‘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
Clive Davis Documentary “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” Preview
It all began at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The Clive Davis documentary kicked off the festival’s opening night, with a world premiere, red carpet event celebrating his life’s work. Radio City Music Hall was filled with music legends, who performed for Davis after the documentary was screened. Davis had signed them all during his 50 years in the music industry, and they were there to celebrate in style…with music. Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and Jennifer Hudson performed some of the hits which made them famous. The audience surrounding Davis had
- Nat Berman
Trailer for “Cook Off!”: Melissa McCarthy Mockumentary on Food
Melissa McCarthy has been making us laugh in the last decade with movie hits such as Ghostbusters, Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids. However, Melissa is also well known for multiple successful TV programs. She first won our hearts as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls, and since then she’s starred in Mike & Molly. She’s also done several Saturday Night Live guest appearances and has also appeared in Conan and Nobodies. However, before any of these happened after Gilmore Girls, Melissa actually starred in a mockumentary that was released in 2007 to a limited audience. That mockumentary is now finding
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- Jennifer Borama
Halt and Catch Fire Recap: We Belong
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Halt and Catch Fire recap here.
Halt and Catch Fire‘s fifth-to-last episode celebrates Haley’s 14th birthday — and reveals something previously unknown about Gordon and Donna’s youngest daughter.
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To mark the occasion, Gordon ditches work, and takes Haley out to launch remote-control rockets at a nearby park. Katie, Joe and Cameron tag along, but Haley doesn’t invite any friends from school. During the outing, she helps design Gordon’s rocket, painting on it a unique illustration that becomes important at the end of the episode. »
Justin Timberlake Manager Johnny Wright Signs TV’s ‘Boy Band’ Winners
Pop group In Real Life, comprised of winners from the ABC singing competition show “Boy Band,” has signed on with Johnny Wright’s Wright Entertainment Group (Weg) for management. Wright is known for his long-standing pedigree with boy band successes — going back to New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, and NSync — and solo artist launches, most notably Justin Timberlake, who he continues to represent.
More recently, Weg’s roster has included such groups as Jonas Brothers and Menudo, as well as reality show projects “On the Spot,” “Making the Band,” and “All About Aubrey,” starring another Wright client, Aubrey O’Day.
The members of In Real Life — Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor — were announced as victors on “Boy Band” on August 24, the night they also performed their first single, “Eyes Closed,” which is being released through Hollywood Records.
- Shirley Halperin
Coward: Excellent Short Film about Wwi that Deserves More Attention
Made in 2012, Coward is a brutal look at the horrors of Wwi and the hard but necessary practices that were carried out from time to time. The short film was inspired by the desertion and subsequent executions of several Irish soldiers during the war. It is very provocative in that it gives you an uncertain picture of just what the war meant on a few different levels. Trench warfare was particularly brutal, and did not favor those operating in the trenches. When the bombs began to fall there was little if any real cover to be had. The trenches
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How Abby Lee Miller Is Celebrating Birthday in Jail
Happy birthday Abby Lee Miller. Yes, we know your birthday was September 21st, but we didn’t think you were going anywhere seeing you are in jail for a while longer. You are still going to show us if there is indeed Lifetime after 51. It is possible that you can dance in jail, but there won’t be any dance troupe and certainly you will not be expecting payment for your services. For those who may have lost Abby in Memory Lane, she was a member of the Lifetime series Dance Moms, and apparently decided to stash some of her earnings
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- Nat Berman
‘The Vietnam War’ Filmmaker on the Horrifying Execution Footage That’s ‘Unbearable to Look At’
[Editor’s Note: The following contains an image of graphic violence below, a photo taken during the war that is being discussed in context with the documentary and the Tet Offensive.]
At the halfway point of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” the documentary series reaches the Tết Offensive, one of the biggest military offensives by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong that turned the tide of the war, even though it was deemed a failure. Episode 6, titled “Things Fall Apart” is one of the most relentless and graphically violent installments of the series so far, but is absolutely essential viewing to understanding how both the Vietnamese and Americans viewed the war going forward.
One of the biggest contributors to the American perception of the war occurred early on during the Tết Offensive, on its second day. After Northern Vietnamese spy Nguyễn Văn Lém violated the rules of warfare, Nguyễn was captured and then executed by South Vietnam’s General Loan. The image of the execution was captured by photographer Eddie Adams at the moment Loan’s bullet hit Nguyễn’s head. »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Will & Grace’ Gang Takes On Donnie & Melania – Tribeca TV Festival
They’re definitely back. The Will & Grace gang wasted no time at the Tribeca TV Festival before jumping into the present and taking a swipe at Donald Trump — just as quickly and easily as they seem to have fallen back into old their roles. David Kohan, asked how he’d react if Trump called him “a son of a bitch” — that’s how the president referred to Colin Kaepernick last night — the W&G co-creator said without a beat, “I guess I would rather be a son of a bitch than the… »
‘Terminator 6’ Will Ignore ‘Genisys’ and Bring Back Linda Hamilton
In the increasingly rebooted, remade and rebranded landscape of Hollywood blockbusters, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with what exactly counts as canon. Jurassic World follows the continuity of Jurassic Park while ignoring its two direct sequels. The Dceu will soon be sharing theater space with DC movies that are completely unrelated to the shared universe. Even the latest Halloween will only hold the first two films as sacrosanct. And with the reins to the Terminator franchise returning at long last to director James Cameron, it, too, is following suit. According to Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger, the latest film in
- Brian Hadsell
Stevie Wonder “Takes A Knee” For America At Global Citizen Festival
Before performing a medley of his classic hits like “Higher Ground,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” and “Overjoyed,” at the Global Citizen Festival, Stevie Wonder made a passionate speech about unity saying, “It is only through life we can make life happen through ourselves and each other.” He added, “Our global brothers and sisters, I didn't come here to preach, but I'm telling you, our spirits must be in the right place all the time.” After encouraging everyone… »
Watch ‘Will & Grace’ Cast Perform Show’s Theme Song With Lyrics
“Get down! ‘Will & Grace’ is coming to town!”
The cast of “Will & Grace” brought their NBC show’s iconic theme song to life Friday night on “The Tonight Show.”
Jimmy Fallon introduced the foursome, as each took the stage, one by one, to perform solos.
The song begins with Messing singing, “I’m Debra Messing as you probably know. You might remember me from the cast of the show. Grace is a character that I play — interior designer and Will’s roommate.”
McCormack then joins in from the audience, “I’m Eric McCormack and I play Will. The show is coming back and I’m playing him still. You can see it this fall on NBC, remember when we used to call it ‘must-see TV?'”
McCormack and Messing together belt out the chorus, “Get down »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Young and the Restless: Graham Sends Photos to Victor
Young and the Restless spoilers hinted last week that there was a chance Graham was going to have the photos he has of Jack and Nikki delivered to Victor, but we didn’t know the precise reason he felt the need to do this. He’s been working so hard to stay on Dina’s good side and to make sure that he’s part of her future, but things went wrong for him this week. She found out his mother is still alive after he told her many times she is dead. He also found out that his lies caused her to take
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- Tiffany Raiford
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