DC continues to expand its reach into television with the CW's Arrow and The Flash and Fox's Gotham. Now, they're headed to CBS with a Supergirl pilot, and lo and behold, we've got an actress. Melissa Benoist, who got her break on Glee and has a role on this year's Oscar dark horse Whiplash, will be the lead in what is certainly sounding like a very high profile show. Like in the comics, Supergirl is Superman's little cousin, but whether Benoist will be involved in any of her big cousin's huge budget movies remains to be seen. In any case, welcome to the ever growing world of actors who play superheroes, Melissa Benoist ... Discuss
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is written and produced by Tina Fey, stars Ellie Kemper and features a plot so delightful it's hard to believe nobody else thought of it first. In other words, it's your new favorite Netflix show. Our first look at it just dropped and if you like it, you don't have too long to wait for it. The season will debut on Netflix on March 6 ... Discuss
Netflix has some ambitious plans for its future programming. At an industry event this week, the streaming provider’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that their goal is to release about 20 new, scripted original shows every single year. But, don’t expect all of the offerings to be high-minded dramas like their hits Orange Is the New Black or House of Cards. Sarandos explained, “We really are not trying to define the brand by any one show.” Let the binge-watching commence ... Discuss
Rob Lowe (Parks & Rec), Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Megan Mullally (Tammy Two on Parks & Rec and the real-life Mrs. Nick Offerman) are set to star in a very interesting-sounding new miniseries headed to Sky 1 this year and NBC sometime after that. It's called Apocalypse Slough, and it follows a group of friends who learn that a giant, life-destroying asteroid is on a collision course with earth. That sounds pretty depressing or at least like a show better suited to Bruce Willis than Pam from The Office, but the show is being called a "witty epic" and it certainly has the right cast if it's looking for droll humor. Lowe will play a Vatican employee called "The Devil's Advocate"—a person tasked with finding reasons to not elect candidates to sainthood, which is a position that actually existed until 1983. Fischer will play a librarian who is out of jail after serving a sentence for a crime she didn't commit. Mullally will play a street smart white supremacist. Stay tuned ... Discuss
A few weeks ago, it was reported that a handful of popular BBC series would soon be leaving Netflix as some of the network’s contracts with the streaming provider expired. Well, we’ve got some good news. Though a couple of titles will no longer be available come February (Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, MI-5), a new agreement has been reached, and hits like The Office, Doctor Who, Luther, Sherlock and Call of the Midwife aren’t going anywhere. A spokesperson for Netflix also told The Hollywood Reporter that some initial reports that all BBC shows (including some of the aforementioned ones) were up for renewal were not accurate. Really, all that matters here is that there is no need to try and spend the next week and a half attempting to binge-watch 25 seasons of Doctor Who ... Discuss
Fox’s new primetime lineup may soon look a lot like its old schedule. The network has confirmed that it is exploring the possibility of bringing back two hit series, The X-Files and 24. At a Television Critics Association event this weekend, network reps said they are currently in talks with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson—who played agents Mulder and Scully in the original X-Files—to reboot the beloved sci-fi series.
In an interview with reporters, Fox Television Group Chairman-CEO Dana Walden said the network could also be bringing back 24, with or without Jack Bauer. Last spring, Fox aired a special, 12-episode mini-season called 24: Live Another Day, four years after the show went off the air. But, following Live Another Day, Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the aging intelligence agent, said he wasn’t interested in returning to the show. Walden explained, “Potentially, he won't be in this installment. If the storytelling is exciting enough, the real-time element—that show really owned that clock—so many production elements are unique to that show. I look at everyone who surrounded Kiefer in the last installment, and I think it could work” ... Discuss