Jimmy Kimmel Wins Late Night With Oscar Debacles Explainer
Jimmy Kimmel pulled off a ratings victory the night after the Oscars, as viewers tuned in to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to hear his side of the story about Sunday’s awards ceremony debacles.
Kimmel drew a 2.6/7 in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, beating NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.2/6) and CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (2.5/7) in Monday’s numbers, according to Nielsen. Kimmel also was tops in the demo, with a 0.8/4, compared with Fallon (0.7/4)… Read
Chris Matthews Jumps To Late-Night With ‘Hardball’ Special After Donald Trump’s Speech To Congress
Stephen Colbert will have some late-night competition tonight, after Donald Trump’s address to the joint session. Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Michael Moore, and Rob Reiner are joining Chris Matthews tonight as he jumps into late-night fray. The special edition of MSNBC’s Hardball will air at midnight ET.
Matthews made headlines Monday when he wondered, on his program, why anyone believes what Trump says after his years as head of the birtherism movement – during which… Read
‘Netflix’s ‘Five Came Back’ With Spielberg, Coppola, Del Toro, Greengrass & Kasdan Drops Trailer – Watch
With narration by Meryl Streep and interviews with some of the best directors of our generation — Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan — Netflix today released its trailer and release date for its three-part docu-series Five Came Back.” Spielberg, Scott Rudin and Barry Diller are among the executive producers on this project which was adapted from Mark Harris' best-selling book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood… Read
Comcast NBCU To Take Full Ownership Of Universal Studios Japan For $2.3B
Showing confidence in future growth of its Asia theme park business, Comcast NBCUniversal has agreed to purchase the 49% of Universal Studios Japan which it does not already own. The stake is being acquired from Goldman Sachs, former USJ CEO Glenn Gumpel, private equity firm MBK Partners and hedge fund Owl Creek Asset Management. The sale price is $2.3B, valuing USJ at $7.4B, including the assumption of USJ net debt.
The acquisition will more closely align USJ with… Read
Lyndon Smith To Star In Shondaland ABC Drama Pilot; Ben Shenkman Co-Stars
Parenthood alumna Lyndon Smith has been cast as a lead in ABC's untitled legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. Also cast in the pilot, written by Written by Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica, is Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains).
The legal drama, set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," follows six brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they… Read
‘Feud’ Gets Season 2 Order Ahead Of FX Series Premiere; Charles & Diana In Spotlight
FX’s latest series from Ryan Murphy doesn’t premiere until Sunday, but Round 2 of Feud already is set. The cable net said today that it has ordered a 10-episode second season of the anthology project, this time focusing on England’s sweethearts Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Set to air next year, Feud: Charles and Diana will be written by Ryan and Jon Robin Baitz (The Slap), who executive produce the series with Dede Gardner, Plan B Entertainment and Alexis Martin… Read
Bart & Fleming: One Of Us Can’t Get Past The Idea A Tweeting Accountant Destroyed Oscar
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on movies.
BART: Though this year's Oscars will be remembered for the big screw-up, I thought it was a very well-produced show until that point, and I've been to 20 of them. The tour bus stunt worked well, popcorn-from-heaven was a hit, and even Jimmy Kimmel's political material was effective and deftly crafted… Read
‘Resident Evil’ Rocks China; Crosses $100M Monday After Record Debut – International Box Office
3rd UPDATE, WRITETRHU, Tuesday AM with actuals: While Fox’s Logan gets set to claw into global box office as it begins day-and-date rollout on Wednesday, the current frame was a major holdover and expansion fest. Business was particularly un-dead in China where Screen Gems/Constantin Films' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter rode a wave of nostalgia for the IP and a smart marketing campaign overseen by Leomus Pictures to log a $94.3M debut, and score the biggest-ever FSS… Read
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… Read
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… Read
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:
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… Read
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… Read