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A movie based on "Entourage," the 2004-11 HBO series about a young actor and his buddies in Hollywood, finally appears ready to go forward.
Doug Ellin, the Merrick native and series creator, tweeted Monday, "It's a go. love you all," attaching a photo with core cast members Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), Patchogue native Kevin Connolly (Eric 'E' Murphy), Adrian Grenier (Vince Chase), Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama) and Jerry Ferrara (Turtle). All are expected to reprise their roles.
The plan for an "Entourage" movie first surfaced in a report on Deadline.com in January, which noted that Warner Bros. had given a green light to the project. But the article also noted that deals with the cast had yet to be made. In mid-October, Mark Wahlberg, one of the series' executive producers, was asked by TMZ when the movie would be made and said: "As soon as them guys stop being so greedy."
Unconfirmed reports said that Piven had secured a richer deal, which other cast members sought to match.
Let's call this a post for anyone out there who was actually wondering whether "The Walking Dead" would be back for a fifth season. Yes, rest assured, "The Walking Dead" will be back for a fifth season. Even Charlie Collier, AMC chief, seemed bemused by the redundancy of even having to announce that the most viewed, non-sports, cable series in history -- and TV's most viewed this season -- would be coming back.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president..
But what may be notable in this announcement is the visible display of support for Scott Gimple, who "will return as series' showrunner..." As fans know, repeat engagements on this series are hardly a sure bet, and in fact, AMC and "Dead" have run through a couple of high profile show-runners, including Frank Darabont.
But this season's numbers are so huge, and the series really does look like it's firing on all cylinders, that even the barest hint of backstage intrigue or drama would seem churlish indeed. Or ill-placed.
Those numbers? Well, the season's first episode was seen by 20.2 million viewers, when video-on-demand tag-alongs were factored in.
Not that this is a stunt -- because it's not, and really, how can anyone be so cynical to think that it is -- because I mean, really, Cher knows a lot about the tango, Argentine tango, contemporary, Viennese waltz, jazz, disco, and foxtrot -- Cher knows a lot about everything...
But I'm getting ahead of myself: Cher will co-judge next week's "Dancing with the Stars."
Announced on the show Monday night, and oh, what a coincidence, a news release is here, too:
The iconic Oscar®, Grammy® and Emmy® Award winning singer and actress will open the show with a dazzling and spectacular performance of her hit song “Believe” before joining judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba to give critiques and scores on each celebrity routine. The seven remaining couples will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on a dance style they have not previously performed including the Tango, Argentine Tango, Contemporary, Viennese Waltz, Jazz, Disco, and Foxtrot.
I've always said Cher is "iconic." Why did it take "DWTS" so long to call her that, too?
Needless to say, this is a must-watcher.
And just to note this: "Dexter," or the first four seasons, will arrive on Netflix this Thursday. The deal with CBS was just announced. A big one (deal, that is)? Well..."Dex," which just wrapped its eighth and final season several weeks ago, was the most viewed series in Showtime history by far. The first four seasons (probably the best four if you believe the critics, who generally heaped scorn on seasons seven and eight) will be available immediately, and the last four after Jan. 1. So yes, "big" deal...
Craig Ferguson, yes, still host of "Late Late Show" and not going anywhere, will add another day job to his resume when he hosts a celebrity pop culture quiz show beginning next fall. Entitled "Celebrity Name Game," this one comes from Courteney Cox's and David Arquette's production company, and the news releases describes it thusly: "Celebrities team with contestants to identify famous names, including actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians and even cartoon characters . . ."
I don't think there's much to read into this concerning Ferguson's future. It's no secret that he would one day like to replace David Letterman (although to be fair, Ferguson has also said that he's content with 12:35 and in no hurry to move up) and no secret Dave isn't going anywhere. Plus, game show hosting isn't the heaviest lifting in the land either. Meredith Vieira did it on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" for years, certainly while hosting "The Today Show." (Multiple editions are often taped in one day.)
