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  • 02:15 - Casual - Season 2 - Britt Lower & Vincent Kartheiser to Recur
    Britt Lower is setting her sights on Hulu.

    The actress, currently a series regular on FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman, has booked a role on Hulu's Golden Globe-nominated Casual.

    Casual, currently in production on season two, follows Alex (Tommy Dewey), Valerie (Michaela Watkins) and Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) after a season full of disastrous dates and their parents' wedding, trying to rebuild their lives outside the home. But new friends, business partners, boyfriends and girlfriends can only do so much to distract them from a shared and recurring history of dysfunction.

    Lower will recur and portray Sarah Finn, Alex's smart and put-together ex-girlfriend who re-enters his life engaged to a new fiancé.

    She joins a cast that also includes Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser, who will recur on season two of the comedy as Jordan, the head of a venture-capital firm who comes in to work with Alex and who is engaged to Sarah.

  • 02:15 - Casual - Season 2 - Kyle Bornheimer to Recur
    Kyle Bornheimer has booked a recurring role on the second season of Hulu’s comedy series Casual. Written by up-and-coming scribe Zander Lehmann, Casual follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother (Tommy Dewey) and his newly divorced sister (Michaela Watkins). Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating — online and off — while living under one roof again and raising a teenager (Tara Lynne Barr).

    Bornheimer will play Jack, Michaela’s major love interest. He’s described as someone with hustle and swagger, he always has an angle on something. The kind of man who does what he wants, when he wants. Bornheimer was recently set to co-star opposite Courteney Cox in her Fox single-camera comedy pilot Charity Case (working title).

  • 02:10 - Rosewood - J.R. Ramirez to Recur
    J.R. Ramirez (Power) is set as a recurring on Fox’s drama series Rosewood. He’ll play Frank Garrison, originally from Miami, this former NYPD homicide detective now finds himself working out the basement of the police station, heading up the East Miami PD, Cold Case division.

    Haunted by a personal and mysterious murder that went unsolved, he throws himself head on into any case that presents even the smallest clue. Ramirez is currently a series regular on Starz’s Power, which just wrapped filming of Season 3, and he also recurs as “Ted ‘Wildcat’ Grant” on CW’s Arrow.

  • 01:05 - The Goldbergs - Episode 3.18 - 12 Tapes for a Penny - Press Release
    ***Note: This episode replaces “Magic Is Real,” which will now air on Wednesday, March 23***


    “12 Tapes for a Penny” – Adam learns about a mail-order music club and sets up a scheme to get as many tapes as possible, but Beverly believes Erica is behind it all. Meanwhile, Barry works on getting the approval of Bill, Lainey’s father, but he refuses to budge, on “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.

    “The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille”) as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile (“Good Luck Chuck”) as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”) as Erica Goldberg, AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis, with George Segal (“Just Shoot Me”) as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Murray Goldberg.

    Guest starring is David Koechner as Bill Lewis, Kenny Ridwan as Dave Kim, Alex Jennings as Carla, Charlie Depew as Anthony Balsamo, Steve Berg as Mailman, AlexAnn Hopkins as Girl and Emerson Brooks as Mall Cop.

    “12 Tapes for a Penny” was written by Steve Basilone & Annie Mebane and directed by David Katzenberg.

  • 24:50 - Six - Christopher Backus Joins Cast
    Christopher Backus has joined the cast of History’s new military action drama series Six, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. Written by William Broyles (Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military Special Operations veteran, and inspired by current events,

    Six follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Backus will play Sean, a photojournalist documenting the situation on the ground in Africa. Backus, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Untitled Entertainment, can next be seen in WGN America’s Underground.

  • 24:50 - CSI: Cyber - Episode 2.17 - Flash Squad - Promotional Photos

  • 24:50 - CSI: Cyber - Episode 2.16 - 5 Deadly Sins - Full Set of Promotional Photos

  • 19:28 - Television Academy Expands Short Form Categories and Increases Directing and Writing Nominees
    Embracing the proliferation of quality storytelling across both digital and traditional networks and platforms, the Television Academy has expanded its short form categories for this year’s Primetime Emmy® Awards competition.

    In expanding these categories, the Academy further acknowledges the dramatic growth of the work of Television Academy members and others in the production and distribution of short form programs (defined as program episodes averaging 15 minutes or less).

    Bruce Rosenblum, Television Academy Chairman and CEO said, “Our industry is aggressively, quickly and creatively evolving the various ways episodic stories are told. Our Board of Governors felt that this expansion of short form categories begins the process of ensuring that Emmy-worthy creativity will be rewarded, irrespective of format or platform. These category changes reflect the broader opportunities that emerging networks and distribution platforms, such as Maker Studios, Fullscreen, Crackle, AwesomenessTV, YouTube Red, Adult Swim and others, are seizing in choosing innovative formats that enable our television community to share stories in novel and entertaining ways.”

