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‘American Idol’: Country Star Luke Bryan to Take Second Seat at Judges Table (Exclusive)
With a week left until “American Idol” auditions are due to start, the show has confirmed Luke Bryan as a second judge, sources tell Variety. The country star will join Katy Perry for the series’ reboot on ABC. While the third spot has yet to be locked down, word from inside the production is that “Idol” will stick with a panel of three and not four judges.
Lionel Richie, who was reported to have been in advanced talks to join the show, appears to no longer be in the running. Other artists considered for the panel included Charlie Puth and Keith Urban, though it looks unlikely that either will round out the judges’ table.
ABC’s revival of the long-running Fox series has been slowly taking shape since it was announced in May. Perry was revealed to be a judge shortly after the deal at ABC was made, for a salary of $25 million.
- Shirley Halperin
‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016
In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »
David Lyle, Veteran Executive and Reality TV Champion, Dies at 67
David Lyle, a TV veteran who championed unscripted TV and headed National Geographic Channels and Fox Reality Channel, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
After working in TV in Australia and in London, Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 as head of FremantleMedia North America where he helped launch “American Idol” on Fox. He most recently served as president of Pact US, an advocacy org for unscripted TV producers.
Earlier this year, Lyle helped steer the merger of Pact US with the rival Nonfiction Producers Association, creating Npact. The organization reps most of the largest unscripted TV production companies.
“David Lyle was one of the few television executives who thrived on both a creative and business level,” said Howard T. Owens, co-CEO of Propagate Content, who worked with Lyle at Nat Geo. “He was one of the kindest, most fun, and »
- Cynthia Littleton
Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Release Date May Finally Be Revealed
The trailers and ads for The Punisher have been chock full of violence, gore, and intrigue, but they’re all missing one thing: the release date. Marvel and Netflix have been frustratingly withholding of the newest street-hero series’ premiere date, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. But it may be thanks to an […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
Greg Berlanti to Shepherd Time Travel Love Story, Football Drama Projects at CW
Greg Berlanti has signed on to executive produce two new drama projects in development at The CW, Variety has learned.
The first project is titled “Hold Fast.” It is described as an epic love story told in two timelines, following an injured Union soldier in the Reconstruction-era South who awakens reincarnated in present-day Charleston. With rapidly diminishing knowledge of his past life, he must navigate present-day relationships, including a fiancée he doesn’t remember, while uncovering what happened to his past love and searching for her. Dana Stevens will write and executive produce. Berlanti will executive produce with his producing partner Sarah Schecter.
The second, untitled project is inspired by the life of NFL football player Spencer Paysinger. It follows a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. April Blair will write and executive produce the Paysinger project, with »
- Joe Otterson
USA and Oxygen Acquire Rerun Rights to ‘Chicago P.D.’
“Chicago P.D.” is one of three Chicago-based procedurals that have become pillars of NBC’s primetime lineup. “Chicago Fire” launched the franchise in 2012, followed by “Chicago P.D.” in 2014 and “Chicago Med” in 2015. Last season, NBC fielded a fourth installment, the legal-themed “Chicago Justice,” but the show was not renewed for a second year.
The “Chicago” shows have been solid performers for NBC but according to industry sources they have been a tough sell in domestic syndication. “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” have been on the market for some time. Industry sources said “P.D.” in the combined deal with NBCUniversal siblings USA and Oxygen fetched about $500,000 an episode. That »
- Cynthia Littleton
History Preps Facebook Live Event for ‘World War True’ (Exclusive)
The History channel in the U.K. will launch a six-hour Facebook Live event next month as a curtain-raiser to a season of World War II programming being aired under the “World War True” banner.
The Facebook video event, dubbed “WW2 House Live,” will be set in a 1940s home as wartime speeches and bulletins are played and air-raid sirens sound. The setting will be continually updated to reflect the ongoing passage of the conflict. Viewers will be encouraged to comment, and actors will then voice these as part of the event.
