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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sara Bareilles to Play Mary Magdalene in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ by Joseph Otterson

Sara Bareilles has been cast as Mary Magdalene in NBC’s upcoming live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the network announced Saturday. She joins previously announced ca…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ryan Murphy on Fox-Disney Merger: ‘I Thought I Would Be Buried on the Fox Lot’ by Joseph Otterson

Ryan Murphy shared his feelings on the impending Fox-Disney merger during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday. “It’s a very emotional thing for me,”…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:34PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor Shut Out of SAG Awards in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations by Joseph Otterson

Neither Kevin Spacey nor Jeffrey Tambor secured a SAG Award nomination on Wednesday as both men deal with the fallout from sexual harassment allegations. The actors have been perennial favor…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:03AM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

‘Umbrella Academy’ Netflix Series Rounds Out Cast With ‘Game of Thrones’ Alum, ‘Hamilton’ Star by Joseph Otterson

“The Umbrella Academy” series at Netflix has found its main cast, Variety has learned. The series is adding cast members Tom Hopper as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, Dav…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Friday, November 24, 2017

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Renewed for Season 2 At Netflix by Joseph Otterson

We’ve got movie sign! “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” has officially been renewed for a new season at Netflix, Variety has learned. The announcement, which can …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

‘School of Rock,’ ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn’ Canceled at Nickelodeon by Joseph Otterson

Nickelodeon has canceled both “Nicky Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn” and “School of Rock,” Variety has confirmed. “Nickelodeon is not moving forward with production on …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:49PM
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Musical Cop Drama ‘Harmony’ From ‘Fosters’ Team Lands Production Commitment at ABC by Joseph Otterson

ABC has given a production commitment to a new musical drama that hails from the creators of Freeform’s “The Fosters,” Variety has confirmed. The series takes place in th…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:23PM
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Evan Peters, Tatiana Maslany Among Four Added to Cast of Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’ by Joseph Otterson

Ryan Murphy’s upcoming FX drama pilot “Pose” has added four more to its cast, including frequent Murphy collaborator Evan Peters and “Orphan Black” alum Tatiana…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:30PM

Showtime to Develop ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Series From John Rogers, Lin-Manuel Miranda by Joseph Otterson

Showtime is set to develop the series adaptation of “The Kingkiller Chronicle” that has been in the works at Lionsgate, the network announced Thursday. The series will be executi…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM
Friday, October 20, 2017

Gina Rodriguez to Produce Female-Driven Drama From ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Team at CW (EXCLUSIVE) by Joseph Otterson

Gina Rodriguez has signed on to executive produce a female-driven drama in development at The CW, Variety has learned exclusively. The potential series, titled “Femme,” follows …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Casts Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos by Joseph Otterson

Fox’s upcoming live musical version of “A Christmas Story” has cast Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos, the network announced Wednesday. Krakowski will play Ralphie&#…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:55PM
Thursday, October 12, 2017

CBS Inks New Broadcast Deal With Tony Awards Through 2026 by Joseph Otterson

CBS will continue to broadcast the Tony Awards through 2026 under a new deal between the network and the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, CBS announced Thursday. The awards sh…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:08AM
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

John Legend Starts Campaign to Revive ‘Underground’ by Joseph Otterson

John Legend is renewing his efforts to revive the WGN America series “Underground,” on which he was an executive producer. Legend posted an op-ed on Wednesday morning stating tha…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:46AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Disney-ABC TV Group, NBCUniversal to Air Programming to Benefit Victims by Joseph Otterson

The Disney|ABC Television Group will air special programming in support of its “Day of Giving” initiative to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey, the company announced Wednesday. Th…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:35PM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fox Developing Live Multi-Cam Comedy With ‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail Producing by Joseph Otterson

Fox is developing a comedy series that boasts “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail among its producers. Titled “Immediate Family,” the series is described as a live, inter…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:00PM
Friday, August 18, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Corden Strip Down for ‘Crosswalk: The Musical’ (Watch) by Joseph Otterson

“Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden let it all hang out in a new installment of the “Late Late Show” segment “Crosswalk: The Musical.̶…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:36AM
Monday, July 17, 2017

42West Hires Former Disney Exec Joe Quenqua as Managing Director by Joseph Otterson

Joe Quenqua has joined 42West as a managing director based in its Los Angeles office, Variety has learned. Quenqua, a former Disney communications executive and PR agency veteran, assumes hi…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TV Ratings: Tony Awards Tumble Without ‘Hamilton’ by Joseph Otterson

The 2017 Tony Awards were down significantly from last year according to Nielsen overnight data, which is not surprising given the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:37PM
Thursday, May 25, 2017

‘Andi Mack’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Channel by Joseph Otterson

Freshman comedy series “Andi Mack” has been renewed for a second season at the Disney Channel, Variety has learned. The series follows the titular character, a 13 year old girl …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Partners With BBC America for Typhoid Mary Series by Joseph Otterson

“Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in and executive produce a new BBC America limited series about the infamous “Typhoid Mary,” Variet…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Friday, May 12, 2017

‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Set at Fox by Joseph Otterson

“A Christmas Story” will be the subject of the next live musical at Fox, Variety has learned. The production, which will air this December, will be based on the Broadway musical…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:40PM
Monday, May 8, 2017

TV Ratings: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Musical Episode Ticks Down by Joseph Otterson

“Once Upon a Time” aired a musical episode Sunday night, but it was not enough to improve the ABC series’ overnight ratings. According to Nielsen data, the episode — …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:46AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Freeform Marketing SVP Nigel Cox-Hagan Exits Disney-Owned Network by Joseph Otterson

Nigel Cox-Hagan, Freeform’s senior vice president of marketing, creative and branding, is exiting the network after two and a half years, Variety has confirmed. “It’s with…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:59PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

‘That’s So Raven’ Spinoff Ordered to Series at Disney Channel by Joseph Otterson

The Disney Channel has ordered its “That’s So Raven” spinoff to series with a premiere eyed for later this year, Variety has learned. “Raven’s Home,” as…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Paramount Names Former Disney EVP Dan Cohen President of Worldwide Television Licensing by Joseph Otterson

Paramount Pictures has named longtime Disney executive Dan Cohen the new president of worldwide television licensing, Variety has learned. In his new role, Cohen will oversee the global l…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:00PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 11: Behind the Scenes of the ‘Satellite of Love’ by Joseph Otterson

On a warm night in late September, a young man named Jonah Ray stands at the center of a mock space station in a yellow jumpsuit, flanked on either side by two robot puppets. This can only …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM