Paramount Network launch date set

Paramount Network launch date announced

Paramount Network makes its official debut on Thursday, January 18 at 9p, with a live one-hour episode of Lip Sync Battle. Rebranded from Spike TV, the Viacom net promises stories that are “immersive, inclusive and deeply personal.” Later in January comes the premiere of WACO, a series based on the true story of the 1993 […]

Freeform orders Liars spin-off pilot

Freeform orders Liars spinoff pilot

Freeform ordered a drama pilot spinoff, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Sasha Pieterse (currently doing a different kind of spinning on Dancing With the Stars) and Janel Parrish will reprise their PLL roles.

Live from Advertising Week

Live from Advertising Week

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM NAB Show New York … Dive into Artificial Intelligence at NAB Show New York, Oct. 18-19, Javits Convention Center Check out Thursday’s lightning talks “Artificial Intelligence: A World of Solutions” With richer metadata, create more customized video-on-demand offerings, provide better ROI data to sponsors, and accelerate postproduction work. Other topics include […]

RIP David Lyle

David Lyle dies at 67

Much-admired television executive David Lyle died September 22 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. The one-time geologist and high school chemistry teacher went on to what he said at the time was a “dream job” as CEO of National Geographic Channels, where shows like Wicked Tuna, Brain Games and Bill O’Reilly’s Killing […]

Showtime lands hot property

Showtime lands hot property

Showtime snatched the rights to adapt to series the upcoming novel The President Is Missing, by President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson. The thriller, arriving in 2018, tells the story of the disappearance of a sitting U.S. president. “Bringing The President Is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order,” said […]

Fox News’ Shannon Bream lands late night slot

Fox News' Shannon Bream lands late night slot

Fox News is launching an 11p news program, Fox News @ Night, anchored by Shannon Bream. The live hour, focused on “hard news and analysis of the most compelling stories from Washington and across the country,” premieres Monday, October 30. Bream, with FNC since 2007, has served as the net’s Supreme Court correspondent, and co-anchor […]

Matthew Broderick telling A Christmas Story

Matthew Broderick tells A Christmas Story

Matthew Broderick will play adult Ralphie, narrator of Fox live event A Christmas Story. The 3-hour musical, based on the 1983 film you might have caught on TBS a time or twenty, is slated to air Sunday, December 17.

Sean Penn takes first series regular role

Sean Penn takes first TV series regular role

Sean Penn has joined the cast of Beau Willimon’s upcoming Hulu drama series The First, following the first human mission to Mars. Speaking of firsts, it’s the Academy Award winner’s first regular series role into TV. (Penn’s ex-wife, Robin Wright, stars in WIllimon-created House of Cards.) The First is slated to premiere in 2018.

DuckTales teams with Aflac

DuckTales teams with Aflac

Insurance company Aflac has signed on as sponsor of Disney XD’s recently revived animated series DuckTales. The deal includes a co-branded commercial featuring an animated version of the Aflac duck, set in the world of DuckTales (ha!). The 30-second spot premieres today at 7a during Good Morning America.

SNL goes live all over

Saturday Night Live to air live from coast to coast.

Saturday Night Live, which aired the final four episodes of season 42 live nationwide, will continue live from coast to coast its next go-round. The Emmy-winning NBC sketch comedy launches season 43 on September 30, with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. For Mountain and Pacific time zones, SNL will be repeated at 11:30p.