    The recognition of short form categories parallels the Television Academy’s inclusion of reality programming in Emmy competition in 2001. That year, the Academy reassessed its nonfiction categories when it recognized reality programs for the first time. From eight categories in 2001, recognition for reality and non-fiction programming has grown to 22 categories.

    The changes in short form recognition include:

    New and expanded categories for Short Form Series: three short form categories are added; potential entrants are defined as series with a minimum of six episodes running an average of 15 minutes or less per episode, exhibited over-the-air and/or via cable, satellite or internet.

    • Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama (replaces Short Format Live Entertainment category)
    • Outstanding Short Form Series – Variety (new)
    • Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction (replaces Short Format Nonfiction category)

    New categories for Performers in Short Form Series:
    • Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama (new)
    • Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama (new)

    Continuing in the Short Form genre is Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.

    The expansion in short form awards categories comes on the heels of the Academy's announcement last month that it will hold its Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony over two consecutive nights, both of which will take place the weekend prior to the Emmy Awards telecast. The expanded short form categories will be presented as part of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies.

    In addition, the Television Academy’s Board of Governors has approved several other Primetime Emmy Awards rules and procedures changes for 2016. These changes include an increase in the number of nominations (from five to six) for directing and writing in both comedy and drama series to reflect the dramatic increase in series production.

    Rosenblum added, “The Television Academy is committed to annually assessing the Emmy Award competition to ensure it reflects the dynamic and exciting growth happening within our industry. The changes we are making better align award categories with the various genres of outstanding programming today, recognize the substantial increase in eligible submissions, and streamline the online voting process for our 18,000+ voting members.”

    See the addendum below for a list of Primetime Emmy Awards rules and procedures changes for 2016.

    About the Television Academy

    The Television Academy seeks to expand the horizons of television excellence. It strives to empower storytellers who shape the evolving television space through the programs, publications and events of the Academy and its Foundation. And it celebrates those who have led excellence by recording their stories and recognizing their achievements through accolades and awards, including television’s most coveted prize, the Primetime Emmy® Award. For more information, please visit

    # # #

    The complete list of Rules and Procedures for the Primetime Emmy Awards will be available at later this Spring.


    Changes to the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Competition

    New and expanded categories for Short Form Series: three short form categories are added; potential entrants are defined as series with a minimum of six episodes running an average of 15 minutes or less per episode, exhibited over-the-air and/or via cable, satellite or internet.

    • Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama (replaces Short Format Live Entertainment category)
    • Outstanding Short Form Series – Variety (new)
    • Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction (replaces Short Format Nonfiction category)

    New categories for Performers in Short Form Series:
    • Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama (new)
    • Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama (new)

    Increased the number of nominations from Five to Six in the following categories:

    • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
    • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
    • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
    • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

    Expanded the following award categories:

    • Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming is now Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

    • Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming is now Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series and Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event or Award Special.

    Eliminated Preferential/Ranked Voting in the Final Round: Categories in which voters were asked to rank nominees in order of preference will now require just a single vote for the top selection only. In the event of a tie, the nominee with the most votes in the previous nominating round will be selected as winner. If these same nominees were tied in the nominating round, then the tie is accepted and multiple winners will be awarded.

    Adopted a Two-Step Nominating Process for Special Visual Effects: Members of the SVE Peer Group Executive Committee will view and score all entries. A minimum of 15 top-scoring entries in both SVE categories will progress to the nominating ballot for voting by the entire peer group.

    Nominees for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series will now be drawn from two tracks: Variety Talk Series (e.g., The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) and Variety/Sketch Series (e.g., American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Saturday Night Live). Nominees will be proportionate to the number of submissions in each track, with at least one nomination for each.

    Changed Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming from a Juried Award (no nominations) to an Area Award (possible five nominations): This allows the entire peer group to vote in both the nominating and final phases of the competition.

    Changed Categorization of Shortened Seasons for Regular Series: Once a show is established as a series, if additional shortened seasons are added (fewer than six episodes), it would still be considered a series, unless it was limited to one or two episodes (which would categorize it as a movie and a limited series respectively).

  • 19:25 - Big Hero 6 - TV Series Coming to Disney XD in 2017
    Big Hero 6, an animated TV series based on Walt Disney Animation’s Oscar-winning feature, has begun production for a 2017 premiere on Disney XD platforms worldwide.

    Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series picks up immediately following the events in the 2014 feature and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Alongside them on their journey are control freak Wasabi, scientist Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and no-nonsense Go Go, who together form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6. As the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro now faces daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for the high-tech heroes as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.

    “Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world-class animated series — full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob — and Baymax — can deliver.”

