Supernatural Adventure Drama Houdini & Doyle To Debut In 2016 On FOX

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(FOX) Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have been cast in the lead roles of HOUDINI & DOYLE, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut in Spring 2016 on ITV Encore and in 2016 on FOX. Inspired by true events, HOUDINI & DOYLE will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.

Also joining the cast is breakout Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard (“Man Seeking Woman”) as “Constable Adelaide Stratton,” whose character is the first female constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.

The 10-episode drama was commissioned straight to series for ITV Encore in the U.K., and by Global in Canada, and licensed in the U.S. on FOX. Acclaimed director Stephen Hopkins (“24,” “Californication”) will direct the series.

“I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect,” said executive producer David Shore. “In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humor and mystique of these men who, even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life.”

American television and film actor Michael Weston is best known for his roles on “House” and “Six Feet Under.” He has also appeared on “Elementary,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Office” and “Burn Notice,” among others. His feature film credits include “Garden State,” “Wish I Was Here,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Coyote Ugly.”

Stephen Mangan is an English actor, best known for his starring television roles in “Episodes,” “Green Wing” and “I’m Alan Partridge.” He is an acclaimed stage actor, having been nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of “Norman” in Broadway’s “The Norman Conquests.” He also starred as “Bertie Wooster” in “Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense,” which won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Mangan made his feature film debut in the hit movie “Billy Elliot,” and appeared most recently on the big screen in director Ron Howard’s “Rush.”

HOUDINI & DOYLE is a U.K./Canada Treaty co-production from Big Talk Productions (U.K.) and Shaftesbury (Canada), in association with Shore Z Productions. The series is executive-produced by David Shore, creator and executive producer of the network’s long-running and award-winning medical drama, “House”; and written and created by his longtime collaborator, David Hoselton, and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher (“The Librarians”). Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Luke Alkin for Big Talk Productions; and Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury also serve as executive producers. The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Full List of Cancelled/Renewed TV Shows By Network

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(PCM) It is time for the news about the upcoming summer and fall series to be revealed by all of the major television networks. They have also let us know which TV shows have been renewed for additional season and which have received a cancellation. Announcements have been made by all the major networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW and more. Look at the list below to find out if your favorites have still survived!

See the 2014-2015 list here!

ABC
Renewed: 
Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, American Crime, Galavant, How To Get Away With Murder, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Secrets And Lies, 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Beyond The Tank, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing With The Stars, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Mistresses, Modern Family, Motive, Nashville, Shark Tank

Cancelled: Forever, Members Only, Resurrection, Revenge, Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Selfie

Upcoming New Shows: Rookie Blue, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Whispers, 500 Questions, Bachelor In Paradise, Battlebots, Celebrity Family Feud

CBS
Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI:Cyber, Elementary, Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Scorpion, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person Of Interest, Survivor, Undercover Boss, Wheel Of Fortune

Cancelled: Battlecreek, CSI, Stalker, The Mentalist, The McCarthy’s, The Millers, Reckless, Unforgettable (picked up by A&E)

Upcoming New Shows: Extant, The Briefcase, The Dovekeepers, Zoo

The CW
Renewed: 
The 100, America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and The Beast, The Flash, Husbands, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Penn & Tellar, Supernatural, The Originals, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Cancelled: Cedric’s Barber Battle, Hart Of Dixie,The Messengers,

Upcoming New Shows: A Wicked Offer, Dates, Dogtown U.S.A., Masters Of Illusion, Significant Mother

FOX
Renewed:
Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Gotham, Last Man On Earth, Masterchef Jr, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, World’s Funniest Fails, The X-files

Cancelled: American Idol, Backstrom, The Following, Heiroglyph, Glee, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project (picked up by Hulu), Mulaney, Red Band Society, Utopia, Weird Loners

Upcoming New Shows: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Bordertown, Boom!, Bullseye, Home Free, Golan The Insatiable, Knock Knock Live, Wayward Pines

NBC
Renewed: 
The Blacklist, Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Food Fighters, Grimm, Hannibal, Hollywood Game Night, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: SVU, Saturday Night Live, The Mysteries Of Laura, The Night Shift, The Sing-Off, Undateable, The Voice, Welcome To Sweden

Cancelled: About A Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Aquarius, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, Mission Control, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Revolution (revived for digital comic), State Of Affairs, Taxi Brooklyn, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (picked by Netflix)

