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Fall TV preview 2016: 6 worst new network shows
"Conviction" and "Pure Genius" sink to the bottom of the prime-time barrel this fall. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Each season provides no shortage of candidates for spots at the bottom of the prime-time barrel. In no particular order, here are the rank rookies of the fall season. These are the noxious, hold-your-nose, avoid-at-all-costs, call-the-EPA stinkers: "Notorious" (ABC): "Ludicrous" would be a better title for this witless drama based on the lives of cable news producer Wendy Walker and lawyer Mark Geragos. "Pure Genius" (CBS): For a show about super-smart doctors at a super-smart medical facility, it's pretty dumb . . . and smug . . . and stilted. "Timeless" (NBC): The producers might wish they could travel back in time and start with building material sturdier than cardboard. "Man With a Plan" (CBS): The likable Matt LeBlanc is the man stuck in a thoroughly unlikable comedy. "The Great Indoors" (CBS): Where stale jokes meet stereotypes. "Conviction" (ABC): The insipid drama about a former first daughter may be in last place in terms of quality this fall.
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How ‘Sunday Night Football’ Became TV’s Ratings King
When the new season of “Sunday Night Football” kicks off tonight — yes, on a Thursday — it will mark the 10th anniversary of the NBC franchise. But the more impressive milestone will likely come this spring. Barring the unforeseen, “Sunday Night Football” will finish its sixth straight season as television’s most-watched show, tying “American... Read more »
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Fall TV preview 2016: 'Pitch' and 'Frequency' among best of networks' 20 new shows
The stellar freshmen in the broadcast networks' fall class of 20 new shows include Fox's "Pitch" and "The Exorcist," NBC's "The Good Place" and "This Is Us," and the CW's "Frequency." CLEVELAND, Ohio - Hope is a good thing, we're told at the conclusion of "The Shawshank Redemption" - maybe the best of things. But hope must be rooted in possibilities. Reasonably speaking, does the fall TV season offer any reason for hope? The answer is a resounding yes, uh-huh, absolutely. The five broadcast networks seem to finally be doing a slightly better job of adapting to an ever-changing television environment. Sure, there are quite few clunkers among the 20 new shows the networks will introduce this fall. The rankest of the rookies include ABC's "Notorious," CBS' "The Great Outdoors" and NBC's "Timeless." But a few of these rookies get off to impressive starts, including the CW's "Frequency" and two Fox dramas: "Pitch" and "The Exorcist." And a handful of others show a great deal of promise: NBC's "The Good Place" and "This Is Us," ABC's "Designated Survivor" and CBS' "Kevin Can Wait." They show possibilities mostly because network programmers are on that elusive path that leads to some solid ground between what cable channels and streaming services are offering. The best of these fledgling shows are different, but not in a way that is an embarrassing attempt to clone a hot cable success. They also embrace diversity, in theme and casting, in ways that aren't always successful, yet do give us more reason for hope, which is a good thing. SUNDAY (One new series) Son of Zorn (Fox): Blending live action and animation, this oddball comedy features a premise that might be difficult to sustain. Jason Sudeikis provides the voice of Zorn, a warrior from a Pacific island where everything and everyone is animated. He is returning to Orange County, California, trying to reconnect with his wife (Cheryl Hines) and teenage son. The concept has you smiling, and the pilot episode keeps you smiling (if not laughing out loud). The scripts need to make like Zorn and muscle up. Sunday schedule and premiere dates: NBC (WKYC Channel 3): 7-8:20, "Football Night in America"; 8:20-11:30, "Sunday Night Football" (11th-season premiere, Sept. 11). ABC (WEWS Channel 5): 7-8, "America's Funniest Home Videos" (27th-season premiere, Oct. 2); 8-9, "Once Upon a Time" (sixth-season premiere, Sept. 25); 9-10, "Secrets and Lies" (second-season premiere, Sept. 25); 10-11, "Quantico" (second-season premiere, Sept. 25). Fox (WJW Channel 8): 7-7:30, NFL Game; 7:30-8, "The OT" (then "Bob's Burgers," seventh-season premiere, Sept. 25); 8-8:30, "The Simpsons" (28th-season premiere, Sept. 25); 8:30-9, "Son of Zorn" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 25); 9-9:30, "Family Guy" (15th-season premiere, Sept. 25); 9:30-10, "The Last Man On Earth" (third-season premiere, Sept. 25). CBS (WOIO Channel 19): 7-8, "60 Minutes" (49th-season premiere, Sept. 25); 8-9, "NCIS: Los Angeles" (eighth-season premiere, Oct. 2); 9-10, "Madam Secretary" (third-season premiere, Oct. 2); 10-11, "Elementary" (fifth-season premiere, Oct. 2). MONDAY (four new series) "Kevin Can Wait" (CBS): Kevin James ("King of Queens") returns to the CBS lineup, this time playing a newly retired police officer wanting to spend quality time with his wife and three kids. The plot doesn't sound all that promising, but "Kevin Can Wait" actually qualifies as quality time. This is another solid blue-collar comedy role for James, and, while the series has its share of predictable moments, it ranks surprisingly high in this season's comedy development. "Man With a Plan" (CBS): But the charm that lifts "Kevin Can Wait" can't be detected in another comedy about a stay-at-home dad spending more time with his kids, "Man With a Plan." Matt LeBlanc ("Friends") plays a a contractor whose wife goes back to work. LeBlanc has had his share of hits and misses. Remember "Joey"? Well, this one is closer to "Joey" than "Friends." This isn't so much as "Man With a Plan" as "Matt Needs a Script." "Timeless" (NBC): Time hangs heavy over this action-adventure-fantasy drama from executive producers Eric Kripke ("Revolution," "Supernatural") and Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"). Dreary dialogue and colorless characters bog down this series as it clumsily follows a scientist, a solider and a history professor pursuing a mysterious criminal who stole a secret time machine. Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett and Goran Visnjic star. Well, maybe next time. "Conviction" (ABC): The Alphabet Network quickly found a new job for Hayley Atwell, star of the canceled "Agent Carter." Too bad this assignment is to carry an incredibly labored and vapid concept. She stars as a lawyer and former first daughter being coerced into joining a new conviction unit led by New York district attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill). Their first case should be against the writers. It will be an easy conviction on the charge of assault with a blunt object. Monday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-10, "The Voice" (10th-edition, Sept. 19); 10-11, "Timeless" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 3). ABC: 8-10, "Dancing With the Stars" (23rd edition, Sept. 12); 10-11, "Conviction" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 3). Fox: 8-9, "Gotham" (third-season premiere, Sept. 19); 9-10, "Lucifer" (second-season premiere, Sept. 19). CBS: 8-8:30, "The Big Bang Theory" (10th-season premiere, Sept. 19, airing Mondays until October, when "Kevin Can Wait" moves into its regular time period); 8:30-9, "Kevin Can Wait" (NEW, premiering Sept. 19, airing Mondays until October, when "Man With a Plan," also NEW, premieres, Oct. 24); 9-9:30, "2 Broke Girls," (sixth-season premiere, Oct. 10); 9:30-10, "The Odd Couple" (third-season premiere, Oct. 17); 10-11, "Scorpion" (two-hour third-season premiere at 9 p.m. Oct. 10). The CW (WBNX Channel 55): 8-9, "Supergirl" (second-season premiere, new network, Oct. 10); 9-10, "Jane the Virgin" (third-season premiere, Oct. 17). TUESDAY (four new shows) "This Is Us" (NBC): OK, it gets pretty hokey. It's sentimental and manipulative. And yet, even as you acknowledge how overtly it plays the emotional cards, you can't help being won over by this feel-good drama with the ideally cast Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember"), Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") and Sterling K. Brown ("The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") as characters whose paths cross and intertwine in curious ways. This is a show you want to like, and you're always in likable company. "American Housewife" (ABC): Katy Mixon stars as a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three surrounded by "perfect" families in wealthy Westport, Connecticut. While taking aim at some worthy targets, this wildly uneven comedy manages to score the occasional hit, but the misses are wincingly awful. "Bull" (CBS): You like Michael Weatherly. He's giving it his all in this new drama. It's far more difficult to like his smug, one-dimensional character, Dr. Bull. Based on the early career of talk show host Philip "Dr. Phil" McGraw, it follows the brilliant and brash Bull as he mixes psychology and high-tech data to help lawyers tip the scales of justice in favor of their clients. Some considerably more depth is needed to tip things in favor of this formulaic load of "Bull." "No Tomorrow" (The CW): Give yourself the chance to fall in love with this one. A romantic comedy based on a Brazilian program, it stars Tori Anderson as risk-adverse, order-addicted quality-control assessor encouraged to adopt a carpe-diem attitude by a charming free spirit (Joshua Sasse) who believes the apocalypse is precisely eight months and 12 days away. It's a strange brew, but the mixture is bewitching. Tuesday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-9, "The Voice" (results show); 9-10, "This Is Us" (NEW, series premiere at 10 p.m., Sept. 20, moving