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OKAY, BUT WILL THERE BE ZOMBIES?

... The new TV project from The Walking Dead (comic) creator Robert Kirkman has landed at Cinemax. Outcast, which has been in development for a while, is based on an upcoming comic book and follows a character who has been possessed since his childhood as he searches for answers. As soon as this adds zombies it will be great. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... National Geographic's original movie Killing Kennedy broke the network's record for total viewers, drawing 3.4 million pairs of eyeballs on Sunday. That topped the 3.35 million viewers who checked out Killing Lincoln, NatGeo's previous record-holder. I know that I tuned in because I thought the movie was talking about killing Jaime Kennedy, so wake me up when that one gets made. [Variety]

... VH1's Mob Wives is coming back for a fourth season, and it will do so under a new name: Mob Wives: New Blood. Hopefully we can remember that when we're flipping through the dials looking for Mob Wives! I know that can be tricky, but if we put our minds to it and pray hard enough, we can all avert a ratings tragedy. Mob Wives: New Blood returns/debuts December 5 at 10pm on VH1. Classic "mob wives" Renee Graziano, Drita D'Avanzo, and Big Ang will be joined by "new blood" Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio. [VH1 via press release] 

... Sorry for all the boring news today, but I've got one more item to get through before we get to some more exciting stuff: A&E's Rodeo Girls has a new series premiere date. The reality show will now debut over two nights, on Wednesday, December 11 at 11pm and Thursday, December 12 at 10pm. After that, look for it on Thursdays at 10pm. The series follows five female barrel racers (?) who travel across the country competing at rodeos. [A&E via press release]

... Travel Channal has greenlit five new shows! Eat Secrets will be hosted by Adam Richman as he travels across the country, unearthing hidden gems and off-the-menu items. Resort Recon, hosted by Shane Green, follows the hospitality expert as he fixes problems picked up by hidden cameras catching employees in the act. And Hotel Secrets & Legends, National Parks Secrets & Legends, and Castle Secrets & Legends will—you guessed it—expose secrets and legends about whatever their titles indicate. [Travel Channel via press release]

... Hey, want to see a tease of HBO's upcoming gay dramedy Looking? Here you go:


... That Murder, She Wrote reboot that NBC is cooking up? Well, it probably won't be called Murder, She Wrote, and new star Octavia Spencer won't be playing famed character Jessica Fletcher AS IT SHOULD BE. So basically, this will be a Murder, She Wrote update that will have nothing to do with Murder, She Wrote. Nice work, NBC! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Encore's family of cable channels will undergo some very, very specific, rerun-centered rebranding starting December 2. Encore Drama will now be... ahem, Encore Black, and "showcase programming for the African-American community," including shows like Diff'rent StrokesWhat's Happening!, and Amen. Encore Love will become Encore Classic, and target "Baby Boomers" with repeats of Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., and Night Court. And Encore Español will focus on Spanish-language programming. Finally, Encore Suspense will be all horror movies. [Encore via press release]

... ABC's once-promising Sunday-night lineup anchored by devious women is sinking. Revenge tied a series low yesterday with 1.4 rating among adults, Once Upon a Time tied a season low with a 2.1, and Betrayal pooped out a dismal 0.8. Bring back 666 Park Avenue and Zero Hour! [TV Line]

... Charlie Sheen has offered to kiss and make up with Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre over Twitter, so this is totally official. [Charlie Sheen's Twitter]


CASTING NEWS

... David Cross (Arrested Development, Mr. Show, Alvin and the Chipmunks teehee but whatevs he made bank) will guest-star in the fifth season of Community, news that makes me wonder why it's taken so long for David Cross to guest-star on Community. He'll play the son of Jonathan Banks' upcoming professor character, in an episode that's supposedly the semi-sequel to one of my all-time favorite episodes, "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons." Yes, there will be more D&D. I eagerly await seeing more of Hector the Well-Endowed. [Vulture]


SAD NEWS

... Actor Paul Mantee, who played Detective Al Corassa in CBS's Cagney & Lacey, passed away at the age of 82. Mantee also appeared in Murder, She Wrote, Seinfeld, Kojak, and Robinson Crusoe on Mars. [The Wrap]


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AIRED ON 4/2/2017

Season 7 : Episode 16

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SAD news for Revenge and OUAT! :( Why can't people watch the good shows!