Upcoming New Shows: A.D. (in limbo), American Odyssey (in limbo), Coach, Emerald City, Heroes: Reborn, I Can Do That, Mr. Robinson, Running with Bear Grylls, The Slap (in limbo), The Carmichael Show, The Island

ABC Family
Renewed: Baby Daddy, Chasing Life, The Fosters, Young & Hungry

Cancelled: Melissa & Joey, Pretty Little Liars

Upcoming New Shows: Becoming Us, Job Or No Job, Kevin From Work, Monica The Medium, Next Step Reality: NYC, Start Up U, Stitchers

A&E
Renewed: Bates Motel, Country Buck$, Duck Dynasty, Longmire, Unforgettable,

Cancelled: Beyond Scared Straight, The Returned,

Upcoming New Shows: Brandi & Jarrod: Married To The Job (in limbo), Wild Transport

Adult Swim
Renewed: Black Jesus, Children’s Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mr. Pickles, The Eric Andre Show

Cancelled: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Black Dynamite

Upcoming New Shows: Decker

AMC
Renewed: Better Call Saul, Comic Book Men, Talking Dead, The Walking Dead

Cancelled: Freak Show, Game Of Arms, Hell On Wheels, Mad Men, Small Town Security,

Upcoming New Shows: Fear The Walking Dead, Humans, Making Of The Mob: New York

BBC/BBC America
Renewed: Broadchurch, Dr. Who, Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Sherlock, The Musketeers, Top of The Lake

Cancelled: Atlantis, Intruders,

Upcoming New Shows: Tatau, The Game

Bravo
Renewed: Don’t Be Tardy, Flipping Out, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Ladies Of London, Manzo’d With Children, Married To Medicine, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles, Shah’s Of Sunset, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Top Chef

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: Best New Restaurant, Friends to Lovers, Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco, Mother Funders, Southern Charm, Thicker Than Water

Cinemax
Renewed: Banchee

Cancelled: Sam Hunter, Strike Back

Upcoming New Shows: 

Comedy Central
Renewed: Broad City, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening, Workaholics,

Cancelled: Brickleberry, Kroll Show, The Colbert Report,

Upcoming New Shows: Another Period, Review, Why? with Hannibal Buress

Discovery Channel
Renewed: Alaskan Bush People, Berring Sea Gold, Deadliest Catch, Naked & Afraid

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: Alaska: The Last Frontier, Naked & Afraid XL,

Disney Channel
Renewed: K.C. Undercover, Kirby Buckets, Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider Man vs The Sinister Six,  Penn Zero: Part-time Hero, Star Wars vs The Forces Of Evil, Star Wars Rebels, The Chronicles Of Evermoor

Cancelled: Jessie, Phineas and Ferb

Upcoming New Shows: BUNK’ D, Girl Meets World

E!
Renewed: Christina Milian Turned Up, House Of DVF, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Royals, Total Divas

Cancelled: Fashion Police (hiatus)

Upcoming New Shows: Hollywood Cycle, Kourtney & Khole Take The Hamptons, Sex with Brody, Stewarts & Hamiltons,WAGS

FX/FXX
Renewed: American Horror Story, The Americans, Archer, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Man Seeking Woman, Married, Fargo, The Strain, Tyrant

Cancelled: Anger Management, Justified, Sons Of Anarchy

Upcoming New Shows: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

HBO
Renewed: Animals, Game Of Thrones, Girls, Getting On, High Maintenance, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, The Comeback, The Leftovers, True Detective, VEEP, Vice

Cancelled: Boardwalk Empire, Looking, The Newsroom,

Upcoming New Shows: Ballers, The Brink

History Channel
Renewed: Mountain Men, Roots, Vikings

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: 

MTV
Renewed: Are You The One?, Broke A$$ Game Show, Faking It, Finding Carter, Teen Mom, Teen Wolf, The Challenge

Cancelled: Awkward, Eye Candy, Happyland, Snooki & JWOWW,

Upcoming New Shows: Scream, Todrick, Underemployed

Showtime
Renewed: Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Inside Comedy, Penny Dreadful, Shameless, The Affair,

Cancelled: Nurse Jackie

Upcoming New Shows: Twin Peaks, 3AM

Spike
Renewed: Catch A Contractor, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle

