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'Star Trek: Discovery' to Premiere in Late Summer or Fall, CBS CEO Says
Star Trek: Discovery is now set to premiere later this year on CBS All Access.
Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS, on Monday told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that the reboot of the sci-fi franchise will debut "in late summer, early fall we're looking at probably, right now."
Originally slated to debut last month as CBS All Access' first original scripted series, the project has been delayed several times, most notably due to the departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner.
But Moonves said the drama, currently in production in Toronto, will not be hurried into the »
- Etan Vlessing
Jeremy Piven to Star in CBS Tech Drama 'Wisdom of the Crowd'
Jeremy Piven has lined up his next TV role.
The three-time Emmy winner has signed on to star in CBS' tech drama pilot Wisdom of the Crowd, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Written by Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife), the project centers on a tech innovator who, inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionize crime solving in San Francisco.
Piven will play Jeffrey tanner, a charismatic visionary determined to solve his daughter's murder.
Humphrey will also executive produce the project, »
- Kate Stanhope
Amazon Revives Former Pivot Series ‘Fortitude’ With New Season Pick-Up
Amazon has picked up a new season of Arctic thriller “Fortitude,” which originally ran on the now-dead Pivot TV. Dennis Quaid has been added to the cast for this run, starring opposite Richard Dormer. Sofie Gråbøl, Luke Treadaway, Darren Boyd, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mia Jexen, Alexandra Moen, Verónica Echegui, Sienna Guillory, Ramon Tikaram, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan and Ken Stott are also counted among the cast. “In ‘Fortitude,’ our customers will experience Dennis Quaid in a remarkably compassionate role, joined by an ensemble cast that has resonated with audiences globally,” said Joe Lewis, head of Comedy, Drama and Vr, »
- Tony Maglio
‘The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth’ Gets Second Batch at Showtime
Showtime has bought itself another ticket to the circus. The premium cabler has ordered a second batch of episodes of political docuseries “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Variety has learned. The second run will premiere in three weeks, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.
Hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will return to examine the riveting and unprecedented events unfolding — both inside and outside the Beltway — during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Mark McKinnon will return in a producing role with occasional guest appearances. The real-time series will follow the circus of American politics, political culture and government, featuring interviews with key figures and offering analysis of the stories behind each week’s headlines.
“During the historic drama of the 2016 election, ‘The Circus’ was a compulsively watchable series, providing unparalleled access and critical insight,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Presented »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Incorporated’ Canceled By Syfy After One Season
Exclusive: Syfy has opted not to renew freshman drama series Incorporated for a second season. The futuristic thriller, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, ended its freshman run January 25. One of the show’s regular cast members, Dennis Haysbert, already booked a new series project, signing on as the male lead of drama pilot Reverie for Syfy sibling NBC. Incorporated was a modest ratings performer, ranking below most other Syfy series such as flagship The Ma… »
TV Ratings: Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscar Explanation Tops Colbert and Stewart, ‘The Voice’ Returns Slightly Down
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” generally lags behind its late night competition on CBS and NBC. Not so Monday night: Riding the wave of the biggest snafu in Oscars history, Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel became the momentary King of Late Night. In Nielsen’s metered market overnight ratings, which measure the top 56 markets in the country, Kimmel pulled in a 2.6 household rating. That easily topped Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” which drew a 2.2 household rating, but perhaps more interesting is that he also edged out Colbert’s “Late Show,” which, despite featuring a widely publicized appearance by Jon Stewart, drew a 2.5 household rating, right around its performance for the last few weeks. Kimmel was also tops in the 25 markets with local people meters that measure the 18-49 demographic, notching a 0.8 to Fallon’s 0.7 and Colbert’s 0.6.
