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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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Netflix Taps Fox 21 TV Studios’ Tara Flynn as Drama Originals Development Exec
Netflix has recruited another TV exec for its expanding originals slate: Tara Flynn, formerly with Fox 21 Television Studios, has joined the company as a development executive primarily working on original drama series. At Netflix, Flynn reports to VP of original series Peter Friedlander, who joined the company in 2011 from production firm Playtone. A... 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).
3 points by The Plain Dealer | New York City NBC Saturday Night Live CBS American Broadcasting Company
TV Ratings: NBC’s ‘Commander-in-Chief Forum’ Tops Wednesday
NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” was Wednesday’s big winner, earning 10.8 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo — numbers which are likely to be adjusted upwards after MSNBC’s simulcast and additional time zone ratings are factored in. The hour saw Matt Lauer interview presidential candidatesHillary Clinton and Donald Trump in separate segments,... Read more »
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Your weekly guide to fall TV
Your weekly guide to fall TV Sept. 8, 2016, 9 a.m. The fall TV season is here, and between the many options delivered by premium cable channels, multiple streaming services and a new slate of shows from the major networks, there's a lot of programming to choose from. If you were hoping that that...
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‘Archer,’ Chris Hardwick, Oculus Win Interactive Media Emmys
FX’s “Archer” and Comedy Central’s “@Midnight” are among the juried Emmy winners for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media, with three categories announced last night at the Interactive Media Peer Group (IMPG) Nominee Reception and Celebration of Excellence. The juried awards will be presented during this year’s first Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, taking place... Read more »
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Fall TV preview 2016: 34 shows that won't be back
Although the networks canceled 37 shows last season, three of them will get new life on another channel. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Before considering what's new this fall, here's a quick rundown on the series that won't be returning. Among the long-running shows dumped by networks were Fox's once-dominant "American Idol," ABC's "Castle" and CBS' "The Good Wife." Although the five broadcast networks announced the cancellations of 37 series in May, three of them have been given new leases on prime-time life. "Supergirl," grounded by CBS, is flying over to the CW, where it will get the 8 p.m. Monday spot. "America's Top Model," given the boot by the CW, will hit the runway on cable's VH1. And "Nashville," let go after four ABC seasons, will return on CMT in January. Some landmarks here. This will be the first midseason in 13 years without the January return of "American Idol," which ended its run in April. This will be the first season in 16 years without a "CSI" drama on CBS. Then, of course there were the dismal rookie shows that mercifully ejected from the prime-time realm: ABC's "The Muppets," CBS' "Angel from Hell," Fox's "Minority Report," NBC's "Truth Be Told." If you don't remember these, just remember that they were eminently forgettable. Here is the complete list of the shows that won't be back on the networks this season: ABC: "Agent Carter," "Blood & Oil," "Castle," "Galavant," "The Muppets," "Nashville" (moving to CMT, with fifth season starting Jan. 5), "Of King and Prophets," "Wicked City." CBS: "Angel From Hell," "CSI: Cyber," "The Good Wife," "Limitless," "Mike & Molly," "Person of Interest," "Rush Hour," "Supergirl" (moving to the CW). Fox: "American Idol," "Bordertown," "Cooper Barrett's Guide to the Universe," "Grandfathered," "The Grinder," "Minority Report," "Second Chance." NBC: "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris," "The Carmichael Show," "Crowded," "Hannibal," "Heartbeat," "Heroes Reborn," "The Mysteries of Laura," "The Player," "Telenovela," "Truth Be Told," "Undateable," "You, Me and the Apocalypse." The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (picked up by VH1), "Beauty and the Beast," "Containment" Note: The reality shows listed are confirmed as canceled. Others are not listed on "what's gone" lists, however, because they're easy to revive, and some that aren't on the fall schedule or midseason lists may return eventually.
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Greta Van Susteren leaves Fox News
"Nothing to do" with payout to settle Gretchen Carlson lawsuit, the network says.        
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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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Return of college football boosts ABC in ratings
NEW YORK (AP) - The return of college football boosted ABC to a win in the weekly television ratings. The network scored with Sunday night's overtime thriller between Notre Dame and Texas, which was behind only "America's Got Talent" among television's most popular shows last week, and Saturday's less thrilling ...
