Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead
Sometimes dead is dead — even on Homeland.
At Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Showtime drama’s longtime EP/director Lesli Linka Glatter officially confirmed that the death of Rupert Friend’s seemingly immortal Quinn in the Season 6 finale will indeed stick. “I wish he wasn’t [dead],” she lamented to me on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, where she was up for her fifth Emmy for directing Homeland (she lost out to Handmaid Tale‘s Reed Morano).
At the start of our brief Q&A — which »
George Michael Documentary ‘Freedom’ to Air on Showtime
Showtime has acquired the George Michael documentary “Freedom” to premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 21, the premium cable network announced on Monday. Directed by Michael himself along with David Austin, “George Michael: Freedom” chronicles the making of the 1990 album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” and the subsequent legal battle with his record label. Michael serves as narrator on the documentary, which he had been working on prior to his death last year. The film features interviews with Michael’s famous friends, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, »
- Reid Nakamura
Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’): How will she do at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards?
Earlier this year, Claire Foy won Best Drama Actress at both the Golden Globes and SAG for her breakout performance as Queen Elizabeth II on the first season of Netflix’s “The Crown”. She seemed poised to top off her winning streak with an Emmy. Then Hulu debuted “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which won Elisabeth Moss her […] »
- Jeffrey Kare
Meghan McCain Is in Talks to Board ‘The View’ After Fox News Exit
Meghan McCain is is talks to join ABC’s “The View,” a person with knowledge of the the matter told TheWrap. Arizona Senator John McCain’s daughter announced her exit on Fox News Friday, and has been a contributor since July 2015. Last November was named permanent co-host of afternoon chat series “Outnumbered.” Jedediah Bila will be leaving “The View,” ABC said Monday. “Jed is leaving our show, and today is her last day. She has new opportunities on the horizon, including her new book,” executive producers told staff in a Monday morning email obtained by TheWrap. “She’s been a »
- Ashley Boucher
TV Ratings: Emmys Eye New Low
The Emmys are on track for a new all-time ratings low, according to Nielsen overnight data from Sunday.
The CBS telecast is currently averaging a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.6 million total viewers in the fast-national ratings. It should be noted, however, that these numbers are not time-zone adjusted, as the Emmys aired live at 5 p.m. on the West Coast. Therefore, the numbers will be subject to adjustment later today. Last year, the ceremony drew a 2.5 and 9.7 million viewers in the fast-nationals, but eventually adjusted up to a 2.8 and 11.3 million viewers. Last year’s ceremony on ABC was itself down from a 3.6 and 11.9 million viewers in 2015 when the Emmys aired on Fox. The telecast also drew an 8.2 rating in metered markets, down from an 8.4 last year.
NBC aired the “Sunday Night Football” matchup between Green Bay and Atlanta, which drew a 6.4 and 18.5 million viewers. Due to the nature of live sports, those »
- Joe Otterson
Fox News Seeks to Dismiss Controversial Rod Wheeler Suit
Fox News on Tuesday moved to dismiss a controversial lawsuit levying the wild allegation that employees of the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news network fabricated quotes in a now-retracted article about a murdered Democratic National Committee operative and helped spark a furious round of speculation about Fox News’ role in potentially spreading false information.
In a filing made in United States District Court in the Southern District of New York, Fox News and the two employees, Ed Butowsky and Malia Zimmerman, claim the allegations are “overloaded with sensationalistic allegations,” and suggests “his case is one in search of a viable legal theory.”
The filing is the latest twist in a case filled with outlandish charges and counterclaims.
In August, private detective Rod Wheeler filed suit alleging Fox News was working with the Trump administration to disseminate fake news in order to distract the public from Russia’s alleged attempts to influence the nation’s most recent presidential election »
- Brian Steinberg
Paramount Channel Latin America Snags Exclusive Latinamerican Rights to Multi-Emmy Winner ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Exclusive)
Eight Primetime Emmy Award-winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” will soon be available in Latin America, thanks to Paramount Channel Latin America, which grabbed the exclusive Pay TV and VOD rights for the show in the region.
