Jun 19, 2018
3:11 pm

Disney Names New Heads of Animation, Pixar (AP)

Following news that Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter is leaving Disney at the end of the year amid misconduct allegations, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said today that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will take over for Lasseter.

“Both Oscar winners and veterans of the Walt Disney Company, Lee, who co-directed ‘Frozen,’ has been named chief creative officer for the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Docter, who is best known for ‘Up’ and ‘Inside Out,’ is now the chief creative officer for Pixar Animation,” the AP reports.

The report adds: “Lasseter in November announced a six-month sabbatical and apologized for ‘missteps’ with employees. The animation titan will stay on as a consultant through 2018.”

Jun 19, 2018
1:47 pm

NBC Rolls Out Fall Schedule (TVWeek)

NBC just took the wraps off its prime-time schedule for the 2018-2019 season, with the fall lineup to have its traditional kickoff from “The Voice.” The singing competition premieres Monday, Sept. 24, with a two-hour installment, followed at 10 p.m. by the launch of the new drama series “Manifest.”

“This Is Us” has its season three premiere the following night, Tuesday, Sept. 25, leading into the new Ryan Eggold series “New Amsterdam.”

The network’s all-“Chicago” lineup takes over Wednesdays starting Sept. 26.

Below is the schedule — please click here for additional details in the full announcement.


8 p.m. – The Voice

10 p.m. – Manifest


8 p.m. – The Voice

9 p.m. – This Is Us

10 p.m. – New Amsterdam


8 p.m. – Chicago Med

9 p.m. – Chicago Fire

10 p.m. – Chicago P.D.


8 p.m. – The Good Place (one hour)

9 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU (two hours)


10 p.m. – Dateline NBC


8 p.m. – Superstore

8:30 p.m. – The Good Place

9 p.m. – Will & Grace

9:30 p.m. – I Feel Bad

10 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU


8 p.m. – Blindspot


9 p.m. – Midnight, Texas

Jun 19, 2018
12:59 pm

After Being Reamed by Critics, John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Movie Uses Its Official Twitter Feed to Lash Out (EW, TVWeek, Twitter)

John Travolta’s mob movie “Gotti” may or may not be the worst movie of all time, but it’s clearly the worst reviewed movie of the year — as evidenced by its rare zero score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

On Monday, “Gotti” fought back, sending out a message on the movie’s official Twitter account that says: “Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it… The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself!”

The message is accompanied by a clip expanding on that concept with the on-screen message: “Audiences loved Gotti, critics put out the hit. Who would you trust more? Yourself or a troll behind a keyboard.”

A report on EW.com suggests that the “Audiences loved Gotti” claim might be a stretch.

“The audience score for ‘Gotti’ on Rotten Tomatoes is indeed considerably higher than its critical score at 75 percent (which is hardly in the ‘loved’ category but also is far from an ‘incomprehensible mess of a movie,’ as one critic put it),” EW reports, adding: “In its opening weekend in limited release across 25 cities, ‘Gotti’ only grossed $1.6 million. So while some viewers do indeed like the movie, there sure aren’t many of them.”

Jun 19, 2018
10:39 am

CBS to Expand Its ‘Star Trek’ Franchise for TV (TVWeek)

CBS unveiled plans to expand its “Star Trek” franchise for television, including developing new series and miniseries along with other content, including animation. The expansion plans are part of a new five-year overall deal between CBS Television Studios and “Star Trek: Discovery” producer Alex Kurtzman.

“Under the agreement, CBS Television Studios will have exclusive rights to produce all television content created and developed by Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout production banner for the next five years,” CBS said in the announcement.

Heather Kadin serves as president of Kurtzman’s company, and Aaron Baiers is senior vice president of television.

“In addition to growing CBS’ ‘Star Trek’ universe, Kurtzman and Secret Hideout will develop new, original series across the full spectrum of broadcast, cable and streaming platforms,” the announcement notes. “As part of this process, Secret Hideout will expand its production operation, adding diverse voices and cultivating new creative talent to align with the company.”

Please click here to read the full announcement.

Jun 19, 2018
10:23 am

CNBC Set to Roll Out New Prime-Time Series (TVWeek)

CNBC will be premiering a new prime-time original series next month, announcing plans for the July 9 debut of “Deadly Rich.”

“From the producers of ‘American Greed,’ the 10-episode true-crime series takes viewers inside the lives and deaths of the 1 percent, exposing the dirty little secrets of how big money drives people to the ultimate sin,” CNBC said in today’s announcement. “’Deadly Rich’ features high-profile cases and tells each story through first-person accounts from family members and friends of the victims to law enforcement. All of these cases lead to one thing — money and lots of it.”

The premiere episode will examine the murders of Miami Fontainebleau Hotel heir Ben Novack Jr. and his mother, Bernice Novack.

“When found murdered in a New York hotel room, the twisted secrets of Novack Jr.’s unconventional life come spilling out,” CNBC said. “His wife Narcy Novack, a former stripper, becomes the key to a sordid case of not one, but two gruesome murders in the Novack family.”

