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THE BIBLE: ALREADY OUT ON HOME VIDEO

April 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

THE BIBLE: ALREADY OUT ON HOME VIDEOFormer News Corp. president Peter Chernin has submitted an offer of about $500 million to buy Hulu, the video website co-owned by NBCUniversal, Disney/ABC, and News Corp/Fox, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the situation. The offer amounts to about 25 percent of what the Hulu owners […]

THE BIBLE: ALREADY OUT ON HOME VIDEO

April 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In what is perhaps the fastest turn-around from TV series to home-video release in history, 20th Century Fox Home Video has released the History Channel’s 10-hour miniseries The Bible on DVD ($59.95) and Blu-ray Disc ($69.95). The final episode of the series aired on Easter Sunday — only a week ago. Despite airing opposite the […]

BATES MOTEL SETS RATINGS RECORD FOR A&E

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A&E’s Bates Motel averaged 3 million viewers at 10:00 p.m. and picked up 1.6 million more later on Monday night. With 2.5 million of them in the 25-54 age group and 2.4 million in the 18-49 demo, it was the network’s most-watched original drama series debut ever among those key demos. (The debut of last […]

AUDIENCES TO DECIDE ENDING FOR HAWAII FIVE-0 WHODUNNIT

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In yet another attempt to converge social media with old-fashioned TV, the producers of the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 will allow viewers to vote on how the Jan. 14 episode will end. There will be three possible murder suspects in the plot, with evidence that could convict any of them. It will be the job […]

AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR PROTESTS CHINESE CENSORSHIP

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Xie Fei, one of China’s most celebrated film directors, has spoken out against the country’s film bureau, which acts as a censorship board, calling it “a corrupt black spot for controlling the prosperity of the cultural and entertainment industry, killing artistic exploration and wasting administrative resources.” The 70-year-old Xie, who won the Silver Bear award […]

THEY DON’T CALL HIM LETTER-MAN FOR NOTHING

October 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

That old motto about “neither rain, nor sleet nor dark of night” apparently applies in spades to the No. 1 letter man working in the dark of night. While some late-night talk-show hosts will be sitting out the storm, David Letterman is set to return to his studio in New York tonight (Monday) and tomorrow […]

DREAMWORKS’ ORIGINAL TRIUMVERATE PLEDGES $90M TO MPTF

October 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Giving the initial impression that they have gone a long way toward saving the beleaguered Motion Picture & Television Fund, the triumvirate that founded the DreamWorks studio — Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen — announced on Tuesday that they will each done $30 million to the non-profit fund. In a statement, George Clooney, […]

SEASON DEBUT OF WALKING DEAD SETS RECORD

October 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Signaling cable television’s increasing robustness in its competition with broadcast TV, the third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead drew 10.9 million viewers Sunday night — a record for a basic-cable dramatic series. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that 7.3 million — or 67 percent — of the audience was in the key […]

THE MASTER SETS BOX OFFICE RECORD

September 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As if to demonstrate that people will go to the movies in September if they’re given something worthwhile to see, a little film from The Weinstein Co., titled The Master, sold out virtually every seat in the five theaters in New York and Los Angeles where it opened over the weekend. The film, which had […]

WILL 60 MINUTES OF SPORTS FILL VOID LEFT BY WIDE WORLD?

September 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It has been 14 years since ABC’s Wide World of Sports, the sports anthology series, left the air after having become a veritable institution over 37 years. (Remember “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” in its intro?) Now, it’s CBS’s turn to span “the globe to bring you the constant variety of […]

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