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Drag Race All Stars

Tighten those tucks, ladies and gays. The full-size trailer for the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars dropped on Tuesday, and it gave us a glimpse of our favorite queens in the Werk Room and runway. Instead of airing on Mondays (they are a drag, after all), the show will switch to Thursday nights.

It feels like the last few seasons were slightly criticized for a lack of spontaneity in the challenges, but RuPaul has a voting trick up her sleeve. Instead of eliminating the queens herself, she will let the returning contestants vote each other off a la Survivor. Or Queen of the Flies? The ad (which mixes in random, colorful shots of the queens fighting over a crown from a photo shoot) also features a great tagline: Queens are Wild.

Here are your contestants:

  • Adore Delano
  • Alaska
  • Alyssa Edwards
  • Coco Montrese
  • Detox
  • Ginger Minj
  • Katya
  • Phi Phi O’Hara
  • Roxxxy Andrews
  • Tatianna

Todrick Hall will replace Ross Matthews at the judges’ table. He will be joined by RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Carson Kressley.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 premieres on Thursday, August 25th, on Logo and VH1. The Season 2 premiere will be a super-sized 90 minutes.

AHS

Today’s biggest TV news saw Gilmore Girls and AHS Season 6 start their publicity rollouts

There’s a little flurry of television news today. First and foremost (at least in this corner) is the gradual leak of American Horror Story Season 6 information. We still don’t have a name or a theme, but AHS Season 6 revealed a series of brief teasers via Snapchat and Lady Gaga’s Twitter account (see below). While we don’t have a specific theme identified, we do have a good sense based on the released publicity material. There’s an isolated farmhouse and billowing smoke that forms some sort of symbol / “6” combination. Then, we’ve got a Rosemary’s Baby homage followed by a nod to The People Under the Stairs.

It’s not much to go on, granted, but we’ve always loved AHS‘s expert marketing campaigns. Maybe even more than the series itself, which drops early this year – September 14 on FX. Take a look at AHS Season 6’s promo material, courtesy of Lady Gaga.

Update:  FX has release three more sneaks.



Gilmore Girls

Also dropping today was Netflix’s date announcement for the Gilmore Girls reboot. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, branded a 4-part event, will premiere on the streaming service November 25, just in time for fans to cuddle up to it over Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s the date announcement trailer and a first look at the tone of the series.

 

The Last Tycoon

And last (and kind of least), Amazon picked up it’s 2016 pilot entry The Last Tycoon to series. The drama stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins’s eyebrows in a 1920s-era Hollywood setting. Written and directed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass), The Last Tycoon is loosely based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald unfinished novel. We reviewed the pilot on a recent Water Cooler Podcast and preferred it to The Interestings, but that’s not saying much. The pilot is well produced and looks fantastic, but Bomer never really settles into the lead role. Given Amazon’s enthusiasm behind it, perhaps it gets better.

The Interestings is, according to Deadline, D.O.A. Check out the trailer for The Last Tycoon.

TV Trailers

San Diego’s Comic-Con is a reliable hot bed of new information and TV trailers

The costumed masses swarmed on San Diego’s Comic-Con last weekend. Assuming they weren’t playing Pokemon Go, many attended for panels on their favorite television shows. It’s been a thing for several years now that Comic-Con is much less about comic books and much more about generating buzz for new product. Geek-friendly films and TV shows hope to make a splash and generate positive internet buzz as a result. As with each year, studios host panel discussions about current and upcoming shows, often premiering TV trailers never before seen. This year was no exception.

The Walking Dead Season 7 (AMC)

American Gods (Starz)

Luke Cage (Netflix)

Iron Fist (Netflix)

The Defenders (Netflix)

Narcos Season 2 (Netflix)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America)

Legion (FX)

The Flash Season 3 (The CW)

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Divorce teaser

“This could be the greatest thing that has happened to us,” says Sarah Jessica Parker in the first small Divorce teaser. For a few seconds, Sex and the City fans might think that Parker’s return to HBO will be the greatest thing ever.

The Divorce teaser is quite short. Parker plays a woman named Frances who asks for a divorce from her husband, played by Thomas Haden Church (Wings, Sideways). Perhaps a divorce will allow the couple to make peace with one another? Divorce also stars Molly Shannon and Tracy Letts.

If you were looking for something lighter from Parker, you should feel assured that Sharon Horgan is behind the scenes. The creator and star of Amazon’s acclaimed Catastrophe is one of television’s funniest women, and this project would be more high-profile than her sitcom.

Divorce debuts on HBO this fall.

Westworld teaser

The Westworld teaser excites with eerie imagery and moody atmosphere.

HBO finally dropped the Westworld teaser trailer we’ve all been waiting for just before last night’s Game of Thrones. After months of speculation about the troubled production, this official glimpse gives us a good idea of what to expect. Naturally, the trailer offers intriguing visuals vaguely reminiscent of 2015’s Ex Machina. Similar storylines don’t hurt as Westworld apparently deals with sentient robots as well.

Westworld teaser
Photo courtesy of HBO.

The Westworld teaser also offers a look at the performances from stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Thandie Newton. James Marsden, Miranda Otto, Rodrigo Santoro, and Ed Harris also star, among others, but they are only either glimpsed or not seen at all in the teaser.

