Starz To Air All Three Seasons of Spartacus In June and July

Via Press Release:

Marathon to Begin Airing Friday, June 8th at 9 PM ET/PT

Beverly Hills, Calif., May 24, 2012 – For the first time, Starz will air all 29 episodes of Spartacus in chronological order, beginning with “Gods of the Arena,” then “Blood and Sand,” and concluding with “Vengeance,” Friday nights from 9pm – 11pm ET/PT, beginning June 8th.

“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”

Episodes to air June 8 & 15

 

June 8 9pm Past Transgressions
10pm Missio
11pm Paterfamilias
June 15 9pm Beneath The Mask
10pm Reckoning
11pm The Bitter End (Series Finale)

The House of Batiatus is on the rise, basking in the glow of its infamous champion Gannicus (Dustin Clare), whose skill with a sword is matched only by his thirst for wine and women. These are the times a young Batiatus has been waiting for. Poised to overthrow his father and take control; he’ll freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest demand. And he’ll have his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia by his side for every underhanded scheme, drawing on the brazen talents of her seductive friend Gaia when it counts. Together, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses, seize power, and bleed Capua dry.

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand”

Episodes to air June 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20

 

June 22 9pm          The Red Serpent
10pm Sacramentum Gladiatorum
11pm Legends
June 29 9pm The Thing In The Pit
10pm Shadow Games
11pm Delicate Things
July 6 9pm Great And Unfortunate Things
10pm Mark Of The Brotherhood
11pm Whore
July 13 9pm Party Favors
10pm Old Wounds
11pm Revelations
July 20 9pm Kill Them All (Series Finale)

 

Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. Torn from his Homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands.  Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

“Spartacus: Vengeance”

Episodes to air July 20, 27 and August 3, 10

 

July 20 10pm Fugitivus
11pm A Place In This World
July 27 9pm The Greater Good
10pm Empty Hands
11pm Libertus
August 3 9pm Chosen Path
10pm Sacramentum
11pm Balance
August 10 9pm Monsters
10pm Wrath Of The Gods (Series Finale)

On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented The Choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.

           

The “Spartacus” series is executive produced by Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead).

About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.1 million and 33.6 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands.  Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

OFFICIAL: TNT Renews Southland For Fifth Season

Via Press Release:

A message from Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM):

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TNT’s Southland will return.

I’m proud today to announce that TNT has ordered 10 episodes for a fifth season of Southland, scheduled to begin in February 2013.

Season after season, critics and fans alike have championed TNT’s Southland as one of television’s best dramas. This year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way.

In its fourth season, Southland centered its focus on four primary characters played by four outstanding actors:

 Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, who bounced back from surgery and an addiction to painkillers only to be put under the microscope of a new partner.

 Shawn Hatosy as Officer Sammy Bryant, who chose to give up being a detective and return to the streets as a uniformed patrolman.

 Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams, who faces probably the biggest challenge of her life, becoming a mother.

 Ben McKenzie as Officer Ben Sherman, who became a full-fledged officer only to risk his career and the life of his new partner.

And speaking of new partners, this year’s Southland featured terrific performances by Lucy Liu and Dorian Missick. Lucy Liu’s Officer Jessica Tang gave Cooper a run for his money when it comes to personal baggage. And Dorian Missick’s Detective Ruben Robinson provided exactly the kind of experienced parental insight Lydia needed as she prepares to embark on her new life as a mother. We also enjoyed great guest performances by Lou Diamond PhillipsLisa Gay HamiltonMarla GibbsCarl LumblyTracey Walter and, as the unforgettable Officer Dewey Dudek, C. Thomas Howell.

TNT’s Southland found new ways this year to get under our skin with scenes and events that electrify us emotionally:

• Ben lashing out with a venomous rage we’ve never seen before when he attacks a pimp and has to be dragged off by Sammy.

• Lydia finally coming to terms with her pregnancy after being attacked and stabbed by a gang member.

• Tang hiding a toy gun’s safety tip in order to cover up a horrible mistake.

• John using his own personal story as a gay man to prevent a teen from committing suicide.

• Sammy lying slumped over and bleeding in his patrol car after he and Ben are slammed in a collision.

• John and Tang discovering a body in the wheel well of a minivan (a macabre image I’m sure few of us will ever forget).

We are very proud of Southland and grateful to everyone involved in the series, including executive producers John WellsChris Chulack and Jonathan Lisco; creator Ann Biderman; and our partners at Warner Bros. Television. We look forward to going deeper into the lives of Southland‘s extraordinary characters and the streets they struggle to keep safe next year.

