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Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
I Am Paul Walker documentary gets premiere date
Paramount Network says the film on the late The Fast and the Furious star will air on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Yellowstone is the second most-watched basic cable scripted series after three episodes
The Paramount Network drama starring Kevin Costner has held up to become No. 2 on cable to The Walking Dead among scripted series. Yellowstone has averaged 4.6 million viewers over three episodes, even growing in the key demographics.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Heathers has yet to find an American network home, but it will air internationally thanks to HBO
The controversial high school series that Paramount Network dropped has been rejected by Freeform and Netflix as efforts to find it a new home continue. Meanwhile, Heathers will air in such countries as Bosnia, Denmark and Sweden thanks to deals with HBO.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Ron Howard to direct 68 Whiskey pilot for Paramount Network, based on an Israeli series
Based on the Israeli show Charlie Golf One, 68 Whiskey will focus on the comradery of a diverse group of Army medics on a forward operating base in Afghanistan.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Paramount Network's Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story gets premiere date and trailer
The six-part docuseries on Trayvon Martin's shooting death and how it polarized the nation and gave birth to the #BlackLivesMatter movement premieres on July 30.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
Yellowstone's premiere viewership soars in delayed viewing
About 2.8 million watched the Kevin Costner-led series in the initial ratings. But the Paramount Network series' live+3 data has boosted that number to 4.8 million.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Melissa McCarthy-produced Nobodies canceled by Paramount Network and TV Land after two seasons
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 5:17PM EDT
Yellowstone's premiere was the most-watched scripted series on Paramount Network and predecessor Spike TV
About 2.8 million watched the two-hour series premiere of the drama starring Kevin Costner. That number more than doubled Waco's premiere earlier this year.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Yellowstone flirts with big ideas about the West, but it's overwhelmed by daddy issues, land-grab intrigue and intra-family drama
Sicario and Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan's new Paramount TV series, which he co-created with John Linson and starring Kevin Costner as wealthy cattle ranch owner John Dutton, "has a few interesting things buried within. But you need to dig through a lot of drab, hard-packed filler to get to them," says James Poniewozik. "The series seems to do that almost inadvertently, and only partially." But the Yosemite becomes yet another show revolving around a backstabbing wealthy family. "There’s nothing wrong, of course, with packaging deeper themes inside a genre story," says Poniewozik. "That was to some extent the approach of Mr. Sheridan’s film Wind River, a murder mystery set on a reservation. The Wire, likewise, delivered a five-season treatise on urban policy in the form of a police serial. But the A-story of Yellowstone is simply stale. Dutton is a hand-tooled role for Mr. Costner, but he’s not a charismatic villain in the throwback mode of Dallas, or a principled loner, or a complicated antihero. He’s just a corrupt grouch on horseback."
- Yellowstone's debut is reminiscent of Boardwalk Empire's pilot: Expensive to look at, painfully slow and lovingly violent
- A main problem is that Yellowstone characters are crafted primarily as symbols, rather than people
- Yellowstone gets bogged down in minutia and politics, making it as exciting as watching a zoning-commission meeting
- Yellowstone feels like a missed opportunity to do a show about wild country, instead of a family soap opera
- Kevin Costner is fairly effective and convincing as the gruff and dangerously influential Yellowstone Ranch owner
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Ink Master's Dave Navarro recalls contemplating suicide before seeking help
In response to Anthony Bourdain's death, the Ink Master host detailed his experience with suicidal thoughts in an Instagram post. “I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been there, written ‘the note,’ had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family,” he wrote. “I was ready to go.”
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Paramount Network pulls the plug on the Heathers reboot before its premiere
One month ago today, Paramount Network announced a new July 10 premiere date for Heathers after its original premiere was delayed due to the Parkland school shooting. But in wake of the Santa Fe high school shooting, Paramount Network decided to scrap that premiere date. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Network has decided not to air the controversial high school series altogether -- even though Season 2, which would've featured a whole new cast, is almost completely written. Viacom decided that after going dark on its cable channels for 17 minutes in support of Parkland school shooting victims and survivors, airing Heathers would've been contradictory to its values. "This is a high school show, we're blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it's a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It's hitting on so many hot topics," said Keith Cox, Paramount Network president of development and production. "This company can't be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we've done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we're putting on a show that we're not comfortable with." There are plans to shop the series elsewhere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast and crew was notified of the decision today and that "multiple cast members are relieved that the series will not currently air."
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 6:28PM EDT
ABC deserves praise for quickly canceling Roseanne: "This is how you teach civil and moral behavior"
In fact, ABC deserves "double praise" for a "clean, quick, moral call in a corporate media world drowning in executives talking out of both sides of their mouths," says David Zurawik of ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey's statement that Roseanne Barr's racist tweet is "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." Zurawik adds: "After decades of seeing network executives bend themselves into knots trying to keep bad people in hit shows on the air, I salute Dungey and ABC for ditching a show that came out of nowhere to make tens of millions of dollars for the network. This is how you teach civil and moral behavior: You make people who transgress the way Roseanne did pay a huge price. You make them pariahs no matter how much it hurts your bottom line."
