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Did Pedro Almodóvar Sign On to Direct a Netflix Series? — Report
Pedro Almodóvar may have closed a deal to direct a television series for Netflix, Fotogramas reports. The project would be Almodóvar’s first experience directing a television series, though the filmmaker told Fotogramas he has previously been approached by several TV companies about projects for the small screen. No details about the project have been disclosed.
The news comes shortly after a short-lived controversy involving Almodovar and Netflix erupted at the Cannes Film Festival, where Almodovar presided over the jury. At the festival’s opening press conference, parts of a statement Almodovar gave in Spanish were lost in translation, leading some to believe that the filmmaker would not consider the two Netflix films (Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja”) for the Palme d’Or because they would not be screening in theaters in France.
“There’s nothing worse than being misunderstood or poorly translated, »
- Graham Winfrey
Sophia Bush Departs ‘Chicago P.D.’ After Four Seasons
Bush played Det. Erin Lindsay on the Dick Wolf procedural, who it was hinted at the end of Season 4 would be leaving Chicago to take a job with the FBI. Bush has been with “P.D.” since Season 1, and has appeared on episodes of “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice,” and “Law & Order: Svu.”
“P.D.” is one of the three “Chicago” shows currently airing on NBC, with the network recently cancelling freshman series “Chicago Justice.” All three of the other shows have been renewed. They have been dependable ratings performers for NBC at the 9 and 10 p.m. hours. “Med” season two averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers. “P.D.” season four averaged a 1.4 and 6.6 million. “Fire” season five averaged a 1.5 and 7.1 million viewers.
News of the series renewals was accompanied by the announcement that “Law & Order: Svu” showrunner Rick Eid would »
- Joe Otterson
TV Ratings: ‘Love Connection,’ ‘Beat Shazam’ Hand Fox First Thursday Win in a Year
The debuts of “Love Connection” and “Beat Shazam” claimed the top spots in the Thursday overnight ratings on Fox, according to Nielsen data.
Airing at 8 p.m., “Beat Shazam” with host Jamie Foxx opened to a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers, beating its nearest timeslot competition–NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior Celebrity Special”–in the demo. “Love Connection” with host Andy Cohen aired at 9 with a 1.1 and 3.4 million, outdrawing NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in the demo. Although neither show could be said to have broken out in the ratings, they were still the top-rated shows of the night, airing against mostly repeats on the other broadcast networks.
The shows helped Fox claim its first Thursday night win since April 7 of last year, which was the series finale of “American Idol.”
- Joe Otterson
Fox Heats Up Summer With ‘Love Connection’ Revival for Modern Daters With Host Andy Cohen
It’s before noon on a weekday in late March, and Andy Cohen walks out onto a massive set with possibly the most dramatic entrance ever. “Here’s your host, Andy Cohen!” the voiceover shouts, as the TV personality is unveiled from giant bridge that lowers as he graces the lit-up stage.
Though the environment is familiar to Cohen with a live audience and a cushy couch for conversation with guests, this is not “Watch What Happens Live.” Rather, the Bravo personality is taping an episode of “Love Connection,” the revival of the dating game show, which premieres Thursday night on Fox.
“Love Connection” shot over a period of about one week, bringing the New York-based Cohen to Los Angeles to do what he does best: prod into people’s personal lives.
Within minutes of introducing the second contestant — whom Cohen dubbed “buff Jesus,” thanks to his large stature and long mane of silky hair — the host »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Five Things That You Didn’t Know About Dann Florek
The Law & Order franchise is one of the longest running and influential TV franchises in history, and the Svu spin off may be the most popular of them all. An while the first image that probably appears in the mind of true Law & Order: Svu fans is that of Olivia Benson, make no mistake about it — Captain Cragen anchored that team, and Dann Florek gave a live to that Character that is transcendent. When the news broke that he would be leaving Svu, fans were screaming not again, referring to the unceremonious departure of other long-time characters.
