The CW will broadcast prime-time programming seven days a week for the first time, the network announced, kicking off with the first night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Oct. 2. The new Saturday night lineup will include “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “World’s Funniest Animals,” two programs that have performed well in the past regardless of time slot, Chief Executive Mark Pedowitz said. (Adweek)
For the first time, Fox News will make three of its most popular shows — “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” — available on its streaming service, Fox Nation, starting June 2. Sign-ups for Fox Nation, which costs $5.99 a month, are up 40 percent since mid-February, according to Fox Corp. Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch. (Los Angeles Times)
CNN President Jeff Zucker told employees that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo “did cross the line” when he participated in strategy sessions with his brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and his aides on sexual harassment accusations against the governor, but said Cuomo was not disciplined for the behavior because a suspension would feel like “punishment for the sake of punishing.” (The Wall Street Journal)
Not a happy day in Stamford, CT, today as WWE had a round of layoffs that impact its film, TV and social media divisions in Connecticut and Los Angeles. Trying to find out the exact number, but WWE Studios saw layoffs in features, TV and digital/social media division Advanced Media Group.
Actor Mark Ruffalo’s apology for social media posts that he said suggested Israel was “committing ‘genocide’” amid the recent fighting with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is drawing praise and backlash — highlighting the delicate and fraught nature of the longstanding conflict.
Consider it cinematic comfort food: while the box office readies for the sure-to-be massive release of “F9” (already a huge hit overseas) and the VOD space is wall to wall with tough guy-centric action heroes, a similar pattern has emerged in the speciality and indie space.
As another unusual, COVID-compromised TV season comes to a close on Wednesday, Variety has once again compiled the list of the most-watched TV shows of the year, in both total viewers and adults 18-49. If these don’t look like great numbers, well, it’s 2021. There’s no such thing as great numbers anymore.
ABC’s General Hospital scored the most nominations, with 21, followed by fellow soaps The Young and the Restless (CBS) and Days of Our Lives (NBC), which scored 11 nods each; and CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, landing nine nods. All four of those shows are up for outstanding drama series.
Mark Pedowitz revealed during the CW’s upfronts press call today that 67% of its showrunners, writers and directors this season are diverse and/or women, while 53% of its series regulars are people of color and 49% are women.
The CW’s pilot of “Powerpuff,” the live-action series based on the popular Cartoon Network animated show “The Powerpuff Girls,” is being overhauled and re-shot because the initial pilot was “too campy” and not as rooted in reality as network execs would have liked.
During the 2021 event, we found out that broadcast TV really loves its crime procedurals (as does Dick Wolf’s bank account), streaming is now welcomed in as a begrudging roommate and Jimmy Kimmel can provide more laughs in seven minutes than NBC will this fall.
For the first time since start of the Big Four era in broadcast TV, two of the four networks, NBC and Fox, will have no live-action comedies on the fall schedule amid a challenging period for the genre and efforts to redraw the decades-old broadcast comedy model for the streaming age.
Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday rehashed the details of a new feud with Senator Ted Cruz. It began, Kimmel explained, when the Texas Republican posted a tweet in which he referred to the U.S. military as “woke” and “emasculated.”
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions has promoted longtime President of Television David W. Zucker to Chief Creative Officer. Zucker’s top lieutenants of nearly a decade, Jordan Sheehan and Clayton Krueger, have been elevated to Co-Presidents of Scott Free Television.
Netflix will release a series next month inspired by ProPublica’s 2017 story “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico,” which revealed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s role in setting off a 2011 massacre in northern Mexico, leaving dozens of people dead or missing.
James Fontanella-Khan and Dave Lee, Financial Times
Media dealmaking this year has hit levels not seen since the dotcom boom with more than $232bn worth of transactions announced so far as Amazon closes in on a $9bn takeover of MGM, the storied film studio behind James Bond and Rocky.
An NFT music platform backed by mogul Quincy Jones has secured the support of artists including Doja Cat, John Legend, H.E.R., Jacob Collier and the Kid Laroi to release more environmentally friendly non-fungible tokens, the newly formed company, OneOf, announced Tuesday.
Uninterrupted and unrelenting, for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the world seemed to realize what Black people had been talking about for the last century when George Floyd was murdered a year ago by the now-former police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin.