Friday, February 27, 2015
According to Deadline, Oprah Winfrey’s love affair with Tyler Perry continues as her OWN Network has ordered additional episodes of four of his series. The numbers: 23 hourlong episodes of The Haves And The Have Nots, 22 of its companion drama If Loving You Is Wrong, 22 half-hours of comedy Love Thy Neighbor and 20 of sitcom For Better Or Worse. Oprah Winfrey’s partnership with Tyler Perry has been a tremendous success, garnering millions of viewers for OWN and setting ratings records,” network president Erik Logan said in a statement. “Tyler’s original series have quickly become appointment viewing for a passionate audience and OWN is pleased to deliver 87 new episodes.”
Sidebar: Check out a throwback interview we did with Meagan Good and her husband DeVon Franklin at a party in Hollywood awhile back.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Reggie Bush is no longer a member of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced the release of the 29-year-old running back Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks before the start of free agency. Bush signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013 and was a 1,000-yard rusher for Detroit in his first season with the club. Bush couldn’t stay healthy in 2014, though, dealing with a lingering ankle injury that started in Week 5 against Buffalo and never completely healed.
He played in 11 last season with only 76 carries for 297 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 40 receptions for 253 yards. Bush continually tried to come back throughout the season but kept getting reinjured. The Lions released veteran RB Reggie Bush on Wednesday after two seasons with the team.
The move saves the Lions $1.7 million in cap for 2015, which is sorely needed if the team is going to try to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, long the franchise’s top priority in free agency. Had the Lions kept Bush, the team would have had a $5,277,941 cap charge for 2015. Bush was drafted by New Orleans with the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft. He turns 30 years old next week.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paula Patton has been tapped to star in ABC's drug cartel drama pilot Runner. Based on the Turkish series Son, the drama revolves around Lauren Marks (Patton), who believes she is leading a perfect life, which is ripped apart when, in search of the truth, she must follow a trail of lies that takes her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Patton's Lauren is described as an architect, a caring wife and mother living peacefully with her husband, Adam, and their son, Jackson. When a commercial plane with Adam on it goes down, Lauren feels her life crashing down along with it — until she's told that her husband never boarded the plane. Now hell-bent on figuring out what her husband is up to, she goes to great lengths to find him, winding up in the middle of a cartel war and forced to work with someone she had hoped never to see again. Originally developed by Fox last season under former network topper Kevin Reilly's no-pilots process, the cast-contingent drama made offers to several actresses, includingChristina Applegate, Katie Holmes, Mireille Enos and Jessica Biel, but did not move forward until this season when it earned an official pilot order at ABC in January. Runner marks Patton's first TV series regular foray after roles in films such as Hitch, Precious, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, 2 Guns and About Last Night. She next has Warcraft due in 2016. She's repped by CAA, More/Medavoy Management and Sloane Offer.
According to THR, With only three more weeks left to its freshman season, Empire is still growing. For the seventh week in a row, the Fox drama clocked another series high — rising to a 5.3 rating among dults 18-49. That's technically even with last week's final score, but two-tenths of an improvement from last Wednesday's Fast Nationals. And with a minute of lower-rated American Idol bleeding into Fox's 9 p.m. hour, last night's Empire is all but sure to be adjusted upwards.
As for total viewership, Empire rose to 13.75 million viewers — making it the most-watched telecast of the night. Empire's growth continues to leave many scratching their heads. Seven consecutive weeks of improvement for a freshman series in unheard of these days. Up 39 percent from its premiere, it has now grown more than any broadcast drama since House in 2004. For Fox, it will only be able to get three more Wednesdays out of the show. Four hours of the freshman order remain, with a two-hour finale slated for March 18. As for American Idol, the show was steady with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 — now less than half of its lead-out's haul.
According to TMZ, Lupita Nyong'o's now-famous Oscar dress, adorned in pearls, was stolen right out of her hotel room.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the dress was taken out of Lupita's room at The London West Hollywood. The dress is made of 6,000 white Akoya pearls and valued at $150,000.
Our sources say Lupita told cops it was taken from her room sometime between 8 AM and 9 PM Tuesday while she was gone. There is security footage that cops are looking at that could catch the culprit right in the act.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
According to TMZ, Damon Wayans is postponing multiple tour stops after suffering a medical emergency related to his diabetes. The comedian was supposed to perform Saturday in Missouri, but sources close to Wayans tell us he's unable to fly right now because of his ongoing battle with Type 2 diabetes. He was diagnosed back in 2013.
The Kansas City Improv Theater says it got word Tuesday Damon wouldn't be able to perform -- and our sources say there are going to be more cancellations down the road. He's already dropped a six-show engagement in Buffalo next month. Damon will attempt to do shows if they're close enough for him to drive from L.A. -- but until his health improves all out-of-state gigs are on hold.Sidebar: Get well Damon!
According to TMZ, Michael Sam will be competing in March, not on the football field, but on the "Dancing with the Stars" hardwood. Michael -- the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL -- will be part of Season 20, which fires up next month. Here's the problem. Sam -- who insinuated he was cut from the NFL because he is gay -- has vowed to get back in the league and said he'd take part in the first-ever veteran's combine on March 22. But Sam needs to prove he has what it takes, and we're thinkin' some of the owners might question his commitment if he's focusing on the rumba rather than rumbling.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has bought Sascha Penn's spec script Bounty, with Will Smith attached to star.The story is set in Boston and centers on a man (Smith) who is wrongly convicted of murder. He escapes from prison determined to prove his innocence — a nearly impossible task after the widow of the man he supposedly killed puts a $10 million bounty on him, dead or alive. Smith's Overbrook Entertainment will produce the action-thriller along with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment. Madhouse's Robyn Meisinger will exec produce. Paramount's Alana Mayo was the exec that championed the project in a competitive situation. Smith will next be seen in Warner Bros.' Focus,hitting theaters on Feb. 27. His upcoming projects include football drama Concussion (out Christmas Day) and Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, in which he'll play Deadshot.