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  • 21:30 - Roots Remake - Laurence Fishburne to Star
    Laurence Fishburne will star as Alex Haley in A+E Networks scripted event seriesRoots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time.

    Fishburne, an Emmy and Tony winner currently co-starring on ABC’s Black-ish, will play Haley, author of the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version is described as an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material from Haley’s novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time. The event series will be simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime in 2016.

    Roots is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte who is captured in his homeland in The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America where he’s sold into slavery. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history – including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.


  • 21:20 - UnREAL - Episode 1.06 - Fly - Promotional Photos

  • 19:45 - Wayward Pines - Episode 1.07 - Betrayal - Sneak Peeks

  • 16:10 - Doctor Who - Episode 9.12 - Rachel Talalay Announced to Direct
    Rachel Talalay is currently directing episode 11 and will also be directing episode 12, Doctor Who series 9

    Written by Steven Moffat
    Produced by Peter Bennett

  • 10:15 - iZombie - DVD Press Release + Cover Art

    The Visions Arrive On
    DVD September 29, 2015

    DVD Features All 13 One-Hour Episodes
    From The First Season, Plus Enhanced
    Content Including Deleted Scenes!

    DVD BONUS FEATURES: Deleted Scenes
    iZombie: 2014 Comic-Con Panel


  • 10:00 - CSI + CSI: Cyber - DVD Press Release + Cover Art

    September 15th is the street date announced today by CBS/Paramount for C.S.I. - The Final Season, the show's 15th season (and its swan song). Package art is below, but first here's a list of the extras that the studio reported to retailers today: Deleted Scenes
    Cool Cars
    Girls Gone Gadgets
    Following The Evidence
    Killer Crime Scenes
    All Dolled Up
    That's All, Stokes


    CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have today announced the release of CSI: Cyber - The 1st Season on DVD. This 4-disc set will be available September 15th, and will include these bonus features:
    Deleted Scenes
    It Can Happen To You: Season 1 of CSI: Cyber
    CSI episode 1421 "Kitty"
    Welcome to CTOC
    Encoding CSI: Cyber
    CGI - Cyber
    Tech Tools Of The Trade
    Gag Reel
    Launch Promos


  • 09:45 - Ray Donovan - Episode 3.02 - 3.03 - Press Releases
    Ray Donovan – 302 – “Ding”
    Premiere Date: 07/19/2015

    Written by William Wheeler
    Directed by Ed Bianchi

    Paige Finney calls Ray to protect a quarterback from an enraged Navy Seal, but Ray finds out he wasn’t given the whole story. Frustrated with Ray and lured away by another opportunity, Lena considers quitting. In prison, Terry tries to fly under the radar by aligning himself with a group of weak inmates, but winds up in a prison fight with dangerous consequences. Mickey tries to take over Gary’s business, but the prostitutes find his methods behind the times. Bunchy is tormented by Teresa, an attractive Luchadora who insults the Fite Club. After an embarrassing incident, Abby tries to motivate Conor. Bridget tries to get Ray to come home for a family dinner.

    Ray Donovan – 303 – “Come and Knock on Our Door”
    Premiere Date: 07/26/2015

    Written by David Hollander
    Directed by Dan Attias

    Terry’s life is in danger after killing an Aryan in prison. Eager to free him, Ray and Mickey make desperate attempts to get him released. Though he had rejected further association with Andrew Finney, Ray must turn to him again to exploit his access to a very powerful man. Meanwhile, Mickey and Daryll pitch a new and improved strategy to the prostitutes. Bunchy decides to invest in putting on a luchadora show at the Fite Club to keep Teresa around. Abby hits her breaking point with the family.


  • 09:30 - Masters of Sex - Episode 3.02 - Three’s a Crowd - Press Release
    Masters Of Sex – Episode 302 – “Three’s a Crowd”
    Premiere Date: 07/19/2015

    Written by Amy Lippman
    Directed by Dean Perisot

    The shockwaves surrounding the events of Masters and Johnson’s first press conference begin to reverberate around their universe as the book nears its release date. Bill takes on a powerful, high profile fertility patient with the help of a new doctor in the practice, while Virginia and Libby come to terms with Bill’s role in Gini’s life.


