‘This Is Us’ Star Ron Cephas Jones Discusses Character Straight Out Of The August Wilson Canon
Looking at the set of nominations for this year’s Emmys, a few themes prevail. A breakthrough year for women—with a bevy of nods for actresses of all ages, in so many finely crafted performances—2017 is owned in equal part by the vets.
Earning his first Emmy nod this year at age 60, for his turn in This Is Us—as Randall’s long lost father William, who arrived late in his life and left far too soon—Ron Cephas Jones joined the ranks of Ann Dowd, Bill Camp, and several other… Read
Solar Eclipse A Downer For Netflix But Boon For Facebook, Twitter
It’s tough to compete with Mother Nature. Netflix, which is notoriously guarded about ratings information for its shows, was surprisingly transparent about the decline in viewers during Monday’s total solar eclipse.
Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU.
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 22, 2017
but really, there was a 10% drop in plays during the eclipse today. Well played… Read
BritBox’s First Fall Slate Includes Sean Bean Drama ‘Broken’ & U.S. Bow Of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
BritBox, the on-demand service created by BBC Worldwide and ITV that streams UK fare to U.S. audiences, has set its first fall slate. Among the programs on offer will be Broken, a new drama starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel, and Five by Five, a special created by and starring Idris Elba.
Also headed to the U.S. for the first time is Britain’s top-rated competition series Strictly Come Dancing and the latest seasons of reality staple I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of… Read
‘Glitch’ Season 2 Gets Netflix Premiere Date & Trailer For Paranormal Saga
EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning Australian drama Glitch was confirmed for a second season ahead of its Season 1 global launch on Netflix in fall 2016. The streaming service now has set a Season 2 premiere date of November 28, and today we have a first trailer — check it out above.
The paranormal saga has been highly praised. It’s set in the small town of Yoorana, where police officer James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night after… Read
Apple Plans To Spend $1B For Video Content Over The Next Year: Report
The river of cash flowing to Hollywood from new content producers is about to swell as Apple plans to spend $1 billion within the next year for its own productions, The Wall Street Journal reports today.
The tech giant wants to buy or produce as many as 10 TV shows the paper says, citing “people familiar with the plan.” They could run on Apple Music, or perhaps a “new, video-focused service.”
The company signaled its interest in joining traditional networks, Netflix… Read
‘Gypsy’ Canceled By Netflix After 1 Season
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s drama series Gypsy will not be returning for a second season. I have learned that the Internet TV network has opted not to proceed with a second installment of the psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts. Netflix declined comment.
The development is somewhat surprising because Netflix had been in conversations with the producers about a second season and the cancellation decision comes after a writers room had been up and running for four weeks… Read
Acorn Falls For ‘Detectorists’; Boards BBC Comedy As North American Co-Producer
Adding a comedy to its string of UK drama co-productions, Acorn Media Enterprises has boarded Detectorists for Season 3. The BAFTA-winning series that’s written and directed by Mackenzie Crook, who stars with Toby Jones, centers on two oddball metal detecting enthusiasts as they scour the English countryside for treasure. Rachael Stirling co-stars.
The six-episode Season 3 is currently in production with a U.S. streaming premiere on Acorn TV planned for early 2018. Acorn… Read
David Letterman Returns To Television With Netflix Series
Netflix, which has been signing A-list comedians to its roster, is bringing late-night icon David Letterman back from retirement. The Internet network has picked up a six-episode series starring the former Late Show and Late Night host. Each hourlong episode will feature Letterman conducting a longform conversation with a single guest and in-the-field segments, in which he will explore topics on his own. The yet-untitled series is set to premiere in 2018.
"I feel excited… Read
FX To Offer Premium, Ad-Free Platform For Comcast Subs
FX Networks says today that it will introduce a $5.99 a month service for Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers on September 5 enabling them to watch — in home, and on mobile devices — new and old episodes of its original shows, ad-free.
Programming will be available via Xfinity On Demand, the Xfinity Stream app and website, and FXNow. Some series will be available in 4K, and there’ll be opportunities for subscribers to temporarily download current season episodes for viewing… Read
Netflix Sets ‘Bardo’; First Chinese-Language Original Is Karmic Jailbreak Thriller
Amid the flurry of new international originals announced by Netflix this week comes word of its first Chinese-language series. Hailing from Taiwan and director Sam Quah, Bardo is billed as a jailbreak thriller with a karmic dimension. The eight-episode project is in the shooting prep stage, and when completed will be made available for streaming globally. Last April, Netflix finally unlocked a gateway into China via a licensing deal with iQiyi.
Singapore-HQ’d IFA Media… Read
Amazon Prime Serves Up Classic ‘Roseanne’, ‘3rd Rock’ & ‘Cybill’
Amazon Prime Video members can bone up on their Roseanne history this month in preparation for next year’s ABC revival series. Through Amazon Video Direct's partnership with FilmRise, Amazon Prime is streaming Roseanne — along with 3rd Rock From the Sun, A Different World, Cybill, Grace Under Fire and Grounded for Life — this month.
AVD's partnership with FilmRise makes the six ’80s-’90s sitcoms watchable to Prime members free of additional charge as the shows roll out… Read
Netflix Preps Indian Cricket Drama ‘Selection Day’; Thriller ‘Again’ From ‘Quantico’ Writer
Netflix is adding to its slate of originals out of India, prepping two new series for local and global audiences. Cricket and corruption drama Selection Day is based on the book by Aravind Adiga, while supernatural detective series Again is written by Quantico's Marisha Mukerjee. They join thriller Sacred Games, Netflix's first series for India which was set in motion last year and stars Saif Ali Khan.
Selection Day is based on Booker Prize-winning author Adiga's novel of… Read