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‘Life in Pieces’ Casts Boxer Victor Ortiz & Model Jasmine Tookes in Guest Roles
“Life in Pieces” has cast two new guest stars for the upcoming second season. Variety has learned exclusively that world boxing champion Victor Ortiz and model Jasmine Tooks will appear in the same episode of the CBS comedy. Ortiz will play Troy, the boxing trainer to John (James Brolin), who ultimately ends up training 14-year-old Samantha (Holly Barrett)... Read more »
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TV shows renewed and canceled for 2017-18 season
As is the rite of March, networks and streaming services have begun renewing and canceling TV shows ahead of spring finales.
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Sources say AMC to launch ad-free streaming service on cable
AMC Networks Inc., whose shows include “The Walking Dead,” is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters this week.
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CBS, ‘Young and Restless’ lead Daytime Emmy nods
CBS has 70 nominations, ‘The Young and the Restless’ (25), ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful tied (23)        
-2 points by The Detroit News | General Hospital The Young and the Restless All My Children CBS Days of our Lives NBC American soap opera actors Daytime Emmy Award
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! We'll repeal Obamacare tomorrow?
The most important stories of the day. That's all. #TheShortList       
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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace warns viewers: Trump crossed the line in latest attack on media
"Lord knows Barack Obama criticized Fox News. … But it’s different from saying that we are an enemy of the American people,” Wallace said Sunday on “Fox & Friends.”
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Priebus says Flynn did nothing wrong in talks with Russia
Priebus also denied allegations that the Trump team had cultivated cozy ties with Moscow.
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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai plans to meet Hollywood counterparts
The boss is in town. Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai has been making plans to meet his counterparts around Tinseltown, sources tell On the Money. The Tokyo-based executive, who was at the Grammys last week, has taken charge of the studio while the firm seeks a replacement for outgoing Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton....
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Katy Burns: In times like these, laughter helps
Okay, so the Dems lost the presidency. And the Senate. The House. The Supreme Court. A huge swath of state capitols – well, pretty much everything. But, hey, guys, look on the bright side.You’ve pretty much cornered the humor market.Yep, Republicans (and conservatives generally) have for years had...
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CBS Casts Female Lead in Alan Cumming’s Drama Pilot ‘Instinct’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Bojana Novakovic has landed the female lead in the CBS drama pilot “Instinct,” opposite Alan Cumming, Variety has learned exclusively. “Instinct” — formerly titled “Killer Instinct” and “Dr. Death” — is about Dylan, a former CIA operative, played by Cumming, who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer, and is pulled... Read more »
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Leslie Moonves Talks M&A Environment, OTT Growth, TV Station Deals and NFL Discussions
CBS Corp. is coming off a strong 2016 financial performance with all of its content-focused growth engines revving high. So high that CBS Corp. would seem to be an increasingly attractive acquisition target for the tech and telco giants who are kicking tires on content-related acquisitions. Leslie Moonves, CBS chairman-CEO, acknowledged that M&A interest is... Read more »
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Russian spy ship seen 'loitering' 30 miles south of Connecticut
A Russian spy ship was spotted "loitering" 30 miles south of Connecticut on Wednesday morning.
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Oprah Winfrey's TV network provided footage of interview tied to Andrew Puzder's labor secretary nomination
The talk show host's network fulfilled a Senate request in a roundabout way.
