A "Downton Abbey" Movie, a "Game of Thrones" Update, and More News About Your Favorite Shows
If you're active on Twitter and follow a lot of your favorite celebs, producers, and networks, you've probably seen #TCA15 taking over much your feed this last week. And we've written about it heavily here too. So what are the TCAs — and what does it mean for you? All those answers and more, below!
The TCAs are held twice a year (in January and July/August) and stand for the Television Critics Association. Their winter and summer press tours allow media from all over the country to gather in Los Angeles and interview and meet the casts and producers of every upcoming broadcast, cable, and streaming series. Sometimes the networks bring in existing shows to panel (if they've had a buzzy season or are about to end their run), and then there's a fancy cocktail party or swanky soiree most nights where the press gets to mingle with a good portion of the talent on that particular network. It's a fun two to three weeks of breaking news and insightful set visits, but it's also fast-paced and gives more information that one can possibly consume in a two-week span. So that's why we're breaking down the most important information from the last few days from your favorite shows, starting with...
"Game of Thrones"
*HBO says to expect two more seasons of the fan favorite after season six premieres in the spring of 2016.
*Ian McShane (Deadwood) will join the cast in season six, which is currently in production.
*When Michael Lombardo, president of programming, was asked whether Jon Snow really died, he answered, "Dead is dead is dead is dead." In other words, he's dead. But then again, what was he going to say? "Oh yeah, he's alive, suckers!" Doubtful.
More HBO News:
*Amy Schumer's comedy special from the Apollo Theater will air on HBO on Saturday, October 17. Chris Rock directs the special, which taped this May in New York City.
*One of the buzziest new shows to spark interest at the TCAs was Westworld, based on the 1973 film from Michael Crichton about a Wild West theme park populated by robots that allow guests to play out all sorts of scenarios. Anthony Hopkins stars as the park's creative director, Dr. Robert Ford. The drama also stars Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Ed Harris. Another series to keep an eye on: Vinyl.
*Season two of "The Leftovers" with Justin Theroux will premiere on October 4.
*Sarah Jessica Parker's single-camera comedy, "Divorce," will premiere sometime in 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Divorce" centers on Parker's character, who is influenced by two of her recently single friends (played by Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam). The problem of course is that Parker's character is married (to Thomas Haden Church) and can't decide if she should actually divorce her husband — until her husband discovers the affair she's been having and calls the marriage off.
*Two years ago, Greg Louganis gave us a firsthand training session from the high dive, and now HBO has tapped him for their next documentary about his life in the spotlight as a former Olympian who is HIV-positive and gay. The captivating "Back on Board" will premiere tomorrow night, August 4, on HBO.
*Could there still be more "Curb Your Enthusiasm"? If Michael Lombardo has anything to say about it, don't give up hope just yet. "I don’t think it’s out of [Larry’s] system. I think he wants to have something to say."
*As for the rocky season two of "True Detective," Lombardo still expects a season three if showrunner Nic Pizzolatto wants to do one. "I think the show ends with as satisfying an end as any show I've seen," Lombardo said.
*Five months from today (January 3, to be exact), the final season of "Downton Abbey" kicks off on PBS. But before you get out the tissues just yet, executive producer Gareth Neame said at Saturday's TCA panel that there could very well likely be a movie. "There is speculation about whether we’d make a Downton movie, and we might. It’s something we’ve talked about. It would be a wonderful thing." However, with that said, there is no script or plans in place at the moment.
*The cast currently has only two weeks left of filming for season six. Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) said the hardest part was saying goodbye to Highclere Castle.
Other PBS News
*A four-hour documentary on the life of Walt Disney will air as part of the "American Experience" series at 9 P.M. on September 14 and 15. We'll have a preview with tons of fascinating secrets leading up to the premiere, so don't miss that.
"The Daily Show"/Comedy Central
*As Jon Stewart prepares to say goodbye, Comedy Central brought in new host Trevor Noah to meet the press with both a stand-up routine last Tuesday night, followed by a 30-minute plus panel the following day. Although the panel was short on laughs (mainly to allow for Noah to discuss the vision for the show and for the press to get to know him), it was revealed that there won't be major changes when he takes over. Executive producers of "The Daily Show" are staying on the program when the show kicks off on September 28.
*As for his past tweets that many found offensive, Noah said that he doesn't strive to be offensive. "That's not who I am as a person or a performer. But you can't control that," he said.
Amazon's "Transparent" and More News
*Creator Jill Soloway showed off a new trailer for season two of the critically acclaimed streaming series, which nabbed 11 Emmy nominations last month. A lot is about to change for the Pfefferman family, thanks to an unplanned pregnancy, a wedding, and a possible rekindling of Maura's relationship with ex-wife, Shelly.
*Season two will premiere December 4 on Amazon. Bradley Whitford will return for flashback scenes with Jeffrey Tambor's Maura. Whitford, who nabbed an Emmy nomination for guest actor, said that while the high heels he has to wear on the show are really painful, they totally made his legs look better.
*Jill Soloway also revealed news to Jeffrey Tambor that we'll most likely see Maura get her ears pierced this season. Tambor's reaction? "Really? Cool!"
*Our Lady J has also joined the writing staff for season two as the show's first writer who happens to be transgender.
*Amy Landecker's and Jay Duplass' characters face major consequences as a result of their actions from season one. According to Duplass, "Josh's journey goes to a very dark place in season two. He has a long, long, long way to go." By the way, expect to see lots more of Kathryn Hahn as well (yay for Rabbi Raquel!).
*Of the several new shows that paneled at TCA today, one of the most well-received was "Red Oaks," a comedy-of-age comedy set in 1985 New Jersey and costarring Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, and Richard Kind. It's a comedy about a college student, who — conflicted about his future — gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the local country club. Or, as Jennifer Grey puts it, "This show is like if 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Caddyshack' had a baby." Yes, count us in. "Red Oaks" will start streaming on Amazon Prime on October 9, but you can watch the pilot below.
Up Next: ABC/Disney Television Group's TCA Day will include panels for "The Fab Life" (Tyra Banks' new talk show), "The Muppets" (including a lunch courtesy of The Swedish Chef!), "Quantico," "Wicked City," "Dr. Ken," "The Goldbergs," and a TGIT panel with Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes, and more.
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