News Briefs: Starz Is Releasing 50 Cent's New Drama Power on Twitter

By Kaitlin Thomas

May 31, 2014

THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

... Starz is looking to trump AMC—which recently debuted the first episode of its about-to-premiere computer drama Halt and Catch Fire on Tumblr—by premiering its upcoming series Power on Twitter. From executive producer 50 Cent of "In Da Club" fame, Power follows a club owner (Omari Hardwick) who'd like to go legit instead of being a drug kingpin. Starz will post the full pilot episode on Twitter this Sunday, June 1 at midnight, just under a one week before the show's June 7 premiere. You can even watch the first five minutes of it right now. Clearly, neither AMC nor Starz got the memo that Tumblr is for Grumpy Cat and Dylan O'Brien .GIFs and Twitter is for jokes and retweeting TV.com links. [Mashable]


BUSINESS TIME

... Attention ladies who would like to be the CEO of their own lives, I have FABULOUS news! Tyra Banks is returning to daytime TV with a brand-new syndicated talk show in 2015, and she promises that it will help you get there. The as-yet-untitled program will feature celebrities and experts giving lifestyle advice, but Tyra will be kind enough to allow "everyday people" on the show, too! There's no target premiere date at the moment, but please locate your fiercest face sometime between now and January so that you'll be ready when there is. [ABC via press release]

... The Simpsons has debuted a new character... in a video game. Chester Dupree is an "unemployed slacker brother-in-law to everyone's favorite laughing doctor Julius Hibbert" in The Simpsons Tapped Out. He was mentioned in the 2012 episode "Gone Abie Gone," but never appeared on screen. [Splitsider]

... I might not have been super gung-ho about Bill Lawrence's new sitcom Undateable, but the NBC comedy managed to pull in a 1.3 rating among in the 18-to-49 demographic on Thursday, which is pretty good for a summer comedy debut. In fact, it was the highest-rated premiere in five years for a summer comedy on one of the main broadcast networks. Was it the Backstreet Boys song that drew everyone in? I bet it was the Backstreet Boys song. [THR]

... If you remember the music specials Movies Rock and Fashion Rocks, then congratulations because your brain is better than mine! Your prize is that you'll know what I'm talking about when I say they're making a comeback. Last broadcast on CBS in 2007 and 2008, respectively, they'll air later this year on CBS as part of the network's attempt to bring live "event television" to your living room. Fashion Rocks will air during Fashion Week, which is scheduled to place from September 4 to September 11 and Movies Rock will air sometime in mid-December. [NY Times]



CASTING NEWS

... Things are looking super good for Leith and Greer next season on Reign, because Jonathan Keltz has been upped to a series regular for Season 2! As for the ongoing dramatic love affair between Mary and Francis, I have no idea. Please stop asking. [Deadline]

... Actor and songwriter Kris Kristofferson has landed the role of President Andrew Jackson in the upcoming History miniseries Texas Rising, which explores the Texas Revolution and the rise of the infamous Texas Rangers. Jackson is a mentor to Bill Paxton's character, General Sam Houston. I hope Paxton's men are paying close attention, because if his character at any time he dons a turtleneck, it's probably a good indication that he's playing for the opposite team. [THR]

... Richard E. Grant (Doctor Who) has joined the cast of USA's six-part event series Dig, which stars Jason Isaacs as an archaeologist who uncovers a 2,000-year-old conspiracy that threatens to change history as we know it. Grant will play Ian Margrove, an archaeologist from Cambridge who's heading up a dig in Jerusalem. Following the murder of an American archaeologist, Isaac's character Peter begins to suspect that Margrove knows more than he's letting on. [THR]


REQUIRED READING

... Have you ever wondered why the Emmys and Golden Globes consistently snub Game of Thrones? HBO programming boss Michael Lombardo recently spoke to EW about that very topic! He says we can chalk it up to the fact the Emmys never have and never will understand the supernatural/fantasy genre—which, as we all know, is a common belief that affects plenty of other shows and not just GoT. Right now Joss Whedon is off somewhere drinking heavily and mumbling, "I told you so!" in a voicemail to David Benioff. [EW


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... Tim thinks you should check out the premiere of AMC's new drama Halt and Catch Fire on Sunday, June 1!

... Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal called Oberyn's offer to fight for Tyrion a big "f--k you" to the Lannisters.

