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CBS Taps Tony Awards Production Team for Emmy Telecast

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CBS has tapped the Tony Awards production team of Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner to serve as exec producers of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

Weiss has directed six previous Emmy telecasts, but this year will mark the duo’s first time shepherding the entire show. Stephen Colbert will host the 69th annual kudocast, airing live Sept. 17 on CBS. Chris Licht, Colbert’s exec producer on CBS’ “The Late Show,” will serve as a producer on the Emmycast. Weiss will once again direct.

“Glenn and Ricky have done outstanding work with CBS on ‘The Tony Awards’ and ‘The Kennedy Center Honors,’” said Jack Sussman, exec VP of specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment. “This multiple Emmy Award-winning team has produced some of the most unforgettable TV moments, and we can’t wait to work with them on the biggest night celebrating television.”

Weiss and Kirshner are partners in White Cherry Entertainment, The »


- Cynthia Littleton

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Netflix, Amazon Pull Out of TCA Summer Press Tour

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Streaming services Netflix and Amazon will not participate in the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Ctam, the cable- and broadband-television trade organization, released its schedule for summer press tour Wednesday. That schedule, which for the first time includes streaming services alongside pay-cable channels such as HBO, Discovery, and TNT, did not include dates for Netflix or Amazon.

“I cannot answer to what Netflix’s reasons are for not presenting at the Summer TCA Tour,” said Ctam spokesperson Mary Shaw in a statement Thursday. “However, I can say that there are a lot of variables that go into a content provider being able to present at any given tour. There are many factors that go into a successful presentation e.g., executive availability, talent availability, production schedules, marketing materials, etc. As for the Ctam cable and streaming portion of the tour, we have a robust five days of programming lined up for the critics.  I »


- Daniel Holloway

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Fox News Wants to Keep Sean Hannity Despite Conspiracy-Theory Controversy

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Sean Hannity has been one of Fox News Channel’s most popular personalities, throwing red meat daily to the cable network’s core red-state viewers by talking up issues of interest to conservatives. If he were to leave, the network would likely get the blues.

Hannity is no stranger to controversy – he has sparred with former colleague Megyn Kelly and CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, to name a few – but he is at the center of a new one that has sparked a few defections from his show by a handful of advertisers as well as speculation over whether he might return from a Memorial Day weekend vacation that began after his broadcast last night.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday,” the 21st Century Fox-owned network said in a statement Friday. “Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish.” Hannity »


- Brian Steinberg

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Sophia Bush Departs ‘Chicago P.D.’ After Four Seasons

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Chicago P.D.” star Sophia Bush is leaving the NBC series after four seasons.

Bush played Det. Erin Lindsay on the Dick Wolf procedural, who it was hinted at the end of Season 4 would be leaving Chicago to take a job with the FBI. Bush has been with “P.D.” since Season 1, and has appeared on episodes of “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice,” and “Law & Order: Svu.”

“P.D.” is one of the three “Chicago” shows currently airing on NBC, with the network recently cancelling freshman series “Chicago Justice.” All three of the other shows have been renewed. They have been dependable ratings performers for NBC at the 9 and 10 p.m. hours. “Med” season two averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers. “P.D.” season four averaged a 1.4 and 6.6 million. “Fire” season five averaged a 1.5 and 7.1 million viewers.

News of the series renewals was accompanied by the announcement that “Law & Order: Svu” showrunner Rick Eid would »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox Heats Up Summer With ‘Love Connection’ Revival for Modern Daters With Host Andy Cohen

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It’s before noon on a weekday in late March, and Andy Cohen walks out onto a massive set with possibly the most dramatic entrance ever. “Here’s your host, Andy Cohen!” the voiceover shouts, as the TV personality is unveiled from giant bridge that lowers as he graces the lit-up stage.

