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Gospel Music Industry Drama ‘Kingdom Business’ Produced By DeVon Franklin, Holly Carter & Kirk Franklin In The Works At NBC

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Exclusive: NBC has put in development Kingdom Business, a gospel music industry drama produced by DeVon Franklin’s Franklin Entertainment, Holly Carter’s Relevé Entertainment, Kirk Franklin and Fo Yo Soul Entertainment, Michael Van Dyck’s Inspired Entertainment and Universal TV, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios.

Written by John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart, Kingdom Business is a behind-the-scenes look into the world of the gospel music industry and all of the conflict and secrets that come with money, fame and success.

Sakmar and Lenhart executive produce with DeVon Franklin, Carter, Kirk Franklin and Van Dyck. Universal TV is the studio.

Sakmar and Lenhart created mid-’90s TV series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which aired for one season on CBS. The writing-producing duo served as consulting producers on Reign and Make It Or Break It, and co-executive producers on The Glades and Signed, Sealed & Delivered, among other credits.
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AMC Networks Gathers Sponsors For ‘Best Christmas Ever’ Holiday Package

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Christmas has long been billed as a time where peace and generosity rule. But in the TV business, time around the holiday is fast becoming quite competitive.

In a season when cable networks like Crown Media’s Hallmark Channel and Walt Disney’s Freeform try to lure fans of holiday movies and family fare, AMC Networks is stepping up the rivalry. AMC this year is expanding its “Best Christmas Ever” from its eponymous flagship cable outlet, to its other holdings, which include BBC America, We tv and IFC. In all, the networks will offer more than 700 hours of holiday programming, including exclusives such as “Elf,” “The Polar Express” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The company is upping the Yuletide programming output by 100 hours.

“There are 30 advertisers on board,” says Kim Granito, senior vice president of integrated marketing, who expects six more to come on board over the course of the next few weeks.
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‘Black-ish’ Star Deon Cole To Host The Abff Honors; ‘The Wire’ Set To Receive Classic Television Award

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Exclusive: The fourth annual American Black Film Festival (Abff) Honors will bring together the cast and crew of HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire, for a celebration and presentation of this year’s Classic Television Award. In addition, Black-ish/ Grown-ish star and comedian Deon Cole will host the awards ceremony, which will take place on February 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Created by David Simon, The Wire debuted in 2002 and ran for five seasons. The series, which centered around the Baltimore drug scene, helped launch the career of actors such as Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw), Dominic West (The Affair), Wendell Pierce (Jack Ryan), Michael K. Williams (Motherless Brooklyn), and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther).

Cole is fresh off the release of his Netflix comedy special, Deon Cole: Cole Hearted, and continues to pull double duties as Charlie on ABC’s hit series Black-ish, now in its fifth season, and its Freeform spin-off Grown-ish.
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DeVon Franklin Signs First-Look Deal at Paramount Pictures

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DeVon Franklin Signs First-Look Deal at Paramount Pictures
DeVon Franklin has signed a first-look producing deal at Paramount Pictures.

Under his Franklin Entertainment banner, Franklin previously produced inspirational and faith-based films, including this year’s “Breakthrough,” starring Chrissy Metz, as well as “Miracles From Heaven,” with Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah, and the animated film “The Star,” toplined by Zachary Levi, Gina Rodriguez, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

Prior to launching his own production company, Franklin was a senior vice president of production at Columbia TriStar, where he worked on “Heaven Is for Real,” “The Karate Kid” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” He is also the author of multiple books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Wait,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Meagan Good.

“We couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with DeVon to bring his unique brand of uplifting stories to our audiences,” said Wyck Godfrey, president of Paramount’s Motion Picture Group. “His
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Producer DeVon Franklin Sets First-Look Deal With Paramount

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Producer DeVon Franklin Sets First-Look Deal With Paramount
DeVon Franklin, the producer behind faith-based films such as the Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah-starrer Miracles from Heaven, has inked first-look producing deal with Paramount Pictures.

Franklin’s most recent film, Breakthrough starring Chrissy Metz, was released in April via 20th Century Fox, where Franklin held an overall deal. He currently has Flamin’ Hot, the Eva Longoria-directed biopic about the man who created the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snack, set at Fox Searchlight.

Prior to launching his own production shingle, Franklin Entertainment, Franklin served as Senior Vice President of Production at Sony’s Columbia TriStar and worked on pics such as Heaven is For Real, The Karate Kid, and The Pursuit of Happyness. Earlier this year, Deadline reported that he has re-teamed with Sony for a biopic about multi-platinum gospel singer Kirk Franklin.

Franklin is also a preacher, motivational speaker, and the author of multiple books including the
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Preacher-Turned-Producer DeVon Franklin Inks First-Look Deal With Paramount

Paramount Pictures on Monday announced a first-look producing deal with preacher-turned-producer DeVon Franklin.