Michael Wright
President, Head of Programming
TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

ALERT! 2012 Midseason Network And Cable Schedule! UPDATED!

In the interest of continuing to be relevant and to give you news when you actually need it and not a month in advance, we decided not to publish the complete midseason schedules for all the networks when they came out last month and instead, just give you the highlights now so you can set your DVR’s accordingly or make sure that you avoid a crappy show.  The upside is that most of the shows this midseason look even better than what we got in the Fall.

Tuesday January 3rd 

ABC     8:30 p.m.     Work It     NO!

The Tastic says: As we noted in our preview, this looks like it could possibly be one of the worst shows in television history.  Save your soul, do no watch this.

ABC     9:00 p.m.     Celebrity Wife Swap     YES!

The Tastic says: OK… honesty time.  We have to admit that we have our guilty pleasures and most of them revolve around reality shows on VH1, E! and ABC.  We actually like the dopey Wife Swap and throwing Gary Busey into the mix can only be a good thing.  Here’s a corny music video promoting the series.  Like we said… guilty pleasure.

Friday January 6th

SyFy     10:00 p.m.     Merlin     YES!

The Tastic says: We love Science Fiction but Fantasy has never really been our bag.  That being said, we have seen a few episodes of Merlin over the years and it’s good to see it’s back for the fans of the series.

Sunday January 8th

NBC     9:00 p.m.     The Firm     YES!

The Tastic says: As skeptical as we are about reboots especially when the source material is 20 years-old, we have to admit, this looks pretty good and it’s also nice to see Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer getting work.  From what we can tell, John Grisham appears to have complete control over this so that’s got to be a good thing.  NOTE: This is a two-hour premiere on this night only.   The Firm‘s regular timeslot will be on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. beginning on January 12th.

Wednesday January 11th

NBC      8:30 p.m.     Are You There, Chelsea?     NO!

The Tastic says: Originally titled, Are You There Vodka?  It’s Me, Chelsea… based on the best-selling book by Chelsea Handler of the same name, we originally kinda-sorta recommended this thinking that it could go either way. Upon further review, it really looks like a complete piece of sh*t.

SyFy     10:00 p.m.  Face Off     YES!

The Tastic says: Part guilty pleasure, partly just a love for the craft, we can’t wait for new episodes of the SyFy reality series, Face Off to return.  Good stuff, indeed.

Thursday January 12th

CBS     8:30 p.m.     ¡Rob!     NO!

The Tastic says: F*cking seriously???

FOX     9:00 p.m.     The Finder     YES!

The Tastic says: A spinoff of Bones that looks a lot more interesting than Bones ever has been.

Sunday January 15th

FOX     8:30 p.m.     Napoleon Dynamite     NO!

The Tastic says: As we’ve noted before, Napoleon Dynamite was only mildly entertaining when it first came out in 2004 and now it’s just completely dated and irrelevant.  Again, there’s a reason FOX only ordered six episodes of this.

Monday January 16th

FOX     8:00 p.m.     Alcatraz     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: The highly anticipated new series from J.J. Abrams looks like it’s finally going to give us our Lost fix that we’ve been jonesing for for so long.  Seriously, does anyone think that this doesn’t look absolutely fantastic?  NOTE:  This is a two-hour premiere episode.  The show’s normal timeslot will be on Mondays at 9:00 p.m.

SyFy     9:00 p.m.     Being Human     YES!

The Tastic says: We loved the first season despite all of the critics who continued to have to compare it to its BBC counterpart and took a dump on it.  We can’t wait for season two.

SyFy     10:00 p.m.     Lost Girl     YES!

The Tastic says: This popular Canadian import makes its debut on SyFy and we have to say, it looks pretty damned good.

Tuesday January 17th

F/X     10:00 p.m.     Justified     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: One of the best shows on television, Justified, returns for its third season.

Wednesday January 18th

F/X     10:00 p.m.     Archer     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: The funniest show on television, animated or otherwise, is back for a third season.  The first season is available on Netflix streaming and we highly recommend that you check it out if you’ve never seen it before.

F/X     10:30 p.m.     Unsupervised     YES!

The Tastic says: OK, so the trailer doesn’t look that great but it’s from the producers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer so we’re willing to give it a shot.

Wednesday January 25th

FOX     9:00 p.m.     Touch     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: Kiefer Sutherland returns to television with Danny Glover in this fantastic looking, high-concept, Science Fiction drama from Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes.   We are so looking forward to this.  NOTE: This is a special “preview event” broadcast date for Touch. It will air in its regular timeslot beginning on Monday, March 19th.

