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Crackle’s New Boss, Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment, Sees Sony Deal As Just The Beginning

Disruption in the entertainment business can sometimes come in unlikely forms. Witness Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, whose earnest name and humble corporate headquarters in Cos Cob, Ct, belie its aggressive acquisition drive and canny knack for outmaneuvering larger rivals.

The company’s Brooklyn-born CEO, Bill Rouhana, is a longtime media industry veteran who founded and ran Winstar Communications in the 1990s after a successful run as an entertainment lawyer specializing in film finance. In 2008, he bought Chicken Soup for the Soul, known for its eponymous, mega-selling line of books. A few years later, he expanded its operations into video-on-demand and TV programming.

As he looked to feed the entertainment pipeline, Rouhana took the company public on the Nasdaq in 2017 and then engineered the acquisitions of Screen Media, Ashton Kutcher’s APlus.com and a controlling stake in Sony Crackle. The Crackle deal, which closed May 14, rebranded the free,
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Brendan Fraser Recalls Almost Playing Superman in Abandoned DC Movie

Brendan Fraser Recalls Almost Playing Superman in Abandoned DC Movie
Brendan Fraser once came very close to portraying Superman in a movie written by J. J. Abrams, and the actor recently revealed what the casting process was like. The star of The Mummy apparently went so far as to put on the actual red-and-blue suit, and couldn't help but admire himself in the mirror when doing so. "You feel kind of invincible, [like] 'I can fly,'" Fraser says. He adds: "The cape actually makes you think you have the power of flight even though you know you don't." Still, while the opportunity to become Clark Kent never came to fruition for Fraser, the actor remains proud about being able to put on the tights, boasting, "I've got that stripe! I did it."

With Brett Ratner at the helm, the planned project would have been titled Superman: Flyby. The story would have been set in an alternate version of the Superman
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Emmy spotlight:  There’s an ongoing ‘Method’ to Chuck Lorre’s comic male madness with Netflix’s ‘Kominsky’

Emmy spotlight:  There’s an ongoing ‘Method’ to Chuck Lorre’s comic male madness with Netflix’s ‘Kominsky’
There were two reasons I was moved to turn on “The Kominsky Method,” about an acting teacher and his longtime agent, for the first time. Namely, Oscar owners Michael Douglas, 74, and Alan Arkin, 85. Their marvelous edgy rapport and mastery of their art kept me bingeing as their characters yearn for the old days while fighting the ravages of aging. It was similar to what happened when Jane Fonda, 81, and Lily Tomlin, 79, had me devouring “Grace & Frankie.” The fact that legendary stars of this caliber are streaming through the universe and onto screens of all shapes and sizes seems to be a small miracle. Don’t think that the makers of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” didn’t know they had to top the first season’s killer combo of Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon by reeling in the starriest catch of them all for its second season, Meryl Streep,
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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Arliss Howard, Desmond Harrington, Kelly Jenrette & Ness Bautista Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Anthology Series

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‘Manhunt: Lone Wolf’: Arliss Howard, Desmond Harrington, Kelly Jenrette & Ness Bautista Join Spectrum-Lionsgate Anthology Series
Exclusive: Arliss Howard (Moneyball), Desmond Harrington (Dexter), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Ness Bautista (Sense8) are set as series regulars for season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television. They join previously announced Jack Huston, Cameron Britton, Carla Gugino, Judith Light, Gethin Anthony and Jay O. Sanders.

Spectrum parent Charter Communications last year made a deal with Lionsgate for new seasons of the Manhunt anthology series whose first installment, Manhunt: Unabomber, ran on Discovery Channel.

Season 2, Manhunt: Lone Wolf, will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil — the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber, Eric Rudolph (Huston) — and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell (Britton) in its wake. The series is currently filming in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Howard plays Earl Embry, the top bomb expert in the Atf who has a depth of hands-on knowledge that nobody can rival.
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Punk'd, Singled Out: TV Shows to Be Rebooted by MTV Studios

MTV is bringing back some classics. The network just announced they are rebooting Punk'd and Singled Out.

