Smart move: Geoffrey Rush to play Einstein for Nat Geo

Geoffrey Rush to play Einstein for Nat Geo

Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) will star as Albert Einstein in Nat Geo’s upcoming global anthology series, Genius, from Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. Johnny Flynn (Lovesick) will play Einstein in younger years.

Criminal Minds’ Thomas Gibson responds to ouster

Thomas Gibson responds to ouster

Actor Thomas Gibson, suspended last week following an alleged on-set altercation two weeks earlier on Criminal Minds, was let go on Friday. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date,” said a statement from ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. Gibson, who has […]

Two promotions at SNL

Two promotions at SNL

Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly have been promoted to co-head writers for season 42 of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, reports TheWrap. The duo have been responsible for sketches including “Bern Your Enthusiasm,” starring Larry David as Bernie Sanders, and “(Do It On My) Twin Bed.”

Stephen Colbert could go live on election night – on Showtime

Stephen Colbert could go live on election night - on Showtime (Scott Kowalchyk)

Will Late Show’s Stephen Colbert host a live election special on Showtime? Net president and CEO David Nevins hopes so. Calling his news a “half-announcement” since a deal hasn’t been finalized, Nevins said, “Stephen wants to do it, I want to do it, the studio wants to do it…mIt’ll be Colbert unfettered, he’s promised to […]

FYI orders Downton Shabby

FYI orders Downton Shabby

FYI greenlit Downtown Shabby from 3 Ball Entertainment. Series focuses on older homes that look perfect on the outside, but are practically unlivable on the inside. Production has begun on eight one-hour episodes to bow fall 2016.

Big Brother renewed for seasons 19 and 20

Big Brother renewed for seasons 19 and 20 (Sonja Fleming)

CBS renewed Big Brother for seasons 19 and 20, to air in 2017 and 2018. The summer reality show is aging well – summer-to-date, all three weekly broadcasts rank among the top five programs among A18-34 and the top 10 among A18-49 and A25-54, and total streams across digital platforms are up 33 percent versus […]

SNL trimming cast

SNL trimming cast

The exits continue at Saturday Night Live. Following word that Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be returning for Season 42, NBC has confirmed that Jon Rudnitsky has been let go from the sketch comedy series.

Archer moving to FXX

Archer moving to FXX.

In January 2017, FX’s flagship animated series Archer will move to FXX, as part of an animation push for the comedy-centric network. “We are really happy with FXX, it’s growing, particularly in the younger end of the spectrum,” noted Landgraf. “As freestanding studio, ADHD shut down, but you will see FXX going really aggressively in […]

VH1’s not-so-odd couple

Smokin’: VH1 renews Martha & Snoop series

Domestic diva Martha Stewart and rapper Snoop Dogg are teaming for a reality series greenlit by VH1. Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party (wt) “will redesign the traditional food competition in a new, different and very funny way,” said Stewart. “My homegirl, Martha and I have a special bond that goes way back,” added Snoop Dogg. […]