MONDAY, October 4
- Reality Check: Ashley Darby (Real Housewives of Potomac)
Xavier Prather, Derek “Big D” Frazier and Azah Awasum (Big Brother)
TUESDAY, October 5
- Reality Check: Ryan Serhant (Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door)
WEDNESDAY, October 6
- Reality Check: Rachel, Erin and Lacey Bradshaw (The Bradshaw Bunch)
Captain Chris Cassidy (Among the Stars)
THURSDAY, October 7
- PEOPLE in 10: Paige Hurd (Power Book II: Ghost)
- Reality Check: Victor “N.O.R.E” Santiago and Neri Santiago (Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition)
FRIDAY, October 8
- Reality Check: Dark
José Andrés, beloved culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, announced today the launch of a new media company, José Andrés Media. José Andrés Media will produce unscripted and scripted television series, books, podcasts, and digital short and mid-form content with a focus on food-related stories and characters and the culture of food. The new company’s first project will be a six-episode series produced in association with Nutopia that is set in Spain and currently being developed for Discovery+.
“It’s been my dream to launch José Andrés Media for many years – to tell stories about who we are through the food we eat. Our food content will be as creative, fun, inspiring and authentic as our restaurants. I can’t wait to get started,” said José Andrés. “We need longer tables, not higher walls. Our media work will fill those tables with the dishes that help us understand each other, across the world and the generations. Food is so much more than just a plate of ingredients. It tells us where we have come from and where we’re going.”
Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018, and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, New York Times bestselling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of more than 30 restaurants located throughout the country and beyond, ranging in a variety of culinary experiences from a food truck to his multi-location vegetable-focused fast casual Beefsteak, to world-class tasting menus like minibar by José Andrés and Somni, both of which have received two Michelin stars. José is also the founder of World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. As a naturalized citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform.
“José Andrés Media will embody the values people love in José: compassion, joy, global thinking, and of course, culinary excellence,” said Sam Bakhshandehpour, President of José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. “We are thrilled to launch our exciting new series on Discovery and we look forward to shedding light on delicious food and the fascinating figures who cook it.”
Along with José Andrés, José Andrés Media will be led by President Sam Bakhshandehpour and Managing Director Richard Wolffe. Sam is President of ThinkFoodGroup - the company behind José Andrés’ group of restaurants. In his role, Sam has led the execution of company strategy globally, across the restaurant, brand, and media divisions. He is a veteran restaurateur and investor with an extensive track record in hospitality. Richard Wolffe is the co-writer of Andrés’ cookbooks and his two PBS series on regional cooking in Spain. Formerly at the Financial Times, Newsweek, and NBC News, Wolffe is also a columnist for The Guardian and the New York Times-bestselling author of three books about Barack Obama. While at NBC, Wolffe was the executive in charge of the design, build, and launch of MSNBC’s digital and streaming content platforms.
“José Andrés is a one of a kind talent, world renowned and sought after for good reason, as there is no one more qualified to share food-related stories and characters centered on food culture,” said Courtney White, President Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. ”We are so excited to be working with José and his José Andrés Media team on bringing his creative vision to our global audience.”
Whether cooking at restaurants, writing in books, delivering powerful keynotes, teaching college courses, or entertaining audiences through social media, storytelling is at the heart of everything José Andrés does. José Andrés Media is the next evolution of this storytelling and the company will allow José and his team to reach and share their stories with wider audiences. José Andrés Media’s first project is a six-episode series set in Spain currently being developed with Discovery+. In addition to unscripted and scripted television series, José Andrés Media will produce books, podcasts, and digital short and mid-form content with a focus on food-related stories and characters and the culture of food. The company is in the process of hiring new producers and developing new projects. Additional information on the Discovery series, new projects, and new team members will be announced at a later date.
