‘State Of Affairs’ Ratings Fall On Night Of Ferguson Decision, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ & ‘Scorpion’ Steady, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Down – Update
UPDATE, 3:31 PM: The final numbers are in and State of Affairs took a hard fall from grace from its debut last week. With a 1.5/4 and the context of a 15-minute Presidential preemption, the Katherine Heigl led series was down 31%. That context means Week 3 will be a big hurdle for the NBC show performancewise. As it is, this Tuesday was not kind to NBC at all. The Voice (2.6/7) was down a tenth from this morning's scrambled fast nationals and 16% from last week to hit a… Read
Fox News Tops Ferguson Decision Viewership; CNN Wins Demo
The grand jury may have been singular in its decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown but cable news viewers made a split verdict. With an audience of 7.26 million watching during the 9 PM ET hour, Fox News Channel was the most viewed cable news network when St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch revealed if Wilson would be indicted for shooting Brown this summer. FNC had 1 million more viewers than CNN for the much… Read
‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Review: Pete Hammond On Earthbound Spinoff
Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise's winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich.
Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cu… Read
‘Glee’s Chris Colfer Inks New Five-Book Deal
As Glee winds down, Chris Colfer is creating more opportunities for himself by going deeper into the Land Of Stories. The Golden Globe-winning actor and NY Times bestselling author has inked a new five-book deal with publisher Little, Brown to expand the popular children's fiction franchise he launched with 2012's The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
That title exploded onto the bestseller list and spawned three sequels, with the fourth Land Of Stories title set to hit… Read
Regina King To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘Pariah'; Daisy Betts Joins ‘Childhood’s End’ On Syfy
Regina King is set for a starring role opposite Bill Burr in FX comedy pilot Pariah. Co-created by It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia writer-producers John Chernin and Dave Chernin, Pariah centers on Joe Abbott (Burr), a volatile TV personality who is exiled from show business after an on-air meltdown and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills. King recently wrapped shooting a series-long arc on John Ridley's upcoming ABC drama American Crime.
Daisy Bet… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Faces Aggressive ‘Penguins’, ‘Bosses’ In Turkey Day B.O. Showdown
Penguins will try to carve into a Katniss' Thanksgiving feast this weekend at the box office but, despite a lower-than-expected debut from the penultimate Hunger Games entry last week, look for the Suzanne Collins adaptation to retain the holiday crown over Madagascar's latest entry.
Mockingjay, like Catching Fire last year, has the benefit of Thanksgiving traffic. However, Catching Fire was coming off a franchise record bow and spurred an all-time record for any film… Read
Joel McHale To Produce E! Pilot About Snarky Web Comments
The Internet is known for eliciting mean comments from people. Now they will be showcased in a potential show on E! The cable network has given a green light to Comments Section, a pilot executive produced by Joel McHale that marks the first project under the The Soup host and executive producer's new producing deal with E!
It will star comedian Michael Kosta and focus on deconstructing the often snarky comments on popular websites. McHale and his Free Period producing… Read
‘Pan’ Teaser: Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara In Peter Pan Origin Tale
Joe Wright's take on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan lore doesn't hit theaters until July 17 but a first teaser has dropped via Warner Bros. The fantasy actioner retells the tale of an orphan boy snatched from turn-of-the-century London and transported to a magical land ruled by a moustache-twirling pirate. Pan stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and youngster Levi Miller as Peter in the Black Listed origin tale scripted by Jason… Read
‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Director On Serkis, Weta: The Contenders
Matt Reeves, director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, talks with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. about the work of Andy Serkis, and how visual-effects house Weta Workshop transformed Serkis physical performance into Caesar, the chimp leading the apes after a worldwide plague has decimated the human population. Reeves and Fleming spoke as part of Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The film also starred Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Mark… Read
Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon To Star In ‘Big Little Lies’ Limited Series, Penned By David E. Kelley
In the highest-profile limited series package to hit the marketplace since Nic Pizzolatto's True Detective, which had Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson attached, Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are set to star in Big Little Lies, a limited series, which is being written by Emmy winner David E Kelley.
The project is based on the book of the same name by Australian author Liane Moriarty. It is described as a subversive comedy which tells the tale of… Read
Justin Chatwin, James Frain Join BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’ For Season 3
BBC America's hit original drama Orphan Black has added new cast for the 3rd season which is currently shooting in Toronto and will return to air next year. The new cast members joining the Graeme Manson and John Fawcett-created series include Justin Chatwin (Shameless) in a recurring role as a savvy drug-dealer in the guise of a charismatic businessman. James Frain (Intruders) is to guest star as a well-educated "cleaner" who is both charming and intimidating; he's a… Read
Indie Spirit Noms Preview Likely Oscar Contenders, But What’s Up With That ‘Imitation Game’ Shutout?
With this morning's release of the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, one more piece of the eventual Oscar puzzle is in place, and, as expected, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma and increasingly Whiplash — which all landed Best Feature and Directing noms — seem to be headed toward the same trajectory at the Academy Awards. And although the Indie Spirits announcement is one of the earliest of the season, the actual awards themselves are one of the latest, taking place… Read