to its regular time period on Oct. 11); 10-11, "Chicago Fire" (fifth-season premiere, Oct. 11). ABC: 8-8:30, "The Middle" (eighth-season premiere, Oct. 11); 8:30-9, "American Housewife" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 11); 9-9:30, "Fresh Off the Boast" (third-season premiere, Oct. 11); 9:30-10, "The Real O'Neals" (second-season premiere, Oct. 11); 10-11, "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 20). FOX: 8-8:30, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 20); 8:30-9, "New Girl" (sixth-season premiere, Sept. 20); 9-10, "Scream Queens" (second-season premiere, Sept. 20). CBS: 8-9, "NCIS" (14th-season premiere, Sept. 20); 9-10, "Bull" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 20); 10-11, "NCIS: New Orleans" (third-season premiere, Sept. 20). The CW: 8-9, "The Flash" (third-season premiere, Oct. 4); 9-10, "No Tomorrow" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 4). WEDNESDAY (four new series) "Lethal Weapon" (Fox): Nothing here will make you forget the original film, but this series version is fun, fast-paced and not without charm. Starring Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh (the odd-couple buddy cops played in the films by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover), it's a put-the-brain-in-neutral thrill ride - a good but not great reboot good for grins. "Speechless" (ABC): Minnie Driver ("The Riches") manages to lift a heavy-handed script to give this wonderfully well-intentioned comedy a fighting chance. She's sensational as a mother on a mission to do anything for her husband and children, and that includes finding the right person to give JJ, "her eldest son with special needs," his "voice." Give this uncertain rookie show a few weeks to find its voice. It deserves the chance. "Frequency" (The CW): Tune in. The reception should be excellent. Peyton List stars in this immediately intriguing mix of police drama and fantasy. She plays Raimy Sullivan, a police detective who gets transmissions from the past on her deceased father's long-broken ham radio. The CW has stepped up the frequency of its quality offerings, and this is another slickly produced addition to an increasingly strong lineup. "Designated Survivor" (ABC): Kiefer Sutherland ("24") is back in the thriller business, but not as Jack Bauer and not for Fox. He has top billing in this conspiracy drama, playing Tom Kirkman, a low-level Cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington, D.C. He struggles to prevent the country and his family from falling into chaos. The writers also struggle with a concept that relies more on energy than logic. It's a fun, high-octane ride, with a fine supporting cast (Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q and Kal Pen), but it could use a boost in the credibility department. Wednesday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-10, "Blindspot" (second-season premiere, Sept. 14); 9-10, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (18th-season premiere, Sept. 21); 10-11, "Chicago, P.D." (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 21). ABC: 8-8:30, "The Goldbergs" (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 21); 8:30-9, "Speechless" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 21); 9-9:30, "Modern Family" (eighth-season premiere, Sept. 21); 9:30-10, "Black-ish" (third-season premiere, Sept. 21); 10-11, "Designated Survivor" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 21). Fox: 8-9, "Lethal Weapon" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 21); 9-10, "Empire" (third-season premiere, Sept. 21). CBS: 8-9, "Survivor" (33rd edition, Sept. 21); 9-10, "Criminal Minds" (12th-season premiere, Sept. 28); 10-11, "Code Black" (second-season premiere, Sept. 28). The CW: 8-9, "Arrow" (fifth-season premiere, Oct. 5); 9-10, "Frequency" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 5). THURSDAY (five new series) "The Good Place" (NBC): The premiere episode is terrific. Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars') plays a woman welcomed to the afterlife by a smiling, reassuring mentor played by Ted Danson ("Cheers," "Becker"). He tells her that she's in the "good place," thanks to her many good and selfless deeds. Problem is, she was an incredibly selfish, self-centered person. Could there have been a mistake? The only doubt hanging over this series is whether this is a premise that can work week after week. This is your classic show-me-another pilot. "The Great Indoors" (CBS): There's nothing great about "The Great Indoors," which stars Joel McHale ("Community") as a renowned adventure reporter who becomes boss to a group of millennials. Paper-thin characters are moved though predictable proceedings. If you venture into "The Great Indoors," you'll be wandering in search of real laughs and realistic people - neither of which ever materialize. "Notorious" (ABC): There's nothing