Cancelled: Auction Hunters,

Upcoming New Shows: TUT

STARZ
Renewed: Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Power, Outlander, The Missing, Survivor’s Remorse

Cancelled: 

Upcoming New Shows: The Chair

SYFY
Renewed: 12 Monkeys, Bitten, Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Haven, Paranormal Witness,  Z Nation

Cancelled: Ascension, Continuum, Helix, Lost Girl,

Upcoming New Shows: Dark Matter, Geeks Who Drink, Killjoys, The Expanse

TBS
Renewed: American Dad!,

Cancelled: Cougar Town, Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son,

Upcoming New Shows: 

TLC
Renewed: Cake Boss, Gypsy Sisters, Love, Lust Or Run, My 600lb Life, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Our Little Family, Return To Amish, Sister Wives,

Cancelled: 19 Kids And Counting (pulled indefinitely), Trailer Park Welcome To Myrtle Manor,

Upcoming New Shows: 

TNT
Renewed: Cold Justice, Legends, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Murder In The First

Cancelled: Falling Skies, Perceptions

Upcoming New Shows: Proof

USA Network
Renewed: Chrisley Knows Best, Graceland, Playing House, Royal Pains, Satisfaction, Suits,

Cancelled: Benched, Cover Affairs, Dig, Rush, Sirens, White Collar

Upcoming New Shows: Complications, Mr. Robot

Amazon
Renewed: Bosch, Catastrophe, Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, Ripper Street

Cancelled: The After

Upcoming New Series: Alpha House

Hulu
Renewed: Deadbeat, East Los High

Cancelled: Moone Boy

Upcoming New Shows: Difficult People

Netflix
Renewed: Arrested Development, Bloodline, BoJack Horseman, Crossing Lines, Daredevil, Degrassi: Next Class, Full House, Grace & Frankie, House Of Cards, Longmire, Mako Mermaids, Marco Polo, Orange Is The New Black, The Fall, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Cancelled: Derek, Hemlock Grove,

Upcoming New Shows: Chef’s Table, How To Train Your Dragon: Race To The Edge, We Hot American Summer,

New Judge Paula Abdul Talks New Season Of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance

Paula_Abdul-BDirect_22510R2_DJ1_copy_hires1(PCM) Everyone was excited by the news that world renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paul Abdul is the newest judge on Season 12 of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition where we’re doing stage dancers versus street dancers.

We had a chance to catch up with judge Paula Abdul to discuss the new season and more!

On her passion for learning dance at a young age

Paula Abdul: Well, it all started when I was four years old when I first watched Singing in the Rain with my family. I fell in love with Gene Kelly, and my parents said that I stood up and proclaimed that I’m going to be an entertainer, and honestly, I never stopped. I never looked back, and I started which is considered kind of late because kids today when we’re auditioning them, when I say how old were you when you first started, they say like two and a half, three years old, and my response is why did you start so late, but for me, I started when I was seven and a half.

So, I fell in love with dancing, and I did training in some ballet and tap and jazz and modern and musical theatre, fell in love with it, and I just knew from an early age that I would be a choreographer, and I didn’t ever look back. My first audition as a Laker girl, that was my first job, and I took that seriously and transformed the Laker girls into a legitimate dance team. That’s where I got my break, and I was discovered by The Jacksons and that was my first tour I went on when I was a teenager, still choreographed my very first film, which was with Mr. McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey, and I did Can’t Buy me Love and went on to do Bull Durham and Coming to America, I did the big African dance scene, and Jerry Maguire, The Doors, so on and so forth and did tours from The Jacksons to Janet Jackson, and ZZ Top, George Michael, on and on and on. So, I’ve had a wonderful experience and went on to choreograph the Academy Awards while I was doing my pop music as well.

On judging dancing versus judging singing

Paula Abdul: Well, I’ve been very fortunate to have an extremely successful career as a choreographer, and the spirit and psyche of dancers are unlike any other performer I’ve ever witnessed, and because of my success as a choreographer, my perspective looking at this show and judging the talent on this show comes from a background that actually started my whole career as an entertainer, and I see the finished product of the raw, untapped talent that we get, and I can see what their experience through the show will be, but I was always considered a ball buster as a choreographer. I’m a stickler for cleanliness and people really stretching their boundaries and getting outside their comfort zone.

