Sasha Morfaw, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Sufe Bradshaw ‘GLOW’s Sydelle Noel To Star In Boko Haram Inspired Film ‘Rise’

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Sasha Morfaw (Black Panther), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Claws, Heroes), Sufe Bradshaw (Veep), Sydelle Noel (GLOW), and Peter Mensah (300) will star in the indie film Rise from first-time feature director Maritte Go.
The dramatic thriller is inspired by the rea…

‘Rise’ Music Director Tom Kitt Elicits Raw Authenticity Of The High School Musical In Season 1 With ‘Spring Awakening’

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A Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway success known for musicals including High Fidelity and Next to Normal, Tom Kitt has over the past several years followed his passion for the world of film and television, making inroads on projects incl…

16 Highest-Rated Canceled or Ending TV Shows of 2017-18 Season – So Far (Photos)

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Upfront season is upon us, and that means broadcast networks are canceling shows left and right to make room for their newly-ordered series. But not every program that got the ax went out with bad Nielsen numbers. Here’s a look at what shows didn…

‘Rise’ Boss Jason Katims on His Journey From Playwright to TV and Making All His Shows ‘Personal’

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Jason Katims knows the world of small-town high school dramas. In 2006, he launched NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” Now, 12 years later, he’s revisiting small-town life with his high school musical series “Rise.” “In a sense, this show does owe something to ‘FridayNight Lights’ because it’s a story about this town — and it’s not a privileged […]

‘The Voice’ Rules, ‘Rise’ Steady, ‘For The People’ Slips While ABC Comedies Climb On Tuesday

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In a field of repeats, NBC’s The Voice (2.1 demo rating, 10.8 million viewers) easily dominated Tuesday’s primetime in overall audience and the key demographic.
After which, NBC’s Rise (1.1, 5.53M), while fumbling a chunk of that lead-in, stayed steady demo-wise in its regular-slot premiere, and climbed week to week in total viewers – a Big 4 first this season for a new series’ second broadcast.
ABC comedy originals also enjoyed their rerun competition. The Middle (1.3…

Ratings: Shondaland’s ‘For the People’ Does Even Worse in Week 2

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ABC’s “For the People” doesn’t look like it’s going to be up for renewal: Following a rerun, the newest Shondaland drama dropped 25 percent in key demo ratings from last week’s already soft starting point.

NBC’s “Rise” held up better, even without a “This Is Us” lead-in. With “The Voice” dominating at 8 p.m., NBC walked away with a Tuesday primetime victory.

With “Fresh Off the Boat” growing for its season finale, ABC finished second among adults 18-49. CBS was runner-up in total viewers, despite airing entirely repeats.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” earned a 2.1/9 and 10.7 million viewers. At 9, “Rise” received a 1.1/4 and 5.5 million viewers. “Chicago Med” at 10 had a 1.2/5 and 6.9 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and third in viewers with 3/6 million. “The Middle” at 8 posted a 1.3/6 and 5.8 million viewers. At 8:30, “Fresh Off the Boat” got a 1.0/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9 received a 1.1/4 and 3.9 million viewers. After a “Modern Family” rerun, “For the People” at 10 settled for a 0.6/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and second in viewers with 7 million.

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Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 2.2 million. Following a repeat, “LA to Vegas” at 9 had a 0.6/2 and 2.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “The Mick” got a 0.7/2 and 2 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth with total viewers with 1.5 million viewers, Telemundo was seventh with 1.26 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and sixth in viewers with 1.27 million. After a rerun, “Black Lightning” received a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

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‘This Is Us’ Ratings Rise In Finale, ‘Rise’ & ‘For The People’ Get Off to Modest Starts

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NBC’s This Is Us ended its second season on a high note, logging a 2.7 adults 18-49 Live + same day rating and 10.8 million viewers, up +22% in the demo from last week. While This Is Us, the No. 1 program in the demo last night, was off from the eye-popping 3.4 18-49 L+SD rating and 12.8 million viewers for the Season 1 finale last spring, it equaled the series’ highest regular-slot demo rating since Nov. 28. At 8 PM, The Voice (2.2) was up a tenth from last week.
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Fans Think ‘Rise’ Is Straight up ‘Glee’ – but With a ‘Really Gritty Instagram Filter’

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If you tuned into the premiere of NBC’s “Rise” on Tuesday and kept wondering when Lea Michele was going to burst through the door belting out a Broadway hit, you weren’t the only one. Oh yeah, a good chunk of Twitter thought the new series is pretty much “Glee.” And that’s not necessarily a compliment.