Monday, October 4th
STEVE on Watch
4am PT / 7am ET
All-New Episode: I Need My Sister Back in My Life
She and her sister haven't spoken after having a major argument. She's ready to repair the relationship, but has no clue where to begin. Bishop T.D. Jakes makes a special appearance to offer his insight on the situation!
STEVE on Watch
6am PT / 9am ET
All-New Episode: Dancing Trucker Gets Surprise from Chubb Rock!
Dancing trucker John Drury has gone viral for sharing his cool moves on social media! He opens up to Steve Harvey about his passion for dance and love of hip-hop music, especially Chubb Rock who makes a surprise appearance!
Wednesday, October 6
STEVE on Watch
6am PT / 9am ET
All-New Episode: UFC Champion Kamaru Usman Surprises Parents with New House!
Kamaru Usman sits down with Steve Harvey to share his emotional journey to becoming UFC Champion while coping with his father's heartbreaking incarceration. Plus, he surprises his parents with the biggest gift in STEVE on Watch history! Don't miss it!!
Red Table Talk
9am PT / 12pm ET
Jada, Willow, & Gammy - 3 generations, 1 table, no filter. The hit series, Red Table Talk, is hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her 20-year-old daughter Willow, a leading voice for her generation, and her old-school mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Each episode is shot at the Smith’s family home where these three passionate and opinionated women bring their unique perspectives to real issues affecting real people. Red Table Talk is filled with honest, intimate and inspiring conversations on topics impacting each of our lives.
Thursday, October 7
STEVE on Watch
6am PT / 9am ET
All-New Episode: Harvard Debate Champions React to Making History!
Black girl magic! Atlanta high school students Emani Stanton and Jayla Jackson made history earlier this year by becoming the first Black female team to win the prestigious Harvard International Debate Competition. The impressive duo is joined by Kellye Britton, the executive director of the Harvard Diversity Project, to discuss the significant achievement, which profoundly moved Steve Harvey!
Red Table Talk: The Estefans
9am PT / 12pm ET
All-New Episode: What You Don't Know About Cuba
Cuban people are being beaten, tortured, and jailed for simply wanting to be free. In this very personal episode, the Estefans share their harrowing stories of escape from their homeland. Plus, Afro-Cuban star, Laz Alonso, reveals the horrors of life in Cuba today and a desperate daughter joins the table to plead for her father's life. Singer Yotuel joins Gloria and Emily for a special performance of Patria y Vida (Homeland and Life), a forbidden anthem of the rebellion that's become the urgent cry of the people.
CNN Original Series has received 2 Emmy® Awards in the 73rdPrimetime Creative Arts Emmy® Award competition. It was announced this afternoon by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the in-person presentation in Los Angeles.
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy wins Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special in its first season and Sterling K. Brown wins the Emmy® for Outstanding Narrator in Lincoln: Divided We Stand – his first time being nominated in this category.
In addition, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell received a nomination for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special and Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy was also nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program.
The Creative Arts Emmy ceremony will be broadcast on Saturday, September 18 at 8pm ET/PT on FXX.
The 2021 CNN Primetime Emmy® wins are as follows:
Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
Sterling K. Brown – Lincoln: Divided We Stand
As part of its original content rollout strategy, Tubi announced today the original movie event Corrective Measures, a sci-fi action movie starring an award-winning ensemble cast, including Bruce Willis (“Die Hard,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable”) and Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Suicide Squad,” “The Walking Dead”).
Based on the popular graphic novel, Corrective Measures is written, directed and produced by Sean Patrick O’Reilly (“Howard Lovecraft,” “The Kingdom of Madness”) and is set in San Tiburon, the world’s most dangerous maximum-security penitentiary and home to the world’s most treacherous superpowered criminals where tensions among the inmates and staff heighten, leading to anarchy that engulfs the prison and order is turned upside down. Todd
Masters of MastersFX (“Predator,” “Child’s Play,” “Legion”) will head the character and creature design. Produced by Arcana Productions LLC and executive-produced by The Exchange, Corrective Measures is slated for a Spring 2022 premiere on FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service. Jas Boparai, Corey Large, Johnny Messner and Steven Eads serve as executive producers. Michelle O'Reilly serves as producer.
