas-episode/

-NBC has canceled Mission Control before it has even aired. The show was set for a midseason debut and it starred Kristen Ritter. The main issue apparently was casting issues, which underwent recasting days after it was picked up to series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-cancels-comedy-mission-control-741026

-Archie Panjabi (who plays Kalinda Sharma) will be leaving The Good Wife at the end of this season, after her contract has ended. She did not renew her contract because she is planning on starring in a drama pilot for CBS in the spring. No word on how she will depart, but this does not mean the end for The Good Wife, which airs Sundays at 9/8c on CBS. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-wifes-archie-panjabi-exit-740993

-A Bewitched remake is eyeing a comeback. There is already interest from multiple networks about a remake. The show is being written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who both worked on The Vow. I’ll keep you up to date on any new information that comes out about this. http://deadline.com/2014/10/bewitched-remake-series-sony-851716/

Bones has enlisted Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) to play Valentina, a New Age-focused doula that will “inject some lightness and levity into single-mom Daisy’s delivery.” She will appear in an early-December episode entitled “The Puzzler In the Pit.” Bones airs Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/15/bones-daisy-birth-baby-sweets-season-10-the-puzzler-in-the-pit/

Unforgettable has been canceled by CBS after three seasons. http://deadline.com/2014/10/unforgettable-cancelled-cbs-849580/

-Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) has joined ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club as a series regular. He will play Scott Carpenter, Rene’s (Yvonne Strahovski) laid-back husband. http://tvline.com/2014/10/13/wilson-bethel-astronaut-wives-club-cast-season-1/

-Fox’s Gotham gets a full-season order, which means they have ordered an additional six episodes bring the total number for the first season to 22. New episodes of Gotham air Mondays at 8/7c on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/10/13/gotham-full-season-order-fox/

American Horror Story has been renewed for season 5 after the fourth season’s premiere broke FX records, with 10 million total views for the season four opener, the most-watched telecast in the network’s history. Season 5 will be 13 episodes and premiere in October 2015 with season 4 running through January 2015. http://www.eonline.com/news/587871/american-horror-story-renewed-for-season-5-after-freak-show-shatters-ratings-record

-Pharrell Williams is set to return for season 8 of The Voice as a coach. He will coach alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera, who is coming back from a maternity leave after sitting out the last two season. The eighth season will air in early 2015 on NBC. http://deadline.com/2014/10/pharrell-williams-the-voice-coach-season-8-850965/

-WGN America has renewed Manhattan for a second season ahead of its first season finale. The season finale airs Sunday, October 19 at 10 pm ET on WGN America. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/14/wgn-america-renews-manhattan-for-season-2/

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has booked Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent host) for a multi-episode arc. He will play Marcus, Holt’s charming and educated nephew who just moved to the city and will stay with his uncle until he finds his own place. His debut will be sometime in December. Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Sundays at 8:30pm on Fox. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/brooklyn-nine-nine-books-nick-cannon-740674

Look out for a second (and probably third) post coming soon! Thanks for checking out my blog! 

Dex 

 

Dancing With the Stars new cast, Marvel’s Agent Carter, The Voice, The Good Life, and more!

Want an easy calendar to see when all your favorites shows are premiering their upcoming seasons? Look no further! Check out the link! http://www.thetvaddict.com/calendars/falltv2014.pdf

-The cast for Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars has been announced. Check out the list in the link! http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/04/showbiz/tv/dancing-with-the-stars-season-19-cast/

-Chelsea Clinton has left NBC News after three years (starting in December 2011) as a special correspondent. In recent months she has been criticized at the network for her substantial salary (reportedly $600,000 annually). Her last appearance on the network was on August 1. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chelsea-clinton-exits-nbc-news-729113

-Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted, Mr. Sunshine) is set to guest star opposite Steve Zahn (Treme) in the new season of Modern Family as Kim, the wife of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan. They will appear in the early episodes of the upcoming sixth season. Modern Family returns on September 24 at 9pm ET on ABC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/29/modern-family-andrea-anders-season6/

-New ABC series Marvel’s Agent Carter has cast Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) and Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) in series regular roles. The series will star Hayley Atwell as Steve Rogers’ girlfriend, Agent Carter, as she builds her career as a secret agent while the hero is frozen in ice. The show will take place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa, while Murray will play Agent Jack Thompson, both of whom meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the pre-SHIELD Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City. The series will premiere during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus at the same time slot (Tuesdays, 9pm).http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marvels-agent-carter-enlists-dollhouse-729040

-Taylor Swift as joined The Voice as a season seven advisor. She will serve in the same capacity that Coldplay singer, Chris Martin, aided the show in its sixth season, advising contestants from all four teams. She joins Stevie Wonder (working with Adam Levine), Gavin Rossdale (working with Gwen Stefani), Little Big Town (working with Blake Shelton) and Alicia Keys (working with Pharrell Williams). The Voice begins September 22 on NBC. http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/taylor-swift-joins-the-voice-as-a-season-seven-advisor-2014308

