JEFFREY KATZENBERG EXPLAINS HOW NEW STREAMING SERVICE ‘QUIBI’ IS A GAME CHANGER AND WILL BE FREE FOR 90 DAYS

April 7, 2020

JEFFREY KATZENBERG EXPLAINS HOW NEW STREAMING SERVICE ‘QUIBI’ IS A GAME CHANGER AND WILL BE FREE FOR 90 DAYS
https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/06/quibi-executive-jeffrey-katzenberg-new-service-phone-90-days-free/

TOM BRADY JOINS SUPER-EXCLUSIVE GOLF CLUB IN FLORIDA #12 COURSE IN U.S.

April 7, 2020

TOM BRADY JOINS SUPER-EXCLUSIVE GOLF CLUB IN FLORIDA #12 COURSE IN U.S.
https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/06/tom-brady-seminole-golf-club-course-tampa-bay-florida-buccaneers/

HONOR BLACKMAN (“GOLDFINGER”) HAS DIED

April 7, 2020

HONOR BLACKMAN (“GOLDFINGER”) HAS DIED
https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/06/honor-blackman-pussy-galore-goldfinger-dead-dies-avengers/

VANESSA BRYANT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT KOBE BRYANT BEING INDUCTED INTO THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

April 7, 2020

VANESSA BRYANT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT KOBE BRYANT BEING INDUCTED INTO THE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137599/vanessa-bryant-speaks-out-about-kobe-bryant-being-inducted-into-basketball-hall-of-fame

CHANNING TATUM AND JESSIE J BREAK UP MONTHS AFTER RECONCILIATION

April 7, 2020

CHANNING TATUM AND JESSIE J BREAK UP MONTHS AFTER RECONCILIATION
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137600/channing-tatum-and-jessie-j-break-up-months-after-reconciliation

CELEBRITY NEWS: APRIL 6, 2020

April 7, 2020

CELEBRITY NEWS: APRIL 6, 2020
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

Charlie McDermott (The Middle) – 30 years old
Beau “Casper” Smart (Dancer, Jennifer Lopez’s Ex-Boyfriend) – 33 years old
Eliza Coupe (Quantico/Happy Endings) – 39 years old
Candace Cameron-Bure (Fuller House/ Full House) – 44 years old
Zach Braff (Scrubs) – 45 years old
Jason Hervey (The Wonder Years) – 48 years old
Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man”/“The 40 Year-Old Virgin”) – 51 years old
Todd Chrisley (E!’s Chrisley Knows Best) – 51 years old
Nancy “Mama” Jones (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York) – 61 years old
Marilu Henner (Taxi) – 68 years old
John Ratzenberger (Cheers) – 73 years old
Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars” movies) – 83 years old

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV

April 6, 2020

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/6/20)
ACORN TV: Deadwater Fell (Premiere)
BYU TV: Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ (Premiere) at 8pm
NETFLIX: The Big Show Show (Premiere)
NBC: Manifest (Finale) at 10pm

Gray Television is launching a late-night newscast hosted by Greta Van Susteren and Lee Zurik. Full Court Press, debuting tonight across Gray’s stations in 93 markets, will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and expand on Gray’s weekend public affairs show, Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren. Van Susteren will host from her home studio, while Zurik reports from the WVUE-TV studio in New Orleans, where he leads Gray’s InvestigateTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS and beIN Media closed their previously announced Miramax deal, giving ViacomCBS a 49% stake in the film and television studio for $375 million. Approximately $150 million was paid at closing, while ViacomCBS has committed to invest $225 million over the next five years for new film and television productions and working capital. BeIN retains a 51% stake in the company; Miramax’s current leadership team will stay in place. In addition, Paramount Pictures entered into an exclusive, long-term distribution agreement for Miramax’s film library, as well as an exclusive, long-term first-look agreement allowing Paramount Pictures to develop, produce, finance and distribute new film and television projects based on Miramax’s IP.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google reversed its stand on political groups running ads related to COVID-19. While the ban had been intended to block ads that capitalized on short-term events like natural disasters, said Mark Beatty, Google’s Head of Industry for Elections, the pandemic “has become an ongoing and important part of everyday conversation, including a relevant topic in political discourse.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

