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NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018
The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule, which includes two series for NBC, “World of Dance” and the drama “Shades of Blue.”
The postponement of “Birdie” means NBC will not stage a musical event this holiday season. Earlier this month, NBC unveiled plans for a “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” event to air on Easter Sunday next year. That project will be shepherded by Craig Zedon and Neil Meron, the pair behind all of NBC’s live musical events to date. Given the high cost of the one-night-only live events, it was unlikely that NBC could field “Superstar” just a few months after staging “Birdie,” had the show stayed on its original date, and »
- Cynthia Littleton
Ratings: ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Draws 6.6 Million Viewers for ABC
The “Dirty Dancing” remake delivered ABC’s most-watched Wednesday in nearly 7 months, but that doesn’t mean the Disney-owned broadcaster topped primetime.
Neither did the network airing “Empire’s” season finale, though: Fox finished second in the key 18-49 demographic, but was fourth among total viewers.
That leaves CBS and NBC, and last night belong to the “Survivor” net.
CBS was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.8 million, »
- Tony Maglio
'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley' Renewed at HBO
HBO is bringing back two of its original comedies.
The pickups come midway through their current seasons, which both wrap on June 25th.
The renewals are not surprising given the critical success both shows have garnered since their respective debuts in 2012 and 2014.
Veep has accrued 11 Emmys thus far, with a record five wins for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the best lead actress in a comedy series category. The series also taken home the Emmy for best comedy series »
- Kate Stanhope
‘Andi Mack’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Channel
The series follows the titular character, a 13 year old girl who discovers that the girl she always thought was her older sister is in fact her mother. The revelation sends her down a new path of self discovery.
It stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Andi Mack, Lilan Bowden as Bex Mack, Lauren Tom as Celia Mack, Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman, Sofia Wylie as Buffy Driscoll and Asher Angel as Jonah Beck. Recurring cast members are Stoney Westmoreland as Henry “Ham” Mack, Emily Skinner as Amber, and Trent Garrett as Bowie Quinn.
The series ranks as the number one show of 2017 to-date among girls 6-11, girls 9-14 and girls 6-14. Nearing 40 million views on seven digital platforms, linear TV and social media,it recently hit a ratings high on May 19 in total viewers, marking »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix After 1 Season
“The Get Down” has been canceled after one season on Netflix, TheWrap has learned. The debut season of the Baz Luhrmann series about the rise of hip-hop in 1980s New York was split into two parts, with Part 2 premiering on the streaming platform last month. The series was marked by behind-the-scenes turmoil before it even premiered, with reports surfacing that the pricey musical drama suffered multiple delays in production. The series reportedly cost as much as $120 million for 12 episodes, and went through multiple showrunners, including “The Shield” alum Shawn Ryan and novelist Thomas Kelly. Also Read: 'The Get Down »
- Reid Nakamura
‘The 100’ Showrunner on Who Survived, Who Didn’t and New Setting in Season 5
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched the Season 4 finale of “The 100.”) After four seasons on the ground, “The 100” has returned to space, and it will stay there for the time being. “That’s not to say they’ll stay up there for long, but they’re certainly starting the next season up there,” showrunner Jason Rothenberg told TheWrap of early Season 5 plans. He is referring to the seven people who launched into space and back onto the Ark in the Season 4 finale, namely: Bellamy (Bob Morley), Raven (Lindsey Morgan), Monty (Christopher Larkin), Murphy (Richard. »
- Linda Ge
Let’s See What Hints We Can Find in These 28 Screenshots from the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer (Photos)
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 is just a few short weeks away. In HBO’s first major trailer for the season, we’ve gotten a ton of glimpses at what to expect — starting with a full-scale war with the Lannisters taking on the rest of Westeros. We’ve poured through the rest of the trailer to see what hints can be gleaned. Cersei (Lena Headey) went darker than she ever has before at the end of Season 6, and she’s clearly taking her battle queen approach even further this season. The opening image of the trailer: a shadowy Cersei preparing for war. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Ellen DeGeneres Lands New Netflix Stand-Up Special
Ellen DeGeneres will appear in a brand new stand up special for Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”
DeGeneres got her start in stand up comedy before transitioning into acting and then hosting her syndicated daytime show. Now going into its fifteenth season, the show has earned a total of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards. She also had the honor of hosting the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmys, and the Grammy Awards. Most recently, President Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.
The new special will mark her first since 2000, when she appeared in “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning” for HBO.
- Joe Otterson
‘Fargo’ Review: A Battle Between Ewan McGregors Has Never Felt So Wretched — And Season 3 Never More Exciting
[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 6, “The Lord of No Mercy.”]
Gloria Burgle to the rescue!
After an episode of incredible tension and unexpected tragedy, we didn’t realize how badly we needed to hear Carrie Coon say, “Screw it,” whip the cruiser around, and high-tail it back to “the P.O.’s domicile.” While the simultaneously ominous and uplifting strings certainly served to get our hearts beating, “Fargo” may as well have played Bonnie Tyler’s famous “Footloose” jam “Holding Out for a Hero” — because one is on the way!
