The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for Oct 24, 2018
As Andrew Lincoln’s exit from The Walking Dead approaches, viewers seem less invested in the AMC show. Overall viewership was up 2% to 5 million on October 21, but the live + same day results among adults 18-49 were a declining 1.94, Deadline reports. The 18-49 result also saw a fall of 50% from what the Greg Nicotero-helmed third episode of Season 8 garnered back on November 5, 2017. Lincoln will be officially out of the AMC series as of November 4th.
Warner Bros. and DC are moving Wonder Woman 1984’s release back by seven months, and Sony is snatching up the November 1st 2019 release date with Elizabeth Banks-helmed Charlie’s Angels film. Charlie’s stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 will now be released on June 5, 2020. That was followed by Paramount’s announcement that it will now open its untitled Terminator project on November 1st as well, instead of two weeks later on November 15th.
Steve Carell will be the male lead in Apple’s untitled morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Picked up with a two-season, 20-episode order, the series will offer an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. Carell will play a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape. The casting marks Carell’s first series regular role since he wrapped The Office in 2011.
Disney plans to hire the Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for a planned sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. No deal has officially been clinched, but the fact that they are targeting this pair makes outsiders speculate that the next trip to sea may be raunchier.
Helios and Matheson Analytics are spinning off the financially troubled fixed-price movie subscription service MoviePass into a separate company. It will be publicly traded. “For many years, HMNY has been focused on data analytics, and in that capacity we own assets like Zone Technologies which provides a safety and navigation app for iOS and Android users and a global security concierge service,” explained Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of HMNY. “Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, HMNY largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public’s eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception of HMNY might benefit from separating our movie-related assets from the rest of our company.”
Jerry Springer could soon be a TV judge. Springer and NBCUniversal are working on a show titled Judge Jerry. The show would have the former lawyer and talk show host presiding over small-claims cases. It is being targeted for a potential launch next fall.