Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams is everything we expect from PKD

I barely have time to keep up with broadcast and cable TV shows so I don’t take the opportunity very often to review a streaming show. But Amazon Prime’s new sci-fi anthology series “Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams” looked so appealing I had to check it out. If the name Philip K Dick isn’t familiar to you, his works most certainly are. Among the films and TV shows based on his work are Blade Runner, The Man in the High Castle, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, A Scanner Darkly, Screamers, and Total Recall.

Electric Dreams is an anthology series based on his short stories. There are 10 episodes of the first season available on Amazon Prime now. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and originally aired in the UK on Channel 4. Amazon is just the US distributor and not really a producer. So far I’ve just seen the first episode titled “The Hood Maker”. I’ve not read the short story that is the basis of this episode but I can tell you very much that had I not known it was based on one of his stories I would’ve compared it to his work. It’s very much into the tone and content that we expect from this sci-fi icon who sadly passed away in 1982.

The story takes place in a near future with low technology. According to a synopsis online, humanity’s only mechanism for long-distance communication are mutant telepaths. As though it is clear these mutant telepaths known as “Teeps” are the center of the story, I did not really understand their role in society as described in this online summary. The episode opens with a group of protesters marching through the streets and alleyways of a slum. Hiding just out of sight are a group of riot police and some other plainclothes police officers accompanied by a strange woman with a scar across her eye. It soon becomes apparent that she is a telepath who is reading the minds of the protesters. She trying to discover if they are dangerous or not. She dismisses some of them as harmless but eventually points out a few that could be troublemakers. Then one of the protesters senses that his mind is being read and the protesters takeoff and charge the storm troopers creating a riot.

One of the protesters is wearing a hooded mask and takes off running. The detective chases him down and arrests him. It’s only halfway through the riot that we realize that the protesters are protesting the telepaths and the fact that their private thoughts are being invaded.

We later learned that this female telepath named Honor is working with the detective Agent Ross as a part of a pilot program to make use of her abilities in their investigations. We aren’t really sure what it is that the Agent is looking for or what his particular law enforcement department is in charge of. But we get the sense that this is a bit of a police state. There is apparently law that permits telepath abilities to be used on criminal suspects because she interrogates the suspect mentally. He tries desperately to resist but she manages to get information out of him about other people and his cell of the resistance group. The agent remarks to her “you raped him pretty good there.” She explained she had to push hard because he was resisting so much.

We eventually find out that the hood he was wearing is capable of blocking out telepathic signals. The hoods start popping up in various places and so the quest is on to find out who is producing and distributing them.

Without revealing the entire story we can tell you that there is sort of a three way tension going on between the government investigators, the rebel protesters, and the Teeps themselves. The Teeps are being treated as second-class citizens who live in a ghetto like environment and are exploited in a variety of ways. We also find Agent Ross and telepath Honor falling into a relationship that eventually finds them sleeping together. Ross is played by Richard Madden you may remember best as Robb Stark from Game of Thrones. Honor is played by Holliday Granger who played Bonnie Parker in the 2013 TV miniseries Bonnie & Clyde as well as Lucretia Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias.

In this episode less than one hour long they do a great job of exploring very difficult themes of trust, privacy, and the rights of individuals versus an authoritarian government. There are couple of plot twists that I won’t spoil but I reveal that there is a bit of a twist just to say how well-written and deeply layered and nuanced this entire story is in a very short amount of time. The screenplay was written by Matthew Graham who is known for writing for the TV series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes as well as three Doctor Who episodes and the TV miniseries Childhood’s End.

The production quality is excellent. The world they have created feels like a low-tech version of the slum areas in Blade Runner. Considering that is also a PKD world it’s no surprise it feels familiar. Also the theme that everything isn’t exactly what it seems to be is very much in line with the typical PKD story. He likes to play with the ideas of perception versus reality.

If this episode is any indication of the quality of the remaining 9 episodes then this is a real treat for those who love sci-fi that makes you think and doesn’t pull any punches on social commentary. If you’re looking for mindless space opera then this is not for you. But if you aren’t afraid to think and have your mind expanded a little bit then this is a definite must-see. I’m giving it a strong rating of “I really like it”.

