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ABC Pulling a 'Black-Ish' Episode Only Gave it More Power (Column)

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 06:31 PM

The most surefire way to make people interested in a product is to ban it from circulation. ABC found this out the hard way in 2018 when it pulled an episode of “Black-ish” (“Please, Baby, Please”) from its schedule less than a week before it was due to air, which all but guaranteed that it would become the stuff of TV industry legend. “Black-ish,” from creator ... more

Food Network Whips Up New Talent Deal With Carla Hall

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Carla Hall, a longtime Food Network contributor who has also logged stints on ABC’s “The Chew” and Bravo’s “Top Chef,” has struck a new talent pact with the Discovery-owned media property. Hall’s new deal means she will work exclusively with Food Network across its linear and digital outlets, and will take part in “Halloween Baking Championship,... more

'MacGruber' Series Ordered at Peacock, Will Forte Reprising Main Role

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

MacGruber is officially back in action. Peacock has issued an eight-episode order for a “MacGruber” series which will see Will Forte reprise the role he created while on “Saturday Night Live.” News of the pick up was announced at the NBCUniversal streamer’s TCA press day, and comes around eight months after the show was first put in development. ... more

NBC Hopes to Extend Late-Night to Streaming Video With Amber Ruffin, Larry Wilmore

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

NBCUniversal broadcasts some of the best-known and longest-running programs in late-night TV. Now the company hopes to add two new shows to its wee-hours roster. The company behind “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night” and “A Little Late” will launch two weekly programs on its Peacock streaming-video outlet, one led by “Late Night” writer and personality ... more

Sara Bareilles to Star in Peacock Music Comedy 'Girls5eva,' 'Rutherford Falls' Sets Main Cast

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Sara Bareilles has been cast in a lead role of the upcoming Tina Fey-Robert Carlock produced Peacock comedy series “Girls5eva.” In the series, when a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. Bareilles will star as Dawn, a... more

Shawn Ashmore Joins the Cast of The Boys Season 2 as Lamplighter

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Lamplighter will finally make his debut in The Boys Season 2. On Monday, Amazon Prime announced that Shawn Ashmore has been cast as Lamplighter and will be a major part of the second season.  In The Boys lore, Lamplighter was an original member of the Seven until his mysterious retirement. Starlig... more

'Star Wars': Cassian Andor Disney Plus Series Casts Adria Arjona

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Adria Arjona has been cast in the upcoming Cassian Andor series at Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed. Arjona joins previously announced series lead Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, both of whom will reprise their roles from the “Star Wars” film “Rogue One.” Genevieve O’Reilly and Denise Gough are also set to appear in the show, as will Stella... more

Disney Rebrands TV Studios, 20th Century Fox TV to Become 20th Television

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Disney Television Studios is rebranding its trio of studios. Shedding the Fox name entirely from 20th Century Fox Television in the wake of the Disney-Fox merger, that studio will now be known as 20th Television. Meanwhile, ABC Studios and ABC Signature will collectively become ABC Signature, while Fox 21 Television Studios has been renamed Touchstone Television. Nixing “Fox” from 20th TV was part of the negotiated merger terms between Disn... more

'Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn' Director on Parallels to Today's Black Lives Matter Protests

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

On August 23, 1989, teenage Yusuf Hawkins took the train into Bensonhurst, Brooklyn with a few of his friends to look at a car for sale. What they didn’t know, being young Black boys from East New York, was that tension was running high in that other pocket of town. A predominantly Italian American neighborhood at the time, Bensonhurst residents didn’t like outsiders, which they made clear on the night of August 23 when a mob of dozens of young white men surrou... more

Judd Apatow to Direct George Carlin Documentary at HBO

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Judd Apatow is teaming up with HBO on a two-part documentary about the late George Carlin, who starred in numerous comedy specials and appeared on the “Tonight Show” more than 130 times. Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will direct the project, which will include interviews with Carlin’s family and friends, as w... more

'Rutherford Falls': New Peacock Series Hopes to Tackle American History

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

As production starts to ramp up after months of stagnation due to the global pandemic, we’re finally getting a glimpse at what’s heading to screens; one show inching closer to fruition is the new Peacock series “Rutherford Falls.” Starring Ed Helms, “Rutherford Falls” tells the story of small-town guy Nathan Ruth... more

'A.P. Bio' Season 3 Trailer: Glenn Howerton's Ex-nbc Sitcom Lets the Swears Fly on Peacock

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Your favorite rule-breaking teacher is ready to return to class. No, we’re not talking about any real teachers, who hopefully won’t have to return to anything until vaccines are widely available; we’re talking about Jack Griffin, as played by Glenn Howerton in the sitcom “A.P. Bio.” After getting kicked out of NBC’s school, “A.P. Bio” enlisted in a new p... more

Disney+'s Cassian Andor Series: Casting, Updates, and More for the Rogue One Prequel Series

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

We may have to wait a bit longer for the Disney+ deep dive on how the Star Wars rebellion began. After announcing a Cassian Andor-centered Rogue One prequel series in 2019 with Diego Luna stepping back into the hero's shoes, production was supposed to begin in 2020, only to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, rebellions begin with hope an... more

'SpongeBob Squarepants' Spinoff 'The Patrick Star Show' in the Works to Nickelodeon

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

Patrick Star is about to become the star of his own show. A “SpongeBob Squarepants” spinoff series centered around SpongeBob’s pink friend is in the works at Nickelodeon, Variety has confirmed with sources. “The Patrick Star Show” will see Bill Fagerbakke continue to voice the character. The series will be a deep dive on Patrick and his family, ... more

Jessie Spano Shares Her Caffeine Pill Wisdom in Saved by the Bell Revival Trailer

Aug 10, 2020, Monday 02:31 PM

It was a blast from the past on Monday as the cast of the Saved by the Bell revival on Peacock assembled for a digital panel to promote the new series. Even though production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, executive producers Tracey Wigfield and Franco Bario teamed up with with Elizabeth Berkley Lauren... more