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‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix

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Netflix has canceled Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” after one season.

The cancellation draws brings an official end to a series that was plagued by behind-the-scenes troubles and failed connect with viewers in the way that buzzy Netflix hits such as “Stranger Things” and “Orange is the New Black” have. Season one premiered in two parts, with the second part debuting on the streaming service in April to little fanfare. The first part of season one, which premiered last year, drew 3.2 million total U.S. adults 18-49 in its first 31 days, according to Symphony Advanced Media — roughly one fifth the audience that viewed “Orangie is the New Black” season four in its first 31 days.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “The Get Down” was the most expensive original series in Netflix’s history, costing at least $120 million to produce. at $7.5 million per episode, the series was one of the most costly in Holywood history. As »


- Daniel Holloway

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Jerry Perenchio, Billionaire Media Mogul Behind Univision, Dies at 86

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Media mogul A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision, and was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors, has died. He was 86.

Perenchio died of lung cancer at his Bel Air home on Monday, a family spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times.

His personal wealth, along with an early career managing high-profile stars and promoting major sporting events, belied a fierce determination to stay out of the limelight, in which he granted few interviews and rarely allowed his associates to do the same.

A partner with Norman Lear in the production of such shows as “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time,” Perenchio made a fortune on megahits of the 1970s, particularly from the sale of the shows into syndication.

No media investment, however, was as lucrative for Perenchio as the one in Univision, which »


- Ted Johnson

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TV News Roundup: Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell to Appear on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ NBA Finals Special

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In today’s roundup, “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” returns to ABC, “Queen Sugar” announces new additions for Season 2, and Leslie Jones gets her first major award show gig. 

Specials

For its tenth consecutive year, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” will return in conjunction with the 2017 NBA Finals. Kevin Hart, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Holland, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Jamie Foxx and Billy Crystal are set to appear as guests. The special edition episodes will air during primetime each night of the NBA Finals, beginning on June 1.  “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” specials will air at 8 p.m. Et, and following the NBA game on the West Coast on ABC.

Casting

Sharon Lawrence (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Shameless”), Alimi Ballard (“The Catch”), and Margot Bingham (“Boardwalk Empire”) will join the cast of Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey’s critically-acclaimed series “Queen Sugar” for the show’s second season. Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “The Rosa Parks Story »


- Emily Mae Czachor

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Writers Guild of America Members Ratify New Three-Year Contract

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Members of the Writers Guild of America have ratified nearly unanimously their new three-year successor deal on the guild’s master contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Only 30 members voted “no.” Of the 3,647 valid votes cast, there were 3,617 “yes” votes (99.2%) and 30 “no” votes (0.8%). There were 9,441 eligible voters. The term of the agreement is retroactive to May 2 through May 1, 2020.

The WGA reached the deal on May 1 about an hour before the previous contact expired in down-to-the-wire negotiations.

“Our success in these negotiations was due to a highly engaged and dedicated membership, working in tandem with a tireless and informed Negotiating Committee and an extraordinary Guild staff. We achieved new and significant gains that will help today’s writers even as they benefit the next generation,” said WGA West president Howard A. Rodman and WGA East president Michael Winship. “Our thanks go out to all of those who contributed to the process and to the »


- Dave McNary

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CBS’ ‘Seal Team,’ Fox’s ‘The Gifted’ Top List of Most Anticipated New 2017-18 TV Shows

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CBS’ “Seal Team” and Fox’s “The Gifted” are the two most anticipated new broadcast shows of the 2017-18 season, according to an analysis by Civic Science. The study, presented in a webinar with Cox Reps Wednesday to an audience of network and advertising executives, is the result of a psychographic-based web and mobile survey measuring audience interest in 14 new broadcast shows across five networks.

Survey participants were each asked how likely he or she was to watch a particular show based on early buzz from broadcast upfront presentations and related announcements this month. Using those responses, Civic Science found “Seal Team” to have the highest audience-intent score of any of the 14 shows considered. The military drama was followed by “The Gifted,” “The Orville” (Fox), “The Brave” (NBC), “The Gospel of Kevin” (ABC), “Valor” (CW), “Champions” (NBC), “Wisdom of the Crowd” (CBS), “The Good Doctor” (ABC), “Me, Myself & I” (CBS), “The Resident” (Fox), “Dynasty” (CW), “Reverie” (NBC »


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Sean Hannity’s Ratings Spike on Fox News With Teased Seth Rich Announcement

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Sean Hannity saw a massive spike in his ratings thanks to the Fox News host teasing a major announcement regarding the case of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich and the anchor’s future at the cable news network on Tuesday night.

According to Nielsen data, Hannity averaged 2.45 million total viewers with 565,000 in the key adults 25-54 demographic at 10 p.m. Compared to the comparable night from 2016, that is an increase of 50% in total viewers and a 68% rise in the demo. Overall, Fox News was number one in the demo for the total day, as well as in total viewers in both primetime and total day. However, MSNBC was number one in the demo in primetime with 547,000 viewers to Fox’s second place 541,000.

