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'Lethal Weapon' Star Clayne Crawford Apologizes After Reports of Bad Behavior

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:05pm

UPDATE (4/24/2018 at 5 p.m. ET):

Clayne Crawford has responded directly to the reports of his bad behavior on the set of Lethal Weapon in a lengthy Instagram post. He writes:

Forgive my delayed response. #truth

A post shared by Clayne Crawford (@claynecrawford) on Apr 24, 2018 at 12:53pm PDT

ORIGINAL STORY (4/24/2018 at 2 pm ET):

On Monday, news spread that the future of Fox's procedural cop dramedy Lethal Weapon was in jeopardy due to co-lead Clayne Crawford's alleged bad behavior on set.

Crawford — who stars as Martin Riggs — has a long history of behavioral issues and has been "disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment," reported Deadline.

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Crawford's actions have caused fellow cast and crew members to "feel uncomfortable" and not want to be on set with him, the site continued. And understandably, this sent fans into a tizzy after they've grown attached to the actor in his popular role.

Though the Rectify alum has yet to make an official statement, he did respond to a concerned fan in the comments of one of his recent Instagram posts.

Thank you @monkeyabss (BEST DECORATIONS EVER) @figtreecafe and @sunshinekikidee. And to All of you out there sending me your wonderful and thoughtful Bday wishes. Gratitude

A post shared by Clayne Crawford (@claynecrawford) on Apr 21, 2018 at 8:26pm PDT

"This article comes as a shock. I love each and every cast and crew member — and this is a great job," he said to the follower, who called him a "d**k" for allegedly treating the cast and crew poorly. "I would never jeopardize that for anyone. Actively exploring it's origin," he added.

Meanwhile, many are questioning the allegations after seeing how Crawford interacts with his castmates on social media. As recently as his birthday on April 20, co-stars like Hilarie Burton, Chandler Kinney, and Kevin Rahm were posting sweet messages about the star, causing many to wonder if any could really have beef with him.

Hey @ClayneCrawford ! Happy Birthday pal! You're hands down my favorite person to jump out of helicopters with. Hope you have a fantastic day celebrating with the family. Love you guys! Xo pic.twitter.com/rmxY7Cgihy

— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) April 20, 2018

happy birthday @ClayneCrawford!!! Thank you so much for everything. So much respect for you ❤ #LethalWeapon pic.twitter.com/VHgBoEgkOP

— Chandler Kinney (@ChandlerLKinney) April 20, 2018

Happy Birthday to my cast-mate and friend @ClayneCrawford aka #riggs from @LethalWeaponFOX We Love you Boo!!❤ #happynewyear #lethalweapon pic.twitter.com/ipCvjBYGOc

— Keesha Sharp (@keeshasharp) April 20, 2018

@ClayneCrawford you told me to wake you when it was your birthday. Happy Birthday pic.twitter.com/gdurVX8s1L

— Kevin Rahm (@KevinRahm) April 20, 2018

This story is still developing, as we await the fate of the sophomore hit. Stay tuned to TV Insider for more updates!

Lethal Weapon, Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox

The 'Genius' Season 2 Cast Talks a 'Difficult' Picasso and Season 3 Plans

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 3:30pm

Genius is back for a second season on NatGeo, and ahead of the April 24 premiere, the cast traveled to NYC to preview the show at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

This time, Genius focuses on the well-known but mostly misunderstood artist Pablo Picasso, bringing with him a whole new cast of characters. Antonio Banderas leads as the titular Picasso alongside his younger counterpart, Alex Rich. Both Banderas and Rich embody Picasso so precisely that it's almost hard to believe they aren't the same person at different ages.

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The colorful second season profiles Pablo Picasso as a man of many fiery muses.

Some familiar faces are returning, as well, including Genius: Einstein's T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy), Samantha Colley (Victoria) and Seth Gabel (SalemAmerican Horror Story). This time, they're playing Max Jacob, Dora Maar and Guillaume Apollinaire respectively.

Meanwhile, Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel) joins as Françoise Gilot, the famed artist and onetime muse of Picasso's. Lucas Englander rounds out the cast as art historian Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler.

TV Insider caught up with the cast at the Tribeca screening, where they gave some insight into what viewers can expect. And it sounds like, at the very least, the audience is going to learn something they never knew before about the icon.

Alex Rich as Pablo Picasso in Season 2 of Genius.

"[Geniuses] are egotistical, arrogant, and they are very difficult. That was the most surprising thing for us to discover, this kind of dichotomy between the genius that we know...  and then the human being that traveled through life with a backpack filled with greatness and mysteries and a big magnifying glass on top of him," Banderas explained during the panel.

His younger counterpart Rich clearly appreciates Banderas — he even credits the actor for his nearly spot-on accent, as both Banderas and Picasso were born in the Spanish city.

"I had an incredible partner in Picasso with Antonio. He’s got the Málaga accent, so I could visit him and listen to him when we were traveling around Europe together," Rich shared. "So we had a lot of time to discuss the mannerisms and his outlook and how his culture played into the way that he saw the world."

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The 'Frankenstein' creator is the focus of the NatGeo series' next season.

Fellow Genius newbie Englander echoed Rich's sentiments to TV Insider on the red carpet. "You learn a lot from each other, that’s what I think is the most beautiful, you see how other actors work," the 25-year-old reasoned. "There’s no moment of you feeling alone in the room because everybody’s really really precise with their work and I’m happy to have been part of that cast."

Colley was happy to return to the series and has high hopes for a Season 3 return — National Geographic recently announced that Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley will be the focus next time around.

"It was amazing coming back to NetGeo, they feel like family now," Colley shared. "So when they asked me to come back, it was a complete no brainer because I loved working with them."

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Antonio Banderas takes on the titular role.

As for a role in Season 3, she said, "I love that it’s a woman, I love that it’s British. [Laughs] Yeah, I’d come back here in a heartbeat, [NatGeo is] wonderful and they’re wonderful to work for and it would be amazing to work in my own accent for once [Laughs]." The English actress portrayed Einstein's Serbian wife Mileva Marić last year and is taking on the French-born Maar in Season 2.

Gabel is on the same page as his co-star when it comes to the Season 3, explaining, "It’s such a pleasure to be a part of this, the writers are brilliant. I think Mary Shelley is a great choice, she is the first author of any kind to kind of get science fiction into the mainstream."

"I think there’s going to be a lot of really wonderful opportunities to see her struggle, especially in the context of what we have now with the #MeToo movement," Gabel added. "I think what she had to endure and get through in order to write what she did, I have a feeling that Frankenstein's monster will take on a new meaning for all of us."

