In a special Halloween-themed episode when Devon’s patient, who was pronounced dead, suddenly revives, Conrad is left doubting Devon’s judgement and wondering what happened. Meanwhile, on their way to a medical convention, The Raptor and Mina get stuck in a creepy town that is believed to be cursed, and when a well-known white supremacist falls under the care of Cain, he makes a move that could result is frightening consequences in the all-new “Belief System” of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Oct. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
APPLE today released a first-look trailer for “TRUTH BE TOLD,” the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul and Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan.
The series follows podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she is compelled to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation and comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race.
"Truth Be Told" is created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman and stars Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones. Tramble Spellman and Spencerrserve as executive producers, alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine and Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for Chernin Entertainment, alongside executive producers Kristen Campo, Leonard Dick, Ben Watkins, Victor Hsu and Mikkel Norgaard. Endeavor Content serves as the studio along with Chernin Entertainment.
The series will premiere globally on Apple TV+, a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers. Apple TV+ launches on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions, and will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for just $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.
Hulu will release ASK DR. RUTH in theaters later this year.
Ask Dr. Ruth will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival
Directed by: Ryan White
Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
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SYNOPSIS: The Runaways have left their homes (and evil parents) behind and now have to learn to live on their own. As they scavenge for food, search for shelter, and take care of one another, our kids begin to realize that, for better or worse, they’re stuck with each other. And it’s up to them to take down PRIDE once and for all. But someone sent a mysterious message to Jonah… Is there a mole in the Runaways? Meanwhile PRIDE is focused on finding their children, and Jonah has his own dangerous plan in mind.
The series stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi, Kip Pardue, and Julian McMahon.
Marvel’s Runaways is executive produced by series showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C. and Gossip Girl) along with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s The Defenders). Fake Empire's Lis Rowinski will produce as well. Marvel's Runaways is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios.
OWN’S NEW FAMILY SAGA “AMBITIONS,” FROM WILL PACKER, JAMEY GIDDENS, LIONSGATE AND DEBMAR-MERCURY, STARTS PRODUCTION IN ATLANTA
Award-Winning Writer/EP Kevin Arkadie Named Showrunner
Robin Givens (“Riverdale,” “The Fix,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”),
Essence Atkins (“Marlon,” “Half and Half”),
Brian White (“Ray Donovan,” “Scandal”),
Kendrick Cross (“Acrimony,”) Brely Evans (“Being Mary Jane”) and Erica Page (“Ozark,” “Bad Dad Rehab”) Cast as Series Regulars
Pilot Episode Directed by Benny Boom
Writers Room Based in Atlanta
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the start of production in Atlanta of the new multigenerational family saga“Ambitions,” produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, and starring Robin Givens (“Riverdale,” “The Fix,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Essence Atkins (“Marlon,” “Half and Half”), Brian White (“Ray Donovan,” “Scandal”), Kendrick Cross (“Acrimony,” “Tales from the Hood 2”), Brely Evans (“Turnt,” “Being Mary Jane”) and Erica Page (“Ozark,” “Bad Dad Rehab”). Multiple award-winning writer/EP Kevin Arkadie (“The Quad,” “New York Undercover”) has joined as showrunner. Created by executive producer/writer Jamey Giddens (“The Rich and The Ruthless”) from an original idea by Packer,“Ambitions” will debut on OWN in 2019, with the pilot episode directed by Benny Boom (“All Eyez on Me,” “Black Lightning”).
“Ambitions” is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.
Robin Givens stars as ‘Stephanie Carlisle,’ the wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster (Brian White), whose true loyalty is to her own family's prestigious law firm, where she is the latest in a long line of distinguished lawyers. Stephanie desperately wants to be in charge of the Carlisle family law firm and quietly fumes about her father Stephen's condescending assertion that she's simply not ready yet. Givens is represented by PANTHEON.
Essence Atkins plays the role of ‘Amara,’ a lawyer in U.S. Attorney's Office who has newly arrived in Atlanta with her husband, Titus (Kendrick Cross). Originally from Texas, she is quickly gaining attention from the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a diligent prosecutor but disappoints her supervisor by turning down the offer to run point on a major local case. Atkins is represented by Buchwald and Kathy McComb Management.
Brian White has been cast as ‘Evan Lancaster,’ the Mayor of Atlanta, who is married to attorney Stephanie Carlisle (Robin Givens). Evan’s political ambitions seem to cloud his judgement as he is willing to do anything to get to the next level in his career. White is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, Zero Gravity Management and attorney Eric Feig.
Kendrick Cross stars as ‘Titus,’ an attorney who recently moved with his wife Amara (Essence Atkins) to Atlanta. Titus has been hired as in-house counsel for a big pharma company run by Hunter Purifoy, who is fighting a class action suit brought by the powerful Carlisle family. Cross is represented by Houghton Talent.
