BAFTA TV Craft Awards: ‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads With Three Wins
The British Academy Television Craft Awards were given out tonight at The Brewery, City of London, and appropriately, considering the show’s five nominations, Sky Atlantic and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful had the best night. It took home wins for Make Up and Hair design, Original Music, and Production design. Trailing closely behind, BBC’s Sherlock picked up two awards for Editing: Fiction, and Sound: Fiction.
Celebrating behind the scenes talent on television, the ceremony… Read
Oscar Winner John Legend Talks Blacks In Prison, Police Brutality On CNN
While accepting his Oscar alongside rapper Common for their song “Glory” (from Selma), multiple Grammy-winning musician John Legend caused a stir when he called out America’s current high rate of incarceration for black men.
“The struggle for justice is right now,” he said, comparing the rate of imprisonment to pre-Civil Rights Era segregation. Since then, he’s emerged as a serious advocate for prison reform and racial justice, founding Free America, an initiative to… Read
7 Best Moments Of The White House Correspondents Dinner
1. OBAMA’S ANGER TRANSLATOR, LUTHER
It may have been a dirty trick to play on Cecily Strong, but the big talker of the night came when Obama announced that, because he’s “a mellow sort of guy” he was bringing out Luther, his Anger Translator – aka, Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central's Key and Peele. "Hold on to your lily-white butts," Key/Luther warned the crowd, then began to shout Obama's actual thoughts as Obama delivered one of his mellow-guy, platitude-filled… Read
Cecily Strong Struggles To Follow Obama And Anger Translator Luther At White House Correspondents Dinner
“Let’s give it up for Secret Service. I don’t want to be too hard on those guys. They’re the only law-enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot,” Cecily Strong said in one of her best gags at the White House Correspondents Dinner tonight, as she struggled to follow President Obama. Obama not only had set a very high bar with his Bucket/F**k It List jokes, he pulled a fast one on her by bringing out his Anger Translator Luther, aka… Read
The Bruce Jenner ABC Special Won Big On Social Media
Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 interview last night with Bruce Jenner, during which the Olympic gold medalist talked publicly for the first time about his transgender status, was ratings gold for ABC. Achieving numbers normally associated with zombies and sports, not television news magazines, the special dominated the pop culture discussion last night and continues to do so today.
It’s not shock then that interview has also been a huge hit on social media, becoming the top Friday… Read
Bruce Jenner Interview Ratings Gold Winner For ABC With 16.9M Watching
The former Olympic champion's sit down with Diane Sawyer about his transition to becoming a woman proved to be a huge win for ABC last night. The 2-hour 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview scored a 5.2/17 among adults 18-49 on Friday night with 16.9 million total viewers from 9 – 11 PM. That is, of course, the best 20/20 has done all season in what is one of the biggest non-awards show and non-sports event audiences on any network.
On the first Friday of the May sweep… Read
CBS, ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ Dominate Daytime Creative Arts Emmys
CBS and its The Bold And The Beautiful dominated the Daytime Emmys Creative Awards handed out Friday evening at the Universal Hilton. CBS and PBS tied with 17 apiece for network honors and the Eye Network’s soap took home 8 awards. Florence Henderson and Alex Trebek hosted the sold-out event with more than 1200 guests attending.
Producer/director Michael Gargiulo was honored with the Lifetime Achievement for Craft.
Among networks with multiple wins, Nickelodeon was… Read
Julian Fellowes To Adapt Anthony Trollope’s ‘Doctor Thorne’ For ITV
While Downton Abbey is preparing for its final season on the UK’s ITV, creator Julian Fellowes will be returning to the network with a new drama to begin shooting later this year. Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope’s Victorian era novel Doctor Thorne as a three-part drama. Hat Trick Productions is producing with Mark Redhead (Critical) and Fellowes exec producing with Chris Kelly and Ted Childs.
The story centers on Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of… Read
Bruce Jenner: “For All Intents And Purposes I Am A Woman”
Updated throughout: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," Bruce Jenner told ABC News's Diane Sawyer during tonight's much anticipated interview, saying he used to dress up in his sister's dresses and his mother's scarves to hide his short hair as a child.
“I didn’t know why I was doing it,” he said. “It just made me feel good,” said the man Sawyer described as having “once embodied the muscle and glory of America at the Olympics.”
“I would say I have always been… Read
PILOT SEASON 2015: More Early Buzz
As producers are scrambling to get their cuts locked and ready, here is some more chatter heading into the important next week of network screenings when we will get a better sense where the various pilots stand. Until then, please keep in mind that any pilot buzz is speculative, based on sometimes incomplete and often subjective information.
Last year, Fox kicked off new series pickups with an order to Gotham a week before the start of upfront week. Will the network… Read
Bruce Jenner Reality Series: E! Finally Confirms It During His Diane Sawyer Interview
As Bruce Jenner – The Interview headed toward toward a conclusion Friday night on ABC, E! Entertainment finally acknowledged a new series that would document Jenner living his life as a transgender woman. E! said the series will follow Jenner’s journey seeking his "new normal."
E!’s announcement was long anticipated, but Kim Kardashian and some others associated with the family franchise had been coy in interviews about the timing or even whether E! would have the show… Read
Bruce Jenner: Kim Kardashian Told Him Kanye West “Turned Me Around On This”
Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer that of all his daughters, Kim Kardashian has taken his transition the best. He said Kardashian told him her husband Kanye West "turned her around on this." As Jenner described it, Kanye told Kim that while he is married to the most beautiful woman in the world and has the most beautiful daughter "but if I can't be true to myself, they don't mean a thing."
That’s a long way from the time Jenner disclosed that Kim had caught him wearing a… Read