On working with fellow judge Jason Derulo

Paula Abdul: Jason, I’m a huge fan of. He’s an incredible added judge. He has a background that totally exemplifies as a young kid wanting to be a performer. He went to performing arts school. He has a lot to offer. He’s an incredible songwriter. He has the element of currently being out there performing as an artist, and it’s just a great chemistry. We all get along extremely well and are having maybe a little bit too much fun at times.

On the new stage versus street twist in the competition this season

Paula Abdul: I’m really excited about the new twist of format because we have team captains. Twitch the team captain of the street side, and Travis is the team captain of the stage side. And this time, it’s not about okay, the top twenty. It’s the ten best on the street side, ten best on stage, and it’s not necessarily about equal female to male, it’s whoever the best is, and I think with the two team captains, there’s going to be a competitive edge that we haven’t seen on this show in addition to the contestants competing. So, I don’t think one is more advantageous. I think you’re going to see a tremendous amount of competition on both sides. So, it’s going to be fun.

On the challenges of judging 

Paula Abdul: For me, it’s always wanting to give insight on how to become better at auditioning. There’s some amazing talent that we see that just have that natural gift, but they may not be as used to auditioning so they have a certain perception of what we, the judges, are looking for, and I always try to say don’t come in with any preconceived ideas because you just don’t know. Just be present in the moment and don’t have an attachment to the outcome and enjoy being on that stage showing your bright light, and I think the hardest thing is that when they get to caught up in their head and then they’re not enjoying the moment and they’re not showing their best light and their best raw talent.

I always want them to do well. So, if I see that they’re making it through to the next round but I’m noticing something that is a habit that they need to break, I will leave my seat oftentimes and go over to the side and touch them and let them know you need to tweak this because you’re now aware that you’re pulling faces that are a little offputting or that you’re keeping your shoulders raised or just little tweaks that I want them to kind of— if someone tells them, I feel like if I tell them to be aware of it or mindful of it, then they won’t get the same feedback when they go to the next level.

On the incredibly loyal “So You Think You Can Dance” fan base

Paula Abdul: I think that what gets people about this show and why there’s such a fierce strong niche audience for it is that they’re seeing these young dancers and the tremendous athleticism and the amount of tenacity and drive that these young kids have. Unlike other art forms, dancers have such a unique spirit and psyche; they don’t go into this because it’s a hobby. They do it because they have to; it’s like the oxygen for him, it’s the air that we breathe, and it’s not because it’s for the faint hearted. It’s these people who are so über talented they go in and they put as many hours in as kids who go to law school or want to become a doctor. There’s really not a big difference.

It’s the same level of athleticism as professional athletes that are famous football players and basketball players. It’s not where they are guaranteed to make a tremendous amount of money so it’s an art form that requires extreme dedication and focus and tenacity, and I think that people, not only because dance is so much at the forefront. And from me being in the dance field for as long as I have, I have waited for the day like how it’s been in the past decade where dance is so much at the forefront, and what I think people realize is that this show, So You Think You Can Dance, legitimizes real careers for these young dancers.

It’s very difficult to make it as a dancer working in the business successfully, and this show actually highlights that these kids can go on and become background dancers for Beyoncé or Gaga or dance for award shows, or as you’ve seen, which I love, is seeing these young dancers turn into choreographers, and these choreographers turn into Emmy Award winning choreographers. So, I think that there’s such an immense respect for So You Think You Can Dance and that’s why the fan base is so fierce and loyal.

On what she is surprised to learn about herself while judging these types of shows

Paula Abdul: For me, this is part of my DNA. I’ve been searching, scouting and finding and mentoring raw talent for decades, and I’ve been very fortunate to have an astounding career as a choreographer in the dance industry. For me, I just let things happen the way they happen and I’m always pleasantly surprised to see amazing talent emerge and start setting new bars for excellence, and as far as finding out more about myself as a judge, I find myself to be more patient I suppose with the process.

I look at it differently. My perspective is I can see it as an award-winning choreographer how these kids will do with the astounding choreographers that the show has, and I just can see that maybe they’re not catching on immediately at this moment, but remember, this is them at an audition, quick, quick, quick. When it gets into the show, not that it’s not quick because it certainly is, but there’s not as many people so there’s a much cleaner focus, and I think that it becomes different when they get on the show.

So, I fight for what I can tell and see on the other side of their journey. I hope that— that’s how I always look at it. I can see clearly what they’re going to end up being shaped and molded as.