Hannity had been pushing forward with the story that Rich, who was murdered in Washington D.C. in July, was targeted in retaliation for the leak of internal DNC documents to Wikileaks. Fox News »


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Cars.com Says It Will Stop Advertising on Fox News’ ‘Hannity’

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Online auto classifieds site Cars.com said it would cease advertising on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” after the program’s popular host, Sean Hannity, over several broadcasts promoted a largely discredited story about the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer, then said he would halt discussion of it for the time being out of concern for the victim’s family.

“The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase,” the company said in a statement. “In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.” A spokesman for the company, which is in the process of being spun off from broadcasting company Tegna, did not immediately respond to  a query asking if it would »


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‘Wynonna Earp’ Has Flaming Hot Key Art for Season 2 (Exclusive)

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There are very few certainties in this world, aside from this fact: The return of “Wynonna Earp” can’t come soon enough.

To celebrate the return of the Syfy drama on June 9, Variety can exclusively reveal the show’s key art for Season 2.

If you’re not caught up on the first season of this supernatural, comedically-tinged action drama, you can rectify that situation immediately (or over the long weekend) by watching that first set of episodes on Netflix. The show made my Top 20 New Shows roster for 2016, and I’m looking forward to Season 2 like a person lost in the desert anticipates a long drink of water.

As fans who watched that enjoyable debut set of episodes know, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) avenged her father’s death in Season 1, but, not surprisingly, a new set of problems loom over the fast-talking, quip-slinging heroine.

Any paranormal entity can now enter the mysterious Ghost River Triangle, and »


- Maureen Ryan

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Former Arkansas Governor Takes ‘Huckabee’ From Fox News to Religious Broadcaster

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Viewers who liked Mike Huckabee when he held forth on Fox News Channel on Saturday nights are likely to get a super-serving of him very soon on religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network.

The former Republican governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate is taking his show to Nashville, where he hopes to expand interview segments and host musicians and artists while maintaining many of the elements that kept him on Fox News for nearly seven years. “People who have seen the Fox show are going to be very comfortable, at home and familiar with it,” said Huckabee, in an interview from Jerusalem where he is taping a special for Tbn.

The former governor’s Fox News program had political commentary, conversation – and a little music in the form of a house band of network staffers. Melissa Etheridge once came on as a guest in an appearance even Huckabee acknowledged proved a surprise to observers. “She »


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NBC’s ‘The Brave’ Taps ‘Covert Affairs’ Creators as Co-Showrunners

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NBC’s upcoming drama series “The Brave” has added Matt Corman and Chris Ord as co-showrunners and executive producers.

Corman and Ord previously created the USA series “Covert Affairs,” which they also wrote and executive produced, in addition to serving as executive producers on The CW show “Containment.” They will work on “The Brave” alongside series creator and executive producer Dean Georgaris.

The pair is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Schenkman.

The Brave,” formerly known as “For God and Country,” revolves around an elite team of military operatives who use advance surveillance techniques to help execute dangerous missions around the world to save innocent people from harm. The series is produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television. Brad Anderson directed and is an exec producer along with Georgaris, Corman, Ord, Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas »


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Freeform Hires Tricia Melton as New Senior VP of Marketing

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Tricia Melton has been named as the new senior vice president of marketing for Freeform, Variety has learned.

Melton takes over the role from Nigel Cox-Hagan, who announced his resignation at the beginning of May. She will now lead the creative marketing vision for the network and spearhead the strategic execution of all marketing activities across linear and digital platforms. Melton will also oversee all on-air and off-air marketing in addition to integrated marketing, audience development, franchise and brand management, as well as promotional partnerships.

“As Freeform positions itself as the young adult brand for the Walt Disney company, Tricia will lead the way toward a master-brand strategy that combines the best of both linear and on-demand,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Freeform. “Although this is a period of rapid change, we are embracing it as a tremendous opportunity and Tricia’s talents and track record should prove to be a win for us—and most importantly »


- Joe Otterson

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Emmy Preview: Who’s In and Who’s Out in Nine Key Categories

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It’s that time of year again: Emmy season is upon us, and Variety’s coverage will begin in earnest in next week’s issue. But before we kick off a brand new race for TV’s top trophy, we’re taking a look at nine key categories and breaking down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the race, who might stage a dramatic return and what newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.

Vasya Kolotusha for Variety

Drama Series

What’s out: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won’t return until the summer, ensuring a new winner will be crowned this year. And PBS’ “Downton Abbey” closed its doors last year.

What’s back: FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” Netflix’s “House of Cards” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” are all eligible again.

Looking to return: Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” had »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 New Trailer Promises War on All Fronts (Watch)

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HBO released the first full trailer for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 on Wednesday.

In the trailer, Cersei tells her brother/lover Jaime that enemies surround them on all sides, but she intends to destroy them all. Meanwhile, we get brief glimpses of Daenerys’ army of the Unsullied and the Dothraki going to battle with Lannister soldiers. Meanwhile, Arya Stark appears to have found her way to the North, where Jon Snow and Sansa rule over Winterfell.

Season 7 will be the penultimate season of the incredibly popular fantasy series. However, five prequel series are currently in the works at the premium cable network, with George Rr Martin recently sharing new details on them with fans.

