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With the success of its shows Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow, it's no surprise that The CW has announced an early renewal of their veteran series' seasons for the 2014-2015 TV season.
Next season would mark Supernatural's tenth, Arrow's third, and The Vampire Diaries' sixth. The network - which tends to favor programming geared towards a younger audience - also renewed rookie series The Originals and Reign.
"This season we've had great success with our new hit series The Originals paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years... The Vampire Diaries is No. 2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and Reign growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I'm very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season," CW president Mark Pedowitz said.
The network has yet to decide whether it will renew its other veteran series Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, and The Carrie Diaries.
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+ Not surprisingly, Lindsay Lohan hasn't made things easy for her latest project - a reality show set to air on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. When asked about the progress of the show, the famed TV mogul said that "there have been bumps" with filming.
+ With the disappointing series finale of Dexter, fans of the crime thriller will be pleased to know that Showtime president David Nevins is - despite some reluctance - hinting at a spin-off starring Michael C. Hall, who portrayed the eponymous anti-hero.
+ AMC released a new trailer for the second half of The Walking Dead that wasn't too much of a teaser, considering that everything in TWD world looked more or less the same as it did in the mid-season finale.
+ Funny lady Melissa McCarthy is set to host Saturday Night Live for the third time during Super Bowl weekend with Imagine Dragons appearing as the musical guest.
Now that Bradley Cooper is an Oscar-nominated actor who commands top billing in critically-acclaimed films, he's open to talking about his struggles as an actor in Hollywood before he was a household name.
In the January issue of GQ, Cooper recalls his time working on the J.J. Abrams show Alias, which stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow. Despite having a recurring role as Bristow's best friend Will Tippin, Cooper was unhappy with his lack of screen time: “I would only work three days a week... And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f*****g kill myself.’"
With his growing frustration over his lack of work on Alias, Cooper then asked Abrams to write his character off. “J.J. was like, ‘OK,’ He probably would’ve fired me, anyway," Cooper quipped. He even considered quitting his acting career altogether: "At some point, you have to come to terms with 'The business just doesn’t want you,' you know what I mean?"
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There can never be too many promotional videos/mini episodes/prequels/extra shenanigans/etc. of Doctor Who.
With less than two weeks from the premiere of the special 50th anniversary episode of the sci-fi BBC series, titled "The Day of the Doctor," showrunner Steven Moffat releases a mini episode in order to connect the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) with John Hurt's "Warrior" incarnation.
(Spoilers after the jump - check it out the video above!)
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Allons-y! The official trailer for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special is finally out, and although it doesn't really give much away, it will definitely please fans of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant).
In addition to showing Ten uttering his trademark French line, fans catch a glimpse of the banter between Ten and his successor: "Oh, you've redecorated! I don't like it," Ten tells Eleven (Matt Smith) in regards to the T.A.R.D.I.S. interior design. There's also some quick shots of the pair comparing their sonic screwdrivers and realizing they have similar taste in eyeglasses.
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"Justified, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead. The best show of the year is The Americans. I don't watch Mad Men. I think it’s basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch Revenge. That show is crazy, but they have great clothes."
- Novelist Stephen King reveals what he's watching (and what he prefers not to watch) on television these days.
(Make sure to check out our other notable quotes.)
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been picked up for a full season.
After viewing the pilot of Joss Whedon's Avengers spin-off, featuring Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson - who was believed to have died in the big screen movie - bosses at ABC chose to make a full series of the show. Ming-Na Wen and Elizabeth Henstridge will join Clark in the series, which tells the story of the peace-keeping company S.H.I.E.L.D [Stragetic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate] headed by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in Marvel's films.
An official description of S.H.I.E.L.D reads, "Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet) (sic)."
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+ Some are speculating that Kenan Thompson's upcoming sitcom - which will be produced by his current Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels - might prompt the late night sketch comedy veteran to leave.
+ Casting news for The Walking Dead gets more exciting with each announcement! The Wire alum Chad Coleman has been hired to portray Tyrese in the popular zombie series, which is based on a comic book of the same name.
+ Vulture has compiled a list of American Horror Story: Asylum's horror and sci-fi nods. Did you catch all of them on your own?
+ Liz & Dick director Larry A. Thompson opens up about working with troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan. At one point, he claims that "making a movie with [her] is not for the faint of heart."
ABC has pulled the plug on freshman dramas 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. Despite 666's lead-in from hit show Revenge, neither newcomer could recover from their unimpressive debuts (Last Resort had an even trickier time doing so up against The Big Bang Theory and The X Factor). On the upside, the network will air all thirteen episodes for both shows as planned.
So far, ABC has only greenlit renewals for shows Nashville and The Neighbors.
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Ben Affleck hates the TV series Homeland.
The Argo actor and director - who is tipped for Oscar glory next year - has revealed he can't bare to watch the hugely popular series starring Emmy-award winner Claire Danes because he was originally supposed to direct it but was forced to turn down the opportunity.
The 40-year-old actor revealed he was asked to direct the pilot of the hit Showtime series but he turned the project down to spend quality time with his young family as his wife Jennifer Garner was shooting a movie and they have an agreement that they won't work at the same time.
"I was sure nothing would happen with the show. Now I hate the [f**king] show. I've never seen it," he said. The father-of-three said he doesn't plan on making the same mistake twice and will jump at the opportunity to direct the right TV show in the future. "I'm going to attach myself to 14 pilots this year," he joked.
Homeland recently enjoyed a series high of 2.07 million viewers last Sunday night.
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