On her expectations for the live shows

Paula Abdul: I always look forward to the live part of the show because the energy is incredible. There’s nothing like performing in front of a live audience because it’s instant gratification and it’s instant reconciliation as to how you’re doing as a performer, and when you’re put in that position as a performer, it’s like you give it your all, it’s all or nothing, and that’s the exciting part and those who were meant to be on the show, which they rise to the occasion and they do great. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the fierce competitive aspect of the stage versus street. You’re going to see intensity with both Twitch and Travis as team captains.

On the evolving of choreography on TV

Paula Abdul: Well, I’ve won multiple Emmys as a choreographer. I was the youngest choreographer to ever receive an Emmy as a choreographer, and as far as watching the show, I’m a huge fan of the show; I’ve been watching it since season one and been a fan and have talked to these kids, even Travis Wall when he was a contestant, I remember going up to him and sitting him down and talking to him and telling him how brilliant of a talent he has and to be patient with the process, not to get down on himself because it’s all part of the entire show is growing. I’m very invested into this show and I always have been.

On the “So You Think You Can Dance” audition process and what makes a dancer stand-out

Paula Abdul: It’s that inner confidence and just that belief that if I go out there and I just do my best. One of the things that I really, really thrive on is telling these dancers to be bold, be daring and show your unique ability, and because of the show doing so well, you see all these dance conventions and all these kids who come into audition, they’re merely imitating the standards of what So You Think You Can Dance has set as the bar. So, unless you’re going to approach these steps that have been already shown and exemplified on this show, unless you’re going to do it better or a different twist, don’t do it because we’ve seen it all.

Show us something that makes you stand out completely as a unique ability that we’re going to be able to remember, do you remember that move that that so and so did, can’t wait to see it again because that’s what’s going to set you apart, and that’s what I thrive. It’s the same thing as a judge when I was on American Idol. I wanted to see unique ability because again, we already have the superstars like Gaga or Mariah or anyone who can achieve those amazing vocal licks and things like that.

It’s the same thing with dancing. If you have the ability, technical ability to whip up the 12 pirouettes or the grand jetes or the bat mas and the extension, what are you going to do that just flips everything on its side or shifts the paradigm to make us go wow, you have got to come back to the next round and you have to be part of the top ten or what have you. That’s what I look for.

Be sure to tune into “So You Think You Can Dance” season 12 airing Monday night’s at 8:00pm, only on FOX!

 

 

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Kellan Lutz Talks New FOX Competition Series “Bullseye”

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(PCM) In the new ultimate challenge competition “Bullseye”, host Kellan Lutz and co-host Godfrey welcome eight contestants as they participate in three levels of extraordinary challenges, all of which involve using their bodies like human darts. At the end of the night, the contestant who comes out on top will win $50,000 in the all-new Series Premiere episode of “Bullseye” airing Wednesday, May 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

We had an opportunity to catch up with “Bullseye” host Kellan Lutz to give us the inside scoop on the new series. Find out what he has to say below:

On what attracted him to the series

Kellan Lutz: Everything. I am an adventure, risk taking junkie at heart, and I just live for action movies. That’s why I do a plethora of action movies. I just love driving fast cars, shooting guns, doing fight scenes, and layering that with crazy stunts like Expendables 3, where I got to ride my motorcycle up eight stories. So, any time I can do something that really makes me push my comfort zone to the max, that’s what real life living is to me.

When Jon Kroll, an amazing producer, brought this to my attention, I saw this as a rule that he had. And I was just floored that they could get a way, production value of making these stunts, because a lot of the stunts that he showed me excelled way past any stunts I’ve ever done in my movies. So, being a part of the show, I wanted to be on the show and I said, “When can I do the stunts?” And he was like, “Well, we’d like you to host it because we know this is right up your alley.” And I’d never hosted before, so I took a little bit of time and I thought about it, and it made sense because how I look at my career is I want to do stuff that I’m passionate about, stuff that just is me, is Kellan.

And hosting a show like this, it just seems right. It seems right up my alley. I’d be really excited every day with every new stunt. And I’m a people person, so I just love encouraging other people to step outside of their comfort zone and push their limits, and really live life the way that I love living, so the show’s very organic for myself.

