9 New CW Series In The Works: ‘Charmed,’ ‘Roswell’ Reboots And More

Expect at least a few new programs coming to The CW in the upcoming season as the network has officially ordered pilots for eight shows, though that doesn’t mean each one will become a full-fledged series. After the pilot episodes are made, the network’s executives determine which shows they think will work best for their audience and from there, choose which ones will join their lineup. Check out the eight new shows The CW has given pilot orders to, as well as their official loglines from the network. 1. “Charmed” Reboot  A fierce, funny, feminist reboot centered on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done. The CW might be happy about the new “Charmed” they’re working on, but that doesn’t mean the cast is. Original star Holly Marie Combs has been sharing her displeasure of the reboot on social media. The long-running WB series “Charmed” is getting the reboot treatment. Photo: The WB 2. “Playing Dead” A dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death. Executive producers and writers of this pilot, Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims, are no strangers to the world of CW/WB, as Mimoun worked on “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Privileged” and “Hart of Dixie” while Reims produced on “Felicity,” “Everwood” and “Jane the Virgin.” 3. “Roswell” Reboot After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an Continue Reading

Winter TV preview: The 10 must-watch shows of the season cover all tastes

After its long holiday hiatus, TV is back to get us through the next few bitter months.  Whatever your tastes, there’s got to be something worth watching in our winter TV preview. Maybe you like nature (try “Blue Planet II”). Maybe you like workplace satire (try “Corporate”). Maybe you like “Roseanne” (the ’90s sitcom returns to ABC in March). I’ve picked the 10 shows (five new, five returning) that I’m most excited for, but we’ve also included a more comprehensive list for those who think I’ve got rotten taste. But, in my humble opinion, these are the 10 shows you shouldn’t miss. Close 1 of 10 THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY(Premieres Jan. 17, FX)FX’s “American Crime Story” follows its excellent debut season about the trial of O.J. Simpson with an equally sensational (though not as well-known) true crime tale: the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The series stars Ricky Martin, Penelope Cruz and, as Versace, Edgar Ramirez. FX Facebook Twitter Email Print Save CORPORATE (Premieres Jan. 17, Comedy Central)This caustic and surreal workplace satire stars Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman (the series’ co-creators, along with Pat Bishop) as a pair of junior executives in training at the soul-sucking multinational Hampton DeVille. Lance Reddick (“The Wire”) stars as the company’s sociopathic CEO, and Aparna Nancherla plays Grace, an exhausted HR rep. In a sign of confidence, Comedy Central released the first four episodes of “Corporate” on its app well before the premiere date. They have reason to be confident: This is a pointed and hilarious show that will be deeply relatable to anyone who’s ever loathed their office space. COMEDY CENTRAL Facebook Twitter Email Print Continue Reading

“Top Of The Lake” Is The Anti-SVU

Top of the Lake’s Robin Griffin — played by Elisabeth Moss — is a rarified sort of female protagonist. As a detective specializing in crimes that involve sexual abuse (and a sexual abuse survivor herself), she’s a less cartoonish version of Law & Order: SVU's Olivia Benson. She’s tough and capable, beat-up and broken. She’s made of china and steel. She’s difficult to love but impossible to ignore.In Season 2 of the series (which Sundance is rolling out over the course of three days, starting Sept. 10, after which it will be available on Hulu), the tenuous balance between Griffin’s outer strength and inner fragility begins to fall apart. And as she attempts to solve the murder of a sex worker — pregnant with a baby who does not share her DNA, stuffed in suitcase and pushed out to sea — the trajectory of the series starts to fray as well. There are too many broken narrative threads: too much coincidence, and little coherence. This season, like the one before, is about misogyny, but it’s also about the way women are reduced to their status as mothers. It explores both what it means to be a mother and the way women, desperate for motherhood, may turn their backs on other women. It’s also about surrogacy and rape culture, race and sex work, and whether good men exist.It’s arguably trying to do too much — many of the tensions, especially those regarding the racial dynamics of sex work and surrogacy, get frustratingly lost in the tangle. Yet Top of the Lake is the first piece of fictional media I’ve seen in months that has made me feel anything. We’ve all figured out the places to find pat, soothing answers: That’s why, when the news is at its most exhausting, I turn to reruns of SVU. But when I want to see my own fatigue and conflict with the misogynist world reflected onscreen, there’s Top of the Lake. It’s a different sort of self-care; instead of muting Continue Reading