The new season will debut July 16.

Check out the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 trailer here or above.

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From ‘The Crown’ to ‘Darkest Hour,’ Wealth of Churchill Projects Signals Hunger for Leadership

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On the big and small screens — from Netflix’s hit series “The Crown” to the upcoming Oscar season entry “Darkest Hour” — Winston Churchill is having a moment. The sheer number of current projects focused on the man who proved to be one of the most stalwart leaders in history is particularly noteworthy given the political unrest and upheaval sweeping the globe.

As the U.K. reels from last summer’s Brexit vote, as France regroups in the wake of an intensely polarized presidential runoff, and as President Trump courts controversy with every new pen stroke and tweet, film and television dramas have found inspiration in the individual who stood up to fascism when no one else would. It’s something actor John Lithgow, who stars as Churchill in “The Crown,” sees as a hunger for nobility in our leadership.

“All these projects were underway long before the storm clouds gathered,” Lithgow »


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Ellen DeGeneres Lands New Netflix Stand-Up Special

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Ellen DeGeneres will appear in a brand new stand up special for Netflix, Variety has confirmed.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”

DeGeneres got her start in stand up comedy before transitioning into acting and then hosting her syndicated daytime show. Now going into its fifteenth season, the show has earned a total of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards. She also had the honor of hosting the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmys, and the Grammy Awards. Most recently, President Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.

The new special will mark her first since 2000, when she appeared in “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning” for HBO.

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TV Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Finale Tops ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Both Drop From Last Season

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The season finale of “The Voice” outdrew the finale of “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday night, according to Nielsen fast national data.

“The Voice,” airing 9-11 p.m. on NBC, averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers. “Dancing with the Stars,” airing 8:30-11 p.m. on ABC, averaged a 1.3 and 8.8 million viewers. “The Voice” helped carry NBC to a win for the night in the key demo, while ABC was easily ahead in total viewers. Both shows were down significantly from last season, however. “The Voice” dropped approximately 13% in the demo and 14% in total viewers compared to last season’s finale (2.2, 10.6 million). “DWTS” was down approximately 19% in the demo and 16% in viewers from last season (1.6, 10.5 million).

Earlier on NBC, “Great News” aired its first season finale with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. (0.7, 3.1 million) and 8:30 p.m. (0.8, 3.1 million), with the 8:30 p.m. episode up in both measures compared to last week’s »


- Joe Otterson

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Cmt Awards to Pair Florida Georgia Line With The Chainsmokers, Lady Antebellum With Earth Wind & Fire (Exclusive)

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The 2017 edition of the Cmt Music Awards, airing June 7, will feature a slew of star pairings including Florida Georgia Line with The Chainsmokers, Lady Antebellum with Earth Wind & Fire, and Keith Urban with Carrie Underwood.

They join previously announced artists Blake SheltonBrett EldredgeLuke BryanMiranda Lambert, and Thomas Rhett, and host Charles Esten, at Nashville’s Music City Center where Kelsea Ballerini is up against Rhett and Urban for the most nominations, including the highly coveted Video of the Year category.

While the competition is reason enough to tune in, the collaborations are sure to get people talking, much like last year’s Cma Awards where Dixie Chicks and Beyonce teamed up for the song “Daddy Issues.”

Says Margaret Comeaux, Cmt Music Awards executive producer: The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line are two of the hottest bands in the world right now. We’re excited for the fans to see their collective vision. We »


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Fox News Seeks Sanctions in Andrea Tantaros Case

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Fox News Channel said it would seek sanctions against the attorney handling a case filed against it and two of its senior executives by Andrea Tantaros, a one-time Fox News staffer, and dismissed her lawsuit as a “hoax.”

In a memo filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, attorneys for Fox News said Tantaros’ claims, which involved allegations of false “sock puppet” social-media accounts set up for the purposes of harassment, were untrue. “Pleadings in federal court are not supposed to be works of fiction; they must be grounded in fact,” said the memo, filed on behalf of Fox News Channel, former co-president Bill Shine, and executive vice president of corporate communications Irena Briganti.

Judd Burstein, an attorney for Tantaros, in a statement dismissed Fox News’ motion as “frivolous.”

“Mr. Burstein, who has already been chastised by the state court in this dispute, simply seeks to divert attention from his baseless »


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Vera Farmiga Joins Cast of Anthology Series ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

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Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.

Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.

Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »


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Sky Extends Distribution Partnership With A+E Networks

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Sky has extended its long-term distribution partnership with A+E Networks, the pay-tv broadcaster announced Wednesday. The deal will see Sky continue to handle the A+E’s portfolio of six brand channels in the five European markets that Sky operates in: the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Austria.

“It’s great to have built on Sky’s decade-long relationship with A+E with this pan-European partnership,” said Rob Webster, group director of partner channels at Sky. “Customers across all of our regions continue to enjoy world-class content thanks to Sky’s partnerships with companies like A+E who trust us to treat their brands and content as if they were our own.”

The partnership brings A+E channels History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E and Blaze to Sky’s 22.4 million European customers. Sky subscribers will also be able to access A+E channel content via non-linear platforms, including »


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