Friday Ratings: It’s Fox’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown For The Win, ABC’s ’20/20′ Anna Nicole Smith Special For Place Position

The show was followed by reality show Love Island, also clocking in with an 0.4, the night ending with a Blue Bloods repeat. CBS had Jesse Tyler Ferguson renovating a friend's farmhouse on Secret Celebrity Renovations, good for an. 0.4.
The CW saw legal drama Burden of Truth come in with an 0.1, while Dynasty saw a huge jump in audience up to an 0.1, spurred by an original cast member's death.” />
In the prelims, Fox's WWE Friday Night SmackDown was again the winner, coming in with an 0.6 to seize the early demo crown.
NBC's post-Olympics hangover saw it serve up a rerun of American Ninja Warrior to start its night, ending with a Dateline (0.4) report on the murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn and its affect on decades of alleged misconduct across Philadelphia’s criminal justice system.
ABC's 20/20 newsmag was runner-up with an 0.5. The show featured DannieLynn Birkhead retracing the life of her mother Anna Nicole Smith, 14 years after her death. The 14-year-old DannieLynn and her father, Larry Birkhead, visited the Mexia, Texas hometown of Anna Nicole, meeting high school friends and frequented haunts. Earlier, ABC had a Shark Tank encore.
The Tokyo Olympics are now over, but the National Football League preseason is underway, making for a night that will face some adjustments in the local markets when the final numbers are in.

Disney And Sony Reach Windows Deal That Can Sling ‘Spider-Man’ To Disney+ For First Time, Along With Reach Across Hulu, ABC, FX & More

Financial terms were not disclosed in the release and the companies to declined to comment on any dollar figures. A person familiar with the pact estimated the total combined value of the Netflix and Disney deals at more than $3 billion.
The flagship streaming service and Hulu are among many platforms covered by the agreement, which the official announcement called "unprecedented." A host of platforms under the Disney tent are involved, including ABC, FX, Freeform. For complicated legal reasons, the franchise has not been a full-fledged member of the Disney-controlled Marvel Cinematic Universe. No specific plans for Disney+ have yet been finalized, but Marvel fans had been wondering when Spidey and others would appear alongside the rest of the streaming stable.
Theatrical releases from 2022 to 2026 will move to Disney after their runs on Netflix, which earlier this month announced a deal with Sony for a pay-1 exclusive as well as co-production rights to direct-to-streaming films.
Disney and Sony have reached a multi-year deal for the post-pay-1 release window, a pact that will make Spider-Man and other major franchises eligible to stream on Disney+ for the first time.
The official announcement said the deal "gives Disney enormous programming potential across its platforms and makes them key destinations for a robust collection of Spider-Man films." Hulu will also get a "significant number" of library titles beginning as early as June.
“This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences.” “This landmark multi-year, platform agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels,” said Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks, and Acquisitions in DMED’s Networks division. Saftler, a key architect of FX's movie slate deals, played a key role in the negotiations.
Keith Le Goy, president of worldwide distribution and networks for Sony Pictures Entertainment, called it a “groundbreaking agreement." It "cements a key piece of our film distribution strategy," he added, "which is to maximize the value of each of our films, by making them available to consumers across all windows with a wide range of key partners.”
Library rights to franchises like Spider-Man, Jumanji, Hotel Transylvania and others are part of the package.
There is nothing like Sony Pictures’ outstanding slate freely available in the modern marketplace, and the demand for it is accordingly robust."” /> In a memo to employees, SPE motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman said the Netflix and Sony deals are "reflective of the exceptional and unique value belonging to the culturally impactful films we make and market.
Linear networks joining the new deal include ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX and National Geographic. FX and Sony had been in business for years and the overall Disney agreement succeeds a prior "post-pay-1" deal with FX. Universal, another key supplier to FX, recently ended its long-term relationship with FX, so the ongoing supply of Sony titles is a boost for the widely distributed pay-TV network.

ABC’s ‘Supermarket Sweep’ Back In Production With Rigorous Health Protocols & Grocery Items To Be Donated To LA Food Bank

Shooting started Friday in California with rigorous health and safety protocols put in place by producer Fremantle. The show is being shot with minimal crew and no audience.
Sunday night slot in between America’s Funniest Home Videos and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In May, it was handed an 8 p.m. There’s currently no confirmed airdate for the show, which is one of ABC’s hot new unscripted properties, but its is scheduled to premiere on the Disney-owned network’s fall schedule.
Earlier this month, Card Sharks, fronted by Community star Joel McHale, returned to filming at CBS Studios Radford in Studio City, while Deadline revealed that Shark Tank is heading to Las Vegas to resume production.” /> Supermarket Sweep is the latest ABC unscripted show to resume production.
One positive note to emerge from the production resumption is that all of the edible produce and grocery items that you’ll see on screen – a show essentially filmed in a mock-up of a supermarket – will be donated to various charities including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
It becomes the latest high-profile non-scripted entertainment series to resume shooting after the COVID-19 production shutdown. Deadline understands that ABC’s reboot of the classic game show, starring SNL alum Leslie Jones, is now back in production.
The reboot was driven by Jones, a self-professed big fan of the show, which previously aired on ABC between 1965-1967, on Lifetime between 1990-1995 and on Pax between 1999-2003. She said she’d tried out for the show years ago and after getting turned away had to take matters into her own hands.
It is adhering to all of the union and industry production guidelines, as well as state and local requirements, and as you can imagine crew will be wearing PPE equipment, masks and having their temperatures taken regularly.
Executive producers include Jones, Hunter Seidman, Jennifer Mullin, Alycia Rossiter and Wes Kauble. Supermarket Sweep, created by Al Howard, follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. It is produced by Fremantle.
EXCLUSIVE: Supermarket Sweep is back in the shopping aisles.

Cheryl Hines & Rachael Harris To Star In Sisters Comedy Set Up At ABC As Put Pilot

Pietrosh and Goldstein executive produce alongside Hines and Harris as well as Small Dog Pictures' Winer and Jon Radler.
EXCLUSIVE: Actresses and best friends Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris are set to headline and executive produce a single-camera comedy from Telenovela creators Christine Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, director-producer Jason Winer (Single Parents), 20th Century Fox TV and Winer’s studio-based Small Dog Picture Company. The untitled project has received a put pilot commitment by ABC.
Harris is with ICM Partners and Rise Management. Hines is with ICM Partners and Principal Entertainment LA.” /> Winer is repped by ICM Partners, Mosaic and Morris Yorn.
Small Dog Picture has two series on the air, Single Parents on ABC and NBC's upcoming Perfect Harmony. Pietrosh and Goldstein's series credits also include Great News, Cougar Town and My Name Is Earl.
Last season, Pietrosh and Goldstein teamed with Small Dog Pictures and 20th TV on another single-camera comedy, Family Friendly, which also landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
In 2013, the duo teamed to star together in the Yahoo comedy series Hollywood Help. Hines is best known for her starring role opposite Larry David in his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is returning for a 10th season. Harris is wrapping up a five-season co-starring turn on Lucifer and her recurring role on Suits.
Written by Pietrosh and Goldstein,, the half-hour comedy is about sisters Becky and Bernie Byrnes (Hines & Harris). Two incredibly different, goddamn spectacular divorce lawyers who spend their lives getting people out of dysfunctional relationships but who can’t get out of their own dysfunctional relationship – their relationship with each other.