Though the environment is familiar to Cohen with a live audience and a cushy couch for conversation with guests, this is not “Watch What Happens Live.” Rather, the Bravo personality is taping an episode of “Love Connection,” the revival of the dating game show, which premieres Thursday night on Fox.

Love Connection” shot over a period of about one week, bringing the New York-based Cohen to Los Angeles to do what he does best: prod into people’s personal lives.

Within minutes of introducing the second contestant — whom Cohen dubbed “buff Jesus,” thanks to his large stature and long mane of silky hair — the host »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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T.J. Miller to Exit ‘Silicon Valley’ Ahead of Season 5

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T.J. Miller will not be returning for the fifth season of “Silicon Valley” on HBO, Variety has confirmed.

“The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5,” HBO said in a statement. “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”

Miller has been on the show since Season 1, playing Erlich Bachman, an extremely arrogant entrepreneur. Miller also currently stars in Comedy Central’s “The Gorburger Show.” On the film side, he appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in the immensely popular R-rated superhero film “Deadpool” as Weasel, a role he will reprise in the film’s upcoming sequel. He will also provide a voice in Sony’s “Emoji Movie”–for which he parasailed into the Cannes film festival to promote–and play a part in »


- Joe Otterson

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Claire Foy, Matt Smith on Their Future in ‘The Crown,’ Season 2’s Focus on Philip

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It was a mutual admiration society as James Corden moderated Netflix’s “The Crown” FYSee chat with fellow Brits Claire Foy and Matt Smith. When Smith ribbed Corden about hearing that Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of Corden, the “Late Late Show” host demurred humbly, saying, “Let’s not make this about me. But yes, she’s a big fan.”

Foy, whose performance as the younger Queen has been critically acclaimed, recalled that she was five months pregnant when she received the script for the show. Impending motherhood affected the way she tackled the role. Foy explained, “She’s been visibly a mother and held down a job. I related to that. She’s an icon, someone to look up to and respect.”

Both stars praised “The Crown’s” principal creative team, Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, and Andy Harries. Smith, who plays Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, said that though the idea of playing a royal was »


- Diane Gordon

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History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From Ep Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series

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History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”

“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. Rapke »


- Joe Otterson

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NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018

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NBC has delayed its plan produce “Bye Bye Birdie” toplined by Jennifer Lopez as live musical until next year.

The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule, which includes two series for NBC, “World of Dance” and the drama “Shades of Blue.”

The postponement of “Birdie” means NBC will not stage a musical event this holiday season. Earlier this month, NBC unveiled plans for a “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” event to air on Easter Sunday next year. That project will be shepherded by Craig Zedon and Neil Meron, the pair behind all of NBC’s live musical events to date. Given the high cost of the one-night-only live events, it was unlikely that NBC could field “Superstar” just a few months after staging “Birdie,” had the show stayed on its original date, and »


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO

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HBO has renewed comedy series “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” The new seasons for both shows will premiere in 2018.

Currently in its fourth season, “Silicon Valley” has been nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and won two. The series, about a startup set in the cradle of the tech industry, stars Thomas MiddleditchT.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer. Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, the series is executive produced by Judge, Alec Berg, Michael Rotenberg, and Tom Lassally.

In its sixth season, “Veep” is the winner of 12 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the former vice president and president of the United States. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson also star. Created by Armando Iannucci, the series is executive produced  by David Mandel, Frank Rich »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Speechless’ Actor Micah Fowler Wants to Play a ‘Star Wars’ Villain

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Micah Fowler, who first appeared in the 2013 movie “Labor Day,” stars in ABC’s “Speechless,” a dramedy about a young man with special needs and the way his family members relate to one another and the outside world. Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, was cast in the series based on his audition tape.

You’ve given voice to a huge demographic. Was that a factor in pursuing acting?

