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It's time to join the flock! The geniuses behind "Wallace & Gromit" and "Chicken Run" are back with the warm, funny "Shaun the Sheep" movie, which is out on Digital HD November 10 and Blu-ray/DVD on November 24. Shaun's adventure in the big city was adored by critics, who gave it a 99 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases all come with multiple special features, including a "Making the Shaun Movie" featurette, "Meet the Characters," "Join Shaun Behind the Scenes," "Meet the Crew," and a parody poster gallery.
Here's an exclusive clip behind-the-scenes, showing how they made the models:
- Gina Carbone
Only two years after rebranding, the Esquire Network is branching out with new scripted and unscripted series. The network recently announced their new crop of shows as well as the premiere dates for returning series like Knife Fight.
Knife Fight's season four will premiere on November 10th at 9 p.m., followed by the series premiere of Uncorked at 10 p.m.
On November 11th, you can see the season premiere of Going Deep with David Rees at 10 p.m.
Matt Hanna has been elevated to Evp, Original Programming for Esquire Network, up from his previous position as Svp. In his expanded role, he will continue overseeing all original programming and development for the network. As Svp Original Programming, Hanna has been responsible for the development of Esquire's popular series Friday Night Tykes, Car Matchmaker, Knife Fight, The Agent, Brew Dogs and Boundless. The announcement comes as Esquire ordered its second original… »
The series, set to debut next year, follows Esquire’s order for “Spotless,” a dark drama about brothers that bows Nov. 14. The scripted orders are an effort to diversify the programming slate of the channel as it hits its second anniversary this month.
“Beowulf,” a re-imagining of the mythological historical poem, revolves around a troubled warrior who experiences love and loss yet shares a deep binding comradery with his fellow kinsmen. Esquire has ordered 13 episodes. “Da Vinci’s Demons” alum Kieran Bow stars as the title character, with William Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Ed Spellers and David Ajala rounding out the cast. James Dormer wrote the script and exec produces with Tim Haines and Katie Newman.
Matt Hanna, who has just been promoted to exec VP of development and production, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Best known for starring in NBC’s hit “Will & Grace,” McCormack won a SAG award and the lead comedy actor Emmy in 2001 for his role as Will Truman during the eight-season run. He was also nominated for five Golden Globes for his work on the sitcom.
Following “Will & Grace,” McCormack toplined TNT’s crime drama “Perception” for three seasons, on which he also had producing and directing credits. His television work also includes TNT’s “Trust Me,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “The Mysteries of Laura,” which reunited him with his NBC costar Debra Messing.
On the film side, McCormack’s credits include “Alien Trespass,” “Free Enterprise,” “My One and Only,” opposite Renée Zellweger, “The Sisters,” also starring Mario Bello, and Rob Lowe’s”Knife Fight.” He also made his Broadway debut starring as “The Music Man. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Andy Stabile has joined ICM Partners as an agent in the international television and media department, the agency announced Tuesday.
The hire of Stabile, who comes from Kaplan Stahler Agency, marks a moment of transition for ICM’s unscripted division, following veteran Greg Lipstone’s exit earlier this summer and the subsequent promotion of Michael Kagan, who was named head of the department in August.
“Andy is a highly regarded agent who brings years of experience and relationships with him to ICM Partners,” said Kagan, to whom Stabile will report. “We are happy to have him join our team.”
Stabile joined Kaplan Stahler this past March, as a partner and the head of alternative. There, he repped on-camera personalities, non-scripted producers and production companies.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer and avoid You’re the Worst‘s Gretchen at all costs.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirk and Summers will play Rob and Lexi, a couple whose lives are thrown into disarray after meeting Gretchen at the local coffee shop.
They join a bevy of Season 2 guest stars, including Andy Buckley »
At the risk of going stale, networks are constantly attempting to rewrite the recipes for cooking competition series, with twists ranging from culinary sabotages to hipster kitchen battles. And because of that, food is one of the few growth areas in unscripted competition programming.
Since the Food Network launched “Iron Chef America” 10 years ago, food series have consistently moved away from traditional domestic “how-to” shows toward competitions, according to a 2013 study from Tasha Oren, U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, associate professor.
“Everybody fancies themselves a food critic and a food aficionado,” he says. “And that’s obviously a great place for us to be in.”
