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‘MTV Unplugged’ Plots Fall Return With Shawn Mendes (Exclusive)
Popular MTV franchise “Unplugged” will return to the network this fall. Shawn Mendes, who’s currently No. 1 at Top 40 radio with his latest single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” will kick off the reboot with a performance from downtown Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. “MTV Unplugged Shawn Mendes” is scheduled to air on Sept. 8.
“MTV Unplugged,” which features music acts reinterpreting their songs — and usually a cover — acoustically, first aired in 1989 and has showcased memorable performances from the likes of Nirvana, Jay-z, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Adele, among others. But for 19-year-old Mendes, it was a clip of Pearl Jam performing on the show in 1992 that got him hooked on the concept — even if it took place years before he entered the world. “It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” Mendes »
- Rebecca Rubin and Shirley Halperin
The Jetsons Live-Action Sitcom From Robert Zemeckis Lands at ABC
ABC, meet George Jetson. George Jetson, meet ABC.
The Alphabet network has given a put-pilot order to a live-action sitcom reboot of The Jetsons, TVLine has learned. The remake, first reported here back in June, will update the classic 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a futuristic family, this time as a traditional multi-camera sitcom. Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) will serve as an executive producer, with Family Guy writer Gary Janetti penning the pilot.
Janetti’s presence may be a hint about the tone of these new-look Jetsons, which “looks at America’s favorite future family through a modern filter, »
TV Ratings: ‘Marlon’ Starts Solid on NBC
The series debut of NBC’s comedy “Marlon” scored the second most-watched new summer comedy premiere on the Big 4 broadcast networks in 10 years, according to Nielsen overnight data.
Airing at 9 p.m., “Marlon” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million total viewers. That is one of the best premieres for a summer comedy series since CBS’ “Creature Comforts” nabbed 6.2 million viewers in 2007. Earlier this summer, the Tuesday timeslot debut of ABC’s “Downward Dog” drew 5.7 million viewers, but that series was ultimately canceled. A second episode of “Marlon” at 9:30 p.m. dropped to a 1.0 and 4.1 million viewers, losing approximately 23% of its audience in the key demo and 24% in total viewers.
Earlier on NBC, “America’s Got Talent” (2.1, 10.7 million) was the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night.
On CBS, “Big Brother” (1.9, 6.3 million) was even. A new episode of “Salvation” at 9 p.m. (0.5, 3.1 million) was also even, while a second episode at 10 p.m »
- Joe Otterson
BritBox Beefs Up Offering With Idris Elba, Sean Bean Series in Fall Lineup
A joint venture between the BBC and ITV, BritBox offers the largest collection of British television in the U.S. But upon its launch in March, it came under some criticism that it mostly offered recycled classics and lacked many of the BBC and ITV’s new headline shows, possibly because those were reserved for other outlets such as BBC America. The new fall lineup, announced Thursday, brings a number of fresh offerings.
Critically acclaimed BBC drama “Broken” (pictured), which stars Bean as a maverick Catholic priest presiding over a parish in Northern England, will make its American debut after having launched in Britain in May. The show, created and written by Jimmy McGovern, co-stars Anna Friel, Adrian Dunbar and “Ray Donovan” star Paula Malcomson.
- Robert Mitchell
Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Corden Strip Down for Hair Crosswalk Musical
This is the crosswalk where it happened.
VideosTina Fey Crashes Weekend Update, Dings Trump for Charlottesville Response (and Stress Eats)
The two Tony winners strip down for the latest installment of “Crosswalk the Musical,” a segment which typically finds Corden, his inflated ego and a very special guest performing full-on productions of some of America’s most beloved stage shows when L.A. traffic lights turn red.
Corden, who is initially excited to »
Tina Fey Delivers Takedown of President Trump, White Supremacists on ‘Weekend Update’ (Watch)
Tina Fey turned up on Thursday’s edition of “Saturday Night Live’s” special summer “Weekend Update” episode to deliver a biting commentary on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and President Donald Trump’s response.
Fey encouraged anguished Americans to engage in “sheetcaking,” or the process of binge eating a sheet cake with an American flag design on the icing. Fey told viewers that she graduated from the University of Virginia, which is in Charlottesville, in 1992. She wore a gray sweatshirt emblazoned with the university’s logo.
