The Strain Renewed for 'Fantastic' Fourth and Final Season at FX
FX has set an end date for The Strain.
The cabler announced Tuesday that it has renewed the thriller for a fourth and final season, to air in Summer 2017. The decision comes halfway through the show’s third season.
“We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of The Strain,” said Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, in a joint statement “Though we’re sad to see it go, we fully support the way in which »
‘The Strain’ Renewed For Fourth & Final Season By FX
The Strain, the vampire thriller drama from Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will conclude its run on FX next year. The cable network has given the series, which is midway through airing its third season, a renewal for a fourth and final season to air in summer 2017. "We sincerely thank Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and their creative team as well as the fantastic cast for three exciting seasons of The Strain," said FX Networks president… »
John Malone to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at Television Academy’s Engineering Awards
Liberty Media mogul John Malone will receive lifetime achievement honors next month at the Television Academy’s 68th Engineering Emmy Awards.
Malone, the architect of industry pioneer Tele-Communications Inc. and now an investor in Charter Communications and Lionsgate, will be hailed for his “immeasurable contributions to the advancement of cable television.” The kudos will be handed out Oct. 26 at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Kirsten Vangsness, a co-star of CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” will host.
Here is a complete list of honorees:
The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award Honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over time have substantially impacted television technology and engineering. Recipient: Nhk’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories (Nhk Strl) Nhk’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories (Nhk Strl) will be honored for their distinguished and groundbreaking contributions to the broadcast industry. Nhk’s decades of pioneering innovations have transformed the technical capabilities of broadcasters both in Japan and worldwide. Engineering »
- Variety Staff
New Girl Sneak Peek: Schmidt Disses Trump and Hillary, Endorses [Spoiler]
Here are three words you never thought you’d read: Schmidt is abstaining.
In tonight’s political-themed New Girl, Max Greenfield’s conservative-leaning alter ego informs Jess that he will not be voting for Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump this November (a development we teased earlier this month). Rather, he’ll be boycotting the election altogether, since his preferred candidate isn’t even in the running.
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“I’m only focused on one election,” he declares in the above clip. “The election that matters: Paul Ryan: 2020.”
Jess and Cece, meanwhile, are »
CNN Wins Cable News Debate Demo Derby, Fox News Channel Takes Total Viewers
CNN was No. 1 in cable news among adults 25-54 during the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with 4.43 million viewers in the news demographic. CNN tallied 26% more news-demo viewers than Fox News' 3.53 million, which was up 20% compared with the first general election presidential debate in the 2012 cycle. CNN’s news-demo tally turned up 181% more viewers than MSNBC's 1.58 million. Fnc bagged the biggest overall audience for the debate… »
‘Das Boot’: Sonar Acquires Rights To Event Series; Boards As Co-Producer
Sonar Entertainment has come on board eight-episode event series Das Boot, joining Germany’s Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Sky Deutschland as co-producer and distributor. The series is set to begin production in 2017 for premiere worldwide in 2018. Sonar holds all global distribution rights to the series, with the exception of Sky's five European territories, which include Germany, Austria, UK, Ireland and Italy. “This is Sonar's first non-English speaking co-production… »
NBC Snares Biggest 1st Debate Crowd Since 1992 To Top Field
Updated, 11:30 Am: NBC beat broadcast and cable networks across the board for the first 2016 presidential debate, snagging its highest total audience, and 25-54 news-demo deliveries since 1992 in a first general election presidential debate. The NBC broadcast network averaged 18.2 million total viewers, outperforming ABC’s 13.5M and CBS’s 12.1M. Among 25-54 viewers, NBC averaged 8.3M viewers, thumping ABC ‘s 4.75M, and CBS’s 4.8M. Adding in MSNBC’s coverage of the… »
Blindspot: Luke Mitchell on Jane's Test, Roman's Scar, His Own Hairy Situation
A family feud of sorts is percolating on NBC’s Blindspot (Wednesdays at 8/7c), now that Jane’s truthfulness and loyalty to her “mother,” Shepherd, has been called into question, by Cade’s resurfacing.
Luke Mitchell shared with TVLine Roman’s own Pov on sister “Remi” and the big, deadly test she is about to face. Plus: Who would win in a fight between all of Mitchell’s badass TV characters?
Tvline | People want to warm up to your Blindspot character, but then he goes and jabs a syringe in Jane’s neck… »
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Says ‘The Crown’ Produced on Scale Networks Can’t ‘Step Up To’
Netflix’s push into original content continues to increase significantly, with the video-streaming giant aiming to have its own films and TV series account for half its catalog within the next few years, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said Tuesday.
To that end, Netflix will spend more of its massive $6 billion program budget on glossy high-end television dramas and on unscripted series, a new area for a company that four years ago had no original shows. “This year we had 17 different shows nominated for 54 Emmy Awards, and the only way you can work that way is to build up the same premise we built Netflix on, to work with creative” people, Sarandos said.
Netflix’s deep pockets enable it to invest in “brand-defining, tentpole shows,” Sarandos said, such as the upcoming British royalty series, “The Crown,” which Sarandos said “is produced to a scale that I don’t think many networks could step up to. Because »
- Henry Chu
Fox Networks Group Names David Levy Evp Of Non-Linear Revenue
Here’s a sign of the changing times in television as companies grapple with the transition to digital platforms: Fox Networks Group said today that it has given True[X] co-founder David Levy a new title as Evp Non-Linear Revenue. He’ll report to fellow True[X] co-founder Joe Marchese, who’s Fng’s President of Advanced Advertising Products. “As marketers place more bets on non-linear viewing, David's team will ensure that our ad products and sales organization are… »
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Says Company’s Creative Involvement Is “Always Invited”
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has rejected any assertion that the company is showing signs of hindering the creative freedom of its producers and said it is on track to double its original programming output. Speaking at a Royal Television Society conference in London on Tuesday, the Netflix exec said he was working "very diligently" to ensure relationships with creatives were “collaborative” and insisted creative control of production would not increase as… »
‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’: The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen (Probably Because It’s Canadian)
If last night’s debate has you eyeing one-way tickets to Canada to enjoy universal healthcare and the feminism of Justin Trudeau, here is one more reason to consider moving to The Great White North: “Baroness Von Sketch Show.”
