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Yesterday — 24 July 2024Variety

CBS’ Bob Newhart Tribute Special Hits 4.1 Million Viewers on CBS

24 July 2024 at 00:14
“Bob Newhart: A Legacy of Laughter,” an “Entertainment Tonight” special paying tribute to the comedy icon following his recent death, hit 4.1 million viewers on CBS on Monday. That made it the most-watched program in its 8 p.m. timeslot — surpassing the viewership of “American Ninja Warrior” (2.7 million viewers on NBC), “The Bachelorette” (2.6 […]

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‘Law & Order’ Casts Maura Tierney as a Lieutenant in Season 24

22 July 2024 at 22:22
Maura Tierney is joining the cast of “Law & Order” for Season 24. Though specific character details are not yet available, Tierney will play a lieutenant in the season, which premieres on NBC on Oct. 3. Among Tierney’s best known projects is “The Affair,” the Showtime drama in which she played Helen Solloway in all […]

Luminate Streaming Ratings: ‘Descendants: Rise of Red’ and ‘Love Island USA’ Lead With 1.1 Billion Minutes Watched Each July 12-18

20 July 2024 at 13:00
The two most-watched streaming originals in the U.S. during the week of July 12-18 were Peacock’s “Love Island USA” Season 6 and Disney+’s “Descendants: The Rise of Red,” topping Luminate’s TV and film charts, respectively, with 1.1 billion minutes watched. This was the second week at No. 1 for “Love Island.” Season 6 viewership improved […]

Donald Trump Speech Powers Most-Watched RNC Coverage, Peaking at 28.4 Million Viewers

19 July 2024 at 21:36
The 2024 Republican National Convention hit its highest viewership on its final night, averaging 25.4 million viewers across networks on Thursday. Viewership peaked at 28.4 million from 10:45 to 11:00 p.m, on the early side of a 90-minute speech made by former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump. As with the previous nights of […]

FX’s ‘Alien’ Series Gets Official Title ‘Alien: Earth’

17 July 2024 at 22:30
FX’s upcoming “Alien” series has a new title, according to network boss John Langraf and showrunner Noah Hawley: “Alien: Earth.” “We just wrapped production, so now I’m into the long post that gets into visual effects,” Hawley told Variety while discussing the Emmy nominations earned by “Fargo,” his other FX series. “It’s a very big […]

Ryan Seacrest Films First ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Episodes After Pat Sajak’s Retirement, Posts Video From Set: ‘I’m Still Spinning With Excitement’

17 July 2024 at 00:28
Ryan Seacrest has shared a behind-the-scenes look at his first day hosting “Wheel of Fortune” after Pat Sajak’s retirement. “I’m still spinning with excitement!” he wrote under an Instagram video that showed him entering the set for the first time. “I’m so excited, my heart’s pounding,” he says in the video. “The wheel’s maybe smaller […]

Republican National Convention Reaches 18.1 Million Viewers Across Networks on First Night

16 July 2024 at 22:09
The first telecasts of the Republican National Convention on Monday drew in 18.1 million viewers across networks, per Nielsen. That total, measured during the 10 p.m. ET hour, accounts for 12 broadcasters and cablers: ABC, CBS, NBC, Scripps News, Telemundo, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation and PBS, with Nielsen noting that […]

Seth Meyers Slams J.D. Vance and Others After Trump Assassination Attempt: ‘Opportunistic Purveyors of Paranoia’ Are Sharing ‘Incendiary Conspiracy Theories and Lies’

16 July 2024 at 02:29
Seth Meyers has words for Donald Trump’s new right-hand man. After condemning the “horrifying” assassination attempt made against Trump on Saturday and elaborating that “political violence must be condemned in all its forms,” the “Late Night” host also took a moment to condemn how certain right-wing political voices have responded to attack. He first called […]

Luminate Streaming Ratings: ‘Love Island USA’ Dominates With 919 Million Minutes Watched July 5-11

16 July 2024 at 01:00
“Love Island USA” has hit its stride. Season 6 of the Peacock reality dating show was the No. 1 most-watched streaming original series in the U.S. during the week of July 5-11, hitting 919.1 million minutes watched, per Luminate. While Season 6 has consistently ranked on Luminate’s charts since its debut during the June 14-20 […]

Ibram X. Kendi to Adapt ‘How to Raise an Antiracist’ and Six Other Books for the Screen via Maroon Visions Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