I pursued acting because I really enjoy it. I never imagined the response the role would generate and how my portrayal could impact lives. But wow, has it ever been amazing, both from the able-bodied community and from the special needs community. The hundreds of messages I’ve gotten on social media mentioning how this show has changed lives has been astonishing. It’s renewed dreams and given hope to people navigating life with a disability and given new perspective to those not directly affected with a disability. I »


- Dani Levy

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Playback: Geoffrey Rush on 14 Years of ‘Pirates’ and Tackling Einstein in ‘Genius’

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Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

The summer movie season is in full swing and next on the list of massive Hollywood extravaganzas is Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The franchise, which debuted to considerable skepticism in the summer of 2003 as there was no successful pirate genre to speak of, has gone on to become one of the biggest successes for the studio. Five movies deep and it’s still raking in billions of dollars.

Actor Geoffrey Rush has been along for the ride every step of the way as Captain Hector Barbossa, and without giving much away, he’s able to put something of a period on his work in the series with the new film. There’s obviously something big and robust and Baroque about playing a pirate, and »


- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Nashville’ Midseason Trailer Previews Life After Rayna (Watch)

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In anticipation of the return of “Nashville,” Cmt released an all-new trailer for the second half of Season 5, which gives viewers a taste of what life will look like after Rayna — spoiler alert: there’s still a lot of drama.

Following Rayna’s death, the show will be back without Connie Britton, who exited in a sad turn of events in February’s midseason finale.

The trailer picks up with Rayna’s oldest daughter Maddie’s (Lennon Stella) career on the rise, while Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes is struggling to bounce back. Meanwhile, Scarlett (Clare Bowen) is wavering on the father’s identity of her unborn child.

In the new episodes, Deacon (Charles Esten) is fighting to keep record label Highway 65 in business, just as Nashville outsider Alyssa — portrayed by new cast member Rachel Bilson — brings her musical talents to town. Kaitlin Doubleday from “Empire” also joins the cast for the back-half of the season.

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- Rebecca Rubin

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‘The Keepers’ Is the Best True-Crime Docuseries Yet

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One of the most distinctive characteristics of Netflix’s “The Keepers,” a seven-part docuseries that premiered May 19, is that nearly every speaking character is a middle-aged woman. This is rare enough that it begins to be surprising, and soon after that, it becomes one of the defining elements of the show — following an interviewee into her living room as she is accompanied by her five small dogs, or reminiscing with another about her loving husband, now deceased. The B-roll notices things like the decorations on the walls, the family photos on the mantle, and the niceties of small talk. These are no Hollywood-friendly million-dollar kitchens, or carefully composed sitcom living rooms. The subjects of “The Keepers” keep cozy homes, in an unassuming, uncontrived way that indicates much about them. In this largely Catholic, working-to-middle class community of Baltimore, “The Keepers” manages to convey a mindset and shared, accepted values by just following the interviewees home.

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- Sonia Saraiya

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TV Ratings: ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Flounders Against ‘Survivor’ Season Finale

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ABC’s remake of the classic film “Dirty Dancing” failed to make a significant impact in the Wednesday ratings, coming in well below the season finale of “Survivor” in both key ratings measures.

According to Nielsen data, “Dirty Dancing” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, airing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Survivor,” on from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., averaged a 1.9 and 8.6 million viewers on CBS, with the after-show at 10 p.m. pulling a 1.4 and 6.2 million viewers. Nevertheless, the remake drove ABC to its most-watched Wednesday in nearly seven months, with the Cma Awards.

On Fox, the season finale of “Shots Fired” (0.9, 3.4 million) rose in both measures, as did the season closer of “Empire” (2.4, 6.9 million), which was also the highest-rated show of the night in the demo.

On NBC, the two-hour season finale of “Law & Order: Svu” (1.3, 6 million viewers) ticked up in both measures and delivered the series’ most-watched episode since February.

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- Joe Otterson

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Hulu Nabs Rerun Rights to Starz Drama ‘Power’

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Hulu has picked up off-network streaming rights to the Starz drama “Power.”

