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James Cameron Embarks on ‘Mission OceanX’ Exploration Series With National Geographic (Exclusive)

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James Cameron Embarks on ‘Mission OceanX’ Exploration Series With National Geographic (Exclusive)
James Cameron is heading back underwater in “Mission OceanX,” a series for National Geographic that will follow a groundbreaking ocean exploration mission. The “Titanic” and “The Abyss” director is no stranger to the deep, having dived down to the Mariana Trench in a submarine in 2012, among other aquatic missions.

“Mission OceanX” will follow the maiden voyage of the Alucia2, a next-generation exploration ship belonging to underwater exploration organization OceanX. BBC Studios’ vaunted Natural History Unit is producing for Nat Geo, but Cameron said in an exclusive interview with Variety that he is pushing the team to take a different approach from regular blue-chip natural history series by getting under the skin of the people and the mission.

“We want it to be character-driven,” Cameron said during a break from shooting the new “Avatar” movies. “One of the things I have pushed everybody towards, maybe even a little bit to the
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Homecoming: Janelle Monáe to Succeed Julia Roberts in Season 2

Homecoming: Janelle Monáe to Succeed Julia Roberts in Season 2
Actress-singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) has been tapped to succeed Julia Roberts in Season 2 of Amazon’s Homecoming, TVLine has learned.

Monáe plays a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.

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As previously reported, Roberts, who never intended to star beyond the show’s first season, will remain on board as
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale Draws Series-High Viewership

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale Draws Series-High Viewership
The season 2 finale of “Big Little Lies,” headlined by a tense courtroom scene, was watched by just under 2 million total viewers during its initial broadcast.

The 1.98 million figure is the highest initial viewership for the series to date. By comparison, the show’s first season concluded with 1.9 million total viewers in linear viewing, which rose to 2.5 million overall.

The Season 2 premiere nabbed 2.5 million viewers combined in both linear airings and on streaming options HBO Go and HBO Now. That was approximately a 34% increase over the first season premiere, which pulled in a combined 1.8 million viewers. Per HBO, Season 2 is averaging 12 million viewers per episode,
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The Perfect-Sized TV Season: Is It Now 13 Episodes? 10? Even Fewer??

The Perfect-Sized TV Season: Is It Now 13 Episodes? 10? Even Fewer??
As recently as 10 years ago, it was almost unheard of — and certainly atypical — for a TV show to deliver fewer than 22 episodes in a season. But now? People seem to be Ok with, if not outright embracing, markedly shorter seasons. Is that because there is so much TV to consume, or because we value, as the saying goes, “Quality over quantity”?

Why is less now more?

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The Writers Guild
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Here's Your First Look at Looking for Alaska's Culver Creek Prep

The first photos from Hulu's upcoming Looking for Alaska miniseries have arrived, and it is like looking through a time portal back to 2005.

The photos offer insight into Culver Creek Preparatory High School, the boarding school the characters attend, and how they'll be dressed during their first

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TVLine Items: Wendy Williams Biopic, Wu Assassins Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Wendy Williams Biopic, Wu Assassins Trailer and More
Wendy Williams‘ life is about to get even more public: The talk show host will executive-produce a Lifetime biopic based on her story, the cable net announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The project — airing in 2020 — “provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show,” per the official release.

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TCA 2019: Summer Kicks Off With the Streaming Wars Looming Larger Than Ever

The summer session of the TCA 2019 press tour kicked off with a panel for “Harley Quinn,” the upcoming animated DC Universe series aimed at adults. Even with big-name stars like Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell taking questions, the most relevant answer came over the weekend, when DC announced its original series, “Doom Patrol,” is going to be available on HBO Max as well as the DC-centric streaming service.

What does that mean for other DC Universe series? What else will be available on HBO Max when the highly anticipated WarnerMedia streaming service launches in spring 2020? How many other services and networks will be bundled under their broader parent company’s bundle? Or, to sum it all up, how is traditional television preparing for the right-around-the-corner streaming wars?

