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‘Full House’ Return A Go On Netflix, John Stamos Tells Jimmy Kimmel
That Full House revival is set, says John Stamos, one of the stars of the original version of the long-running sitcom, in a conversation tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The new show will include 13 episodes, beginning with a one-hour special that’s effectively a reunion. Stamos said this revival of the show will focus on DJ Tanner and her three sons, Stephanie Tanner and the neighbor, Kimmy Gibler. Stamos also suggested the show is trying to pull together all the cast… »
‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Gets Fourth Season On Comedy Central
Comedy Central is giving a fourth-season nod to “Inside Amy Schumer,” just as the third season of the much-lauded program gets underway and its creator is getting more publicity for her coming film “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow.
Schumer disclosed the pick up while making an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS early Tuesday morning Eastern time. “I just found out” before coming out to speak with Letterman, she told the host.
The third season of “Inside Amy Schumer” premieres Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific with the first of ten all-new episodes.
“Inside Amy Schumer” has gained noticed not only for its comedy but the ways in which Schumer, her writers and her cast offer telling comment on sex and relationships. The series has been nomimated for an Emmy and has won a Peabody Award. The show is made up of scripted vignettes, »
- Brian Steinberg
HBO Brings Web Series ‘High Maintenance’ to TV with New Episodes
The comedy, created by married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, follows a Brooklyn pot dealer (played by Sinclair) who delivers to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city. The duo directs the project, produced by Janky Clown Productions, and also exec produces with Russell Gregory.
“We have been growing this show organically for three years now, and we are elated to bring it into full maturity at HBO, the gold-standard of both online and televised entertainment,” Blichfeld and Sinclair said in a statement.
In addition to the six new episodes exclusively on HBO, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Wes Craven Developing 'People Under the Stairs' TV Series for Syfy
Wes Craven is ready to make a big TV splash. The horror icon has signed a first-look overall deal with studio Universal Cable Productions and is teaming with its sibling network Syfy to bring The People Under the Stairs and We Are All Completely Fine to the small screen. "Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades," Ucp exec vp development Dawn Olmstead said in a release announcing the news Monday. "We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence
- Lesley Goldberg
How Lena Dunham is Launching an Empire for Comedic Women
Lena Dunham needs to change her outfit. On a recent Saturday afternoon, the star and executive producer of “Girls” slips out of a hip pantsuit from her Variety cover shoot, and dons a comfortable jacket. The denim coat is as colorful as Dunham herself, the back festooned with ’90s pop-culture icons (a Furby) and other whimsical objects, like a pair of women’s underwear with an anarchist punk saying, “No Masters,” in pink lettering. “I think it’s my best fashion garment,” she says, confiding that she purchased it from one of her Instagram followers. “You may notice it’s covered in aggressive female symbols. My boyfriend tried to steal it, and I was like, ‘Back off!’ ”
Dunham, 28, isn’t just the face of “Girls,” she’s also an out-and-proud feminist — a trait passed down from her mother, photographer Laurie Simmons — and a practitioner of “Lean In,” the Sheryl Sandberg »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Whoopi Goldberg Champions Girls Charity Figure Skating in Harlem
Whoopi Goldberg is one of Variety’s Power of Women New York honorees. For more profiles on the honorees, click here.
As a 7-year-old girl living in the New York City projects, Whoopi Goldberg loved to go ice skating in Central Park with her brother. “I always wanted to be in the Ice Capades,” says Goldberg, who hosts “The View” and runs her own production company. “I was a great skater. I was a speed skater.” But she never remembers seeing any black ice skaters on TV.
Goldberg is now an honorary chair of Figure Skating in Harlem, a nonprofit that helps young girls learn leadership and academic skills through the sport. Roughly 250 girls between the ages of 6 and 18 are annually enrolled in after-school and summer programs. “Every day, they skate, have life skills classes and tutoring,” says Sharon Cohen, the founder and executive director, who oversees the 63 coaches, counselors and tutors on staff. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Kim Kardashian West Helps Sick Kids at Children’s Hospital L.A.