Sidelined during production for rewrites on the final episodes of the first season, Westworld hails from the 1973 film written by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. The general story deals with an Western-themed amusement park populated by robots that malfunction and kill park-goers. Kind of like that “Itchy and Scratchy Land” episode of The Simpsons which is, itself, a parody of Jurassic Park. Who says there are no more new ideas?

However, based on this new Westworld teaser, the HBO series may have more on its mind than simply killing visitors. Granted, I haven’t seen the original film, but the trailer features similar theming to Ex Machina. Sir Anthony Hopkins asks a robot, “What are your drives?” The robot replies, “To meet my maker.” He then breaks out into a sadistic laugh.

Check out this “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin” when Westworld drops this October.

UnReal season two trailer

Lifetime’s UnReal was one of last summer’s buzziest hits. Starring a fantastic Constance Zimmer, the reality satire looks at the troubled production of “Everlasting,” a fictitious dating show. Naturally, Zimmer and her co-star Shiri Appleby go to great lengths to create drama for ratings. It even got a little dark. The UnReal season two trailer hints at things getting much darker.

We killed somebody, didn’t we?

Additionally, UnReal was recently renewed for season three. The third season will consist of 10 episodes and will air in 2017. The early renewal was no doubt ushered forward by a recent Peabody award, a Critics’ Choice award for Zimmer, and placement on AFI’s Television Programs of the Year.

UnReal season two premieres on Lifetime June 6 at 10pm.

This is Us trailer

Milo Ventimiglia nudity has driven views of the This is Us trailer to near-record heights

The This is Us trailer premiered last week, and, if trailer views amount to anything, then NBC may have a massive hit on its hands. The trailer notched over 17 million views in less than three days on Facebook. In a week on YouTube, there have been over 6 million views. To put it into perspective, the Facebook numbers smash the record set last year for TV trailers by The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Only Fox’s Prison Break reboot tops This is Us with 20 million Facebook views. That, though, is largely attributed to the baked-in fan base for the reboot.

Starring Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, This is Us comes from the team of Dan Fogelman (Tangled, ABC’s Galavant) and the directing team of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy, Stupid, Love). The plot is largely unknown at this point with NBC’s description referring to the way the character’s lives “intertwine in curious ways.” Apparently, they have the same birthdays. Like, omg. Megan and Joey should be on this show.

It is set to premiere this fall on NBC.

 

Star Trek

Star Trek

Fan and advertisers at CBS’s upfront presentation held at Carnegie Hall in New York were treated to a sneak peak at CBS All Access’s revival of the classic sci-fi property. Hannibal‘s Bryan Fuller serves as executive producer and show runner for the series, set to premiere in January 2017. Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II, IV, and VIHoudini) are also on board. No cast announcements have been made thus far.

The premiere will air on CBS’s broadcast network with the remainder of the series airing on the online pay network CBS All Access.

Other trailers from the CBS and ABC upfronts are included below.

MacGyver (CBS)

Bull (CBS)

Pure Genius (CBS)

Kevin Can Wait (CBS)

Man with a Plan (CBS)

The Great Indoors (CBS)

Training Day (CBS)

Designated Survivor (ABC)

Speechless (ABC)

Time After Time (ABC)

Still Star-Crossed (ABC)

Downward Dog (ABC)

Conviction (ABC)

Notorious (ABC)

Imaginary Mary (ABC)

American Housewife (ABC)

AMC's Preacher

The Preacher is coming. So is the blood.

AMC’s Preacher upcoming miniseries is a comic book adaptation produced by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. The original comic property is courtesy of DC Comics’s Vertigo brand and deals with the titular preacher looking for God while possessed by a supernatural entity. Clearly, the property fits well into AMC’s The Walking Dead vein as they strive to find a successor to that high-rated series as it begins to age.

AMC’s Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as the preacher. Ruth Negga, Joe Gilgun, and Lucy Griffiths also star. The series premieres on AMC May 22 at 10pm ET.

Rocky Horror

Cue the rumble of angry Rocky Horror fans…

The trailer for the FOX Rocky Horror Picture Show remake debuted last night, and we got to see Laverne Cox in action as Doctor Frank-N-Furter. There’s also a candy-colored Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia and a nearly nude (and vulnerable) Brad and Janet. FOX is probably banking on this version of the beloved cult classic to generate Grease Live! ratings.

Here’s the quandary I face any time I see anything for this remake. I feel like the Rocky Horror-heads are being a bit sensitive when it comes to this production. Yes, Rocky Horror Picture Show is iconic–the the phrase cult classic was born with the original 1975 movie–but fans of the original are vicious in their opinions of any type of re-imagining. Any kind of retelling is going to be met with vitriol, so expect the noise to get louder as more material about the remake becomes public.

On the other hand, RHPS is famous for its honest viewpoints of sexuality and dreaming big. Can FOX’s version do those themes justice? Does anyone remember when Glee performed a Rocky Horror episode? It was squeaky clean and, dare I say it, pretty. So far it appears that this remake is missing something grungy, something dirty. Frank’s duds look too coiffed and fit for a fashion magazine cover. Something sloppy and messy has been edited down.

 

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