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CBS Scores Friday Viewership Win Despite ‘Blue Bloods’ Break

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CBS’ drama block led this week by Hawaii Five-0 (0.8 million in the adults 18-49 demo, 7.55 million viewers) and MacGyver (0.8, 6.90M) propelled Friday’s primetime ratings, and with the night’s usual king Blue Bloods a repeat it was also Hawaii Five-0, despite dipping a tenth in the demo, that led all shows in viewership. Also notable Friday was ABC’s two-hour 20/20 (0.7, 4.78M), which rose a tenth for its episode remembering the scandals of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker… Read

Box Office

‘Glass’ Looking At Second-Best MLK Weekend Opening With $50M+

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UPDATED, Saturday AM second writethru: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, which he reportedly financed himself at a cost in the low $20 millions, looks to be posting a three-day total of $42.8M and a four-day of $50.3M. That is at the low end of Universal’s projections and a bittersweet start for this Split sequel and long-awaited follow-up to the filmmaker’s cult 2000 pic Unbreakable.  There are positive things to say about the opening of Glass this weekend, and we’ll get to… Read

Film

Channing Tatum Exits UTA And Management 360

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum has exited from his longtime reps at UTA and Management 360. It doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere else, and insiders called his exit amicable. Tatum last appeared in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Logan Lucky, a reteam with his Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh. He has been trying to get going the X-Men spinoff Gambit. He has long been slotted to play the charming card-throwing mutant, and buzz has been that he might direct the film after several… Read

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Bill Maher Books Ann Coulter, Draws ‘Real Time’ Boos

UPDATE, WITH VIDEO Bill Maher drew some boos tonight when he told his HBO audience that Ann Coulter would be a guest on next week’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher. And the jeers weren’t because the crowd had missed out on the controversial right-winger by a week. With the Buzzfeed report that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress called into question shortly before airtime, the bombshell allegations that had ruled cable news all day didn’t take up… Read

Business

‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Cooks Up First Trailer Of Season Two

The first trailer from the second season of the Emmy-nominated At Home With Amy Sedaris is out, showcasing the signature silliness of a conventional but subversive homemaker. The series returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 PM ET/PT. Created by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, the 10-episode second season will again revolve around a conventional homemaking theme, with twists taking segments in wacky directions. New topics explored this season include how to entertain teenagers… Read

Business

What’s Next For Sony’s Crackle? It Could Be A Partnership Or A Sale

The venerable Sony Crackle streaming service is looking for a potential joint-venture partner or buyer for its U.S. operations, even as its Latin American service shuts down in April. Crackle said it would shutter its Latin American subscription video service this week after concluding the business wasn’t economically viable. That news followed a decision last June to pull the plug on the free, ad-supported service in Canada. “The decision to close Crackle Latin America… Read

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Leonard Klady Dies: Veteran Variety Film Critic Was 67

Veteran film critic Leonard Klady has died after a brief illness. Klady was a staff writer/critic/columnist for such publications as Variety, the Los Angeles Times, American Film and Entertainment Weekly. He was the box office reporter for moviecitynews.com for the last 18 years, a senior contributing editor of Screen International and a critic and columnist for Below the Line. Born in Canada, Klady was a founding member and first president of the film co-operative the… Read

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Kenan Thompson Comedy ‘Saving Kenan’ & ‘Like Magic’ Get NBC Pilot Orders

Kenan Thompson

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson is a step closer to moving from late-night to primetime. His starring vehicle, the single-camera Saving Kenan (form. Saving Larry), has been picked up to pilot by NBC. The project, from SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video as well as Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke, had a big pilot production commitment. NBC ‘also has ordered to pilot Like Magic, a single-camera workplace comedy from Supers… Read

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Donald Trump Tweets Victory Lap After Robert Mueller Statement Disputes Aspects Of BuzzFeed Report

President Donald Trump took a victory lap after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a statement refuting aspects of BuzzFeed’s article claiming that Trump had insructed attorney/fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project. Trump so far has confined himself to retweets by Trump supporters, mocking BuzzFeed. This morning’s BuzzFeed article cited two law enforcement sources, but Mueller’s office issued a statement Friday evening… Read

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Robert Mueller’s Office: Descriptions In BuzzFeed Article “Not Accurate”

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UPDATED: BuzzFeed has responded to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement: “We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. We remain confident in the accuracy of our report.” PREVIOUSLY: Friday evening, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a rare statement in response to BuzzFeed’s blockbuster article alleging Donald Trump instructed his former fixer to lie to Congress. “BuzzFeed’s descriptions of specific statements to the… Read

Business

Two Snap Executives Depart Following Internal Investigation Into An “Inappropriate Relationship” — Report

Snap forced out two senior executives following an internal investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship involving an outside contractor, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company fired Francis Racioppi, its head of global security, after an investigation into his relationship with a contractor, the Journal reported, citing sources. Racioppi allegedly had an affair with a woman, whom he hired, then terminated her contract once the relationship ended… Read

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‘Dirty John’ Finale Hits Highs, ‘True Detective’ Premiere Ratings Rise In L3

Connie Britton and Eric Bana in Dirty John

Bravo's Dirty John ended its run in style, with its Season 1 finale rising to 3.3 million Live+3 viewers, 1.3 million in adults 18-49 and 1.6 million in 25-54. These were season highs for the anthology series, up +10%, +15% and +13% from the penultimate episode, respectively. Dirty John joins BBC America’s Killing Eve as the only new cable series 2018 to date to grow every week but one in total viewers. From premiere to finale, Dirty John‘s audience grew +1.2M in total… Read