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Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston
The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star. »
- Joe Otterson
Doug Liman’s ‘Impulse’ Gets Series Order From YouTube Red
YouTube has given a series order to “Impulse,” a drama from Universal Cable Productions and executive producer Doug Liman of Hypnotic. The series is based on the third novel in the “Jumper” series by Steven Gould.
The new series is slated to premiere on subscription-video service YouTube Red in 2018.
“This unique thriller pulled us in right from the opening scene,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “We are thrilled to be in business with Doug Liman and everyone at Ucp and Hypnotic.”
“We are very excited to be working with Susanne, YouTube and Hypnotic on ‘Impulse’,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and president, Universal Cable Productions. “It’s always fun to start work on a new series, especially when it’s with a partner like YouTube that »
- Daniel Holloway
AMC Renews ‘Better Call Saul’ for Season 4
Exec produced by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the lawyer character introduced to viewers as Saul Goodman on the Gilligan-created “Breaking Bad.” The series is the third most watched scripted cable drama so far this year among viewers 25-54, averaging 1.98 million such viewers in Nielsen live-plus-three numbers.
“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with ‘Better Call Saul.’ Bring on season four!”
“Better Call Saul” was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016, including outstanding drama series and outstanding actor in a drama series for Odenkirk.
- Daniel Holloway
Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations
In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.
The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »
- Ashley Boucher
Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Beats Stephen Colbert for First Time Since Before Inauguration
Jimmy Fallon has bested Stephen Colbert in the ratings for the first time since the week before Donald Trump’s inauguration. “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Fallon, won late-night last week with most total viewers, averaging 2.66 million viewers overall compared to “The Late Show’s” 2.62 million. Fallon also saw a 62 percent demo margin over Colbert, which is its highest since the week of Jan. 9-13. He had a 0.68 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, compared to Colbert’s 0.42. This is the second week in a row that “The Tonight Show” can claim its biggest margin of victory versus its »
- Carli Velocci
Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season
Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »
- Jeremy Fuster
Lauren Graham cast in Disney Junior’s ‘Vampirina’: Could she finally win that elusive Emmy?
Lauren Graham has been cast in a new TV role, which raises the perennial question, could it finally win her that elusive Emmy? She has been cast in the Disney Junior animated series “Vampirina” as Oxana Hauntly, the mother of the title character. James Van Der Beek has been cast alongside her as her husband […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Bests ‘The Bachelorette’ for NBC Win
“American Ninja Warrior” led NBC to a win Monday night, besting ABC and “The Bachelorette” as well as Fox and “So You Think You Can Dance.” NBC’s agility competition averaged a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and 6 million total viewers in its airing from 8-10 p.m. NBC tied with ABC for first in ratings with a 1.3, but was first in total viewers with 5.3 million viewers. Aside from “American Ninja Warrior,” its airing of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” in the 10 p.m. hour garnered a 1.1 rating and 3.9 million viewers. Also Read: Ratings: NBC Tops ABC on »
- Linda Ge
Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017
Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to SyFy channel
“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.
Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.
He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms. »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Sissy Spacek to Make Return to Stephen King Multiverse in ‘Castle Rock’
Sissy Spacek is making her return to the Stephen King multiverse in the upcoming Hulu series “Castle Rock.” In “Castle Rock” she will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland). Henry is the series lead — a retired professor with fading memories and a complicated history about the town. One of Spacek’s best known roles is thanks to a King work. She starred in the 1976 adaptation of “Carrie,” in which she played the titular, telekinetic high schooler. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. Also Read: 'Moonlight' Star André Holland Cast as Lead Stephen King. »
- Carli Velocci
‘Ballers’ Season 3: Dwayne Johnson’s Spencer Strasmore returns July 23 with fresh outlook on life
When HBO’s comedy series “Ballers” returns for Season 3 on Sunday, July 23, Dwayne Johnson‘s retired NFL star Spencer Strasmore will have a fresh outlook on life. The new season finds Spencer trying to create bonds with athletes and partners in Miami, Fl after recently undergoing hip surgery and baring his soul at a convention […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
TV Exec Who Discovered Roger Ailes Is Facing Sexual Harassment Claims
Woody Fraser, the 82-year-old creator of “The Mike Douglas Show” and many other programs, is attempting to turn the tables on Bloom by preemptively announcing that she is targeting him. According to Fraser, two women have hired the attorney and demanded a significant sum to make the allegations go away. He said they have threatened to go public within the next few days.