“The Four” Tries to Be Different but You Will Have To Decide for Yourself

Fox has just premiered a new singing competition show titled “The Four: Battle for Stardom”. It’s really difficult to give a review for such a program because the quality of the program in many ways depends upon the quality of the contestants. A phrase like “quality of the contestants” is a very subjective thing that varies according to a person’s taste. Also even in established competition programs like “The Voice” and “American Idol” they have had good years and bad years. So the only thing I can really judge is if I like the format of the competition. This particular show tries to break out and do something different with its format. So let’s take a look at it.

It’s called “The Four” because at any given time there are four artists in the competition. At the beginning these contestants were preselected by the judges and/or producers. Then as each new contestant comes along their goal is to unseat one of the four.

The judges are Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk. The host of the show is Fergie. The show is scheduled to run six episodes of two hours each. The entire program takes place in front of the studio audience. There are some brief interviews with contestants as they are introduced but there are no biographical pieces about the contestants in their home like you might get on American Idol or America’s Got Talent. Also there is no mentoring of the contestants like The Voice or American Idol.

A challenger contestant comes on stage and after a couple of brief questions from the judges they perform a song. There’s no evidence of a live on stage band so it appears the accompaniment is all prerecorded. After some comments from the judges, the judges vote on whether or not to allow the contestant to challenge one of the four. It takes unanimous vote of the 4 judges. Theoretically the vote is anonymous but from the comments of the judges it’s generally pretty obvious who voted no when that happens. Or perhaps after the vote is in, one of the judges will admit they voted no and perhaps explain why.

If the contestant gets unanimous approval by the judges then they get to pick which of “The Four” seated contestants they want to challenge for their seat. At the beginning, the four contestants are a pretty diverse group with a female rapper, a hip-hop singer, an R&B singer, and a pop singer. So depending on the style of the contestant, they are naturally going to pick someone in their own genre if possible. Once the contestant has picked which of the four they are going to challenge, that seated contestant performs first. Then the challenger performs another song for which they are judged against the seated contestant. The decision whether or not the challenger unseats the chosen one of the four is made by an audience vote. They vote on an app on their smart phone. Presumably a link was provided to them when they came into the audience. If the audience approves, the challenger takes a seat among the four and the process repeats.

According to the explanations given, somewhere at the end of the season, the four will compete against one another to pick at ultimate champion. The prize includes a recording contract and mentoring from the judges on the show.

In general I don’t like head-to-head battles in reality competitions. It’s the reason I quit watching The Voice. I much prefer a format where everyone gets to compete and then the worst of the bunch gets voted out by some means or another.

One of the challenging decision that producers have to make in designing a format is how to balance the votes of the judges versus a public vote. Shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent the judges pick the initial contestants after that most of the power is in the hands of the audience. Dancing with the Stars uses a 50/50 system that balances the judges votes with the TV audience. I think I like the idea that the judges pick whether or not a contestant is worthy to challenge but the ultimate decision is left up to the audience vote. By having that vote instantaneously with the studio audience rather than the viewing audience, they get the results right away. You don’t have to wait until the next episode to find out if someone moves on. It also frees them up to pre-record everything and they don’t have to have the live broadcasts.

Although this format doesn’t have the “vote out the weakest player” feature that I like, somehow this particular format is less objectionable to me that the heads up battles of The Voice. Even though it is heads up, the idea that you have a challenger and an established player going against one another makes it a little more interesting than having contestants who are essentially equals going after one another.

The styles of music are bit more diverse than the strictly pop/country formats of American Idol and TheVoice. You don’t get a lot of rap or hip-hop on those programs. I’ve also thought that American Idol realizes that its audience consists of people closer to my age because they will have theme nights devoted to the Beatles, Tony Bennett, classic rock, classic country or maybe even Andrew Lloyd Webber. The genres covered in this show skew towards a younger modern audience.

I haven’t decided if I will continue to watch the show or not considering how far behind I am on shows that I like a lot better than this one. Also we have a new round of American Idol coming up so I may just wait for it to premier in a few weeks.

Ultimately I suppose I would have to rate it “Could Be Watchable” with the advice of saying it’s something that’s very much dependent upon personal taste so you will have to make your own decisions.

