I’m sorry to do this to you, but let’s start the day with the opening title sequence for BH 90210. The horror… the horror…
Alan Sepinwall has a review of the show. He gives it 2.5 stars.
BH90210 is pretty damn strange. It’s not exactly the Curb rip-off it was sold as, which is a good thing; as an actor, Jennie Garth is as equipped for that as Larry David would be to do a story where he wore the same dress to the spring formal as somebody else. But at times it tries to play in the Curb space, while at others it wants to be a sincere reckoning with the aging process and the fleeting nature of celebrity. And at many others, it is pure soap-operatics that just involve Jason Priestley using his own name rather than Brandon Walsh’s.
Source: Rolling Stone
Atlanta has been greenlit for a fourth season ahead of the production of season three of the show. At least, that’s what I think is going on in this article from Variety, which says that production on s3 will begin in the US Spring, which means it would have to be in 2020, but then suggests s3 might debut by the end of 2019. There’s something amiss in the time-stream and only Paper Boi can set things right…
When Disney+ launches in the US on Nov 12, subscribers will be able to bundle in Hulu and ESPN Plus with it for $12.99 per month, which keeps things very competitive with Netflix.
Speaking of Disney, it released its earnings report for the quarter and things look choppy:
Earnings per share came in at $1.35, which was below the $1.74 expected by the Street. Total revenue of $20.2 billion undershot the consensus estimate for $21.4 billion.
It blames ongoing costs associated with the Fox merger.
Channels being added to Pluto TV in August:
MTV VMA, CMT Cheerleaders, Comedy Central Roast, TV Land Sitcoms, TV Land Drama, MTV Wild ‘N Out, MTV Ridiculousness, MTV The Challenge, MTV Cribs and Are You The One?.
Source: Broadcasting and Cable
The current trend for broadcasters/streamers is to move as many of its productions as it can in-house. It enables them to keep costs down and to better vertically integrate content for use across different platforms/brands.
This is why you are seeing some relatively successful shows get cancelled (the network doesn’t own the show) and why Fox Entertainment has just bought Bento Box Entertainment - the animation company responsible for Bob’s Burgers, among other shows.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
E! is expanding its programming. As a result, 20+ staffers are losing their jobs as the show relocates from LA where a nightly show is produced to New York where the network will now produce a breakfast entertainment news show Pop of The Morning.
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Paws Inc, the company that manages the Garfield IP has just been purchased by Viacom, which will launch a new Garfield cartoon on Nickelodeon. It’s sad to see Garfield sell out like this…
Source: Dark Horizons