LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Carrie and Fred are back, and as epic as ever.
IFC's "Portlandia" released its season five trailer Thursday, giving glimpses at some of the very unique characters and scenes from the minds of "Portlandia" stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.
IFC also set the premiere of the new 10-episode season for 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - HBO Go, the app that offers the pay cabler's shows, has launched on the Xbox One videogame console.
The app, which already had been available on the Xbox 360, will also support the Xbox Kinect's voice and gesture controls.
"Xbox is one of our subscribers' favorite ways to access HBO Go and its incredible breadth of award-winning programming," said Jeff Dallesandro, VP, digital domestic network distribution, HBO. "Now, Xbox One users can get in on the action and Kinect with the very best HBO series and films on this innovative, state-of-the-art device."
Ellen DeGeneres might have just made Michael Carter-Williams' day.
“For me, it's all about Ellen," he wrote. "I just think she's awesome. So every weekday at 4 p.m., my stepfather and I pause the basketball talk, grab some snacks and watch The Ellen Degeneres Show. It might sound funny, but this is one of the ways I'm able to get away from the frustration of losing.”
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Hulu announced a straight-to-series order of "Difficult People," a half-hour comedy from executive producers Amy Poehler ("Parks & Recreation") and Dave Becky ("Louie").
The original series is the first collaboration between Hulu and Universal Cable Prods. "Difficult People" previously had been in development at NBCUniversal's USA Network.
"Difficult People" stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner (both of "Billy on the Street"). Story revolved around best friends living in New York City -- with their behavior landing them in awkward situations. Klausner wrote the pilot and will also serve as an executive producer for the series. Production is set to start next year.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The latest trailer for Netflix's "Marco Polo" shows Lorenzo Richelmy's titular character beginning his legendary path along the Silk Road. After Polo is left by his father at the Kublai Khan's court, he is taken in by the emperor, who orders him on a quest.
"All my life, I've waited for the great adventurer to offer me a place at his side," Polo says in the opening sequence.
The 10-episode drama chronicles the travails of the legendary explorer. The trailer teases plenty of sex, violence, and duplicity as Polo helps the Khan conquer the world.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a bid to bolster its Monday lineup -- and provide a stronger lead-in for rookie drama "Scorpion" -- CBS has slotted the fifth season of "Mike & Molly" for the night starting Dec. 8.
"Mike & Molly," which had aired in Monday's 9 o'clock hour in its first four seasons, will take over the 8:30 p.m. timeslot currently occupied by "The Millers." CBS pulled the plug on "Millers" last week, with the second-year show airing tonight and next week before disappearing.
The move is not a surprise, as CBS had a full 22-episode season order of "Mike & Molly" and was expected to get it on the air sooner rather than later. "Mike" was also on the bench at the start of last season, and then summoned to the Monday lineup in November after "We Are Men" was axed after just two airings.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox has renewed competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" for season 12... and will be introducing some new twists when the show returns in summer 2015.
Throughout the new season, advancing dancers will be placed into two teams -- stage dancers, trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap styles; and street dancers, competitors skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. During the audition phase, judges and each team's All-Star mentor will eliminate dancers until 10 stage dancers and 10 street dancers remain.
The top 20 will then be challenged to perform a variety of styles, per tradition, with one dancer from each team eliminated each week.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - NBC may want to consider the results of a survey regarding Bill Cosby commissioned by Variety, finding the overwhelming majority of respondents don't feel the network should be in business with the comedian.
Seventy-two percent believe the Peacock should not go forward with a Cosby comedy series in development in the wake of new sexual-assault allegations raised against him.
Fifty-one percent of the 1,000 people surveyed Monday by celebrity brand expert Jeetendr Sehdev also reported thinking "the same" of the veteran comedian, more than the 41% who felt negatively and the 8% who reacted positively.