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AMC Renews Into the Badlands for Season 3

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

AMC has renewed martial arts drama Into the Badlands for a third season to air in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The dystopian action series stars Daniel Wu as the postapocalyptic Badlands' greatest warrior, and in its second season has expanded its scope to include a war between feudal states over slavery.



Supergirl, SuperCorp, and the Rich Tradition of Frenemies

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

A young buck named Tom Brady was in his first season with the New England Patriots and on his way to a suspicious multitude of Super Bowl appearances. [...] yes, there was the tragedy that still haunts us to this day that we'll just tiptoe around, because I don't want to field questions about jet fuel and steel beams. Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Lena (Katie McGrath) may have something similar to Clark and Lex in that one is a superhero learning her place in the world and the other is a damaged human fighting the megalomaniacal instincts nurtured into her. The single episode introduces us to Jack (Rahul Kohli), and covers his relationship with Lena, their deep fondness for each other that appears to cross time and space, and then his villainous catalyst of a dramatic death in a single episode. In any case, with Lena's none-too-subtle cries for help as Kara held her in her arms and swore to be best friends forever, we're led to believe what thematically the show has been trying to introduce via all of its tools of manipulation (creepy soundtrack, stark lighting, limited perspective into Lena's thought processes): Lena Luthor is on the precipice of breaking bad. [...] all of the work she's done to fight the Luthor curse, the struggle to keep her head above the swirling tides of crazy that her family drowns in, will just be fodder for Kara to look back on, fighting her tears, as she inevitably gets into a punching match with Lena's mechanical suit of armor dripping with Kryptonite-powered laser guns. [...] my word processor doesn't even think the word "frenemies" is a misspelled word. We see the intent and complexity of the actions, the consequences not only for the expendable masses who are statistics in the addled mind of a superhero trying to reach Vision Villain Victim Zero, but for all the people that knew her when she wasn't a baddie. [...] that all might seem obvious but, like I said, Supergirl doesn't play



The Bachelor's Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Crash

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Chris Soules, who starred on The Bachelor's 19th season and later competed on Dancing With the Stars, was arrested late Monday night for leaving the scene of a deadly vehicle crash, KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa reports. Soules, who owns a farm in his hometown of Arlington, Iowa, was involved in a crash in which his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor at around 8 p.m., sending both vehicles into separate roadside ditches.



DC Entertainment to Launch Its Own Streaming Service with Greg Berlanti's Titans

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

In a sort of real-life superhero team-up, DC Entertainment -- which makes comics, movies and TV shows with iconic characters like Batman and Superman -- is partnering with Warner Bros. to make a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service, the companies announced Tuesday. The platform will launch in 2018 with an exclusive live-action drama series called Titans from a murderer's row of superhero producers, consisting of superstar screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns, overworked producer Greg Berlanti (he currently has six series on the air, with two more, Titans and Black Lightning, in the works) and Arrowverse EP Sarah Schechter. DC's rival Marvel has its own live-action teenage superheroes series, New Warriors, in the works at Freeform.



Harry Styles Is Spending an Entire Week on The Late Late Show

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

In a video posted on Tuesday, the former One Direction singer FaceTimes Corden to ask if he can stay with him while he's in L.A. But rather than crash at Corden's house, Styles wants to crash at The Late Late Show studio because it "feels like home." During the early days of One Direction's success, Styles lived in the attic of the late night show's executive producer Ben Winston, where he would occasionally bring A-listers back for sleepovers in the top floor of the Orthodox Jewish home.



NBC Pulls Remaining Episodes of Powerless

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Powerless starred Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk as workers at a security company focused on protecting people from the dangers of living in a world filled with superheroes and villains. Since it premiered in February, the freshmen comedy failed to capture viewers' attention, with the most recent episode losing 30 percent of the audience from its Superstore lead-in.



