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Dec 7, 2016
3:51 pm
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Netflix Rolls Out Plans for New (Old) Norman Lear Comedy (TVWeek, Netflix)

Netflix has a new show in the works from legendary TV series creator Norman Lear, and in another case of “what’s old is new again,” the show is a reboot of a previous TV series.

The new version of “One Day at a Time” features the Alvarez family. The original sitcom, which was developed by Lear and aired on CBS from 1975-1984, was centered on the Coopers, including mom Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano and daughters Mackenzie Phillips as Julie Cooper Horvath and Valerie Bertinelli as Barbara Cooper Royer. And of course, there was Pat Harrington Jr. as the super, Schneider.

The new show, billed as a “reimagining” of the original series, rolls out on Netflix Jan. 6.

In an announcement released today, Netflix describes the new show as “a hilarious and heartfelt comedy that follows three generations of a Cuban-American family sometimes reluctantly cohabitating and navigating the ups and downs of life. A newly single mom and military veteran journeys through the triumphs and tribulations that come with raising two strong-willed, mega-millennial children, all the while enlisting the ‘help’ of her old-school mother and her building manager-turned-invaluable confidante. Through a contemporary lens, ‘One Day at a Time’ offers a glimpse at what life looks like, in good times and bad — and how those around you somehow make it all worthwhile.”

The show stars Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Stephen Tobolowsky, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz. Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce executive produce and are co-showrunners alongside executive producer Norman Lear.

Here’s a trailer released today …

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
3:11 pm
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Racy New Trailer Released for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ (Universal)

The new trailer for “Fifty Shades Darker” ratchets up the sex quotient for the steamy Universal Pictures sequel, which is due in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2017.

Here’s the trailer, released today …

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
2:53 pm
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Details Unveiled on New TV Network Launching in Early 2017 (TVWeek)

Details were announced today about a new over-the-air television network that is being prepared to launch early next year. The new network, with the name “TBD,” comes from Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The company said TBD will deliver fresh, relevant digital-first programming into millions of U.S. homes.

“TBD, Sinclair’s second multicast launch, will include web series, short films, fashion, comedy, lifestyle, eSports, music, and viral content, all curated through partnerships with creators, including some of the biggest content companies in the digital world — Jukin Video, Legendary Digital Networks (Nerdist & Geek and Sundry), Whistle Sports, Kinonation, Zoomin’ and Canvas Media Studios, among others,” a spokesperson for Sinclair said in an email.

“Sinclair will also be retaining The QYOU, the leading curator of online video culture for television, to program the network and to provide creative support,” the email adds.

In its formal announcement today, Sinclair calls TBD “the first multiscreen TV network in the U.S. market to bring premium internet-first content to TV homes across America.

Please click here to read the full announcement.

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
2:49 pm
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Netflix Identifies Patterns Among Its Legions of Binge Watchers (TVWeek)

Netflix released findings today from research into viewing and binging trends among its subscribers, revealing in an announcement titled “Series, Movie, Series, Repeat: A New Netflix Binge Routine” that viewers appear to be settling into a pattern that weaves movie viewing in with TV series binges.

“After finishing a series, a majority of Netflix members (59%) take a pause, usually lasting three days, before committing to a new show,” the streaming service says in the announcement. “During that break, more than half (61%) watch a movie to keep the binge feeling alive, like pairing the whimsical ‘The Princess Bride’ to the delightfully quirky ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ or the criminally comedic ‘The Big Short’ to the dramatically comedic ‘Orange Is the New Black.'”

The announcement comes on the heels of media reports about what has been described as flagging interest in movies on Netflix — along with diminishing selection — as we reported Tuesday.

In today’s announcement, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos seems determined to reverse that impression, saying: “It’s interesting that in this golden age of television, movies are consistently in demand on Netflix. What we’ve come to figure out is that movies are really an important part of people’s viewing routines and complementary to the way they watch and enjoy TV.”

The announcement mentions a number of popular pairings of movies and TV shows, linking “House of Cards” with “Beasts of No Nation” and “Breaking Bad” with “Pulp Fiction,” among other pairings.

Please click here to read the full announcement.

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
2:01 pm
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Report: Hearst Interested in Buying Some of Time Inc.’s Magazines (NY Post)

“Hearst Corp. executives are said to be interested in taking a peek at some pieces of the Time Inc. empire if it were to be bought and busted up,” The New York Post reports. “In particular, Hearst may take a look at Real Simple, InStyle and Cooking Light.”

The report adds: “Hearst’s interest allowed the three suitors who recently expressed interest — only to have their $18-a-share offer rejected — to raise their offer.”