Originally hosted by Ashton Kutcher, Punk'd showcases elaborate pranks played on celebrities. The series initially ran on MTV from 2003 to 2007 and was then briefly revived in 2012 and in 2015 on Bet. Meanwhile, Singled Out is a dating game show that aired on MTV from 1995 to 1998.

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The axe swings on Happy, Deadly Class, The Ranch and Sneaky Pete

Some bad news if you’re a fan of Syfy’s comic book adaptations Happy and Deadly Class, Netflix’s The Ranch or Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, as it’s been announced that all four shows have been cancelled.

The Grant Morrison/Darick Robertson adaptation Happy has ended after two seasons, with Deadly Class lasting for just one, although Universal Content Productions and Sony TV are both said to be shopping their respective properties to other potential outlets, with Netflix said to be a possible destination for the former.

Speaking of Netflix, the streamer has pulled the plug on the Ashton Kutcher-headlined comedy The Ranch, which will end with a twenty episode fourth season, with ten episodes arriving later this year and the final ten following in 2020.

The Giovanni Ribisi-led Sneaky Pete meanwhile has become the latest member of the ‘Three Season Club’, joining the 93% of Amazon’s
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Late-Night Hosts Take on Principal Who Seemingly Copied Ashton Kutcher Speech

Late-Night Hosts Take on Principal Who Seemingly Copied Ashton Kutcher Speech
On the Tuesday episodes of their respective late-night shows, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel took on the West Virginia principal who was accused of plagiarizing a speech previously made by Ashton Kutcher.

Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss delivered a speech that paralleled and often featured some of the same phrases from Kutcher's speech from the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. While DeMoss admitted that he got some of his ideas from the actor, the majority of his thoughts and ideas were his own.

Over on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Noah opened the topic by sharing that DeMoss taught his ...
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The Ranch: Netflix Comedy Coming to an End!

Another Netflix show is coming to an end.

The Ranch will conclude with its upcoming fourth season on the streaming giant, according to series star Ashton Kutcher.

“The Ranch is coming to an end, but not just yet,” Kutcher announced on Twitter, confirming the show would be back for one more season.

“We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 later this year… and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned!!”

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The good news for fans is that the show will be on the air until 2020, and there will be 20 more episodes.

That sort of episode order will provide ample time to wrap up the lingering storylines for the sitcom's wealth of characters.

The Ranch is an R-rated multi-camera comedy that focuses on Colt Bennett (Kutcher), a former semi-pro footballer who returns to his family's ranch with the aim of reconnecting with his family.
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The Ranch

Network: Netflix.

Episodes: 80 (half-hour).

Seasons: Four.

TV show dates: April 1, 2016 — Tbd 2020

Series status: Ending.

Performers include: Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliot, Debra Winger, Grady Lee Richmond, Laura Vallejo, Elisha Cuthbert, Bret Harrison, and Kelli Goss.

TV show description:

A sitcom set in Garrison, Colorado, The Ranch follows the dysfunctional Bennett family on their Iron River Ranch. Each season of 20 episodes is split into two 10-episode parts, and Netflix primarily ignores season numbering entirely, by using the sequential "part" numbers, instead.

The multi-camera comedy centers Colt (Kutcher). After a fifteen year absence, including a short, failed semi-pro football career, Colt returns home to help his big brother Jameson "Rooster" (Masterson) and father Beau (Elliott) run the ranch.
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The Ranch: Season Four? Cancelled or Renewed by Netflix for Parts Seven and Eight?

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A Netflix comedy series, the third season of The Ranch (which is called parts five and six) stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott, and Elisha Cuthbert. The show follows the Bennett family of the fictional Iron River Ranch in the small town of Garrison, Colorado. Masterson was written out with part five following multiple sexual assault allegations made against him. Read More…
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‘The Ranch’ To End On Netflix After Season 4

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Updated with correct season: Netflix’s The Ranch now has an endgame, with creator and star Ashton Kutcher revealing Tuesday that the multi-camera comedy will return for a fourth and final season of 20 episodes.

