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‘American Idol’: Country Star Luke Bryan to Take Second Seat at Judges Table (Exclusive)
With a week left until “American Idol” auditions are due to start, the show has confirmed Luke Bryan as a second judge, sources tell Variety. The country star will join Katy Perry for the series’ reboot on ABC. While the third spot has yet to be locked down, word from inside the production is that “Idol” will stick with a panel of three and not four judges.
Lionel Richie, who was reported to have been in advanced talks to join the show, appears to no longer be in the running. Other artists considered for the panel included Charlie Puth and Keith Urban, though it looks unlikely that either will round out the judges’ table.
ABC’s revival of the long-running Fox series has been slowly taking shape since it was announced in May. Perry was revealed to be a judge shortly after the deal at ABC was made, for a salary of $25 million.
- Shirley Halperin
‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016
In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »
David Lyle, Veteran Executive and Reality TV Champion, Dies at 67
David Lyle, a TV veteran who championed unscripted TV and headed National Geographic Channels and Fox Reality Channel, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
After working in TV in Australia and in London, Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 as head of FremantleMedia North America where he helped launch “American Idol” on Fox. He most recently served as president of Pact US, an advocacy org for unscripted TV producers.
Earlier this year, Lyle helped steer the merger of Pact US with the rival Nonfiction Producers Association, creating Npact. The organization reps most of the largest unscripted TV production companies.
“David Lyle was one of the few television executives who thrived on both a creative and business level,” said Howard T. Owens, co-CEO of Propagate Content, who worked with Lyle at Nat Geo. “He was one of the kindest, most fun, and »
- Cynthia Littleton
Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Release Date May Finally Be Revealed
The trailers and ads for The Punisher have been chock full of violence, gore, and intrigue, but they’re all missing one thing: the release date. Marvel and Netflix have been frustratingly withholding of the newest street-hero series’ premiere date, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. But it may be thanks to an […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
Greg Berlanti to Shepherd Time Travel Love Story, Football Drama Projects at CW
Greg Berlanti has signed on to executive produce two new drama projects in development at The CW, Variety has learned.
The first project is titled “Hold Fast.” It is described as an epic love story told in two timelines, following an injured Union soldier in the Reconstruction-era South who awakens reincarnated in present-day Charleston. With rapidly diminishing knowledge of his past life, he must navigate present-day relationships, including a fiancée he doesn’t remember, while uncovering what happened to his past love and searching for her. Dana Stevens will write and executive produce. Berlanti will executive produce with his producing partner Sarah Schecter.
The second, untitled project is inspired by the life of NFL football player Spencer Paysinger. It follows a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. April Blair will write and executive produce the Paysinger project, with »
- Joe Otterson
USA and Oxygen Acquire Rerun Rights to ‘Chicago P.D.’
“Chicago P.D.” is one of three Chicago-based procedurals that have become pillars of NBC’s primetime lineup. “Chicago Fire” launched the franchise in 2012, followed by “Chicago P.D.” in 2014 and “Chicago Med” in 2015. Last season, NBC fielded a fourth installment, the legal-themed “Chicago Justice,” but the show was not renewed for a second year.
The “Chicago” shows have been solid performers for NBC but according to industry sources they have been a tough sell in domestic syndication. “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” have been on the market for some time. Industry sources said “P.D.” in the combined deal with NBCUniversal siblings USA and Oxygen fetched about $500,000 an episode. That »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Trailer: Does Reboot Honor Your Childhood?
Lotsa foam rubber and loads of corny jokes are on display in the trailer for Amazon’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters reboot.
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Arriving Friday, Oct. 13 and counting Sid and Marty Krofft among its executive producers, the new-ish Sigmund and the Sea Monsters follows Johnny (played by Solomon Stewart) and Scotty (Kyle Breitkopf), beachcombing brothers who find, no, not Pokemon, but Sigmund – a real, live sea monster.
Keeping their fun find a secret (gotta running, gotta hiding and all) may be nearly impossible since the town’s overzealous Captain Barnabas (hey, it’s David Arquette! »
TV Ratings: Sunday Night Football Down in Week 3
The “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Washington and Oakland delivered a one-sided game for viewers and a weakened ratings return for NBC.
With Washington dominating throughout and ultimately winning 27-10, “Sunday Night Football” averaged an 11.6 rating in Nielsen’s metered-market household numbers. That’s down 11% from early numbers for the third week of the season last year.
Earlier in the day, ratings for CBS’ NFL doubleheader were up 4% from the same week last year. The early regional game drew an 10.0 in overnights, up 11% from last year. CBS’ later game drew a 13.8, down 1% from last year.
Earlier in the week, “Thursday Night Football” saw a ratings surge with Los Angeles Rams-San Fransisco 49ers on NFL Network drawing a 4.4 final household rating, up 38% from week three, and 7.4 million total viewers, up 47% from last week.
More to come … »
- Daniel Holloway
Trekkies Had Strong Feelings About the Star Trek: Discovery Premiere
The series centers on the Vulcan-raised human Commander Michael Burnam (Sonequa Martin-Green) who finds herself on the U.S.S. Discovery for reasons currently unknown.
On Sunday evening,
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- Keisha Hatchett
Megyn Kelly Turns Away from Politics and Toward Morning TV In New Launch
Megyn Kelly isn’t playing politics anymore – at least not on camera.
The former Fox News anchor vowed to put aside the hard-edged interviewing that made her famous and turned her energy Monday full-bore into the launch of a new morning program, in one of the bigger bets NBC has made on a single talent since, perhaps, it named an unknown Conan O’Brien to succeed David Letterman at the helm of its wee-hours “Late Night” franchise.
