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Chance the Rapper to Host ‘Punk’d’ Revival at Quibi

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Chance the Rapper to Host ‘Punk’d’ Revival at Quibi
Chance the Rapper is ready to get his prank on.

MTV Studios has announced Chance as the host of its revival of the prank show “Punk’d,” which is coming to short form content platform Quibi.

Punk’d” was a hidden camera reality show which aired for ten seasons on MTV and was created by Ashton Kutcher, who also served as the host. The show targeted Hollywood stars, and the reboot will make use of augmented reality to make the pranks even bolder than before.

Precisely which celebrity “marks” Chance and his hidden cameras will target are set to be announced at a later date. However, the teaser unveiling Chance shows that Megan Thee Stallion will be among the celebs in for a pranking.

“Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” said the new host. “I grew up watching this show and it’s surreal to be in
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series Placed on Hold, New Scripts Sought

Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series Placed on Hold, New Scripts Sought
Disney+ has placed the production of its Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor on hold as it heads back to the drawing board.

Last week the Internet had a bad feeling about Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Turns out that bad feeling may have been warranted.

As first reported by Collider, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor has been placed on hold for the time being at Disney+ and the cast and crew has been sent home as the studio begins the process of retooling the project. According to reports, Luscasfilm president and Obi-Wan producer Kathleen Kennedy was unhappy with the first two scripts written for the project and now Disney+ will be seeking out new scripts.

The Hollywood Reporter clarifies that Ewan McGregor remains attached to the project, reprising his role as the titular Kenobi the he portrayed in George Lucas's prequel series. Also
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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Dies at 85

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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Dies at 85
Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” died Thursday, the network confirms. He was 85.

Lehrer rose to prominence in the 1970s anchoring “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” with colleague Robert MacNeil. The program was renamed “PBS NewsHour” in 2009. Lehrer filled the anchor role for nearly four decades.

“It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the ‘PBS NewsHour’ Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home,” Judy Woodruff, Lehrer’s colleague and current “PBS NewsHour” anchor, wrote in a statement.

“I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades,” Woodruff added. “I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”

Lehrer, born May
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Sean Hannity to Interview President Trump for Super Bowl Pregame Show

Sean Hannity to Interview President Trump for Super Bowl Pregame Show
President Donald Trump will sit down for his second Super Bowl Sunday interview in three years, when Fox News’ Sean Hannity chats up the Commander-in-Chief ahead of Fox’s Feb. 2 broadcast of the Big Game.

Mediate first reported on Hannity’s shocking get. Fox News has since confirmed the interview, to be held at the White House, will air at 3:30 pm Est, during the second half of the four-hour pregame show, and “cover an array of topics.”

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Jennifer Aniston Freaks Out Friends Fans at Central Perk — Watch Video

Jennifer Aniston Freaks Out Friends Fans at Central Perk — Watch Video
Jennifer Aniston returned to Central Perk on Friday to brush up on her unagi skills with a group of unsuspecting Friends fans.

It all began when Aniston, who recently took home a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, became a real-life TV host by subbing in for Ellen DeGeneres on her self-titled daytime hit.

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The Ranch Part 8 Premiere Recap: Yes, Nick Is Dead — So, Who Called Colt?

The Ranch Part 8 Premiere Recap: Yes, Nick Is Dead — So, Who Called Colt?
The Ranch‘s Part 8 premiere confirms that Nick has been shot dead — but it doesn’t confirm who pulled the trigger.

Episode 1 picks up two hours before Nick suffers a fatal blow. Beau, Luke and Colt, all of whom are armed, head inside the ex-con’s trailer to find a badly beaten Mary and a bunch of drug paraphernalia. Colt and Beau decide to stay behind to wait for Nick, while Luke takes Mary back to the Bennett ranch to get her cleaned up. There, she is confronted by a distraught Heather, who is desperate for her mom to get her life together.
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Sean Hannity Set for Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview With President Trump

Sean Hannity Set for Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview With President Trump
Sean Hannity has talked with President Donald Trump many times, but never quite like this.

Hannity is the latest TV-news personality to take on what has in recent years developed into a Super Bowl Sunday tradition: a pre-game interview with the President of the United States. Savannah Guthrie, Gayle King and Bill O’Reilly are among the big names that have tackled the tricky assignment in the past decade. This year, Hannity, the longtime Fox News host and political firebrand, says the only pressure he feels is to deliver what he thinks the audience at home is craving.

