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FX’s ‘Atlanta’ Sets September Premiere For Final Season (TV News Roundup)

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The fourth and final season of FX’s “Atlanta” has set a premiere date for September, with episodes streaming on Hulu the following day after air.

Starring series creator Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz, the forthcoming season finds Earn, Alfred, Darius and Van back in their hometown of Atlanta after their Season 3 journey across Europe, with the overarching theme of the new season pondering whether the city has changed or if they have.

The teaser highlights many references from the show’s 31-episode run to date, including the invisible car from Season 1 episode “The Club” and an appearance from fan-favorite side character Zan, played by Freddie Kuguru. The third season featured the main cast traveling throughout Europe in just more than half of its ten episodes with the other episodes shifting back to Atlanta, containing anthology stories focused on new characters.

Glover executive produces “Atlanta” alongside brother and series writer Stephen Glover, show director Hiro Murai, writer Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle. The show is produced by FX Productions.

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TRAILERS

Vice TV’s “QANon The Search for Q” will premiere its second season on August 24 on Vice. The show explores the beginnings, subsequent rise and social impact of QAnon, the far-right political conspiracy movement that was subject to constant discourse during former President Donald Trump’s term in office. Season 2 will pick up following the aftermath of the January 6 assault on the Capitol, with Bayan Joonam and Marley Clements continuing to investigating the ongoing shadow-war that Anons have waged in school board meetings, churches, political rallies and local and state investigate. And 18 months after the last Q drop in December 2020, hints of a new drop have surfaced, adding further intrigue to the pair’s investigation. Check out the trailer below.

PROGRAMMING

Fox Entertainment’s Tubi streaming service has added the Gordon Ramsay FAST Channel to its lineup of channels. The Ramsay-focused channel currently features episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior,” with series like “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,” “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant,” “Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course,” “Gordon’s Great Escape,” “The F Word” and “Ramsay In 10” slated to join the channel’s lineup in September. Ramsay’s TV resume is exhaustive on a global scale, hosting and executive producing many of the aforementioned shows, and his Studio Ramsay Global production company was launched last year in partnership with Fox Entertainment.

“Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” are distributed by FilmRise, “MasterChef” is distributed by Banijay Rights and “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,” “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant,” “Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course,” “Gordon’s Great Escape” and “The F Word” are all licensed from All3Media International.

RATINGS

FETV (Family Entertainment Television) revealed that its June 2022 marks were the network’s highest monthly ratings ever, according to C3 ratings released by Nielsen Media Research. The ratings revealed that the network had 52 consecutive weeks of year-over-year growth in a day with a total audience; the highest quarterly average ever in a total day and prime amongst total audience of households, adults 25-54 and adults 35-64; three consecutive months of record prime ratings with adults 25-54; and fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in total day with adults 25-54. For the month of June, FETV ranked #43 in a total day with households among ad-supported cable networks and #36 in prime with households. FETV’s ratings increase comes on the heels of the network’s recent addition of 11 million subscribers through a launch with the nation’s largest cable provider.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Douglas Bensimon and Edward Mejia have been promoted to vice president of current series at Disney Television Animation, the animation studio within Disney Branded Television. The announcement was made by Meredith Roberts, executive vice president of TV animation at Disney Branded Television. Bensimon leads a team concentrated primarily on Disney Television Animation’s serialized properties for Disney+ and Disney Channel, and he also works closely with Marvel on its branded content for kids 6-14 and families. Mejia leads a team that focuses on Disney Television Animation’s titles borne from Disney heritage characters and stories for Disney+ and Disney Channel. Both Bensimon and Mejia continue to report to Khaki Jones, senior vice president of current series at Disney Television Animation.



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‘Weekend Update’ April Fool’s Prank: ‘SNL’ Audience Member Yells ‘You Stink!’ at Colin Jost

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Michael Che, co-anchor of “Weekend Update,” played a prank on fellow host Colin Jost on the April Fool’s day episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

The segment kicked off as normal, with Jost delivering piercing commentary about former president Donald Trump’s indictment by a grand jury on Mar. 30. But as Jost levied each jab, his jokes were received with timid chuckles. After Jost concluded his portion of the banter, Che made another joke about the ex-president that resulted in uproarious laughter.

Dismayed but not deterred, Jost pressed on with another joke. Following the punchline, an audience member shouted, “You stink!” which caused Jost’s head to immediately fall into his hands. No longer able to keep it together, Che erupted into laughter alongside the viewers, explaining to Jost he told the audience not to laugh at him as an April Fool’s Day prank.

“Am I not mic’d?” Jost said, nearly at the point of tears while imitating the questions running through his brain during the live episode. “And then I was like, ‘Oh I just suck.’”

As the segment continued, Jost struggled to regain composure. Che swiftly proceeded to the next gag as Jost murmured, “God, you’re evil.”

“That’s the meanest thing you’ve ever done to me,” Jost continued. “I’m covered in sweat.”

The audience emitted a chorus of vocal support, cheering and clapping for the comedian, which he jokingly dismissed: “Don’t you even dare,” he told viewers, still processing the anxiety he felt from being pranked on live television.

Watch the April 1 segment of “Weekend Update” below.



