Once the bread and butter of up-and-coming DJs and daytime talking heads, the role of TV emcee is becoming the domain of A-listers. Marquee comedy stars Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish have both signed on to host Big Four unscripted projects, the former replacing Steve Harvey on NBC's onetime smash Little Big Shots and the latter fronting a Kids Say the Darndest Things reboot, which ABC has fast-tracked for a fall premiere. The pair join the likes of movie stars/emcees Alec Baldwin (ABC's Match Game), Jamie Foxx (Fox's Beat Shazam), Dwayne Johnson (NBC's Titan Games) and, as of June 12, Elizabeth Banks (ABC's Press Your Luck). For these types of gigs, talent of this caliber can fetch as much as $450,000 an episode. "It used to be just sticking the right talking head in," says NBC Entertainment Alternative and Reality Group president Meredith Ahr. "But now you have to focus on finding somebody the viewer really wants to share that hour with every single week." Haddish had been … [Read more...] about TV Game Shows Increasingly Reel In Movie Star Hosts
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Several of the big media companies that own broadcast networks spent ample time at last week's upfronts touting their digital and streaming strategies. And with good reason: As viewing habits change, the primetime schedule is just one of a multitude of data points by which to measure the success of a show and how well it delivers eyeballs to the advertisers who are ponying up billions of dollars to showcase their products. How many points? A lot. NBC's head of research, Jeff Bader, told reporters that for a show like The Good Place, his team gathers viewing data not just from Nielsen ratings, but also from a dizzying 14 different digital platforms: NBC.com, Hulu, the NBC app for both iOS and Android, Kindle Fire, AppleTV, AndroidTV, Chromecast, Roku, Vizio, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Samsung and Amazon FireTV. Those are all the places where a viewer can access a given episode of The Good Place within a day or two of its on-air debut — and doesn't include things like Netflix, which … [Read more...] about TV Long View: Streaming Future Suffers from Lack of Transparency
Whiskey Cavalier won't be coming back from the dead after all. Creator David Hemingson tweeted that the show is "fully and finally canceled" after talks between ABC and producer Warner Bros. proved fruitless. "I just got sad news that [ABC] has passed. Whiskey Cavalier has been fully and finally canceled," Hemingson wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon. "Thank you all so, so much for your efforts on our behalf. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support. It’s incredibly painful to say goodbye to this show and our extraordinary cast, but knowing that we made something you enjoyed — and that I believe will stand the test of time — makes it all worthwhile." ABC canceled the spy drama starring Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan on May 10, with network head Karey Burke calling the decision one of the tougher ones she had to make going into her first upfront as president of ABC Entertainment. "We thought we gave it a very strong launch [out of the Oscars] … [Read more...] about ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Stays Canceled Despite Revival Discussions
Game of Thrones polls tv news By Max Evry ON May 24, 2019 BEGIN SLIDESHOWPOLL RESULTS: The Most Shocking Game of Thrones Season 8 Moment?Now that this bloody (and bloody controversial!) final season of Game of Thrones is complete, ComingSoon.net asked our readers to tell us what the Most Shocking Moment of Game of Thrones Season 8 was. Over 2200 of you responded, and you can check out the official results of the poll below, and of course SPOILERS BEWARE!!!!RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Can Another Actor Be Indiana Jones After Harrison Ford?What Was the Most Shocking Game of Thrones Season 8 Moment?Arya slays the Night King. (29%, 643 votes)Daenerys burns King’s Landing. (23%, 509 votes)Bran gets the Throne. (15%, 337 votes)Rhaegal is killed by Euron’s fleet. (8%, 171 votes)Jon murders Daenerys. (7%, 146 votes)Jon is sentenced to the Night’s Watch (again). (4%, 87 votes)Arya seduces Gendry. (3%, 64 votes)Ned Umber’s dead body left by the Night King. (2%, 40 … [Read more...] about POLL RESULTS: The Most Shocking Game of Thrones Season 8 Moment?
5 minutes ago With the Game of Thrones series finale still fresh on our minds, seeing Sophie Turner move on from Sansa Stark to Jean Grey in less than a month is destined to attract comparisons. Ahead of the next X-Men film’s summer release, Turner has noticed some similarities between her two most-talked-about roles. Check out what she said: That’s right! Over the years on Game of Thrones, fans have quite literally watched Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark grow up from being a naive “little bird” to a powerful presence in Winterfell who answers to no one and owns her tragic life experiences. Jean Grey emits a somewhat similar energy as a member of the X-Men, who becomes haunted by her new powers and must fight for herself in Dark Phoenix. However, Sophie Turner explained that Sansa is more self-assured than Jean is in the upcoming flick, who will grapple with her identity and place in the world after being hit by a solar flare and gaining new energy she … [Read more...] about Dark Phoenix’s Sophie Turner Compares Jean Grey With Sansa Stark