CBS Offers Voluntary Buyouts To Veteran Employees, Mirroring HBO Move
CBS is offering buyouts to veteran employees in multiple divisions, a source has confirmed to Deadline.
Buyout packages are voluntary, the source said, and available only to workers whose age added to their years of service at the company total 80 or more. The projected number of buyouts is difficult to forecast, the source said. The move is similar to buyouts disclosed late Friday by WarnerMedia’s HBO, which extended them to workers 55 and older with at least 10 years of… Read
Donald Trump Will Declare National Emergency For Border Wall & Sign Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown
UPDATED with Senate vote and White House confirmation, 1 PM: The White House has confirmed what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today: President Donald Trump will sign the bipartisan bill to fund the government and avoid another shutdown — and POTUS also will follow through on his plan to declare a national emergency in order to build his wall at the southern border.
The country has been facing the threat of a second government shutdown in two months at… Read
The CW Pilot Finds Its Nancy Drew In Kennedy McMann, Casts Leah Lewis, Sets Larry Teng To Direct, Melinda Hsu To Run
EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Kennedy McMann has landed the title role in the CW’s untitled Nancy Drew drama pilot, inspired by the classic mysteries about the brilliant young sleuth. Leah Lewis (The CW’s Charmed) will co-star in the pilot, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios, which has tapped Larry Teng (the CW’s Supergirl) as director and Melinda Hsu Taylor (The Ce’s The Vampire Diaries) as executive… Read
Fox News Channel Names Michael Tammero As SVP Event Marketing
Michael Tammero has a new gig at Fox News Channel. The 22-year company veteran has been appointed SVP Event Marketing and host of on-air entertainment programming, effective immediately.
In his new job, Tammero will cover entertainment and pop culture across all platforms including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Nation, Fox News Digital, the affiliate news service Fox News Edge and Fox News Radio. He had been leading day-to-day marketing at FNC and will… Read
Superhero Blogger Geoff Boucher Launches Hero Nation
Today, Deadline launches Hero Nation, a dedicated blog that will be spearheaded by Geoff Boucher. He’s the creator of Hero Complex, a long running, award winning blog that was part of the LA Times and grew a rabid following. His new column will become a repository for superhero and genre subjects. It will be a mix of trade craft breaking stories, and fan-centric analysis covering two of the most lucrative segments of the film and TV businesses.
Boucher, who spent 21 years… Read
‘Cipher’: Gabriel Bateman Cast As Lead, Kyla-Drew Simmons To Co-Star In Syfy AI Pilot
Young actor Gabriel Bateman (American Gothic, Outcast) has been cast as the lead of Syfy pilot Cipher (working title), and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn alum Kyla-Drew Simmons is set to co-star in the AI drama from Allison Miller (Strange Angel) and Universal Content Productions. Rough House Pictures (Halloween) is executive producing.
Written by Miller, in Cipher, following the recent death of his mother, 13-year-old video game junkie Asa’s (Bateman) life changes yet again… Read
‘American Ninja Warrior’ Renewed For Season 8 By NBC
NBC has renewed three-time Emmy-nominated American Ninja Warrior for an eighth season. Production will begin this spring and a premiere date will be announced shortly, according to the network.
Hosted again by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the popular obstacle course competition series will shoot in six cities this season, including Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), Atlanta (The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium), Oklahoma City (State Capitol… Read
Netflix’s Animated ‘Love Death And Robots’ Gets Premiere Date & One Heavy Trailer
Netflix said Thursday that its way adult-skewed animated anthology series Love Death and Robots from Tim Miller and David Fincher will premiere on the streaming service March 15. It also dropped a trailer that offers the first real look at the series, which consists of 18 animated short stories.
Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen are executive producers for the series, which will showcase episodes between 5-15 minutes long each created by different animation teams from around… Read
‘Psych The Movie 2’ Gets Green Light At USA Network
USA Network has given the green light to Psych: The Movie 2, a follow-up to its successful Psych: The Movie, starring original cast members James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen and Tim Omundson. The sequel hails from Universal Content Productions in association with Thruline Entertainment. Production is set to begin next month in Vancouver, Canada, with premiere slated for later this year.
The movie picks up with Santa Barbara Police Chief… Read
More Big Names – Cuarón, Clooney, McDormand Among Them – Sign Open Letter To Academy In Category Controversy
UPDATED, 10:05 AM Thursday with more names added to open letter: The list of industry names who have signed on to an open letter to the Academy asking it to reverse its decision to change the way some categories are presented at the Oscars is growing.
Roma‘s Alfonso Cuarón, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Kerry Washington are among the latest signatories on the letter, which now includes support from Oscar winners including Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and… Read
‘Masked Singer’ Continues Wednesday’s Ratings Tear
Fox's whacky competition series Masked Singer (2.4, 7.793M) continues to own the demo crown on Wednesdays, climbing 2/10th from last week and logging a full rating point lead over closest competitor on the night, NBC's Chicago Med (1.3, 8.805).
Med, however, was the night's No. 1 program in overall audience and topped its 8 PM timeslot in both metrics. In that hour, CBS's timeslot premiere of World's Best (0.9, 5.807M) finished fourth in the demo, behind Med as well as… Read
Steven Piet & Erik Crary Ink First-Look Deal With Universal Content Productions
Director Steven Piet and producer Erik Crary have signed a first-look deal with Universal Content Productions to develop scripted programming with the studio.
Piet and Crary have both worked under Nick Antosca (Hulu's The Act, Syfy’s Channel Zero) who is under an overall deal at UCP.
Piet directed episodes 5 and 8 of The Act, from Antosca and Michelle Dean, a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. The first eight-episode… Read