"Bring back 666 Park Avenue and Zero Hour!"
Why not? 666 PA was great!

Oucast sounds interesting.
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Speaking of new projects, how about somebody pull their head out of their upper colon (new show based on Ghost? Green light it!!!) and whip up a show based on the rock/pop art scene in NYC centered around the Velvet Underground--Andy Warhol--Exploding Plastic Inevitable? You'd have awesome music, the iconic inventor of Pop Art, plus all the nasty, crazy, outrageous "superstars" of the Warhol scene (Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Candy Darling, etc), Lou Reed, John Cale, AND all the rock gods boning Edie and Nico (Jim Morrison, Dylan, Jackson Browne (true!), and so on......just a thought.

Then again, nah. Whoever did it would fuck it all up.......
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Is cable going the way of the dinosaur, ceding movies to streaming video? The Encore rebranding sounds horrible. What's the incentive for me to watch old broadcast shows on Encore? Fewer cuts than on Me, BET, or any of the other stations that have been rerunning those shows for years? The opportunity to see Magnum, P.I. without commercials? Admittedly, I do watch Have Gun - Will Travel sometimes, but paying to see stuff on TV that I could have seen for free 30 years ago not only seems like a ripoff, but redundant as well.
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Wow AMC must be kicking themselves for missing out on this one. With BrBa gone, Mad Men ending, and Hell On Wheels perennially meh, The Walking Dead is really all they have. All they can do is hope that is has an insanely long shelf-life, and that both its planned spinoff and Better Call Saul stick. AMC’s desperate, the loss of Outcast must even sorely felt.
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I wonder if they're regretting cancelling The Killing a second time now? Ah well, here's hoping they get some more interesting work coming up. Low Winter Sun was a very depressing entry in their nearly perfect run of shows thus far. (I know, I know, Rubicon didn't do well either...)
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No i think the killing of The Killing (lol) was more than justified, the ratings just weren't there, at below Rubicon levels even. And in regards to the future of the network, Low Winter Sun isn't the problem. The problem is that AMC is making the mistake of thinking that they're special, which they haven't been since the very beginning of Mad Men, when any new entry into the cable scripted drama race was considered noteworthy, let alone one of HBO-level quality.
After acquisitions of failed pilots Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead, AMC decided to leave behind the strategy that had left them 3 success stories for something way more unconventional. AMC would enact a system of what execs would call "bake-offs", in which President Charlie Collier would every year essentially humiliate potential EP's by making them perform in a series of competitions to win further consideration by the network. Talk about falsely conceited. Add to this their horrible treatment of showrunners, from the very pubic salary disputes with Men's Weiner and BrBa's Gilligan and the systematic firing and replacement of TWD's showrunners in Darabont and Mazzarra, any aspiring EP would have to be legally insane to want to pitch their Next Big Idea to AMC ahead of networks like FX, HBO, or Showtime.

AMC, get ready to fall far, and you only have yourself to blame.
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'Looking' is different from Ryan Murphy's (Inevitably terrible) gay series coming to HBO, right?
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Encore Black? Really? Maybe I'm just being an over-sensitive white guy, but that seems a tad offensive as a network brand.
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I knew the ratingd of Once Upon a Time weren't that great I just didn't know it was that bad.
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This whole season has been pretty disappointing and dragging out this whole Peter Pan storyline even further is just terrible. And for the love of God, no more Snow White flashback stories, there literally shouldn't be a part of her life story left to show us at this point!
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Looking looks like a bunch of cliches & misconceptiopns!
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Yes, ABC's once promising Sunday night line-up for the female demographic is flailing, and I'm very disappointed about it, but what can you do? It was pretty much over before it began.

They started developing it way too late in my opinion, by the time they were aiming for three hours worth of scripted dramas on a Sunday night for the 2011-12 season, Brothers & Sisters had just finished and Desperate Housewives was an aging show that wasn't the pull it used to be. While Once Upon A Time worked that season at 8.00, ABC have never found something for that 10.00pm slot: they tried Pan Am and Good Christian Bitches that same season, 666 Park Park Avenue and Red Widow the next (2012-13), and now we've got Betrayal.

Moving Revenge from Wednesday to Sunday's after Desperate Housewives finished was definitely a worthwhile attempt on ABC's part to try and make it work, but with only one season under its belt, I imagine Revenge didn't actually have the pull the network thought it did.

