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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants 2’ Gets Mega-Premiere Across Five Networks
“Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five different networks in Disney/ABC Television Group, including a primetime broadcast slot.
“Descendants 2” will premiere on the Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and ABC on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The TV movie will also be available on-demand and on those five networks’ digital platforms.
The announcement was made by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who said, “‘Descendants’ fans asked for more, and we’ve answered their call, with more ways to watch and more ways to engage with the next chapter in their favorite TV movie,” said Sherwood. “We’re combining the magic of Disney Channel content with the power and reach of our linear networks and digital platforms to ensure we’re everywhere our fans are all at the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ratings: Fox’s ‘APB’ Ticks Up in Season Finale
Elsewhere, the season finale Fox’s “APB” ticked up from last week in the main demo, and the broadcaster tied CBS’ prime average by that important Nielsen metric.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers.
Also Read: 'Fargo' Season 3 Premiere Breaks Into 3 Million Viewers' Homes ABC was second in ratings. »
- Tony Maglio
‘The Detour’ Renewed for Season 3 at TBS
Created, written and executive-produced by Jones and Samantha Bee, the series also stars Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich, Liam Carroll and Daniella Pineda. Season 2 will end tonight with two back-to-back episodes.
“I hear from so many people who love ‘The Detour,’ even my hardcore comedy friends,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “Season Two has been so smart, hilarious and wrong. And from the early nuggets I’ve gotten from Jason and Sam, Season Three is going to be even more effed up.”
The series centers on a family of four led by Nate (Jones) and his wife, Robin (Zea). At the opening of the second season, Nate pursues a job opportunity and moves the family to New York City for a fresh start. Everyone is excited except for Robin, whose »
- Joe Otterson
Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
'American Gods': Everything You Need to Know About 2017's Trippiest TV Show
Get ready for some more Peak Weird TV.
American Gods, the unconventional new drama from Starz, is the latest mind-bending show to go all-in on off-the-wall. How so, you ask? For starters, the premiere episode features, among other things, Vikings, a towering Leprechaun, a ghostly white buffalo with flaming eyes, a massive tree with talons at the end of its branches and a vicious gang of faceless cyber thugs called the Children. Also, at one point, a man is swallowed whole by a woman's vagina.
At the core of all »
TV Ratings: ‘Little Big Shots’ Leads NBC to Demo Victory, CBS Wins Viewers
NBC was the number one network in the key adults 18-49 demographic thanks to top-rated show of the night “Little Big Shots.”
According to overnight Nielsen data, “Little Big Shots” drew a 1.2 rating and 8.2 million viewers. That was enough to elevate NBC to the top spot in the demo on Sunday night, though the network finished second in total viewers to CBS.
A repeat of “Little Big Shots” led into the new episode at 8 p.m. “Chicago Justice” (1.0, 5.6 million) followed at 9 p.m. “Shades of Blue” (0.7, 4.1 million) closed out the night steady from last week.
On CBS, “60 Minutes” (0.8, 9.6 million) was up in total viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0, 9.4 million) was even, while “Madam Secretary” (0.7, 7.8 million) and “Elementary” (0.5, 4.6 million) both dipped slightly in the demo.
For ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.0, 4.8 million) was up significantly in the key demo compared to its last original episode. “Once Upon a Time” (0.8, 2.7 million) was even, while »
- Joe Otterson
‘Powerless’ Pulled From NBC Schedule
Not a good sign for NBC’s Powerless. The network has pulled the remaining few episodes of the comedy series from its Thursday night lineup. For now it’s being replaced by Superstore in its 8:30 Pm Et timeslot. The series debuted to soft ratings (1.1, 3.1 million) and has not recovered in the weeks since. Based on characters from DC Comics, Powerless, from Ben Queen and Warner Bros. TV, is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the… »
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion Looking at Potential Sequel?
No, really. The title for this article is true. There might actually be a Romy and Michele’s High School reunion sequel. That means there’s potentially a studio executive out there who might sign off on this project. To say I’m surprised would be the understatement of the year. If anyone asks me “what’s hands down the worst movie you’ve ever seen?” 10 times out of 10 I answer with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. But here we are “celebrating” the movie’s 20th anniversary and there’s even a musical out that’s based on the movie. So what about a sequel?
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- Nat Berman
Girls Ep Dismisses 'Ridiculous' Baby Backlash: 'I Won't Even Dignify It'
RelatedGirls Ep Solves the Final Season’s Biggest Mystery: Where Was Shosh?
The HBO comedy’s series finale saw Lena Dunham’s Hannah welcome her baby boy Grover into the world, but some viewers — including us — questioned how Hannah and her baby daddy Paul-Louis (played by guest star Riz Ahmed) could have had such a dark-skinned baby. Konner refuses to address the backlash, though.
“I’m going to gracefully bow out of the last controversy hopefully we will ever have about Girls, »
Shonda Rhimes Secrets: The ‘Scandal’ Producer On How Not To Get Fired From a Writers’ Room
For an aspiring TV scribe, landing the first writing gig is a feat. Holding on to that job is a triumph.
Shonda Rhimes has some advice for novice writers on how not to get fired: Make some noise around the table, so that you have an immediate impact in the room. The secret seems obvious, but Rhimes told IndieWire that it’s surprising how many newbies clam up and immediately limit their careers.
