USA Network’s pilot Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac has cast Luke James (above) as Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs.
The roles of Biggie Smalls’ mother Voletta Wallace, and wife of Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, Sharitha Golden have also been cast – Aisha Hinds will play Voletta Wallace and LeToya Luckett will play Sharitha golden.
Previously announced cast includes newcomer Wavyy Jonez as Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, Marcc Rose as Tupac Shakur, Josh Duhamel as Detective Greg Kading, Jimmi Simpson as Detective Russell Poole and Bokeem Woodbine as Officer Daryn Dupree.
USA Network’s critically acclaimed drama SUITS will return for the back half of Season 6 on Wednesday, January 25 at 10/9c. Season 6 of the Universal Cable Productions series is the #1 scripted cable program of 2016 in its timeslot in all key demos. To date, SUITS’ sixth season is averaging 3.5MM total viewers in Live+7 data and garnering an additional 6.2MM streams across VOD and digital platforms. The network previously announced that the legal dramawill return for Season 7, set to air in 2017.
I’m a big fan of book adaptations of popular shows and movies. Fans of Mr. Robot can now read Elliott’s journal. Co-written by series creator and showrunner Sam Esmail and series writer Courtney Looney, MR. ROBOT: Red Wheelbarrow (Abrams Books; November 1, 2016; U.S. $29.95; Hardcover) is the personal notebook of Elliot Alderson, the show’s lead character, and is a uniquely rewarding way for the super fan to access Elliot’s complex psyche.
USA Network latest Queen of the South debuts this week (Thursday night). Q.O.S. tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. I didn’t get a chance to watch the screeners, so look for a review next week. In the meantime check out some of these clips.
USA Network’s little show that could, is still pushing up the hill. It’s amazing Royal Pains has been on for 7 freaking seasons – which feels even longer due to all the weird scheduling issues. Royal Pains’ 8th and final season begins May 18th. I lost track of the series around season 4. When I left off Divya (Reshma Shetty) was pregnant, they introduced Jeremiah (Ben Shenkman) – who I didn’t like at all and Evan was elected to office. I may have to tune in for the final because I’m curious to see how it all ends.
Poor Christian Slater. He keeps trying the TV thing and failing at it. He finally has a hit on his hands in USA Network’s award-winning series MR. ROBOT which premiered to strong ratings, reaching a combined L3 audience of 3.7 MM total viewers P2+ (2.83 MM for the 10PM telecast and 823,000 for the 11PM encore). The 10PM telecast also garnered 1.04 MM in P18-49 and 1.20 MM in P25-54 during the June 24 premiere. Overall, the series ranked as a top five premiere for basic cable dramas P18-49 in 2015. An additional 2.7 MM people checked out the pilot across a wide array of digital and VOD platforms. The critically acclaimed series has already been renewed for a second season. USA is actually bringing Christian Slater to SDCC next week and I’m going to tell him that I am the ONE critic in the entire universe that liked Alone in the Dark!
Law & Order: Criminal Intent fans we’ve got a contest for you! To celebrate the upcoming season which premieres Sunday, May 1st at 9/8c on USA, we’ve got an amazing prize pack full of DVDs, t-shirts and more!
The final season ofLAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT premieres on Sunday, May 1st at 9/8c on USA, featuring the long-anticipated return of Detectives Goren (D’Onofrio) and Eames (Erbe) to the Major Case Squad. Terminated for insubordination a year ago, Detective Robert Goren has been reunited with his long-time partner Alex Eames at the behest of new Major Case Captain William Hannah. In addition to plunging into colorful, dangerous mysteries, Goren has mandatory sessions with brilliant police psychologist Robyn Widrow thatwill ultimately help him unravel his tortured past.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Prize Pack Includes:
Branded black nylon cinch sack
Goren Limited Edition T-Shirt
Season 4 DVD
Season 5 DVD
It’s pretty simple. You need to watch the the first episode and either tweet me (TiffanyDEmidio) or email me (tdemidio at eclipsemagazine dot com) something specific that happens from the show. A winner will be chosen Friday, May 6th.
**This contest is open to residents of the U.S and Canada and is courtesy of USA Network. It’s valued to be $110. Once a winner has been chosen it may take 6-8 weeks to arrive.
A few weeks ago the fine folks at USA Networks treated yours truly to an overnight stay in the Big Apple to visit the set of their hit show White Collar. I tweeted live from the event at the time. If you saw my Tweets you’ll know I’m a terrible tweeter, but beyond that not much happened during the visit. We were ushered into a plain windowless conference room for most of the day, we got a chance to do a quick five minute walk through of the set. What little we saw was quite impressive, especially the FBI Office – just a beautiful big, open set. We also saw the various apartments and Peter’s FBI Office. We weren’t allowed to take any pictures which was disappointing. But I do love talking with fellow TV Bloggers, we generally all get along really well.
USA Networks treated us like a million bucks, the swag bag they gave us was incredible and they treated us all to a NY Breakfast Buffet at the Hilton before we left. We got a chance to interview the cast and crew (Tiffany wasn’t there but we’re getting a phoner with her this week). Sheldon has been posting interviews from the Cast and Crew over the last few weeks. I will post audio from the Set Visit over the next few weeks. We had a surprise guess interview from Hillarie Burton, at first no one recognized her name and we were all like who is she? When she walked in and I realized it was “Peyton” from One Tree Hill I went all fangirl on her. She was so cool about it. She called Matt Bomer the 7th Wonder of the World and then she laughed when I said she’s worked with some of the hottest guys in Hollywood.
If you’re attending the sold-out Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego, be sure to check out the Burn Notice panel, featuring Bruce Campbell, Seth Peterson (Nate), Jay Karnes (Tyler Brennen), Ben Shenkman (Tom Strickler), Michael Shanks (Victor), series creator and executive producer Matt Nix, and co-executive producer Alfredo Barrios, Jr.! They’ll be discussing and answering questions about the past, present and future of the coolest show on TV! It happens Thursday, July 23 from 2:30-3:30 PM in Ballroom 20! Text CC to USATXT (872898) for exclusive Comic-Con 2009 info, and a chance to win prizes!
The fine folks at USA Network have given us an amazing Royal Pains Prize Pack to give away for their new series, it includes somes products from orogoldstores.com which are the best.- Royal Pains, which premieres Thursday, June 4th at 10pm following BURN NOTICE.
Here’s what you get:
The Royal PainsPrize Pack features:
First Aid Kit
“Cure Your Royal Pains” T-Shirt
Prescription “Candy” Bottle
Oversized Beach Blanket
Royal Pains Red Band-Aid Box with Custom Band-Aids
The Hamptons Dictionary
Tate’s Cookie Carton
Kiehl’s Summer Lotions Kit
Inflatable Inner Tub
Canon PowerShot SD 780IS
When up-and-coming New York doctor Hank Lawson loses everything fighting for the life of a patient, he escapes to the Hamptons with his younger brother, Evan. After making a dramatic medical rescue at a party, Hank inadvertently finds himself the Hamptons’ newest on-call doctor. Now, with the help of Evan and an ambitious physician assistant, Hank is once again helping those in need and reinventing himself as the Hamptons’ hottest doctor-on-demand. Catch the premiere of USA‘s new original series, Royal Pains, Thursday, June 4 at 10/9C.
The contest will run May 29, 2009 until Monday, June 8th. Leave a Post below about your favorite Hamptons experience, or your Dream Hamptons Experience, or about the show Royal Pains. On June 12th, send your User ID, Full Name and Address to firstname.lastname@example.org with Royal Pains in the Subject. I’ll select the winner at random.