“Saturday Night Live” has bolstered the ranks of its writing staff with two African-American women as part of a recent and much-scrutinized diversity effort, a spokeswoman for the program confirmed.
By Brian Steinberg A+E Networks is closing the book on its long-running BIO network and replacing it this summer with FYI, a lifestyle-focused cabler the company said was meant to inspire younger viewers, in its first large-scale maneuver since Nancy Dubuc took over as chief executive of the company in June. “The transition to FYI […]
Third season of offbeat comedy starring Matt LeBlanc bows Jan. 12.
By AJ Marechal Veteran cast member Dann Florek will be exiting NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Variety has confirmed. Florek has logged 14 years playing Captain Donald Cragen on the venerable Dick Wolf procedural, and announced his departure via tweet earlier this week. “Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek. It was a […]
By Marc Graser After creating an award-winning episodic game for AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Telltale Games will next adapt HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The publisher plans to release the first title in 2014 as a digital release on videogame consoles, PC, Mac and mobile devices. Multi-year licensing deal between HBO and Telltale was announced Monday […]
Vondie Curtis-Hall will direct the upcoming Paul Robeson biopic with shooting set for early next year. “Robeson” is being produced by Richard Akel through his Four Stars International in association with Fred Pittman and his Brookdale Entertainment Group.
NBC creates special Walmart ads that use the famous play’s tunes – in moments just after the songs appear in the show.
By Variety Staff Danny Wells, an actor with dozens of TV credits dating back to “Love, American Style” but best known for playing Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!,” died Nov. 28 in Toronto. He was 72. The syndicated “Super Mario Bros.” show, based on the popular Nintendo videogame franchise, aired from 1989-91. […]
By Whitney Friedlander Don’t worry ’cause he’s coming: TV Land has renewed Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash’s “The Soul Man” for a third season. “We’re so proud to have this show in our portfolio of sitcoms,” Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land, said in a statement. “Fans of ‘The Soul Man’ are the […]
Victorian England-set crime show stars Matthew Macfayden.