The Food Network has capitalized on the culinary craze by pitting chefs against one another in show after show. »
- Seth Kelley
Esquire Network is adding two series to its summer lineup of programming, which includes live coverage of the Running of the Bulls from Pamplona, Spain, encores of NBC hit “American Ninja Warrior” as well as a third season of “Knife Fight.”
The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment network announced Wednesday that two new original series will premiere this summer: docu-series “The Agent” and competition series “The Next Great Burger.” They will bow on back-to-back nights in late July.
“Agent,” billed as something of a “real life ‘Jerry Maguire,'” follows four top sports agents (Jeff Guerriero, Peter Schaffer, Sunny Shah and Ed Wasielewski) as they navigate the cutthroat world of professional football. The series will provide an inside look at America’s biggest sports obsession and deliver exclusive access that will show viewers the money. It bows Tuesday, July 21, at 10 p.m., just in time for the start of NFL training camps. »
- Rick Kissell
The “Men in Blazers,” podcasters Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, have been set to host “Running of the Bulls 2015” live from Pamplona, Spain, Esquire Network announced Wednesday. The network also announced its summer schedule, headlined by returning fan-favorite series including “American Ninja Warrior” and “Knife Fight.” “Running of the Bulls 2015” will feature eight days of programming allowing viewers to see participants from around the globe engage in one of the world’s most iconic cultural traditions. Davies and Bennett will host behind the scenes festival coverage and runner interviews. The live coverage begins July 7. Also Read: The Scene at TCA:. »
- Linda Ge
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Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday May 18, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 32,042 2 5 America’s Got Talent 7,927 3 7 Dancing With The Stars 5,644 4 4 Glee 4,385 5 – America’s Funniest Home Videos 4,272 6 3 American Idol 3,155 7 2 Supergirl 3,091 8 8 Empire 3,067 9 10 The Simpsons 2,682 10 9 The Flash 2,264 –
Cable/Streaming Monday May 18, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Lip Sync Battle 6,337 2 4 Game of Thrones 4,709 3 3 Top Gear 4,459 4 6 Pretty Little Liars 4,306 5 – WWE Raw 4,180 6 8 Key and Peele 3,564 7 5 Inside Amy Schumer 3,564 8 9 Fake Off 2,607 9 10 Dance Moms 1,881 10 – Impact Wrestling 1,606 –
Late Night Monday May 18, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 51,097 2 5 The Late Late Show With James Corden 27,515 3 4 Late Show With David Letterman 23,091 4 3 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 19,733 5 2 Conan 15,555 –
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- Jason Klein
Esquire Network is getting into the scripted game.
NBCUniversal’s male-skewing network has ordered 10 episodes of the dark drama “Spotless,” set to premiere this fall, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project hails from Tandem productions for Canal Plus and marks the first-ever scripted series for Esquire, which is home to unscripted properties “Knife Fight,” “Brew Dogs” and “Friday Night Tykes.” Ed McCardie (“Shameless”) and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI”) are co-creators, and Rola Bauer (“The Pillars of the Earth,” “Crossing Lines”) will serve as exec producer, alongside Jonas Bauer and Suzanne Berger.
“Spotless,” set in London, follows a troubled man, Jean Bastiere (Grondin), whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin (Ménochet), crashlands into his world. Together, the brothers must confront their dark sins of the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After 13 years in the Alternative Television department at CAA, Andy Stabile has moved to Elliot Stahler and Mitch Kaplan’s Kaplan Stahler Agency as Partner and Head of Alternative. Focusing on the representation of on-camera personalities and non-scripted producers and production companies in his last year at CAA, Stabile brokered deals for series including NBC’s Food Fighters, Oxygen’s Preachers Of L.A., Esquire’s Knife Fight and Car Matchmaker. "Kaplan Stahler is the… »
Esquire Network has renewed original series “Car Matchmaker” and “Boundless,” as well as “Running of the Bulls,” a live, eight-day TV event covering the longstanding Spanish tradition.
At Thursday’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the cable channel also said that Season 7 of “American Ninja Warrior” will run in the second quarter of 2015.
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“Car Matchmaker” will get an 18-episode second season, also premiering in second quarter 2015. In each half-hour episode, host Spike Feresten meets buyers in need of a car and draws upon his knowledge and instinct to »
- Tony Maglio
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15 items from 2015
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