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Hacker Threatens to Release New Season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’
A hacker who claims to have stolen the new season of “Orange is the New Black” is threatening to release the episodes online, unless Netflix pays an undisclosed amount of money, Variety has confirmed.
“We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved,” Netflix said in a statement.
Using the alias The Dark Overlord, the hacker reportedly stole other TV shows in the breach, according to the AP, and may have already uploaded the first episode of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 5 to an illegal file-sharing website.
The F.B.I. is said to be investigating the matter. »
- Variety Staff
‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert
The project is currently being shopped to both broadcast networks and streaming services. The original series ran for nine seasons on ABC and was widely praised for its portrayal of working class Americans.
Revivals of old shows are all the rage of late. Fox debuted “24: Legacy” in January, while a new season of “Prison Break” began airing on the network in April. Last year, Netflix debuted a four-episode continuation of “The Gilmore Girls.” In addition, NBC is producing a new 12-episode run of “Will & Grace,” which will air during the 2017-2018 season, while Showtime is preparing to launch new episodes of David Lynch’s cult classic series “Twin Peaks.”
Deadline first reported this news.
More to come…
- Joe Otterson
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Vets to Cast
CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” has added five additional actors to its upcoming debut season. Among the new cast members are Shazad Latif of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” and Rekha Sharma of Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica.”
The new cast additions are:
Shazad Latif (“Penny Dreadful”): Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Rekha Sharma (“Battlestar Galactica,” “The 100″): Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Kenneth Mitchell (“Jericho,” “The Astronaut Wives Club”): Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Clare McConnell (“Dim the Fluorescents”): Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. Damon Runyan (“Suits,” “Supernatural,” “Gangland Undercover”): Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire.
The new actors join a cast that includes “The Walking Dead” actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, plus James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp as a space fungus expert, and »
- Daniel Holloway
Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in the Works as TV Series From Paramount, Anonymous Content
Lestat is coming to television. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” books for adaptation, the companies announced Friday. “It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV, in a statement. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary. »
- Linda Ge
‘The Big Bang Theory’: Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Reach New Deals
The entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract.
Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy for what is envisioned as its final two seasons, Variety has learned. According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episode. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.
A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.
CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each. Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and »
- Daniel Holloway
Ratings: Fox’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’ Finale Sinks to Series Lows
The Hannah Simone-hosted “Kicking & Screaming” season finale slipped to series lows on Thursday, matching its worst-ever TV rating in the key 18-49 demographic and setting a new low-water mark among total viewers. That disappointing performance dropped Fox behind Telemundo for the night, and into a tie with Univision. ABC topped primetime in the main demo with its “Tgit” lineup, while CBS claimed another overall audience victory. The Disney-owned broadcaster was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Also Read: Ratings: 'Empire'. »
- Tony Maglio
Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey Discuss ‘Ellen’ Coming Out 20 Years Later
“I’m Ellen and I’m gay.”
In 2017, with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” consistently ranking among the highest-rated syndicated TV shows and the film and television industry at large consistently working toward increased visibility of Lgbtq characters, a declaration of that sort doesn’t feel quite so jarring. But two decades ago, when Ellen Morgan — the quirky, sweater-vest-clad title character of DeGeneres’ then-sitcom, “Ellen” — spoke those words on network television, the confession was revolutionary.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the iconic five-word phrase that nearly destroyed — and later launched — her career, Degeneres sat down with Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern (both of whom played integral characters to Ellen’s coming out story line) on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” Friday to discuss the repercussions of “The Puppy Episode.” »
- Emily Mae Czachor
‘13 Reasons Why’: Canadian Schools Ban All Talk, Issue Warnings About Netflix Series
“13 Reasons Why” is causing controversy in Canada after some schools have started warning parents about the graphic nature of the young adult adaptation, despite the show’s positive messages regarding bullying and suicide prevention.
After debuting on the streaming service on March 31, executive producer Selena Gomez’s hit series has become the subject of dispute at multiple Canadian school systems in less than a month. According to the CBC, St. Vincent Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta, sent an email to the parents of sixth graders letting them know their students were prohibited from even mentioning the show on school grounds.
“The discussion that is unfolding at school is troubling. This series is rated Mature and the theme is the suicide of a high school student. This show includes graphic violence (rape) and gore, profanity, alcohol/drugs/smoking, and frightening/intense scenes,” read the letter. “The purpose of this email is to provide you with this information. Please »
- JD Knapp
Gordon Ramsay to Open ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Restaurant in Las Vegas
Gordon Ramsay is set to open a “Hell’s Kitchen” restaurant in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, Ramsay announced Friday.
He unveiled the plans for the restaurant live to his fans on Facebook, with the new eatery expected to open this winter. To commemorate the announcement, Ramsay ignited his series’ 17-foot signature pitchfork, transported straight from the set of the Fox show, in the center of Caesars’ fountains. This marks Ramsay’s fifth Las Vegas restaurant and extends his partnership with Caesars Entertainment.
“Fans of the show have been asking us to bring a ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ restaurant to life since day one, so I’m thrilled to finally be doing it here at Caesars Palace,” Ramsay said. “A key element of the show’s success has always been the diners’ experience, so we are excited for guests in Las Vegas to feel like they too are part of the show – flames and all.”
- Joe Otterson
‘Sweet/Vicious’ Canceled By MTV After One Season
MTV finally has made a decision on its well received dark comedy Sweet/Vicious, opting not to renew the freshman series for a second season. The decision comes three months after MTV canceled the other two comedy series that debuted in 2016, Loosely Exactly Nicole and Mary + Jane, as the network is putting a stronger emphasis on unscripted and live programming. All three shows had been developed and picked up before Chris McCarthy took over the network in late October as… »
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Is Katie Taking it too Far?
