Tuesday, March 3, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10:16 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Amazon.com, keeping the pressure on Netflix, announced a pact with Starz Digital Media for "The White Queen" making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-subscription service in the U.S. to carry the cabler's historical drama miniseries.

The deal marks the first of its kind between Amazon and Starz Digital Media in the U.S. The 10-episode "White Queen" miniseries originally aired on Starz in the summer of 2013. 

"The White Queen," based on the historical novels from Philippa Gregory's bestselling series "The Cousins' War," is set during England's War of the Roses and tells the story of three women vying for England's throne.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:09 PM
Filed Under: Television
Screenshot from Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer" teaser via YouTube.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming revival of "Wet Hot American Summer," confirming a number of original cast members are back for another stay at Camp Firewood.

Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter are all on board for "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," according to the trailer.

Though Meloni's name pops up as a cast member, there's no mention in the video of H. Jon Benjamin as scariest can of vegetables in summer camp history.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:29 PM
Nick Jonas performs onstage at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Friars Club)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Nick Jonas has landed a recurring role on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck's horror comedy "Scream Queens," Variety has confirmed.

Jonas joins a cast that already includes "Glee" star Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Joe Manganiello.

Ariana Grande is also set to guest star. 

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:50 AM
Actress and emcee Rosie Perez arrives at the second annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ABC has put the brakes on a plan to fire Rosie Perez from "The View," after Variety broke the news of the decision on Jan. 14.

At the time, the network wasn't ready to announce the co-host's departure. According to a source familiar with ABC execs' thinking, fear of "an Ann Curry situation" -- a reference to NBC's botched firing of the "Today" anchor in 2012 -- led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network's 11 a.m. talk show for now.

Perez had only been on "The View" for four months when ABC execs concluded that she wasn't the right fit for the show. The network thought it had an easy plan to offer Perez a graceful exit: The actress was already scheduled to take a month off from "The View" in January to prepare for her role in Larry David's Broadway play "Fish in the Dark." Instead of having her return to the Hot Topics table once she was done with rehearsals, the show would announce she had to leave permanently for her other commitment.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:46 AM
Writer/producer Shonda Rhimes speaks onstage during the 26th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ABC has picked up four more pilots for their 2015-16 season, including a new drama from "TGIT" queen Shonda Rhimes. All pilots hail from ABC Studios. 

"The Catch" from Shondaland's Rhimes and Betsy Beers follows a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. Much like the leading ladies of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder," the sure-to-be fierce woman at the forefront of the crime thriller is not all she appears to be and has a tumultuous love life. She's about to get married, but also about to get conned by her fiance -- little does he know, her lies end up colliding with his cons.

The pilot will be exec produced by Rhimes, Beers, Julie Anne Robinson and Jennifer Schuur, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson. Robinson is set to direct, and Schuur will pen the pilot.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 4:31 PM
Cecily Tynan suffered a torn ACL on a ski trip over the weekend. (Photo via Twitter)

6ABC's Cecily Tynan is working harder in this blizzard than you are. Case in point: This weekend, she tore her ACL while skiing and the chief meteorologist is still plugging along at work.

She even seems to be having some fun with bud Adam Joseph:

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:06 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fresh off the heels of Amazon's history-making victories at the 2015 Golden Globes with "Transparent," Netflix raked in three wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, solidifying the strength of streaming series in the television landscape. 

Netflix won three of the five gongs for which its series were nominated, including a first-ever SAG award for outstanding comedy actress Uzo Aduba, whose series "Orange Is the New Black" also won for best comedy ensemble. Kevin Spacey, who took home the Golden Globe for lead actor in a drama, landed his second trophy of the 2015 awards season for "House of Cards," winning for outstanding male actor in a drama series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Netflix's "House of Cards" was also nominated for outstanding ensemble in a drama series, but the award went to PBS' "Downton Abbey" and Robin Wright was beat out for outstanding actress in a drama series by Viola Davis for "How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC). 

POSTED: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 11:26 AM
"The Rock" tweeted a picture of himself hanging out in South Philly at what looks to be the Pat's-Geno's cheesesteak nexus last night. (Twitter)

Philly professional wrestling fans are noticeably excited today. The Royal Rumble hits the Wells Fargo Center tonight. The winner of the 30-man Battle Royale-style match wins a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania. 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got the WWE devoted even more excited last night when he tweeted a picture of himself hanging out in South Philly at what looks to be the Pat's-Geno's cheesesteak nexus:

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