Chicago Med Exclusive: Nina Sees Sparks Fly Between Will and Natalie

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

In our sneak peek from Thursday's episode, Nina sweetly decides to bring Will (Nick Gehlfuss) a coffee at work -- only to catch him getting teased by his former flame, Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto). The sparks between Will and Natalie never really fizzled, but they've been fanning the flames over the past few episodes, and their flirtatious banter ramps up this week after Manning bristles when an elderly male patient calls her by a pet name.



Bill O'Reilly Breaks Silence on Being Fired From Fox News

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

In a 19-minute podcast posted on O'Reilly's website Monday night, the cable news pundit told his fans, "I am sad that I'm not on television anymore," before once again hinting that a conspiracy theory was behind his firing. The decision came after The O'Reilly Factor host became increasingly toxic amid reports that O'Reilly and Fox News paid millions of dollars to multiple women to settle allegations of sexual harassment, resulting in a sweeping loss in advertisers and public protests. Ahead of his exit, O'Reilly's lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, claimed that the accusations were the result of a smear campaign organized by the far-left, which he says is "bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons." O'Reilly plans to continue releasing a podcast, No Spin News, to paid subscribers to his website, which he hopes will develop "into a genuine news program."



Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5 Reasons We Need Another Season

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

...[...] that doesn't mean Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and the rest of the crew aren't about to get chopped faster than Mack (Henry Simmons) wielding a shotgun axe. The show has never posted ratings that match its Marvel movie pedigree. [...] Coulson's commandos have ably channeled the optimism and heroics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) on a near weekly basis. Add in Daisy's earth-shattering Quake powers, and a healthy dose of Marvel villains, and you've got at least one stand-out sequence a week that rivals most big-budget movies. Last year's storyline featuring Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) trapped on an alien planet produced one of the best episodes of TV all year. Season 2's Inhumans arc changed the course of the show, and helped bring now Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga's story to a tragic end. [...] the current arc, featuring the agents trapped in an evil computer program called the Framework (an alternate reality controlled by the villainous HYDRA), has even managed to redeem the otherwise irredeemable Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). [...] even though Fitz is currently a villainous mastermind in the Framework, we've got a pretty good guess he'll be back to normal once they leave their computerized world. Though this last arc has managed to bring things full circle by pitting S.H.I.E.L.D. against HYDRA, and even brought back some familiar faces (we didn't realize how much we missed B.J. Britt's Agent Triplett!), this isn't the goodbye the characters need. [...] hey, maybe before the end we can get one big Marvel movie character cameo, as a proper tribute?



Descendants 2 Gets a Tentacular Summer Premiere Date

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Descendants 2, the sequel to the Disney Channel's hit 2015 movie about the good teenage children of Disney villains, is set to premiere on Friday, July 21, the Disney ABC Television Group announced Tuesday. "Descendants' fans asked for more, and we've answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie," Disney TV boss Ben Sherwood said in a statement. Stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and Mitchell Hope are all returning for the sequel, which continues the story of the Villain Kids as they try to find their place in the heroic land of Auradon.



Which Shows Are in Danger of Cancellation?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

The major networks will begin swinging their scythes and canceling series as their fall schedules take shape and it's obvious that there's simply not enough room for some of your favorites to continue on. History dictates that we'll know which shows will survive and which won't when the networks hold their upfront presentations in mid-May, but we've singled out several shows -- commonly known as "bubble shows" -- that networks are currently debating whether to keep or not. There are also relationships with creatives behind the shows to take into account, which studio owns the show and therefore profits off of it, how close a show is to being viable for syndication and various standards for each network.