inspired about this drama inspired by the stories of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker (both on board as executive producers). Starring Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, it looks at the dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. You won't want to look for too long. This feels like executive producer Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," lacking even the occasional moments of wit and style that HBO series could summon. "Pitch" (Fox): Baseball series have a notoriously poor batting average on television (remember "Ball Four," "Hardball," "Bay City Blues," "Clubhouse," "A League of Their Own," "The Bad News Bears"?). This heartfelt dramedy has the right game to succeed where so many others have failed. Kylie Bunbury is the brilliant ace of this cast, playing a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play for a Major League Baseball team. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter and Mark Consuelos co-star in one of the more impressive home runs of the fall season. "Pure Genius" (CBS): Writer-producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") usually can be depended upon to craft riveting storylines about deftly drawn characters. That vaunted touch has deserted him for this dreary series about a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Augustus Prew) who enlists a surgeon with a controversial past in an effort to start a "new school" hospital. The writing is what ails the anemic rookie, which is taking the prime-time field with an embarrassingly inappropriate title. Thursday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-8:30, "Superstore" (second-season premiere, Sept. 22); 8:30-9, "The Good Place" (NEW, premieres 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, moving into its regular time slot Sept. 22); 9-10, "Chicago Med" (second-season premiere, Sept. 22); 10-11, "The Blacklist" (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 22). ABC: 8-9, "Grey's Anatomy" (13th-season premiere, Sept. 22); 9-10, "Notorious" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 22); 10-11, "How to Get Away with Murder" (third-season premiere, Sept. 22). Fox: 8-9, "Rosewood" (second-season premiere, Sept. 22); 9-10, "Pitch" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 22). CBS: 8-11, "Thursday Night Football" until Oct. 27, then: 8-8:30, "The Big Bang Theory"; 8:30-9, "The Great Indoors" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 27); 9-9:30, "Mom" (fourth-season premiere, Oct. 27); 9:30-10, "Life in Pieces" (second-season premiere, Oct. 27); 10-11, "Pure Genius" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 27). The CW: 8-9, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (second-season premiere, Oct. 13); 9-10, "Supernatural" (12th-season premiere, Oct. 13). FRIDAY (two new series) "MacGyver" (CBS): The network ordered a completely revamped pilot for this remake of the 1985-92 ABC adventures series. That's usually not a good sign. As of this week, that pilot wasn't available for review. That's usually not a good sign, either. But MacGyver was known for beating the odds and breaking through when things looked bleak. Lucas Till has the title role. "The Exorcist" (Fox): Premiering more than 40 years after the film version of William Peter Blatty's best-selling horror novel, "The Exorcist" follows two very different priests as they battle to help a family facing the horrors of demonic possession. The strong cast includes Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis and Cleveland native Alan Ruck. Eerily effective, this one will prove a devilish surprise for those expecting a reboot more terrible than terrifying. Friday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-9, "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (third-season premiere, Sept. 23); 9-11, "Dateline" (26th-season premiere, Sept. 23). ABC: 8-8:30, "Last Man Standing" (sixth-season premiere, Sept. 23); 8:30-9, "Dr. Ken" (second-season premiere, Sept. 23); 9-10, "Shark Tank" (eighth-season premiere, Sept. 23); 10-11, "20/20" (39th-season premiere, Sept. 16). Fox: 8-9, "Hell's Kitchen" (16th edition, Sept. 23); 9-10, "The Exorcist" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 23). CBS: 8-9, "MacGyver" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 23); 9-10, "Hawaii Five-0" (seventh-season premiere, Sept. 23); 10-11, "Blue Bloods" (seventh-season premiere, Sept. 23). The CW: 8-9, "The Vampire Diaries" (eighth-season premiere, Oct. 21); 9-10, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (second-season premiere, Oct. 21). SATURDAY (no new series) NBC: 8-10, "Saturday Dateline Mysteries" (repeats); 10-11, "Saturday Night Live" (repeats). ABC: 8-11, "Saturday Night College Football." Fox: 7-10:30, "Sports Saturday: College Football." CBS: 8-10, Crime drama repeats; 10-11, "48 Hours" (29th-season premiere, Sept. 24).