Created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, The Ranch was the first comedy series produced by Netflix and the first to introduce 20-episode seasons for multi-camera series split into two half-seasons. It had not been expected to go beyond four seasons.

Kutcher tweeted today that the plan is to stream the first 10 episodes of Season 4 this year and the final 10 in 2020. Netflix confirmed the news.

@theranchnetflix is coming to an end, but not just yet. We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 streaming later this year (2019) on @netflix, and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/dX9vzjHm4T

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) June 4, 2019

Set in present day on a Colorado ranch outside Denver,
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‘The Ranch’ to End With Season 4 on Netflix

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‘The Ranch’ to End With Season 4 on Netflix
The Ranch” will end after four seasons on Netflix, series star Ashton Kutcher said on Tuesday.

Like all of the other seasons of “The Ranch,” the fourth season will be broken up into two parts, with 10 episodes airing in 2019, and the final 10 streaming in 2020.

“@theranchnetflix is coming to an end, but not just yet. We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 streaming later this year (2019) on @netflix, and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned!” Kutcher wrote on Twitter.

Also Read: 'Dead to Me' Renewed for Season 2 by Netflix

The series debuted in 2016 and initially reunited Kutcher with his “That 70s Show” co-star Danny Masterson. They starred as brothers on a Colorado ranch and centered on the family business.

After five women came forward with sexual misconduct accusations, including those of rape, Netflix fired Masterson at the end of 2017. Some of the accusations dated back to the early 2000s.
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‘The Ranch’ to End With Season 4 on Netflix

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The Netflix multi-cam comedy “The Ranch” is ending.

Series star Ashton Kutcher made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday, saying “@theranchnetflix is coming to an end, but not just yet. We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 streaming later this year (2019) on @netflix, and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned!”

The series launched on Netflix in 2016 and has aired three seasons thus far, with each season being split up into two 10-episode batches released at different times of the year. 60 episodes have aired to date, with Season 4 bringing the show to 80 total.

The Ranch” stars Kutcher as Colt, a failed semi-pro football player who returns home to run the family ranching business with his father Beau (Sam Elliott). Debra Winger stars as Colt’s mother, Maggie, and Elisha Cuthbert stars as Abby, Colt’s former high school sweetheart and current wife. Other actors who have appeared on the show include Dax Shepard,
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The Ranch to End With Season 4

The Ranch to End With Season 4
It’s last call at Maggie’s: The Ranch‘s upcoming 20-episode fourth season (aka Parts 7 and 8) will be the Netflix comedy’s last, TVLine has learned. The series’ star, Ashton Kutcher, confirmed the news Tuesday on social media.

The Ranch is coming to an end, but not just yet,” Kutcher announced on Twitter. “We’re excited to bring you the final 20 episodes — 10 later this year… and then 10 more in 2020. Stay tuned!!”

The Ranch first premiered in April 2016. The R-rated multi-cam centered on Colt Bennett (Kutcher), a former semi-pro football player who returned to his family’s Colorado ranch
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'The Ranch' to End With Season 4 on Netflix

Netflix is closing up The Ranch. 

Star Ashton Kutcher revealed that the previously announced fourth season of the comedy series would be its last. Kutcher noted that the remaining 20 episodes would air with 10 apiece in 2019 and 2020. Netflix renewed the multicamera comedy series in October. 

The decision to wrap The Ranch with season four arrives as the streaming giant continues to come under fire for cancelling series early on in their respective runs. A recent Hollywood Reporter study found that only three of more than 30 Netflix canceled shows made it past season three (House of Cards, Orange Is the New ...
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‘Punk’d’ & ‘Singled Out’ Reboots Set For Quibi From MTV Studios

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More from the “everything old is new again” file: A pair of bygone MTV favorites — dating game show Singled Out and the Ashton Kutcher-led prank series Punk’d — are being revived for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new digital venture.