Quantico Boss Breaks Down Alex and Owen's Risky Plan

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Using Clay (Hunter Parrish) and Maxine's (Krysta Rodriguez) engagement party to get all the collaborators in one room to turn one of them, Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) seemingly does so with Alice Winter (Elisabeth Waterston), who proposes a meet-up so she can bring two him two more of her cohorts. Sensing it's a trap, Alex (Priyanka Chopra) is the only one who's vehemently against the plan, but Keyes has already cleared it. [...] that "one" is Alex, who wipes the task force's files and hands them to one of the collaborators, Fletcher (Fredric Lehne), while the rest of the task force watches the news break on their covert op. Will Owen's plan work? Creator and showrunner Joshua Safran answers our burning questions below. Are they actually all the task force's files? Does Fletcher suspect anything? There's a quick shot of him darting his eyes as Alex is pulling out the folder. [Laughs] It's not that they suspect anything but definitely in the next episode Fletcher and the rest of the collaborators give Alex a couple of tests to prove her loyalty and to prove that it's real. ... [Laughs] He simply wants to ensure that they have a better angle. The next episode is like reality in a way, which is that when you're undercover and you're tested, you have to pass even if it goes against what you believe in, even if it means killing somebody. Owen has his mojo back sort of. What is the rest of the task force thinking? There's a really great scene between Shelby and Ryan in the opening moments of the next episode where they talk about that. Yeah, Ryan and Shelby (Johanna Braddy) can't leave The Farm because they are the ones who are exposed right now. Raina (Yasmine Al Massri) can't leave The Farm -- well, she can, but she's in danger of outing herself as Raina. The next episode is really sort of the last stand between the collaborators and our team. [Roarke's] not at all like Trump or Paul Ryan, but you recognize h



Bates Motel Checks Out With a Strong Series Finale

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

With finale "The Cord," the series remains an extremely dysfunctional family drama to the very end, with stepson killing stepfather -- Norman shooting revenge-crazed former sheriff Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell) after getting the drop on him while he cried over the body of his beloved, frozen wife -- and brother killing brother (also cousin killing cousin [like I said, dysfunctional]) when Dylan (Max Thieriot) shoots Norman when Norman lungs at him with a knife in a move that's less an attack than a suicide attempt so he can join his mother. [...] there's also Dylan's act of emotional cruelty against his wife Emma (Olivia Cooke), who's suffered as much as anyone with with Calhoun-Massett-Bates blood, when he tells her "I'll never love anyone else but you" right before he goes to have his final confrontation with Norman, against her reasonable wishes. Norman's dying vision of running into his mother's arms in the forest, in which some shots he was a little boy, hit the right, complex note of how though their love caused so much death and destruction, it was genuine. A flash-forward set to Doris Day's "Dream A Little Dream of Me" showed a beaming young couple buying the motel, Dylan and Emily and their daughter as a happy, loving family, and Norman and Norma's shared gravestone, at peace at last. Bates Motel premiered in March 2013, about six weeks after Netflix's House of Cards started the Peak TV era, and it remains one of the defining shows of the content-deluged era we're living in. [...] it was sort of a surprise -- an original scripted series on a network better known for its reality programming with A-list talent in front of the camera (Farmiga was just a few years removed from an Oscar nomination for Up In the Air) and behind it (Carlton Cuse was the co-showrunner for Lost and Kerry Ehrin wrote for Friday Night Lights). [...] it feels like every channel and streaming platform has at least one attempt at



Pretty Little Liars' Stars Explain How It Felt to Find Out A.D.'s Identity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

The cast and crew finished production on the series late last year so they already know who has been terrorizing the Liars for months. Lucy Hale tried not to find out before the final episode table read, but when she inadvertently heard another cast member talking about it she could only hope it was true.



Dancing with the Stars: Was That the Worst Elimination in the Show's History?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Sasha and Simone were dressed like gladiators or post-apocalyptic warriors for this dance, which made about as much sense as anything else in this show. Just take her out to the soda fountain and drive up to Make Out Point already! The dance started with the two separated by a partition fashioned to be a wall between two living rooms, and they had to time their moves by memory because they couldn't see each other, so extra point there. [...] once they go together, the chemistry was undeniable and these two were dancing like they were the only two people in the room. For all of Nancy's lapses of confidence in her video intros, she can put on a stage face when it's game time and she was a total badass here. The Paso Doble isn't an easy one, but Nancy twirled her skirt and kicked and spun like she was angry at the hunks accompanying her, and Artem put together a routine that had Nancy front and center. [...] I will always approve of a contestant dancing while wearing shorts because it looks so goofy on TV, but since this was a Beach Boys song he could have dressed more like someone from the 1960s instead of a dude pounding Coronas at Manhattan Beach last week. What the judges said: "If there's anyone here who fits the profile of being in a boy band, it's you," Nick said. The motif for this dance was "sexy girl walks into a construction site and nearly gets sexually assaulted by horny construction workers," a classic! There was a twirl that involved Normani wrapping her legs around Val's neck while he spun her around, and another four-man flip of her ending with her in the splits that, showcasing the ability and freedom she has. [...] let's talk about this intro vid, where Lindsay scolded David for wanting to rest! I've never seen her like that before. [...] . [...] overall, David seemed a bit out of his element, probably because it's hard to be romantic with your surrogate stepdaughter. Rashad took the crit



