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Luke Bryan to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Country music singer Luke Bryan has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

His performance, which marks his first time appearing at the Super Bowl, will come as part of the pregame show. Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5.

The announcement was made by the NFL and Fox.

A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association entertainer of the year, Bryan has sold nearly 8 million albums and had 17 number-one singles. His latest album, “Kill The Lights,” is certified platinum and has sold 3.5 million tracks.

Last year’s national anthem was performed by Lady Gaga, who gave a rousing rendition decked out in a glittery red pantsuit. The pop star will be headlining this year’s halftime show.

Other performers who have sung the anthem on the high-profile stage include: Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Kristen Stewart To Host Feb. 4 ‘Saturday Night Live’

21 January 2017 9:29 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kristen Stewart, whose short film and directorial debut Come Swim is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, will host the February 4 installment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Alessia Cara. The Twilight actress’ hosting gig was announced in an on-air promo during tonight’s episode hosted by Aziz Ansari. On January 28 NBC will air a repeat of the November 19 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig with musical guest… »

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The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Elena Returns with or Without Nina Dobrev

22 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

There was a collective shock in the Vampire Diaries circle when Nina Dobrev initially left the show, and now it seems there will be just as big a shock if she doesn’t return for the final season.  Everyone’s now asking the question “will she or won’t she?” when it comes to the CW hit series.   Sources say that “The Vampire Diaries” had very high hopes that Dobrev would in fact return for the final season but now that things are wrapping up, and Dobrev hasn’t fully committed, the show is preparing to move on without her. In an earlier interview

The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Elena Returns with or Without Nina Dobrev »

- Nat Berman

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Warner Bros. Intl. TV in Multi-Year Deal With Starz Play Arabia

41 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Starz Play Arabia has forged a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution for exclusive rights to several hit shows, including “The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl,” which will start streaming across the Middle East and North Africa on the platform this month.

The deal takes in the 19 Mena countries covered by Starz Play, which is the first Starz-branded service outside the U.S.

A statement said the pact will “enable Starz Play to acquire more premium content” from Warner Bros. TV, and indicates a strategic relationship in a market where Svod is starting to heat up. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Starz Play launched in the region in 2015, beating Netflix to the punch. It seems to be gaining some traction, recently touting more than 1,500 new signups a day for a content offer that is heavy on Hollywood fare. Its top territory is Saudi Arabia, where »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Sky Invests in Production Companies True North, Chrysalis Vision

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

European pay-tv operator Sky has taken stakes in two British production companies, acquiring a majority stake in reality-show producer True North and also investing in drama specialist Chrysalis Vision.

True North, which was set up in 2001, is led by Jess Fowle and Andrew Sheldon. Its series include “A New Life in the Sun,” “Teen Mom UK,” “Building the Dream,” “Homes by the Sea,” “Junior Vets on Call,” “The Lie Detective” and “Breaking the Silence Live.” Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 has sold its stake in True North, which is based in Leeds and Manchester, both in Northern England.

Drama series producer Chrysalis Vision was founded in 2014 by experienced media executives Chris Wright, who serves as chairman, Mick Pilsworth, its CEO, Roger Parry and Luke Johnson. Wright founded Chrysalis Music Group, and he and Pilsworth oversaw the development of Chrysalis TV, the company that launched international hit detective series “Midsomer Murders.” Chrysalis TV was sold in 2001 to Bridgepoint Capital »

- Leo Barraclough

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Amazon Prime Strikes BBC Content Deal For India

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has agreed to license some 600 hours of library content to the newly launched Amazon Prime Video service in India. The deal largely covers factual and pre-school programming.

It includes CBeebies shows vintage puppet animation, “Clangers,” animation series Dinopaws and Hey Duggee, which recently won the Pre-School Animation of the year at the 2017 BAFTA Children’s Awards. BBC factual programs in the deal include “Gandhi,” an in-depth look at Mahatma Gandhi, “The World’s Weirdest Weapons” and “The Genius of Inventions.”

“In the last year or so, we have seen digital consumption in India increase exponentially,” said Myleeta Aga, Svp and Gm of India, BBC Worldwide, in a statement.

That growth is exemplified by figures from Reliance Jio, a new phones and broadband Internet provider. From a standing start in September, it this week claimed to have 72 million subscribers. Amazon Prime launched in India in July last year »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Homeland’ Recap: The ‘Man in the Basement’ Isn’t Carrie’s Only Problem

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode two of Season 6 of “Homeland,” titled “The Man in the Basement.”

Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is about to have a very bad day — and it starts and ends heartbreakingly with the man living in her basement apartment, Quinn (Rupert Friend).

He’s not the only one who’ll cross paths with her over the course of this taut hour (written by Chip Johannessen, and directed by Keith Gordon). By episode’s end, her relationship with the other man in her life she once loved, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), will also be forever changed.

Let’s start with Saul. Their ever-complicated bond has had its ups and downs, to be sure — but when they’re first reunited here, they’re cautiously friendly. Past grudges seem to have been put aside as they greet each other in Carrie’s law office, where Saul has arrived for a surprise visit »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Homeland Recap: Better Con Saul

7 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here.