"We’re excited to be harnessing the creative talent of Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Bruce Willis, Michael Rooker and Todd Masters to bring this celebrated comic book series to life,” said Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer at Tubi. "Corrective Measures is a powerfully authentic and captivating sci-fi action film that speaks to our unwavering commitment to provide the Tubi audience with a broad array of compelling original content."
"Corrective Measures is a project we've been wanting to see come to life from the pages of Arcana's graphic novel series for a long time,” added O’Reilly. “Overseeing this project from script to screen has been an incredible journey, and to have my live-action directing debut at this level with so many talented cast and crew is truly a dream come true. Directing, writing and producing Corrective Measures was such an incredible experience and I cannot think
of a better partner than FOX and Tubi for Arcana's launch into live action productions."
Corrective Measures takes place at San Tiburon, an Ubermax prison hidden in the Great Northwest, resided by monsters, cyborgs, and supervillains, all equipped with 24-hour power inhibitors and shock-collars. Most notorious among them is Julius “The Lobe” Loeb (Willis), a super genius sitting on an untraceable fortune. Warden Devlin (Rooker) is arguably as corrupt as his charges, with his sole interest in The Lobe’s riches, and has been trying to crack The Lobe for years without success. The fragile peace of the prison is thrown into chaos with the arrival of Payback (Dan Payne, “Watchmen”), a murderous vigilante with red intentions on the entire prison community, and Diego Diaz (Brennan Mejia, “Power Rangers”), a driver on a trumped-up sentence. As tensions among the inmates and staff heighten, anarchy engulfs the prison and order is turned upside down. Corrective Measures is the story of an everyman’s journey into darkness, as the actions the guards and staff are forced to take at the prison slowly render them no better than the men and women at the prison. The film also stars Tom Cavanagh (“The Flash”), Kat Ruston (“The 100”), Kevin Zegers (“Rebel”), and Hayley Sales (“Deadpool 2”).
Over the coming year, 140+ hours of all-new content are set to debut on Tubi, including Tubi Original Documentaries from FOX Alternative Entertainment; animated titles from FOX Entertainment’s Emmy Award-winning animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment; and premium independent-minded titles across the Black Cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and Western genres.
From award-worthy to binge-worthy, Tubi’s original slate is being developed with a viewer-first approach around audiences’ pockets of passion. Tubi’s proprietary Content Intelligence is a cornerstone in its development of originals, feeding the needs of viewers by applying personalization with viewer consumption data.
Tubi has more than 35,000 movies and television series from over 250 content partners, including every major studio, in addition to the largest offering of free live local and national news channels in streaming. The platform gives fans of entertainment, news and sports an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.
Mamie Coleman has been named Executive Vice President, Creative Music, and will head FOX Entertainment’s music division, FOX Entertainment Music (FEM), it was announced today by Amy Carney, COO, FOX Entertainment.
Based in Los Angeles, Coleman will lead all music creative for FOX Entertainment; its free streaming AVOD platform, Tubi; and its animation production studio, Bento Box. Her responsibilities include overseeing the creation of original music for promotional and in-show use across Fox properties and beyond. She also is responsible for all music creative and administration on FOX Entertainment productions.
Additionally, Katy Gavillet was promoted to Vice President, Creative Music, for FEM.
Launched in 2019, FEM has produced a broad-spanning music catalog, including more than 200 original songs intended for sync licensing, 15 theme songs for Fox-owned productions and three new branding mnemonics for FOX Entertainment, FOX Alternative Entertainment and Bento Box. In complementing FOX Entertainment’s growing library of owned content, music created by FEM will further expand business revenue and opportunities for the organization across its owned platforms and licensing out to third parties. FEM will continue to play an integral role in driving equality and inclusion throughout FOX Entertainment by recruiting a range of diverse voices within the creative community to write, produce and perform music for the division.
