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Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. When it comes to late night ratings, Stephen Colbert has officially come out ahead of Jimmy Fallon, in terms of total viewers. It’s a shocking turnaround , especially considering how long Fallon had dominated late night and how much Colbert struggled when he first took over as the host of the Late Show on CBS. He found his footing taking on Trump, and in return, got a major ratings boost. In other surprising ratings news, Fox News fell to third place for the first time in 17 years, and MSNBC took the number-one cable news spot for the first time ever. Again, Trump is the reason. As the president continues to generate more stories, liberal viewers turn to people like Rachel Maddow for analysis, while Fox News has neglected to cover some of the stories at all. Among all the turnover at Fox News in the past year, the last of the on-air old guard is Sean Hannity. Now, his future looks uncertain as well. While he continues to pursue conspiracy theories around the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, advertisers are bowing to pressure and dropping out of his show. Hannity now heads out on vacation , but Fox News says he will be back.
At the TV upfronts, what's old is new again It's that time of year where all the broadcast networks gather in New York City to present their new fall lineups to advertisers. This year includes a Will & Grace reboot at NBC and a Roseanne reunion at ABC.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Sony Pictures Entertainment officially names Tony Vinciquerra its new CEO. While the film side of the company continues to struggle, the TV side has been doing well, except that Sony doesn’t have a broadcaster. As networks continue to want to buy television from their own studios, some people are wondering if Sony is preparing itself for a sale, perhaps to somewhere like CBS. Now that Sinclair has purchased Tribune Media and said it is not going to focus on expensive original scripted shows, what happens to the WGN America critical darling Underground ? Has "Peak TV" officially peaked ?
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. There's no writers strike this time around and members of the WGA were able to get the studio to meet many of their demands , including parental leave and a shortened hold time for TV seasons with fewer episodes. The television industry is still in the middle of a disruption. As more and more customers cut the cable cord and Hulu announced a new streaming service, traditional media stocks have been down . Netflix adds additional warning cards to its series 13 Reasons Why. The show, set in a high school, has explicit scenes involving sexual assault and suicide. Some parents and schools have expressed concern about the show being marketed to young people.
No strike, but still not quite business as usual The WGA was able to make a deal with the studios, so a strike was averted, but the industry continues to be in flux as more people cut the cord, Hulu announced a streaming service, and media stocks took a tumble.
Threat of another writers' strike looms ever closer The members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly in favor -- 96.3% -- of authorizing a strike. Now there's a very short window of time before their current contract ends on May 1.
It's official, Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News When Bill O'Reilly left for vacation after revelations of payouts related to sexual harassment allegations caused advertisers to flee his show, the big question was whether he'd come back to host The O'Reilly Factor. Now we know the answer is no.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Will there be another writers' strike ? The last strike ten years ago was bitter and divisive and largely over revenues from digital and streaming television. In the age of Peak TV, it may seem like there's plenty of work for writers, but shorter episode orders mean writers may be held on a project for a year, and only paid for 10 or 12 episodes, instead of 22, like in days gone by. For the first time ever, Cannes is showing two TV shows at the festival this year. While the lines between film and television continue to blur, it's probably no coincidence that the shows they're screening -- David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival and Jane Campion's second season of Top of The Lake -- are both by auteur filmmakers. Bill O'Reilly is on vacation -- a pre-planned vacation, he would like you to know. The question is, will he be back or is this a permanent vacation?
Will there be another writers' strike? Ten years after the last writers' strike, the industry is possibly looking at another one. The last strike was bitter and divisive, and there's hope that the situation can be avoided this time around, but if the strike goes through, it could start as soon as May 2.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show after allegations of sexual harassment and payouts to a number of women surfaced in the New York Times. Normally a person in O'Reilly's position would be fired, but he brings in so much money to the network, that the Murdochs have been yet to act. The question now becomes, at what point does the pressure become so great that they have to make a move? Jim Gianopulos has officially started his job as the new head of Paramount, and he's already got a challenge in dealing with the whitewashing backlash and box office bomb of The Ghost in the Shell. Along with Paramount, another studio struggling with a lack of franchises is Sony. Its newest Smurf movie comes out this weekend, but up against a still soaring Beauty and the Beast and Boss Baby, the Smurfs probably don't stand a chance .
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Universal went all in at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, showing the entire Fate of the Furious movie . This is the first film in the franchise truly without Paul Walker. The topic of theatrical windows has always been the elephant in the room at CinemaCon, and this year the elephant was ever larger than usual. Studios are eager to find a way to get movies into people’s homes faster for a premium price, but theater owners and many filmmakers want to protect theatrical exclusivity.
At CinemaCon, lots of debate about theatrical windows The annual gathering of movie theater owners wraps up today in Las Vegas. The hot topic of this years event was theatrical windows -- how long a movie should have to wait after being in theaters before becoming available in homes.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Disney CEO Bob Iger has had his contract extended yet again , this time until July 2019. He'll have to find a replacement eventually, but with Disney doing so well, its board is probably in no hurry for him to go. Rupert Murdoch is trying to buy the portion of the British broadcaster Sky that he doesn't already own, but is facing pushback. One reason might be the hacking scandal. The other is Trump's allegation that the UK was somehow involved in wiretapping him , a claim put forward by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Murdoch-owned Fox News. Paramount may have have finally found their leader in Jim Gianopulos, formerly of Fox. Part of the negotiation includes giving Gianopulos greenlight power for films with budgets up to $100 million .
What's at stake for US-international relations after intel leak to Russia? News broke Monday that President Trump divulged classified information to Russian officials. Israel was reportedly the source of this information. We assess the fallout.
Who is winning the fight to control LA’s public schools? Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Who was the terrorist and what does the attack mean for Manchester’s immigrant community? Also, we talk to newly elected LAUSD school board member Kelly Gonez and Alex Caputo-Pearl, head of the LA teachers union, about the most expensive school board race in the country’s history, the conflict between the union and charter school supporters, and the future of LA’s public schools.