Looks like a trio of three-hour movies wasn’t enough. Amazon Studios has officially landed to the rights to a series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. The news comes in the wake of previously-reported negotiations between Amazon, Warner Bros. Television, and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon will produce the series in-house, with participation from Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema, the Tolkien estate, and publisher HarperCollins. The series, set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, will include new storylines that take place before The Fellowship of The Ring, the first installment in the book series. The deal also includes the potential for a new spinoff series. None of this came cheap: Amazon reportedly spent somewhere between $200 million and $250 million for the rights to the book series – and production will reportedly cost around $150 million per season.
Margaret Brennan has been named moderator of CBS Sunday morning news show Face the Nation. Brennan, who joined CBS News in 2012, will continue as senior foreign affairs correspondent. She replaces John Dickerson, relocated to CBS This Morning after Charlie Rose’s departure amid allegations of sexual harassment; Brennan had been one Nation’s rotating subs since […]
NBC renewed Superstore for a fourth season. The comedy is up 6% versus year ago among A18-49 (1.7) and 3% in total viewers (5.195 million), according to Nielsen averages.
ESPN fielded its programming lineup for the 2018 MLS season, carrying 31 regular-season Major League Soccer matches as well as the MLS All-Star Game this year. The slate kicks off on March 4 with the Los Angeles FC/Sounders. Overall, the slate will see 28 regular-season matches will air on ESPN with the remaining three on […]
Team USA’s shootout victory over Canada in the women’s hockey gold medal game on Wednesday handed NBCSN with another milestone, ranking as the most watched late-night program in NBCSN history. The game drew a TAD average of 3.7 million viewers, which included a live NBC simulcast of overtime and the shootout, as well as live […]
Misfits Gaming is making history, announcing (along with the Miami Heat) a broad-ranging deal described as “one of the most comprehensive sponsorship partnerships in esports” with Alienware. Dealpoints will see the team leverage the brand’s slate of gear across an entire slate of categories that include laptop, desktop, mice, keyboard, mousepad, monitor and training analytics. […]