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Kanye West's fashion show was a mess
Live from New York, it's Yeezy Season 4.         
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Veteran 4 p.m. anchor Linda Yu stepping down at Channel 7
Linda Yu, the 4 p.m. anchor on top-rated WLS-Channel 7 for more than 30 years, will step down from the station in November, the station said Tuesday. While the WLS announcement called her departure a retirement, Yu said in a note to the newsroom staff that she will “move on,” adding, “Notice, I didn’t say “retire” .. […]
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TV-radio listings: Sept. 7
Television Paralympics Rio Summer Games Opening Ceremony NBCSN 6 p.m. Pro baseball L.A. Angels at Oakland MLB 2:30 p.m. Pro baseball Astros at Cleveland Root 6 p.m. Pro baseball St. Louis at Pittsburgh ESPN 6 p.m. Pro baseball Texas at Seattle ESPN 9 p.m.FSSW Pro soccer Chicago at FC Kansas City (w) FS1 7 p.m. Tennis U.S. Open ESPN 11 a.m.ESPN 6 p.m. Radio Pro baseball Astros at Cleveland790 AM 6 p.m.Astros in Spanish 94.1 FM
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NBC Developing Series Based on ‘The Curve’ Novel with ‘Mysteries of Laura’ Creator (EXCLUSIVE)
NBC is developing a series based on this summer’s book “The Curve: A Novel,” Variety has learned exclusively. Based on “The Curve: A Novel” by Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher, which was published this June, the project is a satire on legal education. The potential series follows an attorney who decides to leave his white shoe law firm... Read more »
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Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show was a hot mess
Live from New York, it's Yeezy Season 4.         
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Video: How Brad Galli upped Harbaugh’s khaki game
Galli in September gifted the UM football coach a new pair of pants, and Harbaugh loves them.        
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Vinnie Hinostroza will rejoin the Blackhawks in Buffalo
Vinnie Hinostroza's exile in Rockford has ended. The Blackhawks recalled the rookie forward on Sunday in advance of their game against the Sabres. Hinostroza flew from Chicago to Buffalo on Sunday morning to rejoin the Hawks, who lost 3-1 to the Oilers on Saturday. Hinostroza was sent down to Rockford...
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TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more
  SUNDAY The best of basketball’s best, including Steph Curry and LeBron James, will be in the Big Easy for the “2017 NBA All-Star Game.” 5:20 p.m. TBS, TNT “The Good Wife’s” Christine Baranski spins off into the new legal drama “The Good Fight,” which bows on broadcast and streaming, with subsequent...
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Sara Ramirez calls out ABC, ‘Real O’Neals’ for ‘biphobia’
Sara Ramirez is taking aim at ABC after allowing a joke about bisexuals into a recent episode of “The Real O’Neals.”
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Man arrested in Los Angeles in connection with pipe bombs found in Denver hotel
A Denver man was arrested in West Los Angeles Thursday by law enforcement, ABC News reports.
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Boston gets fashion forward
BOSTON STYLE: Proving that you don’t have to schlep to New York to find great designers and fabulous fashion, the Project Runway Designer Showcase hit the Gallery Boston catwalk at the W hotel last night, and it was fierce.The presentation featured “Project Runway” design contestants Cornelius Ortiz of Boston and Nathalia Jmag of Framingham. As fans know, both designers went to Framingham State University, where they met long before wielding scissors on the Lifetime reality series together.