Fox’s New “9-1-1” Shows Potential

Fox recently premiered a new action drama titled “9-1-1” featuring first responders from police, fire and paramedics as well as a 911 operator. It is set in Los Angeles. The series is created and produced by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy who are most known for creating “American Horror Story”.

It features an ensemble cast and of course we get to see much of their family life and troubles in addition to the action of their day-to-day job. Angela Bassett plays police officer Athena Grant with a troubled marriage because her husband Michael just came out of the closet as gay. We get to see him reveal this fact to their 2 teenage children. He is played by Rockmond Dunbar who you may recall from the last few seasons of Sons of Anarchy where he played Police Lt. Eli Roosevelt or as “C-note” from Prison Break.

We also have Connie Britton as 911 operator Abby Clark. She struggles as a 42-year-old single woman who has to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s in her off-hours. She’s also frustrated by the fact that most of the time she never figures out how one of her calls turns out because once the police and/or fire arrive, they usually hang up on her.

Finally we have Peter Krause who plays fire Capt. Bobby Nash. Most recently he was seen as con man Christopher Hall in ABC’s “The Catch” (which I really miss). However he has better noun as Adam Braverman from “Parenthood“. Bobby has been back on the force only 18 months after being suspended for alcohol and drug use. His substance abuse he credits to the stress of the job. He goes to confession once a week to confess is drug and alcohol abuse even though he’s sober. He is also struggling to mentor a hotshot rookie firefighter who can’t keep his pants zipped and often gets it on with the women that he rescues.

For the most part it’s just your ordinary police, fire, paramedic drama with all of their emotional baggage of their family life thrown in. But there’s something appealing about this particular show that I can’t quite put my finger on. Minor spoilers here from the pilot episode.

The first few emergencies we see include a woman who jumps off a building and dies despite Bobby trying to talk her down. Someone flushes a newborn baby down the toilet and they have to cut a hole in the apartment wall beneath there to get the infant out of the drainpipe. We get a woman who is nearly strangled to death by her pet snake. But the most exciting sequence is a 10-year-old girl who is home alone while her mom went out to get fast food and burglars broke in. She hides in the bedroom while 911 operator Abby tries to figure out her location. A bit of plot driven technology in that the girl’s smart phone doesn’t have GPS (highly unlikely these days). The girl has recently moved into the house and doesn’t know her own address. They have to try to locate her without tipping off the intruders. It ends up turning into a harrowing hostage situation.

Something about the way each of these sequences is portrayed makes it for very compelling viewing. Normally I’m a little bit cynical about action shows that spend too much time dealing with people’s day-to-day lives (cough SEAL Team on CBS). But for some reason these stories don’t seem to get in the way. They actually help humanize and fill out what could otherwise be cliché stereotype characters.

I don’t watch Chicago Fire or Chicago PD so this may seem a little bit derivative of those. But overall I think it has lots of potential. It reminds me a lot of the old 1972 paramedic action drama “Emergency!” which I really enjoyed. For now I’m giving it a rating of “I’m watching it”. If your TV schedule isn’t already to full you might want to check it out.

“LA to Vegas” Should Be Grounded. Not Worth Your Time.

Fox’s new sitcom “LA to Vegas” is a workplace comedy about the flight crew and regular passengers of a budget airline that flies LA to Vegas on Friday night and return trip on Sunday night. It stars Dylan McDermott as Capt. Dave the pilot. He is constantly looking for opportunities to bang women in the cockpit. Stewardess Ronnie played by Kim Matula hates her job and wants to move onto a better airline and better route. Steward Bernard played by Nathan Lee Graham provides a bit of stereotypical gay comedic quips that are mildly funny but generally missed the mark. Veteran comedic Swedish actor Peter Stormare is also mildly funny as a professional gambler who is a regular passenger. But even that isn’t enough to save the show.

I suppose you could describe it as “The Office” on board an airplane. But I never have been a fan of that kind of low-key humor and didn’t like The Office at all. So I can’t really do much of a comparison to say whether this is better or worse.

For me this kind of humor just doesn’t work to begin with and so I can’t judge if this is just my dislike for the type of show or if it really is as bad as it seems. Ultimately my criteria for any sitcom is “Did it make me laugh?”. This one didn’t.

I’m rating this one a very definite “Skip It“.