“Mamie’s creative- and business-driven approach turn opportunities into realized success for our music team, and her input and ideas have infused the new FEM brand with tremendous innovation,” said Carney. “As we look to the future, we hope to continue growing our FOX-owned catalog, and this kind of work requires the imaginative thought process and bold entrepreneurial spirit that Mamie and her team possess in abundance.”
Coleman is widely recognized for her achievements throughout the music community and, with experience in both television and music, she is one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile executives. A longtime FOX executive, she has played an integral role in producing and developing innovative program launches, marketing strategies and image campaigns by creating the unique “sound” of FOX marketing. She also has worked closely with TV studios,
production companies, major record labels, recording artists and agents to secure talent and production materials for FOX’s award-winning on-air promotional campaigns.
SOURCE: Fox Entertainment
Fox Invites Fans To Experience 'FoxTV Fanhub," An All-New, Free Interactive Event Live! On Wednesday, September 15th At FoxTVFanHub.com
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, beginning at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT, FOX Entertainment will host an all-new free interactive fan event at FOXTVFANHUB.com, where FOX fans can get access to exclusive FOX content, including first looks at upcoming FOX series, full performances from the upcoming seasons of THE MASKED SINGER and ALTER EGO, a virtual photo booth, a music lounge showing the music of FEM (FOX ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC), free giveaways, and many more surprises throughout the event. Using the power of the FOX brand to help create a unique and memorable experience, this fully interactive event will give fans the opportunity to explore the World of FOXTV and center themselves at the historic Century City FOX LOT in Los Angeles, CA.
The exclusive content featured on FOXTV FAN HUB will include full-length previews of new FOX series, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, song performances from TV’s #1 entertainment series THE MASKED SINGER and all-new music competition series ALTER EGO, and appearances by stars from 9-1-1, 9-1-1: LONESTAR, ALTER EGO, OUR KIND OF PEOPLE, THE BIG LEAP, THE MASKED SINGER, THE RESIDENT and THE SIMPSONS. The fan destination also will feature exciting new content from FOX’s streaming service, TUBI.
Main Theater- The main location for fans to gather for joining their fan favorite celebrities for Q&As and more!
FOXY Theater- Fans will be able to view new FOX content, such as the FOX Fall Preview Special and extended sneak peek clips from the all-new midseason comedy WELCOME TO FLATCH.
Speakeasy - This room showcases the music of FOX, from FEM videos to a live DJ set, to full performances from THE MASKED SINGER and ALTER EGO.
Photo Booth - A virtual photo booth room where fans can take selfies with FOX backgrounds and stickers.
Gallery Wall - A gallery wall showcasing the digital art and videos created for the TVForAll digital initiatives. There will also be an exclusive first look at the art being created for Latinx Heritage Month.
Tubi Diner – Fans who find the easter egg hidden in the diner on 9/15 will have the chance to win a gift.
The www.FOXTVFanHub.com website will be shared across FOX social platforms. Gift boxes also will be sent to the first 150 people to sign up. To learn more, please visit FOXTVFanHub.com or @FOXTV. Join the discussion using #FOXTVFanhub.
SOURCE: Fox Entertainment
Fox Announces Series Regular Cast For 'Krapopolis,' The New Animated Comedy From Emmy Award-Winning Creator Dan Harmon, Scheduled To Premiere In 2022
Emmy Award nominee Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Matt Berry (What We Do in The Shadows), Pam Murphy (Mapleworth Murders) and Duncan Trussell (The Midnight Gospel) have joined the voice cast of Krapopolis, FOX’s new animated comedy set in mythical ancient Greece, from Emmy Award-winning creator Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community).
Krapopolis centers on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other.
