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Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe

Disney+ to Launch a Week Early Across Western Europe
The Walt Disney Company's new streaming service Disney+ will launch in the biggest Western European countries on March 24, a week earlier than originally planned, with much of the rest of western Europe to follow in the summer.

Disney on Tuesday updated its roll-out plans for the direct-to-consumer service, saying that Disney+ will now bow in the U.K. and Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and across German-speaking Europe on March 24 instead of March 31. Further Western European territories, including Belgium, the Nordics and Portugal, will follow this summer.

Disney+ is currently only available in Europe in the Netherlands,...
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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Gets an Enthusiastic Reception From Wall Street

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Gets an Enthusiastic Reception From Wall Street
You’d think that the steady drumbeat of streaming services being launched might dull the senses, but Wall Street is rather eager to embrace Peacock. NBCUniversal’s new over-the-top entertainment platform sent shares of corporate parent Comcast to an all-time high after its unveiling at the company’s Jan. 16 investor day. The service brought to you by one of America’s oldest traditional broadcasters, it turns out, might be setting a new inflection point for the streaming industry with its innovative use of … advertising.

“Across the three major launches — Disney Plus, HBO Max and Peacock — we thought Peacock stood out in terms of uniqueness of the product and the underlying drivers of value,” wrote Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar.

The service comes in three varieties: free and ad-supported for 7,500 hours of content, including current-season TV, library programming, curated daily news, sports and Spanish-language programming; $4.99 a month for Peacock Premium, which offers twice as much content,
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Arrow Recap: Thanks for the Memories? — Grade the Planted Spinoff Pilot

Arrow Recap: Thanks for the Memories? — Grade the Planted Spinoff Pilot
In its penultimate episode ever, The CW’s Arrow planted a seed for the future on Tuesday with a spinoff pilot that teamed up 2020’s Laurel and Dinah with 2040’s Mia. If Green Arrow and the Canaries goes to series, would you tune in?

First things first: If you came away from this planted spinoff pilot a bit (or even a lot) confused, that is perfectly understandable, seeing as it actually takes place after the events of next week’s series finale. I repeat, the spinoff takes place after the events of next week’s series finale, which includes Oliver Queen’s funeral.
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Megyn Kelly to Make First Appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher

Megyn Kelly to Make First Appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher
But will she drop any bombshells?

Megyn Kelly is set to make her first appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday, TVLine has learned exclusively. The former Fox News anchor has landed the one-on-one interview spot. The episode’s panelists, meanwhile, will be Alex Wagner, Erick Erickson and former ambassador Michael McFaul.

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Among the topics Kelly and Maher are
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Talks Oscars, Losing ‘Friends’ and Their New Appetite for Animated Films

Netflix plans to keep revving up its movie slate in the coming year, although the volume of new releases will grow at a steadier pace following the ramp-up of the past 18 months, Netflix executives told investors Tuesday in discussing the company’s Q4 2019 earnings.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, and Netflix chief Reed Hastings told investors during the company’s quarterly earnings interview with Michael Morris of Guggenheim Securities, that being a contender in awards season is very much part of the business model. Netflix led all studios in Oscar nominations this year with a total of 24 bids,
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TV News Roundup: Marvel TV and Hulu Unveil Casting for ‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K’

In today’s TV news roundup, Marvel TV and Hulu announced the cast of its upcoming animated series, “Marvel’s Modok” and Netflix set the premiere date for “Gentefied.”

Casting

Marvel TV and Hulu revealed that Patton Oswalt, Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennet, Jon Daly and Sam Richardson are joining “Marvel’s Modok.” The animated series is based on the Marvel comic book of the same name and signals Marvel’s first endeavor into animated comedy geared towards adults. After being ousted from both his evil organization and his family, super villain M.O.D.
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Apa Reaches Deal With Writers Guild of America

Apa has reached a deal with the Writers Guild of America, ending a nine-month standoff over allowing the agency to represent guild members.

The full-service agency made the announcement Tuesday, four days after the Gersh agency signed a similar deal with the WGA. It’s the sixth mid-size agency to accede to the WGA’s bans on agency packaging fees and affiliate production ownership, joining Abrams, Buchwald, Gersh, Kaplan Stahler, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston and Verve.

WGA members were told in April to fire their agents if the agents had not agreed to ban packaging fees and affiliate production. Apa
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‘Game of Thrones’ Sweeps Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards

‘Game of  Thrones’ Sweeps Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards
Miami — “I must check it out. I’ve been hearing a lot about the show,” host Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye”) joked at Parrot Analytics’ 2nd Global TV Demand Awards as “Game of Thrones” swept two of its biggest plaudits: Most In-Demand TV Series in the World, along with Most In-Demand Drama Series. The awards ceremony took place Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, at the Natpe conference in Miami.