Kim Kardashian West is one of Variety’s Power of Women New York honorees. For more profiles on the honorees, click here.
Kim Kardashian West started to work with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles seven years ago, after a friend’s child got sick. She not only donates proceeds from her eBay auction store to the nonprofit, but she also carves out time to regularly visit patients and their parents, especially during the holidays.
“My father passed away from cancer,” says Kardashian West, who lost her dad, Robert, in 2003. “I remember what it was like when my dad was going through it. You see the kids that are so strong. They feel so helpless. You want to do anything to help them.”
Children’s Hospital L.A. offers care to 107,000 children annually from around the world. Doctors are trained in 350 specialties in the medical field. DeAnn Marshall, a senior vice president, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Solution-Savvy Women Tackle Ad Sales in the Digital Age at Top Networks
Many years ago, when Jon Mandel was CEO of media-buying agency MediaCom, he got a call from an angry client. The problem? The client was a major beer company, and Mandel had just assigned a woman to oversee buying for the account.
“They went crazy,” Mandel recalls. “They said, ‘No way. No way.’ And I said: ‘That’s too bad. She’s going to be on it because she’s the best buyer there is.’ ” A year later, “They came to me and said, ‘Don’t ever put anyone but a woman on our account.’ ”
It’s a good thing that beer company got over its aversion to having a woman plot the spots for its suds, because in the two decades since Mandel stood his ground, women have steadily climbed into the top echelon of the advertising business.
The gains are particularly notable in television ad sales, a bastion »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sky Earnings, Subscribers Up As UK And Germany Drive Growth
In only its second report since it consolidated its operations in the UK, Germany and Italy to create Europe’s biggest pay TV platform, Sky reported increased earnings as television subscriber growth and demand for products such as broadband in the UK and Germany drove revenue for the pan-Euro giant. Shares in Sky at one point rose almost 5% in early trading on the Ftse 100 as the company posted a 20% jump in nine-month profit from the same period the previous year and… »
NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ Getting Italian Remake With Cattleya and Rai
Rome – “Parenthood” is being transposed from Berkeley to Rome in the first international adaptation of NBC’s hit TV show.
NBCUniversal Formats has brokered a deal with Italy’s Cattleya to produce the remake of long-running U.S. family drama which will air on state broadcaster Rai’s flagship Rai Uno station.
The Italian version, titled “Tutto Può Succedere” (“Anything Could Happen”) marks Rai Uno’s first ever U.S.-scripted remake and a major coup for Cattleya, which is expanding its TV activity after scoring a global hit with naturalistic crimer “Gomorrah,” produced for Rupert Murdoch’s Sky paybox and sold to more than 100 territories.
- Nick Vivarelli
Jon Stewart's Daily Show Exit Date Set
Save the (sad) date: Jon Stewart announced on Monday’s Daily Show that he will depart as host on Thursday, Aug. 6.
“I will be wearing a suit, I will more than likely be showered,” he joked to the bummed-out audience.
Stewart, who will be succeeded by comedian Trevor Noah (whose launch date remains Tbd, announced in February that he was stepping down after 16 years.
At Panel Screening, Cast And Creators Talk ‘The Walking Dead’ Deaths, Lack Of The Word “Zombie”
The big takeaway tonight from a panel screening of The Walking Dead season 5 finale, held tonight at the Egyptian theater as part of AMC’s Emmys push: it turns out that behind the scenes, the show is just as much of a Ricktatorship as it is onscreen. Or to put it more clearly, Andrew Lincoln is far and away the most beloved – by his costars – member of the cast. Again and again, cast members went out of their way to praise Lincoln as a supportive coworker who as often as… »
'The Voice' Season 8: Top 10 Performance Rankings
At this stage of the game, the top talent begins to seriously rise to the top. Song choice is crucial for displaying each artist's strengths as a vocalist. Everyone at this level is wildly talented, so it's those little mistakes -- the flat note, the early start to a verse, the inability to emote sufficiently as the song requires -- that can derail a contestant's chances. Kimberly Nichole has shown us how to let her artist flag fly. She puts her all into her performances. Koryn and India both had good song choices, but the difference in their performances is all about passion. Sawyer, Corey and Joshua had unfortunate song choices in this round. Hopefully, America votes on each artist's body of work. Here are our rankings of the Top 10 performances.