The Bold and the Beautiful fans know that Katie isn’t much of a bold and powerful type. She’s much more of a meek and sad soul, but she’s finally decided to step it up and make some big moves in her life. She’s made it her mission to get a big role at the Forrester company, and she’s done this by threatening to tell Eric that Quinn is sleeping with this son. He won’t be very happy to find out his wife is sleeping with his son, so Quinn had very little choice but to give her the job she
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Is Katie Taking it too Far? »
- Tiffany Raiford
Amazon & Netflix Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners- Full List
Internet networks Netflix and Amazon topped their linear counterparts at the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Southern California, on Friday, April 28. Amazon took home 13 statuettes, followed by Netflix (11), CBS and PBS (9), NBC (8), HBO (5) and Own (4). Among individual programs, Netflix’s Trollhunters nabbed the most wins, 6, followed by NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, PBS’ Odd Squad, HBO’s Sesames Street and… »
General Hospital Spoilers: Carly’s Jealously Turns Ugly
General Hospital fans will be so excited to see what’s happening after this week is over, and we can’t wait to tell you. There is a new woman in town for Sonny, and she’s going to cause some serious jealousy. Carly was happy to throw her husband to the curb when she thought he was responsible for the death of their son and that he cheated on her with Nell, but he did neither. Now that she’s aware of both, she’s still happy to keep him out of her life as she moves on again with her ex, Jax. He’s
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- Tiffany Raiford
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Will Nicole and Brady End Up Together Later?
Days of Our Lives fans have so many questions about Nicole and Brady. They are clearly in love with one another, but can they make their relationship work? We know that Xander has taken Nicole and the baby to Greece and that he’s left Brady for dead. Will these two ever be able to spend their future together? They have such chemistry and seem so good for one another, but the world seems to be against them being together at all. They don’t seem to have much going for them, and this situation might be something that makes things even
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Will Nicole and Brady End Up Together Later? »
- Tiffany Raiford
People are Wondering Where All the Wonder Woman Marketing Is
Yesterday the team at Uproxx wrote a very detailed article about the lack of marketing for the movie Wonder Woman. Today The Mary Sue wrote up a similar piece. And if you search around Twitter and Facebook you’ll see a ton of people commenting about how the movie has lacked any kind of real marketing compared to other Dceu or Marvel films. Here’s a tiny sample from Mary Sue’s article. If you’ve been feeling like you’re just not seeing that much Gal Gadot, it’s not in your head. Take a look at Warner Bros’ YouTube channel. The Batman v Superman
People are Wondering Where All the Wonder Woman Marketing Is »
- Nat Berman
Netflix Hacker Also Claims Theft From ABC, Fox, IFC, National Geographic
The hacking group that goes by the name The Dark Overlord doubled down on its piracy of the new season of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” by claiming to have absconded with content from four other networks as well.
ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC were specifically cited in a tweet issued late Friday from the Twitter account of the hacker, with a chilling warning: “Who is next on the list? Fox, IFC, Nat Geo, and ABC. Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore.”
Who is next on the list? Fox, IFC, Nat Geo, and ABC. Oh, what fun we're all going to have. We're not playing any games anymore.
— thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 29, 2017
The Dark Overlord, also self-described as Tdo on a long screed the group posted online, according to piracy blog Torrentfreak, which broke the story. The Twitter account where the four networks were »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Interview with a Vampire Could Realistically be a TV Show Soon
It’s hard to believe but it’s been 23 years since Interview with a Vampire was out in theaters. Over two decades later in the age of the supernatural on television you’d think something from Anne Rice might have been adapted for the small screen by now. It hasn’t….until now. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned all 11 of of Rice’s novels that she’s been publishing since the 1970s to use as the basis of a new TV series. According to io9 Rice will be one of the show’s executive producers and her son, Christopher Rice, will be the series’
Interview with a Vampire Could Realistically be a TV Show Soon »
- Nat Berman
Watch Out Packers Fans: Aaron Rodgers Spotted with Kelly Rohrbach
Only weeks after the announced breakup of Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn, Rodgers was spotted hitting the links with none other than Baywatch star Kelly Rohrbach. Packers fans did a collective celebration on the internet once Munn and Rodgers called it quits. Many took to social media proclaiming that the Packers would be world champions and that Rodgers would have one of his best seasons ever. Sorry folks. Olivia Munn is gorgeous but now you have the modern day Cj (Aka Pamela Anderson’s Baywatch character) to contend with. If you thought Rodgers was distracted by Munn, imagine what it’s going
- Nat Berman
‘Real Time’: Elizabeth Warren Ignores Bill Maher’s “Pocahontas” Joke
Updated With Video Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t take the bait tonight when she appeared on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. She didn’t respond to Donald Trump’s earlier taunts, she didn’t answer Maher’s suggestion that she run for president – and she neither cracked a smile nor lashed back when Maher called her Pocahontas. Speaking about middle-class Trump voters, Maher said, in the one-on-one top-of-show interview with Warren, “They don’t like you… »
WGA & AMPTP Talks To Resume On Sunday As Contract Deadline Looms
Updated: Contract talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers have wrapped for the day, and sources tell Deadline that the sides will return to the table Sunday. We hear that AMPTP negotiators will huddle together tomorrow, Saturday, for a meeting featuring reps for the companies before they head to a full-on negotiation session with the WGA on Sunday. “This thing is going to go to the wire,” says a source close to the talks. With… »
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