T.R. Knight as Max Jacob in Season 2 of Genius.

Then there's T.R. Knight, who is taking a dramatic leap from adversary of the genius — he played J. Edgar Hoover in Season 1 — to friend as Max Jacob. Knight told us that he's looking forward to portraying that onscreen to viewers.

"They challenged each other, it was everything a friendship like that has, jealousies, fights... these were very intense people who really wanted to explore the edges of everything," Knight told us. "The anger that they expressed, the love, the lust, it was very palpable."

As viewers prepare to dive into Picasso's life, these words paint a clearer picture of what they can expect.

Genius: Picasso, Premieres Tuesday, April 24, 9/8c, National Geographic Channel

Life Gets Complicated in 'The Bold Type' Season 2 Trailer (VIDEO)

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:45pm

Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) are back!

The Bold Type is returning for its second season on June 12, and life certainly doesn't look smooth for the three best friends.

We left off with Kat flying across the world to see Adena, Sutton choosing Richard, and Jane leaving her position at Scarlet, so it's safe the say these young women are operating outside their comfort zones.

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In the Season 2 trailer, we see Adena meeting Kat's parents, Jane's new job turning out to be less than ideal, and Sutton dealing with a trouble-making colleague.

Watch the promo below:

The Bold Type, Season 2 Premiere, Tuesday, June 12, 8/7c, Freeform

Netflix Announces 'Sense8' Series Finale Date — Plus, Get a First Look (PHOTO)

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:45pm

The beloved but short-lived Netflix series Sense8 is finally getting the sendoff it deserves.

Last June, it was shockingly revealed that the sci-fi series would end after only two seasons, fans were outraged and rightly so. But not long after the announcement, co-creator Lana Wachowski revealed via social media that, due to audience response, Netflix would air a two-hour special to conclude the series.

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Fans will finally be able to see what becomes of the Sense8 crew when the extra-long episode airs on Netflix on June 8. In a new piece of key art from the streaming service, fans see their beloved characters reunited once more, with the tagline, "Together until the end," featuring prominently in the background.

Now's the time to relish in the return of Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Freema Agyeman, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, and Daryl Hannah.

And who knows, just because this is the "series finale" doesn't mean it's the absolute end. We'll take a cue from Wachowski who says in her letter above, "If this experience has taught me anything, you NEVER know."

Sense8: The Series Finale, Premieres Friday, June 8, Netflix

Amazon Greenlights 'Jack Ryan' Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere This Summer

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:00pm

Well ahead of its series premiere, the new Amazon Prime series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan starring John Kraskinski (A Quiet Place) as the title hero, has already been greenlit for an eight-episode Season 2.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is described as "a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero," and Amazon clearly has a lot of confidence in the yet-to-debut action series based on the incredible buzz it has already received.

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John Krasinski plays the action hero in the series, which is set for a late summer launch.

Following a trailer for the series that Amazon ran during this year's Super Bowl, the service says that it saw a more than 400-percent increase in Prime members placing Jack Ryan on their watchlist.

“With so much early anticipation for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan from our customers and personally having the pleasure to preview the exhilarating, action-packed first season, we are excited to greenlight a second season of the series months ahead of its debut,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, in a release.

Salke added that, “The new season will take our unexpected hero to a new, exciting and dangerous world.”

And Amazon already has a bit of detail about that new world. In Season 2, Jack Ryan "confronts the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America." The second season will begin production this summer in Europe, South America and the United States, even as Season 1 just becomes available to viewers. 

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Returning with Krasinski, who also serves as an executive producer, for Season 2 of Jack Ryan will be co-star Wendell Pierce (The Wire), reprising his role as James Greer. Series creators Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Fringe, Prison Break) will continue to serve as co-showrunners.

“We're thrilled that the first season has generated so much enthusiasm,” stated Cuse in the release. “We couldn't be happier to be working with Amazon and to be filming very near the Amazon to tell the next great Jack Ryan adventure.”

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Season 1 launches Friday, Aug. 31, Amazon Prime Video

Barry Sloane Talks a New 'Family Dynamic' in History's 'SIX' Season 2 (VIDEO)

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:30am

TV's original SEAL Team series, Six, is heading back into action on Memorial Day.

Just like its gritty and gut-punching freshman tour of duty, Season 2 is taking inspiration from actual missions undertaken by the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Only this time, it's even more personal for the members of the counter-terrorism unit.

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"We tried to expand what we had [last year,]" offers Barry Sloane, whose Joe "Bear" Graves is tasked with heading up the hunt for whomever ordered the season-finale attack on former leader Rip Taggart (Walton Goggins).

But while some of that expansion means delving deeper into the emotional lives of Bear and his shaken colleagues, it also means testing just how far the team will go before breaking under some of his more questionable commands. "There's pushback the whole time," reveals Sloane. "We're getting inside their heads more and some of your [feelings] about these men... we're going to challenge those."

And from the looks of this exclusive trailer, we can understand why some of them may not be down with their marching orders. (Yes, that is our guys being forced to work with Dominic Adams' captured terrorist Michael Nasry!)



Without spoiling some of the season's bigger moments, it's clear that a lot is going on here. First, we have those clear signs of inter-unit conflict and a very unclear resolution to Rip's fate. Plus, there's also a major threat on the homefront, along with the introductions of new series regulars Eric Ladin as team addition Trevor and Olivia Munn as a high-ranking CIA officer who will definitely shake up what Sloane calls "the family dynamic"  amid this band of brothers.

Six, Mon. May 28, 10/9c, History

Roush Review: Hank Azaria Is Raunchier Than Ever in 'Brockmire' Season 2

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:15am

Three strikes and you’re… drunk. That outrageously debauched and disgraced baseball sportscaster Jim Brockmire is back, played to the boozy, self-loathing hilt by a profoundly profane Hank Azaria. He’s worse, and funnier, than ever in Brockmire’s raunchy second season, which goes to such dark places you may need a flashlight.

“I may not be in the major leagues, but I’ve really upped my game when it comes to my alcoholism,” he brags to ex Jules (Amanda Peet) when she visits him in New Orleans, a city not known for moderation — thus perfect to continue his sordid slide to rock bottom.

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Make that “Brock Bottom,” the title of his alcohol-fueled podcast, a hit thanks to long-suffering producer sidekick Charles (Tyrel Jackson Williams). Meanwhile, Brockmire’s announcing career continues to fester.

With a memorable guest appearance by Carrie Preston as a psycho barfly, Brockmire leaves us in shocked awe. And hold the intervention, because IFC has already locked in two more seasons.

