TGL Round-Up: Major Shakeups with American Crime Story: Katrina, Netflix Announces The Crown Premiere Date

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American Crime Story: Katrina just got with a hurricane of its own, Variety confirms.

The planned third season of the Ryan Murphy FX anthology series will now be based on the book “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink. Scott Rudin, who previously acquired the rights to the book, will now join “Katrina” as an executive producer alongside Murphy, Brad Simpson, and Nina Jacobson.

Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Dennis Quaid have also been let go from the cast. Only Ryan Murphy’s frequent collaborator Sarah Paulson will remain.


Netflix has announced The Crown’s series 2 premiere date in the latest teaser trailer for the show about royalty.

Set between 1956 and 1964, it “bears witness to the end of the age of deference and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s,” according to a statement provided by Netflix.

The Crown series 2 is released on December 8th and stars Matt Smith and Claire Foy.

TGL Round-Up: American Horror Story New Theme, Justin Bieber Banned from China, Linkin Park Lead Commits Suicide

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FX has revealed the theme to the upcoming series of Ryan Murphy’s anthology American Horror Story.

The cable network has issued a press release announcing that the next chapter will be subtitled Cult.

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, as well as Billy Eichner, Billie Lourd, and Teen Wolf’s Colton Haynes will feature.


 

Linkin Park lead Chester Bennington committed suicide yesterday.

Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, from an apparent suicide by hanging.

He was 41.


 

Justin Bieber has been banned from China in order to purify the nation, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture has revealed to a fan who reached out over the singer.

“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” the bureau told the fan in a statement. “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.

“We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public.”

Bieber hasn’t performed in China in several years.

American Horror Story Ratings Plummet

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It’s a horror-comedy show, but the only thing horrific and funny about American Horror Story is the ratings.

The Lady Gaga-starring anthology series has lost even more viewers, according to the recent ratings. Season 5, which debuted to 5.81 million viewers in October, is already down to 2.64 million viewers as of Episode 6. It follows in the trend of American Horror Story to debut large and lose viewers as each episode passes by, but this is the first time the ratings have reached that low since Season 2 in 2012.

American Horror Story: Hotel is the first season of American Horror Story not to feature Ryan Murphy (the creator) regulars Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy in any capacity, and the first to feature Lady Gaga and Cheyenne Jackson. Most of the negative reviews, however, have attacked the storytelling over the acting, however.

I wouldn’t be too worried if I was Ryan Murphy and Lady Gaga, however, American Horror Story remains the highest rated show on FX and cable on Thursdays. For now.

Blind Item Revealed

This show has huge buzz around it, with fans and with advertisers alike… Yet the network is worrying. They’ve seen entire episodes of the show and they’re already resigning themselves to a flop.

What is our flopping show?

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Scream Queens

It was called the new Empire and was thought to bring the horror-comedy and high ratings of American Horror Story to network TV, but Fox’s Scream Queens has tanked in the ratings and is already an early candidate for cancellation. We told you that Fox was worrying back in May, but even we couldn’t predict the woeful ratings of Screams Queen. The new comedy-drama is the lowest show in its timeslot and has one of the biggest budgets in network. It currently has about 2.5 million viewers, 10 million viewers less than NCIS on CBS, almost 10 million less than The Voice on NBC and 1 million less than ABC’s Agent of Shield, all airing at the same time.

I’m told that Scream Queens might survive for next season yet. It depends on the upcoming episodes ratings. There’s also talk of rebooting the show for next season with a mostly new cast and an entirely different premise.

Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s Screen Queens

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It’s that time again, ladies and gents! It’s that old familiar time when networks start releasing trailers to their shows in hope or luring you in. Some have been great and others not so much (*cough* Supergirl * cough). The newest trailer for Ryan Murphy’s latest dollhouse disguised as a TV show is Scream Queens, airing in September on Fox.

It looks okay, doesn’t it? it’s like Glee meets American Horror Story. I really like Ryan Murphy shows. They have great casts – Scream Queens has Jamie Lee Curtis & Emma Roberts – and they always start off well. It’s just what happens after the first episode that causes the problems.

Here’s the trailer. What do you think?