LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - HBO at long last has confirmed the first specifics about season two of drama series "True Detective," including the casting of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in lead roles.
Story will revolve around three cops and career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy after a murder.
Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.
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E! has come to a decision on the fate of “Fashion Police,” saying that the fashion-focused talk show will continue despite the passing of co-host Joan Rivers.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms,” the network said in a statement. “We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of ‘Fashion Police.’ We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12.”
Since 2010 “Fashion Police” has hosted a celebrity fashion commentary surrounding red carpet events, with Rivers offering critiques alongside E! personalities such as Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos.
Variety.comLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - NBC's "Dateline" has produced its first-ever full-length documentary exclusively for digital, with the newsmagazine show set to premiere "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" Friday about the murder trial of the South African Olympic runner who was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend to death.
The original documentary will go live on DatelineNBC.com tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern and will be available only online. "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" tells the story of the case -- which has been closely tracked by media worldwide -- from the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed to the verdicts issued in this week. Docu is broken into six segments, totaling about 40 minutes of runtime.
An NBC News rep did not respond to requests for comment about why "Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict" was being distributed only online.
Variety.comIn light of the upcoming vote on Scottish independence, "The Simpsons" has released a video featuring noted Scot Groundskeeper Willie sharing his views on the issue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Willie -- who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta -- and his "AYE OR DIE" birthmark lean toward independence.
This is not the first time the Fox animated series has ventured into political and social debates. It has produced episodes on hot-button issues like gay rights and immigration. A season nine episode that deals with patriarch Homer's purchase of a gun allows the show to depict arguments for both sides of the gun rights debate:
The 26th season of "The Simpsons" will air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 on Fox.
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Tim Tebow has another job. Not in the NFL as a quarterback but as a contributor to "Good Morning America."
ABC announced Thursday that it was adding the former Heisman Trophy winner to the show as part of its new "Motivate Me Monday" segment that focuses on uplifting stories of people. Tebow will be in studio and also on location throughout the country.
The former NFL quarterback, who led to the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in 2012, began work in television earlier this summer as an college football analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network that launched last month.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Netflix has secured exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to all seven season of femme-led dramedy "Gilmore Girls" -- encompassing 153 episodes in all -- via a pact with Warner Bros. Television.
Every episode from the series will be available on the streamer starting Oct. 1, according to a Netflix rep. Financial terms are not being disclosed. The deal grants Netflix rights only for the U.S.
"Gilmore Girls" stars Lauren Graham ("Parenthood") as single mom Lorelai Gilmore, focusing on her relationship with daughter Rory (played by Alexis Bledel, whose credits include "Sin City" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). Series, set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Conn., was exec produced by David Rosenthal and created by Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Brian LowryLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The disproportionate attention showered on the Sunday discussion shows has made remodeling "Meet the Press" seem like a momentous occasion. NBC News didn't want to leave much to chance with Chuck Todd's debut as host, enlisting President Obama as his co-star -- and surrounding him with other NBC talent, in what felt like an "It takes a village" approach. Yet the nature of these shows is such that facial hair notwithstanding, the new "Press" still feels a lot like the old "Press."
"As you can see, we're making a few changes around here," Todd -- a solid interviewer, if by no means a TV natural -- said by way of introduction, while treating his own arrival at the helm of the long-running franchise as a historic event.
Todd has earned a reputation as a D.C. insider and policy wonk, although that doesn't address one of the fundamental problems plaguing these programs -- namely, that in such hyper-partisan political times, the attempt to appear even-handed (perhaps especially for NBC, given MSNBC's left-leaning profile) is merely an invitation for the usual suspects to pounce on any perceived exhibition of bias.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Given its initial premise and appalling body count, the fact "Sons of Anarchy" has credibly reached a seventh and final season is in itself an accomplishment. Yet this fall's driving theme -- unrelenting revenge and retribution -- practically ensures a series already characterized by over-the-top violence will be even more steeped in creatively conceived gore. Few programs seem more closely linked to the id of their brain trust than this one, and showrunner Kurt Sutter has set the stage for an operatic finish. That said, watching "Sons" ride toward the sunset -- taking its excesses with it -- evokes as much relief as regret.
Without giving too much away (and SPOILER ALERT only to those not fully up to date on last season's events), the SAMCRO motorcycle club, under the stewardship of Jax (Charlie Hunnam), is grappling with some beyond-usual family issues. Sure, Jax killed his stepfather, assumed control and tried to take the club in a more legitimate directsm as opposed to depicting violence because it's organic to the story. And while the show has contemplated the side effects of SAMCRO's criminal enterprises -- including the sobering incorporation of a school shooting with one of the guns it distributes -- more often those caught in the crossfire are dispensed with little second thought.
Throughout, "Sons of Anarchy" -- much like "The Shield," one of the stops where Sutter cut his creative teeth -- has exhibited a genuine and singular artistic vision, and the way the episodes spill out into ungainly lengths (the premiere runs 75 minutes, sans commercials) is both a testament to FX's willingness to indulge talent and a window into the creative process.