Brockmire, Season Premiere, Wednesday, April 25, 10/9c, IFC

'Sweetbitter' EP Stu Zicherman Gives a Taste of What's to Come in the Starz Drama

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:30pm

Allow us to whet your appetite for Starz’s new half-hour drama Sweetbitter, set in the cutthroat world of high-end Manhattan dining.

The series, developed by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and based on Stephanie Danler’s 2016 New York Times bestseller, depicts 22-year-old Tess (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children star Ella Purnell) as she heads from a small town to the Big Apple in 2006. “She’s figuring out what she wants to do and waiting for her life to start,” explains executive producer Stu Zicherman.

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To pay the bills in the meantime, the wide-eyed ingénue gets a job training to become a back waiter at the elite 22W restaurant. Says Zicherman, “She experiences everything for the first time: what it’s like to taste an heirloom tomato, what it’s like to taste an oyster.”

And also what it’s like to navigate an eclectic group of coworkers, all of whom have the power to make Tess’s life sweet or bitter. Icy server Simone (Master of Sex’s Caitlin FitzGerald) rules the restaurant roost; demanding manager Howard (House of Cards’ Paul Sparks) tolerates nothing short of excellence from his hardworking staff; and Jake (Tom Sturridge), a dreamy bartender, could prove to be bad news.

And while Tess will remain the primary focus of the show, Zicherman emphasizes that Sweetbitter “is an ensemble. You’ll want to learn more about these people because they’re all so interesting.”

Also expect some colorful characters to make reservations for dinner at 22W. “What’s so great about a restaurant show is that there’s an endless source of story,” Zicherman hints. “Anyone — rock ’n’ rollers, politicians, ex-wives, former flames—can walk in at anytime.” Hey, is it too much to ask for a Brad Pitt cameo?

Sweetbitter, Premieres Sunday, May 6, 8/7c, Starz

Amy Adams Loses Her Grip on Reality in HBO's First 'Sharp Objects' Teaser (VIDEO)

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:30am

A new season of Westworld wasn't the only thing that HBO was premiering last night, as the network released its first look at the limited series Sharp Objects.

Based on the bestselling book of the same title, Sharp Objects is a story brought forth by the same author that captivated audiences with Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn's novel comes to life in this eight-episode feature that stars critically-acclaimed actress Amy Adams in the lead role of  Camille Preaker.

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Adams' character is a journalist who returns home to her small town after two young girls are murdered. As she investigates the shocking tragedy, some of the details become eerily relatable for Camille.

Also appearing in the series are Patricia Clarkson (Adora Crellin), Chris Messina (Detective Richard Willis), Elizabeth Perkins (Jackie), Matt Craven (Vickery), and Eliza Scanlen (Ama Crellin). The series is helmed by Big Little Lies alum, Jean-Marc Vallée who will direct every episode, while Flynn is writing alongside Marti Noxon.

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While no exact premiere date has been announced, the series is expected to debut this July on HBO. The short teaser certainly echoes the kind of mystery found in 2014's Gone Girl film, but there is a darker tone present here in the one-minute teaser. Check it out below.

Sharp Objects, July 2018, HBO

'Fear The Walking Dead': 7 Takeaways From 'Another Day in the Diamond' (RECAP)

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:02pm

[Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers about Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 episode 2, "Another Day in the Diamond." Read no further if you're not caught up.]

The second episode of Fear the Walking Dead's Season 4, "Another Day at the Diamond," gives us a peek at the relative peace Madison Clark and her clan have achieved following their very bad times in Mexico.

As promised, they've returned stateside and, other than Travis and Daniel, everyone in the core group made it out alive. Strand's back in the fold, Nick's only a little bit nutty, and every day's a day at the ballpark, so yay! OK, not so much that last part, because new troublemakers loom.

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Here are our top takeaways from April 22's episode of Fear the Walking Dead.

1. The timelines are complicated — just not in the way we thought.

We knew we were going to be dealing in multiple timelines when Fear returned, but most of us thought that potentially meant a trip back in time with Morgan. It’s doesn’t — at least, not right now. Instead, it pertains to Madison and the gang. They’re now reunited and leading a 47-person encampment in a Texas baseball stadium, where they grow their own crops, have cozy bedrooms, and practice the finer points of machine-building. They still go on runs but are just-this-close to being completely self-sustaining. It’s their first anniversary in their new home.

But that was Before. We’ll get to After in a bit.

2. Nick’s not entirely OK, but he’s better.

After he potentially sacrificed everyone when he blew up the dam last season, Nick’s back in the fold, still romancing Luciana. He's Fear’s own version of Farmer Rick from Season 3 of The Walking Dead. No stomach for going outside the walls of the compound, he’d rather tend to his turnips and talk to community newcomer Charlie (more on her in a minute). Madison found and rescued him after the dam went down, but he still has flashbacks now and then.



3. Never trust a blank-eyed kid.

Newcomer Charlie is maybe in sixth grade or so, possibly orphaned, and not prone to crying despite all that. Or smiling. Or laughing. All the things 12-year-old girls are known for. She’s also not terribly sure from which direction she came to get to the stadium, doesn’t much care if Madison and Co. go look for her folks, and has interesting observations about salmon and Robert Johnson. Let's break this down a bit.

Salmon patties are Charlie’s least favorite food, but when Madison opines that it’s a tragic end to “spend your whole life swimming upstream just to end up a patty,” the kid blankly responds, “You should have just swam the other way.” No chuckle? No "They're so gross!"? Hmm. And when Nick bonds with her over the Robert Johnson classic "Cross Road Blues," she correctly notes that that’s the song that some fans think commemorates Johnson selling his soul to the devil for his gift, even though she's distinctly in the Bieber/Swift demo.

Neither of these comments should be ignored. Neither should her casual inquiry into how much food the community has stashed, and if they have enough weapons. The others take that as her wanting a safe home. She does, just not here. More on that later.

4. Jenna Elfman is Naomi. Naomi is a lonesome nurse.

Madison figures out where Charlie checked out her book and taps Alicia, Lucy, and Strand for a mission to track down her people. Instead, they find a ghost town devoid of people, supplies or — most curiously — walkers. That’s because the people are now walkers and the walkers have been stashed inside hazardous waste tanks, marked with a 457.

