HBO Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’ Clocks 1.65M Viewers In Premiere
Going Clear, HBO’s docu profiling eight former Church of Scientology members, clocked 1.65 million viewers in its Sunday premiere. The film opened theatrically in L.A., New York and San Francisco ahead of its HBO premiere and, of course, HBO does not issue same-day stats because, the network accurately insists, the stats are a very poor reflection of the performance of its product even on its own schedule. Many other networks also have stopped issuing these early stats… Read
Bill O’Reilly Stars In ‘Legends & Lies’ Debuting April 12 On Fox News
Dermot Mulroney will be doing the voice-overs for Fox News Channel’s first crack at what it’s calling a “run of historical episodic specials,” Legends & Lies: Into The West. The 10 hourlong episodes will recount stories of well-known characters of this country’s Western expansion in the 19th century including Jesse James, David Crockett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid. FNC promises the project will, in each case, “separate the legend from the lie.”
Bill O’Reilly is exec… Read
What Do Bill O’Reilly And Keith Olbermann Have In Common? Union Owes Them Cash
Bill O’Reilly has been distracted lately, so it’s no surprise he has overlooked the fact that SAG-AFTRA owes him money. Same with such familiar TV faces as his archnemesis Keith Olbermann, Savannah Guthrie and Chris Wallace. They and… Read
‘The Blacklist’ Promotes Hisham Tawfiq To Series Regular For Season 3
Dembe Zuma will not be leaving Raymond Reddington’s side anytime soon. Hisham Tawfiq, who has been recurring on The Blacklist, playing Red’s bodyguard and protector, has been promoted to a series regular for NBC drama’s recently picked up third season. Introduced in the first episode after the pilot, Tawfiq’s Dembe has appeared in virtually every episode since. His backstory revealed that he shares a special bond with Red who years before had saved him from the world of… Read
‘Bloodline’ Renewed For Second Season By Netflix
Just days after releasing the first season of its latest original drama series Bloodline, Netflix has renewed the family thriller for a second season. The series, created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), will go back into production later this year for a 2016 release in all Netflix territories.
In Bloodline, when the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the… Read
MSNBC Ratings Crater To All-Time Lows, Fox News Tops Q1 Results, CNN Up
Talk about a tale of two cable news networks. With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.
Contrast that to the fate of the NBCUniversal-owned MSNBC, which not only… Read
Justin Bieber Roast Lures 4.4M Viewers On Comedy Central, Sets Social Aflutter
The first airing of Comedy Central’s Roast Of Justin Bieber was the No. 1 program on cable last night among the 18-49 demo, pulling a 3.3. The 10 PM insult-a-thon drew 4.4 million total viewers and added 1.4 million in its repeat. The network said the show did best among the 18-24 crowd (5.8) and topped all of TV in a number of younger demos including 18-34, 18-24 and men and women of both age ranges. Another 420,000 folks dialed up the live stream, the cable net said… Read
Three More CAA Agents Join UTA – Update
On the heels of the bombshell move of five top CAA comedy agents to UTA earlier today, three of their colleagues at CAA — agents John Sacks, Susie Fox and Joanna Scott — have followed them. That brings the number of agent defections in one of the biggest exoduses in recent memory to eight. And I hear there may be more, with the final tally of CAA agent departures rumored to be as high as 12-13.
Sacks, Fox and Scott were among the names speculated about today as… Read
Trevor Noah Dismisses Controversial Tweets As Jokes That “Didn’t Land” – Update
UPDATE, 2:30 PM: The new host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has issued a semi, sort-of apology for tweets he posted over the years that have offended Jews and women for their subject matter, and talented comedy writers for not being funny. In his latest tweet, he seemed to agree with the latter group, calling the tweets that the media uncovered this morning jokes that “didn’t land.”
To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true… Read
CAA To Take Legal Action Against Five UTA Defectors
EXCLUSIVE: More fallout following this morning’s bombshell exit of CAA agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo, who all left to bolster the comedy department of UTA. CAA shortly will be filing legal action, charging that some if not all of those defectors left while under binding contracts and seeking redress. I am told that historically this is not unusual when major agents exit to a rival agency. It doesn’t undo what happened… Read
‘House of Lies’ Renewed For Fifth Season By Showtime
On the heels of House Of Lies‘ fourth-season finale on Sunday, Showtime’s dark comedy has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season to air in 2016. The Don Cheadle-starring series joins companion dramedy Shameless, which was renewed for a sixth season in January. The third series of Showtime’s comedy-themed Q1 original lineup, half-hour Episodes, is yet to be renewed, but a pickup is expected — with the question being whether it would be Hollywood satire’s final… Read
‘Ingress’ TV Series Based On Google Game In Works With ‘The Expanse’ Producer
Google’s augmented reality game Ingress is eyeing a leap to television. I’ve learned that the web giant has teamed with The Sean Daniel Company, which produces Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse, to develop a TV drama series based on Ingress, a game which uses real locations and social media interactivity to bring its 10 million players together in a global sci-fi mystery. This would mark Google’s first foray into television.
The Sean Daniel Co. is meeting with… Read