Friday Ratings: NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Carries The Night For The Peacock Network

Dateline's win equaled the show's highs for a Friday edition in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 since June 7 and hit a new high in total viewers since that date.
For many, Friday night is Date Night. Combine that with American Ninja Warrior's strong 0.5/4 and 2.54 million for its 8-10 PM encore, and NBC breezed to the top of the networks for the evening. For NBC, Friday night was Dateline's night, as the news show topped the 18-49 demo wars for the evening, coming in at 0.6/4 and 3.39 million viewers.
The rest of the night's fare consisted of reruns.
The tropical crime drama Reef Break scored an 0.3/2 and 2.08 in its finale in the 9 PM slot for ABC, while ABC's 20/20 scored an 0.4/3 and 2.53 in the 10 PM slot.
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Elsewhere, the CW had the special EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic clock in at 0.1/1 and 0.43 million, Peaking, the unfiltered story of an athlete before a landmark event, debuted with an 0.1/0 and 0.25 total viewing audience.

Friday Ratings: NBC Tops Another Quiet Night With ‘American Ninja Warrior’ And ‘Dateline’ Twin Punches

held at 0.4/3 and 2.46 million, with 20/20 scoring an 0.6/4 and 3.31 million, steady from last week. ABC was the only other network with original programming. What Would You Do?
The rest of the night elsewhere featured encores, reruns and repeat broadcasts.” />
A rerun of American Ninja Warrior had an 0.6/4 and 2.85 million audience for its two-hour broadcast, holding steady from its prior week. That led into Dateline, which rose a tic to 0.6/4 and a 3.31 million audience to cap NBC's triumphant night.
The peacock network won, as NBC once again rode its athletes and newsmag format to glory. It was the peacock network versus the alphabet network on Friday night.

‘House Of the Rising Sun’ New Orleans Music-Driven Drama In Works At ABC From Duane Adler & eOne

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In broadcast, the indie studio also is behind new Fox drama series Deputy, headlined by Stephen Dorff. At ABC, eOne has cop drama The Rookie starring Nathan Fillion, which is returning for a second season.
House of the Rising Sun fits into one of ABC's top goals this development season, to find “a big, provocative soap” with bold, loud storytelling, the network's Entertainment President Karey Burke told Deadline last month, noting that family soap is one of the main areas they are exploring.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, ABC has landed soapy musical drama series House of the Rising Sun, I have learned. No one would comment but I hear the project, from Step Up and Save the Last Dance writer Duane Adler and indie studio Entertainment One, has received a put pilot commitment.
The exact physical location of the House of the Rising Sun establishment in New Orleans, immortalized in the folk song, is not known, with scenarios  raging from a prison to a brothel to a restaurant/nightclub.
it is described as a Romeo and Juliet-style soap about two feuding families set against the backdrop of the famous New Orleans night club. Written by Adler, House of the Rising Sun is said to be in the vein of Moulin Rouge.
(You can watch the song's arguably most famous rendition by The Animals below.) I hear respected R&B singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq, an Oscar nominee for Mudbound, will contribute music for the potential series, which is expected to incorporate the famous folk song whose title mirrors the name of the show.

ABC’s College Football Kickoff Tackles ‘Big Brother’ In Sunday Ratings

4-ranked Oklahoma against Houston drew a night-leading 1.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 5.34 million viewers, proving to be a worthy opponent to CBS' Big Brother (0.9, 4.10M) on Sunday. ABC's primetime college football season opener featuring No.
Overall, ABC, which started its night a 7 PM with a its half-hour fall TV preview show (0.7, 3.55M), won the night in the demo and total viewers. 2 in both.” /> CBS was No.
The Oklahoma-Houston game meanwhile, a 49-31 win for the Sooners, topped each half-hour on the night from 7:30-11 PM ET.
Elsewhere, almost everyone else went with repeats owing to the three-day Labor Day holiday, an exception being Fox's season finale of What Just Happened??! The hybrid summers series was even in the demo with last week's 9:30 PM episode, one of two that night after returning after two weeks off. With Fred Savage (0.2, 620,000). This week's numbers were consistent with the show's full run.
Last week, BB grew a tenth to a 1.2 in the finals also against football (an NFL preseason game on NBC), so we'll see if that happens again. 2 overall in both the demo and total viewers, behind a repeat 60 Minutes in the latter metric. Big Brother dipped two-tenths compared with last week's early numbers, touching a season low, though it did finish No.

Morning News Anchor Apologizes After Comparing Black Co-Anchor To Gorilla” />
We have to find a way to replace those words with love and words of affirmation, as well.” “We have to understand the stereotypes,” Hackett said. “We have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep.
He continued, “Coming out of this, I want this to be a teachable moment. The lesson here is that words matter.”
"I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, that was inappropriate, and I hurt people. The following day, Housden did a tearful apology with Housden by her side. And I want you to understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I hurt you.” "I’m here this morning because I want to apologize, not only to my co-anchor Jason but to our entire community,” she said.
It may have seemed innocent at the time but the optics make the situation say otherwise. History has shown that black people have been wrongly compared to primates and is a form of racism, obviously.
During a morning broadcast on Oklahoma's KOCO-TV, an ABC affiliate, Alex Housden was reporting on gorillas at the local zoo. While doing so, Housden told her co-anchor, Jason Hackett, a black man, it "kind of looks like you." Hackett responded, "He kind of does, actually yeah."
Hackett accepted her apology and pointed out that Housden is one of his best friends. "It cut deep for me, and it cut deep for a lot of you in the community." "What she said yesterday was wrong," he said.
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I know it was wrong, and I am so sorry." Housden points out that the two are not only co-anchors but friends and that she "would never do anything on purpose to hurt you.” she said. “I love our community, and I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart: I apologize for what I said.

‘The Goldbergs’ Creator Adam F. Goldberg Steps Down As Showrunner, Chris Bishop & Alex Barnow To Succeed Him

Goldberg will remain involved in the series and will continue as an executive producer. His relinquishing day-to-day showrunner responsibilities on The Goldbergs, which films on the Sony lot, comes on the heels of Goldberg leaving Sony Pictures TV for a big overall deal at ABC aStudios. He is expected to focus on development for the Disney TV Studios unit.
After six years at the helm, The Goldbergs creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg is stepping down as showrunner of the ABC comedy series, which is heading into Season 7.
He replaced Marc Firek, who co-created Schooled with Goldberg and ran it during its freshman season. The Kids Are Alright creator Tim Doyle was recently named showrunner of the ABC comedy for its upcoming second season. In addition to The Goldbergs, spinoff series Schooled also is undergoing a showrunner change.
The Goldbergs veterans Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow, who have been with the series since its premiere, have been named showrunners of the Sony Pictures TV-produced series, where they both are under deals.
Sean Giambrone plays Adam, a nerdish movies-obsessed teen who seems to chronicle everything on his camcorder. Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin are his parents Beverly and Maury, with Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia as his older siblings. George Segal is the free-spirited but wise grandpa, and Patton Oswalt supplies the Wonder Years-esque narration. Launched in 2013 and always teeming with period pop-culture references, The Goldbergs chronicles creator Goldberg’s chaotic but loving family as he grew up in the Reagan era.
Barnow is with attorney Ken Richman.” /> Bishop is repped by 3 Arts and attorney Bruce Gellman.
Meanwhile, both Bishop and Barnow have separate multi-year overall deals with Sony Pictures TV that take them into 2021.
Goldberg Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison, Doug Robinson Productions and Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Alex Barnow, Chris Bishop and Annette Davis are executive producers.

