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Outsiders renewed for season 2 by WGN
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeOutsidersdiscuss
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Gripping Original Drama Draws 2.8 Million Total Viewers Weekly in Live + 7 Viewing; Lifts Network's Prime Average by +42%

Created and Executive Produced by Peter Mattei, Executive Produced by Peter Tolan and Academy Award-Winner Paul Giamatti, 'Outsiders' Hails from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios

Los Angeles, March 11, 2016 – WGN America's addicting and compelling original drama, "Outsiders," has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, president and general manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. The hour-long series follows the struggle of the Farrells, an off-the-grid Appalachian clan, and their battle to defend their mountain and way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare challenge them. On Tuesday nights in Live + 7 viewing, "Outsiders" has averaged an impressive 2.8 million Total Viewers and 1.4 million Adults 25-54 season-to-date on WGN America. The series has boosted the network's primetime viewing by an extraordinary +42% among Total Viewers and +21% among Adults 25-54 year-to-date. Hailing from Sony Picture Television and Tribune Studios, production on season two is scheduled to begin this summer on the 13-episode order.

"We are thrilled that 'Outsiders' has connected with fans in such a powerful and palpable way, and met our highest expectations on every possible level, thanks to Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan, our extraordinary cast, creative team and partners at Sony Pictures Television," said Cherniss. "We look forward to venturing up Shay Mountain in search of some Farrell wine for a second season."

"It's been gratifying to watch the 'Outsiders' audience steadily grow as viewers continue to be drawn in and riveted by this double-edged story of a family fighting to maintain their traditions and way of life," said Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Presidents of Programming and Production, Sony Pictures Television. "We're looking forward to another season of masterful storytelling from our creative team, Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, and to continuing our prolific partnership with WGN America."

Creator and executive producer Peter Mattei and executive producer Peter Tolan said, "It's a dream to bring this combustible mash-up of fairy tale, hillbilly gothic, epic drama, current headlines and good old mayhem to life. We are thankful to the extraordinary cast, crew and our supportive partners at WGN America and Sony Pictures Television, and the wonderful Farrell fans who tune in each week. We look forward to getting back to Blackburg and Shay Mountain and continuing this journey for a second season – ged-gedyah!"

WGN America's "Outsiders" continues is strong performance week-to-week, growing its audience for the sixth episode, "Weapons," by +8% of its prior week gross audience among Adults 25-54 and +1% among Total Viewers in Live + 3 viewing. The episode exponentially expanded by +53% to 2,158,000 (vs. 1,412,000) among Total Viewers and +55% to 1,141,000 million (vs. 735,000) among Adults 25-54 in time shifted viewing across four airings.


Shadowhunters renewed for season 2 by Freeform
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeShadowhuntersdiscuss
"Freeform announced today that Shadowhunters will return for a second season, via a Facebook Live chat with the cast.

Shadowhunters launched as Freeform's #2 series premiere on record and it's coming back for more!

Shadowhunters is also a social media powerhouse with the series being, season–to-date, the #4 most engaging scripted series overall across all TV with over 17.7 million engagements, well ahead of established series such as Arrow (5.4 million), The Flash (6.9 million), Vampire Diaries (3.9 million) and The Originals (2.6 million). Likewise, the series outperforms newer Fantasy series including Supergirl (2.8 million), Legends of Tomorrow (4.5 million) and The Shannara Chronicles (3.8 million). Since the launch, Shadowhunters has amassed over 7.5 million long-form views, making it the network's #2 series, behind only Pretty Little Liars."

Outcast renewed for season 2 by CINEMAX
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeOutcastdiscuss
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AUSTIN, March 14, 2016 - The CINEMAX drama series OUTCAST will launch its ten-episode season FRIDAY, JUNE 3 and has been renewed for a second season ahead of the series debut, it was announced today at the 2016 SXSW Festival. The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black.

