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‘WWE SmackDown’ Slips In Week 2, Still Leads Friday In Demo, ‘Blue Bloods’ Ratings Tick Up

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Fox’s WWE SmackDown was smacked down double digits from its premiere last week, which was a SmackDown 20th anniversary celebration featuring some of WWE’s biggest past and present stars. Still, it won the night for the network in adults 18-40 (Live+Sd) and topped Friday for the second week in a row. On The CW, Charmed and Dynasty returned, making their modest Friday night bows. Both were off a bit from last year’s premieres, and just below their season averages and finales. Charmed had an 0.2 18-49 rating and 700,000 viewers, down a tick from its Sunday night numbers, while Dynasty was on par with what Crazy Ex-Girlfriend averaged in the time slot last fall, scoring an 0.1 rating and 464,000 viewers.

The news was better for the CBS drama-laden lineup. Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. ticked up in total viewers and
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Robert Forster, Celebrated Jackie Brown Actor, Dies at 78

Alec Bojalad Oct 12, 2019

Robert Forster, the prolific actor best known for roles in Jackie Brown and the recent El Camino, has died at 78.

Robert Forster, a prolific actor whose career spanned over a hundred films including a starring role in 1997's Jackie Brown, has died at 78. Forster died at his Los Angeles home from brain cancer. Deadline reported the news, which was confirmed by Forster's family and representatives.

Born in Rochester, New York, Forster moved to New York City to pursue an acting career shortly after graduating from the University of Rochester. His film-acting career began in 1967 with a small role in the Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando-starring film Reflections in a Golden Eye. He would go on to work consistently through six decades, culminating most recently with a role in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which premiered on the same day of Forster's death.

In the Breaking Bad universe,
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Robert Forster, Beloved Breaking Bad and Jackie Brown Star, Dead at 78

Robert Forster has died.

The beloved actor, who is best known for his roles on Jackie Brown and Breaking Bad, died on Friday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 78.

His passing comes on the same day the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, was released.

Forster reprised his role Ed in that movie, the one he played on the hit AMC original series, meaning that fans may already have watched his final role.

He started out his career with roles in hit movies Reflections in a Golden Eye and Medium Cool, before turning his attention to the small screen.

He was the lead cast member on NBC's Banyon and ABC's Nakia, but both series were short-lived.

Forster followed those up with roles in Magnum P.I., Walker, Texas Ranger, and Police Story.

However, his breakthrough role came in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. He played the role of
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New ‘Magnum Pi’ Spoilers For Season 2, October 18, 2019 Episode 4 Revealed

Hey, "Magnum P.I." fans. We are here to deliver some new spoilery intel for the upcoming episode 4 of this current second season. Episode 3 officially wrapped up tonight. So, we just thought it was the right thing to do. Anyways, CBS delivered a brand new press release for episode 4. It features a couple of teaser descriptions for next week's episode 4. So, we will run those buy guys in this spoiler session. To get things started, we do have an official title for episode 4. The producers decided to name it, "Dead Inside." Ooh, that's never good. It sounds like episode 4 will feature some very interesting, scandalous, possible action-filled scenes as Katsumoto suspects he has a dirty cop on his team! Rick and Tc help a pro football player and more. We'll go ahead and start off this spoiler session with the Katsumoto situation. It turns out that Katsumoto will have reason to
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‘American Housewife’, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ & ‘Blue Bloods’ Top Ratings On Slow Premiere Friday

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We should call this pre-Premiere Friday as the big newcomer on the night, Fox’s WWE SmackDown, along with NBC veteran The Blacklist, are not debuting until next week.

After what we have seen Premiere Week to date — double-digit year-to-year declines, Live+Same Day adults 18-49 ratings of 0.7, once a rarity and certain precursor to cancellation, now commonplace — we should not have high expectations for the lower-trafficked Friday night where there are fewer viewers available to begin with.

We got more of the same last night, with returning series coming back lower vs. last fall, often exceeding the average -7% in viewers and -12% in 18-49 year-to-year declines in Hut levels during Premiere Week.

On its new night, ABC comedy American Housewife was able to match its finale, which aired on Wednesday where Hut levels are higher. It improved ABC’s Friday 8 Pm
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‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Reboot Starring Jared Padalecki In the Works

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‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Reboot Starring Jared Padalecki In the Works
Exclusive: There is a new Walker, Texas Ranger in town. Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is set to headline and executive produce Walker, a reimagining of CBS’ long-running 1990s action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger, I have learned.

The project, written/executive produced by Anna Fricke (Valor) and executive produced by Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon) and Dan Spilo (Sunnyside), is being shopped by CBS TV Studios. I hear the CW, home of Padalecki’s long-running series Supernatural, has emerged as a leading contender for the new show, with CBS, which aired the Chuck Norris-starring Walker, Texas Ranger, also considered a possibility.

