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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
'American Gods': Everything You Need to Know About 2017's Trippiest TV Show
Get ready for some more Peak Weird TV.
American Gods, the unconventional new drama from Starz, is the latest mind-bending show to go all-in on off-the-wall. How so, you ask? For starters, the premiere episode features, among other things, Vikings, a towering Leprechaun, a ghostly white buffalo with flaming eyes, a massive tree with talons at the end of its branches and a vicious gang of faceless cyber thugs called the Children. Also, at one point, a man is swallowed whole by a woman's vagina.
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TV Ratings: ‘Little Big Shots’ Leads NBC to Demo Victory, CBS Wins Viewers
NBC was the number one network in the key adults 18-49 demographic thanks to top-rated show of the night “Little Big Shots.”
According to overnight Nielsen data, “Little Big Shots” drew a 1.2 rating and 8.2 million viewers. That was enough to elevate NBC to the top spot in the demo on Sunday night, though the network finished second in total viewers to CBS.
A repeat of “Little Big Shots” led into the new episode at 8 p.m. “Chicago Justice” (1.0, 5.6 million) followed at 9 p.m. “Shades of Blue” (0.7, 4.1 million) closed out the night steady from last week.
On CBS, “60 Minutes” (0.8, 9.6 million) was up in total viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0, 9.4 million) was even, while “Madam Secretary” (0.7, 7.8 million) and “Elementary” (0.5, 4.6 million) both dipped slightly in the demo.
For ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.0, 4.8 million) was up significantly in the key demo compared to its last original episode. “Once Upon a Time” (0.8, 2.7 million) was even, while »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Detour’ Renewed for Season 3 at TBS
Created, written and executive-produced by Jones and Samantha Bee, the series also stars Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Daniella Pineda. Season 2 will end tonight with two back-to-back episodes.
“I hear from so many people who love ‘The Detour,’ even my hardcore comedy friends,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “Season Two has been so smart, hilarious and wrong. And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from Jason and Sam, Season Three is going to be even more effed up.”
The series centers on a family of four led by Nate (Jones) and his wife, Robin (Zea). At the opening of the second season, Nate pursues a job opportunity and moves the family to New York City for a fresh start. Everyone is excited except for Robin, whose »
- Joe Otterson
For Fox News, Road to Trust and Respect Seems Long
The Murdoch family’s firing of Bill O’Reilly follows sexual harassment allegations that — depending on how you count — lasted either three weeks or 13 years. By either reckoning, the top executives at 21st Century Fox and Fox News took far too long to act.
It’s a testament to how much attitudes have changed over the past decade that the far more graphic allegations from accuser Andrea Mackris in 2004 — which included difficult-to-refute taped conversations — didn’t stick at first. It wasn’t until The New York Times uncovered evidence of a long-running pattern of settlements for harassment claims that O’Reilly began to feel the heat.
Can Fox News’ culture really change? The family at the top of 21st Century Fox wants it to — enough so that they’ve done the fraught and expensive work of firing O’Reilly and former Fox News boss Roger Ailes. But their intentions were mitigated by the announcement that Tucker Carlson — who »
- Sonia Saraiya
Disney Channel's Descendants 2 to Also Premiere on ABC, Freeform and Others
It will be hard to elude the magic of Descendants 2.
The cast of the TV-movie sequel announced on Tuesday (in the video above) that it will premiere on Friday, July 21 at 8/7c — simultaneously on five total networks.
In addition to bowing on Disney Channel, the music-driven follow-up will air on ABC, Freeform, Disney Xd and Lifetime, in what the kids tout as an “unprecedented” scheduling move.
PhotosDescendants 2: Meet Ursula, Captain Hook and Gaston’s Offspring
Prison Break: Paul Adelstein Previews a Punchy 'Reunion' — Watch Sneak Peek
This Tuesday on Prison Break (Fox, 9/8c), two different kinds of longtime adversaries come face to face, when Kellerman receives a visit from T-Bag.
And while it’s tempting to call it a reunion for the characters, Paul Adelstein is quick to note that the two never really shared a proper scene during the original series’ run.
“At the end of Season 4, the Scylla storyline, [Robert] Knepper and I talked about how we had never exchanged words on the show — and yet we always longed for it,” Adelstein tells TVLine. So for an actor who was already “thrilled and desirous” to »
By Firing Bill O’Reilly, Fox Also Cuts Chances of Legal Action
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times: In the past, if a network engaged in a messy divorce with one of its top earners, investors might have grown skittish, but Wall Street is endorsing Fox News’ decision to jettison Bill O’Reilly over a series of sexual harassment allegations.
Shares of 21st Century Fox, the news channel’s parent company, climbed in the 24 hours after the sharp-elbowed talk-show host hit the curb, even though his ouster could lead to viewer defections and deprives the network of one of its biggest stars.
Throughout the scandal, “The O’Reilly Factor” continued to be a ratings juggernaut. Before dozens of advertisers pulled commercials en masse, the show was contributing an estimated $100 million in ad revenue. Despite the windfall, analysts say O’Reilly represented too great a legal threat to keep on the payroll. His exit comes nine months after Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced out amid charges »
- Brent Lang
Apple Music Delays Release Of ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’
We’ll have to wait a little longer for Apple Music’s release of CBS’ Carpool Karaoke: The Series. Apple announced at the Code Media conference in February that the show, the portal’s first series, based on James Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment, would debut in April, but that has now been delayed, according to Reuters and confirmed by CBS. Apple did not explain the delay, but told Reuters in a statement that “Carpool Karaoke: The Series will premiere on Apple Music… »
Six Feet Under, The Wire and More HBO Shows Leaving Amazon Prime
If you’ve been getting your vintage HBO fix from Amazon Prime as of late, we’ve got some bad news.
