'Star Trek: Discovery' to Premiere in Late Summer or Fall, CBS CEO Says
Star Trek: Discovery is now set to premiere later this year on CBS All Access.
Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS, on Monday told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that the reboot of the sci-fi franchise will debut "in late summer, early fall we're looking at probably, right now."
Originally slated to debut last month as CBS All Access' first original scripted series, the project has been delayed several times, most notably due to the departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner.
But Moonves said the drama, currently in production in Toronto, will not be hurried into the »
- Etan Vlessing
Jeremy Piven to Star in CBS Tech Drama 'Wisdom of the Crowd'
Jeremy Piven has lined up his next TV role.
The three-time Emmy winner has signed on to star in CBS' tech drama pilot Wisdom of the Crowd, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Written by Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife), the project centers on a tech innovator who, inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionize crime solving in San Francisco.
Piven will play Jeffrey tanner, a charismatic visionary determined to solve his daughter's murder.
Humphrey will also executive produce the project, »
- Kate Stanhope
Amazon Revives Former Pivot Series ‘Fortitude’ With New Season Pick-Up
Amazon has picked up a new season of Arctic thriller “Fortitude,” which originally ran on the now-dead Pivot TV. Dennis Quaid has been added to the cast for this run, starring opposite Richard Dormer. Sofie Gråbøl, Luke Treadaway, Darren Boyd, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mia Jexen, Alexandra Moen, Verónica Echegui, Sienna Guillory, Ramon Tikaram, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan and Ken Stott are also counted among the cast. “In ‘Fortitude,’ our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has resonated with audiences globally,” said Joe Lewis, head of Comedy, Drama and Vr, »
- Tony Maglio
Jimmy Kimmel Jokes He's Responsible for La La Land and Moonlight's Best Picture Switcheroo at the 2017 Oscars
What else is there to do but laugh? The 2017 Oscars nearly ended on the wrong note, as La La Land was incorrectly given the award for Best Picture, only to have its producers concede to Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski, the rightful winners from Moonlight. Amidst all the chaos, presenter Warren Beatty disavowed responsibility for the error by showing viewers that he had in fact mistakenly been given the envelope for Best Actress, which went to La La Land's Emma Stone. In the moment, host Jimmy Kimmel tried his best to do damage control. "Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened," he said. "Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this." Harvey, of course, initially crowned the wrong »
TV Review: Oscars Celebrate Cinema Through the Messy Power of Live Television
Just when you think the Oscars might be boring — a post-midnight twist makes them worth staying up for.
After one of the more pleasant if predictable runs of show in recent Oscars history, a complete best picture upset stunned at Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards, as “La La Land” — in the process of receiving the final and most prestigious Oscar of the night onstage — was interrupted by the revelation that the award in fact had been given to breakout “Moonlight.”
It’s an incredible story of “Moonlight,” a film that slowly caught the attention of a mainstream audience through the awards circuit and now has entered a hallowed canon of films. It’s less of one for the producers “La La Land” — which, while still winners of six other Oscars, were forced to make way for another film in the middle of their own acceptance speeches.
But that final-seconds revelation, and resulting confused awkwardness, served to be one of the most equalizing and wonderful moments in Oscars history. It was hard to accept that “La La Land” had lost and “Moonlight” won, but somewhere in between good intentions and studio hype, both films got a chance to share the (literal) stage. And on a night that frequently ends up being about just one film — or one studio, or one auteur — Sunday night’s Academy Awards felt like they were a joyful, messy tribute to how revelatory and wonderful cinema can be, at its best and most ambitious.
They accomplished that by being great TV.
After the political firestorm that was this year’s Golden Globes, the Oscars began with a slightly tentative feeling. The same anger and frustration at American politics was present, but seemed a little less explosive; it felt like everything that happened during the ceremony was political — with a bit more restraint and grace than from just a month or two ago.
Maybe Hollywood has reacted to the first turbulent month of Donald Trump’s presidency by beginning to focus on how to channel anger and frustration into the work they do best — telling stories. More than usual, the Oscars were suffused with fervent belief in the power of cinema. Some years, that dedication seems a little performative and superfluous — and going into the ceremony, where “La La Land” was expected to sweep, an emphasis on fantasy and escapism seemed inappropriate.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars found a way to balance the telecast between that sensibility — the treacly self-satisfaction of sweeping orchestrals and tap-dancing starlets — and the very real widening gulf between the wealthy and cultured elites in Hollywood and the global public they make art for. Several of his bits were about bringing the audience into the telecast — “Mean Tweets,” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” was joined by a practical joke where a Starlite Tours tour group was diverted into the auditorium to rub shoulders with Denzel Washington. Politics were omnipresent — Kimmel addressed Donald Trump’s tweets several times throughout the evening — and the winners and presenters championed the voices of the underrepresented, the transformative and universal power of art, and most specifically, the harsh stance on immigration taken by the Trump administration. But also prevalent at this awards show was the sentiment seemed to be that the arts and entertainment industry could be a force of good, without simply using that soapbox for soundbytes.
