Steelers Win As NBC Scores Best NFL Wild Card Primetime Ratings Ever
On a night of heavy competition on cable with the debut of The Young Pope on HBO and the Season 6 opener of Showtime's Homeland, plus the Sherlock Season 4 finale on PBS, Sunday easily belonged to the NFL on both NBC and Fox
The big winners were the Pittsburgh Steelers and NBC as the Pennsylvania team beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 to win the NFL Wild Card divisional playoff and head to the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. With the match-up in… Read
Cannes Film Festival Re-Elects Pierre Lescure As President; Lionsgate Inks Deals For ‘Kicking & Screaming’ — Global Briefs
As Cannes gears up for its 7oth edition this year, former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure has been unanimously re-elected as the fest's president for a new three-year term. Lescure was first named president in 2014 and the new term will see him cover the period from 2018-2020. A journalist and co-founder of the Canal Plus television channel, Lescure was president and CEO of the Canal Plus group from 1994-2002. Between 2008-2014, he was a producer and COO at the Théâtre… Read
Tegna Media & MGM To Launch Live Syndicated Daytime Show In Fall
BOLD, which is being dubbed as TV’s first live multi-daypart syndicated show, is in the works for a fall 2017 launch from indie station group Tegna Media and MGM. The 30-minute show will spotlight the day's essential stories, information and trending social media content in real-time across multiple screens, and be produced unique to each time zone.
Dubbed BOLD (Broadcast Online Live Daily), viewers will be able to interact live with the hosts, share their reaction and… Read
eOne Acquires TV Rights To ‘The Architecture Of Heaven’ Novel; Michael London Producing
In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, Entertainment One has acquired the television rights to science writer Holly Cave's upcoming novel The Architecture of Heaven, due out in 2018 from Quercus Books in the UK. Oscar-nominated producer Michael London (Sideways) will produce.
The Architecture of Heaven is set in a near-future London where humans can create artificial heavens before they die, formed from the best memories of their lives. Heaven architect Isobel… Read
South Korean Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant For Samsung Heir
A warrant is being sought for the arrest of Lee Jae-yong, heir to Samsung and son of the current company chairman on multiple charges Including bribery in a case linked to the country’s ongoing political scandal that caused the impeachment of President Park Geung-hye. Lee will face a judge this week to determine if the warrant is valid, according to South Korean media.
Samsung has been accused of donating $3.1 million to a nonprofit operated by a friend of President Park… Read
Oprah Winfrey, Van Jones & Ava DuVernay Talk Politics At Netflix Exec’s Home
Ava DuVernay’s mass incarnation documentary 13th was supposed to be the subject, but Donald Trump became topic A as several hundred hollywood insiders met to hear DuVernay, Van Jones and Oprah Winfrey confer at the Hancock Park home of Ted Sarandos, the Netflix chief content officer, and his wife, Nicole Avant, a former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas, on Sunday night.
“I think mostly bad things,” said Jones when Winfrey kicked things off by asking what he expected of the… Read
‘The Young Pope’ & ‘Homeland’ Season 6 Review: Both Snare Spirit Of Our Times
If politics and religion really are two subjects best avoided in public, there could be some awkward conversations coming after the January 15 Season 6 premiere of Homeland on Showtime and the debut of The Young Pope on HBO. Still regardless of your faith or party affiliation, these premium cable 9 PM offerings are romps with such real-world relevance I recommend you check them both out – though for different reasons.
While often veering into the absurd, the still highly… Read
Donald Trump Joins Spokesman In Calling ‘SNL’ Unfunny: “Complete Hit Job,” PEOTUS Tweets – UPDATE
Updated 4:57 pm with Trump response That didn’t take long. President-elect Donald Trump has re-joined the SNL fray, swiping at both NBC News and Saturday Night Live. “Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!”
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Previous Donald Trump has… Read
PBS Masterpiece Partners with BBC & Lookout Point On Newspaper Biz Drama ‘Press’ — TCA
Masterpiece on PBS has inked a new deal to bring the British drama Press to the U.S. as a co-production with BBC Worldwide North America and Lookout Point, it was announced today during the PBS TCA presentation.
Written by Mike Bartlett and produced by Deep Indigo, Lookout Point and BBC Studios for BBC One, Press takes place in the modern newspaper industry, with a past tarnished by hacking scandals and a present at the mercy of the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet… Read
PBS CEO Paula Kerger: Too Early To Tell What Impact Donald Trump Will Have On Public Television – TCA
“In your world, do you have any idea what to expect from Donald Trump?” a reporter asked PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger today at TCA.
Too soon to tell, Kerger replied.
“We periodically go through periods where our funding has been at risk,” she noted, after announcing she had lost a bet that this would be the first question she took during her Q&A — it was not.
“I’ve been in this work for a long time, both in 11 years at PBS and before that, in public broadcasting,”… Read
Ken Burns Positions ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary In New Donald Trump Era – TCA
“Are you prepared for Donald Trump tweets saying this is fake news?” Ken Burns got asked right off the bat during the TCA Q&A to discuss his latest PBS documentary The Vietnam War.
The project having been 10 years in the making, did he think the docu would “land at this point in time when we are so divided,” asked a reporter who said he thought it was “very much at odds with the slogan Make America Great Again.”
While acknowledging documentary often is perceived as… Read
Golden Globe Winners ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Elle’ Cash In – Specialty Box Office
The new year is certainly not making a spectacle of itself on the Specialty side. Some Oscar contenders are still making a show of it, but newcomers are mostly flat at best. A24's Moonlight had some shine over the weekend following its Golden Globes win for best drama, adding several hundred theaters over last weekend. The film grossed over $1.1 million. Lionsgate's Golden Globe fave La La Land remains the Specialty box office darling as it goes further into wide release… Read