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Legendary’s Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Ghost Hunters) are teaming to produce an event sports documentary series that explores sports on a global scale. Tentatively titled Planet Sport, and reminiscent of BBC series Planet Earth, the series will examine how sports shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world. Asylum’s Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch, Piligian and David Michaels will… »
Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch of Asylum and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios are bringing on the Emmy-winning David Michaels to produce the project that explores sports on a global scale, examining how they shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world.
Each installment of the event series will utilize archival and modern-day footage, plus testimonials from famed athletes, to cover global events and competitions, while focusing on one sporting theme — glory, fear, rivalry, endurance and teamwork.
“‘Planet Sport’ promises to bring to life sports in a way that audiences around the world have never experienced,” said Michaels, president of Asylum. “Using technology, visual arts and high-level storytelling, we are creating the definitive and all-encompassing sports series.”
Piligian commented, “This series will do for sports what series like ‘Planet Earth’ did for nature — a sweeping, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Betty White’s escapades on television go so far back her late husband used to say that she started on “silent TV.”
Allen Ludden’s joke still makes White chuckle. And just because White has been around since the dawn of television, doesn’t mean she’s any less enchanted by it. Happily, it’s a mutual love, which is why the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Daytime Emmys will present her with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I can’t be coy,” she says of the honor. “I was thrilled.”
Some of White’s daytime work is well-known, such as her guest stint on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and constant appearances on gameshows including “Password,” “Match Game” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.” Her television debut, though, was for a lesser-known program that defines early daytime TV. For “Hollywood on Television,” White was on camera, 5½ hours a day, six days a week, »
- Jacqueline Cutler
There are four network daytime dramas left. In a year, or two, or five, it’s conceivable there could be fewer; it’s unlikely there’ll be more.
The Daytime Emmy Awards depend heavily on the daytime dramas, both for the glamour of the actors on the red carpet and for the fervent loyalty of their fans. Without soaps, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) might still give out awards, but it would have a hard time attracting an audience to the kudocast itself, the 42nd edition of which takes place on April 26 (with the nominations announced March 26).
“To me it really depends on if there’s still going to be soap operas, because that’s the engine that drives it,” says Brad Adgate, senior vice president, research, at agency Horizon Media. “Otherwise, why bother? I don’t think they could lose another soap opera and keep the show going, »
- Kate O'Hare
It’s a dead certainty that double honor won’t be repeated, since “Katie” was canceled. Also, while Oz is still on the air, he spent his summer being grilled before a Senate committee over the promotion of questionable diet aids on his show. How voters handle the scandal remains to be seen.
ABC’s “The View” is a wildcard for a repeat nom after a rollercoaster year saw the retirement of Barbara Walters, exits of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, introductions of Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and »
- Kate O'Hare
5 items from 2015
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