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‘Killjoys’: Exclusive Clip Shows the Gang Returns Ready For a Fight

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Once again, “Killjoys” arrives in the nick of time.

This delightful summer series, which begins its third season June 30, completes one of my favorite 2017 programming blocks. For the next month or two, Friday nights on Syfy will consist of “Killjoys,” followed by “Dark Matter” and “Wynonna Earp.” All three are enjoyable in their own ways (check out my recent enthusiastic recommendation for all things “Earp”), and together they supply a whole lot of quip-intensive, well-crafted genre fun.

Killjoys” tells the story of bounty hunters in a distant galaxy, and if you are my kind of person, in order to check it out, »


- Maureen Ryan

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Syfy Orders George Rr Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot

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Syfy has ordered a pilot based on “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers,” Variety has learned.

The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »


- Joe Otterson

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Btf Media Launches in Spain, Sets Singer Isabel Pantoja TV Series as First Project

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Miami-based Btf Media, producer of Disney’s Juan Gabriel biopic “Hasta que te conocí,” probably the most successful TV drama on the Spanish-language TV landscape last year, is kicking-off operations in Spain as a bridgehead for its European expansion.

The launch of Btf Spain, fruit of a partnership between Btf Media and brothers Oriol and Albert Uría’s Garage Films, a Barcelona-based advertising company, coincides with the announcement of the shingle’s first TV fiction project, a biopic of popular Spanish folk singer Isabel Pantoja.

Founded in 2010 by Mexico’s Francisco Cordero and Ricardo Coeto, Btf has specialized in producing »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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NBA Draft Streaming Viewership Jumps 107 Percent for Espn

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Espn’s digital coverage of the 2017 NBA Draft set several streaming records on Thursday.

The NBA Draft drew an average minute streaming audience of 135,200 viewers, up 55 percent from 2016, according to data provided by the network. The Draft also drew 1,153,500 unique viewers, up 107 percent from last year. Espn delivered 39,215,000 total minutes streamed for the NBA Draft.

In addition, Espn’s linear coverage of the Draft averaged a 2.7 metered market rating, up 13 percent from the 2.4 rating in 2016, according to Nielsen data. It matched the third-highest rated NBA Draft on Espn. The telecast peaked with a 4.0 rating from 8:15-8:30 p.m. »


- Joe Otterson

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 9 Queens Preach Peace as They Fight for the Crown

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Gentlemen, start your engines…

The smell of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent filled the Alex Theater courtyard as the queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9 prepared to film their finale at the Glendale landmark. After a season of shocking eliminations, a questionable choice for Miss Congeniality, and the first-ever final four, the time had come for RuPaul to crown either Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Couleé, or Trinity Taylor as America’s Next Drag Superstar.

But before the ceremonies could commence, all 14 queens, a handful of Logo alumni, and judges Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley graced the ruby red carpet one at a time, »


- JD Knapp

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Remote Controlled: ‘Westworld’ Creators and Star Evan Rachel Wood Tease ‘Ambitious’ Season 2

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with “Westworld” co-creators and executive producers Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy about what they learned from the first season, the one question fans should be asking, and what’s ahead for Season 2. Plus, star Evan Rachel Wood (who plays Dolores) reveals what mysteries she figured out — and what she still wants answers to.

“When you’re working on a show like this where there »


- Debra Birnbaum

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TV Ratings: ABC Gets Mixed Results as ‘Boy Band’ Sinks, ‘Gong Show’ Tops Time Slot

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ABC debuted both “Boy Band” and “The Gong Show” on Thursday night, with the first show failing to make a significant impact in the overnight ratings and the second show winning in its time slot.

According to Nielsen data, the two-hour “Boy Band” premiere averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers. It lost in the 8 p.m. hour to “Beat Shazam” (1.0, 3.2 million) on Fox and the season premiere of “Hollywood Game Night” (0.8, 4 million) on NBC, in addition to reruns of “Big Bang Theory” and “Superior Donuts” on CBS. At 9, the new series lost to both “Love Connection” (0.9, 2.9 million »


- Joe Otterson

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Gabe Pressman, TV Reporter Who Covered New York for 60 Years, Dies at 93

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Gabe Pressman, a New York TV news icon whose career spanned the evolution of the medium, died Friday in the city he covered for more than 60 years. He was 93.

Pressman spent nearly half a century at NBC’s flagship New York station, Wnbc-tv. He began his TV career anchoring a five-minute daily news report for what was then Wrca-tv in 1956. He continue to cover events for Wnbc until his final months. His last on-air report for the station was coverage of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, but he remained a presence in the newsroom and posted reports »


- Variety Staff

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Vice Sets HBO Special ‘A World in Disarray’

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Vice News will explore the unraveling of the post-World War II international order in its next HBO special, “Vice Special Report: A World in Disarray.” The special is set to premiere on the pay cabler July 21.

The special will feature Vice co-founder Suroosh Alvi and other correspondents examining the state of world affairs and investigating the nature of current international conflicts. It will feature interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Samantha Power, and Ash Carter, as well as others.

“In this increasingly confusing modern political landscape, we thought it would be interesting to canvas the best minds in foreign »


- Daniel Holloway

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Luke Grimes Starring in ‘Yellowstone’ With Kevin Costner (Exclusive)

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Luke Grimes will star opposite Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone,” Variety has learned.

The Paramount Network show is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. Costner plays the ranch owner’s patriarch, while Grimes plays his youngest son, Cory.

The television series was created by Taylor Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated writer of “Hell or High Water” and “Sicario.”

