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The CW Renews Affiliate Agreement With Gray Television & Nexstar, Adds Stations *Updated*

Update: The CW Inks New Affiliate Agreement With Nexstar
Thanks to Doug for the heads up.

The CW Network has secured nine more stations for next season. The network has signed a new long-term affiliation agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting Group for all nine of Nexstar’s owned or operated stations that are currently CW affiliates. The pact follows last week’s similar renewal with Gray Television as the CW continues to secure markets while talks with its top affiliate group, Tribune, continue.

Over the past year, the CW renewed its affiliate agreement with Sinclair as well as Media General and Gray, along with some smaller pacts as the network’s original 10-year affiliate terms were set to expire in fall 2016. The CW now has locked in affiliate stations for years in virtually all markets except those controlled by Tribune that include New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Negotiations between Tribune and The CW parents CBS and Warner Bros., which have been difficult, are expected to come to a head in early 2016 as the fate of the stations in play has to be determined months ahead of the expiration of the current affiliate agreement next fall.

“We are delighted to extend our affiliation agreements for our existing CW stations and to continue to bring CW’s unique brand and critically acclaimed programming to our viewers,” Nexstar Broadcasting Group President and CEO Perry A. Sook said. “The CW ended the 2014–15 season with a 12% increase in total viewership year-to-year and with the combined CW and Nexstar programming we are delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and an excellent marketing solutions platform for local and national advertisers.”


The CW Renews Affiliate Agreement With Gray Television, Adds Stations

The CW has secured more TV stations for next season while talks with its top affiliate group, Tribune, continue. Gray Television has inked a new multi-year extension of the company’s CW affiliation agreements, covering 23 markets or 4.62% the country. That includes 19 existing CW affiliates and four new stations to carry the network in Madison, WI; Fargo, ND; Alexandria, LA; and Laredo, TX.

Gray, which owns stations in mid-size markets (top is No. 59 Knoxville, TN) will become the second-largest CW affiliate group by number of stations in the country behind Sinclair (24). Over the past year, the CW renewed its affiliate agreement with Sinclair as well as Media General’s 16 stations, along with some smaller pacts. There is another renewal pending and some existing station deals go beyond this season, so soon The CW is expected to have locked in affiliate stations for years in virtually all markets except those controlled by Tribune that include New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Negotiations between Tribune and The CW parents CBS and Warner Bros., which have been difficult, are expected to come to a head in early 2016 as the fate of the stations in play has to be determined months ahead of the expiration of the current affiliate agreement next fall.

“Over the past two years, we have aggressively grown and expanded our CW portfolio,” said Gray CEO Hilton H. Howell, Jr. “Meanwhile, The CW’s continuing ratings increases and program successes have made CW’s programming more valuable to our audiences, clients, and MVPD partners. ”


The CW Schedules Legends of Tomorrow and DC Films Specials


The World Premiere of the New Trailer for “Suicide Squad” to Debut During “Dawn of the Justice League” Special

December 30, 2015 (Burbank, CA) – It’s a full night of action from DC Comics on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, as The CW presents two all-new half-hour specials, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THEIR TIME IS NOW (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT), and DC FILMS PRESENTS: DAWN OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE (9:30-10:00pm ET/PT), which features the world premiere of the new trailer for the upcoming feature film “Suicide Squad.” The specials will premiere following an original episode of THE FLASH (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THEIR TIME IS NOW is an in-depth look at the origin stories of the heroes and villains of the highly-anticipated new series, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, premiering Thursday, January 21, 2016 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). Featuring show clips and interviews from LEGENDS, ARROW, and THE FLASH executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, and Wendy Mericle, THEIR TIME IS NOW introduces viewers to the immortal madman Vandal Savage, the time master Rip Hunter, and the motley band of heroes and rogues he assembles to try to save the future of humanity: Hawkman, Hawkgirl, White Canary, The Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.

DC FILMS PRESENTS: DAWN OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE invites viewers behind the scenes of the exciting new movies coming out of the DC Films universe, culminating in the thrilling world premiere of the all-new trailer for “Suicide Squad,” DC’s misfit crew of antiheroes forced into saving the world this summer, with director David Ayer. Hosted by filmmaker/writer/lifelong comics fan Kevin Smith, with special guest DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the special showcases the explosive landscape of DC’s greatest heroes, kicking off with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in theatres this March, and with a sneak peek from the upcoming Wonder Woman feature film.

