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David Attenborough to Narrate BBC’s ‘Blue Planet II’
David Attenborough has come on board to narrate “Blue Planet II,” a seven-part series from the BBC that explores the world’s oceans.
He said: “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds that cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.”
The series, previously known as “Ocean,” will be launched to international TV buyers at BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, England, which runs Feb. 19-22. The event attracts around 700 delegates.
The series is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, Wdr and France Televisions, in partnership with the Open University. The first “The Blue Planet” series was broadcast in 2001.
“’Blue Planet II’ explores the latest frontiers of scientific discovery, from icy-white polar seas to vibrant blues of the coral atolls, from the storm-tossed green Atlantic coastline to the black depths of the alien deep,” according to a statement.
- Leo Barraclough
Ratings: CBS’ ‘The Good Fight’ Debut Gets Knocked Out by ABC Movie
“The Good Fight” didn’t quite put its’ dukes up in broadcast’s key 18-49 demographic on Sunday, though CBS still won the evening among total viewers. ABC topped the main demo in primetime with movie “Tangled.” CBS and Fox tied for second, with NBC close behind. The whole night was fairly soft with President’s Day looming. Last Sunday, CBS’ Grammy Awards beat down mostly reruns. Also Read: How Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Suddenly Vaulted to No. 1 in Late Night ABC was first in ratings among the Big 4 nets, with a 0.9 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. The Disney-owned channel was third in. »
- Tony Maglio
BBC America Launches New ‘Blue Planet’ After ‘Planet Earth II’ Debut
BBC America has greenlit Blue Planet II, a new seven-part series presented by Sir David Attenborough that will take a deep dive into the world's oceans. The news comes a day after Bbca premiered Planet Earth II, a follow-up to BBC’s 2006 acclaimed nature docuseries. Blue Planet II will explore the latest frontiers of scientific discovery, from icy-white polar seas to vibrant blues of the coral atolls, from the storm-tossed green Atlantic coastline to the black depths of… »
Remember How Bad the Acting was in Clerks?
There’s been a ton of talk about how there will be a Mallrats 2 and a Clerks 3. Kevin Smith has been teasing these ideas for years but talks seem to have heated up this month. I have no clue what these movies would look like and if the same characters would be involved. It’d be a little weird to see Ben Affleck in a Mallrats 2 but I’m sure he’d be hilarious. With regards to Clerks 3, anyone over the age of 50 (which would be nearly everyone) in that would just be straight up weird. But it got
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- Nat Berman
Five Times We Were Fans of Vin Diesel Singing
One of the biggest stories of last week was Vin Diesel’s singing acumen. The “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” star released his own rendition on Facebook of “It Ain’t Me,” Selena Gomez and Kygo’s latest single. Kygo was more than happy to let Diesel cut in, producing the remix himself so Diesel’s voice would perfectly fit with Gomez’s. “I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one,” Diesel wrote on Instagram. “Thank you Kygo for producing this 2017 Hit! Thank you for believing in me enough to ask me to sing. Thank you Selena Gomez for bringing that beautiful and
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- Nat Berman
Hulk Hogan is in a Dutch Commercial that Makes Fun of Wrestling
Hulk Hogan’s status with the WWE isn’t exactly in its strongest state so him doing a commercial poking fun at pro wrestling seems a bit strange at the moment. Then again he won his Gawker lawsuit and has a lot of money coming his way so perhaps he doesn’t care? Hogan is featured in a hilarious new commercial for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer. Considering he hasn’t been in the WWE since 2014 because of his leaked racially insensitive comments, is this is way of saying “adios WWE?” It’s tough to say. Regardless of his status you have to admit
- Nat Berman
Donald Trump Recruits H.R. McMaster As National Security Adviser
Updated with Trump tweet: If at first you don’t succeed… Donald Trump today chose Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to fill the National Security Adviser post left open after his first choice – Michael Flynn – was forced out last week. Potus made the announcement this morning from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. McMaster, who Fox News called “a warrior-scholar deemed an expert in counter insurgency,” is a career Army man who served in the Gulf War and wrote Dereliction of Duty, a… »
NBA All-Star Game Nets 7.8 Million Total Viewers Across TNT & TBS
Last night’s NBA All-Star Game was a winner, not only for the Western Conference but for Turner Sports. The game, which saw the West beat the East 192-182, drew 7.8 million viewers across TNT & TBS, making it the most-viewed NBA All-Star Game telecast since 2013, according to Turner and Nielsen. Last night’s live game coverage was up 3% over last year’s event, peaking with an average of 8.5 million total viewers from 8:30-8:45 Pm Et. Meanwhile, TNT's coverage of State… »
‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Meyer Compares Being an Ex-President to ‘Being a Man’s Nipple’ — Watch
“Veep” is set to return for its sixth season this spring, and for the first time in the acclaimed series’ run it may have difficulty keeping pace with the absurdity of real-life politics. HBO just released a teaser for the upcoming season, which you can watch below.
