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‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Second & Third Seasons By NBC
NBC has ordered two minimum 18-episode seasons of its Tuesday night drama sensation This Is Us. "We all got our wish that this is a hit show," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "'This Is Us' is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan… »
TNT Renews ‘Major Crimes’ for Season 6
“Major Crimes” has been renewed for a sixth season at TNT, the network announced Wednesday. The renewal comes well before the show’s return for the second half of Season 5 on Feb. 22. Season 6 will consist of 13 episodes.
The series, originally a spin-off of network-maker “The Closer,” has been a bulwark for TNT, pulling in 10 million viewers a week across all platforms, according to Turner. Turner Entertainment chief creative officer Kevin Reilly has taken TNT’s creative direction away from the kind of meat-and-potatoes police procedural that marked the networks’ previous aesthetic. Yet even with series like “Rizzoli & Isles” breathing their last and new, grittier series like “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” coming to populate the TNT schedule, it appears there’s still room for “Major Crimes.”
“Major Crimes” follows a special squad within the Lapd that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. Led by Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), the squad includes Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey), Lieutenant »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again, Casts James Frain
CBS released a statement regarding the possible delay:
“Production on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”
More to come…
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Will & Grace’ to Return to NBC for 10-Episode Run
NBC is officially bringing back “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode limited run next season, the broadcaster revealed Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press event. Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all back for the 2017-2018 run, and original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is set to direct and executive produce. Universal Television will produce and distribute the new episodes. “We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC. »
- Tony Maglio
NBCUniversal to Shut Down Esquire Network Cable Channel, Relaunch Brand as Digital Platform (Exclusive)
NBCUniversal will shutter Esquire Network’s linear cable channel and relaunch the brand as a digital-only platform, Variety has learned. The decision to end the cable channel’s operation was spurred by recent negotiations with Charter Communications over a carriage-contract renewal.
Esquire Network was dropped last month from At&T’s DirecTV and U-Verse services. That move resulted in a loss of 25% of the channel’s subscribers — down from 60 million to 45 million. If Esquire Network were to be dropped by Charter, it would have lost an additional 15 million subscribers, making it no longer viable for Comcast-owned NBCUniversal to continue to operate.
Esquire Network will continue its cable feed through the summer. The channel employs around 50 staffers. Roughly 30 of those employees will likely be downsized, with the remainder kept on to service the brand’s new digital play.
Sources say that NBCUniversal is not pursuing a sale of the channel, as there are no prospective buyers — nor is »
- Daniel Holloway
Karga Seven Expands Into Turkey With New Production Venture
L.A.-based production company Karga Seven Pictures has launched a new production venture in Turkey, opening a permanent production office in Istanbul, parent company Red Arrow Entertainment Group announced Thursday.
Karga Seven Turkey will produce original content, including feature films, scripted and factual television, documentaries, game shows, and branded content for mobile and digital platforms. The new operation will be headed by Tamer Uner as president, Ozer Sata as CEO and Todd Cohen as chief creative officer. Cohen previously served with the company as Karga’s executive vice president of development.
“We have a strong and passionate connection to Turkey,” said Karga founding partner Emre Sahin. “I grew up in Turkey, and we’ve produced two feature films there [2015’s “Takim: Mahalle Askina!” and “The Team,” both directed by Sahin] as well as commercials and several non-fiction shows. With the country being the second-largest producer of television dramas in the world, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to enter the Turkish market.”
- Robert Mitchell
Alibaba Group Becomes Worldwide Olympic Games Partner Through 2028 – Davos
Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group and the International Olympic Committee used the World Economic Forum as a platform today to announce a historic and long-term deal which sees the Chinese e-commerce giant become Ioc’s Worldwide Olympic Partner through 2028. Under the digital pact, Alibaba will be the Ioc’s official cloud services and e-commerce platform services partner, as well as a founding partner of the Olympic Channel. For Ma, the move falls in line with his strategy for… »
General Hospital Spoilers: Franco Goes Missing
General Hospital fans have been waiting anxiously to find out who the mob boss is behind all that’s going on. Jason and Sam are working so hard to find out what happened to Sonny’s son, to find out what happened with the car bomb, and to find out what happened to at least a half dozen other people and circumstances. They’re no closer to their answers and they’re struggling, but it turns out they have some issues to work out. They’ve got reason to believe it’s the mob behind all this, and we have reason to believe they are going
General Hospital Spoilers: Franco Goes Missing »
- Tiffany Raiford
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Chloe Admits Holly is Nicole’s Baby
Days of Our Lives fans will enjoy the last show of the week, as it’s pre-empted for the Presidential Inauguration Friday. Thursday’s episode is all about the chaos and craziness that happens when life occurs, and you won’t want to miss it. Brady is tired of waiting around for Deimos to find a way to prove Holly belongs to Nicole and not to Chloe, so he’s going straight to the source. He’s not going to be very nice about it, either. He wants answers, and he wants them now. Will Chloe be willing to speak to Brady about the issue?
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Chloe Admits Holly is Nicole’s Baby »
- Tiffany Raiford
Tartikoff Awards Celebrate TV’s Innovators and Influencers
Miami — “Between Two Ferns” made a surprise appearance at this year’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards ceremony.
Josh Sapan, AMC Networks’ president-ceo, delivered a delightfully unconventional spin on a tribute video as he was honored Wednesday night along with YouTube’s Susanne Daniels, Univision’s Randy Falco, multihyphenate Eva Longoria and Fox’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
Sapan’s reel for the ceremony, held at the Fontainebleau Hotel as part of the annual Natpe conference, featured the veteran cable executive sitting for an offbeat interview with Zach Galifianakis on the mock talk show that has become a staple of Funny or Die. (AMC just bought a minority stake in the digital comedy service.)
