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'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
‘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
The Bachelor’s Corinne Olympios Says “Don’t Ever Give me a Red Rose”
The Bachelor’s most talked about contestant of the year, Corinne Olympios, was finally sent home last night. Viewers had been waiting for the outspoken, outrageous blond to get the boot and it finally happened. Not that Olympios even remotely cared. Throughout the entire season many have speculated that the craziest contestant had been embellishing her role on the show and was only acting that way to get attention and further her career. Even her mother said as much. While she was sent home by The Bachelor Nick Viall on Monday night, she wasn’t done with television. Her very first post-reality
- Nat Berman
Chris Matthews Jumps To Late-Night With ‘Hardball’ Special After Donald Trump’s Speech To Congress
Stephen Colbert will have some late-night competition tonight, after Donald Trump’s address to the joint session. Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Michael Moore, and Rob Reiner are joining Chris Matthews tonight as he jumps into late-night fray. The special edition of MSNBC’s Hardball will air at midnight Et. Matthews made headlines Monday when he wondered, on his program, why anyone believes what Trump says after his years as head of the birtherism movement – during which… »
Comcast NBCU To Take Full Ownership Of Universal Studios Japan For $2.3B
Showing confidence in future growth of its Asia theme park business, Comcast NBCUniversal has agreed to purchase the 49% of Universal Studios Japan which it does not already own. The stake is being acquired from Goldman Sachs, former Usj CEO Glenn Gumpel, private equity firm Mbk Partners and hedge fund Owl Creek Asset Management. The sale price is $2.3B, valuing Usj at $7.4B, including the assumption of Usj net debt. The acquisition will more closely align Usj with… »
Adam Savage Gets a Close Look at The Robotic Geisha From Ghost In The Shell
In the latest video from Adam Savage’s Youtube channel “Tested,” he goes behind the scenes of the upcoming movie Ghost in the Shell. He paid another visit to the Weta Workshop where the minds behind the Robotic Geisha from Ghost in the Shell work. Savage gets up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible. Of all the props that Savage takes
- Nat Berman
Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’ Will Next Tackle Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Review: Why Care About the Facts When a Show Feels This True?
Murphy will write “Feud: Charles and Diana” with Jon Robin Baitz, who is also currently a consulting producer on Murphy’s “Katrina: American Crime Story.” Murphy and Baitz will also be executive producers, along with Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin Woodall. Fox 21 Television Studios is the production company.
- Michael Schneider
‘Feud’ Season Two on FX to Tackle Charles and Diana Saga
The deal comes as a big vote of confidence in Murphy and his team from FX. The first eight-episode season of “Feud” is set to premiere on Sunday, focusing on the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the making of 1963’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Murphy is teaming with Jon Robin Baitz to write the Charles and Diana story. Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin Woodall will exec produce “Feud: Charles and Diana” with Murphy and Baitz for Fox 21 Television Studios. Plan B is also producing “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
Charles and Diana were married in a 1981 wedding that became a worldwide media event, turning the 20-year-old princess into a global superstar. But »
- Cynthia Littleton
Lyndon Smith To Star In Shondaland ABC Drama Pilot; Ben Shenkman Co-Stars
Parenthood alumna Lyndon Smith has been cast as a lead in ABC's untitled legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. Also cast in the pilot, written by Written by Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica, is Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains). The legal drama, set in the Southern District of New York (Sdny) Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," follows six brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they… »
‘Feud’ Gets Season 2 Order Ahead Of FX Series Premiere; Charles & Diana In Spotlight
FX’s latest series from Ryan Murphy doesn’t premiere until Sunday, but Round 2 of Feud already is set. The cable net said today that it has ordered a 10-episode second season of the anthology project, this time focusing on England’s sweethearts Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Set to air next year, Feud: Charles and Diana will be written by Ryan and Jon Rabin Baitz (The Slap), who executive produce the series with Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin… »
Jimmy Kimmel’s Late-Night Oscar Explainer Pops In Ratings
Jimmy Kimmel pulled off a rare late-night ratings victory last night as viewers tuned in to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to hear his side of the story about Sunday’s wild Oscar telecast that he happened to host. Kimmel drew a 2.6/7 in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, beating NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.2/6) and CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (2.5/7) in Monday’s numbers, according to Nielsen. It was also No. 1 in the demo with a 0.8/4, compared… »
Feud Season 2 to Focus on Charles and Diana's Royal Estrangement
FX on Tuesday renewed Murphy’s nascent anthology series for a 10-episode second season, which will focus on the tempestuous marriage and divorce of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. The pickup comes a week before the March 5 launch of the franchise’s eight-episode first season, Feud: Bette and Joan.
