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MSNBC Clocks Cable’s Largest Weekday Primetime Crowd For First Time In Its History

For the first time in its 21-year history, MSNBC attracted the largest weekday primetime crowd of any cable network – news or otherwise. MSNBC ended the week of July 17-21 with a weekday prime average of 2.34 million viewers, besting second-place Fox News Channel’s 2.25 million. But MSNBC also outstripped non-news cable nets. MSNBC previously was No. 1-ranked in cable news in weekday prime during the week of May 15 but came in behind TNT. Similarly, it bested cable news… Read


Anne Hathaway Circling ‘Barbie’ At Sony

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is talking about stepping into the role of Barbie for Sony Pictures, though the studio said “it is premature.” That comes even as its known that Alethea Jones also has been circling to direct after a nod from Hathaway. Hathaway had been in the mix shortly after Amy Schumer left the project in March. The first big-screen, live-action Barbie film promises to get a huge marketing push from Sony and its partner Mattel in the summer 2018. The movie is being… Read


Jimmy Fallon Unveils Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s New Music Video

Sean Spicer

Jimmy Fallon kicks off Monday’s Tonight Show by mentioning that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped down late last week after President Donald Trump named Wall Street-er Anthony Scaramucci his new communications director – a role Spicer had been filling since the last communications director took a powder in May, after just months on the job. Spicer was said to have been upset at Trump’s decision, though, for public consumption, he has said he resigned so The… Read


CBS Corp Renews Deals With COO & Chief Legal Officer

CBS Corp has renewed deals for its chief operating officer Joseph Ianniello and its Senior EVP and chief legal officer Lawrence P. Tu. The new pacts were disclosed today in an SEC filing. The new deal for Ianiello, who was promoted to COO from CFO in June 2013 with a five-year deal, extends to June 30, 2022. It calls for a raise from his current $2.5 million salary after the first two years to $2.75 million. He will continue to have oversight of CBS’ financial operations… Read


‘Santa Clarita Diet’: Zach Knighton Set For Major Season 2 Arc On Netflix Comedy

Happy Endings alum Zach Knighton has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Netflix is not revealing details about his character, who will play a key role in Season 2. In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenage… Read


Lawuit Claims Mismanagement Of Musicians Union’s Troubled Pension Plan

The American Federation of Musicians’ deleaguered $2 billion pension plan, which had a $122 million shortfall last year, has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that claims its trustees have made a series of risky investments that have endangered the pensions of thousands of musicians. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks the appointment of an independent fiduciary to administer the plan and the management of its investments. Like many… Read


Sabrina Wind Named TV President Of Jason Reed’s ABC Studios-Based Co.

Sabrina Wind, longtime producing partner of Marc Cherry at their production company Cherry/Wind, has been named President of Television at Jason T. Reed Productions, which is under a multi-year overall deal at ABC Studios. Wind will oversee all development for Reed's company, including broadcast, cable and streaming. Former Disney executive-turned-producer Reed, who has been at ABC Studios for the past two years, has landed two drama series at ABC through the studio, Of Ki… Read


‘The Marriage Pact’: Fox & Chernin Nab Rights To Upcoming Novel For Justin Haythe To Adapt

Justin Haythe The Marriage Pact

20th Century Fox has acquired feature film rights to The Marriage Pact, a psychological suspense novel from Michelle Richmond that hits shelves tomorrow. Chernin Entertainment will produce the movie, which will be adapted by Justin Haythe, who already wrote the Jennifer Lawrence starrer Red Sparrow, also from Chernin. Published by Bantam Books with foreign editions in the works in 27 languages, The Marriage Pact focuses on newlyweds Alice and Jake, who after receiving an… Read


Fox News Trades Insults With New York Times Over Coverage Of Botched Plot To Kill ISIS Leader

After taking a brief break in their respective corners to mop away the sweat, Fox News Channel and The New York Times tonight began another round of Competitive Insult Trading. Fox took tonight’s first swing: "Neither Fox News' report nor the subsequent on-air coverage was inaccurate. We find it beyond disappointing that the New York Times…decided to blame Fox News for comments made publicly by General Tony Thomas during a widely viewed panel at the Aspen Security Forum… Read


Gravitas Acquires ‘Fallen’, A Polarizing Police Officer Documentary Narrated By Michael Chiklis

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Fallen, a documentary that puts the lens on fallen police officers and the battle that law enforcement faces to maintain their reputations in media and the public eye. Directed by Thomas Marchese, the polarizing doc is narrated by Michael Chiklis. Marchese, a former police officer, serves as director, producer and writer of the documentary that takes a critical look at the deaths of police officers and the untold stories… Read


Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Deon Cole & More Cast In ‘Headshop’

The Carmichael Show‘s Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Deon Cole (ABC’s Black-ish), are set to co-star in the upcoming indie comedy Headshop, directed by Kim Bass. Michael Jai White, Reno Wilson, Marla Gibbs, Tony Plana, Kris Marshall, Donis Leonard Jr., and Claudia Zevallos round out the cast of the film, which is currently shooting in Los Angles. Written by Bass, the pic follows therapist Dr. Latrice Monroe who, after a devastating loss, tries to reconnect to her roots… Read


‘Mars’ Season 2: Esai Morales, Roxy Sternberg, Five More Round Out Cast As Production Begins

National Geographic has begun filming and set full cast for Season 2 of its global sci-fi series Mars, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media. Shooting began this week in Budapest on the six-episode series, which is slated to premiere in spring 2018. Esai Morales (Ozark), Roxy Sternberg (Emerald City), Gunnar Cauthery (Genius), Levi Fiehler (The Fosters), Evan Hall (Orange Is the New Black), Akbar Kurtha (24) Jeff Hephner (Chicago Med)… Read