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NEWS: 'American Horror Story' Renewed for Season 2
After rating successes, FX gave a Halloween surprise in horror fans’ Jack O’ Lanterns as they renewed American Horror Storyfor a second season. The series from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has gained fans from the aforementioned series and by the cast.
The mystery has captivated the audience, and after the jump, we have a press release from FX announcing the pickup, and a statement from the network president.
LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2011 – Fans of American Horror Story got a Halloween treat today from FX as the network placed a second-season order of 13 episodes from Twentieth Century Fox Television, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.
American Horror Story, created by producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is the eighth FX drama series to earn a second season order. Nine all-new episodes of AHSremain in the first season airing Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P, with the final two episodes airing December 21.
“It’s one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience—it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up,” said Landgraf. “Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.”
AHS is producing outstanding ratings, growing though its first four weeks in the network’s target audience of Adults 18-49. On a Live+7 basis, through two weeks, first-run episodes of AHS are averaging 4.2 million Total Viewers, 2.9 million Adults 18-49, and 1.7 million Adults 18-34. It is currently tracking to become the highest-rated first season of any series ever on FX, certain to surpass Murphy’s award-winning hit dramaNip/Tuck in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 (2.1 million Adults 18-49; 1.0 million Adults 18-34 – 2003), and also above the award-winning drama Justified in Total Viewers (3.4 million P2+ – 2009).
On a Live+3 basis, last week’s fourth episode was the highest-rated episode of the season in delivery of Adults 18-49 (3.1 million) and Adults 18-34 (1.85 million).
The premiere episode of AHS (most current available) delivered a multi-run telecast audience of 8.0 million Total Viewers, 5.4 million Adults 18-34 and 3.0 million Adults 18-34.
The series premiere episode of AHS (Oct. 5, 10:00 PM) ranked as the #1 for the network among its target demos of Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34. It delivered 3.14 million Adults 18-49 and 1.77 million Adults 18-34, which marked enormous gains of +54% and +49% in those demos when compared to the Live+Same Day premiere data. The debut episode of AHS also ranks #1 all-time among FX series premieres in delivery of Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10PM only on FX.
NEWS: Joss Whedon Announces New Film 'In Your Eyes'
Last week, Joss Whedon announced his new film Much Ado About Nothing had reached completion after being filmed in 12 days of secrecy under his own new personal production banner Bellwether Pictures. Today, Whedon has announced that a new picture is headed into development soon by Bellwether Pictures called In Your Eyes.
The movie is a supernatural romance, but that’s all they’re willing to reveal right now. The script is from Whedon himself, and will be directed by Brin Hill.
Joss spoke out in a statement about the project saying:
“When I wrote In Your Eyes, I didn’t have the wherewithal (or the moxie) to make it without an established production house. I believe, as I did then, that it’s a pretty timeless romance, and now, with the creation of Bellwether Pictures (and Brin Hill’s elegant, passionate take on the piece), I have the opportunity to prove it. (I also have a 37% increase in moxie.) I love this team and I can’t wait to see them bring In Your Eyes to life.”
No word yet as to who will be cast in the film, and when exactly production will begin. no release date has been confirmed either.
Whedon just wrapped up The Avengers, which is set for release May 4th, 2012.
NEWS: Kaley Cuoco to Host 2012's People Choice Awards
It has been announced today by CBS that Kaley Cuoco will be the host of the People’s Choice Awards, honoring 2011 in pop culture. The upcoming awards show will be honoring its 38th year. Cuoco takes the torch from Queen Latifah, who hosted the awards for the past five consecutive years.
CBS’ Executive VP Jack Sussman said, “Kaley is sexy, funny and smart…everything you want in a host; everything you get to see each week on The Big Bang Theory.”
This caps off a great week for the Big Bang star, who announced her engagement to musician Josh Resnik on Tuesday.
The 38th People’s Choice Awards will air on January 11th.
NEWS: 'Pan Am' Adds New Showrunner To Strengthen Back Order Possibility
Despite November creeping up, ABC’s new drama Pan Am still remains on the fence of whether or not it will see a full season or cancellation. Today, Deadline is reporting that the series, in anticipation of a back order of nine episodes, have hired Steve Maeda to join the behind the scenes crew as showrunner.
The site also reveals that while no decision has yet been given, the series has a strong support internally at the network, and ABC is also looking at the boosted DVR numbers as well. Furthermore, advertisers also see the program as a “premium buy”.