Like the original series, created by Albert S. Ruddy & Leslie Greif, the reboot, in which Walker is getting a female partner, will explore morality, family, and rediscovering our lost common ground. At the center of the series is Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a man finding his way back to his
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#NotWorthLess: ‘I Was Great and Deserve to Be Paid the Same’

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Women writers, producers and assistants across Twitter turned the hashtag #NotWorthLess into a trend Wednesday, shining a light on issues of pay inequality in the entertainment business. Sparked by screenwriter Adele Lim’s recent decision to walk away from the “Crazy Rich Asians” sequel in protest of being paid less than her male co-writer, dozens of writers shared their own pay-inequity stories. Two of those writers spoke with Variety at length about their experiences.

Ashley Gable served as a co-executive producer and then executive producer on CBS’ “The Mentalist,” produced by Warner Bros. Television, for four years between 2008 and 2012. As her three-year contract neared an end, she was earning $25,000 per episode. Then she discovered that she was being paid about two-thirds of the $40,000 per episode that her male counterparts were making, each of whom had joined the show after her.

She negotiated up to $30,000 per episode, which she said the studio called “an outsized raise,
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Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing ‘Golden Girls’-Style Comedy for Netflix

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Jane Lynch, Cyndi Lauper Developing ‘Golden Girls’-Style Comedy for Netflix
Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper just wanna have fun. The comedian and the 1980s music icon have joined forces to star in a new comedy project that may be heading to Netflix.

Lynch let it slip backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys that she and Lauper will co-star in a comedy that she described as “kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”

A quick Internet search revealed that writer and comedian Carol Leifer (“Seinfeld”) is behind the show as well. “It’s official, heading out next with a new half-hour comedy, starring Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper,” Leifer wrote on Facebook in July. “A writer’s dream to work with these two legends. Can’t wait to see where we land…”

According to Lynch, it’s Netflix: “I pitched a show to Netflix and they bought it,” she told reporters after winning the Emmy for guest actress in a comedy
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What to Expect From the Broadcast Networks This Fall: Mostly Established Hits

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Of the major broadcasters, few are making any radical changes to their linear schedules for the fall Nielsen season, which begins Sept. 23. They’re relying instead on mostly established hits. No doubt the nets are looking to stanch the bleeding of linear viewers to digital and streaming platforms by providing continuity from season to season. Here’s a breakdown of each network’s programming plans.

ABC

ABC has kept most of its 2018-19 schedule intact, with the highest-profile move being “The Rookie” going to Sundays at 10 p.m., while “American Housewife” joins the Friday-night comedy block alongside “Fresh off the Boat.”

The network will also see the biggest drop-off in the number of shows debuting this fall compared with last year, going to four in 2019 from seven in 2018.

“We’re screaming in a room full of screaming people, and if we’re screaming about fewer things, it makes it easier to make our voices louder,
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CBS Season Premiere Spoilers: Ziva's Warning for Gibbs, a Stunning Hawaii Five-0 Departure, and More!

We are just weeks away from the beginning of the 2019-20 TV season, and that can only mean one thing:

Lots of TV shows will be returning to the air.

CBS has dropped a wealth of details about its shows, and we've rounded all the information up below.

NCIS Season 17 Episode 1 - " Out of Darkness" premiering Tuesday, September 24 at 8/7C.

"Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends, and what led to her return," reads the official synopsis for the explosive season premiere.

Oh yes, Cote de Pablo is back!

Remember you can watch NCIS online right here via TV Fanatic.

Hawaii Five-0 Season 10 Episode 1 - "Ua ʻeha ka ʻili i ka maka o ka ihe" premiering Friday, September 27 at 8/7c.

"A new ally helps McGarrett and Five-0 when mob bosses on the
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2019 Imagen Awards Nominations: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas and More

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2019 Imagen Awards Nominations: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas and More
Jennifer Lopez and Antonion Banderas are among this year’s Imagen Awards nominees, which span a range of categories including informational programming, on-air advertising, outstanding individual performances and prime time programming in film and television.

The Imagen awards were first established in 1985 upon recommendation from TV veteran Normal Lear in an effort to recognize more Latinx representation in the media. The nominees are determined by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.

The 34th Annual Imagen Awards will take place Aug. 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

See the full list of nominees below.

Best Feature Film

“¡He Matado a mi Marido!” (Hm Movie)

“Instant Family” (Paramount Pictures)

Monsters and Men” (Neon/Moviepass Films)

Pain and Glory” (El Deseo/Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Director

Sean Anders, “Instant Family” (Paramount Pictures)

Pedro Almodovar, “Pain and Glory” (El Deseo/Sony Pictures Classics)

Reinaldo Marcus Green, “Monsters and Men
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Stranger Things,” including the finale.]

