Industry Icon Stephen Garrett Launching New Company Character Seven, Teaming With Lionsgate + Hulu On ‘The Rook’
Former Kudos founder and exec chairman Stephen Garrett is launching a new production company, Character Seven. The new company is already making moves by teaming with Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish on The Rook, a London-set supernatural series for Hulu.
Garrett, who is one of the UK’s most-respected TV execs, is also deep in post on the John Le Carre-adaptation The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The… Read
‘A Discovery Of Witches’ TV Series In Works At Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf
EXCLUSIVE: Deborah Harkness' historical fantasy novel, A Discovery Of Witches, is the first installment in the All Souls Trilogy which has sold more than 3.5M copies around the world. I've learned that Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's UK/U.S. Bad Wolf production shingle has acquired TV rights and is developing a drama based on the book with a view to adapting all three in the series. Life On Mars' Ashley Pharoah is adapting the novel for the screen while Harkness will… Read
Megyn Kelly Tells Stephen Colbert She Wants To Start Next GOP Debate With “Apology Accepted”
“Why is Fox News feuding with Donald Trump,” Stephen Colbert asked FNC show host Megyn Kelly on tonight’s live post-Super Bowl broadcast of Late Show. “What do you have against that good man. He’s just a billionaire who also wants to have the nuclear launch codes.”
“Donald Trump has been on Fox News 140 times in the last year. We are not feuding with him. But he does have a beef with me,” Kelly responded.
Colbert noted Trump’s tweet of a while back in which he said he… Read
Will Ferrell Brings Exotic Animals To Stephen Colbert’s Post-Super Bowl ‘Late Show’
Will Ferrell visited Stephen Colbert’s live show tonight dressed in knee socks, shorts, a vest, jacket and leather hat, and sporting a rifle. No, he did not watched the Super Bowl, because “there was a three-hour Downton Abbey.”
“I’m curious about the outfit,” Colbert said, settling in to his role as Ferrell’s straight man.
“I just noticed your Late Show is kind of new and you don’t really have an animal expert yet. I thought I could step in and fill the gap,” Ferrell… Read
President Obama, Scott Kelly, Chewbacca Help Stephen Colbert Open First Live ‘Late Show’ Post-Super Bowl
“I’m honored to follow the Super Bowl,” Stephen Colbert said tonight, opening The Late Show and becoming the first live late night show to get the plum post-Super Bowl timeslot. “Because we’re broadcasting live tonight, I can do anything and CBS has a team of lawyers standing by to make sure that I don’t,” he joked, putting a football in front of his hand as he gestured.
Ticking off tonight’s guests – Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan… Read
Peter Farrelly Directs CBS All Access Super Bowl Promo
CBS recruited comedy filmmaker Peter Farrelly for a CBS All Access promo that premiered during the network’s Super Bowl telecast. The commercial, set to Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On, features a mascot-inspired CBS Eye Guy in a series of vignettes touting the subscription streaming service.
With his brother Bobby, Peter Farrelly is behind such feature film comedies as There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene, Dumb and Dumber and its sequel, Dumb and Dumber… Read
Jazzed Coldplay, Bruno Mars & Beyonce Harmonize At Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show – Review
Lady Gaga — all red (gown and eye glitter), blonde (the hair, of course) and blue (finger nails) — won cheers and plaudits for a sturdy, dignified rendition of the National Anthem to lead off Super Bowl 50. A ferocious first half that included four quarterback sacks for Carolina closed out with the Broncos leading the Panthers 13 to 7. That set the stage for some serious halftime relief. It was delivered with a tip of the hats to past, present and future by Coldplay, Brun… Read
‘The Good Wife’ To End This Spring After Seven Seasons
CBS just announced with a promo during the Super Bowl that the current season of The Good Wife will be its last, with nine episodes left. The Good Wife’s future had been in limbo with the recent announcement that creators/executive producers/showrunners Robert and Michelle King would be departing the series after the current seventh season.
While not completely unexpected — the duo had publicly discussed a plan to do the show for 7 seasons — the Super Bowl promo resolved… Read
Barack Obama Wins Soft Bowl With CBS’ Gayle King In Super Bowl Interview
"We're like everybody else, folks rated the commercials," said Barack Obama today giving a thumbs up and a thumbs down in his last Super Bowl pre-game interview as President of the United States. It has become a tradition in this administration for the President to chat live with the big game host network Sunday. Obama sat down with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King in the Executive Mansion's Blue Room.
In what was totally a game of touch rather tackle, King, who is a… Read
ABC’s GOP Debate Wins Saturday, Draws 13.2 Million Viewers
Taking Saturday’s top ratings spot, ABC’s coverage of the Republican debate in New Hampshire snared 13.18 million total viewers, with another 1.3 million watching live streams across ABC News’ digital platforms.
The debate, which featured a particularly fierce head-to-head between Chris Christie and Marco Rubio, scored 3.38 million Adults 25-54 and 2.6 million Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen's Fast Nationals.
Saturday’s performance more than doubled ABC's most recent… Read
Ray Colcord Dies: Emmy-Nominated Television Composer Was 66
Ray Colcord, a former president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists and prolific television composer behind the scores for such shows as 227, The Facts Of Life and more, died February 5 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Born in New York City in 1949, Colcord attended Rice University and got his start in music as a touring musician in Texas. He also worked as an A&R executive for Columbia Records, and was responsible for getting the rock band… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Solid With Host Larry David
With the Presidential primary campaign in full swing, Saturday Night Live delivered another solid ratings showing last night, with the show hosted by Larry David and featuring appearances by Democratic candidate (and David doppelgänger) Bernie Sanders drawing a 5.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters.
That was on par in households with the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler-hosted holiday SNL edition (5.1… Read