‘This Is Us’ Logs First No. 1 Total Viewers Finish For NBC Scripted Series In 13 Years, Becomes Season’s Top Drama In Demo
The March 14 finale of NBC’s This Is Us posted a new Live+7 viewership record for the hot freshman drama. The closer grew 4.940 million viewers from Live+Same Day to L+7, hitting a series-high 17.776 million viewers in L7 and edging NCIS (17.713 million) after trailing the CBS stalwart by 1.321 million viewers in L+Sd. This was the first time in almost 13 years that an NBC in-season scripted series has topped all broadcast and cable shows for the No. 1 spot in total… »
Netflix Renews ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ for Season 2
Netflix has renewed dark comedy “Santa Clarita Diet” for a second season. The streaming juggernaut made the announcement, which you can watch above, via YouTube. Season 2 will premiere in 2018.
“Santa Clarita Diet” stars Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore as suburbanite real estate agents Joel and Sheila, who stuck in a bit of a rut until Sheila starts undergoing some changes that leave her craving human flesh. But while Sheila is different from the woman Joel married, the two are committed to making their marriage work, even if that means committing various murders to sate Sheila’s new undead desires. Liv Hewson also stars as Joel and Sheila’s daughter Abby, and Skyler Gisondo is boy-next-door Eric.
As Variety‘s Sonia Saraiya wrote in her review, “What is genuinely great about ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ is just how surprising each plot development is. Because it is unafraid to dabble in gore, murder, or »
- Oriana Schwindt
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman Create New 'Handmade' Reality Competition
Former Parks and Recreation co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman will reteam for a new reality competition series titled The Handmade Project that celebrates artisanship. Poehler and Offerman will co-host the six-episode series, which will air on NBC.
"People who make things are my favorite kind of folk," Offerman said in a statement. "Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers. Plus, Amy »
‘Bones’ Series Finale Postmortem: Showrunner Michael Peterson on How This May Not Be the End (Spoilers)
Read no further if you haven’t seen the series finale (for now) of “Bones.” Spoilers ahead!
There are any number of ways to end a series. There’s the flat cut to black; the reveal that this has all been a dream. Most of them involve some level of controversy after the fact. But when it came time to end “Bones” after 12 seasons on Fox, showrunners Michael Peterson and Jonathan Collier wanted to send their characters riding off into the sunset fully intact. And so we ended not with a bang or a whimper, but with Booth and Brennan bantering into the black. Peterson called up Variety to discuss the very last episode of “Bones” — and why it may not be the very last episode of “Bones.”
Unlike some finales, we don’t get a special last line of dialogue — it’s more akin to the end of a regular episode. When »
- Oriana Schwindt
ABC Cancels ‘Time After Time’
ABC has pulled drama “Time After Time” from its schedule, effectively canceling the freshman drama series.
A time-travel story following fictional versions of H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper, “Time After Time” debuted March 5 to a soft 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic over its two-hour premiere and an average audience of 2.53 million, according to Nielsen data. Over four weeks, it has averaged a 0.5 in the demo and 2.2 million viewers.
“Time After Time” is produced by Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega (“Blindspot,” “The Following”) serve as executive producers. Siega directed the pilot, with Williamson writing the teleplay. The show is based on the novel written by Karl Alexander.
The series is being replaced in its Sunday, 9 p.m. time period for the next three weeks by Alec Baldwin-hosted celebrity gameshow “Match Game.” “Time After Time” becomes the second scripted broadcast freshman to be pulled from the air this season »
- Daniel Holloway
Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release
Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series. The TV series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project is a Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor. Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Calls 'Baywatch' Cast the 'Avengers of the Beach' Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave »
- Matt Donnelly
WGA to Send Strike Authorization Vote to Membership
Writers Guild of America’s two boards voted unanimously to send a vote to its membership, raising the stakes in the contract wrangling with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East have approved the recommendation from the WGA negotiating committee to conduct a strike authorization vote among members of both guilds who have worked under the AMPTP master contract during the past six years — about 6,000 members i total. The negotiating committee took that step on Friday after ending two weeks of contract talks with the AMPTP. The current Minimum Basic Agreement, jointly negotiated by West and East, expires on May 1.
The strike authorization vote does not mean the writers will automatically walk. But a vote by the membership is necessary before the governing bodies of both guilds can call a strike against the studios. The turnout and vote on the authorization question will also »
- Cynthia Littleton
Golden Globes: HFPA Announces Timetable for 75th Annual Awards
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for next year’s Golden Globes.
Nominations will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
Full timetable below.
Monday, July 10, 2017 — Submission Website for 2018 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries is now open
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms
Friday, November 24, 2017 — Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young
Monday, December 4, 2017 — Final screening date for Motion Pictures
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — Final date for Motion Picture press conferences
Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 8:00p.m.
Monday, December 11, 2017 — Announcement of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban Attributes “Being Jewish” to his Entire Foundation for Life
All of us know Mark Cuban in two main spheres. The first is as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. That’s initially how Cuban became a celebrity. Cuban was rich well before being the owner of the Mavs but he wasn’t “famous.” Once he became the owner Cuban changed the way owners operated in the NBA. Players loved him because he treated them like goal. After all, Cuban was really a fan at heart. His rebelliousness with the “establishment” has always earned him headlines and Cuban’s persona landed him a spot in the second sphere we know him from: Shark
- Nat Berman
Empire: Is [Spoiler] Off the Show?
The following story contains spoilers about this week’s Empire. Proceed at your own peril, Ok?
Did Empire just say buh-bye to Boo Boo Kitty?