Finally caught up… Leonard returns to Roseann; Cooper and Legend do Superstar; More Robot, Punisher, and Van Helsing; Star Wars is grossest

We finally get caught up on entertainment news with these items from December 2016. By the way I made the conscious decision not to try to track all of the various media people who have been taken down by allegations of sexual impropriety. It’s not that I don’t care about the issue. I very much do so. But the deluge of reports has been so widespread in the media that I’ve not bothered to repeat much if any of it here. I’ve only mentioned some of the fallout such as the retooling of the final season of House of Cards and to highlight a couple of lesser-known media people such as the executive producer of Supergirl/Arrow etc. and a DC comics editor. Today we add to the list journalist John Hockenberry who is probably the only person who served as a war correspondent in Afghanistan while being confined to a wheelchair by spinal board injury. He was a bit of a hero of mine. Met him once at a disability conference and very much enjoyed his autobiography Moving Violations. He has acknowledged some of his inappropriate behavior and apologized so give him some credit for that. One other interesting recent revelation. Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson confirms that Harvey Weinstein ordered him not to cast Ashley Judd or Mira Sorvino in the Rings Trilogy.

 

In the links below see:

Postmortem interview with producer of Berlin Station at the end of season 2. I really love this show.

Interview with creator of Netflix anthology series Black Mirror

Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated December 13

Postmortem interview with producers of Mr. Robot on season 3 finale and looking forward to season 4.

Interview with Star Wars director, writer, producer about deleted scenes

Article explaining $10 million reshoot to replace Kevin Spacey by Christopher Plummer in “All the Money in the World”.

Interview with Kit Harrington about the end of Game of Thrones, Gunpowder and beyond

Spoilers from Inside Line dated January 2

 

Not in the links below but also of interest:

Johnny Galecki will take time out from his Big Bang Theory duties to return as David on the ABC revival of Roseanne Barr show. Show will premiere on ABC March 27.

Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for season 3. Given its popularity that was no surprise.

CBS announced primary days for 2 midseason shows. “Living Biblically” prepared February 27 is about a man who decides to start living his life strictly according to the teachings of the Bible. I wonder if that means he will murder his son if his son disrespects him (see Leviticus 20:9) Also the other show is “Instinct” story Alan Cumming who is a celebrated author and college professor who also happens to be a former CIA operative. He gets back into the life after a detective needs his help to stop a serial killer who is using his first book as a guide. Premiers March 11.

The 2018 Oscar ceremony will start at 8 PM instead of traditional 8:30.

Franz Drameh who plays Jax on Legends of Tomorrow has left the show as of the midseason finale

Production of HBO series Westworld was briefly delayed by the California wildfires. It has resumed.

Production on CBS series SWAT was also briefly delayed by the wildfires.

Berlin Station has be renewed by Epix for season 3 and I can’t wait.

Quentin Tarantino has been pushing to direct a new Star Trek movie that would be R-rated. Nothing green lit yet.

NBC is planning a live production Of Jesus Christ Superstar for Sunday, April 1 Easter. Hold onto your hats! None other than Alice Cooper has been cast in the role of King Herod! John Legend  will play Jesus. We can hardly wait!!

Netflix announced Jessica Jones season 2 will premiere March 8 and we can’t wait.

RIP Bruce Brown movie producer who created classic surf documentary Endless Summer. He was 80

The Good Fight returns to CBS All Access for season 2 on March 4. This show is almost worth subscribing to the service.

The Punisher has been renewed for season 2 by Netflix

RIP movie producer Howard Gottfried who produced “Network” and “Altered States” among others. He was 94

USA Network announced Mr. Robot has been renewed for season 4

Dominic Purcell says that season 6 of “Prison Break”is still a possibility. Let’s hope so.

Oprah will receive the Cecil B deMille award at this year’s Golden Globes

Clint Eastwood’s new movie “15:17 to Paris” has won its appeal to have its rating changed from R to PG-13.

Disney has reached a multibillion-dollar deal to purchase much of Fox. Fans hope it means the unification of the MCU.

Apple streaming service has ordered a outerspace drama series from Ronald D Moore who created the reboot of Battle Star Galactica. That should be interesting.

Once Upon A Time returns to ABC on March 2

BBC America has canceled “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” after 2 seasons. I desperately tried to like the first season but it just didn’t work for me. Was surprised it got renewed once.