No Cannes do: The 2020 Cannes Lions Festival for Creativity has been canceled. The festival had been moved from June to October due to COVID-19 concerns, but given the turmoil in the ad industry, “it’s clear we can play our small part by removing all speculation about the festival this year,” said Philip Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions. The move comes after WPP said it was cutting awards shows out of its budget this year, and reports that other holding companies were reevaluating their participation in Cannes Lions. The next edition of the event will run June 21-25, 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox canceled its second-lowest-rated drama series, freshman procedural Deputy. The net’s lowest-rated drama, Almost Family, got the axe last month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central will not bring back late-night talk show Lights Out With David Spade after a production halt last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the show, produced by Comedy Central Productions, will be shopped to other networks and platforms. Lights Out was the net’s third try at filling the slot left open after The Colbert Report’s Stephen Colbert left for CBS’s The Late Show, following Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show and The Opposition With Jordan Klepper.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More Tiger King? Netflix is adding another episode to its hit docu-series, according to zoo owner Jeff Lowe, who appears in the show. In an April 4 video message to Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner, Lowe claimed Netflix would be filming the following day, for an episode to stream this week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DGA members ratified a new three-year film and television contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The new deal includes dramatic gains in SVOD residuals; increased funding for its pension plan; and improvements in TV creative rights.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joe Ianniello, named acting CEO of CBS Corp. after the ouster of Les Moonves in 2018, didn’t get the top job when CBS merged with Viacom – but he took home a total of $124.5 million from ViacomCBS last year, according to the company’s proxy filing with the SEC. Severance accounted for $84.7 million of the total, while stock awards came to $37.4 million. Ianniello’s compensation in 2018 was valued at $25.4 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2020 CMT Music Awards have moved from June 3 to Wednesday, October 14. “Our top priority this last month has been rebuilding our hometown of Nashville following the tornado and ensuring the safety of our fans, employees, artists and partners during the COVID-19 crisis,” said organizers. “As we look forward to celebrating country music’s biggest stars together with our community and viewers, we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks has launched “We’re With You,” a multi-network effort offering programming from AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and Sundance Now for free across digital and on demand, along with marathons across linear networks, and more. The networks will also be running a variety of spots with scenes that have renewed relevance to current circumstances and creative that features talent like Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rhea Seehorn, Giancarlo Esposito and more in home-made videos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO limited series The Third Day, originally scheduled to premiere Monday, May 11, will now debut this fall. Six-parter starring Jude Law (The New Pope), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts), Emily Watson (Chernobyl) and Paddy Considine (The Outsider), a co-production between Sky and HBO, is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, in conjunction with Plan B Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on HBO, We’re Here follows local residents across small-town America who are recruited to participate in a one-night-only drag show. Unscripted series makes its debut Thursday, April 23 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BYUtv and The Dodo announced the premiere of The Wizard of Paws, a ten-parter following an animal prosthetist launching on BYUtv Wednesday, April 8 at 9p. Hyundai will sponsor with product placement and an active integration as part of the auto brand’s “Better Together” campaign with The Dodo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s Saved by the Barn focuses on Dan McKernan, who left behind a six-figure tech job in Austin to take over his family’s 140year-old farm in Michigan and transform it into a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Series premieres Saturday, April 11 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Its season impacted by the coronavirus, NBC set revised finale dates. The Chicago franchise, Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam and The Blacklist will all have shorter seasons due to production shutdowns. End dates are Manifest, tonight, April 6; New Amsterdam on April 14; Chicagos Med, Fire and P.D. on April 15; Indebted on April 16; Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace and Law & Order: SVU on April 23; Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Good Girls on May 3; The Blacklist on May 15 and Little Big Shots on May 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding airs Saturday, April 18 at 8p on Animal Planet. One-hour special features the wedding of Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell at the Australia Zoo, including behind-the-scenes footage of a ceremony that underwent a drastic change due to the coronavirus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network is supersizing a binge-a-thon of Psych. Seasons one and two will air nonstop from Wednesday, April 8 at 10p through Friday, April 10 at 5a. Seasons three and four will run Thursday, April 16 at 6a through Friday, April 17 at 2p. Stars Roday, Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen and Tim Omundson will share their favorite moments and memories from the 2006-2014 series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shaq attack! Starting April 9, every Thursday night on TNT will beShaqNight. Shaquille O’Neal and a revolving cast of his famous friends – from their respective homes – will watch the legendary NBA star’s favorite movies, provide commentary, compete against each other in boredom busters, and dance along to a DJ session by O’Neal. At 9p, the group will screen episodes of the new docuseries Shaq Life, offering a look O’Neal’s life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show returns today, April 6, with shows filmed at the host’s home. “Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day,” said the talk show host. “But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it too.” DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, hasn’t been her only viewer – Ellen’s Home Quarantine show has aired on her YouTube channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV is giving viewers a vote on programming in “Fan Favorite Friday” daytime marathons. Polls opened on April 3, and beginning April 10 at 12p, the winning fan-voted series will run with back-to-back episodes each week. The net is also inviting fans to be #HomeTogether this week, with a lineup of daytime marathons of series including Home Town, Good Bones, Love It or List It, Property Brothers and Fixer to Fabulous, beginning each day at 6a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET is teaming with the NAACP on a four-part tele-town hall series, Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET, focused on how the pandemic is affecting African Americans. The first town hall kicks off on Wednesday, April 8 at 8p, centered on the health, emotional, economic toll, congressional response and how activists can apply pressure to ensure legislation is equitable.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Short-form sweepstakes program Game Show Network Daily Draw will return to Game Show Network today, April 6 within the 4:30p airing of Get a Clue. The one-minute interstitial will give viewers the opportunity to win up to $500 each weeknight. “We love our audience and wanted a way to connect with them and their families while they, like us, are stuck at home,” said Fran Shea, EVP of Marketing. “The team at Game Show Network is a community of people who care about our viewers, and we thought this was a great way for folks to win some money they might be able to really use while engaging in our family-friendly content.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mobile news brand NowThis is offering a new show, In This Together, highlighting uplifting stories of individuals going the extra mile to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Episodes are produced 100% remotely.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News Live launched new apps on Android TV and Amazon Fire TV, while ABC Owned Television Stations are launching native streaming apps on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, the Roku platform and Apple TV. The moves come “at a time when news programming is critical and engaging to millions of viewers around the country, and when local news serves a vital role in keeping our local communities informed of events,” said ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Controversial comedian Louis C.K. released a stand-up special, Sincerely C.K., on his official web site, for people who “need to laugh.” Price tag: $7.99.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy hit a season-high 7.18 million viewers on Thursday, and a 1.4 rating among A18-49. New CBS comedy Broke scored 7.07 million viewers out of the gate, and 0.9 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX News’ virtual town hall in partnership with Facebook, featuring medical and business experts on the global coronavirus pandemic, was the most-watched program in all of cable at 7p Thursday, April 2, according to early time period ratings from Nielsen. The one-hour, commercial-free town hall averaged 3.81 million viewers, 870,000 among A25-54 and 606,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LOGAN WILLIAMS (THE FLASH) HAS DIED

April 3, 2020

LOGAN WILLIAMS (THE FLASH) HAS DIED
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137471/the-flash-s-logan-williams-dead-at-16-grant-gustin-and-more-stars-pay-tribute

TERRY CREWS’ WIFE REBECCA UNDERGOES A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS

April 3, 2020

TERRY CREWS’ WIFE REBECCA UNDERGOES A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137445/terry-crews-wife-rebecca-undergoes-double-mastectomy-after-breast-cancer-diagnosis

TERESA GIUDICE’S (REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY) FATHER GIANCINTO GORGA HAS DIED

April 3, 2020

TERESA GIUDICE’S (REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY) FATHER GIANCINTO GORGA HAS DIED
https://toofab.com/2020/04/03/teresa-giudice-father-giacinto-gorga-dead/