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TV Ratings: ‘The Bachelor’ Wins, ‘New Celebrity Apprentice’ Ends Low
Another Monday, another ‘Bachelor’-fest. ABC’s dating show brought in its now-usual 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.5 million viewers to win the night for the network in the demo. “Quantico” followed with a 0.7 and 2.54 million viewers. CBS took the crown for total viewers. “Kevin Can Wait” came in with a 1.5... Read more »
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Apple Music Unveils Its First TV Series, Reveals Spring Launch Plans
Apple offered the first glimpse of the future of series-TV programming on Apple Music at the Recode Media conference, where trailers for its first two series unspooled along with perhaps the most in-depth commentary the man introducing them, content czar Eddy Cue, has yet to share about his employer’s plans in the entertainment business. Cue... Read more »
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‘Modern Family’ Co-Creator Steve Levitan to Direct Fox Comedy Pilot ‘LA>Vegas’
“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan will direct the pilot for Fox’s comedy “LA>Vegas,” Variety has learned. Levitan will also serve as executive producer on the project. “LA>Vegas” is an ensemble workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday,... Read more »
15 points by Variety | 20th Century Fox 20th Century Fox Television Fox Broadcasting Company CBS Family Guy Will Ferrell Steven Levitan The Other Guys
Stanley Kallis, TV Producer of ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 88
Television producer and writer Stanley Kallis, who worked on shows including “Hawaii Five-O” and “Mission: Impossible,” died at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. on Jan. 28. He helped develop the concept for “Hawaii 5-0” for CBS with writer Leonard Freeman, then moved to producing “Mission: Impossible” with Peter Graves and Martin Landau before returning to... Read more »
45 points by Variety | CBS Executive producer Paramount Pictures Film producer Producer American film actors Leonard Freeman Hawaii Five-O
Fox Picks Up Medical Drama Pilot ‘The Beast’ From Neal Baer
At the tail-end of pilot season, Fox has greenlit “The Beast,” a medical drama from Neal Baer, Variety has learned. “The Beast” centers around three challenging medical cases each week. In the end, two will live, one will die. Their doctor — with a clinical fear of death — never stops fighting the odds. Baer, an alum of... Read more »
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CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Reboot Casts Elizabeth Gillies in Starring Role (EXCLUSIVE)
Elizabeth Gillies has been cast in the CW’s “Dynasty,” Variety has learned exclusively. Gillies will star as Fallon Carrington, one of the central characters in the pilot, which is a modernized reboot of the original ’80s primetime soap. “Dynasty” follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their... Read more »
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Viacom’s top lawyer to exit company
Viacom’s lead lawyer, who spearheaded the media giant’s many boardroom legal battles over the past two years, is exiting the company, The Post has learned. General Counsel Mike Fricklas, a 24-year veteran of the New York company, is one of a handful of top executives to leave the company in recent months. As Viacom’s top...
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CBS takes stake in independent production company Kapital Entertainment, creator of 'Santa Clarita Diet'
CBS Corp. has taken a minority ownership stake in Kapital Entertainment, an independent production company, as part of an effort to build up its programming assets. Kapital, founded by Aaron Kaplan, has created a wide range of series for broadcast networks, cable and streaming services, including...
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TV Ratings: ‘MasterChef Junior’ Returns Solid, TGIT Continues to Reign
Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” has returned to remind us all that there is still joy in the world, and it comes from watching tiny cheflets make delicious-looking dishes for Gordon Ramsay. It also drew a very solid 1.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 4.21 million viewers for its Season 5 premiere Thursday night, an... Read more »
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CBS Buys Stake in Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment
CBS has bought a stake in producer Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment banner and will handle worldwide distribution of its TV series. The company’s current shows include HBO’s “Divorce,” Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet,” CBS’ “Life in Pieces” and ABC’s “American Housewife.” Kapital has five pilots ordered so far for the 2017-18 network development cycle. Kaplan was... Read more »
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'American Idol' in talks for a reboot
Today in Entertainment: Willie Nelson postpones shows; Grammy Awards to honor Prince and George Michael Feb. 9, 2017, 10:01 a.m. Major award shows such as the Grammys and the Oscars are right around the corner, but much of the arts and entertainment world is spending more time reacting to the new...
10 points by Los Angeles Times | American Idol America's Got Talent Ryan Seacrest Reality television Donald Trump President of the United States Brian Dunkleman CBS
TV Ratings: ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Up in 400th Episode, ‘Arrow’ Steady
The 400th episode of “Law & Order: SVU” had a decent draw Wednesday night for NBC. The milestone pulled in a 1.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 6.84 million viewers, up from previous weeks. Leading into “SVU,” “Blindspot” notched a 0.9 in the demo and 4.6 million viewers. “Chicago... Read more »
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New Viacom CEO wants MTV to return to music and reality shows
It’s deja vu all over again at MTV. New Viacom CEO Bob Bakish told Wall Street that the network is going to dump dramas and get back to its original strategy of music and reality shows, while planning more live events and movie tie-ins. “MTV embarked on a heavy scripted strategy versus MTV internationally and...
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Viacom Sets Radical Revamp of Cable Operations, Adapting to Skinny-Bundle Era
Viacom unleashed a slew of changes for its cable operations on Thursday, all designed to focus the conglomerate’s resources on six core channels that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish hopes will be a must-have for any pay-TV bundle. In designating a half-dozen of Viacom’s 25 cable channels as “the flagship six,” as Bakish called them, the... Read more »
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Paramount Plans Nickelodeon-Branded Films as Part of Viacom Turnaround Plan
Viacom has some Disney envy. The struggle media giant unveiled a plan on Thursday that it said will help revitalize Paramount Pictures by integrating the studio behind “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” more deeply into the fabric of its other brands. Paramount has suffered a string of painful flops such as “Ben-Hur” and “Allied,” while suffering... Read more »
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Charlie Rose to undergo heart surgery, will return to television in March
Wade SheridanFeb. 8 (UPI) -- Charlie Rose has announced that he will be undergoing heart surgery that will leave him sidelined from appearing on television until March.
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Charlie Rose to undergo heart surgery, take break from 'CBS This Morning'
"CBS This Morning" anchor Charlie Rose will undergo heart surgery on Thursday, forcing him to take a break from the show for at least a few weeks to recuperate.Rose, 75, said in a note to CBS News staffers that the surgery was a voluntary decision to replace an artificial aorta valve that he first had installed 15 years ago. Rose said he expected to be back at work in March."I can't wait to be back completely rested with my heart recharged, my passion for the work ahead purposeful and my joy at life's pleasures high," Rose wrote.
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Charlie Rose to Undergo Heart Surgery, Take Break From ‘CBS This Morning’
“CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose will undergo heart surgery on Thursday, forcing him to take a break from the show for at least a few weeks to recuperate. Rose, 75, said in a note to CBS News staffers that the surgery was a voluntary decision to replace an artificial aorta valve that he first had... Read more »
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‘Seinfeld,’ ‘ER,’ and John Landgraf’s Libido: NBC Vets Reminisce About ‘Must See TV’ Era
Consider these two facts: In 1994 and 1995, an average of 75 million Americans tuned in every Thursday night to NBC. And during entertainment president Warren Littlefield’s tenure, NBC won 168 Emmy Awards. “Staggering,” said WME’s Rick Rosen, as he opened the Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s luncheon celebrating NBC’s “Must See TV” in Beverly... Read more »
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Richard Hatch, 'Battlestar Galactica' star, dies at 71
Richard Hatch, star of the original "Battlestar Galactica" and the Syfy remake, has died, according to published reports. He was 71.Friends and colleagues broke the news of his death on social media on Tuesday afternoon.
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Colbert reaches a ratings milestone at start of Trump era
NEW YORK (AP) - He may cringe at the thought, but is Stephen Colbert the late-night man for the Trump administration? Colbert's "Late Show" won the late-night ratings competition last week over NBC's Jimmy Fallon for the first time since Colbert replaced David Letterman in September 2015, the Nielsen company ...
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Chris Distefano Comedy Pilot From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Gets CBS Order
CBS is getting the “How I Met Your Mother” team back together for yet another pilot, Variety has learned. The project, formerly known as just “Untitled Bays & Thomas,” has been christened “Distefano.” The pilot centers around new 20-something parents Izzy and Chris, who have to juggle taking care of a newborn with merging their... Read more »
288 points by Variety | How I Met Your Mother Producer Film producer CBS CBS Television Distribution Columbia Pictures Executive producer Craig Thomas
Bob Newhart Likes to Encourage Newcomers
Bob Newhart started out as a standup, and scored massive, award-winning hits with his groundbreaking comedy records. That was before he became a comedy and TV legend, having starred in 1970s hit sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show” and 1980s comedic staple “Newhart” as a Chicago therapist and a New England innkeeper, respectively. While he scored... Read more »
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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,”...
192 points by Los Angeles Times | CBS Television Leslie Moonves Television network CBS Corporation NBC American Broadcasting Company Fox Broadcasting Company
Viacom CEO promises overhaul to address ‘points of pain’
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is set to unveil an ambitious plan to improve operations at the cable-programming outfit. Bakish — a Viacom vet who was named CEO in December amid a vicious power struggle at the media giant — told shareholders at the firm’s annual investor meeting in New York that he hopes to restructure...
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‘S.W.A.T.’ Reboot Directed by Justin Lin Picked Up To Pilot at CBS
CBS has picked up a pilot for “S.W.A.T.,” a drama based on the film, which was inspired by the 1975 TV series of the same name, Variety has learned. The series follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to... 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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