Brely Evans plays the role of ‘Rondell,’ Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster’s (Brian White) sister, who runs a not-quite-profitable restaurant called Thelma's Place. Evans is represented by J Pervis Talent.
Erica Page plays the role of ‘Bella,’ a fashion designer in Atlanta who designs all of Stephanie Carlisle's (Robin Givens) dresses for her. Page is represented by Houghton Talent.
Kevin Arkadie is the co-creator of the series “New York Undercover.” Last season, he Co-Executive Produced season two of “The Quad.” Previously, he was a Producer on “Chicago Hope”; Supervising Producer on “NYPD Blue”; Co-Executive Producer on “The Shield”; and Executive Producer on “Soul Food: The Series” and “Rescue 77.” Arkadie scripted the Emmy®-winning miniseries “The Temptations” and is the recipient of the Golden Globe® Award, Writers Guild Award, Image Award and the Christopher Award as well as a nominee for multiple Emmy® and Humanitas Prizes. He is the Writer/Producer/Director of the documentary “FESPACO.” He began his writing career on the much-acclaimed series “I’ll Fly Away” as a story editor.
Jamey Giddens is an award-winning writer, producer, entertainment journalist, publicist, and podcast personality. He is the co-owner of the wildly popular soap opera-themed website DaytimeConfidential.com. Giddens co-wrote the first season of Urban Movie Channel's breakout summer hit dramedy "The Rich and The Ruthless." Giddens worked for 10 years as a communications specialist for the Centers For Disease Control and Protection (CDC), helping to create social media messages alerting the public to such major health events as the H1N1, Zika Virus and Ebola outbreaks.
Situated in Atlanta, the award-winning writing staff includes Jamey Giddens (“The Rich and The Ruthless”), Susan Dansby (“As The World Turns,” “The Young and The Restless”), Michele Val Jean (“General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Trey Anthony (“da Kink in my Hair,” “How Black Mothers Say I Love You”) and Jazmen Darnell Brown (“The Citizen,” “Saints & Sinners”).
“Ambitions” is produced for OWN by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and its producer-distributor Debmar-Mercury. Will Packer is executive producer. Kevin Arkadie is executive producer/showrunner. Writer Jamey Giddens and Will Packer Media’s Sheila Ducksworth also serve as executive producers. Benny Boom directs the pilot episode.
About Will Packer Media
Led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media is a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company focused on the New American Mainstream audience, with an urban millennial core. In partnership with Discovery, Inc. and Universal Pictures, the company produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients, and short-form digital content for millennial audiences. Will Packer’s films have earned more than $1 billion, with nine opening at number one at the box office.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today's most innovative storytellers. OWN’s original scripted series include popular dramas “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “Love Is __,” “The Have and Have Nots, “If Loving You is Wrong,” popular sitcom “The Paynes,” and upcoming drama series “David Makes Man” from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and family saga “Ambitions” from box office hit-maker Will Packer. OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Book of John Gray,” “Black Love,” “Chad Loves Michelle” and the new dating series “Ready to Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show and, with co-producer Citylife Productions, Caught in Providence, debuting nationally in September 2018. It has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; off-Netflix episodes of BoJack Horseman from Michael Eisner’s privately held media and entertainment company, The Tornante Company; as well as U.S. distribution rights to Schitt’s Creek, the critically acclaimed half-hour, single-camera scripted comedy created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy that ranks as the No. 1 original series on Pop TV; the 10/90 sitcoms Debmar-Mercury pioneered including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and the Debmar-Mercury / Lionsgate Television comedy Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen). Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next-generation audiences around the world.
HULU ORDERS NEW COMEDY SERIES DOLLFACE FROM ABC SIGNATURE STUDIOS
Kat Dennings to Star in and Executive Produce The Hulu Original Series
Marks Hulu's Third Project with ABC Signature Studios, and
First Joint TV Project for LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures
SANTA MONICA, CA (Friday, November 2, 2018) - Today Hulu announced a 10-episode series order for Dollface, a new comedy from ABC Signature Studios. The new Hulu Original Series will star actress Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), who is also set to executive produce the comedy alongside Creator and Writer Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn) and Showrunner Ira Ungerleider. Additional executive producers include Margot Robbie, Brett Hedblom and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment; Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan for Clubhouse Pictures; Nicole King and Stephanie Laing (Vice Principals). Matt Spicer (Ingrid Goes West) will executive produce and direct the first episode.
Dollface is set to begin production in 2019. The comedy follows a young woman who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.
"Reading Jordan’s script was like opening a window into my own brain,” says Dennings. “I’m so inspired by the stellar team we have around us and the unique world of this show, especially with Matt Spicer at the helm.”
Dollface will debut alongside Hulu’s growing original comedy slate, which includes the Emmy nominated I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, as well as upcoming series Ramy, Mindy Kaling's Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shrill.
"Jordan is an exciting, new voice that has something specific and provocative to say about her generation," said Hulu's SVP of Content, Craig Erwich. "As we seek out fresh perspectives and new, thought-provoking projects, Dollface is exactly the type of relatable, yet distinct, series we know our audience will love. We can't wait to work with Jordan and Kat, as well as our partners at ABC Signature Studios, LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, to bring this series to life."
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership into television and produce Dollface with such fantastic and collaborative partners as we continue to champion strong and unique female characters onscreen,” says LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures. “We couldn’t be more excited that Kat Dennings will take on this incredible and complex character.”
The series marks Hulu’s third project with ABC Signature Studios following the recent pick-up of the highly-anticipated Little Fires Everywhere, as well as the first joint TV production project for LuckyChap Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures, who together recently produced the award-winning film I, Tonya and who are in active pre-production on the untitled Birds of Prey film at Warner Bros.
Dennings is best known for her co-lead role on the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which ended its six-season run last spring. She recently wrapped production on the independent comedy feature Friendsgiving starring opposite Malin Akerman and Jane Seymour. Dennings was last seen on the big screen in Disney/Marvel Studios' famed box-office hits Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Her other film credits include Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist opposite Michael Cera, Charlie Bartlet opposite Robert Downey Jr., and Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Additionally, Dennings was recently seen on Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom and has appeared on some of television's most critically acclaimed dramas including, ER, Without A Trace and Sex and the City.
Hulu is the leading premium streaming service that offers instant access to live and on demand channels, original series and films, and a premium library of TV and movies to more than 20 million subscribers in the U.S. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has consistently been at the forefront of entertainment and technology. Hulu is the only streaming service that offers both ad-supported and commercial-free current season shows from the largest U.S. broadcast networks; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed Hulu Originals including Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Emmy Award-nominated The Looming Tower, Future Man, Marvel’s Runaways, The Path, Castle Rock, and the Emmy nominated I Love You, America from Sarah Silverman, as well as upcoming series The First, Catch-22 and Little Fires Everywhere. In 2017, Hulu added live news, entertainment and sports from 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive to its offerings – making it the only TV service that brings together live, on-demand, originals, and library content all in one place, across living room and mobile devices.
About ABC Signature Studios
ABC Signature Studios is an artist driven division of ABC Studios spearheading year-round development and production across the cable and streaming landscape. Most recently, Signature received a straight to series order for “High Fidelity” for the Disney direct-to-consumer streaming service. Created for streaming by Veronica West & Sarah Kucserka, Zoë Kravitz will star and produce alongside West & Kucserka and Midnight Radio. Signature is currently in production on the series “Godfather of Harlem” for EPIX created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein with Forest Whitaker starring and executive producing, as well as the pilot “The Wilds” created by Sarah Streicher with Jamie Tarses and Dylan Clark producing for Amazon. Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature start production on “Little Fires Everywhere” next year with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington starring and executive producing. These projects join a robust slate of returning series, including the critically acclaimed comedy “SMILF” for Showtime; “grown-ish” for Freeform; “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” for Freeform and “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu.
About LuckyChap Entertainment
LuckyChap Entertainment, founded in 2014, is an LA-based production company dedicated to championing strong female talent and stories, while providing a platform for a new generation of filmmakers to explore their craft. They are driven to produce and develop powerful narratives across film and television. LuckyChap Entertainment produced the Golden Globe Nominated film “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. They recently wrapped production on the independent film “Dreamland” starring Margot Robbie and Travis Fimmel and are currently in pre-production on the untitled Birds of Prey film with Warner Bros. Studios, Kroll & Co Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures. LuckyChap Entertainment has several other projects currently in development and a first look production deal with Warner Bros. Studios. It’s impressive slate of projects include book adaptations of “Bad Monkeys,” written by Jessica Knoll and co-produced with Universal/Dylan Clark Productions; and the much-anticipated “Augmented” with Warner Brothers/Di Novi Pictures. LuckyChap Entertainment will co-produce the highly sought after spec “Marian,” which stars Margot Robbie and is being produced in collaboration with Donald De Line and Amy Pascal. LuckyChap Entertainment recently expanded its business with a television division and has already sold its first project under their Warner Bros. Television deal, “Shattered Glass.”
About Clubhouse Pictures
Bryan Unkeless founded Clubhouse Pictures in 2015 and has worked at the forefront of content creation ever since, producing the Oscar winning "I, Tonya," the Netflix blockbuster "Bright," and the SXSW favorite "First Match." In 2018, Unkeless formed Screen Arcade in partnership with Eric Newman and signed a first-look feature deal at Netflix. Prior to 2015, Unkeless was an executive at Color Force where he co-produced "The Hunger Games" franchise.
