FROM Lesley Goldberg
Hollywood news banter Two of the biggest brands in media--Apple and Oprah-- just made a deal . Apple is also getting involved with children’s programming . Another recent deal the company made is with Sesame Workshop. Comcast bested Disney’s original offer for Fox, but now Disney is back with an even higher offer , and more favorable tax options for the Murdochs.
Hollywood news banter In the wake of the ‘Roseanne’ cancellation following her racist tweets, the NY Times talks to writers about how stressful it was working on the show . Sam Bee called Ivanka Trump the c-word while talking about her father’s immigration tactic of separating parents and children. She has since apologized, though the backlash continues. Harvey Weinstein has been officially indicted and will likely have to agree to some kind of plea deal that may involve prison time. ‘Solo’ underperformed over the holiday weekend . Some cry ‘franchise fatigue,’ but why does no one seem to be sick of the Marvel movies? In this case, ‘Solo’ may have just been poorly executed. SPECIAL TV BANTER Lesley Goldberg, West Coast TV editor of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss recent TV stories and the aftermath of this years upfronts. The networks’ desire for vertically integrated shows asserted itself stronger than ever at this year’s TV upfronts . Two shows-- ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Last Man Standing’--were brought back to life by the studios that own their respective production companies after being canceled on other networks. And even though ‘Roseanne’ is canceled, the ‘Roseanne effect’ of featuring multicams about middle-class families will continue this fall .
Hollywood news banter Lesley Goldberg, TV editor of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss pilot season. In the age of streaming, pilot season feels like a relic. Still, more than 70 pilots are hoping they’ll be picked up to series at one of the broadcast networks this year. Goldberg spoke to 6 different casting directors about the challenges of this year--namely that everyone would rather do a Netflix series. A new law in California means that studios can longer ask actors for their “ quotes ,” or what they were paid on a previous job. Hopefully this should improve pay parity and bring actors who are women and/or people of color up to the same pay scale as white, male actors. Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss the AT&T / Time Warner trial. In the opening arguments of the trial over AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, both sides made predictions about the future. The U.S. government argued that if the companies merged, rates for consumers would go up. AT&T’s lawyer asserted that fees would not go up, and that the vertical integration of the two companies was necessary for them to compete in a marketplace full of other massive companies. It’ll be up to the judge to decide which vision of the future seems more likely. The Weinstein Co. has officially filed for bankruptcy and the line of people wanting money owed to them by the company is long. It includes banks, other film studios and victims of harassment.
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.
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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?