It’s just we had to hold out a little too long. Just enough road blocks were thrown in front of Burgle to keep her from cracking the case earlier, and all that time led to an inevitable tragedy. Ray (Ewan McGregor) is the first major victim of Season 3 (unless you count the annual pilot sacrifice of Scoot McNairy’s Maurice Lafay), in a particularly well-orchestrated offing. First »
- Ben Travers
History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From Ep Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series
History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.
Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.
“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”
“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. Rapke »
- Joe Otterson
The Top Five Moments of Real Housewives of New York City Season 9
The Real Housewives of New York City are back for another season of female bonding, urban high fashion, back stabbing and big blow out fights all caught on camera as they prepare for Luann’s controversial wedding, a presidential election and greet the arrival of yet another new addition to the “housewife” cast, Tinsley Mortimer. There is, of course, never a dull moment when the ladies get together. Here are five of the top moments of Rhony Season 9. 5. Ridin’ the Ramonacoaster (Again) Ramona can never quit when she is ahead. In episode 3 she had some great comeback at
The Top Five Moments of Real Housewives of New York City Season 9 »
- Nat Berman
Young and the Restless: Will Ashley and Dina Learn to Get Along?
Young and the Restless fans are just beside themselves over everything that’s going on right now. Dina’s back in town, and she’s making everyone miserable – and by everyone we clearly mean Ashley and Jack. Ashley is worried she will tell everyone she’s not really an Abbott, which might just ruin her entire life. Jack is worried his mother will not stay out of their way and allow him to continue living his life the way he wants to. They have issues with her, and she’s not really in the mood to care about those issues. Jack is willing to
Young and the Restless: Will Ashley and Dina Learn to Get Along? »
- Tiffany Raiford
The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women
“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.
“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.
Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series
Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.
Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »
- Ben Travers
20 Fun Game of Thrones Movie Poster Mashups
At this point in the year for Game of Thrones fans we’re really just killing time until July. June’s a nice month and all but given there will be no Got on HBO I’m pretty sure fans would rather just hide in a cave somewhere and hibernate until July’s premiere date. However, if there’s one thing we can do while waiting for the penultimate season to begin, we can look back on past episodes, try to draw some theories about what might happen in the future, as well as revel in all of the marketing material that’s before us. But
20 Fun Game of Thrones Movie Poster Mashups »
- Nat Berman
‘Veep’ & ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed By HBO
HBO has renewed hit series Veep and Silicon Valley for their seventh and fifth seasons, respectively. Both are slated to premiere in 2018. The renewals come ahead of each series’ current season finales on June 25. Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Silicon Valley, created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling… »
Veep, Silicon Valley Renewed at HBO
It looks like Selina Meyer has a bit more time to secure her legacy, while PiperChat will keep on talking.
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HBO on Thursday announced that it has renewed Veep for Season 7. Additionally, the premium cabler has also renewed its Sunday-night companion, Silicon Valley, for Season 5. Both announcements were made via the series’ respective Twitter accounts:
Exciting news! #Veep will be back for a 7th season on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/VpNWn09WKn
— Veep (@VeepHBO) May 25, 2017
Season ✋. It's official. #SiliconValleyHBO pic.twitter.com/aJSPzhuENj
— Silicon Valley »
‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO
Currently in its fourth season, “Silicon Valley” has been nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and won two. The series, about a startup set in the cradle of the tech industry, stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer. Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, the series is executive produced by Judge, Alec Berg, Michael Rotenberg, and Tom Lassally.
In its sixth season, “Veep” is the winner of 12 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the former vice president and president of the United States. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson also star. Created by Armando Iannucci, the series is executive produced by David Mandel, Frank Rich »
- Daniel Holloway
‘American Gods’: Here’s Gillian Anderson As David Bowie, and The Resemblance Is Uncanny — Watch
The Starz series “American Gods,” created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on the book by Neil Gaiman, explores the definition of worship as rooted in both ancient religions as well as modern-day culture. And no character perhaps best emulates this than the goddess Media, portrayed by Gillian Anderson.
Per Starz, “Gillian Anderson stars as the New God Media in the critically acclaimed series ‘American Gods.’ Media assumes whatever form will deliver her message most effectively and is often personified by iconic celebrities.” Which is another way of saying that Media is a chameleon of a character, invoking the concepts of famous figures from pop culture in her scenes. In her first appearance, viewers saw Anderson emulate Lucille Ball, and the show has hinted that future episodes will feature »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Ed Helms to Dabble in Fake News for Comedy Central Special
Onetime Daily Show correspondent Ed Helms is returning to his former basic cable stomping grounds, as the star and executive producer of The Fake News With Ted Nelms, a new special for Comedy Central.
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Per our sister site Deadline, Fake News will feature “absurd, made-up news that closely resembles real news, delivered by an absurd, made-up guy who closely resembles Ed Helms.” Emmy-winning Daily Show vet Stu Miller will also serve as an Ep.
‘Suits’ Creator Aaron Korsh Inks New Overall Deal With Universal Cable Prods.
Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh has closed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, the studio behind the hit USA drama series Suits. Korsh, who had been under an overall deal at Ucp since December 2012, will continue as showrunner on Suits, which is returning for a seventh season in July. Under the pact, he also will shepherd the planned Suits spinoff, starring Gina Torres as her Suits character Jessica Pearson, and will develop new… »
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