Kelly told a live studio audience in the opening moments of her new “Megyn Kelly Today” that “I’m kind of done with politics for now” and said she hoped instead to help viewers “get yourself through the day, to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear – and maybe a little hope to start your day. Some fun! That’s what we want to be doing.”
The mission represents a marked change for the popular news anchor »
- Brian Steinberg
Here's What Previous Star Trek Stars Think of Discovery
Now that the two-part premiere has debuted, many Star Trek alums have weighed in on the latest installment of the legendary
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- Sadie Gennis
Megyn Kelly Today Wants to Avoid Politics, But That's Impossible
Megyn Kelly's Sunday night newsmagazine is a flop so her daily morning show, which airs as the 9am hour of Today and premiered Monday, is under a lot of pressure to make her move to NBC News from Fox News worthwhile.
The good news is that Megyn Kelly Today will probably avoid fiascos like the
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- Liam Mathews
Megyn Kelly's Today Debut — How'd the Former Fox News Anchor Do?
“You’ll know who I am by the songs that I sing.”
That lyric from the John Denver ballad “Today” featured prominently in Megyn Kelly‘s Today debut Monday, an hour the former Fox News host repeatedly insisted would be hopeful, empowering, optimistic and “fun.”
“I am done with politics,” Kelly told the in-studio crowd during the third hour of NBC’s daily morning show, which opened with her giving a monologue about why she’d transitioned from cable news to daytime TV. »
‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What to Expect From Episode 3 and Why the Show Will Always Respect Canon
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”]
When it comes to CBS All Access’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” the show’s ambitions cannot be defined as modest. “We want to create a world that feels real, and dimensional, and authentic, and not just that reflect, I think, the complicated moral quandaries that define ‘Star Trek,’ but also that bring the audience into a very visceral approach to the feel of the universe,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman told IndieWire.
Fans tuning into the first two episodes Sunday night were in for a wild ride, as the newest iteration of the “Trek” brand subverted all expectations, killing Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and sentencing Lt. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to life in prison as punishment for becoming Starfleet’s first-ever mutineer. Following these two episodes, the question becomes what’s in store for fans going forward — and while Kurtzman didn’t offer up any specific details, he was able »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Empire Promotes Rumer Willis to Full-Fledged Series Regular in Season 4
Rumor had it we’d be seeing a lot more of Tory Ash this season on Empire, and now we know why: Rumer Willis is an official full-timer.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Fox hit — which kicks off its fourth season on Wednesday (8/7c) — has upped the actress-singer to a series regular. Willis joined Empire as the sneaky chanteuse in Season 3, appearing in a total of four episodes. We’re told Tory’s attempt to make a crossover comeback and her unwillingness to shy away from controversy will continue to have ripple effects in Season 4.
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John Landgraf Mounts His Silicon Valley Counteroffensive With New Service FX+
Now the 21st Century Fox-owned cable group is announcing that when FX+ makes Cox Communications its second pay-tv partner in October, the available library will double in size to include many of the series that weren’t included in the Comcast launch, including “Atlanta,” “The Americans” and “Better Things.”
The quick expansion of the FX+ library reflects the importance of the new product to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf, who also oversees channels Fxx and Fxm. But getting as many series as possible under FX+ is requiring his taking a hard stance against the lucrative exclusive licensing pacts with streaming services that cover some of the network’s most prominent original programs of recent years.
- Andrew Wallenstein
“Get Out” Officially Begins Its Oscar Campaign
It’s been the year for horror films, and what Jordan Peele gave us with his movie Get Out has been more than anyone of us could’ve asked for. The success of the film has been unprecedented. Critics and fans alike have raved about the film in every way, praising both Peele for his imaginative directorial debut and star Daniel Kaluuya for his stellar and believable performance. Ever since the movie came out in February, people have been talking about the possibility of Academy Awards recognition, and it looks like things are heading that way for the movie. The Hamptons International
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- Jennifer Borama
‘The Good Doctor’ Review: Freddie Highmore Can’t Save an Extreme ‘House’ Makeover Gone Wrong
“The Good Doctor” is as simple in spirit as its title implies and equally uninteresting. Freddie Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, an autistic surgeon looking for a new start at San Jose’s St. Bonaventure Hospital. Because of Shaun’s disorder, it’s hard for him to find a job worthy of his exceptional talents. Luckily, he’s got a higher-up in his corner: Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) has known Shaun for years and spends the pilot episode making a passionate case for hiring Shaun, as the skeptical hospital board members sit and wait to interview the titular good doctor themselves.
Bouncing between Shaun’s arduous journey to the interview, flashbacks to his childhood, and the vehement boardroom debate, the first hour isn’t short on drama, but it still lags. Shaun says he’s right, and other doctors tell him he’s wrong. They realize he’s smarter »
- Ben Travers
Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino Ink Overall Deal at Amazon Studios
The husband and wife team currently serve as executive producers on the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is written and directed by Sherman-Palladino. The series was picked up for two seasons in April, the first multi-season order for a new series in Amazon’s history. It follows a 1950’s New York housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who discovers a talent for stand up comedy. The pilot became available on Amazon Prime in March.
“Amy and Dan are brilliant,” said Joe Lewis, head of comedy, Drama and Vr for Amazon Studios. “Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people. Also, Amy has the best hats in show business. We’re excited about the next two seasons of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ with them and, with »
- Joe Otterson
Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino Ink Amazon Studios Overall Deal
Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the duo behind the upcoming Amazon original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Under the multi-year pact, Sherman-Palladino and Palladino will work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which debuts this fall on Prime Video, as well as develop new series for the streaming service. Written, directed and executive produced by Gilmore Girls creator Sherman-Palladino and executive produced by… »
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