FROM Lesley Goldberg
A World Series for the history books That the Dodgers are in the Fall Classic is historic in its own right, but this series is breaking all kind of weird records, and viewers are definitely tuning in to check it out.
Hollywood news banter Lesley Goldberg, TV news editor of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. It's time for a 2017 TV upfronts wrap-up. While all the broadcast networks spent the week rolling out their upcoming fall seasons to advertisers, hoping to get big bucks on ad buys, the market felt cooler than in years past, and instead of taking so many swipes at each other, networks seemed united in their fight against digital content. Even though ratings continue to decline, the TV networks want to make it clear that they're still the safest place to buy ads. Other major themes from the week include more reboots (including Will and Grace and Roxeanne) and American Idol returns, this time to ABC.
Stephen Colbert on a hot streak; pilot season by the numbers For the third week in a row, Stephen Colbert has bested Jimmy Fallon in the ratings. The current president is no doubt part of the reason. And, in this year's pilot season, overall series orders are down this year, but networks are still dealing with a mid-season logjam.
'The Walking Dead' returns, and another shakeup at MTV AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead returned to huge ratings with its Season 7 premiere, but some fans are not crazy about the extreme violence that's now becoming commonplace in the show. And, after just a year on the job, Sean Atkins is out at MTV. Chris McCarthy will be taking over.
Shakeup at ABC and Family Comedies Dominate Pilot Season In a surprisingly-timed move, Paul Lee is out at ABC, and Channing Dungey is in. And in the midst of pilot season, all the major networks have family comedy fever.
TV Development Trends & Behind-the-Scenes Drama Another day, another reboot. The Spin-Off crew dives into this year's TV development trends, including the seemingly unstoppable pattern of bringing old shows or movies back from the dead. And, are behind-the-scenes struggles to blame for this year's disappointing fall broadcast season, or is it just another example of the system being broken?
Periscope, Pilot Season and a 2015 Upfronts Preview Before the Spin-off crew disappears into the abyss that is covering the 2015 TV upfronts, they gather to report on what they're likely to find in New York this year. Plus, is using Periscope at live events piracy or free marketing for the networks?
Trends in Fall TV, The Battle for Thursday Nights Fall TV season on the broadcast networks is just around the corner. On this episode of The Spin-Off, we talk new shows premiering and old shows returning, take a look at which networks are shaking things up with their nightly lineups, and which ones are hoping for success with more of the same.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."