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“Baroness Von Sketch Show” is a half-hour comedy on the CBC performed and written almost entirely by women. (There is one male writer out of 12 credited for the series.) The six half-hour episodes premiered in June of 2016. While full episodes are not available in the U.S., many sketches are on the CBC’s YouTube channel. Ranging in length from one to three minutes, they are ideal for Internet sharing.
Unlike the fattened up sketches of “Saturday Night Live,” which often meander into boring set-up and linger on actors breaking character, the sketches on “Baroness »
- Jude Dry
‘Still Star-Crossed’: Claire Cooper Set For Key Role On ABC Drama Series
British actress Claire Cooper (A.D. The Bible Continues) has landed a recurring role on ABC’s Still Star-Crossed period drama series from Shondaland and ABC Studios. Still Star-Crossed picks up where the story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate. Cooper will play Lady Montague who is a master manipulator and a woman with a dark past and dangerous… »
BBC iPlayer Users Required To Sign Up to a Personal Account by 2017
London The BBC will require users of BBC iPlayer, its VOD service, to log-in via a personal account from the beginning of next year. The move is part of the U.K. pubcaster’s next phase of plans to reinvent its public service broadcast offering using data.
In an announcement Tuesday, the BBC said a more personalized experience, tailored to all viewers and listeners across content, products and services, would help its users find more of the programming they liked while allowed the broadcaster to be better informed and make decisions around future programming and services for everyone.
“I want everyone to get the very best from the BBC. By learning about what you want and like we can take you to more of the great programs you love, stories you might be interested in and content you might otherwise never have discovered,” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC.
- Robert Mitchell
‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Htgawm’ & ‘Blacklist’ Lead Thursday Live+3 Ratings Gains
ABC veteran Grey’s Anatomy, already the highest-rated and most watched entertainment program on Premiere Thursday in Live+same day, also posted big Live+3 demo gains — 1.1 adults 18-49 and 2.8 million viewers — to solidify its position as the top series on Thursday (at least until CBS’ The Big Bang Theory returns to the night following the end of Thursday Night Football.) Grey’s Anatomy rose to a 3.6 in adults 18-49 and 11.6 million viewers in L3. It shared the bragging… »
Patton Oswalt Relives Bittersweet Emmys Win After the Loss of His Wife on ‘Conan’ — Watch
Patton Oswalt won his first Emmy last week for his special “Talking For Clapping.” During his brief time on stage, the comedian dedicated his trophy to his daughter Alice and his late wife Michelle McNamara, who unexpectedly passed away in April of this year. Oswalt appeared on “Conan” last night, where he once again opened up about his bittersweet win and coping with the loss of his wife.
“I was not ready. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win,” he told Conan O’Brien, adding that it’s always difficult to talk about Michelle because she made him a better person. “She was the reason that my comedy got better to get me to the point where someone would consider me for an Emmy. So it was hard to encapsulate that in a quick speech.”
- Liz Calvario
Culture of Collaboration Spurs Activity at RadicalMedia
RadicalMedia, a player on the New York production scene for nearly 25 years, has two floors worth of hustle and bustle going on most days at its heavily trafficked West Village headquarters.
The production company, founded in 1993 by producer Jon Kamen, is active in everything from film, TV, commercials, and music videos to post-production, app development, and staging live branded “experiences” for corporate clients. Radical boasts the infrastructure and the reputation that make it perfectly situated to capitalize on the explosive growth in the demand for content, particularly the documentary and music-driven projects for which the company is best known.
“We’ve gone from three to four series and three to four films in production a year, to now 12 series in production and four to five films at any given time,” says Justin Wilkes, Radical partner and president of entertainment. “It’s been a rising tide that has lifted all boats.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Gina Rodriguez Channels Her Alter Ego, Raps Nikki Minaj’s “Super Bass” on The Tonight Show
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez can really do it all. She can act, dance, box, and, as she proved last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, rap. The CW actress stopped by the late night talk show to promote her new film, Deepwater Horizon, which also stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, and Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien and hits theaters this Friday. However, the topic of her and Fallon’s conversation quickly switched from acting to rapping after he mentioned the word “Cutz,” which, as it turns out, used to be Rodriguez’s alter ego of sorts back in college. “We would write…foolishly,” Rodriguez
- Chris King
Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience Netflix Concert Film Gets Trailer, Poster
Mark your calendars: Sexy will be back in approximately two weeks.
The film, directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), chronicles Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour and includes the final show at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Tennessee Kids serve as the pop star’s back-up band.
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‘Modern Family’ Will Feature Transgender Child Actor Jackson Millarker
Tomorrow night’s episode of “Modern Family” will feature a first for the ABC comedy: a performance by an openly transgender child actor. Jackson Millarker, an eight-year-old, will appear as Lily’s (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) friend Tom in “A Stereotypical Day.”
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“This is Jackson Millarker,” wrote Ryan Case, who directed the episode, on Instagram. “He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family and he’s wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show.”
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Transgender characters and performers have come to increased prominence on television in recent years. Lily Cox of “Orange Is the New Black” became the first openly transgender actor to receive an Emmy nomination, »
- Michael Nordine
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