  • 06:30 - Graceland - Episode 3.03 - Sense Memory - Press Release
    GRACELAND - "Sense Memory" - 10pm/9c

    While Mike's (Aaron Tveit) visions and addiction to pain medications start affecting his ability to function in the field, Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) coaxes a former FBI agent out of retirement to help take down Ari (guest star Rhys Coiro).

    The series also stars Brandon Jay McLaren, Manny Montana, and Serinda Swan.

    Guest Stars: Brit Morgan, Rhys Coiro, Evan Jones Maryam Cne, Tom Schanley, Griffin Newman


  • 05:25 - Tyrant - Episode 2.04 - A House Built on Sand - Promo

  • 05:20 - Proof - Episode 1.04 - Redemption - Promo

  • 05:10 - The Player - FilmLA Sued By Hollywood Nightclub
    The non-profit permitting group got a notice of its own today and it may see them set up shop in court. A Hollywood nightclub filed a complaint for unspecified damages Tuesday against FilmLA for some last minute production shooting that basically closed them down for two days in April. Time that left the owners of The Cosmos nightclub out some mid-week dough. And that’s money they want to see some of now.

    “Upon the aforementioned notification at 10:00 p.m., on March 30, 2015, Plaintiff TOP GUN voiced their opposition to the filming, in that FILMLA, or its principal TOP GUN, never provided any advance notice of the filming to Plaintiff, and that said filming would severely impair and jeopardize THE COSMO’ s expected volume and revenue, of which was substantial on Wednesday nights,” says the 6-page lawsuit for Private Nuisance and Negligence (read it here). “As a result of the unconsented filming, Plaintiff TOP GUN was forced to shut down THE COSMO on April 1-2, 2015.”

    The filming this spring on Hollywood Blvd was for the pilot for Endgame. As of late April, the show is now going by the title of The Player. Picked up by NBC in early May, the thriller is set debut on the network next season. NBC are not named as a defendant in the suit though Topanga Productions are. “As of this time we have not been served in this lawsuit,” a FilmLA spokesperson told me this evening. Various LA Country residents and business have had issues with FilmLA over the years with concerns about permits allowing production trucks to taking streets and long delays getting back into one’s own neighborhoods, among other incidents. However, rarely have those frustrations escalated to the courts as this incident obviously has.

  • 05:05 - The Trial - Kevin Costner Passes on David E. Kelley Amazon Drama
    Kevin Costner won't be making his series regular debut anytime soon.

    Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the two-time Oscar winner has opted to pass on starring in Amazon's David E. Kelley legal drama The Trial and that the project is going back to square one to find a "huge star" for its leading man. Sources indicate that the drama will still go straight to series, a point that Costner signing on would have guaranteed.

    The Trial centers on Billy McBride, a once respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife. However, Billy is reinvigorated professionally when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm.

  • 05:00 - House of Cards - Season 4 - Neve Campbell Joins Cast as Series Regular
    As House Of Cards’ Frank and Claire Underwood head into an election, they will face a new lady in Season 4 played by Neve Campbell. The former Party Of Five and Scream star has joined the cast of the Netflix White House drama as a new series regular. Everyone is staying mum on the character Campbell will be playing. There had been speculation that Season 4 would introduce a new, younger couple, to rival Frank and Claire.


  • 04:55 - Fox Concludes Upfront Negotiations Down
    The fourth-place network is down in the single digits compared to double-digit drops over the previous two seasons.

    Fox has concluded its upfront negotiations down as much as 5 percent in dollar volume, say sources familiar with the company's sales efforts.

    Last year, the network pulled in $1.6 billion, a decline of 10 percent year-over-year due to foundering ratings for onetime juggernaut American Idol and a paucity of new hits. It was the second consecutive year, Fox saw such a drop in the upfront market. And this season, even with midseason mega hit Empire, Fox saw its ratings among the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic plummet 24 percent.

    The recent restructuring of the company's sales efforts has cushioned the blow since the entertainment and sports networks of of 21st Century Fox are being bundled for greater cross-platform efficiencies. And that has allowed the network group – which includes Fox Sports, FX, FXX, National Geographic Channel and others – to record flat revenue across the portfolio.