FOX ANNOUNCES MIDSEASON PREMIERE DATES
SETH MacFARLANE’S SPACE ADVENTURE SERIES, “THE ORVILLE,”
TO RETURN FOLLOWING “NFL ON FOX” DOUBLEHEADER, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30
CELEBRITY SINGING COMPETITION “THE MASKED SINGER”
TO DEBUT FOLLOWING SEASON TWO PREMIERE OF
“GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK”
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2
FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON OF “GOTHAM” TO PREMIERE THURSDAY, JANUARY 3,
FOLLOWED BY TIME PERIOD PREMIERE OF “THE ORVILLE”
EPIC THRILLER “THE PASSAGE,”
FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS LIZ HELDENS, RIDLEY SCOTT AND MATT REEVES,
TO LAUNCH MONDAY, JANUARY 14
LEGAL DRAMA “PROVEN INNOCENT,” STARRING KELSEY GRAMMER,
TO PREMIERE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
GLOBAL PHENOMENON “COSMOS” RETURNS WITH THIRD SEASON,
“COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS,” TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, MARCH 3
All-New Live Musical Production of
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner RENT
To Air Sunday, January 27
FOX is announcing premiere dates for THE ORVILLE (Dec. 30), GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (Jan. 2), GOTHAM (Jan. 3) and PROVEN INNOCENT (Feb. 15), as well as the all-new COSMOS installment, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (March 3). As previously announced, new celebrity singing competition THE MASKED SINGER will premiere Jan. 2, new epic thriller THE PASSAGE will premiere Jan. 14 and all-new live musical event RENT will air Jan. 27.
Season Two of Seth MacFarlane’s hit space adventure series, THE ORVILLE, debuts Sunday, Dec. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT live to all time zones), following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader. Set 400 years in the future, the series follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life. In Season Two, ED (MacFarlane) and KELLY’s (Adrianne Palicki) relationship will take a new turn, while the ship’s crew will meet never-before-seen aliens, face old adversaries the Krill, make first contact with a new civilization and revisit the planet Moclus.
Season Two of this past summer’s No. 1 new series, GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The hit restaurant makeover series features Ramsay driving to struggling restaurants across the country in his state-of-the-art mobile kitchen and command center, Hell On Wheels, to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all in just 24 hours. In today’s social media-driven world, everyone is an amateur food critic, and restaurants often find themselves one bad review away from shutting their doors. So, it’s Chef Ramsay to the rescue. As the clock ticks down, Ramsay and his team transform these restaurants with spectacular renovations, fresh new menus and hope for the future, all building to the end of the 24 hours, when grand re-openings of these restaurants are held for the public.
Following GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK, get ready for the wildest celebrity guessing game ever, when THE MASKED SINGER (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) debuts. Hosted by Nick Cannon, with panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke, this top-secret celebrity singing competition will have everyone asking, “who’s behind the mask?!” Based on an international format, and already a viral phenomenon with over half a billion fans worldwide, the series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Although the celebrities’ identities are a mystery, between them they have a combined 65 Grammy Award nominations, 16 Emmy Award nominations, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”
On Thursday, Jan. 3, THE ORVILLE makes its time period premiere with an all-new episode (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the fifth and final season premiere of GOTHAM (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), which wraps up the beloved series in a farewell event that will focus on Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) ultimate transformation into the Caped Crusader, as Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) tries to hold together a city on the edge of chaos. FOX also has ordered two additional episodes of the hit series, raising the season order to 12 episodes, and bringing the full series order to 100 episodes. Following the events of last season, the fifth season, titled “GOTHAM: Legend of the Dark Knight,” will pick up with Gotham City split amongst Gordon and the GCPD, and some of the most notorious fan-favorite villains, as the heroes try to gain control and salvage what’s left of the deteriorating city. This season will also introduce new villains, including the iconic Bane (guest star Shane West). GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens, GOTHAM follows the rise of Det. James Gordon through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith and Chris Chalk.
Epic thriller THE PASSAGE debuts Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the winter premiere of THE RESIDENT (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an expansive, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). Executive-produced by Heldens, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.
The live musical production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT comes to FOX on Sunday, Jan. 27 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, RENT tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the live musical event. The cast features Kiersey Clemons, Brandon Victor Dixon, Jordan Fisher, Vanessa Hudgens, Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe and Valentina. Additionally, Keala Settle will perform the iconic solo from “Seasons of Love” and join the ensemble in the live musical.
New legal drama PROVEN INNOCENT will premiere Friday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and EMPIRE co-creator Danny Strong partners with David Elliot (“Four Brothers”) to tell the emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. PROVEN INNOCENT follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by a fierce and uncompromising lawyer, who was wrongfully convicted in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession, a household name and a national cause célèbre. The drama stars Rachelle Lefevre (“Under the Dome,” “A Gifted Man”), Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” “Cheers,” “Boss”), Russell Hornsby (“Seven Seconds,” “Grimm”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (“BrainDead,” “The Good Wife,” “The Book of Mormon”), Riley Smith (“Frequency”) and Clare O’Connor (“Easy”). Adam Armus is an executive producer and showrunner.
