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WWE Network doing another free subscriber drive in February

Fresh from hitting its one million subscriber mark, WWE Network will be free in February to new subscribers. In a press release, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Michelle Wilson said November’s free preview was instrumental in the network reaching one million subscribers. November features Survivor Series, one of the promotion’s four biggest pay-per-views. The 2014 more »

TruTV taps Shaq for workplace sitcom

I’m Dwight Schrute, assistant Shaquille O’ Neal. Ahem, that’s assistant TO Shaquille O’ Neal. TruTV thinks the star of such hits as “Steel” and “Ka-Zaam” just hasn’t found the right format for his acting talents. It’s betting that will be a workplace comedy tentatively titled Shaq Inc. Deadline reports it has ordered a pilot starring more »

WWE Network gains 1 million subscribers, drops Wrestlemania numbering

In what has been a very interesting week for WWE, the company announced it has hit 1 million subscribers for its WWE Network streaming venture. It cites a free November promotion, the successful UK launch and Royal Rumble pay-per-view as big reasons for finally hitting the financial break even point. WWE’s stock price increased 22 more »

2015 Royal Rumble Recap: Reigns wins, turns #CancelWWENetwork into trending topic

Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble, will face the World Champion at Wrestlemania This time last year, I was telling that you WWE fans were up in arms over a dissatisfying finish to the Royal Rumble, the company pushing the wrestler it wanted instead of the one viewers were begging for. WWE obviously learned nothing more »

Melissa Benoist lands coveted ‘Supergirl’ TV role

Who would have thought Glee would be the casting ground for the next generation of superheroes? Melissa Benoist, Glee’s Marley, will take to the skies as Kara Zor-El on CBS’ Supergirl, according to TV Line. In this version of the Supergirl story, she has successfully hidden her superhuman abilities until the age of 24. She more »

Five ‘Sorority Sisters’ expelled, VH1 distancing itself from show

Taking a page from one of its other reality shows, VH1 has said “Bye Felicia” to the cast of Sorority Sisters. There has been no official cancellation announcement, but VH1 burned off the final three episodes January 16 with no fanfare. You know, those were the final episodes the network had been begging detractors to more »

The Mountain Goats release wrestling-themed album, first single “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero”

Pro wrestling and its pageantry has inspired all kinds of art: movies, TV shows and comic books among others. But The Mountain Goats have taken it to another level with “Beat The Champ,” an entire album about the squared circle. I was already reasonably sure this was the wrestling-nerdiest thing an entertainer has done. Then more »

Yes! Y’all: Wrestlemania 32 headed to Dallas

AT&T Stadium will feel hustle, loyalty and respect April 3, 2016 when it hosts Wrestlemania, the WWE’s answer to the Super Bowl. Dallas Cowboys greats including Randy White and Ed “Too Tall” Jones were on hand for the announcement, Jones joking that he’d provide extra security if WWE needs it. He was a guest referee more »

Fox renews Empire for a second season

With strong ratings for its first two episodes, Fox was quick to sign hip-hop drama Empire up for another season of broomstick beatings and family backstabbing. The cast revealed the news during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Creator Lee Daniels (The Butler) also mentioned that star Terrence Howard wasn’t his first choice to more »

TV Review: Lifetime’s Whitney: “Bobby, We Love You!”

Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic was better than Aaliyah: Princess of R&B and I’m fully aware of how faint that praise is. Yaya DaCosta did a great job nailing the singer’s energy and mannerisms. She’s let down by a script determined to play Bobby Brown as a white knight. According to this movie, Whitney hooked Bobby on more »

Reality competition ‘Tough Enough’ returning to USA Network

Rumors have been circulating around the return of Tough Enough for months, but we expected to see it on the programming starved WWE Network. Instead, USA has announced the competition to find a new WWE superstar will return to cable television. It began on 2001 on MTV, then became a part of Smackdown to the chagrin more »

’28 Months Later’ movie may still happen

“28 Days Later” was a fresh take on the well-worn zombie movie genre. “28 Weeks Later” kept the momentum going, leading to inevitable questions about a third. IGN asked screenwriter Alex Garland some of them. He confirmed “28 Months Later” is being discussed. Garland, director Danny Boyle and producer Andrew McDonald have been having what more »