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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkus View Post
    Anyone else watching "Shades of Blue"? I think JLo has been excellent in it!
    Surprisingly solid show. Good writing. Good acting, including Lopez. The second ep was even directed by Barry Levinson.

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    Hands down, this was the best season of American Horror Story, start to finish.
    I don't deny myself bread. I have bread every day.

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    MAY 18, 2016 8:37am PT by Lesley Goldberg
    CBS Boss Defends Lack of Diversity, Women in New Shows

    New CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller defended his network's diversity and gender balance Wednesday during his time in front of the press at a pre-upfronts news conference.

    Pressed by reporters about the network's seeming lack of diversity and female-driven fare among the eight new series picked up for the 2016-17 broadcast season, Geller stressed CBS had a "great balance."

    "We are the network that has Madam Secretary, 2 Broke Girls and Mom — we have lots of female leads, we have a great balance," Geller said. "Actually, our new series are more diverse this year than last year."

    The executive stressed that his new offerings were more diverse. Those offerings include Katherine Heigl midseason drama Doubt, which co-stars primetime's first broadcast series featuring a transgender regular played by a trans actress (Laverne Cox).

    "I think that's phenomenal," he said. "We are definitely moving in the right direction.

    Of CBS' eight new series, only one is female-driven (Doubt) and only one features a black lead (Training Day with newcomer Justin Cornwell starring opposite Bill Paxton).

    The gender balance issue was sparked over the weekend when CBS opted to pass on its Nancy Drew reboot. Described as a contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series, CBS' drama pilot focused on Nancy (Person of Interest's Sarah Shahi), now in her 30s and a detective for the NYPD where she investigated and solved crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world. Geller told THR in January that the network's Nancy Drew would be diverse. Shahi, a Persian actress, was cast a month and a half later following a months-long courting process by Geller.

    Pressed on why he opted to pass on Drew, Geller said that he had a number of pilots to choose from and the network "chose the best pilot."

    Sources say Drew, which co-starred Anthony Edwards and Vanessa Ferlito, did not come in as strong as the network would have hoped. Multiple industry observers noted that it was a toss-up between similarly themed legal drama Doubt and Drew for the remaining drama slot at CBS. (Both series were produced in-house by CBS Television Studios and hailed from the same producers.)

    Meanwhile, CBS' six other newly ordered series are all toplined by white stars: Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait), Michael Weatherly (Bull), MacGyver (Lucas Till), Pure Genius (Dermot Mulroney), The Great Indoors (Joel McHale) and Man With a Plan (Matt LeBlanc). Diverse offerings Training Day and Doubt, meanwhile, are being held for midseason.

    A THR survey of the 42 newly ordered series found that only 13 shows featured diverse lead actors, while 29 feature white leads.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...r_breakingnews
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” - William Shakespeare, As You Like It


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    It's Official: CBS All Access Orders 'Good Wife' Spinoff Starring Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo
    MAY 18, 2016 1:25pm PT by Lacey Rose

    The Good Wife spinoff is officially a go.

    CBS used its upfront Wednesday to announce that it has ordered the follow-up, which centers on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and newer addition Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), straight-to-series. Creators Robert and Michelle King are set o co-write the first episode but will not run the CBS Television Studios-produced series. The news, then just in deal stage, was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

    What is most interesting about the franchise's next iteration is that it's being done not for CBS but rather for the company’s $5.99-per-month All Access digital subscription service. It marks the SVOD service’s second high-profile order following the November 2015 news of an original Star Trek series, which is slated to premiere on CBS in January 2017, before moving to its more permanent home on All Access. The scale and ambition for the sci-fi SVOD series became that much more apparent with the news that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) would be put at the creative helm with Alex Kurtzman attached as an executive producer.

    "There will be more series coming but by starting with these two we're creating a wide range of original content for CBS All Access," CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said in making the announcement on the upfront stage Wednesday.

    To be sure, the Good Wife writing staff left the door wide open for more stories to be told in the series' May 8 finale. The show concluded with Lockhart slapping Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), which seemingly put an end to their plans for an all-female firm, Lockhart, Florrick & Associates. The finale also put into doubt the future of Diane's marriage to Kurt McVeigh, played by Veep series regular Gary Cole, after questions arose about his alleged infidelity. When The Good Wife concluded, Diane and Lucca, who joined the series in season seven, were working for the same firm.

    When asked in April about a spinoff, Baranski said only that she hoped to be involved in whatever the Kings do next. "I always thought they understood me as an actress and they wrote beautifully for actors and they wrote women very well," she said. "So, of course I would hope to cross paths with them again.”

    The Hollywood Reporter’s television critic Dan Fienberg praised Baranski’s performance in the series finale, noting that she had become “the unironic and unambiguous good wife” whose “walking determinedly out of the courtroom was a spectacular guarantee of another Emmy nod.”



    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...r_breakingnews
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    Re: Television Random, Random Scripted/NonScripted

    Will there be any subscribers?