"OUTCAST has been a passion project of mine for many years," said Kirkman. "Seeing it come together has been a huge thrill for me. What we've been able to achieve on CINEMAX, with its unprecedented creative freedom, frankly, almost scares ME at times."

"Going into the first season of OUTCAST, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core," said Kary Antholis, president, Cinemax Original Programming. "But what he, Chris Black and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations. We believe our viewers will immediately be sucked into OUTCAST's intense and creepy landscape, which is why we have chosen to pick up a second season."

Based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, OUTCAST follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate - and the fate of the world - forever.
Patrick Fugit ("Gone Girl") stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt.

Philip Glenister ("Life on Mars") stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God's holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn't believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff.

Gabriel Bateman ("Stalker") stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family's dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there's something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.

OUTCAST is produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), and also executive produced by David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard ("The Guest")."

Better call Saul renewed for season 3 by AMC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeBetter Call Sauldiscuss
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Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould Return as Co-Showrunners for a Ten-Episode Season

The First Two Seasons of "Saul" Established the Series as one of the Highest Rated Dramas on Cable

New York – March 15, 2016 – AMC and Sony Pictures Television announced today the renewal of critically acclaimed drama "Better Call Saul" for a third season. The prequel to the award-winning series "Breaking Bad," "Saul" will return with a ten-episode season, helmed by showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. The series is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson ("Breaking Bad," Diner, Rain Man), Melissa Bernstein ("Breaking Bad," "Rectify," "Halt and Catch Fire") and "Breaking Bad" alum Thomas Schnauz.

"What Vince, Peter, Bob and the entire team have accomplished with 'Better Call Saul' is truly rare and remarkable. They have taken one of the most iconic, immersive and fan-obsessive (in the best possible way) shows in television history and created a prequel that stands on its own," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "Watching Jimmy McGill's thoughtful, melodic and morally flexible transformation into Saul Goodman is entertaining and delighting millions of fans, whether their starting point was 'Breaking Bad' or not. This series has its own feel, pace and sensibility and we can't wait to see what this incredibly talented group comes up with next in season three."

"It's been an extraordinary show that lives up to its predecessor," said Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents of programming and production for Sony Pictures Television. "Vince, Peter, Bob and the team are delivering brilliant storytelling and we're proud to have AMC as our partner for another well-earned season."

Better Call Saul was nominated for seven 2015 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Jonathan Banks, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drams Series for Bob Odenkirk, who also received SAG and Golden Globe nominations. The four episode live+3 ratings averages for season two are 4.4 million viewers per episode, including 2.7 million adults 25-54 and 2.5 million adults 18-49.

"Better Call Saul" is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside and often against Jimmy is "fixer" Mike Erhmantraut, a beloved character first introduced in "Breaking Bad." The series will track Jimmy's transformation into a man who puts the criminal in "criminal lawyer." "

Gotham renewed for season 3 by FOX
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeGothamdiscuss
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Paul Reubens ("Pee-Wee's Big Holiday") Begins Guest Arc on

an All-New Episode Airing Monday, March 21

FOX has renewed hit drama series GOTHAM for a third season, it was announced today by David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

"It takes a very special team to tell the tales of GOTHAM. For the past two seasons, Bruno, Danny and John have masterfully honored the mythology of GOTHAM and brought it to life with depth, emotion and memorable high drama," said Madden. "This incredibly talented cast has redefined these iconic characters for a new generation, and we couldn't be more proud of this show."

GOTHAM is averaging nine million Total Viewers across multi-platforms. GOTHAM ranks among this season's Top 10 entertainment programs overall among Men 18-49, and places among the season's Top 5 broadcast dramas among Men 18-49 and Men 18-34.

In the all-new episode "Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn," airing Monday, March 21 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bullock (Donal Logue) investigate a trail of clues left in a museum robbery, which, unbeknownst to them, were left by Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. Meanwhile, Gordon's past comes back to haunt him when an anonymous person threatens to expose his hand in Galavan's murder. Also, Penguin's (Robin Lord Taylor) visit to some old friends leads him to meet his father, Elijah Van Dahl (guest star Paul Reubens), and Bruce (David Mazouz) practices his street smarts.

