Oct 12, 2015
7:35 pm

Starting in March, Playboy Magazine Will Be Nude Free (NY Times)

“As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses,” reports The New York Times, adding, “But they will no longer be fully nude.”

The Times story continues, “Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. ‘That battle has been fought and won,’ said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. ‘You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.’

The article adds, “Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 now, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.”

The adult-oriented TV channel Playboy TV was sold by Playboy back in 2011. It only licenses the Playboy name.

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PlayboyFirstIssueA copy of the first Playboy magazine, in 1954, which featured pictures of Marilyn Monroe nude within its pages

Oct 12, 2015
7:15 pm

USC Fires Its Football Coach (LA Times)

“Faced with mounting reports of erratic behavior by its football coach, USC fired the troubled Steve Sarkisian [this] afternoon,” Monday, Oct. 12, 2015,  reports the Los Angeles Times.

According to the story, “The announcement capped a string of incidents that included Sarkisian appearing intoxicated at a football booster event in August and seeming not himself during a recent game.

“The final straw came Sunday when he acted strangely at a team meeting, then left campus before practice began. Athletic Director Pat Haden immediately put him on indefinite leave before following up with Monday’s decision.”

The USC Trojan football team has a record of 3-2 this season.

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Oct 12, 2015
2:31 pm

CBS Orders Workplace Comedy — In Fact, This One Is Called ‘Workplace,’ and It Comes From a Pair of Producers With a Wildly Successful Series on a Rival Network (Deadline)

CBS is moving forward with a comedy project from two producers who have been busy with the hit show “Modern Family” over at ABC. Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com that the network gave a put pilot commitment to “Workplace,” from Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh.

“As the title suggests, the project is a workplace comedy,” Andreeva writes. “It is set in a three-story building with three seemingly separate businesses: a one-hit-wonder app developer, a real estate company grudgingly shared by a divorced couple, and a cafe run by two sisters, one of whom hasn’t worked a day in her life.”

The single-camera project is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV, with Corrigan and Walsh executive producing. The pair were at CBS before going to “Modern Family” six years ago, working on the family comedy “1321 Clover,” which received a pilot order from CBS in 2007.

“Modern Family” has been an Emmy favorite, including winning Outstanding Comedy Series five years in a row, from 2010-2014.

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Oct 12, 2015
2:17 pm

Dan Rather on Donald Trump: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Outside the Realm of Possibility He Gets Elected’ — Watch the Video (THR)

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather examined the Donald Trump phenomenon and the 2016 presidential race, commenting, “I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility he gets elected.”

Rather noted that he expects Trump to go deep into the primary process, but stopped short of predicting that Trump would win the GOP nomination. The veteran newsman raises a number of questions about Trump’s foreign policy and immigration policy during the three-minute interview clip, which you can watch below.

Oct 12, 2015
1:37 pm

Actor Randy Quaid Held on $500,000 Bail — Judge Explains Why It’s So High (Reuters)

A judge in Vermont today ordered that actor Randy Quaid be held on $500,000 bail after he was arrested crossing the border from Canada into the U.S., Reuters reports.

As we reported earlier today, Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested Saturday while crossing into Vermont. Reuters reports that Quaid, 65, was arrested on charges stemming from a 2010 trespassing case in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“Quaid is wanted in California on charges related to a 2010 incident in which he and his wife entered a Santa Barbara, California, building that the couple contends they legally owned at the time,” Reuters reports. “He faces charges of vandalism, unauthorized entry into a dwelling and failure to appear for a court appearance in California.”

Quaid reportedly said in court today that he heard about the 2010 court proceeding while he was in Vancouver on a previously scheduled trip.

Reuters quotes Quaid saying: “We heard about it through the Internet, that we’d missed this court appearance.”

The story notes that an attorney for Quaid argued that the bail was set too high, prompting Vermont Superior Court Judge Alison Arms to say, “I don’t disagree with you that $500,000 is high bail. However, this court is considering the fact that this warrant was issued almost exactly five years ago and that Mr. Quaid has been in Canada that entire time.”

