The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
WHAT’S BEHIND THE BRUTAL BLOODBATH OF BROADCAST REALITY EXECS?
ABC’s John Saade is the third out of four unscripted chiefs out as the network franchises age and desperation sets in for a new “Duck Dynasty”-size hit.
THE INSIDE INTEL ON WANDA GROUP’S $8.2 BILLION CHINA STUDIO PLAN
Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein joined a Hollywood contingent on hand for the unveiling, but one exec warns “the Chinese are famous for wildly exaggerating what they are going to do.”
EMMYS: YES, THAT WAS MICK JAGGER AT ALL THOSE PARTIES
The Rolling Stones frontman, about to jump into a TV series with new Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale, drew stares at fetes thrown by CAA, Jimmy Iovine and HBO.
NBC’S JOHNNY CARSON MINISERIES HINGES ON FAMILY’S BLESSING
Fresh from controversy around the Hillary Clinton miniseries, now on hold, NBC Entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt promises: “We’re not going to do this without the family.”
SEE JON HAMM’S AND AMY POEHLER’S HILARIOUS INVITE FOR THEIR LOSERS-ONLY EMMY PARTY (PHOTO)
Winners like Tina Fey and Ty Burrell were allowed in, but only with a charitable donation Jimmy Kimmel, Elisabeth Moss, David Spade, Fred Armisen and January Jones.
INSIDE THE INTENSE ‘CAPTAIN PHILLIPS’ SHOOT: TOM HANKS’ ‘MENTAL STRESS,’ HIS CO-STAR’S HORRIFIC BACKSTORY AND A ‘SCARY FIRST DAY ON SET
Sony’s true story about pirates wasn’t without its own drama as nine weeks on an actual container ship amid fighting, hostility and seasickness took its toll; says Hanks of playing the real-life hero, “(There’s) the anger that goes along with it and the desperation. . You’ve got to start at 60 miles an hour.” Plus: Why did director Paul Greengrass keep his Somalian actors away from his star?
ALEC BALDWIN ON HIS NEW MSNBC TALK SHOW: ‘AS LONG AS IT’S NOT INDECENT, WE CAN SAY ANYTHING’ (Q&A)
The famously touchy actor reveals why he landed on the cable channel instead of NBC, what network chief Phil Griffith has said about Twitter, and the profile of his dream guests: “I want controversial people.”
ROBERT DE NIRO REPLACING JAMES GANDOLFINI IN HBO’S ‘CRIMINAL JUSTICE’ MINI
The late “Sopranos” star will remain an executive producer posthumously after first developing the project as a series and starring vehicle.
‘BREAKING BAD’S’ VINCE GILLIGAN NABS CBS DRAMA SERIES ORDER
“House” creator David Shore is attached to showrun the drama, which CBS initially developed with Gilligan back in 2002.
‘SHIELD’ COMICS CREATOR JIM STERANKO ON ABC’S ‘AGENTS’ SHOW: ‘NO MENACE, NO TENSION’
In his THR debut, the comics veteran says the ABC series sorely missed the attitude of Samuel L. Jackson, asking “Who in hell am I supposed to root for?