In the series, Ayoade voices “Tyrannis”, the mortal son of a goddess. He’s the benevolent King of Krapopolis trying to make do in a city that lives up to its name. Waddingham plays “Deliria,” Tyrannis’ mother, goddess of self-destruction and questionable choices. Within her extended Olympian family – forged in patricide and infidelity – she’s known as the trashy one. Berry is “Shlub,” Tyrannis’ father, a mantitaur (half centaur [horse + human], half manticore [lion + human + scorpion]). He is oversexed and underemployed, claims to be an artist and has literally never paid for anything, in any sense of that word, for his entire life. Murphy voices “Stupendous,” Tyrannis’ half-sister, daughter of Deliria and a cyclops. Trussell plays “Hippocampus,” Tyrannis’ half-brother, offspring of Shlub and a mermaid, and, obviously, a hot mess, biologically speaking.
The series is an outgrowth of the direct animation deal Harmon and FOX Entertainment unveiled last year. Wholly owned and financed by FOX Entertainment and to be produced by FOX’s Emmy Award-winning animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment, the project also is the first series to move forward under FOX’s broadcast direct model. Additionally, KRAPOPOLIS will serve as the first-ever animated series curated entirely on the Blockchain, as FOX and Bento Box enter the NFT business. The company will launch a dedicated marketplace for KRAPOPOLIS that will curate and sell digital goods, ranging from NFTs of one-of-a-kind character and background art and GIFs, as well as tokens that provide exclusive social experiences to engage and reward super fans. An NFT of the KRAPOPOLIS cast image is minted on the Eluvio content blockchain with token metadata.
Harmon is the creator and executive producer of the long-running comedy series “Community,” garnering multiple Emmy Award nominations, Critics Choice Awards and more accolades. He is also the co-creator and executive producer of “Rick & Morty,” which won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program in 2018 and 2020. In 2015, Harmon executive-produced the Academy Award-nominated animated feature film “Anomalisa.” Writer/producer/animator Jordan Young (“Drawn Together,” “Bojack Horseman”) has been named executive producer/showrunner. Young will work under Harmon’s supervision and handle the series’ day-to-day activities.
ABOUT THE CAST
Hannah Waddingham is an award-winning actress and singer. Waddingham currently has received critical acclaim for her role as “Rebecca” in the award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso.” She won the 2021 Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the 2021 Hollywood Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy, and she is nominated for a 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Additional nominations include the International Online Cinema Awards and Television Critics Association Awards. The cast was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Waddingham also is known for her scene-stealing, GIF-generating run as “Septa Unella,” the Shame Nun, in “Game of Thrones.” Past television work includes “Sex Education,” “Krypton,” “12 Monkeys,” “In The Club,” “The Entire Universe,” Jack Dee’s “Bad Move,” “Josh,” “Partners in Crime,” “Benidorm,” “Miss Marple-The Mirror Crack'd,” “Not Going Out” and “My Family,” among others. Feature work includes “The Hustle,” “Les Miserables” and “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.”
Richard Ayoade is a multi-award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director. The success of “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” (which he co-wrote, directed and starred in) was followed by his BAFTA Award-winning role in “The IT Crowd,” and numerous other TV credits, including “The Mighty Boosh.” Ayoade wrote and directed the BAFTA-nominated film “Submarine” and wrote and directed “The Double,” starring Jesse Eisenberg. He’s also voiced popular characters in The Mandalorian” and the BAFTA-winning “Soul.” He presented “Travel Man” and “The Crystal Maze” for Channel 4 and has released three books, “Ayoade on Ayoade” and “The Grip of Film” and “Ayoade on Top,” all published by Faber & Faber.
