Two New Network Shows Have Totally Dominated In Live+3 Gains

As many networks tend to do, NBC has been working to build up its repertoire of high-rated hits for the fall season. As the ratings battles are already heating up, the network can proudly affirm two of its new shows not only made notable bows with their series premieres, but also blazed trails in Live+3 delayed viewing stats. In particular, the Lost-lite thriller Manifest has broken a ratings record, and it is not the only one winning over late-coming viewers, as the medical drama New Amsterdam is also scoring big in Live+3.

Following the addition of Live+3 day calculations, NBC’s mysterious new drama Manifest handily landed above the 16 million-viewer mark with its current totals topping out at 16.13 million. Manifest made NBC history with its debut episode, which brought in the biggest delayed-viewing TV audience for any premiere in the network’s history, with more than 5.7 million viewers. As well, that total ranks third among all Live+3 gains in all of the broadcast and cable debuts on record, and is fourth overall among every single telecast where Live+3 stats were measured.

With its overall viewership totals, Manifest also delivered NBC’s most-watched series premiere in six years, following Live+3 calculations being tallied. The actual record was set by The Blacklist in 2013. And speaking of that crime drama, its series alum Ryan Eggold’s new series that also got off to a strong start for NBC.

Likely benefitting from the lead-in audience provided by This Is Us, NBC’s new medical drama New Amsterdam scored solid premiere numbers that saw another 3.9 million viewers added in Live+3 day totals. Bringing those that have watched the series’ debut from 8.4 million to 12.3 million. Following Live+3 day tabulation, the tearjerker This Is Us added 4 million viewers for its Season 3 premiere, per Deadline, putting its current total at 14.6 million viewers. That means New Amsterdam came just shy of matching the number of total viewers added by one of the biggest shows on TV,

So, it is safe to say that NBC got some excellent news with its ratings report. Given the later time slots for both Manifest and New Amsterdam, it makes sense that some people would have to put off the excitement of watching them until the next day. Both Manifest and New Amsterdam air at 10 p.m. ET on their respective nights.

NBC’s slate of new programming was not the only one to do well in delayed viewing. The much-anticipated Season 3 premiere of Fox’s Lethal Weapon also made quite an impression, seeing a 63% increase in total viewers following Live+3 day numbers, going from 3.4 million to 5.6 million. Not bad at all. And consistent DVR winners like The Big Bang Theory and others are also keeping even with previous years. Overall, network television got off to a big start with a heavy week of new content.

You can tune in for the next chapter of the ratings hits, with wew episodes of Manifest airing Mondays on NBC at 10 p.m. ET. New Amsterdam airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, also on NBC. All of the NBC dramas join a slew of series making their returns and premieres this fall on NBC and other networks.

Hocus Pocus’ Thora Birch Didn’t Love Her Cat Co-Star

There are many holiday fans out there for whom October 1st marks the beginning of Halloween season. And aside from the candy and costumes, this includes plenty of annual TV and movie watching. For many cinephiles, there is no Halloween movie quite as beloved Hocus Pocus. The 1993 Disney classic has gained a cult fandom in the years since its release, with every line of dialogue becoming a quotable part of the autumnal experience. American Beauty actress Thora Birch played young Dani Dennison, who was often seen looking out for magical cat Binx. But the actress actually didn’t get along with her feline co-star, both machine and real. As she tells it,

It looks like Thora Birch was never able to truly relax with Binx, despite sharing so many scenes with the talking cat. Instead, she had to either worry about the technology of the robots, or hope that she got along with the myriad live cats on set. Binx really did have nine lives.

Thora Birch’s help to paint a more realistic picture of Hocus Pocus. Because its been playing on TV annually for years, the Kenny Ortega classic has a special place in viewer’s hearts. The nostalgic feels and childhood memories make Hocus Pocus exciting every single Halloween, and it’s hard to imagine what it was like on set. Birch was just a young girl at the time, but her memories regarding Binx seem to be clear.

