The new Golden Age of TV has officially arrived. Finally shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire and Mad Men have found a worthy successor: Coach Hayden Fox. A network has heard the cries, read the petitions, seen the passions of the masses camped out continuously in front of their studios for the last 18 years when the original series ended on ABC, and is bringing back the Craig T. Nelson sitcom Coach. From Deadline: “Coach Hayden Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.” The new series will air soon on NBC. America’s missed you Coach Fox. Welcome home ... Discuss
Vice is no stranger to HBO: The non-traditional news outlet has produced three seasons of guerrilla-style current event films for the cable network. But soon, Vice will become a nightly fixture on HBO. As part of a new programming deal, along with providing more episodes of their current series, Vice will be producing a nightly, half-hour news show for HBO. Considering the lengths Vice reporters go to tell interesting stories—from hanging out with Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman in North Korea to embedding themselves with ISIS—it’s safe to assume that their nightly broadcast won’t look like anything else on TV ... Discuss
The drama! The intrigue! The fancy attire! This Christmas, it is all coming to an end. Producers have announced that the sixth season of the wildly popular British drama Downton Abbey will be its final episodes, with a series finale planned for Christmas 2015. In a statement, Executive Producer Julian Fellowes said that he has been just as surprised about the direction of the show as fans, admitting, “People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea." The final season kicks off this fall in the UK ... Discuss
Former Saturday Night Live standout Nasim Pedrad will soon have her very own sitcom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, though details about the show’s concept are still in the works, Pedrad will create, write and star in the new series. Since her stint on SNL, Pedrad has started in Fox’s Mulaney and is featured in the upcoming horror/comedy series Scream Queens. Fox Broadcasting’s entertainment president said in a statement, “Nasim is not only one of the most talented comedic actresses out there today, she's also a formidable writer with a clear, bitingly witty point of view ... we are so excited for her to be an even bigger part of the Fox family this year" ... Discuss
Deadline, a reputable Hollywood trade publication RELEVANT has cited many times, expressed its deep concern that television might be going a little overboard with all these ethnic (their word) actors. Citing Empire, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat and How To Get Away With Murder as examples of racial diversity run amok, a piece by Nellie Andreeva called Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings—About Time Or Too Much Of A Good Thing? (definitely no trolling clickbait at play there) wondered aloud about the fortunes of poor white actors, who today comprise a mere 70 to 80 percent of network television roles. Goodness, whatever will they do?
To be fair, Andreeva called the recent (slight) surge in racially diverse casting "overdue," but went on to note that "as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction." She cites concerns about Hollywood's "ethnic quotas" (a dubious claim, given that minorities make up about five percent of lead roles on television shows) and the fact that several parts originally written for white characters have gone to black actors (she does not mention how frequently roles based on nonwhite characters end up going to white actors, but maybe that's neither here nor there.) Discuss