To the delight of fans, FOX announced it ordered more episodes of Empire for its sophomore season. Sadly though, my weekly fix of everything that is Cookie Lyon is still months away. Good news however, Cookie’s on-screen sons strut their sex appeal on the cover of Essence’s June 2015 issue to tide us over until the season premiere.
Trai Byers, Yazz and Jussie Smollett join forces on one cover and also grace their own individual ones for the glossy’s vacation issue. I have to say, I’m loving the scruff and grown hair on Smollett. He looks even sexier than he did before. Check out the Lyon brothers in all their glory below and weigh in on which sibling you find the hottest.
Pretty much everyone involved in the OJ Simpson trial became a household name. Arguably, one of the key players who tried to capitalize on his fifteen minutes of fame the most was Kato Kaelin. Ryan Murphy has found an actor to play the most infamous houseguest in history. Like his other casting choices, this one bares a striking resemblance (IMHO) to the figure he’s been tapped to play.
Billy Magnussen who recently starred in Into The Woods will play the shaggy-haired witness. He joins John Travolta (Robert Shapiro), Cuba Gooding Jr. (OJ Simpson), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran), Connie Britton (Faye Resnick), Selma Blair (Kris Jenner) and Jordana Brewster (Denise Brown) in the star-studded cast of American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
Check out pics of Magnussen below and weigh in if he bears any resemblance to Kato.
Given the breakout success of Empire, not surprisingly FOX has supersized the hip-hop drama’s sophomore season. 18 episodes have been ordered and they will be split into Fall and Spring airings.
Ryan Murphy’s anticipated anthology series Scream Queens is paired up with two new sitcoms on Tuesdays- Grandfathered and The Grinder starring John Stamos and Rob Lowe respectively. New Girl which formerly occupied the spot has been held to midseason, partially to accommodate Zooey Deschanel’s pregnancy.
Also being held until 2016 are the six-episode limited return of The X-Files, Grease: Live and The Frankenstein Code featuring hunky True Blood alum Robert Kazinsky. Next year also marks American Idol’s swan song. The network promises a season long celebration of the long-running singing competition.
Based on first impressions, Scream Queens, Minority Report and The Frankenstein Code seem to have the best potential. Whether or not they become the network’s next Empire, remains to be seen. Check out all the descriptions and some of the trailers below.
The Bachelorette is just around the corner which means it’s time for ABC to roll out the guys vying for the next Bachelor slot ;) Each season is as much about finding love as it is about securing the highly-sought after gig. Hell, I’d switch to ‘Plan B’ too, as soon as I realized I had no shot at sweeping the Bachelorette off her feet.
The Season 11 guys have more power than their predecessors. During the first night, they get to pick which of Chris Soules’ castoffs will be the lucky lady. If you’ve read the spoilers, you already know if either Kaitlyn Bristowe or Britt Nilsson got the gig. Personally, I’m happy with their choice.
Based purely on their official photos, I picked the five guys I found hottest. With that being said, ABC should really reconsider hiring a new photographer. Nearly all of them, look much better in the group photo above than their individual pics. Maybe, it’s because of the tacky backdrop. Whatever it is though, it needs to be fixed. Future contestants deserve better. And might I suggest, shirtless photos at that.
Check out my top picks below solely chosen on looks alone. Be sure to share which ones are your favorites as well. The Bachelorette premieres on May 18 on ABC.
Believe it or not, NBC only has an hour reserved next Fall for comedy. Surprising given that this is the network that gave the world Friends, Cheers, Seinfeld etc… Making matters even worse, the hour block is on Friday night to boot. Ouch! Returning series Undateable, which will go live next season, and the new Mark-Paul Gosselaar sitcom People Are Talking get the slot.
Given that NBC hasn’t launched a successful comedy in years, it makes sense. However, the peacock network has a couple of very interesting comedies waiting in the wings. America Ferrara and Eva Longoria return in Superstore and Hot & Bothered respectively. Both look to have lots of potential.
With regards to dramas, Blindspot, from Greg Berlanti looks the most interesting, along with The Player and Heroes Reborn. I’m curious to see if the latter can recapture the magic of its predecessor.
Neil Patrick Harris hopes to bring back the variety format with his new weekly series. I was excited about this, that is until his Academy Awards hosting gig ;) Check out show descriptions, trailers and new schedule below.
Ryan Murphy has outdone himself with another piece of inspired casting for American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson. Based on the photo above, I’m sure you have a pretty good idea who Selma Blair will play in FX’s highly-anticipated new event series. Find out who below.
In 2016, the once-behemoth singing reality show will sing its final note. FOX announced Season 15 of American Idol will be its last. It truly is the end of an era.
“You know, it was not an easy decision,” said FOX chairman and CEO Gary Newman. ”American Idol has been such a vital part of Fox for its run, and we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively we arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end. But we wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory and treated the show the way it deserved to be treated.”
For the most part, the broadcast networks have revealed the fates of their shows heading into next week’s exciting upfronts week. I’m sure the remaining shows in limbo will learn the verdict this weekend.
For a television addict like myself, it’s my favorite time of the year. I can’t wait to see what they think will become the next breakout hits next season. Until the big unveiling, check out below to see if your favorites are returning for the 2015-16 season.