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ABC renews 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' and 'How to Get Away with Murder'
Karen ButlerFeb. 11 (UPI) -- ABC says it has ordered additional seasons of all the dramas in its Thursday night lineup.
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'Star Wars' lands to open in Disney theme parks in 2019
Karen ButlerFeb. 11 (UPI) -- The new "Star Wars"-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios are scheduled to open in 2019.
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ABC renews ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal,’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’
Great news, TGIT fans: ABC has given early renewals to Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal
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ABC Renews ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ for New Seasons
Hold onto your wine and popcorn because Shondaland’s trifecta has been renewed. ABC has picked up new seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” Variety has learned. The early triple-renewal comes as ABC’s TGIT back-to-back-to-back lineup has won Thursday night for three weeks in a row among Adults 18-49. (Last night,... Read more »
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Hollywood agency ICM Partners acquires boutique NY firm
Hollywood agency ICM Partners made a big move into representing TV news and sports anchors by acquiring Headline Media Management.
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‘Battlestar Galactica’ star Richard Hatch dies at 71
Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” film and TV series, has died. He was 71.
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Bob Iger considers extending Disney contract again
This is it. It’s the last extension I’m signing. Trust me. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told investors on Tuesday he’s willing to extend his contract yet again — if that is what the board wants. “If it’s in the best interest of the company to extend my term, I am open to that,” Iger...
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'Battlestar Galactica' actor Richard Hatch dies at 71
Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series, has died. He was 71. A representative for the actor says Hatch died Tuesday afternoon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Manager Michael Kaliski said Hatch's son, Paul, was by...
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Battlestar Galactica' star Richard Hatch dies at 71
Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series, has died. He was 71. A representative for the actor says Hatch died Tuesday afternoon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Manager Michael Kaliski said Hatch's son, Paul, was by...
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'Battlestar Galactica' star Richard Hatch dies at 71
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" film and TV series, has died. He was 71.
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Tom Verica to Direct Shondaland’s ABC Legal Drama Pilot (EXCLUSIVE)
Tom Verica has been tapped to direct the pilot for Shondaland’s untitled legal drama at ABC from “Scandal” writer Paul Davies, Variety has learned exclusively. Verica is a familiar face to Shondaland, both on and off the screen. The multi-hyphenate is known to viewers for playing Viola Davis’ on-screen husband, Sam Keating, on “How to Get... Read more »
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'Pandora: The World of Avatar' set to open at Disney's Animal Kingdom May 27
Karen ButlerFeb. 7 (UPI) -- "Pandora: The World of Avatar" is to open May 27 at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando.
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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says His Role on Donald Trump’s Panel Is ‘Great Opportunity’
Disney CEO Bob Iger called his participation on a panel advising President Donald Trump on business issues “a great opportunity” that will allow him to influence the new administration on issues like lowering corporate tax rates. While members of Trump’s strategic and policy advisory committee have come under fire for working with the new president (Uber... Read more »
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Bob Iger: ESPN Banking on Growth From Digital MVPDs, Stand-Alone Streaming Service
Disney’s ESPN is coming off a rough fiscal first quarter as ratings and advertising declines and higher programming costs combined for an 11% year-over-year drop in operating income for the cable division. Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger emphasized during a conference call with Wall Street analysts Tuesday that an expanding array of digital distribution options will... Read more »
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ESPN costs part of Disney Q1 revenue miss
Disney shares were down slightly after the company reported mixed Q1 earnings.         
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Disney's wonderful world may be too good to last
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has been on a tear the past few years, thanks to popular channels like ESPN, its "Star Wars" and Marvel superhero franchises, and improving results at its global parks.
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Walt Disney Co. sees profit drop 14% in fiscal first quarter
Walt Disney Co.’s profit in the first quarter dropped 14% to $2.48 billion compared to a year ago, reflecting a slowdown in its film and cable television businesses. Three of the four company units — media networks, studio entertainment and consumer products and interactive media — each posted...
