×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV Roundup: YouTube Premium Releases Trailer for Adam Pally, Sam Richardson’s ‘Champaign Ill’ (Watch)

In today’s TV News Roundup, YouTube Originals releases the trailer for comedy series “Champaign Ill.”

FIRST LOOKS

YouTube Premium has released the first trailer for the new series “Champaign Ill,” a comedy debuting on Dec. 12. Starring Adam Pally (“Happy Endings,” “The Mindy Project”)Sam Richardson (“Veep,” “Detroiters”) and guest starring Jay Pharoah (“Saturday Night Live,” “Ride Along”), the 10 episode series follows the struggle of a two-man entourage left in the dust and out of the limelight after their friend, a successful rapper, dies unexpectedly.

DATES

Epix has changed the premiere date for season three of “Berlin Station,” the original spy series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. The new air date is set for Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Epix. Season three occurs over the course of 11 days as Chief of Station Valerie Edwards (Michelle Forbes) navigates a high-stakes relationship between Russia, the United States, and NATO allies.

Season two of “Rookie On The Rise,” an original docu-series, premieres Nov. 14 on Young Hollywood. It will feature Atlanta Hawks rookie Trae Young. 

INITIATIVES

21st Century Fox and The American Institute have announced the eight female cinematographers participating in the first ever Fox DP Lab, taking place Nov. 8 and 9 at the Fox Lot in Los Angeles: Tarin Anderson, Anne Etheridge, Catherine Goldschmidt, Halyna Hutchins, Hana Kitasei, Anka Malatynska, Dominique Martinez and Moira Morel. The program is designed to raise the number of women cinematographers working in Hollywood. Participants will visit the set of Fox film “Call of the Wild,” as well as TV series “Speechless” and “Fresh Off The Boat,” and connect with cinematographers, producers, directors, agents and executives.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Animal Planet has promoted Erin Wanner to senior vice president of production. In her new role, Wanner will be in charge of all of the network’s production teams to ensure Animal Planet’s storytelling is consistent with the network’s content vision. Wanner is the executive producer of select series and special, including “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” and Emmy nominated “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.”

CASTING

Variety has learned exclusively that Patrick Duffy will have a guest role on the Christmas episode of “American Housewife” as Marty, the father of Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), airing Wednesday, Dec. 12.

RATINGS
Multiple shows rebounded from the lows hit on Halloween last week. Fox’s “Empire” was up 25% in adults 18-49 and nearly 20% in total viewers with a 1.5 rating and 5 million viewers. Still, that was not good enough to reclaim the top spot of the night, which went to CBS’ “Survivor” with a 1.6 rating.

More TV

  • MMA Alters Faces of Asia Sports

    MMA Alters Faces of Asian Sports Broadcasting

    Bruce Lee was ahead of the curve by about four decades when he predicted back in the early 1970s that combat sports would one day take the world by storm. Hong Kong’s favorite son had encouraged his own students to mix up the styles of martial arts they were being trained in — to combine kung fu [...]

  • Variety Kit Harington Game of Thrones

    Kit Harington on How 'Game of Thrones' Mirrors Real-World Politics

    In Variety‘s March 19 cover story, Kit Harington opens up about the final season of “Game of Thrones” and growing into adulthood as part of the biggest show on television. In a conversation in London in December, Harington opened up about the similarities between the series’ politics and our own. “I think it’s always been about [...]

  • Chris O'Dowd

    TV News Roundup: Chris O'Dowd to Star in 'Twilight Zone' Episode

    In today’s roundup, The CW has released two clips from the upcoming “Riverdale” special “Heathers: The Musical,” and Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”  CASTING Chris O’Dowd will star in CBS All Access’ rebooted “The Twilight Zone” episode titled “The Blue Scorpion.” The series will premiere with two episodes on [...]

  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Kevin Tsujihara's Ouster Kicks Off a Week of Major Disruption in the Media Business

    The sudden ouster of Warner Bros. Entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara kicked off what is likely to go down as one of the most extraordinary weeks in Hollywood history, spelling enormous turmoil and transition across the media landscape. In addition to the news about Tsujihara, which comes amid a wider shake-up of leadership at AT&T’s WarnerMedia, [...]

  • Wendy Williams Sober Living House

    Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Staying in a Sober-Living House

    Wendy Williams, during an emotional monologue on her talk show on Tuesday, revealed through tears that she has been staying at a sober-living house. “So you know me for being a very open and truthful person,” she began the segment on “The Wendy Williams Show,” fighting through tears. “And I’ve got more to the story [...]

  • Hong Kong Industry Executives Seek Clarity

    FilMart: Hong Kong Industry Executives Plead for Clarity on Mainland Chinese Tax Policies

    At a time of heightened scrutiny of tax affairs in China’s entertainment sector, even industry veterans in Hong Kong are struggling to figure out how to operate in the new financial environment and pleading for more clarity from the Chinese government. Hong Kong produces about 60 films a year, three-quarters of which are typically co-productions [...]

  • Michael Jackson R Kelly

    'Leaving Neverland,' 'Surviving R. Kelly' Composers on How They Scored Sexual Abuse Docs

    How do you put music to child sexual abuse — especially if the accused predators are musical icons? That’s the challenge composers Chad Hobson and Nathan Matthew David faced as they scored HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” respectively. The documentaries are built around interviews with the alleged victims of Michael Jackson (two [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content