ABC Sets Midseason Premiere Dates, Schedules ‘Scandal’ Finale for April

New series include "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, Shondaland legal drama "For the People" and magician drama "Deception" Reid Nakamura, provided by Published 7:30 am, Monday, January 8, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 ABC Sets Midseason Premiere Dates, Schedules ‘Scandal’ Finale for April 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ABC has unveiled its midseason schedule, including premiere dates for new and returning shows, the “Scandal” finale date and the returns of “American Idol” and “Roseanne.” The Shondaland legal drama “For the People,” which replaced pilot star Britne Oldford with Britt Robertson last summer, will debut on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m., outside of the network’s “TGIT” lineup. The still untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff starring Jason George will bow the following week with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, March 22 at 9 p.m. The following week it will move to it’s regular timeslot following “Grey’s,” followed by the final run of episodes for the Kerry Washington-led “Scandal.” “Scandal’s” final episode will air on April 19. Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Find Out How 'Wonder' Made Its Director Stephen Chbosky a Better Person EWTime Seth Meyers Hosts The 75th Golden Globes Awards CelebWire Halle Berry Heats Up a Blizzard with the Steamiest Bikini Photo InStyleTime Golden Globe stars declare 'Time's Up' AP The Sexiest Golden Globes Dresses of All Time HarpersBazaar Mary J. Blige's response to harassment: 'Don't touch me or I'll kill you.' AP Wooden Coffee Table Intricately Hides Guns Storyful 'The Crown' Helena Bonham Carter Near Deal to Play Princess Margaret EWTime Kaia and Presley Gerber's Calvin Klein Jeans Campaign Is Cindy Crawford–Approved InStyleTime Pam Dawber and Mark Harmon Continue Reading

Summer Movie Preview: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and more set to thrill this season

Summer is heating up — and that means red-hot movies are on the way. Thrillers, comedies and horror flicks are set to sizzle on the big screen in the coming months — kicking off a season where easy-to-watch popcorn flicks are all the rage. Now that Memorial Day is nearly upon us, here are some of the best movies due in theaters this summer. "Baywatch" — May 25 Skip the beach and kick off your summer in the movie theater with this reboot of the TV classic. This time, it's up to lifeguards Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Zac Efron to settle their differences and bring down the villain portrayed by Priyanka Chopra. And of course, "Baywatch" legends Pam Anderson and David Hasselhoff make cameos as well. "Wonder Woman" — June 2 The feminist icon finally gets her long-deserved close-up with this superhero flick seven decades in the making. Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman, the Amazonian warrior princess and founding member of the Justice League in what will be the first feature film centering on the character more than 70 years after her creation. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film centers on Diana Prince — who becomes Wonder Woman — as she travels from her fictional island home Themyscira in hopes of saving Earth during World War I. "It Comes at Night" — June 9 You might want to come to the theater during the day for this one. "It Comes at Night" has already earned early rave reviews from critics as a psychological horror film focusing on a man and his wife and son who struggle to trust the desperate family they allow into their home when a life-threatening disease ravages Earth. The soul-shaker stars Joel Edgerton, who is coming off a critically acclaimed performance in "Loving," as well as Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Continue Reading

Larry King will return to TV with new political talk show in June

Larry King is returning to TV with a political talk show beginning next month. The new program, "Politics With Larry King," will air on the RT America network, a global, English-language channel based in Russia, the network announced Wednesday. No premiere date or broadcast schedule was specified. RT said it will also telecast "Larry King Now," which debuted online on Hulu and Ora.TV last summer. Both programs will originate from Washington and Los Angeles. They will continue to stream on the Hulu and Ora.TV websites and will be available on RT America will be the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for both programs. "I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public," said King, adding, "I appreciate the importance of providing a platform with real alternative visions for our country's future." The suspenders-sporting King, who turns 80 this year, hosted a weeknight talk show on CNN for 25 years before it ended in December 2010. RT America is carried in the U.S. by cable providers including Time Warner Inc., Cox Cable, Comcast Corp. and Verizon FiOS. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘The View’ host Joy Behar to anchor series on Current TV

Joy Behar is getting her own show — again. Starting in September, she’ll anchor an hour-long series on Current TV, set to air Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m., and repeating in prime time. There’s no official title yet, but it’s being called “The Joy Behar Show” for now. Brooklyn-born Behar, 69, previously hosted a news program of the same name on HLN, which was canceled in November. Her new show will focus on the latest headlines, pop culture, political events, social issues and anything else she cares to talk about. The premiere date will be announced later in the summer, along with the ensemble cast, which will include journalists, analysts and political satirists. “Joy Behar is a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about,” Currents’ TV chairman and former Vice President Al Gore said in a statement. “Millions of Americans tune in daily to hear her take on the issues along with her inimitable style. We are honored that Current TV will be Joy’s new prime-time home.” Though Behar’s new show doesn’t start till September, she'll begin on Current TV next Monday when she guest-anchors on “Viewpoint” while the show’s host, Eliot Spitzer, is on vacation. “Joy Behar: One Week Only *Until the Fall” will air through next Friday at 8 p.m., and serve as a preview for her upcoming series. Behar also co-hosts ABC’s talk show “The View.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Inner Tube: Joy Behar will anchor a new show on Current TV starting in September

