Jun 14, 2019
8:04 am

Who’s Your Choice to Host This Year’s Primetime Emmys on Fox? A. One of the Masked Singers; B. A Star from ‘Empire’; C. Chris Wallace; D. No One (Variety)

It’s more than just a parlor game. Who will host this year’s primetime Emmys on Fox. Reports our good friend Mike Schneider at Variety, “The possibility of a host-less Emmys is among the leading options being considered by Fox and the Television Academy as it preps for this year’s telecast.”

The story continues, “With just three months until the telecast and no host yet named, insiders confirm that the Emmys may go without one for the first time since 2003 (when the show also aired on Fox). But they also caution that nothing has been decided, and the perfect host may still come along and be hired.”

Schneider adds,”With so many iconic shows ending their run (and others celebrating anniversaries), it may be a good year to shift the focus away from one host and toward the programs. The idea, of course, is also inspired by this year’s Academy Awards telecast, which earned high marks (and improved ratings) despite not having a host at its core.”

Jun 14, 2019
7:36 am

CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates (TVWeek; CBS)

CBS has set its premiere dates for the fall. Here they are:

Monday, Sept. 23


8:30-9 PM — BOB ♥ ABISHOLA

9-10 PM — ALL RISE

10-11 PM — BULL

Tuesday, Sept. 24

8-9 PM — NCIS

9-10 PM — FBI


Wednesday, Sept. 25

8-9:30 PM — SURVIVOR

9:30-11 PM — BIG BROTHER

Thursday, Sept. 26



9-9:30 PM — MOM


10-11 PM — EVIL

Friday, Sept. 27


9-10 PM — MAGNUM P.I.


Saturday, Sept. 28


10-11 PM — 48 HOURS

Sunday, Sept. 29

Football Doubleheader

7:30-8:30 PM — 60 MINUTES


9:30-10:30 PM — NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Wednesday, Oct.2



10-11 PM — S.W.A.T.

Sunday, Oct. 6

7-8 PM — 60 MINUTES




Jun 14, 2019
6:37 am

Central Park Five Prosecutor Resigns from Columbia After Netflix Docuseries Starts Airing; Show Is Huge Hit For Streaming Service (NY Post; Variety)

“The assistant district attorney who prosecuted the now-exonerated Central Park Five said on Wednesday that she will leave her post as a part-time lecturer at Columbia Law School due to backlash over” the Netflix series “When They See Us,” reports the New York Post.

The story adds, “Elizabeth Lederer — who still serves as a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office — said in a letter to faculty and students that she will not seek reappointment after negative reaction over her portrayal in the show.”Lederer says “[G]iven the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application.”

“The dean of the school added that the mini-series ‘reignited a painful — and vital — national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice,'” the Post also notes.

The resignation comes as Netflix reveals that “Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series” in the U.S. on the streaming service for past 13 days,  according to Variety.

Variety adds, “But Netflix didn’t provide any additional info beyond that, and it has selectively doled out self-reported numbers in the past to tout the popularity of some of its original series and films.”

Jun 14, 2019
6:15 am

Why the Marketplace for News Is Broken (NY Post; Bloomberg)

The general counsel of News Corp., appeared earlier this week before a House subcommittee, slamming “the technology industry’s stranglehold on traditional media companies,” reports the New York Post.

The Post is owned by News Corp.

The story continues, “‘The marketplace for news is broken,’ David Pitofsky said in his testimony to the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, according to Bloomberg. ‘Dominant online platforms control the infrastructure, data and tools for news publishers to sell and serve online ads, while simultaneously competing against those publishers for the very same ad dollars,’ Pitofsky said. ‘This presents a significant conflict of interest.’

“House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Facebook and Google have an enormous amount of control over the news consumption of Americans,” the story adds.

Jun 13, 2019
5:53 pm

Warner Bros. Exec Details Allegations Against ‘Full House’ and ‘Fuller House’ Creator (Variety)

Allegations against Jeff Franklin, the creator of “Full House” and “Fuller House” who was dropped from the reboot last year, have been detailed by a Warner Bros. executive, Variety reports.

“Franklin filed a lawsuit in April against writer Bryan Behar, who became the showrunner upon Franklin’s departure,” Variety notes. “Franklin accused Behar of spearheading a campaign to oust him by fabricating allegations and distorting incidents. He also accused Behar of leaking the allegations to the press.”

Behar’s response, in which he denies speaking to the press about the allegations and says he participated only reluctantly in an internal investigation, includes a declaration from Silisha Platon, Warner Bros.’ vice president of labor relations, who led the internal investigation.

“She said that seven women were interviewed as part of the investigation, who related that Franklin had fostered a toxic work environment. One told the investigator that Franklin seemed angry at women and did not respect their opinions, while others quoted offensive comments he had made,” Variety reports.

Franklin also allegedly said of one staffer: “She is probably going to be pregnant next season. I wish I could make all the women on my staff get hysterectomies.”

