Colbert going live for the conventions

Springsteen and Schumer are among those celebrating year’s highlights with Colbert (Michele Crowe)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will broadcast two weeks of live shows during the political conventions, from July 18-21 during the Republican convention in Cleveland, and from July 25-28 as the the Democratic event unfolds in Philadelphia. Colbert will host from NYC, where his guests will react to the day’s events. The CBS late […]

Freeform greenlights Bachelor spin-off

Freeform greenlights The Bachelor spin-off

Freeform greenlit a spin-off of The Bachelor, starring Bachelor Ben Higgins and new fiancee Lauren Bushnell, slated for October. Docu-series optimistically titled Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, will follow the couple as they prepare to walk down the aisle. There’s a built-in audience: The […]

BET launches new streaming service

BET launches new streaming service

Viacom is launching BET Play, a standalone online service that won’t stream the network live but will allow subscribers across the globe to watch live events such as this week’s BET Awards and shows on demand online. It will be found in 100 countries for $3.99 a month (or the local equivalent). Those in markets […]

CBS fall premiere dates announced

CBS fall premiere dates announced (David Giesbrecht)

CBS’s fall 2016-2017 season premieres stretch out over six weeks, kicking off with Thursday Night Football on September 15. Season 10 of The Big Bang Theory launches Monday, September 19 at 8p, moving to Thursdays at 8p on October 27. Kevin Can Wait, which makes its series debut on Monday, September 19 at 8:30p following […]

Archer renewed for three more seasons

Archer moving to FXX.

FX animated comedy Archer was renewed for three seasons, returning for an eight-episode season 8 in early 2017. FX Networks also struck a new production deal with Floyd County Productions.

Penny Dreadful ends after three seasons

Penny Dreadful

Dreadful news for Penny Dreadful fans: Sunday’s third-season finale also marked the series finale. Showtime confirms that the show is over and done after 27 episodes. “John Logan deftly created a truly beautiful, brilliantly-written, epic drama series that has drawn a passionate fan base to our network,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “After three fulfilling […]

J.J. Abrams developing Michael Jackson event series

J. J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has come onboard to develop the event series adaptation of Tavis Smiley’s book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, for Warner Bros TV. Before You Judge Me is described as a “taut rendering of the final months in the life of one of […]

The CW announces launch dates

The CW announces launch dates (Eddy Chen)

Once again avoiding the September crush, The CW’s fall 2016-2017 slate launches Tuesday, October 4 with the season premiere of The Flash at 8p, followed by the series premiere of hour-long comedy No Tomorrow at 9p. Moving along… Wednesday, October 5: Arrow (season premiere) at 8p, Frequency (series premiere) at 9p Monday, October 10: Supergirl […]

Orphan Black renewed for fifth and final season

Orphan Black renewed for fifth and final season

BBC America renewed Orphan Black for a fifth and final season, with a 10-episode order from Temple Street. “We can’t wait to take our incredibly passionate audience on one final gobsmacking clone adventure,” said net president Sarah Barnett. Fifth season is slated for 2017.