TV News Roundup: ‘Sharknado 4’ Casts Stacey Dash, ‘Baywatch’ Alums

Syfy has revealed celebrity cameos and “Star Wars”-inspired poster art for “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens,” and FYI has ordered an original series from Vox Entertainment, Vox Media’s programming and development division. CASTING: Like past installments of the cult Syfy franchise, “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” will boast an abundance of celebrity guest appearances. Among those making cameos in the fourth… Read more »

Discovery Launches Cost-Cutting Effort With Buyouts And Possible Layoffs

This is sure to be a big issue tomorrow morning when Discovery releases its Q1 earnings, and holds its quarterly call with analysts. The cable programmer disclosed in an SEC filing this evening that last week it launched a plan that could include layoffs to “operate in a leaner and more directed cost structure and invest in growth initiatives, including digital services and content creation.” The effort should be complete by the end of September.
Discovery began a…

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Apple Music Is Getting A Facelift To Rival Spotify

Apple Music Is Getting A Facelift To Rival Spotify

Looks like Apple Music is looking to bag some more subscribers…

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is ‘revamping’ its music streaming service after ‘mixed reviews.’ Though the news is not official, close sources have shared that the announcement will be officially revealed at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple Music launched in June last year, and since it entered the music streaming market there have a relatively high number of positive reviews, but also several criticisms regarding the service not meeting Apple’s highly ranked standards as a brand which upholds top-level quality.

The Apple brand is widely regarded as premium, and when Apple Music arrived there were a lot of people disappointed with the streaming platform. Most of the negative comments were about the interface and its lack of features. But, since launch Apple has worked tirelessly to better rival the major player in the streaming market, Spotify.

The reports however do not suggest that there will be any changes made to the features, but there will be an updated design that is more ‘bold’ and ‘simple’ for its users. Whether these changes will spark a surge in subscribers is unknown at this point, but it could result in more sign-ups especially if it’s more user-friendly.

Apple Music announced hitting 13 million subscribers just last week, which is a major milestone especially in the timeframe that they have achieved it. But, that still sets it far behind Spotify who has 30 million paying subscribers.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Creator Talks Season 3, Vanessa’s Demons and the American West

At the end of the second season of “Penny Dreadful,” the show’s characters were scattered to the four winds, having vanquished one formidable foe but at great personal cost. In the May 1 third-season premiere of the Showtime drama, the Victorian characters at the heart of the drama began to take their first steps out of… Read more »

Lester Holt Anchors ‘NBC Nightly News’ From Trump Tower; Twitter Disapproves

NBC News’s Lester Holt is conducting an “exclusive network TV interview” with Donald Trump today, among the pantheon of news outlets that have spoken today to Trump since the former NBC reality-TV star became the GOP presidential candidate ater Ted Cruz dropped out yesterday and John Kasich dropped out of today.
And while many news orgs since Trump announced his candidacy, have gone to Trump’s HQ to conduct interviews, NBC Nightly News today went one step further than its…

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Ava DuVernay Out As Director On DreamWorks’ ‘Intelligent Life’

DreamWorks is now searching for a new person to helm its upcoming sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life, as Selma director Ava DuVernay has left the job she took in February due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed.
Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in the story of a United Nations worker tasked with representing humanity in the event of extraterrestrial contact who falls in love with a mysterious woman who may, or may not, actually be an alien. It’s written by Jurassic…

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