LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Hulu has renewed animated superhero series "The Awesomes" from Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker for a third season, set to return in 2015.
The second season, starring Meyers as superhero Prock, premiered Aug. 4 with new episodes arriving on Hulu every Monday. "The Awesomes" follows the story of what happens to the greatest superhero team in history -- after all the most powerful members leave. Season 2 features new characters voiced by Amy Poehler, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph and Kate McKinnon.
"With a growing fan base from season to season and a cast featuring some of the funniest people on television, it was a natural decision for us to renew the show for a third season," said Beatrice Springborn, who joined Hulu as head of originals in June.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For years, Apple has been rumored to be developing an integrated, Internet-connected HDTV designed to make streaming video the first input on the biggest screen in the house.
But now Roku, maker of Internet-streaming video players that compete with Apple TV set-tops, is delivering on the concept with what it's claiming are the first TVs designed as streaming-first displays -- and they're priced to move.
The initial crop of Roku smart TVs are from Chinese consumer-electronics companies Hisense and TCL, with models in a range of screen sizes slated to begin shipping in a few weeks. Roku announced the deals with the CE makers at the 2014 International CES trade show in January.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution - gamble on it.
While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn't mean the odds aren't worth a glance (see full list below).
According to Eckstein, HBO's decision to enter "True Detective" into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from "Breaking Bad," which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to "True Detective's" 5/1.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - SundanceTV has renewed "Rectify" for season three, the cabler announced Tuesday. The third season will debut in 2015. An official episode order has yet to be announced, but season one spanned six episodes, while the currently-airing season two was expanded to ten installments.
"'Rectify' has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV's first scripted series, it's gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can't wait to see where he takes us next," said Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President.
"Rectify" is created and written by Ray McKinnon, and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The series stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens and Jake Austin Walker.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - One of the boons of streaming services, hungry as these venues are for programming, has been to expand platforms for imports. So Netflix brings viewers "Happy Valley," a terrifically off-kilter British thriller that reunites the "Last Tango in Halifax" team of writer Sally Wainwright and actress Sarah Lancashire. Set in a small rural town where drugs and drunkenness are common, the six-part production unfolds a botched kidnapping plot, thus bearing a closer kinship to the movie "Fargo" than, in some respects, the FX miniseries did. Tightly constructed, the hardy few that enter "Happy Valley" should find themselves quickly (and happily) hooked.
Lancashire plays a decidedly different heroine - a local police sergeant in her late 40s, raising the son of the daughter she tragically lost, with help from her sister ("Downton Abbey's" Siobhan Finneran, unrecognizable here). Nor is she thrilled to learn that the man she blames for her daughter's death, Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), has just been released from prison.
Still, the main plot is set in a motion by a stammering, cash-strapped accountant (Steve Pemberton, simply superb), whose scheme to orchestrate the kidnapping of his boss's grown daughter in order to put his own kid through school spirals terribly out of control. Naturally, this will not only involve Lancashire's Catherine as a cop but, thanks to Tommy's role in the plot, connect back into her personal torment as well.
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
If ever you’ve wondered what Bill Cosby’s deal is, his appearance on "The Tonight Show" last night…probably won’t help any with that. To illustrate, consider Cosby’s greeting to the audience:
"We're here! We're here on the Fallon show and we're waiting for the gas pedal and the clutch and the brake... Too many people have hit the deer, and the deer always win. But the ones I don't understand—I don't understand the intelligence of a moth."
Following that, he insists that host Jimmy Fallon is, in fact, James Fallon of Paoli—a joke specifically for The Roots crew, and one that the audience didn’t quite get. But, still, it’s nice to see the fellow Philly boys sharing a laugh.
Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
Fox will not be going forward with "Cabot College," the pilot executive produced by Upper Darby's own Tina Fey and her "30 Rock" producing partner Robert Carlock.
The show centered around a women's college that began accepting men for the first time in its history. Deadline.com reports that the network liked the pilot but the cast was no longer under contract and did not want to reshoot it with a new cast.
Don't cry for Fey. This season, she'll have The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring "Bridesmaids'" Ellie Kemper, premiering soon.
Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
"Drunk History" is a low concept show that should not work nearly as well as it does. Inebriated commenters tell tales of American history while famous faces reenact the scenarios in all of their slurry glory.
In each episode, host Derek Waters goes to a different city and asks bar patrons about their hometowns. In January, Waters traveled to Philly and filmed at McGllin's Old Ale House (1310 Drury St.) and Geno's Steaks (1219 S. 9th St.) for the episode. Tomorrow, we'll get to see our drunk selves up on screen when the show airs at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.