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‘The Flash,’ ‘Supergirl’ Musical Crossover Will Air in March
We have an airdate for the musical episodes of The CW’s “The Flash” and “Supergirl”: The tuneful crossover will begin at the end of the Mar. 20 episode of “Supergirl,” but the main vocal action will take place in the Mar. 21 episode of “The Flash.”
That episode, entitled “Duet,” will be directed by Dermott Downs and will feature singing performances from Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan, and John Barrowman. David Harewood and Chris Wood will have non-singing guest appearances in the episode.
News of the musical episode broke last August. There’s no word yet if, as executive producer Greg Berlanti had previously indicated, the episodes will both feature one original song.
Leads Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist both belted out various tunes on “Glee,” and the casts are also stacked with Broadway vets: Garber was part of the original casts of “Sweeney Todd” and “Assassins” and has »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.
With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »
- Debra Birnbaum
John Turturro Talks ‘The Night Of,’ Crime Scenes, Kalief Browder
At first, they look like any other subway ad for a certain low-level New York lawyer: A middle-aged man, a cheesy font, a name — John Stone. Unless you noticed the HBO logo in the corner, you wouldn’t know it was promoting HBO’s limited series “The Night Of,” starring John Turturro as one of those low-level New York lawyers who takes on the case of a Pakistani-American college kid from Queens accused of murder (played by Riz Ahmed).
“The lady who works at our house, she was on the subway and saw it, and went to take a picture of it,” Turturro, who lives in Brooklyn, tells Variety. “A guy saw her and said, ‘Do you know that guy?’ She said, ‘Yeah, I work for him,’ and he said, ‘Is he a good lawyer?'”
John Stone was a good enough lawyer, though his client suffered possibly irreparable psychic damage from his time on Rikers Island »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘The Path’ Creator Says Hulu Let Her Be ‘Really Brave’ in Season 2
To leave a religion you’ve dedicated your life to requires quite a bit of bravery. And to tell a story about what faith can do to a person? That might require even more.
But that’s the nature of “The Path,” Hulu’s religious drama about a cult in upstate New York that appears to be well-intentioned but holds secrets and lies all the way up to its highest levels of leadership. The organization, named Meyerism, is shaken after prominent member Eddie (Aaron Paul) begins to have doubts about their belief infecting those around him – like wife, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) – and additional crises of their own.
At the premiere of the second season at the Sundance Sunset Theater Thursday night, the cast and crew gathered to celebrate the dark and pensive show. Those who worked on “The Path” recognized the impact a show like this could have, tackling an issue so many studios shy away from »
- Dani Levy
TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
Remote Controlled: Dan Stevens on ‘Legion’ Weirdness, ‘Bachelor’ Nick Viall Pleads Patience for Corinne
Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and senior TV reporter Daniel Holloway in conversation with “Legion” star Dan Stevens about the show’s psychedelic take on the superhero genre — and its differences from his previous TV gig, “Downton Abbey.”
“Remarkably similar,” Stevens joked when asked how the two shows stack up against one another. He added, “They’re fundamentally different things. Although I am in a wheelchair in one of the early episodes.”
Stevens, who played charming aristocrat Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” stars on FX’s “Legion” as David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who learns that what he’s been told his whole adult life are delusions are instead manifestations of a mutant superpower. The series, based on Marvel’s “X-Men” comic books, is »
- Daniel Holloway
Once Upon a Time Casts Tiger Lily, to Serve as Blast From Hook's Dark Past
As reported earlier this month by TVLine, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will be introducing the Peter Pan character of Tiger Lily — and Native American actress Sara Tomko has landed the role.
RelatedOnce Upon a Time Is Casting Tiger Lily, Princess From Peter Pan’s Neverland
In fairy tale lore, Tiger Lily is the princess of the Piccaninny tribe living on the island of Neverland. In assorted incarnations, she has crushed on Peter Pan and been tormented by Captain Hook — the latter of whom will figure into her Once existence.
Because of his nefarious past, Captain Hook (played by »
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins Cast of ABC Drama Ten Days in the Valley
The Theo Huxtable comeback continues: Malcolm-Jamal Warner has joined the cast of the upcoming ABC drama Ten Days in the Valley.
According to our sister site Deadline, Warner will be a series regular on the show, which has already received a straight-to-series order from the network. Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) stars as TV producer Jane Sadler, whose young daughter goes missing, mirroring the cop drama she produces; Warner will co-star as Matt, the head writer on Jane’s TV show. Erika Christensen (Parenthood) has also joined the cast as Jane’s psychologist sister.
RelatedABC, Kyra Sedgwick Team for »
Kinetic Content Ups Key Development Execs To Evp Roles
Kinetic Content has promoted Karrie Wolfe and Katie Griffin to Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Development & Programming, from their previous Svp roles. In addition, Wolfe and Griffin have promoted Katie Zakula to be Director of Development and Scott Whelan to be Coordinator. They also supervise and have bulked up the in-house development casting and development production team. Since 2014, Wolfe and Griffin have led the development of a robust slate, including M… »
Obama Can’t Stop Speechifying As President Trump Signs First Bill, Forcing TV Networks To Make Choices
“Michelle and I, we really have been milking this goodbye thing,” former President Barack Obama said, accurately, today as he began to give yet another speech, not long after President Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. “So it behooves me to be brief,” he told staff and supporters at Joint Base Andrews, as cable news networks attempted to cover Obama while simultaneously covering Trump as he began signing orders immediately after leaving the site of his… »
TV Anchors Take Wary View of Trump Inauguration Speech
Speaking on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow said the address was “militant” and “dark,” while Charlie Rose, holding forth on CBS noted, “I thought this speech was call to arms rather than an appeal for unity.” Anchors speaking on Fox News Channel engaged in discussion pronounced the address “radical,” and then proceeded to parse out what the new President really meant. “It was a dark, even pessimistic view of where we are at the moment,” said John King on CNN.
