It’s that weird time of year when there is literally nothing on the box, re-runs of Big Bang Theory are everywhere and you’re beginning to run out of things to binge-watch (I’ve just done two seasons of The Following in two weeks) but thankfully, new and returning shows are not that far away! Check out the list of new-to-air and returning shows below.
HBO has once again taken lead with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations among all networks with the cable channel walking away with 14 nominations thanks to standouts like The Normal Heart, Veep and Game of Thrones.
ABC’s Modern Family will try for a record breaking fifth win in the best ensemble comedy category while first time nominee’s include the often over-looked Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and surprise entry for How to get away with murder‘s Viola Davis.
Check out the full list of the TV nominations below. (I’ve underlined my picks for the win)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ADRIEN BRODY / Harry Houdini – “HOUDINI” (History)
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – “SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW” (PBS)
RICHARD JENKINS / Henry Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO) MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
BILLY BOB THORNTON / Lorne Malvo – “FARGO” (FX)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
ELLEN BURSTYN / Olivia Foxworth – “FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC” (Lifetime)
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL / Nessa Stein – “THE HONORABLE WOMAN” (Sundance TV) FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO)
JULIA ROBERTS / Dr. Emma Brookner – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
CICELY TYSON / Carrie Watts – “THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL” (Lifetime)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
WOODY HARRELSON / Martin Hart – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO) MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Rust Cohle – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS) TATIANA MASLANY / Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Rachel/Helena/Tony/Jennifer and Various Others – “ORPHAN BLACK” (BBC America)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY ” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX) WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS) GAME OF THRONES (HBO) HOMELAND (Showtime) HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX) MODERN FAMILY (ABC) ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix) VEEP (HBO)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award
The SAG Awards hill be handed out on Sunday Jan 25th, 2015.
Dana Brody, it’s time to take off your crown as Homeland’s most hated character and give it to the sniveling and meek and rage inspiring Dennis Boyd. Thanks to Dennis’s fine work stealing secrets and trading information with I.S.I double agent Tasneem (Nimrat Kaur), Homeland’s ninth episode of series four left us all wondering who survived the R.P.G attack on the convoy bringing Saul back to the C.I.A headquarters.
Carrie (Claire Danes), Redmond (Michael O’Keefe) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) were all in the convoy attacked by the blasts while Quinn (Rupert Friend), Ambassador Martha Boyd (Laila Robins) and secret trading husband Denis were all inside the C.I.A – which had just been breached by Haqqini (Numan Acar) and his men….All thanks to Denis.
So, are Carrie, Saul and Redmond alive? Did they survive the attack? The New York Daily News published some photos from the filming showing a bloodied Carrie and Saul surrounded by bomb damaged black vans.
In both pictures (published Nov 3rd) Carrie and Saul are wounded though there is no sign of Redmond who was travelling with the two at the time of the attack.
The official synopsis for the episode: “The security breach at the Embassy has far reaching consequences.”
Homeland continues Sunday December 7th on Showtime (USA) and Monday Dec 8th on Network 10 (AUS)
Iconic 90’s drama Twin Peaks set to make a return 25 years after it’s cancellation.
“I’ll see you again in 25 years”…it’s one of the final lines uttered by murdered schoolgirl Laura Palmer in the final scenes of 90’s drama Twin Peaks and in true Hollywood style, Laura looks set to make true on her words, with the show returning to our screens..
Returning as a limited series, a deal has been set that will see the return of the show screen on cable network Showtime with nine, one hour long episodes of the cult series which is being brought back to life by David Lynch and Mark Frost. And to be clear, this is not a reboot or re-imagining of the series but a continuation of the story-line 25 years later on.
“What more can I say — Twin Peaks with David Lynch and Mark Frost on Showtime in 2016!” said David Nevins, president of Showtime Networks. “To quote Agent Cooper, ‘I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.’”
Any talk of original cast members including Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn or Michael Ontkean have been halted while work on the script and production for a 2015 filming schedule begins.
The original siring of Twin Peaks followed an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer in the small eerie town of Twin Peaks. What made the show so iconic was not only the mystery of “Who killed Laura Palmer” but also director Lynch’s telling of small town folk living double lives, exposing the seedier and darker under-layers of the community.
Personally, while I was too young to watch the show when it originally aired, I did have the chance to scope out a few episodes a couple of years back, but was too distracted by seeing what Lara Flynn Boyle used to actually look like.