    Big Hero 6, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar last year in an upset of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and produced by Roy Conli. Released in October 2014, it became the biggest animated film of the year with more than $657 million worldwide.

  • 19:25 - One Day At A Time - Stephen Tobolowsky Cast in Netflix Revival
    Stephen Tobolowsky is set to co-star opposite Justina Machado and Rita Moreno in One Day At A Time, Netflix’s remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom.

    The 13-episode multi-camera comedy, written by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, revolves around a Cuban-American family. It centers on Penelope (Machado), a recently separated former military mom who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider. Moreno plays the grandmother.

    Tobolowsky will play Penelope’s boss Dr. Berkowitz, the widowed lead doctor where she works and a potential love interest for Abuela (Moreno). Penelope keeps his office in order and often his personal life, too, because he is a sweet disaster.

  • 10:30 - The Grinder - Colton Haynes Returning to The Grinder
    Thanks to Ivan for the heads up

    Colton Haynes, who plays Luke, offspring of Mitch Grinder, will guest-star in another episode of The Grinder. In his rain-soaked Feb. 9 appearance on the Fox comedy, the Arrow and Teen Wolf alum popped up as Luke in the show within the show (a.k.a. the hit legal drama The Grinder), giving some tough love to his self-sabotaging father (Rob Lowe) while trying to help him become the family man that he used to be. This time, Luke returns from war, and again seeks a reconnection. But as they start to get into the father-son groove, work drives Mitch away.


  • 24:30 - Chance - Greta Lee Joins Hulu Drama Series
    Greta Lee (Wayward Pines) has been cast opposite Hugh Laurie on Hulu’s drama series Chance, from Fox 21 TV Studios. Based on Kem Nunn’s 2014 novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. Lee will play Chance’s assistant, Lucy, a former studio artist and present psychology major. Lee was recently seen in Sisters alongside Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Upcoming films include Money Monster and Pottersville. Lee will return for the second season of Fox’s Wayward Pines in the recurring role of Ruby.

  • 24:30 - MOVIES: Disney Channel Announces High School Musical 4
    School is back in session. Well … almost. Disney Channel took to the web earlier today to reveal that the search for the cast of High School Musical 4 has officially begun! The new Disney Channel Original movie will “continue the story” and introduce a new batch of East High Wildcats (and their rivals, the West High Knights).

    Jeffrey Hornaday (Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2) is attached to direct and choreograph the film.

    Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “High School Musical is part of Disney Channel’s DNA. It embodies all that we stand for. As a way of continuing to embrace that heritage, we’re excited to announce ‘the start of something new’—as we launch a search for a new class of East High Wildcats to star in a fourth installment of the ‘High School Musical’ franchise.”

    We can’t wait to find out more about the story and the cast!

  • 21:15 - Movies: Trust No One - Caitriona Balfe Joins Cast

  • 21:10 - The Brand - Limited Prison Gang Series from the EP of Narcos In Development at Showtime
    Showtime has put in development The Brand, a 10-episode limited series from Narcos executive producer/director José Padilha.

    Written by Padilha and Alessandro Camon (The Messenger), The Brand is inspired by the 2004 New Yorker article by author David Grann. It tells the epic tale of the rise of prison gangs, particularly the Aryan Brotherhood, in the 1970s and 1980s, when mass incarceration resulting from the war on drugs caused the prison population to explode.

  • 21:10 - Shots Fired - Stephan James to Co-Star
    Stephan James is returning to the small screen.

    The actor, fresh off starring as Jesse Owens in biopic Race, has been cast as the male lead in Fox limited series Shots Fired.

    Picked up straight to series, the drama explores the aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Sanaa Lathan stars an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor (James) sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases as they seek justice before the divided town erupts.

    James is set as Preston, the special prosecutor for the civili rights division of the DOJ. Focused on winning, Preston's dogged pursuit has an emotional cost. The character is described as a chameleon who can talk with reverends, kids on the street and charm Republican senators who craves power and approval.

  • 03:10 - The Carmichael Show - Episode 2.01 - Everybody Cheats - Promotional Photos

  • 23:05 - Madam Secretary - Episode 2.17 - Higher Learning - Promotional Photos

  • 23:05 - MOVIES: Baywatch - Set Photos

  • 21:15 - American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson - Episode 1.09 - Manna From Heaven - Press Release
    Chapter 9 / Production #109 – “Manna From Heaven” (Airs March 29, 10:00pm e/p) – Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) and F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) head across the country to get their hands on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. Judge Ito (Kenneth Choi) must decide whether the tapes, and the racial epithets they contain, are admissible. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; directed by Anthony Hemingway.

  • 21:15 - The Grinder - Episode 1.17 - The Resurrection - Promotional Photos

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