Jason Katims’ new high school drama — starring Josh Radnor, Damon J. Gillespie and Auli’i Cravalho — was being compared to Fox’s beloved series about a crew of teens who have nothing in common but their love of song, before it even aired. And now that it actually has, well, fans of the Ryan Murphy show (which aired from 2009-2015) are singing different tunes in their reviews.

“Soooo…the pilot of #Rise is basically the same as the pilot of #Glee? ‘Let’s coerce the QB into being our lead singer by threatening his grades.’ But where are the slushies?” one viewer tweeted, pointing out the opening story lines are, well, very similar.

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Others wanted to focus on their differences, like the quality of the cinematography. “#Rise is Glee with a really gritty Instagram filter,” one tweeted.

And of course, with Radnor playing the drama teacher, there was even a “How I Met Your Mother” joke — which still somehow managed to mention “Glee” too: “‘Kids, did I ever tell you about the time I was a glee club teacher in Lima, Ohio?’ Oh, wait. Is this not How I Met Your Glee Club? Is that not Will Mosby? Where is Jane Lynch? #Rise”

See some of the fan comparisons below.

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Glee was self-aware and quirky, which made the clichéd storylines fun, so far #rise is attempting a grittiness that isn’t translating to anything compelling

— Danielle (@sReadByDanielle) March 14, 2018

#Rise is Glee with a really gritty Instagram filter.

— Yolanda (@Yolandas_Issues) March 14, 2018

Ok so #Rise is 100% Glee so far. No difference. At all. Football storyline? EXACTLY the same as Finn. Does this mean I’m not loving it? No.

— Kristen Cloyd (@kristenj_cloyd) March 14, 2018

Soooo…the pilot of #Rise is basically the same as the pilot of #Glee? “Let’s coerce the QB into being our lead singer by threatening his grades.” But where are the slushies?

— Helen Peil (@reenie922) March 14, 2018

I honestly was so excited to watch @NBCRise but now I see it’s nothing more than a carbon copy of Glee. Literally almost shot by shot the same show. The pilots are identical. This show had such potential and lacks any originality. #Rise

— Ry Megara (@RyanMegara) March 14, 2018

“Kids, did I ever tell you about the time I was a glee club teacher in Lima, Ohio?”
Oh, wait. Is this not How I Met Your Glee Club? Is that not Will Mosby? Where is Jane Lynch? #Rise

— Jennifer (@Jen_naaay) March 14, 2018

Teacher bribing football player to try out for the musical. Where have I seen this before… #rise #glee pic.twitter.com/dOKQ7k8OY1

— Nicole Fulmino (@nikkimino) March 14, 2018

…. sooo… #Rise is basically Glee….. so far… lol ? Mr. Shu 2.0 trying to bring the “classics” to the theater department… but I’m guessing the band of misfits will audition and magic will happen and they will all grow together … right? Ya… thats Glee. ????????

— Brittney Schaadt (@BrittneySchaadt) March 14, 2018

So far, #Rise is exactly the pilot of Glee, but shot like FNL. So, exactly what I expected.

— Britny Eubank (@britnygottalent) March 14, 2018

love the new glee reboot! #rise pic.twitter.com/DfLvHqlYBV

— Nicole (@PolarizeIt) March 14, 2018

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Lazy choices and too many tragedies lead to a disappointing Rise

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Watching creative people build something together makes for great television. Whether it’s an ad, a musical, or a television show within a television show, the creative process is full of tension and release, and when the romantic subplots get a little tired, there’s always the finished product to look forward to.…

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Rise’s musical-theater drama could’ve used a few more weeks in previews

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It’s a common critical refrain: Most fiction about the creation of a great and powerful work of art will inevitably fall short of convincing its audience that said work of art is great and powerful. It’s hard enough to craft one layer of compelling stories and characters; to then write original pop songs, stand-up…

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