Syfy Channel as renewed Van Helsing for season 3. I watch it but it’s just okay. Nothing great.

None of the $10 million it took to re-shoot “All the Money in the World” to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer went to costars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. They agreed to the reshoot for no additional money.

Stargate Origins will premiere on MGM streaming service on February 15 for 10 episodes. This is a prequel to the original series/movies

A remake of “A Star Is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will be released October 5, 2018

Epix has canceled Nick Nolte series “Graves” about a former president after 2 seasons. I watched a couple of episodes and it was just okay.

RIP sports broadcasting legend Dick Enberg age 82

91 TV series were canceled or died a natural death in 2017

RIP animator Bob Givens who worked on classic Bugs Bunny cartoons. Age 90

Talks are underway to bring back “Mad about You” with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one. I loved that show.

New series on Syfy Channel “Krypton” to premier March 21

RIP actress Rose Marie who costarred on the old Dick Van Dyke show as Sally Rogers. Age 94.

RIP mystery writer Sue Grafton age 77

Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Showtime has canceled “White Famous” after one season

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was officially the highest grossing movie of the year. Over $1 billion worldwide. Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast was number 2

Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” season 2 premiers March 30

Hoda Kotb as been named coanchor of the Today Show replacing Matt Lauer

 

 

 

 

‘Berlin Station’ EP On Tonight’s Finale, The Far Right’s Rise, Ashley Judd & Season 3

‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker On Season 4, Comedy, Jodie Foster & Potential Animated Spin-Off

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on The Originals, Gotham, Roseanne, NCIS, Grey’s, S.H.I.E.L.D., Timeless and More

‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Finale Shocker: Sam Esmail On Tonight’s Revelation, Surprise Guest & What’s Next In Season 4

Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Talk ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes And Finding Light In The Dark Of Episode VIII

How Ridley Scott, Dan Friedkin, Runner-Up Christopher Plummer & $10M Reshoot Ransomed Getty Kidnap Pic Back From Kevin Spacey Scandal Death Sentence

Kit Harington On The End Of ‘Game Of Thrones,’ ‘Gunpowder’ & What’s Next

Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on X-Files, Lucifer, The Originals, Once, Blindspot, Chi Med, MacGyver, Crazy Ex and More

 

Not quite so out of date entertainment news from November 2016

Continuing to try to get caught up on entertainment news we now move on to stories posted in November 2016.

 

In the links below see:

Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated November 3

Spoilers from Inside Line dated November 14

Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated November 17

 

Not in the links below are the following items of interest:

The Twilight Zone will get a reboot at streaming service CBS All Access

RIP actor Brad Bufanda who had a recurring role on Veronica Mars. Committed suicide by jumping off a building at age 34.

After the Kevin Spacey scandals Netflix has announced House of Cards will continue for one more season with Spacey written out of the show.

Showtime has renewed Shameless four season 9

Jack and Audrey back together again! Kim Raver will guest star in a multi-episode arc on Designated Survivor

Rian Johnson who wrote and directed The Last Jedi will write and direct a new Star Wars trilogy separate from the Skywalker series.

RIP famous gossip columnist Liz Smith age 94

Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled to release in November 2019

Among some of the lesser-known figures to have been fired in the wake of sexual harassment allegations are the executive producer of Arrow and the DC comics editor in charge of Superman.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 will appear on Hulu in April

“You’re the Worst” has been renewed for a fifth and final season on FXX

Former Castle star Stana Katic will starting a new Amazon streaming thriller titled “Absentia” about an FBI agent who returns home after vanishing several years ago.

Dharma goes zombie hunting! Jenna Elfman known for playing Dharma on “Dharma and Greg” will join season 4 of “Fear of the Walking Dead”

Production on “Veep” final season 7 has been postponed while Julia Louis Dreyfus undergoes treatment for breast cancer

The sequel to Fantastic Beasts will be titled “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” scheduled for release November 2018

NBC Olympics will live stream 1800 hrs. of coverage of the Winter Olympics in February

TV Land has canceled Lopez starring George Lopez

Netflix as ordered my new series titled Messiah about a present-day return of Jesus

Netflix will release season 4 of Grace and Frankie on January 19

CMT has announced Nashville will end after season 6

RIP rockstar Malcolm Young guitars and cofounder of AC/DC

RIP country singer and actor Mel Tillis age 85.