Thackery Binx served as the provider of exposition for Hocus Pocus, after living as a black cat in Salem since 1693. And because it was the 90’s and everyone loves talking animals, Binx was able to retain his ability to speak in cat form. Binx instantly formed a bond with Thora Birch’s Dani, protecting her from the Sandersons as he couldn’t with his sister Emily. But he wasn’t so well put together IRL, and Thora Birch had a hard time with her cat-focused scenes in Hocus Pocus.

In her same conversation with ABC, Thora Birch also expressed how much she still loves Hocus Pocus, and cherishes her time on set as a young actress. While she went on to star in projects like American Beauty, she claims Hocus Pocus was the most fun she ever had on set. But what’s not to love? There’s Bette Midler, special affects, and musical numbers. And while Dani didn’t end up keeping Binx as her house cat, her relationship with her brother Max ended up stronger by the film’s end.

Hocus Pocus will get some new love this year, as Freeform is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash. The special will air October 20th, featuring interviews with the cast, including Thora Birch. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

One Walking Dead Star Doesn’t Think Rick’s Exit Will Hurt The Show

While some cast members of The Walking Dead may have nervously started packing their bags when they heard Andrew Lincoln was leaving the show, others were more optimistic about how Rick Grimes’ absence may affect the long-running drama. Jesus portrayer Tom Payne is one of those actors, and recently stated he thinks Rick’s exit won’t hurt the series, and may even help it in the long run:

Tom Payne is banking on the mystery of how a Rick-less society survives to keep viewers invested in The Walking Dead throughout Season 9 and thereafter. He’s right that there will undoubtedly be some novelty in seeing how the show carries on without the beard-boasting character who has been the heart of the show and comic books. One could also argue audiences have already see a bunch of survivors finding their way in the world without Rick Grimes on Fear The Walking Dead.

Of course, it’s not as though Rick is the only member of the series fans care about, so there’s no denying there will be an appeal to see what other fan-favorite characters will get more screentime with Rick gone. Not to mention the kinds of storylines that will come involving power struggles for leadership, and seeing how those comic-specific narratives get adapted for TV without Lincoln around.

Tom Payne explained to Digital Spy that Rick’s leaving shakes things up in a good way, as Season 9 turns the traditional structure of the typical season of The Walking Dead on its head. Payne laid out the usual story structure of the average season, and then explained how Season 9 will do things differently:

As far as how long The Walking Dead will survive on AMC without Rick Grimes, Tom Payne isn’t all that concerned. Payne said he sees the show lasting at least as long as the comics keep coming, and mentioned that creator Robert Kirkman has stated he’s not stopping anytime soon, possibly for another 100 issues at the least. That could ensure the show still has plenty of content and characters to continue to build its on-going story for the next decade, if not longer, provided fans are still tuning in. Who knows, maybe The Walking Dead is really on its way to becoming the next Coronation Street? At least in terms of employing British stars.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC for Season 9 on Sunday, October 7, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Keep tabs on all television shows premiering or returning over the next couple of months with our fall premiere guide.

Justin Bieber And Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Got Married And Without A Prenup

It has been speculated recently that Justin Bieber is not only engaged, but married to his girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin. The couple hasn’t made their publicized affections for one another any sort of secret since they got together earlier this summer, and the escalation of their relationship status is one that would rival the acceleration of Ariana Grande’s cuddly relationship to SNL performer Pete Davidson. And while the high-profile singer and model once claimed that they weren’t rushing to the altar and would tie the knot sometime in 2019, those plans have seemingly changed in an instant. According to recent reports, Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber have already said “I do” to one another. And to top it off, Bieber didn’t sign a prenup, believing instead in the power of their love. Is that heartwarmingly sweet or willfully naïve? We’ll break down what we know about his speedy marriage.

While the reports about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s marriage were divulged a few weeks ago, this latest report from TMZ seemingly confirms that the marriage did, indeed, take place in that New York City courthouse. Though one often has to take celebrity rumors with a grain of salt, this one might appear to be true. As they confess, the preacher for the ceremony was Jeffrey Quinn, who lives near the courthouse. The witness for the event, meanwhile, was Bieber’s buddy Josh Mehl. And since the wedding happened so quickly and with great haste, the couple didn’t sign up for a prenup.