And also asking them, and the studio, Fox and Endemol if I’d be able to participate and partake in some of the stunts, they were hesitant at first, but they knew that that was the deciding factor for me. I couldn’t just sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else have fun. So, they agreed and we’re off to the races.

This whole project has been such an amazing experience, and I love every day on set. There’s always amazing contestants, and there’s always a new stunt that Scott Larsen creates, and the whole company creates. And the crew’s worked together on Wipeout and Fear Factor before, so I really stepped into a great family unit and they welcomed me with open arms. Then I get to do it with Godfrey who has us cracking up on set. So, the energy on set is just unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

On what he learned about being a host

Kellan Lutz: When you’re acting you usually have lines, and you know what you’re saying or what the scenes are about. When you’re fighting you have choreography, so you know when to punch, or when to shoot the gun, and when to hit the brakes so you don’t crash, or fall off a cliff. Hosting, it’s very ad lib and very organic, so it’s great to have a co-star like Godfrey, like I said, who’s a comedian by nature, and he just pulls tons of stuff out of his little rabbit hat.

For me, I love talking to people. I love encouraging them to do these stunts. It’s a place where I can be me, a place where audiences and the contestants can see my excitement for these stunts, and also my science background and physics background with knowing how to describe the stunts.

Also, I’m not supposed to give advice, so I don’t give advice, but afterward most contestants would ask me, “How would you do this?” “Would you do this?” And then I get my little nerdy science background out and talk about velocity, speed, and trajectory, and really break it down scientifically how I might go about doing it. But at the end of the day, you’ve just got to have instinct, and strategy, and a lot of good hand-eye contact, and reaction speed.

On which stunts were the most fun and interesting

Kellan Lutz: Every single one is. It doesn’t matter if we have a helicopter, or a train, or a boat, each and every one is something out of a kid’s drawing book. That’s how I feel like. I feel like I used to draw these and make crazy little stunts on my pad of paper, but you can never really turn them into a reality due to budget, right? As a kid you’d always want to do these things, you were kind of fearless, and Scott Larsen and everyone that’s a part of Bullseye, now we get to make those dreams a reality.

So, the stunts that really stick out to me, one’s called the Corkscrew. This one we lift our contestants up to about 30 feet up in the air, we start spinning them as they’re dangling from this crane like a tire swing, as one would when they’re on a playground, you just spin them until they either fly off or throw up, none of that happens on our set, but you let go of the rope and they start swinging.

And slowly they’re lowered down to a very thin balance beam, and as soon as they land on the balance beam they’re supposed to collect their bearings and just walk, balance themselves, towards one end of the beam, unlatch a bullseye, a small target, and walk all the way to the other end of the beam, roughly 15 feet, 20 feet, and put on the giant bullseye. Now, they’re supposed to do this three times.
And the funny thing about it is, as soon as they touch down the time starts. Once their toes touch the balance beam everyone, they look like they’re Bambi, or they look like they’re just wasted, like they had just drank, and they would shake. They would just sit there trying to catch their bearings while dangling on this balance beam that’s 100 feet up in the air over a cliff. And they would just freeze and shake like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

And some of the contestants would fall off, but they wouldn’t plummet to their death. This is a very safe, safe show. But they would fall about three feet where they then would have to grab this rope ladder and maneuver themselves on this net back to the big bullseye, climb back up, and start from the very beginning.

You’d never see that coming. Again, you would expect them to be a little dizzy, but not to the extent that they were. One contestant lost his shoes. He kicked one off, and then kicked the other one off and did it with his socks on. Another one fell off. Another one had to get down to his hands and knees to make it. It was just very intense.

I get to stand there in reality, which was 30 feet away, feeling like I was right next to them doing the stunt. You have that “Oh no” moment when they slip off and fall, and then they catch themselves and bring themselves back up. But then also that one was a timed stunt, so you want them to go as fast as they can. And you’re just like, “Oh, you have to hurry. You have to hurry and then do it.” And then we get to give away $50,000 to whoever wins that.

Another fun one was, we have contestants running on top of an old school train that’s going about 40 miles an hour down the track. And trains are already shaky when you’re inside, well, try riding on top of one and also be racing against the clock. So, you’re having these contestants, again, not really knowing how to keep their balance and engage their core, jumping from car to car, going down ladders, ripping off bullseyes, and climbing back up the cars.

