‘Law & Order: SVU’ Tackles Sports And Domestic Violence
Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television's Law & Order: SVU that we have come to expect and love. This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman's character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled "Spousal… Read
CBS Buys Medical Drama From Neal Baer & Alexandra McNally
Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer has teamed with the series' supervising producer Alexandra McNally for a medical drama, which has been set up at CBS. It hails from CBS TV Studios where Baer is under an overall deal. Written by McNally, Windward Clinic takes an unflinching look at the deeply personal and raw stories of the dedicated health care workers who come together at a clinic in Venice that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots. McNally and Baer… Read
Ebola Stricken Cameraman Tries To Rescue Nancy Snyderman From Self-Inflicted Career Disaster
NBC's freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, still recovering from Ebola at a Nebraska Medical Center biocontainment unit, attempted to to rescue the network's chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman from the career-nuking situation she created when she violated the voluntary quarantine she'd agreed to, on-air.:
Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz.
— ashoka (@unkyoka)… Read
IFC Nabs Al Pacino Drama ‘Manglehorn’
IFC Films is taking U.S. rights to Manglehorn, the Al Pacino starrer helmed by David Gordon Green that premiered last month in Venice and Toronto. Pacino stars along with Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina in the drama about a reclusive small town locksmith (Pacino) torn between mourning the love of his life and moving on via a new cautious friendship with a local woman.
Manglehorn was one of the hot titles left unbought at the close of TIFF, where CAA was… Read
Is Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ The Next Bollywood Blockbuster? (Video)
Bollywood stars have been having a good run at the international box office over the past year, from Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's current release Bang Bang to Salman Khan in Kick this summer. Next up is arguably the best-known global Bollywood hitmaker, Shah Rukh Khan, in Happy New Year (see trailer below). Set for day-and-date release on Friday in India, North America, Australia, the UK, UAE and elsewhere, the heist pic reunites Khan with his Om Shanti Om and Chennai… Read
Yahoo Shares Rise As Mobile Revenues Help It Beat Q3 Earnings Expectations
Shares are up about 2.3% after CEO Marissa Mayer reported that the company had “a good, solid third-quarter” including about $200M in revenues from ad sales on mobile devices. Yahoo reported net earnings of $6.8B which includes $6.3B from the sale of some of its stock in Alibaba Group; the company had $297M in the period last year. Revenues at $1.15B are up 1%. The top line beat analyst forecasts for $1.04B. Earnings without the Alibaba sale equaled 52 cents per share… Read
Daniel Loeb, Third Point Sell Sony Stake After 20-Percent Profit
Activist investor Daniel Loeb said in an investor letter that he has sold his shares in Sony, months after his push for a partial spinoff of its entertainment units and improvement in its bottom line led to thousands of layoffs at its entertainment, TV and PC units. Despite Sony's continued challenges after the layoffs, Loeb said he had realized a nearly 20 percent profit.
In his letter to investors, Loeb gave Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai credit for making needed changes in the… Read
Will Time Warner Feel A Bruise From Its Battle With Dish Network?
The entertainment giant likely won't be bloodied by the new dispute that has left 14.1M Dish Network subscribers unable to watch eight Turner Broadcasting channels, not including TBS and TNT. Veterans of the programming wars expect to see a resolution soon, possibly within days. But the battle could leave stinging bruises at Time Warner if it reinforces the impression that CNN has lost its status as a must-have channel, or that others are disposable.
Dish's deal for CNN… Read
FilmLA: TV Production Surges In Q3, Features Steady With 2013
The newly signed big $330 million expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program doesn't take effect until next year, but the production sun is starting to really shine in LA - at least in TVland. FilmL.A. today released its Q3 2014 report with overall TV Production rising 31.1% over the same period last year. That's not just good, but part of a trend as it nearly matches the 33.7% rise that TV Production had in Q2 2014 over Q2 2013. In terms of… Read
‘The Flash’ & ‘Jane The Virgin’ Get Full-Season Orders At CW
Absolutely no surprise here — after a strong ratings start, the CW's two freshman series, The Flash and Jane The Virgin, which garnered some of the strongest reviews for new shows this fall, are getting full-season orders. The network was so bullish on both, it gave both additional three-script orders before they had gone on the air. Then The Flash shattered the CW's ratings records with the most watched series premiere in the network's history, 6.1 million in Live+3. The… Read
‘The Bridge’ Cancelled By FX After 2 Seasons
After the first season of The Bridge, some were questioning FX's decision to proceed with a second season. The cable network is known for giving its shows every possible chance to grow, so it stuck with the remake of the Scandinavian drama for another 13 episodes. The series didn't improve in the ratings or critical reception, leading to today's cancellation.
The Bridge, an adaptation of the Scandi series Bron about a bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, starred Diane Kru… Read
‘The Millers’ Ratings Slip On New Night, ‘Jane’ & ‘Scorpion’ Hold Well
It is Mission Accomplished for The Big Bang Theory on Monday. The blockbuster comedy was tasked with launching similarly themed new drama Scorpion this fall, and it did. After being nurtured for four weeks with back-to-back episodes of Big Bang Theory in front of it, Scorpion got its first test last night, the last with Big Bang in the CBS Monday lineup before the comedy returns to Thursday. With its new lead-in, The Millers (2.2), at 8:30 PM vs. a Big Bang rerun last… Read