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Vote of Confidence In HBO Chief Casey Bloys Signals That David Zaslav Isn’t Cutting Corners

Discovery chief David Zaslav didn’t exactly have a free-spending reputation prior to his company’s merger with WarnerMedia. The search of $3 billion in post-merger cost savings (“synergies,” in the preferred corporate speak) did little to change that notion, nor did closer scrutiny of some big overall deals and an executive exodus. The re-signing of HBO […]

‘Desus & Mero’ Done at Showtime as Pair Splits

Desus & Mero is no more at Showtime. The premium cable outlet says the late-night talk show hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero won’t return. The news comes amid reports of a falling out between the two hosts. “Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be pursuing separate creative endeavors moving forward,” Showtime […]

‘Powerpuff Girls,’ ‘Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends’ Reboots in the Works

New versions of two beloved Cartoon Network shows are in development, with the creator of both guiding them. Reboots of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends are in the works at Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. Craig McCracken, who created both series, is attached to the two projects. McCracken began his animation career at […]

Martin Lawrence Boards AMC’s ‘Demascus’

Martin Lawrence is headed back to television. The comedian and actor has joined AMC’s upcoming series Demascus in a recurring role. He’ll appear in three of the show’s six episodes as the title character’s (Okieriete Onaodowan) Uncle Forty. The part will mark Lawrence’s first TV role since the 2014 sitcom Partners, where he starred with […]

‘Peaky Blinders’ Climbs Streaming Charts After Final Season Release

Stranger Things remained a clear No. 1 in the streaming rankings for the fourth straight week, but a new show took the second spot overall. Peaky Blinders ascended to the No. 2 slot following the release of its final season on Netflix (it’s a BBC show in the U.K. but a Netflix original in the […]

Will Packer Media Taps Sabrina Wind to Lead Scripted Development, Production

Will Packer Media has a new person leading its scripted TV efforts. Producer Sabrina Wind has joined the company as head of scripted television and production. She’ll be in charge of developing and producing Will Packer Media’s TV projects and working with creators and producers. She’ll report to the company’s president, Alix Baudin. “I am beyond […]

‘Criminal Minds’ Revival a Go (Again) at Paramount+

A revival of Criminal Minds is once again on the board at Paramount+. Almost a year and a half after the project was first announced, the streamer has given a series order to the show, which will reunite castmembers Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler and Paget Brewster. Longtime showrunner Erica […]

‘Ferrari’ Series From ‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Lands at Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is getting behind the wheel of a series based on the life of automaker Enzo Ferrari. The streamer has given a straight to series order to Ferrari, from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and director Stefano Sollima (Without Remorse, Sicario: Day of the Soldado). The drama also counts Lorenzo Mieli (My Brilliant Friend) […]

Phoebe Robinson, Jonathan Groff Extend ABC Signature Overall Deals

Phoebe Robinson is staying at Disney. The creator and star of Everything’s Trash, which premieres Wednesday night on Freeform, has extended her overall deal with ABC Signature. Separately, Jonathan Groff — who’s serving as showrunner for Everything’s Trash — has also re-upped with the studio. Both signed multi-year extensions. “I’m so happy to continue my […]

This Week in TV: ‘Resident Evil,’ MLB All-Stars, ‘The Rehearsal’

It’s mid-July, which means most of the summer shows on broadcast and cable networks are in the middle of their seasons. Streamers are taking it relatively easy too, which means a relatively light menu of premieres for July 13-19 — although they include a series adaptation of the Resident Evil franchise, baseball’s annual Midsummer Classic and […]

Barack Obama Lands Emmy Nomination for ‘Our Great National Parks’

Barack Obama is now an Emmy nominee. The 44th president of the United States scored a nomination for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards for narrating the Netflix docuseries Our Great National Parks. He’s one of five nominees for outstanding narrator, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (History’s Black Patriots: Heroes of the Civil War), David Attenborough (Discovery+’s […]

Jon Stewart’s ‘The Problem’ Scores Emmy Nominations — Outside Variety Categories

Multiple Emmy winner Jon Stewart is up for two more statues at the 74th annual awards — but not in the variety categories he long dominated with The Daily Show. His Apple TV+ series The Problem With Jon Stewart picked up two nominations on Tuesday, for best hosted nonfiction series or special and best writing […]