Taking place in the wake of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) electoral defeat, the next round of episodes finds our embattled heroine contemplating her future. “Being an ex-president is like being a man’s nipple,” she says as the teaser opens. Still, she adds hopefully, “this is my second act: Selina Meyer travels the globe spreading democracy like patient zero.” Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons co-star in the show, which recently won the Emmy Award for »
- Michael Nordine
Grey’s Anatomy Midseason Evaluation: Has The Show Become Too Managerial?
In order for a show to last thirteen seasons on the air, it has to be doing something right. Grey’s Anatomy has flown past 250 episodes and will likely reach 300 in no time at all. The original premise of the series focused on the personal and professional relationships built by the titular character, Meredith Grey, during her first year as a surgical intern. The show featured unique cases and ordinary struggles for Grey and her colleagues, always coming back to their unequivocal joy in the operating room. Yet lately, the focus on actual medical procedures has not been at
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- Araceli Aviles
Is Anyone Else Worried about a Shane Black Predator Movie?
We’re now officially under a year until a new Predator movie directed by Shane Black gets released in theaters. I know this is the generation of the reboot and I know that Predator has already been rebooted, but come on man. Can’t we just leave it alone? Can you imagine how much of a classic The Predator would be if there was just one of them? Think about how much higher praise it would get. Think about all the fun anniversary days and moments we’d reflect on its greatness. Granted the Predator sequel where our villain terrorizes the city streets
- Nat Berman
‘Dan and Dietrich Play Would You Rather’ Exclusive: Get a Bikini Wax or Choose Something Potentially More Horrible? — Watch
There are some choices in life that are too difficult to make. Fortunately, you can watch two guys make them for you.
On Comcast Watchable’s new series “Dan and Dietrich Play Would You Rather,” the two suckers hosts put themselves on the line to play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather?” in which they actually have to perform the task they choose. As expected, the choices push the limits of grossness, discomfort, humiliation or pain. You know, typical guy stuff!
At stake is some sort of prize, which we feel better be damn good to warrant this kind of sacrifice. And there’s always bragging rights, such as they are.
In the exclusive sneak peek below, Dan and Dietrich must choose between getting a bikini wax and spending a round in the ring with an Mma fighter. »
- Hanh Nguyen
NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Traitors, Impending Death, and a Stunning Return
The stars and producers of NCIS: Los Angeles said the conclusion of the mole storyline would feature multiple twists and turns. To quote Nell Jones, “Welcome to NCIS: Los Angeles. We be crazy.” The story two years in the making finally came to an end with as much of a concrete conclusion as can be expected in a situation like this. We found out the why, we found out the who, and we have a general idea of what happens next. For many reasons the future after this experience will be bittersweet, as the team will be expected to move
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- Araceli Aviles
Check Out This Realistic Japanese Dinosaurs Demonstration
I was literally talking about how a Real Jurassic Park could definitely happen since news spread that we have a shot at bringing back the Wooly Mammoth. While plans for a real Jurassic Park aren’t underway, the advances in robotics have made dinosaurs look awfully life-like in the past decade. What you are about to see is a live-action demonstration of the realistic dinosaur costumes created by On-Art Corporation in Japan. On-Art is a top artistic structure airbrush paint production company in Japan. They create balloon like mobile unit structures. The actual size is realistic in shape and 3D painting
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- Nat Berman
John Oliver Explains Trump-Russia Insanity with the Help of ‘La La Land’ and ‘The Human Centipede’ — Watch
In the latest “Last Week Tonight” segment, John Oliver goes long on the special relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. One moment feels especially apt. While discussing the false equivalencies made between Russia and the United States — a favorite tactic of Putin, who’s known for deflecting criticisms of his government by pointing out that things aren’t perfect in America either — the host uses an unexpected analogy: “La La Land” and “The Human Centipede.”
