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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
‘The Voice’ Sings Praises for Season 12 Winner
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “The Voice” Season 12 finale, which aired May 23 on NBC.
“The Voice” finally reached the end of Season 12 on Tuesday night, crowning Chris Blue as the winner for Team Alicia. He beat out fellow finalists Lauren Duski, Aliyah Moulden, and Jesse Larsons for the title of the NBC competition. Duski and Moulden from Team Blake placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
This is the first win for coach Alicia Keys, making her the second female to win after Christina Aguilera won with Alisan Porter in Season 9. Keys placed third in her coaching debut during Season 11 with Wé McDonald.
Season 12 of “The Voice” saw the return of coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Keys, however, Stefani was the only mentor to not have a representative in the finale. Stefani and Keys will be replaced by returning coach Miley Cyrus and Season 3 advisor Jennifer Hudson on the panel »
- JD Knapp
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Donal Logue
There are some stars that you simply can’t help but like. While they have ascended to a high level of exposure and celebrity, they still seem grounded, and they always seem to have their hands is something worthwhile outside of their craft. One such celebrity is Donal Logue, who has grown so much since his days on MTV back in the early 90s. Who didn’t love this guy as Jimmy the Cab Driver? He was great on “Life” and The Two of Steve. As of late, the star has been extremely busy with acting, but since we are talking about
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- Nat Berman
Jon Stewart and HBO Made The Right Call to Kill Their Animated Cable News Parody, and Here’s Why
For Jon Stewart, the idea seemed like a natural fit: An animated daily show parodying cable news that could comment on current events in real time.
But after a lengthy development, Stewart and HBO officially pulled the plug this Tuesday. And it was probably for the best.
As part of its 4-year deal with Stewart, HBO built him an animation studio in New Jersey. He started working with 3D graphics company Otoy on the creation of short-form video projects.
The idea: Stewart would come up with a way to produce animated shorts online throughout the day that would post almost immediately after news arises. A web destination (think “The Onion”) would be created, and the shorts would be collected into a half-hour version that would also air on the linear HBO channel.
“It allows him to comment in »
- Michael Schneider
How Has The Show Baby Daddy Lasted Six Seasons?
With the surprise news that Baby Daddy was cancelled at the end of Season 6, fans of the show are bewildered. The final episode became the series finale quite unexpectedly. The show has been aired for six seasons and a total of 100 episodes. Faithful followers of the series know that the ending was “a make-shift series finale” as writer Andy Swift for TVLine so aptly put it. The facts are that the cable network Freeform, owned by Disney, dropped Baby Daddy even though unofficially it had been picked up for a seventh season. Dan Berendsen, who created the comedy,
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- Nat Berman
Cute Artwork Shows Kids With Their Superhero Shadows
When it comes to children and superheroes it’s an innocent and touching relationship. Children often want to be like their favorite superheroes and often mimic their actions and even outfits. But rarely is it captured in such a way that we can consider it art. But luckily for us there’s an artist out there who had the ability to create an interesting concept around children and their love of these amazing characters they get to see on the big screen. According to The Mary Sue Artist Jason Ratliff creates beautiful, touching works that depict the legendary figures we aspire to
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- Nat Berman
‘Becoming Bond’ Director Sees George Lazenby and Daniel Craig as Kindred Spirits
Every serious 007 fan has a particular film that hooked them on the franchise. For Josh Greenbaum, the writer and director of Hulu’s new docudrama “Becoming Bond,” that film was the Pierce Brosnan blockbuster “GoldenEye.”
“That’s the one that did it for me,” says Greenbaum at a premiere screening at Cinefamily. “As many people my age will attest, the Nintendo game version of that film was huge. It took the movie and turned it into a first-person shooter where you could walk around the sets of a real James Bond film and kill your friends.”
“Becoming Bond” tells the unlikely story of George Lazenby, a charismatic Australian fashion model who fibbed his way into starring in the 1969 classic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Though many Bond aficionados consider it one of the best entries in the series, Lazenby stunned audiences around the world when he walked away from the role after just one film.
- Matthew Chernov
Logan Gets The Honest Trailer Treatment and It was a Huge Challenge
If you’re a big movie fan then there’s a very good chance you’ve heard of the Screenjunkies web series “Honest movie trailers.” These guys take apart movies and create parody trailers with hilarious narrating that essentially exposes all films for what they really are. The channel has garnered millions of subscribers and their videos hundreds of millions of views. In their 200th episode they decided to take on their biggest challenge yet in Logan. Many viewers are hoping that Logan can be an Oscar contender, though there’s a long way to go in awards season. According to Screenrant: With Logan now
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- Nat Berman
Former News Corp. Exec David Haslingden Sells Business to Blue Ant (Exclusive)
Producer, distributor, and channel operator Blue Ant Media has bought Racat Group, the media firm set up by former Fox Networks Group president and Rupert Murdoch lieutenant David Haslingden. Under the cash-plus-equity deal, Haslingden will retain a significant stake in the enlarged Blue Ant.
The agreement gives Toronto-based Blue Ant natural-history producer Nhnz, Australian production company Northern Pictures, and Singapore’s Beach House Pictures. It also gets DirecTV joint-venture kids net ZooMoo and mobile-games business Runaway Play.
The deal has been a long time in the making, Michael MacMillan, Blue Ant CEO, told Variety. “It positions us more deeply in the international market and in content creation,” he said. “We have a significant new shareholder with David, and with Ward Platt and the executives in the Racat Group, we have significantly grown our senior executive team.”
Haslingden will sit on the Blue Ant board. He was president of Fox Networks Group, News »
- Stewart Clarke
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
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- 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? »
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