The “Harley Quinn” cast can’t quite answer those questions, but many versions of the above queries will come up time and time again over the next 17 days.
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The Boys Review: Eric Kripke's New Superhero Show Is Much More Than Its Edgelord Premise

The Boys is a very specific show for people with very specific taste. Those familiar with the Garth Ennis comic on which it is based might expect the show to be similarly edgy for edginess' sake. Casual and brutal violence, people treated as masturbatory fantasies, and a complete disregard for

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Lifetime Is Doing a Movie on the College Admissions Scandal, Obviously

Not keen to let some good melodrama go to waste, Lifetime is turning the recent college admissions scandal -- which made headlines thanks to the involvement of big names like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin -- into a movie.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, A+E

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Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film

Lifetime Announces ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’ Series and College Admission Scandal Film
After garnering an Emmy nomination with “Surviving R. Kelly,” Lifetime is developing another series designed to share the stories of those who have experienced sexual violence.

A+E Networks programming chief Rob Sharenow announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday that Lifetime is currently working on “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.” The docuseries will investigate crimes allegedly committed by Epstein even as he moved through the upper echelons of the financial, political, and social world. Epstein was arrested earlier this month on charges that he took part in a trafficking ring that involved underage minors.

The six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered in January, featuring allegations against the R&b star. Following the series airing on the network, Kelly was dropped from radio station airplay around the country. Epstein’s alleged history has already had repercussions for his former associates in the entertainment industry, with studios cutting ties
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College Admissions Scandal Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment

College Admissions Scandal Getting the Lifetime Movie Treatment
There’s a new Lori Loughlin movie coming to Lifetime. Sort of. The network has greenlit a two-hour project, tentatively titled College Admissions Scandal, which will chronicle the true-life story of how “over 50 privileged and elite individuals from across the country were exposed for criminally conspiring to influence the undergraduate admissions decisions at some of America’s top schools.”

The scandal, which first made headlines in March, involved multiple celebrity parents, including Loughlin (Fuller House) and Felicity Huffman (American Crime), though neither are mentioned directly in Lifetime’s official synopsis:

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NBCUniversal Projects More Than $1.2 Billion in Ad Sales for 2020 Olympics

NBCUniversal projected it would sell more than $1.2 billion in advertising for its 17 days of broadcasts of the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo, citing the event as a rare opportunity for Madison Avenue to reach big audiences without the worry of politics getting in the way of a commercial message.

The Olympics is “one of the most brand-safe environments for [advertisers’] campaigns,” said Dan Lovinger, executive vice president of ad sales for NBC Sports Group, during a conference with reporters Tuesday. “Families and groups gather” to watch the same team, he added. “We are pacing significantly ahead of where we were at this same
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Janelle Monae to Replace Julia Roberts in Homecoming Season 2

Amazon's Homecoming has found its new leading lady. Multi-hyphenate Janelle Monae will lead up the streaming drama's second season, starring as a woman who wakes up in a canoe with no memory of who she is or how she got there.

Monae will replace the series' outgoing lead actress, Julia Roberts, who

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‘South Side’ Review: Comedy Central’s New Series Humanizes an Oft-Derided Community

It’s a risky proposition: finding comedy in the everyday of an infamous neighborhood that consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous in Chicago, and the country. But Chicago natives – and brothers – Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin have done just that with their new half-hour series “South Side.” Co-created with Salahuddin’s former fellow “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” writer Diallo Riddle, the trio’s priority is ultimately to demystify, and more importantly humanize, the community of Englewood and challenge established – though incomplete – perceptions of the city.

The workplace has been the setting for several comedy show premises, likely in part because having a good sense of humor is necessary to survive the bureaucracy, diverse personalities and at times mind-numbing tedium that can come with the environment. But few movies or TV shows have been willing (or perhaps capable) of expressing just how soul destroying working an especially low-paying, dead-end job can truly be.
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‘Homecoming’: Janelle Monáe Will Star in Season 2 of Amazon Show

After one of the biggest casting coups in Amazon Prime Video’s history, “Homecoming” seems to have found its follow-up with Janelle Monáe.

