Telemundo Responds To SAG-AFTRA’s Accusation Of Censorship For Not Airing Ad Critical Of NBCUniversal
UPDATED with Telemundo statement, 6:55 PM: A Telemundo spokesperson just issued a statement about why it rejected a SAG-AFTRA ad critical of its parent, NBCUniversal:
"After legal review, we have concluded the ad did not pass legal standards for issued based advertisement.
“We remain committed to making Telemundo a great place to work for our employees and will continue to invest in them to ensure their salaries and working conditions are competitive.
“At Telemundo we… Read
‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Including The Oscars – With A Little Help From Pete Hammond
I made my comedy series acting debut this week in the season premiere of truTV’s hit sketch comedy/educational hybrid Adam Ruins Everything, starring Adam Conover as a guy who likes the correct myths about various things in society that we only think we know about. Topics he took to debunking in Season 1 included cars, security, work, voting, nutrition, sex, death and others. The second-season premiere in which I appear as Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond (clever… Read
AT&T, HBO Ink All-Platform Content Deal; Programming Set For OTT Service
Ahead of AT&Ts expected Q4 launch of DirecTV Now, the telecom giant has signed an all-platform deal with HBO. The pact extends the companies’ existing contract and will make HBO and Cinemax content available on the forthcoming OTT service. Financial terms were not revealed.
In addition to bringing shows like HBO's Emmy-winnng Game of Thrones and Veep to DirecTV Now, HBO and Cinemax content also will be part of AT&T mobile video bundle offers. Details about those are… Read
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 23 Will See Return Of Pros Julianne & Derek Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy
There will be some familiar faces from seasons past when Dancing With The Stars returns for the next go-round on ABC.
Season 23 will see the return of pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who last appeared in 2015. Derek will be back as a pro and Julianne will serve as a judge. Also returning is pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, He last appeared in 2014 when he and Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis won the mirrorball trophy in Season 18.
Also returning are Season 22 pros Witney Carson… Read
Donald Trump’s Doctor Explains “Astonishingly Healthy” Medical Record To NBC News
While Hillary Clinton spent the day dealing with Pickle Jar-gate, Donald Trump will contend with an interview his personal doctor gave to NBC News saying that document proclaiming the GOP nominee to be in “astonishingly excellent” health was dashed off in five minutes.
NBC Nightly News tonight aired its interview with Dr. Harold Bornstein, in which he said he had just minutes to compose the document, while a black car from Team Trump waited outside his Park Avenue office… Read
NBC Buys Modern-Day Noah’s Ark Drama Produced By Robert Zemeckis
NBC has bought The Ark, a high-concept drama spec from 20th Century Fox TV and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers. The project, a grounded, modern retelling of the Noah’s Ark story from the Bible, was written by Black List scribe Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds). It centers on an engineer who, after the death of his wife, has a vision to construct a ship capable of sustaining life in space. When the build happens to coincide with the coming end of the world, the engineer realizes there… Read
ABC Nabs Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil Romantic Comedy ‘Documenting Love’ With Pilot Production Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: Girlfriends and The Game creator Mara Brock Akil is returning to her multi-camera comedy roots. In a very competitive situation, Documenting Love, a multi-camera comedy project from Brock Akil and her husband, writer-director Salim Akil, has landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment. This marks the prolific duo’s first broadcast sale under their three-year deal at Warner Bros. TV, which started in May.
Written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, Documentin… Read
Creative Arts Emmys Presenters Include Morgan Freeman, Allison Janney & Bob Newhart
The Television Academy has announced the first group of presenters for the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys, which for the first time will be held over two consecutive nights, September 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater.
Night 1 will feature Bob Newhart, Rachel Bloom, Allison Janney, Michael Kelly and Bradley Whitford. The second night will see Morgan Freeman, RuPaul Charles, Vanessa Hudgens, Carrie Ann Inaba, Heidi Klum and Derek Hough.
Also, TV Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce… Read
Preseason NFL Football Propels NBC Ratings Win – Update
NBC won its 21st consecutive night among Big 4 broadcasters in the demo and overall audience with coverage of Atlanta Falcons-Miami Dolphins NFL preseason game. The game scored a 1.8/7 in 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall from 8:07-11 PM ET. NBC’s primetime scored a 1.7 and 5.9M viewers, to win its 21st consecutive night among the Big 4 in both metric, marking a new total-viewer streak in people meter history and tying the record in the demo.
CBS scored a 1.3 rating… Read
‘Snatch’: Luke Pasqualino To Star, Lucien Laviscount To Co-Star In Crackle Series
Coming off playing d’Artagnan on BBC’s The Musketeers, Luke Pasqualino is set as the lead of another series reboot, Snatch. Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens) also has been cast in the series for Sony's streaming network Crackle, which is based on the cult 2000 Sony movie of the same name that starred Jason Statham and Brad Pitt.
Pasqualino will play the central character, Albert Hill, with Rupert Grint recently cast as the co-lead, Charlie Cavendish. The cast of the show… Read
James Corden On The Fruits Of ‘Carpool Karaoke’, The Internet And Those Emmy Nominations – AwardsLine
Stepping in for Craig Ferguson as the host of CBS' The Late Late Show just 18 short months ago, Tony-winning actor James Corden was almost totally unknown stateside, with only the support of Les Moonves and a hearty supply of pluck at his disposal. But a Tony-winning turn on Broadway in 2012, in One Man, Two Guvnors, preceded by the British sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which he co-wrote and starred in, was enough evidence for those in the know to give Corden his shot.
Writer Diane Ademu-John Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Empire’ As Co-EP
Seasoned writer-producer Diane Ademu-John has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year pact, Ademu-John recently joined the studio’s hit Fox drama Empire at the start of production of the upcoming third season as co-executive producer. Additionally, she will develop her own projects.
"Diane is a fantastic upper-level writer with mountains of experience—she can write it all, from procedurals to character dramas to soaps to the supernatural,”… Read