- Nat Berman
Dark Matter Returns to Cable on Syfy June 9th
Syfy original series Dark Matter returns to cable. Season 3 premiers on June 9th. When the show began, six strangers on the derelict starship Raza awoke from stasis with complete retrograde amnesia: each had lost all memories of who they were or how they got on board, yet they still retaind all their skills. Eventually (in the last act of the pilot) they all realize they were a gang of merciless mercenaries before their memory loss, and they now have the chance to choose their own fate. During season one, the Raza crew piece together their former identities while overcoming internal
Dark Matter Returns to Cable on Syfy June 9th »
- Chris St Martin
The Horse’s Mouth 8: The Importance Of Feeling Important
The Horse's Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of the more head-scratching comments and/or crazy conversations we've had with people in the industry that made us laugh. We thought we'd share them with you as we roll into Memorial Day weekend: Publicist: Can you capitalize his title in front of his name? Reporter: Why? Publicist: It makes him feel more important to have it capitalized. —————————————————————————————————————— Producer: I have no movies. I lost my… »
‘The Bachelorette’ and Lionel Richie Re-Enacted, ‘Veep’s’ Best Insults — This Week’s Best Late Night TV
With so many shows running every weeknight, it makes sense that you can’t keep up on everything. So here’s a recap of the week’s highlights, thanks to the magic of YouTube.
“Sing After You Cry”
Ben Platt, the star of the Broadway favorite “Dear Evan Hanson,” appeared on “Late Show” this week, and offered some amazing advice on why singing on stage can actually be helped by tears. That’s in the interview below:
And for a taste of what that means, just watch Platt singing a signature number from the show live:
Not bad, sir. Not bad.
Not That We’ll Admit to Watching “The Bachelorette,” But…
A truly horrific dude made his primetime debut during the season premiere, and the best way to process it is to watch two true gentlemen of The Roots reenact a key interaction on “The Tonight Show. ”
Coach Gonna Coach »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Did You Know that Jackass Star Steve-o Was a Clown in Real Life?
When most people think of the show Jackass there are generally three characters that always come to mind first: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, and Steve-o. Of the three of these guys, Johnny Knoxville is probably the most “stunt oriented” of the three. Margera is the guy that picks on his poor dad. And lastly, Steve-o is the guy who does the most disgusting stuff and has no problems with self mutilation. What you might not know is that of three three guys, one of them is a professionally trained clown. That’s right folks. Steve-o, who you’d think comes straight from
- Nat Berman
The Originals' Daniel Gillies on Elijah's Latest Death, 'Doomed' Love Life
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“How many deaths has Elijah had?” actor Daniel Gillies asks TVLine. “I haven’t got the count, but I think a few fans do. At this point, we’ve kind of cried wolf.”
But even though Elijah isn’t permanently dead — his spirit is currently chilling in Freya’s pendant — that doesn’t mean Gillies put any »
‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6
Team “Veep” had a busy day on Thursday.
Bright and early, HBO announced the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series had been renewed for a seventh season. The cast and crew took to social media to celebrate.
Happy to spend another year with these clowns! Yay! https://t.co/7na2OEF4hI
— Anna Chlumsky (@AnnaChlumsky) May 26, 2017
#Veep is returning for another season! pic.twitter.com/3AUwmRcEFh
— Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) May 25, 2017
But they didn’t have long. The entire squad — including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Sam Richardson, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, and Reid Scott — made their way to Burbank to record “Conan” for air that night. Take a look at their appearance below.
Conan O’Brien, citing how he’s always a bit hurt when a scripted insult aimed at his »
- Ben Travers
NFL, Big Bang, This Is Us Top Ratings for 2016-17 Season; 2 Broke Girls Among the Highest-Rated Axed Shows
NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football placed No. 1 and No. 2 for the 2016-17 TV season, with average ratings of 6.7 and 5.2 in the coveted 18-49 demo, respectively.
The Big Bang Theory came in third for the season (averaging a 4.9), while CBS’ Thursday Night Football package (4.8) and NBC’s freshman hit This Is Us (4.6) rounded out the Top 5, all including any available Live+7 DVR playback data.
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In the demo, The Big Bang Theory easily led the comedy pack »
Mitt Romney Helped ‘Veep’ Showrunner Convey Selina Meyer’s Presidential Loss in Season 6
The band may have been broken up in Season 6 of HBO’s “Veep,” but the actors chatted and laughed as though nothing was different at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood Thursday evening.
The Fyc event took place on the heels of the news that the political satire had been renewed for a Season 7, and featured a screening of the seventh episode of the current season. Afterwards, People magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle hosted a panel of the ensemble cast, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson, and showrunner Dave Mandel.
Mandel took over writing for “Veep” after the end of Season 4, and is responsible for both the storyline of Season 5, which saw President Selina Meyer lose her presidency and the Season 6 plotline in which many of the main cast — no longer employed by Selina — have gone their separate ways.
