A: Things are always so hush-hush with these big-budget superhero action movies, and “Fantastic Four” is no exception. I spoke with Shauna Rappold recently, who is in the summer blockbuster, which is due to hit theaters on Aug. 7, and she told me a teeny-tiny bit of what we can expect. “I specifically worked with Kate Mara, who is Sue Storm, and then Reg Cathey and Tim Nelson. My character is in the military, but that’s all I can really say, unfortunately, because it is so hush-hush. I’ve heard things of how it’s going to come out; it’s going to be great. Everyone was phenomenal to work with. And Josh Trank, the director, knew exactly what he was looking for, so it made it easy to deliver and give him just that.”
Check back next week for my entire interview with Shauna.
Q: Can you give me any more info on “11/22/63”? I am so excited for this series! — David F., Birmingham, Ala.
A: The time-travel fantasy-thriller series, based on the book of the same name by Stephen King, finally has its star: James Franco. The nine-hour event series will air exclusively on Hulu, but it does not yet have a scheduled premiere date. James will play the lead character, Jacob Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Q: Can you tell me what Mireille Enos has been doing since “The Killing” ended? — Kyle F., via email
A: If Mireille isn’t already a household name — although she is in my house — she soon will be, because the red-haired beauty landed the lead role in Shonda Rimes’ latest drama pilot called “The Catch.” The thriller is based on the novel by Kate Atkinson, which is about a woman who is about to get married … and about to get conned. However, because Shonda’s leading ladies tend to be strong ladies who can take care of themselves, thank you very much, our fearless heroine will surely turn the tables on her slippery fiancé.
Q: Now that “Sons of Anarchy” is over, can you tell me Katey Sagal has planned next? — Glenn F., via email
A: The lovely and talented actress is set to reteam with “Sons” creator, Kurt Sutter — who also happens to be Katey’s hubby — for the FX period drama “The Bastard Executioner.” The series centers on a former warrior/knight for King Edward I, Wilkin Brattle, who is overcome by the destruction of war and vows to lay down his sword. When violence finds him, he’s forced to return to his violent ways. Australian actor Lee Jones plays Brattle, with “True Blood” alum Stephen Moyer playing his friend, Milus Corbett. Matthew Rhys, Sam Spruell, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Darren Evans, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney and Danny Sapani round out the cast. Production on the series began on March 19, with no word yet on a premiere date.
|Titus (Tituss Burgess) and Kimmy (Ellie Kemper)|
Q: I thought Tina Fey had a new comedy coming to NBC, but I’ve looked all over for it, to no avail. Can you tell me what happened? — Kellie F., via Facebook
A: When NBC passed on the hilarious “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Netflix swooped in and saved this brilliant comedy from obscurity. “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper stars as the eponymous Kimmy, who recently escaped from being held prisoner underground by a man who claimed the world above had ended in an apocalypse. Kimmy moves to New York City, where she tries to put her life back on track, with the help of new employer Jacqueline Voorhees (played by the always wonderful Jane Krakowski), new roommate Titus Andromedon (the fabulous Tituss Burgess), and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (the legendary Carol Kane). Season one consists of 13 episodes, all of which are now available for streaming on netflix.com.
Q: Can you tell me if the TV series “The Bridge” will have another season, and if so when will it start? — Peggy E., via email
A: If you are talking about the American series starring Diane Kruger, then I am sad to tell you that FX canceled the series after two seasons. However, if you are referring to the far-superior Danish/Swedish original version of the series — also known as “Bron” and “Broen” — it has been renewed for a third season. You can catch up on the first two 10-episode seasons on Hulu.
Q: Will “Under the Dome” be back for another season? — Terry V., via email
A: CBS’s futuristic sci-fi drama will return for its third season on June 25 with a two-hour season premiere from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT. The following week it will move to its regular timeslot of 10 p.m. ET/PT. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, “Under the Dome” tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. This season, Emmy Award-winner Marg Helgenberger will guest-star in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town’s inhabitants figure out the Dome’s purpose and what it wants from them.
Q: I loved “The Spoils of Babylon.” Please tell me it hasn’t been canceled! — Tina R. in Georgia
A: The second installment of “Spoils” will air on IFC this summer in the six-part miniseries “The Spoils Before Dying.” Returning to the series in brand-new roles are Will Farrell, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer and many more. New additions to the cast include Chris Parnell, Tim Meadows and Emily Ratajkowski, among others. “Spoils” will premiere as a three-night miniseries event on Wednesday, July 8, Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10. Two half-hour episodes of the six part miniseries will air each evening starting at 9:00p.m. ET/PT.