Near the conclusion of Wednesday’s episode, Grace Gealey’s Anika was seen high-tailing it out of town after presumably refusing Tariq’s “offer” to book her a mother-daughter suite in witness protection in exchange for tattling on Lucious. Speaking of Anika’s wee little one, Lucious’ missus left Bella with baby daddy Hakeen before bolting — a decision we’re sure she will come to regret.
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Arrow Recap: Clipped Crusaders — Was Diggle Able to Salvage the Team?
This week on The CW’s Arrow, Oliver waved the white flag in his war with Adrian Chase — and in doing so wound up picking a new fight, with a familiar face.
Fresh off his physical and psychological torture at Chase’s hand, Oliver returned to the Arrowcave to firmly disband the team. Diggle assumes that some 1-on-1 time with the boss will fix things, but Oliver only reasserts his position, instructing Diggle to pack up.
While the rest of the team convenes at Felicity’s loft »
I’m 100% Behind Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Superhero Movies
It’s hard to picture the man who wrote titles such as “A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and “Steve Jobs,” taking his skills to comic book films. Sorkin also created and wrote most of the episodes of “The West Wing,” “SportsNight,” “Studio 60” and “The Newsroom.” But now he might be throwing his name into the collective money making machine ring of Marvel and DC. Recently at CinemaCon Sorkin made mention of his recent plans. “I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel,” Sorkin told ComicBook.com while on
I’m 100% Behind Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Superhero Movies »
- Nat Berman
‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Head Writer A.D. Miles to Step Down
Miles has been working with Fallon for the past eight years, with the two meeting at NBC’s “Late Night” before Fallon took over “The Tonight Show.” They have since collaborated on over 1500 episodes of late-night television. Miles and his family will relocate from New York to Los Angeles but he and Fallon are still planning to work together on an animated feature.
“Riding Jimmy Fallon’s coattails for the past eight years has given me all the confidence I need to strike out on my own and work on a movie with Jimmy Fallon,” Miles said in a statement. Fallon added, “Miles was there for the launch of ‘Late Night’ as well as the launch of ‘The Tonight Show.’ He »
- Joe Otterson
WGA Says It’s Ready To Return To Bargaining Table
Update with more info: Responding to press inquiries, the WGA says it's willing to return to the bargaining table "whenever the AMPTP is ready to meet and invites us back" – even as WGA leaders are urging their members to authorize a strike. The talks for a new film and TV contract broke off Thursday, and even though both sides have committed to returning to the bargaining table post-haste, just how far apart they remain is evidenced by the fact they can't even agree… »
Cool Photo of Alan Rickman In High School in London, 1964
Most people don’t know this about Alan Rickman but his very first movie was Die Hard. Every single role he had before playing Hans Gruber was on television. He’d hopped around from show to show from 1978 all the way up to 1988 when the role Gruber changed his entire life, and he changed ours. It’s pretty hard to top the performance he made in Die Hard, and honestly I still think it goes down as his best movie performance ever. Rickman would go on to put together an impressive body of work in his career and I don’t think
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- Nat Berman
Imaginary Mary: Will You Make Friends With Jenna Elfman's New Comedy?
When one adult woman’s fears about love, relationships and commitment come rushing to the fore, so does her furry, sassy, made-up, childhood buddy.
That’s the gist of ABC’s frothy new comedy Imaginary Mary, fronted by Dharma & Greg star Jenna Elfman, which had a sneak-peek premiere Wednesday night. In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you thought of the new series. But first, a brief recap:
We’re introduced to Elfman’s Alice via a quick, sad highlight reel of her as a child, »
CBS Chief Glenn Geller to Take Leave of Absence Following Mild Heart Attack
CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller will take a leave of absence from the network after suffering a mild heart attack, Variety has learned.
In a note to staff Wednesday, Geller said that he is “on track for a full recovery” after resting at home. He added, “The bad news is that pilot season and the Upfront isn’t the best environment to achieve that recovery. After consulting with my doctors, my husband, and my family, I plan to take off a few more weeks and return at the end of May.”
In a separate memo, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said that company leadership is “fully supportive of Glenn focusing on restoring himself to 100%.” But, he continued, “At the same time, it’s clear that we must now adjust ourselves to a new situation as we finish our pilots and head into the Upfront.”
No change in leadership structure at the network was announced. Moonves »
- Daniel Holloway
CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller On Medical Leave Through Upfronts
CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller is taking a medical leave after suffering what he characterized as a “mild heart attack”. He is “on track for a full recovery” but will be out for the rest of pilot season, returning at the end of May, after the upfronts. Geller just made the announcement internally in a memo. (you can read it below the post). In an accompanying email to the company staff, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said that there will be no designated interim… »
Ever Wonder How the Guy Who Played Barney Took Bathroom Breaks?
Recently the guy who played Barney, David Joyner did an Ama on Reddit. While he was asked hundreds of questions, by far the most interesting concerned him taking a bathroom break. Think about it. David Joyner wore the big purple suit for more than a decade and you’d think that during that long run he’d run into some major complications. I mean you don’t want to scare the crap out of a kid with that suit off. What if you’re doing an event somewhere else and you have to go? When Joyned was asked the question, here’s what he had
Ever Wonder How the Guy Who Played Barney Took Bathroom Breaks? »
- Nat Berman
Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary: 'Visionary' Ellen Pompeo's Debut as a Director Likely to Leave You 'Wrecked'
Nothing would please Kelly McCreary more than if we didn’t need a tissue watching Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, we needed the whole box. “I hope you’ll be really wrecked,” admits the actress, who plays Maggie, the Grey Sloan doctor struggling with her adoptive mother’s dire prognosis. “No matter what a person’s relationship is like with their parents, I hope that people will feel Maggie’s journey deeply and empathize.”
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