According to Deadline, E! has picked up its very first scripted series (well, if you don't count any of the Kardashian-centric shows). "The Royals" is a one-hour drama about a fictional bunch of British royals set in modern-day London. The show is supposed to be framed by the story of "Hamlet" and capture the "regal opulense" of the British monarchy.
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E! orders its 1st scripted series: “The Royals” starring Elizabeth Hurley
"One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn is behind the project about a fictional British royal family, with Hurley playing Queen Helena.
Paul Reiser to romance Jenny Slate on FX
Reiser will recur on “Married,” the comedy that has Judy Greer and Nat Faxon playing a married couple.
HBO will celebrate “Deadwood's" 10th anniversary with a marathon
“Deadwood,” which premiered on March 21, 2004, will be marathoned via HBO Zone (back-to-back) starting March 15 and HBO Signature (nightly) starting April 2.
“True Detective” creator debunks the craziest theories
On widespread speculation that either Rust or Marty is the killer, Nic Pizzolatto says: "It was a little surprising, but not frustrating at all, just part of the experience of having people connect to the show. The possibility is built into the story, as it has to be credible that the 2012 PD suspect Cohle. I just thought that such a revelation would be terrible, obvious writing. For me, the worst writing generally just ‘flips' things: this person’s really a traitor; it was all a dream; etc. Nothing is so ruinous as a forced ‘twist,' I think.” PLUS: There was a huge clue in Episode 3, check out Rust Cohle’s Pinterest page, and how to make Rust’s beer can men.
Prince gives Arsenio a ratings boost
Last night’s “Arsenio Hall Show” actually tied “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the key 18-49 demo.
Check out “Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland playing Jennifer Aniston’s daughter in the ‘90s
Hyland followed up her role of playing Howard Stern’s daughter in 1997's “Private Parts" with playing Aniston's daughter in the 1998 film “The Object of My Affection.”
So FOX's "Enlisted" remains a very funny, exceedingly likable comedy that has been marooned on Friday nights at 9 with no real lead-in — pretty soon, it'll be airing after episodes of "Rake" that FOX is dumping on the night because there's no place else to put them — and will have to rely on non-traditional metrics, plus some empathy from FOX executives, if it's going to survive to another season. And it absolutely deserves to. It's hard to tell, because the episodes have been airing out of order, but the show has coalesced more quickly than your average freshman sitcom (even "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" took longer to get to the level it's at now), the chemistry between Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young as the brothers is a treat, the supporting characters are used for excellent value, and it's a marvelous thing to get to watch at the end of a long work week.
Here's an exclusive clip from tomorrow night's episode, "Parade Duty," where Stults' Pete once again objects to his unit having to deal with an unglamorous assignment — and where, for once, the rest of the unit finally fights back against his hatred of life in the rear detachment. Enjoy.
Maksim: “Dancing with the Stars” wanted me to return as a judge
“I had that option,” says Maksim Chmerkovskiy. “I can’t reveal a lot, but I was offered a judge's position on the show. This was my decision (to return as a pro).”
Was Andrew Garfield responsible for Batkid’s Oscar snub?
Page Six reports that it was the “Spider-Man” star who didn’t like his lines that he was to do with 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott, so their appearance was ditched. But the Academy blames production issues for the bit’s cancelation — and pointed out that Garfield hung out at Disneyland with the Batkid on Monday.
“Game of Thrones” won’t start out slow this season
That’s according to John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarly: "This season they've completely thrown that template out of the window, and they're determined to put as many surprises in as possible when people least expect it."
“The Hobbit’s” James Nesbitt to star in “Missing” from Starz and BBC
Nesbitt will play a man searching for his missing son on the eight-episode limited series.
Listen to “Archer’s” country music album
“Cherlene” is actually pretty good.
Matthew Rhys on last night’s “The Americans”: “Dramaturgically, it’s fantastic”
"I love that element and the shooting allows for that period, where as an audience, you're developing and discovering things yourself,” he says.
“Grey’s Anatomy” is giving Cristina Yang a “Sliding Doors”-themed episode
The March 27 episode will see Yang’s life had she gone in a different direction.
Mariana Klaveno is joining Dylan McDermott’s CBS stalker drama pilot
The “True Blood” and “Devious Maids” vet will also play a detective alongside McDermott.
Neil Patrick Harris has already moved to NYC 1 week after filming the “HIMYM” finale
"My wonderful west coast days are done,” Harris tweeted after moving for his “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Broadway role.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard get in a heated debate with a paparazzi agency owner on "Access Hollywood"
Things got emotional as Bell and Shepard continued their campaign to stop the paparazzi from taking unauthorized photos of celebrity children.
CNN debuts “Chicagoland” tonight from producer Robert Redford
The eight-episode documentary series is almost a travelogue of the Windy City, portraying it as a tale of two cities.
One of the best new shows of 2013 has set a summer premiere date for its second season.
