Wednesday February 20, 2019

A new season of Survivor kicks off tonight. Yes I still watch. And yes I’m excited.

Here’s a sneak peak.

Donna’s relationship complicates a potential deal for Alex and Harvey; Samantha helps Louis get justice. #SUITS

Digital series The Build Up, featuring Kitchen Cousins stars John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino has garnered almost 35,000,000 impressions to date. The 6-episode series was released over three weeks. You can watch it here.

Season 4 will be the last for Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle.

SyFy has canceled Nightflyers.

A review of Anna Paquin’s new show Flack.

Here is more information about Lifetime’s newly ordered unscripted series:

Temmoraland (working title)

Former recording artist Temmora Levy is on a mission to help future superstars achieve their highest potential through music. After her own tough upbringing in and out of foster homes, Temmora fell in love with the art of singing and performance. Today, Temmora owns Arommet Academy, an artist development academy in Memphis, providing a safe haven for talented children to escape whatever they might be going through. Juggling the challenges of training the kids while dealing with their stage parents, managing the teen girl group KARMA, and keeping up with the daily demands of motherhood and marriage, Temmora definitely has her work cut out for her. While she makes it her priority for each child to feel loved and accepted, make no mistake, Temmora is not an easy critic. If her students want to make it to the top, they better be prepared to work! Eight one-hour episodes have been ordered to debut later this year on Lifetime. Temmoraland (working title) is produced by Brian Graden Media for Lifetime with Brian Graden and Dave Mace as executive producers. Gena McCarthy, Brie Miranda Bryant and Mioshi Hill serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Cheerleader Generation (working title): Cheerleader Generation is a documentary series set in the exciting world of competitive cheerleading, following the lives of two squads and their fierce, hardworking coaches, Lexington Kentucky’s Dunbar High School coach Donna Martin and her daughter, Ole’ Miss head coach, Ryan O’Connor.  While Donna pushes her team to new heights to return Dunbar to its former glory of reigning champs, Ryan is fighting to earn the respect of her peers, her collegiate team and her mother. The stakes are high as Donna and Ryan also compete to be the first ever mother-daughter coaches going after national championship titles in the same year while dealing with the real-life drama of college students trying to find their independence, high-school students trying to survive adolescence and their mothers who are trying to keep it all together too. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered to air this year on Lifetime. Cheerleader Generation is produced by Propagate Content for Lifetime and executive produced by Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Laurie Girion and Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo. Gena McCarthy and Cat Rodriguez executive produce for Lifetime.

Marrying Millions: Relationships are complicated, but when one partner is super rich and the other is most definitely NOT, “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Marrying Millions follows six couples who are deeply in love and hoping to marry, but who come from completely different worlds. Regular people are whisked off their feet and plunged into a high-end life of riches, extravagant experiences, and glamorous trips around the globe. It sounds like a modern-day fairytale, but it’s definitely not all champagne and caviar. On the road to the altar, the couples must try to bridge their vast differences and fit into each other’s alien worlds. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered to air for this year. Marrying Millions is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Lifetime. Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh executive produce for Lifetime.

Ubisoft is going where no video game adaptation has gone before. The publishing giant has teamed with Atlas Entertainment (Dirty John) to adapt its pirate adventure game Skull & Bones — before the game is even released. While the 2016 Michael Fassbender feature Assassin's Creed was based on one of Ubisoft's most popular franchises, this time the company's film and television division is doubling down on unproven IP.”


“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is hitting the beach!

ET caught up with Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle -- who star as Abe and Rose Weissman, parents to the eponymous Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), in the series -- at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday and they revealed a tropical turn for their characters in season three.

"‘I think I’ve heard that we’re going to Miami in June. That’s all I know,’ Shalhoub said of the show, which is due to start filming its third season next month. ‘I don’t know what that [entails]. It’s about [Midge's] tour, but that’s all I got.’

“At the end of season two, Midge was offered an opening spot performing her standup comedy on a musician's big tour, which will likely negate her recent engagement to Benjamin (Zachary Levi) and put on strain on her relationship with her traditional parents. Shalhoub, though, thinks Abe could turn a supportive corner for his daughter's comedy career.

