ABC Gives Full-Season Pickups to ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘Speechless’

ABC has given full-season pickups to two freshman shows: the Kiefer Sutherland drama “Designated Survivor” and Minnie Driver comedy “Speechless.” “We’re very proud of the creative excellence in front of and behind the camera, and are thrilled to be giving our audience more episodes,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. Both shows received back-nine orders… Read more »

‘Designated Survivor’ & ‘Speechless’ Get Full-Season Orders By ABC

The overall solid start to the broadcast TV season has been punctuated by two more early full-season orders. ABC has picked up 9 episodes each of new Wednesday drama Designated Survivor and comedy Speechless.
This marks a second full-season order for Speechless leading studio 20th Century Fox TV week-and-a-half into the season. The studio’s dramedy This Is Us was picked up at NBC. Designated Survivor hails from indie Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, which also co-produces…

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Develops a Taste for Bud Light

When Jimmy Kimmel launched his late-night show on ABC, he came up with a novel enticement for the audience – free beer. Now that Steven Colbert is carving out a place for himself in the wee hours on CBS, he is stretching the concept by giving free ads to a big beer advertiser. In recent… Read more »

Zeds Dead – “Stardust” (Feat. Twin Shadow)

Zeds DeadCanadian production duo Zeds Dead have announced a new album called Northern Lights, and it boasts a pretty impressive guest list: Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T feature on a track together, there’s a Diplo collaboration, and Twin Shadow pops up on two tracks. George Lewis Jr. has collaborated with the duo before on a 2014 … More »

FX’s John Landgraf Warns Against Storytellers Who Offer “Seductive” Lies

In a subtle apparent reference to this year’s presidential race, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf told a New York gathering today to respect the power of  story telling — but not be taken in by “reassuringly simple answers to our deepest fears” and “a seductive set of lies.”
“Stories unite us” and provide the foundation for “our entire civilization,” he said at a Center for Communications lunch where he he was given its annual Frank Stanton Award. It goes to those who make…

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A Lone Red Balloon’s Journey Ends Joyfully in Latest ‘Practically Magic’ iPhone 7 Spot

Among iOS 10’s shiny new toys is a messaging feature that allows you to add effects to your message bubbles, send full-screen animations with your messages, add handwritten notes and more. Apple pushes those capabilities with a pretty new spot from TBWAMedia Arts Lab that focuses on one full-screen animation in particular.

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‘The Terror’: Jared Harris To Star In AMC Anthology Series; Three More Cast

Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) is set to star in AMC’s anthology drama series The Terror, based on the bestselling 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Alexandra Milchan’s Emjag Productions, Entertainment 360 and AMC Studios are producing the 10-episode straight-to-series drama set to premiere in 2017. Additionally, Game of Thrones’ Ciaran Hinds, Paul Ready (Cuffs, Utopia) and Adam Nagaitis (Houdini and Doyle, Suffragette) round out the cast.
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