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‘Orville’ Ratings Fall To Earth Without NFL Lead-In, ‘Zoo’ Finale Down From 2016
In what is the calm before the storm of fall premieres that will hit the small screen next week, Thursday saw a demo win for Fox as Gotham (1.0/4) returned and The Orville (1.1/4) debuted in its regular slot. Moving from its long-held Monday perch to Thursday, the fourth season of the Batman backstory series opened down double digits from its Season 3 opener of September 19, 2016. Declining 17% among adults 18-49 from the fast affiliates of last year's debut, Gotham was… »
‘The President is Missing’: Showtime Adapting Bill Clinton & James Patterson’s Thriller Novel Into a TV Show
2013 was a big year for fictional movie thrillers involving the President of the United States, with Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down both blasting into theaters within three months of each other. Those were simpler times when movies about the president didn’t pale in comparison to the hellish nightmare of the behavior of the actual […]
- Ben Pearson
Fox Developing Drama Based on Book ‘Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class’ (Exclusive)
Fox has ordered a script for a drama series based on the book “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The book by Lawrence Otis Graham was a non-fiction piece in which Graham interviewed members of some of the most prominent black families in America. The series is described as a multi-generational family drama uncovering the lives of America’s black upper class by chronicling a dazzling Chicago dynasty with a dark secret threatening to rip it apart.
Should it move forward, “Our Kind of People” would be the latest Fox show to focus on wealthy black Americans. The network has found great success with “Empire,” which explores the drama inside of a multi-million dollar family-run record label headed by characters played by Terrence Howard and »
- Joe Otterson
The Last Ship to End After Season 5? 'Far Too Early' to Tell, TNT Responds
The Nathan James hasn’t necessarily been decommissioned just yet.
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TNT tells TVLine that contrary to what The Last Ship cast member Travis Van Winkle, who plays Danny Green, announced (and later deleted) via Instagram earlier this week, the action-drama is not necessarily heading into dry dock after next summer’s Season 5.
“We shot two seasons simultaneously; the fourth is currently on the air and the fifth will return next summer,” reads the network’s statement. “We greenlit the fifth with the idea that it could be the final season, however »
Gordon Ramsay ‘24 Hours To Hell & Back’ Restaurant Series Gets Fox Order
Gordon Ramsay is expanding his Fox portfolio with a new unscripted series. The network has ordered eight episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back, a restaurant makeover show from the Emmy-nominated host, chef, producer and hospitality expert. Produced by Studio Ramsay, the series will feature Ramsay going through hell in order to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all within 24 hours. It’s in the vein of Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, in which he… »
Arrowverse Crossover: Quantico's Russell Tovey Cast as Gay Superhero
Where there’s a will, there’s… The Ray: Quantico and Looking vet Russell Tovey has been tapped to play gay superhero The Ray in The CW’s four-part Arrow-verse crossover, TVLine has learned. What’s more, Tovey will also voice the role of The Ray in CW Seed’s forthcoming animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
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The official character description for The Ray is as follows:
Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. »
David Lyle, Veteran Executive and Reality TV Champion, Dies at 67
David Lyle, a TV veteran who championed unscripted TV and headed National Geographic Channels and Fox Reality Channel, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
After working in TV in Australia and in London, Lyle came to Los Angeles in 2001 as head of FremantleMedia North America where he helped launch “American Idol” on Fox. He most recently served as president of Pact US, an advocacy org for unscripted TV producers.
Earlier this year, Lyle helped steer the merger of Pact US with the rival Nonfiction Producers Association, creating Npact. The organization reps most of the largest unscripted TV production companies.
“David Lyle was one of the few television executives who thrived on both a creative and business level,” said Howard T. Owens, co-CEO of Propagate Content, who worked with Lyle at Nat Geo. “He was one of the kindest, most fun, and »
- Cynthia Littleton
TVLine Items: The X-Files Goes 'Home' Again, Discovery After-Show and More
The X-Files is bringing back one of its most memorable faces — but there’s a twist.
Karin Konoval, who played a nightmare-inducing, mutant-breeding amputee in the iconic 1996 episode “Home,” will appear in Season 11 in multiple roles, EW.com reports.
The X-Files is slated to return midseason on Fox.
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* Star Trek: Discovery is getting its own live after-show: After Trek will debut this Sunday at 11 pm Et/8 pm Pt on CBS All Access, following Discovery‘s series premiere, »
Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Release Date May Finally Be Revealed
The trailers and ads for The Punisher have been chock full of violence, gore, and intrigue, but they’re all missing one thing: the release date. Marvel and Netflix have been frustratingly withholding of the newest street-hero series’ premiere date, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. But it may be thanks to an […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
Greg Berlanti to Shepherd Time Travel Love Story, Football Drama Projects at CW
Greg Berlanti has signed on to executive produce two new drama projects in development at The CW, Variety has learned.
The first project is titled “Hold Fast.” It is described as an epic love story told in two timelines, following an injured Union soldier in the Reconstruction-era South who awakens reincarnated in present-day Charleston. With rapidly diminishing knowledge of his past life, he must navigate present-day relationships, including a fiancée he doesn’t remember, while uncovering what happened to his past love and searching for her. Dana Stevens will write and executive produce. Berlanti will executive produce with his producing partner Sarah Schecter.
