NBC have renewed their highly popular series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for an eighteenth season.
The series has been a solid performer for the peacock network, even after 17 years in primetime it still manages to average over 7 million viewers every episode.
In addition to renewed SVU, the network have renewed producer Dick Wolf’s contract for another 5 years until 2020. Wolf has two successful franchises with the Law & Order series and the Chicago themed dramas aswell, which have all been renewed.
Law & Order: SVU follows an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes in New York City. This season, the cast includes Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, and Raul Esparza.
WGN America have cancelled their period drama Manhattan after two seasons.
The series was plagued by poor ratings.
The first season averaged 420,000 over it’s 13 episodes, however the ratings dropped to around 240,000 per episode in season two.
WGN America president Matt Cherniss released a statement:
After careful consideration, we have reached the very difficult decision not to move forward with a third season of ‘Manhattan.’ We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series. We are equally grateful to the dedicated fans for their support over the last two seasons.”
The series dramatized the Manhattan Project’s development of nuclear weapons in 1940s New Mexico. The series starred John Benjamin Hickley, Olivia Williams, William Petersen, and Daniel Stern.
NBC have renewed their medical drama Chicago Med for season number two.
The ratings have been solid from the new drama, with the series averaging 8.4 million viewers over the course of the first eight episodes.
There are a total of 18 episodes in the first season.
Other Chicago based shows such as Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. have also been renewed by NBC
Chicago Med is set at the city’s new state-of-the-art trauma center. It revolves around the doctors, nurses, and staff members who treat the most severe trauma cases. The ensemble cast includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Colin Donnell, Brian Tee, Torrey DeVitto, Rachel DiPillo, Carl Lumbly, Julie Berman, Brennan Brown, and Marlyne Barrett.
*NOTE* The list was also released in September 2015, I know I’m a bit behind, however when the new list comes out this year, I will post it.
Yesterday I posted a list of the highest paid actors in television, so today you can find out how much the top actresses get paid in Hollywood.
Check out the top 15 female earners in 2015 on TV.
1. Sofia Vergara: $28.5 million (Modern Family)
1. Kaley Cuoco: $28. 5 million (The Big Bang Theory)
3. Julie Bowen: $12 million (Modern Family)
4. Ellen Pompeo: $11.5 million (Grey’s Anatomy)
5. Mariska Hargitay: $11 million (Law & Order: SVU)
6. Julianna Margulies: $10.5 million (The Good Wife)
6. Amy Poehler: $10.5 million (Parks & Recreation)
8. Mindy Kaling: $9 million (The Mindy Project)
9. Patricia Heaton: $7 million (Everybody Loves Raymond & The Middle)
9. Kerry Washington: $7 million (Scandal)
11. Tina Fey: $6.5 million (30 Rock)
11. Emily Deschanel: $6.5 million (Bones)
13. Pauley Perrette: $6 million (NCIS)
14. Robin Wright: $5.5 million (House of Cards)
15. Zooey Deschanel: $5 million (New Girl)
Again, if you look at the list, it seems comedy is paid well with over half of the list from comedy, eight to be exact. It does seem from the two lists that women are paid less than their male counterparts which was in the news last year. The top 2 Sofia Vergara and Kalye Cuoco both rake in 28.5 mil, however it drops sharply to 12 mil for Julie Bowen who is third on the list.
If you look on the men’s list, the top nine males earn more than Julie Bowen, However it seems on Modern Family, the two top earners are the women.
Drama is featured more with the ladies, where their are 7 in the top 15, compared to 4 of the men.
If you add up the top 15 earnings for the men and women you come up with these figures:
Actors: 243 million = 16.2 million avg.
Actresses: 165 million = 11 million avg.
It will be interesting to see if the totals get smaller or bigger in 2016.
The list is originally from Forbes
*NOTE* The list was also released in August, 2015, I know I’m a bit behind, however when the new list comes out this year, I will post it.
TV is big bucks these days and some of the top stars are earning some serious cash.
Check out the top 15 male earners in 2015 on TV.
1. Jim Parsons: $29 million (The Big Bang Theory)
2. Johnny Galecki: $27 million (The Big Bang Theory)
3. Mark Harmon: $20 million (NCIS)
3. Simon Helberg: $20 million (The Big Bang Theory)
3. Kunal Nayyar: $20 million (The Big Bang Theory)
3. Ashton Kutcher: $20 million (Two & a Half Men)
7. Jon Cryer: $15 million (Two & a Half Men)
7. Ray Romano: $15 million (Everybody Loves Raymond)
9. Patrick Dempsey: $12 million (Grey’s Anatomy)
9. Simon Baker: $12 million (The Mentalist)
11. Ty Burrell: $11.5 million (Modern Family)
12. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: $11 million (Modern Family)
13. Ed O’Neill: $10.5 million (Modern Family)
13. Eric Stonestreet: $10.5 million (Modern Family)
15. Kevin Spacey: $9.5 million (House of Cards)
If you have a look at the list, 11 of the 15 actors are from comedies while only 4 are from dramas, so it seems laughs = big bucks in Hollywood.
Come back tomorrow for a list of the top 15 Actresses! (Again, a VERY late post)
The list also includes endorsements and side-gigs.
The list is from Forbes
Sleepy Hollow has been awaken with the news that the Gilmore Girls will be returning to our television screens next year on Netflix.
