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TV News Roundup: ‘Scream’ Season 3 to Feature New Cast, Adds Queen Latifah as Ep

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, “Scream” Season 3 is moving forward, Amazon Prime announced the premiere date for “The Tick,” and Ryan Seacrest Productions and Edemol Shine North America will produce a new talent competition show on YouTube.

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MTV released some new details regarding the third season of “Scream.” The show will feature a whole new cast and creative reboot, and will be executive produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Conpere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. In addition, Brian Matthews has joined as showrunner and Harvey and Bob Weinstein will continue as executive producers under the Dimension TV umbrella. Additional executive producers include Wes Craven, Tony Disanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad. Matthew Signer & Keith Levine are producers.

Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America will produce a new exclusive-to-YouTube talent competition series “Best.Cover.Ever.” The show will be hosted by Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris and feature Demi Lovato, the »


- Erin Nyren

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TV Ratings: ‘Great News’ Debuts Solid on NBC

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Great News” got off to a respectable start on NBC Tuesday night, with back-to-back episodes of the series winning their timeslots in adults 18-49.

The new comedy from executive producers Tracey Wigfield, Tina Fey, Robert CarlockJack Burditt, and David Miner scored a 1.2 rating and 5.2 million viewers at 9 p.m. That puts it above the debut of fellow NBC comedy “Powerless” (1.1, 3.1 million) back in February, but below the debut of “Trial & Error” (1.4, 5.9 million) in March. The 9:30 p.m. episode of “Great News” dipped to a 1.0 and 4.3 million, according to Nielsen overnight data.

“The Voice” (1.8, 9.4 million) led into the premiere of “Great News.” “Chicago Fire” (1.3, 6.8 million) followed at 10 p.m.

CBS aired mostly repeats for the night, except at 10 p.m., when it debuted “48 Hours: NCIS” (0.7, 5.3 million).

ABC aired reruns up until 9:30 p.m. with “Imaginary Mary” (0.8, 2.9 million), which was down in the demo from last week. “Agents of Shield” (0.6, 2.2 million) followed at 10 p.m »


- Joe Otterson

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One of Jonathan Demme’s Last Projects Was Directing Tonight’s Episode of ‘Shots Fired’

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One of Jonathan Demme’s last projects was directing an episode of Fox’s “Shots Fired” that will air tonight just hours after his death at 73. Series creators and producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood released a statement Wednesday morning about the director’s passing, noting that there will be an “In Memoriam” card on the episode. “We mourn the passing of Jonathan Demme,” they wrote. “He was a tremendous artist who shared our belief that art can change the world. He was a gift, and he made every one around him better. He taught us to care a little bit more, »


- Carli Velocci

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Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’ (Exclusive)

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Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.

The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving L.A.,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Swank will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky“ opposite Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and »


- Joe Otterson

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A List of All the Espn Employees Who Got Laid Off

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Yesterday it was announced that Espn would be letting go of around 40 on-air personalities that included television and radio.  Today that number ballooned to around 100.  It was Espn’s most feasible way to stop the bleeding from the decrease in cable subscriptions.   The layoffs were first announced last month. “We have long been about serving fans and innovating to create the best content for them. Today’s fans consume content in many different ways and we are in a continuous process of adapting to change and improving what we do,” Espn said in a March statement. “Inevitably, that has consequences for how

A List of All the Espn Employees Who Got Laid Off »

- Nat Berman

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‘The Simpsons’ Looks At Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office

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The Simpsons is giving its take on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office — and it’s not a pretty picture. It is a dark and stormy night. A lifeless Sean Spicer hangs from the rafters next to his podium. Kellyanne Conway flees in terror — at the prospect of replacing him. A pair of White House inner-circle power players are attacking each other. And Potus is sitting in bed, phone in hand, books at his sides (including Florida on $10 Million a Day), audibly… »

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Dish, Hearst Reach New Retrans Agreement

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Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a new retransmission consent agreement covering the broadcaster’s 31 local stations.

Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed. The deal ends a blackout of Hearst stations on Dish services that began in early March, affecting stations in 26 markets, including Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Orlando, Fla.

Dish has, in recent years, engaged in frequent retrans standoffs with broadcast groups including Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media, Tegna Media and CBS Corp. Hearst, for its part, saw its stations go dark on DirecTV for six days in January while a retrans deal was hammered out.

Tensions between programmers and distributors are rising at a time when both sides are feeling the effects of heightened competition for viewers and new entrants in the pay-tv eco-system, including a number of so-called “skinny bundles,” broadband-delivered channel packages.

Dish and other MVPDs have pushed for the overhaul of FCC rules governing retransmission consent agreements »


- Daniel Holloway

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Dish Network & Hearst TV End Blackout With New Deal

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Dish Network and Hearst Television have reached a deal on a new multiyear carriage agreement, ending an impasse that has left satellite customers in 26 markets unable to watch the broadcaster's stations since March 3. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed. Hearst has 15 ABC affiliates and 12 with NBC along with a handful of CBS and CW outlets in markets including Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh. Per usual, the companies had disagreed about price: how… »

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Eva Longoria on Her ‘Empire’ Role, Directing and Possible ‘Desperate Housewives’ Reunion

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Eva Longoria is the latest star to board “Empire,” making her debut on the Fox juggernaut Wednesday night, playing the powerful character Charlotte Frost.

Longoria’s three-episode stint on “Empire” is one of many projects she’s currently juggling, along with a Fox comedy pilot, “Type A,” which is in contention for the 2017-2018 season, and the upcoming film “Lowriders,” which hits theaters next month. Since her hit show “Desperate Housewives” went off the air, the multi-hyphenate has focused primarily on her jam-packed production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and directing, with credits including episodes of “Black-ish” and “Jane the Virgin.”

Here, Longoria talks to Variety about her special guest role on “Empire” — plus, would she ever consider a “Desperate Housewives” revival?

Why did you want to join “Empire” and how did it come about?

I’ve been a fan of Danny Strong and of course Lee [Daniels] for a long time, and Terrence [Howard] and I have been friends for »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV Industry Braces for Disruption From Possible WGA Strike

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In an internal letter this week, WGA leaders told members who have volunteered to serve as strike captains to be prepared for immediate action should a work stoppage be triggered after the guild’s contract with producers expires at midnight Pt out May 1.

“If it happens, we will be out there on May 2 with signs,” a union insider told Variety.

That dispels any notion that the writers would delay picketing at the start of a strike, a move that had been considered. It also raises the possibility that media buyers and others will have to pass picket lines on their way into the major networks’ upfront presentations in New York.

Contract talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed on Tuesday after a weeklong break. The clock is ticking for negotiators as the contract expires in five days. Sources close to the situation said there were lengthy discussions at the bargaining »

- Daniel Holloway

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“Glass” Marks a 17 Year Later Sequel to the Movie “Unbreakable” from M. Night Shyamalan

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I’m a huge fan of the movie Unbreakable.  I always felt it was an incredible homage to comic books but also just an extremely well done film.  It was after Unbreakable that we saw M. Night’s decline as a director.  Thankfully he came back in a big way this year with Split.  Personally I think if not for Split we wouldn’t even be having this conversation or announcement that we got today.  But given how big a hit Split was, I’m pretty sure this gives M. Night a free pass at another 5 or 6 films before people start getting

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- Nat Berman

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‘Singularity’: Amanda Lund To Star In FX Comedy Pilot

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Amanda Lund is set as a female lead opposite Damon Wayans Jr. in Singularity, FX's futuristic comedy pilot from Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Conceived by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society. Lund will play Anna, an unfailingly optimistic, sweet, book-smart PhD graduate who no longer has use for her PhD and finds joy in… »

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