Mark Cuban & Ann Coulter Elected U.S. President & VP In ‘Sharknado 3′
Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) has been cast as President of the United States and political commentator/author Ann Coulter will assume the duties of Vice President in Syfy/The Asylum’s Sharknado 3. The latest installment of the pop culture phenomenon will cause mass destruction in Washington, D.C. before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. It will premiere on Syfy in July.
The Dallas Mavericks owner and Coulter will join stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie… Read
John Oliver Sexes Up ’60 Minutes’ Report On Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure With Ed Norton And Steve Buscemi
John Oliver sprayed blame on politicians’ do-nothing approach to grappling with our crumbling infrastructure on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. The long and detailed segment included a shot at Congress for twiddling its thumbs in re our starving Highway Trust Fund.
More accurately, CBS News’s 60 Minutes warned of the coming disaster — Oliver’s show mostly rehashed a 60 Minutes report that aired November 23, featuring Steve Kroft, with Ed Rendell in Philadelphia and in a… Read
Allie MacDonald Joins Monica Potter Pilot, Mouzam Makkar In ‘Unveiled’
Allie MacDonald (House At The End Of The Street) has booked a series regular role in NBC's multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter. The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres' studio-based A Very Good Production, is loosely based on Potter's life and stars the actress as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands — which proves to be difficult… Read
Maggie Smith Hints At ‘Downton Abbey’ Departure
Season 5 of Downton Abbey concluded last night in the U.S. while Season 6 is currently shooting in Britain. A perennial question surrounding the show ever since its early global success has been just how long it will keep going. Executive producer Gareth Neame told Deadline yesterday that is the question he’s asked “a dozen times a day. I don't think I have ever known such speculation.” But there has also been earlier speculation surrounding Maggie Smith’s future in the… Read
BBC Chief Takes Aim At American Hegemony, Launches BBC Studios, Defends Licence Fee
BBC chief Tony Hall delivered a wide-ranging speech Monday in which he defended the public broadcaster’s licence fee and also took a shot at the increasing dominance of American culture over the airwaves. “For the amount that Netflix spent on the first two series of House Of Cards, we were able to make 14 drama series,” said Hall in a bullish address at New Broadcasting House.
The BBC has been under pressure recently to find alternative ways to fund its operations. Last… Read
Cecilia Vega & Tom Llamas New ‘ABC World News Tonight’ Weekend Anchors
ABC News made it official this morning, naming Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas anchors of ABC World News Tonight‘s Saturday and Sunday editions.
ABC News chief James Goldston’s memo to staff:
I have exciting news to share about our “World News Tonight” weekend broadcasts and our 2016 political team.
Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas will become anchors of “World News Tonight” Saturday and Sunday respectively beginning this weekend, making official the posts they've filled… Read
Combined Endemol Shine Distribution Entity Gets Name; Exec Team Outlined
In December, 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, joint owners of the newly-formed global TV giant Endemol Shine Group, said they would merge Shine International and Endemol Worldwide Distribution under CEO Cathy Payne. With a little over a month to go before the Mip-TV market in Cannes, the group has more clearly defined the operation, and given it a name: Endemol Shine International.
Owned and third-party scripted and non-scripted content now under the… Read
Rebekah Brooks Reportedly In Talks To Re-Join News Corp
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is reportedly in talks to re-join the Rupert Murdoch family in an unspecified role at News Corp-owned digital media agency Storyful.
Brooks, who resigned from her News International post in 2011 in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, was acquitted last June by a British court of taking part in phone hacking and illegal payments to police and public officials at the now-defunct News of the World newspaper. There… Read
‘Downton Abbey’ Finale: Exec Producer Gareth Neame On Allen Leech & Lily James’ Future, Season 7 & That Proposal
It is Christmas 1919 all over again. Like the Season 2 finale of British drama Downton Abbey, which culminated with Matthew’s proposal to Lady Mary, last night’s Season 5 closer ended with another long-awaited proposal, between downstairs favorites Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.
Romance dominated the episode, which aired as a standalone Christmas special in the U.K., with love chapters closing for Lady Violet and Isobel and potential new ones opening for Lady Mary and Lady… Read
William Shatner’s Twitter Storm Of A Leonard Nimoy Funeral Tribute
Unable to attend the funeral for long-time friend and fellow Star Trek luminary Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner has taken to with a stream of posts, many answering questions posed by fans about the two. Many of the posts and reposts are quite touching, and it’s set off quite the Twitter frenzy as fans respond, tweet and retweet.
Shatner also reposted a wonderful photo of a billboard, put up by a fan who said that it had made him choke up.
Shatner was on the East… Read
‘SNL’ Slaps Arounds Net Neutrality: It’s About Wet Flicks, Not Netflix
OK, you had to wait a couple of minutes for the slap-happy payoff, but it eventually hit hard. Saturday Night Live‘s team had a solid team effort in this riff on a Bloomberg News TV panel trying to explain the extremely important but extremely eye-glazing topic of net neutrality. Except, according to SNL, the real reason for all the heat on net neutrality isn’t about getting to watch House of Cards at a reasonable quality level. It’s about that other stuff the Internet… Read
Dakota Johnson Plays Innocent In Spiky ISIS-Chic Ad Parody On ‘SNL’
Saturday Night Live host Dakota Johnson was nearly perfect as a naïve American teen who leaves her understanding father at the airport to hitch her wagon to a future in terrorism in this twisted version of a standard-issue, off-to-college TV ad.
In the best tradition of SNL, it was as squirm-inducing as it was funny, given the few dozen Americans the government estimates have indeed headed off to the Middle East to join ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and… Read