The other top kudo, for comedy series, went to “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Game of Thrones’” double whammy would be seen as many as a shoo-in, given that Parrot Analytics’ takes into consideration not
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Rachel Brosnahan’s Parents Once Called Acting Her ‘Hobby’

Rachel Brosnahan’s Parents Once Called Acting Her ‘Hobby’
The cast of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” nabbed two Screen Actors Guild Awards at Sunday’s ceremony, for outstanding male actor (Tony Shalhoub) and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, the latter adding one more statue to star Rachel Brosnahan’s collection.

Brosnahan won a SAG Award last year for outstanding female actor in a comedy series. She’s also nabbed two Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy for her turn as the titular Mrs. Maisel, a housewife-turned-stand-up-comic in 1960s New York City.

But it wasn’t until Brosnahan won her first Globe in 2018 that her
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Exile Content, Newtral Co. Producing Docuseries on Real Madrid’s Female Soccer Team (Exclusive)

Los Angeles and Mexico City-based studio Exile Content has teamed up with Spanish journo Ana Pastor’s media company Newtral to produce long-form unscripted premium content in Spanish and English. The joint venture’s first project is a documentary series about the genesis of the first-ever women’s soccer team at Real Madrid, Spain’s most renowned soccer team and winner of the FIFA World Cup a record-breaking four times.

Spurred by the growing interest in women’s soccer — especially after the 2019 Women’s World Cup triumph of the U.S. soccer team led by Megan Rapinoe and in Spain,
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9-1-1 Ep Teases Connie Britton's Return, Abby's 'Unfinished Business' With Buck

9-1-1 Ep Teases Connie Britton's Return, Abby's 'Unfinished Business' With Buck
Details about Connie Britton‘s multi-episode return to 9-1-1 are slowly coming to light — and we like what we’re hearing so far.

“I do believe she has unfinished business,” executive producer Tim Minear tells TVLine of Britton’s character, last seen leaving for Europe in the procedural’s first season finale. “Abby promised she would come back and she never did. So there’s unfinished business for Abby, and definitely also for Buck. He’s kind of lost at sea right now. He’s still trying to figure out who he is, and his relationship with Abby started to redefine him.
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TCA 2020: The Winners and Losers of the Winter Press Tour

New decade, same ol’ peak TV. The television industry shows no sign of slowing down, and 2020 is expected to become the busiest TV year in history. The new decade of television was ushered in by the industry’s leading networks and streamers during the Television Critics Association 2020 Winter Press Tour, where executives, showrunners, and a myriad of stars and talent hawked their upcoming projects to journalists and critics.

As many of those network executives and TV stars pointed out throughout the press tour, there’s a dizzying amount of content on the market, but the 13-day blitz of series and platform announcements made the upcoming year of television a bit clearer. IndieWire covered the plethora of TCA announcements to determine the press tour’s high and low points. Here’s what we learned:

Winners

NBC’s 2021 Golden Globes Hosting Announcement

NBC kicked off its press tour on a high note
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Star Trek: Picard Team Sets Up a Slower-Paced, More Thoughtful Trek Series (But 'We Do Have Battles,' Too)

Star Trek: Picard Team Sets Up a Slower-Paced, More Thoughtful Trek Series (But 'We Do Have Battles,' Too)
If you randomly stumbled upon the series premiere of Star Trek: Picard and didn’t know anything about the Trek universe, you might not even realize it was science fiction.

The new CBS All Access series — which brings back Patrick Stewart as Next Generation captain Jean-Luc Picard and debuts this Thursday, Jan. 23 — embraces a more deliberate pace that matches its 79-year-old star, finding Jean-Luc on his French vineyard at first as he spends time with his loyal dog Number One. That means fewer space shootouts and more quiet introspection… and that’s just how the team behind Picard intended it.
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UTA Co-President Jay Sures Reappointed to University of California Board of Regents

UTA co-president Jay Sures has been reappointed to the University of California Board of Regents for a 12-year term.

The term, which is still pending Senate confirmation, will be effective from March 2 and was announced among a larger batch of appointments by Governor Gavin Newsom. Sures was first appointed to the position in Jan. 2019 to complete the final year of an existing term.

