‘Undateable’ Ratings Soft In Live Season Debut, ‘Dr. Ken’ Strong In Week 2
If you like your television live there were more choices than usual on Friday night. For one, there was Game 1 of the National League Division Series on ESPN with the New York Mets beating the L.A. Dodgers 3-1 at home – with Game 2 tonight, I might add. Then there was the Season 3 debut of Undateable (0.8/3) on NBC, which was also live but didn't have the same fire as the baseball – at least not in the ratings.
The first of an all-live Season 3 saw the NBC comedy take an… Read
‘Martian’ Still Frying ‘Pan’ At The Weekend B.O.; ‘Steve Jobs’ Launches Best Theater Average This Year – Saturday AM Update
4TH UPDATE 9:54AM & 3RD UPDATE 2:27AM, Saturday: Updated figures with notables The Columbus Day holiday weekend is providing a cash kick to studios' bank accounts thanks to 14% K-12 schools off on Friday and 40% off on Monday. Twentieth Century Fox's The Martian continues its roll along the fertile terrain with an estimated $10.8M Friday night (besting its $9M-$10M matinee projections) and a $36.5M second weekend (vs. its earlier $32M-$34M estimate). Sony's Hotel Transylv… Read
‘Shadowhunters’ To Debut January 12 On ABC Family/Freeform – Comic Con
ABC Family’s Shadowhunters will premiere at 9PM Tuesday, January 12, showrunner Ed Decter revealed today at New York Comic Con. In the runup to the show based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments, the network will air Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters on Sunday, December 6th at 9:30PM. In January, the Disney-owned network will be rebranded as Freeform.
The series follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara)… Read
Obamageddon Hits Westside With POTUS Fundraisers & Road Closures
President Barack Obama is back in town tomorrow for some pre-Halloween Hollywood trick-or-treats courtesy of J.J. Abrams and the Tinseltown ATM. In a whirlwind 6 1/2-hour visit to Los Angeles on Saturday, the fundraiser-in-chief will hit a trio of deep-pocket events — which means, of course, there will be traffic snarls and road closures all over the city’s Westside (see the full list of closures from LAPD below).
After landing at LAX around 1 PM, Obama heads over to the… Read
Bulgaria’s Oscar Entry ‘The Judgement’ Is Stunningly Timely Amid Europe’s Migrant Crisis
When Stephan Komandarev’s feature The Judgement was greenlighted at the end of 2011, Europe was just starting to see the first Syrian refugees displaced by the civil war in their home country. The day The Judgement was voted as Bulgaria’s foreign-language Oscar submission, Sept. 4, 2015, was at the height of the European migrant crisis, when footage of some 1,000 defiant refugees walking from Budapest to Germany led the news and the image of a Syrian toddler whose body… Read
Tegna Blacks Out Dish Network Customers In 38 Markets
The fight between Dish Network and Virginia-based Tegna, Inc. heated up today as Tegna rejected Dish’s contract extension offer, which included ‘true-up’ for new rates, and moved to black out Dish customers in 38 Markets. The move comes as part of what Dish characterizes as a plan to double Dish Network’s current rate. The extension would have spared customers a service interruption while negotiations between the two companies continues.
In a statement, Dish SVP Warren… Read
‘Minority Report’ Order Cut By 3 Episodes
Following a slow start, Minority Report‘s original 13-episode order has been trimmed to 10 episodes. Fox is stopping short of canceling the futuristic thriller, though there will be no additional episodes ordered beyond the 10, with production slated to wrap after that.
Fox had scheduled Minority Report for a 10-episode fall run, with the remaining 3 episodes of the original order (and presumably backup episodes) set for later in the season. Episode 10 had been designed… Read
‘Steve Jobs’ Review: A Smart And Complex Movie That Perfectly Fits The Man Himself
Movies haven’t often been described necessarily as a writer’s medium, but in the case of Universal’s Steve Jobs, there can be no question that the real star of this show is screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network has pulled together another real-life tech story but in this case has created what I might call the anti-biopic. As I say in my video review (click the photo above), this is about as unconventional as movie biography gets… Read
Bill Cosby Legal Cases Move Forward Ahead Of ‘Dateline’ Special
Busy day for Bill Cosby, and not in a good way. Today he was compelled, for the first time in about a decade, to answer questions under oath about allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion, when she was a minor.
Meanwhile, a Massachusetts federal court today ixnayed (read the ruling here) his bid to get dismissed a libel lawsuit being brought against him by three other women, who also claim Cosby assaulted them, but who can’t sue him owing… Read
‘Key & Peele’ Showrunners Developing ‘The Romeos’ Buddy Comedy At ABC
With Key & Peele recently ending its five-season run, the hit sketch series’ executive producers/showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have sold another half-hour comedy with a male duo at the center — this one a little older. Titled The Romeos, the single-camera comedy has been set up at ABC and ABC Studios.
Written and executive produced by Roberts and Martel, The Romeos (stands for Retired Older Men Eating Out) has a Grumpy Old Men vibe and revolves around two… Read
Gene Allen Dies: Ex-Academy President & ‘My Fair Lady’ Oscar Winner Was 97
Gene Allen, a production designer who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady and was a former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach, CA. He was 97. The Academy announced the news today.
His was one of eight Academy Awards for My Fair Lady in 1965, including Best Picture. Allen also scored Oscar noms for A Star Is Born (1955) and Les Girls (1958). He was a three-term Academy President (1983-85)… Read
Greg Berlanti Dramas From Chris Fedak & Jennifer Johnson Set At CBS As Put Pilots
On the heels of a strong launch for Greg Berlanti Prods.’ current drama series, the company has set up two more hight-profile hourlong projects for next season. CBS has given put pilot commitments to Out Of Body, written by Jennifer Johnson, and an untitled project from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. Both hail from Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where the company and the two writers are based, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing.