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TNT Cancels 'Perception' After Three Seasons

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Fresh on the heels of the Franklin & Bash cancellation, TNT has decided not to move forward with another one of its dramas.

The network has decided to cancel Perception after three seasons. The series stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist who assists the FBI on some of their most complex cases.

Turner Broadcasting's David Levy hinted at the future direction the network would be going earlier this month. “We are going to get edgier, we are going to get louder, and we are going to get more dual (male-female), but we also have an existing audience, we have an existing fan base with a lot of our very popular shows.” He went on to say, “It’s an evolution, a bridge-type process that will take place as opposed to a turnaround.”

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Kathryn Hahn To Star In Showtime's 'Happyish'

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Acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road, We’re The Millers) will star in the female lead role of “Lee Payne” in the SHOWTIME comedy pilot HAPPYISH. The new half-hour pilot will be filmed in New York next month, with Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) previously announced as the male lead. HAPPYISH is a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.

Kathryn Hahn will play the role of Lee, Thom Payne's (Coogan) wife and mother to their six-year-old son Julius. Honest and direct to a considerable fault, Lee believes that people are good and the world can be a better place, which is probably why she is so pissed off: because we aren't, and it can't. But she loves Thom, and Thom loves her, even though they both loathe themselves. Hahn originally filmed the role of Lee Payne for the Happyish pilot in 2013 opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her television credits include Parks and Recreation, Transparent, Girls, Hung, The Newsroom and Crossing Jordan. Her feature film credits include Revolutionary Road, Step Brothers, Afternoon Delight, Bad Words, We’re The Millers, Wanderlust, The Holiday, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and the upcoming films The Visit, She’s Funny That Way and Tomorrowland.

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USA Network Picks Up 'Evil Men' Pilot

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USA Network announced the pilot pick-up of the CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions drama EVIL MEN, starring Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”). The pilot is from writer and executive producer Daniel Taplitz (“Breakin’ All the Rules”). Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) and Mary Beth Basile (“October Road”) also serve as executive producers. Fleder is set to direct.

“This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, "It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families."

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Interview: Katie Walder

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What do you get when you combine amazing talent, a drive to succeed and a little bit of luck? Don’t know the answer? Well, you get actress Katie Walder. The Pennsylvania born actress has built an impressive resume of work in the industry and there are no signs of her slowing down.

She’s made memorable appearances on television shows such as How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Supernatural and Gilmore Girls. She’s also appeared in the films Shelter and The Neighbor.

This time around, Katie is really stretching her acting chops with the suspense/thriller Come Back to Me from writer/director Paul Leyden. In the film, Katie plays Sarah whom after a car accident, suffers blackouts & ends up pregnant though her husband Josh is sterile. As her life spirals she hides a camera in her home & unlocks a horrific secret with far-reaching consequences.

Katie sits down with us to discuss the challenges of this role, working with co-star Nathan Keyes and what separates Come Back to Me from other films in the same genre.

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USA Network Renews 'Graceland' For Third Season

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USA Network today announced a 13-episode third season order for the provocative one-hour series GRACELAND, a high-stakes serialized drama from creator Jeff Eastin (WHITE COLLAR), which follows a group of elusive undercover agents who live in a web of lies while operating under the same roof. The series is produced for USA by Fox Television Studios.

“This season of Graceland took viewers on a wild ride with unexpected character twists, and a heart-stopping cliffhanger that left a lead character’s fate in question,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber. “Jeff Eastin and the talented ensemble cast deliver on all levels, and season three will undoubtedly continue to keep us on the edge of our seats.”

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2015 Pilot Season Titles Announced By Amazon Studios

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Amazon today announced the lineup for its first pilot season of 2015 which is scheduled to debut early in the new year exclusively on Amazon Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. Customers will find a wide-range of genres in this latest slate of pilots—from a close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War in Virginia and an adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II, to a satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles and the story of a supermodel fresh out of rehab who is unapologetically trying to claw her way back on to the runway. In addition to these pilots, Amazon will premiere its first docu-series pilot, The New Yorker Presents, which will bring the pages of America’s most award-winning magazine to life.

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Starz Greenlights 'Evil Dead' Television Series Set For 2015

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Starz announced today the greenlight of the network’s next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell.

The STARZ Original series officially titled “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

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Showtime Renews 'Homeland' & 'The Affair'

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SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of the critically-acclaimed new drama series THE AFFAIR and a fifth season of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning hit series HOMELAND, to air 10 and 12 new episodes respectively in 2015. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Season-to-date, HOMELAND season four is averaging six million weekly viewers across platforms – steadily building momentum and growing in each of its last three weeks. On pace to be the network’s most time-shifted original series, THE AFFAIR is averaging 3.9 million weekly viewers across platforms. The series has grown consistently every single week since its premiere, with 87 percent of the show’s audience tuning-in after the original Sunday 10 p.m. telecast. Both series currently air on Sunday nights starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“In its fourth season, HOMELAND has brilliantly reinvented itself. It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of THE AFFAIR,” said Nevins. “With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week. We’re excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015.”

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First Teaser Trailer For Amazon's 'Bosch'

You can hear a collective roar from all of the Bosch fans around the world. Based on the books by author Michael Connelly, Amazon has released the first teaser trailer for the series.

Bosch was one of two pilots that were streamed online in early 2014 by Amazon. Viewers were able vote and offer their thoughts on both shows and not long after, Bosch was picked up for a full season.

The series stars Titus Welliver as a Los Angeles veteran homicide detective. You can watch the teaser trailer below:

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Exclusive: Set Visit Chicago Fire & Chicago P.D. Part I

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On September 29, 2014, NBC invited members of the press for an exclusive set tour for their hit series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. The media was able to get exclusive photos and interviews with members of the casts from both series. The visit started at the Cinespace Film Studios on the Near West Side and continued with a bus tour of several locations were the shows shoot. The entire six hour experience included stops at the firehouse, police station and Lottie's bar.

In the next several days, we will post various photos and interviews from our visit to the sets. Today we bring you a behind the scenes chat with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. co-creator Michael Brandt. He will be discussing the big NBC two night crossover event with Chicago Fire”/“Chicago PD”/“Law & Order: SVU."

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