“As the generation who fought in and endured World War II passes, this Facebook Live event is one way to keep their stories alive and ensure they reach a whole new generation,” said Dan Korn, head of History U.K., which is part of the wider A+E Networks UK, a joint venture with Sky.
The subsequent “World War True” strand will start on Oct »
- Stewart Clarke
The Top Uses of Bob Dylan Songs in Movies and TV
This is one time when words just aren’t enough. Throughout his long, illustrious career Bob Dylan has known success, he’s known failure, he’s known triumph and heartache. For so long he’s been entertaining people all over the world that’s easy to forget just how he started. As a kid Dylan was listening to everything he could, though eventually rock and roll would become his chosen field. His career has been one that has spanned for decades now and has touched nearly everyone on this planet in some way no matter how obscure. Every track, especially those below, have been immortalized
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Tele München Buys into Georg Ramme’s Load Studios, Ramps Up Digital Efforts (Exclusive)
The Tele München Group has bought into Load Studios, the digital content business run by former Endemol Beyond chief Georg Ramme.
Tmg has been in M&A mode and the deal for Load follows agreements to take control of Munich-based producer Odeon Film and buy into Storied Media, the IP broker run by former ICM agent Todd Hoffman. Herbert Kloiber, managing director and son of Tmg’s founder, and head of corporate development Bernd Wendeln are leading the charge.
For Tmg, buying into the digital business marks a shift into new areas, recognizing the way the content business is evolving and reaching out to younger audiences, Kloiber said. “The market and environment have changed quite dramatically over the last year or two, and we decided we want to diversify our business away from predominantly being a trading house and towards more production, more digital content and more to the direct-to-consumer exploitation of rights,” he »
- Stewart Clarke
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Abigail Ratchford
Abigail Ratchford has become famous as a glamour model, an actress, and a social media personality. She was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. After taking part in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant at the age of 20, she has predominantly modeled for magazines. These have included Nuts, Zoo Weekly, Playboy, Maxim, and Esquire. She was also featured on the website ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’. She has also made several television appearances after moving to Los Angeles to model and act in 2014. Since making this move, she has appeared on several of Sunset Boulevard’s billboard campaigns and appeared on the celebrity gossip show,
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- Nat Berman
Game of Thrones: There Were More girls Named Arya than Mary in England in 2016
Just when you think to yourself that the name Arya is undeniably cool and exotic in a way you find that hundreds of people have suddenly decided to name their child after the plucky younger daughter on Game of Thrones. In 2016 the name Arya surpassed the name Mary with great ease as one of the most popular names to bestow upon one’s daughter. How insane does that sound? That’s not even the whole deal. Other names from GoT are growing in popularity as well, with Khaleesi being right behind Arya as far as popularity goes. Who in the world
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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘The ABCs of Beth’ is a Touching Father-Daughter Adventure Drenched in Plenty of Alien Blood
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 9, “The ABCs of Beth.”]
Season 3 of “Rick and Morty” has been a true family affair, giving every member of the Smith clan the chance to join in on (mis)adventures across dimensions. Summer and Jerry each had their time to shine in their respective stories, and with one episode to spare before the show heads back into the offseason, Beth got the chance to join in on the fun.
Of course, this being “Rick and Morty,” “fun” has the most elastic definition imaginable, especially considering this week’s episode, “The ABCs of Beth,” kicks off with a news bulletin about a death row sentence. Realizing that the key to sparing an impending execution is by finding her childhood friend Tommy inside the reaches of Froopyland — a Rick-created fantasy rainbowverse, naturally — Beth follows her dad’s lead on the search.
