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The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night with a star-studded premiere of Arnaud Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghosts.” Politics, and the ever-present specter of terrorism and Donald Trump loomed large amidst the odes to the cinematic experience.
No one mentioned the U.S. president by name, but there were allusions to his policies, particularly the ones that target artists and immigrants.
Director Asghar Farhadi — who made headlines after refusing to attend the Academy Awards last spring following Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, from entering the U.S. — suggested that Cannes, with its multiculturalism, stands in stark relief to the xenophobia taking place in other parts of the world.
“Cannes is a place where cultures speak to each other and respect each other,” said Farhadi. »
- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. closed Season 4 and bid Tuesday nights adieu with a Friday-friendly 2.08 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating (per finals), holding steady for a fourth consecutive week. TVLine readers gave the finale an average grade of “A-.”
RelatedS.H.I.E.L.D. Finale Recap: And Now for ‘Something Quite Different’
ABC’s upcoming summer singing competition “Boy Band” is bringing back some ’90s favorites.
The announcements will be made Tuesday at ABC’s upfront presentation, which is also when executives will tout to advertisers the other singing competition coming to the network: “American Idol.”
“Boy Band” will air this summer with 10 episodes, as first reported by Variety. The show will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation. Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members.
The judges will be called “architects” and will serve as mentors. Carter and Bunton, who are authentic voices for “Boy Band,” having »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Don't forget about reality. As ABC's scripted orders for the 2017-18 season roll in, so have some key unscripted ones.
Mainstays Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor, Shark Tank and America's Funniest Home Videos have all been renewed. No surprises there. Dancing With the Stars remains one of the most-watched shows on TV. And, in its recent 21st season, The Bachelor tied The Voice as TV's No. 1 reality property among adults 18-49. Shark Tank anchors ABC Fridays, now down two comedies, and America's Funniest Home Videos now outperforms ABC dramas on Sunday.
There could potentially be some changes of »
- Michael O'Connell
Heading into upfronts, it’s harder than ever to differentiate TV’s winners from its losers. By the old metric of success — Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings — the most watched Big Four broadcaster and the least are separated by less than half a ratings point. Even the delayed-viewing and multiplatform metrics against which advertising is now sold fail to tell a full story. The studios that produce television make significant money from subscription-video services that stream series after their broadcast window, as well as from the international rights to those shows. Thus ownership now plays an enormous role in programming decisions — and makes the story of a show’s success or failure more complex than anything a linear viewing measurement alone could tell. But the choices made before the unveiling of fall schedules next week remain consequential. The fates of networks — and of the executives who run them — will rise and fall on their outcomes. Variety »
- Daniel Holloway
A man involved in one of daytime’s biggest kisses is coming back to Days of Our Lives.
Chandler Massey will return to the NBC soap as Will, a role he left in 2013, EW.com reports.
Massey won three Daytime Emmys for playing Sami and Lucas’ all grown up gay son. He portrayed the character during the show’s first male-male kiss in 2012; after Massey exited the soap, the character (then played by Guy Wilson) married Sonny Kiriakis — in daytime’s first gay male nuptials — and »
NBC and CBS shared a demo victory Tuesday night. The Voice still topped among individual programs, though its 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 ranks as a season low.
After The Voice, back-to-back episodes of Great News were diminished from last week's premiere night. The first episode fell to a 0.8 adults rating and the second episode dipped to a concerning 0.6 adults rating. The NBC lineup rebounded with a steady 1.2 rating among adults 18-49.
- Michael O'Connell
It was a meeting they will never forget.
On Thursday night, 13-year-old Ezra Miller, who spent more than a year battling leukemia, and 29-year-old Luis Miranda, who donated the life-saving bone marrow the boy needed to survive, met for the first time onstage at the Dkms 11th Annual Big Love Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, sharing a tearful hug.
“I feel like I have a little brother now,” Miranda, who registered as a bone marrow donor in 2008, tells People. “It’s an honor to play a part in giving him a second chance. It’s a bond that goes beyond words. »
- KC Baker
Alec Baldwin was a movie star long before he met wife Hilaria, and the pair aren’t afraid to joke around about the first time she saw him on film — at the tender age of 4!
“I actually saw this really great movie when I was younger and it had this amazing actor in it: It was called Working Girl,” joked Hilaria, 33, while speaking with People at the National Dance Institute’s annual gala in New York City.
“Hey, I was in that movie!” replied Alec, 59, who introduced the StarChild Auction for the non-profit arts education organization and even auctioned off »
- Rose Minutaglio
While the The Voice Season 12 Top 12 Performances, were all basically good, I found the overall feel the show a little dull. When nearly everyone is getting the same notes, cut out the rifts to “sound more emotional,” the result is that all the music starts sounding the same. It’s like no matter the original genre everyone sounded like they were on a country music station! Do I blame that on guest mentor Shania Twain? No. The Voice Season 12 has been telling singer after singer to do less rifts since the beginning of the season. I’m not
The Voice Season 12 Top 12 Performances Are One Big Blur of Sound »
- Joy D'Angelo
Honey, he’s good — Andy Grammer‘s got both his ladies by his side!
On Tuesday evening, the singer-songwriter, 33, and his wife Aijia appeared at Thirst Project‘s 8th Annual Thirst Gala in Beverly Hills, California.
Aijia — pregnant with the couple’s first child, a girl — stole the show in a stunning long red lace gown featuring long sleeves and sheer cutouts, which hugged her baby belly perfectly. She accessorized with a sparkly clutch, posing for photos with Grammer as the latter placed his hand on his wife’s belly and kissed her.
