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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
Seth Meyers’ “Closer Look” At Trump’s First 100 Days: President’s Brag & Butter
Seth Meyers gave President Donald Trump’s first 100 days another “Closer Look” last night, and the upshot is unavoidable: “It’s like a law of physics,” the NBC Late Night host said. “For every Trump action there is an equal and opposite Trump clip.” Thus begins a clip-fest of Trump then & now, his past statements certainly making a strong case for Meyers’ new law of physics. Executive orders, said Trump when Barack Obama was signing them, are “a disaster. He doesn’t want… »
Fox News’ Jesse Watters Takes Vacation Amid Controversy Over Ivanka Remarks
Anchor Jesse Watters is known for the playful banter he has put on display during dozens of person-on-the-street interviews. But some remarks he made during Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Five” weren’t seen as particularly light-hearted.
After watching footage of Ivanka Trump being called out during an appearance in Berlin, Watters uttered a line that was seen as disrespectful and misogynist.
“It’s funny, the left says they really respect women, and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss,” he said, adding: “So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
Watters on Wednesday issued a statement saying the line was not meant as sexual innuendo. “During the break we were commenting on Ivanka’s voice »
- Variety Staff
James Corden As A Woman: “I Should Be Hosting A Morning Show On Fox News”
Late Late Show‘s James Corden will make a decent looking old guy, even if he does resemble “a Republican senator trying to take away your health care.” The CBS host and Carpool Karaoke driver last night gave a test spin on a new app that transforms headshot photos with aging, aging in reverse and gender switch. Watch the clip above to see Corden’s morphings, but here’s a few quick takes by the man himself: As a digitized youth, Corden looks like “a combination of the… »
Do You Miss Wonderfalls? Blame Trump
(Psst… that means hush it up for a sec, wax lion.)
“I loved it so much,” says Caroline Dhavernas, who currently stars in Lifetime’s Mary Kills People and played Dr. Alana Bloom in Fuller’s Hannibal. Back in 2004, though, she was Jaye Tyler, a lovably grumpy recent Ivy League graduate who »
NBCU Chief Says He’s “Optimistic” Writers’ Strike Will Be Avoided
NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke says he’s “optimistic and hopeful” that a writers’ strike can be avoided. “Strikes aren’t good for anybody,” he told analysts this morning in Comcast’s quarterly call with analysts. “I’m hopeful we’ll get it done.” Assuming a clash can be avoided, Burke says NBCUniversal heads into the upfront market with “our strongest hand — by a lot.” Indeed, the company has “already started discussions” with advertisers ahead of NBC’s formal… »
Every IndieWire TV Review of 2017 Shows, Ranked from Best to Worst By Grade
Perhaps you’ve heard: there’s a lot of TV airing these days. With new classics and returning favorites popping up every week, there’s certainly a lot to keep track of. We thought we’d make it easier to sort the shows worth your time from those that, well…might not be.
So we’ve gathered all our 2017 TV reviews in one place and sorted them by grade. (Where applicable, we’ve noted the season number and the network.) We’ll be updating this throughout the year, so be sure to check back as new shows premiere to see which tier they end up in. It’s not even a third of the way through the calendar year and there’s already been a bevy of quality television, ready for your DVRs and streaming service queues.
Without further ado: happy catch-up!
The Leftovers – Season 3 [HBO]
The Americans – Season »
- Steve Greene
Howbow Dah? Leslie Jones Recreates Dr. Phil Meme For Dr. Phil On ‘Tonight’
Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones took full advantage of last night’s Tonight show appearance by doing in person what thousands of meme imitators could only manage on video: Asking Dr. Phil “howbow dah”? Jimmy Fallon’s viral-savvy Tonight audience clearly needed no backgrounding about the infamous 13-year-old Dr. Phil Show guest who went viral with her ludicrously affected “street” taunt “cash me ousside howbow dah?,” which translates to “catch me outside, how about… »
NBCUniversal Chief Steve Burke on Looming WGA Walkout: ‘Strikes Aren’t Good for Anybody’
Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, told Wall Street analysts that he’s “optimistic” that a potential Hollywood writers’ strike will be averted and that the sides will be able to work out an agreement in the next few days.
“Strikes aren’t good for anybody,” he said on Comcast’s first quarter earnings call. “I’m hopeful we’re going to get it done, and we’re coming down to the deadline.”
The Writers Guild of America’s contract with producers is set to expire at midnight Pt on May 1, and the guild has made preparations for members to hit the picket line.