- Roseanne reruns yanked from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT -- and Hulu
- Roseanne Barr's ugly hatred isn't new. ABC's rejection of it, however, is: "That the show’s star had become a rabid conspiracy theorist who used her platform to push baseless rumors was brushed off like a mere annoyance, like Barr was an embarrassing grandma the network tolerated with an affectionate eye roll because hey, she’s family," says Cynthia Littleton. "That she had previously made racist statements like the one she made Tuesday was straight-up ignored. The inconvenient truth of the matter is that while the (Valerie) Jarrett insult was particularly awful, it wasn’t a particularly unusual statement for Barr to make. It was, despite her apology that she 'should have known better,' exactly in line with the persona Barr herself has cultivated — one ABC had to be aware of when it decided to get back in business with her."
- This was the problem all along: Having Roseanne back meant having Roseanne back: "If we’ve learned anything from this," says Hank Stuever, "it’s that Roseanne is Roseanne is Roseanne. TV still needs a contrary, cantankerous character from which to tell the story of American life and politics in 2018. But Barr was never the right person for that job."
- Did Channing Dungey being the first black woman network entertainment president make a difference?: "We can never know for sure what would have happened if a white person were in charge of ABC at this moment," says Willa Paskin, "but it strikes me that that person would have been much more likely to administer the aforementioned wrist slap, continuing to put up with the polarizing circus act that is Barr. Dungey, instead, saw Roseanne’s tweet comparing a black woman to an ape for what it was: too much, too far, enough."
- Last August, Dungey said Roseanne's son would take over her Twitter feed: "Why was ABC comfortable with Barr's son running a gross Twitter feed in her name, one that featured a verified check mark and was assumed to be coming from Roseanne? Why was that better?" asks Daniel Fienberg. "When did that experiment with her son running the Twitter feed end? Did anything change? Why does it matter? And why DIDN'T ABC ask Barr to take a break from Twitter? Or to take a break from specific aspects of her Twitter?" Fienberg adds: "Roseanne Barr's Twitter feed has been abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with what should have been ABC and Disney's values since long before the show was picked up, and also subsequently. Barr's Twitter feed has trafficked in vile and disproved conspiracy theories and ample content that walked lines many considered racist or xenophobic or prejudiced or judgement-clouded in a number of ways. She's engaged in hostile and insulting fights with Twitter followers high and low. She's shown no interest in controlling herself."
- Dungey's decision feels like a gutsy move: "It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate," says Kathryn VanArendonk, "and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent."
- ABC doesn't deserve all this praise for Roseanne's cancelation when they put her back on TV following her history of racist/homophobic/Islamophobic tweets
- Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne Barr tweet on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" forum, calling it "a teaching moment"
- ABC suspends Roseanne's Emmy campaign
- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to address Roseanne's cancelation, saying there "a lot bigger things going on in the country right now"
- Roseanne's cancelation leaves a huge crater on ABC's fall schedule
- Inside the cancelation: Dungey made the decision with Disney CEO Bob Iger's support -- Disney feared Barr's tweet would hurt its diversity efforts
- Carsey-Werner Television sees its syndication revenue vanish with axing of Roseanne and The Cosby Show reruns
- Michael Fishman tweeted he's "devastated": "I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes...The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved...I condemn these statements vehemently."
- Tom Arnold praises ABC for Iger for cancelation, saying "I called out Roseanne Barr & her dangerous tweets"
- Bill O'Reilly says ABC had no choice but to cancel Roseanne: "@ABC/@Disney could not continue with the show without insulting millions of Americans"
- ABC quickly removed all traces of Roseanne from its website
- Roseanne could've brought in $60 million in ad revenue next season
- A rerun of The Middle will replace tonight's scheduled rerun of Roseanne
- Celebrities suggest Roseanne-less Roseanne reboot ideas
- Charlie Sheen suggests filling ABC's Roseanne timeslot with a Two and a Half Men reboot
- Before Roseanne was canceled, many media outlets bent over backwards to not use the word "racist" to describe Roseanne's tweet
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
George Zimmerman charged with stalking a private investigator for Paramount Network's Trayvon Martin docuseries
Zimmerman is accused of misdemeanor stalking of a private investigator named Dennis Warren, who was tracking down participants for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 2:24PM EDT
Watch Alicia Silverstone in the trailer for American Woman
Silverstone plays a single mom who's "fighting to reclaim her footing in the patriarchal abyss of 1975 Los Angeles" on the Paramount Network dramedy loosely based on the life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards. American Woman premieres on June 7.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
Heathers announces a new premiere date: July 10
The Paramount Network series was originally supposed to debut in March, but was delayed after the Parkland school shooting.