It still has some potential, but Revenge continues to slip, and who knows how long Once Upon A Time can hold, so they really need to sort out that 10,00pm slot. I'd suggest moving Revenge there to die quietly and trying another drama earlier.
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Whatever happened to Robert Kirkman's other show that AMC was supposed to pick up. Thief of Thieves?? They need to make a show about his book "Invincible". That and The Walking Dead are two of his best works.


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Super excited for "Looking" and you should be, too, lol. I mean, how can you not love Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey? They're just so nice.
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Kirkman's Outcast could be interesting, especially on Cinemax which allows for more mature content - I think you know what I mean, all round. But isn't anyone who's possessed just going to keep being taken over every time they try to find out what's real? Unless this is going to be the new Breaking Bad where he cooks ghost med's. Oh wait. I think that's a current reality show. Or may be a new cop show where possession really is nine tenths of the law. I've had too much coffee...
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Surely any MSW non-reboot must either feature the FBI tracking someone who is almost certainly a serial killer or the central character having a nervous breakdown due to people she knows constantly being murdered?
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is anybody going to watch Looking and not refer to it as "Girls: Gay Men Edition"? because that's what went through my head watching that...
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Somehow I can't picture David Cross on Community.
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Jamie Kennedy (you spelled it wrong, Tim) killed his own career, mystery solved!

"Travel Channal", Tim? Someone owes me fifty cents for proofreading this article. I'll take payment in bitcoin.

Why would NBC pay to remake Murder She Wrote and then keep nothing of the premise? Might as well just call it "Black Lady-Castle" instead... not to be confused with the high class smut mag of the same name. (How is that not already a porn site name, btw? "Because it's not remotely erotic" is clearly not a good enough reason anymore.)

Oh Encore, really, "Encore Black"? What the FRENCH, TOAST?!? Encore, y u so dum?

David Cross on Community? Ehhhhhhh.... I kinda don't want to see that. I'm sorry, there are some actors who are great but just won't work with Community and he's right up there, I suspect. Adam DeVine proved that all too well.
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Tim isn't good at spelling. Especially names.
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Black Lady-Castle was a Lords Only six yearly medieval production which ran out of circulation (much like the Lords) due to its being rendered on tapestry. Of course parchment speeded up the process considerably but by then the PC brigade where in force and closed the publication due to Muslamic outrage. I share a similar dilemma, even today, with regualr or balsamic salt.
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But that was back when the "black" in the title referred to ladies with the black plague, right?
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Yes, well, the readers wives section.
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Ugh. Love Community but hate David Cross. I guess I will just have to do like I do with Arrested Development and pretend his character is played by someone I don't want to punch until they pee blood.
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That Encore thing is ridiculous. Encore Black just sounds wrong. Why not just launch an "Encore TV" network for all?

If they show horror movies old and new without commercial interruption, that may be the best idea they have here. I always wanted some company to launch a "B-Movie" channel for all those great bad, or half-way decent, movies you never see otherwise including straight to video stuff, maybe bad TV movies, and whatever. They do not all have to be horror or sci-fi either. It would be nice if they showed some of those. Maybe have a B-Movie Theater on Friday nights since TCM moved TCM Underground to Saturday.

Thank goodness for the Murder, She Wrote reboot, non-reboot.

Sheen and Lorre, anyone care?
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If by chance you have EPIX channels, there is Epix Drive-In and it is B-movies.
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I do not believe I do. I get Comcast, so we have the majors and their sub-channels, Retroplex and related, Encore, TCM, AMC, Reelz, Lifetime Movie, MGM, and Independent Film Channel , There is Fear Net, but you have to pay for that.

Thanks for letting me know about Epix, I'll look to see we we get it now, as they change channels or add on occasion.
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They tried a B-Movie channel up here in Canada a few years ago...."Drive-In Classics". a mix of B movies of a wide range of quality, quirky hosts and a few series that ranged from mainstream reruns (Xena) to Canadian obscure (Hilarious house of Frightenstein).
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Tobias as Mike Ehrmantraut's son?

Since Jonathan Banks will be playing a professor, does this mean his degree is in analrapy?

Or is it the other way around, Cross is Mike's meth-head son who attends Method One classes?

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That episode of Community will be the greatest ever.
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More D&D in Community? YES PLEASE. I'd take an entire movie of them playing D&D in the study room. (Won't be the same without Pierce as a villain, though. Chevy killed it in that episode)
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