Separately, Evi Quaid was also ordered held of $500,000 bail, the story reports.

randy quaid-2015-vermont state policeRandy Quaid — photo released
by Vermont State Police

Oct 12, 2015
1:21 pm

TV Legend Steps In After His Childhood Home Is Condemned (AP)

After Dick Van Dyke found out his childhood home was scheduled to be demolished, the TV legend found a way to do something about it.

The AP reports that Van Dyke — known for his early 1960s CBS sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as well as appearances in feature films such as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Mary Poppins” — announced plans this weekend to have the house restored.

The two-story home in Danville, Ill., was condemned last December because of its dilapidated condition, with Van Dyke hearing about it this summer, the AP notes. Now Van Dyke, 89, has announced that the house will become the headquarters for a new foundation that will award scholarships to young performers.

“Organizers of the Dick Van Dyke Foundation hope to establish a museum in the home where Van Dyke and brother Jerry lived during high school after the family relocated from Missouri,” the AP reports. A new foundation is being formed that will seek nonprofit status.

In a news release from the Dick Van Dyke Foundation, the group’s board president, Lance Kirkland, said Van Dyke and his wife, Arlene, “look forward to working with the community of Danville to inspire the town’s young talent to follow in Dick and Jerry’s footsteps. The foundation hopes to quickly expand its reach to provide support to young singers, dancers and actors across the country.”

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Oct 12, 2015
1:09 pm

Weak Opening for Warner Bros.’ ‘Pan’ Conjures Memories of the Biggest Box-Office Disasters (AP)

A dismal opening weekend in theaters for the $150 million live-action Peter Pan feature “Pan” from Warner Bros. has some film writers scrambling to recollect the all-time worst box-offfice disasters.

Writing for the AP, Lindsey Bahr lists 10 of “Hollywood’s most infamous financial catastrophes,” noting that it may be up to China to rescue “Pan” from a place on the list. “Pan,” which stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller, opens there Oct. 22.

Bahr notes that the movie’s weekend in North American theaters brought in only $15.5 million, “and its international prospects don’t look much more promising.” In 52 international markets, the movie brought in just $20.5 million.

As it stands, “Pan” ranks among the year’s biggest bombs along with Disney’s “Tomorrowland” and Fox’s “Fantastic Four.”

Bahr’s all-time top 10 includes a few oldies — the perennial “Heaven’s Gate” from 1980, credited with bringing down United Artists, is the oldest. But for the most part, the list is made up of recent bombs, such as “The Lone Ranger” (2013) and “John Carter” (2012).

The latter movie, starring “Friday Night Lights” alum Taylor Kitsch, reportedly cost Disney between $250 million and $275 million to make, then brought in only $30.2 million on opening weekend — prompting Disney to take a $200 million write-down while “John Carter” was still in theaters.

We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to see Bahr’s full list.

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Oct 12, 2015
12:51 pm

Actor Who’s a Household Name to Produce Movie About the Volkswagen Scandal (Variety)

An enormously successful actor whose credits include five Academy Award nominations will be a producer on a feature film in the works at Paramount about Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” scandal. Variety reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has come on board, along with Jennifer Davisson.

“The duo are producing through their Appian Way banner. There are no acting or directing attachments yet,” Variety reports. “Paramount has acquired movie rights to Jack Ewing’s upcoming book, which will detail the scandal in which the company placed illegal software in their clean diesel cars that could tell when a car was being tested for fuel emissions and would turn on the emissions control to cheat the test and meet EPA standards.”

Along with four Oscar nominations as an actor, most recently in 2014 for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” DiCaprio shared in the nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year as a producer on that movie.

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Oct 12, 2015
9:39 am

CBS Back in Business With ‘King of Queens’ Star (Deadline)

The star of the long-running CBS sitcom “The King of Queens” is returning to the network with a new comedy series. Deadline.com reports that the network gave a 13-episode order to a multicamera series from Kevin James.