Airing as a global event on FOX and National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning COSMOS will return for its third installment, beginning Sunday, March 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). It will once again be executive-produced, written and directed by Ann Druyan (NASA’s Voyager Record, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” “Contact”); executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark; and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon and astrophysicist. Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration. The new season will reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds and worlds to come, and those that we may one day inhabit in a thrilling future we can still have.
Additional premiere dates and schedule details to be announced.
FOX MIDSEASON 2018-2019 PREMIERE DATES RECAP
(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)
Sunday, Dec. 30:
8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT THE ORVILLE (Special Premiere)
Live to all time zones
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (encore)
9:30-10:00 PM REL (encore)
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 1:
8:00-9:00 PM THE GIFTED (Winter Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM LETHAL WEAPON (Winter Premiere)
Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 2:
8:00-9:00 PM GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE MASKED SINGER (Series Premiere)
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 3:
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE ORVILLE (Time Period Premiere)
Mondays, beginning Jan. 14:
8:00-9:00 PM THE RESIDENT (Winter Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM THE PASSAGE (Series Premiere)
Sunday, Jan. 27:
7:00-10:00 PM ET live / RENT (Live Musical Event)
Fridays, beginning Feb. 15:
8:00-8:30 PM LAST MAN STANDING
8:30-9:00 PM THE COOL KIDS
9:00-10:00 PM PROVEN INNOCENT (Series Premiere)
Sundays, beginning March 3:
7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Time Period Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM FAMILY GUY (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (Premiere)
FOX MIDSEASON 2018-2019 SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS
CosmosonTV / #COSMOS
GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK
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THE MASKED SINGER
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FOX ANNOUNCES CAST FOR LIVE MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF THE TONY AWARD- AND PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING MUSICAL “RENT,” AIRING SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
CAST INCLUDES KIERSEY CLEMONS, BRANDON VICTOR DIXON, JORDAN FISHER, VANESSA HUDGENS, BRENNIN HUNT, MARIO, TINASHE AND VALENTINA
Keala Settle (“The Greatest Showman”) Joins Event in Special Role to Perform Classic “Seasons Of Love”
FOX has announced the full cast for the upcoming live musical event RENT, airing Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).
Actress Kiersey Clemons (“Hearts Beat Loud”), Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”), singer/songwriter Jordan Fisher (“Hamilton,” 2017 winner of “Dancing with the Stars”), actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (“Second Act,” “Grease: Live”), newcomer and singer/songwriter Brennin Hunt (“Nashville”), R&B/Pop superstar Mario (EMPIRE), recording artist Tinashe (“Dancing with the Stars”) and performer Valentina (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) are set to star in the highly anticipated live musical event. Additionally, Keala Settle will perform the iconic solo from “Seasons of Love” and join the ensemble in the live musical.
The groundbreaking, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is a re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and set in New York City’s gritty East Village. “Rent” tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, writer/composer Jonathan Larson’s tour de force continues to offer an inspiring message of hope and friendship.
Below is a cast breakdown:
Kiersey Clemons as JOANNE JEFFERSON, Maureen’s girlfriend and an Ivy League-educated lawyer.
Brandon Victor Dixon as TOM COLLINS, the computer scientist who returns to New York after being expelled from MIT.
Jordan Fisher as MARK COHEN, an aspiring filmmaker, who serves as the show’s narrator, while filming the lives of his friends.
Vanessa Hudgens as MAUREEN JOHNSON, the outgoing performance artist who’s not afraid to take on the establishment.
Brennin Hunt as ROGER DAVIS, a struggling musician and Mark’s roommate and best friend.
Mario as BENJAMIN COFFIN III, Mark and Roger’s former roommate-turned-landlord, who is after their rent.
Tinashe as MIMI MARQUEZ, the dancer who struggles with addiction.
Valentina as ANGEL DUMONT SCHUNARD, a young drag queen and street percussionist who embraces life and lives it to its fullest.
The television adaptation will be broadcast from the historic Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the event. Tony Award-nominated director Michael Greif (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Rent”), who directed the original New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway productions of “Rent,” is the director overseeing the stage direction; and Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease: Live,” “Dancing with the Stars”) will serve as the live television director.
In addition to Greif, creative team members from the original Broadway production of “Rent” returning for the television adaptation include Emmy Award-winning casting director Bernie Telsey and costume designer Angela Wendt. Additional creative team members include Obie Award winner Kristoffer Diaz writing the adaptation for television, Emmy Award winner Al Gurdon as lighting designer, Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus as music director and producer, Jason Sherwood as set designer and two-time Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh as choreographer.
“Rent” originally was produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.
RENT is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Allan Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine will serve as executive producers. “Like” RENT on Facebook at RENTonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @RENTonFOX and join the conversation using #RENT. See photos and videos on Instragram by following RENTonFOX.