You can check out more on what Mark Frost has to say about the return here.
Showtime has just dropped the the first look trailer for Homeland’s eagerly awaited fourth season and judging by the promo, it looks like things are starting to get back to the Homeland we knew and loved.
Well sort of.
Let’s not forget now that shocking season three finale which saw Brody (Damian Lewis) hanged while Carrie (Claire Danes) looked on in horror, unable to save the man she loves, so obviously, there’ll be no Brody this time round!
Check out the trailer below.
As you can see, Carrie is back at work with the CIA but you’re also probably wondering about her being pregnant and all right?
Showrunner Alex Gansa revealed to Entertainment Weeklyrecently that Season 4 picks up six months after we left off. Carrie has had the baby, but they’d “rather not give away where the kid is, but … one of the reasons [Carrie has] found herself in Afghanistan and Pakistan is it’s a place where you’re disallowed from bringing a dependent.”
One can only assume Carrie’s sister may have taken to looking after the baby while Carrie is off in Afghanistan doing what she does best.
Are you excited about Homeland’s return? Will it be the same without Brody and his relationship with Carrie? Sound off in the comments below!
Homeland Season 4 premieres October 5 on Showtime with Channel 10 expected to fast-track shortly thereafter!
In some very exciting new, Dr. Fiona Wallace and her ingenious three minute online therapy sessions will be back for a fourth season Showtime announced today. Web Therapy which started out as an online series by Dan Bucatinsky and husband Don Roos and starring Lisa Kudrow quickly garnered a well deserved large online following and was eventually turned into a half hour primetime comedy on Showtime.
Web Therapy’s last season saw Fiona (Lisa Kudrow) trying to make the most of the fallout of her husbands failed political campaign while dealing with an odd situation in which her millionaire boyfriend Austen’s (Allan Cummings) one night stand with Gina (the incredibly funny Jennifer Elise-Cox) resulted in a surprise pregnancy with the season closing out with Austen giving away all his money and Fiona’s mother Putsy (Lily Tomlin) becoming a best selling author.
The comedy has also hosted a slew of celebrity guest stars from Merryl Streep to Minni Driver, Megan Mullally, Lily Tomlin and former Friends co-stars Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt Le Blanc.
Web Therapy Season 4 will air later this year on Showtime.
Check out the bits and pieces of interesting news from the world of television below in my TV Roundup!
Renewed: USA network Showtime have renewed thriller Homeland (airing Monday nights on Channel 10) for a fourth season! It’s no surprise with the show creating some of the biggest character and story line talk this year (I’m talking about you Dana Brody) but will be interesting to see who comes back if the rumors that Damien Lewis has been attached to a new show are true or not. Showtime also gave it’s newest drama Masters Of Sex (airing on SBS) an early second season pick-up.
I’m Back!: Jane Hall is coming back to Neighbors! It may only be in a short guest stint and won’t be seen until next year, but we can only imagine why her character Rebecca is returning to Ramsay Street! You’ll remember, she tried to kill her husband Paul Robinson when we saw her last!
Actress Nadia Dajani confirmed with TVNOW this afternoon that she will be back for the second season of FOX8’s The Carrie Diaries as Tom Bradshaw’s girlfriend Deb and will be appearing in three episodes.
Also possibly back – Body Of Proof starring Dana Delaney. The ABC network in America cancelled the medical/police drama earlier this year but may already be regretting it’s decision. New shows Betrayal (which is god awful) and Once Upon a Time– two shows filling the old time-slot, have been rating extremely poorly (making up about half the audience Body Of Proof used to bring to the network). There’s still no official word, or who will actually make the return.
New Aussie Drama: Channel 7 announced it’s 2014 line-up announcing that TV favorite Rebecca Gibney will be making her return to series television after the end of Packed to the Rafters. In a show which feels very similar to that of UK drama The Fall and starring Gillian Anderson, Gibney will be seen in The Killing Field as the head of a special police task force sent to a small country town to investigate a shocking crime. The team must delve into the closed lives of a seemingly quaint hamlet in order to find and outwit a killer.
Channel 7 also announced it has picked up one of my favorite new comedies – The Goldberg’s set for airing next year!
Ratings Hit: It was a massive night for the ABC last night with The Gruen Planet nabbing over one million viewers while Ja’mie: Private School Girl grabbed 925k viewers. Overall, last night showed lower than normal viewing numbers with only three shows hitting that all important one million viewer mark.
