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‘Cold Justice’s’ Kelly Siegler on Getting A Second Life on Oxygen
In her previous career as a prosecutor, Kelly Siegler never had to tell a victim’s family that she couldn’t solve a case. Unfortunately, in her more recent role as executive producer and on-camera investigator on “Cold Justice,” where she digs into small town murder cold cases, she does not have the same luxury.
“The first time I ever sat down with a family and told them I didn’t solve a case, I was probably about 51. I was bawling; they were bawling; it was horrible. But [the other producers] said, ‘No Kelly, it’s fine, we have an ending,'” Siegler tells Variety. “It just wasn’t a happy one.”
That experience took place in the earlier seasons of “Cold Justice,” when the true crime procedural was on TNT. The Turner cabler cancelled the show after two years in the fall of 2015, blindsiding Siegler, who had helped bring 30 arrests and 16 convictions in that time.
- Danielle Turchiano
Deborah Watling, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion, Dies at 69
The actress traveled across the galaxy with Patrick Troughton’s “second Doctor” in the BBC sci-fi series, playing Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Her death was first reported by the BBC and her brother, Giles Watling, a Conservative politician, said she would be “sorely missed.” Born in Loughton in Essex, England, in 1948, Watling made her TV debut as a child in. »
- Debbie Emery
‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has renewed the Marvel series “Iron Fist” for Season 2.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. In addition, Loeb hinted that Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) would team up with NYPD detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who first appeared in Season 1 of “Luke Cage.” The characters previously partnered together in the Marvel comic books.
“Iron Fist” stars “Game of Thrones” alum Finn Jones as Danny Rand, the heir to the multi-billion dollar Rand Corp. who returns to New York after training for years in the mysterious city of K’un-Lun. Through his training, he was chosen to be the living weapon known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to channel his chi energy into his fists.
In addition to Jones and Henwick, the series also starred Rosario Dawson, who has appeared as nurse Claire Temple in all of the Marvel-Netflix shows to date. Season »
- Joe Otterson
Charlize Theron to Guest Star on Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Series ‘The Orville’
Well, this is a surprise. Charlize Theron will reunite with her Million Ways to Die in the West co-star/director Seth MacFarlane for a guest starring role on his upcoming Fox sci-fi spoof series, The Orville. Per EW, the details of her role are being kept under wraps but her episode is expected to air in the fall. Theron has largely steered clear of the small screen throughout her career. She had a guest arc on Arrested Development in 2005 and executive produced the short-lived Netflix series Girlboss. She will also executive produce David Fincher's Netflix … »
- Haleigh Foutch
‘The Gifted’ Won’t Cross Over With ‘X-Men’ Films, ‘Legion’
Fox’s upcoming “X-Men” spinoff “The Gifted” will not cross over with the films produced by the company’s movie studio or its other TV series.
Speaking Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, showrunner Matt Nix downplayed the potential for any crossover with other iterations of Marvel’s mutant franchise. “The Gifted,” according to Nix, takes place in its own unique timeline.
“One of the great favors that ‘Days of Future Past’ did for all of us is establish many streams,” Nix said, referring to the 2014 film directed by Bryan Singer. “I guess that one answer is that this is one of those many streams.”
“The Gifted,” he added, does “not share a universe with” the films or other “X-Men” series. »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence’s Plane Crashes in East River, No Injuries Reported
The plane, which was headed to the Hamptons, experienced a broken pontoon and was disabled around 5:30 p.m. ET, according to WABC. Ten people, including passengers and crew, were evacuated by FDNY and taken to 23rd Street Marina on the East Side. No injuries were reported.
Lawrence later posted several photos of the incident on social media. “Wild day. Daughter and all ok. First plane crash. Thanks NYC emergency folks,” he wrote on Twitter. »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Westworld’ Season 2 Casts Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker
Jackson, best known for his roles on “Sleepy Hollow” and “Absentia,” will be playing Major Craddock, a commanding military officer. For the uninitiated, while the park was a private enterprise, it employed military staff members to oversee some of the responsibilities. . »
- Carli Velocci
Chris Hardwick Leads Comic-Con Moment of Silence for ‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman John Bernecker
Chris Hardwick started Friday’s “Fear The Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel in Hall H with a tribute to stuntman John Bernecker, who died July 15 after an accident during filming on the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.” Hardwick also announced that in memory of Bernecker, the producers of “The Walking Dead” had decided to moderate the show’s Friday Hall H panel themselves. Hardwick continued to moderate the “Fear the Walking Dead” panel. “I think it’s important to just say it’s a horrible thing that’s happened, there’s not a silver lining I can see,” the host of “The Talking Dead” said. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Amazon US Streaming Deal for Sky’s Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Series ‘Tin Star’
Amazon has taken the US rights to “Tin Star,” the upcoming cop thriller starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It will play on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service later this year, after it bows on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K.
The series has Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) as Jim Worth, a British cop who moves the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. He takes on an oil firm who are setting up locally, with disastrous consequences for his family, setting up a revenge plotline that plays out over the ten parts. Hendricks (“Mad Men”) plays a lobbyist working for the oil firm.
“We are thrilled to be adding ‘Tin Star’ to Prime Video in the U.S. this fall,” said »
- Stewart Clarke
‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery
“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit,” Bateman told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”
Read More‘Arrested Development’ Will Officially Return To Netflix For Season 5
Fans will recall that the fourth season ended with Lucille’s death, which appeared to be a murder. The show’s first season on Netflix after a long hiatus, the fourth season took a turn by telling each episode from a different character’s perspective, which received mixed reviews. Bateman opened up about the fourth season’s structural issues: »
- Jude Dry
John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’
“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
- Jude Dry
TV Rating: ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Zoo’ Hold Steady for CBS Thursday Win
Airing at 9 p.m., “Big Brother” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers. At 10, “Zoo” averaged a 0.6 and 2.9 million viewers, with both shows holding steady from their airings last week.
