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OWN Orders Drama Series From ‘Moonlight’ Co-Writer, Michael B. Jordan
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given a straight-to-series order to a new drama from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney with Michael B. Jordan also executive producing, Variety has learned.
Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write, and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy also serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner. Jordan will executive produce through his Outlier Productions. The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. It follows a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects haunted by the death of his closest friend who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama era, the series was inspired by events in McCraney’s own life. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox (Exclusive)
Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.
Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing. »
- Joe Otterson
'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 Finale
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network on Wednesday confirmed that the backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural's season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018.
The episode will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world »
- Lesley Goldberg
Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned.
”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”
The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival will present curated shows and conversations with the cast and creators from numerous shows. It will take place September 22-24, 2017 in New York City. Like the Film Festival, the TV Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will feature programs from broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, and Vr.
“We’re launching a new standalone, but »
- Joe Otterson
Another ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Hits Piracy Sites Before Premiere
HBO’s summer of cyber-woes continues: Episode six of “Game of Thrones” season seven has been leaked to internet piracy sites, four days ahead of Sunday’s premiere.
This time, it wasn’t hackers or rogue employees at a production facility: The “Game of Thrones” episode evidently leaked out after it was inadvertently published by HBO Nordic and HBO España services. According to HBO, the leak appears to have stemmed from a mistake by a third-party vendor in those territories.
Links to the leaked “Got” episode were posted to Reddit, with the copy shared via YouTube, Twitch and other streaming services. The Reddit posts were swiftly taken down. However, the segment has already been snatched and shared via torrent networks, according to U.K. newspaper the Independent, which reported that it verified the authenticity of what it said was an HD copy.
In a separate incident two weeks ago, the fourth episode of the current season of »
- Todd Spangler
‘Deadlier Than The Male’: Chiara Aurelia Cast In TNT Drama Pilot
Chiara Aurelia is set for a series-regular role opposite Amy Brenneman, Lily Rabe and Enrique Murciano in Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT's drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than The Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption… »
News Corp.’s Fox Sports Australia, Telstra’s Foxtel to Merge
Parent companies Telstra and News Corp. announced the merger Thursday, saying the combined entity would align ownership and management and offer Australian consumers greater choice. The companies aim to complete the transaction in the first half of 2018, subject to the necessary regulatory approval.
News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said the proposed restructuring of the two companies would “unlock value for News Corp. shareholders and provide a clearer vision into the depth and strength of our Australian assets.”
“The new structure will simplify management control and ensure that the company is best placed to leverage the skills of its talented Australian employees and program makers,” Thomson said in a statement. “There is no doubt that the world of content is becoming more complicated and competitive, and »
- Robert Mitchell
Frozen: The Musical on Broadway Is Going to Smash It
If there was ever a film meant to be made into a musical Frozen would be near the top of the list. The story, the music, and the feel of the film simply offer themselves up without question to the idea of Broadway, and there were probably dozens of women, if not many, many more, trying to audition for the roles of Anna and Elsa. The cast will undoubtedly be only the best that Broadway has to offer, and the look of the play will be so spot on you might believe that you’re watching a different version of the
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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series?
A Prime Minister looks poised for a landslide victory on Emmy night… but can a dark-horse candidate edge him out for the trophy?
Four of this year’s seven nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series come from freshman series, led by frontrunner John Lithgow, who adopted a British accent to play iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill on Netflix’s The Crown. (Lithgow, by the way, has a whopping five Emmys on his mantel already, three from 3rd Rock From the Sun.) Other first-timers in the mix: Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright (a winner in 2004 for Angels in America); Ron Cephas Jones, »
The Biggest Rumors Swirling around The Venom Movie Right Now
The upcoming Venom movie is about to be as epic as it gets for a comic book movie. Remember when people lost their minds about Logan finally getting an R-rating for his movie? Well with the latest Venom rumors you should be able to dip right into fantasy land and let your imagination run wild with the facts and rumors that are currently being unloaded on the eager and willing fans. This is a movie that has been in need of being made for a long time now, ever since Spiderman first hit the big screen in fact. Aside from
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A Banner Year for Neil Gaiman: First American Gods, Now Good Omens
It’s a banner year for Neil Gaiman. First, Starz ran American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman‘s 2001 modern fantasy novel with the same title, to critical and fan acclaim. Then, Starz renewed American Gods for a second season. Now, Amazon have scored Michael Sheen and David Tennant as leads in a six episode series of Good Omens….also from Neil Gaiman. Mr Gaiman will adapt the scripts for all six episodes from the apocalyptic satirical novel he cowrote with Terry Pratchett. Mr Gaiman will also serve as showrunner. Mr Gaiman and Mr Pratchett wrote Good Omens in the late 1980s, and HarperCollins
- Chris St Martin
Trump Supporters Insist 'Snowflake' Jimmy Kimmel Should Be Cancelled
The tables have turned for the king of mean tweets.