Get a look at never-before-seen footage, and see interviews with such stars as Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, and directors Zack Snyder and Patty Jenkins—just a few of the creative forces behind the much-anticipated film franchise that will bring together the greatest collective of Super Heroes in the upcoming Justice League feature film. And because no Super Hero could make his or her mark without a truly formidable foe, the special also provides glimpses of DC’s most famous Super Villains.


Once Upon a Time – Season 5 – EW Interview

Thanks to RD for the heads up!

Over the last five seasons, the dynamic between Savior-turned-Dark One Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and former Evil Queen Regina Mills (Lana Parrilla) has evolved into one of the most fascinating and championed relationships on Once Upon a Time.
Throughout the first season, the two found themselves at odds not just because of the curse, but because of their son Henry (Jared Gilmore), as both mothers wanted what was best for their son, even if that meant using unconventional methods — like Regina trying to poison Emma with a tainted apple turnover. But as the years went by, the two were drawn toward working together as bigger and badder villains arose and Regina slowly turned toward the light.
“I feel like they have a really true friendship,” Morrison tells EW. “It’s just awesome to see two strong women have a great friendship on television, because usually you have two strong women fighting each other, or angry at each other, or having a catfight. You have these two women who have fought so hard to be the people that they want to be, and they’ve gone through challenges and both fail in certain ways and pick themselves up and move on, but they now have a real friendship and they really have each other’s backs and really are there for each other. I think that’s a really great thing to see on television.”
Despite Emma’s own turn to the dark side during the first half of the season, their friendship has gone uninterrupted. “Regina doesn’t really hold anything against Emma,” Parrilla says. “Emma became the Dark One because she sacrificed herself for Regina, so Regina feels obligated to help Emma in any way that she needs. She sees that everything that Emma was doing was for the greater good. She accepts that. They’re back to being friends and really family. They’re moving forward and again working together to try to find Hook [Colin O’Donoghue] and get out of the Underworld as fast as possible.”
“Regina, because she was really dark in the past, understands what Emma’s going through,” Morrison adds. “She’s one of the people that, even though she challenged her at times while she was the Dark One, she didn’t stop believing that Emma could be good and didn’t stop believing that Emma wouldn’t someday once again be the person she knew she was.”
With their relationship looking to be stronger than ever in the second half of the season, some OUAT fans are still keen to see something more between them. Among the dozens of ‘ships across the series — OutlawQueen, CaptainSwan, Rumbelle, Snowing, MulanRouge — is that of Emma and Regina, otherwise known as SwanQueen. “I always see their relationship as best friends and sisters,” Parrilla says. “I’m nervous to say that because there are so many SwanQueens out there that see something else, and I don’t want to take that away from them.”
Still, Morrison has high praise for how OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have developed this relationship into something people should aspire to. “The one thing I always say is that we’ve got to be good to each other,” Morrison says. “When you have examples of a friendship like that on television, that’s a good thing to be putting in front of people, because it is exactly what we need. We need women building each other up, supporting each other and being there for each other, even when we have made mistakes, and even when we have had falling outs at times. I think that’s an important for the time that we’re in.”
Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

iZombie – Episode 2.10 – Method Head – Promotional Photos & Press Release *Updated*

Press Release

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL – Liv (Rose McIver) is crushed to discover that the lead actor on her favorite show, “Zombie High” has been murdered on set. Meanwhile, Vaughn (guest star Steven Weber) tests Major’s (Robert Buckley) loyalty, and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) delivers bad news. Lastly, Blaine (David Anders) receives an unexpected visitor. Malcolm Goodwin also stars. Mark Piznarski directed the episode written by Kit Boss. Original airdate 1/12/2016.


Promotional Photos

Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Friday/Saturday/Sunday 25/26/27th December 2015

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FOX Upcoming Episode Press Releases – Various Shows – 30th December 2015 *Updated*

  • Second Chance – Episode 1.02 – One More Notch

    Due to the power surge that Mary and Otto caused in bringing Pritchard back to life, two notorious murderers escape from prison. Still determined that this is his city to protect, Pritchard goes on the hunt for them, and Mary – who believes she’s partially responsible for the fugitives’ escape – offers assistance. Meanwhile, in order to win Duval’s trust, Pritchard tells him they’re half-brothers in the all-new “One More Notch” episode of SECOND CHANCE airing Wednesday, Jan. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SCH-102) (TV-14 L, V)

