Morning Static: COLBERT, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, THE GOOD WIFE & More!

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• Colbert’s Late Show: Stephen King, ScarJo, Uber CEO Among First Guests
• Mark Your Calendars: WGN America Plans 100-Episode Binge Event for Person of Interest and Elementary
• DWTS Season 21: Bindi Irwin Revealed as First Celeb Contestant
• Preview: Cody Christian says the Teen Wolf finale will have fans ‘losing their minds’
• Post-mortem: Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson breaks down the premiere
• Nostalgia Alert: The cast of One Tree Hill reunited and thoroughly documented it on Instagram
• John Oliver’s Bogus Church Is a Huge Success: ‘Thousands of Dollars’ Received
• Television 2015: Are We Done Hating Television?
• Question of the Day: How Long Should a TV Season Be?
• Health Watch: Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit.
• Good Wife, Bad Call: Producers of The Good Wife grossly mishandle a controversy, demeaning their dedicated fanbase in the process.
• Analysis: Just how much media coverage is Donald Trump getting?
• Why is BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s best show, so very good? Let’s ask its creator!
• Across the Pond: What next for the BBC?
• Food for Thought: 11 Food Shows to Watch This Fall

On TV Tonight: Monday August 24, 2015

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Bachelor in Paradise Bachelor in Paradise: After Party The Whispers
CBS 2 Broke Girls (R) The Odd Couple (R) Scorpion (R) NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
CW Pen & Teller: Fool Us Whose Line is It Significant Mother
FOX So You Think You Can Dance
NBC American Ninja Warrior Running Wild With Bear Grylis
MISC Switched at Birth (ABC Family) Degrassi (TeenNick)
Major Crimes (TNT)
Chasing Life (ABC Family)
Devious Maids (Lifetime)
Top Gear (BBC America)
Teen Wolf (MTV)

On TV Tonight: Friday August 21, 2015

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC We Day Shark Tank (R) 20/20
CBS Elementary (R) Hawaii Five-0 (R) Blue Bloods (R)
CW Masters of Illusion Whose Line is it… (R) Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)
FOX MasterChef (R) Gotham (R)
NBC America’s Got Talent (R) Dateline NBC
Misc Girl Meets World (Disney) Dog with a Blog (Disney) Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Strike Back (Cinemax)
Hit Record on TV (Pivot)
Syfy Defiance Killjoys Dark Matter

Alfre Woodard Joins Marvel’s LUKE CAGE In Leading Role

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Deadline has learned that Alfre Woodard is finalizing a deal to star opposite Mike Colter in Marvel’s LUKE CAGE, the third series in Marvel’s four series package at Netflix.

Woodard will play Minetta, a powerful local politician who carries a big role in Cage’s life. However, Deadline also reports that “Minetta” could be a cover for Luke Cage’s main adversary in the comics, Black Mariah, a crime lord and drug dealer, though this has not been confirmed. LUKE CAGE centers on the titular character, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison and becomes a superhero for hire. He’ll make his first appearance on JESSICA JONES, which is scheduled to hit Netflix later this year. Cage is also a friend and business partner of Danny Rand aka Iron Fist, who will also be getting his own series. Marvel’s DAREDEVIL star Rosario Dawson is set to reprise her role as Claire Temple, who’ll become Cage’s love interest.

No word yet on when the series will begin production or when it’s scheduled to air.

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL Teasers Have Arrived

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY always delivers on being creepy and disturbing, and the new teasers just released by Entertainment Weekly feature no shortage of both. The first shows a man with no face frantically banging on the guests’ doors and behaving erratically. The second involves another man laying beneath a mattress wearing makeup and a collar engaging in some strange foreplay with an unknown female – possibly Lady Gaga – before her hand wraps around his throat. They can be viewed here.

Gaga will star as Elizabeth, the owner of the titular hotel, which features an ensemble cast such as series regulars Sarah Paulson playing Hypodermic Sally, a drug addict, Denis O’Hare playing a movie icon named Liz Taylor (not that Elizabeth Taylor), and Evan Peters as Mr. March. Returning are fan favorites Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy, a male model, Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale, Kathy Bates as Iris, and Matt Bomer as Donovan. Other returning cast members include Wes Bentley as Detective John Lowe and Chloë Sevigny as his wife, Alex. New addition Cheyenne Jackson will play Will Drake, a fashion icon.

No plot details have been released yet other than creator Ryan Murphy revealing at the TCA’s that Gaga’s character Elizabeth “has a nefarious plan which is revealed in the first episode that plays out over the course of the season.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL premieres Oct. 7th on FX.

