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
Netflix has released a trailer for their new Inspector Gadget reboot. It’s a little weird seeing the ‘80s cartoon hero turned into a CGI character, but Netflix has a pretty good reputation with their original programming, so hopefully they'll do the series justice. The full 26 episode season hits Netflix on Friday ... Discuss
What’s more thrilling than being a passenger in a car for 12 consecutive hours on a seemingly never-ending road trip? How about watching the same 12-hour trip on TV. Inspired by Norway’s slow TV phenomenon (in which millions of viewers tune in to hours of knitting, train rides and other real-time non-events), the Travel Channel will air a special called Slow Road Live on Nov. 27, Black Friday. Starting at 9 a.m., cable watchers can tune in to see someone drive around in a car to experience, “a serene and captivating journey on the frenetic day Americans have come to know as Black Friday.” The network explained to Deadline, “While everyone else is out hustling and bustling to get the latest deals on Black Friday, we’re giving our viewers a chance to unwind with 12 hours of reality in real time.” Get your popcorn ready ... Discuss
The truth is still out there, and Mulder and Scully are still on a quest to find it. FOX has announced that The X-Fileswill return as a six-series "event" season, with David Duchovony and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as two FBI agents who want to believe in the supernatural. The original series creator Chris Carter is back to helm the new episodes, and says that he sees the 13-year lapse between the series finale and these new episodes as a "13-year commercial break." As of right now, that's about all we know, but what do any of us really "know" anyway? If you think about it, all you actually know is what They want you to know, and why would they tell you the truth? The truth is out there. Trust no one. Discuss