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‘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… »
‘The President is Missing’: Showtime Adapting Bill Clinton & James Patterson’s Thriller Novel Into a TV Show
2013 was a big year for fictional movie thrillers involving the President of the United States, with Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down both blasting into theaters within three months of each other. Those were simpler times when movies about the president didn’t pale in comparison to the hellish nightmare of the behavior of the actual […]
- Ben Pearson
Fox Developing Drama Based on Book ‘Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class’ (Exclusive)
Fox has ordered a script for a drama series based on the book “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The book by Lawrence Otis Graham was a non-fiction piece in which Graham interviewed members of some of the most prominent black families in America. The series is described as a multi-generational family drama uncovering the lives of America’s black upper class by chronicling a dazzling Chicago dynasty with a dark secret threatening to rip it apart.
Should it move forward, “Our Kind of People” would be the latest Fox show to focus on wealthy black Americans. The network has found great success with “Empire,” which explores the drama inside of a multi-million dollar family-run record label headed by characters played by Terrence Howard and »
- Joe Otterson
The Last Ship to End After Season 5? 'Far Too Early' to Tell, TNT Responds
The Nathan James hasn’t necessarily been decommissioned just yet.
RelatedCable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?
TNT tells TVLine that contrary to what The Last Ship cast member Travis Van Winkle, who plays Danny Green, announced (and later deleted) via Instagram earlier this week, the action-drama is not necessarily heading into dry dock after next summer’s Season 5.
“We shot two seasons simultaneously; the fourth is currently on the air and the fifth will return next summer,” reads the network’s statement. “We greenlit the fifth with the idea that it could be the final season, however »
Gordon Ramsay ‘24 Hours To Hell & Back’ Restaurant Series Gets Fox Order
Gordon Ramsay is expanding his Fox portfolio with a new unscripted series. The network has ordered eight episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back, a restaurant makeover show from the Emmy-nominated host, chef, producer and hospitality expert. Produced by Studio Ramsay, the series will feature Ramsay going through hell in order to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all within 24 hours. It’s in the vein of Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, in which he… »
Arrowverse Crossover: Quantico's Russell Tovey Cast as Gay Superhero
Where there’s a will, there’s… The Ray: Quantico and Looking vet Russell Tovey has been tapped to play gay superhero The Ray in The CW’s four-part Arrow-verse crossover, TVLine has learned. What’s more, Tovey will also voice the role of The Ray in CW Seed’s forthcoming animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
RelatedArrowverse Crossover: [Spoiler]’s Wedding Confirmed in Key Art
The official character description for The Ray is as follows:
Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. »
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
TVLine Items: The X-Files Goes 'Home' Again, Discovery After-Show and More
The X-Files is bringing back one of its most memorable faces — but there’s a twist.
Karin Konoval, who played a nightmare-inducing, mutant-breeding amputee in the iconic 1996 episode “Home,” will appear in Season 11 in multiple roles, EW.com reports.
The X-Files is slated to return midseason on Fox.
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* Star Trek: Discovery is getting its own live after-show: After Trek will debut this Sunday at 11 pm Et/8 pm Pt on CBS All Access, following Discovery‘s series premiere, »
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
When Does Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Premiere?
Your favorite ridiculously good-looking doctors are back!
Grey's Anatomy returns for Season 14 with a special two-hour premiere Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on ABC and, per usual, there's major drama ahead. When we last caught up with the Grey Sloan crew, Owen (Kevin McKidd) found out his missing kid
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- Keisha Hatchett
New Character Posters for Blade Runner 2049
Ever notice how the future seems to look so bleak for humanity? Blade Runner 2049 isn’t about to change that picture with its new character posters designed to give a little better look at what’s coming. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are teaming up in this film to bridge the gap between the 1982 masterpiece and the future in a way that will redefine the film and give new meaning to what it is to be human. So far the trailers look just awesome and the plot has changed just enough to keep the ball rolling and the action as
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Performer of the Week: Paula Malcomson
The Performer | Paula Malcomson
The Show | Ray Donovan
The Episode | “Shelley Duvall” (Sept. 17, 2017)
The Performance | We’re still not happy with Ray Donovan for saddling Abby with terminal cancer, but damn if Malcomson’s tour-de-force performance isn’t providing us with one helluva silver lining. And that was especially true in Sunday’s episode, which found Abby at her most emotionally and physically vulnerable as the disease continued its lethal progression.
A remote ice-skating rink provided the setting for what would be Malcomson’s strongest work on the show to date, as Ray (Liev Schreiber) “bullied” his pale, withered other »
Seth Meyers Calls Out Spicer for Lying About Lying Following Emmys Cameo
The Late Night host chided the former White House Press Secretary during Friday’s show, following an interview on Good Morning America in which he claimed that he never “knowingly” lied to the American people.
“You never lied to the American people?” Meyers asked. “Then what was that thing you did at the Emmys? Because remember, you came out and said, ‘This is the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period.’ That was a »
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Steffy Needs Brooke
The Bold and the Beautiful fans know that Steffy needs Brooke’s help. She needs her to convince her husband that he is doing the wrong thing, but Brooke no longer wants to even speak to her husband. She’s so mad at him and all that he’s done she can’t even stand it. She’s someone who needs to have her way when it comes to things like this. She’s not pleased with the situation at all, but she’s looking for a way to make it right. When Steffy shows up looking for Brooke’s help, it is crazy. We all expected her
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- Tiffany Raiford
Will & Grace Cast Performs Theme Song (With Lyrics!) on The Tonight Show
The return of Will & Grace is right around the corner, and the cast is so excited, they could just… sing!
RelatedWill & Grace Review: NBC’s Revival Is as Funny as You Hoped, Maybe Funnier
In the following clip from The Tonight Show, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally perform the iconic Will & Grace theme song for the first (and probably last) time with lyrics. Admittedly, the added vocals do little but tout the return of the “Must-See TV” staple (premiering Thursday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c) — or, as Mullally puts it, the “only show on NBC not set in Chicago. »
The Top Uses of Hank Williams Songs in Movies or TV
Hank Williams Sr. is one of the most legendary and well-respected songwriters of any time and his music has carried over throughout the generations until the current era. His voice has still been widely used in many productions and has been immortalized in many ways. During his time he was a true student of the music and was so widely known at one point that you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing his name at least once. One of the most notable legends about him has to do with how he was given his first guitar. His mother claimed that she
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General Hospital Spoilers: Will Carly Ever See She’s Hurting Her Kids?
General Hospital Fans aren’t entirely certain their lives are ever going back to normal. Carly is so hellbent on making sure her son doesn’t spend any of his life with Nelle that she’s willing to hurt him to get him to stop spending time with her. It’s not a very motherly thing to do, but she’s doing it anyway. She’s making sure she gets what she wants, and by planting some seeds of doubt in his mind, she is carefully laying the groundwork to get what she wants out of life and out of her son. It’s not going to
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- Tiffany Raiford
How Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Lived In 2017
There are so many different renditions of Disney princesses nowadays that you have to wonder just what goes on in the minds of the artists that are picturing them before they put their own spin on the lovely ladies of Disney. Some are absolutely beautiful, some are imaginative beyond belief, and some are just a real head scratcher that you can’t figure out so easily. The best part about it though is that no matter what rendition you happen to look at each one tends to take at least some semblance of the original princess and applies it in a
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