ABC News Takes Over ‘The View’ Weeks Into Reboot
Weeks into its reboot, ABC News president James Goldston told his staff this morning he's taking over The View — Goldston being the guy who helped former NBC News prez (and incoming Disney-ABC Television Group president) Ben Sherwood to reboot Good Morning America:
I want to share some exciting news. ABC News is expanding our non-fiction programming group, which already includes Lincoln Square Productions, and will now also include The View.
The View, created by… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars Score Big Raises
After lengthy negotiations, the lead cast of HBO's flagship drama Game of Thrones have landed major salary increases. I hear Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will all be paid close to $300,000 an episode. I hear the quintet did not negotiate together, with the deals done one by one over the past couple of months. In exchange, the five have agreed to extend their deals to a seventh season, which will likely be the series… Read
World Series Game 7 Ratings Surge, ‘Stalker’ Down, ‘Black-ish’ & ‘The 100′ Up
Literally and figuratively, there was only one game in nationwide primetime last night and that was the victory or bust World Series on Fox. After a bunch of blowouts and tepid ratings, the Game 7 showdown between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals drew the kind of numbers that remind you why baseball is called America's Pastime. Easily winning the night for Fox, the game got a 5.7/17 among adults 18-49 in preliminary ratings with 20.17 million watching… Read
‘Sons of Anarchy’ Cast To Visit ‘Conan’ On November 11
TBS' Conan will welcome the cast of the FX series Sons Of Anarchy on November 11, for their first talk show appearance as a group. Series creator Kurt Sutter, along with stars Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Smits, Drea de Matteo, Mark Boone Junior and others TBA, will join host Conan O'Brien from Stage 15 at Warner Bros.
This will be the fifth cast show for Conan, which has kind of become a destination for TV series cast group hugs. The TBS late-night show previous… Read
‘Casual’ Family Comedy From Jason Reitman Lands Hulu Series Order
On the heels of the straight-to-series order last month to 11/22/63, a J.J. Abrams-produced event drama adaptation of Stephen King's novel from Warner Bros., Hulu is handing out another straight-to-series order to a project from a top feature writer-director and a major studio. The streaming service, owned by NBCUniversal, Fox and Disney, has handed a 10-episode pickup to Casual, a single-camera, half-hour comedy series executive produced by Jason Reitman, who also will… Read
World Series Ratings: Game 7 Scores Home Run For Fox
After a bunch of strikes and walks, Fox finally hit a 2014 World Series ratings home run last night. We knew the drama alone of a Game 7 was going to be a high for this year's struggling Major League Baseball championship series, but last night at a packed Kaufman Stadium ran all the bases for the broadcaster. In metered market results, Fox's broadcast of the 3-2 win by the San Francisco Giants over the Kansas City Royals got a surging 15.2/24.
By far the best result of… Read
Time Warner Cable’s Troubles Selling SportsNet LA Hurt Q3 Earnings, But Attracted LA Subs – Update
UPDATE, 6:44 AM: Time Warner Cable still wants other distributors to pick up its SportsNet LA, which carries Dodgers baseball. But their refusal to do so had at least one benefit for TWC which, of course, does have the channel. LA “had the best year-over-year (subscription) performance in Q3″ compared to other TWC markets, CEO Rob Marcus told analysts in a call to discuss earnings. SportsNet LA “got meaningful viewership during the season both in terms of percentage of… Read
‘The Fall’ Season 2; Red Planet Prize Winners & More Global Showbiz Briefs
Gillian Anderson's UK crime drama The Fall has set its second-season debut. BBC Two tweeted that the show will return at 9PM November 13. The psychological thriller that also stars Fifty Shades Of Grey's Jamie Dornan was a hit in the UK last year, and the second season also will be coming soon to Netflix in the U.S. Created by Allan Cubitt, The Fall focuses on a game of cat and mouse between Anderson's highly driven detective and the sexually motivated serial killer she's… Read
‘SNL’s Michael Che Pontificates About Catcalling Video As Cable News Talks It Out (Video)
A video posted to YouTube by an organization that fights street harassment against women became a talker on TV today. 10 Hours Of Walking In NYC As A Woman, in which a woman walking city streets is catcalled and harassed by men more than 100 times, including one who walks close by her side and makes comments about her for at least five minutes, had been viewed 11 million times by this afternoon.
The video also has generate more than 40,000 comments, including rape and… Read
David Letterman Tested For Ebola: Video
Jim Carrey checked David Letterman for Ebola on Letterman's CBS show tonight. "Just don't travel to Jersey, because Chris Crispy is much more serious about this stuff,” Carrey said. “Did I say 'Crispy?'” he added. “Freudian slip!"
Carrey's making the late-night rounds, plugging Dumb and Dumber To. He hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live over the… Read
‘The Wedding Planner’ Writers Team With Adam Shankman & Ellen Pompeo For Projects At Fox & ABC
Pamela Falk and Mike Ellis, writers of the 2001 feature The Wedding Planner, have reunited with the film's director, Adam Shankman, for Marsha Goes To Jail, a half-hour comedy project that has sold to Fox. Additionally, the duo have sold American Marriage, an ensemble drama soap to ABC, produced by Ellen Pompeo.
Described as a comedic Dangerous Minds, Marsha Goes To Jail is inspired by the life of Ellis' mother, also named Marsha, as a substitute teacher assigned to a… Read
Drama Inspired By LA Defense Attorney Shawn Holley Set At NBC & Working Title
Shawn Holley, the Los Angeles trial attorney best known for representing Lindsay Lohan during her recent legal troubles, serves as inspiration for an hourlong drama project at NBC from Universal TV and Working Title. Written by Power co-executive producer Lauren Schmidt, the untitled project delves into the life of a larger-than-life lawyer who possesses the unique ability to look beyond the first impressions and social biases against her clients and fight for their… Read