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'Walking Dead': 5 Things Negan's Kills Mean for the Show [SPOILERS]
Should The Walking Dead fans really have been shocked by who died in the Season Seven premiere? Looking back, the outcome was obvious. Jeffrey Dean Morgan – who plays Negan, the murderous leader of post-apocalyptic ravagers known as "the Saviors" – hinted in interviews over the summer that he might be killing more than one character when the show came back from its Season Six cliffhanger. And as readers of the comics know, at this point in the story, both Abraham and Glenn are gone. Abraham catches an arrow through the head »
Ratings: ‘Quantico’ Continues to Plummet as NFL Dominates Sunday Night
“Quantico” hit a new series low in the ratings on Sunday night, the second time it has done so in as many weeks. The Priyanka Chopra-led ABC series registered just 2.8 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the key demo in its 10 p.m. time slot. Granted, the show faced stiff competition with “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, but the show has also been down in almost all key measures every week since Season 2 premiered. NBC finished first for the night with 13 million viewers and a 4.6 rating, airing only the NFL matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the »
- Joe Otterson
'Jessica Jones' hiring all-female directors for Season 2 is helping to even the score
The latest report from the Directors' Guild of America shows that directing jobs for the 2015-2016 TV season went to predominantly white men. Female directors increased only 1% from the previous year's report. That's achingly slow progress which is why news of Netflix's Jessica Jones hiring all women to direct the Marvel's next season is such great news. All 13 episodes of @JessicaJones S2 will be directed by women, Ep Melissa Rosenberg says at her @transformhwood panel. @tallgirlmel #TH7 — Mo Ryan (@moryan) October 22, 2016 Variety reported more from the event: [Executive Producer Melissa] Rosenberg said that in the second season of the superhero show, she had wanted to increase the number of female directors — a goal that Marvel was completely on board with, she noted. Given how in-demand many women directors are these days, she and her fellow producers had set their sights on booking women first, she said, and contracting male directors later in the pre-production process. »
- Jill Pantozzi
How Fox Almost Said No to 'The People v. O.J. Simpson'
One of the most acclaimed TV mini-series in history almost didn’t happen, says Fox’s Dana Walden. Walden was the newly named co-chairman and CEO of the Fox TV Group when writer-producer Ryan Murphy called to say he had read the long-gestating scripts for The People v. O.J. Simpson and was dying to film them. “Gary [Newman, the co-chairman of Fox TV Group] and I had been in the job for about an hour — I’d not even seen the scripts,” Walden explained. “Ryan called me and said, ‘I’m obsessed. You have to read
- Stephen Galloway
CBS Developing ‘Under Suspicion’ Book Series Adaptation From John Glenn
CBS has put in development Under Suspicion, a drama series based on the bestselling Under Suspicion crime thriller book series by Mary Higgins Clark, from Allegiance executive producer John Glenn, Momentum TV and Universal TV. Written and executive produced by Canadian writer Greg Spottiswood (Remedy), Under Suspicion is about a justice-seeking investigative journalism team who produces an award-winning true crime series that investigates unsolved major crimes through the… »
TV News Roundup: Rising Star Amybeth McNulty Cast in Netflix’s ‘Anne’
In today’s TV news roundup, up-and-coming actress Amybeth McNulty cast in “Anne” and more.
After auditioning over 1,800 girls from around the world, Netflix, Northwood Entertainment and CBC have announced the casting of fourteen-year-old Irish-Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty in the lead role of Anne Shirley in the upcoming series “Anne.”
The character is described as a precocious and imaginative young orphan in the late 1890s who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother. The series is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel “Anne of Green Gables.”
“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” will be filmed in Paris for the first time and broadcast on CBS Monday Dec. 5 at »
- Will Thorne
Netflix’s ‘The Crown’: How Long Will it Reign?
Writer-producer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry were the royal couple at the Museum of Modern Art on Sunday as Netflix hosted a sneak-peek screening for the pair’s period drama “The Crown,” which bows Nov. 4.