It’s unlikely Monday’s order of finish is indicative of a real sea change — as we see with shows that premiere after the »
- Oriana Schwindt
Parents Recreate Famous Movie Scenes with 2-Year-Old Son Using Cardboard Boxes
There are cool parents out there and then there are parents like these that go way beyond the boundaries of Fantasia. Leon Mackie and Lilly Lang had no idea what to do with all of their boxes when they moved into their new home. Instead of throwing all their boxes away they decided to get super creative and make one of the best gifts imaginable to their 2-year-old son. Lilly and Leon are passionate cinephiles, so they didn’t take long to come up with an idea to bring most memorable moments from their favorite films back to life, except this
Parents Recreate Famous Movie Scenes with 2-Year-Old Son Using Cardboard Boxes »
- Nat Berman
Ratings: The Voice Premiere Dips But Dominates Night, Taken Starts Strong
NBC’s The Voice kicked off Season 12 on Monday with 13 million total viewers and a 3.1 rating, marking the competition’s fourth straight demo decline for a premiere, yet dominating the night in both measures.
Leading out of that, the Taken premiere did 7.4 mil and a 1.6, landing just below Timeless‘ own apres-Voice launch (7.6 mil/1.8) and easily leading all scripted fare. TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B-.”
RelatedNBC’s Taken: Is Young Bryan Mills’ Set of Skills Particularly Interesting?
The night’s other debut, »
Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart & Sarah Silverman Lead Comedy Central Move Into Festival Biz With ‘Clusterfest’
Come June, you can leave your Hart, as well as your Seinfeld and your Silverman, in San Francisco when Viacom principal Comedy Central joins forces with Superfly, presenter of the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands music festivals, and co-producer Another Planet Entertainment, to launch the modestly named Colossal Clusterfest. It’s slated to run June 2-4 at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, culminating with a live Comedy Central… »
In Honor of Shrove Tuesday: The Best Pancake Scenes in Movies
Many of you might not know that today is Shrove Tuesday. What is Shrove Tuesday? I’m glad you asked. Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day is meant to commemorate the final day before Ash Wednesday with a celebratory pancake feast. Different iterations of the popular pancake can be created for this event — a thick cake or a thin crepe all make viable meals to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. The popular British manner in which to serve the cakes is thin and served with lemon juice or syrup. But that doesn’t really matter to us since we’re a TV and
In Honor of Shrove Tuesday: The Best Pancake Scenes in Movies »
- Nat Berman
Vern Co Joins Gersh As New TV & Theater Agent
Gersh is expanding its New York team, adding Vern Co as a new agent in the TV Literary and Theater Department, to bolster theater client profiles in TV. In this new role, will also build on her own list of TV writer and director clients. "We look forward to Vern joining our team as we continue to grow the agency," said Gersh co-head Bob Gersh. "We are committed to growing our Theater Department and supporting our Theater clients' work in Television. Her experience and… »
Comedy Central Will Launch 3-Day Comedy and Music Festival
Comedy Central wants to move stand-up comedy out of the clubs and into the realm occupied by massive outdoor events like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza.
The Viacom-owned cable network plans to launch the “Colossal Clusterfest,” a three-day event that will feature comedy showcases, music, podcast recordings and collaborations by the artists attending, all held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Friday, June 2 to Sunday June 4. Comedy Central plans to air a 90-minute live special from teh event on June 4.
Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr will headline the event, which will also feature Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Fred Armisen, Natasha Leggero, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from the Comedy Central series “Broad City,” Bob Odenkirk, Vince Staples, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum.
“We have been looking at the festival space »
- Brian Steinberg
Kendis Gibson Named Co-Anchor Of ABC’s ‘America This Morning’ & ‘World News’
Kendis Gibson has been named co-anchor of ABC News’ America This Morning and World News Now, joining Diane Macedo. ABC News president James Goldston’s memo to staff: Team— I'm pleased to announce that Kendis Gibson has been named America This Morning and World News Now co-anchor, joining Diane Macedo. Kendis has done a fantastic job filling in over the last year. A thoughtful and versatile journalist, he's a great match for the overnight hours, where our shows deliver a… »
James Corden Spoofs ‘La La Land’ Audition Song to Mock That Oscars Best Picture Flub
Wearing a red wig and lavender sweater, Corden was the spitting image of Emma Stone’s character Mia in “La La Land” — as long as you looked at him from behind — as he spoofed Mia’s crucial audition for a role that could make or break her career as an actress.
