TV Goodness Reports: Lucy Liu Directs Graceland, Baller Trailer, Texas Rising Ratings
NEWS: Lucy Liu to direct an episode of USA Network’s Graceland
Elementary‘s Lucy Liu will spend partÂ of her summerÂ working behind the scenes.
Liu’s set to direct an episode of USA Network’s Graceland. The actress considers herself a fan of the intense thriller that stars Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Ferlito.Â â€œGracelandÂ is a truly gripping drama series with strong, dynamic characters and a knack for shedding light on the â€˜human elementâ€™ of some very provocative storylines,â€ said Liu. â€œAs a fan of the series since its launch, I am so excited to be a part of this production and direct an episode for season three.â€
HerÂ previous experience includes directing a short film as well as two episodes of Elementary. She’llÂ be back fighting crime in front of the camera as Joan Watson to Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in November. CBS recently renewed the series for a fourth season.
As for Graceland,Â Liu’s episode airsÂ Thursday, Aug. 27. The third season hitsÂ USA Network June 25 at 10/9c. Here’s a look at what to expect:
TEASE: HBO releases a new trailer for its upcoming series, Ballers
It’s going to be a long summer without the NFL. Thankfully, HBO isÂ helping out with the lack of tackling and touchdownsÂ with a new series called Ballers. Dwayne Johnson stars. Today the premium channel released a new trailer.
Synopsis for Ballers: Spencer is a retired football superstar who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sunsoaked Miami. His inner circle includes Ricky, a talented but volatile wide receiver who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles, a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon, a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to forget â€œwhere he came fromâ€ brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. Though they’re pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field.
Ballers premieres Sunday, June 21 at 10/9c on HBO.
RATINGS: Texas RisingÂ earns big ratings for HISTORY
Earlier this week, the first part of HISTORY’s Texas Rising started off huge, snagging 4.1 million viewers. According to the channel, it’s “the second highest premiere for a new cable launch in 2015 to date in total viewers.”
The 10-hourÂ event series focuses on the Texas RevolutionÂ and the rise of the legendary group, the Texas Rangers. The all-star cast includes Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ray Liotta. Our TV Goodness preview is here.
Official Texas Rising Synopsis:Â The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and Texas RisingÂ details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas.Â Â In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth.Â Â With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna and his forces.Â Â General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,â€ lead this story of the human will to fight for independence despite nearly insurmountable odds and to claim a piece of history for all eternity.
Part 2 has already aired — here’s the schedule for the remaining six hours of Texas Rising on HISTORY:
- Monday, June 1 at 9PM ET/PT
- Monday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT
- Monday, June 15 at 9PM ET/PT
TUNED IN TV: Images and Clips from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on HBO
This weekend, HBO unloadsÂ the 2015Â Rock andÂ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on the masses. The supremely worthy inductees:
- Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
- Green Day
- The â€œ5â€ Royales
- Lou Reed
- Bill Withers
- Ringo Starr
The 2015Â Rock andÂ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs Saturday, May 30 at 8/7c.
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