‘Friends’ Anniversary: Behind-the-Scenes of TV’s Most Caffeinated ‘Comfort Food’
‘Friends’ Anniversary: Behind-the-Scenes of TV’s Most Caffeinated ‘Comfort Food’

In 2014, I published a book called “Sitcom” that served as a history of the American situation comedy, covering the gamut from “I Love Lucy” to the present day. For that work, I wrote a chapter on “Friends,” rewatching the entirety of the series and appreciating its warmth and its acidic vigor. I felt like I’d said my piece.

Then I came across this story in the New York Times about high-school kids watching “Friends” on Netflix and shipping Ross and Rachel, as if this were a hot new series and not a two-decade-old show. Some combination of the series’ streaming debut and the internet’s unstinting love for “Friends” helped it find an entirely new audience, and I wanted to tell the full story of the show for everyone who was only just discovering it now, as well as the fans who had tuned in for the first episode

Sky Studios Launches U.K. Innovation Hub in Northern England

Sky Studios is set to follow Channel 4’s move to the northern English city of Leeds with the launch of a new Innovation Hub. Sky Studios, the production arm of pay-tv giant Sky, said Wednesday that the new regional hub would focus on talent development, scripted partnerships and new content experiences, creating new original drama, comedy and scripted ideas for Sky and its customers.

The hub will be headed by executive producer Vicky Wharton, who has worked as a development executive, script editor and drama producer on shows including “Murphy’s Law” and Hulu’s “Harlots.”

“Our aim at

America's Got Talent Season 14 Finale: Who Will Win? And Who Should Win?

America’s Got Talent is hoping to end Season 14 on a high note, with eight of its final 10 acts being either solo musicians or vocal groups. And with Wednesday’s grand finale (NBC, 8/7c) fast approaching, time is running out for the viewers to decide their fates.

Of course, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching the past 13 seasons of this show, it’s that the deserving act isn’t necessarily the one that ends up taking home the grand prize. With that in mind, have another look at this season’s final 10 acts and ask yourself

‘SNL’ Sought Conservative Appeal With Shane Gillis Hire
‘SNL’ Sought Conservative Appeal With Shane Gillis Hire

Saturday Night Live” was looking to shake things up with the casting of Shane Gillis — and it did, albeit unintentionally.

According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers. This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show, given that it has seen a major resurgence in popularity in recent years with Alec Baldwin regularly portraying President Donald Trump while other cast members and guest stars have played members of his administration and those in his orbit.

NBC Launches Campaign to Reclaim Brand Ownership of Hit Comedies (Exclusive)

NBC is preparing a new salvo in the streaming-era TV branding wars. As audiences increasingly watch shows like “The Good Place” and “Superstore” on other platforms, the Peacock network has launched a new campaign to remind them that these are, first and foremost, NBC shows. And they’re even enlisting a real-life peacock to convey the message.

And yes, NBC’s renewed embrace of the peacock icon comes at an interesting time: Right when its new direct-to-consumer streaming service has adopted the name “Peacock.”

At NBC, the peacock is being utilized as part of the larger campaign, centered around the slogan “Comedy Starts Here,

TV Business Roundup: Peacock Unfurls and WarnerMedia Spends, Yep, Big for ‘Big Bang’

Today in streaming news: NBCUniversal announced the name and initial content slate for its upcoming streaming service, and WarnerMedia reportedly shelled out at least several hundred million dollars to secure the exclusive streaming rights to “The Big Bang Theory” on HBO Max. Bazinga!

But first, the NBCUniversal streaming service. Its name is Peacock, and the ad-supported platform’s launch projects include a reboot of the sci-fi classic “Battlestar Galactica,” which will be executive produced by Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”). Not much is known about the series, but Deadline reported that Esmail is major fan of “Battlestar Galactica” and was eager to work on a project in the franchise as part of the four-year deal he signed with NBCU earlier in the year.

As for Peacock itself, pricing, distribution, and a specific release date are still under wraps. That said, NBCU teased a handful of other original shows that will air

Seal Team Showrunner Steps Down After Internal CBS Investigation

Seal Team is losing a member behind the scenes: Showrunner John Glenn is exiting the CBS drama ahead of the upcoming Season 3 after producer CBS TV Studios conducted an investigation into claims made against him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Glenn’s overall deal with the production company has also been terminated. The claims investigated were not of a sexual nature, according to sources.

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Seal Team Showrunner Steps Down Following CBS Investigation

CBS is parting ways with Seal Team executive producer John Glenn following an internal investigation by CBS TV Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio has also terminated Glenn's overall deal, which was nearing its end.

In a statement made to THR, Glenn said, "I am proud of the work


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Showrunner John Glenn Exits ‘Seal Team’ at CBS

CBS is cutting ties with “Seal Team” showrunner John Glenn, Variety has confirmed.

Glenn joined the show for its second season, which premiered in October of last year. Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also executive produced.

“Regarding ‘Seal Team,’ I am proud of the work we did – and greatly enjoyed having the chance to contribute to its creative and commercial success,” Glenn said in a statement. “During my time as showrunner, I was pleased to be able to hire, develop and support numerous producers, writers and crew members who shared our passion for trying to make the series all it could be.

‘The Bachelor’: ABC Announces Leading Man For Season 24

ABC has cast its next leading man for Season 24 of “The Bachelor.”

Peter Weber has officially been named the upcoming “Bachelor.” The announcement was made Tuesday night on ABC’s “Bachelor In Paradise” reunion special.

Weber appeared on Season 15 of “The Bachelorette” with Hannah Brown, ultimately becoming the second runner-up. He was a fan-favorite on the series, and has been rumored to become the next “Bachelor” ever since Brown sent him home at the end of her season.

Weber is a 27-year-old commercial pilot from Westlake Village, Calif., an upscale suburb that’s not far from “The Bachelor” mansion in Southern California.

The Rookie: Afton Williamson Calls Investigation Findings 'Heartbreaking'
The Rookie: Afton Williamson Calls Investigation Findings 'Heartbreaking'

Former The Rookie star Afton Williamson is responding to the news that her claims of on-set harassment have been dismissed.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, the actress said the investigation’s findings — which concluded that there was no unlawful or inappropriate behavior from the people Williamson accused — were “heartbreaking for everyone on that set, past and present.” She added that “what saddens me the most is that the lengths that were taken to deceive, lie, and cover up the truth were far greater than those made to protect and maintain a safe working environment for employees.” She vowed to

Peter Weber to Captain The Bachelor Season 24

On the Wings of Love, Part Deux! Peter Weber, the 28-year-old pilot from Los Angeles who finished third on Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette, has been chosen as the 24th Bachelor, host Chris Harrison announced during the Season 6 finale of Bachelor in Paradise on Tuesday.

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Bachelor in Paradise Finale: Buy Demi, Hold Blake, Sell Chris Bukowski

Summer is officially over, as Bachelor in Paradise has finished its sixth season and The Bachelor's 2019 cycle has comes to a close. It will start over, the same but slightly different, like The Dark Tower, with Peter Weber in the lead in January. But that's in the future. This is a nig ...

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Showtime Picks Up Coming-Of-Age Survival Drama ‘Yellowjackets’ To Pilot; Karyn Kusama To Direct
Showtime Picks Up Coming-Of-Age Survival Drama ‘Yellowjackets’ To Pilot; Karyn Kusama To Direct

Showtime has given a pilot greenlight to Yellowjackets, a drama from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos), Entertainment One and studio-based producer Drew Comins. Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will direct and executive produce the pilot, a co-production of Showtime and Entertainment One. Production begins this fall in Los Angeles.

Written by Lyle and Nickerson, Yellowjackets is equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama and relates the narrative of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

Lyle, Nickerson and Kusama executive produce

The Next Bachelor Is 'Pilot Pete' Weber
The Next Bachelor Is 'Pilot Pete' Weber

“Pilot Pete” is coming in for a landing. Destination? One lucky lady’s heart.

During Tuesday’s Bachelor in Paradise finale, ABC confirmed weeks of speculation that The Bachelor Season 24 will be headlined by Bachelorette Hannah’s second runner-up, aka Peter Weber, a Delta Airlines pilot from California.

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“I feel so grateful right now just to have this opportunity,” Weber said in a brief appearance on the finale. “This is life-changing.”

The aging Bachelor series is coming

Sterling K. Brown to Produce Drama Series ‘Everyday Insanity’ in Development at Fox

Fox is developing a one-hour drama that boasts Sterling K. Brown among its executive producers.

Titled “Everyday Insanity,” the series is inspired by the life events of series creator Laura Bensick. It is described as an uplifting drama about three wildly different families who form a “created family” to support each other after their loved ones are diagnosed with mental illnesses. Fox has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

Bensick is the writer and executive producer on the series, with Brown and Danielle Reardon executive producing under their Indian Meadows Productions banner. 20th Century Fox Television will co-produce with Fox Entertainment.

Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and More Comedians Defend Shane Gillis Against ‘SNL’ Firing
Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and More Comedians Defend Shane Gillis Against ‘SNL’ Firing

Comedians such as Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and Rob Schneider are sticking up for fired “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis after controversial jokes from the past got the young comedian booted from the NBC sketch-comedy series. “SNL” issued a statement September 16 that it was parting ways with Gillis just days after announcing him as one of three new cast members for Season 45. Following Gillis’ hiring, racist and homophobic jokes he made in the past began circulating on social media and generating outrage.

Burr and Jefferies both appeared on the September 16 episode of David Spade’s Comedy Central talk show “Lights Out” (via The Wrap) and criticized “SNL” for making the decision to fire Gillis because of past jokes. “This is just cancel culture,” Jefferies said. “The guy shouldn’t have been fired. It was just a couple things back in his history. We’re gonna go through everyone’s history?

Julia Franz Tapped to Head Comedy at Fox Entertainment, Daniel Weidenfeld to Lead Animation

Julia Franz has been tapped to become senior vice president of comedy at Fox Entertainment, while Daniel Weidenfeld will be named senior vice president of animation at the network, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Franz will lead the charge on all comedy production and development for the network. Weidenfeld will oversee all animated production and development for both the network and third-party platforms.

Franz and Weidenfeld will report to Michael Thorn, Fox Entertainment’s president of entertainment.

“Both Julia and Daniel are fantastic executives with tremendous relationships throughout the creative community,” said Thorn. “As Fox Entertainment doubles

‘Jane the Virgin’ Team to Develop Female Ghost Hunter Series for The CW (Exclusive)

The CW is developing a drama based on V.E. Schwab’s “The Archived” book series, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project hails from “Jane the Virgin” writer Liz Sczudlo with “Jane the Virgin” creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman executive producing. In the series, the eldest child in a family of ghost hunters, Bex has trained her entire life for the day she’ll take up the mantle of “the chosen one.” But when her dad dies and her local-weather-girl sister wakes up with the familial powers instead, these night-and-day sisters will have to figure out how to work together and save the world.

A Million Little Things' James Roday, Allison Miller Tease Post-Cancer Reality: Gary/Maggie 'Don’t Know Each Other as Well as They Think They Do'
A Million Little Things' James Roday, Allison Miller Tease Post-Cancer Reality: Gary/Maggie 'Don’t Know Each Other as Well as They Think They Do'

When a couple has survived life-altering grief and a near-fatal illness in just a matter of months, it’s basically destined for success, right?

Not necessarily, say A Million Little Things stars James Roday and Allison Miller, who preview that Gary and Maggie will have to, y’know, actually get to know each other in Season 2 now that her health crisis has passed.

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Inside the Blockbuster $600 Million ‘Big Bang Theory’ Streaming Deal With HBO Max
Inside the Blockbuster $600 Million ‘Big Bang Theory’ Streaming Deal With HBO Max

As one of TV’s most popular shows of the past 20 years, “The Big Bang Theory” was sure to command a huge price when the streaming rights were finally shopped in a red-hot market for iconic comedies with large libraries.

But “Big Bang Theory” wasn’t shopped widely on the open market before the streaming pact with HBO Max and the four-year cable extension with TBS was announced early Tuesday morning. The reason is because of a provision in the original megabucks syndication deal that TBS set with “Big Bang” back in 2010.

Even 10 years ago, that agreement anticipated that streaming

10 Things We Learned About Friends From the Tell-All Book Generation Friends

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends, but no matter how much time has passed since our first introduction to the Central Perk crew, there's still so much to learn about the show that defined one generation and is still a sensation on streaming.

Saul Austerlitz's new book


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DeVaughn Nixon to Play His Dad Norm Nixon in HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot
DeVaughn Nixon to Play His Dad Norm Nixon in HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot

DeVaughn Nixon, best known for his roles in “Prom” and “Marvel’s Runaways” has joined HBO’s untitled pilot about the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s.

Nixon will play his father Norm Nixon, a debonair playboy who overcomes insurmountable odds to become the all-star point guard of the Lakers. He expertly maneuvers the complexities of NBA stardom, until talented young rookie Magic Johnson arrives in La.

He joins previously announced cast members Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes, who will play Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar respectively, Jason Clarke, who will play Jerry West, and John C. Reilly, who will play Jerry Buss.

Good Girls Season 3: Charlyne Yi Tapped to Play Newest 'Good' Girl
Good Girls Season 3: Charlyne Yi Tapped to Play Newest 'Good' Girl

The Good Girls‘ gravy train has found its conductor.

TVLine has learned exclusively that actress-writer-comedian Charlyne Yi is joining the NBC dramedy’s upcoming third season as a new “good” girl and a key figure in Beth, Ruby and Annie’s burgeoning counterfeit money scheme.

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Yi, best known to TV audiences as House‘s Dr. Park, will recur Lucy, a quirky artist with “mildly impaired

Afton Williamson ‘Rookie’ Investigation: Studio Finds No ‘Inappropriate’ Workplace Behavior

Entertainment One (eOne) has released their findings into claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment and assault made by Afton Williamson, former star of the ABC series “The Rookie.”

A statement released by the company reads, in part, “As a result of the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner or demonstrate behavior inappropriate for the workplace. It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, addressed matters of which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner.”


The Rookie: Investigation Into Claims Made by Afton Williamson Finds No Unlawful or Inappropriate Behavior
The Rookie: Investigation Into Claims Made by Afton Williamson Finds No Unlawful or Inappropriate Behavior

An independent, third-party investigation into allegations made by actress Afton Williamson ahead of her abrupt exit from ABC’s The Rookie has ended, and its findings exonerate those named in the claims.

The investigation, ordered by production house eOne, was commissioned by law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Llp, who engaged Extti, a third-party firm “recognized for their extensive expertise in investigating allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.”

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From ‘The Oa’ to ‘One Day at a Time’: How ‘Save Our Show’ Campaigns Affect Network Interest

Organized flash mobs and mounting billboards still may not save your favorite shows, as some fan campaigns are finding out. Following Netflix’s most recent decision to stand firm on its cancellation of “The Oa,” the question remains, “what will save these shows?” When networks and streamers find that smaller favorites aren’t big cash cows, fans search for innovative ways to save them once they’re on the chopping block. In today’s digital world, social media seems to be the more instantaneous way to get shows back on the air. But it is certainly not a guarantee.


A Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 Romance Is Definitely Happening: 3 Ideas Who It Could Be

A new season of Tgit on ABC can't get here soon enough, and we can already tell you that sparks are going to fly in the Grey's Anatomy universe. Grey's and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff teased to TV Guide that fans can expect more than just occupational crossovers between the shows this


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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces Arsenio Hall’s Comedy Special Premiere Date

In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date for Arsenio Hall’s comedy special and a “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” duo (among others) will guest star on “Elena of Avalor.”


“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” stars Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub, as well as Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), John Leguizamo (“When They See Us”), Taye Diggs (“All American”), Eugenio Derbez (“Overboard”) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) have lent their voices to Season 3 of the animated“Elena of Avalor,” which premieres Oct. 7 on Disney Junior. Diggs and Derbez guest star in a dia de los Muertos-themed episode in October,

‘Fargo’ Season 4 Casts Timothy Olyphant in Recurring Guest Role
‘Fargo’ Season 4 Casts Timothy Olyphant in Recurring Guest Role

Timothy Olyphant has been cast in the upcoming fourth season of “Fargo,” Variety has confirmed.

Olyphant will appear in a recurring guest star role as a character named Dick “Deafy” Wickware. It was previously announced that Chris Rock would star in the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed anthology series. Other stars of “Fargo” Season 4 are: Uzo Aduba, Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Salvatore Esposito, Andrew Bird, Jeremie Harris, Gaetano Bruon, Anji White, Francesco Acquaroli, Emyri Crutchfield, and Amber Midthunder.

The role marks a return to FX for Olyphant, who previously starred in the drama series “Justified” at the network for six seasons.

Fargo Season 4 Adds Timothy Olyphant
Fargo Season 4 Adds Timothy Olyphant

Justified vet Timothy Olyphant is headed back to FX, this time for Fargo‘s upcoming fourth season.

According to our sister site Deadline, Olyphant will play the key role of Dick “Deafy” Wickware in the anthology’s next installment, which takes place in 1950 “at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York and Chicago, and African-Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities,

Timothy Olyphant Joins Fargo Season 4

The onetime Raylan Givens has a new gig (and a wild new character name), y'all. Justified star Timothy Olyphant has joined the cast of Fargo's fourth season, and he'll portray a character named -- wait for it -- Dick "Deafy" Wickware. Trying saying that five times fast.

Per Deadline, Olyphant joins a


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Cmt Boosts Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay as ‘Artists of the Year’
Cmt Boosts Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay as ‘Artists of the Year’

Country music’s youngest superstars don’t always catch a break with the Cma Awards. When the latest slate of nominations was announced, Kane Brown had none, and Luke Combs had a far-from-leading three. But Cmt is making up the difference by including these two ascendants as part of their annual “Cmt Artists of the Year” slate, set to be broadcast live Oct. 16 from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Dan + Shay, who have gotten more awards love from the CMAs and Grammys, will also be celebrated in the program. The roster of honorees is rounded out by two artists