“I do not possess the financial resources demanded by Ms. Bloom to prevent a media circus,” Fraser said in a statement. “So, instead, I am going to take away the hammer of publicity and am letting the public know that these unfounded claims are about to be aired publicly, including an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.' »
- Gene Maddaus
The Blacklist Is Losing One of Its Badasses
Murciano tweeted Monday (June 27th) that he would not be returning to the show next year, and it sounds like it might not have been entirely his decision. The tweet reads: "Hi guys
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- Lindsay Macdonald
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’-Themed Protesters Shame Republicans on Behalf of Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood held a demonstration inspired by Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, with demonstrators dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets to protest the Senate’s proposed health care legislation. Republicans on Tuesday delayed a vote for the bill, which would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and prevent women from using federal tax credits to buy insurance plans covering abortion services.
Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Intriguing Season 2 Secrets Revealed After Brutal Season Finale
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” revolves around a woman named Offred (Elisabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women left in Gilead, a dystopia where the birth rate is dangerously low and women no longer have rights. Offred is therefore a “vessel” for the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski), but clings to her past, when she was »
- Graham Winfrey
Shadowhunters Cast Plays 'Who Would You Rather Kiss?'
Clary's (Katherine McNamara) mind might say she's in love with Simon (Alberto Rosende), but her heart is clearly still with Jace (Dominic Sherwood) if Shadowhunters' little trip to the Seelie Court is any indication. When given the ultimatum to kiss the man she truly desired to set them all free,
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- Lindsay Macdonald
‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ to Launch Monologue Recap on Amazon’s Echo Show Device
NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is about to get yet another digital destination: Amazon’s Echo Show voice-activated video device.
Starting Wednesday, users of the $230 Echo Show will be able to watch a video replay of Fallon’s “Tonight Show” monologue from the previous night. After subscribing to the show’s flash briefing in their settings, users can start playing the video clip on the Echo Show’s 7-inch screen just by saying, “Alexa, what is my flash briefing?”
Currently, the “Tonight Show” flash briefing is the only recap-segment content on Alexa for Echo Show, according to Amazon. But there are several other flash briefings that have been optimized for video on Echo Show from content partners including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, TechCrunch and People.
Of course, not many people will be able to catch the first installment or two of Fallon’s monologue replays: Amazon is set to begin shipping the Echo Show on »
- Todd Spangler
Bill Cosby Calls Reports of Sexual Assault ‘Town Halls’ False ‘Propaganda’
Bill Cosby has ruled out holding a series of “town halls” to discuss sexual assault, an idea first floated by his publicists last week.
“The current propaganda that I am going to conduct a sexual assault tour is false,” Cosby said in a statement, issued by spokesman Andrew Wyatt. “Any further information about public plans will be given at the appropriate time.”
A Pennsylvania jury failed to reach a verdict earlier this month on charges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. The district attorney has announced he intends to retry the 79-year-old comedian.
Cosby’s publicists took the outcome of the trial as a victory. Wyatt and a colleague, Ebonee Benson, went on Wbrc, a local Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss Cosby’s plans for the future. They indicated that Cosby would share lessons on how to avoid being falsely accused of sexual misconduct.
“We’re now planning town halls and we »
- Gene Maddaus
Time Warner’s Turner Projects Volume Gains in TV Upfront
Time Warner’s Turner expects to capture a greater volume of advance ad commitments in TV’s annual upfront marketplace, the latest indication that the TV industry may be faring better than expected in its efforts to woo Madison Avenue to its programs despite changes in audience behavior sparked by the advent of new video-streaming technology.
Turner, which operates TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim and other cable-tv networks, has completed approximately 80% of its negotiations with media agencies, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company expects its volume of advance ad commitments to rise by an increase in the mid-single-digit percentage range, this person said. In 2016, Turner’s volume was seen rising between 2% and 4%. Drawing a straight line from upfront talks to tangible cash is difficult, but Turner’s ad revenue rose 3%, or $126 million, in 2016, according to its parent company. Advertiser interest in sports and news programming played a key role in the rise.
- Brian Steinberg
Zoo's Billy Burke Previews Season 3 of 'The Wackiest Show on Television'
PhotosZoo First Look: See How ‘Dead’ Mitch Spent the Past Decade!
One need look no further than Zoo‘s sophomore finale for proof of its “anything goes” ambitions, as a pack of hybrid creatures attacked veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan, who had sacrificed his life for a greater good. Cue a 10-year time jump, where a sterilized mankind is watching the last of the children graduate grade school, »
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