On the opposite scale, in America, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continues to drop in ratings with the latest episode hitting an all time low of 8.6 million viewers.
On Hold: NBC have put comedy Parks and Recreation on hiatus. The show will still air four remaining episodes (in two lots of back-to-back runnings) in November and then returning in Jan 2014. Season six will also see regulars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe both depart the show. Word has it, the hiatus was put in place to try and help bolster ratings for sinking comedy Sean Saves the World.
Spin-Off Mixed Results: ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars’ annual Halloween episode once again drew remarkable ratings and topped as the number one viewed program in key demographics. The episode also made way for the new spin-off Ravenswood which drew mixed reviews from fans. While it rated well, fans took to social media giving mixed opinions of the new show.
It’s here! The first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated final season of Dexter has been released online by Showtime, and, in true Showtime fashion, they ain’t giving much away!
Season 8 looks set to continue on from the massive cliff-hanger of season 7 which saw Deborah making a life changing decision – shoot Dexter or shoot Maria LaGuerta. What many are wanting to know is how will the show say goodbye? Will Dexter, the serial killer who kills bad people continue with his dark path? Will he be caught out?
We’re not going to know until that final episode, but, Michael C. Hall has himself said that “I imagine Dexter is going to get caught one way or the other. And by that I mean, can we really expect him, at this point, to walk into the sunset? Or get off without a blemish on his conscience or character? In a way, he is already caught. Once Rita dies he is caught. Once Deb is in on the secret he is caught. And what he’s caught by is the undeniable fact that how he conducts himself has an effect on more than just him and his victims. As far as whether he goes to jail, or gets put to death, or gets hit by a bus or whatever it might be, I can’t say. But I think, in a way, we are watching someone slowly but surely get caught.”
Dexter season 8, premieres on June 30th on Showtime in the US.
In a bid to thwart illegal downloading of it’s television shows, FOXTEL movie Channel SHOWTIME last night, fast-tracked the first episode in series three of the popular ‘Game Of Thrones’ just a mere two hours after it was aired in the US.
Despite their best effort, there seems to be a lot of Aussies who couldn’t wait that long with pirating website Torrent Freak claiming that this first episode of season three was downloaded illegally more than 1 million times worldwide, with Australians grabbing the highest download rate per capita with 9.9% of downloads heading our way, largely in-part to residents in Melbourne and Sydney.
The season three opener rated extremely well for SHOWTIME, with 224,000 people tuning in to watch (It’s highest ratings to-date). FOXTEL’s Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh stated “Last night’s brilliant result for Game of Thrones is a true testament to Foxtel’s commitment to bringing our audience award-winning high quality drama they can watch with the rest of the world.”
But what about those who do not have access to payTV services? Music and video software iTunes made the this first episode available to Australians to purchase by 2am this morning, and since the show’s full-season pass (which was available to customers on March 15th) it has been in the number 1 spot on the iTunes TV charts, one would think that there is quite a demand for the legal downloading of television shows.
This demand, however, could only be warranted if the airing of a television show in the US was simultaneous with a release online here in Australia. This is largely due to the boom of social network sites like Facebook and Twitter. Says editor of popular enterainment website IGN.com Lucy O’Brien who spoke with News.com.au, “There are few shows that hold so much appeal to both a niche nerdom and a much broader audience – we’re talking brilliantly-written high fantasy here peppered with sex and violence – and these fans want to join in on the conversation as soon as it starts; with their friends, with other fans, on forums, in comment sections and on social media.”
“A delay, even a 48-hour one, prevents Australians from doing that. And that’s a problem.”
A prime example of this is the massive teen drama Pretty Little Liars starring Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Laura Leighton. The show airs on a Tuesday night on the ABC Family network in the US and is screened on FOX8 here in Australia (Season 3 finished in the US 2 weeks ago [24 episodes], FOX8 has recently aired episode 12). That said, fans of the show here in Australia would have been hard-damned to not come across any finale spoilers on Twitter as during the season three cliffhanger finale, Pretty Little Liars became the first ever show to amass more than 1 million live tweets.
While pirating may be rife, Game of Thrones’ director Michael Lombardo doesn’t seem too fazed about the illegal downloading of his show. Last month he admitted that piracy compliments sales rather than hurting them. Co-director David Petrarca stated at a WA university last month that the show thrives on “cultural buzz” via social media. “That’s how they survive,” he said.