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ABC Renews ‘Mistresses’ For Third Season

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Looks like the fun will continue with the ABC series Mistresses.

The network announced that it has renewed its summer series for a third season that will consist of 13 episodes.

The series, which is produced by ABC Studios, stars Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, and Jes Macallan and follows their lives and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. The drama is based on the UK series of the same name that ran from 2008-10.

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Lifetime Renews 'Devious Maids' For Third Season

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It’s been a Devious two years at Lifetime and the network is set to get even more Devious in 2015. Lifetime has renewed its hit series Devious Maids (#DeviousMaids, #DeviousArmy) for a third season, placing a 13-episode order for the program executive produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, and starring Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes and Susan Lucci. Produced by ABC Studios, Devious Maids will return next year. The announcement was made today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Devious Maids back for another season. Marc Cherry has created a uniquely twisted world that blends his comic wit with devilishly ingenious characters and plot twists,” said Sharenow.

Season two of Devious Maids, which concluded July 13th, fueled Lifetime to be the number one cable network in its Sunday 10-11pm time period with Total Females, Women 18+, Women 25-54 and Women 18-49. In its freshman season, the series was Lifetime’s fastest-growing drama ever.

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TNT Hands Pilot Order To 'Lumen' From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television

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TNT has ordered a pilot for Lumen, an exciting fantasy about a family locked in an alternate world, to be produced by TNT Original Productions in association with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, Full Fathom Five and ABC Signature Studios. The pilot is set to be directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, Jumanji, The Rocketeer) from a script by Chris Black (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives).

Serving as executive producers on the Lumen pilot will be Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans, Red Band Society, Falling Skies); international best-selling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Endgame) and Todd Cohen (Ugly Betty, The Tudors, The Office) of Full Fathom Five; and Joe Johnston and Chris Black.

In Lumen, the famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books suddenly disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces, of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a complicated mystery and uncover some astonishing secrets as they struggle to find their way home.

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Syfy Renews 'Defiance' & 'Dominion'

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Syfy today announced a third season for its original series Defiance, giving a 13-episode order to the action packed drama, and a second season for the epic supernatural thriller Dominion, which will also consist of 13 episodes. Both series are produced by Universal Cable Productions and are slated to return with all-new episodes in 2015.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) will resume his role as executive producer and showrunner of Defiance while Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) will continue to fill the same posts for Dominion.

Season to date, Dominion and Defiance are the top two cable programs in the Thursday 8-10pm time period among P25-54s. With most current Live+7 data, both series are averaging 2.7 million total viewers, 1.2 million viewers 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers 25-54. Drawing an especially engaged social audience, Dominion was the most social drama on Thursdays across all of TV in tweets (15.4K) and tweets per unique (8.0).

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CBS Renews 'Big Brother' For Two More Seasons

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With the winner of the sixteenth edition of Big Brother to be revealed in just hours, CBS has made an announcement that will sure to please diehard Big Brother fans!

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 17th and 18th editions for broadcast in summer 2015 and 2016. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.

Since premiering on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer’s top-rated series in young demographics. This summer’s edition is up +2% in viewers (7.56m from 7.39m) and +4% in adults 18-49 (2.7/09 from 2.6/08), while averaging 3.1/09 in adults 25-54 and 1.9/08 in adults 18-34. All three weekly broadcasts of BIG BROTHER rank among the top 10 programs of the summer in adults 18-49.

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Syfy Greenlights New Scripted Series 'Hunters'

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Syfy today announced it is greenlighting a new 13-episode scripted series, Hunters (working title), about an alien terrorist network on Earth, from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator Trilogy) and Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys, Heroes), who will also be the writer.

Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio with Valhalla Entertainment as the production company. Hunters is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in 2016.

In Hunters, based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia cop's wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists - shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

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Interview: Garret Dillahunt

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Amazon Studios recently released another batch of pilots for the public to view and vote on. One of those pilots is Hand of God. Hand of God is a psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice. One of the stars of the pilot is veteran actor Garret Dillahunt.

Garret plays KD, a troubled man with violent tendencies who believes that God needs his special talents. This role is a far cry from Garret’s most recent role as Burt Chance on the FOX comedy series Raising Hope. The pilot also stars Ron Pearlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof) and Alona Tal (Cult, Supernatural).

His credits include appearances on series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Deadwood and The 4400. On the big screen he's been in such films as No Country for Old Men, Looper and Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave. He recently signed on for a recurring role on the final season of the hit FX series Justified.

Garret sat down with the Pop Culture Principle to discuss his new role, how religion plays a big part in the pilot and what he hopes for the drama if it is picked up to series.

Pop Culture Principle – Can you tell us the premise for Hand of God?

Garret Dillahunt – On its surface it is somewhat of a vengeance tale, but underneath I think it’s about what are the reasons people find to do the dark things that they do.

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Colin Farrell & Vince Vaughn To Star In 'True Detective' Season Two

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The eight-episode hour-long drama is set to begin production later this fall in California.

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Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes.

Cast: Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.

Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.

Additional casting will be announced as it is confirmed.

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New USA Network Comedy 'Benched' To Debut October 28th

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Courtroom drama is no laughing matter…until now! USA Network’s new original half hour comedy BENCHED will premiere Tuesday, October 28th (10:30-11 p.m. ET/PT) immediately following USA’s laugh-out-loud reality hit CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST.

"This is a prime slot on our schedule for BENCHED. With MODERN FAMILY kicking off the night, followed by our laugh-out-loud hit series, CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST, BENCHED will have a powerful comedic launch pad," said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. "We are excited to cap off the night with this standout comedy from some of the most talented creatives in the business."

BENCHED, starring Eliza Coupe (“Happy Endings”), is a single-camera comedy about a high-powered corporate lawyer’s fall from grace into the rough-and-tumble world of the public defenders.

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Hulu Gives Direct-To-Series Order For JJ Abrams Produced ’11/22/63′

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“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?” Hulu is about to take viewers on a journey to find out in 11/22/63, a new Hulu Original series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost), acclaimed author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and Warner Bros. Television. The announcement was made today by Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Hulu.

Based upon the best-selling 2011 novel written by King and published by Scribner, 11/22/63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.

A nine-hour event series, 11/22/63 has received a direct-to-series order from Hulu, and the project marks the first original programming collaboration between Hulu and WBTV. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk are executive producers of 11/22/63. Carpenter will write the teleplay, based on the novel by King. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg is co-executive producer, and Athena Wickham is producer.

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