CBS Order For Matt Nix Drama Scrapped When Co-Production Deal Falls Through As Ownership Rules Pilot Season 2016
Following game-changing upfronts dominated by pickups and renewals favoring owned and co-owned series, the shift carried over to pilot season, with networks picking up projects from their sister studios and co-productions dominating orders from outside studios. The new paradigm led to a dramatic showdown between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV that resulted in the demise of a project that had been quietly picked up to pilot: a crime drama from Burn Notice creator Matt… Read
‘Outlander’ Season 2 Trailer: Is It Even Possible To Change The Future?
Having already announced the premiere date for the sophomore season of hit time travel/romance/period/action drama Outlander – April 9 by the way – Starz has followed it up with the official season 2 trailer. Based on the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, season two picks up from where season one left off. Claire and Jamie have traveled to France intending to infiltrate the Jacobite rebels and if… Read
Obamageddon Is In Effect As POTUS Arrives In L.A. For ‘Ellen’ & Fundraisers – Update
UPDATE, 3:36 PM: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will be facing off tonight in another Democratic debate but L.A. drivers are about to hit the traffic wall we call Obamageddon. Yes, Air Force One has just landed at LAX and President Barack Obama is on his way to a taping of Ellen DeGeneres' show over in Burbank in the next hour. Look up, you might see Marine One flying over the city.
All of which means there will likely be some dancing between an already farewell… Read
Les Moonves Says He Has “Free Rein” To Run CBS, But Likes “Stability”
Those hoping that CBS’ dominant shareholder Sumner Redstone might sell the company, or approve a big acquisition, will have to keep waiting based on comments CEO Les Moonves made to analysts today in his quarterly earnings call.
The ailing 92-year-old chairman emeritus “is for many years giving me free rein” to run the company, says Moonves — who last week was also named CBS’ chairman. “It’s going to be business as usual. We’re in great shape….There’s stability here, and… Read
Endurance Media Taps Steve Barnett As Production Prexy, Acquires Trio Of Scripts
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Richards' Endurance Media has set Steve Barnett to be President of Production, as the company has picked up three scripts from Black List writers Tyler Marceca, Michael Diliberti and Daniel Kunka. Barnett joins James Tomlinson, who is VP Production. Endurance Media, which has a strategic alliance with Entertainment One Films, was founded last year by Richards, a longtime Silver Pictures executive. Here are the scripts:
Malpractice, written by Tyler… Read
AMC Sets Late-Night Talk Show Hosted By Kevin Smith & Greg Grunberg
AMC said today that it has ordered a late-night talk show to be hosted by filmmaker/fanboy Kevin Smith and Heroes alum and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Greg Grunberg. The 30-minute Geeking Out (working title) will take a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and feature talk, clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments.
The show is expected to premiere with a special episode covering San Diego’s Comic-Con in late July, with eight more… Read
‘11.22.63’ Review: Hulu’s James Franco JFK Series Full Of Time-Travel Twists
Time travel is one of the great devices of modern TV and film, but rarely do the consequences fully come into focus as would-be superheroes, Gallifreyians and others are employed to tweak the span of history. Debuting on February 15 on Hulu with a new episode every Monday, 11.22.63 is all about truth and consequences. The James Franco-starrer about a back-to-the-future attempt to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy is also full of more twists than you'd expect and… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 First Images: You Know Nothing (About) Jon Snow
HBO has released the first block of images from the upcoming sixth season of Game Of Thrones, set to premiere April 24. But before you ask, no there’s not a single shot of Jon Snow. More important, there isn’t anything by way of actual reveals in this set of pics, though they do confirm mainly that the returning and new guest stars announced over the past year will, indeed, appear in season 6.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t some decent highlights, however. Isaac Hempstead… Read
‘Containment’, ‘Reign’, ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Get Midseason Premiere Dates On The CW
The CW has set midseason premiere dates for new limited series Containment, the return of Reign and Beauty And The Beast‘s final season. In addition the network announced season finale dates for iZombie and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Julie Plec’s Containment premieres at 9 PM, Tuesday, April 19, following The Flash. They take over the time slot occupied by iZombie, which wraps its sophomore season with back-to-back episodes a week earlier on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 PM/9 PM. Reign… Read
‘Deadpool’ Very Much Alive In $12M Overseas Open; $80M Intl Weekend Ahead?
Before its domestic shows start tonight, Deadpool began rolling out internationally with previews on Tuesday night and full days in the UK, France, Australia and elsewhere on Wednesday. There are 39 more markets bowing today. So far, Ryan Reynolds’ raunchy superhero is doing bang-up business for Fox with starts that are besting the studio’s own comp, X: Men Days Of Future Past, and in many cases, setting records. The total through Wednesday in seven markets was $12M… Read
‘Master Of None’ Renewed For Season 2 On Netflix
Hot off his Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, Aziz Ansari tweeted today that his Netflix series Master Of None has been picked for a sophomore season to premiere in 2017:
Master of None Season 2 coming 2017. Thanks for all the support everyone!! pic.twitter.com/LSxo7dEVQ1
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 11, 2016
The streaming service confirmed the renewal, which comes as no surprise given its critical buzz and awards performance. AFI… Read
CBS Q4 Revenues Beat Expectations With 8% Growth In Network Ad Sales
There’s no obvious surprise in CBS’ Q4 earnings report — and that may help the company to emerge relatively unscathed from an earnings season where Wall Street has soured on traditional media.
The broadcaster reported net earnings of $261 million, down 36.8% vs the year-end period in 2014, on revenues of $3.91 billion, up 6.2%. The top line beat analyst expectations for $3.81 billion. Adjusted earnings at 92 cents a share were right on target.
“We had a terrific fourth… Read