Flip or Flop Stars Are Returning for Season 7

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

The couple announced the divorce earlier this year and in previous statements said they'd maintain their professional relationship, but Deadline now confirms that the pair will film the seventh season of their home renovation series together. "Tarek and Christina's expertise and success flipping houses has made Flip or Flop an audience favorite on HGTV for many seasons," said Allison Page, General Manager, U.S. Programming and Development, HGTV, Food Network & Travel Channel.



The Voice: Who's Getting Eliminated Next?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Hunter seemed to strain through this retro hipster ditty, and it ultimately come off as forgettable. It's very likely one of these three is going home in the next elimination. Who do you think it should be? The Voice airs Monday and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC. Other Links From TVGuide.com The VoiceAlicia KeysAdam LevineBlake SheltonGwen Stefani



Supergirl Returns and Puts Lena Luthor in a Dangerous Position

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

In addition to the threat still posed by Cadmus, Rhea's arrival at L-Corp with a proposition for Lena in the final moments of the episode can only mean one thing: big, bad things are coming. Will she choose to ally herself with Rhea out of a desire to make people suffer the way she has suffered? Or will she remember what Kara said, when she promised to always be her friend and protect her?



Gotham Returns and Nygma Just Wants to Be Loved

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

"How the Riddler Got His Name" was an occasionally zany, occasionally touching, and completely satisfying baptism of crazy that saw the final transition from tortured killer-nerd Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) to The Riddler -- one of Gotham's most notorious villains and one of Batman's most enduring rogues. Reluctantly guilty over killing (but not really killing, of course) his BFF Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and aimless without political strings to pull, a vengeful murder to plot, or anything resembling a job, or a social life, Ed Nygma embarked on Gotham's latest wave of terror by kidnapping the city's most brilliant minds, asking them his trademark riddles, and then disposing of them when their answers were disappointingly pedestrian and, most importantly, incorrect. Gotham is riddled with the barely functional husks of characters who, if we're at all familiar with Gotham's source material, are instantly recognizable as key figures in Batman's mythology. Taking the time to explore these characters in the deepest, darkest depths of their demented psyches gives us a much more satisfying payoff than magicking Ivy into the sexpot everyone knew she was going to eventually become anyway. The Riddler's journey is far from over, given what we know about the rest of this season, and of course the not-at-all-surprising "revelation" that Penguin survived Nygma's assassination attempt on him. [...] was Nygma's ringtone supposed to sound like the interlude tunage from groovy 1960s Batman? Because that's AWESOME.



?The Fosters Mega Buzz: The Anchor Beach Protests Get Worse Before They Get Better

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Mariana was the loudest voice in the protest to stop Anchor Beach from becoming a private school in the season finale, and that opposition continues this season, which puts Lena in a precarious position as vice principal. Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows? E-mail questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide.



Everything You Need to Know About the Potential TV Writers' Strike

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Television executives and television writers -- heck, everyone in the television industry -- are biting their fingernails down to nubs as a new writers' strike looms over the entertainment industry. The last strike, which started in November 2007, devastated television as writers walked the picket lines when their demands were not met by studios. The WGA is the joint effort of the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West, which are labor unions that represent film and television writers. The WGA will be asking the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers -- a collection of more than 350 production companies of television and movies -- to restructure the current contract system to account for the changes television has undergone and the effects the changes have had on their existing contracts. The previously arranged health care plan is also in trouble, and restructuring it will be part of the new negotiations, as will protection for the current pension plan and discussions for personal and family leave. Some reality programs will also see extended seasons as scripted shows go off the air, and primetime game shows, such as ABC's The Match Game, could pop up all over the schedule.



