LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - CNN reporter Sara Sidner was pelted in the head with a rock as she reported live from the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night.
Sidner was standing across the street from a local business that had recently caught on fire when an anonymous person hit the CNN reporter in the head as she spoke remotely to anchor Jake Tapper.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The long day of build-up to the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., and its aftermath brought out the worst in cable news, from partisan scorekeeping to chaotic images with very little context.
Ferguson -- and the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown -- hardly marks the first instance of a high-profile and tragic killing of an African-American youth, following the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. But it continues a trend of Fox News Channel and MSNBC immediately retreating to their ideological corners, while CNN - despite seeking to remain even-handed - again fell into its more lamentable habits, filling time for hours with a "Breaking News" headline that became increasingly absurd the longer the channel went without any additional news.
What again emerged was cable's near-addiction to conflict, which the unrest and looting that followed the announcement yielded in abundance. And while one can admire the long hours and bravery exhibited by on-the-scene reporters under trying circumstances, the nature of this sort of coverage yields such a narrow aperture their hard work produces heat, perhaps, but scant illumination.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - HBO has rounded out the cast of "True Detective," tapping Kelly Reilly for a key role as wife of the crime boss played by Vince Vaughn.
Reilly will play Jordan, described as a former D-list actress who is an active partner in the criminal enterprises run by her husband, Frank Semyon.
HBO has also confirmed at long last that Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams are co-starring the sophomore season of "True Detective" opposite Vaughn and Colin Farrell. Production on the eight-episode season has begun in California, HBO said Monday.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Netflix will premiere stand-up comedy special "Nick Offerman: American Ham," featuring the performer and thesp best known for his role on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," on Friday, Dec. 12.
The special will be available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. Offerman announced the news in a tweet:
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ABC's "American Music Awards" isn't the biggest event on TV, but one of its sponsors treated the awards show as though it was.
Chrysler Group ran four 30-second spots during the two-hour special, each featuring portions of music videos featuring new music from Interscope Records artists. Fergie promoted Chrysler while highlighting her song "L.A. Love." Eminem previewed a video for his song "Guts Over Fear" while throwing a spotlight on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Philip Phillips sang "Unpack Your Heart" while his ad promoted Ram Trucks. And Imagine Dragons helped advertise Jeep as they unveiled a sneak peek at a video for "I Bet My Life." Interscope ran a 60-second spot during the program that featured Gwen Stefani and her song "Spark The Fire" while tipping a promotional hat to Chrysler, Ram Trucks, Fiat and Jeep.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you've seen "The Walking Dead" season five, episode seven, titled "Crossed."
Compared to the streamlined narratives of the past few episodes, which focused on small groups of characters to achieve maximum dramatic impact, "Crossed" revisited all of our scattered survivors in an attempt to weave the disparate story threads back together ahead of next week's midseason finale.
While it was good to check back in with Rick and Michonne after several episodes spent elsewhere, the hour had many masters to serve, and ended up feeling somewhat disjointed as a result. It succeeded in moving the chess pieces into their necessary places for next week's dramatic showdown, but lacked the tension and urgency of "Slabtown" or "Consumed," which was probably something of an inevitability when the season has been moving at such a brisk pace.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Homeland''s" ninth episode, "There's Something Else Going On," was a combustible mix of action, nail-biting tension and plot twists and turns. In the middle of all this, the show has made its way back to holding a mirror up to U.S. foreign policy actions to examine them in the harsh glare of a naked florescent light.
SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven't seen the Nov. 23 episode of "Homeland."
There was a lot to chew on in this week's episode surrounding the high drama of the hostage exchange, the Faustian bargain agreed to in the previous seg of swapping five of Haqqani's most ruthless lieutenants for ex-CIA chief Saul Berenson.
Andrew Wallenstein, Variety.com
Just days after ordering a fourth season of “Longmire” from A&E, Netflix is plucking yet another series from the hands of network TV.
This time it’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” an NBC comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that will now move over to the streaming service as part of a two-season order set to premiere in all Netflix territories next March.
“Kimmy,” which stars “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who starts her life over after escaping a doomsday cult, is produced by Universal TV. While the project was initially set up at Fox, which ended up passing, NBC was intending to put “Kimmie” on its schedule sometime in the midseason.