Disney And Altice Trade Jabs As Carriage Contract Deadline Looms
A week of speculation about carriage negotiations between Disney and cable operator Altice USA has ended with Disney suggesting that a “potential loss” of programming is possible and Altice calling for the owner of ESPN and ABC to stop the threats.
The drumbeat has grown recently over negotiations to carry Disney-owned networks on the nation’s No. 4 cable operator following deals to acquire Cablevision and Suddenlink that give Altice 4.3 million subs. Disney also owns… Read
‘The Exorcist’ Reveals Biting New Photos + Key Art Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere
EXCLUSIVE: A week before Season 2 of The Exorcist debuts, the Fox horror drama today pulled back the curtain to unveil a new peek at some of upcoming backwoods action.
Premiering on September 29, the new cycle of Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels led series based on William Peter Blatty's infamous bestseller moves from urban Chicago to the island and forests of the Pacific Northwest. However, as the new key art and photos from the season opener it looks like none of the… Read
Two Comedy Projects From Mike Schur, Including Jeffrey Seller-Produced Musical, Set At NBC With Big Commitments
EXCLUSIVE: As The Good Place kicked off its second season on NBC this week, the network has bought two high-profile new projects co-written and executive produced by The Good Place creator/executive producer Mike Schur. Both have received put pilot commitments with significant penalties attached.
One, a musical, is a collaboration with The Good Place co-executive producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan as well as Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. The other is an unlicensed… Read
David Lyle Dies: Former National Geographic CEO Was 67
Prominent TV executive David Lyle passed away today at his Los Angeles home after a tough, long fought battle with cancer. He was 67.
Lyle, respected and well liked by his peers, has been a fixture in the U.S. unscripted business for almost two decades with stints as president of FremantleMedia North America and CEO of National Geographic Channels. Throughout his career, he fought for indie producers, most recently via trade associations PactUS and NPACT, and was a… Read
Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘BOO!’
Fran Drescher and legendary director/actor Peter Bogdanovich will co-star in The Creatress, a drama co-produced by Café Oscuro Films and Digital Cuvee. Written and directed by Jason Cook, the film centers on best-selling author Eryn Bellow who concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The… Read
The CW Buys Football & Reincarnation Dramas Produced By Greg Berlanti
The CW is developing two more drama projects from its most prolific producer Greg Berlanti, and his Berlanti Prods.
They are an untitled high school football drama inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger and produced by LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers, and Hold Fast, a reincarnation love epic set in the Reconstruction-era South and present-day Charleston. Both hail from Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods is based with the company’s Berlanti… Read
‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Live After-Show Gets New Name; Matt Mira Set As Host
Star Trek: Discovery‘s live after-show premieres this Sunday, September 24 on CBS All Access with newly named host Matt Mira and a new title.
Originally named Talking Trek, the after-show is now titled After Trek. It will debut at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT Sunday following the CBS Access launch of the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. Guests on the inaugural show include Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), James Frain… Read
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Going A Week Earlier In November
After logging a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score coming out of Telluride and Toronto, Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical film Lady Bird will open Nov. 3 in limited theaters instead of Nov. 10. The A24 title will also break wide over Thanksgiving.
Lady Bird follows a fiercely independent high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who yearns to go to college in New York so that she can get out of her humdrum Sacramento home town and away from her tormenting mom (Laurie Metcalf).
Lady Bi… Read
Rob Morrow Joins War Drama ‘The Kill Team’
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Morrow is set to join Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård in The Kill Team, the Afghanistan War drama from writer-director Dan Krauss based on his 2013 documentary. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing.
Based on the true story told in the docu, The Kill Team centers on Adam (Wolff), an eager American soldier who doesn’t fit in with his rowdy, trigger-happy squad and is coerced by his new sergeant (Skarsgård) into killing civilians against his will — or… Read
‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Review: NBC Series Lacks Juice
There is a point in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders where the Eddie Falco-portrayed Leslie Abramson assures Gus Halper's Erik Menendez that, as his defense lawyer, she won't let him be rolled over by the cops and prosecutors for the killing of his parents. Unfortunately, with too many distracting wigs, monologues and a lack of drama, NBC's latest outcropping of Dick Wolf's empire that premieres September 26 does try to roll you, and that's a real TV… Read
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Aaron McCusker Cast As Freddie Mercury Boyfriend Jim Hutton
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron McCusker has been cast as Freddie Mercury’s lover Jim Hutton in 20th Century Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody, which is being directed by Bryan Singer. Hutton was a key figure in Mercury's life — a hairdresser and boyfriend who was with Mercury for the last six years of Queen frontman’s life. Hutton nursed him when he was ill and was by his side when he died in 1991. Mercury died wearing a wedding ring that Hutton had given him.
After they developed a relationship… Read
Elaine Brown’s ‘A Taste Of Power’ About Only Woman To Lead Black Panther Party Acquired By The Firm, Robbie Brenner
EXCLUSIVE: The Firm has acquired the rights to Elaine Brown's 1992 memoir, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story about the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party. Brown led the party from 1974 to 1977 while co-founder Huey Newton was in exile in Cuba. Newton founded the party with Bobby Seale in 1966 and Brown joined as a member just two years later. The Firm is currently in negotiations with a writer to adapt Brown’s book, which will then be produced by… Read