ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for Marvel’s ‘Inhumans,’ Daveed Diggs’ ‘The Mayor’
ABC has set their fall premiere dates for the 2017-2018 season.
The network’s new offerings will kick off with medical drama “The Good Doctor” starring Freddie Highmore premiering on Monday, Sept. 25 following “Dancing with the Stars.” The new Marvel series “Inhumans” will then launch with a two-hour premiere on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Kyra Segdwick-led drama “Ten Days in the Valley” will begin on Sunday, Oct. 1 following the Season 9 premiere of “Shark Tank.” Comedy series “The Mayor,” from executive producer and “Hamilton” breakout Daveed Diggs, will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 3 after the Season 4 premiere of “black-ish.” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” formerly “The Gospel of Kevin,” will air immediately after.
Read the full list of premiere dates below. All times listed are Et, and new shows are listed in bold.
- Joe Otterson
‘Justice League,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Among Most Tweeted Topics at Comic-Con
As a mecca for fans of franchises ranging from Marvel to “Star Trek,” it’s no surprise that San Diego Comic-Con’s output of teasers, panels, and meet and greets would foster an explosion of tweets. Topping this year’s outpouring of excitement with the most tweets were properties that revealed new trailers or are supported by obsessive fandoms.
Marvel’s pantheon of offerings was pushed out by DC’s “Justice League” as the most-tweeted about movie, followed by “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Kingsman.” Warner Bros. released an Sdcc-exclusive “Justice League” trailer, which may have prompted the tweets.
New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con
As for television, MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” with its massive following, beat out The CW’s “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as the most-tweeted show. “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien was also the most-tweeted about »
- Erin Nyren
‘Modern Family’ Kids Set Two-Season Deal With Big Pay Bump
Manny, Luke, Haley and Alex will all be back with the family.
The core “Modern Family” kids have closed their deals to sign onto two more seasons of the ABC sitcom, Variety has learned. Insiders say “significant” pay raises were given to each of the young adult actors — Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter.
Kids actors Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily, and Jeremy Maguire, who plays Joe, joined the series later on in its run and have more time left on their current deals, unlike the other four TV kids, who are now all adults and at least the age of 18 in real life.
ABC and 20th Century Fox Television declined to comment on the actor deals.
The close of the younger actors’ contracts marks the end of rather lengthy negotiations for the regular “Modern Family” cast, who are now all officially set for Seasons 9 and 10. In early May, ABC »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Game of Thrones': Why ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ Prophecy Mistranslation Is a Big Deal
(Note: This post contains spoilers for the July 23 episode of “Game of Thrones”, “Stormborn.”) For season after season of “Game of Thrones,” several people in Westeros have been worried about a certain prophecy about the Prince That Was Promised, the mythical figure who will lead the world in the fight to defeat the White Walkers. Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the Red Woman, spent most of “Game of Thrones” telling Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) he was the Prince That Was Promised. Obviously, that wasn’t true, since Stannis died. After that, Melisandre thought it might be Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), since she managed. »
- Phil Hornshaw
George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Could Hit Shelves in 2018
George R.R. Martin gave fans another update on his long-awaited next installment in the “Song of Ice and Fire” novel series.
“I’ve seen some truly weird reports about [‘Winds of Winter’] on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth,” Martin wrote on his Livejournal. “I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.”
Martin also said that he is working on a two-volume history of Westeros’ history under the Targaryen dynasty, which is currently titled “Fire and Blood,” with »
- Joe Otterson
TV Ratings: ‘Candy Crush’ Sinks for Second Straight Week
CBS’ live game show version of “Candy Crush” suffered another large drop in the Sunday overnight ratings in its third week, according to Nielsen data.
Airing at 9 p.m., the show averaged a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers, down approximately 38% in the key demo and 17% in total viewers compared to last week (0.8, 2.9 million). It also shed the vast majority of its lead in from “Big Brother” (1.8, 6.1 million) at 8.
CBS aired only repeats for the rest of primetime.
Fox aired mostly repeats except for “American Grit” (0.4, 1.1 million), which was up in total viewers.