About the Cast
Actress and musician Kiersey Clemons recently was cast in the upcoming feature installment of “The Flash” franchise as the iconic “Iris West.” Her other credits include the hit Sundance film “Hearts Beat Loud,” “Dope,” “Transparent,” “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “Flatliners” and “Easy.” Additionally, she is currently shooting the starring role of “Darling” in the upcoming live-action feature “Lady and the Tramp,” and will join the cast on the upcoming season of “Angie Tribeca.”
Brandon Victor Dixon most recently starred in "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and he can currently be seen on the series “Power.” On Broadway, he most recently starred in “Hamilton.” Previous Broadway credits include “Shuffle Along” (Tony Award nomination), “Motown The Musical” (Grammy nomination), and “The Color Purple” (Tony Award nomination), the national tour of “The Lion King,” off-Broadway productions of “F**king A,” “Rent” and “The Scottsboro Boys.” Television credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,” “The Good Wife,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” and Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It.” Dixon’s debut single, “#WeAre” is currently available for download on iTunes, with all proceeds benefitting YoungNewYorkers.org. Dixon was raised in Maryland, and is a graduate of Columbia University.
Jordan Fisher recently won the 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” He also has starred in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Liv and Maddie,” “Teen Wolf,” “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, before co-starring in FOX’s Emmy-winning “Grease: Live.” In 2016, Fisher released his self-titled EP, which debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart. He collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on “You’re Welcome” from “Moana,” and also joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.” Fisher is in the upcoming reboot of “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” He currently co-hosts “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” alongside Frankie Muniz.
Vanessa Hudgens began her work in musical theater at a young age, in shows such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King & I,” “The Music Man” and “Cinderella.” In 2016, she starred in FOX’s “Grease: Live,” which was nominated for 10 Emmys and won five, the most ever for a Special Class program. In 2015, she made her Broadway debut, starring in the title role of the beloved Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical “Gigi.” Her film credits include “Thirteen” and “Spring Breakers,” and the upcoming “Second Act.” Her television credits include “High School Musical” and the action comedy “Powerless,” set in the DC universe. In 2010, Hudgens won the ShoWest Award for “Female Star of Tomorrow.”
Brennin Hunt is currently filming his first movie role in “Walking With Herb.” The movie is set for release in 2019, and will feature Hunt’s original song, “Can’t Hold a Candle.” Hunt began his songwriting career with “I Can’t Do This,” which was recorded and co-written by Vince Gill. In 2016, he was featured in Rolling Stone Country as one of the 10 Artists You Need To Know. In 2017, he partnered with YWCA for his single, “Rip off the Rearview,” featuring Gill.
Mario is a Grammy Award-nominated, multi-Platinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer and actor. He was discovered at the age of 11 and, three years later, signed a recording contract with music legend Clive Davis. Mario’s eponymous debut studio album rolled out in 2002, featuring his first Top Five R&B/pop hit, “Just a Friend 2002.” Two years later, Mario revisited the Billboard charts with “Turning Point.” The Platinum-selling album spun off the melodic double-Platinum Hot 100 chart-topper “Let Me Love You,” and placed Mario on Billboard magazine's Artist of the Decade list. Rounding out Mario’s album catalog are 2007’s “Go,” featuring the Gold-certified single “Crying Out for Me”; and 2009’s “D.N.A.,” for which the lead single, “Break Up,” with guests Sean Garrett and Gucci Mane, also went Gold and peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart/No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, Mario is back with the release of his eagerly awaited fifth studio album, “Dancing Shadows,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart. He also currently has a recurring role on FOX’s EMPIRE.
Music artist Tinashe broke into the R&B spotlight in 2014 with her double-Platinum hit, “2 On,” which landed in the Top 20 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. She has toured with Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5. She also has an established career in fashion, where she has worked with brands such as Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Juicy Couture. Tinashe recently released her sophomore album, “Joyride.”
Valentina is known for competing on the ninth season of Emmy winning “RuPaul's Drag Race” and will return to “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” He was awarded the Miss Congeniality award, voted by the fans. Valentina has appeared in Elle magazine Mexico, Paper magazine and Vogue.com, as well as on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” and “Access Hollywood.” He currently is the face of Mexican fashion designer Benito Santos’ latest collection.
Keala Settle most recently portrayed bearded woman “Lettie Lutz” in the feature musical “The Greatest Showman.” The film’s song, “This Is Me,” won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Settle made her Broadway debut in 2011 in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” She originated the role of “Norma Valverde” in “Hands on a Hardbody” and was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Settle originated the role of “Becky” in the musical “Waitress,” and played the roles of “Madame Thenardier” in the revival of “Les Misérables” and “Tracy Turnblad” in the national tour of “Hairspray.”