Set to bow in early 2018 across Latin America, the 10-part series is based on Margaret Atwood’s eponymous novel, a bestseller in Argentina and Brazil in particular, which takes place in the dystopian nation of Gilead where a totalitarian and fundamentalist regime has seized control. Faced with a near zero birth rate, the authorities have subjected the country’s fertile women to sexual servitude in a last twisted attempt to repopulate the world.
“We’re thrilled to be adding the massive success that is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to our programming roster, reinforcing our commitment to bringing the best, high-quality entertainment to our audiences throughout the region,” said Tiago Worcman, senior vice president, Music and Paramount Brand Head, Vimn »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
HBO Nordic Moves Into Originals With Comedy Drama ‘Gosta’
HBO Europe is moving into originals in the Nordics with “Gosta,” a comedy drama about a child psychologist who moves from the city to small-town rural Sweden. He sets out to be the kindest person in the world, with both good and bad consequences.
“I want ‘Gosta’ to be a mix of comedy and Dostoevsky: as funny as possible and as serious as possible,” said Lukas Moodysson, the Swedish filmmaker behind the series. It is his first effort in TV, and he has written all eight episodes and will direct. Memfis Film will produce the series, and Lars Jönsson, Moodysson’s long-term collaborator at Memfis, will produce.
The series shoots in Sweden next year, before a 2019 release on HBO Europe’s channels and digital services. TrustNordisk will distribute “Gosta” outside HBO Europe’s footprint.
The project is a landmark for HBO as its first commissioned drama series out of Scandinavia. It »
- Stewart Clarke
CBS Wins Bid For Australia’s Ten Network, Defeats Lachlan Murdoch
Shareholders at Australia’s Ten Network on Tuesday voted to accept a revised takeover offer from the U.S.’s CBS Corporation.
The decision is a defeat for a counter-proposal from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. It follows a court decision on Monday that rejected a plea from Murdoch and Gordon to delay the creditors’ meeting.
Mark Korda, partner at the accountancy firm that is currently Ten’s administrator, called it an “overwhelming vote in favor of CBS.” “What they decided was to vote – more than 50% of value [in votes] and more than 50% in number [of individual votes] – to accept the CBS deed of company arrangement,” Korda said.
CBS had originally offered A$32 million (Us$25.6 million) to creditors. Murdoch and Gordon proposed A$35 million (Us$28 million) and increased that to A$55 million (Us$43.9 million), promising to leave some equity for creditors, but their offer document also appeared to imply substantial cutbacks and studio closures. CBS is understood to have increased its offer »
- Patrick Frater
Sytycd Performance Finale Recap: Who Will (and Should) Win Season 14?
Feeling emotional about the imminent end of So You Think You Can Dance‘s 14th season? Well, Monday’s penultimate episode made it clear that you are not alone.
Only seven days remain until the Fox competition series crowns its newest champion, and at least one All-Star was feeling very sentimental during the performance finale. Just after she reprised her Top 9 contemporary routine with Kiki, Jenna Johnson burst into tears, revealing to Cat Deeley between sobs, “I’m just so sad… because I love dancing with him!”
Suffice to say, Monday’s broadcast was packed with similar nostalgia, as the »
‘Midnight Texas’ Finale: Boss Talks Switching Up That Sexy Ending and Cueing the Danger Up for Season 2
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Virgin Sacrifice,” the season finale of “Midnight, Texas.”]
In a surprisingly romantic season finale, “Midnight, Texas” took a significant departure from the books it’s based on by moving one love scene back behind closed doors. On the show, a demon wants to mate with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) because she’s a powerful virgin witch. Her plan is to go through with it but kill the demon in the act, since she’s accidentally killed someone once before when she was in the throes of passion. Her love interest Bobo (Dylan Bruce) has other ideas though, and realizes that if he sleeps with her, she will no longer be a virgin. Therefore, the budding couple move to the next level of intimacy while a war between good and evil is waged outside.