At the dinner that followed at the Modern, guests were quick to genuflect to producers and cast members for the artistry of the series that examines Queen Elizabeth II’s early years on the throne. Claire Foy drew raves for a performance that depicts Qeii as a woman as much as a monarch. Matt Smith impressed with his work as the conflicted Prince Philip, while Jared Harris nearly runs away with the first two episodes with his touching portrayal of the dying King George VI.
Harris was humble about how he landed the part. “Colin Firth was too expensive,” he joked, citing the star of the Oscar-winning 2010 feature “The King’s Speech.”
“The Crown,” from »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Nashville’ Adds ‘Harry Potter’ Alum Christian Coulson As Recurring
Exclusive: Christian Coulson (Love Is Strange, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) has been cast as recurring on Cmt's upcoming fifth season of its country music drama Nashville, from Lionsgate and Hulu. Coulson will play Damien George, a sought-after British director who will be helming Gunner Scott & Scarlett O'Connor's first video. Confident and by turns charming and caustic, he has a specific vision for his work and gets off on pushing the limits of actors to… »
Why George Clooney Needs to Return to TV, and Other Questions Answered
Very Good Television Podcast has dug into some tricky topics over the past year and a half, but the best questions Liz and Ben have answered have definitely come from their humble listeners.
Last Week’S Episode: ’30 Rock’: 10 Reasons Tina Fey Made One of TV’s Most Important Comedies
What’s their favorite thing about The CW? What actors would they love to see return to television, and what would their dream George Clooney limited series look like? Which mid-1990s sci-fi show does Liz manage to bring up twice? How often does Ben find a way to turn the conversation to “The Leftovers”?
Get all the answers in this week’s Very Good TV Podcast, hosted by IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers. Don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes, and follow IndieWire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news. »
- Indiewire Staff
Kwame Patterson Joins TNT Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’
Exclusive: Kwame Patterson has been tapped as a series regular on TNT’s Monsters of God, Rod Lurie’s post-Civil War drama pilot being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. Written and to be directed by Lurie, Monsters of God stars Garret Dillahunt as Col. "Terrible" Bill Lancaster, who is waging a savage and violent holy war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas. Despite the peace between the Comanche and local townspeople, he sets out on a quest to kill… »
Wendi McLendon-Covey Teams With ‘The McCarthys’ Creator For ABC Hotel Comedy Based On Her Experiences
Years ago, Wendi McLendon-Covey was a floundering twentysomething working at what she has described as “a crappy hotel near Disneyland” where an old nightstand served as her desk, complete with a typewriter. Now The Goldbergs star will tap into her experiences for a comedy series project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty. McLendon-Covey co-created and will co-write the single-camera comedy, tentatively titled Hospitality, with The M… »
Nielsen Set To Measure Out-Of-Home TV Viewing For First Time
Nielsen said today that that it will measure out-of-home viewing for the first time. Subscribers to the service will receive audience estimates that combine in-home TV viewing, based on Nielsen's National TV ratings panel, with out-of-home viewing based on use of its Portable People Meter technology and panelists. The company expects to launch the National TV Out-of-Home Measurement Service in April, with data effective in January. Data back to September 2016 will be… »
‘Walking Dead’ Premiere Drove 77% of All ‘Crying’ About TV on Twitter Sunday
The season premiere of “The Walking Dead” didn’t just have an excess of blood. There were also tears — many tears.
Season 7’s debut drew 77% of all “cried” responses on Twitter to television programming Sunday night, according to language analytics firm Canvs. The company also found that “The Walking Dead” drove 43.9% of all “upset” emotional reactions across all television on Twitter for the evening.
Canvs analyzed 1,689,584 “The Walking Dead”-related tweets captured by Nielsen and found that 34.2% — hailing from 277,848 unique users — expressed some sort of emotion. Out of 577,551 emotional reactions, the top sentiments measured were “love” (23.1%), “crazy” (22.2%), “dislike” (14.4%), “hate” (11.1%), “excited” (10.9%), “sad” (7.8%), “upset” (7.1%), and “cried” (3.6%).
“Cried” is not a response that usually rates so highly in Canvs’ analysis of Twitter sentiment for television shows.