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Disney Beats Earnings Expectations, but Can’t Match Stellar Q1 of Last Year
Robust performance by its parks and resorts helped Disney beat analysts’ earnings expectations for the first quarter of 2017, though the entertainment conglomerate could not compete with its own blockbuster film success of the year prior, as both revenue and earnings per share slid behind last year’s levels. The Walt Disney Company recorded earnings per... Read more »
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De Blasio admin broke off talks with Airbnb after donations
A politically powerful opponent of the home-sharing website gave $200,000 to Campaign for One New York.
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CBS serves up 'comfort food' on Friday nights and it's paying off
If the TV industry gave out an award for the most uncool night of programming, CBS’s Friday lineup would win it hands down. “MacGyver” and “Hawaii Five-O” are reboots of old series, an anathema to TV critics who believe the industry is in a golden age of creativity. They lead into “Blue Bloods,”...
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3 things to watch as Disney reports first-quarter earnings
Riding a high on Wall Street, Walt Disney Co. will report fiscal first-quarter earnings Tuesday. Over the last three months, shares of Disney have soared nearly 19%, in part on the strength of its latest “Star Wars” blockbuster: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The impact of “Rogue One” across Disney’s...
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Disney is having trouble finding a new CEO
Bob Iger’s favorite song must be Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The Walt Disney CEO looks set to extend his contract at the Mouse House once again because, sources say, the board can’t find anyone else. Iger is a well-liked boss who has outperformed the market, but he has had a hard time...
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Romona Robinson no longer 11 p.m. anchor at Channel 19
Romona Robinson is no longer the co-anchor on the 11 p.m. newscast at WOIO Channel 19. The new 11 p.m. co-anchors at Channel 19 are Tiffani Tucker and Chris Tanaka. They also are co-anchoring Channel 19's 5 p.m. newscast, as well as sister station WUAB Channel 43's 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Romona Robinson is no longer the co-anchor on the 11 p.m. newscast at WOIO Channel 19. She will, however, continue to co-anchor the station's 4 and 6 p.m. newscasts with Mark Nolan. The new 11 p.m. co-anchors at Channel 19 are Tiffani Tucker and Chris Tanaka. They also are co-anchoring Channel 19's 5 p.m. newscast, as well as sister station WUAB Channel 43's 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Tiffani Tucker is co-anchoring WOIO Channel 19's 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Chris Tanaka.Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer  Robinson had been co-anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast with Denise Dufala, who left the Cleveland CBS affiliate station in December. Dufala said she left to spend more time with her family. "Tiffani has been here a long time for us, and we think she's going to do great," said Erik Schrader, vice president and general manager at Channel 19 and Channel 43, both owned by Raycom Media. "At the same time, Romona reached a time in her career when she wanted to spend more time with her husband, and we were excited to find a way to keep her here, honor her wishes and still have a great 11 p.m. news." Schrader also announced that Jamie Sullivan was returning to the Cleveland market, going back to Channel 19 as traffic reporter. Sullivan, who grew up in Cleveland, spent the last couple of years at WJLA Channel 7, the ABC station in Washington, D.C. She starts at Chanel 19 this Thursday, Feb. 9. Tanaka joined Channel 19 news team in July 2016, after a five-year stay in Honolulu. While there, he covered everything from politics and tropical storms to shark attacks and Marcus Mariota's meteoric rise to Heisman Trophy winner. Tanaka's father grew up in Lakewood, and his aunt still lives in Cleveland. Tucker's road to Cleveland began in Los Angeles with internships at KABC and E! Entertainment Television. She then landed jobs at WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, and WPEC in West Palm Beach, Florida. While at WPEC, she reported on the historic presidential election and the deadly anthrax attack of a National Enquirer publisher. At WSVN in Miami, she covered the death of Anna Nicole Smith, hurricanes and the red carpet at "American Idol."
