Keith Olbermann Returns Contritely To ESPN2 After Suspension Over Twitter War
Keith Olbermann returned from suspension to his ESPN2 show this afternoon with a lengthy apology for a war he engaged in with Penn State University students that caused him to appear as if he were calling “pitiful” some students’ efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
“Since I did a commentary in January slamming part of those in the Penn State U community that still prioritize its football team’s stats over the awful legacy of Jerry Sandusky, I… Read
Christine Lahti Joins ABC Pilot ‘The Adversaries’
Christine Lahti is set to co-star opposite Terry O'Quinn in ABC drama pilot The Adversaries, from ABC Studios and writer/executive producer David Zabel and ABC Studios, It centers on the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty, Charles Fisher (O’Quinn), who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on. Lahti, repped by ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment, plays Charles’ estranged wife Katherine. She… Read
‘Everly’ Producer Vega Baby Ramps Up With $25M-$30M Film Fund
EXCLUSIVE: Indie filmmakers have a new source of funding. Vega Baby, the Singapore-based film production and distribution company, has set up a fund to finance two to three films a year with budgets up to $10 million. The company says it will finance projects from domestic and international partners, with a select number of films to be distributed through its releasing arm. Company officials say they're "committed to a filmmaker-friendly approach" while focusing on a… Read
Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Lower In Actuals With $18.69M Opening – Box Office Update
UPDATE, MONDAY ACTUALS 3:41 PM: Most films in the top 10, not just Warner Bros.’ Focus, are down from their Sunday AM estimates in their actuals today. Only two films bested their Sunday estimates: 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service with $11.88M (Sunday estimate was $11.75M) with a cume through three weekends of $85.8M. Pic is $14.17M from hitting the century mark. Also, Disney’s McFarland USA came in higher in actuals with $7.835M (Sunday estimate was… Read
Savannah Guthrie Subs On ‘NBC Nightly News’ As Lester Holt Handles Family Emergency
All eyes will be on NBC Nightly News tonight — NBC hopes — as Today co-host Savannah Guthrie fills in for Lester Holt, who in turn is the news division’s sub for suspended Brian Williams. Holt is dealing with a family medical emergency. Guthrie is pulling double duty to fill in tonight; she will be back on Today, tomorrow. It’s unclear when Holt will return.
Tonight’s gig passes for big news because, as NBC News began investigating Williams’ possible puff-up-ery of his… Read
Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg & Warner Bros Land War Photog Memoir ‘It’s What I Do’
EXCLUSIVE: In a whirlwind auction, Warner Bros is closing a deal for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, a memoir by Lynsey Addario that has Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to star, with Andrew Lazar producing. The memoir has been the hot title since it was excerpted by The New York Times Magazine, and there were no shortage of bidders for the life of a woman who goes into the most dangerous places in the world in search of… Read
Driver On ‘Ridiculous Six’ Crew Recovering After Near-Fatal New Mexico Crash – Update
UPDATED with more details: A craft services truck driver on Adam Sandler's Netflix comedy The Ridiculous Six is recovering after nearly being killed in a traffic accident two weeks ago in Santa Fe, NM. "I'm taking it day by day," Monique Silva told Deadline today from her bed at the University of New Mexico Hospital. "I'm just happy to be here and to get a second chance at life and to fulfill God's reason for bringing me back."
The single-vehicle accident happened shortly… Read
Stephen Colbert Talks Pope Francis, Lent, Favorite Hymns
Everyone wants an interview with Stephen Colbert as he preps to take over CBS’s flagship late-night show from retiring David Letterman.
Catholic America Media boasted today it “brings you an exclusive interview with Stephen Colbert.” Only the interview is about “Stephen’s Catholic smarts.”
Colbert, still sporting that white beard he’s been grooming since leaving Comedy Central, divulged the name of his fave saint, his favorite hymn, what he thinks of 60’s hymns (not a… Read
PILOT SEASON 2015: The Overachievers
With cable networks and digital platforms stepping up original production, broadcast networks are no longer the only game in town. Broadcast has lost a lot of its clout, but by sheer volume — hundreds of pitches bought and 80+ pilots shot every year — broadcast pilot season remains the ultimate TV business lottery with long odds to go to pilot. Here is Deadline's annual list of The Overachievers of Pilot Season, which lists the select few individuals and production… Read
James Remar Joins ‘The Shannara Chronicles'; Jason Antoon In ‘46 Percenters’
James Remar (Dexter) has joined the cast of of MTV’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama The Shannara Chronicles, based on Terry Brooks' massive fantasy book series. Written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, Shannara Chronicles is set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story revolves around the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the… Read
Sex Sells On We TV
Sex Box, the show that has the Parents Television Council’s undies in a bunch these days, clocked just 378,000 viewers in its unveiling Friday night on We TV– a mere 18% more viewers than the network had averaged this calendar year to date in its 10 PM time slot with wedding-planning reality series David Tutera’s CELEBrations.
Guess who was most interested in Sex Box? If you guessed “older viewers” — you win! Of those 378,000 viewers, 232,000 were aged 25-54, a 23%… Read
Wilmer Valderrama Joins ‘Minority Report’
Wilmer Valderrama has been cast opposite Stark Sands and Meagan Good in Fox's drama pilot Minority Report, a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, Dash (Sands), struggles to lead a "normal" human life but remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Good), who's haunted by her past and just might help him find a purpose to his gift. Valderrama will play Will… Read