While previous reports believed Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin weren’t interested in getting a prenup, that might not necessarily be the case. As it is reported here, the couple was indeed looking to get a prenup, but they requested the paperwork the day they decided to get interloped. The lawyers who were asked to draft the paperwork couldn’t get the pages drafted, and signed in such a short span of time, so it didn’t come to be.

A prenup is now reportedly out of the picture, and the two are wed. But Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin can still get a postnup, which is the same thing (as you might imagine), except that it is signed up and drafted after the wedding. But according to the sources, there have been no efforts in the month since the celebrity couple allegedly got married to get that paperwork in order. So it seems, at the moment, that the couple is still caught up in the bliss of their recent wedding. If they have any plans to get their affairs in order for a postnup, however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on what that might entail for the recently wed. If the couple decides to split, Bieber is estimated to be worth an impressive $250 million.

Additionally, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are still planning to host a formal wedding, but that’s only for the friends and family of the bride and groom. For all intensive purposes, Bieber and Baldwin are married, and they appear to be over-the-moon about their decision — prenup be damned.

Bryce Dallas Howard Promises Jurassic World 3 Won’t Focus On Her Footwear

There are few franchises quite as iconic as Jurassic Park, and the property is breaking new ground with its current trilogy of Jurassic World films. Fallen Kingdom turned the franchise on its head, taking the action and the dinosaurs off the island, and bringing complex morality discussions into the narrative. While Jurassic World continues to carve a place for itself in the larger canon, much of the discussion around Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing has been about her footwear. Plenty of moviegoers were confused when Claire kept her heels on throughout the entirety of the first film– even when running away from a T-Rex. After it became a meme, Fallen Kingdom responded by showing an obvious close-up at the character’s functional boots. Now Howard is ready to focus on something else, and hopefully not address her character’s shoes in the threequel. As she tells it,

A girl can dream, can’t she? While Claire has shown a ton of growth through her first two movies, her shoes seem to always come up in conversation. But noy in Jurassic World 3, as Bryce Dallas Howard is hoping there won’t be obligatory shots of her footwear.

Bryce Dallas Howard’s comments to show that, while the actress is a good sport about Claire’s shoes, she’s hoping that the final movie in the trilogy will be able to separate itself from that recurring joke. After all, it’s been years. Moviegoers can see how much Claire has grown throughout the course of the movies, and therefore it no longer needs to be shown through her feet. Besides, the filmmakers and characters have bigger fish to fry in Jurassic World 3.

Claire Dearing, along with the rest of the world, are going to want to stay prepared for the third movie. Because now that the dinosaurs have left Isla Nubar and integrated with the mainland, the rules of life have changed. It’s unclear how humanity will grapple with the prehistoric creatures now roaming the world, but it’s hard to imagine any real sense of peace. As such, people might want to stay prepared, and arm themselves with appropriately outerwear, footwear, and maybe even weapons.

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Jurassic World character was initially introduced as a bit insensitive and completely goal-oriented. She showed little interest in her nephews, closed herself off to Owen, and only viewed the dinosaurs as attractions. That all changed by the film’s end, with the sequel revealing her as an advocate for the creatures. That film saw her become a possible outlaw and mother figure, as the ending provided a series of twists no one could have predicted.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is available for home purchase on all platforms now, and the threequel is set to arrive on June 11, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Emma Stone Hated Playing An Elf In Netflix’s New Show Maniac

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s Netflix limited series Maniac, which won’t be returning for Season 2, feels at times like a showcase of each actor’s array of talents. The premise allowed each to step into the kinds of roles they haven’t previously played on the big screen, and act out situations viewers have never seen them in. That wasn’t always a good thing according to director Cary Fukunaga, who said Emma Stone actually hated playing the drunken elf ranger Annia:

Emma Stone may be down for future projects on streaming services, but Amazon’s Lord of The Rings television series doesn’t appear to be on her list of interests. Despite that, Stone soldiered on for the good of Maniac and delivered a elven performance in Episode 7 that gave little indication of her loathing every minute within that character’s headspace. Cary Fukunaga admitted he sort of leaned on Stone’s attitude for the episode, which was focused on her character Annie taking the “confrontation” drug, since going with a role she wasn’t entirely comfortable with helped to sell the performance. Stone was no doubt jealous of co-star Jonah Hill during that episode, since he filmed a much more realistic fantasy sequence where Owen was an informant for the feds on his crime family.

