TV News Roundup: ‘Scream’ Season 3 to Feature New Cast, Adds Queen Latifah as Ep
In today’s roundup, “Scream” Season 3 is moving forward, Amazon Prime announced the premiere date for “The Tick,” and Ryan Seacrest Productions and Edemol Shine North America will produce a new talent competition show on YouTube.
MTV released some new details regarding the third season of “Scream.” The show will feature a whole new cast and creative reboot, and will be executive produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Conpere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. In addition, Brian Matthews has joined as showrunner and Harvey and Bob Weinstein will continue as executive producers under the Dimension TV umbrella. Additional executive producers include Wes Craven, Tony Disanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad. Matthew Signer & Keith Levine are producers.
Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America will produce a new exclusive-to-YouTube talent competition series “Best.Cover.Ever.” The show will be hosted by Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris and feature Demi Lovato, the »
- Erin Nyren
TV Ratings: ‘Great News’ Debuts Solid on NBC
“Great News” got off to a respectable start on NBC Tuesday night, with back-to-back episodes of the series winning their timeslots in adults 18-49.
The new comedy from executive producers Tracey Wigfield, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jack Burditt, and David Miner scored a 1.2 rating and 5.2 million viewers at 9 p.m. That puts it above the debut of fellow NBC comedy “Powerless” (1.1, 3.1 million) back in February, but below the debut of “Trial & Error” (1.4, 5.9 million) in March. The 9:30 p.m. episode of “Great News” dipped to a 1.0 and 4.3 million, according to Nielsen overnight data.
CBS aired mostly repeats for the night, except at 10 p.m., when it debuted “48 Hours: NCIS” (0.7, 5.3 million).
- Joe Otterson
One of Jonathan Demme’s Last Projects Was Directing Tonight’s Episode of ‘Shots Fired’
One of Jonathan Demme’s last projects was directing an episode of Fox’s “Shots Fired” that will air tonight just hours after his death at 73. Series creators and producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood released a statement Wednesday morning about the director’s passing, noting that there will be an “In Memoriam” card on the episode. “We mourn the passing of Jonathan Demme,” they wrote. “He was a tremendous artist who shared our belief that art can change the world. He was a gift, and he made every one around him better. He taught us to care a little bit more, »
- Carli Velocci
Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’ (Exclusive)
Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.
The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving L.A.,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”
- Joe Otterson
’13 Reasons Why’ Nears Season 2 Renewal At Netflix
It’s not official yet but indications are that 13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s adaption of the bestselling 2007 Ya book by Jay Asher, would be getting a second-season renewal soon. That wouldn’t be a surprise — executive produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why has been well received by critics and has created buzz on social media, quickly developing a following. The series follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box… »
The 100 Review: In Case of Emergency, “Dnr”
The clock is ticking toward the second nuclear apocalypse, and all of our heroes (and villains) on The 100 are searching for ways to survive and cope with it. As the time winds down, different people have reached different conclusions about how they should approach the end of the world. The one thing that they all have in common, though, is that they’re compelling and exciting. It seems like The 100 maintains a high level of intensity at all times, but hey. I’m not mad about it. This week on The 100: The grounder clans battle over which clan gets to live in the bunker, so
The 100 Review: In Case of Emergency, “Dnr” »
- Nick Hogan
Want to Get Really Freaked Out? Watch “The Good Son” as An Adult
I was watching TV the other day and The Good Son was on. When I first saw it I think I was a teenager. The movie came out in 1993 so I’d have been 14 at the time but there’s no way I saw it in the theater. I want to say I first saw it when it aired on HBO. Remember when they’d play movies 1600 times when they first aired on the channel? Actually they still do that but I digress. At that time, to my teenage self The Good Son was merely just a “thriller” type movie
Want to Get Really Freaked Out? Watch “The Good Son” as An Adult »
- Nat Berman
Discovery Asia Strikes Dual Digital Deals With Vs Media, Tabilabo
Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has struck two new partnerships in Asia. One is with Vs Media, a multichannel network addressing digital natives in Greater China. The other is with Tabilabo, a leading digital media and technology businesses in Japan.
The deals are among a series of measures intended to help Discovery connect with hundreds of millions of younger, predominantly mobile, consumers in Asia Pacific, who may not be fully served by the group’s linear channels and current digital offerings.
Having last year acquired a minority stake in Vs Media, Discovery is now partnering with Vs to launch Tanba, a platform for customized short-form video that stimulates curiosity and new learning. Material is sourced from Discovery’s global catalogue and is localized by Vs Media to deliver packages of video content on subjects ranging from health and wellness, science and technology, travel and lifestyle, art and fashion, to history and nature.
- Patrick Frater
Empire: Did Donald Trump/Billy Bush Fiasco Inspire Cookie/Angelo Twist?
The following story contains spoilers from this week’s Empire. Proceed at your own peril.
Hell hath no fury like the Dubois family scorned.
In Wednesday’s Empire, Cookie rejected Angelo’s marriage proposal and then indirectly torpedoed his political career when his subsequent meltdown was caught on a hot mic (sound familiar?). Below, Ilene Chaiken assesses the fallout from the scandal and weighs in on whether a certain Access Hollywood tape inspired the plot twist.
Tvline | Is it just me or does Angelo have some serious anger management issues? That was quite a freakout.
I would argue that his freakout was justified. »
The 100 Star Breaks Down Raven's 'Selfish' Decision: 'I Was Shocked'
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But before we dive in, a quick recap of the episode: While Clarke attempted (unsuccessfully) to establish herself as the new Commander, Octavia traded her gardening tools for weapons to join the battle of the tribes. Back at Arkadia, Jasper and Harper — among a handful of other hopeless teens — decided to party their way to the grave, rather than join the others in the bunker.
