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‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016
In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »
Gordon Ramsay ‘24 Hours To Hell & Back’ Restaurant Series Gets Fox Order
Gordon Ramsay is expanding his Fox portfolio with a new unscripted series. The network has ordered eight episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back, a restaurant makeover show from the Emmy-nominated host, chef, producer and hospitality expert. Produced by Studio Ramsay, the series will feature Ramsay going through hell in order to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all within 24 hours. It’s in the vein of Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, in which he… »
Arrowverse Crossover: Quantico's Russell Tovey Cast as Gay Superhero
Where there’s a will, there’s… The Ray: Quantico and Looking vet Russell Tovey has been tapped to play gay superhero The Ray in The CW’s four-part Arrow-verse crossover, TVLine has learned. What’s more, Tovey will also voice the role of The Ray in CW Seed’s forthcoming animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
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The official character description for The Ray is as follows:
Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. »
TVLine Items: The X-Files Goes 'Home' Again, Discovery After-Show and More
The X-Files is bringing back one of its most memorable faces — but there’s a twist.
Karin Konoval, who played a nightmare-inducing, mutant-breeding amputee in the iconic 1996 episode “Home,” will appear in Season 11 in multiple roles, EW.com reports.
The X-Files is slated to return midseason on Fox.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Star Trek: Discovery is getting its own live after-show: After Trek will debut this Sunday at 11 pm Et/8 pm Pt on CBS All Access, following Discovery‘s series premiere, »
Young Sheldon: Everything You Need to Know
The Big Bang Theory creators Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro have downplayed the immense levels of time, thought and planning that went into creating the show's spin-off prequel Young Sheldon; even billboards for the show are cheeky and self-depreciating, saying that Young Sheldon is from the "small
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- Malcolm Venable
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Svu, Teen Wolf, Riverdale, Supergirl, Suits, The Flash, Once, Last Man and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Scoop on Episode 300 of Grey’s Anatomy? —@ThePompeoMethod via Twitter
Ausiello: With It breaking box office records, I’m hearing rumblings that the Krista Vernoff-penned outing — which bears the Hamilton-esque title “Who Dies, Who Lives, Who Tells Your Story” — may feature a frightening, possibly dangerous clown.
Question: Will Sean Maguire be coming back to Once Upon a Time? —Sara
Ausiello: “Never say never, but… not in the immediate run of episodes,” Adam Horowitz told us when we delivered your question. »
CBS Developing Drama Based on Internet Abuse Attorney Carrie Goldberg (Exclusive)
CBS is developing a drama series based on real-life attorney Carrie Goldberg, Variety has learned exclusively.
The untitled project would follow a young lawyer in Brooklyn who, after enduring vicious online and offline attacks herself, opens her own firm to place herself and her team on the front lines of defending victims of crimes in the age of the Internet where the law hasn’t yet caught up with technology.
Jennifer Cecil, who previously served as showrunner on “Private Practice,” will write and executive produce. Goldberg will also executive produce along with Michelle Sy and Sophia Chang. Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steven Tisch will also executive produce, with Taylor Latham serving as co-executive producer. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with CBS Television Studios.
- Joe Otterson
Disney Says Carriage Talks With Altice Could Reach Impasse
Disney and the cable company once known as Cablevision are at it again.
The two companies, whose fractious carriage negotiations in 2010 resulted in viewers in New York and Connecticut missing 13 minutes of ABC’s broadcast of the Oscars awards ceremonies, are heading for an impasse in current discussions, according to Disney. Altice Nv purchased Cablevision Systems in June of 2016 for about $10 billion. Its Altice USA unit serves more than 4.6 million customers, and is one of the biggest content distributors in the nation. Disney controls such popular networks as ABC, Espn, Disney Channel and Freeform, among others.
Richard Greenfield, a media industry analyst with Btig Research, said in a recent note that he believes the current discussions entail carriage rights for Disney’s cable portfoilo and retransmission rights for ABC’s owned-and-operated stations. “We believe negotiations between the two sides have deteriorated and the odds of a carriage interruption are growing quickly,” Greenfield »
- Brian Steinberg
Greg Berlanti to Shepherd Time Travel Love Story, Football Drama Projects at CW
Greg Berlanti has signed on to executive produce two new drama projects in development at The CW, Variety has learned.
The first project is titled “Hold Fast.” It is described as an epic love story told in two timelines, following an injured Union soldier in the Reconstruction-era South who awakens reincarnated in present-day Charleston. With rapidly diminishing knowledge of his past life, he must navigate present-day relationships, including a fiancée he doesn’t remember, while uncovering what happened to his past love and searching for her. Dana Stevens will write and executive produce. Berlanti will executive produce with his producing partner Sarah Schecter.
The second, untitled project is inspired by the life of NFL football player Spencer Paysinger. It follows a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. April Blair will write and executive produce the Paysinger project, with »
- Joe Otterson
David Lyle, Veteran Executive and Reality TV Champion, Dies at 67
David Lyle, a TV veteran who championed unscripted TV and headed National Geographic Channels and Fox Reality Channel, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
After working in TV in Australia and in London, Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 as head of FremantleMedia North America where he helped launch “American Idol” on Fox. He most recently served as president of Pact Us, an advocacy org for unscripted TV producers.
Earlier this year, Lyle helped steer the merger of Pact Us with the rival Nonfiction Producers Association, creating Npact. The organization reps most of the largest unscripted TV production companies.
