‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ On Netflix Sets Cheo Hodari Coker As Writer & Showrunner
Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third series in Marvel’s four-series package at Netflix, is bringing a new Marvel character to the TV superhero ranks and a new writer-producer to the TV showrunner ranks.
Ray Donovan co-executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner on Luke Cage. He also will build the show’s story by writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016.
Luke Cage stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as the… Read
UTA Lands 5 Major CAA Comedy Agents In Mass Exodus
UPDATE: UTA has confirmed its windfall of CAA agents. Release below
EXCLUSIVE, 10:37am, PST: In one of the bigger mass exits of significant agents in years, five senior agents who’ve run the comedy group at CAA for film, TV and comedy touring have left that agency. They have landed at UTA. Those agents include Jason Heyman, Gregory McKnight, Martin Lesak, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo, the head of the agency’s comedy touring division. This will have ramifications that… Read
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ First Trailer: Tom Hardy In High Gear Across The Wasteland
Here is the new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller's reboot of his classic postapocalyptic franchise. Tom Hardy stars as "Mad" Max Rockatansky — and gets a bit more screen/voice-over time in this look compared to the previous tastes we’ve gotten from Comic-Con last year and more recently a teaser in December. The Warner Bros and Village Roadshow actioner last week secured an out-of-competition berth at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will screen on May… Read
‘Furious 7′ Racing Toward A $225M-$275M Global Opening – Box Office
Universal’s Furious 7 is starting its engines at the box office with its international rollout starting tomorrow followed by its domestic blast off with previews on Thursday. When F7 crosses the finish line on Sunday, insiders are estimating that the global bow will range from $225M-$275M. As is typical with these tentpoles that are tracking through the roof, the question is always “How high?” Stateside, F7 will be Universal’s widest release in the studio’s history at… Read
‘New Girl’ Renewed For Season 5 By Fox
Fox has given New Girl a fifth-season pickup. The network’s longest-running comedy joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the list of live-action comedy renewals. Newbie The Last Man On Earth also looks hopeful, with The Mindy Project very much on the bubble.
"Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television," said Fox Entertainment President David Madden. "The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and… Read
Barbara Walters Back For ID Series; Science & Discovery Life Set Slates – Upfronts
Investigation Discovery was among the Discovery Communications networks to unveil their new and returning slates for the 2015-16 upfront season. The network is adding seven new series including a trio with big names: Barbara Walters is hosting American Scandal, revealing never-before-heard details and personal insight from her most notorious interviews; Death By Gossip is produced and hosted by Wendy Williams and showcases the dark side of rumors where dishing the… Read
TLC Tackles Arranged Marriages, Doubles Down On Weddings, Babies, Fashion Disasters – Upfronts
TLC wrapped up a year in which it dumped Honey Boo Boo and welcomed back Stacy London, with 30 series averaging more than 1 million viewers, including 19 Kids and Counting’s highest-ated season premiere and a Top 5 ranking among cable’s most social networks for reality programming in 2014, according to Nielsen Social rankers.
This year, TLC & Animal Planet Group President Marjorie Kaplan promised, TLC would “dig deeper into our brand to deliver bigger moments and… Read
Discovery Family, Velocity & More Unveil New Series – Upfronts
Discovery Communications today unveiled its upfronts slate, including plans for new and returning series on Discovery Family Channel, which was rebranded from The Hub — October making 2015-16 its first upfronts season under the new moniker. It also revealed slates for sibling networks Velocity, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
Discovery Family as previously announced is broadening its programming focus to serve families in primetime, while continuing to… Read
Animal Planet Looks To Vodka, Bigfoot And More Muscular Conservation – Upfronts
"The more we live apart from the wild world, the more we crave authentic experiences that bring us closer to that sweet spot where humans and animals coexist," says Marjorie Kaplan, Group President of Animal Planet, TLC and Velocity, describing Animal Planet’s programming plans this morning.
"'Living wild' is a big part of our network's underlying ethos and is our North Star when commissioning content," chimed in the channel’s GM and EVP Rick Holzman. They touted… Read
Rich Ross Unveils First Discovery Channel Programming Plans – Upfronts
Rich Ross is having his first upfront as chief of Discovery Channel since taking over and promising No Fake Stuff and a broadening of programming types to return Discovery Channel to the No. 1 brand for the whole family – not just for men.
To that end, Discovery’s next scripted series will be about the history of Harley Davidson.
Also, Ross introduced Elevation Weekend, with mountain climbing series and documentaries featuring film Valley Uprising; detailed a push on… Read
Discovery Takes Controlling Interest In Eurosport France
Discovery has been busy today on the international front, earlier saying it has big plans for its overseas and digital businesses driven in part by a new initiative to sell subs for its Eurosport app. The company now says it has completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport France to further consolidate Europe's leading sports entertainment group. As part of a larger strategic partnership with France’s TF1, which it began in 2012, Discovery has… Read
‘Grace And Frankie': First Photos From Netflix Comedy Starring Jane Fonda And Lily Tomlin
It’s a long journey from Barbarella and Laugh-In to Grace And Frankie, and now we get our first look at Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the upcoming Netflix comedy. The two acting titans and friends square off as longtime nemeses whose husbands announce that they’re gay and hit the bricks. From there the aging rivals are forced to bond amid a wide-open future that includes challenges “from joint pain to joint rolling and blind dates to night blindness” (well played, Netflix… Read