Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ Viewed By 80 Million Households
Netflix broke with its longstanding practice of withholding viewer data and revealed that some 80 million households viewed Bird Box in its first four weeks of release.
CEO Reed Hastings made that information public in the investor letter that accompanied the company’s fourth quarter earnings report, as he sought to demonstrate momentum for Netflix’s original film slate.
Susanne Bier’s film — which has been resonating in pop culture, as evidenced by such ill-advised… Read
Netflix Beats Q4 Subscriber And Profit Estimates, Misses On Revenue
Netflix’s fourth-quarter numbers were not without fault, but largely delivered the goods for Wall Street analysts who have been eagerly anticipating a dose of good news for the streaming giant.
The company reported total revenue of $4.187 billion for the quarter, slightly below internal forecasts and consensus estimates of analysts. Total paid subscribers increased by 8.8 million to reach 139.26 million worldwide, ahead of guidance by more than 1 million. U.S. subscriber… Read
‘Van Helsing’ SyFy Star Kelly Overton Signs With More/Medavoy
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Overton, the star of SyFy's successful one-hour drama series Van Helsing, has signed with More/Medavoy for management representation. Overton was a series regular on HBO’s popular True Blood prior to Van Helsing.
However, Overton began her career in theatre where early on she debuted as Elaine Robinson in the original Broadway cast of The Graduate where she starred opposite Kathleen Turner and Jason Biggs. She will continue to be repped by Innovative… Read
Freeform Sets Second Annual Summit For March
Freeform held its inaugural Freeform Summit last year, and has decided to make it a yearly event. The second annual Freeform Summit will be held Thursday, March 28 at Goya Studios in Hollywood.
The day-long event will feature talent, executives, showrunners and directors across multiple Freeform series including Good Trouble, grown-ish, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Siren, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, The Bold Type, and the upcoming series Besties, Freeform said in… Read
Sundance 2019: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In The House & ‘Boomerang’ Preview
EXCLUSIVE: The Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced Boomerang recharge doesn't debut until February, but Sundance Film Festival attendees are going to get a world premiere preview of the BET series in just over a week.
In addition, leaving the likely still ongoing government shutdown behind for the snow of Utah, new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be bringing some of her much-analyzed moves to the festival too. A SFF juror last year, Jada… Read
‘The Kominsky Method’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix
It took awhile but Netflix has officially renewed Chuck Lorre's single-camera comedy series The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, for a second season. It will consist of 8 episodes and will start production late January 2019 in Los Angeles. (See the video announcement above).
The renewal comes two months after The Kominsky Method‘s 8-episode first season was released and 10 days after it became the first Netflix show to score a best comedy series… Read
Donald Trump Pulls Military Plane For Nancy Pelosi Trip After She Holds Up SOTU During Shutdown
Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a military plane for an overseas trip House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to leave on same day, saying it was inappropriate during the government shutdown.
Trump’s move serves as his response to the letter Pelosi sent him one day earlier, effectively postponing his State of the Union address unless he finds a different venue.
In his letter, Trump invited Pelosi to fly commercial into a war zone.
Informing her that he had scrubbed her… Read
Stephen Colbert Books Chris Christie For Live ‘Late Show’ After SOTU
Late Show host Stephen Colbert made it official this afternoon: former President Donald Trump transition team chief Chris Christie will be his guest for his live broadcast following the State of the Union Address in January 29.
Assuming there is a SOTU on January 29.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is in charge of the invitation for Trump to speak to the join session of Congress, has suggested he find another date when the government shutdown is over, deliver Stephen… Read
‘Suits’ Jessica Pearson Spinoff Series Starring Gina Torres Gets Title
USA Network’s upcoming Suits spinoff series will be titled Pearson, after its lead character.
The long-untitled project, from UCP, Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, is centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics.
Co-starring alongside Torres are Simon Kassianides, Morgan Spector, Bethany Joy Lenz, Chantel Riley, Isabel Arraiza and Eli Goree
Viceland Sets Nightly Live Two-Hour Variety Show
Viceland is going live in primetime next month with Vice Live, a two-hour variety special that will air four nights a week, Monday through Thursday, starting Monday, February 25 at 9 PM.
Vice Live will broadcast live out of Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters, covering the day’s hottest topics and trends, led by rising comedian/actress Marie Faustin, writer/comedian/internet provocateur Zack Fox, comedian/director/photographer Sandy Honig, and rapper/host Fat Tony.
The show… Read
‘Masked Singer’ Wins Wednesday Demo, ‘Chicago Med’ Tops Total Viewers, ‘Riverdale’ Returns Up
Fox’s The Masked Singer (2.2 demo rating, 6.983 million viewers) continued to dominate Wednesday primetime in the demo for a third week, coming in a lap ahead of closest competitor in the key 18-49 age bracket, though down 1/10th from week ago's stats. The slide is small, however, compared to previous week's 7/10th drop off of its highly hyped unveiling two weeks back.
Masked Singer's lead-in, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back (1.0, 3.422M) also dipped… Read
‘NYPD Blue’: Fabien Frankel To Star As Andy Sipowicz’s Son In ABC Sequel Pilot
EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search, young British actor Fabien Frankel has landed the lead role of Theo Sipowicz in ABC's pilot NYPD Blue, a new iteration of the iconic cop drama.
The sequel centers on Theo, the son of Dennis Franz's Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series, who tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father's murder. Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking… Read