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Lifetime Network Touts Above-Industry-Average Number Of Female Directors – TCA

Lifetime Network kicked off Sunday's TCA presentation with an announcement from Rob Sharenow, president of programming at A+E Network, saying they have 78% female directors. The industry is averaging 17%. The network introduced a panel featuring female actors-directors including Kim Raver, Alyssa Milano, Monika Mitchell, Erika Christensen, Janice Cooke, Ginnifer Goodwin, Angela Fairley, Rhonda Baraka, Tiffany Hines, and Claire Scanlon, who discussed the importance… Read

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Co-Creator Chuck Lorre Takes Vanity Card Shot At Press Sec. Sarah Sanders

Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre has again played the vanity card in his ongoing war with the Trump administration. This time, he attacked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the show’s closing credits and also on Thursday’s Young Sheldon spin-off. The most recent vanity card took issue with Sanders’s recent interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network in which she claimed that God put President Donald Trump in the White House.  “God told me he… Read

Business

Kylie Jenner Losing Her Instagram Record For “Most Likes” To An Egg

UPDATE:  The incredible, edible egg now has more than 20 million Instagram likes, blowing away the record previously held by Kylie Jenner. EARLIER: Move over, Kylie Jenner. There’s going to be a new Instagram champion for likes, and it’s not even human. A photo of an egg – yes, an egg – is set to top the previous Instagram record set by Jenner, who held the world record for the most-liked Instagram photo of all-time with her photo of her new daughter, Stormi… Read

Awardsline

Inside The Golden Globes: After HFPA’s ‘Green Book’ Rhapsody, Is This Oscar Race Still Wide Open?

If you are looking for any tea leaves or clues from last night’s Golden Globes in terms of what it means for Oscars, the answer is simple. This is, has been, and continues to be a wide open race in many ways. Expect many twists and turns to come, and don’t count anyone out quite yet. Big winners including audience favorite Green Book (Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Screenplay, Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali) and critics darling Roma (Director for Alfonso… Read

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Golden Globes TV: FX, Netflix Lead Field As ‘The Americans’ Leaves With a Bang

The Americans

FX closed its chapter as a 21st Century Fox network on a high note, winning two of the three top program Golden Globe awards — best drama series for The Americans and best limited series/TV movie for The Assassination of Gianni Versace. FX tied Netflix for the most wins Sunday night, three apiece, as the streamer claimed its first comedy series Globe for Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method. Amazon followed with two. The Kominsky Method joined Versace as the only programs… Read

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‘Black Panther’ And ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Top Fandango Golden Globes Survey

EXCLUSIVE: When it comes to awards, there’s often a split between what should win and what will win. So Fandango, the movie information/ticketing site, surveyed 2,500 fans on what films they’d like to see triumph at the 76th Golden Globes this Sunday. The top choices were Black Panther as Best Drama, while rom-com Crazy Rich Asians was the people’s choice in the Best Musical or Comedy category. "Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians are not only wildly entertaining films… Read

TV

Broadcast Networks End Of 2018 Scorecard & Look Ahead To Midseason

It’s been an OK fall for the broadcast networks with a few solid new entries, NBC’s Manifest and New Amsterdam, ABC’s The Conners, CBS FBI, Fox’s Last Man Standing and the CW’s Charmed. Besides the two NBC dramas, no other new series probably qualifies as a breakout hit but there were no outright flops either that were quickly pulled or downgraded except for ABC’s Alec Baldwin talk show. However, the performances of the new and returning series has been largely… Read

Film

Black Panther, Deadpool & Venom: 2018 Superheroes Flew In Face Of Tradition, Portend A Diverse 2019

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The superhero gene went up, up and away in 2018 finishing with the year’s three top domestic box office releases (Black Panther, The Incredibles 2 and Avengers: Infinity War, with combined box office of $2 billion) and three more tentpoles ranked in the Top 10 (Deadpool 2 at No. 5, Ant-Man and The Wasp at No. 8 and Venom at No. 10). More surprisingly, the genre closes out 2018 with as a surprisingly viable contender in the Oscar race for best picture. That contender, of… Read

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Turmoil At The TV News Divisions Shows No Signs Of Ending In 2019

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2018 was a wild ride in the TV news business. Shocking reports in the wake of #MeToo forced the industry to vomit out more sexual harassers. Some high-profile programs suffered ratings consequences. Meanwhile, TV news executives licked self-inflicted wounds, and, once again, viewers said so long, for now at least, to a super-successful TV news host who tried to change the daypart and network simultaneously. CBS News veteran Jeff Fager, only the second person to executive… Read

International

From Netflix To Blockchain, 12 Storylines That Will Dominate The International Film Biz In 2019

What to watch for in the overseas film industry in 2019: 1. Staying alive One of the most common refrains I hear from independent sales and distribution companies is how tough it is just to survive these days. As Netflix soars and studios, theaters and audiences continue to gravitate toward sequels, prequels and spinoffs, independent cinema becomes more treacherous territory. The year 2018 saw significant independent film companies go out of business (Global Road), falter… Read

Business

Friday Ratings: ‘Midnight, Texas’ Series Finale Holds The Fort On Rerun-Filled Slate

Midnight, Texas

The series finale of NBC’s Midnight, Texas was the highlight of a rerun-filled Friday night of programming, and the supernatural drama went out by holding on to its audience, scoring an 0.4/2 and 2.42 million viewers. Following that farewell, NBC’s America's Got Talent rose a bit from last week’s holiday special, ticking up a tenth to 0.5/3, 3.29. Rounding out the NBC evening, Dateline was also up, scoring strongly with an 0.6/4 and 4.13 million. Fox’s Last Man Standing… Read

Business

No Donald Trump ‘N-Word’ Tape Exists, Claims New Yorker Profile

A portrait of TV producer Mark Burnett that focuses on how his reality show The Apprentice burnished Donald Trump’s image also claims that the long-rumored tape of the President uttering a racial slur does not exist. The New Yorker story spoke with several staffers on Trump’s former NBC show, The Apprentice. Although they claimed Trump occasionally made insensitive comments about women, he never made a racial comment during his 14-season run.  The story claims The Apprenti… Read