MSNBC Clocks Cable’s Largest Weekday Primetime Crowd For First Time In Its History
For the first time in its 21-year history, MSNBC attracted the largest weekday primetime crowd of any cable network – news or otherwise.
MSNBC ended the week of July 17-21 with a weekday prime average of 2.34 million viewers, besting second-place Fox News Channel’s 2.25 million. But MSNBC also outstripped non-news cable nets.
MSNBC previously was No. 1-ranked in cable news in weekday prime during the week of May 15 but came in behind TNT. Similarly, it bested cable news… Read
Jimmy Fallon Unveils Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s New Music Video
Jimmy Fallon kicks off Monday’s Tonight Show by mentioning that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped down late last week after President Donald Trump named Wall Street-er Anthony Scaramucci his new communications director – a role Spicer had been filling since the last communications director took a powder in May, after just months on the job. Spicer was said to have been upset at Trump’s decision, though, for public consumption, he has said he resigned so The… Read
‘Santa Clarita Diet’: Zach Knighton Set For Major Season 2 Arc On Netflix Comedy
Happy Endings alum Zach Knighton has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Netflix is not revealing details about his character, who will play a key role in Season 2.
In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenage… Read
Sabrina Wind Named TV President Of Jason Reed’s ABC Studios-Based Co.
Sabrina Wind, longtime producing partner of Marc Cherry at their production company Cherry/Wind, has been named President of Television at Jason T. Reed Productions, which is under a multi-year overall deal at ABC Studios.
Wind will oversee all development for Reed's company, including broadcast, cable and streaming. Former Disney executive-turned-producer Reed, who has been at ABC Studios for the past two years, has landed two drama series at ABC through the studio, Of Ki… Read
Fox News Trades Insults With New York Times Over Coverage Of Botched Plot To Kill ISIS Leader
After taking a brief break in their respective corners to mop away the sweat, Fox News Channel and The New York Times tonight began another round of Competitive Insult Trading.
Fox took tonight’s first swing:
"Neither Fox News' report nor the subsequent on-air coverage was inaccurate. We find it beyond disappointing that the New York Times…decided to blame Fox News for comments made publicly by General Tony Thomas during a widely viewed panel at the Aspen Security Forum… Read
‘Mars’ Season 2: Esai Morales, Roxy Sternberg, Five More Round Out Cast As Production Begins
National Geographic has begun filming and set full cast for Season 2 of its global sci-fi series Mars, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media. Shooting began this week in Budapest on the six-episode series, which is slated to premiere in spring 2018.
Esai Morales (Ozark), Roxy Sternberg (Emerald City), Gunnar Cauthery (Genius), Levi Fiehler (The Fosters), Evan Hall (Orange Is the New Black), Akbar Kurtha (24) Jeff Hephner (Chicago Med)… Read
Writers’ Health Care Costs Going Up In January
Film and TV writers soon will be seeing $7 million less in union health benefits over each of the next three years. The cost-cutting measure, which was part of the WGA's new contract, is designed to keep its ailing health plan solvent.
As part of the deal, the companies agreed to increase their contributions to the health plan by $30 million annually, and the WGA agreed to institute $7 million in savings each year. Without the changes, the plan was facing a $40 million… Read
Sony Pictures TV Sets New Leadership: Jeff Frost Named Studio President, Chris Parnell & Jason Clodfelter Co-Presidents
A little over a month after the exit of Sony Pictures Television presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has set new leadership of the studio’s television production operation.
Focusing his search for a successor in-house, Vinciquerra has named Sony TV head of business affairs Jeff Frost as President of Sony Pictures Television Studios. Frost will report to Vinciquerra.
Additionally, Sony TV’s co-heads of… Read
Chris Spencer Joins National Geographic Partners As EVP Creative
Longtime HBO exec Chris Spencer has joined National Geographic Partners in the newly created role of EVP Creative. He will oversee the premium marketing creative strategy and execution for the NGP portfolio including the global networks.
As head of creative, Spencer will lead the creative direction and execution for the brand and the TV channels. The company said he will be instrumental in “supporting focused efforts to push the boundaries on elevating the creative… Read
Donald Trump: Obamacare Wreaked Havoc On America For “17 Years”
President Donald Trump is still working on his teleprompter skills, mistakenly saying Obamacare has been wreaking havoc “on the lives of innocent, hardworking Americans" for “the past 17 years,” during a prepared White House address this afternoon.
Stand with him or face the consequences, Trump warned GOP senators in a “damn the details, give me a win” speech demanding they vote to move forward their Trumpcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which was signed into… Read
Jake Paul Sets New Gig Post ‘Bizvaardvark’
Former Bizvaardvark star Jake Paul is moving on quickly following his exit from the Disney Channel series.
Paul has joined Loton Corp’s LiveXLive Studios as a contributing social editor, joining Andrew B. Bachelor, aka "King Bach," and inaugural contributor Amanda Cerny. “Individually, and as a team, the trio will create original short-form content and viral promotions on the LiveXLive platform for their massive millennial audiences,” LiveXLive said in a statement.
Cable Cooperative Agrees To Offer Sony’s PlayStation Vue Video Service
Video streaming providers were originally known as “over-the-top” services because they gave viewers an alternative to cable and satellite. But today one of those services, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, is going back through the middle: It agreed to to offer its channel packages directly to about 9 million mostly rural cable subscribers.
Sony says it will offer the service to more than 850 cable and broadband providers who belong to the National Cable Television… Read