Tom Hanks gets the coronavirus. The world weeps.

Once a virus gets to Hanks - it can happen to anyone

Nine Entertainment Co in Australia are looking to launch a new broadcast TV channel called Rush. The channel is expected to primarily feature shows from Discovery.

Source: SMH


Rolling Stone has listed the 50 best sci-fi TV shows of all-time. I don’t agree with a lot of the rankings, but everything that initially came to mind is represented on the list including a few deep cuts like Aeon Flux, which I hadn’t expected.

Check it out: Rolling Stone

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Corona-o-rama

Bosom Buddies star Tom Hanks is in Australia to film a movie about Elvis (he’ll be playing Colonel Tom Parker, which is fantastic casting) and somewhere between home and the Gold Coast, he (and his wife Rita) has contracted the coronavirus.

Hanx will be fine. But the star catching coronavirus has knock on effects. For example, there’s local network Channel 9 which had wife of Hanx Rita Wilson in as a guest on its morning show - members of that production are now self-isolating for 14 days. Source: TV Tonight

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The Morning Show and Riverdale have both shut down production. Source: Variety

Just minutes after publishing ABW yesterday came the announcement that the New York late night shows (Colbert, Fallon, Meyers, Full Frontal, Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show) will all go without audiences from this coming Monday. This was expected news and I’ll be fascinated to see which hosts make the most out of the new status quo. Source: CNN

And today Kimmel and Corden on the west coast have scrapped their audiences. Source: Deadline

CBS and NBC have cancelled their upfronts, planning to move to an online presentation instead. Something worth noting is that all of these upfronts events are more than just the presentation itself of what a network plans to show the next year - it’s also an opportunity to stage industry drinks afterwards where a network can do a lot of narrative setting chatting with media buyers and media. You can’t do that online. Source: Deadline

The BBC has canned the live studio audience for Qi. Source: Deadline

Fox News (which has repeatedly told viewers that the coronavirus isn’t a big deal) will have far fewer guests come into the studio and instead will rely more on Skype interviews and other remotes.

In a company-wide memo co-signed by Fox News Media chief executive Suzanne Scott and Fox News president and executive editor Jay Wallace, the company has decided to reduce the staff footprint at its News Corp. building headquarters. Some of the network’s bureaus will institute telecommuting altogether, effective this coming starting Monday, March 16 “for all of those departments capable of doing so.”

Source: Adweek


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