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‘Love Island’ Heads To Belgium, Netherlands & Poland As ITV Studios & Motion Content Group Strike Euro Deals

Love Island is heading to Belgium, Netherlands and Poland, taking the total number of territories hosting the sexy reality series to 11. This comes ahead of the launch of the U.S. version, which is set to debut on CBS later this year. ITV Studios has closed deals with Polsat, where the Polish series will be produced by Jakevision, and Belgium's SBS and Holland's RTL. The latter two companies are partnering on a joint series that will feature contestants from both… Read

Channel 4 Brings Back Social Media-Based Reality Format ‘The Circle’ For Second Season; Promises More Mischief

Social media-based reality series The Circle is returning to Channel 4 after the British broadcaster ordered a second season. This comes after Netflix snapped up the international rights to the format and Deadline revealed that it was making French and Brazilian series as well as a U.S. adaptation. The series, which is essentially Big Brother-meets-Catfish for a social media-obsessed audience, is produced by All3Media's Studio Lambert, producer of Undercover Boss and Goggl… Read

‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Mr. Spock Returns To TV After 27 Years

The CBS All-Access series Star Trek: Discovery returns to active duty tonight with Brother, the franchise’s high-intensity Season 2 premiere and its strongest showing to date after a bumpy inaugural season. The hour-long season opener marks the small-screen return of American television’s greatest alien, Mr. Spock, this time as portrayed by the young, bearded and soulful Ethan Peck, grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck. The last time Spock was featured in a new Trek… Read

Gladys Knight Will Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl

Gladys Knight will be singing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl LIII. The Grammy-winning songstress will be performing the song in her Atlanta hometown, where the game will be held on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 74-year-old Knight said she will attempt to “unite and represent our country” when performing the song. A member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Knight is best known for her hit with the Pips, Midnight Train to Georgia. The Super Bowl… Read

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sets C-SPAN Record For Twitter Speech Video

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first speech on the House floor has set a new C-SPAN Twitter record. "In just over 12 hours C-SPAN tweet of @RepAOC floor remarks last nite have become most-viewed twitter video by @cspan of any remarks by a member of House either party. 1.16M," said a tweet from Howard Mortman, the broadcaster's communications director. The record-holder for C-SPAN Twitter video in the Senate is held by Sen. Kamala Harris. The video shows her… Read

Frosties Or Sugar Puffs? Netflix Reveals Which Cereal Won Over Players of ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Frosties or Sugar Puffs? That’s the first question Netflix viewers are asked to decide when they embark on their choose-your-own-adventure journey through the interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch movie. Players are asked to choose which cereal the 1980s video-game programmer, who is the central character in the story, will eat, in a low-stakes introduction to the interactive elements of Bandersnatch. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, in a burst of transparency, revealed the… Read

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “We Compete So Broadly” That HBO, Disney Only Matter “On The Margin”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos say original programming is starting to overtake acquired fare and its platform has scaled to the point that linear rivals like HBO and Disney are not principal’s main rivals. Those were two of the key takeaways from Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings interview, the company’s answer to the traditional earnings call. This quarter’s edition was moderated by Eric Sheridan, an analyst with UBS. Sheridan asked… Read

‘Penny Dreadful’: Daniel Zovatto To Star In ‘City of Angels’ Showtime Sequel Series

EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that Daniel Zovatto (Here and Now, Fear the Walking Dead) has been tapped for a lead role in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a followup to Penny Dreadful from the original series’ creator, writer and executive producer John Logan. A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with… Read

Netflix Breaks Out Viewership Numbers For ‘You’, ‘Sex Education’, ‘Elite’

Sex Education

In reporting its fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, Netflix offered numbers that are far harder to come by: viewership stats for six of its newest series, including You, Sex Education and Elite. No third party measures streaming audiences globally as, say, Nielsen does in the U.S. Netflix zealously guards its data and has steadfastly refused to provide the kinds of ratings updates that its linear competitors do, even those not obligated to advertisers. Even so, the… Read

NBC Orders ‘Lincoln’ Drama Pilot Based On ‘The Bone Collector’ Books

NBC has handed a pilot order to Lincoln (fka The Bone Collector), a drama based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver which had been previously adapted into the 1999 movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The project hails from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (S.W.A.T.), Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, whose sibling feature studios shared distribution of the film, in association with Keshet Studios, which has… Read

Jimmy Kimmel To Celebrate Donald Trump’s First Term Halftime On Monday

We are only halfway through President Donald Trump’s first time as President of the United States. Jimmy Kimmel will pay tribute to this extraordinary milestone, this coming Monday night. Making the announcement, Kimmel’s show noted how very much history has been made, in the two years since Trump was sworn in as 45th POTUS. In a throwback to the Bob Hope variety shows of the 70s and 80s, Kimmel intends to celebrate that accomplishment with celebrities, songs, “covfefe… Read

‘Gen:LOCK’ Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Suits Up For Rooster Teeth Series

The just-arrived trailer for the new Rooster Teeth series gen:LOCK suggests that the American anime movement is gathering steam deep in the heart of Texas. The Austin-based Rooster Teeth already created an international stir among anime fans with RWBY and now, with gen:LOCK, it has a potent-looking follow-up effort, especially considering its cast, which reads like a Comic-Con guest list: Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Dakota Fanning (The Alienist), David Tennant (Doct… Read