Friday January 27th

Starz     10:00 p.m.     Spartacus: Vengeance     YES!

The Tastic says: We haven’t had a chance to really get into this series but from we’ve seen of it, we’ve liked it.  We also like when a series gives its season a name instead of a number (this is Spartacus’ third season, by the way.).

Sunday January 29th

HBO     9:00 p.m.     Luck     YES!

The Tastic says: So, we got to see the pilot of Luck when they gave a sneak preview of it back at the end of November and it annoyed the piss out of us as it was confusing as Hell if you don’t know anything about horse racing/betting.  Despite that, it was still really well-done and it has an all-star cast that includes Dustin Hoffmann, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina.

Monday February 6th

NBC     10:00 p.m.     Smash     YES!

The Tastic says: NBC gets their Glee, albeit a lot more dramatical.  Here’s the thing about Smash:  it looks good but it’s going to wind up in the bottom of our viewing list and probably sit there until the summer because there is just too much for us to keep with considering all of the other shows that either look a lot better or that we already know are a lot better.

Tuesday February 7th

ABC     9:00 p.m.     The River     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: This is by far the best looking show of this entire television season.  Talk about getting our Lost-freak on, this show looks like it does that and then some.  CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Sunday February 12th

AMC     9:00 p.m.     The Walking Dead     YES! – STAFF PICK

For those who didn’t already know, this will begin the second half of the second season.  We also have some more news for TWD fans, right here, as well as news for Mad Men and The Killing.


Sunday February 19th

HBO     10:00 p.m.     Eastbound and Down     YES!

The Tastic says: This show is absolutely hilarious and it has been under the radar for two straight seasons.  We’re looking forward to more hijinks in season three.


Sunday March 4th

ABC     10:00 p.m.     GCB     NO!

FKA, Good Christian Bitches, FKA Good Christian Belles, all we can say is way-to-go in “let’s-alienate-78%-of-our-audience-before-a-single-episode-has-aired-with-the-title alone” department, ABC.  Despite this, however, just watch the trailer to figure out on your own what a total sh*tfest this is going to be.  That combined with the fact that it’s an idiotic soap that’s trying to clone Desperate Housewives in order to pick up the mantle after it ends this Spring, provides a compelling enough reason for us to never watch it.  That being said, we’re sure it’s going to be massive hit for that crowd.

Thursday March 15th

ABC     8:00 p.m.     Missing     YES!

Mixed emotions on this.  Spies, non-stop action, Ashley Judd… what’s not to love, right?  We thought so, too, but then we noticed the timeslot and we’re slightly concerned over the description of the plot and it’s very clichéd nature.  The timeslot is an issue because at 8:00 p.m., you can expect a very watered-down show.  Still looks great, though.

SCOOP! Gamera Reports: Christopher Meloni Joins Cast of True Blood For Season Five

True Blood correspondent Gamera, via THR, is reporting that long-time Law & Order: SVU detective and former Oz inmate, Christopher Meloni will be joining the cast of HBO’s vampire hit gore-fest, True Blood for its fifth season.  According to show creator, Alan Ball, Meloni will play  “an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands.”  Meloni, of course, recently left SVU after twelve seasons over a contract dispute and it’s been unclear until now what his plans were.

Now, don’t forget that in June, it was announced that Scott Foley would appear in the final episode of season four and would continue into season five as a recurring character, presumably with a major story arc.  At the time we had no idea of his role, but now we know that Foley plays Lt. Patrick Nevins, Terry Bellefleur’s, commanding officer when he served in Iraq. So, we actually have a little sneak peek already of what lies head of us for season five, and it’s gotten a huge boost in the credibility department with the addition of Foley and Meloni to the regular cast.

Yes, we freely admit that we have been very critical of True Blood in the past due to its “kitchen-sink” mentality, especially when it comes to supernatural adversaries (this is, if you recall, how Gamera got his job with The ‘Tastic as the True Blood correspondent as he was promised the role of the main adversary in season five), but we have to admit, season four was fantastic and the end was so brutally shocking that it left us speechless.  So needless to say, all of us (including Gamera, who still claims to be part of the fifth season cast) are really looking forward to season five.

Approved by Gamera!

RENEWED: ‘Homeland’ Picked up For A Second Season By Showtime

Here’s no real surprise, but Showtime has renewed their new, highly acclaimed, spy-thriller Homeland.  We gave it a perfect 100 out of 100 score.  Yeah… it’s that good.