It had been speculated that a return was likely, however their was nothing concrete about the rumours until Netflix confirmed that their will be 4 90-minute episodes produced with original creators Amy Sherman Pallidano and her husband Daniel Pallidano.
Most of the original cast are returning as in Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena. However their is no word on whether loveable character Suki portrayed by Melissa McCarthy will return.
Gilmore Girls originally ran for seven seasons after it was cancelled in 2007.
Their is no release date set year, but expect it is set to hit our screen in 2017.
Their will be no third season for MTV’s teen drama Finding Carter after it has been cancelled.
The news wouldn’t come as a shock to many people as the ratings have dropped in the second season.
The first season averaged 1.14 million viewers over 12 episodes.
The second season dropped to only 560,000 viewers over 24 episodes.
The ratings dropped by 50% during the second season and it would have been hard to imagine a renewal with those numbers.
The season two finale aired on December 15th, 2015
On Finding Carter, a teenager (Kathryn Prescott) discovers that her beloved single mom actually abducted her as an infant and she’s reunited with her birth family. The cast also includes Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Alexis Denisof, Zac Pullam, and Alex Saxon.
Netflix have renewed their highly popular series House Of Cards for a fifth season.
The news comes before the fourth season premiere in March.
However, the shows creator Beau Willimon is leaving the show after the upcoming fourth season. So now the series will have to find a new showrunner to replace Willimon.
The fifth season will premiere in 2017 on Netflix.
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and power. The series stars Kate Mara, Michael Kelly and Mahershala Ali.
Showtime have renewed their new series Billions for a second season.
The series premiered on the 17th of January but the cable network like what they have already seen.
The first two episodes have averaged nearly 2 million viewers.
The first season will run for 12 episodes.
The season finale shall air on April 10th.
On the Billions TV show, sharp U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) leads the charge against corruption in American finance. Meanwhile, a self-made billionaire named Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) controls one of the most lucrative hedge funds in the world. With stakes in the billions of dollars, the two are on a collision course and use their intelligence, power, and influence to outsmart the other. The rest of the cast includes Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashad.
It seems like that 2016 will be spent in front of the TV if Netflix has anything to say about it. They have released their upcoming schedule for the year and your bound to be excited by some of their shows, new and returning.
Check out the list and let me know what you will be watching this year.
‘Chelsea Does,’ premieres January 23
Handler investigates marriage, racism, drugs, and Silicon Valley in her usual style of no holds barred bravado.
‘Love,’ premieres February 19
Created by Judd Apatow, a program that follows a couple who must navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment and other things they were hoping to avoid.
‘Fuller House,’ premieres February 26
D.J. Tanner-Fuller is a widow and mother of three. Things become too much to handle, so she asks for help from her sister Stephanie and her best friend Kimmy.
‘House of Cards,’ 4th season premieres March 4
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.
‘Flaked,’ premieres March 11
In what Netflix is calling “a serio-comic story,” Will Arnett stars as Chip, a man who falls in love with his best friend’s crush. According to Deadline, Chip markets himself as a “guru” until that image begins to quickly unravel.
‘Daredevil,’ 2nd season premieres March 18
A blind lawyer, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a costumed superhero.
‘The Ranch,’ premieres April 1st
The son of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business. Reuniting That’s 70’s Show alum, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson.
‘Lost & Found Music Studios,’ premieres April 1st
Lost & Found Music Studios is a half-hour tween series following the lives of a group of musicians who are members of an after-school music program where they explore and discover their musical identities. Mr. T., the owner of Lost & Found Music Studios and an established music producer, admits a small number of new members each year to join the group, and ends the year by selecting some of the standout members to participate in a live tour.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ 2nd season premieres April 15th
Co-created by Tiny Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is about a woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.
‘Kong: King of the Apes,’ premieres April 15th
It’s 2050 and the future looks bright for San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island since its transformation into the most impressive Natural History and Marine Preserve on the planet. But when the star attraction suddenly goes ape and KONG becomes public enemy number one, the villain that framed him is free to unleash an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the unsuspecting world. Ironically, Kong is the only force formidable enough to stop these super-powered dinosaurs and the evil genius manipulating them. But Kong is now the world’s most hunted fugitive. Fortunately, there are a handful of young humans who know the truth and are willing to risk their lives to help Kong evade capture, while he battles to save humankind.
‘Marseille,’ premieres May 5th
The series stars Gérard Depardieu as Robert Taro, who has been the mayor of the French city for decades and is trying to push his legislation past power-hungry opponents and shadowy special interests. Hopefully Depardieu will talk to the camera, Kevin Spacey-style.
‘Grace and Frankie,’ 2nd premieres May 6th
Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.
‘Word Party,’ premieres June 3rd
Word Party is another kids’ show, but for the littlest of kids who are still learning their vocabulary. The animation uses technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop that lets puppeteers perform digital characters in real time, so it’s guaranteed to look cool.
‘Orange Is the New Black,’ fourth season premieres June 17th
The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.
‘Stranger Things,’ premieres July 15th
In the plot, a young boy vanishes and his friends and family try to uncover the mystery. Netflix says the series “is a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation,” so Winona Ryder is genius casting.
‘The Get Down,’ premieres August 12th
A rag tag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 70’s.
Spike TV have renewed their series Lip Sync Battle for a third season.
Netflix have renewed their comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a third season.
Netflix have renewed their new series Marvel’s Jessica Jones for a second season.
FOX have renewed their hit series Empire for a third season.