How Kim Kardashian Pushed The Boundaries Of Celebrity Pregnancy

An excerpt from Anne Helen Petersen's Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman. There’s a picture of Kim Kardashian in a color-​­blocked black-and-white dress from February 21, 2013 — about five months into her first pregnancy. Her “bump,” as pregnant bellies have come to be called in the mainstream media, is visible, as are her white pumps, red lipstick, black wrist cuff, and perfectly made‑up face. It’s a look that E! News called “absolutely stunning.” But there was another photo from that same appearance — taken from the side as Kardashian turns her head back, presumably at the beckoning of one of the paparazzi who, at that point, were tracking her every pregnant move.This image is cropped closer, ending before the hem of her dress; her legs aren’t visible, nor is the overall silhouette of the look — just black-and-white fabric hugging the growing curves that helped establish Kardashian’s famous, and incredibly lucrative, celebrity brand. That image was paired with a picture of a killer whale, whose black-and-white color scheme echoed the color-​­blocking of Kardashian’s dress, and the caption “Who Wore It Best?” The photo circulated swiftly across the Internet, but it didn’t stop there: Star magazine put it on its cover, along with the headlines “65‑lb Weight Gain!” “Binges on Pasta, Cake and Ice Cream!” and “Kim’s Pregnant Nightmare!” The photo wasn’t the first image of the pregnant Kardashian, but it became the indelible one, encapsulating all that was “wrong” with her pregnancy: her weight gain (not cute) and her strategy for clothing it (not appropriate). From that point forward, the already Kardashian-​­frenzied paparazzi went into over‑drive. The ultimate prize wasn’t just a picture of Kim, but one of Kim eating, Kim Continue Reading

‘Jane the Virgin’ is coming to Netflix and you need to be watching

CW Network darling “Jane the Virgin” will be released on Netflix on Oct. 12 — the same day the second season airs, the streaming service announced Monday. A Golden Globe nominee for best television series — musical or comedy — just 11 episodes into its first season, “Jane the Virgin” revolves around Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), a 23-year-old virgin who was artificially inseminated during a routine checkup. If you think this sounds cheesy, you’re not alone. But it’s because of that assumption that “Jane the Virgin” became one of the most underrated shows of 2014. Now that the show will be available on Netflix, there’s really no excuse not to catch up, but if you need some more convincing, here’s the top 10 reasons to watch “Jane the Virgin.” 1. The mother-daughter relationships In the sticky heat of Miami, Jane, her mother Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) and her grandmother Alba (Ivonne Coll) live together in a small apartment as all three hot-blooded women struggle to balance their lives. It should be no surprise that “Jane the Virgin” does relationships so well: creator Jennie Snyder Urman also co-produced “Gilmore Girls.” 2. Rogelio De La Vega Without giving away too many plot points, telenovela star Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil) becomes a major part of Jane’s life at the exact moment that everything else is changing. But it’s not all drama with Rogelio; in fact, his comedic timing and outlandish comments are his best attribute. 3. The Latin Lover narrator Anthony Mendez is one of the most recognizable “Jane the Virgin” characters, but you never see his face. Instead, Mendez lends his voice to the “Latin Lover narrator” (a self-prescribed title) who throws in reminders, jokes and snide remarks. He also embodies a combination of omniscent presence and obsessed fan, Continue Reading

How last year’s new shows made it back for season two

It's the best time of the year for TV fans. The networks are slated to debut their new crop of shows to go along with their returning favorites starting Monday — even though NBC got a jump start Tuesday, when it aired the first episode of "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.” New series are all-too-often cancelled and never make it past the network's initial order of 13 episodes — so it’s saying a lot to be back for a second season. Here's a look at some of the new shows from last year that made it to season 2: "Madam Secretary" A perfect fit on CBS' Sunday nights that use the audience from late afternoon NFL games to launch a night of news and adult-themed dramas. "Secretary," starring Tea Leoni as a sitting U.S. Secretary of State, was an immediate hit among older viewers, and drew a better rating with young adults — TV's key demographic — than the shows that aired before ("60 Minutes") and after ("The Good Wife"). It finished the season as the 10th most watched show among total viewers, scoring an obvious renewal. "The Last Man on Earth" While much of the buzz at Fox's midseason came from "Empire," this bizarre comedy from the mind of "SNL" star Will Forte certainly attracted attention and critical acclaim for an out there premise. "Earth," which stars Forte as the formerly titular last man who leads a small group of survivors past the apocalypse, was behind only "Black-ish" among new series in the Adults 18-49 demographic and kept most of its "Family Guy" lead-in. "Scorpion" Sometimes pitching a CBS show can feel a little bit like mad libs. The show was immediately pegged by some as "The Big Bang Theory as an action drama" but it worked with viewers. "Scorpion" was the third-most watched new series among total viewers and finished 15th overall for the season. "Gotham" Last year may be known as the time for when the super Continue Reading

Britney Spears reveals she will guest star on ‘Jane the Virgin’