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TV Ratings: Kimmel’s Oscar Explanation Tops Colbert and Stewart, ‘The Voice’ Returns Slightly Down
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” generally lags behind its late-night competition on CBS and NBC. Not so Monday night: Riding the wave of the biggest snafu in Oscar history, Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel became the momentary King of Late Night. In Nielsen’s metered market overnight ratings, which measure the top 56 markets in the country, Kimmel pulled in a 2.6 household rating. That easily topped Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” which drew a 2.2 household rating, but perhaps more interesting is that he also edged out Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show,” which, despite featuring a widely publicized appearance by Jon Stewart, reeled a 2.5 household rating, right around its performance for the last few weeks. Kimmel also topped in the 25 markets with local people meters that measure the 18-49 demographic, notching a 0.8 to Fallon’s 0.7 and Colbert’s 0.6.
It’s unlikely Monday’s order of finish is indicative of a real sea change — as we see with shows that premiere after »
- Oriana Schwindt
Parents Recreate Famous Movie Scenes with 2-Year-Old Son Using Cardboard Boxes
There are cool parents out there and then there are parents like these that go way beyond the boundaries of Fantasia. Leon Mackie and Lilly Lang had no idea what to do with all of their boxes when they moved into their new home. Instead of throwing all their boxes away they decided to get super creative and make one of the best gifts imaginable to their 2-year-old son. Lilly and Leon are passionate cinephiles, so they didn’t take long to come up with an idea to bring most memorable moments from their favorite films back to life, except this
Parents Recreate Famous Movie Scenes with 2-Year-Old Son Using Cardboard Boxes »
- Nat Berman
‘National Treasure’ Sneak Peek: Robbie Coltrane’s Innocence is Questioned by Julie Walters in New Hulu Series
Hulu released an exclusive clip from its upcoming miniseries “National Treasure,” a show revolving around a famed comedic performer, played by Robbie Coltrane (“Harry Potter“), whose life is turned upside down when he is accused of a sexual abuse scandal. Two-time Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Brooklyn“) also stars in the series as Coltrane’s wife, while Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman“) plays their daughter. Hulu has also unveiled a dramatic new poster for the series.
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The clip, titled “The Search,” comes from the show’s first episode and reveals an intense and intimate conversation between Coltrane and Walters. Paul Finchley (Coltrane) has already been swept up in the scandal, while his wife is starting to feel the pressure alongside her husband. The scene promises stellar performance from the two actors, and adds a layer of mystery »
- Michael Gonzalez
Ratings: The Voice Premiere Dips But Dominates Night, Taken Starts Strong
NBC’s The Voice kicked off Season 12 on Monday with 13 million total viewers and a 3.1 rating, marking the competition’s fourth straight demo decline for a premiere, yet dominating the night in both measures.
Leading out of that, the Taken premiere did 7.4 mil and a 1.6, landing just below Timeless‘ own apres-Voice launch (7.6 mil/1.8) and easily leading all scripted fare. TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B-.”
RelatedNBC’s Taken: Is Young Bryan Mills’ Set of Skills Particularly Interesting?
The night’s other debut, »
Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart & Sarah Silverman Lead Comedy Central Move Into Festival Biz With ‘Clusterfest’
Come June, you can leave your Hart, as well as your Seinfeld and your Silverman, in San Francisco when Viacom principal Comedy Central joins forces with Superfly, presenter of the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands music festivals, and co-producer Another Planet Entertainment, to launch the modestly named Colossal Clusterfest. It’s slated to run June 2-4 at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, culminating with a live Comedy Central… »
In Honor of Shrove Tuesday: The Best Pancake Scenes in Movies
Many of you might not know that today is Shrove Tuesday. What is Shrove Tuesday? I’m glad you asked. Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day is meant to commemorate the final day before Ash Wednesday with a celebratory pancake feast. Different iterations of the popular pancake can be created for this event — a thick cake or a thin crepe all make viable meals to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. The popular British manner in which to serve the cakes is thin and served with lemon juice or syrup. But that doesn’t really matter to us since we’re a TV and
In Honor of Shrove Tuesday: The Best Pancake Scenes in Movies »
- Nat Berman
Vern Co Joins Gersh As New TV & Theater Agent
Gersh is expanding its New York team, adding Vern Co as a new agent in the TV Literary and Theater Department, to bolster theater client profiles in TV. In this new role, will also build on her own list of TV writer and director clients. "We look forward to Vern joining our team as we continue to grow the agency," said Gersh co-head Bob Gersh. "We are committed to growing our Theater Department and supporting our Theater clients' work in Television. Her experience and… »
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