“When your daughter is already upstaging you »
- Jen Juneau
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“From my end, it takes a little bit of logistics with projects I’m working on,” she tells the magazine. “And unfortunately, this year’s been hard for me because of my knee injury, so I had to push some stuff back. »
Fox’s nine-episode Prison Break revival premiered on Tuesday to 3.83 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating (per finals), improving on the drama’s “series finale” numbers from May 2009 (3.3 mil/1.2) and ranking behind CBS’ NCIS as the night’s No. 2 scripted program.
Prison Break also nearly doubled time slot predecessor Bones‘ final season demo average. Readers gave the opener an average grade of “B+.”
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Opening Fox’s night, New Girl (2 mil/0.9) was flat with its season(/series?) finale, while The Mick (2.1 mil/0.8) dipped a tenth.
RelatedNew Girl Finale: Was That The End? »
“The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” were like No. 16 seeds going up against a No. 1 last night — they were never going to compete with CBS’ Ncaa National Championship Game. Due to the nature of live sports, the fast national Nielsen numbers should be considered inaccurate for CBS and are subject to adjustment. Click here for a better understanding of how Unc’s big win performed historically. CBS was first in ratings with a 4.6 rating/16 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 15.4 million, according to very preliminary numbers. A “Big »
- Tony Maglio
When Mike Darnell arrived at Warner Bros. TV in 2013, he had his work cut out for him. “The sensibility, domestically and internationally, was that basically, reality was dying,” recalls Darnell, president of WB’s unscripted and alternative television. There had not been a successful reality launch since “The Voice,” and the landscape was marked by such high-profile failures as “Rising Star” and “Utopia.” Then came “Little Big Shots,” which the former president of alternative entertainment at Fox developed and sold to NBC. Not only did it succeed in the U.S. but it’s become a success internationally as well, now airing in 21 countries. Armed with that triumph, he’s heading into MipTV hoping to sell a spinoff of the franchise — as well as a few other surprises. Here, he gives Variety a sneak peek of his strategy for the annual convention.
Going into this year’s Mip, what do you want to accomplish?
- Debra Birnbaum
Mo and Jamie, Into the Ark and Michelle slug it out for a record deal. Meanwhile, over on BBC4, the tense Danish financial drama resolves
Who will be this year’s Kevin Simm? That’s the big question on everyone’s lips tonight as The Voice reaches its final. Although the winner gets a record deal, pop superstardom doesn’t necessarily beckon. Still, it has been a good series in terms of coaches, warmth and entertaining moments. For the big finale, J-Hud’s Mo and Jamie face down Tom Jones’s boybandish duo Into the Ark and Will.i.am’s Michelle while Gavin Rossdale sobs into his Bush back catalogue. Hannah Verdier
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- Hannah VerdierSharon O'ConnellAndrew MuellerJonathan WrightJack SealeAli CatterallBen ArnoldPaul Howlett
Harry Styles is such a tease. The 23-year-old singer announced the name of his debut solo single, "Sign of the Times," via Instagram Friday. Styles also shared the cover art for the song, which will be released Apr. 7. Styles announced new music was on the way when a mysterious commercial aired during The Voice semi-finals last week. "It has been a very clever and calculated campaign so far—he has deliberately given little away on social media," a source tells The Sun, adding that his record label Sony, "is "seriously excited about his music and have made his solo career a top priority." The singer is the fourth member of One Direction to go solo since the band went on »
ABC is jumping back into the reality singing-competition genre and adding a twist. The network has given a 10-episode series order to “Boy Band,” a show that will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation, Variety has learned exclusively. Produced by Matador Content (“Lip Sync Battle”), the series is set to debut this summer on the Alphabet.
No host or judges have been selected yet, but insiders say that ABC is out to a number of boy-band and girl-band members past and present for the role of host and for the judges panel. The judges will be called “architects,” and will serve as mentors.
Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members. “Boy Band” will be executive produced by Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Mun, and »
- Daniel Holloway and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Grimmsters, it’s time to hold each other close: “The End” is upon us.
No, I’m not being dramatic — that’s the title of the NBC supernatural show’s final episode, which airs Friday at 8/7c.
The previous episode ended with ultimate big bad Zerstörer killing nearly everyone in the Portland Police Department’s precinct, including Nick’s friends Hank and Wu. (Sob!) In this exclusive sneak peek, which is the very opening of the series finale, we see what happens immediately after Nick comes back to his senses. »
No big sporting events and a mixed bag of repeats and new episodes made for a quiet Monday in the Nielsen ratings. In Nielsen’s preliminary fast national results, “The Voice” took the crown in the 18-49 demographic with a 2.3 rating — and an average audience of 10.33 million — while “Dancing With the Stars” drew the larger total audience with 10.98 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the demo.
After “The Voice” on NBC, “Taken” improved marginally from the week before, to a 1.1 demo rating and 5.25 million viewers. “Quantico” followed “DWTS” with a 0.8 in the demo and 3.45 million viewers.
CBS led off with “Big Bang Theory” and “Kevin Can Wait” repeats and ended with a “Scorpion” encore. A fresh “Superior Donuts” drew a slightly up 1.1 in the demo and 5.28 million viewers. A special Monday installment of “The Great Indoors” notched a 0.9 in the demo and 4.08 million viewers.
On Fox, “24: Legacy” improved slightly to a 0.9 in the demo and 3.19 million »
- Oriana Schwindt
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