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Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe

Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe
The Walt Disney Company's new streaming service Disney+ will launch in the biggest Western European countries on March 24, a week earlier than originally planned, with much of the rest of western Europe to follow in the summer.

Disney on Tuesday updated its roll-out plans for the direct-to-consumer service, saying that Disney+ will now bow in the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and across German-speaking Europe on March 24 instead of March 31. Further Western European territories, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow this summer.

Disney+ is currently only available in Europe in the Netherlands,...
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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Gets an Enthusiastic Reception From Wall Street

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Gets an Enthusiastic Reception From Wall Street
You’d think that the steady drumbeat of streaming services being launched might dull the senses, but Wall Street is rather eager to embrace Peacock. NBCUniversal’s new over-the-top entertainment platform sent shares of corporate parent Comcast to an all-time high after its unveiling at the company’s Jan. 16 investor day. The service brought to you by one of America’s oldest traditional broadcasters, it turns out, might be setting a new inflection point for the streaming industry with its innovative use of … advertising.

“Across the three major launches — Disney Plus, HBO Max and Peacock — we thought Peacock stood out in terms of uniqueness of the product and the underlying drivers of value,” wrote Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar.

The service comes in three varieties: free and ad-supported for 7,500 hours of content, including current-season TV, library programming, curated daily news, sports and Spanish-language programming; $4.99 a month for Peacock Premium, which offers twice as much content,
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WarnerMedia’s Turner Latin America Launches Particular Crowd with 90-Movie Slate (Exclusive)

Miami — In a big, bold affirmation of the value of movies in a new TV world, WarnerMedia’s Turner Latin America, one of Latin America’s biggest pay TV operators, is launching Particular Crowd, a film production-acquisition company with a 90 English-language movie slate for 2020.

Based out of Los Angeles, Particular Crowd will make many of its movies available on TNT and Space, flagship Turner channels in Latin America.

Broadening its distribution gamut, however, Particular Crowd has also signed with Cinepolis Distribución, the Mexican exhibition giant’s theatrical distribution arm, for it to open select Particular Crowd titles in cinema theaters in Latin America.
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Monty Python's Terry Jones Dead at 77

Monty Python's Terry Jones Dead at 77
Monty Python co-founder Terry Jones has died, the BBC reports. He was 77 years old.

Jones passed away on Tuesday following a “long, extremely brave” battle with dementia. His family has released the following statement:

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“We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom
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Drew Barrymore Hopes to Bring ‘Humor and Heart’ to Daytime TV

Drew Barrymore Hopes to Bring ‘Humor and Heart’ to Daytime TV
Miami — Drew Barrymore has always loved television, but for years she was afraid of working in TV.

“I didn’t like the idea of being attached to unknown material,” Barrymore said. “I thought ‘What if the scripts come in and I hate them?’ ”

Barrymore conquered that fear when she committed to Netflix’s offbeat comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” which ended after three seasons last year. Now she’s taking the script in to her own hands as the host and executive producer of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” a syndicated daytime talk show from CBS Television Distribution that has been cleared
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Terry Jones, Co-Founder of Monty Python, Dies at 77

Terry Jones, Co-Founder of Monty Python, Dies at 77
Terry Jones, co-founder of Monty Python, died Wednesday. Jones died after a long struggle with dementia. He was 77 years old.

Jones was instrumental in creating the wacky, absurdist style of comedy that Monty Python made famous in the 1970s and directed two of the English comedy group’s most successful films, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” In the latter, Jones played Mandy Cohen, mother of the titular Brian, and appeared before a crowd to deliver probably his most famous line in a comically squawky voice, “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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Watch Impeachment Trial Live Stream

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump isn’t just a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. It’s also a major TV event.

The trial, which commenced on Tuesday, Jan. 21, will be carried on all major news networks, as well as PBS and C-span. Proceedings resume on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1 pm Et. TVLine will provide a daily live stream of the proceedings.

