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‘American Idol’: Country Star Luke Bryan to Take Second Seat at Judges Table (Exclusive)
With a week left until “American Idol” auditions are due to start, the show has confirmed Luke Bryan as a second judge, sources tell Variety. The country star will join Katy Perry for the series’ reboot on ABC. While the third spot has yet to be locked down, word from inside the production is that “Idol” will stick with a panel of three and not four judges.
Lionel Richie, who was reported to have been in advanced talks to join the show, appears to no longer be in the running. Other artists considered for the panel included Charlie Puth and Keith Urban, though it looks unlikely that either will round out the judges’ table.
ABC’s revival of the long-running Fox series has been slowly taking shape since it was announced in May. Perry was revealed to be a judge shortly after the deal at ABC was made, for a salary of $25 million.
- Shirley Halperin
‘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… »
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
Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Release Date May Finally Be Revealed
The trailers and ads for The Punisher have been chock full of violence, gore, and intrigue, but they’re all missing one thing: the release date. Marvel and Netflix have been frustratingly withholding of the newest street-hero series’ premiere date, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. But it may be thanks to an […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
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
USA and Oxygen Acquire Rerun Rights to ‘Chicago P.D.’
“Chicago P.D.” is one of three Chicago-based procedurals that have become pillars of NBC’s primetime lineup. “Chicago Fire” launched the franchise in 2012, followed by “Chicago P.D.” in 2014 and “Chicago Med” in 2015. Last season, NBC fielded a fourth installment, the legal-themed “Chicago Justice,” but the show was not renewed for a second year.
The “Chicago” shows have been solid performers for NBC but according to industry sources they have been a tough sell in domestic syndication. “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” have been on the market for some time. Industry sources said “P.D.” in the combined deal with NBCUniversal siblings USA and Oxygen fetched about $500,000 an episode. That »
- Cynthia Littleton
Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead.
Any Fear the Walking Dead viewer with a brain more functional than a walker’s would have predicted that letting Troy live was going to come back to bite Madison; the only question was how hard. What we might not have predicted — at least I didn’t — was that the teeth marks would get made in somebody else’s flesh. Who was the first to pay the price for Madison sparing her psychotic surrogate son? Read on…
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: CBS All Access Series Shines By Making Space Beautiful — But Also Scary
How you choose to budget your money for television viewing is an understandably personal choice. But listen up, “Star Trek” fans: sign up for your CBS All Access account now, because the most exciting and daring take on the franchise is happening there, and even if you don’t love it right out of the gate, it’s going to create conversations you won’t want to miss.
“Star Trek: Discovery,” the first new “Trek” series in 16 years, feels welcomely familiar and also surprisingly fresh, bringing together established iconography and new ideas for a series that, based on the first three episodes screened for critics, exists in a space where nothing, including the status quo, is safe. This is a story about exploration and adventure, but also a story in dialogue with the core values of this franchise, and what those values require of these characters.
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- Liz Shannon Miller
TV Review: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ on CBS and CBS All Access
When Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) first meets Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), his room is dimly lit. He mutters something about an eye condition requiring low light, but, as with most of his statements, there appears to be information the captain is deliberately refusing to share.
Lorca’s lair is far from the only interior on “Star Trek: Discovery” that is shadowy. As Burnham frequently negotiates dark corridors and murky settings, one thing becomes clear: “Discovery” is trying, with some success, to convey that this is not your father’s “Star Trek.”
It might be your mother’s, if she is a fan of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” which is widely considered to be the best of the “Trek” TV efforts. (To forestall nerd debates, yes, each Federation series has its merits, but “Deep Space Nine” and “The Next Generation” top most critics’ lists.)
The later seasons of “Deep Space Nine” depicted an array of conflicted »
- Maureen Ryan
‘Star Trek Discovery’ Review: Sonequa Martin-Green Show Solid But Thrusters Not Activated Yet For All Access’ Big Jump
Spoiler Alert: This review contains details of tonight’s Star Trek Discovery debut Having started a bit later tonight on CBS than planned due to NFL overruns, Star Trek Discovery aims to boldly take CBS All Access on a new subscriber rich adventure. After all the behind the camera drama, delays, secrecy, and hype for the 2256 A.D.set Sonequa Martin-Green-led 15-episode first season of Discovery has finally taken off. A launch that Leslie Moonves hopes will result in a… »
Star Trek: Discovery Boldly Pays Tribute to the Franchise -- While Blasting It Into the Future
[The following contains mild spoilers for the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. If you've only seen the first episode on CBS, you can sign up for CBS All Access here.]