‘Good Morning America’ Host Lara Spencer Slammed By Gene Kelly’s Widow For Mocking Ballet

"I have news for you, Prince William: We'll see how long that lasts,:" Spencer said. "I mean, he might."
Gene was a classically trained ballet dancer and believed that his training was essential to all that he did. He was schooled in Chicago by a woman named Berenice Holmes who had been the student of the great Russian dancer Adolph Bolm. He knew that ballet training gave him the long, beautiful line that he sought in his dancing and, later, in his choreography for the camera that led to some of the seminal films of our time, including On the Town; An American in Paris; Singin’ in the Rain; Brigadoon. Gene said that Holmes could perform many complicated turns better than a man, including a double tour en l’air, and that she instructed him to dance with great strength, particularly in his arms.
"In 1958, my late husband, the dancer, director, choreographer Gene Kelly, decided to take on the stigma facing male dancers in an Omnibus television program for NBC that he created and starred in called Dancing, A Man's Game, wrote Ward Kelly. "Gene would be devastated to know that 61 years after his ground-breaking work, the issue of boys and men dancing is still the subject of ridicule—and on a national network,." She concluded: "ABC must do better."
Patricia Ward Kelly responded in an open letter after Spencer, the Good Morning America host, mocked young Prince George over his ballet lessons, holding back laughter at the prospect of the six-year-old dancing.
"From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say go for it. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it." After a flurry of negative comments from choreographers and others, Spencer walked back her remarks. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. "My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday," she said.
Patricia Ward Kelly's open letter:
She said during the segment that George, the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would be studying maths, science, history, religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet. Spencer has apologized for her remarks made during a Thursday morning segment.
'Oh, he looks so happy about the ballet class,' Spencer said. She then claimed William said his son "absolutely loves ballet."
Every motion a good athlete makes is as beautiful as any a dancer makes.” It was, in his words, a personal “crusade” to show that dancers are athletes and that it is okay for a man to be graceful. For Gene it was more than a professional task. "In 1958, my late husband, the dancer, director, choreographer Gene Kelly, decided to take on the stigma facing male dancers in an Omnibus television program for NBC that he created and starred in called “Dancing, A Man’s Game.” He hoped that by aligning the great sports stars of the day—Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas, Vic Seixas, Sugar Ray Robinson, among others—he could challenge and destroy the shame surrounding male dancers once and for all. As he says in the special: “What could be more graceful than a football player throwing a pass—what is more excitingly beautiful than the swift movement of a double play?
Over the years, Gene advised many professional athletes to study ballet, including former wide receivers Willie Gault and Lynn Swann. Many have followed suit. Both acknowledge that the training improved their performance on the field. Gene would be devastated to know that 61 years after his ground-breaking work the issue of boys and men dancing is still the subject of ridicule—and on a national network.
That host Lara Spencer would mock a boy’s study of ballet in a nationally televised morning show and that her colleagues would join in her derision is both unacceptable and incomprehensible. Sadly, on August 22, 2019, Good Morning America elected to run a disgraceful segment about Prince George and his ballet classes.
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ABC must do better.
The widow of famed actor/dancer Gene Kelly has leaped into the fray regarding Lara Spencer's comments on ballet.
The "ballet" listing drew audience laughter and also a reaction from co-host George Stephanopoulos.

‘Big Brother’ Tops Ratings Thursday Amid NFL Preemptions, ‘Holey Moley’ Finale – Update

The CW aired originals of Outpost and Two Sentence Horror Stories.
As of now, CBS and NBC tied for primetime's top spot in the demo while the latter edged the former in total viewers as both networks featured only one non-repeat in their lineups combined.
Here's the chart with final numbers:
The show saw only a tenth of a point shaved from its NFL-inflated preliminary numbers, which were adjusted down by a tenth or two for every show in primetime in final numbers. Its final results Thursday were up in both metrics compared with last week. UPDATED with final numbers: CBS' Big Brother topped a Thursday again littered with NFL preseason preemptions, coming away as the night's top-rated and most-watched program with a 1.2 rating and 4.36 million viewers.
The game tipped ABC's Holey Moley (0.6, 2.65M) for the top spot among originals in the 8 PM hour, with the mini-golf competition airing its first-season finale at 9 PM (0.5, 2.06M). Reef Break (0.3, 2.45M) was up a tenth for ABC at 10 PM. That latter rating is on par with last week's performance. All those downward adjustments included Fox's coverage of the Jacksonville-Miami preseason game (0.8, 2.90M) in primetime, keeping MasterChef on the sidelines but giving the network the overall demo win.
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PREVIOUSLY, 9:15 AM: CBS' Big Brother led a night littered with NFL preseason preemptions Thursday, winning the night a preliminary 1.3 rating and 5.13 million viewers in numbers that as usual will likely be adjusted down later today.
CBS was first overall in total viewers thanks to Big Brother and repeats from The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and FBI.
Check out the new chart with final numbers below.
Fox meanwhile aired the Jacksonville-Miami preseason game in primetime, which also will impact final Nielsen numbers. It collided with back-to-back episodes including the season finale of Holey Moley on ABC, followed by a fresh Reef Break at 10 PM.
The CW aired a new episode of Outpost (0.1, 650,000) and a fresh Two Sentence Horror Story (0.1, 450K) at 9 PM which were both rock-steady week to week. NBC aired all repeats.

Friday Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Again Tops A Sleepy August Night Filled With Reruns

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Although the ratings will be adjusted and some markets were pre-empted by NFL preseason, NBC is currently  #1 among the Big 4 networks Friday night in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and all ratings categories, pending updates.
The American Ninja Warrior juggernaut rolls on, as a repeat of the athletic competition again topped the Friday night ratings.
ANW scored an 0.6/4 and 3.03 million viewers for its two-hour time slot, its best 18-49 showing for an encore since June 28. That and Dateline's 0.5/3 and 3.31 million viewers led the peacock network to an easy victory on an encore broadcast heavy night.
The rest of the network night was full of reruns
What Would You Do? on ABC answered the bell with an 0.5/3 and 2.77 million audience as the lone other original broadcast, holding steady from its last week.

‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ TV Series In Works At NBC From Josh Berman & Sony Pictures TV

Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman, the updated St. Elmo's Fire will showcase a group of close friends struggling with career, commitment and the responsibilities of adulthood.
Berman has had a long relationship with Sony TV, where he has had a string of overall deals. ” /> He most recently created/exec produced the VH1 series Daytime Divas and co-created/exec produced ABC's Notorious.
Over the past decade, Sony TV has tried multiple times to develop a St. Elmo's Fire TV series adaptation with different writers. The projects were set up at various networks, including ABC and E!.
Elmo's Fire starred Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winningham as a group of recent Georgetown University graduates, chronicling their adjustment to post-college life and the responsibilities of adulthood. Co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher, the coming-of-age St.
Elmo's Fire, a modern adaptation of the cult classic 1985 feature. The Brat Pack is back! In one of NBC's first buys this pitch season, the network has put in development St.
Berman executive produces through his Osprey Prods., alongside Chris King. The project has a script commitment from the network. Sony Pictures Television, whose feature sibling Columbia Pictures produced the 1985 movie, is the studio.
Elmo's Fire became a commercial success and an enduring popular culture staple that has crossed generations. Despite lukewarm reception by critics, St.

‘Love Me’ Drama Based On Swedish Format From ‘Life Sentence’ Creators & Elizabeth Banks Set At ABC As Put Pilot

Written by Cardillo and Keith, Love Me follows the stories of a multi-generational family in Chicago as they search for love in our increasingly detached digital world, and explores how their unconditional love for one another helps them navigate the highs and lows of it all.
15) for Sony Pictures. Banks and Handelman are repped by UTA, Untitled, Ziffren Brittenham. Brownstone also is producing the Hulu comedy series Shrill as well as an adult animated series reboot of The Flintstones in works at Warner Bros. Banks is currently directing, producing, co-writing and starring as Bosley in her continuation of Charlie’s Angels (Nov. Animation.
The duo have sold four other broadcast projects with the studio over the past five years, two of which went to series, Significant Mother (2015) and Life Sentence (2018), both on The CW. Cardillo and Keith also worked together as co-eps on the second season of Netflix/WBTV’s Fuller House. Love Me is Cardillo and Keith's first sale under a multi-year overall deal they have at WBTV.
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They won the New York Television Festival in 2013 with spec script We’re Not Your Parents. Cardillo and Keith have been collaborating since the mid-2000s when they met in acting class at Warner Loughlin Studios. Keith is repped by Lichter Grossman. Cardillo is repped by Velocity Entertainment Partners, Bloom Hergott.
Bornebusch, who stars in, writes and directs the Swedish series, also executive produces. Brownstone's Dannah Shinder is co-executive producer. Cardillo and Keith executive produce for In Good Company, with Brownstone's Banks and Handelman.