In the novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired the series, Fiji’s plan plays out more dramatically and in a far ickier way. She makes the »
- Hanh Nguyen
Midnight, Texas Finale: Ep Talks Manfred's Mojo, Fiji/Bobo, [Spoiler]'s Surprise Wedding and More
Warning: This post contains spoilers from Midnight, Texas‘ Season 1 finale.
Midnight, Texas‘ climactic Season 1 finale began with the Midnighters concerned with one veil — the one separating the living from the dead — and ended with them in the presence of another: the one Olivia wore when she wed Lem (!) at the end of the episode.
In between, there was a whole lot of talk about deflowering Fiji, followed by the actual act, which turned out to help save the day. Oh, and Manfred really upped his psychic medium game. Before we get executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen‘s take on the season-ender, »
Dancing with the Stars: Who Impressed the Most on Premiere Night?
Dancing with the Stars Season 25 got off to a strong start, but man, it's easy to forget what a whirlwind these premieres can be. With 13 couples all needing a training montage, a dance, judges' reactions, and an interview to break it down after, the show moved at a breakneck pace.
Luckily, most of
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- Lindsay Macdonald
Dancing With the Stars Premiere Recap: Which Season 25 Pair Won You Over?
A Pretty Little Liar, a Property Brother and a pair of Lacheys — who are married(!!!) in case you missed that part — were among the new crop of contestants introduced Monday in Dancing With the Stars‘ 25th season premiere.
I’m not about to get too nitpicky about technique, etc. in the first episode — the scores also speak for themselves — so what you’ll find below are my initial (and occasionally troubling) reactions to the 13 pairs competing this season:
Tucker Carlson Slams Issa Rae for Saying ‘I’m Rooting for Everybody Black’ at Emmys
Diversity may have scored several big wins at Sunday night’s Emmys, but Issa Rae’s comment ahead of the show that she’s “rooting for everybody black” is raising some eyebrows — at least, those of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Rae made the comment to Variety on the red carpet Sunday night. Carlson, on his Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” began a segment lambasting the politics of the Emmys by taking aim at the “Insecure” star’s comments.
.@IssaRae at the #Emmys: "I’m Rooting for Everybody Black" (Watch) https://t.co/YYfzvUXIpK pic.twitter.com/A7ZnmFxkmD
— Variety (@Variety) September 18, 2017
After showing the clip of Rae, followed by a video of “Atlanta” mastermind Donald Glover jokingly thanking President Donald Trump for “making black people number one on the most-oppressed list” while accepting the Emmy for comedy actor, Carlson criticized both of them. “Those comments didn’t seem to raise an eyebrow, but »
- Alex Stedman
Inside Emmy Parties With Nicole Kidman, Donald Glover, Elisabeth Moss and More
TV’s top talent and executives celebrated this year’s Emmy nominees far after the ceremony ended. Emmy darling Sterling K. Brown was caught dashing from party to party with wife and “This Is Us” co-star Ryan Michelle Bathe on his arm. Another popular guy about town was none other than Alex Skarsgard, who brought his mom (all the way from Sweden) as his date to HBO’s popular fete. His onscreen wife, however, was not coy with her date. Nicole Kidman packed on the Pda with her real-life better half Keith Urban before going inside the Pacific Design Center. To much surprise, Sean Spicer received a fair amount of love while spending Emmy night in Hollywood, rubbing elbows with the stars (even after many of them participated, or at least, found joy in his weekly roasting on “Saturday Night Live” this past year). But he wasn’t the only surprise guest during Emmy week.
- Variety Staff
Netflix Shut Down a Stranger Things-themed Bar in a Pretty Cool Way
Intellectual property is our society's gold and companies will do everything they can to hold on to it.
So when a Stranger Things-themed bar popped up (it was literally a pop up) in Chicago this August, it was only a matter of time before Netflix's army of lawyers stormed the doors with legal mumbo
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- Tim Surette
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