Hulu has the show’s first two seasons available immediately, with season three coming later this year. The fourth season of the Lionsgate TV crime drama, toplined by Omari Hardwick, is set to bow June 25 on Starz.

Power” ranks among the most-watched shows on the major pay TV outlets — HBO, Showtime, Starz and Epix — with an average of 8 million viewers per episodes across all platforms, per Starz.

“As one of the biggest shows on television today, ‘Power’ undoubtedly appeals to the Hulu audience and we cannot wait to bring the series to our viewers,” said Lisa Holme, Hulu’s Head of Content Acquisition. “Lionsgate has been a longtime partner and this new agreement continues to drive forward our efforts to build one of the most robust libraries of content in the market.”

The deal marks a rare example of older episodes of a premium TV »


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Andi Mack’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Channel

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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 who discovers that the girl she always thought was her older sister is in fact her mother. The revelation sends her down a new path of self discovery.

It stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Andi Mack, Lilan Bowden as Bex Mack, Lauren Tom as Celia Mack, Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman, Sofia Wylie as Buffy Driscoll and Asher Angel as Jonah Beck. Recurring cast members are Stoney Westmoreland as Henry “Ham” Mack, Emily Skinner as Amber, and Trent Garrett as Bowie Quinn.

The series ranks as the number one show of 2017 to-date among girls 6-11, girls 9-14 and girls 6-14. Nearing 40 million views on seven digital platforms, linear TV and social media,it recently hit a ratings high on May 19 in total viewers, marking »


- Joe Otterson

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Epix’s ‘Get Shorty’ TV Series First Trailer Proves Show Business Is a Killer (Watch)

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Epix dropped the first trailer for their upcoming “Get Shorty” TV series on Thursday.

Based in part on the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel of the same name, which was later adapted into the 1995 film, the 10-episode series follows Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd), a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind and win back his recently-estranged family. He meets Rick Moreweather (Ray Romano), a washed up producer of low quality films.

In the trailer, we see Miles get sent on an assignment to Hollywood, where he inadvertently happens upon a movie script. He then decides to approach Moreweather, with the intent of funding the movie with cash from his other line of work. The series also stars Sean Bridgers, Lidia Porto, Megan Stevenson, Carolyn Dodd, Goya Robles and Lucy Walters.

Davey Holmes created the series, who executive produces alongside Allen Coulter, who »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox News Says Sean Hannity Will Return to Show

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Fox News Channel lent support to its best-known anchor Sean Hannity, saying Thursday that the popular host would return to its air next week following a Memorial Day holiday vacation – an effort to tamp down speculation that a controversy currently enveloping Hannity could escalate further.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday,” the 21st Century Fox-owned network said in a statement. “Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish.”

Hannity has become embroiled in a furor over his recent promotion of a discredited story about the death last summer of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered in Washington, D.C. last July in what local police have stated they believe is a botched robbery. Hannity has in recent days promoted an unproven theory that Rich was killed in exchange for providing internal documents to Wikileaks, prompting »


- Brian Steinberg

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Variety Introduces ‘Synch This!’ — New Music Column Spotlighting Songs Ripe for Licensing

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“Synch This” is a new Variety column written by Mac Presents VP and former Billboard branding reporter Andrew Hampp, highlighting new songs that we deem ripe for synch use. Insiders can skip over the “Synch 101” in the introduction, which will be linked to in future columns, to get straight to this week’s pick.

The term “synch” is a funny one – even if you’ve never heard it used before, it’s a convenient catch-all for something you hear every single day.

Short for “music synchronization license,” synchs have long been a prime method for music, new and old, to get discovered in TV commercials, box-office hits and the latest buzzy TV hit. So much so that synch revenue accounted for 2% of the recorded music industry’s global revenue in 2016, or roughly $314 million, an all-time high.

The first time I heard the term “synch” used it was in reference to “Unwritten” singer Natasha Bedingfield’s latest album »


- Andrew Hampp

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