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TV News Roundup: Nickelodeon Orders ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Season 12
In today’s roundup, Nickelodeon has ordered a 12th season of “SpongeBob SqaurePants,” The History Channel has commissioned a one-hour Watergate special, Investigation Discovery is airing a documentary special about Bill Cosby’s downfall, and production has begun on Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls.”
Nickeloden has ordered Season 12 of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the number-one animated series across all TV with kids. The 26-episode pick up will further the nautical adventures of SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, and is scheduled to premiere in 2019, the series’ 20th anniversary year. Season 11 debuts later this summer. Nickelodeon has also greenlit a third SpongeBob film for release in 2019 as well. “Spongebob Squarepants” is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg.
- Erin Nyren
‘Twin Peaks’ Posts Soft Ratings, Drives Record Showtime Streaming Sign Ups
The long-awaited return of “Twin Peaks” may not have been a ratings breakout during its Sunday premiere, but the show will most likely see the lion’s share of its viewership in delayed viewing.
According to Nielsen data, the two-hour premiere averaged 506,000 viewers in its initial airing and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 in live-plus-same day viewing. That is of course a fraction of the 34 million viewers the initial series debut pulled in back in 1990, but that was also before the rise of cable, let alone streaming.
Showtime won’t be sweating those numbers, however. The premium cabler announced that Sunday was the single biggest sign up day for their Showtime streaming service ever. The show also generated 4.7 million total impressions on Twitter, trending both in the United States and worldwide and ranking number one in prime time among all series. In addition, the show has already averaged 1.1 million viewers, when »
- Joe Otterson
Ratings: First Black ‘Bachelorette’ Slips 10 Percent From Prior Season Premiere
ABC won the final Monday of the traditional TV season in the key 18-49 demographic, thanks to the combination of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelorette.” Unfortunately, Rachel Lindsay’s season premiere of the latter slipped 10 percent versus last year in the main demo, and almost 14 percent among total viewers. Both were premiere lows for the reality dating competition. In case you haven’t heard, Rachel is the series first black “Bachelorette” — and it only took 13 seasons. Your turn, “The Bachelor.” NBC topped primetime in total viewers, with Part 1 of “The Voice” finale. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel Predicts »
- Tony Maglio
Amazon Orders ‘Hanna’ Series From NBCUniversal International Studios
David Farr, who wrote the feature film and as well as last year’s “The Night Manager” for the BBC and AMC, will write the new series. The Amazon drama is described as a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
“From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the film would make an incredible TV series,” said Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios. “Fortunately, David Farr felt there was more Hanna story to tell and wanted to revisit this extraordinary »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Partners With BBC America for Typhoid Mary Series
BBC America will partner with Moss and Annapurna Television on developing the period drama titled “Fever,” based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant and cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever. She became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she unknowingly spread the disease among several wealthy families in early twentieth century New York.
Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material Phil Morrison, who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
- Joe Otterson
NBC Cancels ‘Chicago Justice’ After One Season
“Chicago Justice,” the fourth show in the Dick Wolf “Chicago” series, has been canceled after one season and 13 episodes, a source at NBC told TheWrap. Series star Carl Weathers seemed to confirm the news Monday night in response to a tweet praising the show. “Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors,” he tweeted. Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors. #ChicagoJustice #BeLove https://t.co/cleJiBx96f — Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) May 23, 2017 Also Read: NBCU Upfront: Seth Meyers Kills, 'Will & Grace' Rises From the Ashes, »
- Carli Velocci
Why You Should Consider Watching the Show 12 Monkeys
In 1995, a sci-fi movie called 12 Monkeys managed to earn $168 million on a $29.5 million budget. Furthermore, it met with a positive response from the critics, so much so that it managed to collect a number of prestigious awards and accolades. As a result, it is no exaggeration to say that 12 Monkeys was both a commercial and a critical success, which explains why there are people interested in tapping into its potential in the present. In brief, 12 Monkeys is a sci-fi TV show based on the sci-fi movie of the same name. It can be described
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- Nat Berman
iZombie Season 3 Episode 8 Review: “Eat A Knievel”
After eating the brain of a prank-obsessed stuntman, Liv takes countless risks throughout tonight’s iZombie, from trying to light herself on fire to test out flame retardant to nearly impaling herself (and actually impaling Justin) while on her Super Maxed-fueled date. Some of these stunts and pranks lead to funny moments, particular the video Liv cuts together of her coffee prank on Clive. However, there’s nothing to laugh about in the final scene of “Eat a Knievel,” when Liv puts herself in one of the most dangerous situation she’s ever been in by trying to go undercover with Ravi at a
iZombie Season 3 Episode 8 Review: “Eat A Knievel” »
- Chris King
Sean Hannity “I Am Not Discussing” DNC Staffer Murder Story “For Now”
Hours after Fox News Channel finally retracted a May 16 conspiracy theory story about the fatal shooting of DNC staffer Seth Rich in Washington D.C. last summer, Fox News primetime star Sean Hannity did an about face and said, “Out of respect for the family's wishes, for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time.” The Rich family had demanded that Fox and Hannity knock off with the conspiracy theory. This morning, Fox News yanked a report on its site about the… »
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Awards Its 24th Mirrorball Trophy
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Dancing With the Stars” Season 24 finale, which aired May 23 on ABC.
One couple just danced their way to victory.
After a season full of shocking send-homes, “Dancing With the Stars” awarded its mirrorball trophy to winner Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater Tuesday night. They beat fellow finalists David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, and Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy in order to win Season 24 of the ABC staple.