Cary Fukunaga told Insider Emma Stone was against playing an elf because she didn’t want to portray anything that’s not based in reality. Looking across her career in Hollywood, one can see this isn’t a decision she made specifically for Maniac, since her roles in Zombieland and The Amazing Spider-man films also indicate she didn’t want to play fantastical characters there either.

Emma Stone is at a stage in her career where turning down high-profile projects carries some weight, so the fact she gritted and bared her teeth all the way through it to push on for Fukunaga shows how much she trusted his vision and/or the premise of the series as a whole. Which might have led to a completely different outcome had the elf role gone on for more than one episode. Unfortunately, the experience doesn’t seem to have changed her thoughts on fantasy roles all that much, so viewers should embrace her role as Annia for all its worth.

Maniac is up on Netflix and is currently streaming the entire first and only season. Lots of new and returning television is flooding the airwaves at the moment and it can all be a little disorienting, so be sure to visit our fall premiere guide to keep track of all the shows coming up.

Bad Boys 3 Finally Seems To Be On Track

Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah are definitely on board to direct the upcoming project, after people including Joe Carnahan formerly were helming the film. Chris Bremner has already written a draft of the movie that Variety says the studio and the producers are all behind, which means the movie is expected to move into production, and soon. That is, if Martin Lawrence can get on board. Reports say that Will Smith is definitely in for the third installment in the franchise (he has time thanks to Suicide Squad 2 getting pushed back), but Lawrence has yet to work out a deal for Bad Boys for Life. So, if there is going to be another setback for this project, it will likely be in those negotiations.

New Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer Shows Off All The Villains

Spider-Man is one of the most beloved heroes in comic book history, with a long tenure on both the page and screen. The mythology of Spidey is being told in a few ways; through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony’s still developing Spiderman universe, and the animated feature Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. The latter is helmed by former Solo directors Phil Miller and Chris Lord, and will span a multiverse of wall crawlers, and their respective enemies. Much of the film’s contents have been kept under wraps, but a new trailer outlines the plot, and features more of the Spidey and their rogues. Check it out.

Woah. There’s so much to unpack here, and so much goodness. Let’s break it all down.

Featuring narration from OG Spider-Man Peter Parker, we learn how Into the Spider-Verse will largely be focused on Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore. The teenaged Spidey will investigate a device called The Collider, which essentially breaks down the walls between universes. This introduces Miles to Peter, and the rest of the motley Spider-crew, including Gwen Stacey, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man noir, and Peni Parker. It looks like the upcoming blockbuster is a bonafide team-up movie, essentially creating the first Spider-Team.

There will also be a large cast of villains to battle, including some Marvel royalty. While we’d already seen that Prowler would be a major villain for Miles Morales, plenty of other iconic Spider foes are also briefly shown. Most exciting may be the appearance of Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk. Fisk has become a fan favorite in Netflix’s Daredevil, and he’s looking giant in Into The Spider-Verse. You can also see glimpses of Scorpion, and a beastly version of Green Goblin. Smart money says there are even more tricks up Phil Miller and Chris Lord’s sleeves.

Into the Spider-Verse is the Spider-Man movie to focus on Miles Morales, a lesser known character who takes the mantle of Spider-Man on in the comics. But he did get a major feature in Playstation’s massively successful Spider-Man game, serving as a playable character. In the comics, Miles Morales is a mixed race teenager who is also bitten by a radioactive spider. This one was created by Spider-Man villain Norman Osbourne, in an attempt to duplicate Peter Parker’s abilities. It makes his chemical makeup slightly different than Peter’s, but he possess very similar super powers. But it’s clear that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has other plans for his backstory.