"Jane the Virgin" is about to get an amazing guest star. Britney Spears took to her Twitter account to share that she would be making an appearance on Season 2 of the hit CW show. "See u at the Marbella Hotel soon, @hereisgina @jaimecamil" she wrote. "Guest starring on one of my favorite shows EVER @CWJaneTheVirgin #DreamComeTrue." The pop princess will play herself in the upcoming episode. "We are so thrilled that Rogelio's 'nemesis,' Britney Spears, has agreed to appear on Jane The Virgin," creator Jennie Snyder Urman said in a press release. "Personally, after hearing about their longstanding feud (from Rogelio's point of view), we are eager to hear Ms. Spears' side of the story, which we assume is quite different." This isn't the first time Spears has appeared on the small screen. The "Pieces of Me" singer has appeared on sitcoms including "How I Met Your Mother" and "Will and Grace." "Jane the Virgin" returns to CW on Oct. 12. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

‘Jane the Virgin’ showrunner reassures fans after devastating twist

Spoiler alert! The following contains major spoilers for Monday's episode of Jane the Virgin, "Chapter 54." Jane the Virgin, what have you done to us?The CW show has thrown its fair share of curve balls over two-and-a-half seasons, but we certainly didn't see this one coming. On Monday's episode, the show killed of Jane's husband Michael (Brett Dier). For real this time (he almost died at the beginning of the season, after a shooting at the end of Season 2). The show made Michael's death as heartbreaking as possible, spending the episode reliving one of his first dates with Jane, having the couple plan for their future and Michael's death (a latent complication from his gunshot wound) occur right after he took his LSAT exam. While we were still processing the loss of Michael and his bad impressions, and Jane was still screaming and crying in Rafael's arms on the floor, the show jumped ahead three years. Now Jane has a shorter haircut, Mateo is walking and talking and they're heading to a wedding we know nothing about. So as the narrator said, we have a lot to catch up on.If you spent last night gaping at your television screen after Jane's credits rolled, fear not, showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman is here for you. Urman penned a heartfelt note to fans of the show on Tumblr, explaining how the decision was made."It was also a decision made very early on, when I thought about our story as a whole," she wrote. "And even in season one, I knew it would be a hard thing to actually do, which is why there was a line (which many of you noticed) about how Michael would never stop loving Jane. And the Narrator confirmed, 'For as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath, he never did.'"She added, "Honestly, I put that line into the script at the last minute to hold our feet to the fire, to make sure we went through with it.  Because even back then, the writers could all see the magic of Jane and Michael together."Urman also Continue Reading

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks' fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.But first, comes the culling of the herd.This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network's ownership stake.In a surprise move Saturday, NBC took a page from the script of this year's top Save Our Shows vote-getter, went back in time and reversed its cancellation decision. It's bringing the time-travel drama back for 10 episodes next summer. It also renewed another favorite, Blindspot. It has yet to decide what to do with Chicago Justice.  Later in the day, CBS renewed the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, which finished second in the poll, for a sixth season.In other Save Our Shows news, ABC has canceled Last Man Standing and American Crime, Fox has renewed The Exorcist and CBS has canceled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. ABC's immigrant comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which finished mid-pack in this year's poll, was granted a fourth season Friday.Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death's door or already canceled. ABC Renewed: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless, Quantico Canceled:  American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O'Neals, Secrets and Lies, Continue Reading

How 2 Fountain Square tattoo artists prepped for Spike TV’s reality challenge

Fountain Square Tattoo's April Nicole Stead and Dane Smith are well-practiced in their craft. With 13 years of experience between them, they're more than ready for clients who ask for sleeves, faces, food or nature-themed designs.But when Smith and Stead found out they would face off against other pairs on season nine of the Spike TV reality competition show "Ink Master," the couple decided to push themselves out of their comfort zones.They watched the entire series a few times. They studied the previous challenges (tattooing inside people's mouths!). They experimented with new materials (a cream that reduces redness)."We did a lot of tattoos that we normally don't do," Smith said.The nation will see the results of the duo's preparation when the new season premieres at 10 p.m. June 6 on Spike. Since Fountain Square Tattoo had not opened yet when Smith and Stead competed earlier this year, viewers will see them representing Artistic Skin Design and Body Piercing in Indianapolis.The two sat down with IndyStar to talk about teamwork, their backgrounds and how good rock guitarist Dave Navarro smells. Why they tattooSmith, 28, spent high school study halls drawing on himself — and being told to stop. The designs, as well as the tattoo on his great-grandfather's arm, captivated him and unequivocally steered him toward a career as a tattoo artist."I was just obsessed with the idea of, like, that you could put a mark on your body, and it won't come off," said Smith, who grew up in Syracuse, Ind. "Because my biggest problem with drawing in study hall is you draw on yourself and it rubs off."And if you fall asleep on your arm, it rubs off" on your face, Smith said, laughing.For Stead, 30, tattooing began as a way to make money as she studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, N.Y. The native New Yorker soon fell for the craft and began learning more from co-workers and friends."Illustration is kind of a lonely job," Stead Continue Reading