"‘I think that maybe he’s starting to realize that this isn’t just a pipe dream and that maybe, in the eyes of the public, she’s got something,’ Shalhoub said of Abe. ‘I’m not sure, but I think there’s a little bit of a thaw going on.’

“As for Rose, Hinkle hopes that she'll began to evolve a bit, perhaps by spending time with Midge's manager, Susie (Alex Borstein).

"‘My hope would be that you stick Rose next to Alex’s character, Susie, and maybe we get to go to the fortune teller and have Katrina Lenk back because she’s magical. So I think that would be wonderful,’ she said. ‘Rose... knows that her daughter does stand up, but she’s never seen her do it. So that would be a delight.’

“It's not just Midge who's causing familial drama in the series. The Weissmans also have to deal with their son, Noah (Will Brill), who's been secretly working for the CIA and is expecting a child with his wife, Astrid (Justine Lupe).

"‘Astrid has announced that she’s pregnant so that means that we’re going to become grandparents again,’ Shalhoub said. ‘That will be an interesting thing because of her... wackiness.’

"‘And you can see how well we handle our own grandchildren already,’ Hinkle quipped of the obviously hands-off approach all adults seem to favor when it comes to Midge's two children. ‘We hardly seem to know what to do with them. Put them in front of TV sets!’

“Abe himself has a tumultuous upcoming period as well, with his desire to quit his jobs at both Columbia University and Bell Labs and return to work on social activism, something Hinkle noted may not fly with Rose.

"‘It’s exciting that Tony’s character is going to have a huge shake up in his personal and professional life, so that’s going to affect my life because my character needs clothes and needs a nice house,’ she said. ‘So we need to figure that out.’

“With season three about to begin production, Shalhoub and Hinkle looked back on the remarkable response to the series, which has taken home multiple Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.

"‘It’s frosting really, on the cake. I mean we’re just happy that the show is as hot as it is,’ Shalhoub, who nabbed a SAG Award for his performance earlier this year, said. ‘The awards are all wonderful. They maybe shine a little brighter light on the show for a while.’

"‘I had never been to the SAG Awards before. I was absolutely blown away that our show had won an award,’ Hinkle added on the ensemble's win. ‘We’re so lucky to have a job. That’s the truth.’"


Per Deadline, “Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to Medical Police, starring Childrens Hospital alums Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel, from former Childrens Hospital executive producers Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain and co-executive producer Krister Johnson, as well as Warner Horizon Scripted TV. Several other Childrens Hospital alums,  Lake Bell, Corddry, Ken Marino and Malin Akerman, are set for recurring roles.

“Medical Police, which had been in the works for awhile, including at TBS at one point, is considered an offshoot of Corddry’s Emmy-winning Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. He had hinted in interviews that he was working on a spinoff series.

“Written by Corddry, Johnson, Stern and Wain and directed by Wain and Bill Benz, Medical Police is described as an action-packed thriller, mystery and love story. It centers on two American physicians (Hayes and Huebel) stationed at a pediatric hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, who discover a civilization-threatening virus. The duo are recruited as government agents in a race against time and around the world to find a cure and uncover a dark conspiracy.

“Hayes and Huebel starred on all seven seasons of Childrens Hospital. The show was nominated for eight Primetime Emmys over the course of its run, winning four, including outstanding short form comedy or drama series, and actor for Corddry.

“At Netflix, Wain directed and co-wrote Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, a prequel to his 2001 film. He also executive produced alongside Stern, with Johnson co-executive producing.”


“George Stephanopoulos has signed a new four-year deal with ABC News, Page Six has exclusively learned.

“Sources say that the broadcasting veteran — who’s been with the network since 2002 and anchors both Good Morning America and Sunday show This Week — was heavily courted by both CBS and CNN as the end of his last contract approached. CNN declined to comment.

“But in the end, he stayed put, signing a deal with ABC worth somewhere between $15 million and $18 million per year. His previous, five-year contract was worth $15 million a year.

“We’re told that in an effort to entice him to CBS News, execs offered Stephanopoulos Jeff Glor’s anchor chair on CBS Evening News — often considered the most prestigious role in TV news — and a plum gig on 60 Minutes.

“Glor’s only been in the job for a year, but as Page Six has previously reported, network execs have been considering replacing him for months amid sinking ratings and newsroom strife. At the time CBS denied that Glor’s job was in jeopardy.