Under his Franklin Entertainment banner, Franklin will work with the Hollywood studio to make faith-based films following the box office success of such efforts as Breakthrough, starring Chrissy Metz; Miracles From Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah; and the animated film The Star, starring Zachary Levi, Gina Rodriguez, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

Before launching his own production company, Franklin was senior vp production at Columbia TriStar, where he worked on Heaven Is For Real, The Karate Kid and The Pursuit of Happyness, among other titles.

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Live+3 Ratings for Week of Nov. 4: ‘The Little Mermaid Live’ Surfaces in First Place

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After posting big numbers in the Live+Same Day TV ratings, ABC’s “The Little Mermaid Live” has emerged at the top of the charts for the week it aired after three days of delayed viewing.

The live musical, which featured Auliʻi Cravalho in the titular role and a powerhouse performance from Queen Latifah as the evil Ursula, grew 26% from a 2.6 rating to a 3.2 in Live+3. It managed to hold off “The Masked Singer” on Fox and “This Is Us” on NBC, which grew to a 2.8 and a 2.4 respectively.

It will be interesting to see whether “The Little Mermaid” can carry home the trident after seven days of delayed viewing, given that live TV typically grows less than non-live.

In terms of total viewership, the special came second in L+Sd behind “NCIS,” but after three days of delayed viewing it managed just under 11 million total viewers and was overtaken
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Alicia Keys to Return as Grammys Host

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Alicia Keys to Return as Grammys Host
Alicia Keys will return to host the Grammys, marking her second year as emcee for the CBS awards show.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, starting at 8/7c on CBS. “Music’s Biggest Night” will take place at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host of the Grammy Awards,” Keys said in a statement. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world, and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”

Also Read: Grammys: Ben Winston to Take Over as Executive Producer After Ken Ehrlich's 40th Year

“Alicia Keys is the ultimate musically credible Mc and talent who
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Sam Trammell, Katharine McPhee Foster, ‘Playing With Fire’s Christian Convery Join ‘The Tiger Rising’

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Sam Trammell, Katharine McPhee Foster, ‘Playing With Fire’s Christian Convery Join ‘The Tiger Rising’
Exclusive: Sam Trammell, Katharine McPhee Foster and young actor Christian Convery are set to star alongside Queen Latifah, Dennis Quaid and Madalen Mills in The Tiger Rising. Ray Giarratana is directing the film from a screenplay he adapted based on the 2001 New York Times bestselling children’s book by Kate Dicamillo.

The story centers on Rob Horton (Convery), a 12-year-old who finds a caged tiger in the center of the woods near his home. Shortly after, Rob meets Sistine Bailey (Mills), a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other and become friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things – like memories, heartaches and tigers – can’t be locked up forever. Trammell and McPhee Foster will play Rob’s parents, Robert Horton Sr. and Caroline Horton.

Deborah and Ray Giarratana of Gg Filmz are producing with Ryan Smith, partner and president of Streamline Global.
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Queen Latifah to produce and star in The Equalizer TV reboot

Fresh from her role as Ursula in The Little Mermaid Live, Queen Latifah has now signed on to produce and star in a TV reimagining of the classic 80s television series The Equalizer, which has a pilot production commitment from CBS. The project, written by Andrew Marlowe (Castle) and Terri Miller (Take Two), will see […]

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‘Sesame Street’ 50th Anniversary: Here Are 21 of the Cutest Celebrity Guest Appearances (Photos)

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‘Sesame Street’ 50th Anniversary: Here Are 21 of the Cutest Celebrity Guest Appearances (Photos)
In honor of the 50th anniversary of iconic children’s program on Sunday, here is a list of some of the absolute cutest and most heartwarming celebrity guest appearances on “Sesame Street.” There are far too many to list them all — 650 in total — but here is a smattering of our favorites, from John Krasinski helping Murray define the word “soggy,” to Julie Andrews helping Kermit the Frog sing “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” Catch a bunch more celebrity guests including Sterling K. Brown and Elvis Costello on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. during HBO’s “Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Celebration,” hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

John Krasinski

The “Office” star came on “Sesame Street” in 2011 to help Murray define the word “soggy” — hint, it means very wet. Little did Krasinski know, he would become the example of what a soggy thing looks like when he gets sprayed with a surprise blast of
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Revenge Sequel Series in the Works at ABC, Fan Favorite Character to Return

ABC isn’t done getting Revenge: The network is developing a follow-up to its 2011-15 drama, which hails from the original series’ creative team, according to our sister site Deadline.

The potential series — which will reportedly also be titled Revenge — will follow a young Latinx immigrant who arrives in Malibu to exact revenge on a pharmaceutical dynasty that caused “the murder of her biochemist mother, the destruction of her family and a global epidemic.” (That’s quite a résumé.)

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Little Mermaid Live! Videos: Watch Queen Latifah's 'Poor Unfortunate Souls' and Other Big Numbers

Little Mermaid Live! Videos: Watch Queen Latifah's 'Poor Unfortunate Souls' and Other Big Numbers
From Queen Latifah’s vicious vocals to that polarizing Flounder puppet, The Little Mermaid Live! was all anyone could tweet about on Tuesday night.