Q: A while back you wrote that “The Mortal Instruments” was going to become a TV series, but I’ve seen nothing about that since. Is it still happening? — Ellie R., via email
A: Back when I reported that, everything was still in the beginning stages of development, so we didn’t have many details. Finally, I can say with certainty that “The Mortal Instruments” book series will indeed be reimagined on the small screen and is called “Shadowhunters.” For those unfamiliar with the book series, the story centers on Clary Fray, who finds out on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human/angel hybrids who hunt down and kill demons. ABC Family will air the 13-episode first season, with shooting expected to commence this month. There is no casting or premiere date news just yet, but just knowing that showrunner and executive producer Ed Decter (“Helix,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List”) is heading up the project makes me feel confident that the TV series will fare better than the not-so-great 2013 feature film.
Q: I am so upset that “Parenthood” is over. Can you tell me what series star Craig T. Nelson will do next? — Paul Y., Indianapolis
A: Craig is all set to reprise his role of Coach Hayden Fox on the NBC revival of “Coach.” NBC gave the show a 13-episode straight-to-series order, with Craig returning as Coach Fox, where the now-retired football coach is called back to become the assistant coach to his own grown son, who is now the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania, which is starting up a new team. There is no word yet on its premiere date or other casting info, but Barry Kemp — who created the original ABC series — is on board to write and executive-produce the reboot.
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A: The Liev Schreiber-starring drama returns to Showtime for its 12-episode third season on July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This season’s guest stars include Ian McShane, Katie Holmes and Elliott Gould. “Masters of Sex” returns for its third season as well, which also happens to be 12 episodes, immediately following “Ray Donovan.”
Q: What does Poppy Montgomery have coming up? Also, will “Unforgettable” be back, or has it been canceled? — Ashley W., Medina, Ohio
A: Before “Unforgettable” returns for its fourth season (I’ll get to that in a moment), Poppy has a guest-starring turn in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered from Paris, with Love” on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. The seasonal two-hour movie installment of popular series premieres Sunday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Poppy plays Holly, the estranged wife of lead postal detective Oliver, played by Eric Mabius. Poppy also returns as Carrie Wells, with Dylan Walsh back as Al Burns, in “Unforgettable,” which the A and E network saved from the fire after CBS canceled the show for a second time. Back in 2012, CBS canceled the series after the first season, but then decided to renew it for seasons two and three as a shorter, summer series. CBS canceled it for a second time this past October after season three, and in February, A and E scooped up the show and will air its 13-episode fourth season later this year.
Q: I need some “Devious Maids” news! — Holly K., via email
A: Hold onto your feather duster, Holly, you have a few more months to wait to see who, if anyone, bit the dust after gunfire erupted on the church steps after Rosie and Spence’s wedding. Season three premieres Monday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, where I have a feeling all of your burning questions will be answered. Expect to see some new faces too, including Naya Rivera, Gilles Marini, Cristián de la Fuente, John O’Hurley, Justina Machado, Nathan Owens and Julie Claire.
A: Tia’s comedy series, “Instant Mom,” which airs on Nickmom, will finish out its second season this summer, and they are currently hard at work on the show’s third season. You can also catch Tia in her brand-new show on the Cooking Channel, which is called “Tia Mowry at Home.” The show, which airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, centers on Tia’s home life with her friends and family — and of course, cooking. Tia told me about the show recently: “The cool thing about the format of the show is it’s not just about cooking or me just telling people how to cook. What I’m really excited about is you will get to see my family and my friends. And one person, in particular, is my dad. My dad is so reserved and so private, but he loves to cook. So, when I asked him to be on my cooking show, he was like: ‘Oh wow! I want to be a part of it.’ He loves to cook. There’s one episode where my dad comes over and we cook an amazing meal together.
“Another episode has me doing some yoga, and I make a great post-workout meal for my friends. And then another episode we have a cool mommy day with my friends who are moms. I cook for them and then I surprise the kids with a game of basketball with Metta World Peace. One of my favorite episodes is where I plan a dinner date with my husband, and we re-create memories from our wedding day.”
Q: I can’t get enough “Downton Abbey”! Can you please give me some scoop on the show? — Jessie F., via email
A: I also can’t get enough of this wonderful BBC/PBS period drama, but after season six, it will have to be enough. Series creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame recently announced that the show’s next season will be its final season. Said Neame: “We wanted to close the doors of ‘Downton Abbey’ when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”
Q: I was so happy when Netflix brought back “Arrested Development.” Will there be more new episodes? — Jack F., via email
A: While series producer Brian Grazer hasn’t made an “official” announcement yet, he did tell Bill Simmons, when he appeared on the latter’s “B.S. Report” podcast, that they are making a 17-episode fifth season of the cult-hit comedy series. Grazer let slip: “I love ‘Arrested Development,’ but it was never a huge thing. But people are loyal to it. We’re going to do another 17 episodes.”