Before we get into this review of Star Trek: Discovery's highly anticipated premiere (Tl;Dr version: it's excellent), I
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- Alexander Zalben
Fall TV Popularity Contest: Did Star Trek: Discovery Prosper?
The Star Trek franchise made its bold return to television with Star Trek: Discovery, a new chapter in the sci-fi universe's story. There's no Kirk or Picard here, though. Sonequa Martin-Green debuted as the newest Trek star, and the show is set roughly a decade before the events of the original
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- Tim Surette
Star Trek: Discovery Review: The Tense, Dazzling New Trek Is Worth the Wait
Editor’s log: The following is both a recap of the Star Trek: Discovery series premiere (with spoilers) and a review of the series (based on the first three episodes). Seen the first episode? Permission to read on… granted.
Good things come to those who wait, Star Trek fans.
The first Trek TV series in a dozen years — Star Trek: Discovery — endured multiple delays, behind-the-scenes shuffles and a cloud of concern before finally debuting on CBS this Sunday. And as a lifelong Trek fan, I’m happy to report that the nail-bitingly tense premiere delivered a cracking good action story, »
Rip Teen Wolf, Our Favorite Show About Werewolves Who Are Also Teenagers (2011-2017)
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Teen Wolf, which passed away Sunday, Sept. 24 of natural causes. The supernatural drama series was 6, living one season beyond what was initially expected by series creator Jeff Davis.
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- Kaitlin Thomas
Teen Wolf Boss Explains Series Finale's Curious Ending, Plays 'Where Are They Now?' With Scott and His Pack
Like so many finales before it, Sunday’s series-ending episode of Teen Wolf left us with more questions than answers.
But while showrunner Jeff Davis intentionally wrapped the series finale on an open-ended note, I was in the mood for a little closure. So I got him on the line to answer some of my lingering inquiries from the MTV drama’s final hour:
Tvline | First things first: I can’t believe you let Monroe live!
I liked the idea of a constant threat being out there. I liked the flash-forward where you see she’s really taken up the mantle worldwide. »
Teen Wolf Series Finale Recap: Who Survived the Battle for Beacon Hills?
Sunday’s series finale of Teen Wolf may have closed the book on this chapter of Scott McCall’s life, but his fight is far from over.
PhotosTeen Wolf‘s 18 Most Memorable Pairings Ranked: Who’s on Top?
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: The final hour picked up right where last week’s episode left off, with Scott & Co. ducking for cover from Monroe’s army. Thanks to the better-late-than-never arrival of Derek and Stiles (and Roscoe!), the pack emerged unscathed — though the same can’t be said for Deucalion, who barely squeaked out one last »
‘Teen Wolf’ Series Finale: The Claws Come Out For One Last Showdown And Open-Ended Conclusion
Spoiler Alert: The following contains spoilers for tonight’s series finale of Teen Wolf. After six seasons, MTV’s Teen Wolf came to an end tonight with a highly-anticipated finale. Even though the final adventures of the pack ended with a bang, the show left a tiny opening that suggested a continuation of a new story might be on the horizon. The series may share the same title as the ’80s starring Michael J. Fox, but it is anything but a genre teen comedy. The series is… »
Teen Wolf Boss Breaks Down "The Adventure Continues" Series Finale Ending
[The following article contains spoilers for Sunday's series finale of Teen Wolf. Read at your own risk!]
It started with a bite and it ended with a pack.
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- Megan Vick
Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green on the ‘Funny’ Resurgence of ’80s Nostalgia and ‘Red Oaks’ Final Season
It all started on the set of a show set in 1901, and it’s all ending at a time when the 1980s have never been more popular.
“I recall us standing on the set early in Season 1 of ‘The Knick,’ and one of these stories somehow came up again,” Steven Soderbergh said, referencing how his first assistant director, Gregory Jacobs, would share memories about growing up as a tennis pro in New Jersey. “I said, ‘Dude, this is a series. You’ve got to memorialize these stories. This just sounds like a really interesting world to explore during the period you experienced it.'”
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- Ben Travers
Oprah Winfrey Explores a "Divided America" on 60 Minutes
On Sunday, Winfrey made her debut as a "special contributing correspondent" on 60 Minutes as part of the show's 50th(!) season premiere. The former talk show host and
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- Liz Raftery
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