- Erin Nyren
Shaq Whips Out his Tough to Look at Monster Foot on Inside the NBA
The big news coming out of last night’s Cleveland Cavaliers victory wasn’t the fact that Lebron James surpassed Michael Jordan in playoff points. It wasn’t the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be meeting the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the third year in a row. It wasn’t even the fact that James went 12-18 from the field scoring 35 points, grabbing 8 boards, dishing out 8 assists, and doing all of this in only three quarters of work. The biggest news from last night’s game was the guy from Inside the NBA and the painful reveal of
Shaq Whips Out his Tough to Look at Monster Foot on Inside the NBA »
- Nat Berman
Croisette Queen Nicole Kidman On Coming To The Fest With Four Films & The Runaway Success Of ‘Big Little Lies’ — Cannes
Nicole Kidman has been a household name for nearly 30 years now, but her star never seems to wane. Rocketing to fame in the '80s, she survived the spotlight of a high-profile celebrity marriage to Tom Cruise and emerged triumphant from trial by tabloid. While her peers, and some of her predecessors, chased box-office success in romcoms and franchises, Kidman went for the interesting role, starting in 1995 with Gus Van Sant's mordant black comedy To Die For. Since then… »
Bryan Fuller Has Pitched ‘Hannibal’ Season 4 to Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and They’re ‘Keen On It’
The road to “Hannibal” Season 4 continues with another very, very small step forward.
As a guest on Entertainment Weekly’s “Post Mortem” podcast (via The Playlist), Fuller revealed that he still intends on moving forward with new episodes of the acclaimed television adaptation, which ran for three seasons on NBC from 2013-2015. But the newest development is that he has actually pitched his “great idea” to leading men Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and it appears they’re on board with the direction as well.
“I have [had] conversations with Mads and Hugh,” Fuller said. “We’re are all excited about the prospect of returning to the story. There’s some hurdles to get through…[But] I just had a great idea for season 4. There’s an interesting next chapter in the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal »
- Zack Sharf
‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch Talks About Reviving the Iconic Series
He dressed like a G-man.
When he arrived for his interview with Variety, David Lynch wore a black suit, a white shirt, a black tie, and wingtips. His hair was styled the same way as always, but what had once been jet black was now mostly white. The only pop of color on Lynch was incongruous; it emerged when he sat down for the interview. As he gestured while talking, a yellow plastic watch peeked out from the sleeve of his white shirt. It was the only item that didn’t make him look like his “Twin Peaks” character, FBI official Gordon Cole.
Lynch was as affable an interviewee as I’ve ever come across, but his answers were concise: His art may rely on the creation of a mysterious atmosphere, but in talking about his return to the world of “Twin Peaks,” he couldn’t have been more unequivocal and direct. When »
- Maureen Ryan
Will ‘Underground’ Become Casualty Of Sinclair’s Tribune Takeover? Hopes For Acclaimed Drama Fade As Decision Looms
Time is running out for Wgn America’s only remaining original scripted series, Underground. While the praised drama has not been canceled, its future on the upstart cable network looks bleak. Official decision is expected next week. I hear at the time of Wgna’s cancellation of fellow sophomore drama Outsiders in April, Sony Pictures TV, which produces both series, exposed Underground to other networks in hope of finding a new home as the writing was already on the wall at… »
2016-17 TV Season: NBC Leads Demo, CBS Takes Viewers, ‘This Is Us’ No. 1 New Show
The 2016-17 TV season has officially concluded, with NBC claiming the overall top spot in adults 18-49 and CBS winning the season in total viewers, according to Nielsen’s current numbers (live-plus-seven for all but the last two weeks of the season ending May 24).
CBS’ win marks the ninth consecutive season the network has topped the total viewers measurement, and their 14th win in the past 15 years, according to Nielsen’s ratings through May 21. CBS averaged 9.6 million viewers, approximately 1.5 million more than second place NBC.
NBC averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, versus a 1.9 for Super Bowl-boosted Fox, 1.8 for CBS, and 1.6 for ABC. Compared to last year, only Fox stayed even in the key demo. CBS suffered the biggest drop, shedding 22% of its audience in the demo year-over-year. ABC dropped 16%, with the CW next at a drop of 12%, while NBC slipped just 5%. In total viewers, it was much the same story. Fox »
- Joe Otterson
How ‘Search Party’ Broke All The Rules Of Television On Its Way To TBS Success – The Contenders Emmys Video
TBS’ new series, Search Party did not follow the orthodox route to becoming a hit show. In fact as executive producers and creators Charles Rogers and Sarah Violet-Bliss put it, it really was approached more like making an independent film than a network show. They actually shot the pilot without any commitment and then went out to find distribution, or in this case, TBS, which sparked to what the pair put together. At last month’s all day Deadline event, The Contenders… »
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