‘Naked And Afraid’ Renewed For Season 3 By Discovery Channel
On the heels of its Season 2 premiere, Discovery Channel has picked up a third season of its hit survival series Naked And Afraid. The series’ April 19 Season 2 premiere was Discovery Channel’s highest-rated ever, according to the network. It earned a 2.20 in P25-54, up +32% vs last season’s premiere. Additionally, Naked And Afraid pulled in 3.471 million total viewers in P2+, up 29% vs last season’s premiere and was the most watched premiere without a Wallenda lead-in.
Jimmy Pardo Inks Overall Deal With Conan O’Brien’s Conaco
Jimmy Pardo is expanding his relationship with Conan O’Brien. The actor-comedian has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros TV Group-based Conaco, O’Brien’s development/production banner, to develop scripted and unscripted projects.
Pardo has a long history with O'Brien. He has been the warm-up comedian for O’Brien’s late-night talk show Conan for the past six years, after doing the same gig on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien. Additionally, he is a regular panelist… Read
NFL Draft Day 1 Watched By 7.03M; Third Best Result Ever – Update
UPDATE, 12:26 PM: The final scores for Day 1 of the big pick are in and it's a Bronze for ESPN this year. Day 1 of the NFL Draft drew 7.03 million total viewers and a 4.5 rating among Adults 18-49 last night. That's the third best Draft Day 1 has done since it was first broadcast by ESPN in 1980. It is also a 29% fall in viewership and a 26% drop among the key demo from the all-time high of last year. The second best result ever for the big night was back in 2010 when the… Read
Stephen Milburn Anderson Dead: ‘South Central’ Filmmaker Was 67
Filmmaker Stephen Milburn Anderson, best known for South Central (produced by Oliver Stone) and for Ca$h (starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemsworth), died May 1 at his home in Denver after a six-month battle with throat cancer. He was 67. A graduate of UCLA film school with 25 years of film-related work, Anderson was a pioneer in the use of digital film making and an early advocate of the New Mexico Film Incentive Program. In his career he wrote and directed eight films and… Read
‘Welcome To Me’ Review: Kristen Wiig Goes Full Frontal Nutty In Awkward Comedy
There is no question Kristen Wiig is one of the most talented comic talents out there. With several Emmy nominations for Saturday Night Live and an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids which she co-wrote and starred in, she has conquered both TV and movies. But as I say in my video review above, it seems of late she has wanted to show off a more serious side, and has clearly been attracted to independent movies that don’t always meet her potential.
Now she’s at it again in Wel… Read
Ray Romano Touts David Letterman Primetime Special As Retirement Nears
CBS sent a clip about Monday’s primetime special celebrating the record-breaking career of retiring late-night legend, David Letterman: A Life On Television.
Ray Romano, seen in the clip, hosts the 9:30-11 PM program celebrating his more than three decades in television; Letterman's last night as host of Late Show will be Wednesday, May 20.
“If you have children you should wake them up, because if you haven’t seen any of the old Dave you should see,” Romano says in the… Read
FX Picks Up John Singleton ‘Snowfall’ Pilot
The Boyz N The Hood director's take on the beginnings of a crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles has found a new home. Originally set at Showtime, John Singleton's Snowfall pilot has now been picked up by FX, Presidents of Original Programming Nick Grad and Eric Schrier announced today. "Snowfall takes us on a wild ride through one of LA's most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton," said Schrier. "The pilot… Read
CBS Mulls ‘CSI’ Last Chapter: Will Veteran Drama Avoid ‘Law & Order’s Fate?
It was May 2010. NBC’s Law & Order was eying a place in the history books with a 21st-season pickup, which would’ve broken a tie with Gunsmoke and make L&O the longest-running drama series ever. The mothership series also had just spawned a third spinoff series, L&O: Los Angeles, which had been ordered to series. Then, just days before NBC’s upfront presentation, the network abruptly canceled the long-running show.
Fast-forward five years. It is May, and we have another… Read
Alberto Rosende & Emeraude Toubia Join ‘Shadowhunters’
Alberto Rosende (Blue Bloods) and Emeraude Toubia (Tu Dia Alegre) have joined the cast of Shadowhunters, ABC Family's straight-to-series drama based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
The series, whose first episode is being directed by McG, follows 18-year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids… Read
TV Upfronts 2015 Schedule: Presentations, Parties & Karaoke
Trips to the upfronts in New York may still be on hold for many producers and actors while the networks are deciding the fate of their pilots or shows, but here is what awaits those who make the cross-country schlep. There are a few changes from last year, like NBC’s upfront presentation returning to the Radio City Music Hall after giving Seth Meyers a lot of fodder with their Javits Center location last year “in the heart of New York's historical Stabbing District,” as… Read
Amy Ryan To Chase Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart In ‘Central Intelligence’
Amy Ryan has booked the female lead in the Warner Bros-New Line buddy comedy Central Intelligence, which pairs Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and has a June 2016 release date. The film centers on a mild-mannered accountant (Hart) who hears from a former classmate (Johnson) who was bullied in high school. The guy the accountant remembers as a loser now kills for the CIA and talks him into helping thwart a plot to sell military secrets.
Ryan will play the CIA operative who… Read
Mike White’s ‘Mamma Dallas’ HBO Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward
HBO has opted not to go to series on Mamma Dallas, its comedy pilot by Enlightened creator Mike White, which followed a conservative Texan family who unwittingly hire a hard-living drag queen as their live-in nanny.
With its concept, the project was considered a big swing and, while it is not going forward, HBO remains committed to its creator, as reiterated by the network’s programming chief Michael Lombardo. “Mike White is one of the most talented filmmakers working… Read