The Post also notes: “Hearst’s interest is little more than an internal wish list at this point, sources said. There have been high-level discussions at Hearst but no approach to Time Inc., said one knowledgeable source.”

Hearst wasn’t commenting on the report.

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
10:44 am
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Is Scott Pelley About to Be Removed as Anchor of ‘CBS Evening News’? (NY Post)

A new report says CBS plans to remove Scott Pelley from his anchor spot on the “CBS Evening News,” shifting him to a full-time position on “60 Minutes.” The New York Post’s Page Six cites “multiple sources” saying Pelley’s run on the flagship news program is coming to an end.

Pelley already has a part-time post on “60 Minutes.”

CBS is denying the rumors, with a network rep quoted in the story saying, “There’s no truth to this.”

“Insiders tell us the switch is ideal because the ’60 Minutes’ position is prestigious enough that the network wouldn’t have to deal with the PR headache of seeming to ‘demote’ one of its most high-profile talents,” The Post reports.

The report adds: “Despite rumors that Norah O’Donnell could be a favored candidate to take over for Pelley and become the sole female anchor of a major evening news program, we’re told, ‘She’s staying at “CBS This Morning” [with Charlie Rose and Gayle King]. The ratings are strong, and they’re a great team.’”

Pelley has been anchoring the network’s evening news telecast since 2011.

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
10:31 am
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1960s TV Crimefighter Dies — He Starred on the Show That Introduced U.S. Audiences to Bruce Lee (NY Times, TVWeek, YouTube)

An actor who played crimefighters on TV during the 1960s and 1970s — notably on the short-lived ABC series “The Green Hornet” — has died. The New York Times reports that Van Williams died recently at a care facility in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Williams reportedly died of renal failure. He was officially declared dead Nov. 29, but apparently died the night before. He was 82.

Williams starred as Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet, on the ABC series, which lasted just one season, airing 26 episodes during the 1966-67 season. He also appeared as the Green Hornet on crossover episodes of “Batman.”

“The Green Hornet” featured Bruce Lee as the title character’s aide Kato, a role that played a big part in introducing Lee to U.S. audiences.

Williams previously had regular roles on “Bourbon Street Beat,” “Surfside 6” and “The Tycoon,” along with guest spots on shows including “Cheyenne,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.” He continued to work consistently on TV during the 1970s, with a regular role on “Westwind” along with many guest spots, including appearances on “Mission: Impossible,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Barnaby Jones” and “The Rockford Files.”

“A tall, athletic Texan, Mr. Williams looked the part of a superhero and grew up an actual cowboy — although, curiously, he was not cast in many Westerns,” The Times notes.

Here’s a clip from a crossover episode of “Batman” in which Batman and Robin encounter Williams and Lee as the Green Hornet and Kato …

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
9:57 am
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Justice Department Probe: Did Ad Agencies Rig Bids to Favor In-House Production Units? (WSJ, Ad Age)

“The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether advertising agencies inappropriately steered business producing commercials to their in-house production units over independent companies by rigging the bidding process for those contracts, according to people familiar with the matter,” report Suzanne Vranica and Brent Kendall in The Wall Street Journal.

The story reports: “Rebecca Meiklejohn, a government antitrust attorney based in New York, has been interviewing ad industry executives on the subject over the past few months, the people said.”

Advertising Age, in a follow-up to the Journal story, wrote: “The Association of National Advertisers, which has been pushing the topic of transparency related to media throughout the year, finds the information about the investigation ‘very disturbing,’ according to a statement from ANA CEO Bob Liodice.

The Ad Age report quotes Liodice saying in the statement: “It’s especially interesting to note that this revelation comes only six months after we released the results of our own investigation with K2 Intelligence into allegations of rebates, non-transparency, and related issues in the U.S. media ecosystem. This new development raises even more concerns about trust between advertisers and their agencies and we plan to follow it closely as it develops.”

To read more about this item, please click on the links above, which will take you to the stories in The Wall Street Journal and Ad Age.

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
9:19 am
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Will Joe Biden Run for President in 2020? Here’s What He Told Stephen Colbert — Watch It Now (CBS)

In an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Vice President Joe Biden addressed the question of whether he will run for president in 2020.

Here’s how it went down …

TVBIZWIRE
Dec 7, 2016
8:59 am
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Tonight’s the Night for NBC’s Live Production of ‘Hairspray’ — Here’s What the Performers Have Had to Say About It (TVWeek, NBC)

NBC’s eagerly awaited, high-profile live musical production “Hairspray Live!” is set to air tonight, and TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin takes a look at some of the historical context surrounding the production, including what the key players have had to say about it.

To get ready for tonight’s broadcast, click here to read Hillary’s full report.

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