Tom Brady & NBC Both Win As “Deflategate” Suspension Nullified By Judge
Insert jokes about exhaling here. Three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady is set to play for the New England Patriots on the marquee opening night of the NFL season next week after U.S. District Judge Richard Berman this morning nullified the quarterback’s most-talked-about-ever four-game suspension by the league. That came after an independent investigator hired by the NFL found that Brady was connected to a deflated-football scandal that occurred during last season’s… Read
Vincent Bollore Tightens Grip On Canal Plus, Becomes Chairman And Ousts Chief Exec Bertrand Meheut
Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore consolidated his grip on French pay TV giant Canal Plus on Thursday by naming himself chairman and also ousting long-serving chairman of the supervisory board and Canal Plus Group chief exec Bertrand Meheut in favour of Jean-Christophe Thiery. Thiery is a longtime Bollore Group executive, having worked in the French billionaire’s media businesses for over a decade. He currently oversees assets such as the Direct Matin free daily newspaper… Read
HBO Developing Dark Comedy ‘The Loop’ From Nancy Hower & John Lehr
HBO has put in development The Loop, a half-hour dark comedy from 10 Items or Less co-creators Nancy Hower and John Lehr.
The project is about a couple who downsizes everything and chooses to sail the Loop — a nautical course that cuts through the heart of America. All goes wrong when they become entangled in a smuggling ring.
Hower and Lehr will write and executive produce. The two were behind original comedy series Quick Draw, which aired for two seasons on Hulu. They… Read
David Axelrod Joins CNN As Senior Political Commentator
David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, will begin as a CNN senior political commentator tomorrow, September 4; he will be unveiled on The Lead With Jake Tapper. It’s presumed this means Axelrod’s tenure as political analyst on MSNBC has come to an end. At CNN, he will add insights and analysis across CNN's domestic, digital, and international networks.
CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam Feist broke the news this morning:
Thrilled to announce that @David… Read
GLAAD TV Report: Fox First Broadcast Network To Rate “Excellent” Grade
For the first time since GLAAD debuted its Network Responsibility Index in 2006, a broadcast network – Fox – has received a grade of Excellent, for its LGBT-inclusive content. Fox joins ABC Family in earning highest marks from GLAAD in its ninth, and final, annual NRI report. This time the annual look at LGBT content on networks considered programming that aired between June 2014 and May 2015.
Fox’s “milestone highlights real change across the media landscape… Read
Fox Finalizing Deal To Take Over Wales’ Dragon International Studio For Kurt Sutter’s ‘The Bastard Executioner’
Fox 21 Television Studios is finalizing a deal to take over Welsh studio Dragon International and make it the home of Sons Of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter’s new show The Bastard Executioner. The Fox division is taking out a long lease on the studio, which has been largely remained unused for much of the past decade after going into administration with debts around $25 million. Dubbed ‘Valleywood’- in reference to Wales’ famous hilly landscape- the studio had previously only… Read
‘Mr. Robot’ Finale: Series Creator On White Rose, The Wellicks & Elliot’s Memory Dump In Season 2
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s Mr. Robot Season 1 finale and Season 2.
Season 1 of USA’s Mr. Robot came to a close tonight with the episode “eps1.9_zer0-day.avi,” and even though creator Sam Esmail set up a slew of cliffhangers to keep us debating until Season 2 comes together, the whole doppelganger jawdropper from the penultimate episode — that computer maestro Mr. Robot actually is Elliot Alderson’s father and that the young hacker has… Read
Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Simone Missick In Key Role
Netflix's Marvel series Luke Cage has rounded out its core cast. I’ve learned that Simone Missick has landed the younger female lead opposite Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard and Theo Rossi in the third series in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. She will play what is listed on the breakdown as Missy, a woman with a strong sense of justice. I hear the actual character is Marvel’s Misty Knight, a former NYPD officer who gets a new bionic arm by Tony Stark after losing… Read
Stephen Colbert Mocks Jeb Bush Plan To Run Campaign Contest Off ‘Late Show’ Debut
UPDATED with Jeb Bush response: The GOP candidate took to Twitter tonight to make the best of the dressing down Stephen Colbert gave him for not checking with Colbert first before launching a contest to raise money off his first night hosting The Late Show:
.@StephenAtHome I'm in. See you September 8th my man
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 3, 2015
PREVIOUSLY: Stephen Colbert is pretty steamed that Jeb Bush’s campaign has launched a raffle to… Read
‘Hand Of God’ Review: Amazon Loses Faith With Weak New Series
When the Hand Of God pilot went up on Amazon last year, I thought the Ben Watkins written and Marc Foster helmed drama was a work in progress. As my video review above says, the September 4 debut of the whole first season reveals the series to be one of the weakest offerings by the streaming service yet.
The 10-episode Hand Of God launches from the premise of a vengeful, vision obsessed and crazed corrupt Judge Pernell Harris played by Ron Perlman, seeking out the man who… Read
Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell & Angelica Maria Join Epix’s ‘Graves’
Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars) and Angelica Maria (Qué Bonito Amor, Sea Of Dreams) have been cast opposite Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon in the Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. Production is scheduled to begin this fall for premiere on Epix in autumn 2016.
In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his… Read
FCC Votes To Review Rules That It Says Help Broadcasters In Retrans Disputes
The FCC took another step today toward helping cable and satellite companies negotiate retransmission deals with broadcasters — something that Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed last month.
Regulators voted to review their so-called "totality of the circumstances test" to determine whether station owners, cable and satellite operators are negotiating in good faith — something that Congress ordered the FCC to assess when there’s an impasse over retransmission consent terms… Read