After just three episodes, HBO has renewed its critically acclaimed comedy series “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” for a second and fourth season, respectively, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The renewals follow the recent two-season renewal of “Game of Thrones.”
Created by Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butt-head,” “King of the Hill”) and Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley” takes a comedic look at the creation of startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area, famous for its hosing of such notable companies as Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and Pixar. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew and the late Christopher Evan Welch. Matt Ross guest stars. The series airs Sundays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
Created by Armando Iannucci, “Veep” stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. The cast includes Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw and Kevin Dunn. The series airs Sundays at 10:30 PM ET/PT.
Former “As the World Turns” star Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris Hughes) has a little something to sing about: His series, the BBC America conspiracy clone thriller “Orphan Black,” debuts its season two premiere episode this weekend!
The series — not to be confused with Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” — follows an outcast orphan named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), whose life dramatically changes upon discovering she’s a clone. Bruce is reprising his role as Paul, an ex-Army officer caught in the crosshairs of the clone world. Stars Jordan Gavaris and Maria Doyle Kennedy will also return.
As we previously reported, “The Young and the Restless’” Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) is guest-starring on tonight’s episode of CBS’ hit sitcom, “The Crazy Ones.” The actress will be playing boozy librarian named Flora who enlists the help of Simon (Robin Williams) and his team to help her save her library.
To catch the one-hour season finale episode of the series, which also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall Hart, “All My Children”), tune into CBS tonight at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
As previously reported, “Days of our Lives” actress Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) will be co-starring in the new Hallmark Channel original movie “Lucky in Love,” premiering tonight at 9:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, CT. The TV movie stars Jessica Szohr (“Gossip Girl,” “The Internship”) as Mira Simon, a young professional whose April Fool’s Day pranks actually come true and change the course of her life. Hall portray’s Erin Billings, Mira’s boss and the CEO of Your Page, a one stop shop social media network that encompasses all social media needs (think an all-in-one Twitter/Facebook website) for its users. Also featured is Benjamin Hollingsworth (“The Tomorrow People”) as Mira’s friend Jonah.
From being confused with “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) to herself jokingly confusing co-star Dermot Mulroney with Dylan McDermott, former “As The World Turns” actress Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder) took part in a Funny or Die spoof interview intended to promote her upcoming appearance on NBC’s “Crisis,” which tells the shocking fictional story of an ambushed Washington D.C. school bus carrying some of the nation’s most important people’s children. Byrne will play the recurring role of Marie Wirth, a mother of one of the kidnapped children, beginning with the Sunday, April 6 episode.
Yesterday the Lifetime Network announced a premiere date and cast for the sequel to its successful adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ iconic (and controversial!) book “The Flowers in the Attic.” The sequel, titled “Petals on the Wind,” is based on the second novel in the series and will continue the story of the Dollanganger children a decade after they escaped the attic where they were locked away by their mother and grandmother.
Heather Graham (“Boogie Nights”) and Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”) will reprise their roles as the Dollanganger mother and grandmother, respectively, and former “As the World Turns” star Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris Hughes) will return as Corrine’s second husband Bart.
Former “Guiding Light” and “All My Children” alum Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “GL”; ex-Lanie Cortlandt Rampal, “AMC”) may have not one, but two big hits on her hands!
In addition to recently being cast on the upcoming “NCIS” spin-off, Turco also stars on the post-apocalyptic drama “The 100″, which just debuted on the CW last night. And according to the network, it was a huge success! ‘The 100′ drew 2.7 million viewers, making it not only the CW’s most-watched season premiere of the season, but also their most watched mid-season premiere in four years!
Former “One Life to Live” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Judith Light has played the love interest of some pretty famous actors before, but it looks like she’s about to share the screen with her biggest co-star yet. Light has just signed on to play Henry Winkler’s wife in the ABC comedy pilot “The Winklers,” based on Winkler’s real-life relationship with his son-in-law.
According to Deadline.com, Light will play Tita Winkler, the “fabulous, fierce momma bear of the [Winkler] family.” Henry Winkler will, of course, be starring as himself and former “The Wire” actor Domenick Lombardozzi will play his son-in-law. Josh Sussman (“Glee”) will also star as Henry and Tita’s son Jonah.
This morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the cast for Season 18 of celebrity dancing show “Dancing with the Stars” was announced.
Among them is former “General Hospital: Night Shift” star Billy Dee Williams (ex-Toussiant DuBois), perhaps most famous for his role as Lando Calrissian in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Williams joins a long list of soap actors who have competed on “DWTS,” including previous winners Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan, “General Hospital”) and J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot Monroe, “All My Children”). He will be paired with dancer Emma Slater, who competed last season to fourth place with comedian Bill Engvall.
Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light;” ex-Melanie Cortlandt Rampal, “All My Children”) has been cast in “NCIS: New Orleans,” the planned spinoff of “NCIS,” reports Deadline.com.
Turco will star as Linda, the wife of NCIS Special Agent Pride (played by “Quantum Leap” actor Scott Bakula). The New Orleans division conducts criminal investigations “from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle” that involve the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. In addition to Bakula, Turco joins the already cast CCH Pounder (“The Shield”), Zoe McClellan (“JAG”), and Lucas Black (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”).