Joy Behar is getting her own show — again. Starting in September, she’ll anchor a series on Current TV, airing Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m., and repeating during prime time. It’s being called “The Joy Behar Show” for now. Behar previously hosted a news program of the same name on HLN, which was canceled in November. Her new show will focus on the latest headlines, pop culture, political events and social issues. The premiere date will be announced later this summer, along with the ensemble cast, which will include journalists, analysts and political satirists. Behar also co-hosts the ABC talk show “The View.” Though the new show doesn’t start till September, she begins work on Current TV next week when she guest-anchors on “Viewpoint” while show host Eliot Spitzer is on vacation. Host “Live! With Kelly” Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld and Mario Lopez have so far filled in as co-hosts of “Live! With Kelly,” and now you can, too. The nationally syndicated morning show announced Monday that one winner of “Live’s Coast-to-Coast Co-Host Search” will sit alongside Kelly Ripa for a day. Through June 29, viewers can send in video entries online or by mail, explaining why they should get a shot. After a couple of rounds, the top five finalists will be announced July 11. During the week of July 16, they’ll compete for a chance to become Ripa’s sidekick on July 24. Streamed shows to post ratings Responding to public pressure, the major TV broadcast networks Monday announced they will post ratings on all programs they stream over the Internet. The ratings have long been embedded in all broadcasts, but have often been absent on the ’net. Parents groups in particular have asked they be embedded. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura all signed the announcement, which says the ratings will be Continue Reading

‘Mad Men’ season 5 premiere date could be pushed to fall or later

In a drama of intense interest to a modest percentage of the TV-viewing public, it's looking like the fifth season of AMC's "Mad Men" may not have its usual mid-summer debut this year.Although there has been no official comment from AMC, creator Matthew Weiner or producer Lionsgate, reports from multiple sources suggest the lack of an official deal with Weiner could push production back far enough so the show may not be able to debut until fall or later. That deal is said by other sources to be "close." But in past years, the show has filmed in April or May to be ready for its mid-summer premiere, which means time could be getting quoted star Jon Hamm as saying recently that the show is "in limbo" pending a firm deal.The reported holdup – no surprise here – is money."Mad Men" has always been more of a critical and artistic than ratings success, averaging at best a quarter of the audience for moderately successful broadcast network dramas. As a result, AMC has suggested in the past it is not a financial goldmine.It has paid dividends in prestige, though, and Weiner has noted in interviews – including one with The News last fall – that its acclaim has made it a more gilded property in which everyone wants a share.Also potentially at issue is the future of the show beyond a projected fifth season. Weiner said early in the show's life that he projected a story arc for about five seasons, but in his interview with the News and elsewhere, while declining to be specific, he has seemed to suggest that could be flexible.He didn't see the show continuing until Hamm's Don Draper was creating ads for smartphones, he said, but he could see it going further through the 1960s, where the "Mad Men" world is already being rocked by social change.   Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘The Cove,’ Oscar winner for best documentary, to become TV series on Animal Planet

Oscar winning documentary "The Cove" is heading to the small screen.A new television series based on the environmental film is being picked up by the Animal Planet, reports the Los Angeles Times.Tentatively named "Dolphin Warriors," the series begins where the movie left off in detailing the controversial dolphin trade in Japan and efforts to put an end to it."The Cove" looks at an annual event in Taiji, Japan during which fishermen sell dolphins into captivity or kill them for meat.Animal activist Ric O'Barry, 70, who featured prominently in the movie, will also star in the show, which is being produced by his son Lincoln. So far, two episodes have been completed."What has happened now is that they're not killing dolphins in the cove; they've moved offshore," O'Barry said. "They've created an artificial cove out of nets, and they drive the dolphins in there and kill them so we can't photograph it. But we have some drones and small planes and things to prove it."Majorie Kaplan, general manager and president of Animal Planet, believes the film's message fits the channel."Ric and Lincoln O'Barry are fascinating men with an important mission and remarkable stories to share," she said. "We're delighted to be working with them on their next project."No premiere date has been set for "Dolphin Warriors," but the show will most likely debut after Animal Planet shows "The Cove" this summer. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Summer TV guide: Hot shows to watch, from ‘Nurse Jackie’ to ‘Top Chef Masters’