There is one human left, though, and it’s Jenna Elfman’s Naomi, a forlorn nurse who’s done with being transient. Even though she's seemingly been alone and on the run for a while, he’s not a savvy fighter. We learned this by seeing her trying to escape Madison and crew by scrambling up to the top of the tanks where she has nowhere to go but down, literally. She plummets through a hole into the tank where dozens of walkers await. And yet she lives on, because…

5. We’ve really stopped taking the once-feared walkers seriously.

On both TWD and Fear, the walkers — which, at one point, could bring down a horse in a second — now wander and fumble around before deciding to take a bite. And even then, they take turns, approaching their potential lunch one at a time, which make stabbing them in the noggin a doable job for one. With nowhere to run, Naomi and Madison — who plunges in to save Naomi because her heartless, murderin’ days are behind her — drop into a tank filled with the hungry buggers. And they emerge without a scratch.

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Jenna Elfman as Naomi, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark (Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC)

6. Our newest big bad? The Vultures, and the Vultures are hippie hipsters.

With everyone safely back at the ballpark, including Nick who took a disastrous stab at going to look for the others, Strand and his potential love interest (whose name I didn't quite catch) head out to the lot to recover Nick’s crashed truck. Something wicked their way comes, but it’s not a herd of walkers. It’s a herd of hipster thieves in a caravan of Partridge Family-like buses and delivery trucks.

One guy, who ticks all the boxes — from his newsboy’s cap and pegged jeans, to his buffalo plaid, work boots and retro bike — uses the bike to herd the walkers into a trailer which he marks with a 12. Ah. The flags and banners are indicators of how many of the “fallen” are within. Just in case there’s a zombie census.

The Vultures are resourceful in other ways, too. Not only do they know the names of the ballpark dwellers, but they also know all about Nick’s weevil-bedeviled crops, exactly how many weapons are stashed, and how long this place could run on its own. Because Charlie might be an orphan, but she’s also a spy.

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7. The Vultures likely did some lasting damage.

We know this because a) they demand the cooperation of all of the ballpark’s stuff (in addition to its residents’ cooperation); b) they’re willing to sit right here until they get it; and c) at the end of the episode, we rejoin John Dorie, Morgan, Althea, Nick, Alicia, Lucy, and Strand back at their roadside face-off. This takes place in the aforementioned “After,” and when they spot the trio with the "51" flag, they're really not about it.

Nonetheless, a tentative truce is made and they all head back to the camp where Leland and his henchmen were laid to waste.

One more thing: Though we now know that the “After” timeline is squared up with TWD’s, I’m still stymied by the amount of time passed between Before and After in this episode. Fear supposedly opened multiple years behind the timeline of The Walking Dead. The FWTD originals knocked around Mexico for a while. Who knows how long it took them to get from Mexico to the ballpark — where they’ve been for a year.

So has it been years to the After? Months? Days (which would make the whole timeline debate much ado about nothing)? I guess we will find out.

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What will Rick's fate be now?

A few random thoughts

• Did anyone else wonder, at least momentarily, if Naomi could be JD's Laura and she just picks a new name whenever she encounters someone new? Her abandoned lunch was a can of beans, of which John has a surplus. But her gun was black, and I'm still hoping TWD's Laura is ultimately John's.

• Head Vulture Mel tells Charlie he scored her some new albums, and TWD's Georgie wanted albums, too. But maybe everyone wants albums — I like albums, you like albums. I'm convinced we are working toward stitching these two series together, though, so I need to assign significance until I'm proven wrong.

• Luciana makes a point of delivering her found book, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, to Charlie even after the kid reveals herself a traitor. It's an act of kindness, sure. But the book's central theme — that loving others conquers war's awful wounds to the human psyche — is a pointed message to this lost little traveler. It's an A+ moment.

• My new band name: The Avoricious Looters. First single? "Even the Lightbulbs."

Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c on AMC

Best Lines of the Week (April 13-19): 'He's About to Have His Second Baby Mama'

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 11:00am

From the season finale of The Walking Dead to the non-stop antics of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, this week was filled with both drama and humor.

Click through the gallery above to see our 10 favorite lines on TV this week!

Bruce Campbell Reacts to 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Coming to an End

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:00pm

It's the end of a very bloody road for Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his trusty band of heroes trying to save humanity.

Starz announced on Friday that the third season finale of Ash vs Evil Dead on April 29 will actually be the series finale. "Ash v Evil Dead has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative efforts of Sam, Bruce, Rob (Tapert, Exec Producer) and the entire cast and crew. We are proud to send the show out with a bang…and a splat,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for STARZ.

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The actor says he;s as eager as fans are for his character to couple up with Dana DeLorenzo's.

Campbell, who famously chews the scenery as the beloved Ash, also reacted to the news of the show's end. "Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with Evil Dead partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers.”

Here is a graphic Campbell also sent along:

Bruce Campbell is saying goodbye to the role that made him famous.

Based on the popular Evil Dead movie franchise by writer/director Sam Raimi, the series version premiered on Starz on Halloween 2015, picking up 30 years after the films ended.

The series, known for its excessive violence, special effects, and humor, also starred Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo. As of this season, the show has aired 30 episodes. It was developed by Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy.

Watch below for a preview for the penultimate episode, airing this Sunday:

Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Series Finale, Sunday, April 29, 10/9c, Starz

7 Things We Learned About 'Westworld' Season 2 at the Tribeca Panel

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:30pm

On Thursday night, Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, along with cast members Thandie Newton (Maeve), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), and James Marsden (Teddy), graced the stage at the Tribeca Film Festival for a panel discussion about Season 2 of the sci-fi drama series.

The actors and and executive producers talked at length about their characters' development, how time and place will continue to be used as a plot device, and how this season aligns with current societal shifts like the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

 The Cast Teases the Fates of Their Characters 'Westworld' Season 2: The Cast Teases the Fates of Their Characters

It's humans vs. androids. Who will rule? Our money is on the machines.

Read on for the seven biggest takeaways from the panel:

7. Thandie Newton Was Just as Shocked About Maeve

"I was in complete denial about the fact that Maeve goes back into the park. I wanted her to get out of there so desperately," Newton explained. Of course, she knew the arc of the character but didn't believe she would turn around.

"The thing about Maeve is that she responded to the betrayal of what happened to her in such a profound way and I think that's what audiences related to," she added. "Your identity is all a lie."

6. Dolores' Identity Is Ever-Changing

The rancher's daughter? Wyatt? Evan Rachel Wood said she didn't know who her character was going into Season 2 — "We kinda just built her from the ground up. We found this new version of her just by doing."

Wood played around with when Dolores' accent should drop or come out and who the dominant personality would be in different situations (Rancher's Daughter vs. Wyatt). She detailed that it was a "trial and error" discovery process.

