FOX’s Empire centers on Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard), head of Empire Records – and his efforts to ensure that his legacy will not be carried on and not wasted/destroyed by his greedy family.
Leading up to the premiere of Empire on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, FOX is holding the Run Empire For a Day Sweepstakes. The winner of which will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a VIP Experience at Empire’s premiere party. Entries close on December 15th. Follow the jump for details.
Production has begun on BBC America’s The Last Kingdom – based on the The Saxon Stories, the series of bestselling novels by Bernard Cornwell (also known for his excellent Sharpe novels).
Set in the 9th century, many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, only the great Kingdom of Wessex stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great (Dawson). It is the last kingdom.
The Last Kingdom stars Alexander Dreymon, the cast includes: Rutger Hauer, Ian Hart and Matthew Macfayden, among other. The series is being adapted by BAFTA-winning writer Stephen Butchard and executive produced by Butchard, Gareth Neame, and Nigel Marchant. For more, follow the jump.
Pop (currently known as TVGN) will launch its new website – Poptv.com – on Tumblr on January 14, 2015, simultaneously with its rebranding as the network that celebrates the fun of being a fan.
For further details, follow the jump.
When is sports news not sports news? When it’s naming the headliner of a Super Bowl halftime show (the most watched musical performance of any given year) – in this case, Katy Perry.
Perry will headline the show at halftime for Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, joining a list of performers that is legendary – including Prince, The Who, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and U2 among others. For more, check out the press release after the jump.
As Haven’s final episodes run down, William Shatner is joining the show in a recurring role that has a four-episode arc. Naturally, his character is pivotal and has the potential to affect the town an its fate.
Haven (Syfy, Fridays, 7/6C) reaches its mid-season finale on December 5th – by which point, Mara’s endgame will be revealed.
The show’s final 13 episodes will air in 2015. For further details, follow the jump.
FOX has set the dates for its winter premieres for new scripted shows Backstrom (January 22nd), The Last Man On Earth (March 1st) and Weird Loners (March 31st) – and unscripted World’s Funniest Fails (working title) (January 16th).
Returning scripted shows include Glee’s final 13-episode season (two-hour premiere on January 9th), The following (two-hour premiere on March 2n) and Bones (March 26th). Unscripted returnees include Masterchef Junior (January 6th) and Hell’s Kitchen (March 3rd).
For a complete schedule for new and returning FOX shows (day/date/time), follow the jump.
Mike Nichols may have died this week, but he’s left behind a reputation as a wonderful human being and a trove of superb motion pictures to guarantee he will never be forgotten.
On Saturday, December 6th, TCM will run a triple feature of films that speak to his ability to do vastly different things really, really well: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge. For further details, follow the jump.
TBS is bringing CONAN to primetime for CONAN To Go – a one-hour special showcasing Conan O’Brien’s favorite remote bits from the show. Think Clueless Gamer: Grand Theft Auto, or Conan Visits The America Girl.
CONAN To Go will premiere on TBS on Thursday, December 18t (10/9C). For more, follow the jump.
FOX’s new series Empire – think Dynasty with a music industry dynasty instead of oil – will premiere on Wednesday, January 7 (9/8C) following the first part of American Idol XIV’s two-night premiere.
Follow the jump for details.
BBC America has unveiled the first photo from its upcoming fantasy/drama series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, starring Eddie Marsan (above) and Bertie Carvel.
Set at the turn of the 19th Century, Mr. Norrell (Marsan stuns the city of York with a magical feat then goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. The photo and press release follow the jump.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will premiere on BBC America in 2015.
The BBC and BBC America are producing a two-part Luther event to be broadcast on in 2015. Series creator Neil Cross will write. Idris Elba is returning as the iconic character. Details follow the jump.