From the first clips, it seems like Miles Morales is the only Spider-Man in his universe. That is, until the mysterious Collider is activated, and sends the young hero on a wild journey through time and villains. The animation looks unlike anything we’ve seen before, and it may serve as a palette cleanser in the wake of Sony’s Venom movie.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will arrive in theaters on December 14, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Bad Boys 3 Finally Seems To Be Moving Forward

The long-gestating Bad Boys 3 project finally seemed to be moving forward in the early part of 2018, when Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah began negotiating to direct the film and we even got a few details about what the potential plot would be about. Then months went by and nothing happened, which brings us to this week, when we learned Bad Boys For Life is finally close to being greenlighted by Sony and even eyed for a 2020 release date. Here’s what we know.

Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah are definitely on board to direct the upcoming project, after people including Joe Carnahan formerly were helming the film. Chris Bremner has already written a draft of the movie that Variety says the studio and the producers are all behind, which means the movie is expected to move into production, and soon. That is, if Martin Lawrence can get on board. Reports say that Will Smith is definitely in for the third installment in the franchise (he has time thanks to Suicide Squad 2 getting pushed back), but Lawrence has yet to work out a deal for Bad Boys for Life. So, if there is going to be another setback for this project, it will likely be in those negotiations.

Bad Boys 3 has been in the works for quite some time over at Sony. In fact, we first heard about the project way back in 2015. Of course, it has gone through several iterations in the time since, but this is the closest we’ve come to a greenlight and it looks like the flick will move forward and soon, although Sony is not making an official announcement at this time.

The first two Bad Boys franchise movies were box office successes, with the first flick grossing over $141 million worldwide on a relatively small $19 million production budget. The second flick had a much higher budget of $130 million but made $273 million plus worldwide. So, it all worked out. Both movies are notable because they are early wins for famed director Michael Bay; Bad Boys, in fact, was his first major big screen outing. The success of that first movie led him to make flicks like The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys II.

Sony has a big slate of other movies coming up, including the highly-anticipated Jumanji 3, not to mention a female-fronted spinoff of 21 Jump Street. There’s also a Bad Boys franchise spinoff headed to TV that will star Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. That one is going to be called L.A.’s Finest and will be headed to Canadian broadcast. Presumably that will eventually be available on cable or streaming in the States. In the meantime, you can check out what Sony has coming to theaters with our full schedule.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Was Reportedly Targeted By Russians

Rian Johnson couldn’t have predicted the reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Every movie comes with built-in pressure, especially a chapter in a Skywalker Saga trilogy. But Johnson’s first foray into the galaxy far, far away proved to be quite divisive, with fans taking up sides to defend or tear down decisions made by the filmmaker as he explored the need for the Jedi, and the direction of the Resistance. The levels of hate online reached epic proportions, and a new research study finds that the driving force behind some of that social-media backlash might have been Russian trolls.

Now, we know that complaining about Russian bots on social media is the go-to excuse whenever someone takes up an opinion that goes against your own. However, a research paper conducted by Morten Bay from the University of Southern California examined the users who attacked Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi on social media were, in fact, Russian bots, and concludes:

Rian Johnson, himself, shares Morten Bay’s study, and clarifies that this is not about fans liking, or disliking, the middle chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy, but more to address what he sees as a “virulent strain of online harassment,” stating:

Ironically, another movie, Venom, is running up against an online smear campaign at the moment, where bots appear to be Tweeting the same statement over and over, from different accounts, claiming the Sony movie is bad, and A Star Is Born is much better. How can one explain this?

Is the Internet increasingly becoming a more-divisive playground on which people can share their opinions? Absolutely, and it’s probably fair to come to the conclusion that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi beared the brunt of too much rebellious backlash against his movie — a movie that proudly subverted expectations and genuinely annoyed some fans, but certainly isn’t the trainwreck that Twitter might lead you to believe.

Read the rest of Morten Bay’s study. Do you agree with its conclusions? Do you see this social-media problem being resolved anytime soon, or will Twitter keep evolving to cause headaches for filmmakers and film studios? Weigh in below in the comments with your best guesses.