5. Teddy and Dolores Are Still 'Bound' Together

This season, Teddy is "someone being born into consciousness." Marsden talked about how his character, for the first time, has the power of choice yet still is "bound" to Delores. Even without the programming, Teddy wants to be with her.

4. Time and Space Is Murky

Jeffrey Wright discussed how Bernard's "faculties are completely debilitated" and the character is struggling with "orientation with time and with place." The actor also revealed he filmed scenes from episodes out of sequence and didn't read the scripts fully, so Bernard's and Wright's confusion is actually quite real.

Wood agreed that the actors never really know what the order of episodes is going to be, so filming is all about being "in the moment" with the character.

3. There Are Even More Parks

 

The Shogun World is apparently not the only park explored in Season 2, according to a new teaser trailer. "This show is about storytelling. This is about a theme park with stories written by writers and creative directors," Nolan hinted.

For Shogun World, they brought out "an entirely Japanese cast, Japanese stunt choreographers."

2. Delos Is Inspired by Today's Silicon Valley

Nolan talked about how Delos takes inspiration from tech giants like Google and Facebook. He explains that these companies can have "an ostensible purpose for the consumer and a completely different purpose for the shareholder and then maybe a completely different purpose for the company founders."

1. Nudity Has a New Meaning in the #MeToo Movement

Joy spoke about how nude scenes are difficult and put actors in a vulnerable position. She shared that she was very open with the cast about the level of nudity on the show, and she tried to safeguard as much as possible.

The EP drew inspiration from her time visiting museums as a child, looking at the sculptures and appreciating "the idea of the human body as art as perfection." Her goal is to only keep scenes that are essential to the story, so when the hosts get power, "they're not going to spend a lot of time naked on a stool."

 Five Recurring Cast Members Revealed for Season 2 'Westworld': Five Recurring Cast Members Revealed for Season 2

Find out what characters they're playing.

Newton seconded the sentiment, adding that the nudity is "not gratuitous" and how the crew handled it with a "grace and sensitivity" she'd never experienced on-set before. "It is a revelation to me," she gushed.

Joy was quick to add that the male actors on the series were just as open to nudity and felt it was only fair to their female counterparts.

Westworld, Season 2 Premiere, Sunday, April 22, 9/8c, HBO

The 'American Idol' Live Shows Will Feature a Long-Awaited Disney Theme Night

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:00pm

Now that the national auditions, Hollywood Week and the deliberations of judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan are behind us, its time for the Top 14 to face a true American Idol threat: the live shows.

Beginning April 22, the finalists will take the stage for a series of theme nights, including one that has been years in the waiting.

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Watch Ada Vox and Lea Michele belt out to music from 'Wicked.'

"We’re doing a Disney night, which we are really excited about," reveals Robert Mills, ABC’s senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night programming. "I think the producers wanted to do this for a long time when the show was on Fox."

Along with the Mickey-palooza (slated for April 29), another episode Mills is looking forward to is the one on May 13. "Being on Sundays is great because that means we’re going to be on Mother’s Day," he says. "That will be a very special show. Hopefully [we’ll see] the return of some big former Idols as well."

Of course, with the live shows come live eliminations, but since Idol airs only once a week, it’s still a mystery as to how and when on the episode host Ryan Seacrest will show ousted singers the door. “I can’t get into it yet,” Mills teases. “But it will be very exciting.”

American Idol, Sundays, 8/7c, ABC

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Sneak Peek: Gina & Terry School Holt in Social Media (VIDEO)

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:45am

Another Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode is heading for a TV near you when "Gray Star Mutual" airs this Sunday on Fox.

This week, Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas) returns when tragedy strikes Charles' (Joe Lo Truglio) food truck, and Rosa Stephanie Beatriz helps boost Amy's (Melissa Fumero) morale about selecting her wedding dress. Meanwhile, Gina (Chelsea Peretti) and Terry (Terry Crews) do their best to instruct Holt (Andre Braugher) about the intricacies of social media.

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Sneak peek at the Emmy-nominated 'Fargo' star in Sunday's episode.

In the exclusive clip below, Gina and Terry bust into Holt's office carrying some cold hard facts — that the Captain needs to learn more about tweeting and other forms of social media.

As Holt runs for commissioner, his competition, Olivia Crawford (Allison Tolman) is taking a running head start by responding to a community crisis through social media. When Gina and Terry share that the tragic event was a water main break that injured many,  Holt's concern is overshadowed by their desire to teach him the art of community outreach through technology.



"Tell him the real tragedy, Terry," Gina says.

"Olivia Crawford," Terry begins. "AKA your main comish competish," Gina adds. "Tweeted a statement addressing the water main break and she's been retweeted by the mayor," Terry concludes.

Will Holt be convinced, and if so, will it be an easy road to social media mastery? You'll just have to see when Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs this Sunday, April 22.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sundays, 8:30/7:30c, Fox

Ask Matt: Can This 'black-ish' Marriage Be Saved? Also: 'Quantico,' 'Goldbergs' Spinoff, Reboot Mania and More

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:00am

Welcome to the Q&A with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their "TV therapist") Matt Roush, who'll address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today's vast TV landscape. One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won't be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it's already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to askmatt@tvinsider.com (or use the form at the end of the column) and follow me on Twitter. Look for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

What black-ish Get a Happily Ever After?

Question: What did you think of the April 17 episode of black-ish? I love the show in general, but this felt deeper and more emotional than usual, and was really well directed with extraordinary skill and sensitivity by Tracee Ellis Ross. She also did a great job acting a significant change of pace for the character, as did Anthony Anderson as Dre. The whole episode was very unsettling to watch, which I think is what made it feel so honest and authentic. But they found comedy in it as well, where appropriate. I'm really excited to see how this continues.

I like the idea of the show using multiple episodes to explore a storyline, but I don't like how ABC is scheduling it. The next new episode isn't for two weeks. I get that this is the time of year when repeats or substitutions are common, but if they needed to throw in a break, why not do it this week? Also: the final exchange between the characters ("You and I see the world differently" and going to opposite sides of the bed) was used extensively in ABC's promos. I get that they wanted to emphasize the significance of this episode, but did they really have to use the episode's final moment? The fact that I'd seen it before in ads sort of took some oomph out of it. — JL

Matt Roush: For those who haven’t watched, this terrific and typically bold episode revealed significant cracks in the marriage-gone-stale of Dre and Bow, and a more typical sitcom might have resolved their marital tensions when the new baby took his first steps. They did celebrate that “aww” moment, but once they went back to bad, the emotional curtain dropped again. I appreciate when a sitcom can go deep, without losing its comic essence, to explore tough subjects like this over time, and things will still be rocky when the show returns May 1, with a kitchen remodel causing further strain in the marriage. I don’t think a week’s pause at this time of the year is that significant a problem, but sure, it would be better for serialized arcs to air consecutively. As for the promos: I watch so few things in actual real time anymore, I can’t remember the last time I saw one. But I hate it when networks give away moments like that in advance. There’s no excuse.

ABC Shelves Politically Charged 'black-ish' Episode Over 'Creative Differences' ABC Shelves Politically Charged 'black-ish' Episode Over 'Creative Differences'

The network and showrunner Kenya Barris mutually agreed to not air the episode.

Return to Quantico

Question: I have been a fan of Quantico since Day 1. I know that the show comes back April 26, but I don't know if it's worth it to continue watching it since it's been away so long. What's your opinion on this? — Sylvia

Matt Roush: If you’ve been this loyal to the show, I’d recommend you give it another shot, even though almost a year has passed since the second-season finale last May. The main reason being it’s going to be a very different show in its third season, with no need for a refresher course, because Quantico is blowing up its original premise and is now about the exploits of an elite black-ops task force. Priyanka Chopra is back as Alex Parrish, along with a few other original cast members, joined this season by Marlee Matlin. I’m told it will be way more accessible as it turns into a more Mission: Impossible-type series, with none of those aggravating and confusing time jumps that caused me to abandon the show during one of its hiatuses when I realized I had forgot where the story was headed and I didn’t really care. I haven’t had a chance to check out the new episodes, but I’m planning to check in on it before the premiere.

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The spy drama returns along with star Priyanka Chopra's enviable mane.

Is The Goldbergs Worth Spinning Off?

Question: I was very surprised to hear that ABC gave the ’90s spinoff of The Goldbergs the green light after the original pilot with Nia Long was retooled. I was dismayed that they choose to add Barry's high-school sweetheart Lainey (not to mention Coach Mellor and Principal Glascott) to the spinoff. I can’t think of a scenario where this doesn’t hurts The Goldbergs in some way with established, existing characters appearing on a different show set in a different decade. If ABC wanted a spinoff so badly, why could they not have just spun off Sean, Sue and Brad from The Middle? It would be as simple, organic and full of story possibilities as Sean getting a residency in New York with his wife Sue and her bestie Brad finishing out college at NYU. Why would ABC take this convoluted path with The Goldbergs with The Middle going off the air? — Rob

Matt Roush: I would definitely watch that Middle spinoff (though for now that appears to be a pipe dream). But with The Goldbergs presumably nearing the end of its run—next season isn’t confirmed as the last, but to keep it in the 1980s it probably has only a few more seasons left—ABC seemed really determined to get this 1990s comedy from Adam F. Goldberg on the air to stay in business with him.

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In a separate question, Jake wondered: “If ABC decides to schedule the Goldbergs spinoff as a new lead-out for the original show, does that impact the renewal chances for Speechless? Or do you think they would just move that one?”

Matt Roush: ABC won’t announce scheduling and some renewals until May, but I wonder if introducing the spinoff at midseason in the Goldbergs time period, then moving it if it’s successful, might be the best strategy. As previously asked and answered in a recent column, I hope and believe Speechless will be back next season, and will be very unhappy if a spinoff of any sort ruins things for an actually original family comedy.

The Delicious Anticipation of Weekly TV

Question: Interesting question and comment by you on binge watching in the recent Ask Matt column. I kind of still enjoy the one show a week set-up on network TV and basic cable. Don't mind the suspense killing me a week at a time. I do enjoy ripping through a series on Netflix, though (two you named, Ozark and Godless, are perfect examples). But occasionally, there's a show—like AMC’s The Terror or the new (and brilliant) Killing Eve on BBC America—which I would love to be able to go through like a bat outta hell. I suppose in the long run, the trickle-out, one episode a week format keeps me gripped, but still... — Michael

Matt Roush: In recent years, we have seen some networks experiment by making an entire season available for digital viewing and binge-watching, even while the show airs weekly on a linear channel. This no doubt impacts traditional ratings, so it’s obviously a work-in-progress strategy. But when reviewing the excellent The Terror, I did consume all 10 episodes over several days in an engrossed (and sometimes grossed-out) binge, and thought at the time that it might be the best way to enjoy a story this novelistic (based on a great Dan Simmons novel). So I get that in this fascinating moment for the industry, there are shows that benefit from all-at-once distribution and others that flourish because of the delicious anticipation of waiting a week between episodes. Killing Eve is such a gas that burning through it too quickly might take away some of the fun. I watched the first five episodes before writing my rave review, and though a few more have been made available to me since, I’m saving them for later, though the temptation is fierce.

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The Emmy-nominated actress on her 'spy with a handbag' role on the BBC America show.

More Shows That Deserve Reboots

Question: I recently purchased The Equalizer complete series on DVD, and after watching several episodes, I realized this show would be ideal to reboot. A person dedicated to helping common individuals get help and justice...perfect for these times. The only recent show I can think of with a similar theme is the seriocomic Leverage. But who could play the lead role, immortalized by the late great Edward Woodward? All the obvious choices (like Kiefer Sutherland) are already busy. But then I thought: Why does it have to be a man? What's Peta Wilson or Anna Torv doing these days? Or another possibility, a man and woman duo, like, a modern-day Avengers. Steed and Mrs. Peel circa 2018. Your thoughts? — Maurice

Matt Roush: I’m afraid the big screen has already claimed The Equalizer, with Denzel Washington reprising his role of the iconic Robert McCall in this summer’s Equalizer 2. Should the franchise ever find its way back to TV, I’d definitely be on board with a gender switch or a team concept—although in that case, why not just give The Avengers yet another shot?

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From 'Muppet Babies' to 'Conan the Barbarian,' the revivals keep on coming.

Question: Will there ever be a reboot of Frasier? I’d like to see what he is doing all these years later? — Glady

Matt Roush: I would love to see Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce reprise their celebrated brother act. It wouldn’t be the same without the late John Mahoney as Martin, throwing shade from his ratty armchair, but paying tribute to that character might be a way to bring the Cranes back, even for a limited run.

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Tim Allen's show conveyed conservative views similar to those seen on 'Roseanne.'