RIP actor Earl Hyman who played Cliff Huxtable’s father on The Cosby Show age 91

Amazon streaming will release all 10 episodes of anthology series “Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams” on January 12

RIP jazz icon and actress Della Reese at age 86

Syfy channel announced season 3 of The Magicians will premiere January 10

NBC has renewed offbeat comedy The Good Place for season 3. I initially liked it but I think it’s getting old.

RIP singer and actor David Cassidy known for playing Keith Partridge in the Partridge family age 67

Seth Meyers will host the 2018 Golden Globe awards on January 7

Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been renewed for season 2 on Netflix

RIP actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard he was 89

Lennie James a.k.a. Morgan Jones will cross over from The Walking Dead to Fear The Walking Dead

Meghan Markle will be leaving Suits to marry Prince Harry

CBS series “Wisdom of the Crowd” will end after just 13 episodes. Series star Jeremy for event is facing sexual misconduct allegations. But the show probably would not have lasted anyway. It wasn’t that good.

CBS sitcoms “Man with the Plan” and “Superior Donuts” have picked up full season orders

This month’s Chris Young “Sure sign of the coming apocalypse award” notice to MTV for relighting another installment of Jersey Shore.

CBS as expanded its order for the next season of Elementary from 13 to 21 episodes.

Showtime has renewed SMILF for season 2

Michael Greene and Brad Fuller will no longer be showing for “American Gods” season 2 on Starz

Netflix has renewed “Mindhunter” for season 2

RIP actor Jim Nabors who was Gomer Pyle on TV age 87

 

 

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on New Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Little Lies, Flash, Walking Dead, Will & Grace and More

Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Timeless, Lucifer, New Girl, Arrow, #OneChicago, Supergirl, Grey’s, The Flash and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Good Doctor, Roseanne, Chicago Fire, Supernatural, Walking Dead, The Flash and More

 

More out of date entertainment news from September and October 2016

Continuing to catch up on my out of date entertainment news. Here are the stories from September an early October 2016. For some reason I got out of sequence and already did part of October. I don’t know how September and early October got skipped.

 

In the links below read:

Spoilers from Inside Line dated September 13

Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated September 22

Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated October 3

 

Not in the links below but still of interest:

The first new series to be canceled this season is “Me, Myself, and I” after just six episodes. I’m very disappointed. I really liked it.

RIP actor Frank Vincent who played mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos and Goodfellows, age 78 complications of heart surgery

Syfy Channel has greenlight a series Nightflyers and outerspace series based on a novella by George RR Martin. Set in a future where Earth faces imminent destruction and a group of explorers head into space to meet an alien ship that may hold the key to our survival. Martin will not be involved with the project.

Trevor Noah will continue to host The Daily Show on Comedy Central through 2022

TV and radio host Larry King has announced he has lung cancer

Rumor has it that Game of Thrones is shooting multiple endings.

Outlander had series record audience numbers for its season 3 premier on Starz. I’m a big fan.

RIP character actor Henry Dean Stanton at age 91. Most recently appeared in latest season of Twin Peaks

Word is both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will return for the next reboot of the Terminator films.

RIP Jake LaMotta who was the subject of the boxing film Raging Bull. He was 95

RIP game show host Monty Hall at age 96.

RIP rock icon Tom Petty age 66

TMT announced Major Crimes season 6 will be in the last

It has been confirmed that Pauley Perrette a.k.a. Abby Sciuto is leaving NCIS at the end of the currencies

ABCs reboot of American Idol will feature Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie as judges

HBO has announced Veep season 7 will be it’s last.

The Doctor Who spinoff series “Class” has been canceled after one season

RIP comic book legend Len Wein cocreator of Wolverine and the editor of Watchmen age 69

JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars episode IX

History Channel has renewed Vikings for season 6

HBO has renewed John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” through 2020

Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Lucifer, Flash, Supernatural, Gotham, #OneChicago, Elementary and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey’s, SVU, Teen Wolf, Riverdale, Supergirl, Suits, The Flash, Once, Last Man and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on This Is Us, Flash, New Girl, Arrow, Grey’s Anatomy, The Blacklist, Supernatural and More