-TBS has canceled Cee Lo Green’s The Good Life. The decision comes right after Green has had major controversy following tweets about the nature of rape. Women’s rights groups, like UltraViolet, petitioned the network to cancel the show. But the network says it’s decision to cancel the series was only based on its rating performance. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tbs-cancels-cee-lo-greens-729557

-Netflix has renewed Hemlock Grove for a third and final season. The third season will consist of 10 episodes sets to premiere in 2015. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hemlock-grove-renewed-season-3-729086

-Fox has cancelled Gang Related and will not come back for a second season due to poor ratings and viewership. http://deadline.com/2014/09/gang-related-cancelled-1-season-827979/

-A first look at Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play, Peter Pan Live. Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook and Christian Borle as Smee. The live production will take place December 4th. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/09/03/she-can-fly-your-first-look-at-girls-star-allison-williams-playing-peter-pan/

-David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) has a multiple episode recurring role on The Good Wife for the show’s upcoming sixth season. He will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change. The Good Wife returns for its sixth season on Sunday, September 21 at 9:30pm ET/9pm PT on CBS. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/08/28/breaking-tv-news-david-hyde-pierce-to-recur-on-the-good-wife/

-A&E has canceled Longmire after its third season finale earlier this month due to low ratings and low viewership. The studio is shopping the show to other networks. http://tvline.com/2014/08/28/longmire-cancelled-ae-season-4/

The View has added Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on the panel for the show’s new season, beginning September 15. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/03/the-view-rosie-perez-nicolle-wallace_n_5763250.html

-Reportedly NBC is developing a new show Hospitality, a multi-camera sitcom set at a midtown Manhattan Hotel and which would air live every week–with some live commercials as well. http://tvline.com/2014/09/04/nbc-live-sitcom-hospitality/

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-Dex https://twitter.com/dextvtalk

Michelle Obama guest starring, The Keke Palmer Project, SNL 40th Anniversary special, and much more!

**Sorry for my lack of posts over the past few days, I’ve been super busy but I will get back to a somewhat normal schedule again**

TONIGHT ON TV, April 22, 2014:

  • Face Off season finale (Syfy, 9 pm)

-NBC is set to premiere a 3-hour Saturday Night Live: 40th anniversary special on February 15, 2015. They did not say which cast members, musical guest would appear however. And NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said, “[the] special is just one of many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/saturday-night-live-nbc-40th-anniversary/

-SyFy has renewed Face Off for a seventh season with a July premiere. The sixth season ends tonight (April 22) at 9 pm on Syfy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfys-face-renewed-seventh-season-697582

-Eion Bailey has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He will play a charismatic motivational speaker/self-help guru who needs Ray’s help. The 12-episode second season premiere Sunday, July 13. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/eion-bailey-ray-donovan-showtime-second-season/

-First Lady Michelle Obama is set to appear in upcoming episodes of both ABC’s Nashville and Disney’s Jessie (as well as the season finale of Parks and Recreation on April 24). Nashville‘s episode “All or Nothing With Me” is set at the Fort Campbell Army base and will air on May 7 and she will play herself. In Jessie she will play herself in the episode “From the White House to Our House House” which airs Friday May 16 at 8/7c, in which she will help raise awareness of the special sacrifices and needs of military families. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/michelle-obama-nashville-series-cameo-military-episode/ http://www.tvguide.com/News/Michelle-Obama-Disney-Channel-Jessie-1080694.aspx

-Lara Spencer will be joining Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as co-host on Good Morning America. She has been on the show as a lifestyle anchor since 2011 and before that she was a national correspondent for them from 1999 to 2003. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/18/lara-spencer-good-morning-america-promotion/

-Discovery has cancelled the Everest Jump Live in wake of last week’s tragedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/discovery-cancels-everest-jump-live-697778

-HBO has renewed Veep for a fourth season and Silicon Valley for a second season. http://www.justjared.com/2014/04/21/veep-silicon-valley-get-renewal-orders-from-hbo/ 

-Laura Benanti is set to guest star on the Sunday April 27 episode of The Good Wife, “Tying the Knot”, in which she will play Colin Sweeney’s (Dylan Baker) fiancée, Renata Ellard. http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Laura-Benanti-to-Guest-Star-on-Next-THE-GOOD-WIFE-on-CBS-20140421#.U1cM8-ZdVmh

-Keke Palmer is set to host her own daily talk show this summer on BET, tentatively titled The Keke Palmer Project. At only 20 years old, she will be the youngest talk show host in television history. The initial 4-week run will premiere in July and will film in LA. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/21/keke-palmer-talk-show/

-John Turturro has replaced Robert De Niro in HBO’s mini series Criminal Justice. De Niro had to exit the seven-hour series after scheduling conflicts. It is a U.S. adaptation of Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC drama of the same name. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/john-turturro-replaces-robert-de-697970