Deadline is reporting that Monáe is set to lead the Amazon show’s Season 2, following the departure of Julia Roberts. Monáe’s character will represent the addition of a new storyline to the story, which will still tie into the first season’s theme of lost memories.

Roberts played Heidi Bergman, an employee at a facility ostensibly designed to help rehabilitate military veterans. As the season progressed and the show moved in parallel storylines, Heidi began to uncover the truth behind the work she’d done there. Monáe’s storyline will reportedly find her playing a woman searching for answers behind who she is and why she was left to drift in a canoe all by herself.

Even with the change from Roberts to Monáe, there’s
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Janelle Monáe to Star in ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 at Amazon

Janelle Monáe to Star in ‘Homecoming’ Season 2 at Amazon
Janelle Monáe has been tapped to star in the second season of “Homecoming.”

Monáe’s character is described as a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there or who she is.

Monáe takes over the top spot on the Amazon series from Julia Roberts, who starred in Season 1, based on the podcast of the same name. Roberts remains attached to the series as an executive producer under her Red Om Films banner.

Monáe first became known to the world through her music, for which she has received widespread acclaim and been nominated for eight Grammys.
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James Cameron Embarks on ‘Mission OceanX’ Exploration Series With National Geographic (Exclusive)

James Cameron Embarks on ‘Mission OceanX’ Exploration Series With National Geographic (Exclusive)
James Cameron is heading back underwater in “Mission OceanX,” a series for National Geographic that will follow a groundbreaking ocean exploration mission. The “Titanic” and “The Abyss” director is no stranger to the deep, having dived down to the Mariana Trench in a submarine in 2012, among other aquatic missions.

“Mission OceanX” will follow the maiden voyage of the Alucia2, a next-generation exploration ship belonging to underwater exploration organization OceanX. BBC Studios’ vaunted Natural History Unit is producing for Nat Geo, but Cameron said in an exclusive interview with Variety that he is pushing the team to take a different approach
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Ratings: Bachelorette's 'Men Tell All' Hits 4-Year Highs, The Code Ends Low

ABC’s The Bachelorette this Monday drew 6.6 million total viewers — a season’s best — and a 1.7 demo rating, marking four-year highs for a “Men Tell All” special. Leading out of that, Grand Hotel (2.8 mil/0.5) dipped.

Elsewhere….

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The CW | Penn & Teller: Fool Us (1.2 mil/0.2) dipped a tenth, while Whose Line Is It Anyway? (860K/0.2) was steady.

NBC | American Ninja Warrior (4.7 mil/0.8) and Dateline (4.1 mil/0.6) each dipped a tenth.
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Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift Top MTV VMAs Noms; Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X Lead Frosh

The list of top nominees for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards suggests that pop music is the farthest thing from a dude ranch right now … with the exception, of course, of Lil Nas X and the horse he rode in on.

The cowpoke-themed hip-hop artist was the only guy to show up on a list of the five most eligible nominees this year, with eight nominations for “Old Town Road.” Otherwise, it’s a woman’s world right now, at least in the upper ranks of young music stars. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift tied for the most nominations, with 10 apiece.
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Fazekas & Butters Taps Juan Alfonso to Be Head of Television

Fazekas & Butters, a production company led by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, has named Juan Alfonso as the new head of television. There, he will develop and produce projects, and seek out and engage with writers, intellectual property and creative partners, “matchmaking talented people and ideas,” according to Alfonso. The pod, which launched in 2015, has an overall deal with ABC Studios. Victoria Vigo will join him as manager of television.

“We have loved working with Juan over the years because he is above all else, a partner — he fights for your project and believes in your vision,” said Fazekas & Butters in a statement.
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