NBC’s overnight numbers are currently not totally accurate, given the extended overrun of the Nascar Brickyard 400. Due to the overrun of the race, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” did not air until 9, but is currently averaging a 0.5 and 2.7 million viewers. “Spartan: »
- Joe Otterson
Late Night: Seth Takes Aim at 'Human Pinky Ring' Anthony Scaramucci
“Look at this guy! He’s a human pinky ring,” Meyers began during a new Closer Look segment. “He is the human embodiment of a double-parked BMW. He looks like the guy who leaves a doo-wop group over creative differences. He looks like the only magician you could get on short notice.” (Tell us how you really feel, Seth!)
Nielsen Weaves Views from Hulu, YouTube TV Into Traditional Ratings
A not-so-simple question has plagued the TV and advertising industries for years: What is the value of TV programming that is no longer being watched on TV?
A partial answer has arrived. Nielsen said Tuesday it is now counting views of certain types of programming on Hulu’s live service and YouTube TV, which can then be used as currency in negotiations between TV networks and advertisers. The maneuver would place viewing from so-called “skinny bundles” of programming offered by subscription-video-on-demand players into the mix when Madison Avenue decides what types of content to support.
With the new technology, media companies “are able to measure their content as it flows across platforms, across devices, through whoever is distributing it, then roll it up and include it in their rating numbers,” said Megan Clarken, president of product leadership at Nielsen, in an interview.
The disclosure shows Nielsen attempting to find a solution to a growing problem in the »
- Brian Steinberg
Charter Strikes Partnership With Analytics Firm 605
Charter Communications said it struck a new partnership with 605, a data and analytics company that is controlled by Dolan Family Ventures. As part of the pact, Charter will appoint two members to the smaller company’s board of directors.
Under the terms of the deal, Charter will provide 605 with aggregated and anonymized television platform data from all of its cable system operations nationally. Charter will not share customers’ personally identifiable data with 605. In turn, 605 will utilize its proprietary data infrastructure and analytics capabilities to enhance advertising and campaign measurement solutions for Spectrum Reach, the advertising sales division of Charter.
“We believe our efforts can accelerate the transformation in the advertising industry’s approach to measurement and accountability by moving beyond traditional ratings to include impressions in buying decisions,” said Kristin Dolan, CEO and founder of 605, in a statement. “Given our close and longstanding relationship with their management team, we are pleased to have Charter as our strategic »
- Brian Steinberg
Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz
Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there’s one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network. Chris Ripley, CEO of the Hunt Valley, Md.-based TV-station giant, is ready to end months of speculation that his company was preparing to mount a competitive threat in the wake of its $3.9 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media in May.
“After we acquired Allbritton [Communications] in 2014, we looked hard at launching a national cable news channel, but we decided the world didn’t need another cable news platform,” says Ripley, who makes clear that the rise of Donald Trump and the upheaval at Fox News haven’t changed his calculus. “Our strength is local news,” he maintains. “The market for national cable news is very well served.”
It’s hardly surprising that Sinclair would face speculation over its plans for »
- Cynthia Littleton
Russia’s Amedia, HBO Renew Pact, Including ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’
Amedia will remain the home of HBO content in Russia after the pair struck a new deal. Amedia is one of Russia’s largest producers and channels operators and first inked an output deal with HBO in 2013.
The agreement means that all HBO content, spanning series, documentaries and specials, will appear exclusively on Amedia channels in Russia, including “Westworld”; Julia Roberts’ first TV show, “Today Will Be Different”; and the upcoming final season of “Game of Thrones.”
Denis Gorshkov, CEO of Amedia TV Russia, told Variety that the new agreement with HBO differs from the previous pact in that it means Amedia services will carry HBO branding. “Previously we had an exclusive output deal which had several limitations and we did not hold the Home of HBO brand,” he said. “This new deal is fully exclusive across Russia under the Home of HBO umbrella.”
Amedia also has deals with CBS for Showtime content and programming deals with »
- Stewart Clarke
Princess Diana Documentary With William and Harry Scores International Buyers
A host of international broadcasters have bought “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” the documentary that features Princes Harry and William talking about the life of their mother, Princess Diana.
