‘Roots’ Review: Reimagined Slavery Epic Poignant In Era Of Black Lives Matter

Debuting on May 30 simultaneously on History, A&E and Lifetime and airing over four consecutive nights, the stunningly visceral new version of Roots probably will not get anywhere near the 130 million viewers who the original series drew in 1977.
However, this is a very different era in both the TV landscape and in the culture and, while A+E Networks is certainly hoping for big ratings, the $50 million, eight-hour Roots reimagining is about more than numbers. In this era…

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Viacom Directors Vow To Fight Ouster Effort And Sell Paramount Stake

Viacom’s independent directors said in a public letter today that they’ll fight a possible effort to oust them — and stick to their plan to sell a minority stake in Paramount  — deeming it part of their responsibilities to shareholders and to Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone.
His National Amusements controls 80% of Viacom’s voting shares, and is believed to be preparing to replace the board. He recently fired CEO Philippe Dauman and director George Abrams from his family…

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‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Producer Earns Guinness World Record

“Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” executive producer Harry Friedman has earned a Guinness World Records title for the most game show episodes produced, having produced 11,128 installments at the time of adjudication on March 31, 2016 — a number that has only risen since then. “I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record… Read more »

Johnny Depp’s Daughter Lily-Rose Defends Father After Abuse Allegations

Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, is defending her father in the wake of abuse allegations. “My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know,” Lily-Rose Depp wrote on Instagram over the weekend. “He’s been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.” The… Read more »

Viacom Board Members Push to Pursue Paramount Sale Process, Vow to Fight if Ousted

Viacom’s independent board members are vowing to fight any “legally flawed” effort to oust them from their director seats, and they are urging shareholders to support the continued push to sell a minority interest in Paramount Pictures. The six independent directors on the company’s 11-member board released on Monday a letter addressed to “all Viacom’s… Read more »