About Jonathan Larson
Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Rent” (Book, Music, Lyrics). He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for “Rent” and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation’s Commendation Award. In 1989, he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical “Sitting on the Edge of the Future.” In 1988, he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical, “Superbia,” which was staged at Playwrights Horizons. He composed the score for the musical “J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation,” which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Larson performed his rock monologue, “tick, tick. . . BOOM!,” at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and song writing for “Sesame Street,” he created music for a number of children’s book-cassettes, including Steven Spielberg’s “An American Tail” and “Land Before Time.” Other film scores include work for Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed and wrote four original songs for “Away We Go!,” a musical video for children. “Rent,” his rock opera based on “La Boheme,” had its world premiere on February 13, 1996, at New York Theatre Workshop. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday.
About Marc Platt
Marc Platt is the Emmy Award-winning producer of FOX’s “Grease: Live” and “A Christmas Story Live!.” Most recently, he produced “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” which earned 13 Emmy Award nominations. He is an Academy Award-nominated producer, known for director Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Steven Spielberg's “Bridge of Spies.” Platt has developed some of the most successful film, theater and television projects of the last 30 years. His film resume includes such titles as “Legally Blonde,” “Into the Woods,” “Drive,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “Scott Pilgrim” and “Wanted.” He is also the producer of the Broadway mega-hit “Wicked,” which has been seen by more than 50 million fans worldwide and globally has racked up $4 billion. A former film executive, Platt served as president of production for three movie studios, where he oversaw box office and critical successes, including “Philadelphia,” “Rudy,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Legends of the Fall” and “The Silence of the Lambs.”
FOX ORDERS ANIMATED COMEDY “DUNCANVILLE,” FROM AMY POEHLER AND MIKE AND JULIE SCULLY, TO PREMIERE DURING THE 2019-2020 SEASON
Poehler, Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa to Voice Characters of Family Comedy
FOX has ordered the animated family comedy DUNCANVILLE, from Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live”) and Mike and Julie Scully (THE SIMPSONS, “The Carmichael Show”), all of whom are co-creators and executive producers on the series. Written by Mike and Julie Scully, DUNCANVILLE will feature the voices of Poehler, who will star as two characters, Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation,” “Angie Tribeca”) and Golden Globe nominee Wiz Khalifa (“American Dad!,” “BoJack Horseman”). Thirteen episodes have been ordered, and the series is set to premiere during the 2019-2020 season.
The series centers on the life of Duncan, a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, his family and friends. Poehler will provide the voice of Duncan and his high-strung mom, Annie, who is constantly trying to prevent her son from ruining his life.
“DUNCANVILLE is one of the freshest animated concepts we’ve seen, and has an insane pedigree of comedic talent across the board,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We’ve enjoyed a long, incredible run with Mike and Julie, and everything Amy does is pure genius. Having the voice talents of Rashida and Wiz join her makes this show the complete package. I can’t wait to have them all together when we add DUNCANVILLE to our growing animated slate.”
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Universal Television, DUNCANVILLE was co-created by Mike and Julie Scully and Amy Poehler, through her Paper Kite Productions, who executive-produce with Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment.
CELEBRITY SINGING COMPETITION “THE MASKED SINGER”
TO PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, ON FOX
Top-Secret Masked Celebrities Have Earned a Total of 65 Grammy Nominations,
16 Emmy Award Nominations, Four Super Bowl Titles and
Four Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Get ready for the wildest celebrity guessing game ever, when new celebrity singing game show THE MASKED SINGER premieresWednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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Hosted by Nick Cannon, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, THE MASKED SINGER is a top-secret celebrity singing competition that will have everyone asking, “who’s behind the mask?!” Based on an international format, and already a viral phenomenon with over half a billion fans worldwide, the series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Although the celebrities’ identities are a mystery, between them they have a combined 65 Grammy Award nominations, 16 Emmy Award nominations, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated by the audience and judges each week, based on their performance, and will then reveal his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”
Produced by Endemol Shine North America, THE MASKED SINGER was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis (“Minute to Win It,” “The Winner Is”). Izzie Pick Ibarra (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Breaking Pointe”) also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Grease: Live”) directs. Nick Cannon, Nikki Varhely Gillingham and Rosie Seitchik serve as co-executive producers. THE MASKED SINGER is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp.
“Like” THE MASKED SINGER on Facebook at facebook.com/maskedsingerfox. Follow the series on Twitter @maskedsingerfox and join the conversation using #TheMaskedSinger. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @maskedsingerfox.
EPIC THRILLER “THE PASSAGE,”
FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS LIZ HELDENS, RIDLEY SCOTT AND MATT REEVES, TO PREMIERE MONDAY, JANUARY 14, ON FOX
Action Drama Based on Best-Selling Trilogy Stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breakout Young Actress Saniyya Sidney
New epic thriller THE PASSAGE will premiere Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an expansive, character-driven action drama series written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”).