VideosFallon Joins Kimmel, Colbert, Meyers in Condemning Trump’s ‘Shameful’ Response to Charlottesville
“I had a message for those who voted for Donald Trump,” Kimmel began. “I explained that I understood why they did it, but encouraged those who feel deep down like they made a mistake to just admit it and move on — and I have to say, »
Young and the Restless Spoilers: Hilary Outs Ben and Victoria
Young and the Restless fans know Victoria had an interesting night with Ben, and we all know that Jack is looking for a way to make that a well-known fact about town. But we didn’t think he’d turn to Hilary to get this job done. Of course, we know Hilary hates everyone and will do virtually anything she can to get what she wants out of her life. She’s got more on her plate than anyone we know, and she’s willing and able to do whatever she can to make things happen. She’s going to make sure everyone knows about
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- Tiffany Raiford
Casey Affleck Confusingly Reveals that Ben Isn’t Going to Be In ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck’s Batman in the most recent DC movies has been contentious for fans, to say the least. Although many praise him for his nuanced and charismatic take on the caped crusader, many more have taken issue with his psychopathic tendencies while wearing the cowl. Unlike previous versions of Batman, he shows little remorse for anybody in his way: be they villains or victims. He careens the Batmobile recklessly through crowded city streets, mows criminals down with assault rifles and goes so far as to brand his captives (a death sentence in Gotham’s penitentiaries). That’s not even bringing up his
- Brian Hadsell
The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Sally Fights for Spectra
The Bold and the Beautiful spoilers are all about what Sally wants from Cj. She knows he is on the fence about her business now that she’s been able to work without Thomas being present, but she needs him to give her another chance. She needs one more show to prove she’s got what it takes to make a successful business of her company, but Bill has made Cj an offer that he’s having a difficult time turning down. It’s not been an easy transition for them, and she’s making sure she can do whatever she can to help her
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- Tiffany Raiford
Turner Sets U.S. Rights Deal for European Soccer Rights, Plans Streaming Service
Turner has grabbed U.S. rights to UEFA European soccer league games with plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service next year. The deal marks the latest push by a major media conglom into the premium subscription streaming content arena.
Turner said Thursday it has set a multi-year deal for English-language rights to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games starting with the 2018-19 season. The games will air on Turner’s various linear TV platforms — TNT, TBS and TruTV — and will be the basis of a subscription digital offering. Turner said it would carry more than 340 games per season with the linear and digital offering combined.
Turner will use its Bleacher Report digital sports news hub as the launching pad for the streaming service. Pricing is still being determined, Turner said.
“The launch of Turner’s new Ott sports platform and partnership with UEFA aligns with the company’s continued strategy to further expand the »
- Cynthia Littleton
General Hospital Spoilers: Sonny Confirms to Sam She Shot Him
General Hospital fans know that Sonny told Sam the truth. She was having visions of shooting him and kicking him into a pit, but she didn’t know if they were real. She knows her illness causes serious hallucinations, and she was worried about that. She did, however, hope that she was able to handle what was going on in her life by asking him about it and then hoping that whatever she found out would make things different. She was hoping he’d tell her she didn’t do it. He didn’t. He was honest with her. And that is difficult for
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- Tiffany Raiford
Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Abe is Arrested
Days of Our Lives fans can’t believe all that’s going on with Abe. Eli has uncovered evidence he might be the man who was working with Dario to engage in the counterfeit money ring, and no one is going to believe him. When Eli brings out the evidence and begins showing everyone what is going on with this situation, things get a little wild. It turns out all the evidence points to Abe. And he’s going to jail. Rafe and Hope are aware they have no choice and must do what they have to do. When Abe finds out what
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- Tiffany Raiford
The Defenders Should Have United Against D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, Not Weaver’s Alexandra
With The Defenders less than a week away from debuting on Netflix – seeing the bit-players of the McU team-up against a street-level supervillain too great to take on individually – one can’t help but wonder exactly how we arrived here. I’m not talking about how we got from The Avengers to Daredevil or from Daredevil to The Defenders. That was twisted road, sure, but not the most difficult one the comic publisher’s had to deal with. How did we end up here, with the titular team-up squaring off against someone that nobody’s ever heard of before. Okay, sure, it’s
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- Brian Hadsell
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Andrea Tantaros
Andrea Tantaros is well known for her role as a commentator and political analyst of he conservative persuasion. She co-hosted “The Five” and “Outnumbered” on Fox News. She filed a sexual harassment complaint against the Fox News Network in 2016. Tantaros is embroiled in a bitter legal batter that alleges cyber hacking and professional career assassination attempts. She and her attorney have been battling both to prove the corruption that she claims is ongoing at Fox News, and to dispel the allegations that her adversaries have made about her. Her recent book has caused an uproar and lawsuits allege that
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- Dana Hanson-Firestone
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