Variety adds: “Franklin would talk about orgies he had over the weekend, according to another woman. Two witnesses said that Franklin invited the writers to come to his mansion for the week, and the women were reminded to bring their bikinis.”

Please click on the link above to Variety for additional material from Platon’s declaration.

Jun 13, 2019
5:51 pm

Sequel to ‘The Shining’ Coming Out Later This Year — Have a Look (TVWeek, Roadshow Films)

The sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 horror film “The Shining” will be released this year, and Roadshow Films unveiled the official trailer Thursday.

“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining.”  Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan from his own screenplay based on the novel by Stephen King.

Here’s the trailer …

Jun 13, 2019
5:37 pm

HBO Has a Surprise Hit on Its Hands (Deadline, HBO)

On the heels of wrapping its ratings juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” HBO has another hit on its hands. Deadline reports that the miniseries “Chernobyl” has been a surprise ratings success for the pay-cable net.

“Having seen an almost uninterrupted viewership climb from its May 6 debut to its soul crushing June 3 finale, the widely acclaimed Craig Mazin-created historical drama has emerged with a cumulative audience of 8 million so far,” Deadline reports. “That’s better than the 7.3 million cumulative viewership that the Amy Adams-led ‘Sharp Objects’ had over its eight-episode run last summer.”

The report adds: “While still out of the zone of the 8.5 million that the seven episodes of the first season of ‘Big Little Lies’ snared in early 2017, ‘Chernobyl’ is now poised right behind and may even soon surpass the 8.1 million cumulative audience of the eight-episode third season of ‘True Detective.'”

Deadline notes that while most of HBO’s most high-profile shows run on Sundays, “Chernobyl” has been carving out its legacy on Monday nights — once “a dumping ground for toxic shows.”

“When you break down the numbers of ‘Chernobyl’s’ dedicated viewership, it’s 35% linear, 13% OD and a massive 52% from HBO Go, HBO Now and other OTT platforms,” Deadline adds. “That last number is the Ace in hand for HBO and a record breaker too. No other HBO series has ever topped 50% in its digital contribution.”

Jun 13, 2019
3:23 pm

Error on Emmys Ballot Forces TV Academy Into a Do-Over (THR)

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is amending its ballots in the Emmys category for unstructured reality programs after an error found its way onto the form. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the name of the network behind the docuseries “The Employables” appears on the ballot, which is not allowed.

The entry, which can be seen by clicking on the link above to THR, begins “A&E’s groundbreaking docuseries ‘The Employables’ …”

“The names of networks are deliberately notlisted on Emmy ballots, at least in part out [of] a desire to discourage ‘bloc voting,’ wherein people vote for a show because of the network behind it — often their own employer — as opposed to the quality of the show itself,” THR reports, adding: “This was something that marred the early years of the Oscars, back when many members of the film community were ‘under contract’ to specific studios, and that remains a concern of the TV Academy, in light of the fact that many members of the TV community have longstanding relationships with specific networks.”

THR quotes a spokesperson for the TV Academy saying of the “Employables” error: “Indeed, this had been noted and the ballot is in the midst of being corrected.”


Jun 13, 2019
3:00 pm

Shakeup at MSNBC (Mediaite)

Cable news channel MSNBC has just had a shakeup in its programming unit, with the former head of dayside, NBC News SVP Janelle Rodriguez, shuffled over to NBC News Now, the network’s streaming service, Mediaite reports.

Jonathan Wald, SVP of programming and development, and MSNBC executive editor Dan Arnall will now oversee dayside, the story reports.

“The changes were announced company-wide at 9 a.m. Wednesday,” Mediaite reports. “A source told Mediaite that the new organization returns MSNBC to its former structure: dayside will be managed in two blocks, with Wald taking over 9 a.m. to noon and Arnall taking noon to 4 p.m. Wald will also continue to oversee the network’s primetime shows, alongside MSNBC president Phil Griffin.”

The report adds: “Rodriguez will continue to lead newsgathering and editorial for MSNBC dayside, ‘NBC Nightly News,’ in addition to her job for the network’s streaming service. Show producers, however, will report to Wald and Arnall.”

The moves reportedly come amid “mounting complaints from NBC News chief Andy Lack about a dip in MSNBC’s ratings following the end of the Mueller investigation.”

Jun 13, 2019
2:46 pm

Director Bryan Singer Settles Rape Claim (AP)

Film director Bryan Singer, whose credits include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Superman Returns” and “The Usual Suspects,” has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that he raped a then-17-year-old boy on a yacht 15 years ago, the AP reports.

The report notes that court records show Singer “continues to deny he assaulted Cesar Sanchez-Guzman or ever attended a party with him on a yacht as it sailed on Lake Union and Lake Washington in Seattle.” Sanchez-Guzman sued Singer in King County Superior Court in 2017.

The AP adds: “A trustee who is overseeing Sanchez-Guzman’s bankruptcy case filed a motion Wednesday recommending the settlement be approved. The trustee noted that it would be enough money to pay off the $61,000 in claims against Sanchez-Guzman, pay the costs of administering the case and leave money left over for him.”

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