It's hot outside, you don't have any money to take a vacation to somewhere with a cool breeze and you're wondering what ever happened to that kid with the funny hair from "American Idol" a couple seasons ago. Well, a plethora of original, and returning, summer television shows can help you with all of those issues - providing cheap, quality entertainment right in your own living room. So crank the window fan up to 11 and start plugging these dates into your DVR. (By the way, "Idol's" Sanjaya Malakar is in the jungle with only three pairs of underwear - read on and you'll see what we mean.) NEW Series "The Listener" Thursday at 10 on NBC: Toby Logan, played by Craig Olejnik, has a gift: He can read people's minds. And so the 25-year-old paramedic uses his telepathic talents to help solve crimes on the job, but keeps his secret hidden from everyone around him. "Royal Pains" Thursday at 10 on USA: Mark Feuerstein stars as Hank Lawson, a "concierge doctor" serving the rich clientele of the Hamptons for the summer. The series also stars Reshma Shetty, Jill Flint, Christine Ebersole and Campbell Scott. "Web Soup" June 7 at 9 on G4: Former "Singled Out" host Chris Hardwick helms this viral video version of E!'s "The Soup." Hardwick offers a weekly breakdown of the best - and worst - the Web has to offer. "Nurse Jackie" June 8 at 10:30 on Showtime: This half-hour dramedy features "The Sopranos'" Edie Falco as a self-medicating New York City ER nurse who's good at her job, but bad at life. It's funny and wry at times, heartbreaking at others. "Meteor" June 11 at 8 on NBC: A meteor the size of Mount Everest is headed straight for Earth and no one is listening to the scientists who are predicting mankind's doom. This four-hour miniseries features Christopher Lloyd, Marla Sokoloff and Jason Alexander. "Hawthorne" June 16 at 9 on TNT: Jada Pinkett Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne, the chief nursing officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital, who Continue Reading

Summer’s Hot 100: What to do in New York all season long

As gas prices soar to all-time highs and the economy continues to suffer, getting out of the city for an extravagant summer vacation may be out of the question. Luckily, there's no need to leave. From the biggest names in summer concerts to seaside dining in Brighton Beach, and from Shakespeare in the Park to a dip in the 76-foot floating pool docked at Hunts Point, we've compiled the must-do list (including off-the-beaten path gems) for a great summer vacation right in your own backyard. Running Week takes the city by storm today through Saturday, with the New York Road Runners hosting free running-themed events and races, from fitness learning stations and the NYRR's 50th-anniversary race to Friday's Run to Work event, which challenges New Yorkers to cut their carbon footprints by pounding the pavement. The Open Air Book Fair this coming Saturday is a street fair with thousands of books, records and CDs for $1 apiece, plus clothing, shoes and accessories from the Housing Works Thrift Shop for $20 a bag. All proceeds benefit Housing Works which provides housing, health care and job training for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS. Madison Square Garden takes a walk on the wild side with "Walking with the Dinosaurs," a live show from July 30-Aug. 3, based on the BBC series and featuring 15 life-size, roaring dinosaurs. Don't miss the thunderous T. rex, Utahraptor and stegosaurus - plus the brachiosaurus that measures 56 feet from nose to tail. Tix are $35-$99 at  Art by the Ferry on Staten Island displays more than 200 local artists' paintings, ceramics, crafts and sculptures on the sidewalks and in the storefronts of St. George, while musicians and dancers perform in the streets and in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the Staten Island Museum and Borough Hall. June 14, 15, 21; or (718) 447-3329. Rock 'n' Roll Camp at St. John's University in Queens starts June 29 and runs Continue Reading

‘X-Files’ to return to Fox as 6-episode ‘event series’ this summer

“X” will mark the spot. Again. The beloved “X-Files” will return to Fox TV this summer in a long-awaited six-episode “event series.” David Duchovny will come back as agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as agent Dana Scully. Further casting will be announced soon, Fox said Tuesday, though the two leads are really all that most fans need to know. Chris Carter, the original creator, will return as executive producer for the new series, whose exact premiere date has not yet been specified. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," Carter said in a statement. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories." The show’s return doesn’t come as a big surprise, since Fox had been saying for months that negotiations were underway. Duchovny and Anderson have wavered at times over the years on their interest in reprising their characters, but have been generally positive. The original series premiered in September 1993 on Fox and ran for 202 episodes through May 2002. That made it the longest-running science fiction series in television history. It won 16 Emmy awards and at its peak in 1996 and 1997, it was a cultural phenomenon that averaged almost 20 million viewers an episode. By the end of the run, that viewership had dropped by half, but interest was sufficient to spark two “X-Files” movies. Demand by fans for a third movie to wrap ongoing storylines was part of the motivation for Fox deciding to bring it back. Carter has said the series was inspired by earlier sci-fi TV shows like “The Twilight Zone,” “Alfred Hitchcock” and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” It has been cited as a major influence by a number of subsequent shows, including “Lost” and “Fringe.” Continue Reading