With plenty of neon colors and tiny in-world touches like rubber-bouncy ground and a breathable technicolor river, »
- Steve Greene
John Oliver Feasts On Donald Trump’s Declaration Of War Against NFL
John Oliver kicked off Last Week Tonight describing a frantic week in which a “new and terrible” health care bill was pushed in the Senate, President Donald Trump called Kim Jong-un “Rock Men” at the United Nations, and Robert Mueller’s Russia probe lurched ahead. But, “all hell broke loose” when Trump ended the week declaring war on professional athletes. At his latest campaign rally, Trump told fans he’d love to see NFL owners say “get that son of a bitch off the field… »
5 Animated Characters Better Than The Comics
The world of comic books existed long before any of the recent slews of superhero movies or animated series started coming out. Don’t be surprised to hear that a lot of people didn’t know this, or even that majority of the time, the stories we see on animations or movies actually coincide with a comic book story. While there have been hundreds of comic book characters that have been turned into animations, they weren’t all created equally. Here are 5 animated characters that actually came out better than they were in the comic world. 1. Spider Man Seeing this guy-next-door
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- Jennifer Borama
Guile’s Streetfighter 2 Theme Gets a Metal Makeover
First of all this video could have had a little more to do Guile. True, it’s his theme and his background. They even have Jean Claude Van Damme from the Street Fighter movie as an intro the video. But if you’re going to make a video about Guile’s theme, then why not show Guile in action? His new metal theme could only be improved by watching him kicking the living crap out of the other players. Instead we get this video of the guitarist and M. Bison sitting there like he’s doing micro squats the entire time. The music is
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‘Star Trek Discovery’ Fuels Record Sign-Ups For CBS All Access
Tonight's premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access drove a record number of single day sign-ups for CBS’ digital streaming subscription service. While no specific numbers were reported, the network claims that today’s record outstrips the previous one spurred by the 2017 Grammy Awards back in February. Episodes one and two of Star Trek: Discovery became available to stream on CBS All Access tonight with the shows also broadcasting on CBS. All new episodes will… »
It’s Time for a Fatal Attraction Reboot Starring Margot Robbie
There’s no doubt that Margot Robbie knows how to play a good crazy role. Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad was likely one of the best roles she’s had to date largely because she was able to just let it go and be a complete nut. For that reason alone she could no doubt star as Alex in a reboot of Fatal Attraction and nail it. But who would play Dan? The costars could come from a wide range and aren’t as big of a deal, but the overall plot should be left alone. The person to write out the script
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Madison Avenue Tries to Latch to CBS’ ‘Star Trek’ Before It Streams
Advertisers took on a quick-hit mission Sunday night, boldly going to sponsor a TV program on CBS that is not supposed to appear on traditional TV after the end of this evening’s broadcast.
A bevy of technology and pharmaceutical firms aligned themselves with the debut of “Star Trek: Discovery” Sunday evening on CBS, even though the company has vowed that it will only show the premiere episode on broadcast TV and let the rest of the season stream only on its “CBS All Access” subscription on-demand service.
Apple, Amazon, Ibm, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Samsung were among the sellers of gadgets and hot tech supporting the show – along with the network broadcasting the program. CBS ran four different promos urging viewers interested in seeing the series’ second episode (and the rest of the season) to subscribe to “All Access” immediately. Each promo appealed to different customers, who might use Apple, Amazon »
- Brian Steinberg
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Most Shocking Moments, From Georgiou’s Destiny to Burnham’s Bold Move
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 1 and 2, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars.”]
Liz Shannon Miller, TV Editor: While anyone who knows a little bit about “Star Trek” comes to a new iteration of the franchise with certain expectations, there is the basic fact that the pilot of any TV show is, to borrow a term, undiscovered country. And the launch of “Star Trek: Discovery” has been accompanied by plenty of early press suggesting that we were in for a whole new take on boldly going where no one has gone before — a take that might prove darker than previous installments.
And, no lie, introducing a major character like Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and then seeing her brutally murdered by a Klingon is a strong indication of that. How much did that shock you, Hanh?
Hanh Nguyen, Senior Editor: Honestly, it didn’t, which in itself surprised me since I haven’t been following the development of the show that closely. While I am a fan, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Star Trek: Discovery: How the Klingon War Began
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Read at your own risk!]
The Klingons wanted war, and war is what they got in the first two episodes of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery. The kickoff of the series set off a conflict between Starfleet and the
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- Megan Vick
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