“It broke my heart to see these evil forces descend on Charlottesville,” Fey said of the white supremacists rally held on Friday and Saturday. The melee among protesters and counter-protester on Saturday left a 32-year-old woman dead.
- Variety Staff
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Will Brooke Find Out About Bill’s Lies?
The Bold and the Beautiful fans want to know one thing: Is Brooke going to get rid of Bill when she finds out what he did? We asked this question more than a week ago, but it seems more and more likely this might happen. He is so focused on getting the building that Spectra has he is willing to lie to people abou the health of his niece. He’s convinced her to lie about her health so that Thomas thinks she’s actually dying. Now that he does, Bill has a better chance of taking down Sally and her business.
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Will Brooke Find Out About Bill’s Lies? »
- Tiffany Raiford
Netflix’s Phase 1 Marvel Series: Which Defender Did It Best?
With The Defenders’ finally releasing on Netflix this weekend, we will finally have answers to the questions that Marvel’s been seeding in their TV series for the past two years. The Hand, Elektra, Madam Gou… all will finally come to a head in the small screen’s answer to The Avengers. But for all the success that Marvel’s had through the streaming service, they’ve had their fair share of false starts as well. From the near-universal revulsion of Iron Fist to Elektra’s mixed reception in Daredevil Season 2, it’s been a learning process for the entertainment mogul to learn how to
Netflix’s Phase 1 Marvel Series: Which Defender Did It Best? »
- Brian Hadsell
General Hospital Spoilers: Curtis Tells Finn to Let Hayden Go
General Hospital fans are watching something awful unfold in front of their eyes. It’s been awful watching as Finn searches long and hard for Hayden, his pregnant fiancé. And now we have to watch as he realizes that she’s not coming back and that he will not find her. The worst part is absolutely watching as Curtis tries to reason with his friend. Curtis tells Finn it’s pointless to keep looking for Hayden, because it’s not going to happen. He maintains this is the best solution, and he must be able to accept that. Knowing his future wife and baby
- Tiffany Raiford
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: “Marlena” Strikes Out With Roman
Days of Our Lives spoilers tell us more is going down at the end of this week than we previously thought. We know that Hattie was trying hard to win over Roman after she took over Marlena’s life and dumped John, but it didn’t work out for her. She’s not a good person, so we aren’t surprised. Even with Marlena’s pretty face, her ugly attitude shines through like the sun on a beautiful day. The entire situation is made even worse by the fact that no one yet realizes that the real Marlena is missing. John is horrified she’s chasing
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: “Marlena” Strikes Out With Roman »
- Tiffany Raiford
Long-Rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi Solo Movie Is in Early Development
Ever since the movie-going public caught win of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, rumors have abounded concerning what their inevitable next spinoff movie was going to be. All the likely candidates were bandied about – Han Solo, Yoda, even Chewbacca – but none more so than Obi-Wan Kenobi: the well-meaning Jedi who trained young Anakin Skywalker in the ways of the Force, before coming to blows with him after he turned to the Dark Side. It makes sense why he would be the first name most people turn to when the subject shifts to Star Wars solo movies. He
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- Brian Hadsell
10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Social Network
As the cover says, you can’t get millions of friends without making a few enemies. I’m paraphrasing of course but the statement is entirely true. Facebook has become a platform where friends and family can keep in touch and even enemies can lash out from time to time so long as they follow the rules. The social media platform hasn’t been around for two decades yet and it’s become one of the most popular sites to ever exist. It’s a way for people to share virtually anything they feel is pertinent and a means by which they can inform others
10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Social Network »
Artist Shows How Pop Culture Icons Would Look In Real Life
Every time someone decides to do pop culture as they would look like in “real life” I think I hear a baby crying somewhere down the block. Honestly, some of them look fairly silly and harmless but others look like something out of a nightmare cut straight from a psychopathic vision of awful. That didn’t make sense to you did? Imagine then how a lot of people, myself included, feel about these. The artistry in them is great, don’t get that confused, but the overall feel of the picture is, well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to meet even
Artist Shows How Pop Culture Icons Would Look In Real Life »
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Kristofer Hivju
For true fans of television and film, there is an evolutionary process that is currently in overdrive. Television programming and production is being refined in the most emphatic way and this is resulting in a wide open arena for actors and actresses from around the world. Doors that have been historically closed by the Hollywood elite are being kicked in by creativity and an ever-expanding list of networks that are willing to take risks on new projects and new talent. One series that has simply torn the door from the hinges is Game of Thrones, which is produced by HBO —
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Kristofer Hivju »
- Rick Wallace
Netflix Orders Batch of Japanese Animation, Including ‘Saint Seiya’ Reboot
Netflix has ordered more than 20 new animation titles in Japan, including a reboot of the classic anime and manga “Saint Seiya.”
Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer, announced the new batch of animated series in Tokyo earlier this month. He said that 90% of the Japanese animation titles carried by the streaming service are watched in territories outside of Japan. He also said Netflix was focused on working with Japanese studios and production companies to meet the high demand for animated shows.
Two announced titles that have caused a stir are “Cannon Busters” and “Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya.” The original “Saint Seiya” manga was released more than 30 years ago, but remains popular in South America, France, Italy and China. “Saint Seiya” has already been adapted in the past into a TV series and six feature films. A new live-action “Saint Seiya” is in the works.
- Variety Japan
Why Tina Fey’s ‘Weekend Update’ Cake-Eating Stunt Sends a Mixed Message of Inaction and Privilege
Three “Saturday Night Live” alums returned to the “Weekend Update” desk for NBC’s special summer edition of the show on Thursday night, but it was Tina Fey who stole the show with her rant/performance art.
The proud University of Virginia grad wore a Uva sweatshirt to reveal just how shaken she was about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in the murder of a counter-protestor. “It broke my heart to see these evil forces descend upon Charlottesville,” she said. “Donny John comes out and he says that he condemns violence ‘on many sides.”… I’m feeling sick because I’ve seen ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and I wasn’t confused by it…Nazis are always bad.”
Riffing on how blame is almost always shifted away from what’s being critiqued »
- Hanh Nguyen
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Marvin Krondon Jones III
Fans of the underground hip hop scene in the state of California might be more familiar with Marvin Jones III as “Krondon,” who is one of the three members of Strong Arm Steady. In more recent times, some people will have heard of him because of his casting as Tobias Whale in Black Lightning, meaning that he will be playing the arch-nemesis of the titular superhero. Here are 5 things that you may or may not have known about Marvin “Krondon” Jones III: He Is Albino Krondon has albinism, which is when a person has a congenital disorder that causes
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Marvin Krondon Jones III »
- Nat Berman
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Casey Webb
Casey Webb is an American actor, producer, and art director who was born and raised in New Jersey. He is best-known for playing the role of Dinger on ‘Part Timers’. He has also had roles in ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, and ‘McDick’. He has now taken on the role of hosting ‘Man vs. Food’. This reality TV series premiered on Travel Channel in 2008 and was originally hosted by Adam Richman. Webb has now taken over the role of traveling around America to take on food related challenges. Such as eating spicy or unusual dishes or eating large quantities
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Casey Webb »
- Nat Berman
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Griffin Gluck
Griffin Gluck is an actor who is known for is role as Mason Warner on “Private Practice,” and Charlie in “Red Band Society.” You may also recognize him for his part in “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.” The young actor is an American who was born in 2000 and at the tender age of 16, he has done fairly well in his career in the industry. He’s considered to be an up and coming star and here are five things you didn’t know about him. 1. He’s a native of Los Angeles, California He was born Griffin
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Griffin Gluck »
- Dana Hanson-Firestone
‘The Three Stooges’ Set for Indian TV Revival (Exclusive)
Larry, Moe and Curly are face-slapping and eye-poking their way to India.
U.S.-based C3 Entertainment’s iconic Vaudeville comedy franchise, “The Three Stooges,” is set to be adapted for Indian television. With a working title of “Three Stooges Bole Toh Hungama Ho Gaya,” the Hindi-language series is being developed by Mumbai-based Galani Entertainments.
Galani Entertainments is linked to Vijay Galani Moviez/Film Folks, whose credits include Salman Khan vehicles “Veer” and “Suryavanshi” and “Ajnabee,” starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. New talent will be cast in the roles of Larry, Moe and Curly.
The original comedy trio featured in some 190 film shorts from 1934 to 1958, with U.S. television syndication beginning thereafter. “The most appealing factor for recreating ‘The Three Stooges’ in India is the universal appeal of the »
- Naman Ramachandran
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