WGN America goes nuclear with new drama “Manhattan”

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Fueled by mystery and suspense, Manhattan is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “The Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map. The series … Continue reading

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Amazon Prime’s New Kid Series, “Annedroids,” Boots Up July 25.

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Amazon Original’s first forays into original programming, shows like Alpha House and Betas, have been met with critical acclaim. Earlier this summer, Amazon Studios released two preschool-targeted-animated series, Tumble Leaf and Creative Galaxy. On Friday, July 25, the streaming service is releasing latest release, the live-action adventure, Annedroids. The series comes from Emmy nominated producer JJ Johnson (Dino Dan) and is aimed at children ages four through seven. The series is about a young female genius, “Anne,” her human friends, android assistants and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while using principles of science, technology, engineering and math. My two … Continue reading

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Bravo announces three-part Real Housewives of New York City reunion

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Following tonight’s doozie of a The Real Housewives of New York City Season 6 finale, Bravo will air a three-part reunion beginning Tuesday, July 29 at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Andy Cohen, the reunion specials bring Aviva Drescher, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Ramona Singer, Kristen Taekman and Heather Thomson together to talk about the season’s plentiful jaw-dropping moments. On tonight’s RHONY finale — already much-discussed because of Aviva’s leg-tossing tantrum at Le Cirque  — Sonja confronts Harry and LuAnn about their alleged night together and Kristen unapologetically uses nepotism to land a modeling gig. After the finale  LuAnn, Ramona and Heather join Andy to talk it over on a special Watch What … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC July 23

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Think you know everything about your favorite celebrities? TLC’s intriguing NBC import Who Do You Think You Are? unearths familial facts and secrets that famous folks didn’t even know themselves. Having already delved into the sometimes dark, sometimes delightful personal histories of Sarah Jessica Parker (who discovered that her 10th great-grandmother was accused in the Salem witch trials), Rob Lowe (who learned his fifth great-grandfather fought for the British in the American Revolution but died a patriot), Paula Deen (whose third great-grandfather was a slave owner) and others, the show’s emotional new season includes Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland), Jesse … Continue reading

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FX is bringing back “Fargo”

FX is bringing back "Fargo"

Today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour, CEO of FX John Landgraf announced the second installment of the critically acclaimed and popular hit Fargo. The new chapter will feature an all-new cast of characters (and new actors), a new time period and a new “true crime” story that will unfold over 10 episodes. Executive producer and writer Noah Hawley is again the creative force. “We could not be more proud of Fargo,” said Landgraf. “Noah’s audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations – the most for a single program … Continue reading

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30th Annual TCA Awards winners announced

30th Annual TCA Awards winners announced

The Television Critics Association (TCA) gave out its 30th Annual TCA Awards to recognize a distinguished group of people and shows representing what the collection of over 220 professional television critics from the U.S. and Canada voted on as the best over the 2013-14 season. The ceremony took place Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, with Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) serving as host. Matthew McConaughey continued his big year, on hand to be honored with a TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for his role as Rust Cohle in HBO’s True Detective. The series itself was recognized … Continue reading

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TCA: CW’s “The Flash” is “probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever”

TCA: CW's "The Flash" is "probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever"

At the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour today, The CW presented its latest DC Comics adaptation, The Flash, and it’s a winner, chronicling the adventures of forensic scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who, through one of those mysterious sci-fi accidents that can only happen in comic books, is transformed into the fastest human alive. From executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, the men behind the network’s hit Arrow, the new series is, in the words of DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who was also on the panel: “probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever, as deep … Continue reading

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Andie MacDowell Talks “Cedar Cove,” Season 2

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Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove returns to Hallmark Channel on Saturday for its sophomore season with Sue Tenney (7th Heaven) taking over as showrunner, a move that excites the show’s star, Andie MacDowell. “I feel like Sue has a good handle on things,” she says. “She was able to get us out of all of the high drama that we were left in, and maneuver us into some other situations that I think are actually more interesting.” The high drama to which MacDowell is referring is Season 1’s sensational conclusion, where MacDowell’s Olivia reunited with her love, Jack, her daughter’s Justine’s … Continue reading

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Stephanie Szostak Finds Herself In USA Network’s “Satisfaction”

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It’s not a mid-life crisis, insists actress Stephanie Szostak. When her character on USA Network’s new drama Satisfaction begins an affair with a male escort, it’s not her character freaking out at getting older and mourning the loss of her youth. Instead, the French beauty says, “I think it is more of an awakening. It’s that stage where especially, women, you’re devoted, you’re a mother, a wife, and suddenly, you think, ‘Gosh, Who am I?’” It’s a thought-provoking question, and as Szostak’s character, Grace Truman, ponders who she is outside of her roles of wife and mother, she finds that … Continue reading

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Michelle DeShon Is Vibrant In USA Network’s “Satisfaction”

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“God, this is so intimidating!” giggled Michelle DeShon as she sat down before a small group of journalists on the set of USA Network’s new drama, Satisfaction. The fresh-faced teen is not only starring in her first major role, rebellions free-spirit Anika Truman, Michelle was sitting down to her first press event…ever. But this is a year filled with firsts for DeShon, and stepping outside of her comfort zone is exactly what earned her the coveted role. “When I went into the audition, everyone else had a guitar and I was like, ‘God, was I supposed to have a guitar?’ … Continue reading

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