Matt Berry is a BAFTA Award-winning actor, writer and musician. He was most recently nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in A Comedy Series for his work as “Lazlo Cravensworth” in FX’s “What We Do In the Shadows.” In the U.K., he recently starred as “Detective Inspector Eli Rabbit” in “Year of the Rabbit” on the U.K.’s Channel 4. In 2015, Berry won a BAFTA for his performance as “Steven Toast” in “Toast of London” on Channel 4, which he also co-created. The show went on to earn six British Comedy Awards nominations, winning Best New Comedy Program, and was recently announced to be picked up for a much-anticipated second season. Previously, Berry starred in “The IT Crowd” for five seasons on Channel 4, BBC2’s “The Mighty Boosh,” Channel 4’s “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” and BBC3’s “Snuff Box.” He also appeared on the last season of “Community.” Berry made a memorable appearance on “Portlandia,” starred opposite Sam Rockwell in “Moon” and appeared in the feature film “One Day.” He is a talented voice actor and musician, who recorded introductions for the 2012 London Olympic closing ceremonies and composed the music for “AB/DC: A Rock Opera,” “Snuff Box” and “Toast of London.” Berry has also released six studio albums to much critical acclaim.
Pam Murphy is a writer/performer currently based in Los Angeles, where she’s an active performer at the UCB Theatre. In 2020, she appeared as a recurring character in the Quibi series “Mapleworth Murders,” guest-starred in the cable comedy “Corporate,” and recurred in the network comedy “Single Parents”. In 2019, she shot a season-recurring arc in the upcoming “Weird City,” from Jordan Peele, while also recurring in the final season of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” She also had a supporting lead in the independent film “All About Nina,” opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She started her comedy career at the NYC UCB Theatre. Her solo show, “The C Word,” was named Best Solo Show of the Year by Time Out NY. TV wise, she’s been on “Girlboss,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” “Another Period,” “30 Rock,” “Happy Endings,” “Key & Peele,” “Welcome To Sweden,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and many more. She’s also done a handful of videos for College Humor, Funny Or Die and UCB Comedy. She performs every Tuesday at 7:00 PM with Tuesday Club at UCB Franklin.
Duncan Trussell is a stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor. He has guest-starred on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “La La Land,” “MadTV” and “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time.” He has also appeared on “This Is Not Happening,” the Emmy-nominated “Drunk History” and the Emmy-winning “Adventure Time.” Trussell’s podcast, “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour,” has over 500 episodes and averages 1,000,000 downloads per month. This podcast and the recordings within are the foundation of his streaming animated series “The Midnight Gospel,” which he co-created with Pendleton Ward, the Emmy-winning creator of “Adventure Time.”
SOURCE: Fox Entertainment
Multi-Platinum Country Music Star Trace Adkins Joins Cast In Leading Role In Fox's Midseason Drama Series 'Monarch'
Multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins has been cast in a leading role in MONARCH, FOX Entertainment’s highly anticipated midseason drama from creator/executive producer Melissa London Hilfers, executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and executive producers Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady and Jason Owen. Adkins joins previously announced cast members Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel.
MONARCH is a Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. The series, 100%-owned by FOX Entertainment, debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP, and continuing on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
In MONARCH, “Texas Truthteller” and reigning King of Country Music ALBIE ROMAN (Adkins), along with his insanely talented, but tough as nails wife, Queen of Country Music DOTTIE CANTRELL ROMAN (Sarandon), have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown NICOLETTE "NICKY" ROMAN (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.
In his 25-year career in country music, Trace Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums, charted more than 20 singles, earned numerous awards and Grammy nominations, and garnered over two billion streams. A Grand Ole Opry member for nearly two decades, the Louisiana native is known for dynamic baritone and fiery, always-memorable live performances, and has expanded his country career to include film and TV acting. He broke out in 1996 with the debut album Dreamin’ Out Loud, cracking the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Every Light In the House Is On,” and following with the #1 smash “This Ain’t (No Thinkin’ Thing).” Since then, Adkins has pioneered a mix of classic country-minded traditionalism and adventurous, good-natured showmanship, breaking open new avenues in modern country through fun-filled hits, such as “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Hillbilly Bone” (with Blake Shelton). He’ll celebrate the
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silver anniversary of his album debut in 2021 with The Way I Wanna Go, doing exactly what he always has – mixing pure-country reverence with standout collaborations, featuring Blake Shelton, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder on harmonica and more. Featuring Adkins’ newest single, “Where The Country Girls At (feat. Luke Bryan & Pitbull)," the brand-new album The Way I Wanna Go, is available everywhere now.