Kimmel’s not Teflon, but he’s found an interesting way to braid together both bro comedy and sensitivity — and that’s usually by opting into the role of jackass, which allows pretty much everyone else to look good. Even at the end of the night, he said ruefully to the audience that he knew he was going to screw up the telecast somehow —the perfect, quintessential host move. It makes Kimmel the joke, not anyone else, even though the mix-up was obviously not his fault at all.
The host’s style made for a ceremony where even if you loathed his jokes or delivery, the ceremony was kind of nice; rather than the final circuit of an endless PR tour for the three or four Best Picture frontrunners, it felt like a tribute to the cinema in general. In addition to the ritual “In Memoriam” and the platitudes about showbusiness, Sunday night’s Oscars included montages for each acting category that showed clips of past greats and a recurring feature where stars talked about a movie that changed them before coming out with a star from that very film. So Charlize Theron walked out with Shirley MacLaine, and Seth Rogen reminisced about “Back to the Future.”
And there’s no better example of that renewed sense of purpose than “Moonlight’s” win, which is a repudiation of the night’s expected narrative and last year’s much discussed “Oscars So White” phenomenon, where creatives of color were nearly shut out from the nominations. The Academy has made some real changes, and Hollywood seems ready to work.
The Oscars can feel like a very stuffy party full of people in penguin suits. Not this time. There was something really live about this live telecast — something raw and shifting and earnest, whether that was Viola Davis’ typically lovely speech, a stray fabric “wave” hitting Auli’I Cravalho in the head, and the tears in Denzel Washington’s eyes when he lost Best Actor to Casey Affleck. There were weird segments and bits that didn’t totally land. But that’s live television, in its fascinating unpredictability. The Oscars weren’t a complete vision tonight, as prestigious films usually try to be. They were a strangely fascinating mess.
Of course, a last-minute twist is some “The Walking Dead” style storytelling, and obviously, if the Oscars’ producers had had their way, there would have been no mixed-up envelope delivery at the end. But that kind of half-fantasy mess is exactly the weird and wonderful place where showbusiness lives, whether it is in the musical sequences of “La La Land” or the subtle, sneaky power of “Moonlight.” Now both of these movies can be joined by the last few minutes of the telecast. All three really have to be seen to be believed.
- Sonia Saraiya
‘The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth’ Gets Second Batch at Showtime
Showtime has bought itself another ticket to the circus. The premium cabler has ordered a second batch of episodes of political docuseries “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Variety has learned. The second run will premiere in three weeks, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.
Hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will return to examine the riveting and unprecedented events unfolding — both inside and outside the Beltway — during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Mark McKinnon will return in a producing role with occasional guest appearances. The real-time series will follow the circus of American politics, political culture and government, featuring interviews with key figures and offering analysis of the stories behind each week’s headlines.
“During the historic drama of the 2016 election, ‘The Circus’ was a compulsively watchable series, providing unparalleled access and critical insight,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Presented »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Incorporated’ Canceled By Syfy After One Season
Exclusive: Syfy has opted not to renew freshman drama series Incorporated for a second season. The futuristic thriller, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, ended its freshman run January 25. One of the show’s regular cast members, Dennis Haysbert, already booked a new series project, signing on as the male lead of drama pilot Reverie for Syfy sibling NBC. Incorporated was a modest ratings performer, ranking below most other Syfy series such as flagship The Ma… »
Donald Trump Says He Nixed White House Correspondents’ Dinner Appearance Because They Make Stuff Up
President Donald Trump says he decided not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner because its members “make stories up” and “create sources.” "Over the years, you make a mistake, I fully understand when they hit you,” he said in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends that will air Tuesday morning. “But when they make stories up, when they create sources – ’cause I believe that sometimes they don’t have sources, you know, the sources don’t… »
I Just Found Out this Scene from Wayne’s World was 100% Improvised
Did you ever find Bugs Bunny when he’d put on a dress and play a girl bunny?” This is the line from one of Wayne’s World’s more intimate and funny scenes. When Wayne and Garth are sitting on the hood of Wayne’s car they have their “reflective” talk while waiting on an airplane to land. It’s the place the two go to share their inner most feelings and talk about life. However, it turns out this scene and sequences was 100% improvise. Dana Carvey just blurted out the line. The laughter you see from Mike Meyers isn’t staged at all.
