Jun 18, 2019
1:47 pm

New Showrunner for Drama Series (TVWeek)

An upcoming drama series has a new showrunner with the announcement today of the hiring of Eliza Clark as writer, executive producer and showrunner on FX’s “Y.”

Clark will executive produce alongside Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brian K. Vaughan and Melina Matsoukas. The series is based on Vaughan’s comic book series “Y: The Last Man.”

Diane Lane leads an ensemble cast featuring Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn.

Click here for more about the show.

Jun 18, 2019
1:35 pm

Premiere of Drama Series Pushed Back (TVWeek)

The premiere of a broadcast drama series that was originally scheduled for July 9 was moved back one week. The CW announced that “Pandora” will now premiere on Tuesday, July 16.

The CW did not annouce a reason for rescheduling the premiere of the sci-fi action series.

The network released the following blurb abou the show: “‘Pandora’ is a sci-fi action series set in the year 2199, centering on a resourceful young woman who has lost everything but finds a new life at Earth’s Space Training Academy, where she and her friends learn to defend the galaxy from threats, both alien and human. When secrets about the nature of her own identity begin to surface, she must uncover the truth, and whether she will be humanity’s savior or the instrument of its destruction.”

The series stars Priscilla Quintana (“Polaroid,” “Traffik”), Oliver Dench (“Technology”), Raechelle Banno (“Home and Away”) John Harlan Kim (“The Librarians”), Ben Radcliffe (“Random”), Banita Sandhu (“October”), Martin Bobb-Semple (“Free Rein”) and Noah Huntley (“Free Rein”).

“Pandora” is executive produced by Mark A. Altman (“Castle,” “The Librarians”), Steve Kriozere (“NCIS,” “Necessary Roughness”), Thomas P. Vitale, Karine Martin, and Chris Philip and produced by Radioactive Fishtank, Vital Signs Entertainment and Starlings Television.

Jun 18, 2019
7:23 am

Martin Scorsese Controversy: Why Did Acclaimed Director Prank His Audience in New Netflix Film About Bob Dylan? (Variety)

Roughly 10 minutes of Martin Scorsese’s Netflix film about Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” consists “of prankish fake-documentary footage, like something out of a Christopher Guest movie,” writes veteran critic Owen Gleiberman in Variety.

Disappointed and angry, Gleiberman writes, “In the movie, all this [fake] stuff is executed with deadpan drollery, in a spirit of high malarkey, that sounds harmless and fun. And maybe it is. Yet the fact that I was nearly seduced into palming off a blatant fabrication as fact kind of bugged me. It rubbed up against my journalistic instincts and made me bristle. I didn’t feel delighted — I felt played. And the fact that I liked the rest of the movie so much didn’t mitigate the irritation; if anything, it only increased it. Scorsese, working with mountains of footage from the Rolling Thunder Revue tour, had crafted a burbling, live-wire, turbulently vital portrait of Bob Dylan in the mid-’70s that felt kaleidoscopic in its authenticity. The movie puts you right on that tour, letting you brush up against the look and mood and spirit of a by-gone era. The film’s time-machine purity is its calling card. How, exactly, does making shit up fit into that?”

To read Gleiberman’s full review, please click here.

Jun 18, 2019
7:00 am

Time to Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out with Woody Harrelson as He Plays the Most Dangerous Man in America in New Limited Series (Deadline)

Woody Harrelson, who recently played Archie Bunker in the live TV reboot of ‘All in the Family,’ has signed up to star in a limited series as Timothy Leary, the counterculture icon who was famous for advocating the use of LSD, reports Mike Fleming Jr. in a scoop for Deadline.

“Based on the critically acclaimed book ‘The Most Dangerous Man’ by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis,” Fleming writes, “the series follows Leary’s daring prison escape and run from the law in 1970. Aided by the Weather Underground, Leary’s prison break was the counterculture’s union of ‘dope and dynamite,’ aimed at sparking a revolution and overthrowing the government. The ensuing global manhunt, led by President Nixon, spanned 28 months and wound its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love and secret agents on four continents.”

Jun 17, 2019
8:05 pm

First Look Photo from Steven Spielberg’s Remake of ‘West Side Story’ (THR; Disney/Fox)

“The first look at Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ dropped Monday,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The story says that “The photo shows the rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. In the middle of the photo from Twentieth Century Fox, Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) are holding hands.”

Here’s the photo, courtesy Disney’s Twentieth Century Fox:

Pictured (from left to right): Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

Jun 17, 2019
7:54 pm

Fall Premiere Dates for The CW (Deadline; TVWeek)

The CW is out with the dates for its new and returning series this fall, reports Deadline.com.