Then for the final one they have to run onto the engine part of the car and jump about five feet off the front of the engine while it’s driving straight to grab a bonus bullseye. If they get the bonus bullseye that will take away 30 seconds on their clock, so they jump without any fear, or with fear, or whatever encourages them to do that, and then they smack dab right into the center of the bullseye that’s on the front of the engine, because they’re on a little leash system. So, they get the wind knocked out of them, but it’s like, well, are you going to risk it for the 30 seconds off your clock? Of course, because there’s $50,000 on the line.

Another one, our contestants are scaling a 35-story building on the outside and they have to rappel down, use their momentum, much like Mission Impossible, or Tom Cruise would do, to pull themselves on these thin, finger-tipped panels to swing themselves to get these bullseyes.

And our contestants aren’t all fearless. They aren’t all adventure-seeking daredevils. Two of them during that stunt had issues of heights, vertigo, but of course they’d push themselves to do it because they wanted to beat that fear and of course they wanted the $50,000.

Then another fun one was our dune buggy rollover, which it’s just a little car that they’ve rigged up so as soon as you accelerate, you have to brake hard, the whole car flips. It does a full 360. And if you land close to the center of the bullseye, you potentially move on to the next round.

And then we do stuff on the water as well, where they have to jump from semi to semi as the semis are careening down this airfield. And slowly the semis separate, so the distance and due to fatigue make it harder and harder to jump from semi to semi. And then we have somewhere they have to jump from a semi to a floating bullseye in the water 30 feet below while being blasted by water cannons.

We just add so much to the show that no one could ever replicate this in their normal life, or a normal ride. So, each and every one is so different, but so exciting in their own way.

On what he will bring to hosting “Bullseye” and also how much the audience will get to know him

Kellan Lutz: For me, you do these roles as an actor, and especially Twilight, Emmett wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. He was the protector of the family. Then I’m seen with shirt off in a lot of other movies, so maybe people see me as a dimwitted, beefhead, which I can play those roles, I’m glad that they’re believable, but I also have some brains to me and I do a lot of science and math stuff, especially with my inventions in my normal life.

But being a part of the show, we have fans that are contestants, and they’re still fannish. I’ll have guys and girls jump on me and give me a giant bear hug, and say, “Oh, my God, it’s a dream come true.” It warms my heart. And I get to be personable, just chat with these people from every walk of life, 70-year-olds, high schoolers, single moms, war veterans, people currently in the military, and I just get to be me, so if they have a question. I hang out with the cast, I ask them on and off camera about themselves, what they would do with the money, how living in LA is. I get to know them in a personal way.

I’ve always been that way, just growing up with a large family, being a middle child, and my mom was a great mother, and really instilled those qualities in me. And I just love people, so being a part of a show where we constantly have a new gathering of contestants that I get to talk to, and they ask me fun questions, and I get to talk to them about the science behind these stunts afterwards, and give them my point of view of how I would do it. Then we joke around all the time. We have Godfrey on set, and he and I we get to poke at each other, and we’re a good little duo. And just being around the cast as well, it’s just a really great time on set.

I think the audience will see that I am just a guy who loves driving fast cars, and flying through the air, and lighting stuff on fire. I’m a guy from the Midwest, so I’m personable, and we have a lot of time to showcase that. And it’s just me being me.

On maintaining his physique and physical fitness

Kellan Lutz: I have this running joke with one of my best friends, Chris Wolf, who is a bodybuilder. And he and I always joke around and call each other “skinny” as if the biggest diss ever to a guy who likes being big and known as a big guy.

I’m weighing 200 right now at 6’1”. I think for me, I have a really good muscle memory that comes from just ever since I was a little kid always being outside and being active, and then playing sports. I think it’s really important for our youth to be outside and to start teaching your muscles, and then keep that muscle memory, so when you can’t work out you still are able to recoup that once you can go back in the gym. But more importantly, find a way of working out or being active that you enjoy and that you want to do.

But for me it’s really strange, I shoot Bullseye in LA, and I’ve only worked out once, maybe twice in about two months. It’s weird because you would think you’d have tons of time to work out on set, you’re just hosting a show, but really I’m always there with the contestants. I’m always chatting with them. When you’re doing a movie you have an hour between scenes, so I can go back to the trailer and do some pushups, or pick up some sandbags and do some curls. But on this show it’s really hard because I get to set two hours beforehand because we’re about 40 miles away, so I hate traffic, so I’ll just leave at 6:00 a.m., bypass traffic, crash out in my trailer, you shoot until about 6:00 p.m., and then you drive home.