I Just Found Out this Scene from Wayne’s World was 100% Improvised »
- Nat Berman
‘Big Love’ Creators Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer Remember Their Star Bill Paxton
Over a decade ago, HBO was looking to launch a second successful drama series to join its runaway hit The Sopranos. After a few tries, the network bet on novice creators, Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer, backed by producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and a provocative premise, a series about a polygamist family man. Long before it was cool for movie stars to do TV, the project was able to get Bill Paxton with the help of Paxton’s Apollo 13 co-star Hanks. Big Love became… »
Vanderpump Rules Reunion Seating Chart Reveals Plenty
As everyone braces for a Vanderpump Rules reunion tonight, there’s a reason they posted the seating chart on the Bravo Website. It’s pretty obviously that the places where everyone is sitting will have a huge impact on what goes on. If this weren’t the case do you even think that Bravo would even bother releasing this image? Of course not. Andy Cohen and Lisa Vanderpump are front and center. This much we know and can deduce the obvious. They’re the main players. But what happens when you get into the rest of the chart? Perhaps rather than the order of
Vanderpump Rules Reunion Seating Chart Reveals Plenty »
- Nat Berman
Comcast CEO Says Growth From NBCU Businesses Will Offset Lower TV Ratings
Streaming video services such as DirecTV Now may have “scary implications” for some programmers, who could see some channels left behind, and operators, who might lose subscribers. But they shouldn’t take a big bite out of Comcast, CEO Brian Roberts told investors today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. “Our view was that scale matters,” he says. “When we just owned E! and Golf Channel and Comcast SportsNet, it wasn’t enough. Now we have MSNBC… »
Moana Star Cast in NBC Theater Pilot Drama High From Jason Katims
Jason Katims’ NBC pilot about a high school theater department has found its drama queen.
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Auli’i Cravalho, who recently starred in Disney’s Moana, has landed a major role in Drama High, our sister site Deadline reports. Based on the 2013 Michael Sokolove novel — which was itself inspired by true events — the pilot follows a “passionate teacher and family man” who runs a “working-class high school drama department” that inspires the whole town. (So, Friday Night Lights… the musical? Count me in!)
Cravalho will play a student named Lilette, »
Donald Trump: Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel “Pulled Out The Race Card” Because “They’re Losing Badly”
Donald Trump did an interview with Fox & Friends that is scheduled to air Tuesday as a walk-up to his address before the joint session of Congress. During the interview, he was asked about comments made about him during Sunday’s Academy Awards. Possibly explaining why Trump did not respond to Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel’s tweet trying to engage him, the president said: "Look, it just seems like the other side, whenever they're losing badly, they always pull out the race… »
TV News Roundup: ‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho to Star in Jason Katims’ NBC Pilot ‘Drama High’
In today’s TV news roundup, “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has been cast in the lead role for NBC’s drama pilot, “Drama High,” plus more…
Fresh off of her stellar Oscars performance last night, 16-year-old “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has been tapped for a lead role in NBC‘s drama pilot “Drama High” from Jason Katims, Variety has confirmed. “Drama High” is about a stand-out high school drama department and the talented students who are enlivened by both their passionate and dedicated teacher. Cravalho will play one of the students, Lilette, who works part time after school at the local town diner and has big dreams, and joining the drama department is one of them. The character is so much more than her single mother Vanessa (yet to be cast) thinks she is. Deadline first reported the casting.
Haley Strode has been slated for a recurring role in the second season of Cmt »
- Sarah Ahern
Love & Hip Hop: New York 2017 Reunion Part 2 Sneak Peek
Part two of the Love & Hip Hop Reunion New York 2017 airs tonight on VH1. From the looks of it Bianca and Sky are going to get into it, and get into it hard. In the sneak peek clip you’re about to see below, Nina Parker talks to Bianca about the little hotel room “encounter” with DJ Drewski to which Bianca responds, “I just said ‘pull up on me.” Nina then looks at Cardi B and wants to know about Bianca’s motives. Cardi says, “I mean, she knows that would bring her bad karma and if she’s willing to
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- Nat Berman
Bill Paxton to Receive Dedication During Thursday's Training Day
The remembrance will air at the top of the new episode that airs March 2 (CBS, 10/9c). Paxton stars as morally ambiguous detective Frank Roarke in the TV series adaptation of the 2001 film, alongside Justin Cornwell, who plays young cop Kyle Craig.
Paxton died on Saturday at the age of 61. In a statement released to TMZ, Paxton’s family said, “It is »
‘Bridesmaids’ Reunion: Annie Mumolo to Star in Melissa McCarthy’s Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Amy’s Brother’
“Amy’s Brother” is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man and his estranged sister, Amy (played by Mumolo), plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof.
The half-hour, single-cam laffer was written by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa, who will serve as co-executive producers. McCarthy and her husband and producing partner Ben Falcone are executive producers, along with “SNL” vet Beth McCarthy-Miller who is directing the pilot. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.
Mumolo was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “Bridesmaids,” in which she also appeared in a small role. She »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Annie Mumolo To Star In ‘Amy’s Brother’ Fox Comedy Pilot From Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone
Actress-writer Annie Mumolo has been tapped as the female lead in Amy's Brother, Fox’s single-camera comedy produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone and Warner Bros TV. The project reunites Bridesmaids co-writer Mumolo with McCarthy, who got her big break in the movie, and her husband Falcone, who also has a part in it. McCarthy and Falcone later cast Mumolo in their feature comedy Boss. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman (Satu… »
Trump Breaks Oscars Silence, Blames 'Politics' for 'Sad' Best Picture Mix-Up
President Trump may not have tweeted during Sunday’s Oscars broadcast, but don’t worry: He definitely has some thoughts on that historic Best Picture blunder.
In fact, Trump actually seems to have taken credit for the infamous mix-up that led to La La Land being mistakenly named Best Picture over the rightful winner Moonlight. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Trump blamed the error on Hollywood’s obsession with… well, him: “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end.”
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