NBC's Great News Is Here to Fill the 30 Rock-Sized Hole in Your Heart

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

The zany new NBC comedy, which premieres Tuesday, is produced by Tina Fey and her partner Robert Carlock, and created by Tracey Wigfield, who shared an Emmy with Fey for co-writing the 30 Rock series finale. Like Robert De Niro in Meyers' winsome film, Carol has a lot of wisdom to impart, but she's also kind of wackadoo and predictably wreaks all sorts of crazy havoc for Katie and her colleagues, which includes her executive producer/potential love interest Greg (Adam Campbell), her best work pal/video guru Justin (Horatio Sanz), bizarre meteorologist Beth (Wigfield), and The Breakdown co-anchors Chuck (John Michale Higgins) and Portia (Nicole Richie). Must-see new shows It'd be easy to dismiss Great News as another "overbearing mother all up in her kid's business" story if not for the palpable affection between mother and daughter. Great News deploys the same comic beats, rhythms, jokes, pop culture references, one-liners and sight gags as 30 Rock. Wigfield is also a Mindy Project alum and Great News also bears some similarities to that, from the will-they-won't-they office romance to a certain softness (versus 30 Rock's edginess) that comes from a parental ingredient, and to some of its unevenness as well. The full 10-episode season was made available for review and the last handful of episodes features a fun serialized arc with the Candy Crush-esque app Biscuit Blitz.



Genius: Albert Einstein's Story Is Sexy, the Cast Says

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

With his bulbous nose, frizzy hair and funny accent, Albert Einstein isn't a classic example of "sexy." [...] if you talk to the cast of Nat Geo's Einstein biography series Genius, he may as well be Brad Pitt. TVGuide.com chatted with cast members on the red carpet of the show's premiere party last week, and all of them seemed to be just as interested in Einstein's personal life as they were with his more famous professional life.



Elisabeth Moss Hopes The Handmaid's Tale Will Leave Viewers With a Sense of Hope

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

Since Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid's Tale in 1985, fans, feminists and scholars have praised the work for its compelling take on what happens when the ever-present darkness coursing through polite society breaks free from its restraints. Set in the near-future America after a totalitarian, Christian-fundamentalist regime has taken over, both Atwood's original work and Hulu's new series depicts a world in which the few fertile women left in the country are conscripted as "handmaids" to infertile, wealthy and politically connected couples who use -- ie: sexually assault -- the handmaid in the hopes of attaining a child. [...] while Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale expands the story far beyond Offred's point of view, she remains the viewers' guide to this bleak new world as the audience follows her attempts to navigate the delicate social politics within the Commander's household, all while trying to maintain a sense of hope that she will one day find her daughter again. Not only was it the lead role in an adaptation of one of the most celebrated modern feminist novels, but it was the kind of complex female role that, while they are becoming more common, are still far from the norm. Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale is a disturbing reflection of the times Because of her role as a producer, Moss got the opportunity to help direct how the show tackled her character's repeated sexual assaults -- a topic many shows struggle with that is made that much more complicated by Offred's learned silence. [...] while Offred approaches these monthly rapes with a sense of resignation and never attempts to say no, Moss and the other producers wanted there to be no confusion: "It was very, very important to us that it was a sexual assault," Moss says. During the rape scenes, in which Offred is cradled, fully dressed, between Serena's legs while the Commander dispassionately pumps away, there is a feeling of numbness an



Happy Days Star Erin Moran Likely Died From Cancer, Sheriff Says

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 UT

The Harrison County, Indiana, Sheriff's Department released a statement to The Associated Press Monday saying that an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer. Toxicology reports are pending, but the report says that no illegal narcotics were found in Moran's home.