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The obstacle course of red, white and blue tires is the same, but the dunk tank is a bit more extreme as ABC wages a new Battle of the Network Stars starting Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c.
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For the unfortunately uninitiated of you, gather ’round as I spin a yarn about the original intra-network “field day” competition that aired on ABC during the 1970s and ’80s, pitting the Alphabet network against CBS and NBC and… well, that was it, kids. PBS and the »
Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The Heigl-fronted procedural was pulled off the schedule in February after two terribly-rated episodes. The Feb. 16 premiere only drew 5.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, placing below timeslot predecessor Code Black‘s sophomore average. (TVLine readers gave the »
Beyond borders… continued employment awaits.
Henney’s hire comes on the heels of Damon Gupton being released from the role of Criminal Minds‘ Agent Stephen Walker after less than a full season, followed by the re-signing of series vets A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness.
Formerly with the International Response Team, »
Hey, "Big Brother" fans. As promised in an earlier article of ours, we've got the reveal of the new Big Brother season 19 cast right here for you! We were able to finally track down a horizontal pic (above) of the cast so we can go from left to right with the introductions. We're going to go ahead and get started with the cute asian chick on the top left and work our way over from left to right. Oh, there's 16 houseguests in total this year. On the top row from left to right: Alex Ow. She's a 28 years old Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep from Camarillo,CA. Next, is Cameron Head. He's a 24 year old Microbiologist from Woodridge,Il. Christmas Abbot is a 35 year old fitness superstar from Raleigh,Nc. Cody Nickson is a 32 year old Construction Sales Rep from Plano,TX. Dominique Cooper is a 30 year old Government Engineer from Woodbridge, »
- Andre Braddox
Nearly 20 months after initially getting a green light, Star Trek: Discovery finally has a launch date.
VideosStar Trek: Discovery Trailer: Watch First Footage From CBS All Access Series
CBS announced on Monday that the long-delayed reboot will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30/7:30c on both the network and its streaming arm CBS All Access. Subsequent episodes will drop every Sunday only on CBS All Access, with the second episode available the same night as the premiere.
Meanwhile, Discovery‘s 15-episode rookie-season roll-out will follow The Walking Dead model, with the first eight episodes running in the fall (through Sunday, »
TLC’s newest relationship series The Spouse House offers a very clear choice: Get married or get evicted.
The 10-episode reality show (produced by Married at First Sight‘s Kinetic Content) puts 14 strangers — seven women and seven men — from the Chicago area under the same roof for eight weeks to help them find The One — and People has an exclusive First Look at the cast.
Each episode will follow the group as they get to know each other through a variety of activities, and relationship experts Dr. Isaiah Pickens and Christine Hassler will pair couples up and guide them along »
- Brianne Tracy
Spencer Pratt says he managed his money like a "straight lunatic."
During a recent interview on PodcastOne's LadyGang podcast, hosted by The Insider's Keltie Knight, actress Becca Tobin and designer Jac Vanek, Pratt -- who is expecting his first child with wife Heidi Montag -- revealed how he lost $10 million in the years after The Hills ended.
"That’s definitely a fact. It’s so easy to do that," Pratt confessed. "I was the guy that, like, handed my friends stacks of cash, like, ‘I got you bro.’ Straight lunatic."
"My ego was so big that I was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to be Tom Cruise, so money’s not a thing.’ And then you listen to gangsta rap about ‘spend, spend, spend,’ all day. I’m like, 'Spend, spend, spend.' So my advice would be, like, listen »
CBS has canceled “The Odd Couple.”
Starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, the multi-camera comedy appeared ripe for cancellation in November, when CBS decided not to extend its 13-episode order. In its third season, the series averaged a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day data. Those numbers would be considered solid but unspectacular by the standards of some networks, but were low for CBS, whose comedies tend to rate higher than those of several competitors.
The latest adaptation of the 1965 play by Neil Simon, “The Odd Couple” starred Perry and Lennon as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger — the mismatched bachelor roommates portrayed by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film and by Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the series that aired from 1970 to 1975 on ABC.
- Daniel Holloway
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” has been canceled after two seasons at CBS, Variety has learned.