In a nod to “offering an optimal viewing experience for those on the go,” per the press notes, each show will get 20 new episodes of 10 minutes or less.

Here are loglines for the returning Punk’d, from STXtelevision in association with MTV Studios, and Singled Out, from MTV Studios:

The show that coined the verb “punk’d” dared to go where no show had gone before. Now that technology can really augment reality, we’re back to pull the boldest pranks on the biggest stars in Hollywood. This time around, no one is safe.

While downloading a dating app has never been easier, sorting through the singles is harder than ever.
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MTV Studios and Quibi to Remake ‘Punk’d,’ ‘Singled Out’

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MTV Studios and Quibi are teaming up to produce remakes of “Punk’d” and “Singled Out,” Variety has learned.

Both remakes, which will be available on the Jeffrey Katzenberg-created video streaming platform, will consist of 20 new episodes, each under ten minutes in length to remain in keeping with Quibi’s short-form content format.

“Punk’d” was a hidden camera reality show which aired for a total of ten seasons and was created by Ashton Kutcher, who also served as the host. The show targeted Hollywood stars, and the reboot will make use of augmented reality to make the pranks even bolder than before. The new “Punk’d” will be produced by STXtelevision in association with MTV Studios.

“This deal builds on MTV’s strategy of reinventing our iconic shows to reach new audiences on pioneering new platforms like Quibi,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV. “We are excited to be working with Jeffrey,
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MTV Rebooting Punk'd and Singled Out

MTV is ushering two more classic series into the 21st century. “Reinvented” versions of celebrity prank show Punk’d and dating game show Singled Out are in the works at MTV Studios, TVLine has learned.

But there are a few twists: First, each episode — of which 20 have been ordered for both series — will be under 10 minutes in length. And rather than airing on MTV, these reboots will be available to stream on Quibi, a “mobile-first media technology platform.”

Hosted by Ashton Kutcher, the original Punk’d aired from 2003 to 2007, infamously terrorizing household names like Justin Timberlake and Frankie Muniz. (Come on,
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Johnnie Planco, Former Wma Agent and Co-Founder of Parseghian Planco, Dies at 68

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Johnnie Planco, Former Wma Agent and Co-Founder of Parseghian Planco, Dies at 68
Johnnie Planco, a former New York-based William Morris Agency (Wma) agent and co-founder of management/production company Parseghian Planco, has died. He was 68.

Planco passed away on Sunday in New York City after suffering from an infection that his brain and respiratory system.

Planco joined the Wma mailroom after he graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 1972, and he stayed at the agency until 2000. During his tenure at Wma, he became the youngest department head and senior vice president, running both the motion picture department in New York and creating the William Morris Talent Department. In his career, he represented talent like Tom Hanks, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Bacall and John Malkovich, among many others.

Also Read: Tom Jennings, Former Casting Director and Talent Agent, Dies at 81

In 2000, he partnered with Gene Parseghian to create Parseghian Planco, which has represented talent like Daniel-Day Lewis, Paul Schrader and Judi Dench.
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Johnnie Planco Dies: Ex-Wma Agent & Parseghian Planco Co-Founder Was 68

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Johnnie Planco Dies: Ex-Wma Agent & Parseghian Planco Co-Founder Was 68
Johnnie Planco, the longtime New York-based Wma agent who partnered with Gene Parseghian in the management/production company Parseghian Planco, has died. Planco passed away on Sunday, June 2 in New York City, after struggling with an infection that quickly affected both his brain and respiratory system. He was 68.

Planco was born and raised in New York City, as was his father and grandfather, latter of whom was a Rough Rider under Teddy Roosevelt. Planco joined the famed Wma mailroom after graduating Fordham U at Lincoln Center with a BA in Theater. This was in 1972, and he would remain with that agency until 2000.

In those 28 years he became the youngest Department Head and Senior Vice President in the agency’s history, running both the Motion Picture department in New York and creating and running the William Morris Talent Department. Among the clients he represented were Tom Hanks, Richard Gere, John Malkovich,
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