“Asked if CBS offered Stephanopoulos the CBS Evening News gig, a rep told us, ‘Not true.’

“Sources familiar with the situation say Stephanopoulos — who has had a major hand in the resurgence of Good Morning America in its battle with NBC’s Today — seriously considered the CBS offer, especially after Susan Zirinsky was named as the new CBS News president in January.

“‘He’s known Susan for 30-plus years,’ said an insider. ‘That made it even more real.’

“Insiders say CBS — which has recently undergone a series of scandals and reshuffles of top personnel — would have been unlikely to be able to offer Stephanopoulos as much money as ABC, but that the upheavals mean the network is something of a blank slate. ‘CBS could have been a great platform for him,’ we’re told.

“Sources say that eventually Stephanopoulos decided to stay because ‘ABC has been his home for 20-something years,’ although it didn’t hurt that, as a source put it, ‘ABC offered him a s–t-ton of money.’

“Stephanopoulos has had a big year, landing blockbuster interviews with former FBI Director James Comey, former Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen, and the president himself.”


“When Disney’s $71.3 billion deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox closes in the coming weeks, the combined company will remain an appealing target for investors, but only those willing to indulge hefty near-term spending on direct-to-consumer streaming.

“That’s the basic takeaway from a new research report by Macquarie analysts Tim Nollen and Stephen Beckett. In the 18-page note to clients, the analysts reiterate their ‘outperform’ rating on the stock, which has moved sideways since Disney prevailed over Comcast last July in the final battle over the Murdoch family jewels. Macquarie’s 12-month price target is $125. Disney closed today at $113.51, up nearly 1%.

“The mega-deal will redraw the Hollywood map, transferring to Disney assets such as the Fox film and TV studio and cable networks like FX, as well as giving it majority control of Hulu.

“‘Strategically, Disney is making the right moves, but financially we don’t see a near-term positive catalyst,’ the report cautions, adding that ‘flattish’ earnings over the next couple of quarters are likely. Once Fox joins the fold, the analysts warn about several potential headwinds. Those include the cost of integrating the two companies, higher debt, an additional 30% of money-losing Hulu, and interest expenses if the regional sports networks that Disney must sell fetch too modest a price.

“Because many details about 2019 and beyond remain fuzzy, at least until an investor day on April 11, the analysts  lay out the combined portfolios and look at all of the puts and takes.

“Their ‘cautious case’ sees a 4% hit to earnings in fiscal 2019 and a 5% one in 2020, excluding integration costs. Once Hulu and Disney+ losses moderate, synergies would start adding to earnings in 2021, ’22 and ‘23, by 2%, 9%, and 11%, respectively. Including integration costs, the analysts see no earnings bump until fiscal 2022.

“In their optimistic scenario, on the other hand, Hulu losses would moderate faster than expected and the RSNs would command a price higher than the current $15 billion projection. The deal would then become neutral to earnings in fiscal 2020, adding 9% in 2021 and high-teen percentages after that.

“Based on recent guidance from Disney’s first-quarter earnings call earlier this month, Nollen and Beckett say a $200 million hit to operating profit is expected during the current quarter due to investments in ESPN+ and Disney+. Launched last spring, ESPN+ has surpassed 2 million subscribers but is costly to operate due to sports rights fees. Holding back licensing rights to Disney movie and TV titles for Disney+, the company estimates, will create a $150 million hit to operating income in fiscal 2019.

“‘There may be as many as 18 films and 16 TV series in some form of development for [Disney+], plus we expect some licensed content to be purchased or repurchased from other outlets as Disney looks to fill in programming gaps prior to the service’s launch later this year,’ the analysts write.

“Nollen and Beckett point to recent strides by CBS in the streaming arena, indicating Disney has the potential to double its combined subscriber base each year. The analysts forecast a ‘perhaps conservative’ Year 1 number of 2.5 million subscribers to Disney+.

“As for Hulu, the pair expect the streaming service to finally break even in 2022, with a projected 50 million subscribers. Last month, it reported passing 25 million subscribers, up 48% from the same point in 2018. Comcast and WarnerMedia remain minority stakeholders in Hulu.”