The second, untitled project is inspired by the life of NFL football player Spencer Paysinger. It follows a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. April Blair will write and executive produce the Paysinger project, with »
- Joe Otterson
USA and Oxygen Acquire Rerun Rights to ‘Chicago P.D.’
“Chicago P.D.” is one of three Chicago-based procedurals that have become pillars of NBC’s primetime lineup. “Chicago Fire” launched the franchise in 2012, followed by “Chicago P.D.” in 2014 and “Chicago Med” in 2015. Last season, NBC fielded a fourth installment, the legal-themed “Chicago Justice,” but the show was not renewed for a second year.
The “Chicago” shows have been solid performers for NBC but according to industry sources they have been a tough sell in domestic syndication. “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” have been on the market for some time. Industry sources said “P.D.” in the combined deal with NBCUniversal siblings USA and Oxygen fetched about $500,000 an episode. That »
- Cynthia Littleton
Fuller House Season 3: Weigh In on Those 'Turbulent' Finale Cliffhangers
Not since “Princess for a Day” Michelle got herself lost in Disney World has the future of the Tanner family been left so — for lack of a better term — up in the air.
But before we dive into the sheer Japandemonium of Fuller House‘s midseason finale, let’s go over some of the more ludicrous developments of Season 3:
D.J. and Steve continued their (often literal) song-and-dance routine, all the while assuring C.J. that there was nothing to worry about. Even when she walked in on D. »
Donald Trump Doubles Down On NFL Stance: Kneelers Should Be Fired
President Donald Trump says “making millions of dollars” in the NFL or any other league is a privilege: Stand for the National Anthem or be fired. His Constitutionally-challenged opinion, complete with his reality-show catchphrase, comes as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lambasted Trump’s earlier comments on the matter “divisive,” and LeBron James tweeted that the president is a “bum.” “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other… »
‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Takes James Corden Inside the Red Room on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch
What year is this? That’s just one of the questions James Corden must have found himself asking last night on “The Late Late Show” when he found his guest, one Kyle MacLachlan, had somehow managed to turn the green room red à la everyone’s favorite interdimensional hub in “Twin Peaks.”
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Corden initially thinks it’s a joke, of course: “This must have taken you a while, huh?” he asks his guest. Channeling his inner Coop — or Dougie, or Evil Coop, or Richard — MacLachlan responds to all of his host’s queries backwards. Corden tries to do likewise, but finds himself unable to replicate that unique skill; he’s even more freaked out when they’re joined by Judi Dench, who also seems to have been hanging out with the Man From Another Place. »
- Michael Nordine
Days of Our Lives: Gabi Learns Upsetting News
Days of Our Lives fans aren’t surprised that Gabi is learning of some horrible news that will forever change her life. She is constantly learning things that upset her, and she’s always letting other people’s business get in the way of her living her own life. She’s an unhappy girl with unhappy feelings, and we wonder if she can ever get through her life without much mishap. She’s got some people looking for her, and she’s got some people wondering why she is in the spot she’s in. We have to assume she’s also upset about her brother and the
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- Tiffany Raiford
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Final Trailer
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is going to be coming out soon and the final trailer kind of looks like something you’d expect from the old Resident Evil commercials. The villain is telling you in the most polite way possible that their quest for world domination is going to come as a result of the world’s current leader being to inept to stop them. If someone ever found reason to do something like this would that be too far off the mark, or would it be right on the money? It’s kind of amusing that in Kingsman, both movies, the English
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LeBron James, Jemele Hill, Kobe Bryant Choose Team Curry In One-On-One With “Bum” Trump
Refresh for updates LeBron James is calling foul on President Donald Trump’s White House dis-invitation of Steph Curry this morning – pointing out that Curry already said he didn’t want to go anyway. “U bum,” James tweeted today. “@StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” Tweeted Espn’s Jemele Hill, “You can’t be uninvited to something you weren’t going to anyway.” The… »
‘Game of Thrones’: Arya Became One of the Most Popular Baby Names in England Last Year
A girl has a name, and it’s Arya Stark of…England. BBC reports that more than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year carried the name of everyone’s favorite fictional assassin, and that was before she wiped out the entirety of House Frey. Indeed, there were more Aryas (302) than Marys (204) or Catherines (163).
Other names given a boost in popularity thanks to “Game of Thrones” in 2016: Khaleesi (69), Tyrion (11), Sansa (5), and Daenerys (4). That more children carry the Mother of Dragons’ royal title than her actual name is perhaps unsurprising, given how fun it is to say “Khaleesi” aloud; still, one wonders whether Dany’s all-in-the-family romantic entanglement will give any of those new parents pause.
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- Michael Nordine
Young and the Restless Spoilers: Phyllis Defends Jack
Young and the Restless fans aren’t surprised that Phyllis will do whatever it takes to get Billy to remain with her for the rest of her life, but we are going to be very surprised by her behavior in the coming week. We know she’s been working very, very hard to get Billy to love her as much as she loves him. Or at least to get him to stay with her so that she wins in comparison to Victoria. But regardless, she’s going out of her way to pretend she’s the best housewife/wife/lover in the world, and she’s rocking
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- Tiffany Raiford
When Does Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Premiere?
Your favorite ridiculously good-looking doctors are back!
Grey's Anatomy returns for Season 14 with a special two-hour premiere Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on ABC and, per usual, there's major drama ahead. When we last caught up with the Grey Sloan crew, Owen (Kevin McKidd) found out his missing kid
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- Keisha Hatchett
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