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.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders Talk the From Season 2 finale
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale.] How’s everyone doing after that finale? While we wait and wonder and hope for a third season announcement, soon, here’s what Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders had to say about their parts of the finale, and where they hope they get to go next….
Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders Talk From Season 2 + A Season Finale Preview
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] It all comes down this, #FROMily. As Sunday’s episode wraps up Season 2, we begin with the aftermath of the terrifying onset of seemingly simultaneous attacks on Julie, Marielle, and Randall, which accelerate the “We gotta get out of this place” of it all. Sara comes…
Alison Sweeney Talks About What’s Next for Hannah and Mike After Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
[Warning: Spoilers for Carrot Cake Murder.] Everybody OK after that Hannah Swensen Mystery twist? Thankfully, our favorite crime-solving couple is still on speaking term, even if they’re on a break (hopefully not that kind of break). Most importantly, we already know this isn’t the last film in the series. No…
Counting Down to From Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] We’re just shy of two weeks away from Season 2 of last spring’s obsession, From, which premieres at 9 pm/8c, Sunday, April 23rd, on MGM+ (formerly EPIX). If you never picked it up last year, now’s your chance, and you can do it for free, catching…
Thank Me Later: Will Trent
[Warning: spoilers ahead.] I’m on record as loving and losing shows over at ABC so I’m usually very reticent to pick something up on the network until it’s been renewed, and I seriously hope I’m not jinxing it, but I took a chance on the deeply odd and very sweet…
Dennis Heaton Talks The Imperfects
Longtime readers at TV Goodness will know that Motive is one of my ride-or-die series, and as such, I am fiercely loyal to its creator, Dennis Heaton. He followed up that fantastic reverse procedural with Netflix’s The Order and is back on our streaming screens with The Imperfects, which dropped…
Kelly McCormack Talks Favorite Moments in A League of Their Own
[Warning: Mild spoilers for season 1.] Now that you’ve had a chance to watch A League of Their Own, here’s the rest of my chat with Kelly McCormack about her favorite moments of the season. Seeing the iconic Peaches uniforms for the first time wasn’t just a goosebump moment for…
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People [streaming on Global TV in Canada and Roku…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…