MONARCH is produced by FOX Entertainment. Screenwriter Melissa London Hilfers serves as creator, writer and executive producer. Michael Rauch (“Instinct,” “Royal Pains”) is an executive producer and showrunner. Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady (The Jackal Group) and top music manager Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment) also serve as executive producers. Jason Ensler (“The Passage”) will direct and serve as a producer on the series premiere. The series will feature original music and covers.
The regulatory framework governing ownership of broadcast radio and television stations harms broadcasters’ ability to compete in the marketplace, impedes localism and fails to promote diversity in ownership, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) said in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Local radio and television stations operate under media ownership restrictions that date back decades to the analog era and fail to account for changes in the marketplace, NAB said in its comments as part of the FCC’s 2018 quadrennial review of broadcast ownership rules. These outdated media ownership rules, which no longer enable broadcasters to viably operate in a competitive market or effectively serve the public interest, are in more urgent need of reform than ever, NAB said.
In its comments, NAB argued that, with the decline in the newspaper industry, broadcast radio and television stations are among the few entities still capable of producing local news, weather, sports and emergency journalism. These newsgathering ventures require high capital and operating costs, which could be alleviated by leveraging economies of scale.
However, the FCC’s media ownership rules prevent broadcasters from achieving the scale necessary to sustainably provide local journalism to their communities of service, NAB said. The Commission’s rules have failed to account for increased competition from giant technology platforms for advertising revenue. In addition, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect advertising and changing Americans’ content consumption habits, it is imperative for the FCC to update media ownership rules to allow broadcasters to create an economically feasible future for local journalism.
"In assessing competition, the FCC can no longer maintain the fiction that broadcast stations compete only against other broadcast stations,” said NAB in its comments. “Given the record evidence…the FCC must conclude that its local ownership rules are no longer necessary in the public interest as the result of competition.”
The FCC has for decades also attempted to increase broadcast stations owned by women and people of color. Yet, the Commission has continuously failed to recognize its rules have discouraged investment in station ownership. While lack of access to capital is the primary barrier preventing these underrepresented populations from acquiring radio and television stations, the imposition of heavy regulatory burdens on broadcasting – including restricting the size and scale of a station group – discourages potential entrants, NAB said.
“[E]ven if capital were more accessible, the FCC’s continued insistence on heavily regulating broadcasters – including through outdated ownership rules – is a clear disincentive to investment and new entry,” said NAB in its comments. “In a world where investors and new entrants have countless other media and communications options, the Commission itself is a major impediment to increased diversity in the broadcast industry.”
In its comments, NAB urged the FCC to adopt proposed media ownership reforms offered by NAB in 2019. For its rules governing the broadcast radio industry, NAB recommended the Commission:
- eliminate caps on AM ownership in all markets;
- permit a single entity to own up to eight commercial FM stations in Nielsen Audio 1-75 markets, with the opportunity to own two more FM stations through successful participation in the FCC’s incubator program; and
- remove restrictions on FM station ownership in Nielsen markets 76 and lower and in unrated areas.
NAB recommended that the FCC also no longer retain per se restrictions that ban combinations among top-four rated TV stations, regardless of their audience or advertising shares, and that prevent ownership of more than two stations in all markets, regardless of their competitive positions.
“The FCC should act now to fulfill both [its] deregulatory mandate, and Congress’s even longer-standing goal of a competitively viable broadcast service capable of serving local communities, by modernizing its local radio and TV ownership limits,” said NAB. “The American public cannot afford for the FCC to remain asleep at the regulatory wheel.”
