PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Tuesday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
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Showtime’s “Homeland” series will shoot and set much of its upcoming sixth season in New York City, the network said.
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Even though the drama starring Claire Danes is getting a little long in the tooth — at least in television terms — no end is in sight, said Gary Levine, network entertainment president. Creator Alex Gansa “sees many seasons to come,” Levine said.
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe remembers David Bowie not only as a music inspiration, but as someone who played an important role in his career.
Crowe was a 16-year-old journalist covering the music industry in the mid-1970s, and he remarked to some of the people he talked to that Bowie was a dream interview subject for him. It got back to Bowie, who called Crowe and offered him six months worth of access during the time between the “Station to Station” and ‘Young Americans” albums.
Bowie, who died on Sunday, is “a role model to musicians that need to be reminded that it’s not about branding, it’s about the restless need to be creative,” he said.
“That was the lesson I got from him then and today,” he said.
WORKING WITH J.J. ABRAMS
J.J. Abrams is basking in the glow of producing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the top-grossing North American movie of all time, but he appeared at a news conference to promote “Roadies,” an upcoming Showtime series that he is helping to produce. A reporter wondered how Abrams finds the time.
“I’m out of a job right now,” Abrams said.
Actor Luke Wilson, sitting next to him, deadpanned, “I’m worried about J.J.”
One comedy series is coming, and one may be going at Showtime.
The network said it will air a new series, “I’m Dying Up Here,” about the Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene. Comic Jim Carrey is an executive producer of the series, which has an ensemble cast that includes Alfred Molina, Robert Forster and Al Madrigal.
Meanwhile, Showtime programming chief Gary Levine said the upcoming season of Matt LeBlanc’s “Episodes” might be its last.
“That’s a real possibility,” Levine said. “They are hard at work on the fifth season, and we’re waiting to see if white smoke or black smoke comes up at the end.”
PENN ON CBS
CBS News’ Charlie Rose says that Sean Penn has agreed to talk to him about his interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for Rolling Stone magazine.
Penn’s exclusive turned out to be controversial: Authorities said his meeting with one of the world’s most wanted men helped them track him down, and Penn was criticized for giving “El Chapo” the chance to review his article before it was published.
Rose, a co-host of “CBS This Morning” and host of a PBS talk show, said it’s not clear when the interview will take place.
CBS’ Sunday drama “The Good Wife” is about to suffer a big loss.
Robert and Michelle King, the husband-and-wife team that created the series and are the main writers, have said they won’t return after this season. The complex series starring Julianna Margulies is one of the most critically well-regarded series on network television, and it has been on the air since 2009.
The departure doesn’t necessarily mean the series is ending, said Glenn Geller, CBS entertainment president. The show has a deep bench of writers, and no decision has been made about its future, he said.
MIKE & MOLLY
CBS says the blue collar comedy “Mike & Molly” will call it quits after its current season.
CBS Entertainment chief Glenn Geller confirmed on Tuesday what cast members had already let slip earlier. The show has recently begun its 13-episode final season, although CBS hasn’t yet scheduled its finale.
“Mike & Molly” began airing in 2010, and it stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as a couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
Associated Press Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report.