“I want to
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Pilot Season 2020: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible!) New Shows, Who's In Them

Pilot Season 2020: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible!) New Shows, Who's In Them
This list will be frequently updated as more pilots are announced and cast.

Pilot season is upon us, meaning the broadcast networks are taking stock of their needs for the 2020-21 TV season and getting the ball rolling toward filling any gaps. With things about to get really interesting — it’s time to start casting stars in these wannabe hits! — TVLine presents its annual round-up of who’s planning what, and well as our guide to the lingo that gets tossed around.

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CBS Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘9Jkl’ Creator, Comedian James Acaster

CBS is developing a project that takes a comedic look at the age-old “12 Angry Men” dilemma of how does a jury come to a unanimous verdict?

The network has issued a pilot order for “We The Jury,” a hybrid series from “9Jkl” co-creator Dana Klein and Stephanie Darrow. The project hails from CBS Television Studios.

Here’s the short and sweet logline for the project: “A group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict….and they can’t even agree on lunch.”

“We The Jury” also has some involvement from across the pond, with
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Taylor Swift Bows Out of Unannounced Grammy Performance

Taylor Swift Bows Out of Unannounced Grammy Performance
Taylor Swift has bowed out of a possible performance on the Grammy Awards program Sunday night just as stealthily as it appeared she might have bowed into it, multiple sources tell Variety.

Her possible appearance on the show had been kept a secret — albeit not an extremely well-kept secret — so her exit won’t create the problems that would have occurred if one of the many performers that had been announced were to have taken their leave.

Sources say that she was never formally confirmed for the show, though hopes were high that the show could nail down an appearance
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‘American Idol’ Producer Fremantle Looks To Reduce Global Environmental Footprint

Aiming to reduce its waste and emissions, London-based “Idol” producer-distributor Fremantle has formed a partnership with Albert, a collaborative industry-backed project aimed at tackling the environmental impact of the entertainment sector.

Founded in 2011, Albert is governed by an industry consortium that includes BAFTA, independent companies and broadcasters.

Fremantle is working with Albert to develop a version of Albert’s carbon calculator, which tracks emissions caused by productions, for use by global businesses and production houses. The companies hope to use Fremantle’s global scale and Albert’s industry clout to provide the international production community the opportunity to accurately track their carbon emissions.
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Stages a Hell of a Reunion in Part 3 Premiere

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Stages a Hell of a Reunion in Part 3 Premiere
Fair warning, witches: We’re about to spoil Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s Part 3 premiere. Abandon complaints, all ye who enter here!

Exactly one month has passed since Sabrina Spellman trapped her father inside her boyfriend and sent them both to hell, and not a day has gone by that she hasn’t attempted (and failed) to rescue poor, hot Nicholas from the underworld. Fortunately, she’s aided by the world’s most understanding ex-boyfriend, who tells Sabrina that he’ll guard the mine “as many times as you want” while she attempts to open the fiery gates. Few, if any,
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Intl. TV Newswire: Natpe Deals, Zed Pre-sales, Aardman Distribution

In this week’s International TV Newswire Variety recaps more Natpe news from All3Media, Comedy Central Latin America, AMC’s Acorn TV, Vis, El Deseo, Globo and Univision, Zed pre-sales from Realscreen and Aardman’s latest distribution pickup.

All3Media Sells to Comedy Central, AMC Networks in Latin America

Comedy Central Latin America and All3Media International have closed a deal for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globe-winning comedy “Fleabag” to premiere on the network later this year. The series is produced by Two Brothers Pictures for BBC Three and Amazon Prime in association with DryWrite Productions and All3Media International. Comedy
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‘The Undoing’ Teaser: Nicole Kidman Loses It in HBO’s Unsettling ‘Big Little Lies’ Followup

‘The Undoing’ Teaser: Nicole Kidman Loses It in HBO’s Unsettling ‘Big Little Lies’ Followup
Nicole Kidman returns to HBO this May as a woman in crisis for the upcoming limited series “The Undoing,” which just released its first teaser. From the sights and sounds of this unsettling first look at the series, Kidman will sink her teeth into a juicy psychological thriller, based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Here’s the official synopsis: “The limited series ‘The Undoing’ stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child (Noah Jupe) and her family.
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Chance the Rapper to Host ‘Punk’d’ Revival at Quibi

Chance the Rapper to Host ‘Punk’d’ Revival at Quibi
Chance the Rapper is ready to get his prank on.