    Additionally, like CBS, which closed negotiations on Monday, Fox also saw more deals done on C7 (commercial ratings with seven days of delayed viewing). The network recently restructured its sales division to enable cross-portfolio and multi-platform efficiencies, a response to advertiser demand for 360 deals.

    The programs that generated the most interest among buyers Empire, the John Stamos vehicle Grandfathered and Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens on Fox, American Horror Story and The Americanson FX and, as usual, Fox Sports broadcasts of the World Series, NFL and Major League Baseball playoffs.

  • 04:50 - Devious Maids - Episode 3.06 - She Done Him Wrong - Promo

  • 04:45 - Ballers - July Episodes - Press Release
    Episode 3 “Move the Chains”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 5 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
    Other HBO playdates: July 5 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 6 (12:45 a.m.), 7 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (11:30 p.m.), 9 (9:00 p.m.), 10 (1:00 a.m.) and 11 (10:45 p.m.)
    HBO2 playdates: July 6 (7:00 p.m.), 7 (1:15 a.m.), 10 (6:00 p.m.) and 11 (8:30 p.m.), and Aug. 30 (noon)

    Hoping to attract new clients, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and Joe (Rob Corddry) hold a corporate event on a yacht. In their fight over Vernon (Donovan Carter), Spencer and Reggie’s (London Brown) rivalry hits the boiling point. Bored by retirement, Charles (Omar Miller) lets loose for a night. Ricky (John David Washington) learns his beef with his teammate, Alonzo (Antoine Harris), may be due to an unsavory connection.

    Written by Evan Reilly; directed by Julian Farino.

    Episode 4 “Heads Will Roll”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
    Other HBO playdates: July 12 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 13 (1:00 a.m.), 14 (10:45 p.m.), 15 (11:30 p.m.), 16 (8:30 p.m.), 17 (12:45 a.m.) and 18 (11:00 p.m.)
    HBO2 playdates: July 13 (7:00 p.m.), 14 (3:30 a.m.), 17 (6:00 p.m.) and 18 (8:30 p.m.), and Aug. 1 (7:30 p.m.) and 30 (12:30 p.m.)

    Facing pressure from Tracy (Arielle Kebbel), Spencer pays a visit to a neurologist. Charles is pursued by a woman he met the night before, while Joe breaks the rules to bag a big client. Ricky, facing more trouble, finds himself a mantra. After Reggie tries to hijack Vernon’s re-negotiation, Spencer takes a stand.

    Written by Rob Weiss; directed by Julian Farino.

    Episode 5 “Machete Charge”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 19 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
    Other HBO playdates: July 19 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 20 (midnight), 21 (11:00 p.m.), 22 (11:30 p.m.), 23 (8:30 p.m.), 24 (1:15 a.m.) and 25 (1:15 a.m.)
    HBO2 playdates: July 20 (7:00 p.m.), 21 (1:00 a.m.), 24 (6:30 p.m.) and 25 (8:30 p.m.), and Aug. 1 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (1:00 p.m.)

    Ricky tries to find common ground with Alonzo. Charles’ marriage is put to the test. Spencer and Joe step in to help Vernon with a crisis.

    Written by Steve Sharlet; directed by Seith Mann.

    Episode 6 “Everything Is Everything”

    Debut date: SUNDAY, JULY 26 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
    Other HBO playdates: July 26 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 27 (3:00 a.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.), 29 (11:30 p.m.), 30 (8:30 p.m.) and 31 (12:20 a.m.), and Aug. 1 (11:00 p.m.)
    HBO2 playdates: July 27 (7:00 p.m.), 28 (1:45 a.m.) and 31 (5:15 p.m.), and Aug. 1 (8:30 p.m.) and 30 (1:30 p.m.)

    Charles decides to be selfish for a change, while Joe negotiates with Maximo (Clifton Collins Jr.). When Ricky’s off-field activities are exposed by the press, he’s forced to open up in order to save his career. Spencer decides to face his fears after he’s confronted by Tracy.

    Written by Evan Reilly; directed by John Fortenberry.


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