Word is that Maeda is going to provide input on the back nine episodes, and from there ABC will make a decision to either give the show nine episodes, or axe it. Maeda will be working alongside creator/executive producer Jack Orman, and director/executive producer Tommy Schlamme.
NEWS: 'The Secret Circle' Adds Ex-'Friday Night Lights' Star In Recurring Role
With a bewitching cast, The Secret Circle is now ready to add another brooding teen to it’s magical lineup. TVLine is reportingthat Grey Damon, formerly of Friday Night Lights and The Nine Lives of Chloe King, will be joining The CW’s newest supernatural-drama starting in Episode 10. However, it seems when Damon comes to town, he’ll get in the good graces of resident bad girl Faye. Find out more after the jump. Damon will be playing the role of Lee Labeque, and TVLine describes him as:
A sexy and mysterious twentysomething grifter type with a lot of confidence — and knowledge. He claims to come from Santeria heritage and runs an occult Botanica in the suburbs. He’s got a hint of danger about him, so it’s no surprise that resident bad girl Faye takes an interest in the guy and the dark side of magic in which he dabbles. Hmm, sounds like Faye is up to no good — what else is new? — maybe even trying to get her solo powers back. Damon’s role as Lee is recurring for now.
It’s official: Chord Overstreet is back on Glee. After leaving this past summer, the star has decided to come back for a recurring role, and has now officially signed his deal. “I had the best time on Glee and couldn’t be more excited to be returning,” the actor says. And as it turns out, he’s coming back sooner than we could have thought. See what we mean as Ryan Murphy reveals his return date after the jump.
“We love Chord and have always said that we wanted him back,” says Ryan Murphy. “So here’s an early Christmas present for all the Gleeks — Sam is coming back to McKinley, and just in time for sectionals!”
As Halloween is almost here, it appears many were looking for their fight fix as Paranormal Activity 3 hit the top of the Box Office, and smashes a few records. The film was the biggest midnight R-Rating opening ever (with $8 million), the biggest horror opening ever, and the biggest October opening ever. On top of that, the film is the biggest opening day of 2011 since Harry Potter in July. Needless to say, PA3 is on top this week at #1 with $54 million.
After Paranormal Activity 3 was a massive success this past weekend, it’s no doubt everyone already has the fourth installment in the series already on their minds. While the returns definitely scream an evigorating “Hell yes!” to the question if there will be another, Paramount still has yet to officially greenlight. However, an executive within the company declares that Paranormal Activity 4 is pretty much certain.
"I can’t imagine that we wouldn’t make a number four, and I imagine (Paramount Film Group president) Adam Goodman this morning is thinking about the challenge. I’m sure he’s thinking, ‘Now what do I do?’"
This is straight from Don Harris, Paramount’s head of domestic distribution, who told TheWrap about a PA4.
Paranormal still remains a hit with critics and fans alike, which is more to say that that other Halloween tradition that ran too far into the ground. By the time Saw III had come out, critics had seen enough, delivering it just a 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. PA3 is vastly higher, scoring a 71% certified fresh on the site.
What’s interesting to note, as well, is just how much the company is making on the films. All three films’ budgets combined stand at only $8.015 million, while grossing almost $500 million worldwide. Harris also reminsices on the first PAfilm, ”We thought, ‘Maybe we can do something with it at midnight, or release it digitally, or who knows what? We put it in some theaters with no advertising, just online. And that movie went on to do $108 million domestically.”
NEWS: Joss Whedon Reveals Mystery Project 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Last night, Nathan Fillion tweeted a mysterious link that read MuchAdoTheMovie.com. On the website’s only page, it reads that “principal photography” has completed already, and is being produced by Bellewether Pictures. When, exactly, Joss Whedon filmed the movie is definitely thrown into question, as he has been very busy with The Avengers since May.
The cast also includes some Whedonverse favorites, such as Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and other stars such as Clark Gregg, who will be appearing in the upcoming Avengers.
