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Fox Comedies, ‘60 Minutes’ Andrew McCabe Sit-Down Top Slow Holiday Sunday Ratings

Viewers pulled away from broadcast networks Sunday to warm up for Presidents Day revelry or watch the NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS. Fox fared best in the demo, fueled by a NASCAR Daytona 500 primetime kickoff in a swath of the country. From 8-9:30 PM, the network averaged a 0.9 demo rating with The Simpsons (0.9, 2.80M), Bob's Burgers (0.9, 2.22M), and Family Guy (0.9, 2.21M), after which a repeat Family Guy (0.7, 1.79M) wrapped the network’s night. Making its return… Read


Jennifer Salke On Amazon’s Film Future, Sundance Deals & The Late Night Selfie That Won Her ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’

Jennifer Salke

In an unprecedented Sundance Film Festival deal haul for a single distributor, Amazon Studios gave the clearest indication of its movie future by paying a record near $50 million for five films. The acquisition avalanche began with the fest’s first big pact for Late Night (record $13M for U.S. rights). Within a matter of days, Amazon bought Brittany Runs A Marathon ($14M for world rights), The Report ($14M for world rights), Honey Boy ($5 million) and One Child Nation. It… Read


‘T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle’ Season 2 Production On Hold

Coming off strong ratings for the first season of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, VH1 quietly had renewed the series for another go-round. Production on Season 2 of the reality show headlined by rapper-actor Tip “T.I.” Harris and Tameka "Tiny" Harris had been underway until it was halted yesterday after T.I.’s sister, Precious Harris, was hospitalized, Deadline has confirmed. We hear filming is slated to resume tomorrow. T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle was a legacy… Read

Box Office

Why The Industry Shouldn’t Be Scared About The Lowest Winter At The B.O. In Eight Years

Coming off a banner $11.9B at the domestic B.O. and $41.7B worldwide in 2018, this year’s theatrical tickets sales aren’t anything to get excited about: The winter B.O. stateside for the period of Jan. 1-Feb. 18 at $1.2B is the lowest start since 2011 per ComScore, and this year’s Presidents Day four-day holiday frame at $148.5M (ComScore+Deadline estimate) is the lowest since 2001. While Wall Street is bound to scream “Sell! Sell!” in regards to exhibition stocks, rub… Read


R. Kelly Grand Jury Reportedly Seated Amid New Evidence: Report

R. Kelly

A grand jury has reportedly been seated in Cook County, IL over new allegations against Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, according to CNN on Monday. The network cited two sources familiar with the case. The office of the Cook County State's Attorney did not confirm the report, which if true comes after attorney Michael Avenatti said this weekend he turned over evidence on a VHS tape showing the singer engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl; CNN reported today… Read


Oscars: Queen Will Bring Thunderbolts & Lightning To Sunday’s Ceremony

After enduring a week of backlash over its plan to shorten the Oscars by not showing some categories live then ultimately relenting, the Movie Academy needs your loving tonight. Now some Queen fans might be saying, “You’re my best friend.” The band featured in 2018 breakout biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is set to play the Academy Awards on Sunday. The move should please the legion of fans of the movie and is likely to draw more eyeballs to ABC’s telecast. We will rock The… Read


Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’ Secures Key Deals For Rocket Science At The EFM, Production Fast-Tracked

EXCLUSIVE: Following a strong response from buyers, Aaron Sorkin’s starry drama The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is now being fast-tracked for an early summer start after pre-production was put on pause last December. Rocket Science was selling the $30M-budgeted drama at the EFM in Berlin last week and closed significant pre-sales for France (Metropolitan), Spain & Latin America (Sun), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Japan (Hakuhodo), Benelux (Searchers), Canada (VVS), Australia & New… Read


Jussie Smollett Has “No Plans” Today To Meet With Cops Over Attack

Jussie Smollett Chicago Police

The Chicago police urgently want to speak with Jussie Smollett again about the alleged assault against the Empire star late last month and his possible involvement on what happened on the Windy City streets, but that ain’t happening today. “There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today,” reps for the actor said this Presidents Day morning. “Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate,” they added in what has become an increasing game of… Read


Patrick Caddell Dies: Political Pollster, ‘West Wing’ Writer-Consultant Was 68

Patrick Caddell, a pollster for Jimmy Carter who later became a writer, consultant and co-producer on The West Wing, among other TV and film work, has died. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke, Professor Kendra Stewart of the College of Charleston, told The Associated Press. He was 68. Caddell began his political career in the 1970s, working with Carter and other Democratic candidates before becoming a conservative pundit in… Read


Fox’s Daytona 500 Gets Ratings Bump Over Last Year’s Race

Sunday’s Daytona 500 with Denny Hamlin’s win scored a 5.5/11 overnight metered-market rating, up 8% over last year’s (5.1/11) record low, on Fox, according to Nielsen and Fox Sports. The closing stage at Daytona International Speedway was marred by multiple crashes toward the end of the race, which might have given it a ratings boost. Sunday’s race was the top-ranked sports event of the weekend, besting TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, which saw a 5.0 rating and also aired on… Read


‘The Punisher’ & ‘Jessica Jones’ Canceled By Netflix; Latter’s 3rd Season Still To Air

The Punisher Jessica Jones

(UPDATED with Marvel Statement) EXCLUSIVE: Exactly a month after the launch of its second season on Netflix, Marvel's The Punisher has had to bite the bullet as has Jessica Jones. As the only two series from the TV arm of the comic giant still left on the streamer, there will be no Season 3 of the Jon Bernthal led vigilante series, I've learned. The completed third season of the Krysten Ritter starring Jessica Jones will still appear on the streamer but will be put on ice… Read


Alec Baldwin Asks Whether Donald Trump’s ‘SNL’ Tweet Is “A Threat To My Safety And That Of My Family?”

Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 16, 2019. (Credit: NBC)

Alec Baldwin has responded to President Trump’s angry retort to the latest Saturday Night Live episode by asking whether the language used by the President “constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?” The actor, who regularly impersonates Trump on the show, tweeted, “I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?” I wonder… Read