Trump’s address was a short and fiery, and aimed to evoke the populist sentiment that carried him into office. “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again,” Trump said, adding, “From this day forward, it »
- Brian Steinberg
Trump’s Inauguration, America’s Destiny and the Triumph of the Thrill
America: Glorious. Strong. Wealthy. First.
We know these things are true because Dear Leader tells us so. Trust the Dear Leader’s “new decree”: It will save us from the “carnage,” the “pain,” the lack of “victories.”
“We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny,” Donald Trump told the nation moments after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday.
America, the first and only nation. America, the land of one glorious destiny. That destiny does not involve empty factories. Do not listen to subversive types who look into where Dear Leader’s branded apparel is made.
Pay no attention to the losers and the whiners. Pay no attention to the grim masks of the former presidents on the inauguration dais. They did crack smiles as they shook hands with each other, but they bore the weary countenances of men who had held the nuclear codes in their hands »
- Maureen Ryan
‘The Good Place’ Season Finale Review: ‘Lost’-Style Twists Turn the Show Upside Down For Season 2
[Spoilers for Season 1, Episode 13, “Michael’s Gambit,” follow.]
A lot of philosophers got name-dropped during the first season of “The Good Place,” but it turns out that only one, ultimately, was the real inspiration for the series. That’d be your boy Jean-Paul Sartre, with the classic line from his play “No Exit”: “Hell is other people.”
Those four words underly the biggest revelations we learned during the season finale of Michael Schur’s existential comedy about the afterlife, though there’s plenty to discuss beyond that. “Chapter 13: Michael’s Gambit,” the season finale of “The Good Place,” brought with it two huge discoveries: First, that Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) have actually been in “the bad place” this whole time, followed by the revelation that Ted Danson is capable of being very, very creepy.
Danson has never seemed all that scary to me before, but that »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Settlement Reached In Legal Fight Over ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film
Set phasers to “peace.” After more than a year of legal combat over the proposed Star Trek fan film Axanar, a settlement has been reached between the filmmakers, Alec Peters and his Axanar Productions, Inc., and Paramount and CBS Studios. In the settlement, both Axanar Productions and Peters have agreed to acknowledge that the film, and the earlier prequel short film Prelude To Axanar, “were not approved by Paramount or CBS, and that both works crossed boundaries… »
Donald Trump’s FCC Chairman Pick Is Ajit Pai: Report
Donald Trump plans to nominate sitting Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai as the agency’s new chairman, Politico reported today, citing industry sources. If so he would replace outgoing Democrat Tom Wheeler, whose run as the head of the government body overseeing the communications industry officially ended today. Pai is an Obama nominee who has been an FCC commissioner for the past three-plus years. Pai met with Trump on Monday. He would front an agency currently… »
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins ABC Drama Series ‘Ten Days In The Valley’
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson) has been cast in a series regular role in ABC’s straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley. Kyra Sedgwick stars as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane's world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art: everything's a mystery… »
Why Season 6 Might Be Homeland’s Best Ever
Although Homeland Season 6 might not be feeling quite as necessary as earlier seasons, at this point in time, it actually does seem much more relevant than before. Homeland fans know that Claire Danes plays Carrie Mathison, who is the female protagonist in the series. Interestingly enough is the fact that jazz music always seems to play when her mental state is a bit frenetic, like in Season 1 when blaring trumpets and erratically plinking pianos were central in the background music for Carrie’s psychosis. At that time, she was in a quandary regarding character Nicholas Brody, played by Damian
Why Season 6 Might Be Homeland’s Best Ever »
- Nat Berman
‘Happy!’: Lili Mirojnick Joins Syfy Pilot As Series Regular
Lili Mirojnick (Friends With Benefits) has signed on for a series regular role opposite Chris Meloni in Syfy pilot Happy!, based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's graphic novel. Originally written by Morrison and co-created with artist Darick Robertson, Happy!, from Universal Cable Productions, follows Nick Sax (Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his… »
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Supergirl, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, The 100, Pll, Scandal, The Good Fight and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Any scoop on what will happen between Alex and Jo in the second half of Grey’s Anatomy‘s season? —Camila
Ausiello: I asked Camilla Luddington if we’ll meet Jo’s Mia hubby anytime soon and here’s what she told me: “I think it’ll happen when things are going well between them — because that’s how Grey’s Anatomy works. They’re in such a desperate situation right now, so I don’t think it’ll happen immediately. »
Sundance: Brett Morgen Hulu Pilot ‘When The Street Lights Go On’ Seeks New Home
The Sundance Film Festival increasingly has been opening its doors to television, with new TV series making their premiere there and independently produced pilots getting screenings alongside independent movies in search of a buyer. But there is a first at this year’s indie festival with When the Street Lights Go On, a pilot commissioned by Hulu that was passed on by the streaming service and has been looking for a new home. The project, produced by Paramount TV and… »
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