FX To Launch SOUND FX Campaign Utilizing Multi-City Art Installations To Engage Audiences Around FX Brand
FX today announces SOUND FX, its multi-city campaign to promote its most popular properties including American Horror Story, Archer and What We Do in the Shadows among others which now stream on FX on Hulu. FX will collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists and sculptural designers to create outdoor immersive sound and art installations in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, where fans can interact with sensory experiences built around genres in which many of FX’s shows encompass including drama, comedy and horror.
Art installations at each location will showcase a particular FX genre through the soundscapes that it produces by featuring ‘hero’ shows that rise to the top of the soundscape. The titles featured in the art installations include key FX programs that have helped to drive affinity for the FX brand. Additionally, while on-site, attendees will be able to complete a digital quiz that will identify their FX profile and recommend shows for them to watch based on the results.
FX tapped the award-winning experiential marketing agency, Creative Riff, to produce the program in collaboration with SOFTlab, Emilie Baltz, and Vita Motus to create the sculptural designs. FX ’s full line-up of interactive art installations include:
New York City, September 9-13
○ Location: Hudson Yards
○ Designed by: SOFTlab, a NYC based design studio that combines a research-based design practice with technology and craft
Chicago, September 16-20
○ Location: Congress Plaza South
○ Designed by: Emilie Baltz, an artist whose work uses the five senses to tell stories that deepen engagement with self and society
Los Angeles, September 23-27
○ Location: Grand Park
○ Designed by: Vita Motus, a woman-owned, multidisciplinary production design firm driven by artistic passion and grounded in industrial expertise
It was with profound disappointment that we learned last night from news reports that 30 minutes of Spike Lee’s HBO docuseries addressing the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 would be removed from the final episode, which airs 20 years to the day since the murder of our loved ones.
We have been shocked and appalled by the media’s misleading coverage of Mr. Lee’s take on the not-debunked scientific evidence regarding the buildings’ destruction and by the crass labeling of each person in the film who questions the government’s account — including the two of us — as a “conspiracy theorist."
We are not conspiracy theorists. We are family members seeking the truth about the murder of our loved ones.
Certain members of the media who have staked their reputation on defending the official account of 9/11 pushed for the 30-minute section to be removed because they were afraid that millions of viewers would draw reasonable conclusions from the evidence being shown. They were intent on making sure this evidence, presented with Mr. Lee’s “extraordinary directorial panache,” did not see the light of day. As it stands, censorship will prevail, but it should not be allowed to.
We call upon HBO and Mr. Lee to restore the 30-minute section of the final episode now. Edit it if need be. But don’t censor the 9/11 family members, first responders, survivors, and the many honorable professionals included in those 30 minutes while disrespecting millions of Americans who deserve to see Spike Lee’s film uncensored and make up their own minds.
Do not silence us on the 20th anniversary of the day Bobby and Jean were murdered.
Bob McIlvaine, father of Bobby McIlvaine
Drew DePalma, son of Jean DePalma
William Shatner, Michael Rooker, Matthew Lewis First Celebrities Set For Wizard World Chicago, October 15th-17th
William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Walking Dead”), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter franchise, “All Creatures Great and Small”), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "Supergirl") and Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Melrose Place”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the 23rd annual Wizard World Chicago, October 15-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Additional celebrities, creators and other attractions will be announced shortly.
Shatner will appear on Sunday only; Rooker, Lewis and Cassidy will attend on Saturday and Sunday; Cain will appear on Friday and Saturday; Marsters will be on hand all three days.
Wizard World Chicago will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon, along with programming and entertainment stage schedules.
Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Show hours are Friday, October 15, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
Wizard World Chicago 2021 will also mark the final event under the Wizard World brand name. As previously announced, beginning in 2022, former Wizard World events held in Chicago as well as New Orleans, Portland, Cleveland, St. Louis and Philadelphia will be produced under the FAN EXPO name. Wizard World will continue to operate the Wizard World Vault and will be participating at all FAN EXPO events.
Tickets start at $39.99 and are available at http://www.wizardworld.com.
SOURCE: Wizard World