Later this season, villains continue to invade GOTHAM, as Arkham Asylum and the mysteries it holds take center stage, as Hugo Strange's (guest star BD Wong) wild experiments create even more chaos and legendary villains.

GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome"), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

GOTHAM is based upon the characters from DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the "CSI" franchise, "Nikita"). John Stephens serves as an executive producer on the series."

Vikings renewed for season 5 by History
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeVikingsdiscuss
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"HISTORY has picked up a 20 episode fifth season of the critically acclaimed drama series "Vikings," it was announced today by Jana Bennett, President and General Manager of HISTORY. Golden Globe® Award winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors," "Roots") joins the cast for season five.

"The brilliant writing and depth of historical research and authenticity brought to the screen by Michael Hirst paired with our talented cast and crew, has made this series one of the most compelling, visually stunning historical dramas on television," said Bennett. "'Vikings' has raided the hearts of audiences and we are thrilled that Jonathan Rhys Myers will become a bigger part of the HISTORY family after his incredible performance in our upcoming production of 'Roots'."

MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings "Vikings" to global audiences, as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.

"'Vikings' continues to be a powerhouse series worldwide, bolstered by the ongoing support from HISTORY and the direction of our first-class creative team, led by Michael Hirst, and partners World 2000 and Take 5 Productions," said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. "We are excited to have Jonathan Rhys Meyers join our talented cast and watch as this epic story evolves heading into Season 5."

"Vikings" remains a top ten cable drama series and is the #1 telecast on Thursday nights on cable in all key demographics within Live +3 delivery garnering 4.2 million total viewers, 2.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 million Adults 18-49.

Season Five of "Vikings" will begin production this summer to air in 2017.

From creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award® winning film Elizabeth and the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series "The Tudors"), "Vikings" is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages.

New episodes of season four of "Vikings" currently air every Thursday at 10 p.m., with an additional ten episodes scheduled to air later this year"

Quantico renewed for season 2 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeQuanticodiscuss
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"QUANTICO (Season 2)

A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.

"Quantico" stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher and Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas.

"Quantico" is executive produced by Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jake Coburn and Robert Sertner. "Quantico" is produced by ABC Studios."

Scandal renewed for season 6 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeScandaldiscuss
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"SCANDAL (Season 6)

Everyone has secrets, and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope's team is at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these "gladiators in suits," who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand – their own.

"Scandal" stars Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Portia De Rossi as Elizabeth North, Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker and Emmy-winner Joe Morton as Eli Pope.

"Scandal" was created by Shonda Rhimes. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding and Tom Verica serve as executive producers. "Scandal" is produced by ABC Studios."

Once Upon a Time renewed for season 6 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeOnce upon a timediscuss
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"ONCE UPON A TIME (Season 6)

Welcome to Storybrooke, Maine, a small town that probably won't show up on your GPS, but it's a magical place to visit. Reality and myth merge as Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Hook, Rumplestiltskin and all the other resident fairy tale characters encounter adventures with new friends and foes, battling with good and evil. But one thing always prevails: you never give up on the people you love.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Rebecca Mader as Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

"Once Upon a Time" is executive produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss. "Once Upon a Time" is produced by ABC Studios."

Modern Family renewed for season 8 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeModern Familydiscuss
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ABC's groundbreaking and multiple Emmy Award-winning hit comedy series "Modern Family" takes a modern and often hilarious look at the complications that come with being a family today.

"Modern Family" stars Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.

"Modern Family" is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Steven Levitan Prods and Picador Productions. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are co-creators/executive producers. Danny Zuker, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman, Elaine Ko, Stephen Lloyd and Jeff Morton also serve as executive producers."

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