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ABC Picks Up Pilots for Single Dad Comedy, Sibling Sitcom from Aaron Kaplan
ABC has ordered two more comedy pilots, nearly filling out their already-packed slate, as pilot season is heading toward the tail-end of pickups. The network has ordered a single dad comedy and an adult sibling comedy, Variety has learned. Both are 30-minute series that hail from ABC Studios. The untitled single dad project is a multi-cam project,... Read more »
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There is nothing simple about these handshakes
A North Carolina teacher deserves a hand–every day he welcomes each of his fifth-grade students with jazzy personalized handshakes. Barry White Jr., who teaches English at Ashley Park school in Charlotte, says the elaborate fist bumps, hand slaps and hip shakes–called “good mornings”—help his more than 40 students get ready for the day. “They know...
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Buy the ‘Boy Meets World’ house for $1.3M
Warning: This house does not come with Mr. Feeny.
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Trump: Schwarzenegger was bad as California governor and on TV, 'but at least he tried hard'
Trump to order review of financial rules Feb. 3, 2017, 5:24 a.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: The president is targeting regulations put in place by the Obama administration Trump says Schwarzenegger was a bad California governor How Trump is...
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Petition Aims to Silence Trump Animatronic Figure at Disney World
With President Obama already having taken his place in Disney World Florida’s Hall of Presidents alongside his 43 predecessors, the question has been raised if it would be wise to include speeches from an animatronic figure of the very newest President in the attraction? So far, more than 10,000 people have signed an online petition... Read more »
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Fall TV winners and losers
The major broadcast networks are down among young adult viewers, but, except for The CW, each also has a new hit, or two        
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Odell Beckham reportedly loses diamond ring while at strip club
Fumble!
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'Duck Dynasty' to end on A&E
The 11th season of 'Duck Dynasty' will be its last.
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LeBron James producing sitcom set in Cleveland for NBC
What if LeBron James and the creator of "Scrubs" got together to produce a show set in Cleveland? CLEVELAND, Ohio -- What if LeBron James and the creator of "Scrubs" got together to produce a show set in Cleveland? The answer is called "There Goes the Neighborhood," a single-camera, half-hour comedy from Bill Lawrence ("Cougar Town") that James and Maverick Carter's production company SpringHill Entertainment just sold to NBC. The premise is sort of a twist on "The Jeffersons." It's about the first white family to move into a predominantly black, newly gentrified neighborhood in Cleveland. The show is the second scripted series SpringHill has sold to NBC in as many weeks. The peacock network recently picked up a drama loosely based on the life of Dr. James Andrews, surgeon to the world's greatest sports stars. "There Goes the Neighborhood" would join "The Drew Carey Show" and "Hot in Cleveland" as sitcoms set in Cleveland. The show's greenlight means James now has more executive producer titles (5) than NBA titles (3). In addition to the two new series for NBC, SpringHill also produces the comedy "Survivor's Remorse" on Starz, the reality show "Cleveland Hustles" on CNBC and the upcoming game show "The Wall" on NBC. "SpringHill Entertainment has come a long way in the last year and a half, and I'm proud of the creative, authentic and entertaining content we continue to create for all types of audiences," Carter said in a release. "From 'Survivor's Remorse' getting picked up for a fourth season, to the summer success of our aspirational 'Cleveland Hustles' series, and with a lot of great upcoming projects in the works, I couldn't be more excited about the future of SpringHill." James' Hollywood ambitions aren't limited to the small screen. Actor Mark Wahlberg told the "Tonight Show" this week he and the Cavaliers star are talking about doing a movie together. LeBron James, Mark Wahlberg working on movie together
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Ahmad Khan Rahami on FBI file two years ago, report claims
The FBI created a file on New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami two years ago, but decided not to open a formal investigation into the U.S. citizen of Afghan descent after determining that he showed no signs of being a "radicalized" extremist, according to a report ...
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Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect
It is believed to be the first such deployment of the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system: An electronic wanted poster was sent out for Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was wanted in the weekend attack.
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Watch Matt Damon tease Jimmy Kimmel after the late-night host lost at the Emmys
On Sunday night, Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel reluctantly welcomed a surprise guest to share the stage. Moments after John Oliver accepted the award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, Matt Damon appeared beside Kimmel to clarify what had just gone down. “I missed the last category. Did you win?” […]
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Wolfgang Puck’s wife shops at Hillary auction
The piece, called “Chef,” “can be loosely interpreted as a portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Puck,” a source said.
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