... Here are six reasons you should be watching Ricky Gervais' comedy Derek on Netflix.

... The Arsenio Hall Show was canceled three months after it was renewed for Season 2.


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  • numberonecubsfa Jun 05, 2014

    You guys have expressed annoyance with the term "event series" in place of the more traditional (and accurate) "mini-series". Yet you guys keep using "event series" to describe them all the same. Make up your mind and stop spreading the problem.

  • hockeyrick Jun 03, 2014

    undateable is UNWATCHABLE!

  • Devon39219 Jun 02, 2014

    reading the comments below: hah everyone is so nice to each other here..

  • ionee24 Jun 01, 2014

    I don't care if The Emmys and Golden Globes snub Game of Thrones, mainly because I don't watch them whenever the show isn't nominated in a deserving category.

    Yep, you heard it. I snub you whenever you snub GoT

  • Writerpatrick Jun 01, 2014

    So how are they going to fit an entire show into just 50 words?

  • jerky_666 Jun 01, 2014

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  • Draconax Jun 02, 2014

    He's talking about how "Power" is debuting on Twitter.

  • LiseLotteDive May 31, 2014

    I hear you Emmys. I don't get GoT or the fantasy genre at all. Yup, you fans or fanatics are welcome to behead me,,,,I am a Viking at heart and will stick with Vikings.

  • jerky_666 Jun 01, 2014

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  • LiseLotteDive Jun 01, 2014

    You can't offend me, I did try it and fell asleep out of boredom.

  • jerky_666 Jun 01, 2014

    Never seen an episode myself. Not trying to offend. Just indirectly recommending further education.

  • Bottron Jun 01, 2014

    Hey buddy, this is tv.com not YouTube! Unless you have something to add, blow it out your ass.

  • Writerpatrick Jun 01, 2014

    Fiction genres are like races. They're not 100% pure. Even romance has some fantasy elements in it. Vikings would be historical fiction, although it likely attracts fantasy fans.

  • ayyyy1 May 31, 2014

    What Backstreet Boys song?

  • jerky_666 Jun 01, 2014

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  • ayyyy1 Jun 01, 2014

    I didn't watch it.

  • Bottron May 31, 2014

    Game of Thrones IS NOT a supernatural show. Dragons and Zombies aren't enough to call a show supernatural. There is no magic, and being really good at killing people isn't a superpower. Game of Thrones is the show about not-Engand, and it only skirts up to line of fantasy an then runs away as fast as it can.

  • Draconax Jun 02, 2014

    If dragons, shadow babies, visions, resurrection, illusions, giants, dire wolves and ice zombies don't make a show a fantasy, I don't know what does.

  • jerky_666 Jun 01, 2014

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  • Writerpatrick Jun 01, 2014

    The article says "supernatural/fantasy" and GoT is a full-blown fantasy show. Fantasy isn't always about magic, although there has been a little magic in GoT. And there is dragons. Supernatural or horror is a type of fantasy, although both tend to be classified along with science fiction as speculative fiction. The show Supernatural would probably be considered dark fantasy.

  • Bottron Jun 01, 2014

    If you really want to split hairs every television show is a fantasy. But just because something takes place in a medieval-esque times doesn't make it "fantasy". "Vikings" has a lot of sword fights (and more battles than have ever been shown in GoT) but I wouldn't call it a fantasy show. Like I said, I don't think Dragons and Zombies once a season does a fantasy show make, nor does the make believe land of Westeros. When I think of a fantasy television show I think of "Legend of the Seeker", "Merlin" or even "Atlantis" all with lots of creatures, magic and the sense of adventure.

  • Writerpatrick Jun 02, 2014

    What makes Game of Thrones a fantasy is that it's set in a fictional world utilizing primitive technology. Or maybe you'd rather argue with Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Game_of_Thrones

  • MarlboroMagpi May 31, 2014

    Undateable got high ratings simply because what else is there to watch on Thur night?

  • Anonymous_A May 31, 2014

    It really frustrates me how there isn't a category for genre shows come awards season. From the Emmys to the Critics Choice Awards, there's categories for Drama, Comedy, Miniseries/Movie and even for Reality! It's about time that the genre shows get a little respect and GoT is certainly a good starting point (seriously they better nominate Dinklage after the great work he's been doing this season).

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