Sures has been co-president of the talent agency since 2017, having previously been managing director since 1989. He currently oversees UTA’s TV, news and broadcast, and speakers business.

He joined UTA in 1991 and has represented some of TV
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‘Little America’ Producers on TV’s Potential to Change People’s Minds

Inspired by the photo essay of the same name from Epic Magazine, “Little America” tells the stories of real-life immigrants. The latest original series from Apple TV+ follows their struggles, triumphs, and everything in between in their attempts to live the American dream.

The critical reception has been unanimous so far; in his review of the series, IndieWire’s Ben Travers called “Little America” the “first unconditionally good show” of Apple TV+’s original offerings. However, given the current political climate in which it’s been released, the focus now shifts to reach and impact: Will the anthology drama be able to connect with a politically diverse audience and shift narrow perspectives, or will it merely be preaching to a choir of people already accepting of immigrants?

IndieWire spoke to the executive producers of “Little America” — showrunner Lee Eisenberg, Alan Yang, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Epic Magazine co-founder
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‘The Ride’ Trailer: Mark Duplass Shares the Real-Life Inspirations Behind the Sundance Comedy — Watch

‘The Ride’ Trailer: Mark Duplass Shares the Real-Life Inspirations Behind the Sundance Comedy — Watch
Whether on foot or behind the wheel, Linas Phillips knows how to make an impression. The writer, director, and star’s first documentary, “Walking to Werner,” chronicled his 1,200-mile walk to meet Werner Herzog, and now he’s back with the new short-form series, “The Ride,” playing a rideshare driver who not only wants to take his passengers on a five-star trip, but send them on a spiritual journey to boot.

While “The Ride” is a scripted comedy, it too emerged from a true story about Phillips’ daily grind — as executive producer Mark Duplass told IndieWire in the below statement.

“Linas had been Lyft driving since recently moving back to L.A. a couple years ago — and not loving it,” Duplass said. “One day, Jay [Duplass] called him and asked if he wanted to make a show about a very sad guy who was struggling with being a rideshare driver, kinda
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RuPaul, JJ Watt to Host SNL in February; Justin Bieber Back as a Musical Guest

RuPaul, JJ Watt to Host SNL in February; Justin Bieber Back as a Musical Guest
Two very tall men — one of whom is even taller in heels — will make their Saturday Night Live debuts next month. First up, NFL superstar JJ Watt will host the Feb. 1 episode (NBC, 11:30/10:30c), joined by first-time musical guest Luke Combs.

The Feb. 8 episode, meanwhile, is looking to be a straight-up extravaganza with RuPaul sashaying into Studio 8H for the first time. (Seriously, how has that not happened before?) The host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, who also currently stars in Netflix’s Aj and the Queen, will be joined by musical guest Justin Bieber, who has already graced the SNL stage twice.
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‘The Witcher’ on Track to Be Netflix’s Biggest TV Show Premiere Ever, Company Claims

Netflix said “The Witcher,” the fantasy series starring Henry Cavill, is pacing to be its biggest first-season original TV series ever.

The Witcher,” which debuted Dec. 20 on Netflix, was chosen to be watched by 76 million customer households in the first four weeks of release, according to the company.

That would appear to mean that some 46% of Netflix’s subscribers as of the end of 2019 watched “The Witcher” over that time span. But there’s a caveat with the household viewer number (which isn’t verifiable independently): Netflix changed the definition of what constitutes a viewer. Now, according to the company,
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RuPaul, JJ Watt to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in February

RuPaul, JJ Watt to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in February
RuPaul and JJ Watt will both make their “Saturday Night Live” hosting debuts in February.

NBC announced Tuesday that Watt will host the Feb. 1 installment of the long-running sketch series with musical guest Luke Combs. Watt is currently a defensive end for the Houston Texans and three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year. Combs’ appearance will be his first on the show as well. His most recent album, “What You See Is What You Get,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart back in November.

RuPaul will host the episode airing on Feb. 8 with musical guest Justin Bieber. RuPaul
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New Walking Dead Spinoff: AMC Sets End Date 3 Months Ahead of Premiere

New Walking Dead Spinoff: AMC Sets End Date 3 Months Ahead of Premiere
Its premiere is still three months away, but we can already tell you that The Walking Dead: World Beyond will be the shortest Walking Dead series in history.

Speaking to reporters last week at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour, AMC president Sarah Barnett declared that the franchise’s third series (following The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead) would not imitate its predecessors “in substance or form,” before announcing, “World Beyond is a two-season closed-ended series that will tell a very specific and distinct story.”

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