Question: With all the revivals being thrown about, is there any talk about reviving Pushing Daisies? I thought it was one of the smartest shows when it was on, but was prematurely cancelled and left with the cliffhanger of Ned and Chuck knocking on her aunt's door. I'd love to see this come back! — Kelly

Matt Roush: I’m still encountering people who are newly discovering this fantastical gem from Bryan Fuller. There has been talk over the years about reviving it in one form or another—comic books, a musical, a miniseries continuation—but the dazzling visual fractured-fairy-tale style would likely be prohibitively expensive for a show that, for all of its merits, was pretty much a cult hit. Fuller has a fair amount of industry clout, so anything is possible. Till then, I highly recommend the Blu-Ray. It still holds up.

Lightning Round

Question: As popular as it was when on Lifetime, do you know why Army Wives was not syndicated? With all the syndicated dreck out there, Army Wives would be a breath of fresh air. — Robin

Matt Roush: I can’t confirm that Army Wives was never syndicated—it is beyond me to keep up with shows that are no longer in production—but as a general rule, dramas are more likely to enjoy a syndicated afterlife if they’re self-contained procedurals. Serialized dramas don’t tend to perform as well, but I agree there’s probably an audience for this one.

'The Blacklist' EP Explains That Big Reveal — Is This Red's Other Daughter? 'The Blacklist' EP Explains That Big Reveal — Is This Red's Other Daughter?

The

Question: Concerning The Blacklist, I just wanted to know if FINALE meant the end of the season or the show. I think that it is the best show on TV. — Jeri

Matt Roush: Seems a fair question for this time of year. The Blacklist’s finale isn’t scheduled until mid-May, by which time it will probably be known if it’s a season or series finale. (My bet is it’s not over yet.) When a series knows it’s wrapping, like Scandal this week, it is widely promoted as the series finale, the end of the line. Most finales on the horizon will be season finales—although in some cases they may air without the show knowing its fate.

 

That’s all for now. We’ll pick up the conversation again soon. Thanks as always for reading, and remember that I can’t do this without your participation, so please keep sending questions and comments about TV to askmatt@tvinsider.com or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below.

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Impact Wrestling Star Sami Callihan Enjoys Creating Controversy

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:00pm

With an errant swing of a baseball bat to opponent Eddie Edwards’ face, Sami Callihan became the talk of the pro wrestling world. And the aftermath of the incident is when the Impact Wrestling star emerged as among the most controversial figures in the business.

Callihan has embraced his villainous status, using the backlash from fans and old-school critics for his lack of remorse as fuel the fire, inspired by the lyrics of a Childish Gambino song called "Sweatpants" — specifically the line, “Don’t be mad cause I’m doing me better than you doing you.”

“I really don’t care anymore,” Callihan said.

“The, ‘Aw, you hurt Eddie Edwards. You’re bragging about how much money you make.’ Yeah, oh well. This is professional wrestling. Let me do my character. I don’t come to your job at McDonalds and tell you how to make burgers.

"When did we become this society where we can just go online and b----- about whatever you don’t like. People who have no idea about the wrestling business telling me how to do my job. Screw them. I don’t want those kind of fans, and if they want to boo me, turn their back on me, so be it, because I have an army and fans that are buying my merch.

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"I’m still the most-booked wrestler on the planet right now…. And with MLW on TV, I’m going to be the guy who is on three national television products including Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground. That’s kind of unheard of.”

The leader of Ohio Versus Everything (oVe) recalls his experience in WWE to when he had an epiphany. Then known as Solomon Crowe, Callihan felt shackled creatively.

“I became a shell of a person. I would walk around on eggshells,” he said.

“I think me leaving WWE and getting that persona of that, ‘Yo, this dude quit WWE because he wasn’t complacent and wanted to just sit around. He wanted to be the top guy.’ I think that is when I think it really clicked, and l looked at wrestling from a whole different aspect.”

Impact Wrestling

The 32-year-old has enjoyed the freedom and diversity of his career. The consummate worker also enjoys portraying Jeremiah Crane on Lucha Underground. The El Rey Network show has partnered with Impact Wrestling, using some of their branded stars for events.

“I’ve said for years that if it’s not WWE, everyone else should be working together because there is never going to be that one company like WWE. They’ve monopolized wrestling to the point where there is never really going to be direct one-on-one competition,” Callihan said.

“There is never going to be another ‘Monday Night War.’ But there can be a true alternative. Now Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground are the first wrestling companies on television that have been like, ‘We are going to work together and make a run at this thing.’

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The Hall of Famer was 71 years old.

"I think that is why wrestling is better as a whole. I’ve been preaching for our generation by our generation for a reason. We want to change the wrestling business from what it was. Right now, because of us and what we’re doing on social media and because my generation is getting the power in place to have our vision seen. That is why there is that change of wrestling.

“Any way you look at it, Jeremiah Crane and Sami Callihan are both violent individuals. It’s one of those things where I like to do something a little bit different because it adds layers to me as a character and a person. I like to coin it as how I am now is kind of like the ‘Three Faces of Foley.’ I have Sami Callihan, Jeremiah Crane, and the oddball Space Cat from time to time.”

The edgy character enjoys blurring the lines, leaving people guessing and intrigued. He is grateful that Impact has been receptive to his ideas. It makes every Thursday night on Pop TV a new canvas for him to paint a new layer in his story or character development.

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The former world champion died at age 82.

“People can talk a lot of garbage about that TNA, which is now Impact Wrestling. But people don’t realize how good they are about to become,” Callihan said.

For Callihan, Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling have only scratched the surface of the possibilities. He sees promotions collaborating as a win-win for everyone involved.

“You get these dream matches that people never thought they’d see,” he said.

“Did anyone think they would see Pentagon and Fenix and Austin Aries. And that’s the main event of Redemption this Sunday [April 22], and it’s going to be ridiculous.”

Looking ahead to the summer when Lucha Underground returns on June 13, Callihan teases that Season 4 is darker than past seasons. The roster picks up right where they left off.

“We haven’t filmed in a year-and-a-half at that point, but it was like a big family,” he said.

“Everyone was ready to work hard and have the best matches, because a lot of people grew in that year-and-a-half. A lot of different people stepped up.

"I think people need to go out of their way to look at a guy named Marin Casaus, who was on Tough Enough and later became Marty the Moth. He is going to blow people’s minds this year.

"Another guy is Killshot, Shane Strickland. I would love to see those guys make the leap to Impact next.”

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Plus, 7 new European projects are coming to the streaming service.

And speaking of Impact, the “Death Machine” is looking forward to teaming with Jake and Dave Crist to face Moose, Tommy Dreamer and Edwards at Redemption in a House of Hardcore match.

“I get a chance to be on national television with my two brothers,” he said.

