With ‘Death by Magic,’ Arthur Smith Builds on Unscripted Success

With his new show “Death by Magic,” executive producer Arthur Smith pulls off an impressive feat — expanding a television empire that is already home to some of the most enduring franchises in television. Through his A. Smith & Co., Smi…

With his new show “Death by Magic,” executive producer Arthur Smith pulls off an impressive feat — expanding a television empire that is already home to some of the most enduring franchises in television. Through his A. Smith & Co., Smith is the force behind “American Ninja Warrior” and “Hells Kitchen.” “Death By Magic,” which […]

How the Golden Globes TV Battlefield Erupts as Contenders Aim for ‘Maisel’-Like Bump

While Oscar pundits were busy on Thursday morning dissecting what the Golden Globe nominations might mean for the Academy Awards, small screen execs were just as eager to see what might be the next show to get “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” bu…

While Oscar pundits were busy on Thursday morning dissecting what the Golden Globe nominations might mean for the Academy Awards, small screen execs were just as eager to see what might be the next show to get “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” bump. “Maisel,” of course, is the critically acclaimed Amazon Studios series starring Rachel Brosnahan […]

Michael Schneider Named Variety Senior Editor, TV Awards

Michael Schneider has been named senior editor of TV awards at Variety. He begins his new role Jan. 1. Schneider returns to Variety full time after more than two years at sister site Indiewire, where he was executive editor. During that time he also se…

Michael Schneider has been named senior editor of TV awards at Variety. He begins his new role Jan. 1. Schneider returns to Variety full time after more than two years at sister site Indiewire, where he was executive editor. During that time he also served as editor-at-large for Variety. In his new role, Schneider will […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Sexual Misconduct Claims Being Investigated by Fox, ‘Cosmos’ Producers

Fox and the producers of the television series “Cosmos” have opened an investigation into multiple sexual misconduct claims against the show’s host, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The move follows a report on the website Patheos in which two wo…

Fox and the producers of the television series “Cosmos” have opened an investigation into multiple sexual misconduct claims against the show’s host, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The move follows a report on the website Patheos in which two women accused Tyson of inappropriate sexual behavior. “The credo at the heart of ‘Cosmos’ is to follow the […]

Donald Sutherland Joins Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant in HBO’s ‘The Undoing’

Donald Sutherland has joined the cast of the upcoming HBO miniseries “The Undiong,” joining previously announced stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. Sutherland is set to play Franklin Renner, Grace’s (Kidman) father, a retired financier and…

Donald Sutherland has joined the cast of the upcoming HBO miniseries “The Undiong,” joining previously announced stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. Sutherland is set to play Franklin Renner, Grace’s (Kidman) father, a retired financier and loving grandfather, who is tasked with protecting his family when turbulent revelations come to light. The six-episode series is […]

Ava DuVernay Signs Warner Bros. TV Deal

Ava DuVernay has signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television. Under the agreement, which goes into effect in January, DuVernay will develop and produce television projects exclusively for Warner Bros. through her company Forward Movement. “Av…

Ava DuVernay has signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television. Under the agreement, which goes into effect in January, DuVernay will develop and produce television projects exclusively for Warner Bros. through her company Forward Movement. “Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur […]

How ABC Pulled Off a Stealth Transition for Channing Dungey and Karey Burke

Channing Dungey called a meeting Friday of ABC’s top executives and revealed to them that she would step down as the network’s entertainment president. Within an hour, Disney went public with the news that Dungey would be succeeded by Karey…

Channing Dungey called a meeting Friday of ABC’s top executives and revealed to them that she would step down as the network’s entertainment president. Within an hour, Disney went public with the news that Dungey would be succeeded by Karey Burke, head of programming for ABC’s sibling cabler Freeform. The news was not a surprise […]

Channing Dungey Exits ABC; Karey Burke Named Network President

Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a U.S. broadcast network, has departed her role as president, ABC Entertainment. Karey Burke, head of original programming for cable channel Freeform, has been tapped to replace her. Dungey’s de…

Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a U.S. broadcast network, has departed her role as president, ABC Entertainment. Karey Burke, head of original programming for cable channel Freeform, has been tapped to replace her. Dungey’s departure comes as corporate parent Disney prepares for a massive overhaul of its television business units tied to […]

‘Agents of SHIELD’ Renewed by ABC for Season 7

ABC has renewed “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” for a seventh season. The move comes just six months after the superhero drama was picked up for a sixth season, which has yet to premiere. The series stars Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May,…

ABC has renewed “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” for a seventh season. The move comes just six months after the superhero drama was picked up for a sixth season, which has yet to premiere. The series stars Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth […]

Jon Cryer Set as Lex Luthor in CW’s ‘Supergirl’

Jon Cryer has been cast as Lex Luthor in the CW’s “Supergirl.” The move marks a return to series television for Cryer, who won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the long-running CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men.” Cry…

Jon Cryer has been cast as Lex Luthor in the CW’s “Supergirl.” The move marks a return to series television for Cryer, who won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the long-running CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men.” Cryer will recur on the Warner Bros. Television superhero drama as Luthor, the classic […]

TV Academy Names Frank Scherma Chairman and CEO

The Television Academy has named Frank Scherma chairman and CEO. Co-founder and president of RadicalMedia, Scherma replaces Hayma Washington, who — as Variety reported exclusively last month — is stepping down after one term as head of the organization…

The Television Academy has named Frank Scherma chairman and CEO. Co-founder and president of RadicalMedia, Scherma replaces Hayma Washington, who — as Variety reported exclusively last month — is stepping down after one term as head of the organization. “As our industry continues to evolve faster than ever, I am committed to ensuring that the […]

