LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - FX has announced that it is not moving forward with a third season of "The Bridge," the crime drama starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichi.
The series, developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, explored the explores the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border centering on two cops from each country (Kruger and Bichir) working to catch a serial killer.
"We thank our partners at FX for their tireless efforts in developing and launching 'The Bridge' with us. From its fresh, unique voice to its deep and diverse ensemble cast, this is a series that we are all very proud of," said Shine America, which co-produced the series, in a statement.
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Did you catch Hannibal Buress’s standup set at the Trocadero last week? You’d probably remember if you’d been there. Because the rising comic took some time in the middle of his Philly show to aggressively go after one of the city’s legends, Bill Cosby, repeatedly accusing the TV icon of being a rapist.
The majority of Buress’s diatribe can be seen in the rough video above. Warning: The profanity is pretty thick, making the clip NSFW.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For a show that started its life in orbit, "The 100" clearly isn't content just to go around in circles. In fact, this CW sci-fi drama earns points strictly for forward momentum, launching into its second season featuring a fast-evolving narrative, with the space-faring human population returning to Earth and facing a new set of problems. Not everything works, and the performances remains a trifle uneven. But with so many post-apocalyptic cliches being juggled simultaneously, it's certainly a watchable and ambitious undertaking, albeit one whose main job will be to defy gravity by not yielding too much of "Arrow's" lead-in.
Just to recap, nearly 100 years after nuclear near-annihilation, thousands of survivors have stayed alive aboard the Ark, a collection of linked-together space stations. But with the system failing, those in charge first decided to jettison 100 youthful prisoners down to the planet's surface (hence the name), testing its viability before risking a full-scale re-colonization.
Season two begins with the Ark having sent the rest of its inhabitants back to solid ground, which is now teeming with disparate groups of survivors, most instantly recognizable to anyone who has consumed more than a dollop of science fiction. They range from scarred, primitive brutes nicknamed "Grounders" who occupy the Eden-like setting (OK, Vancouver) to a seemingly idyllic haven of refined survivors beneath the surface, led by a president (Raymond J. Barry) who gives off a creepy vibe despite his reassuring words.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Saturday Night Live" has found a new cast member in its writing staff.
Leslie Jones, who has been a writer for the show since early this year, is joining the cast, a rep for the show confirmed on Monday. She'll begin in this role starting with this week's Jim Carrey-hosted episode.
The comedian was a contender in the search for a new cast member last fall. The spot went to Sasheer Zamata, but producers decided to bring Jones on as a writer.
Mulaney, the eponymous sitcom starring comic John Mulaney, had finished taping its 13th episode last week. (Three have aired.) It was about to set to work on the 14th installment when the network honchos from Fox called and said, “Thanks. We have enough.”
The show had a 16 episode order, but barring some miraculous revival, it will not reach that barrier. Mulaney will continue to air on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. at least for now. Fox has three other new sitcoms waiting in the wings: Last Man on Earth with Will Forte, Weird Loners and the animated Bordertown.
Mulaney launched with 2.3 million viewers, and a 1.0 rating among 18-49 year olds. It dropped to 2.2 million viewers in its second showing, less than its lead-in,a rerun of Family Guy.. Last night it scored 2.3 million viewers, still less than half the audience of any other show on Fox's Sunday night schedule.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Bethenny Frankel, the Bravo reality star-turned-media powerhouse, is returning to the show that catapulted her career, as the cabler has confirmed that she will be back on "The Real Housewives of New York City" for season seven.
The new season will follow Frankel and returning cast Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan.
"Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise, and I couldn't be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!," said Andy Cohen, host and executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live" and executive producer of the "Real Housewives" franchise.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - On Thursday night, the New York branch of the Paley Center for Media hosted an unprecedented reunion in honor of HBO's "The Wire," routinely lauded as one of the greatest shows in TV history. Returning castmates included John Doman, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Michael Kenneth Williams and Seth Gilliam, alongside co-creator and showrunner David Simon.
For nearly two hours the roster recounted tales from the set, as well as reflections on Simon's creative process -- giving each season a new foundation within the complex political and economic structure of Baltimore -- and the show's overall impact in retrospect.
One of the many interesting nuggets of trivia dispensed over the evening was this: "The Wire" was never renewed for a season ahead of time.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It's not TV. It's HBO Go-It-Alone.
That is what we'll call the standalone streaming service HBO CEO Richard Plepler finally confirmed Wednesday would be available in the U.S. next year. Tellingly and somewhat unexpectedly, Plepler did not refer to the standalone service as HBO Go, the existing digital extension of the core HBO offering that everyone has been waiting to break off. While that doesn't necessarily mean the new standalone product won't be called HBO Go, it's possible there will be an entirely new brand introduced.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that we know absolutely nothing about what HBO Go-It-Alone is actually going to be, and the possibilities are numerous. But let's question three presumptions right off the bat: