Veronica Mars Boss Rob Thomas Shares 'Six-Episode' Revival Update
Over the summer, leading lady Kristen Bell confirmed our initial scoop that she and series creator Rob Thomas are eyeing a limited-series format vs. a fan-funded feature film this time around, telling me at Comic-Con, “We are definitely striving to do it again… And this time around we’re not going to ask the audience to pony up for anything.”
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week, Thomas — who was promoting iZombie Season 3 — revealed that the »
Donald Trump Inauguration Draws 30.6 Million Viewers, Fewer Than Obama in 2009
Nielsen measured the 12 networks that aired any live coverage of inaugural events between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Et. Obama’s history-making first time out averaged 37.7 million viewers. The highest-rated inauguration remains Ronald Reagan in 1981, which brought in 41.8 million viewers.
The Trump inauguration drew 2.8 million viewers 18-34, 7.2 million 35-54, and 19.2 million 55 and over. Nielsen measured viewership on ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox New Channel, Galavision, Hln, and MSNBC.
Trump’s inauguration ranked as the fifth highest in total viewers, behind Reagan 1982, Obama 2009, Jimmy Carter 1977 (34.1 million), and Richard Nixon 1973 (33 million). The 2013 Obama inauguration drew an audience of 20.6 million. Trump edged out Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration (29.7 million) and George W. Bush 2001 (29 million).
In household ratings — percentage of households tuning in — Trump ranks a mere ninth with a »
- Daniel Holloway
'Taboo' vs. 'Frontier': Who Wins the Battle of TV Tough-Guy Dramas?
Television and movie producers have a weird habit of doubling-up on big ideas, delivering two projects with more or less the same basic concept at roughly the same time. For no apparent reason, we'll get hit with a couple of "giant space rock threatens to destroy the Earth" blockbusters in the same summer; or a pair of "behind the scenes at a late-night comedy series" in the same fall TV season. So perhaps it's not that odd that FX and Netflix are about to serve up competing historical adventures, both »
‘Last Man Standing’ Tops Friday To Extend Streak, ‘Emerald City’ Ratings Slip Further
ABC’s Last Man Standing extended its strong 2017 ratings showing with another solid delivering last night. The multi-camera sitcom starring Tim Allen was the top program on Friday in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) for a fourth consecutive week with a 1.3 rating, even with last week and the second highest result for the show this season behind its January return (1.5). Last Man Standing has been a success story in broadcast syndication where it launched last fall. The extra… »
‘Raised By Wolves’ Pilot From Greg Berlanti, Diablo Cody Ordered at ABC
The pilot, written by Cody, centers on Sheila Gable, a single parent and one tough mother. Joining Sheila are her dad and five offbeat kids as they try to survive on a shoestring budget in the Midwest. The original U.K. series was created by Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline and ran for two seasons on Channel 4.
The project comes from Warner Bros.-based Berlanti Prods., with Cody, Berlanti and Sarah Schecter serving as executive producers. Cody is also co-creator with Tig Notaro on Amazon’s “One Mississippi.”
This is the second pilot for Berlanti at ABC; the first, “Deception,” was ordered Thursday. But while “Deception” is a drama and the company also has the considered-a-sure-thing “Black Lightning” in the works, Berlanti »
- Oriana Schwindt
SNL: Watch Aziz Ansari's Scathing Donald Trump Monologue and More
The Parks and Rec alum wasted no time mocking the new commander-in-chief, which more than made up for the absence of impersonator Alec Baldwin. The episode also featured an ode to outgoing prez Barack Obama, a message from Beck Bennett’s Vladimir Putin, and a sketch in which Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway channeled Chicago‘s Roxie Hart.
Best: Opening Monologue
Entire Star Wars Saga Gets Amazing Fan-Made Trailer
If it hasn’t already, Star Wars may go down as the most powerful and successful movie franchise in history. With it’s incredible revival that began in 1999 with Phantom Menace then 10 year hiatus from 2005-2015, it has returned with a vengeance with The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and episodes VIII and IX to come out in 2017 and 2019. J.J. Abrams took the helm in leading the revival and fans are just as interested in the series as ever before which amazingly began 40 years ago in 1977. So you can imagine in 40 years just how many theories,
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- Nat Berman
The Dark Side of Star Lord You Never Knew Existed
Star Lord has quickly rise to being one of Marvel’s most important heroes thanks to his role in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, only just a few years ago, barely anyone even knew who he was. Not even comic book fans realized that he was in essence more of a jerk than the Han Solo like hero he’s portrayed as in the Marvel cinematic universe. According to Looper: Before their hit movie came out in 2014, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy were obscure comic characters known only to hardcore fans. Now, Groot, Drax, and Rocket Raccoon are household names. But
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- Nat Berman
Kim Kardashian West Now Living a More Humble Lifestyle
The events that took place in Paris certainly shocked the 36-year-old reality star Kim Kardashian West. After reading about her deposition of the robbery that took place, it’s easy to understand why Kim K decided to lay low for a while. It was only in the last few weeks that she returned to posting pictures on her social media accounts and it’s been sporadic up until very recently. Now that Keeping up with the Kardashians has resumed filming, sources say that Kardashian West has adopted a “more humble lifestyle.” While that may be peanuts to the average American lifestyle, apparently
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- Nat Berman
The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Elena Returns with or Without Nina Dobrev