“I think everybody feels like their goal in their job is to sit quietly in the corner and watch things happen,” Rhimes said. “And that is the most deadly mistake you can make. That is exactly how you get fired. The most silent person in the writers room is usually the first fired person in the writers room. Because people start to either think that the person is stupid or creepy or honestly doesn’t have anything to say. »
- Michael Schneider
General Hospital: Carly’s Jealousy Will Come Out
General Hospital fans can’t wait to see Carly get a bit of the anger back in her as the week goes on. She’s in a place right now where she is so angry at Sonny she can’t even control herself. We have to admit that she’s been especially hard on him given that she’s married to him. Yes, she blamed him for the death of their son, then she blamed him for sleeping with Nelle even though she later found out he did no such thing. Now she’s blaming him for getting Jax out of her life, and things aren’t
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- Tiffany Raiford
WGA Contract Talks Resume Today After Hiatus
Armed with strike authorization, WGA leaders return to the bargaining table today for the final push to reach an agreement with management's AMPTP on terms for a new film and TV contract. Both sides have pledged to do everything in their power to avert a strike. Buoyed by an overwhelming show of support for their bargaining position – only 237 writers voted against strike authorization – WGA leaders are expected to hold the line this week on their prime objectives: to… »
TV Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Even Despite Surprise Elimination
“Dancing With the Stars” stayed about even in the overnight ratings compared to last week, even though this week’s episode saw a couple get eliminated despite a perfect score from the judges.
The episode drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. That was down just slightly from last week’s episode, which drew a 1.8 and 11.2 million viewers. It represented a drop of approximately 7% in the demo and 8% in total viewers week-to-week. Nevertheless, it was still the number one show of the night in total viewers and number two in the demo.
Immediately after “Dancing With the Stars,” a new episode of “Quantico” (0.6, 2.9 million) was up significantly in the demo from last week.
On NBC, “The Voice” (1.9, 9.3 million) was the top-rated show of the night in the demo. “Taken” (0.8, 4.6 million) followed at 10 p.m.
CBS aired only repeats.
For Fox, the spring premiere of “Gotham” (0.9, 2.9 million) returned down in both measures »
- Joe Otterson
Reality TV Show Idea: Irish Pub Regulars
I’ve got an idea for a new Spike TV reality show. In the same breath as a Bar Rescue or something in the “bar industry” I’d like to propose a show called “Irish Pub Regulars.” I’m not 100% sure of what the format will be but I have a couple of ideas. The first idea would be to center on a specific Irish Pub located anywhere in the U.S. The show would be a “Cheers” type format where we’ve got a “cast” of regulars and we follow their lives and mainly record a lot of their insane conversations had at
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- Nat Berman
Ratings: Gotham Returns Down, Supergirl and Jane Also Hit Lows
Following a three-month break, Fox bubble drama Gotham resumed Season 3 on Monday night with 2.9 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, down 17 percent and two tenths from its winter finale to mark series lows.
Gotham however was up a tenth in the demo from time slot squatter 24: Legacy‘s week-ago finale. Readers gave The Riddler’s official debut an average grade of “B+.”
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Leading out of that, Apb (2.8 mil/0.7) ticked up with its finale.
The CW | Supergirl returned from a month-long break to 1.81 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, down 18 percent and two tenths to mark series lows. »
Peabody Awards News Winners Include CNN’s Syria Coverage
The Peabody Awards board of jurors announced the winners in the news, public service, radio/podcast, and web categories on Tuesday. The selections rounds out the final 30 winners of this years awards.
Among the winners were CNN for their coverage of the war in Syria, specifically “Isis in Iraq and Syria,” “Undercover in Syria,” and “Battle for Mosul.” Other winners include the NPR podcast “Wells Fargo Hurts Whistleblowers” and the Kntv report “Arrested at School: Criminalizing Classroom Misbehavior.”
Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.m/8c. Rashida Jones, a previous Peabody winner for “Parks and Recreation” and current star of “Angie Tribeca,” will serve as host.
Read the full list of news, public service, radio/podcast, and web winners below with descriptions by the board »
- Joe Otterson
Powerless Has Been Pulled From the Schedule by NBC
When I first wrote about the show Powerless I said it was a decent idea but I also said it was risky. When you make an entire television show about people based in the comic book hero world but aren’t the heroes themselves, it’s a hit or miss proposition. Obviously Powerless has been a miss. According to Spoiler TV, NBC has pulled the show from its schedule. This isn’t very surprising considering it’s sub par ratings. Back earlier this month this was the report on the show: “Powerless” is an apt title for the show it represents — everyday humans
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- Nat Berman
Days of Our Lives: Abigail Gets a New Job
Days of Our Lives spoilers are always fun when they show us a little change. Abigail is working so hard to move on from the decisions she’s made. She’s not in love with her husband enough to want to stay married to him, and she’s made some big decisions. Of course, she loves him, but she’s finding it difficult to be in love with him now that he is also in love with another woman. She’s not willing to be one of two women her husband has feelings for, so she’s going to do what she can to get over
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- Tiffany Raiford
When Breaking Bad Meets Perfect Strangers: A Mashup
Ever since I posted that article talking about Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reuniting for the first time in 25 years, I cannot get the Perfect Strangers theme song out of my head. So far I’m not sick of it yet, as in I kind of like that it’s in my head. But it’s only a matter of time before “standing tall, on the wings of my dreams” starts to get to me. However, until I get to that point, I’m just singing away in my office here. I have a feeling that other Perfect Strangers fans out there are
- Nat Berman
A-List TV Titans' Best & Worst: Every Shonda Rhimes Series Ranked
Sick of run-of-the-mill best-and-worst lists? We were, too. So in this new series of features, TVLine is singling out the small screen’s biggest behind-the-scenes titans, then ranking their output from their least to most impressive creations.
You know you’ve really made it in showbiz when you own a day — and, as ABC learned the hard way, Thursdays belong to Shonda Rhimes.
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