☀️New DC leadership kills WONDER WOMAN 3 creative plans
Gyllenhaal eyes APPLE TV+ series / LIONSGATE stock gets 'double downgraded' / TWITTER Blue raises price, ish / FOX cancels MONARCH
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect with me on LinkedIn here if ya like), and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on THURSDAY December 8, 2022.
Where it’s “Pay $3 more a month or get ready for a lot more PROGRESSIVE Flo in your life” Day (though I’m really more #TeamJamie), as DISNEY+ launches their $8 Ad-tier today. Or - they’re launching their $11 Ad-free tier, depending on your life perspective.
PLUS: Over 1100 NY Times employees are expected to currently be on a 24-hour strike / walk-out today as their union and management couldn’t come to an agreement last night on a new labor deal, with the main issue being salary increases.
AND: NICKELODEON will air a ‘graphically-enhanced’ feed of CBS’s BRONCOS vs RAMS NFL game on CHRISTMAS DAY, a la what they also do with a Wildcard playoff game each year… incorporating slime, fun graphics, and in this case SPONGEBOB! And at this point in DENVER’s season… I hope Bob’s ready when they give him a shot at the QB slot by the 2nd half.
OK YES: This was set a while ago… but I just saw it, so for anyone else in the same boat - TNT’s next mic’d golf competition event “The Match” is this Saturday: Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy vs. Jordan Speith & Justin Thomas. Sorry Dustin Johnson… no LIV Saudi league players allowed.
Tee off is 7p on Saturday with a group interview prior at 6p. TBS, TRU TV and HLN will simulcast.
ALSO: This is just fun for karaoke fans - APPLE MUSIC is introducing a function where you can drop the lyrics out of many popular songs so you, the real talent, can truly have your chance to shine.
OH: “Yellowjackets” Season 2 will premiere Fri Mar 24 on the SHO app (linear is still Sunday nights).
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
LIONSGATE gets ‘double downgraded’ by J.P. MORGAN… and yeah that’s something you want done to you on Wall Street about as much as you’d want it done to you on an airplane - what’s behind the stock hitting a new low
Safran & Gunn reportedly make first move at DC - seeing a different future for “Wonder Woman”
TWITTER Blue will make users pay for the 30% cut of Revenue that APPLE takes from all in-app purchases - plus a look at the TWITTER office ‘sleep pods’
SUNDANCE announces full Features lineup, with its most diverse directorial lineup ever - plus a rundown of the boldface names with films who will be making the press rounds (and keeping the Purell handy)
Gyllenhaal eyes famous Harrison Ford role from the 80s at APPLE TV
New APPLE and TIKTOK lawsuits of note, PAR+ completes Western EUROPE rollout
Big new trailer day… great new spots from HBO, DISNEY, NETFLIX, UNI, EPIX and others, FOX ends “Monarch” and more.
ALSO: If you haven’t checked it out already, Peter Kiefer’s read here at The Ankler yesterday on former “Grey’s Anatomy” writer / wunderkind Elisabeth Finch, and her fall from grace at the series and SHONDALAND based on an extraordinary, extended web of lies is pretty astounding - even if like me, “Grey’s” isn’t your show… it’s quite an industry read where faking cancer is just the start.