Another season of “Stranger Things” brings another slew of opportunities to drop pop culture references by avowed cinephiles, the Duffer Brothers. Set in 1985, Season 3 includes plenty of nods to the decade, in addition to various horror and sci-fi films that influenced the more monstrous elements from the Upside Down.

Here’s an episode-by-episode breakdown of all the references and homages in the third season, beyond the Eggo waffles and Dungeons & Dragons that fans already know and love. Unless the songs have particular significance to the story, they won’t be mentioned here but are included in this separate soundtrack post.

“Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?” “War Games” (1983) – A popular trope in movies that involve high security or nuclear weapons, the real-life two-man rule (or two-keyed lock) shows up at the beginning of the Matthew Broderick hacker movie “War Games” when two soldiers are tasked
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‘Stranger Things 3’ Spoilers Review: We Need to Talk About Hopper (and That Ending)

‘Stranger Things 3’ Spoilers Review: We Need to Talk About Hopper (and That Ending)
Phew! That was quite a ride! Say what you will about “Stranger Things 3,” but it’s not lacking in forward momentum. Quickly edited, densely populated, and bursting with vivid images, Season 3 of The Duffer Brothers’ Netflix original feels like it’s playing in an old arcade, where if X number of seconds pass without a rat exploding or a blob oozing across the floor, it’s game over.

That sentence might sound strange to anyone who hasn’t finished the eight new episodes, but this, dear readers, isn’t a regular review. It’s a spoilers review, meaning the below analysis will delve into everything within the new season, including the ending. Don’t worry. If you’re so incensed by the headline that you skipped to the first bold headline or bullet point, thus skipping this intro, we’ll warn you a few more times that spoilers are coming.
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Fall TV Premieres: Here’s When All Your Favorite Shows Will Return (Updating)

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Fall TV Premieres: Here’s When All Your Favorite Shows Will Return (Updating)
Friday marks the first day of summer, but we’re already looking ahead to autumn, as the broadcast networks have begun to set their Fall TV premiere dates. Click through TheWrap’s gallery to see when all of your favorite ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and CW series are coming back in the colder months. We will continue to update this list as more premiere dates become available.

Series: “The Neighborhood” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 8 p.m.

Series: “The Voice” Net: NBC Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 8 p.m.

Series: “Bull” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 10 p.m.

Series: “NCIS” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24 Time: 8 p.m.

Series: “This Is Us” Net: NBC Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24 Time: 9 p.m.

Series: “FBI” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24 Time: 9 p.m.

Series: “NCIS: New Orleans” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24 Time: 9 p.m.
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Fall TV 2019 Premiere Dates: The Complete List of New and Returning Shows (Updating)

  • The Wrap
We know, we know, summer hasn’t even officially begun yet and we’re already talking about Fall TV. But the broadcast networks have begun to announce the premiere dates for their new and returning shows and so it’s our duty to let you know what is going to air when.

While the list of premiere dates for new and returning shows that will hit Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW during the cooler months is still small, TheWrap has already started rounding them up to make sure you don’t miss fresh episodes of your most beloved series — and the debuts of new ones.

See broadcast’s fall premiere dates below, a list which TheWrap will continue to update as more become available in the coming months (new shows in Caps):

Monday, Sept. 23

8 p.m. “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

8 p.m. “The Voice” (NBC)

8:30 p.m.
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Hollywood and Euro Royalty Mingle at Monte Carlo TV Fest

Hollywood and Euro Royalty Mingle at Monte Carlo TV Fest
Hollywood royalty will be mingling with European royalty at this month’s Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The Hollywood contingent travelling to Monte Carlo — known for its glamorous location, red carpets and press junkets — includes Michael Douglas, who will receive the event’s top award, the Crystal Nymph, from Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Kennedy family scion and Academy Award-nominated documentary maker Rory Kennedy heads the festival’s news jury, and also presents the world premiere of the National Geographic film “Apollo: Missions to the Moon.”

Stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union will be in Monte Carlo for the festival’s opening screening of Sony Pictures Television series “L.A.’s Finest.” “SpongeBob SquarePants” will screen at the fest’s Kids & Family Day to mark its 20th anniversary.

Set up in 1961 by Monaco’s Prince Rainier, whose marriage to actress Grace Kelly lent an aura of showbiz glamour to the tiny but wealthy principality,
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The Red Line Canceled at CBS

The Red Line has reached the final stop at CBS

The Eye network has swung the ax on the freshman drama after one low-rated season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"[The show] did not get picked up for a second season, so it will exist as an elegant novel," co-showrunner Sunil Nayar revealed to the website at the Atx Television Festival.