Other prominent cases to be featured in the series include the tale of serial imposter “Clark Rockefeller,” the murder of Toni and Lynn Henthorn and the murder-for-hire scheme against Pamela Fayed.

“Whether it’s for lust, or envy, or revenge, ‘Deadly Rich’ shows us that the rich do everything differently. Even murder,” CNBC notes.

“Deadly Rich” is produced for CNBC by Kurtis Productions with Mike West and Tania Lindsay as executive producers. Charles Schaeffer is the executive producer for CNBC.

Jun 19, 2018
7:44 am

James Corden’s Big ‘Get’ on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ (TVWeek, CBS)

James Corden, host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden” sent out word while in Liverpool, announcing over his cellphone: “I need somebody, not just anybody,” and within moments he had Sir Paul McCartney in the car.

The big “get” is the focus of a first-look teaser for a “Carpool Karaoke” segment coming to the CBS show this week.

Here’s a fun first glance …

Jun 19, 2018
7:09 am

Here Are the Winners of the MTV Movie & TV Awards (TVWeek)

One TV series had a big night at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which were presented Saturday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was honored as the Show of the Year, with the show’s Millie Bobby Brown picking up the award for Actor in a Show — and the series also won Musical Moment and Most Frightened Performance (Noah Schnapp).

Movie of the Year went to “Black Panther,” which had a dominant night of its own, winning for Actor in a Movie (Chadwick Boseman), Hero (Chadwick Boseman) and Villain (Michael B. Jordan).

Other TV honorees included Madelaine Petsch, who won Scene Stealer for “Riverdale,” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the winner in the Reality Series category.

Chris Pratt was honored with the MTV Generation Award, and Lena Waithe received the MTV Trailblazer Award.

Here’s the list of winners:

Show of the Year: “Stranger Things”

Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Movie of the year: “Black Panther”

Actor in a Movie: Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”

Kiss: Keiynan Lonsdale and Nick Robinson in “Love, Simon”

Comedic performance: Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”

Fight: Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”

Hero: Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”

Villain: Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”

Team: “It”

Most Frightened Performance: Noah Schnapp, “Stranger Things”

Scene Stealer: Madelaine Petsch, “Riverdale”

Reality Series: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”

Music Documentary: “Gaga: Five Foot Two”

Musical Moment: “Stranger Things”

Generation: Chris Pratt

Trailblazer: Lena Waithe

Jun 19, 2018
7:07 am

California Tweaks Film Tax Credit Program (AP)

The California Assembly and Senate approved a bill Monday that makes changes to the state’s film tax credits, adding conditions “to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry,” the AP reports.

The legislation, which was negotiated as part of the state budget, goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it. The changes would go into effect starting in 2020.

“The legislation would require feature film and television projects that apply for the credits, which are assigned based on jobs created, to report diversity statistics to the state and designate people to handle misconduct claims,” the AP reports. “The revised tax credit program, worth as much as $330 million a year, would also require applicants to submit their policy prohibiting harassment and retaliation. In addition, major studios would have to report whether they have diversity programs.”

Jun 19, 2018
6:51 am

Starz Launches 14 Channels on YouTube TV (TVWeek)

As of today, YouTube’s live TV streaming service has some added heft with the launch of the 14 Starz channels as an add-on to the YouTube TV service.

In addition to the flagship Starz channel, the rollout includes popular Starz channels such as Starz Encore and Starz Encore Westerns. The Starz package is available for an added price of $9 per month.

“The addition of Starz on YouTube TV offers consumers another exciting new way to subscribe to our channels and access the breadth of top-quality original programming and content with the freedom to watch it anywhere, anytime,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer at Starz. “With breakthrough Starz original series, first-run hit movies including ‘Rough Night’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ as well as exclusive documentaries, Starz is a great value for consumers who subscribe to this platform.”

Added Heather Moosnick, Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube TV: “We are excited to expand the YouTube TV offering with Starz just in time for the premiere of Season 5 of ‘Power.’ We know YouTube TV users will love exploring Starz’s incredible originals, movies and rich library in addition to our current ‘Best of TV’ base package, all in one seamless experience.”

Jun 19, 2018
6:17 am

Critics Unveil TCA Award Nominees, With a Basic Cable Network Leading the Way — See the Full List of Nominees (TVWeek)

The Television Critics Association took the wraps off the list of nominations for the 2018 TCA Awards, with cable channel FX topping the list with 10 nominations. Among individual programs, BBC America’s “Killing Eve” is No. 1 with five nominations.

Close behind FX with nine nominations is Netflix, followed by NBC with seven nods, BBC America and HBO with four apiece, and Hulu, Amazon, CBS/CBS All Access and Disney Channel/Disney Junior, each with three nominations.

Among the programs, “Killing Eve” is followed by FX’s “The Americans” with four nods, and earning three apiece were FX’s “Atlanta,” NBC’s “The Good Place,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” HBO’s “Barry” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Click here for additional details and the full list of nominees.

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