The 90-minute program aired Monday evening on ITV in Britain and on HBO in the U.S., a month ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a car crash. Sales are being handled by U.K.-based Drive, which has now also sold it to Canadian public broadcaster CBC.
In Australia it has gone to free TV network Seven, and Three has picked it up in New Zealand.
In Europe, “Diana, Our Mother” has been acquired by Norway’s Nrk, Finland’s Yle, and Denmark’s TV2. Deals are expected to close soon in Spain, where pubcaster Tve is tipped to buy the show, and other territories including Japan, Italy, Sweden, and Russia.
“The response from international broadcast partners has been phenomenal,” said »
- Stewart Clarke
Midnight, Texas' Boss Breaks Down the "Wackadoo" Premiere
Midnight, Texas has been a long time coming for NBC. The pilot was shot over a year ago, but Season 1 only made it to air on Monday night. For fans of Charlaine Harris' books on which the show is based on, it was a long wait to see it visualized on the small screen. For the rest of us, well, we had
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- Tim Surette
Midnight, Texas: Will You Stick With NBC's Spirited Supernatural Drama?
A small town full of otherworldly beings welcomed a stranger into its midst as Midnight, Texas premiered Monday on NBC. But did the supernatural drama make you feel at home, too?
The Bachelorette: Rachel, Stop Falling in Love With These Dudes!
Hey, did you hear that Eric's never been in love before?
Narratives got calcified in this episode, which saw the three remaining guys meet Rachel's family before jetting off to Spain for fantasy suite dates. Each guy has his own thing that could disqualify them from being the one Rachel chooses:
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- Liam Mathews
Sytycd Recap: 4 Memorable Moments From Day 2 at The Academy
So You Think You Can Dance might only get an hour of weekly airtime this summer — but the Fox series knows how to wring every last drop of drama out of those 60 minutes.
Now that the Academy contestants — well, most of them — have survived the hip-hop round, Monday’s episode presented the remaining hopefuls with back-to-back challenges: contemporary and ballroom.
In the hour that followed, a number of seemingly finale-bound dancers were eliminated — and, weirdly, it was their All-Star coaches who did most of the crying. Below, let’s recap the four biggest moments from Monday’s installment:
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TV Review: ‘Midnight, Texas’ on NBC
The best thing that can be said about “Midnight, Texas” is that its badness is at least amiable.
This is not a case of an ambitious show going awry and causing frustration as it falls well short of its lofty goals. All “Midnight, Texas” clearly wants to do is be a bargain-basement copy of “True Blood,” but it has trouble being consistently mediocre, let alone good.
It at least comes by its “True Blood” connection honestly: Like that series, it is based on a string of books by Charlaine Harris. And like the very first episodes of the HBO show, “Midnight” has trouble settling on a tone early on, veering ineptly between suspense, campy coyness and spattery horror.
Unlike the HBO show, which settled into a bats–t groove of sorts within a reasonable amount of time, “Midnight, Texas” is saddled with preposterously low-rent production values and a cast that is uneven, to »
- Maureen Ryan
Happy Endings Alum Zachary Knighton Joins Santa Clarita Diet for Season 2
He used to sling Philly cheesesteaks out of a food truck… but now he might be chowing down on something much different.
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Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton has signed on to join the cast of Netflix’s zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet in Season 2, according to our sister site Deadline. It’s a major recurring role, but no details on Knighton’s character have been released yet.
Drew Barrymore Might Eat a Happy Endings Star in Santa Clarita Diet Season 2
The first season centered on a suburban family whose world is rocked (mostly for the better) when their matriarch,
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- Lindsay Macdonald
Shadowhunters Recap: Mirror, Mirror
Not that she didn’t already, but Clary Fray is going to need so much therapy after the events of Monday’s Shadowhunters.
But where would she even begin? With the fact that her demon-blooded brother is alive and has been masquerading as a suave British Shadowhunter? Or the fact that said brother kissed her, knowing full well of their familial connection? Honestly, it was a hell of a week.
Much of the episode’s drama revolved around the hunt for the Mortal Mirror, with which Valentine »
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