Whether you missed out on the action, or you’d simply like to take a second dip, ABC has released videos of the night’s biggest numbers, from Ariel’s iconic ballad to Sebastian’s pro-ocean propaganda anthem.

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Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa Biopic Casts G.G. Townson, Laila Odom, Three More (Exclusive)

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Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa Biopic Casts G.G. Townson, Laila Odom, Three More (Exclusive)
Lifetime’s Salt-n-Pepa biopic has found its leads. G.G. Townson and Laila Odom will be playing Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, respectively.

Additionally, the upcoming limited series will also star Cleveland Berto as music producer Hurby Azor, Jermel Howard as rapper Treach and Monique Paul as DJ Spinderella.

This still-untitled authorized biopic follows the acclaimed musicians as they first fall into the world of hip-hop after recording a song for a friend. It will track their impact on the music world, becoming one of the first all-female rap groups, changing the look and sound of the genre as they were unafraid to talk and sing about sex and their thoughts on men, and then going on to reach platinum status as recording artists and win a Grammy. The project also endeavors to uncover the women behind the music, revealing how their very different personalities fueled their creativity
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‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ Ratings Swim To The Top Tuesday; ‘Emergence’ Rises

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Live action-feature presentation hybrid The Little Mermaid Live! won Tuesday night in broadcast primetime, bringing its “Under the Sea” magic to ABC. The Disney musical event earned a 2.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 8.98 million viewers who tuned in to see Auliʻi Cravalho play the iconic Disney princess and Queen Latifah slay as Ursula the sea witch.

The musical event dominated for ABC and was the highest-rated made-for-tv musical on any network since Grease in 2016. It was also the top-rated entertainment telecast since the series finale of The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

This was all good news for ABC’s freshman sci-fi drama Emergence, which aired after two-hour live musical and bumped up.

Perhaps Ariel singing “Part of Your World” drew audiences away from NBC on Tuesday night. Although The Voice (1.3, 8.11M) ticked up a tenth, the other shows on its lineup took a one-tenth hit: This
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Ratings: Little Mermaid Makes a Splash, Top-Rated Live Musical Since Grease

ABC’s Little Mermaid Live on Tuesday night averaged 9 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating, making it the highest-rated live musical TV event since Fox’s Grease Live, which posted a 4.3 in January 2016.In total audience, it was the most watched live TV musical event since NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live (in April 2018).

TVLine readers gave Ariel and friends an average grade of “C+.”

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TV Ratings: ‘The Little Mermaid Live’ Makes Big Splash for ABC

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ABC’s live (or semi-live) musical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” made a splash in the TV ratings on Tuesday night.

The show scored a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and just under 9 million total viewers, solid numbers for a live TV musical. For comparison, Fox’s “Rent” live musical event only drew a 1.4 rating and 3.4 million total viewers back in January, and NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” from 2018 drew slightly more viewers at a touch over 9 million, but a smaller rating at a 1.7. Last night’s performance featuring Auli’i Cravalho, Shaggy and Queen Latifah among others was the highest-rated made-for-tv musical on any network in almost four years (since Fox’s “Grease” aired in Jan. 2016).

“The Little Mermaid Live” was fins and tails above the competition last night in terms of rating, but the crown for the most watched show still went to “NCIS” on CBS with 10.7 million total viewers.
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Social Media Jokes About Last Night’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Musical Special Prompted An ABC Exec To Respond

Last night, audiences experienced (were subjected to?) the latest primetime musical special, ABC’s “The Little Mermaid Live.” However, unlike other recent entries in this genre, such as “Grease” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the ABC production decided to go with the mixed-media approach, relying on animated bits from the classic 1989 film combined with live-action musical numbers with a new cast including Queen Latifah, Auli’i Cravalho, John Stamos, and Shaggy, among others.

Continue reading Social Media Jokes About Last Night’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Musical Special Prompted An ABC Exec To Respond at The Playlist.
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Video: Watch Auli'i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, Shaggy, and More in Highlights From The Little Mermaid Live!

Check out highlights from the performance below, including Part Of Your World, Poor Unfortunate Souls, and more The cast was led by Auli'i Cravalho as Ariel and Queen Latifah as Ursula. It also featured Shaggy as Sebastian, Graham Phillipsas Prince Eric, andJohn Stamosas Chef Louis. Check out highlights from the performance below, including Part Of Your World, Poor Unfortunate Souls, and more
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The Little Mermaid Live!: All 12 Musical Numbers Ranked From Worst to Best

With a hot crustacean band at its disposal, ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live! served up a dozen musical numbers on Tuesday, which ranged from “the bubbles” to [in Ursula voice] “pathetic.”

Now, before I formally slip on my old-timey judge wig, let’s get one thing clear: This was an incredible feat — if not just a really expensive commercial for Disney+ — and everyone involved should be proud of the work that was accomplished tonight. As an embarrassingly vocal fan of both the original 1989 film, as well as the 2008 Broadway adaptation, I give The Little Mermaid Live! my official stamp of approval.

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