This brings us to Raven, who »
Arrow Recap: In Love and War — Plus, Felicity's [Spoiler] Returns Next Week
This week’s episode of Arrow, despite its synopsis, wasn’t so much about the manhunt for Adrian Chase but the lengths that different factions were willing to go, who they would betray, to succeed.
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With Chase in the wind for a week and neither Team Arrow, A.R.G.U.S. nor the Scpd anywhere close to closing in on him, Felicity appealed to Helix for their special kind of help. After accidentally killing an A.R.G.U.S. operative via elevator, Alena shared that Helix found Cayden James has tech that »
Writers Guild Talks Going Down to the Wire as Hollywood Wonders Why
Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike.
Sources tell Variety that there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as both camps are observing a media blackout.
On Tuesday, sources said the AMPTP made some adjustments to the previous offer extended to the WGA on April 13. The studio side was awaiting a detailed response from WGA on Wednesday. One person noted that on Tuesday WGA negotiators came into the room toting papers with “96.3%” printed out in large type — a reference to the record percentage of eligible guild members who supported the strike authorization vote.
Sources characterized the mood in the room at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California »
- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton
A List of All the Espn Employees Who Got Laid Off
Yesterday it was announced that Espn would be letting go of around 40 on-air personalities that included television and radio. Today that number ballooned to around 100. It was Espn’s most feasible way to stop the bleeding from the decrease in cable subscriptions. The layoffs were first announced last month. “We have long been about serving fans and innovating to create the best content for them. Today’s fans consume content in many different ways and we are in a continuous process of adapting to change and improving what we do,” Espn said in a March statement. “Inevitably, that has consequences for how
A List of All the Espn Employees Who Got Laid Off »
- Nat Berman
‘The Simpsons’ Looks At Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office
The Simpsons is giving its take on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office — and it’s not a pretty picture. It is a dark and stormy night. A lifeless Sean Spicer hangs from the rafters next to his podium. Kellyanne Conway flees in terror — at the prospect of replacing him. A pair of White House inner-circle power players are attacking each other. And Potus is sitting in bed, phone in hand, books at his sides (including Florida on $10 Million a Day), audibly… »
Dish, Hearst Reach New Retrans Agreement
Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a new retransmission consent agreement covering the broadcaster’s 31 local stations.
Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. The deal ends a blackout of Hearst stations on Dish services that began in early March, affecting stations in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla.
Dish has, in recent years, engaged in frequent retrans standoffs with broadcast groups including Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media, Tegna Media and CBS Corp. Hearst, for its part, saw its stations go dark on DirecTV for six days in January while a retrans deal was hammered out.
Tensions between programmers and distributors are rising at a time when both sides are feeling the effects of heightened competition for viewers and new entrants in the pay-tv eco-system, including a number of so-called “skinny bundles,” broadband-delivered channel packages.
Dish and other MVPDs have pushed for the overhaul of FCC rules governing retransmission consent agreements »
- Daniel Holloway
Dish Network & Hearst TV End Blackout With New Deal
Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a deal on a new multiyear carriage agreement, ending an impasse that has left satellite customers in 26 markets unable to watch the broadcaster's stations since March 3. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Hearst has 15 ABC affiliates and 12 with NBC along with a handful of CBS and the CW outlets in markets including Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. Per usual, the companies had disagreed about price… »
Eva Longoria on Her ‘Empire’ Role, Directing and Possible ‘Desperate Housewives’ Reunion
Longoria’s three-episode stint on “Empire” is one of many projects she’s currently juggling, along with a Fox comedy pilot, “Type A,” which is in contention for the 2017-2018 season, and the upcoming film “Lowriders,” which hits theaters next month. Since her hit show “Desperate Housewives” went off the air, the multi-hyphenate has focused primarily on her jam-packed production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and directing, with credits including episodes of “Black-ish” and “Jane the Virgin.”
Here, Longoria talks to Variety about her special guest role on “Empire” — plus, would she ever consider a “Desperate Housewives” revival?
Why did you want to join “Empire” and how did it come about?
I’ve been a fan of Danny Strong and of course Lee [Daniels] for a long time, and Terrence [Howard] and I have been friends for »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
TV Industry Braces for Disruption From Possible WGA Strike
In an internal letter this week, WGA leaders told members who have volunteered to serve as strike captains to be prepared for immediate action should a work stoppage be triggered after the guild’s contract with producers expires at midnight Pt out May 1.
“If it happens, we will be out there on May 2 with signs,” a union insider told Variety.
That dispels any notion that the writers would delay picketing at the start of a strike, a move that had been considered. It also raises the possibility that media buyers and others will have to pass picket lines on their way into the major networks’ upfront presentations in New York.
Contract talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed on Tuesday after a weeklong break. The clock is ticking for negotiators as the contract expires in five days. Sources close to the situation said there were lengthy discussions at the bargaining »
- Daniel Holloway
“Glass” Marks a 17 Year Later Sequel to the Movie “Unbreakable” from M. Night Shyamalan
I’m a huge fan of the movie Unbreakable. I always felt it was an incredible homage to comic books but also just an extremely well done film. It was after Unbreakable that we saw M. Night’s decline as a director. Thankfully he came back in a big way this year with Split. Personally I think if not for Split we wouldn’t even be having this conversation or announcement that we got today. But given how big a hit Split was, I’m pretty sure this gives M. Night a free pass at another 5 or 6 films before people start getting
- Nat Berman
‘Singularity’: Amanda Lund To Star In FX Comedy Pilot
Amanda Lund is set as a female lead opposite Damon Wayans Jr. in Singularity, FX's futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society. Lund will play Anna, an unfailingly optimistic, sweet, book-smart Ph.D. graduate who no longer has use for her degree and finds joy… »
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