There was a collective shock in the Vampire Diaries circle when Nina Dobrev initially left the show, and now it seems there will be just as big a shock if she doesn’t return for the final season. Everyone’s now asking the question “will she or won’t she?” when it comes to the CW hit series. Sources say that “The Vampire Diaries” had very high hopes that Dobrev would in fact return for the final season but now that things are wrapping up, and Dobrev hasn’t fully committed, the show is preparing to move on without her. In an earlier interview
- Nat Berman
Kristen Stewart to Make her SNL Hosting Debut
It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard from Kristen Stewart. And rightfully so. The only movie that’s on her credit list for 2017 is Lizzie which is in post production. The other film of hers, Personal Shopper is slated to be released on March 2nd. The young actress seems to have taken a bit of a breather from Hollywood. Still though, she’s very well in the public eye with her various relationships as well as fashion influence. In fact she took place in the women’s march yesterday. Stewart will be making her return to
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- Nat Berman
SAG-aftra Board Approves Proposals for Film and TV Contract Talks
The national board of SAG-aftra has overwhelmingly approved the union's package of proposals for its upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract. No date has been set for the negotiations, but the Writers Guild typically follows the Directors Guild, which recently concluded its talks for a new contract. SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris called it a "meaningful package of proposals”, and updated the board, meeting in plenary session on Saturday, on the… »
Kristen Stewart To Host Feb. 4 ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kristen Stewart, whose short film and directorial debut Come Swim is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, will host the February 4 installment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Alessia Cara. The Twilight actress’ hosting gig was announced in an on-air promo during tonight’s episode hosted by Aziz Ansari. On January 28 NBC will air a repeat of the November 19 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig with musical guest… »
Beck Bennett’s Shirtless Putin Subs For Alec Baldwin’s Trump On ‘SNL’: “We’re All In This Together”
Updated Sunday with full video No Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live tonight, so Beck Bennett’s shirtless Vladimir Putin crossed over to a well-deserved starring role. And he got an assist in the show’s cold open from Kate McKinnon’s newly revived Russian peasant character Olya, making a surprise appearance wearing one of those pink knit hats worn by thousands of marchers today. “Relax, I got this,” Beck’s thick-accented Putin sneered, directly addressing a nation under… »
Kristen Stewart to Host SNL
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The Twilight alum (whose ghost flick Personal Shopper goes wide in March?) will lord over Studio 8H when SNL returns on Feb. 4, NBC announced during this weekend’s telecast.
“Scars To Your Beautiful” singer Alessia Cara will serve as the musical guest.
Will you tune in to see Kristen Stewart host SNL in February?
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In this version, Tony winner Idina Menzel and Nia Long played Cc Bloom and Hillary Whitney, who as young girls first met not in Atlantic City but on the Venice Beach boardwalk, where they instantly formed a friendship that would first be tested by distance. Yet despite Hillary attending boarding school across the country in Connecticut, and then attending Harvard, the two »
Chelsea Handler Nixes Two-Party Politics: ‘I’m Not a Democrat Anymore’ (Watch)
The outspoken comedian sat down with Variety hours after leading the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday in Park City, Utah, for a wide-ranging interview, discussing everything from Trump to women’s rights to two-party politics.
Handler revealed that after the results of the 2016 election, she no longer considers herself a Democrat.
“Divisiveness is not the answer, and I think to get that message, we have to reach across party lines,” Handler said. “Forget your party. I’m registering as an independent. I’m not going to be a Democrat anymore because it’s too divisive. This isn’t working, this two-party system.”
Speaking with Variety‘s Elizabeth Wagmeister, Handler said that Trump’s victory influenced her immensely, causing her to have an agenda of educating herself and other people about politics, voting »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CNN Declines to Air White House Press Conference Live
CNN this evening declined to air live a press conference with the nation’s new White House Press Secretary, pointing to a growing rift between the embryonic Trump administration and the press corps that covers it and undermining the credibility of Sean Spicer, a longtime Republican operative who has become the new spokesman for President Donald Trump.
Producers at the cable-news outlet, owned by Time Warner, this evening decided to see what was said at the press event, according to a person familiar with the network, then play relevant parts as deemed necessary. Despite a robust amount of evidence to the contrary, Spicer during the conference insisted that Trump’s inauguration Friday drew “the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.” The statement is a deliberate falsehood: TV ratings data issued Saturday by Nielsen show that fewer people watched Trump’s swearing-in than President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. What’s more, photos »
- Brian Steinberg
‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Review: Great Design Gets the ‘Chef’s Table’ Treatment in Intimate Netflix Series
Despite its title, “Abstract” is relatively easy to grasp. The upcoming Netflix series, premiering at Sundance, takes a cue from “Chef’s Table” to spotlight great creative minds, working at the height of their talents and unafraid to reveal (some of) their vulnerabilities.
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Of course, “Abstract” has an advantage over “Chef’s Table,” in that while it’s easy to appreciate the beauty of the food being made on screen, there’s a whole sensory element that’s impossible to communicate to viewers. Meanwhile, “Abstract” is a celebration of pure design, which proves very easy to depict on screen.
Not that the filmmakers ever get lazy about it. In the two episodes screened, the craft of what these artists create is celebrated on screen in innovative ways — whether it be Morgan Neville’s whimsical »
- Liz Shannon Miller
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