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Love Me, a one-hour drama based on a Swedish format, with a put pilot commitment. TV, where Brownstone and Cardillo and Keith's In Good Company are based. The project, one of the first significant pitch sales this broadcast development cycle, hails from Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions, Welcome To Sweden co-creator/star Josephine Bornebusch and Warner Bros.
Swedish actress-writer Bornebusch is repped by Paradigm and Agentfirman Planthaber/Kilden/Mandic.
Finding a big family soap is among the ABC's targets this development season.
The six-part comedy-drama series, from Nordic Entertainment Group, is set to air this fall across the Nordic region on NENT Group's streaming service Viaplay. You can watch a teaser with no English subtitles below. The Swedish series — original title Älska Mig — starring Bornebusch and Sverrir Gudnason, examines how friendship, grief and romance intersect with love in the lives of three generations of people living in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Bryan Greenberg & Charles Michael Davis Join Lea Michele In ABC Holiday Movie ‘Same Time, Next Christmas’

In the movie, Michele plays Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart, played by Davis, during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later and the old chemistry between them flares up anew – but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.
EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Greenberg (The Mindy Project) and The Originals alum Charles Michael Davis are set as the male leads opposite Lea Michele in ABC's holiday movie Same Time, Next Christmas, from Freeform Studios.
He just wrapped production on the independent film The Mental State. He also recently starred in the HBO biopic Bessie, opposite Queen Latifah, and directed by Mudbound’s Dee Rees. Greenberg can most recently be seen in the fifth season of hit series The Mindy Project for Hulu, and The Tick on Amazon.
Davis is Jeff Cutler, a handsome, affable, charming young man — Olivia's childhood friend and teenage heartthrob from their annual Christmas trips to Hawaii.
He envisions him and Olivia as a super-team in Cincinnati real estate. Greenberg will play Gregg Harris, Olivia's boyfriend, a super fit triathlete, dapper real estate agent who is always angling for the next big deal.
The movie is produced by Freeform Studios for ABC. Same Time, Next Christmas, slated to premiere in December, is executive produced by EveryWhere Studios’ Tom Mazza and David Calvert Jones with Stephen Herek (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) set to direct.
Best known for his role as Marcel Gerard on the CW's The Originals, Davis currently stars on TV Land’s critically acclaimed series Younger from Sex and the City creator, Darren Star. Davis was also recently seen as Ted on Shonda Rhimes’ legal drama, For The People.” />

Toby Gorman Named President Of Universal Television Alternative Studio

In addition to the nine announced series for NBC, he will oversee a domestic sales strategy that includes selling content to every major network and streaming platform. Gorman’s purview also will include cultivating the more than 30 producer overall deals, as well as development in the works with key talent, including Amy Poehler, Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon. Gorman will take the helm of the studio as the business enters its third year, and continues to grow at a rapid rate. He will also forge key production partnerships, building on the studio’s current off-network slate that includes In Search of (History), The Biggest Loser (USA) and Blind Date (Bravo), as well as a dozen other projects in various stages of development and production.
Smith and Magical Elves, Gorman was Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming at FremantleMedia North America. While at FMNA, Gorman oversaw the reimagination of game shows To Tell the Truth and Match Game into production with ABC, and launched Mat Franco's Got Magic. Gorman also served as executive producer and showrunner for the dating pilot Take Me Out for ABC, executive producer of NBC's Celebrity Family Feud and as supervising producer for Fox's American Idol (seasons eight and nine), earning two shared Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Prior to A.
“I have witnessed him in many roles over the years, and time and again he has proven to be a precise developer, a creative producer, and a sharp executive. As the breadth of our content and our partnerships throughout the industry continue to expand, Toby’s deep expertise, coupled with the equally important fact that he is one of the most respected executives in the field, make him the perfect fit to lead the studio into its next chapter.” “We have an incredibly ambitious growth plan for Universal Television Alternative Studio, and Toby is exactly who we want at the helm during this defining time,” said Ahr.
Prior to joining FMNA, Gorman was the co-executive producer and showrunner on NBC's Hollywood Game Night and The Winner Is, as well as on the NBC pilot Surprise Surprise and the Fox series Mobbed.
Most recently, Gorman was interim CEO of Magical Elves, where he oversaw the production company’s development and current series in addition to maintaining his role as President of Entertainment at A. Gorman also served as executive producer on Netflix series Death by Magic. Smith & Co Productions. Smith and Magical Elves, Gorman served as executive producer on the reboot of National Geographic’s Brain Games, Fox’s competition series Mental Samurai, and NBC’s The Titan Games. Throughout his tenure with A.
​Previously, Gorman was series producer and showrunner for FremantleMedia in his native UK for All Stars Family Fortunes (ITV1) and Grease ls the Word (ITV1).” />
In addition, he will collaborate closely across all areas of production, casting, business affairs and international commercial development for the studio. Reporting into Ahr, Gorman will oversee key studio operations, including development, domestic sales strategy and creative affairs. Gorman, who most recently served as interim CEO of Magical Elves as well as President of Entertainment at A. Veteran producer and executive Toby Gorman has been named President of Universal Television Alternative Studio. Smith & Co Productions, fills the position left open when Meredith Ahr was promoted last fall to President of NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group.

ABC Seeking Big Provocative Soap, Light Crime Drama & Adult Comedy This Development Season

In her first full development season, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke will be pursuing the goal she set for herself when she joined ABC last December — to bring back female viewers to ABC and reclaim the title as No.1 network with women. She is looking to do that by developing shows that would attract women while also not alienating ABC's male viewers.
Burke pointed to new ABC PI drama Stumptown, headlined by former How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders as having some "crimedy" DNA but it also has dark moments, Burke noted. Also on the wish list for one-hour series is finding a strong "crimedy," Burke said, using a term coined by Bones creator Hart Hanson. It refers to a crime drama with comedic elements in the vein of Bones or ABC's Castle.
Bless This Mess, which ABC added in midseason in turnaround from Fox, where it had been originally developed and piloted, is a good example of an ABC adult comedy, Burke said. On the half-hour side, ABC will continue to cater to its signature brand of family comedy but will also look to add adult comedy fare.
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Instead, the word refers to bold, loud storytelling. Top priority is finding "a big, provocative soap," Burke told Deadline. Burke also is open to a franchise soap like ABC's flagship drama, the venerable Grey's Anatomy. It could be a family soap but the setting also could be workplace or sci-fi, Burke said, pointing to past ABC hits Lost and Desperate Housewives as examples. Provocative does not mean sexy, she was quick to clarify.

‘Black-ish’: Loretta Devine To Recur In Season 6 Of ABC Series

Season 6 picks up following a season of change for the Johnson family and Pops (Fishburne) will be surprising everyone when he introduces Lynette, played by Devine, as his new fiancée.
Black-ish returns for season 6 on Tuesday, September 24 in its new 9:30 PM timeslot on ABC.” />
She's repped by Innovative Artists and Essential Talent Management. On the big screen, Devine will next be seen alongside Ellen Burstyn in Never Too Late. She currently stars on Netflix’s Family Reunion and will be seen in Starz’s upcoming drama series P-Valley. Devine won an outstanding guest actress Emmy for her role as Adele on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
Emmy winner Loretta Devine has been tapped for a recurring role opposite Laurence Fishburne on the upcoming sixth season of ABC's praised comedy series black-ish.
Created by Kenya Barris, black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.
Newly named showrunner Courtney Lilly will executive produce with Barris, Gail Lerner, Lindsey Shockley, Peter Saji, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Jonathan Groff and Kenny Smith are consulting producers. The series is produced by ABC Studios. Brian Dobbins.

‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Cast Teases Season 14, Talks Tackling Hot-Button Topics Through “Filthy” Comedy – TCA

If it goes beyond 14 seasons, it can break that record. The show, which we learned has a title inspired by an A-Ha's "The Sun Always Shines On TV", has tied ABC’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action comedy series.
Day said, "The #MeToo episode…it's an important topic. We dove head first into a topic and got away with it." He adds that they  We are talking about something and approaching it that is thoughtful but funny."
"We very rarely get blowback because our audience is savvy enough to know we're not advocating bad behavior, we're satirizing it." "Our audience knows where we're coming from," said McElhenney, who also serves as an executive producer.
During the session, it is revealed that the gang will continue to have off-center stories including an appearance by Dolph Lundgren as John Thundergun, a film noir episode, a story about global warming, a Waiting For Godot-themed laser tag episode and an episode where the gang puts their apartments on AirBnB in an effort to find love — which will be one of two episodes directed by Howerton.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is currently filming its 14th season and after walking through the set during TCA (it's quite surreal to be in Paddy's Pub and the grimy charm of Charlie and Frank's apartment), Rob McElhenney (Mac), Charlie Day (Charlie), Glenn Howerton (Dennis), Kaitlin Olson (Sweet Dee) and Danny DeVito (Frank) about how their characters how it speaks to the time through satire, its unexpected optimism and the wild stuff we can expect in season 14 — which includes Dolph Lundgren.
"Our characters might change — but they don't evolve. "He's pretty much exactly the same," he said. He's not a better person."
DeVito adds, "It's not a dirty f***ing show!"” />
"I don't think we're dirty…We are trying to say something about us as Americans." I hate that our show is dismissed as filthy." He adds that they've lasted so long because they are thoughtful and are smart. The show is often seen as a "filthy" comedy — but Day states that it shouldn't be known as just that. "There's a fundamental misunderstanding of what our show is.
"The characters are one way, but the show is never celebrating that behavior," said McElhenney.
The show is something that has never been seen on TV before — and for 14 years the characters have done some horribly, self-centered, hilarious things to better themselves (or at least attempt to). The show balances this fine line with tackling hot-button issues but frames them in a comedic lens that pushes the envelope that many see as inappropriate — but not to their loyal fans.
She finds the group's desperation funny and when they call her a bitch she said she wants to start laughing. "We're showing how ridiculous is to talk to someone like that," she adds. The show is not afraid to tackle topics such as racism, #MeToo and things of the like, but it is coming from a place that doesn't degrade it. As the only woman in the core cast, Olson is aware how her character is treated. Olson unpacks how you don't often see characters like Sweet Dee, who allows misogyny and has no idea how to deal with it except by yelling.
When asked if Mac will get a boyfriend out of the AirBnB episode, McElhenney responds, "Maybe." He also addressed his coming out story and whether or not it changed the character.
Day chimed in, "He's more fit!"

eOne Sets Mark Gordon’s Transition To Producing, Formalizes Film & TV Leadership

The continuing support from Darren to invest in high-quality content will allow us to build on the strong foundation we have laid in a market where the global appetite for premium content is voracious.” Added Gordon, “I’m proud of what we have built together over the past four years and I look forward to continuing my incredibly successful relationship with eOne.
Steve Bertram, eOne’s President of Film & Television, will continue to lead the Film & Television business, overseeing day-to-day management of the entire division, working closely with Peter Micelli, Chief Strategy Officer, Film & Television and Nick Meyer, President, Film.
The U.K.- and Canada-based film and TV company then acquired the remaining 49% of The Mark Gordon Co. for $209 million in January 2018 when Gordon was named eOne president. in 2015 for $133 Million. EOne originally acquired 51% of the Mark Gordon Co.
Entertainment Oner has finalized Mark Gordon's exit as president and his transition to a multi-year producing deal with the independent studio.
We hear the impetus for the chance were some off-the-cuff remarks Gordon made at a company presentation earlier this year, which drew complaints. Within months, there were indications that the prolific producer may not be a good fit for a corporate executive job at a public company.
In his previous position at eOne, former top CAA TV lit agent Micelli oversaw eOne’s television and digital content businesses and will set the TV strategy, including sourcing potential M&A opportunities, reporting to Gordon and Steve Bertram, President, Film, Television and Digital.
His small screen successes obscured movie credits that include Saving Private Ryan. Gordon came to eOne after generating such TV hit shows as ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Criminal Minds at CBS.
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We believe our position in the market will be even stronger with Mark solely focused on creating content for eOne and look forward to working together for years to come.” “In today’s rapidly expanding market, content has become the greatest differentiator and Mark Gordon is one of the best content producers in the business," eOne President and CEO Darren Throop said. "Our shift towards content production has continued to bear fruit and position eOne for ongoing success across film and television.
Gordon was under an employment contract and eOne had made a substantial investment in him, so the company and Gordon have been hammering out a deal to parlay his contract into a producing pact. It would allow him to refocus on development and producing, which he had excelled at under his own banner.
Gordon and Entertainment One also generated the Aaron Sorkin-directed feature drama Molly’s Game, which starred Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. Shows from eOne have included Designated Survivor on Netflix, the Nathan Fillion-starrer The Rookie on ABC and the upcoming Deputy on Fox.

Norah O’Donnell’s ‘CBS Evening News’ Debut Steady In Viewers, Down In Demo

Norah O'Donnell's debut as anchor of CBS Evening News drew 5.61 million total viewers Monday, on par with the newscast's numbers in the recently ended second quarter and year-over-year but lower in viewers and the key news demo compared with this season's averages.
Year to date, CBS Evening News averages 5.96 million total viewers and 1.18M demo viewers. (In Q2, ABC led in average viewers with 8.17M and was edged by NBC in the demo 1.575M-1.574M.) But it has long ranked third among the Big 3 newscasts behind ABC's World News Tonight and NBC's NBC Nightly News.
While up 2% in viewers from the non-debut week before, Monday's viewership was off 6% compared with the 2019 average.
O'Donnell, the former CBS This Morning co-anchor and White House correspondent, took over the anchor and CBS News managing editor position from Jeff Glor, who signed off on his final broadcast May 10. The broadcast is prepping for a fall move from New York to Washington, D.C.” />
The broadcast, featuring a sit-down with Amazon's Jeff Bezos about his space ambitions and reporting on the backlash over President Donald Trump's controversial tweets, attracted 929,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen. That was down 24% from a year ago and 22% compared with the 2019 year-to-date average.
Monday's numbers hewed more closely to the broadcast's averages for the just-ended second quarter: 5.47M viewers and 1.047M in the news demo.

Amy Hartwick Exits As ABC Studios Head Of Comedy

Hartwick, who has a long track record in comedy development, was one of Moran's first hires and has been among his closest associates at the studio. She oversaw the development and growth of the black-ish franchise, which includes the award-winning original series, heading into its sixth season on ABC, breakout spinoff series grown-ish, which is going to Season 3 on Freeform and the buzzy prequel mixed-ish, which will join black-ish on the ABC schedule next season.
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Hartwick is stepping down as SVP, Creative Development, ABC Studios where she has overseen comedy development since June 2011.
She also oversaw the Four Dads comedy pilot in consideration at Disney+. Another comedy series Hartwick shepherded at ABC Studios is American Housewife, renewed for a fourth season by ABC.
Hartwick began her career in the TV department at New Line Cinema and was later accepted into NBC’s Associate’s Program.” />
Under a major reorganization announced this morning, ABC Studios president Patrick Moran and the studio’s EVP Business Operations Howard Davine stepped down and will be replaced by two senior 20th Century Fox TV executives, Jonnie Davis and Josh Sussman, respectively. Hartwick is the third top ABC Studios executive to depart the studio, now part of Disney TV Studios.
Before moving to ABC Studios, Hartwick was VP, Comedy Development, ABC Entertainment, for six years. There she was a major champion of Modern Family, which she supported and helped nurture from the pitch. At the network, she also oversaw development of  The Middle, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.
Prior to ABC, Hartwick was director of comedy at 20th Century Fox TV, where she developed scripted series My Name Is Earl and Jake in Progress and helped to develop 20th TV’s first reality franchise, The Simple Life and The Simple Life 2: Road Trip, with Bunim-Murray.
There is no immediate replacement for Hartwick, whose exit is not believed to be part of a major executive overhaul by new ABC Studios President Davis. There aren't any other immediate changes in the ranks at the studio planned, I hear.