“Not all problems are the same,” Oliver explains. “It’s like comparing ‘La La Land,’ an Academy Award–nominated movie with glaring flaws, to ‘The Human Centipede,’ a thing that barely counts as a film. Yes, one movie is people sewn mouth-to-anus, but, you know, Ryan Gosling looks at his feet when he dances, so it all evens out in the end. »
- Michael Nordine
Major Crimes Boss Sounds Off: I Hope New Wednesday Slot Isn't a Problem
TNT’s Major Crimes at long last resumes Season 5 this week — though for the first time in its history, not airing on Mondays.
Instead, the offshoot of The Closer — which also called Monday home — will be airing Wednesdays at 9/8c, starting Feb. 22. As such, you can understand if the series’ creator is a bit anxious.
RelatedTNT’s Major Crimes Renewed for Season 6
“This is not the night I would have picked, and this is not the time of year that I would have picked to come back on,” James Duff shared with TVLine, as part of our Season 5B preview »
Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series Figures Bring Back Memories
Over the weekend we brought a Hasbro toy gallery to you from the New York Toy Fair that took place. The toy company is releasing lines of Star Wars toys, Transformers toys, and Marvel franchise toys that should be coming out some time in the spring. But it gets better. Star Wars has expanded their 40th anniversary figures with retro Kenner-style packaging for their 6″ Black Series action figures. According to Nerd Approved: The first wave of releases will include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2 followed by Chewbacca, C-3Po, the “Death Squad Commander” (Kenner’s original
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- Nat Berman
Keith Cox to be Named Paramount Network Development President
Keith Cox is set to be named president of development and production for Paramount Network, the relaunched version of Viacom’s Spike TV that is currently in the works, Variety has learned. Cox adds programming responsibilities for the rebranding network to his role as president of development and programming for sister channel TV Land.
Sharon Levy, executive vice president of original series for Spike TV, will depart Viacom. Levy had been with the company for 11 years, and developed series such as “Lip Sync Battle,” “Ink Master,” and “Bar Rescue.”
Deadline first reported Cox’s promotion and Levy’s departure.
Earlier this month, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish unveiled a new strategy for the media company that included rebranding Spike TV as Paramount Network, a »
- Daniel Holloway
Milo Yiannopoulos Uninvited From Keynoting At Conservative Confab In Washington
Two days after being invited to deliver keynote address at Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., controversial Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been un-invited after the org seems to have discovered he is an unapologetic provocateur. The invitation retraction comes same day the org announced it had confirmed President Donald Trump to speak at the annual event, and three days after Yiannopoulos’ controversial appearance on Real Time With… »
Bates Motel: Five Things You Didn’t Know about Freddie Highmore
Bates Motel returns for its fifth and final season tonight on A&E. Bates Motel is currently in season 5 and fans are expecting big things from both the premiere and entire season. We’ve been teased about how Norman Bates will be interacting with his mother and Vera Farmiga has confirmed that there will be plenty of surprises this season. One surprise will be the appearance of Rihanna who is set to play Marion Crane, the woman who screams in the shower in the original Alfred Hitchock movie Psycho. Crane was perceived as a main character despite only being in the
- Nat Berman
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