The series, a spinoff of the hit CBS show “Criminal Minds,” was a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.
It starred Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza, Daniel Henney, Tyler James Williams, and Annie Funke. Erica Messer created the series and executive produced along with Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, and Adam Glass. ABC Studios produced in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.
The series never achieved the same ratings success of its parent program. Season 2 is currently averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers per episode, down significantly in both measures from Season 1. For comparison, Season 12 of “Criminal Minds” averaged a 1.4 rating and 7.5 million viewers.
CBS previously renewed 18 of their series. The »
- Joe Otterson
Medical drama “Code Black” has been renewed for Season 3 at CBS, Variety has learned.
The series takes place in the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where the high number often outnumbered the limited resources available to doctors and patients, creating a situation known in some hospitals as a “code black.”
It stars Marcia Gay Harden, Boris Kodjoe Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Jillian Murray, William Allen Young, Luis Guzmán, and Rob Lowe. Michael Seitzman, David Marshall Grant, Ryan McGarry, David Von Ancken, Marti Noxon and Linda Goldstein Knowlton serve as executive producers. ABC Television Studios produced in association with CBS Television Studios.
The series has enjoyed decent ratings, but nevertheless ranked as one of CBS’ lowest-rated scripted series this season. Season 2 averaged a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers per episode.
CBS previously renewed 18 of their series. The returning shows renewed to date include comedies such as “Big Bang Theory” (for two seasons), “Mom,” and »
- Joe Otterson
Comedy series “The Great Indoors” has been canceled after one season at CBS, Variety has learned.
The series starred Joel McHale as a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. The series also starred Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Susannah Fielding, Chris Williams, Christine Ko, Shaun Brown, and Stephen Fry. Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris and Andy Ackerman executive produced, with CBS Television Studios producing.
The series aired most of its first season on Thursday nights, where it enjoyed good ratings in the post-“Big Bang Theory” time slot. However, its ratings fell off dramatically on multiple occasions when CBS moved it to Mondays, like when it fell from a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 to a 0.8 between episodes airing on Thursday, April 27, and Monday, May 1. Overall, the series averaged a 1.4 and 6.9 million viewers during its run, ranking »
- Joe Otterson
Comedy series “2 Broke Girls” has been canceled after six seasons at CBS, Variety has learned.
The series starred Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as waitresses at a Brooklyn diner who one day dream of opening their own business. The only thing standing in their way is the fact they are dead broke. The series also starred Matthew Moy, Jonathan Kite, Garrett Morris, and Jennifer Coolidge. The series was co-created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings, with King and Michelle Nader executive producing. Warner Bros. Television and Mpk Productions produced.
The series posted solid ratings throughout its run. Season 6 averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers per episode, airing mostly on Monday nights. It briefly moved to Wednesdays and Thursdays during its fifth season.
CBS previously renewed 18 of their series. The returning shows renewed to date include six comedies such as “Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” and “Life in Pieces”; nine dramas including “Blue Bloods” and »
- Joe Otterson
Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched Thursday’s season one finale of Riverdale!
Riverdale ended its first season with a bang on Thursday! Just as the town was unraveling the truth behind Jason Blossom’s death, another shocking blow came in the finale’s last moments, when Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) was gunned down during a robbery at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe as son Archie (Kj Apa) helplessly tried to intervene.
Et hopped on the phone with Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who stayed mum on Fred’s fate, but dished on how the shocking events of the finale -- which included intense family drama for Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse), as well -- will affect each character as Riverdale looks ahead to its second season.
Et: After revealing Jason’s killer in last week’s penultimate episode, the finale was tasked with tying up the loose ends, but »
MasterChef still feels fresh where most reality shows have gone stale … because it focuses not on sob stories but on sheer talent (with a pea jus reduction)
MasterChef as we know it today is all sweaty, high-pressured, big-budget drama. The success of a confit duck with porridge gel and a pea jus reduction hangs in the balance, accompanied by soaring strings, fast cuts and Gregg Wallace in the background salivating over the word “pudding” as he dreams of a well-whipped meringue. It’s been on for eight weeks, almost every night, and it’s one of the few competitive reality shows that manages to grip at every stage. I have a theory that you can split most people who watch TV involving some element of competition into two types: those who prefer the early audition stages, where enthusiastic amateurs either shine or spectacularly fluff it, and those who prefer it towards the end, »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Simon Brew May 8, 2017
When DVD hit big, some studios desperately tried to hang on to the traditional rental window. It led to an odd format called Divx...
Driving my young son through a part of Birmingham over the weekend before last, we stopped at lights in the Cotteridge area. Just outside a big booze shop. “That,” I explained to my 13-year old, “was where I spent a good deal of my youth.”
For Cotteridge used to house a sizeable video shop, whose ex-rental VHS offers were almost as good as the range of new releases they always had to rent. Even just 20 years ago, it was the norm for the majority of us to spend two or three quid a time renting a tape, and having to remember to take it back in the morning. The day a popular frozen pizza brand introduced a 'free rental at Blockbuster with »
Israel’s film and television industry is one of its most lucrative exports, with series such as “Fauda” and the feature-length comedy “Zero Motivation” packing a collective critical punch on American screens. But the power of film is also being used for good in the Middle East nation.
The Lahav Assn., a nonprofit project founded in 1998 by director, producer and drama therapist Sylvain Biegeleisen, is changing the lives of children on Israel’s periphery — the low-income, low-achieving communities that exist beyond the satellites of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv — by harnessing the transformative power of film. Filmmaking, say Udi Segal and Itai Kahn, chairperson and director of the organization respectively, can also function as therapy. Working alongside schools and government funds, Lahav helps kids on the brink to make movies about the topics that are directly affecting their lives: violence, race relations, parental issues, social gaps and bullying.
It’s a cinematic twist on art therapy, »
- Malina Saval and Debra Kamin
The Detour closes out its sophomore run with a new episode tonight at 10/9c, followed by a super-sized season finale, which will be presented with limited commercial interruption at 10:30.
“Season 2 has been so smart, hilarious and wrong,” TBS Svp Thom Hinkle said in a statement. “And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from [creators] Jason [Jones, who also stars] and Sam [Bee], Season 3 is going to be even more effed up.”
We’ve seen it a bunch of times before: A film acquired by Netflix performs well, and the streaming service commissions a series based vaguely on the concept. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” led to David Gelb heading up “Chef’s Table.” “Wet Hot American Summer” begat “First Day of Camp.” And the 2015 documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” now brings us “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.”
Created by Ronna Gradus, Jill Bauer, and Rashida Jones, this documentary series is (despite the title) not all that explicit. It is, however, deeply embedded in the idea that human beings like to have sex, and thus exploring the ways in which technology and commerce have become embedded in that basic biological urge.
Read More: Sundance Live: Shooting ‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ in 4k — Watch
Four of the first season’s six episodes focus on sex as an act with a transactional element (y’know, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
You could call it the “Netflix effect.” With the rise of the global VOD giant and its increasingly voracious appetite for nonfiction films, the documentary industry is anticipating a busy spring season at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival and marketplace.
But it’s not just Netflix, say industry insiders. The number of active buyers for documentary films suggests there’s an enthusiasm for independent nonfiction cinema that goes beyond the VOD giant.
On the eve of Tribeca, three high-profile documentaries have already found buyers: National Geographic acquired the coal-mining expose “From the Ashes,” and Gravitas Ventures bought theatrical and streaming rights to two films already partnering with CNN Films: “Elian,” the story of Cuban child émigré Elian Gonzalez, and Impact Partners’ “The Reagan Show,” a freshly relevant archival-driven doc about the staging of the former President.
Read More: Netflix’s Big New »
- Anthony Kaufman
VH1 is leaning harder into what's been working for the Viacom-owned cable network.
With seven consecutive quarters of growth to build on, network president Chris McCarthy — who recently added oversight of MTV — is branding the cabler as the home of where "pop culture comes to party." To that end, VH1's upfront slate is filled with returning hits — including a 10th season renewal to Logo import RuPaul's Drag Race — as well as new series that resonate with pop culture diehards, such as the Lance Bass-hosted '90s House take on Big Brother.
"It's been a two-year journey »
- Lesley Goldberg
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