‘MTV Unplugged’ Plots Fall Return With Shawn Mendes (Exclusive)
Popular MTV franchise “Unplugged” will return to the network this fall. Shawn Mendes, who’s currently No. 1 at Top 40 radio with his latest single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” will kick off the reboot with a performance from downtown Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. “MTV Unplugged Shawn Mendes” is scheduled to air on Sept. 8.
“MTV Unplugged,” which features music acts reinterpreting their songs — and usually a cover — acoustically, first aired in 1989 and has showcased memorable performances from the likes of Nirvana, Jay-z, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Adele, among others. But for 19-year-old Mendes, it was a clip of Pearl Jam performing on the show in 1992 that got him hooked on the concept — even if it took place years before he entered the world. “It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” Mendes »
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The Jetsons Live-Action Sitcom From Robert Zemeckis Lands at ABC
ABC, meet George Jetson. George Jetson, meet ABC.
The Alphabet network has given a put-pilot order to a live-action sitcom reboot of The Jetsons, TVLine has learned. The remake, first reported here back in June, will update the classic 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a futuristic family, this time as a traditional multi-camera sitcom. Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) will serve as an executive producer, with Family Guy writer Gary Janetti penning the pilot.
Janetti’s presence may be a hint about the tone of these new-look Jetsons, which “looks at America’s favorite future family through a modern filter, »
TV Ratings: ‘Marlon’ Starts Solid on NBC
The series debut of NBC’s comedy “Marlon” scored the second most-watched new summer comedy premiere on the Big 4 broadcast networks in 10 years, according to Nielsen overnight data.
Airing at 9 p.m., “Marlon” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million total viewers. That is one of the best premieres for a summer comedy series since CBS’ “Creature Comforts” nabbed 6.2 million viewers in 2007. Earlier this summer, the Tuesday timeslot debut of ABC’s “Downward Dog” drew 5.7 million viewers, but that series was ultimately canceled. A second episode of “Marlon” at 9:30 p.m. dropped to a 1.0 and 4.1 million viewers, losing approximately 23% of its audience in the key demo and 24% in total viewers.
Earlier on NBC, “America’s Got Talent” (2.1, 10.7 million) was the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night.
On CBS, “Big Brother” (1.9, 6.3 million) was even. A new episode of “Salvation” at 9 p.m. (0.5, 3.1 million) was also even, while a second episode at 10 p.m »
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‘13th’ Poster Vandalized as Nation Grapples With Racially Charged Moment
The long line of giant Emmy Fyc banners that hang on a chain-link fence along a stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Netflix’s Hollywood offices are hard to miss. On Thursday morning, it was impossible not to notice that one of the 18 banners had been vandalized overnight.
The damaged poster was one touting the eight Emmy nominations garnered by “13th,” Ava DuVernay’s widely praised Netflix documentary about the roots of the exponential growth in the incarceration of people of color in the U.S. The film has already earned an Oscar nomination and a Peabody Award.
The display featured an image of an African-American man standing defiantly with a raised fist. The banner was ripped in such as way as to remove most of the man’s body, although not his extended arm. None of the other banners hung near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue were similarly defaced.
- Cynthia Littleton
Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks Jaime's Fatherly Pride and Brotherly Anger, Bronn in a Speedo?!
What exactly does one say to a man who’s recently learned he’s expecting his fourth child… with his twin sister? Does “congratulations” really cover it?
“It’s very, very exciting. It’s wonderful. He’s preparing,” the actor said, laughing. “He’s been out looking at nursery items. And he’s throwing a baby shower for Cersei next week — that’s why we won’t »
‘For the People’ Creator Paul William Davies Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Paul William Davies, creator/executive producer of the upcoming ABC/Shondaland legal drama For the People, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the series, ABC Studios. Written by Davies, For The People is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," and follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution Davies comes from a legal background. He holds a J.D. degree from Stanford… »
‘The Tick’ Review: Amazon’s First Superhero Series Works Best Weird
The debut of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix tomorrow and The Tick on Amazon on August 25 makes clear that the summer is ending with a superhero show of strength, with the latter series from the House of Bezos distinctly and sometimes rather wonderfully weird. This version of the much-adapted Tick depicts a world where superheroes are the norm but real super villains are thought to be the stuff of myth. Simultaneously parodying and loving up the genre, the six-episode… »
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