Morning Static: ONCE UPON A TIME, VEEP, LONGMIRE & More!

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• Late Success for Latecomer to Late Night: ‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’ Premieres Jan. 19.
• Not-So-Funny-Business: TV Land Pulls ‘Cosby Show’ Repeats.
• Casting Coup: Hugh Laurie’s Back on TV With Veep
• Mark Your Calendars: Fox’s ‘Empire’ To Debut After ‘American Idol’ On January 7.
• Netflix FTW! ‘Longmire’ Lives, Fans Rejoice As Netflix Signs Season Four Return
• Official: NBC Says It Stands by Current ‘Today’ Team
• Damon Lindeloff: The Lost interviews
• Mark Your Calendars: Portlandia Sets Season 5 Premiere Date.
• Clone Club Alert: Orphan Black Enlists Shameless Star Justin Chatwin for Season 3.
• Alias Alum Watch: Once Upon a Time Casts Alias Alum Merrin Dungey as Ursula.
• Dallas EPs: Attempt to Find Cancelled Show a New Home ‘Did Not Work Out’

On TV Tonight: Thursday November 20, 2014

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Grey’s Anatomy Scandal How to Get Away with Murder
CBS The Big Bang Theory Mom Two and a Half Men The McCarthys Elementary
CW The Vampire Diaries Reign
FOX Bones Gracepoint 
NBC The Biggest Loser: Glory Days Bad Judge A to Z Parenthood
MISC White Collar (USA)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
No Reservations (Travel)

Photo of the Day: Meet JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL

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Press Release: BBC AMERICA’s new original drama series, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is based on The New York Times bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter Harness (Wallander, Is Anybody There?).

The seven-part series stars Eddie Marsan (Best of Men, Ray Donovan, Filth) and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Restless, Hidden, Matilda) who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Further casting includes Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa, Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Hustle, Mad Dogs, The Musketeers), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming), and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, Easy Virtue). [Read more...]

Review: NEW GIRL Has Become a Show About Nothing

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In its fourth season, “New Girl” has become a show about nothing. And believe it or not, that’s something very few comedies have successfully pulled off in a post-”Seinfeld” world. “Happy Endings” succeeded, but only after a season of trying to contrive a plot based on how friendships are altered by two friends breaking up. “Cougar Town,” too, quickly became a critical favorite when it dumped its initial conceit and blossomed into a show about forty-somethings stuck in a wine-induced arrested development. [Read more...]

Morning Static: THE FOLLOWING, NETFLIX, STATE OF AFFAIRS & More!

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• Trailer Park: LOST GIRL Season 5
• Live From Washington DC: SNL’s Cecily Strong to headline WHCA dinner.
• Streaming Smarts: Netflix Postponing Bill Cosby Special.
• Nielsen Set to Report Netflix, Amazon Video Viewing — But Only Part of It
• Scoop: ‘The Following’ casts ‘Almost Human’ star as new big bad.
• Groan: Fox Developing Remake of BBC’s ‘Luther’ with Creator Neil Cross.
• Ratings: Katherine Heigl’s ‘State of Affairs’ Scores NBC’s Second Highest Drama Debut in 2 Years
• Interesting Read: Notes on Watching a Dead Show
• Attention Down Under: Netflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand next March.
• Reality Rocks: Why ‘MASTERCHEF JUNIOR’ is so incredibly fun.
• Ratings Watch: How ‘Gotham’ is Getting a Big Boost from Video on Demand
• Stocking Stuffer Alert: Save BIG on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on DVD and Blu-ray via Amazon.

On TV Tonight: Wednesday November 19, 2014

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Middle The Goldbergs Modern Family blackish Nashville
CBS Survivor: San Juan del Sur Criminal Minds Stalker
CW Arrow The 100
FOX Hell’s Kitchen Red Band Society American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
NBC The Voice Law & Order: SVU Chicago PD
Misc Kingdom (DirecTV) The League (FXX)
South Park/Key & Peele (Comedy)

Breaking TV News: TBS Orders 22 More Episodes of AMERICAN DAD!

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Press Release: TBS has ordered a new 22-episode season of Twentieth Century Fox Television’s animated hit American Dad!, which is currently in the midst of its first season as a TBS original. Created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, American Dad! is executive-produced by MacFarlane, Weitzman and new showrunner Brian Boyle. The series airs Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with encores presented by sister network Adult Swim.

Since coming to TBS in mid-October, American Dad! has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 3 entertainment programs in the Monday 9 p.m. timeslot with adults 18-34 and one of the Top 5 entertainment programs in its timeslot with adults 18-49. The current season is averaging 3.1 million viewers in combined audience for each week’s premiere on TBS and encore on Adult Swim. [Read more...]

Funny Business: Hulu Greenlights Amy Poehler, Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner Comedy DIFFICULT PEOPLE

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Press Release: Hulu today announced a straight-to-series pick-up of Difficult People from executive producers Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) and Dave Becky (Louie). The half-hour comedy series marks the first collaboration between Hulu and Universal Cable Productions and is set to start production early next year.

Difficult People hails from Julie Klausner (Billy on the Street) who stars alongside Emmy®-nominated Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations. Klausner wrote the pilot and will also serve as an executive producer for the series.

In addition to the 7th (and final) season of Parks and Recreation, Poehler and recently announced new partner Brooke Posch’s Paper Kite Productions produces the hit shows Broad City on Comedy Central and NBC’s Welcome to Sweden.

“I tend to enjoy funny people creating and starring in comedy programs, and Julie and Billy are the funniest around,” said Poehler. [Read more...]

THE ORIGINALS Recap: “Chasing the Devil’s Tail”

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While this week’s episode of THE ORIGINALS was a down tick from last week but that’s to be expected since last week was the best of the season so far. This doesn’t mean that this episode was bad by any means; I enjoyed the hour. Plus there were multiple Mikaelson brother bonding moments which make any episode 100 times better. Let’s dig in!

The episode opens with Klaus and Hayley looking over Elijah as he’s sleeping. Klaus knows that Esther has done something to Elijah and that he’s probably suffering so Klaus wants to wake him immediately. Hayley notices something on Elijah’s neck and Klaus recognizes it as something Esther use to do to them when they were children. He needs a flower to wake Elijah up so Klaus heads to the woods. But before he leaves, he makes Hayley promise to not go after Esther. Hayley promises but says that she will go after everyone Esther loves. [Read more...]

Morning Static: THE SIMPSONS, EPISODES, PETER PAN & More!

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• TV Sweeps’ Dirty Little Secret: They’re Not Nearly as Important as They Used to Be.
• How The Simpsons Saved FXX: The year-old network was on the skids until this summer’s mega-marathon
• Mark Your Calendars: CBS Slots ‘Mike & Molly’ to Replace ‘The Millers’ on Mondays
• So You Think You Can Dance Renewed for Season 12 — With a Twist!
• Funny Business: TV Land Cancels ‘Hot in Cleveland’
• Pilot Watch: Katey Sagal Joins Kurt Sutter’s New FX Drama The Bastard Executioner
• The CW Renews America’s Next Top Model, Two Other Series
• Peter Pan Live!Preview The Television Event of the Season
• Latenight Wars: John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO
• Walter White Breaks Frozen, Sings “Do You Want To Build A Meth Lab?”
• Official: ‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner Confirms Peter Capaldi to Return for Season 9
• The Big Tease: EPISODES Season 4
• Stocking Stuffer Alert: Save BIG on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on DVD and Blu-ray via Amazon.