James will star and co-write with his frequent collaborator Rock Reuben, a former executive producer on “King of Queens,” and Bruce Helford, who will also serve as showrunner, Deadline reports.

“The untitled comedy series, slated for the 2016-17 season, hails from Sony Pictures TV and James’ studio-based Hey Eddie Prods., which has hired Drew Worobow as VP of Television Development. CBS TV Studios will co-produce,” the story reports.

Deadline adds: “On the show, James will play a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids … only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. James, Reuben and Helford executive produce alongside James’ producing partner Jeff Sussman.”

“King of Queens” aired for nine seasons on CBS, from 1998-2007.

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Oct 12, 2015
9:27 am

Must-Read: For This Season’s Premiere Week, Here’s a List of the Top 20 Shows Including Live Plus 7 Viewing. Two of the Shows Received More Than an 80% Lift in the 18-49 Demo Over Same-Day Ratings (TVWeek, Deadline)

Here are two charts. The first one lists the top 20 shows during premiere week, including Live Plus 7-day viewing, for the 18-49 demo. The second chart lists the top 20 shows in total viewers. The charts use Nielsen data.

To see both of these lists with the ranking of ALL the shows during premiere week, please click here, which will take you to those lists on Deadline.com.

Adults 18-49:

Program Net Live+Same Day Rating L+7 Day Rating Ratings Lift % Lift
1.  EMPIRE FOX 6.7 9.4 2.7 40%
2. MODERN FAMILY ABC 3.2 5.4 2.2 69%
3. BIG BANG THEORY, CBS 4.7 6.8 2.1 45%
4. BLINDSPOT NBC 3.1 5.0 1.9 61%
5. SCANDAL ABC 3.3 5.1 1.8 55%
6. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER ABC 2.6 4.3 1.7 65%
7. GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.8 4.4 1.6 57%
8. QUANTICO ABC 1.9 3.4 1.5 79%
9. BLACK-ISH ABC 2.4 3.8 1.4 58%
10. SCREAM QUEENS FOX 1.7 3.1 1.4 82%
11. HEROES  REBORN NBC 2.0 3.4 1.4 70%
12. LIMITLESS CBS 1.9 3.2 1.3 68%
13. THE GOLDBERGS ABC 2.4 3.6 1.2 50%
14. GOTHAM FOX 1.6 2.8 1.2 75%
15. LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 1.8 3.0 1.2 67%
16. ONCE UPON A TIME ABC 1.8 2.9 1.1 61%
17. THE MUPPETS ABC 2.9 4.0 1.1 38%
18. SCORPION CBS 2.2 3.3 1.1 50%
19. NCIS CBS 2.5 3.6 1.1 44%
20. CASTLE ABC 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%


Total viewers:

Program Net Live + Same Day Viewers (000) Live + 7 Day Vieiwers (000) Lift in Number of Viewers
1. BLINDSPOT NBC 10,605 16,589 5,984
2. EMPIRE FOX 16,184 22,113 5,929
3. THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 18,203 23,726 5,523
4. QUANTICO ABC 7,142 12,153 5,011
5. MODERN FAMILY ABC 9,463 14,277 4,814
6. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER ABC 8,378 12,994 4,616
7. SCANDAL ABC 10,247 14,734 4,487
8. LIMITLESS CBS 9,857 14,258 4,401
9. NCIS CBS 18,191 22,469 4,278
10. BLUE BLOODS CBS 10,082 14,339 4,257
11. CASTLE ABC 6,840 10,920 4,080
12. SCORPION CBS 11,087 15,130 4,043
13. NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 7,981 11,857 3,876
14. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 12,616 16,445 3,829
15. CSI [SPECIAL] CBS 12,222 15,808 3,586
16. GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 9,549 12,907 3,358
17. BLACK-ISH ABC 7,303 10,592 3,289
18. HEROES REBORN NBC 6,090 9,221 3,131
19. HAWAII FIVE-O CBS 8,299 11,414 3,115
20. LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 8,274 11,383 3,109


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