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Megamind Sequel TV Show Peacock Release Window Revealed

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Peacock’s Megamind sequel TV show finally receives a release date window. Premiering in 2010, Megamind followed Will Ferrell as the titular alien super villain, who, after defeating his long-time nemesis Metro Man, (Brad Pitt), creates a new hero to fight, only to realize he’s made someone worse than himself. Tina Fey and Jonah Hill also starred in the animated comedy, which has become a meme-ified sensation on the internet over time.


Now, a new advertisement in Kidscreen magazine (via Issu) reveals the release date window for the Megamind series, after being announced nearly a year ago in 2022. The official poster, which features the mischievous blue alien looking into the camera, reveals the series will premiere in 2024. However, an exact release date is still unknown at the time of writing.

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Megamind concluded on a happy note, with the blue alien realizing his place in the world as a hero rather than a villain. This happens after Megamind’s creation became more dangerous than he could have ever imagined, and had to learn how to be a real hero to save Metro City. The film ended with all the city thanking him for his help, and a museum rebuilt in his honor with Metro Man cheering him on from the sidelines.

However, his role as a superhero will be put to the test in the Megamind TV series. The show will reportedly follow Megamind as he learns the ropes to becoming Metro City’s newest protector. Megamind’s brainbots will record every step of the way as he shares his journey with the world. As the series log line reveals, Megamind will be “the world’s first superhero influencer.” Considering it’s been over a decade since its release, and internet culture has shifted greatly since then, Megamind as an influencer seems fitting given his hilarious legacy on social media.

Megamind isn’t the first DreamWorks animated film to be revived by Peacock. Their 2019 comedy Abominable debuted its own series on the streaming platform in 2022 titled Abominable and the Invisible City. However, its timeline is hard to compare to Megamind‘s in that it only took a few years to get it onto Peacock. While an exact release date has yet to be revealed, an early 2024 release is likely, with further updates likely to come later this year.

Source: Kidscreen (via Issu)

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‘The Mandalorian’ Panel Kicks Off PaleyFest LA 2023: Three Key Takeaways

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The Dolby Theater became home to the Star Wars fandom on Friday night, with viewers gathering for a screening of episodes of “The Mandalorian” along with a panel at the 2023 PaleyFest Los Angeles. Pedro Pascal and Katee Sackhoff, stars of the Disney+ live-action series, and executive producers Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa joined Entertainment Tonight’s Ash Crossan to talk everything Mando.

Filoni took the stage wearing his iconic black cowboy hat, while Pascal giggled at heckling fans who shouted “papi chulo!” and other comments pertaining to his good looks.

Since its premiere in 2019, “The Mandalorian” has shocked “Star Wars” fans, starting, of course, with the reveal of the oh-so endearing Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) in Season 1, followed by the appearance of Luke Skywalker in Season 2. The show is set after the fall of the Empire and follows Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pascal) as he protects Grogu and tries to reunite Mandalorians alongside Bo-Katan Kryze (Sackhoff).

Over the last five years, Favreau, Filoni, Famuyiwa, Pascal and Sackhoff have worked hard to create something that would delight “Star Wars” fans over and over again. Here are three key takeaways from their “The Mandalorian” panel.

The fan experience is king, so it’s important to keep details under wraps.

A tight-lipped Filoni sunk deeper into his cowboy hat as he tried to dodge questions about upcoming episodes and seasons. “There’s so much you don’t know,” he told the moderator.

It was clear that secrecy over plot and character details was extremely important to the integrity of production. Prior to the Season 1 premiere, no merch was created for the show in order to keep Baby Yoda a secret until fans saw him on screen. Favreau and Filoni also revealed that two separate shoots occurred to keep the Luke Skywalker appearance under wraps in Season 2; even Pascal and Sackhoff had no idea about the matter, though Pascal joked he had an intuition it was happening.

The producers emphasized how important it was to make sure all fans were on the same page to keep the collective spirit of the Star Wars fandom alive.

“’Star Wars’ is about the community of ‘Star Wars’ as much as it is the story,” said Favreau. Therefore, it was crucial that everyone working on “Mandalorian” made sacrifices for the sake of joint fandom celebration.

Seeing the story come to life can get pretty surreal.

There was a moment when the moderator asked Pascal a question, to which the actor replied, “Was that question for me?”

He admitted that he had spaced-out while thinking about the creation of the show. “There’s a moment when you think, ‘Well, yes, this comes from George Lucas, but you guys created this,’” he said to the producers sitting next to him. “I forget that it doesn’t all come from an encyclopedia.”

Sackhoff said she actually didn’t really believe Filoni the first time he pitched a live-action Star Wars series to her. “At the time, I thought you were drunk,” she said. When she finally stepped on set for the first time, she said the experience was “surreal.” Filoni concurred and explained how strange it is to watch his ideas jump from page to screen.

“I see them all the time in my head,” he said. “And then they’re just there.”

There’s always more to come.

Despite doing their best to keep future episodes under wraps, everyone on the panel expressed enthusiasm towards the continuation of “Mandalorian.”

“There’s so much left to do,” Sackhoff said about her character, revealing that she wants to see a lot more development of Bo-Katan.

“We really enjoy making it so we’re going to keep doing it,” Filoni said. “Something that I’ve thought about that I think is interesting is that, probably, people will tell stories with a lot of these characters well after I’m gone.”

From somewhere in the balconies, an audience member in yelled down to him: “Clone yourself!”



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