Read a full recap of the Top 10 performances here. »
'The Voice' Predictions: Who Will Be in the Top 8?
The Top 10 had a night of standout performances on The Voice. This was especially true for the women. If I had to put money on it right now, I would guess that a woman will be crowned as the champion of season 8. It wasn't a full domination of female vocalists, with a couple performers sneaking in to the best performances of the night. But let's look at who I predict will become the Top 8 of season 8.
Fuller House Officially Snags 13-Episode Order at Netflix — Get Details on the Cast and (Widow?!) Storyline
It’s official: The Tanners are back!
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Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are set to star, reprising their roles as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler, while John Stamos will serve as a producer and guest-star as Uncle Jesse.
In the continuation, due to debut in 2016, veterinarian D.J. is pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco. »
Inside Amy Schumer Already Renewed for Season 4 at Comedy Central
Schumer, who fronts and executive-produces the irreverent comedy series, announced the pick-up on Monday night’s Late Show With David Letterman.
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Emmy-nominated last year for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Inside Amy Schumer launches its new season Tuesday at 10:30/9:30c.
‘Full House’ Reunion on Netflix Is Officially Happening
Called “Fuller House,” the revival series will focus on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who is a recently widowed and pregnant veterinarian. Her younger sister and aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and her childhood best friend, Kimmy Gibbler, (Andrea Barber), along with Gibbler’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, move in to help D.J. raise her two sons — rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max — and soon-to-arrive baby.
Stamos is set to produce the show and reprise his role as a guest star. Discussions with original “Full House” stars Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin regarding guest appearances in the new show are “ongoing, »
- Variety Staff
‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Renewed For Season 4 By Comedy Central
On the night of its Season 3 premiere, Comedy Central’s series Inside Amy Schumer has been renewed for a fourth season. Schumer made the announcement on Late Show with David Letterman tonight. It’s been a big week or so for Schumer, who also hosted the MTV Movie Awards and saw her Comedy Central series receive a Peabody Award. "I'm so happy to keep the Inside Amy Schumer family together,” Schumer said. “Excited and scared for everyone to see what we do… »
Castle Recap: Thanks for the Memories
If you have been wondering why Rick was abducted on his wedding day and not a day sooner or later… and why he ultimately resurfaced with dengue fever antibodies… ABC’s Castle filled in the blanks for you this Monday night.
RelatedMay Sweeps/Finale Preview! Get 100+ Spoilers From Your Fave Shows’ Season-Ending Episodes
And you thought Oliver Queen had far-out flashbacks! My head is still spinning from this information download. And while I can see how some may come down against this (partial) reveal, I’m going to give it a qualified thumbs-up, if only because it was just b-a-n-a-n-a-s enough to be entertaining. »
Jon Stewart Sets August 6 As Departure Date From ‘Daily Show’
The disclosure paves the way for the show’s new host, Trevor Noah, and suggests that Stewart will not hang around as candidates start to make announcements this year about running in the 2016 election for U.S. President.Stewart had said previously that he would continue to do the program until some time between July and the end of 2015.
Stewart made the announcement at the very end of the evening’s broadcast, just before rolling the program’s signature “Moment of Zen” final segment. He offered few details about what he might do for his final broadcast, but did reiterate a contest that would give a viewer the chance to attend the program’s last taping. »
- Brian Steinberg
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