“David Lyle was one of the few television executives who thrived on both a creative and business level,” said Howard T. Owens, co-ceo of Propagate Content, who worked with Lyle at Nat Geo. “He was one of the kindest, most fun, and »
- Cynthia Littleton
Grey's Anatomy: Everything You Need to Know About Season 14
Grey's Anatomy will look a lot different when it returns next week -- and we don't just mean because of the fire that nearly burned Grey Sloan Memorial down in the Season 13 finale.
A couple of familiar faces are leaving and returning -- including a new face as an old face (you'll see what we mean).
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- Joyce Eng
Fuller House Creator: 'I've Given Up Asking' the Olsen Twins to Guest-Star
The first two seasons of the Netflix spinoff were peppered with mentions of Michelle’s absence, including several fourth wall-breaking shoutouts to the twins who took turns playing the youngest of Danny Tanner’s daughters. But you won’t find any such shoutouts in Season 3, the first half of which dropped Friday. »
The Price Is Right Hands Out a Record-Setting $80K (!) on the Wheel — Watch
Get ready to witness a Price Is Right jackpot of epic (and expensive!) proportions.
In the clip above from Friday’s episode, three contestants line up to spin the wheel, and since Tpir is celebrating Drew Carey’s tenth anniversary as host this week, if they spin a dollar, they win $10,000 instead of the usual $1,000. What’s more: Their second spin could win them $25,000 if they spin a dollar again. Got it? Good… because this is what we in the TV biz call foreshadowing.
‘Scandal’ Season 7: Olivia Has Absolute Power, but Will It Corrupt Her Absolutely?
At the end of the sixth season of “Scandal,” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was in the power seat as the chief of staff to the first female president (Bellamy Young’s Mellie) and the new head of B613. And when the seventh and final season starts, Olivia is enjoying wielding her power, even though it may mean pushing aside those who have been closest to her.
“Olivia’s sitting in the highest seat,” said Washington during a set visit of which Variety was a part. “Anything that jeopardizes her ability to show up for the republic is potentially a problem. Relationships are not the most important thing right now, unless that relationship serves and enhances her ability to wield her power in the ways that she needs to.”
Olivia once wore a white hat as she fought to serve her clients, many of whom had been wronged by politicians or the system in general. Now »
- Danielle Turchiano
Fox Developing Drama Based on Book ‘Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class’ (Exclusive)
Fox has ordered a script for a drama series based on the book “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The book by Lawrence Otis Graham was a non-fiction piece in which Graham interviewed members of some of the most prominent black families in America. The series is described as a multi-generational family drama uncovering the lives of America’s black upper class by chronicling a dazzling Chicago dynasty with a dark secret threatening to rip it apart.
Should it move forward, “Our Kind of People” would be the latest Fox show to focus on wealthy black Americans. The network has found great success with “Empire,” which explores the drama inside of a multi-million dollar family-run record label headed by characters played by Terrence Howard and »
- Joe Otterson
The Top Five Bernie Casey Movie Roles of His Career
Bernie Casey was a professional American football player before he switched careers to become an actor and a poet. He was born in Wyco, West Virginia, on June 8, 1939. He gained fame when he played for both the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. The Pro Bowl of 1967 was one of the highlights of his football career. He made his acting debut in the 1969 Western movie, ‘Guns of the Magnificent Seven’. This was a sequel to ‘The Magnificent Seven’. He went on to have a prolific career in the movie industry with many fantastic roles.
- Nat Berman
Hillary Clinton’s Craziest Pop Culture References in ‘What Happened’: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Veep,’ and More
You can tell a lot about a person by the television they watch and the books they read — even while they reveal their theories as to why they lost a Presidential election.
Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” chronicling her experiences surrounding the 2016 election, is surprisingly candid on a number of levels. For example, regarding her coping mechanisms following the loss of the election, “It wasn’t all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay.”
But even more fascinating are the ways in which she invokes current pop culture. Some of the references feel more forced than others. Some of them are truly bonkers.
This is not a complete list of every reference made, as we omitted some of the religious, spiritual, and historical texts upon which she drew to make her points. Instead, here is all the evidence you need that the Clintons know their way around a TV remote, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Paranormal Lockdown Season 3 Teasers from Nick Groff
Paranormal Lockdown is a popular television show that airs on Destination America. Over the past two seasons, the two individuals that headline the show, paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman, have gone to a whole host of haunted locations and spent 72 hours behind closed doors in order to investigate whether or not these places are actually haunted. Their goal is to get as much documented information as possible in order to prove that the Other Side does indeed exist. As such, they have investigated some of the most infamous locations in the United States, as well as some
- Nat Berman
Nielsen Suing ComScore Over “Extended TV” Offering
Nielsen has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York seeking an injunction against a new measurement service from rival comScore that it says makes use of Nielsen’s Personal People Meter data in violation of previous agreements between the companies. In the latest legal skirmish between the audience measurement companies, Nielsen claims that comScore is breaching a remedial agreement for using Nielsen’s Ppm data “to provide services in the ‘CrossPlatform’ market… »
What’s Next for Darci Lynne Farmer after “America’s Got Talent” Win?
America’s Got Talent is a popular reality television show and competition that has a large number of dedicated fans. Truth be told, it isn’t quite as much of a reality show, at least in the sense that you might think of it, as it is a competition that is a throwback to earlier decades when shows like Star Search were popular. As such, that is basically the format that it follows. Contestants have to audition in order to get on the show, and then they compete throughout the season in order to see who ultimately wins for that particular season.
What’s Next for Darci Lynne Farmer after “America’s Got Talent” Win? »
- Nat Berman
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