Gale Anne Hurd, exec producer of AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead,” presented the kudo to Sapan, calling him a rare example of an executive who combines “a first-rate business mind with the heart of a creative.” Sapan »
- Cynthia Littleton
Ex-nbcu Exec David Mortimer Joins Tinopolis Group As Director Of Content
Indie producer and distributor Tinopolis Group has appointed David Mortimer to the new role of Director of Content. The exec will be responsible for UK content direction and performance, working with Tinopolis' production companies there and in the U.S. to develop a strong transatlantic production strategy. Mortimer joins from NBCUniversal where he was Svp Factual & Entertainment, overseeing unscripted production companies in the UK, Australia, Canada and Asia. He will… »
Frequency Season 1 Episode 12 Review: “Harmonic”
Building a show on a season-long murder case can be difficult, as we’ve seen with series like The Killing or even in something like Fox’s adaptation of the British series Broadchurch, which the network titled Gracepoint, and that’s in large part due to the inherent problem of red herrings, which these shows need to have in order to last 10 or 13 episodes. For the most part, Frequency has avoided the pitfall of having too many red herring suspects; even though Raimy initially believed that Thomas Goff was the Nightingale Killer during the first three episodes of this season, her suspicion of him quickly faded,
Frequency Season 1 Episode 12 Review: “Harmonic” »
- Chris King
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of People’s Choice Awards 2017
Ellen DeGeneres is officially the peopliest person, the “awardiest awardee,” in People’s Choice Awards history, after the daytime host swept the three awards she was nominated for at the 2017 edition, taking her tally to a staggering 20 wins.
As stars and fans packed the Microsoft Theater L.A. Live for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Joel McHale, DeGeneres and her record-breaking moment were the center of attention, trumping the upcoming presidential inauguration. And while Trump jokes and jabs were kept to a minimum, the award winners took time to speak for the power of women in Hollywood, and to express their hope that their films and TV shows might bring a little joy into the current global climate.
However, with the good of DeGeneres’ victory and Blake Lively’s “girl power” speech, there was also the bad of jokes falling flat, and the ugly of the teleprompter breaking down in the middle of Kristen Bell’s »
- Will Thorne
Honorees Susanne Daniels, Gary Newman Share Brandon Tartikoff Stories At Natpe Legacy Awards
On the 20th anniversary of Brandan Tartikoff death, the visionary NBC and Paramount executive was fondly remembered by several of this year’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award honorees. “The first time I worked with Tartikoff was at the very beginning of my carrier,” said YouTube content chief Susanne Daniels who started as an assistant to Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels. “I was on the 8th floor of the Rockefeller center well after midnight, watching SNL, when the… »
People’s Choice Awards: Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake, ‘Big Bang Theory’ & More
Tonight during the People’s Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres took home three awards and in the process became this most-awarded person in Pca history with a career total of 20. Tonight, she won for "Favorite Daytime TV Host," "Favorite Animated Movie Voice" and "Favorite Comedic Collaboration." Her Pixar pic Finding Dory also won for “Favorite Movie”. Tonight’s awards, broadcast live on CBS and hosted by Joel McHale, took place at the Microsoft Theater from 9:00 Pm-11:00… »
‘Outlander’ Wins People’s Choice Award For Favorite TV Show
“Outlander” took home the prize for Favorite TV Show at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, beating out a variety of cable, broadcast and streaming shows.
The Starz series, set to debut its third season in April, follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened.
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- Liz Calvario
People's Choice 2017: The Best, Worst and Dwayne Johnson-iest Moments
Ah, the People’s Choice Awards, aka “the one night a year where Hollywood reacts positively to what the rest of the country thinks,” as this year’s host, Joel McHale, noted at the top of Wednesday’s broadcast.
The annual awards ceremony, airing on CBS and hosted by The Great Outdoors star, asks fans to vote for their favorite TV shows, movies and musicians. The winners take home a shiny, crystal trophy. The losers… somehow never seem to show up for the evening. Funny how that always works out, eh?
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History's Six: Will You Join the Hunt?
In the series premiere, members of the titular Navy Seal Team are continuing their covert mission to hunt down and eliminate Muttaqi, a bin Laden-like Taliban leader in Afghanistan. Perhaps no one is more obsessed with their target than team leader Richard “Rip” Taggart (Justified‘s Walton Goggins) — so much so that when they come across a U. »
‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Eviscerates Manipulative Sitcoms Like ‘Fuller House’ By Making One of Their Own
Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day have never been afraid to get a little meta with “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” From “The Gang Recycles Their Trash” (in which plot points from previous episodes were repurposed) to “The Gang Misses the Boat” (a Season 10 episode where the people of Paddy’s Pub decide they’ve drifted too far from their roots), episodes crop up where the “It’s Always Sunny” gang is doing more than comment on society: They’re talking about themselves.
What could come across as unappealingly egocentric is instead charmingly apt considering “Sunny” is all about selfish assholes, and the topic of this week’s episode channels such narcissistic villainy toward a new purpose: highlighting the difference between half-hour comedies and manipulative sitcoms. Similar to the brilliant deconstruction of classic sitcom structuring in “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award” (the lighting! the romantic pairings! »
- Ben Travers
Agents of Shield Season 4 Episode 10 Review: “The Patriot”
Since returning to the second half of it’s fourth season, Agents of Shield has shifted it’s main focus to the Lmd story line. With last week’s reveal of Radcliffe being the main antagonist behind the scenes, it has completely shifted the landscape of the show’s second half and what’s in store. Although Agents of Shield has been doing wonders with this season, it will be interesting to see the show tackle a similar idea to what was presented in Avengers: Age of Ultron. One of the more interesting dynamics that Agents of Shield has established is the one between newly appointed Director Mace and
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- Blaise Hopkins
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