Turns out, director joss Whedon completed the film within a 12 day period in Santa Monica while filming The Avengers.Today, he released a press release to coincide with the film’s announcement:
Santa Monica, CA (October 24th, 2011)
Bellwether Pictures proudly announces the completion of principal photography on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel’s upcoming THE AVENGERS, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”). Filmed in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica, the film features a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors – some of them veterans of Shakespearean theater, some completely new to the form. But all dedicated to the idea that this story bears retelling, that this dialogue is as fresh and intoxicating as any being written, and that the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the first feature from Bellwether, a micro-studio created by Joss Whedon and Kai Cole for the production of small, independent narratives for all media, embracing a DIY ethos and newer technologies for, in this particular case, a somewhat older story.
Shot in glorious black and white by Jay Hunter (PAPER HEART, “Dollhouse”), the film stars Amy Acker (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Alias”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother”, “Angel”) as Beatrice and Benedick, the world’s least likely lovers headed for their inevitable tumble into love. As Joss Whedon puts it: “The text is to me a deconstruction of the idea of love, which is ironic, since the entire production is a love letter – to the text, to the cast, even to the house it’s shot in.” The supporting cast includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”, WAITRESS) as Dogberry, Clark Gregg (AVENGERS, IRON MAN) as Leonato, Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS, “Dollhouse”) as Claudio and Reed Diamond (“Franklin & Bash”, MONEYBALL) as Don Pedro.
The film was produced by Whedon, line-produced by Nathan Kelly and M. Elizabeth Hughes, and co-produced by Kai Cole and Danny Kaminsky. The super-impressive cast is listed below. Full tech credits (for the extraordinary crew) will be up shortly. The film should be completed by early spring and headed for the festival circuit, because it is fancy.
Amy Acker - Beatrice Alexis Denisof - Benedick Nathan Fillion - Dogberry Clark Gregg - Leonato Reed Diamond - Don Pedro Fran Kranz - Claudio Sean Maher - Don John Spencer Treat Clark - Borachio Riki Lindhome - Conrade Ashley Johnson - Margaret Emma Bates - Ursula Tom Lenk - Verges Nick Kocher - First Watchman Brian McElhaney - Second Watchman Joshua Zar - Leonato’s aide Paul M. Meston - Friar Francis Romy Rosemont - The Sexton And introducing Jillian Morgese as Hero
NEWS: Ghostly Trio Set to Return to 'The Vampire Diaries'
Ever since Anna and Vicki’s returns to The Vampire Diaries, thanks to Jeremy’s ghostly powers now, many fans have wondered: who else may show up? Well, according to E! Online’s Spoiler Chat, three more ghosts of TVD past will return…all women.
No word yet on whether or not Jeremy or Matt will be seeing each one, but it’s enough to make fans squeal with delight.
The three ghosts returning to Mystic Falls: Pearly (Kelly Hu), Sheila (Jasmine Guy), and Lexi (Arielle Kebbel). Now, as Naira can tell you, my favorite woman of TVD-past was definitely Lexi, so I’m extraordnarily excited to see her return! There is no definitive time set for each actresses’ return (one episode or possibly more?), and they will begin showing up sometime soon, possibly episode seven.
NEWS: 'Gossip Girl' Creator Set to Remake 'Misfits' For The U.S.
Skins was a complete misfire of a remake in the U.S. Anyone who owns a Netflix account can see the clearly superior U.K. Skins anytime they want with Netflix Streaming, and what didn’t help the remake’s chances in the states was the criticism of too many “adult situations”. But apparently, the U.S. didn’t get the memo, as now Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C.,Gossip Girl, Chuck, and Hart of Dixie, is looking to remake another U.K. darling: Misfits.
One of Hulu’s most popular streamed shows, with over nine million views as of today, won’t be picked up right away, however. As Slashfilm reports, Schwartz will be working closely with creator of the series Howard Overman to properly adapt the series for the U.S., and a pilot will be written in the next few months. Then, it will shop around to networks.
Judging by Schwartz’ programs, there’s a good chance that the series, if picked up, could land at either NBC or The CW.
NEWS: Milo Ventimiglia To Produce and Possibly Star in New FX Comedy
FX has become seemingly a hub for new comedy series lately. They have It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, their longest running series, Wilfred, Louie, Archer, The League, and now possibly another dark comedy among the likes of Drones. Developed from writer/novelist Chad Kultgen, Drones will be about drone pilots in Nevada who commute to war.
Divide Pictures will be producing, which is Milo Ventimiglia’s production company with Russ Cundiff. Ventimiglia will not star in the comedy yet, but it is a possiblity for the Heroes alum. His next film is the Adam Sandler film I Hate You Dad.