A number of series — including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and The Wire — will no longer be available on the streaming service as of Sunday, May 21.
As reported by Vulture, that date is exactly three years since Amazon Prime began offering HBO shows to subscribers, as part of a syndication deal between the two companies. Because HBO has not yet extended the deal — and »
26 Interesting Facts About The Movie “The Avengers”
While the movie Iron Man was the true catalyst to the invasion of the amount of comic book movies you see on the big screen today, The Avengers could be considered equally responsible for the multi-billion dollar comic book franchise cinematic success. By the way I certainly haven’t forgotten about X-Men but X-Men didn’t create nearly as much spinoff box office success as The Avengers has. Think about Thor and the Captain America movies which on their own have grossed billions of dollars. But let’s take a step back to The Avengers for a moment. With Infinity War on everyone’s
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- Nat Berman
Keith Olbermann Details Feud With Bill O’Reilly, Warns of ‘Billo’ Comeback
Don’t assume this is Bill O’Reilly’s Last Loofah.
Obviously, nothing would please me more than to be wrong about that. But everything from industry gossip to his own angry farewell statement to the tectonic changes in video news consumption implies that I’m not.
If he wants one, he’ll get another show.
About 15 months ago there was a rumor going around the news business that the younger Murdochs had reached the tipping point with Billo and would let him go, and that just as quickly one of the other cable news operations would pick him up. After the most successful sponsor boycott since the stampede away from Don Imus in 2007, that scenario seems less likely but hardly impossible. Imus himself was back on the fringes of cable within eight months, and two years after that he was doing his same old show on Fox Business Channel. That »
- Keith Olbermann
‘Descendants 2’ Set For Simultaneous July Premiere On Five Disney|ABC Television Group Networks
Descendants 2, the sequel to Disney Channel’s hit 2015 musical fantasy original movie about the teenage children of classic Disney villains, will premiere Friday, July 21 at 8 Pm simultaneously on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney Xd, Freeform and Lifetime. The multi-network premiere continues Disney|ABC TV Group’s efforts to reach a wider audience for its programming and follows the announcement of this fall’s Imax debut of the first two episodes of ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans… »
Murdoch Family Rushes to Put Out Fires at Fox News
Six years ago, as the Murdoch empire was battling the outcry in the U.K. over the phone-hacking scandal involving the company’s newspapers, a former senior Fox executive wondered aloud in a private conversation: “When will it all come out?”
The executive was referring to Fox News; he was certain there were things going on behind the scenes at the network’s midtown Manhattan headquarters that would spark a comparable level of public outrage once exposed.
It took about five years, a generational transition among the Murdochs and a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a fed-up female Fox News anchor to open the floodgates.
During the past 10 months, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox have been dragged across the Rubicon by a parade of scandals, settlements and legal actions that laid bare the ugly side of the hard-charging culture fostered by Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The April 19 firing of longtime Fox News star »
- Cynthia Littleton
Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks
“Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.
“Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.
The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Disney Princesses Reimagined as Your Favorite Celebrities
I’ve already gone on my rants about Disney Princesses and the gigantic world of reimagining them as other popular figures. It’s a subculture that will never go away and frankly I’m 100% fine with that. It would appear that recently a new vertical within the vertical has been established. What if you photoshopped Disney princesses into paparazzi and other celebrity types of pictures? That’s exactly what Andhika Muksin is doing on his Instagram account. He’s managed to pick up quite a few followers in the process. Muksin told Buzzfeed that his Photoshop edits were made “mainly for fun,” but reflect
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- Nat Berman
'Sad' Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Firing: 'The Truth Will Come Out'
Bill O’Reilly has more to say about his recent ousting from Fox News.
The embattled TV host — who, last Wednesday, was fired from the cable news network after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him — spoke about his dismissal in a podcast posted to his official website.
“I am sad that I’m not on television anymore,” O’Reilly told listeners. “I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot, because there’s much stuff going on right now.”
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He continued: “But I can »
Netflix Scales Chinese Entry Wall By Striking Licensing Deal With iQiyi
Netflix has finally found a gateway into China via a licensing deal with the country’s iQiyi streaming service, Shanghai Daily reports. iQiyi will license Netflix shows; other details about the arrangement have yet to be disclosed. There’s also no word yet on the process Netflix shows will have to go through to clear Chinese government censors. Still, this appears to be a major step forward in Netflix’s effort to enter the biggest market where it doesn’t have a foothold… »
Star Wars Fan Film “Outer Rim” Shows What It’s Like For the Everyday Joe
When we watch any Star Wars movie we’re always exposed to the highest powered characters in the universe. Characters like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, Han Solo, and others are as high up on the food chain as you can get. What I mean is, we’re always exposed to the central characters responsible for making or breaking the harmony of the universe. Frankly that’s how it should be. It’s not like we’re going to be watching movies of the everyday citizens who inhabit the galaxy. But what if we did? A new fan film for you to check
- Nat Berman
‘Rainbow Rangers’: Nickelodeon Acquires CGI-Animated Preschool Series From Genius Brands Int’l
Nickelodeon has acquired U.S. and Caribbean Basin broadcast rights to season one of CGI-animated preschool series Rainbow Rangers from Genius Brands International. Currently in development, the 11-episode mission-based action adventure series debuted at MIPJunior at Cannes last October and is expected to air on Nickelodeon's preschool channel, Nick Jr. Rainbow Rangers blends fantasy and action-adventure with relatable, accessible stories about friendship and saving the… »
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