And by the time you’re home you’re just tired, you’re zonked out being outside. I love being outside under the sun, but then again the sun zaps your energy. So, yes, for me, and also I don’t need to be big right now. I can easily get back to it, but I’m not doing Hercules in 3D, where you need to have that God-like mass.

On any particularly memorable “Bullseye” contestants 

Kellan Lutz: Brent will always forever be memorable because this guy, he’s 70, 7-0, years old.

And on the show he could do the splits. I’m like, “Hey, so what do you like to do?” He was like, “Oh, I’ll show you,” and just jumps down in the middle and does the splits. I can’t even do the splits. I’m like what the heck. Then he had the most amazing, beautiful energy I’ve ever seen. And I just pray that when I’m 70 that I can look like him, have the energy like he does. He rides a unicycle, juggles while he does it. He even then lifted his shirt and said he could massage his colon, and we’re like “What? Where are you from?” And he was the best. He lost. I want to be friends with him. He was just such a positive energy anywhere he goes. He was just really, really special.

Who else was there? This guy named Chris who works with, I believe the charity’s called Happy Humans, he and I connected a lot via our charities and all the good stuff that he’s doing. So, we’re going to collaborate together and make some T-shirts and help support each other on that.

Who else was there? There’s so many. Rodney was awesome, some of these guys, Tasha, the ones that really surprised me are the ones who are gamers, because my little brother, Tanner, he loves playing games, he’s 17 and plays games. The gamers that we have on the show, they have been beating out our athletes.

On any upcoming project in the works

Kellan Lutz:  It’s great to be a part of this show, and shoot in LA, and sleep in my bed, but I am getting the itch to act and become a character again and shoot in a random part of the world, because I love to travel.

So, next up for me I get to collaborate again with one of my most favorite directors that I’ve worked with, Steven C. Miller. We had just shot Extraction with Bruce Willis, and we’re teaming up again to shoot The Feud. And The Feud is going to go, I think we’re shooting in Michigan somewhere in July, so that’s a really great rendition, revenge movie, kind of in the vein of The Raid, but taking place in a barn in, it’s supposed to be Iowa, but I think we’re now doing it in Michigan.

So, a lot of fun action work for me. I’ve got this thriller, I can’t really name the name right now, that I’m going to be doing in the Hamptons all of June, so that’s coming up. So, there’s that one. Then I’m really excited for another action movie based on the book called Sandstorm by Alan L. Lee, and that’s going to be shooting for three months in Germany, in Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, and then another week in Costa Rica, I believe. I’m really excited about that one. That book is an awesome book. He’s already writing the sequel, so I’m pumped. I would love to have my own action franchise trilogy to do myself. That would be a dream role.

Then on the side I’m working on my inventions, and just continue to make upgrades to the Blackout Bands,the Whip Weight, and then designing the clothing line, Abbot and Main. So, I stay busy.

 

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Scream Queens Premieres This Fall On FOX

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(PCM) FOX has debuted the very first full length trailer for “Scream Queens” which is set to premiere this Fall.

The upcoming series will star Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer,Oliver Hudson, Skylar Samuels, Nasim Pedrad, Diego Boneta, Glen Powell, Billie Lourd, Lucian Laviscount with guest stars Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas, and Ariana Grande.

You can check out the official “Scream Queens” Facebook page for updates! Join in the discussion using the hashtag: #screamqueens

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American Idol Set To End After Fifteen Seasons

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(PCM) Fans of FOX’s American Idol are devastated by the news that the beloved talent competition series will be coming to an end after fifteen seasons. American Idol is one of the longest running talent competition shows and the announcement was revealed just two days before the upcoming season fourteen finale which airs this Wednesday night.

American Idol began back in 2002 and for eight consecutive seasons managed to garner over 20 million viewers per episode, totally overtaking the coveted 18-49 year old age demographic.  That number even hit close to 31 million viewers per episode during the 2006 season, however in recent years the show’s numbers have been on a steady decline. The current season is only reaching numbers of about 9 million viewers which is no doubt what has caused executives to finally pull the plug.

The fifteenth and final season of American Idol will begin in January on FOX and the three current judges – Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.- along with host Ryan Seacrest will all be making a return for the show’s final episodes.

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