Sunday night’s premiere featured the deaths of »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Red Oaks’ Appropriately Channels The ’80s In Faux TV Promo
Season 1 of Amazon Studios’ Red Oaks nailed the 1980s vibe with its coming-of-age story set at a suburban New York City country club that felt a bit like what a Caddyshack: The College Years would have looked like had it existed — only smarter and with fewer gophers. It certainly joined the streaming service’s original series like Man In The High Castle, Catastrophe and even, a bit less so, Woody Allen’s Crisis In Six Scenes in nailing their time and place and making… »
Donald Trump’s Debate 3 Performance Outstrips Cubs Game To Win Social Race
Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton Debate 3 smackdown topped Nielsen Social Content ratings for the week ending October 23, besting out all other comers by several laps. That’s saying something, given the week also included the Cubs routing of the Dodgers to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The third presidential debate clocked 53.243M total interactions. The Major League Baseball finished second for the week, though it could not keep pace with the… »
President Barack Obama Arrives in L.A. for ‘Jimmy Kimmel,’ Hillary Clinton Fundraisers
President Barack Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Monday for an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as well as a $100,000-per-person Hillary Victory Fund fundraiser at the home of Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg.
On this trip, Obama also will attend a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday at the home of Ryan Murphy and David Miller. Tickets for that event cost $33,400 per person.
This will be Obama’s second appearance on Kimmel, having first guested on the show last year.
The event at the Katzenbergs’ Beverly Hills home will be co-hosted by Crystal and Chris Sacca, and Jennifer Perry and Andy Spahn. It’s event, billed as a private roundtable, will raise dough for the Hillary Victory Fund, with »
- Ted Johnson
Review: The Walking Dead returns, as awful as it always was
The Walking Dead‘s never been a show about hope, happiness, love, or even the promise of any of those things. Thrilled to wallow in the darkest waters of humanity’s remains, The Walking Dead‘s spent six seasons reiterating the fact that when civilization falls apart, there’s no chance for anyone to survive intact: one may survive in the physical sense, but anything remotely human is slowly stripped away by the never ending onslaught of violence and betrayal Twd has utilized to catapult its way to the top of the television landscape. It brought new definition to the word ‘bleak’, relentlessly pushing its characters
Review: The Walking Dead returns, as awful as it always was »
- Randy Dankievitch
Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Oct. 24, 2016
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, a “Friends” favorite made its way back to network television — and Amazon debuts a new ’60s set drama that earns our “critics pick” of the week.
“Man With A Plan,” CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m.
Though Variety critic Sonia Saraiya isn’t entirely sold on this sitcom, which she writes “feels strangely retro to center a new show around this minor upheaval of traditional gender roles in a family,” she admits the half-hour laffer “appears to be finding a nice groove.” Still, given that “Friends” alum Matt LeBlanc is returning to network TV, “Man With A Plan” is worth checking out.
“The Great Indoors,” CBS »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Dad Day’ Exclusive Clip: Factory 25’s First Comedy Series Examines What It Takes To Be a ‘Real’ New Yorker
Factory 25 announced today the BricTV premiere of the comedy series “Dad Day” created by Craig Butta and James Mennella. The six-episode series marks the first narrative series produced by Factory 25 as well as the first series directed and staring Butta, whose previous acting credits include Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” and Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again.”
Read More: Factory 25 Acquires Wfmu Doc ‘Sex and Broadcasting’
The series follows Craig (Butta) and James (Artie Brennan) as they struggles with fatherhood and friendship in a continually gentrifying New York. The guys want James’ son Henry to be raised like an authentic New Yorker and each episode explores what exactly that means nowadays, and how to best instill local values in a place that doesn’t resemble your home anymore.
“Dad Day is a pure look at modern man in modern Brooklyn,” says director Alex Ross Perry. “Vulgar, sad and at times absurd, »
- Vikram Murthi
Vampire Diaries Video: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley Attempt to Explain Sybil, Season 8's 'Religious Undertones'
We’re only one episode into The Vampire Diaries‘ final season, and it’s already a mind-screw — and not just for the viewers.
TVLine recently visited the show’s Atlanta set, where stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley did their best to explain the otherworldly control Sybil has over Damon and Enzo, and how that could shape the series’ remaining episodes. Needless to say, it was a struggle.
“This season is really about … the conclusion of what evil sins must these characters pay their dues for,” Wesley says, »
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