(sched) CBS’ BrainDead Moving to Sundays
BrainDead is set to bug out. CBS’ freshman comedic-thriller is moving to Sundays at 10/9c, starting July 24, to be replaced in its Monday slot by the network’s coverage of the opening nights of the Republican and then Democratic National Convention (on July 18 and July 25). http://tvline.com/2016/07/15/braindead-season-1-moving-to-sundays-cbs/
(preview) TVLine: Fall TV First Impression: Speechless
Tonally, the pilot makes its points about inclusion without being preachy and, more importantly, does so very comedically (in part thanks to Yarbrough’s portrayal of the new school’s lone black employee). Driver brings just the right amount of zing as a notoriously demanding mother, while Fowler (who has CP in real life) and Cook are standouts in the pilot, conveying JJ and his brother Ray’s distinct needs and wants. This stands poised to be the kind of sitcom about relatable, imperfect, occasionally abrasive people that nonetheless tugs at your heart in the end. http://tvline.com/2016/07/15/speechless-preview-pilot-abc-fall-lineup/
(review) Vulture: Stranger Things, Can Netflix Fix Network TV’s Supernatural-Mystery Show Problem?
As a result of this short, Netflix-y season, Stranger Things is relaxing and familiar, and fun in a way that network TV in this genre has had a hard time being. It’s very weird to describe a horror show that works hard to be startling and scary as relaxing, but there it is. You can settle in and feel confident that these episodes will do the job they set out to do. Monsters are scary, after all, but mid-season cancellation is scarier, and that’s a monster Netflix has figured out how to slay. http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/supernatural-tv-shows-network-vs-netflix.html
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
ABCd Picks Up Viola Davis-Produced ‘American Koko’ Digital Series From Diarra Kilpatrick
ABC’s streaming service ABCdhas acquired American Koko, the digital series created by and starring Diarra Kilpatrick. Viola Davis is producing through her JuVEe Productions, which she runs with her husband, producer Julius Tennon. American Koko follows a satirical agency that solves sticky racial situations. http://deadline.com/2016/07/abcd-viola-davis-diarra-american-koko-diarra-kilpatrick-1201786141/
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
Jon Stewart Joining Stephen Colbert for Late Show’s Live Convention Coverage
Jon Stewart has been confirmed for Monday’s Late Show, where he will appear opposite pal Stephen Colbert as he kicks off a week of live broadcasts focused exclusively on the Republican National Convention. http://tvline.com/2016/07/15/jon-stewart-stephen-colbert-late-show-live-republican-national-convention/
BBC1 goes for Gale’s first drama
BBC1 in the UK has ordered a two-part series that will be the first original TV drama to be written by novelist Patrick Gale. Man In An Orange Shirt is being produced by Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos and explores how a painting links two gay love stories told 60 years apart. Gale said one would be “set in the 1940s and 50s” and another “in the violently contrasted present, one depicting a love story made impossible by pressures from society, one a love story nearly derailed by the long-term fall-out from the 1940s story.” http://www.c21media.net/bbc1-goes-for-gales-first-drama/
Soccer’s Diego Maradona to get Biopic From Argentina’s Telefe
Argentina’s leading TV network Telefe will bring to the screen the life of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona in an ambitious production aimed at the global market. Large questions remain to be answered such as if, the fiction which Telefe describes will have a conventional feature structure or also incorporate some form of longer TV format. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/maradona-soccer-biopic-argentina-telefe-1201815154/
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
Q: Why [aren’t you a fan of the skinny bundle]?
Cue: I think it’s a misconception. Most people, at the end of the day, end up paying more, not less, for the things they love. With TV content being at an all-time high, why are people asking for less? It has a lot to do with the way it’s being provided. If I feel like I’m not getting my money’s worth, then I want to pay less and I want less things. But if it were being provided in a rich platform with the capabilities I’m talking about, I don’t think people would feel that way. People pay for Netflix as an add-on to TV, and they’re happy doing it. And why is that? Because they’re happy with what they’re getting from Netflix. So the question to ask about skinny bundles is, why are customers not happy?
Q: So, why aren’t they happy?
Cue: They’re not getting the features that they want. The fact that I have to set things to record seems idiotic. And channel guides — I get home and I want to watch a Duke basketball game; why do I have to go hunting to find out what channel it’s on? Why can’t I just say, "I want to watch Duke basketball." Or, even better, why doesn’t the system know that? "Here’s the Duke basketball game." Those technical capabilities exist today. They just don’t exist for television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/eddy-cue-apples-tv-plans-910093
Splitsider: How Today’s Sitcoms Are Bringing Back the ’70s TV Ethos
Looking back at shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and Everybody Loves Raymond [from the 90’s and 00’s], it’s somewhat astonishing how little real-world issues seem to affect the characters’ lives. [Today,] we’ve once again returned to an environment where a primetime family sitcom can have an entire episode about the Black Lives Matter movement (such as this year’s highly acclaimed “Hope” episode of black-ish), or where an otherwise light-hearted workplace comedy can end its season with a surprisingly passionate argument for workers’ rights (the first season finale of Superstore). http://splitsider.com/2016/07/how-todays-sitcoms-are-bringing-back-the-70s-tv-ethos/
Buzzfeed: Why TV Needs A Show Like “Black-ish”
“We don’t try to rip things out of the headlines,” Barris said. “For us, the way stories come about is through really good conversations. If a conversation can spark a debate, and can spark different sides, and it feels organically like what this family would be going through — then we’ll talk about it. We don’t want to force stuff into this family’s household that they wouldn’t naturally be dealing with.” This choice helps to ensure that, when Black-ish does tackle this kind of subject matter, those current-event-oriented conversations resonate all the more.
Ringer: Anthony Anderson’s Emmy Nominations Performance Deserves an Emmy
First, yes: congratulations to Anthony Anderson for his second straight Emmy nomination, in the highly competitive category of Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for his brilliant work on ABC’s hit show Black-ish. Moving on: Congratulations to Anderson for becoming the first person in history to deserve an Emmy award FOR HIS PERFORMANCE ON THE TV SHOW WHERE THEY ANNOUNCE WHO DESERVES THE EMMY AWARDS. https://theringer.com/anthony-andersons-emmy-nominations-performance-deserves-an-emmy-ff2b2416a98#.1jvsogrcp