SundanceTV announced on Thursday (March 6) that "Rectify" will return on Thursday, June 19 at 9 p.m. This clarifies SundanceTV's TCA press tour announcement from January that was merely "summer 2014" for the 10-episode second season.
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and The Band Perry are among the first round of artists announced to perform at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Lady Gaga will not be denied. After her plan to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) at Doritos’ huge vending machine was nixed, she and the crunchy snack found another solution… move the event to the 2,200-capacity Stubbs.
The final season of "Mad Men" (or, at least, the first half of the final season, which is being split between this year and next) doesn't begin until Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. on AMC. But as usual, the quintessential show about advertising likes to begin its brand promotion early, with an image and/or video for viewers to fuss over and decode until there are actual episodes to fuss over and decode.
We've been waiting a while for a complete trailer for The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco" -- a teaser was unveiled before the film was postponed from its initial November 2013 release slot, but it was all flash and champagne and satin drapery, withholding Nicole Kidman's actual performance as Oscar-winning actress turned European princess Grace Kelly. Now, with director Olivier Dahan's film just over two months away from opening the Cannes Film Festival, we get to see a little more, and... well, it's still flash and champagne and satin drapery, but there's more of a sense of what the stakes are, and the commitment with which Kidman is interpreting a tricky role.
Nearly every HBO drama or miniseries has been created by a white man
Since 1975, according to The Huffington Post, 34 of the 38 people responsible for every HBO miniseries and drama has been white. Three woman and one non-white man made up the other four. In response, HBO insists that it’s trying to diversify: "We can do better; we are doing better; we are striving to do better,” says a spokesperson, pointing out a new diversity initiative, plus new projects with Oprah, Steve McQueen and Jenji Kohan.
“Survivor’s” ratings go up in 2nd week
“American Idol” was also up, as was “Criminal Minds."
NBC synergy: “Late Night” and “Today” are taking full advantage of Lena Dunham hosting “SNL”
This morning on “Today," Dunham talked about going on “Late Night” to ask Seth Meyers for advice on hosting “Saturday Night Live."
“Homeland’s” David Harewood joins ABC’s “Selfie”
The British actor will play the boss of Karen Gillan in the pilot from “Suburgatory” Creator Emily Kapnek.
“The Big Bang Theory” gets the Lego treatment
Check out the “Mini” version of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the rest of the gang.
Jimmy Kimmel will join Andy Cohen in Austin
Kimmel and Cohen are both bringing their shows to SXSW, and Kimmel will be Cohen’s only guest on Monday’s “Watch What Happens Live.”
HBO is helping to create a “Girls” bus tour
HBO is working with the company behind the “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos” tours to celebrate the famous Brooklyn landmarks on the Lena Dunham series.
“Rectify” gets June 19 Season 2 premiere date
The Sundance Channel series returns June 19 at 9 pm.
Prince takes over “Arsenio”
Prince even helped break up a couple on last night’s show.
ABC’s low-rated new dramas has dragged the network to 4th place
“Mind Games” is expected to become the third Tuesday failure, as ABC struggles in 4th place both in total viewers and in the key 18-49 demo.
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” uses fake home exteriors for “security purposes”
"It was so unsafe,” says Kim Kardashian. "The Hollywood star tours would stop by too, bc they recognized my home from our show. After that we realized how unsafe it is to show the exterior of our homes.” PLUS: Khloe Kardashian mocks herself guest-hosting “Chelsea Lately”
Miss Piggy boasts about putting cake in Joan Rivers’ face
It was all part of a promo for "Muppets Most Wanted.”
Watch Paul Giamatti play God on “Inside Amy Schumer”
Says Schumer: “We thought, ‘Who would be the funniest person to play God?’ And immediately we were like, ‘Paul Giamatti.’”
Sketch comedy shows don't usually have story arcs, even when they feature recurring characters. The Target Lady on "SNL" didn't go on a complex character journey over multiple seasons. Jordan Peele's character in the "Key & Peele" soul food sketch didn't reappear a few episodes later having turned cannibal after enjoying a human foot with his cellar door and stork ankles.
Like a moth to flame, during SXSW I will flock toward Franklin BBQ.
I have more in common with Ace Reporter's "Stick To" music video than I thought.
Directed by Austin-based Peter Simonite and Annie Gunn, "Stick To" personifies one of the weirder winged insects and puts him on a bike; he's drawn to a light in an apartment, who as it ends up is Alex Gehring from rock band Ringo Deathstarr.
Watch the video below, then watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary video below it. Simonite and Gunn describe the process of sending their human-moth out into the streets, and just how he got his dusty aura: with the help of ashes collected from Franklin's barbeque pits.
Gunn and Simonite were also behind Immaculate Noise favorite Explosions in the Sky's short film "Postcard from 1952"; the latter director also helmed another clip from a popular Austin band -- Spoon -- for their "Everything Hits at Once."