MTV Studios has announced Chance as the host of its revival of the prank show “Punk’d,” which is coming to short form content platform Quibi.

Punk’d” was a hidden camera reality show which aired for ten seasons on MTV and was created by Ashton Kutcher, who also served as the host. The show targeted Hollywood stars, and the reboot will make use of augmented reality to make the pranks even bolder than before.

Precisely which celebrity “marks” Chance and his hidden cameras will target are set to be announced at a later date.
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Apple TV Plus May Have More Than 33 Million Users But ‘Vast Majority’ Aren’t Paying for It, Researcher Says

Is Apple TV Plus — the tech giant’s foray into the streaming wars — a roaring success?

That’s been the initial takeaway from estimates by research firm Ampere Analysis, which has pegged Apple TV Plus as having racked up 33.6 million customers in the U.S. alone as of the end of 2019. As initially reported by the Wall Street Journal, Ampere’s guesstimate would mean Apple TV Plus is bigger than both Hulu (which the firm estimates had 31.8 million users) and Disney Plus (23.2 million) in Q4.

But a few big caveats are in order.

For starters, the U.K.-based researcher’s numbers are “very early-stage,
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‘Black Mirror’ Creators Quit Endemol Shine-Owned Label While Navigating IP Headaches With Netflix

‘Black Mirror’ Creators Quit Endemol Shine-Owned Label While Navigating IP Headaches With Netflix
Black Mirror” creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have departed their Endemol Shine-backed production banner House of Tomorrow amid ongoing talks for an exclusive deal with Netflix, but Variety understands concerns around IP ownership are throwing a spanner in the works.

The pair, who are long-time creative collaborators, resigned earlier last year, but officially stepped down as directors of the label this week. They set up the film and TV-focused House of Tomorrow in 2014 under Endemol Shine, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Banijay Group.

Brooker and Jones have been in talks with the streaming giant since last summer,
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The Undoing Trailer: Nicole Kidman's Perfect Life Unravels in HBO Thriller

The Undoing Trailer: Nicole Kidman's Perfect Life Unravels in HBO Thriller
Big Little Lies‘ Nicole Kidman is trading Monterey for Manhattan in HBO’s forthcoming six-episode limited series The Undoing. The cabler on Friday dropped the first trailer for the dramatic thriller, which reunites Kidman with her Bll writer/Ep David E. Kelley and finds the duo back in somewhat familiar territory thematically (i.e. a privileged, seemingly perfect existence comes undone).

Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel You Should Have Known, The Undoing — which was directed by Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) — stars Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, a Manhattan power couple whose idyllic life
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Rosie Perez Testifies At Harvey Weinstein Trial to Bolster Annabella Sciorra’s Rape Allegation

Rosie Perez Testifies At Harvey Weinstein Trial to Bolster Annabella Sciorra’s Rape Allegation
Note: This story has been updated to reflect Rosie Perez’s testimony on the afternoon of January 24.

Rosie Perez took the stand at Harvey Weinstein’s trial on Friday afternoon to testify about her friend, actress Annabella Sciorra, who says Weinstein raped her.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi had requested earlier in the day on Friday to bring Perez in as a witness, in an effort to bolster Sciorra’s claim that Weinstein raped her back in the early 1990’s. Attorneys for Weinstein argued that Perez should not be allowed to testify, since the story is hearsay, but the
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Mick Jagger’s Rainy Day Podcasts, Warner Bros. Digital Networks Sign First-Look Deal

Mick Jagger’s Rainy Day Podcasts, Warner Bros. Digital Networks Sign First-Look Deal
A podcast shingle co-created by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has inked a deal with a major studio.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks has signed a first-look deal with Rainy Day Podcasts, a new company from Jagged Films partners Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman, producer Steve Bing and writer Josh Olson, with the aim of producing a number of original narrative podcasts.

“Everything starts with the word,” said the four partners in a statement. “We’re very excited to be working with Warner Bros. to create an environment where the best writers are free to pursue their passion projects with maximum creative freedom.
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