TNT Greenlights ‘Librarians’ Series, Rebecca Romijn to Star
Noah Wyle will reprise his role and recur alongside co-stars John Larroquette, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim. Original stars Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin also are set to return. The new series, which will bow in late 2014, will center on four people from around the world who are enlisted to assist Flynn as "Librarians": members of an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library who are dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality and protecting the artifacts housed in the library.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Promotes Donal Logue to Recurring Status
The "Sons of Anarchy" and "Vikings" star returned to the long-running procedural Wednesday in a new leadership position and will appear in the rest of season 15.
Nathan Fillion Teases Possible Guardians Cameo
Did Nathan Fillion just reveal his surprise role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy? Fillion was fielding questions at the St. Louis Comic-Con’s Firefly panel. Given his relationship with James Gunn and Avengers 2 director Joss Whedon, one fan asked Fillion, "Were you wanting to get a part in Guardians of the Galaxy?" Fillion, mischievous devil that he is, responded, "Wanting to? Or maybe, did?"
Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman
The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show.”
Starz orders ‘Project Greenlight’ follow-up ‘The Chair’
Chris Moore, the executive producer of Oscar-winner Good Will Hunting and HBO’s Project Greenlight, is back with a new filmmaking competition series with a twist. The Chair, which Starz has ordered as its first original unscripted series for 10 episodes to air in fall 2014, follows two directors as they take their first feature film to the big screen. The catch: Each director is provided with the exact same screenplay to transform into his or her own distinct movie.
WE tv Announces New and Returning Series Including ‘Match Made in Heaven’, ‘Mystery Millionaire’, ‘The Divide’ and ‘Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence’ Pilot
WE tv today announced an ambitious slate of unscripted original programming for 2014/15 including a one-hour pilot of “Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence,” a fun, relationship-based competition show. The network also greenlit the new series “Match Made In Heaven,” “Mystery Millionaire” and “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” and renewed the popular shows “Kendra on Top,” “Marriage Boot Camp” and the “Braxton Family Values” spinoff “Tamar & Vince.” In addition to the network’s growing unscripted efforts, WE tv will debut its first original scripted series, “The Divide,” this July.
CNN Announces New Primetime Schedule
Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh Join Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock for CNN Original Series
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Showrunner Conrad Green Exits To Join Fox’s ‘Utopia’ As EP
It’s the end of an era at ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Conrad Green, who has been executive producer/showrunner of the veteran reality series since its launch, will depart after the end of the current 18th season. He is leaving to join Fox’s upcoming Utopia as executive producer. Also joining the upcoming social experiment reality series as executive producer is Jon Kroll. Dancing is expected to return next season, with a replacement for Green to be announced.
James Goldston Tapped To Be ABC News President
ABC made a pro forma announcement this morning, officially naming ABC News SVP James Goldston to replace Ben Sherwood as president of the news division.
‘Good Morning America’ Adds ESPN’s Tony Reali, ‘CBS This Morning’ Adds NBC’s Jane Pauley
ESPN’s Tony Reali is joining ABC’s Good Morning America as a social media contributor. It’s part of a new multi-year extension of his deal with ESPN that calls for him to continue hosting the sports net’s Around the Horn, but from a Times Square studio. Reali will move from Washington, DC to New York later this year. Meanwhile, over at CBS Sunday Morning, they’ve hired NBC News’ Jane Pauley as a contributor.
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YouTube, Once TV’s Enemy, Tries to Show How It Drives Viewers to TV Shows
YouTube is pitching itself to the industry as a very good friend — one that can actually help TV networks lift their audience metrics. According to Google, video views of TV-related content on YouTube grew 35% in 2013 from the previous year, while time spent viewing TV-related content on the site jumped 65% over that period. Furthermore, Google searches for TV content were up 16% year over year.
Frozen Merch Is Sold Out Everywhere and Parents Are Losing Their Shit
It has become impossible to get any official merchandise from Disney’s animated megahit Frozen—toys and clothing are sold out everywhere, even after a recent, large-scale restocking effort. Enterprising individuals are charging up to $1,000 for Frozen items on eBay, which has driven parents completely insane. Frustrated moms are currently freaking out all over Disney’s Facebook page, posting angry messages in the middle of the night.
New Republic: The Podcast is a Last Refuge for No One
The New Republic on why podcasting is no longer the “last refuge of a C-list celebrity” as celebs who get the medium right can now “intimately engage their fan bases, create more opportunities for themselves as independent artists and network with the most forward-thinking minds of our generation.”
‘Game of Thrones’ spawns epic baby name boom
According to data from the Social Security Administration, in 2012, there were 146 female babies born named Khaleesi — the title given to Emilia Clarke’s character in Game of Thrones after she marries a Dothraki leader in season 1. This trumps some more common female names such as Brandy (130) and Alex (128). Khaleesi’s given name, Daenerys, wasn’t quite as popular but still garnered 21 namesakes. http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/04/09/game-of-thrones-baby-names/