Team USA Taking Its Victory Lap: Parade, ESPYs, ‘Kimmel’ Next

Rapinoe, who won the tournament's Golden Ball trophy as the tournament's top player, made news early on in the tournament after her comments about not planning to accept an invite to Donald Trump's White House got Trump's attention. (So far, no official 1600 Penn invite yet for the team.)
Team USA on Tuesday also unwrapped plans for a five-game "victory tour" that kicks off August 3 at the Rose Bowl against the Republic of Ireland (7 PM PT, ESPN2). Four more games (opponents and venues TBD) are set for August 29, September 3, October 3 and October 6.” />
team's 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday in Lyon gave them back-to-back titles and drew 14.3 million viewers on Fox, up 22% over the 2018 men’s World Cup final between France and Croatia. The U.S.
After that it's a quick flight to Los Angeles, where the team is attending tomorrow night's ESPY Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 PM ET (8 PM PT tape delay) from the Microsoft Theater. Tracy Morgan is host.
on ABC. On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel said that stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan will be guests on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
women's national soccer team, fresh off winning their fourth FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday, are quickly filing up their calendars now that they've returned from France. The U.S.
The parade starts at 9:30 AM ET. Before Kimmel though for Team USA is a ticker-tape victory parade Wednesday along New York City's Canyon of Heroes on Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall, with a ceremony celebrating the champions to take place at the conclusion.

Dreamville – 1993 Lyrics

My nigga
[Chorus: Smino]
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up (Bro, bro)
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up
[Verse 4: JID]
Look, okay the weed so strong it got me stressed
The stress so strong it got me weak
I’m so on, it threw me off (Yeah)
I’m throwed off, yes indeed
I threw up after my threesome
On my threads, had to leave the crime scene like criminals do
She wanna come to my crib and give me a genital smooch
Typical, typical, get the piccolo, skididdle, skedaddle
I sling peen like a lasso
That mean king save the queen from the castle
I grab the saddle
Prisoner to prescription, it’s changed, jackal, Jack Daniels
Shawty tryna tell me
[Interlude: Buddy]
Motherfucker, ayy, didn’t I say? I pick this shit up
Then drank all the water and threw this shit up
It’s ash in my cup, I’m mad as a muh’, huh
I push pack like USPS, you is a bitch
[Interlude: Buddy]
Ayy, yo, yo, shut the fuck, ayy
Don’t even rap, nigga, you
Ayy, hold on
Hold the fuck up, nigga
[Verse 2: Cozz]
Tell me why you wanna come get high tonight
I only got one reason, I’m top dog tonight
I let the broads borrow my room and I got caught tonight
Drunken partying, slobbering, ‘nother sloppy night
Always fight with my mama, but look, on my leave night
I’ll call her, when I’m a baller, I promise that I’ma score you
Until then, I’ma ignore you, it’s nothing personal (Sorry)
I’m just tryna fuck a couple girls and go
Can’t do that while I’m on the phone
I’m not a mother’s boy, I’m a motherfucker
[Interlude: Buddy]
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, hold on, hold on, nigga
Can I smoke? Cole, he done grew some dreads
He think he smoke now
Pass the blunt, nigga, stop rappin’
That’s the end of the song, nigga
This the end of the session, we goin’ home
I just called my Lyft
I just wanna call the, I mean hit the blunt, I mean
Let me try one more time Can I smoke, nigga? Oh, I know a couple
[Interlude: Buddy]
Bro, bro, bro, bro
Ayy, bro, bro, bro, bro
Ayy, nigga, come on, like
Nigga, stop rapping, start passing
Like can I? Play this song
[Intro: Buddy]
These motherfuckers, man, yo
(Elite, Elite, Elite)
Check it
Yo, check it out, ayy
[Interlude: Buddy]
Since 1993 I’ve been smoking weed, ask about me
Niggas know not to, oh, wait, niggas know not to, oh, fuck, ayy
[Chorus: Smino]
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up
[Verse 1: Smino]
Uh, I’m drunk at a party, ain’t put down my cup
The fuck is my water? (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
[Chorus: Smino]
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up
[Verse 3: Doctur Dot]
Sittin’ sideways, side steppin’ side bitches
Side eyes, light skin, need stitches, mind your business
You’re slurring, my baby, you’re surfing, no turfing
My girl drippin’, dirty whispers in my ear
I don’t mumble
ABC your way up out the convo
Lookin’ for sluts, oh? Can I smoke? Nigga, ayy
We can’t rap, nigga, we smoking weed
Stop rappin’, nigga, this is not a rap session
We gettin’ high
[Verse 5: J. Cole]
If I smoke a blunt right now
I’ma be on 285 with my pants pulled down
Around my ankles
Still no stranger to the blunt smoke, gun smoke
You niggas don’t want smoke
No guts like that Swisher we just smoked
We cutthroat, niggas…
[Outro: Buddy]
Hold, hold on, hold on
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait
Hold on, wait, wait, wait, wait, ayy, wait
Shh, shh, shh
Wait, wait, wait, okay
Watson, Watson, stop
‘Cause this nigga J.

Notes On The Season: Is TV Academy Voter Scandal All That New?; Marla Gibbs On Norman Lear’s Emmy Comeback

