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Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
A-list stars are making big bucks to host network reality TV and game shows
Jamie Foxx, Ellen DeGeneres, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are pulling in big paychecks per episode for their respective primetime reality TV and game shows. “Once you’ve invested $25 million to launch a show, if another $3 million to $5 million (in host fees) makes the difference between success or failure, it’s worth it,” a veteran agent tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding that success in the U.S. market also frequently determines the prices format rights will fetch in other markets. Mark Burnett, who produces Foxx's Beat Shazam and Hart's TKO: Total Knockout, adds: “These are people who are really, really good at what they do. If you want to have that level of capability on the screen combined with the marketing value of a star and the umbrella effect it has on promotion for the network, you have to pay them.”
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
HBO renews Insecure and Ballers
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The hit HBO comedies, currently airing back-to-back on Sunday nights, have each been renewed less than one month after their season premieres. Issa Rae's Insecure will be back for a fourth season, while Dwayne Johnson's Ballers will return for Season 5. “#InsecureHBO has been renewed for Season 4,” tweeted Rae. “Thank you to everyone who has been watching and supporting!” Rae will compete later this month for her first Emmy, in the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series category.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Dwayne Johnson promises Elizabeth Warren "a big Rock sized hug" for her Ballers love
The U.S. senator from Massachusetts sent out another Ballers tweet on Sunday night. "Why do I love @BallersHBO so much? It is @TheRock," she tweeted. To which Johnson responded: "I appreciate the love Senator Warren. Enjoy our new season tonight and you have a big Rock sized hug coming when I see ya." ALSO: Rob Corddry explains Warren's love of Ballers.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
SpongeBob SquarePants and Dwayne Johnson have a cute Twitter exchange
"The Rock" responded Sunday after SpongeBob's official Twitter account tweeted Friday: "Hey @TheRock, what inspired your nickname...Patrick Star's home? Either way, we love it! #SaySomethingNiceDay."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
HBO's Insecure and Ballers return on Aug. 12
Issa Rae's third season of Insecure will follow the fourth season of Dwayne Johnson's Ballers.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
BET orders Dwayne Johnson-produced docuseries Finding Justice
Johnson is teaming with his ex-wife/manager Dany Garcia on a six-episode docuseries focusing on African Americans fighting injustices throughout the country.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Conan O'Brien pitches himself as Dwayne Johnson's stunt double
Source: The A.V. Club
Conan donned a bald cap to prove that he could make a convincing stunt double for The Rock.
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 8:51AM EST
Dwayne Johnson to host NBC’s The Titan Games
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I wanted to create a platform that gave everyday people the opportunity to change their lives and do something extraordinary," Johnson told Jimmy Fallon on the post-Super Bowl Tonight Show. "With this, I was watching one of my favorite shows on TV that I was inspired by — American Ninja Warrior — and we partnered with the creative execs of that show and ... with NBC."
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Dwayne Johnson’s filming of Ballers in a cemetery prompted him to recall his mother’s suicide attempt when he was 15
“Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide,” Johnson posted on Instagram. “Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Golden Globes renames “Miss Golden Globe” — The Rock’s daughter to become the first “Golden Globe Ambassador”
Simone Garcia Johnson, age 16 and the daughter of Dwayne Johnson, will carry on the tradition of the child of a famous actor representing the Globes, but under the new title.
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 11:02PM EDT
Rob Corddry talks about Ballers and his Childrens Hospital spinoff
Corddry expected Ballers to be a hit all because of The Rock. “He’s a recipe for success, if nothing else,” he says. As for his Childrens Hospital spinoff, he says, “It’s everything that Childrens Hospital was in terms of comedic tone, but everything it wasn’t in terms of everything else. Where Childrens Hospital almost shunned continuity as a running joke, this show will be a season-long serial narrative. And where it all took place in a children’s hospital, this is going to be kind of a global thriller from country to country.” PLUS: How Ballers makes L.A. look like Miami.