James Corden, Issa Rae, Chuck Lorre Address Industry and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Conference

Some of film, television, music and tech’s biggest influencers gathered Thursday for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety‘s 2018 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference. Producer Vin Di Bona; executives Kristin Cavanaugh of …

Some of film, television, music and tech’s biggest influencers gathered Thursday for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety‘s 2018 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference. Producer Vin Di Bona; executives Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Christina Derenthal of Paramount Pictures; chamber of commerce chair Donelle Dadigan; and Los Angeles city officials Mitch […]

Listen: ‘Arrowverse’ Stars Caity Lotz, Candice Patton on Their Empowerment Platform SheThority

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. On this week’s episode, Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum talks with CW stars Caity Lotz and Candice Patton abou…

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. On this week’s episode, Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum talks with CW stars Caity Lotz and Candice Patton about their website SheThority. Lotz stars as Sara Lance — aka White Canary — on “Legends of Tomorrow.” […]

Nickelodeon Names Ramsey Naito Head of Animation

Nickelodeon has named veteran producer Ramsey Naito executive VP of animation production and development. In her new role, Naito will oversee the network’s animation content across all formats and platforms, including digital, TV, and film. She will re…

Nickelodeon has named veteran producer Ramsey Naito executive VP of animation production and development. In her new role, Naito will oversee the network’s animation content across all formats and platforms, including digital, TV, and film. She will report to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins and be based in Nickelodeon’s Burbank studio. “Ramsey is a proven hit-maker […]

‘Reverie’ Canceled by NBC

NBC has canceled “Reverie.” Starring Sarah Shahi, the drama series premiered in May and ran through August — over the summer stretch when viewership levels are lower than they are during the Nielsen season. “Reverie” landed a se…

NBC has canceled “Reverie.” Starring Sarah Shahi, the drama series premiered in May and ran through August — over the summer stretch when viewership levels are lower than they are during the Nielsen season. “Reverie” landed a series order last year. It hailed from hails from writer Mickey Fisher, who created Halle Berry’s former CBS […]

Judd Apatow Calls Out Murdochs for Fox News Coverage

Filmmaker Judd Apatow is continuing to call for the entertainment industry’s creative community to apply pressure to Fox News’ corporate parent amid backlash to the news channel’s recent coverage. Apatow took to Twitter early Thursday…

Filmmaker Judd Apatow is continuing to call for the entertainment industry’s creative community to apply pressure to Fox News’ corporate parent amid backlash to the news channel’s recent coverage. Apatow took to Twitter early Thursday morning to criticize executives Lachlan and James Murdoch, the sons of 21st Century Fox founder Rupert Murdoch. Quoting a video […]

Jonah Hill, Liev Schreiber to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Jonah Hill and Liev Schreiber will each host an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Hill stars in the recent Netflix series “Maniac” alongside Emma Stone. His feature directorial debut, “Mid90s,” is currently in theaters. He will hos…

Jonah Hill and Liev Schreiber will each host an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Hill stars in the recent Netflix series “Maniac” alongside Emma Stone. His feature directorial debut, “Mid90s,” is currently in theaters. He will host the Nov. 3 show and be joined by musical guest Maggie Rogers, who will be making her […]

‘BoJack Horseman’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 6

Netflix has renewed “BoJack Horseman for a sixth season. The move comes four months after Comedy Central cut a deal with Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury and producer the Tornante Company for rerun rights to the animated series — a rarity for a Net…

Netflix has renewed “BoJack Horseman for a sixth season. The move comes four months after Comedy Central cut a deal with Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury and producer the Tornante Company for rerun rights to the animated series — a rarity for a Netflix original. Tornante was one of the first producers to work with Netflix. When the […]

Paramount Network Pulls ‘Heathers’ Episode Following Pittsburgh Shooting

Paramount Network pulled two episodes of its troubled “Heathers” series Sunday, one day after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead. The two episodes that had been scheduled to air included a school-shooting-related story…

Paramount Network pulled two episodes of its troubled “Heathers” series Sunday, one day after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead. The two episodes that had been scheduled to air included a school-shooting-related storyline. The decision to yank the episodes disrupted the chronology of the series, which Paramount has been been airing […]

CBS All Access Drama ‘Strange Angel’ Renewed for Season 2

“Strange Angel” has been renewed for a second season on CBS All Access. The drama, about rocketry pioneer and occultist Jack Parsons, ended its first season in August. “We look forward to exploring the next chapter of Jack Parsons’ journey,…

“Strange Angel” has been renewed for a second season on CBS All Access. The drama, about rocketry pioneer and occultist Jack Parsons, ended its first season in August. “We look forward to exploring the next chapter of Jack Parsons’ journey,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president, original content, CBS All Access. “’Strange Angel’ and its […]

Unscripted Exec Lisa Levenson Joins Wilshire Studios

Unscripted exec Lisa Levenson has joined Wilshire Studios as executive VP, development and programming. Dawn Olmstead, president of Wilshire Studios and Universal Cable Productions, announced the hire Wednesday in a memo to staff. Levenson most recentl…

Unscripted exec Lisa Levenson has joined Wilshire Studios as executive VP, development and programming. Dawn Olmstead, president of Wilshire Studios and Universal Cable Productions, announced the hire Wednesday in a memo to staff. Levenson most recently worked at Fox, where she was senior VP, alternative programming. She previously worked on series such as “Big Brother,” […]