Perhaps the consultant had visions of an Oscar season type conspiracy, but this isn't really all that out of the norm. The Academy isn't talking beyond saying this is firmly against the bylaws and will not be permitted, thus the loss – and maybe more – of voting privileges this year for those who committed the Emmy felony. I doubt the Academy would stop with punishing individual members if they had good intel that bigger forces were at play here. Emmy nomination balloting has been open since Monday but already there have been skirmishes, some small (a network name creeping illegally into the description of one of the zillion entries – heavens to murgatroyd!) and some big (an unknown number of TV Academy members attempting block voting in favor of one contender over another). That last one is interesting. However in this case it was caught in such a way that someone on the inside of it all had to be a snitch and name names (the Academy won't be doing that thankfully). One consultant emailed me and wondered if I knew which company (or network) was behind the indiscretion.
A column chronicling events and conversations on the awards circuit.
I remember distinctly when I was working on the short-lived Martin Short talk show there was a point membership applications to the TV Academy were passed out like M&Ms to every one in the office, with the hope that if they got in they would vote for the home team in every way they could. Is that all that unusual, folks? I can tell you from my own experience in television, both as an employee of shows and as a Governor of the TV Academy, that not-so-subtle attempts to fill the ballot box take place all the time. We got no nominations but we should have. Block voting in various forms has been going on since the beginning of awards contests like the Oscars and Emmys. In fact movie studios, when they were an all-powerful monolith unto themselves, used to encourage it all the time by urging their Academy members to tow the company line and vote for specific contenders en masse.
"You know what the Bible says, 'as it was then, is now, and ever shall be". I didn't even have to take the script to the set," she laughed, then quoted the bible as to the wisdom of shooting the exact same script and making it relevant over four decades later. But things changed and the big surprise happened when the door opened and there was Gibbs coming to apply for the show in this word for word remake of the show's first episode. She even remembered the blocking and balked a little when Live director James Burrows suggested she cross in front of the couch, rather than in back as she had done 44 years ago the first time she did this particular teleplay. She said she didn't have to memorize anything because she not only remembered all of her lines verbatim from that episode, but everyone else's too. She notes she was 44 when she did the episode the first time, and now it is 44 years later and she's doing it again, and quite frankly she looks and acts like it was only yesterday when she walked into that "deluxe apartment in the sky". The audience went wild and it stopped the show. Gibbs told me this week she had wanted to revisit Florence and jumped at the chance when they made the switch. She originally was brought into the special to play another role, Mother Jefferson while Justina Machado of Lear's One Day At A Time Netflix reboot (another Lear reboot getting an Emmy push for its third and final season) was to play Florence. I never forgot it because it changed my life. "It was great. So I knew all the lines, all the moves because they were stuck in my head.
Still she has to compete with co-star Alex Borstein who took home the Emmy last year for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, the category they will go head to head in this year. There are a lot of Hinkles out there deserving notice for their work but when you land on an Emmy juggernaut like Maisel ( it won 8 in its first season ) you simply go for it. Every little bit helps. In January she joined the cast in taking the SAG award in the Comedy Series Ensemble category, and in the second season she got to shine and take off on her own, even to Paris for some choice scenes. Amazon is doing a special push for Hinkle and putting her out there which is exactly what you have to do when it is so hard to break through the clutter of the Emmy ballot. This week Hinkle joined co-stars Rachel Brosnahan and Caroline Aaron in presenting the show's designers their prizes at the New York Women in Film & Television's Designing Women Awards.
That's right. I don’t even want to know about this. Harris in a previous 1981 TV movie for which she also got an Emmy nod, hence the little wink to that as to the reason she would even be in this version as an ex of Dr. Herman Tarnower, the man Harris murdered. The brouhaha around it, you know, they tried to reach me for a statement. I said, ‘This doesn’t have anything to do with me. Remember when Ellen Burstyn got nominated for literally a 14 second role in the 2006 TV movie, Mrs. Burstyn's name was near the top of the ballot, and because she was a movie star, performers branch members likely checked off her name without having to scroll down the whole ballot, even though the role was so small she was only listed on it as "former Tarnower steady". My next ambition is to get nominated for seven seconds, and, ultimately, I want to be nominated for a picture in which I don’t even appear. 14 seconds! She had played the lead of Mrs. She took it all with humor as she told AP at the time: "I thought it was fabulous. You people work it out yourself.’" After that debacle the rule was changed and actors had to appear in 10% of a show in order to be eligible, thus squashing Burstyn's dream of a nomination for 7 seconds of emoting. Harris?
It is tough getting noticed out there come Emmy time when you don't have the instant name recognition. Miller on Speechless, Christine on Homeland and on and on, yet she never got the shot until now to have a realistic run for Emmy, but as Mrs. Marin Hinkle is someone avid TV watchers would recognize instantly from numerous series and appearances over the past 25 years including as Judith on Two And A Half Men, Isabelle on Madam Secretary, Dr. Maisel's mother, Rose Weissman on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel it may finally, to borrow the song title from Gypsy, be "Rose's Turn".
Everyone else from Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes in that show, and Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei in All In The Family were doing their own interpretation of roles made iconic by now deceased stars. The show itself has been entered in the Variety Special – Live category and nearly the entire cast is among the contenders in the Limited Series or Movie acting categories including the only cast member who actually is playing the same part they created a half century ago. Not so for Gibbs who turns 88 today. "The show came in really at the last minute to shake up the race," a PR consultant exclaimed while mentioning they had put an installation featuring the set pieces from Live in the Century City mall. The May 22nd ABC special Live In Front Of A Studio Audience was a surprise ratings smash that recreated episodes from Lear's iconic 70's comedies, All In The Family and The Jeffersons, and this week Sony Pictures Television and ABC ramped up a campaign. Norman Lear, 96, could be having a banner year at the Emmys only four to five decades after his first big splash — and maybe even with the same show(s). Several trade ads are also being run for the surprise ratings and critical smash that came from producer/host Jimmy Kimmel in conjunction with Lear and company. That would be Marla Gibbs who received five consective Primetime Emmy nominations as the maid Florence Johnson in The Jeffersons which was spun off All In The Family into its own series in 1975.
My guess this instance was a bit more obvious and dunder-headed on the part of members of the accused Performers branch, but so far mum is the word other than it happened. On the other side, as an Academy Governor representing the writers branch for six years, my co-Governor and I would be charged with signing off on any application into our branch and, like clockwork, loads of applications from one specific show or another would come pouring in bulk right about – you guessed it – Emmy nominating season. It is a gray line, but you can bet execs with dreams of mounting the stage at the Microsoft Theatre are still making sure their underlings can vote and hopefully make a difference in their favor. Is that block voting?
Gibbs had actually spun off her own series for Florence called Checking In but it only lasted four episodes because the writers strike hit and they couldn't continue, so she went right back to The Jeffersons. I get to visit them in the reruns," she said wistfully. We were so close, and of course I look at the reruns. "It was bittersweet. As for the lasting power of Norman Lear she said Norman always has his finger on the forefront of what is going on and knew how to bring it to TV. I mentioned I believe she might be the first performer in TV history to repeat the exact script they had done so long ago. "Whatever Norman wants to do, I am in," she said when I asked about the future of more retro live shows like this.” /> She praises the new actors she worked with, but did miss the original stars Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford among others she worked with for so many seasons.
Emmy voters, of which I am but one of about 24,000 eligible, have been facing the daunting task of not only trying to see as much as they can, but also just simply scrolling down the list of the zillions who are on the final nominating ballot. (and that's only up to the H's — there are 108 overall ). Worse than block voting though, I would say a lot of voters are guilty of blockhead voting despite the herculean task of sifting through everything. Okay maybe they aren't Veep but could be good anyway, but who has the time? Most of them don't have a prayer. Ever see these Best Comedy Series hopefuls: Abby's, Atypical, The Bisexual, Champaign Ill, Detroiters, Easy, Guest Book, Huge In France??

ABC Looking To Turn ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’ Into A “Circulation Play” Franchise

ABC is looking to turn Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which scored huge ratings for its take on Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons last month into a franchise.
Its ratings success launched a spinoff, The Jeffersons, which ran on CBS from ’75 to ’85.” /> All in the Family originally ran on CBS from 1971 through 1979, starring Carol O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker, and tackling then-controversial subjects such as women’s rights, racism and homosexuality.
With something like that we would look to return it, not on a weekly basis, I think these things are tentpoles around which we can build sustaining weekly scripted programming, to use as a big circulation play. “We didn’t know if people would still care and it was nice they did. “It is something that we looked at as a franchise if it worked, and we didn’t know if it would work,” she said.
It also totalled 15 million combined viewers when including Live+3 and a Saturday repeat. This was above the point six that Kimmel joked to Burke that it might receive. From 8-9:30 PM ET, ABC’s live, star-strewn Lear sitcoms reboot averaged 10.36 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating to outstrip all broadcast primetime competition. Jimmy Kimmel’s passion project handed ABC a win on the final night of the 2018-19 season by strong margins.
It introduced a whole new generation of people to those shows and those themes in a way that hadn’t been done before and I don’t know if that’s something that would have been as relevant on streaming.” Speaking at the HRTS The Network Chiefs lunch, she added, “We’ve been leaning really hard into live event programming.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons starred Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Wanda Sykes among many others including Jennifer Hudson’s belting out of The Jefferson’s “Movin On Up” theme song and Marla Gibbs’ surprise appearance reprising her role as George and Louise Jefferson’s maid Florence Johnston.
President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that 22M had watched the live special since its launch on May 25.

