NCAA Basketball Tops Friday Ratings; ‘The Originals’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Tick Up In Demo
CBS scored with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage on Friday. In the non-time adjusted fast affiliate ratings, the network’s sports coverage drew a 2.4 adults 18-49 and 7.92 million viewers. That was up from Thursday’s NCAA telecast (2.0 in 18-49), from last Friday’s (1.5, 4.9 million), and the corresponding Friday last year (1.6). CBS was the dominant No.1 for the night in 18-49, equaling the 18-49 fast national deliveries of the other four English-speaking… Read
‘Justice League’ Official Trailer Is Here, Minus A Red Cape
After two days of teasing, the official Justice League trailer is here. “We have to be ready,” says a voice that sounds very much like Batman: “You, me and the others. There’s an attack coming, from far away.”
“Not coming, Bruce,” says Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. “It’s already here.”
Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne kicks off the action here, riding horseback along a snowy plain, on a mission to gather the rest of the superhero gang. So we then witness a gathering of the tribe… Read
Conservative PAC TV Spots Prematurely Thank GOP For Defeating Obamacare
Last night, back-patting commercials bought by the right-leaning American Action Network PAC went off as planned, even though Trumpcare didn’t.
In a batch of local-market commercials running during CBS’s March Madness games, the PAC ads boasted, “Republicans are keeping their promises, with a new plan for better health care, more choices and lower costs.” Doctors, the ads continued, would be back in charge.
The spots ended with tailored conclusions thanking local… Read
Family-Branded Films On Fire At The B.O.: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Embraces $91M; ‘Power Rangers’ Mighty With $41M+
2nd writethru after 3rd Update, Saturday AM: If there’s a tale as old as time at the box office this weekend, it’s the non-stop trend that premium brands are much bigger stars than the talent on the poster.
This weekend we have Disney’s Beauty and the Beast grossing a massive $91M in its second run at No. 1, much higher than what we saw last night, followed by Lionsgate’s Saban’s Power Rangers with an estimated $41.6M.
Granted, Beauty and the Beast has the help of a very… Read
Bill Maher Gets No Smiles From Tyranny Expert: “I’m Not Going To Laugh At Any Of That”
UPDATE with video, below Bill Maher couldn’t get so much as a chuckle out of his history professor guest tonight when the subject turned to dictators. Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The 20th Century sat stonefaced as Maher read off a list of things about Donald Trump that remind him of Third World dictators.
"Yeah, right, so I'm not going to laugh at any of that,” Snyder said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, “because in your world it's Third… Read
WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms
One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table.
“The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… Read
WGA Negotiators Call For Strike-Authorization Vote – Read The Letter
Lead negotiators for the WGA just sent a letter to the membership that reads, “Your Negotiating Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that the WGAW Board of Directors and WGAE Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership.” Read the full letter below.
This would not be a vote to strike but to authorize the guild's board of directors to call a strike if further talks fail to produce a deal.
Management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television… Read
NABET Members Voting On New ABC Contract
Contract ratification ballots went out yesterday to more than 2,700 NABET-CWA workers employed at ABC's news, sports and entertainment divisions and at its owned television stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Leaders at the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – Communications Workers of America are recommending ratification of a new four-year contract, which covers staff and daily hires working as broadcast… Read
‘Inside the FBI: New York’: First Promo & Premiere Date For Dick Wolf’s USA Network Docuseries
Dick Wolf has another new show coming — but this one’s not an NBC procedural. The docuseries Inside the FBI: New York will premiere at 10 PM Thursday, April 27, on USA Network, the NBCUniversal-owned net said today. It also released the first promo for the series; watch it above.
Wolf executive produces Inside the FBI: NY, which comes from Emmy-winning filmmaker Marc Levin. It takes an unprecedented look at the Bureau’s New York field office. “The threat’s always… Read
Fox News Fires Its Longtime Comptroller
Judy Slater, longtime comptroller at Fox News Channel, was let go for what the company called “abhorrent behavior" that included allegedly making derogatory comments toward African-American employees. The allegations had come to light in recent weeks, according to the network.
The incidents were brought to the attention of company HR chief Kevin Lord within the past two months. Slater, who had been with the company 19 years, was terminated within two weeks, according to a… Read
WGA Strike Vote Could Be “Very Soon” As Talks Continue
EXCLUSIVE: With one day left in scheduled negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new film and TV contract, a strike vote by the scribes is now looking like a real possibility. “That’s the way the wind is blowing,” a source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks told Deadline this afternoon.
“We could have a strike vote very soon,” another insider told Deadline.
While this could be posturing to light a fire… Read
Dave Erickson To Step Down As ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Showrunner, Inks Overall Deal With AMC
Fear The Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson is stepping down at the end of Season 3. Erickson has signed a new multi-year overall deal with AMC, the network behind the hit companion series to The Walking Dead. Under the pact, he’ll remain as executive producer of Fear, and at the conclusion of Season 3, will shift his focus to developing new shows for AMC, and potentially other networks in the AMC Networks portfolio, including SundanceTV.
Erickson worked closely with Th… Read