Lou Reed, one of the legendary rockers - for Lou fans, the legendary rocker - got a full treatment on "American Masters."' As you may know, he died Sunday at age 71. Here's the show...
Can't keep Miley (Cyrus) away from "Saturday Night Live," which she hosted (proficiently) a few weeks ago. For Edward Norton's first outing and first monologue, she offered some tips, as did Alec Baldwin... who holds the record as "SNL's" host-with-the-most appearances (16), having surpassed Steve Martin (15) a couple of years ago (ah, if only Martin found his way into this monologue too...)
If you missed (Newsday app readers, please check this out at Newsday.com/tvzone):
"Dads" -- unloved by critics but who loves them anyway? -- just got a full season order.
Kevin Reilly's statement (he's Fox Entertainment chief and a good Long Islander, so don't hold this against him):
“FOX has been looking to break into the multi-camera format for some time,” said Reilly. “With DADS, we have an asset that we can grow, and we’re looking forward to seeing where the fantastic cast and the creative minds of Seth, Alec, Mike and Wellesley take us the rest of the season.”
My thoughts on this? Expected: Seth MacFarlane (one o' the creators), Seth Green, Martin Mull, Peter Riegert... Not easy to cancel this group (and MacFarlane does, after all, own Fox's soul.) Plus, the chattering critical class completely got snookered here: The more bellowing, the more likely viewers were likely to tune in. And because both Seths ("Family Guy," "Robot Chicken") have a well established fan base, they wanted critics to hate it. (Here's the Newsday review.)
"Raising Hope" returns in a couple of weeks - November 15, with back to backs at 9 in its new Friday home - but gosh darn it: I can't remember what happened last season. Too many shows in the meantime, too much clutter. So "Raising Hope" got a bright idea: What better way to jog memories than with music? (I actually thought "Hope" was coming back Nov. 8, but no matter - my memory is gone anyway.)
Here's a special "musical reminder" from the show, just released, that manages to compress three seasons into about two minutes...(Newsday app readers please watch the clip at Newsday.com/tvzone if you want to see Martha Plimpton hit a high C...sorta.)
Right on schedule, Fox laid out its mid-winter plans a little while ago, with the centerpiece -- New, Improved, Remodeled and Re-Judged "American Idol" -- getting a big four-hour block smack in the middle of January -- or Wednesday Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 to be exact. But here's the real news: The results edition will be cut to just 30 minutes next season.
Fox isn't saying exactly when results will get cut to a half-hour, but the new winter schedule release says that it will air from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for at least eight weeks this spring, so as to give that new Chrisopher Meloni comedy, "Surviving Jack," a decent lead-in at 8:30 p.m.
So good news/ bad news? I think "Idolistas" would agree -- good. Results editions have been bloated elephants for years when, really, the only thing fans want to know is whether their favoite survived. This will be a brisk 22-minute show.
Meanwhile, "Rake," the legalish drama about a rakish lawyer, starring Greg Kinnear, arrives Jan. 23 while the second season of "The Following" hits the air a couple of days earlier, on Jan. 20.
Friday, Jan. 10
9:30-10 p.m. -- "Enlisted" (series premiere)
Saturday, Jan. 11
11 p.m.-midnight -- "Animation Domination High-Def," featuring Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Golan the Insatiable
Wednesday, Jan. 15
8-10 p.m. -- "American Idol" (season premiere, Part One)
Thursday, Jan. 16
8-10 p.m. -- "American Idol" (season premiere, Part Two)
Sunday, Jan. 19
6-10 p.m. -- NFC Championship Game (Live)
10-11 p.m. -- "Rake" (series premiere, Night One)
Monday, Jan. 20
8-9 p.m. -- "Sleepy Hollow" (season finale; special time)
9-10 p.m. -- "The Following" (season premiere)
Thursday, Jan. 23
8-9 p.m. -- "American Idol" (time period premiere)
9-10 p.m. -- "Rake" (series premiere, Night Two / time period premiere)