6 items from 2016
CBS and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have announced a new agreement that will see the Eye network continue to broadcast the annual Kennedy Center Honors through 2025. The deal extends what is already one of the longest broadcast partnerships in history, as CBS has aired the Honors since it debuted in 1978. "The Kennedy Center Honors is the most prestigious award given to artists in America," said Leslie Moonves, CBS Chairman & CEO in a statement. "We… »
FX’s limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story picked up the most awards on the night, taking home five in total including Outstanding Limited Series, while Veep and Transparent won two apiece.
Check out a full list of winners here…
Winner: Game of Thrones
Lead Actress, Drama
- Gary Collinson
Al Pacino, James Taylor, the rock band The Eagles, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, and gospel/blues singer Mavis Staples have been named the 2016 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, in a list weighted toward expertise in the musical arts.
The artists will be celebrated Dec. 4 at a gala presentation that will be broadcast on CBS Dec. 27, according to the Kennedy Center. Now in its 39th year, the event will be produced by White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, the regular producers of the Tony Awards. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are again expected to attend along with other notables from the worlds of showbusiness, politics and business.
This year’s class of honorees represents “spectacular talents” whose brilliance has left a lasting impact on our society, said Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein.
Pacino has portrayed “some of the most powerful characters of our time »
- Paul Harris
Don Mischer will return as producer of this year’s Emmy Awards. Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions will be co-executive producing. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 68th Emmys telecast will air on September 18 on ABC.
“We’re honored to be producing the Emmys for ABC and the Television Academy. We love Jimmy Kimmel,” said Mischer. “He brings a level of smart humor, fun and unpredictability, which is the perfect combination for this show. With the high quality of television and Jimmy as host, get ready for a funny and adventurous Emmys this year!”
This will be the 14th year that Don Mischer Productions will produce the Emmy Awards telecast. Mischer himself has won 15 Emmy Awards. The Mischer team has also produced the Academy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, Superbowl Halftime Shows and the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter and Summer Olympics.
- Maria Cavassuto
Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” has left the world abuzz since HBO debuted the visual album for a 27-hour window Saturday night. For those who missed it, it’s available for purchase via iTunes, or streaming via Jay Z’s Tidal platform. But the television drop makes it eligible for Emmy consideration, and HBO plans to submit “Lemonade” in the variety special category, Variety has learned.
Whether Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé herself, the credited directors of the piece, can be joined by “additional directors” Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Akerlund and Mark Romanek remains to be seen. HBO is in the midst of working out those details.
Meanwhile, “Lemonade” should be a shoo-in for consideration in the lighting design/lighting direction category, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Football dominated last week’s primetime ratings race, with Espn easily winning among the networks thanks to its College Football Playoff semifinals — even if both games tumbled in the event’s second year — and a season-high total-viewer count for the finale of “Monday Night Football.” NBC, meanwhile, stayed on top in demos on the broadcast side as “Sunday Night Football” towered over the field as it ended its season.
According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates for the Dec. 28-Jan. 3 frame, Espn averaged a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 to easily best NBC (1.8), CBS (1.2), ABC (1.0) and Fox (0.9). The only other network to log a higher weekly average in the past two months has been NBC during Thanksgiving week (3.2), when it aired two primetime NFL contests. NBC, meanwhile, was the top broadcaster in the demo for the 14th time in 15 weeks this television season.
Espn also scored a victory in total viewers, »
- Rick Kissell
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