Via Press Release:

SHOWTIME® ORDERS SEASON TWO OF HOMELAND

 

Network Greenlights Second Season of Its Highest Rated Freshman Drama Series Ever

Starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – (October 26, 2011) – On the heels of HOMELAND’s biggest numbers yet, for this past Sunday’s airing, SHOWTIME has ordered a season two, consisting of 12 new one-hour episodes. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  Developed for American television by executive producers Howard Gordon andAlex Gansa, HOMELAND stars Emmy® Award winner Claire Danes, Golden Globe® nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony®Award winner Mandy Patinkin. HOMELAND debuted as the network’s highest-rated freshman drama series ever, generating 4.4 million viewers across platforms in its first week. The series has continued to increase overall viewership since its premiere, with its most recent episode delivering the series’ best ratings to-date this past Sunday.  Season two will begin production in spring 2012.

“HOMELAND is just getting started,” said Nevins.  “Clearly, the overall audience growth from week one to week four demonstrates that this show is hitting a nerve in the cultural zeitgeist.  Alex and Howard have created a psychological thriller that holds special relevance in the post 9/11 world.  I’m quite confident that its passionate audience will be riveted as the season unfolds and people discover where this story is going.”

The countless accolades for HOMELAND keep coming as the show gets deeper into its debut season.  Newsweek calls HOMELAND “the most addictive show of the season.”  The New York Times notes “Homeland is well made and gripping…impossible to resist” andTV Guide says “Hands-down the best new drama on TV.” USA Today raves “Stands out as the season’s best new drama.”  “Grade: A” says The Boston Globe. The LA Times relays “It’s the first telling of a post-9/11 story that is all the things it should be: politically resonant, emotionally wrenching and plain old thrilling to watch.”

HOMELAND is a one-hour drama series that tells the story of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed dead for eight years, was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.  The series also stars Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Morgan Saylor and Jackson Pace. HOMELAND is based on the original Israeli series “Prisoners of War,” by Gideon Raff.   Along with Gordon and Gansa, the executive producers for season one are Avi Nir, Ran Telem, Gideon Raff and  Michael Cuesta. The series is produced by FOX 21.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

South Park Season 15, Part 2 Begins October 5th… Are You Ready?

With the fall fast approaching, many popular shows will soon be airing new episodes, prompting people to update their DIRECTV and cable packages and prepare for viewing. With this in mind, it is time to talk about what will surely be one of the most anticipated premieres of the coming season: the first episode in the second half of South Park’s 15th season.

For those who are less familiar with South Park, it is the often offensive and always clever animated comedy from Matt Stone and Trey Parker that has captured the allegiance and, in a strange way, hearts of thousands upon thousands of fans for many years now. South Park fans are used to crude jokes, witty satire relating to real life events, and general shenanigans from their favorite characters… this is why, when the first half of season 15 ended in the Spring with a sentimental and downright depressing episode entitled “You’re Getting Old,” many of the show’s fans were shocked and worried.

Lately, as tends to happen when a show has been running as long as South Park, some people have been beginning to question if the show is getting stale, and if maybe it is time to stop. There has also been speculation that Matt and Trey (creators of the smash Broadway hit “The Book Of Mormon”) may want to move on and try new things. Then, in the episode “You’re Getting Old,” it seemed that we were witnessing Matt and Trey tearing down the very fabrics of their own show.

Filled with break-ups (both of friendships and marriages that lie at the core of the show) and suggestive dialogue saying that “every week is just something more and more ridiculous,” the episode seemed like some sort of plea coming from the fun-loving, never-serious creators. It was as if they were saying that all of South Park, and all of its followers, have to grow up at some point, and that it would be best to move on before things stop being fun. Shockingly, this episode of South Park – unlike so many of its predecessors that had fans reeling with laughter – actually brought tears to the eyes of many fans.

Following the episode, everything from Facebook to blog comment sections exploded with speculation. Were Matt and Trey done? Did they cut the 15th season short with an unexpected finale? Can they even do more if they want to after the damage this episode caused to the show’s dynamics? Or, like every episode in which Kenny dies, will it simply be forgotten as if nothing ever happened? Fortunately for South Park fans, Matt and Trey seemed, if anything, bewildered when asked about the episode on The Daily Show. They gave every indication that South Park remains their main project and passion, and that the show will go on. We’ll just have to wait and see how they do it.

New episodes of South Park air on October 5th at 10:00 p.m.  Watch or Cartman will find you.