Mayweather-Pacquiao Docuseries Set For April Premiere On Showtime
Even if you’re not a fan of the sweet science, chances are you’ve heard rumblings about the set-to coming in May starring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Showtime is training for the Fight of the Millennium (or whatever) with a four-part docuseries Inside Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao, which it premieres April 18.
The series will follow the undefeated Mayweather as he prepares for his looooong-anticipated faceoff with Pacquiao. Why not tag along with both fighters, you… Read
Fox Wants To Whack $250M ‘Simpsons’ Lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor
EXCLUSIVE: More than five months after Frank Sivero launched his mega-complaint against Fox alleging that a character from the Matt Groening co-created series was based on the role he played in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film, the studio has hit back – blunt and hard. "Defendant specifically denies that the character ‘Louie’ in The Simpsons television series was based on Plaintiff or any character that he has ever played," Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation said this… Read
Masi Oka Joins ‘Heroes Reborn’, Will Reprise Hiro Nakamura Role
Another Heroes fan favorite character will return for the upcoming Heroes Reborn event series. Masi Oka, who played wide-eyed time/space jumper Hiro Nakamura on the original series, is set to reprise his role in a guest-starring arc on Heroes Reborn, which is now slated for NBC’s fall schedule. (Will it return to Monday where the original launched successfully?)
"I'm excited to return to my Heroes roots," said Oka. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play… Read
‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Titled ‘Fear The Walking Dead’
We’ll this doesn’t leave much to the imagination. AMC has unveiled the title of its The Walking Dead companion series: it’s Fear The Walking Dead. Still no word on a premiere date for the series other than “later this year,” though the network said as before it was debuting it globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere on AMC Global’s 115-plus countries and territories — a move that befits a project so closely tied to TV’s most-watched show.
Earlier this month, Fear The… Read
Disney XD Orders Adventure Comedy Pilot ‘MTX!’
Disney XD has given a pilot green light to MTX!, a live-action adventure comedy pilot starring up-and-comer Nathaniel Potvin. Potvin is a home-grown talent — he has done guest shots on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World and Jessie while the Disney casting executives have been looking to find a starring vehicle for him. This is a long-time Disney strategy, with Disney XD recently giving a straight-to-series order to comedy Gamer's Guide To Everything, toplined by Jessie… Read
‘Happyish’ Gets Preview After ‘Shameless’ Finale On Showtime
Showtime will sneak the pilot for its new comedy Happyish on Sunday, April 5, following the season finale of hit dramedy Shameless. The move should provide solid sampling for the new series as Shameless is one of the premium cabler’s highest-rated series and has a similar offbeat sensibility as the newcomer. Showtime is expected also to put the Happyish pilot on multiple digital platforms ahead of its premiere for additional sampling, something the network does with all… Read
‘Blunt Talk’ Teaser: First Look At Patrick Stewart As U.S. Cable News Newbie In Starz Comedy
Patrick Stewart plays an often-besotted British TV legend trying to cross the pond and conquer the world on American cable news. Created by showrunner Jonathan Ames (Bored To Death) and EP’d by Seth MacFarlane, Blunt Talk has a two-season commitment from Starz. It will launch in the summer as the newly crowned No. 2 premium cable’s second half-hour comedy following LeBron James’ Survivor’s Remorse.
Stewart’s Walter Blunt is bent on using his nightly program to advise… Read
Katharine McPhee Signs With ICM Partners
Katharine McPhee, who co-stars on CBS’ freshman spy drama Scorpion, has signed with ICM Partners. She had been with WME.
McPhee was a runner-up on American Idol in Season 5 and got her big acting break in NBC’s Broadway musical drama Smash, the big-budget effort that was cancelled after two seasons despite lots of love from the network. She has also done film (The House Bunny) and TV (Community, CSI: NY), and then hooked up with Scorpion, based on the life of genius… Read
NBC Orders ‘First Dates’ Docu-Reality Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres
NBC has picked up First Dates, an eight-episode reality series based on a format from Shed Media’s Twenty Twenty banner. The hourlong series will be produced by Shed Media, which is part of Warner Bros. TV’s alternative department, and Ellen DeGeneres’ WBTV-based A Very Good Production.
First Dates is described as an observational documentary series that takes an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. Casting is… Read
Jon Stewart Sends Jason Jones On His Way To TBS
Jon Stewart last night celebrated Jason Jones’ The Daily Show career on the longtime correspondent’s final night with the Comedy Central late-night show. “The one thing that was always — nothing makes my job easier than knowing there is someone there who I can always go to, and always count on, and who’s going to deliver the funny, the smart, the everything,” Stewart said. “You were always that dude. I thank you very much.” (Watch the video above.)
Last month, TBS… Read
NCAA Tournament Ratings Rise To 25-Year High, ‘Bones’ Returns Steady, ‘Blacklist’ Down
The second Thursday of the 2015 NCCA Tournament saw Notre Dame and Kentucky move on to the Elite Eight with primetime wins on CBS. Well, let's be honest, that second game of the night on the network wasn't a mere win by the undefeated Wildcats: With a blowout 78-39 victory over West Virginia, it was a decimation that should leave future opponents very afraid moving towards the final next month.
In fast nationals, last night March Madness double shot of Kentucky-West… Read
Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore Ups His Stake To 10.2%
Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore has upped his stake in the French media giant to 10.2% only days after an activist investor challenged his strategy for the company. Bollore acquired an extra 27.7 million shares for $687 million, and his stake is now double what it was only a few weeks ago.
Bollore is consolidating his grip on Vivendi in advance of an expected showdown next month with activist investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management, which has been calling for Vivendi’s… Read