Jennings joins a line of NFL players who have won the dancing competition, including Donald Driver, Hines Ward, and Emmitt Smith. It was the first win for pro dancer Emma Slater. Had Ross won, he would’ve been the first Mlb player to take the title.
- JD Knapp
Kevin Smith Sends Out Golden Tickets to Fans for Roles in “Jay and Silent Bob” Reboot
I’ve rarely if ever seen Kevin Smith muck up the integrity of quality work. The reason I say that is because I think he did something completely awesome and it warrants attention. To me there’s a right and wrong way to pay homage to particular classics. When it comes to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory I consider that to be one of the most untouchable films in history. If you’re going to wear a costume, have a party, or do anything with that theme in mind, you better go all out or you are disrespecting that movie and it’s
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- Nat Berman
The Voice Finale: And the Winner Is…
Chris Blue, I put my “Money on You” to take home the title. I also spent my money on him, downloading his insanely catchy original single off iTunes. But when the dust settled on Season 12 of The Voice, when we stopped commenting on how mumble-mouthed a singer Hunter Plake is, groaning before every Mark Isaiah performance, doing shots anytime it was mentioned that Quizz Swanigan is the youngest competitor ever, hoping that Lilli Passero would live up to her Blind Auditions potential, and wondering if it was possible for Carson Daly to appear less engaged and more disingenuous, did Team Alicia’s master showman win? »
Dancing With the Stars Finale Recap: Did the Right Couple Win Season 24?
Just in case you were feeling anxious about who would win Dancing With the Stars‘ 24th season, the ABC series found a way to calm your nerves on Tuesday night: by stretching its finale across two-and-a-half hours.
Even though Dancing‘s three finalists brought their A-game during Monday’s performance finale — and our highly scientific TVLine poll showed a very tight race between Normani Kordei and Rashad Jennings — Tuesday’s season ender was less about naming a champion and more about reflecting on the highs and lows of the last two months. (And there’s nothing to get your mind off a stressful, »
Jon Stewart & HBO Scrap His Digital Animated Series Project
So much for that long-simmering deal for Jon Stewart’s big return to television. The former Daily Show host and HBO have agreed to scrap his planned digital animated series for the premium cabler. "HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project,” the parties said in a joint statement tonight. “We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too… »
Jon Stewart’s HBO Animated News Project Has Been Dropped
Sadly, Jon Stewart’s long-gestating animation project with HBO will never see the light of day.
The network announced that it would not proceed with the short-form digital venture that was supposed to comment on topical events. The problem comes from the difficulty of marrying the longer production times of the medium to the quick turnaround needed to stay newsworthy.
“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project. We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” HBO and Stewart said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together which »
- Hanh Nguyen
Sean Hannity Says He Will ‘Cease’ Discussing Seth Rich Case
After several days of promoting a debunked theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity said he would cease discussing the matter out of respect for the man’s family.
During Monday night’s broadcast of his regular primetime show, Hannity told viewers he had been in contact with the brother of former DNC Staffer Seth Rich and had expressed his condolences. Hannity had on a few recent occasions begun to take up a discredited story that has been promoted in other right-leaning publications suggesting that Rich, who was murdered in Washington D.C. in July had been targeted in retaliation for the leak of internal DNC documents to Wikileaks. There has been no credible evidence to date supporting the allegations, and Hannity’s broadcasts prompted outcry from Rich’s family.
“Out of respect for the family’s wishes, for now, I am not discussing the matter at this time »
- Brian Steinberg
HBO Scraps Jon Stewart-Led Digital Animation Venture
HBO and Jon Stewart have scrapped plans for a short-form animation venture that was designed to provide topical segments to various HBO platforms.
The venture was announced in November 2015, shortly after Stewart signed off of “The Daily Show” after a 17-year run. HBO said it would continue to pursue other projects with Stewart. HBO set a four-year production pact with Stewart that included the animation project and a first-look option on film and TV projects.
“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project. We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” HBO said in a statement. “We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together which you will be hearing about in the near future.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Prison Break Recap: The Apples Don't Fall Far From the Trees
With its penultimate episode, Fox’s Prison Break revival tended to a bit of housekeeping (Where is Sofia?), returned Michael and Linc to the States, sent Whip on a surprising journey and in its final moments sprung a deadly trap.
RelatedPrison Break ‘Definitely’ Could Continue On, Says Fox Boss
After the fellas hitch a ride from the site of the blown-up cargo ship to Marseilles, France, Michael gleans from a text message (that incorrectly referred to “Mike Jr.”) that Jacob is holding Sara captive, so the clock is ticking. Lincoln brings Michael up to speed on his own past »
Teen Attemps Backflip at his Graduation and It Does Not Go Well
When it comes to things like weddings, graduations, anniversary parties, all of these big events, call me crazy but I always go “conservative” as in I don’t ever want to be “that guy.” I don’t want to have a Star Wars themed anything. I wouldn’t plan on doing a special wedding dance that got all of my groomsmen involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching these things but it’s just not my style. I think there’s a time and place to be an idiot or have the potential to look like a fool but it shouldn’t be at one
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- Nat Berman
Pretty Little Liars Recap: Who Left? Who's Back? And Who's the Daddy?
Tuesday’s Pretty Little Liars found Aria taking a reluctant walk on the wild side, during which she revealed all of her friends’ secrets to… herself?
Yes, Aria was tormented (via video chat) by a digital version of herself, who managed to scare the crap out of me — even with that wonk-ass mouth. And working with the enemy put our girl on edge, to the point where she snapped at Ezra for wanting to help Nicole. “Stay!” she told him. “Make things right. Here. Now.” Unfortunately, »
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