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The House Judiciary Committee approved the
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‘UnReal’ Gets Brazilian Remake, As A+E Signs Lat-Am Deals

‘UnReal’ Gets Brazilian Remake, As A+E Signs Lat-Am Deals
UnReal” is heading to Brazil. A+E Networks International has sold rights to the TV drama about the off-camera chaos at a dating reality show to Sony-backed Brazilian Brazilian production company Floresta Produções, they announced on Wednesday.

The deal marks A+E’s first scripted format sale in Latin America.

UnReal” is a behind-the-scenes look at the political infighting and personal drama surrounding the production of TV dating show fictitious reality show “Everlasting.” It follows a young reality producer who is pushed by her unethical boss to swallow her integrity and do whatever it takes to drum up ratings.
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Movistar Plus’ ‘Tell Me Who I Am’ Wraps Filming

Movistar Plus’ ‘Tell Me Who I Am’ Wraps Filming
Madrid — Movistar Plus’ upcoming original series “Tell Me Who I Am,” based on Julia Navarro’s popular Spanish novel “Dime Quien Soy,” has finished shooting and will head to post-production for delivery later this year.

Set across multiple decades of the 20th century, the story kicks off with 30-something internet journalist Javier, tasked by his aunt to investigate the life of his great-grandmother, Amelia Garayoa, who left her husband and son behind her as she fled Spain as a result of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

Amelia becomes embroiled in some of the most important historical events of the century,
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Rosane Svartman, Paulo Halm Talk New Globo Hit ‘A Life Worth Living’

Brazilian TV giant Globo has brought to this year’s Natpe conference in Miami one of its biggest access prime time hits in the last eight years. “A Life Worth Living” underscores that, as Globo and its Svod service Globoplay explore ever more shorter series formats – “Second Call,” “Aruanas,” telenovelas and melodrama are still kings in Latin America.

With a daily audience of 36 million, the show turns on Paloma (Grazi Massafera), a dreamy seamstress and mother of three whose life is turned upside down when she’s diagnosed with a terminal disease. Wrongly, as she later discovers, along with the
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Two Ad Characters. Five Shows. One Day. No Sweat For Old Spice

Rather than cutting away to commercials for deodorant and body wash, some of TV’s most popular programs on Thursday will try to make them seem part of the show.

To help draw attention to a new campaign for its Old Spice body wash, Procter & Gamble has negotiated with three different media companies for placement on four different networks for five special tie-ins in Thursday’s broadcasts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”; “ESPN’s “SportsCenter”; NBC’s “The Good Place”; and TNT’s coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Brooklyn Nets.
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This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown Talks Randall's Reluctance to Seek Help, Drops Big Three Spoiler

This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown Talks Randall's Reluctance to Seek Help, Drops Big Three Spoiler
Viewers of Tuesday’s This Is Us might’ve seen the exact moment that Randall’s lifetime struggle with asking for help with his anxiety began. (And wasn’t it somehow more heartbreaking that he was wearing footie pajamas at the time?)

“Hell of a Week: Part One” followed Sterling K. Brown‘s character in the aftermath of his home invasion, when Randall fought to keep his mental health in balance. (It didn’t go so well — read our recap and a preview with the series’ co-showrunners.) Flashbacks to his childhood showed a toddler Randall who was scared of the
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This Is Us EPs Tease Upcoming Kevin- and Kate-Centric Eps, the Randall/Kev Clash 'That'll Tear These Two Apart'

This Is Us EPs Tease Upcoming Kevin- and Kate-Centric Eps, the Randall/Kev Clash 'That'll Tear These Two Apart'
Two of the architects of Randall’s really terrible week say that his siblings won’t have it much easier when This Is Us returns with the rest of its Big Three trilogy.

Kevin’s episode, which is titled “Hell of a Week: Part Two” and which airs on Tuesday, Feb. 11 (9/8c), will follow the other Pearson brother as he travels to his hometown and re-enters his ex-wife’s orbit. But is a grieving Sophie the woman we see in bed with Kev when Randall calls in this week’s hour?