Grimes most recently finished filming “El Camino Christmas” for Netflix, which was written and produced by Ted Melfi and was directed by David E. Talbert. »


- Brent Lang

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Eminem Makes Rare Appearance to Fete Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine at ‘Defiant Ones’ Premiere

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The tip sheet was relatively short for the premiere of HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” at Los Angeles’ Paramount Studios on Thursday night (June 22), but befitting a fete honoring Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine — and the four-part documentary about their lives directed by Allen Hughes — it had power. Among the rap and rock royalty in attendance: Kendrick Lamar, Trent Reznor, Puff Daddy, Pharrell Williams, Jared Leto, and, in a rare appearance, Eminem, who avoided the red carpet, and, wearing a cap and sporting ginger-brown hair and beard, took a seat in the Paramount Theatre behind his longtime collaborator Dr. Dre. »


- Shirley Halperin

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‘Love in Times of Tinder,’ ‘Mothers in Trouble,’ ‘Amargura Street’ Win Development Prizes at Conecta Fiction

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“Love in Times of Tinder,” “Mothers in Trouble” and “Amargura Street,” three TV series projects turning on women, snagged Thursday night development prizes at the inaugural edition of the Conecta Fiction TV co-production and networking forum.

The awards were given by Spain’s leading pay TV operator, Telefonica’s Movistar+, and public broadcaster Rtve, both event partners who took into account the projects’ potential fit into their respective TV fiction programming plans.

Vying for the Movistar + and Rtve awards was a total of 10 international co-production projects, plus a further six projects developed at the series lab of Spain’s General »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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ABC Studios Strike First Look Deal With Hoodlum Entertainment

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Disney’s ABC Studios International and Australian production company Hoodlum Entertainment have signed a worldwide first look deal. The agreement expands an existing partnership and steps up their international development and production efforts.

Under the new pact, ABC Studios International and Hoodlum will develop new content for the global international marketplace, including the U.S. Disney Media Distribution will have international rights across all media for productions resulting from this collaboration.

The venture will be run by ABC Studios International MD of international content and talent, Keli Lee, based in London, Tracey Robertson, Hoodlum CEO, based at Disney Studios in Los Angeles, »


- Patrick Frater

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Appeals Court Throws Out ‘Making a Murderer’ Confession

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An appellate panel on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling awarding a new trial to Brendan Dassey, the teenage murder convict made famous by the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”

In a 2-1 ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that Dassey’s confession was coerced. The judges ruled that Wisconsin courts had failed to consider Dassey’s age — he was 16 at the time of the confession — and his diminished mental capacity when they rejected his earlier appeals.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and murder Teresa Halbach at Avery’s salvage yard in Wisconsin. »


- Gene Maddaus

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Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler Revive ‘SNL’ Segment to Mock Pro-Trump Protesters

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Former “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler reunited on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday night to resume roles in their classic segment “Really!?! With Seth and Amy.”

In the skit, the duo prodded pro-President Trump protesters who interrupted a Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar,” in which Caesar resembled Trump.

“Really, really protesters? Now let me get this right,” Poehler started off the sketch. “You waited in line to get tickets to a play you already hated and then you watched it for three hours and then you ran on stage to protest, »


- Rebecca Rubin

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‘Criminal Minds” Virgil Williams Inks Overall Deal with Universal TV

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Virgil Williams has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television, Variety has learned.

Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will develop new series for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. He previously served as co-executive producer on the long-running CBS series “Criminal Minds,” a position he held from 2012-2017. He is also credited with writing 18 episodes of the series. During his time on the show, Williams was involved in a violent incident with series star Thomas Gibson, which led to Gibson being fired.

Williams also recently co-wrote and executive produced his first feature film, “Mudbound,” which was sold »


- Joe Otterson

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How NBC and Endemol Shine Built ‘The Wall’ Into a Business

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In its first season on NBC, “The Wall” proved solid. The Chris Hardwick-hosted game show averaged a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.7 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day data — more than respectable for a freshman primetime unscripted series.

But those numbers are not the only reason that the show was picked up for a second season, scheduled to premiere Thursday night at 9 p.m. “The Wall” is one of the first series to hail from Universal Television Alternative Studio — the production operation launched last year by NBC veteran unscripted exec Meredith Ahr under the network’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy. »


- Daniel Holloway

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ABC Moves ‘Still Star-Crossed’ to Saturdays After 3 Low-Rated Episodes

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The end appears to be in sight for “Still Star-Crossed.”

Variety has confirmed that ABC is moving the freshman Shondaland drama from Mondays to Saturdays after just three episodes, an almost sure sign that the network will cancel the series after its first season. All three episodes of the show that have aired thus far have failed to make an impact in the Nielsen ratings, even with a “Bachelorette” lead-in. To date, the series is averaging just a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.95 million viewers per episode in live-plus-same day. It will begin airing on Saturdays on July 8.

The period »


- Joe Otterson

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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Premiere Is Series’ Highest-Rated Episode Ever

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Queen Sugar” came roaring back to television this week, with the Season 2 premiere of the Own series scoring the show’s highest ratings ever.

The premiere episode, which aired Tuesday, averaged a 2.1 rating in the key women 25-54 demographic and 2.3 million total viewers, also making it the night’s number two cable telecast for women and number one with women in its time slot according to Nielsen data. The second episode on Wednesday notched a a 1.6 rating and 1.7 million total viewers, making it Wednesday night’s number one cable telecast for women 25-54 and women 18-49 as well as number »


- Joe Otterson

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New York Legislators Approve Groundbreaking TV Diversity Tax Credit

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New York’s state Assembly and Senate have passed a bill backed by the DGA and WGA East that would create a tax incentive program for TV shows that hire women and people of color in top writing and directing positions.

The bill will now head to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign. Cuomo has been a strong supporter of New York’s entertainment community and tax incentive programs to grow the volume of production in the Empire State. The next big hurdle will be getting $5 million set aside in the state’s budget to fund the credit.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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