A walkout by writers threatens to disrupt production schedules for NBCU and other media companies. But in the near term, the Peacock is riding high: In Q1, NBCU’s film division boosted revenue 43% to $2 billion with the addition of DreamWorks Animation and strong box office performance of “Get Out,” “Fifty Shades Darker »
- Todd Spangler
Memorable Moments in Movies: John C. Reilly’s Dance in “You Got the Touch” Boogie Nights Scene
I think it’s a pretty widely accepted point of view that Boogie Nights was a fantastic movie. While Mark Wahlberg did a solid job as Dirk Diggler I think we can all safely agree that it was characters played by John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, William H. Macy and certainly others (Robert Ridgely, Thomas Jane, Alfred Molina, Luis Gonzalez, and more ) that made this movie the beast that it was. My personal favorite characters in the movie have got to be John C. Reilly’s character Reed Rothchild and Hoffman’s Scotty J. But
Memorable Moments in Movies: John C. Reilly’s Dance in “You Got the Touch” Boogie Nights Scene »
- Nat Berman
NBCUniversal, Broadway Video Will Partner to Make Comedy Content for Advertisers
Broadway Video is best known for its many famous productions: “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “Portlandia,” among others. Soon, the production house may gain a reputation for helping NBC’s advertisers as well.
Under a new partnership with NBCUniversal’s in-house NBCU Content Studio, Broadway Video will make available a team of its writers, directors and producers to certain NBCUniversal advertisers. Advertisers will be able to create original comedy content that can run on NBCU properties, but also on sites owned and operated by the individual marketers.
“There is a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon,” noted Wendy Wildfeuer, senior vice president of the NBCU Content Studio, , The NBCU Content Studio, a unit established last year that helps advertisers align with creative talent at the media company to devise promotional content. She said she expected Broadway Video to help advertisers craft short-form comedy video that could »
- Brian Steinberg
‘Law & Order: Svu’ Takes on Fox News Scandals in ‘The Newsroom’
The “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode that aired Wednesday night played partly as wish fulfillment, but then again, that’s one of the functions of a crime procedural: To make sure the audience knows that the bad guys will almost always get what’s coming to them, thanks to law enforcement teams that never waver in their commitment to justice.
That the real world doesn’t always work this way is a given. We often look to our entertainment to supply the storylines we wish existed; we don’t always want TV dramas that reflect the harsh, painful unpredictabilities and routine injustices that reality often provides.
And so in “Svu’s” latest ripped-from-the-headline episode, a powerful man, Harold Coyle (Christopher McDonald) went to jail for the rape of a co-worker. The 18 months he got doesn’t seem like a lot, but the wrap-up to this installment of the long-running procedural noted that the network Coyle ran »
- Maureen Ryan
BMG Promotes Keith Hauprich to U.S. General Counsel
BMG has promoted Keith Hauprich from deputy general counsel to general counsel/Svp, its most senior legal and business affairs role in North America. Based in New York, Hauprich will report to U.S. president, repertoire & marketing Zach Katz.
Hauprich has been instrumental in several recent deals in film and television music publishing, securing rights from a number of major entertainment companies, including AMC Networks, Activision/Blizzard Studios, Hasbro Studios, and, most recently, Netflix.
He also played a key legal role in BMG’s victory in its copyright infringement case against Cox Communications, winning a $25 million jury verdict and more than $8.5 million in costs and disbursements. The case has created a major precedent in the “safe harbor” defense of internet service providers and is regarded as a victory for rights holders.
“This is an incredibly well-deserved promotion,” Katz said in a statement. “In a company whose core values include fairness and transparency, the »
- Jem Aswad
21 Interesting Facts About Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I’m not sure if I’ll get into hot water for saying this but I never liked Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Never for one minute did I ever laugh nor think one scene was even remotely funny. While I have tremendous respect for guys like Michael Palin and John Cleese I just never thought it was funny. The thing is, I even like slapstick and absurd situational comedy like the kind of stuff you’d see from Mr. Bean but when it came to Holy Grail I just thought it was stupid and way too over the top. I personally
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- Nat Berman
Seth Meyers: Trump's Been Misleading the Nation Since Home Alone 2 — Watch
The Late Night host barely had to argue his point, instead queuing up a series of clips to showcase Potus’ hypocrisy when it comes to working around Congress to enact new laws. Trump, of course, routinely criticized former President Barack Obama for being “a president who can’t get anything done so he just keeps signing executive orders. »
Stephen Colbert Says Trump is Turning the Oval Office into a Treehouse
Don’t worry, Stephen Colbert got into the gist of what Trump’s tax reform overhaul looks like but I think I might rather leave that analysis to someone like Seth Meyers who will get into the nuts and bolts of a plan that unfortunately doesn’t have as much detail as we’d like yet. So instead we’ll focus on the President’s children fantasies he gets to live out as an adult. As Colbert points out, the Oval Office is increasingly turning into something of a playhouse, or more to the point, a high tech treehouse. Straight out of an eight-year-old’s fantasy, the
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- Nat Berman
Disneyland’s Guardians of the Galaxy “Mission Breakout” Looks Quite Awesome
The photo above isn’t exactly the sexiest of looks. It’s kind of grim if you ask me. However, there’s a reason that the Guardians of the Galaxy “Mission Breakout” attraction at Disneyland. Recently some journalists had the pleasure of taking a “hart hat” tour of the ride. Apparently the reason for the bland and scary building is that it’s supposed to resemble The Collector, a villain in the film. As far as the right itself, here’s a full description: The premise is that a villain, known as “The Collector – Taneleer Tivan” from the movies, has captured the five Guardians,
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- Nat Berman
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