Read More: Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel Explains What Happened During Best Picture Mix-Up
Mia was encouraged to tell a story in lieu of the usual audition, and that became the Oscar-nominated song that we know today. Corden sang a similar song that instead addressed the Oscar gaffe that had accidentally named “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner before the mistake was discovered and the real winner, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Robert De Niro Bites Back While Reading ‘Mean Tweets’ (Watch)
Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” may have been all about the Oscars flub heard round the world, but it also made time for a segment that keeps on giving.
After being featured in the Oscars edition of “Mean Tweets,” Robert De Niro got a version of the segment all to himself — an honor that has only been bestowed to former President Barack Obama. The “Taxi Driver” star didn’t just brush off the insults though, but bit back.
“Robert De Niro is not a Good Fella. He is a Pos,'” one tweet reads. “Piece of s—? You know what you can do? You can suck my c—, you f—in’ little scumbag. Happy?”
His other Nsfw reactions ranged from a simple “F— you,” to “Who are you? Are you some little f—in’ 15-year-old with nothing better to do in your life?”
The De Niro edition of “Mean Tweets” follows the Academy Awards segment »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Usain Bolt’s Pokemon Ad is the Best Thing You’ll See Today
The day has just started. All of you are just getting in to work and are roaming around your feeds, emails, social media accounts, you name it. You’re looking for something interesting to look at. I can tell you this right now. Nothing you see today is going to compare to this Japanese Pokemon Ad starring Usain Bolt. There’s just no way you’ll find anything better. When you really think about it this ad should have come years ago but it’s nice to see the Pokemon Universe and Usain Bolt finally collide. In Japanese, “Bolt” is ボルト (boruto), and “volt”
Usain Bolt’s Pokemon Ad is the Best Thing You’ll See Today »
- Nat Berman
ABC & John Ridley’s L.A. Riots Documentary Gets Airdate
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, the two-hour documentary from John Ridley and ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions, will air on ABC on Friday, April 28 from 9-11 Pm, the network said today. That’s pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, a seminal event in the city’s history when the verdict in the Rodney King case came down on April 29, 1992, igniting city-wide violence. Let It Fall traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising… »
Jon Stewart Gives Media Some Donald Trump Advice: ’Kick Him to the Curb’ — Watch
Jon Stewart just couldn’t stay away.
Although it’s been two years since Jon Stewart presided over “The Daily Show,” he joined his former Comedy Central host on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to send an important message. In the wake of the President’s press secretary Sean Spicer banning specific news outlets from the informal press briefing last week, Stewart decided to address the media directly.
Read More: ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Begs America to ‘Never Fjorget’ Fake Swedish Attack — Watch
Framed as a friend giving advice to someone who’s just been dumped, Stewart first pointed out that anyone who says “Believe me” repeatedly is lying. Who wants to date a liar?
Then Stewart launched into the tough love: “Hey guys, hey media. So I heard Donald Trump broke up with you. Stings a little, doesn’t it? Finally thought you’d met your »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Okja’ Teaser Trailer: Tilda Swinton Battles a Beast in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix Monster Movie
Co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”), “Okja” tells the story of Mija (played by South Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun), a young girl who lives in the deep woods of the Gangwon Province of South Korea. Mija will do everything in her power to prevent a powerful company from taking her best friend, a massive beast named Okja. “It’s a very shy and introverted animal. It’s a unique animal that we’ve not seen before,” the director told Entertainment Weekly.
This trailer offers a first glimpse of Okja, a large creature with big brown eyes, while Swinton’s character »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Kelly Slater Takes You For a Ride Inside His Perfect Wave
In the history of sports there are no better athletes than Kelly Slater. Names like Babe Ruth, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzsky always get thrown around in the history of sports (as they should), but Slater is perhaps the most dominant athlete in his respected sport of all-time. He has been crowned World Surf League Champion a record 11 times, including 5 consecutive titles in 1994–98. He is the youngest (at age 20) and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title. And really that’s just the start of it. We can argue about
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- Nat Berman
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