11 July 2024 at 21:15
Ibram X. Kendi is developing a documentary based on his bestselling book “How to Raise an Antiracist.” The project is one of seven book-to-screen adaptations in the works at his production company Maroon Visions, which is overseen by head of development and production Michael Lebowitz (“Unsolved Mysteries,” “I Am Not Okay with This”). The company […]

Muhammad Ali Series ‘The Greatest’ Greenlit at Amazon Prime Video With Widow Lonnie Ali as EP, Jaalen Best to Star

11 July 2024 at 15:00
Amazon Prime Video has greenlit “The Greatest,” the first-ever authorized scripted series about the life of Muhammad Ali. Jaalen Best will star as Ali while Ben Watkins, creator of Amazon’s upcoming Alex Cross series, is set as showrunner. “The Greatest” was produced in collaboration with Ali’s estate, with his widow Lonnie Ali serving as executive […]

Biden Is ‘Becoming Trumpian,’ Says Jon Stewart on ‘Weekly Show’ Podcast: His Refusal to Discuss Stepping Down ‘Has Degraded People’s Trust’ (EXCLUSIVE)

11 July 2024 at 00:00
Jon Stewart is not backing down on his criticisms of President Joe Biden. In Thursday’s episode of his “Weekly Show” podcast, he compares Biden to Donald Trump, during a conversation that features “Pod Save America” hosts Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor and CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers. The four analyzed Biden’s performance in his recent […]

‘The Rookie’ Season 7 Casts Deric Augustine and Patrick Keleher

10 July 2024 at 19:30
Deric Augustine and Patrick Keleher have joined the cast of “The Rookie” as recurring guest stars in Season 7, which is set for a mid-season premiere on ABC. The news was announced during Disney’s presentation at the summer 2024 Television Critics Association press tour. Augustine will play Miles, who is described as “one of the […]

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Renewed for Season 10 at ABC

10 July 2024 at 19:15
ABC has renewed “Bachelor in Paradise” for a tenth season set to air in 2025. A spinoff of ABC’s signature reality dating franchise, “Bachelor in Paradise” features fan favorites from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” as they seek second chances at love, traveling to a romantic paradise to try dating each other. “Bachelor in Paradise” […]

Rachel Bloom Sets One-Woman Musical Comedy ‘Death, Let Me Do My Show’ as a Netflix Special

10 July 2024 at 17:00
Rachel Bloom’s one-woman musical comedy “Death, Let Me Do My Show” is headed from off-Broadway to Netflix. Per the official description, the show “is definitely NOT about the ever-present specter of death. Rachel Bloom’s new show is filled with raunchy and escapist material that will in NO way explore the pandemic and all the tumultuous […]

‘The Bear’: Liza Colón-Zayas on Season 3 Response, Ayo Edebiri’s ‘Wise’ Directing Note and Acting Opposite Her Real-Life Husband

9 July 2024 at 21:55
SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains spoilers for “Napkins,” the sixth episode of “The Bear” Season 3. Between “Honeydew” and “Forks,” Season 2 of “The Bear” was at its best when it focused on its supporting characters, diving into the inner lives of Marcus (Lionel Boyce) and Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) in ways that enhanced the world […]

‘Mo’ Season 2 Adds Simon Rex and Johanna Braddy to Cast (EXCLUSIVE)

9 July 2024 at 17:15
Simon Rex and Johanna Braddy have joined the Season 2 cast of Netflix’s “Mo” as recurring guest stars. Rex will play Guy, who is described as “a hot new chef in Houston’s vibrant culinary scene and Mo’s romantic rival.” Braddy will play Austin, “a vivacious and slightly unhinged Texan and the sister-in-law to Mo’s good […]

HBO Marketing Exec Steven Cardwell Heads to Waiting in the Sky as Partner

9 July 2024 at 16:01
Steven Cardwell, vice president of originals marketing at HBO and Max, is joining entertainment strategy and audience insights agency Waiting in the Sky as partner. Cardwell will continue leading marketing campaigns at Waiting in the Sky, which works with various clients including HBO and Max as well as FX, Disney, Freeform and Warner Music. During […]

First-Ever Film Festival Inside a Prison Sets Jeffrey Wright, Billy Crudup, Mary Louise Parker and More as Jurors

9 July 2024 at 15:40
The San Quentin Film Festival — the first-ever film festival held inside a prison — has named its inaugural industry jury, which includes Jeffrey Wright, Billy Crudup, Mary Louise Parker and more. The festival, taking place Oct. 10 and 11 at the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center in northern California, will highlight short films and pitches […]

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