Author Archives: Jean Bentley

“The Orville” Is More “Star Trek” Than “Spaceballs,” Seth MacFarlane Says

orville-thumb MacFarlane wanted to portray an optimistic future rather than a dystopian one, he said onstage during the show’s panel at the TCA summer press tour Tuesday.

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The X-Men Won’t Exist in Fox’s “The Gifted”—And That’s Key to the Series

the-gifted-thumb “The X-Men are gone,” creator Matt Nix revealed during the show’s panel Tuesday at the TCA summer press tour.

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Peter Krause Boards Fox’s “9-1-1” Drama Alongside Angela Bassett

peter-krause-thumb Tim Minear has joined the Ryan Murphy anthology series as showrunner.

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Fox Bets on “The Four” As New “American Idol”

FOX Logo Excerpt The singing competition will air in 2018 and will purport to be a more “pure” singing competition without A-list judges to distract from the singers.

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“Inhumans” Star Serinda Swan Dishes on Her Four-Pound Medusa Wig

inhumans-thumb “It’s like a second character to live with, like a serious roommate that is just always up in your business,” Swan said.

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“Once Upon a Time” Season 7 Details: Regina’s New Name, Hook’s New Job, More

ouat-thumb Lana Parilla’s Evil Queen character has a new name, Colin O’Donoghue’s Hook has a new job and more details about season seven.

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New “American Idol” Judges Will Be Announced “Very Soon”

american-idol-thumb ABC president Channing Dungey said the series will be “ABC’s version” of the singing competition.

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ABC Boss Says “Bachelor in Paradise” Will Address Scandal On-Air in a “Respectful Way”

bachelor-in-paradise-thumb ABC boss Channing Dungey said the network was not looking to “sensationalize” the scandal that shut down production.

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“Will & Grace” Revival Renewed for Season 2

willgrace-thumb NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the news at the show’s TCA panel.

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“This Is Us” Season 2 Premiere Will Have Time Jump, Jack’s Death Clues and More

thisisus-thumb The present-day storyline will pick up on the Big Three’s 37th birthday, creator Dan Fogelman revealed.

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NBC Launches “Female Forward” Directing Initiative to Address Gender Disparity

nbc-logo-thumb The initiative is “focused on female directors and a commitment to work toward gender parity among scripted series directors across the network.”

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How the 2016 Election Created “Legends of Tomorrow’s” Muslim Superhero

legends-thumb “Representation is a very powerful thing,” star Tala Ashe said on stage while introducing her character on the DC superhero team-up drama.

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“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” to Get New Theme Song, Opening Credits in Season 3

crazyexgirlfriend-thumb Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will have a brand new theme song and opening credits courtesy of famed music video director Joseph Kahn, cast and crew announced Wednesday.

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Star of CW Military Drama “Valor” Explains His Sexy Facial Hair

valor-facial-hair-thumb It all comes down to “relaxed grooming standards,” says Matt Barr of whether his look is true to military standards

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The CW Sets Four-Part Arrowverse Superhero Crossover for November

superheroes-thumb “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow” will cross over in a four-part event over two nights in November.

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How Bryan Fuller’s “Star Trek: Discovery” Vision Influences the Series After His Exit

star-trek-discovery-thumb Everything from the main character’s name to the Klingons’ new look came from Fuller’s brain, says Star Trek Discovery’s Alex Kurtzman.

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Audra McDonald Joins “The Good Fight” As Series Regular

audra-mcdonald-thumb The Broadway vet will reprise her “Good Wife” role in the CBS All Access drama’s second season, it was announced at the TCA summer press tour Tuesday.

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“Kevin Can Wait” Shocker: Erinn Hayes Character Killed Off

kevin-can-wait-thumb CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl cited star Kevin James’ chemistry with his “King of Queens” costar Leah Remini as a reason for the creative overhaul.

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CBS Execs Address “Hawaii Five-0” Exits: “We Offered Them a Lot of Money”

hawaii-five-0-thumb “We love both those actors and did not want to lose them,” said CBS Entertainment President Kasey Kahl when grilled about the pay disparity that led to the exits of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.

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“Young Sheldon” Has “Big Bang Theory” Crossover Potential, Creators Say

young-sheldo-thumb The stories told on “Young Sheldon” will “echo” on mothership series “The Big Bang Theory,” Chuck Lorre and creators said at TCA’s summer press tour Tuesday.

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Why “The Girlfriend Experience” Season 2 Storyline Was Rewritten After Election

girlfriend-experience-s2-thumb Co-creator Lodge Kerrigan explains how real life was stranger than fiction when it came to Washington, D.C.-set storylines in season two of his Starz drama.

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“Outlander” Creator Not Worried About “Game of Thrones” Book Ending Problem

outlander-s3-3-thumb Outlander creator and showrunner Ronald D. Moore is not worried about outpacing book author Diana Gabaldon and running into a Game of Thrones George R. R. Marting ending problem.

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“The Deuce” Star Maggie Gyllenhaal: It’s Okay If the Show “Turns You On a Little”

the-deuce-thumb Star Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-creator David Simon discuss sexual objectification of violence in their ’70s-set porn drama.

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“Confederate” Announcement Was “Misguided,” Says HBO Boss

hbo-logo-thumb HBO programming chief Casey Bloys addressed the recent controversy around the network’s new show Confederate, calling the announcement rollout “misguided.”

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Jon Stewart to Headline 2 HBO Comedy Specials

jon-stewart-thumb Jon Stewart will headline two comedy specials on HBO — including his first stand-up special in 21 years — the network announced at the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour.

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