Here’s the schedule:







8:00-9:00 pm — BATWOMAN
9:00-10:00 pm — SUPERGIRL


8:00-9:00 pm — ALL AMERICAN
9:00-10:00 pm — BATWOMAN


8:00-9:00 pm — THE FLASH
9:00-10:00    pm — BATWOMAN


8:00-9:00 pm —    RIVERDALE
9:00-10:00 pm — NANCY DREW


8:00-9:00 pm — SUPERNATURAL
9:00-10:00 pm — LEGACIES


8:00-9:00 pm —    CHARMED
9:00-10:00 pm — DYNASTY


8:00-9:00 pm — ALL AMERICAN
9:00-10:00 pm — NANCY DREW (Encore of Series Premiere)


8:00-9:00 pm — THE FLASH
9:00-10:00 pm —    ARROW


8:00-9:00 pm — ALL AMERICAN
9:00-10:00 pm — BLACK LIGHTNING

Jun 17, 2019
1:34 pm

She Was a Socialite, Heiress, Style Icon and the Mother of Anderson Cooper: Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95 (CNN, YouTube, TVWeek)

Here’s a worthwhile eight-minute video obituary by Anderson Cooper about his Mom, the irrepressible Gloria Vanderbilt, who has died at age 95. At turns funny and sad and touching and ultimately very moving, it’s worth watching.

Jun 17, 2019
1:30 pm

Check This Out: Taylor Swift Drops Music Video Featuring New Friend Katy Perry, Along With Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, the Cast of ‘Queer Eye,’ Ryan Reynolds, RuPaul, Adam Rippon, and Adam Lambert, Among Others (NY Post, YouTube)

Taylor Swift has just debuted the video for “You Need to Calm Down,” off her upcoming album, “Lover,” reports the New York Post. The song, which you can watch below, “is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of love, tolerance and the LGBTQ community,” the Post says.

The video, which debuted just this morning on YouTube, has had almost 8 million views in its first 8 hours of being posted.

Some of the stars in the video include Swift’s newest friend, Katy Perry, and Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, the Cast of ‘Queer Eye,’ Ryan Reynolds, RuPaul, Adam Rippon, and Adam Lambert, among others.

Jun 17, 2019
1:16 pm

NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates (THR, TVWeek)

Nearly all of NBC’s “regular series will roll out in the first week of the season, with only ‘The Blacklist’ holding back a week,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Here are the dates of NBC’s rollout:

Thursday, Sept. 5
8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 PT: NFL kickoff

Sunday, Sept. 8
7 p.m. ET/4 PT:  Football Night in America
8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 PT:  Sunday Night Football

Monday, Sept. 23
8 p.m.:  The Voice
10 p.m.:  Bluff City Law

Tuesday, Sept. 24
8 p.m.:  The Voice
9 p.m.:  This Is Us
10 p.m.:  New Amsterdam

Wednesday, Sept. 25
8 p.m.:  Chicago Med
9 p.m.:  Chicago Fire
10 p.m.:  Chicago PD

Thursday, Sept. 26
8 p.m.:  Superstore
8:30 p.m.:  Perfect Harmony
9 p.m.:  The Good Place
9:30 p.m.:  Sunnyside
10 p.m.:  Law & Order: SVU

Friday, Sept. 27
9 p.m.:  Dateline

Friday, Oct. 4
8 p.m.:  The Blacklist

Saturday, Oct. 5
9 p.m.:  Dateline Saturday Mystery


Jun 17, 2019
1:09 pm

Ross Levinsohn, Who at One Time Ran Fox’s Interactive Sports Business and Who Is Also a Former Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Named to Run Media Operations for Iconic Sports Magazine (NYTimes)

Digital media company TheMaven, based in Seattle, has “announced the creation of Sports Illustrated Media, to be run by the veteran media industry executive Ross Levinsohn, a former publisher of The Los Angeles Times,” reports the New York Times.

The story explains that “The digital platform company TheMaven has bought the right to publish Sports Illustrated — digitally and in print — for at least the next 10 years, ending the former owner Meredith’s relationship with Sports Illustrated a few weeks after the landmark magazine’s intellectual property was sold to the Authentic Brands Group, TheMaven and Meredith announced Monday.”

“While the price was undisclosed,” the story says, “a Securities and Exchange Commission filing said that TheMaven had already paid $45 million to Authentic Brands. The two companies will also share revenues.”

The article also notes that Levinsohn “had a rocky tenure at the Los Angeles Times, where he was put on leave after National Public Radio reported he had been the subject of two sexual harassment allegations at earlier jobs. After an investigation found no wrongdoing at the Los Angeles Times, he was reinstated at the newspaper’s then-parent company.

“The top editor of Sports Illustrated, Chris Stone, who started at the magazine in 1992, has been in charge of the editorial side since 2016.”

To read more details about this item, please click here, which will take you to the full New York Times piece.

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