    Cast: Rob Kazinsky as Jimmy Pritchard, Tim DeKay as Duval Pritchard, Dilshad Vadsaria as Mary Goodwin, Adhir Kalyan as Otto Goodwin, Ciara Bravo as Gracie Pritchard, Vanessa Lengies as Alexa

    Guest Cast: Philip Baker Hall as Old Man Pritchard, Amanda Detmer as Helen Pritchard, Diana Bang as Emma, Kevin O’Grady as Stax, Benjamin Rogers as Hume, Carmen Moore as Agent Sue Adair, Karly Warkentin as Beth, Kennedi Clements as Lisa and Greg Chan as Peng

  • New Girl – Episode 5.03 – Jury Duty

    John Cho (“Star Trek Beyond,” SLEEPY HOLLOW) Guest-Stars

    Jess eagerly reports to jury duty, until she discovers she may be up for a work promotion. Meanwhile, Nick reaches his limit with Cece’s messiness in the loft in the all-new “Jury Duty” episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NG-502) (TV-14 D, L)

    Cast: Zooey Deschanel as Jess; Jake Johnson as Nick; Max Greenfield as Schmidt; Lamorne Morris as Winston; Hannah Simone as Cece

    Guest Cast: John Cho as Daniel Grant; Curtis Armstrong as Dr. Foster

  • Grandfathered – Episode 1.12 – Baby Model

    Vanessa and Jimmy get Edie involved in baby modeling – without Gerald or Sara finding out. Meanwhile, at the restaurant, Annelise loses her composure when she falls for a restaurant staff member in the all-new “Baby Model” episode of GRANDFATHERED airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GF-113) (TV-PG D, L)

    Cast: John Stamos as Jimmy Martino, Paget Brewster as Sara, Josh Peck as Gerald, Christina Milian as Vanessa, Kelly Jenrette as Annelise, and Ravi Patel as Ravi.

    Guest Cast: Guest cast: Emelia and Layla Golfieri as Edie, Abby Walker as Cindy, AJ Rivera as Victor, Leslie Grossman as Leslie, Aylya Marzolf as Jess, Brandon Sornberger as CJ, Erin Bennett as Stage Mom, Michael Malota as Photographer, Brad Goreski as himself

  • Grinder – Episode 1.11 – Exodus (Pt. 1)

    Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”) and Efren Ramirez (“Napoleon Dynamite”) Guest-Star

    Stewart and Deb tell Dean it’s time for him to find his own place. Meanwhile, a rival law firm attempts to poach Dean from Sanderson & Yao. Also, Deb becomes reliant on Andre (Efren Ramirez), Dean’s former stand-in, who’s crashing with the family in the all-new “Exodus (Pt.1)” episode of THE GRINDER airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GRI-110) (TV-PG D, L)

    Cast: Rob Lowe as Dean Sanderson, Jr.; Fred Savage as Stewart Sanderson; Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Debbie Sanderson; William Devane as Dean Sanderson Sr.; Hana Hayes as Lizzie Sanderson; Connor Kalopsis as Ethan Sanderson; Natalie Morales as Claire.

    Guest Cast: Richard Schiff as Gordon Stutz; Efren Ramirez as Andre

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Episode 3.12 – 9 Days

    When Captain Holt and Jake accidentally contract the mumps during an investigation, they decide to be quarantined together in hopes of still solving the case. Meanwhile, Rosa tries to help Boyle through a mourning process, and Terry is forced to clean up Hitchcock and Scully’s mess in the all-new “9 Days” episode BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BRK-311) (TV-14 D, L)

    Cast: Andy Samberg as Det. Jake Peralta; Andre Braugher as Capt. Ray Holt; Terry Crews as Sgt. Terry Jeffords; Melissa Fumero as Det. Amy Santiago; Joe Lo Truglio as Det. Charles Boyle; Stephanie Beatriz as Det. Rosa Diaz; Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Det. Hitchcock, Joel McKinnon Miller as Det. Scully


Mozart in the Jungle – Season 2 – Open Discussion Thread + POLL

Season 2 of Mozart in the Jungle is now, or will be shortly, available to watch at Amazon here.

Let us know what you thought in the comments below and vote in the poll.

NOTE: Obviously people will be posting their thoughts/reactions to the season as a whole, so there will be spoilers in the comments. We advise you not to read the comments until you have watched the whole Season.