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‘The Conners’ Cast On Show’s Resurrection And Writing Out Roseanne – PaleyFest NY (SPOILERS)

[SPOILER ALERT: This report contains details of the The Conners premiere tonight.] Five cast members from The Conners and producer Tom Werner watched the show’s live East Coast premiere at the Paley Center just before a PaleyFest New York panel discussion about the unlikely re-reboot and how Roseanne Conner met her end. After Roseanne Barr’s offensive tweets prompted the abrupt cancellation of Roseanne following its smash midseason premiere, the new show gradually came… Read


‘Sisters’ Drama Based On Australian TV Series From Annie Weisman & Jason Katims Lands At Fox As Put Pilot

Annie Weisman & Jason Katims

In a very competitive situation, Fox has nabbed Sisters, a one-hour drama based on the Endemol Shine Australia series, with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from The Path duo of co-executive producer Annie Weisman and executive producer Jason Katims, as well as the original series’ co-creator Imogen Banks, Universal TV, where Katims True Jack and Weisman are under overall deals, and Endemol Shine North America. Written by Weisman, Sisters is based on the… Read

Box Office

‘Angry Birds 2’ To Fly In Late Summer 2019

Sony/Rovio Entertainment’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 is no longer nesting in the post-Labor Day frame of Sept. 6 next year; a time when New Line/Warner Bros.’ It: Chapter Two will suck all the air out of the box office. Rather, the Thurop Van Orman-John Rice directed animated sequel will fly on Aug. 16. The first movie released in May 2016 made $352.3M worldwide, $107.5M of that coming from U.S./Canada. Bill Hader, Jason Sudekis, Josh Gad, Eugenio Derbez, Awkwafina… Read


Netflix Would Like Hollywood To Know It’s A Star Factory

Millie Bobby Brown

UPDATED with comments from Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos As competition for top talent intensifies, Netflix used its earnings results to send a message to Hollywood’s talent: we’re the new star factory. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings observed that the streaming giant has come a long way since it launched the original series, House of Cards, five years ago. This year, he noted, it collected 112 Emmy nominations for 40 of its shows, documentaries and specials, and tied the… Read


‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based. Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature… Read


‘Mid90’s’ Review: Jonah Hill Makes A Sensational Directorial Debut With L.A. Based Coming-Of-Age Tale

Jonah Hill is well established as one of his generation’s finest actors, already the recipient of Oscar nominations for Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street and a standout onscreen since his breakout turn in 2007’s Superbad. But as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), he now can add the words "writer and director" to his filmography with a terrific debut behind the camera on Mid90’s, a coming-of-age skateboarder tale set right in the heart of a place… Read


Roseanne Barr Tells ‘Vice’ ABC Did “Worst Thing They Could” In Firing Her From Show

ABC did “the worst thing they could have possibly done to me…to fire me from my own show,” Roseanne Barr complained to Vice News Tonight, in an interview it’s airing tonight right before ABC’s unveiling of The Conners. In a pre-taped interview airing on HBO, Barr paints herself as a victim, describing to Vice the “emotional and psychological impact of going from stratospheric stardom to being completely de-platformed,” as Vice put it. "I don’t keep in touch with anyone… Read


‘The Conners’ Review: ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Lacks A Lot More Than Just Fired Star

The Conners

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details of the The Conners debut tonight. "Pierce Brosnan is a much better singer than he gets credit for," proclaims Michael Fishman's DJ Conner while listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack in one of the closest to genuinely funny lines of the Roseanne spinoff set to premiere on October 16 on ABC. Rising out of the racist tweets from Roseanne Barr herself and the subsequent crash, burn and cancellation of the President Trump praised bloc… Read


Brendan Gleeson, Ariyon Bakare Join ‘A Family Vacation’

Mr. Mercedes star Brendan Gleeson and Ariyon Bakare have come aboard Ira Sachs’s drama A Family Vacation, joining Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear, and Marisa Tomei. Co-written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the plot follows three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces. Production is underway in Portugal with Saïd Ben Saïd… Read


Former SAG President Richard Masur To Receive SAG-AFTRA President’s Award

Former SAG president Richard Masur will be this year's recipient of SAG-AFTRA's President's Award, which "celebrates a member who has given meritorious service to the union and its membership." The award will be presented Saturday at the union's national board meeting. "It is an honor and privilege for me to recognize Richard's many contributions with this award," said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. "For decades, he has worked to enrich the lives of performers… Read


‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC

On the heels of Shades of Blue ending its run after three seasons, star/executive producer Jennifer Lopez has teamed with co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama, which has been put in development by NBC. The project, Blood Ties, hails from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas' Nuyorican Productions, Appian Way and Universal TV, where Nuyorican is based. Written by Szentgyorgyi, Blood Ties is a procedural crime… Read


‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Up From Last Week’s Low & 2017 As Packers Win

There was a lot of push, pull and more than a few nice moves by quarterback Aaron Rodgers but in the end the Green Bay Packers' 33-30 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last night came down to that last-minute field goal by Mason Crosby. A dramatic end to a more dramatic than usual Monday Night Football that was good for the Packers, good for the swimming to stand still NFL and very good indeed for ESPN. Scoring 11.9 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49… Read