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Executive-produced by Heldens, Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is tasked with bringing her in, but ultimately, becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost – even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.
The series also stars Jamie McShane (“Bosch,” “Bloodline,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Caroline Chikezie (“The Shannara Chronicles”), Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage,” “Murder in the First”), Brianne Howey (“The Exorcist”), McKinley Belcher III (“Ozark,” “Mercy Street”), Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”) and Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me”).
THE PASSAGE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series is written by Liz Heldens. Heldens, Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Adam Kassan and Jason Ensler are executive producers. Marcos Siega served as an executive producer on the pilot, and he and Ensler directed the series premiere. “Like” THE PASSAGE on Facebook at facebook.com/ThePassageFOX/. Follow the series on Twitter @thepassagefox and join the discussion using #ThePassage. See photos and videos on Instagram by following@thepassagefox/.
“RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL” SEASON 5
PREMIERES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 ON TV ONE
New Season Features the Return of Award-Winning
Syndicated Radio Personality Rickey Smiley, Along with his Crew Da Brat,
Porsha Williams, Juicy, Headkrack and Gary with Da Tea
TV One’s hit franchise RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, a one-hour docu-series featuring award-winning syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley, will return for season five on Tuesday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET/7C. The doc-u-series captures Smiley as he continues to navigate the ups and downs of professional demands, single fatherhood and intimate relationships. Shooting in Atlanta, where he resides during the week, and in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, where he raises his family, Smiley’s struggle to find work-life balance while trying to maintain a love life has become a central focus and source of laughter for fans of the show.
"I’m excited that TV One is bringing Rickey Smiley For Real back for a fifth season. It’s truly been an honor to share my family with the world. Through my partnership with production company Bobbcat Films, we aim to create television the whole family can watch together,” says Rickey Smiley.
Infusing his authentic brand of comedy into every situation, this season RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL will deliver more of the 3 F’s - Fun, Family and Frama. “Frama” is the family drama that only people in Rickey's close-knit circle can bring. At home, Rickey is turning 50 and dealing with everyone trying to turn his special day into something they want. Meanwhile, Rickey’s college-aged daughter D’Essence Smiley gets arrested for two DUI’s, Aaryn’s mom gets remarried, and Rickey now has 4 new teens living in his house courtesy of his over-the-top cousin.
Over at the radio station, fresh off her performance in the stage play “Set It Off,” Da Brat has decided that she wants to be the next female entertainment mogul. Headkrak and Beyonce have started an event planning company, while Juicy wants to start a surprising new side hustle! Porsha Williams tries to play matchmaker for Rickey, and Gary has discovered that he has a life-threatening health issue that he refuses to let conquer him. While the situations are at times as serious as they come, Rickey’s unique humor and perspective on life adds just the special ingredient to make season 5 the most exciting, emotional and entertaining season ever!
RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL is produced by Bobbcat Films for TV One with Rickey Smiley and Roger M. Bobb as executive producers, and Angi Bones as co-executive producer. For TV One, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are executives-in-charge of production; Donyell McCullough is Sr. Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Interim Head of Original Programming and Production.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using #RICKEYSMILEYFORREAL and #REPRESENT.
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ABOUT RICKEY SMILEY:
2017 Marconi Award for Syndicated Personality of the Year, Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh for over 25 years. As a much-loved comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering for audiences on and off stage. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world. Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary great Comedians. In addition, his comedy shows often include a live band, which he accompanies playing several instruments and singing.
Coming from his humble roots of Birmingham Alabama, Smiley rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for Industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace, and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Smiley has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances. For more information on Smiley’s personal and professional background, please visit: http://therealrickeysmiley.com/, http://www.rickeysmiley360.com and http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/.
ABOUT BOBBCAT FILMS:
BobbCat Films is an award winning full-service film, television and digital content production and development company owned and operated by Roger Bobb and Angi Bones. Based in Atlanta GA, BobbCat Films also has offices in Los Angeles as well as a 30,000 square foot soundstage in Atlanta. Prior to creating BobbCat, Roger was the Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios where he and Angi produced over 11 theatrical films such as “For Colored Girls”, “Why Did I Get Married I & II” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family”. Their films have collectively grossed over half a billion dollars. In addition to their motion picture work, they have produced, developed and sold over 500 sitcom episodes such as House of Payne (TBS), Meet The Browns (TBS), The Rickey Smiley Show (TV One) and Mann & Wife (Bounce TV). They also created and produced the non-scripted shows “A Mann’s World” (BET), The Battle (ESPN) and Rickey Smiley For Real (TV One). BobbCat has produced numerous television movies for various networks such as “Raising Izzie” (UP), “Girlfriends Getaway I & II” (TV One) & Let The Church Say Amen (BET) with Roger often also functioning as a director. The dou has won 7 NAACP Image Awards for their work.
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Uncensored, Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV OneHigh Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences