Aug 4, 2015
1:27 pm

TV Series Will Track a New Generation of Jacksons (TVWeek)

Relatives of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 are about to launch their own TV series. Lifetime today announced plans for “The Jacksons: Next Generation,” a docuseries that’s set to premiere Oct. 2.

The show follows brothers Taj, Taryll and TJ, who have a musical group of their own, 3T. The boys are Tito Jackson’s sons, with TJ, 34, also being co-guardian of the late Michael Jackson’s children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. TJ is also raising four children of his own, while Taryll, 39, is a father of two boys.

The eldest brother, Taj, 41, is pursuing a career in filmmaking along with his musical activities with 3T.

Please click here for additional details about the show.


Aug 4, 2015
1:19 pm

Jon Stewart Not Easing Up on Fox News — Here’s the Video (YouTube, Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart only has a few days left as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” and he’s not about to waste the opportunity to get in a few more licks against Fox News. The cable channel has been among Stewart’s favorite targets during his 16-plus years in the “Daily Show” host’s chair, and he revisited that target Monday night.

Stewart was responding to inferences by Fox News that Stewart may be too cozy with Barack Obama.

Here’s the clip:

Aug 4, 2015
1:11 pm

Two Big Names Join ‘Game of Thrones’ (Deadline)

A pair of well-known actors will be a part of the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” with Ian McShane and Max von Sydow signing on for season six.

Deadline.com reports that HBO confirmed the signing of the two veteran actors, with the role of McShane, who was a key player on the HBO series “Deadwood,” being kept secret.

“Von Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven, the mystical tutor of Bran Stark who was seen briefly in the Season 4 finale (played by a different actor),” Deadline notes. Von Sydow, a two-time Oscar nominee, is known for film roles including “Minority Report” and “The Exorcist.”

HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo has been hinting recently that “Game of Thrones” will run eight seasons, as Deadline reported separately.

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Aug 4, 2015
1:01 pm

Who’s the Highest-Paid Actor in the World? Forbes Unveils the New List (Forbes)

Forbes magazine has taken the wraps off the 2015 list of the World’s Highest Paid Actors, and for the third consecutive year, Robert Downey Jr. tops the list. The “Iron Man” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star checked in with $80 million in paychecks for the 12-month period.

Downey had a sizable cushion over No. 2 Jackie Chan, who settled for $50 million to wind up in second place with a schedule of U.S.-China co-productions such as “Dragon Blade.”

For the first time, the top 10 includes Bollywood stars, with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar all making the top 10.

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Robert Downey Jr. — $80 million
  2. Jackie Chan — $50 million
  3. Vin Diesel — $47 million
  4. Bradley Cooper — $41.5 million
  5. Adam Sandler — $41 million
  6. Tom Cruise — $40 million
  7. Amitabh Bachchan — $33.5 million

(tie) Salman Khan — $33.5 million

  1. Akshay Kumar — $32.5 million
  2. Mark Wahlberg — $32 millionavengers age of ultron-movie poster
Aug 4, 2015
9:51 am

TV Personality Arrested for Alleged Shoplifting (ET)

One of the former stars of a popular reality television show was out on bail after being arrested Sunday for allegedly shoplifting at a Target store. Entertainment Tonight reports that Kim Richards, a familiar face on TV from her appearances on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” was released Monday afternoon on $5,000 bail.

Richards reportedly spent Sunday night in jail in Van Nuys, Calif., after being placed under citizen’s arrest by a loss-prevention officer at a Target location on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.

ET reports that Richards was suspected of stealing a shopping cart full of toys and merchandise valued at $1,000.

“ET has learned that she had three carts full of items, but was only charged for a portion of what she loaded into her vehicle,” ET reports.

The report notes that Richards, 50, has struggled with sobriety and had a previous arrest for alleged public intoxication at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Aug 4, 2015
9:21 am

Super-Sized Episode to Cap Jon Stewart’s Run on ‘Daily Show’ — Also, in Case You Missed It Last Night, Here’s a Clip of Amy Schumer’s Appearance on the Show (Mediaite, TheWrap, YouTube)

An expanded installment of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is on tap for the last night of Stewart’s 16-year run as host of the show.

Mediaite reports that the episode’s content is being kept under wraps, but the channel has blocked out a 52-minute slot in its schedule at 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.

Stewart is in the midst of a run of special guests during his final week, with Amy Schumer last night, Denis Leary tonight and Louis C.K. scheduled for Wednesday. Thursday’s finale — which is expected to be star-studded — will be preceded by a repeat of the Louis C.K. episode at 10:30.

TheWrap, which first reported the expanded installment, notes: “In addition to the 50-minute-ish send-off, Comedy Central will air an all-day marathon of classic episodes of ‘The Daily Show’ from Stewart’s 16-year history, as well as the original one-hour special, ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: News Your Own Adventure,’ on Thursday.”

Trevor Noah begins his run as “Daily Show” host Sept. 28.

Here’s a clip from Monday’s appearance by Amy Schumer:

Aug 4, 2015
9:17 am

Leaving on a High Note — ‘Downton Abbey’ Looks Ahead to the Final Season (TVWeek)

With “Downton Abbey” just days away from wrapping production on what will be its final season, cast members and producers gathered to provide a glimpse of what’s in store — and to look back over the show’s amazing run.

Actors Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley) and Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) took part along with executive producers Rebecca Eaton and Gareth Neame in a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Also on hand was TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin, who filed a full report on the proceedings. Please click here to read Hillary’s insightful piece.

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Aug 4, 2015
9:09 am

When Will Brian Williams Be Back on the Air? Here’s an Update on the Plan (AP)

Brian Williams is nearing the end of his six-month suspension from NBC News, but that doesn’t mean he’s headed right back to the air. The AP reports that it will be at least another month before Williams is expected to appear on camera in his new role at MSNBC.

He was suspended Feb. 10 over inaccuracies in his accounts of incidents including a helicopter flight in Iraq in 2003, and that suspension officially ends next week. Following an internal investigation by NBC News, Williams lost his job as “Nightly News” anchor and was demoted to a job as a breaking news anchor at the cable news channel MSNBC.

“MSNBC hasn’t announced a start date for Williams,” the AP report notes. “The tentative target for his return is for the network’s coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, scheduled for Sept. 22-27, according to an executive there who spoke on condition of anonymity because plans aren’t fully set.”

Williams is expected to have a role in daytime hours on busy news days at the cable news channel, and won’t be given his own regular time slot, according to the report.

“MSNBC … is in the midst of a makeover driven by poor ratings, jettisoning much of its opinionated daytime programming,” the AP notes. “New NBC News chief Andrew Lack is seeking to turn MSNBC into a breaking news outlet during the day, with assistance from NBC News personalities, and restrict its liberal viewpoint to the evening.”


Aug 4, 2015
9:07 am

Chernin Entertainment Names New President of Television (Deadline)

A veteran TV executive has been named as the new president of television at Chernin Entertainment. Deadline.com reports that former Ryan Murphy Television President Dante Di Loreto has taken the job.

Di Loreto “will oversee the day-to-day development and production for the company in the TV arena. He will report to Jenno Topping, head of Film and Television,” Deadline notes.

Di Loreto left Murphy seven months ago and has been working in the meantime on launching his own company, WatchWorks Entertainment. In eight years with Murphy he was a part of high-profile shows including “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”

Di Loreto succeeds Katherine Pope at Chernin.

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Aug 4, 2015
8:07 am

Report: Newsmag Receives Time-Slot Downgrade in Key Market (TheWrap)

A staple of TV entertainment news has received a major-market downgrade. TheWrap.com reports that the daytime newsmagazine “Access Hollywood Live” is getting a time-slot downgrade on Los Angeles station KNBC-TV, where it will move from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The “Access Hollywood” spinoff is anchored by Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.

TheWrap reports that the show, which launched in 2010, has struggled in the ratings for the past couple of years, “prompting NBC-owned stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and San Diego to drop the show in the 2014-15 season.”

The shift in L.A. follows time-slot moves for the show by New York station WNBC-TV, the report adds.

“New York’s WNBC downgraded the show in 2013 to 2 p.m. ET and then returned it to its 11 a.m. slot this season,” TheWrap reports. “Same-day airings of ‘Access Hollywood Live’ on E! also failed to resonate with viewers two summers ago and [the show] was removed from its sibling cable network after just a month.”


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