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    Will there be any subscribers?
    CBS is the worst when it comes to streaming and On Demand in my opinion. Your question is valid.
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    Tatiana Maslany receives a lot of attention and praise for her character portrayals on Orphan Black (as she should) but recently caught an interview with Jordan Gavaris who plays Felix and I think he deserves a little more attention as well especially when you see (and hear) how different he is from the character.

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    I always assumed he was pretty close in real life to how he plays it in the show....wow.

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    Sling TV launches on Apple TV

    by Brian Stelter
    June 13, 2016: 2:01 PM ET

    Dish Network is launching its cable-like television service, Sling TV, on Apple TV boxes.

    Through a unique pact with Apple (AAPL, Tech30), the service and the hardware will be sold together: The newest Apple TV box will be discounted to $89 when people pre-pay for three months of Sling TV's $20-a-month subscription.

    The box usually costs $149 and up.

    Sling TV is a web-friendly version of cable that doesn't require a traditional satellite dish or cable box. It provides a relatively small bundle of cable channels for $20 a month and lets subscribers buy "packs" of additional channels for $5 each.

    There has been ample speculation about when and whether Apple will launch its own form of streaming TV. Some of its plans have been stymied by complex negotiations with channel owners.

    Instead, at least for now, it is promoting another company's vision. The Sling TV app announcement was made on stage at Apple's WorldWide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

    "We're really excited to add Sling TV to the fantastic lineup of Apple TV apps that are ushering in the future of television," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an email message. "Apple TV users are going to love being able to choose from Sling TV's great selection of live sports, news and entertainment."

    Sling TV launched last year. The launch on Apple TV is a pivot point for the company, which is putting a greater emphasis on on-demand programming while still providing a core bundle of live TV channels like ESPN and CNN.

    Sling is also launching a new user interface on Monday, CEO Roger Lynch said ahead of the announcement at Apple's conference.
    While Sling TV is already available on other internet-connected TV boxes, like Roku, "Apple TV has always represented the most requested platform since we've launched," chief product officer Ben Weinberger said in an interview.

    He describes the service as "the first multi-channel, true live TV service on Apple TV."

    In other words: An appealing prospect for people who want access to the cable bundle, but don't want to pay a company like Comcast or Charter for hundreds of channels.

    Sling keeps its entry-level price point low by having a core bundle of channels.

    For example, Sling is adding Viacom's suite of cable channels, like Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and VH1.
    But only one of those channels, Comedy Central, will be in the core single-stream $20-a-month service.

    To watch the rest, subscribers will have to pay for packs of additional channels, which Sling calls "Extra" packs.
    The Sling TV app will only be available on the most recent version of the Apple TV box, known as the fourth generation box, so it may present a reason for some Apple TV users to upgrade.

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/13/medi...app/index.html
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” - William Shakespeare, As You Like It


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    Sling TV launches on Apple TV

    by Brian Stelter
    June 13, 2016: 2:01 PM ET

    Dish Network is launching its cable-like television service, Sling TV, on Apple TV boxes.

    Through a unique pact with Apple (AAPL, Tech30), the service and the hardware will be sold together: The newest Apple TV box will be discounted to $89 when people pre-pay for three months of Sling TV's $20-a-month subscription.

    The box usually costs $149 and up.

    Sling TV is a web-friendly version of cable that doesn't require a traditional satellite dish or cable box. It provides a relatively small bundle of cable channels for $20 a month and lets subscribers buy "packs" of additional channels for $5 each.

    There has been ample speculation about when and whether Apple will launch its own form of streaming TV. Some of its plans have been stymied by complex negotiations with channel owners.

    Instead, at least for now, it is promoting another company's vision. The Sling TV app announcement was made on stage at Apple's WorldWide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

    "We're really excited to add Sling TV to the fantastic lineup of Apple TV apps that are ushering in the future of television," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an email message. "Apple TV users are going to love being able to choose from Sling TV's great selection of live sports, news and entertainment."

    Sling TV launched last year. The launch on Apple TV is a pivot point for the company, which is putting a greater emphasis on on-demand programming while still providing a core bundle of live TV channels like ESPN and CNN.

    Sling is also launching a new user interface on Monday, CEO Roger Lynch said ahead of the announcement at Apple's conference.
    While Sling TV is already available on other internet-connected TV boxes, like Roku, "Apple TV has always represented the most requested platform since we've launched," chief product officer Ben Weinberger said in an interview.

    He describes the service as "the first multi-channel, true live TV service on Apple TV."

    In other words: An appealing prospect for people who want access to the cable bundle, but don't want to pay a company like Comcast or Charter for hundreds of channels.

    Sling keeps its entry-level price point low by having a core bundle of channels.

    For example, Sling is adding Viacom's suite of cable channels, like Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and VH1.
    But only one of those channels, Comedy Central, will be in the core single-stream $20-a-month service.

    To watch the rest, subscribers will have to pay for packs of additional channels, which Sling calls "Extra" packs.
    The Sling TV app will only be available on the most recent version of the Apple TV box, known as the fourth generation box, so it may present a reason for some Apple TV users to upgrade.

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/13/medi...app/index.html
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” - William Shakespeare, As You Like It


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