The Red Line ultimately averaged 3.85 million total viewers and a CW-esque 0.36 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. 

Related: The Red Line: An Off-Brand Series for CBS That Lacks Direction

It was the network's second-lowest rated scripted drama, coming in marginally ahead of Saturday drama Ransom

The Noah Wyle fronted drama focused on a white cop in Chicago who mistakenly shoots and kills a back doctor. 

The series followed three different families with connections to the case, and the story was told from each of their perspectives. 

It received mixed reviews from critics upon its launch,
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All This Has Happened Before: Remembering Battlestar Galactica

Ricky Church on Battlestar Galactica

In today’s climate of film and television, its pretty common for an old property to be rebooted or remade for a modern audience. The last several years have seen it done so many times with various series or films, from Batman, Lethal Weapon, Magnum P.I., The Jungle Book and Twin Peaks, reboots have been a dime and dozen and often not lived up to the original. But flashback to 2003 when they weren’t as common. One classic 1970s series was remade into something more serious and gritty, but with powerful characters, stories and themes. That show was Battlestar Galactica, which premiered with its miniseries back in 2003.

The original 70s series of Battlestar followed a ragtag group of humans on the verge of extinction after the Cylons, a race of robotic beings, launched a surprise attack on humanity and largely wiped out the population. The
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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Devin Druid Leads Cast In Horror-Western ‘The Pale Door’, Shoot Under Way In Oklahoma

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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Devin Druid Leads Cast In Horror-Western ‘The Pale Door’, Shoot Under Way In Oklahoma
Exclusive: 13 Reasons Why star Devin Druid has been set to lead cast in horror-western The Pale Door, which is executive-produced by Cold In July novelist and co-producer Joe R. Lansdale. Production is under way in Oklahoma on the feature, which is repped for world sales by Amp International.

Author Lansdale is also a creative and script consultant on the film from writer-director Aaron B. Koontz (Camera Obscura). Pic follows a gang of cowboys and a mysterious woman who seek shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a disastrous train robbery. Seeking help for their wounded leader they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square but soon discover that the town is home to a coven of witches and blood-thirsty wolves.

The ensemble cast includes Zachary Knighton (The Hitcher), Melora Walters (Magnolia), Bill Sage (We Are What We Are), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), Stan Shaw (Rocky), Natasha Bassett, Noah Segan (Looper) and Tina Parker (Better Call Saul).

Script comes from Keith Lansdale, Cameron Burns and Koontz. Producers are Ashleigh Snead, Matthew Thomas, and Roman Dent, and Koontz and Burns for Paper Street Pictures. James Norrie and Inderpal Singh are also producing for Amp. David Guglielmo is casting director.

Director Koontz said, “I love the idea of mixing these two disparate worlds of horror and western, and to do so with the help of Joe and Keith Lansdale, feels like the perfect devil’s playground. It’s 3:10 To Yuma meets The Descent, but doused, and then set on fire with psychological horror. Once this gets going, it’s relentless.”

Amp’s Norrie commented, “Buyers are looking for high concept genre projects that stand out from the crowd. This is a film about cowboys battling witches. With rabid wolves and unholy ravens. The response from the market has been electric and we couldn’t be more excited to be involved.”

Druid was a breakout star in Netflix’s controversial hit 13 Reasons Why and will be returning as a key figure for season three as well as starring with Tom Hanks in upcoming historical-drama Greyhound. Knighton is a co-lead on Magnum P.I. for CBS.

Walters is a regular on the Hulu show Pen15 and Noah Segan will be seen in Rian Johnson’s upcoming crime caper Knives Out. Bill Sage can next be seen in sci-fi thriller The Wave.
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Network TV Fall 2019 Diversity Overview: CBS Steps Up as Fox Slips

Network TV Fall 2019 Diversity Overview: CBS Steps Up as Fox Slips
At the Upfronts earlier this month, a spate of freshman and sophomore series led by actors of color that were initially greenlit seemingly in order to address broadcast TV’s representation problem were canceled, including “The Passage,” “The Fix” and “Happy Together.” This caused some initial concern that networks may not be as enthusiastic about ongoing attempts at diversity, but as Fall 2019 new series orders were unveiled, the picture proved to be more assuring.

As broadcast TV networks set their 2019-2020 programming lineups, diversity concerns still very much remain at the fore, as Hollywood overall continues to be under pressure to address its historical erasure of characters of color in front of and behind the camera. TV continues to outpace film in both regards, with recent improvement on how voices and stories from all walks of life are embraced within the space.

The good news is that, on all five
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