‘The Daily Show’ Unveils ‘Trumpire’
In an interview for a 2013 documentary, former Daily Show star/EP Jon Stewart paid homage to Washington Post’s celebrated editorial page cartoonist Herbert Block, aka Herblock, who’d coined the expression “McCarthyism” in 1950 to mock the demagoguery of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist hearings-cum-witch-hunt.
Last night, Stewart’s writing/producing staff, most of whom remain with the show now Stewart turned into a formidable political satire now hosted by Trevo… Read
‘My Friend 50’ Comedy Featuring 50 Cent Set At Fox; He & Will Packer Will Produce
Producer Will Packer (Truth Be Told, Uncle Buck) has teamed with actor-wrapper-producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power) for My Friend 50, a single-camera series project, which has landed at Fox with the duo executive producing and 50 Cent set to recur, making occasional appearances as a version of himself. Written on spec by Ava Tramer (TBS’ Angie Tribeca), My Friend 50, which has a script order, follows Amanda Kramer, an unstable twenty-something who believes that… Read
Bethenny Frankel Inks Overall Deal With Leftfield Entertainment
Real Housewives‘ Bethenny Frankel has signed an overall deal with Leftfield Entertainment, Frankel and Leftfield Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery announced today. Under the pact, Frankel will develop and produce projects with Leftfield, via her newly launched B Real Productions banner. The news comes just ahead of the December 3 premiere of Food Porn on FYI, the first series to come from the deal produced by Loud TV (part of the Leftfield Entertainment Group, an ITV… Read
‘Gotham’ Ties ‘Supergirl’ For First Time In Live+SD, ‘Superstore’ Gets Sampled
Since Supergirl‘s big premiere, its time slot rival Gotham has been closing the gap on the fellow DC superhero drama, logging its most competitive Live+Same Day finish last Monday (1.4 in adults 18-49 vs. 1.5 for Supergirl) and tying the new CBS drama for the first time in Live+3 (for the same episode last week, Nov. 23) and in Live+7 (for Nov. 9). Now, with its fall finale that featured a sneak peak of the Batman vs. Superman movie, Gotham also tied Supergirl in… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: Football-Related Brain Damage Hot Button Topic For Will Smith’s Oscar Player ‘Concussion’
Without question one of the more controversial films being released this holiday season will be Sony’s Christmas Day release Concussion, which stars Will Smith in the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian immigrant who uncovered CTE, the brain trauma that can be caused by direct contact in football games. The film pulls no punches and certainly puts the NFL on the hot seat.
During Deadline’s big awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month at… Read
Jerry Seinfeld Sets Six Monthly Gigs At NYC’s Beacon Theatre
Best known as an uptown rock palace, the Beacon Theatre will host Jerry Seinfeld for six monthly shows under the rubric Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand, beginning January 7, 2016 and continuing on February 18, March 2, April 14, May 5 and June 8. The deal was announced Tuesday morning by James L. Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, owner of the venue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
"Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most influential and respected… Read
Anthony Anderson To Host NAACP Image Awards Through 2017
Anthony Anderson will be hosting the NAACP Image Awards for two more years. The Black-ish star and executive producer has signed a deal to continue as host for the 47th and 48th NAACP Image Awards.
The 47th NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live on TV One on Friday, February 5, 2016 as a two-hour special from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It will be preceded by a one-hour live pre-show from the red carpet.
Anderson has won an NAACP Image Award, and has… Read
Carter Blanchard Circles Script For Film Based On Sci-Fi Short ‘Uncanny Valley’
Following a path similar to Alive in Joburg, the short film by Neill Blomkamp’s that ultimately gave rise to District 9, Argentine director Federico Heller’s trippy science fiction short Uncanny Valley is being shopped around as a feature film with multimedia aspects, with Independence Day: Resurgence scribe Carter Blanchard developing the feature take to show to investors. After a series of private screenings thrown in Los Angeles over the last week by the project's… Read
‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date On Amazon
Amazon will premiere all ten episodes of the second season of its original series Mozart In The Jungle on December 30, exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., UK, Germany and Austria.
Based on the critically acclaimed memoir by Blair Tindall, Mozart In The Jungle is a half-hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering the music world of New York City. Returning to the series are stars Gael Garcia Bernal as maestro Rodrigo, Lola Kirke… Read
Donald Trump Threatens CNN With $5M Tab To Goose Debate Ratings
Veteran reality-TV star Donald Trump is working like a beaver to bring back to its former ratings glory his latest starring vehicle, The GOP Debates. Preaching to his choir in Georgia, Trump again last night pulled out of his bag o’ tricks a threat to charge CNN $5 million to headline its telecast of the next Republican presidential debate on December 15.
Many political navel lint gazers credit the novelty of reality star Trump on the debate stage with early GOP debates… Read
Linda Ellerbee To Retire From Television
Pioneering TV journalist Linda Ellerbee says she will retire at the end of the year, 44 years after her first job in journalism.
"I'm a lucky woman," said Ellerbee, who spent half her career reporting the news to adults and the other half explaining the news to children. "I saw the world, met many of the world's most interesting people and was well paid to do so. Now I choose to go, and I go smiling. I've had a great time. And thank you for asking, but, no, I don't intend… Read
‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Steady With Record-Breaking 2014 Midseason Finale
There was death, terror, a horde of Walkers and of course millions of viewers on Sunday. The Season 6 midseason finale of The Walking Dead was watched by 14 million total viewers, with 8.9 million among the adults 18-49 demographic for a 7.02 rating.
The numbers for the November 29 episode are down 5% among total viewers and 7% in the key demo from the record-breaking Season 5 midseason finale of November 30 last year – which means this year was the second-highest-rated TW… Read