“My legitimate two best friends who are closer than my own family. For us to show the world what we have been doing for years on the indies is another feather in our cap. People looked down on us, but we were three people who are responsible for a lot of trends in professional wrestling that we will never get credit for.

“Now we get to go out there and get a chance to go on national television to do what we want. Here’s the thing with Impact, we’re done walking around on eggshells. We’re done doing what people want us to be. We’re going to go out and do what we want to do.”

Impact Wrestling airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on Pop TV.

Redemption broadcasts live from Universal Orlando 8/7c on Pay-Per-View and streaming through FITE TV.

Kneel Before the Latest 'Krypton' Twist! What to Expect After That 'House of Zod' Reveal

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:00pm

[Spoiler Alert: This article features spoilers about the April 18 episode of Krypton, "House of Zod." So go lock yourself in the Fortress of Solitude if you haven't watched yet.]

One week after its Voice of Rao reveal, the increasingly addictive Krypton has gone and thrown us a whopper of a curve that showrunner Cam Welsh calls a "season-changing, game-changing twist for us."

And he's not lying. In the final seconds of the episode, titled "House of Zod," viewers learned that the murderous Black Zero agent (played by Arrow alum Colin Salmon, pictured above) who had tortured and interrogated Seg (Cameron Cuffe) last week was actually Superman villain General Zod. Yes, from the future.



Originally teased in the pilot as a nameless up-and-comer within the terror group, Salmon's Zod is the still-to-be-conceived son of Seg's ex, Lyta (Georgina Campbell), and a total mystery to the Kandor authorities because, well, he's not from around these parts. Yet.

"The whole season gets turned on its head," says Welsh, explaining that time-traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) has been a bit off on his mission to save Kal-El from being Marty McFly'd out of existence by the world-collecting evil of Brainiac (Blake Ritson).

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The man behind the mask may be more dangerous than the other villain targeting Supes' planet.

"Adam has come [from the future] to Krypton with a very specific message to Seg. You know, it's 'Superman's very existence is under threat and we have to stop Brainiac, he is coming back in time to change history.'

"But we all know that Brainiac was always coming to take [over] Kandor City, and that is what Adam got wrong. Zod was coming back to change history. That is the big turn."

And it's not the only one. Welsh confirms that Zod's master plan isn't even to end the El bloodline so that Superman is never born: "He is actually trying to save the planet."

So while Zod will become "a sort of father figure" to his own mother — who has no idea that she's destined to birth the iconic DC Comics baddie — he may also become an ally to Seg, the grandfather of his cape-wearing enemy in our timeline.

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"That is what steers the second half of the season," continues Welsh. "Seg kind of has Zod and Adam both vying for his soul, and he's stuck in the middle."

He'd better make a choice soon, since we're midway through the first season and Brainiac isn't easing up on his plot to consume the entire planet.

Krypton, Wednesdays, 10/9c, Syfy

'Famous In Love' Star Keith Powers Teases More of Jordan's Secrets Coming Out

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:30pm

The new season of Famous In Love is only a few episodes in and there's been no shortage of drama — especially for Jordan Wilder, played by the talented Keith Powers.

Last season, Jordan was caught up in a steamy fling with best friend Rainer's (Carter Jenkins) mom, Nina (Perrey Reeves), and at long last, the affair has come to light. So what does this mean for Jordan?

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The Bella Thorne-led series will return in 2018.

"He’ll have to face the demons on an Oscar run that’s really important for his career, so it’s a lot to deal with," Powers tells TV Insider of the fallout from his May-December romance. "Jordan will do anything in his power to make sure Rainer to forgives him," he adds.

But the affair with Nina isn't the only thing Jordan wasn't telling the truth about — he's lied about his age and background. With those secrets, Powers teases "it won’t be revealed how [viewers] think. Everything has a twist and turn behind it. So it’ll definitely be — it won’t be expected."

Keith Powers and Carter Jenkins

Nina has a lot of leverage against Jordan, but could she actually harm him? "[Nina] has a special place in her heart for [Jordan], but you never know what she would do to protect her name," hints Powers.

On a brighter note, there could be new love blossoming between Jordan and Marisol (Janis Valdez), who works at a local kids program. She's certainly captured his attention with her genuine personality.

"He definitely saw something in Marisol that he’s never seen in anyone else, they just relate to each other on a different level. Besides Tangey and Nina — Jordan could date whoever he wanted because of who he is. At the same time, Marisol is even more grounded… So it’s going to get real interesting."

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The series premiered on Freeform just a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old shared what he hopes to see for his character in the future, saying, "I just hope to see him finding a way to live life happily besides acting, and finding other things that make him happy."

Though the show exudes drama, the mood on-set is much lighter. Of his castmates, Powers details that Georgie Flores, who plays Cassie, and Niki Koss, who plays Alexis, are always pulling pranks on him. "Georgie and Niki are both hilarious, Carter is too… Georgie and Niki always scare me coming out of my trailer. They always set up evil pranks," he laughs.

Bella Thorne with Keith Powers

And because the show is set in Hollywood, you just know there will be more famous guest stars. Rapper-actor Romeo Miller has a recurring role this season and Fifth Harmony's Ally Brook made a cameo as herself. "You’ll definitely see more," promises Powers.

Powers, who has also appeared in Straight Outta Compton and MTV's Faking It, has high hopes for his future. He shares that he'd like to someday work with directors like the Oscar-nominated Ava DuVernay and Black Panther's Ryan Coogler. When Powers isn't busy filming, he says he's enjoying shows like Game of ThronesStarGrown-ish, and Atlanta

Famous In Love, Wednesdays, 8/7c, Freeform.

Will 'Homeland' End With Season 8?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:00pm

According to Homeland star Claire Danes, the Showtime series will end after Season 8.

In an interview on Wednesday with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show, she confirmed the show will end when asked if next season will be its last.

"Yeah, that’s it," she said. The actress added she's "really conflicted" about the decision.

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The President has gone rogue, sound familiar?

"I mean, I'll be ready. She's a lot, this Carrie-freakin' Mathison character. I mean, she's under constant duress."

Showrunner Alex Gansa previously told The Hollywood Reporter that he's ready for the show to end.

"It's definitely going to be my last year," he said.

"I can't speak for Claire or Mandy, but it will be my final year, and it will be designed to be the end of an eight-season story. If Showtime, Fox, Claire and Mandy want to take the show further that's their decision, and we would leave some room for that to happen — if there's an appetite," Gansa added.

Homeland, Sundays, 9/8c, Showtime

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