Entries in Season Premiere (13)


"The Killing" Returns Sunday

AMC TV(NEW YORK) -- First Arrested Development was resurrected, now this weekend, another show comes back from the dead.

AMC cancelled The Killing last summer after two seasons, but earlier this year it announced it was bringing the dark detective drama back for season three.

The new two-hour premiere airs this Sunday night.

Show creator Veena Sud says they learned their lesson and fans won't have to wait until season four to find out the identity of the killer.  “We introduce the case, and we solve it at the end of the season. So you don't have to have seen seasons 1 and 2 to jump in,” says Sud.

Sud also says fans can expect more bodies this time around.

The series stars Joel Kinnaman at Seattle Police Detective Stephen Holder and Mireille Enos as Detective Sarah Linden. This season also features several newcomers, including actor Peter Sarsgaard.

The Killing airs Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

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"Game of Thrones" Begins Third Season Sunday Night

HBO(NEW YORK) -- One of the most popular shows on cable television returns for its third season this weekend.

The season premiere of Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, airs Sunday night on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. The epic, sex-and-violence-soaked fantasy drama follows various families, or houses, as they battle for control of the Seven Kingdoms.

At a recent red carpet event for Game of Thrones, cast members provided insight into the upcoming season. Peter Dinklage, who has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Tyrion Lannister, said his character "has to pick up the pieces" after the huge battle and assassination attempt he survived at the end of the second season.

Describing where Tyrion is now, as the third season opens, Dinklage told ABC News, "He’s gone from the highest position in Kings Landing to no position and he doesn’t know what his next move is going to be, so he does go quickly to his father to figure that out."  Unfortunately, as viewers will see, Tyrion's dad, the fearsome, filthy rich Tywin Lannister, isn't much help.

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, the bastard son of the late Ned Stark, said conflict is ahead for his character, who has gone undercover with the Wildlings, also known as the free folk, in an attempt to bring back intelligence for the Night's Watch.

Harington told ABC News that the new season "is all about Jon trying to work out whether he is still loyal to Night's Watch, or whether he now wants to be a free man, wants to be part of the free folk.  And he's being tempted by that by Ygritte and certain other characters beyond the Wall, to try to come to their side."

Sophie Turner's Sansa Stark undergoes an evolution in the new episodes. Asked to describe Sansa's biggest challenge in season three, she told ABC News, "I think it's the transition that Sansa goes through, not only going from kind of young lady to woman, but also the transition that she goes through in going from kind of being used as a chess piece to actually being a player in the game. She becomes a lot more independent." Rumor has it Sansa will get married this season -- not to evil boy King Joffrey, but to someone completely unexpected.

The Game of Thrones fan base kept growing during the first two seasons, so the season premiere will likely bring in huge ratings for HBO. Why are so many people drawn to the show? Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Tyrion's brother Jaime Lannister, known as "The Kingslayer," believes it's because everyone can relate to it. He said the core of the show "is just people figuring out life."

Or, as Dinklage puts it, "It's both very current and real -- but also has dragons."

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AMC's "The Killing" Returns Sunday Night

AMC TV(NEW YORK) -- One week after AMC aired the long-awaited return of Mad Men, the cable network will premiere a new season of another one of its popular dramas on Sunday.

The Killing begins its second season with a two-hour episode beginning 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. If you're unfamiliar with the show, it revolves around the murder of a teenage girl, Rosie Larsen, in Seattle.

There are three storylines at play as the series progresses, all related to the murder case. They focus on Rosie's family, the detectives investigating the case, and a group of politicians involved in a mayoral race.

Some fans were upset after the conclusion of the first season because they hadn't learned who killed Rosie -- the murderer's identity won't be revealed until the end of the new season.

Star Mireille Enos, who plays lead detective Sarah Linden, tells ABC News Radio she was caught off-guard by the uproar, saying, "It didn't cross my mind. Once the Rosie case is solved, a lot of these people go away, and you never get to spend time with them again. So I was very, very surprised."

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Second Season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" Premieres Sunday Night

HBO/Time Warner(NEW YORK) -- HBO's highly-popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones returns for its second season this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Game of Thrones, based on author George R.R. Martin's best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, is set in a world that strongly resembles Medieval England, complete with lords, ladies, knights and, yes, dragons.  There's also some magic, and plenty of blood, gore and sex.

As the second season opens, members of various noble families, or Houses, are either battling for independence, or fighting to gain control of the Iron Throne, so they can rule all seven kingdoms of Westeros, the continent where the show is partly set. 

Meanwhile, across the sea to the East, a young woman named Daenerys, the exiled yet true heir to the throne, is raising her three newly-hatched dragons and plotting her next move.

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"Mad Men" Premiere Pulls in Biggest Audience in Series History

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mad Men fans clearly didn't jump off the bandwagon during the show's extended hiatus.