Carrie’s friendship with Saul Berenson has always been Homeland‘s bedrock relationship. (Even when they’re yelling at each other.) But this week’s episode found Carrie in an unusual position: lying to Saul’s face, in order to cover up her alliance with the newly elected president.

Carrie and Saul share their first Season 6 scene together when he comes calling at her new office. They hug, and things seem warm between them… until Saul accuses Carrie of secretly advising the president-elect: “I think her entire national security »

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‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino Explains That Stellar Opening Sequence, Kangaroos and More

7 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Young Pope’s” opening title sequence made its debut Sunday night and, true to form, it was both a confounding and delightful experience to watch. Viewers had to wait until the series’ third episode aired to see the official sequence for creative reasons.

“In the first two episodes we don’t see that because they were longer,” creator and director Paolo Sorrentino told IndieWire. “Rather than sacrifice a scene, I preferred to cut the initial sequence.”

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’ Review: Jude Law Rules With Old Testament Authority in HBO Series That Is Set to Surprise

Rich with subtext, art history, nifty computer graphics and cheeky irreverence, the opening gives viewers a lot to take in and ponder. We see the titular Pope Pius Xiii, aka Lenny Belardo (Jude Law), stride across the screen passing famous works of art depicting religious scenes ranging from the birth of Jesus to the Crusades. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Homeland Season 6 Episode 2 Review: “The Man in the Basement”

7 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

After a slow but solid start to Season 6 with last week’s premiere, Homeland takes a lot of the interesting characters and ideas introduced in the season opener and begins to connect them in exciting ways in tonight’s episode, “The Man in the Basement.” Similar to the premiere, there’s a lot that’s familiar about this week’s installment, from Carrie lying to Saul to Carrie’s erratic behavior with her job (even when she switches careers, she’s the same old Carrie) to Max’s welcome reappearance. However, unlike last week, which felt like a bunch of strong concepts held together by a very thin story

Homeland Season 6 Episode 2 Review: “The Man in the Basement” »

- Chris King

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‘Homeland’ Review: Carrie’s Secret New Life Is Revealed as ‘The Man in the Basement’ Starts to Make Noise

7 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Homeland” Season 6, Episode 2, “The Man in the Basement,” contains spoilers.]

Immediate Reaction

Hold on, we have to wipe the tears from our eyes. Give us a second. […] Ok, I think we can put some words together now. Carrie and Quinn watching the video of his near-death from Sarin gas exposure was…well, it was heartbreaking. Not only do we never need to see that video again — “Homeland’s” insistence on showing it, over and over, is getting to be a bit much — but Quinn’s reaction to it shows just how much damage was inflicted.

After saying he’d never seen the video, he told Carrie he now wanted to see it. She told him what happened, filling in the narrative around the video before and after showing it, and they watched as Quinn convulsed, foamed at the mouth, and pissed himself. But the true pain hit after the video ended, when Carrie explained how she found him. “You saved me? »

- Ben Travers

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Madonna Clarifies Nonviolent Intent Of Women’s March Speech For Critics Immune To Context

8 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Responding to accusations she had made violent threats against President Donald Trump, and an unverified claim that the Secret Service is investigating her for doing so, Madonna took to her Instagram account today to clarify comments she made during her speech at yesterday’s Women’s March on Washington. Madonna gave a particularly fiery speech during the demonstration that was well received by the crowd, but nitpicked by pundits and right wing observers who gasped at its… »

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Jack Black Compares Donald Trump to Charlie Sheen ‘When He Was on Crack’ (Watch)

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Donald Trump has been called many names, but perhaps never…Charlie Sheen?

Jack Black jokingly compared the president to Sheen during an interview at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher at the Sundance Film Festival where the actor was on hand to promote his new film, “The Polka King.”

After discussing the movie — in which Black plays the polka sensation Jan Lewan who ran a Ponzi scheme — the conversation turned to politics when Variety asked about the Sundance Women’s March and Trump becoming president.

Black, who was joined at the interview by his co-stars Willie GarsonJenny Slate, and Jacki Weaver and directors Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, spoke up about Trump’s “obsession with winning.”

“We’ve got to start thinking globally. We’re going to be working together, if we’re going to survive, if the human race, if this species is going to survive,” Black said. “Yeah »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The Flash Ep Previews Barry's Race to Save Iris, Big Savitar Reveal, a 'Very Formidable' New Foe and More

10 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

When last we tuned into The CW’s The Flash, Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) had seemingly sent steely Savitar packing — only to then tumble into a near-future where the “speed god” brutally slays Iris (Candice Patton).

As such, “saving” Iris from that possible fate is foremost on Barry’s mind when Season 3 resumes this Tuesday at 8/7c. During the holiday break, I’ve teased you with bits and bites from co-showrunner Aaron Helbing; here now is our (mostly) complete midseason preview Q&A.

RelatedThe Flash/Supergirl Musical Crossover: See Who’s Singing

Tvline | How worried should Iris West fans be? »

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