‘Walking Dead’ Producer Among Four Joining AMPAS Sci-Tech Council
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Terminator trilogy), cinematographer John Bailey (As Good As It Gets, Ordinary People), Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll (Oscar winner Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) and editor Michael Tronick (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 2 Guns) are joining the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the group's 2014-2015 membership to 25. The Sci-Tech Council… Read
E! President Suzanne Kolb Exits
Suzanne Kolb is leaving E! after a two-year stint as president. Kolb just announced her departure in an internal memo to her staff:
One of my great privileges in life has been working with you for the past nine years. But as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end and so must my time at E!
I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. From pop culture defining hits, to best in class entertainment news, to the gold standard for red carpet coverage and… Read
Elisabeth Murdoch To Leave Shine After Endemol-Core Merger
Ever since the Shine-Endemol-Core Media mega-merger was first floated, speculation has swirled over what it would mean for Shine founder Elisabeth Murdoch. The speculation can now be put to rest as Murdoch will indeed leave her role as chairman of Shine if and when the proposed merger goes through, a source with knowledge of the situation confirms.
It was Murdoch's father Rupert's then-News Corp that acquired Shine in 2011. Now it's dad's reshaped 21st Century Fox that is… Read
‘Taken 3′ Trailer: Liam Neeson Loads, Shoots, Repeats In Threequel
Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills character didn't kill his wife — and the cops don't care. Sound familiar? No, it's not a reboot of 1993's The Fugitive, it's Taken 3. Seriously, this ex-CIA agent truly wants to live a normal life: As seen in the trailer, he's likes to cook dinner for the family, evident in his chopping of vegetables. He buys jumbo carnival-stuffed panda bears for his teenage daughter. However, somewhere between clinking wine glasses with his wife (Famke… Read
ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Wins Premiere Week In News Demo; NBC Nightly News Wins With Total Viewers
With new anchor David Miur, ABC's World News Tonight won Premiere Week in the news demo (2.002 million viewers).
NBC Nightly News won Premiere Week in overall audience, with its biggest crowd in nine years — 8.187 million viewers. Brian Williams' newscast also led with the younger, 18-49 age bracket (1.343 million). NBC noted its' the fourth consecutive week, and 9th time in the past 11 weeks, that Nightly has grown its overall audience versus the comparable period from… Read
FCC Spikes Its Sports Blackout Rules
It took a while, but the FCC today finally voted — unanimously — to end its sports blackout rules, following up on the rulemaking notice it issued in December. They were adopted in 1975 primarily to help broadcasters and the NFL by barring cable and satellite services from offering games in the teams' markets if the stadium isn't sold out. That's a rarity these days: Only two games were blacked out last season. And even without the FCC rules, the NFL can cut deals that… Read
Kenny Smith Family Reality Series Joins TBS Starting Lineup
TBS has given a green light to The Smiths, an unscripted series centering on former NBA star and current Turner Sports regular Kenny Smith and his wife, Price Is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith. Six episodes of the series has been ordered with an eye toward a spring 2015 premiere.
The Smiths will be shot in LA, where Price Is Right is shot, and in Atlanta, where Smith co-anchors Turner's NBA studio show during the basketball season. The series will focus on the two… Read
Helen Mirren’s UK Co-Stars Set For Broadway ‘Audience’
Actors Equity has given its OK for Brit thespians Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe, and Rufus Wright to accompany Olivier Award-winning Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II to Broadway in the spring. The Stephen Daldry production of Peter Morgan's play will run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre beginning on February 17, 2015, with opening night on March 8. It runs through June 28. The rest of the 18-member company is TBA.
The Audience is described as: “For sixty… Read
‘Mistresses’ Renewed For Third Season
ABC has renewed its summer drama series Mistresses for a third season with a 13-episode order. The series, from ABC Studios, returned for a second season this past summer on par with its series premiere. Its season average was just below Season 1. Developed by KJ Steinberg based on the British series, Mistresses stars Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes and Yunjin Kim. Steinberg is executive producing with Rina Mimoun (Red Band Society), who runs the show with… Read
MTV Picks Up Zach Braff-Directed Mystery Comedy Pilot
MTV has given the green light to Self Promotion, a dark comedy pilot that will be directed by Zach Braff. Executive produced by Steve Yockey based on an a original draft by Mark Bianculli, Self Promotion centers on overworked assistant Katie Preston who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing (or worse). Things get messy fast, with Katie, believing she'll be the prime suspect, covering up the crime scene. She starts calling the shots in her boss's "absence," and… Read
‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Ratings: CNN Season Premiere Down With 538,000 Viewers
CNN's Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown fell double digits in its season debut Sunday night, compared to its fall debut last September. The opening episode clocked 538,000 viewers - down 21% compared to last September's 681,000. In the news demo, the show dropped 10%, to 219,000 from 242,000 viewers. Bourdain's show beat Fox News Channel's Justice with Judge Jeanine in the news demo (135,000) but finished behind the judge (791,000) in overall audience.
FNC's Judge Jeanine… Read
‘Midnight Rider’ Trial Date Set For Indicted Filmmakers; 1st Assistant Director Hillary Schwartz Turns Herself In
UPDATED WITH NEW INFO: A trial date of March 9, 2015 has been set in the manslaughter and criminal trespass case of the four filmmakers indicted in the on-set death of 27-year-old Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones. Pre-trial motions will be heard for two days prior, on February 12-13, and jury selection will start a month later on March 9. The order was issued early this morning by Judge Anthony Harrison in the Wayne County (GA) Superior Court during a special… Read