On NBC, “Hollywood Game Night” (0.9, 2.9 million) suffered a drop in total viewers but was even in the demo. “The Wall” (1.1, 5 million) was also down in total viewers. “The Night Shift” (0.7, 4.2 million) was even at 10.
On ABC, “Boy Band” (0.5, 2.3 million) hit a new low in total viewers. “Battle of the Network Stars” (0.7, 2.5 million) was even, while “The Gong Show” (0.6, 2.7 million) took a hit in the key demo.
Fox’s “Beat Shazam” (0.8, 2.8 million) was down in the demo, while “Love Connection” (0.7, 2.3 million) improved in that measure.
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.4, 1.8 million) was even on The CW, as was “Hooten and the Lady” (0.2, 1 million).
CBS topped »
- Joe Otterson
Remote Controlled: Nicole Kidman on ‘Big Little Lies’ — ‘I Didn’t Realize How Disturbing It Was Going to Be’
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
The project began because she and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom would ultimately serve as executive producers, weren’t finding enough compelling, complex roles to play. “This was born of Reese and I feeling frustrated that we weren’t being offered the roles that we wanted,” she says. “We were reading things and they just weren’t enough. So this was born out of not having an opportunity, and we got lucky. We were able to make it happen.”
Kidman says the first sense she got that the series was a success came from watching the episodes with her own husband. “When he started to say, ‘When does the next one get here?' »
- Debra Birnbaum
O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Draws 13 Million Viewers
The live broadcasts of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing attracted 13 million total viewers across eight different networks, according to Nielsen data.
The hearing was carried live from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Et on Thursday. For the broadcast networks, CBS was first with 3.1 million viewers. ABC was second with 2.3 million. NBC finished third with 1.9 million, and Fox was fourth with 1.3 million.
On cable, Fox News led the pack with 1.7 million,, followed by CNN with 1.1 million. Hln clocked in with 559,000, and Espn nabbed 471,000. It should be noted, however, these numbers do not reflect online streaming of the hearing.
The viewership is a far cry from the infamous white Bronco chase in which Simpson was involved in 1994, which drew an estimated 95 million viewers. Nor was it anywhere close to the 150 million people who tuned in for the verdict in Simpson’s murder trial in 1995.
Simpson was granted parole from a Nevada prison after serving over eight years of a »
- Joe Otterson
‘Defenders’: Marvel Series Makes Debut at Comic-Con with New Trailer (Watch)
Marvel and Netflix presented a surprise premiere of episode one of “The Defenders” Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Thirty minutes into what was a panel for the show, Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb announced that the full episode would be screened. Loeb and the show’s executive producers and cast then exited the stage, and the episode began screening.
They also unveiled a new trailer for the show, which premieres globally on Netflix Aug. 18. The series brings together characters from Netflix’s four preceding Marvel superhero shows — “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” — for the first time in order to save New York City.
- Daniel Holloway
Young and the Restless Spoilers: Why is Phyllis Upset with Billy?
Young and the Restless spoilers indicate that not all is well in the world of Billy and Phyllis. This is interesting to us. We saw him spend part of the week talking to his ex-wife and their kids about how important she is to him, yet now we’re seeing her all fed up and angry with him. Is her anger all about his relationship with Vickie? She can’t just ignore the fact that they have kids together and he needs to spend some time interacting with her because of the kids. But we know Phyllis knows better than that. She’s
Young and the Restless Spoilers: Why is Phyllis Upset with Billy? »
- Tiffany Raiford
Linkin Park Filmed ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Episode Days Before Chester Bennington Death
Linkin Park, including the late Chester Bennington, will be seen in an upcoming episode of Carpool Karoake: The Series, filmed just days before the lead singer’s death. The band tweeted a photo of bandmates Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn alongside Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken, Community) on July 14. Bennington, dressed all in black, is seen smiling with his hand in his pocket. The caption reads Fun day with @kenjeong @CarpoolKaraoke @AppleMusic – stay tuned. Fun day with… »
Supernatural's Jensen Ackles Reunites with Jeffrey Dean Morgan... Sort Of
We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out whether Jeffrey Dean Morgan will drop into the Supernatural cast panel at San Diego Comic-Con to say hello to former co-stars (and onscreen sons) Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles and possibly tease a return of John Winchester to the series. But Morgan was
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- Amanda Bell
Performer of the Week: Billy Burke
The Performer | Billy Burke
The Show | Zoo
The Episode | “Welcome to the Terra Dome” (July 20, 2017)
The Performance | Even as some very angry birds swooped in and attacked New York, this week’s Zoo managed to be wildly funny — and that, as always, is due to Burke finding just the right notes as Mitch Morgan, a veterinary pathologist whose skills have very much been put to the test over two-plus seasons of utter insanity.
To briefly recap just the past few weeks: presumed dead after being mauled by “razorback” animal hybrids, Mitch actually spend the decade-long time jump “hibernating in a healing tank, »
Say What You Will About Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist,’ But It’s Getting a Second Season
For many fans, the Iron Fist Netflix series was the first real letdown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies have all ranged from good to spectacular (even the frequently maligned Iron Man 2). The other Netflix series have all been beyond reproach, with Luke Cage being the highest rated installment of the McU to date. Even the network TV shows, like Agents of Shield, have all exceeded their initial expectations. Iron Fist was different, though. Even its most ardent defenders have to concede that it was conceptually a mess. Netflix’s low production budget kept the series from showing the aspect
Say What You Will About Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist,’ But It’s Getting a Second Season »
- Brian Hadsell
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