The Weather Channel is about to buck a major trend for cable TV and shift its focus back to weather. Someone should pitch that idea to TLC.
EW got a look at the research meant to predict which new shows have captured viewers’ interest. While it’s worth noting this kind of polling can only predict which shows will start big — there’s always room for a show to debut to a big audience and lose viewers until it’s been cancelled (remember Pan Am?) Right now things are looking good for Scream Queens, Supergirl and Heroes: Reborn. Meanwhile, things are a little more mixed (but still promising) for The Muppets while the Sullivan Stapleton drama Blindspot is facing the same challenges Constantine and Dracula faced.
The Walking Dead has promoted three stars to series regulars — Tovah Feldshuh, Alexandra Breckenridge and Austin Nichols. I have to admit, I’m feeling mixed about this. While Breckenridge is great, I’m not thrilled at watching a romantic subplot for Rick .
After years in development hell, a Preacher TV show is finally happening. By now it’s 15 years since the comic ended, so it’ll be interesting to see what AMC does to update it.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 9, 2015
The comic follows a small town preacher (Dominic Cooper) who is possessed by a supernatural creature that gives him incredible levels of power, prompting him to go on a road trip with his girlfriend (Ruth Negga) and his Irish vampire best friend (Joseph Gilgun) as they try to find God — literally because God has left heaven. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season will have 10 episodes.
King of the Nerds may be cancelled but that show’s producers are pitching a series that aims to similarly celebrate the horror genre with Bruce Campbell hosting. Yeah, I’m already looking to program this one into the DVR.
Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of Fox’s Urban Cowboy pilot. Olmos will play a man who managed to leave behind his life as a cartel hitman but, 20 years later, is finding that life pulling him back. I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss the cartel hitman storyline in the description of the original Urban Cowboy. This could be interesting.
Key & Peele head writers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts revealed some sketch ideas that never aired including an attempt to revisit gay office worker Latrell. That’s a fun idea for a sketch, I’m just not sure it would have worked right with Latrell.
In a recent interview, CBS boss Les Moonves blamed this year’s lackluster Big Brother season on casting. However, as Andy Dehnart argues, the real problem is that the game is broken. That’s most clear with this season’s “Big Brother takeover” twist that was so underwhelming, they gave up on it in just three weeks. The bigger problem is gameplay has become predictable and broadcast episodes stick to a pretty tired formula. Casting can cover that up in the short term but it’s been ages since a competitor has come up with an game strategy like Nakomis’ “Six Finger Plan” that has changed gameplay for future competitors.
Unsurprisingly, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show debut scored some big numbers in the ratings, getting more than double Jimmy Fallon’s audience and triple Jimmy Kimmel’s. However, as Vulture’s Josef Adalian explains that’s not such a big deal any more. Late night is still competitive, but the business has changed a lot since the days when rivalries between Jay Leno, David Letterman, Johnny Carlson and Joan Rivers could aptly be described as “war.” There’s a lot more room for more shows to co-exist and still be very profitable, not that anyone is going to take it easy.
Longmire (Netflix) streaming
Yet another cancelled show finds new life thanks to Netflix as the western crime procedural debuts its third season. Now, Netflix, can we talk again about Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23?
Chopped (Food Network) 9:00 PM ET
While Chopped’s regular time slot is airing a teen tournament, this week’s bonus Chopped features four college chefs dealing with a starchy college student staple (instant ramen noodles?), frozen vegetables and a “savory microwavable snack.” I’m keeping my fingers crossed they make the competitors do their cooking with a four-cup coffee maker, an iron and a toaster that has to be hidden from the Resident Adviser.
Big Brother (CBS) 9:00 PM ET
It’s eviction night and it’s down to one entertaining houseguest and one incredibly annoying one. I don’t feel optimistic.
Project Runway (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
Scream’s Bella Thorne guests judges tonight’s efforts as the designers get a chance to create lingerie for Heidli Klum’s line.
Documentary Now! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
With “The Eye Doesn’t Lie,” Documentary Now! tells the tale of a man wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death. I’m guessing I might end up wishing I watched Paradise Lost before watching this one.
Graceland (USA) 10:00 PM ET
After kidnapping a federal agent and letting a murder happen in the house, tonight promises answers about Briggs’ actions.
Geeks Who Drink (Syfy) 11:00 PM ET
We’ve got two guys from shows fondly remembered by gay men, with Oz vet Harold Perrineau (let’s forget any shows where we were constantly reminded about his character’s son) leading a team against Happy Endings’s alum Zachary Knighton. That’s right, two hot guys named Zachary in one half-hour of television!
The Late Show Starring with Stephen Colbert (CBS) 11:35 PM ET
There’s been a good amount of speculation about whether Joe Biden will run for President again. At the very least, tonight he’ll end speculation if he’ll use The Late Show to announce his candidacy.
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Neil Patrick Harris shows up tonight to discuss Best Time Ever.
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