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Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Premiere Recap: What We Do in the Waverider

Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Premiere Recap: What We Do in the Waverider
The Legends of Tomorrow are back, and now more than a bit famous. Who’s loving the superhero spotlight? And how did their latest lark — a documentary — jibe with Sara’s somber state of mind?

The Legends be Japanese beverage-hawking celebs in the wake of the Season 4 finale’s publicly broadcast heroics at Hey!World. Nate of course is basking in the buzz, playing up how he was “changed” by his two-minute death — and yet he can’t shake the fact that “something doesn’t feel right.” That of course is an allusion to the erasure of Zari from the Legends’ past,
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Sterling K. Brown Breaks Down Randall’s Anxiety, Aversion to Therapy in ‘This Is Us’

Sterling K. Brown Breaks Down Randall’s Anxiety, Aversion to Therapy in ‘This Is Us’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “A Hell of a Week: Part One,” the 11th episode of the fourth season of “This Is Us.”

It was a moment that made actor Sterling K. Brown scream out-loud when he read it in the script: his “This Is Us” character, Randall Pearson, arrived home from a trip to deal with his aging mother’s (Mandy Moore) health, checked on his sleeping wife and daughters, and headed back down to the kitchen, only to catch someone breaking into his house in the act.

That cliffhanger from the midseason premiere episode,
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This Is Us Recap: Randall, Ripped Apart

This Is Us Recap: Randall, Ripped Apart
Let’s lead with the good news: Randall does not suffer any physical harm from the confrontation with the intruder he encountered in his kitchen at the end of last week’s This Is Us.

But the incident kicks his already heightened anxiety into overdrive, and if you’ve been watching the show from the beginning, you know exactly how rough life becomes for him. This week’s Randall-centric episode follows the city councilman as he tries to pretend that everything is back to normal, even though the combination of the break-in and Rebecca’s illness have him spinning out on the inside.
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Arrow Recap: Thanks for the Memories? — Grade the Planted Spinoff Pilot

Arrow Recap: Thanks for the Memories? — Grade the Planted Spinoff Pilot
In its penultimate episode ever, The CW’s Arrow planted a seed for the future on Tuesday with a spinoff pilot that teamed up 2020’s Laurel and Dinah with 2040’s Mia. If Green Arrow and the Canaries goes to series, would you tune in?

First things first: If you came away from this planted spinoff pilot a bit (or even a lot) confused, that is perfectly understandable, seeing as it actually takes place after the events of next week’s series finale. I repeat, the spinoff takes place after the events of next week’s series finale, which includes Oliver Queen’s funeral.
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Megyn Kelly to Make First Appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher

Megyn Kelly to Make First Appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher
But will she drop any bombshells?

Megyn Kelly is set to make her first appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday, TVLine has learned exclusively. The former Fox News anchor has landed the one-on-one interview spot. The episode’s panelists, meanwhile, will be Alex Wagner, Erick Erickson and former ambassador Michael McFaul.

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Among the topics Kelly and Maher are
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Talks Oscars, Losing ‘Friends’ and Their New Appetite for Animated Films

Netflix plans to keep revving up its movie slate in the coming year, although the volume of new releases will grow at a steadier pace following the ramp-up of the past 18 months, Netflix executives told investors Tuesday in discussing the company’s Q4 2019 earnings.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, and Netflix chief Reed Hastings told investors during the company’s quarterly earnings interview with Michael Morris of Guggenheim Securities, that being a contender in awards season is very much part of the business model. Netflix led all studios in Oscar nominations this year with a total of 24 bids,
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TV News Roundup: Marvel TV and Hulu Unveil Casting for ‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K’

In today’s TV news roundup, Marvel TV and Hulu announced the cast of its upcoming animated series, “Marvel’s Modok” and Netflix set the premiere date for “Gentefied.”

Casting

Marvel TV and Hulu revealed that Patton Oswalt, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennet, Jon Daly and Sam Richardson are joining “Marvel’s Modok.” The animated series is based on the Marvel comic book of the same name and signals Marvel’s first endeavor into animated comedy geared towards adults. After being ousted from both his evil organization and his family, super villain M.O.D.
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