Afternoon Static: SIX FEET UNDER, GRIMM, MANHATTAN & More!

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• ‘Six Feet Under’: The Oral History of HBO’s Beloved Landmark Series
• Awards Watch: ‘Transparent,’ ‘Empire’ Top Casting Society of America’s Nominations
• Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’: Alfre Woodard Cast In Key Role On Netflix Series
• AHS: Hotel teasers: This definitely ain’t a Holiday Inn
• Scoop: New ‘Heroes Reborn’ Trailer Teases The Return Of Hiro
• 10 YEARS LATER, IS THE ‘SIX FEET UNDER’ FINALE STILL THE BEST DRAMA ENDING EVER?
• Jon Stewart to moderate 2016 debate? Nearly 150,000 people say do it
• Cool Beans: ‘The Bastard Executioner’ Featurette Offers Plot & Character Details
• Foxy News: Vanessa Hudgens talks playing Rizzo in Fox’s Grease: Live
• Yes, There Is Too Much TV: But for Viewers and the Industry, Is That a Bad Thing?
• TV Channel Guide from the Future: What Television Will Look Like in Five Years
• Casting Coup: Tyra Banks Cast in black-ish Season 2
• Mistresses Post Mortem: EPs Talk Calista’s Lies, Their Serial Obsession — and Season 3′s ‘Cliffhanger’ Ending
• Friday Fun: Grimm Casts Scream Queen Bee
• The Business of Show: Major Crimes Season 4 Expanded to Series’ Longest Run Ever
• Bloodline Season 2: John Leguizamo Nabs ‘Violent’ Series-Regular Role
• Manhattan Season 2 Trailer: First Look at Neve Campbell and William Petersen

Marvel’s MOCKINGBIRD Series Lands ABC Pilot Order

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Earlier this year, there was discussion about Marvel and ABC creating a spin-off from Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. but those plans were put to a halt until now. According to Variety, ABC is closing in on a deal to greenlight a pilot centered around Mockingbird titled Marvel’s MOST WANTED.

The drama will focus on S.H.I.E.L.D. characters Mockingbird and Lance Hunter. Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are set to reprise their roles in the prospective series. Right now it exists only as a pilot order with S.H.I.E.L.D. producers Jeff Bell and Paul Zbyszewski writing the script and aiming to serve as showrunner. Jeph Loeb will also be involved.

At this time, ABC has not made any decisions regarding a premiere date or if the series will intertwine with AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.. When the idea was originally reported in April, ABC execs put it on the backburner to focus primarily on S.H.I.E.L.D., however, during the New York Upfronts this spring, president Paul Lee alluded to the possibility of it being resurrected, saying, “It certainly is a possibility of spinning them off.”

With AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. returning for Season 3 and AGENT CARTER returning for Season 2, it seems there’s still a large Marvel demand at ABC.

Watch The First 3 Minutes Of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, the companion series to the popular AMC hit The Walking Dead debuts this Sunday, but you don’t have to wait that long to get a sneak peek of what’s to come. AMC’s Facebook page has released a three minute preview which sets up the opening of the pilot episode – which you can watch here.

The show takes place in Los Angeles during the time that Rick Grimes is in his coma. While it focuses on the beginning of the outbreak, its origins will remain unexplained as on The Walking Dead. It will central around two schoolteachers, Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens), who both have children from different marriages.

In the clip, one of the core cast members, Nick (Frank Dillane), wakes up in a decrepit church in search of his girlfriend. After stumbling across a dead body, Nick does eventually find her but she’s feasting on what’s left of another corpse. At some point it’s safe to assume he will escape the church, as the first preview showed him fleeing from somewhere, while the rest of the city carries on as normal. For the time being.

The series premieres this Sunday at 9PM on AMC.

On TV Tonight: Thursday August 20, 2015

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC The Astronaut Wives Club Mistresses Rookie Blue
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) Mom (R) Big Brother Under the Dome
CW Beauty and the Beast Arrow (R)
FOX Boom! Bones (R) Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/Married (FX)
NBC Food Fighters Dateline NBC
MISC Project Runway (Lifetime)
The Seventies (CNN)
Rectify (Sundance)
Review (Comedy)
Maron/Comedy Bang Bang (IFC)
Dominion (Syfy)
NBC Complications (USA) Graceland (USA)

Could MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Lose Melinda May?

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Is Agent May departing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season 3? Actress Ming-Na Wen is hinting at such. After the HYDRA reveal in the first season and the introduction of the Inhumans in Season 2, it seems May isn’t entirely sure that her heart lies with S.H.I.E.L.D. any longer.

TVGuide got the chance to sit down with Wen to discuss her future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. [Read more...]