Monday, November 30, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 1:19 PM
Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, and Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks."

Good news for "Twin Peaks" fans: Filming starts filming next month, with David Lynch at the helm.

"I never had any doubts we were going to get him back," Showtime Networks president David Nevins said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills.

In April, Lynch had taken to Twitter to announce his resignation from the project "because not enough money was offered to do that script the way I felt it needed to be done."

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2015, 9:07 PM
Stephen Colbert speaks onstage during the 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' panel discussion at the CBS portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

It was, as the future host of CBS' "Late Show" put it, "a little like therapy."

If therapy took place in a ballroom full of reporters in Beverly Hills and was interrupted by live-tweeting and Donald Trump jokes.

Stephen Colbert made his first appearance in many years at the Television Critics Association's seminannual meetings, and let's just say he can come back anytime.

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:31 PM
Stephen King wrote the book on which CBS' "Under the Dome" is based

CBS' "Under the Dome" won't be under the dome for much longer.

“The dome is coming down at the end of this season," CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills.

Don't panic (or cheer) just yet, though.

POSTED: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:21 PM

Reelz, the cable network that picked up "The Kennedys" miniseries when the History Channel decided it might not be, um, historical enough, might want to reread John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage."

Because it's been a while, but I don't remember seeing Donald Trump's name in there anywhere.

Or, for that matter, that of Reelz channel chief Stan Hubbard, who Sunday commended himself for having had the guts to pick up Trump's Miss USA pageant when NBC dropped it in response to the GOP frontrunner's calling Mexican immigrants "rapists."

POSTED: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 3:45 AM
"Empire" creator Lee Daniels (left) with fellow producer Brian Grazer at the Television Critics Association awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday

"Empire," the Fox drama that took television by storm last winter, was named program of the year by the Television Critics Association at its 31st annual awards in Beverly Hills.

James Corden, of CBS' "Late Late Show," hosted the events, using it as an opportunity to poke fun at critics (who could mostly use a break from hearing from people who pretend to care what we think).

Not that he was the only one.

POSTED: Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:04 PM
Ted Danson (left) and Patrick Wilson investigate a bloody crime in the new season of FX's "Fargo"

 The latest installment of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology, "American Horror Story: Hotel," will premiere Oct. 7, followed on Oct. 12 by a new season of "Fargo."

In other FX announcements Friday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills:

-- "The Strain" was renewed for a third season.

POSTED: Thursday, August 6, 2015, 12:30 PM
Director Lee Daniels attends the premiere of Fox's 'Empire' held at ArcLight Cinemas. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

West Philly's Lee Daniels is working on a second music-centered series for Fox (and he's already talking about a third).

The creator of the network's freshman hit "Empire" will set the new drama, "Star," in Atlanta, Fox TV co-CEO Dana Walden told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills, where she announced that Fox had ordered a pilot. It will focus on three young women who form a band and try  to make it in the music business.

And although Walden wouldn't rule out the possibility of crossovers with "Empire," the show's meant to stand on its own, she said.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 7:59 PM
"The Goldbergs" on ABC.

There's more to making an '80s-set comedy like ABC's "The Goldbergs" than ticking off a list of pop-culture moments.

Because pop-culture moments all have lawyers.

Or, in the case of Rod Temperton, the British songwriter responsible for Michael Jackson's hit "Thriller," some outdated opinions about the relative value of television and movies.

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