The two-hour season premiere of Mad Men on Sunday night averaged 3.5 million viewers, the AMC drama's biggest audience to date, according to  Nearly one million additional viewers tuned in to an encore presentation of the episode later that night.

The season premiere was the first new episode of the Emmy-winning series in a year and a half.  It immediately drew buzz for a saucy performance by Don Draper's new wife, Megan, of the early 1960s French song "Zou Bisou Bisou" during his surprise 40th birthday party.

Draper, the generally-unfaithful ad exec, is played by Jon Hamm.

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"Mad Men" Kicks Off New Season Sunday Night

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mad Men fans have waited a year and a half for the Emmy-winning drama to return to AMC.  The countdown ends this Sunday night, when the show's fifth season begins with a two-hour episode, airing at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

When we last saw the employees of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency, Jon Hamm's womanizing executive Don Draper stunned his colleagues by announcing his engagement to his secretary, Megan.

Series creator Matthew Weiner says the new season will be an exciting one.

He says, "I think there's this incredible new chapter in their life and a lot of twists."

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'Dancing with the Stars' Kicks Off New Season Monday Night

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The 13th season of Dancing with the Stars begins Monday night with a two-hour premiere on ABC.

Each of the 12 new celebrity contestants will dance either the cha cha cha or the Viennese waltz.  The following night, one of them will be sent home on the first results show of the season.

Dancing with the Stars returns to the ballroom with one of its most controversial competitors to date: Chaz Bono, the first transgender contestant in series history.  His selection was immediately protested by some fans on the Internet.  Other celebrity contestants of note include David Arquette, Nancy Grace and Ricki Lake.

On the pro side, three-time Dancing with the Stars champ Derek Hough is back on the show after taking a season off to work on a film.  He teams with Ricki Lake.  The new pro dancers are Tristan McManus, Petra Murgatroyd, and Val Chmerkovskiy, brother of returning cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Here are the celebrity-pro pairings for the new season:

-- David Arquette, actor and estranged husband of Courteney Cox, & Kym Johnson.

-- Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), Los Angeles Lakers star, & Petra Murgatroyd.

-- Chaz Bono, transgender son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, & Lacey Schwimmer.

-- Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and recent George Clooney girlfriend, & Val Chmerkovskiy.

-- Kristin Cavallari, former Laguna Beach and The Hills star, & Mark Ballas.

-- Nancy Grace, HLN legal analyst, & Tristan McManus.

-- Rob Kardashian, reality TV star and brother of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, & Cheryl Burke.

-- Carson Kressley, fashion commentator and former star of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, & Anna Trebunskaya.

-- Ricki Lake, former talk show host and Hairspray actress, & Derek Hough.

-- J.R. Martinez, All My Children actor who suffered smoke inhalation and burns to more than 40 percent of his body in Iraq during stint in the U.S. Army, & Karina Smirnoff.

-- Chynna Phillips, actress and Wilson Phillips member, & Tony Dovolani.

-- Hope Solo, goalie for U.S. women’s national soccer team, & Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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NBC Announces Series Premiere Dates for Fall 2011 Schedule

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NBC has revealed the series premiere dates for its official fall primetime schedule, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 13 with the season premiere of Parenthood.

Sunday Night Football is set to start on Sept. 8, provided the NFL lockout ends.

The new comedies Up All Night and Free Agents will debut on Sept. 14 outside of their respective time periods following the season finale of America's Got Talent.  Both series will then premiere in their regular slots with their second original episodes on Sept. 21.

Other season premieres include The Sing-Off on Sept. 18, The Biggest Loser on Sept. 20, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Sept 21.  Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Office all return on the same night, Sept. 22.

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'America's Got Talent' Returns for Its Sixth Season

Adam Taylor/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's summer variety show America's Got Talent kicks off its sixth season Tuesday night.

Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan return as judges, with Nick Cannon again serving as host.

America's Got Talent invites singers, dancers, magicians and whoever else has an entertaining skill to its stage, giving them an opportunity to win a $1 million grand prize.

Last year's winner, musician Michael Grimm, capitalized on his new-found fame to score a recording contract.  Second-place finisher Jackie Evancho, an 11-year-old opera singer, releases her first full-length album, Dream with Me, on June 14.

The new season of America's Got Talent debuts Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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‘Idol’ Viewership Drops Big on Season Premiere

Photo Courtesy - Zumobi(NEW YORK) – American Idol saw double-digit drops in viewership for its much-anticipated season 10 premiere in comparison to last year's premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite new, "A"-list judges, the Fox show fell 13 percent among all viewers for the two-hour premiere Wednesday in comparison to the 2010 opening episode, according to preliminary data from Nielsen. 

This year’s premiere, which featured new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, brought in 26.1 million viewers compared to last year’s premiere audience of 29.9 million.

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