Dayton Meteorologist Calls ‘Bachelorette’ Fans Griping About Tornado Coverage “Pathetic”; Bachelorette Hannah Brown Weighs In

Simpson soon apologized, saying, “I’m sorry I did that, it just really bothers me that we have people that don’t care about other people’s safety around here.”
The Dayton, OH, tornado that took at least one life, injured dozens, knocked out power and damaged and destroyed numerous homes and businesses wasn't serious enough to merit interrupting Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette, according to some fans on social media, and one Dayton meteorologist had enough.
Monday night, even Bachelorette Hannah Brown sided with Simpson, thanking fans for the loyalty but urging them to be safe. "Naders are no joke…"″ />
This is a dangerous situation, OK?” ‘Just go back to the show.’ No, we’re not going back to the show, folks. “I was just checking social media," said Fox45 weatherman Jamie Simpson during a live on-air report, "and we have viewers complaining already.

See the tweeted video below, along with a response from Bachelorette Hannah Brown.
I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Stop. Some of you complained that this is all about my ego. Our job here is to keep people safe, and that is what we’re going to do. I’m done with you people, I really am, this is pathetic.” A clearly angry Simpson said on-air: “Think about if this was your neighborhood. It’s not.
Fox 45, also known as WRGT-TV, is a Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Sinclair, which also owns the ABC affiliate that airs The Bachelorette.

ABC To Repeat Performance Of Norman Lear Sitcoms ‘All In The Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons’

who tuned in saw the show stolen by Jennifer Hudson’s belting out of The Jefferson’s “Movin On Up” theme song, Tomei’s spot-on Edith Bunker, and Marla Gibbs’ surprise appearance reprising her role as George and Louise Jefferson’s maid Florence Johnston. Fans of Kimmel, Lear, the original comedies, live TV, etc.
ABC says it will rebroadcast its last-night-of-season special, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ on Saturday, May 25 at 8 PM ET.
Excluding trophy shows, it’s ABC biggest haul since the first Wednesday night of the TV season. That’s a six-month high for ABC in the 90-minute Wednesday time period, following the CMA Awards back in November. Jimmy Kimmel’s passion project handed ABC a win on the final night of the 2018-19 season by strong margins. From 8-9:30 PM ET, ABC’s live, star-strewn Lear sitcoms reboot averaged 10.36 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating to outstrip all broadcast primetime competition.
All in the Family originally ran on CBS from 1971 through 1979, starring Carol O'Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker, and tackling then-controversial subjects such as women’s rights, racism and homosexuality. Its ratings success launched a spinoff, The Jeffersons, which ran on CBS from '75 to '85.” />
The clunkily named Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons starred Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Wanda Sykes among many others, Kimmel’s 8-9:33 PM passion project scored biggest numbers in first half hour, 7.6/14, trickling down to 5.9/10 for its final few minutes. The broadcast ended at 9:33 PM ET.
Following the broadcast, ABC also will replay the Nightline doc on creator Norman Lear that followed the live remounting of an episode from series.

Norman Lear & Producer Brent Miller On ‘All In The Family’ & ‘The Jeffersons’ Live Redux Tonight & A Potential Franchise

It's a lot of fun to pay tribute to this great writing that so many new generations have yet to experience.
The whole thing was Jimmy's idea. He came to us, through Brent with this notion, already having made the deal with ABC. LEAR: I didn't really think of it as surprises, and by the way, 99%of all decisions in this matter have been made between Brent Miller, my partner, and Jimmy Kimmel.
DEADLINE: Like Good Times or Maude?
Barreling through 12-hour days and two full dress rehearsals in the lead up to the live airing, the tributes also star Kerry Washington, Will Ferrell, Ellie Kemper, Anthony Anderson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jovan Adepo, Ike Barinholtz, Sean Hayes and Amber Stevens West, with some surprises and guest stars promised too.

Filmed on the Sony lot, Live In Front Of A Studio Audience airs at 8 PM ET on Wednesday, with taped repeats in the Central and West Coast time zones. In the lead-up I sat down with Lear and his Act III Productions producing partner Brent Miller to discuss why now, what’s next and what’s going on with One Day at a Time coming back from cancellation.
DEADLINE: So, what’s next?
LEAR: About three weeks ago, I ran across Sammy in a cab and invited him, I thought he was dead, but…
LEAR: I’ll tell you, seriously, the most amazing thing is listening to these two shows where we agreed word for word we would not change a word, and nothing has been changed, and I can't believe how relevant it is to this moment. That's a shock and it means It's going to seem brand new to millions of people. Every fucking word is relevant to this moment. Also all by itself, there's nobody else doing it.
DEADLINE: One surprise is, as I said, which actual episodes of All in The Family and The Jeffersons are we going to see. There’s a lot of speculation that the first one is going to be the Sammy Davis episode from Season 2 back in 1972.
Foxx, Anthony, Elie Woody, Kerry, Will and Sean? DEADLINE: Norman, coming out of live TV in the early part of your career, how has it been watching these shows that have been hailed as some of the best television ever come back to life with this heavyweight cast of Wanda, Mr.
With the seismic social awareness of two of the most influential small screen offerings of all time still sharp, the 90-minute special fronted by Lear mega fan Jimmy Kimmel offers a whole new direction for the live TV genre as the network musicals of the past few years fade in the abundance of this Peak TV era. Add to that bauble factor a true jewel of a cast with Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson, plus Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker.
LEAR:  That's true, too, but we're not doing that episode at all. I can tell you truthfully that at this moment, this is a one shot. There has been no discussion of any kind about anything else with All in the Family or The Jeffersons, but I can't believe the excitement around it.
DEADLINE: With all the reboots and revivals we’ve seen the past few years, don't you think maybe this is the time to bring those classics back? Certainly, if ever there was a time that was reminiscent of the Nixon era, it's the Trump era …
DEADLINE: What about One Day at A Time finding a new home after the Netflix cancellation CBS All Access looked promising but got kyboshed by Netflix because of the fine print. My colleague Nellie Andreeva recently wrote a piece that some kind of CBS triage could be possible…
MILLER: Well, not only the library of Norman's, that is quite extensive, but other shows, too. I think it was Woody who came up to me last night…oh no, it was Sean Hayes who came up last night and said we were just talking, Woody and I, and we think you should do Cheers.
LEAR: Well, I still want to make a show starring elderly people. We did a Guess Who Died pilot, that NBC passed on, and I still continue to hope, maybe after the excitement of this show people are going to say, well, is there anything you want to do, and I'll trot this pilot out.
MILLER: It's very much in conversation and we are excited that those conversations continue.” />
DEADLINE: Nobody's dead in television now, Norman, just ask Kit Harington.
Is there still a chance that that could happen? What you think, Brent? LEAR: I don't know.
LEAR: I think Dominic is right!
“I’ll tell you, seriously, the most amazing thing is listening to these two shows where we agreed word for word we would not change a word, and nothing has been changed, and I can't believe how relevant it is to this moment,” proclaims Norman Lear of ABC’s star studded Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons recreation tonight.
Property of Archie Bunker… watch #AllInTheFamily & #TheJeffersons LIVE tonight on #ABC 8|7c— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 22, 2019
DEADLINE: We know the cast for Live in Front of a Studio Audience but we don’t know what episodes are being re-created live, are the two shows linked and who the guest stars are, why so much still behind the curtain?
LEAR: When you write the piece, you can say that I said that (LAUGHTER).
You know, the reason we chose the title Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons is because we hope to establish a brand here or a franchise and do this again with various classics from TV history. I think it is, and perhaps that's what we'll hear from the network. MILLER: (LAUGHS) I agree with you.
That's what they were doing back in the '70s, and these shows are very socially and politically relevant to the times, then and now. MILLER: Truthfully, Dominic, our goal in this is with so much on the air right now and people DVRing and people watching shows on their own, we really wanted to create an event that would draw people to watch together. We just want to make sure that they're allowing for discussion with each other. So, the reason for that surprise was simply just to kind of buildup excitement to an event.