‘Empire’ Viewership Hits High, ‘Mentalist’ & ‘Idol’ Down, ‘The 100′ Rises
There was more drama, more Mommy issues, more Naomi Campbell and more lack of brotherly love on Empire (4.3/12) last night. All of which meant there were a lot of eyeballs on the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong-created freshman hit. Not only was Empire almost right on the money of last week's demo high with just a 2% dip, but it actually hit a viewership high with 11.3 million tuning in. That made it the most watched show of the night with a 4% rise over last week. Among… Read
God Gigs At Studio 54 With Jim Parsons In David Javerbaum’s ‘Act’
Studio 54 won’t be in between-show Purgatory for long. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons will channel the Deity in the Disco Era Devil’s lair when David Javerbaum‘s An Act Of God begins performances on May 5. Even God will have to face the critics, when the limited run… Read
Rhys Ifans Engages In Jake Chapman’s ‘Marriage Of Reason And Squalor’ At Sky
Visual artist Jake Chapman is set to make his first foray into television drama with Mills And Doom: The Marriage Of Reason And Squalor. Sky Arts has ordered the four-part twisted romance to air this summer starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena). Chapman is best known as one half of the Turner Prize-nominated Chapman Brothers who have been dubbed the enfants terribles of Britart for their deliberately shocking work.
Mills And Doom: The Marriage Of Reason… Read
CBS Hit With New Interns Class Action Lawsuit
Less than six months after it was slapped with a very very short-lived class action by a former The Late Show With David Letterman intern, CBS is feeling the legal sting again. Earlier this week, ex-intern Camille Demere and her lawyers filed a jury trial-demanding complaint against CBS Corporation and CBS Radio.
"Upon information and belief, beginning in January 2009 and continuing through the present, CBS has employed individuals in the State of New York to perform work… Read
Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Renewed For 13th Season
Bravo has picked up its Emmy-winning series Top Chef for a 13th season, for premiere in the fall. The renewal comes ahead of Season 12’s Mexican-set three-part finale on February 4, with guest judges Richard Blais and Eduardo Palazuelos joining.chefs Zarela Martinez, Enrique Farjeat, Marco Beteta, and Bricio Dominguez. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz executive… Read
Mister Smith To Handle Dakota Fanning’s ‘Brain On Fire’
David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will handle international sales at Berlin’s EFM on director Gerard Barrett’s Brain On Fire, starring Dakota Fanning. Deadline previously broke the news that Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films had optioned Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness as a star vehicle for Fanning.
Barrett’s latest feature Glassland, starring Toni Collette, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter, just premiered in the… Read
UK Comedy ‘Catastrophe’ To Launch Stateside On Amazon Prime – Video
Adding to its lineup of original series, Amazon will premiere Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s comedy series, Catastrophe, on Prime Instant Video this spring. The half-hour series is currently airing on the UK’s Channel 4 and will be also become available on the streaming service there later this year. (See trailer below)
Created by and starring comedian and author, Delaney, and Bafta-nominee Horgan, Catastrophe is set in London and follows an Irish woman and an American… Read
Oscars: Tim McGraw To Perform Best Song Nominee “I’m Not Gonna Miss You’
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will bring a little bit of country to the 87th Oscars, performing Oscar-nominated song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" for Glen Campbell. The song was written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me. It joins the four other nominees "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, "Glory" from Selma, "Grateful" from Beyond The Lights and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again.
“We couldn’t… Read
Univision Extends CEO Randy Falco’s Contract To 2018
Since Univision is privately held, it doesn’t have to disclose much about the terms. But the Spanish language broadcaster says that CEO Randy Falco now will stay at least through January 2018. He joined in 2011 after running AOL, and a 31-year career at NBC.
Falco has “successfully guided Univision through a period of exceptional growth and innovation,” says Univision Chairman Haim Saban. He specifically has “meaningfully increased earnings and accelerated its… Read
Hot Super Bowl Ad – Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ – Update
UPDATE, 7:06 AM: Last night we told you that Disney planned to play an ad for sci-fi mystery adventure pic Tomorrowland during this year’s Super Bowl. Well, now we have a sneak peek – check out the the 10-second teaser of the 30-second ad to be broadcast on Sunday’s big game in front of TV’s biggest audience.
EXCLUSIVE, PREVIOUS 5:34 PM Disney has been mum about its plans for the Super Bowl, but we’ve learned that the studio has bought a 30-second ad for its George… Read
Nickelodeon Developing A Direct-To-Consumer Subscription Service
It won’t carry the Nickelodeon brand name, and most of the details of the mostly mobile service will have to wait until the channel’s upfront presentation to advertisers in the Spring, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts this morning. Although it will be introduced there, he declined to say whether it would include advertising.
It will be “geared to young viewers, quite young viewers, and their parents will very much welcome the availability of this premium… Read
CBS, Bell Media Pact To Bring Showtime Brand To Canada
CBS Corp and Canada’s Bell Media have entered a long-term exclusive content licensing and trademark agreement to bring Showtime to the Great White North. The deal marks the first time that the Showtime brand will be available in Canada, with hundreds of hours of current and library programming going out across Bell Media platforms in English and French. CBS and Bell previously operated under an agreement that licensed current Showtime series to Canadian pay-TV. Showtime… Read