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It was widely believed to be the case but today it’s official: Julie Chen has decided to exit The Talk. The decision comes after Chen’s husband, former head of CBS Les Moonves, parted ways with the network amid sexual harrasment allegations that had 12 women coming forward with claims against him.

The opening of The Talk teased a “message from Julie” and co-host Eve told viewers at the top of the show that they would hear from Chen within the hour. The show carried on wit the co-hosts addressing other stories in the news and it wasnt until the end of the show that Chen addressed the audience and co-hosts via a video message.

Eve introduced the video, which was recorded from the set of Big Brother, and revealed that the co-hosts and the audience were hearing the video for the very first time. Here is a piece of what Chen said in the video message:

“I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son so i’ve decided to leave the talk…I’ll always cherish the memories we shared. I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will continue for many years to come.”

Chen did not address the allegations against Moonves and since the message aired at the end of the show, the co-hosts didn’t really comment on the content. The camera eventually cut back to the main set where all the co-hosts were in tears. Sara Gilbert quickly thanked Julie for her contributions to The Talk and the show ended there without further discussion.

Chen’s decision comes more than a week after taking a leave of absence from her role on the show after her husband resigned from his post after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Inititially, Chen said she would be gone a few days to spend time with her family but many industry insiders knew it would be difficult for her to return to a show where #MeToo discussions would be at the forefront. This would have to be extremely awkward for her, considering the allegations being leveled against her husband.

Chen is expected, for now, to continue as host of Big Brother, which is set to wrap its 20th season. Chen showed a strong sign of support for her husband when she returned to that show and signed off at end as “Julie Chen Moonves”, something she hasn’t done in the 18 year run of the show.

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The new TV season is right around the corner and Saturday Night Live’s 44th season is set to premiere with a great host and musical guest. The season will debut September 29th.

The show will be hosted by BlacKkKlansman and Star Wars star Adam Driver, while Kanye West has been chosen to be the musical guest for the episode. Driver previously hosted the show in January 2016 while West has been the musical guest six times before.

The 2017-18 season averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 after a week of delayed viewing. The 18-49 rating would have tied for second among NBC’s non-sports primetime shows.

The show’s 44th season continues to show the popularity of the show.

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Earlier today we posted that early metered-market ratings that suggested that the 70th Primetime Emmys would be down from the previous year and now it’s official: Not only is the Emmys down year to year but it also hit an all-time low in total viewers.

Updated ratings for the live telecast have the ceremony hitting 10.17 million viewers which is down 11 percent from a year ago. Its demo rating was also down but only slightly to a 2.4 versus the 2.5 from last year but it still represents a new low for the award’s show.

The previous low for the Emmys was 11.3 million viewers on ABC back in 2016. The 2017 show on CBS improved on that number slightly with 11.38 million viewers. NBC last aired the ceremony in 2014 and this year’s show is down 35 percent in total viewers from that year while the 18-49 demo is down 43 percent.

On the bright side, if there is one, the Emmys’ metered-market were off less than those for the 2018 Grammys (-20 percent) and the Oscars (-16 percent).

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Reel Talk by David Gonzalez - 1w ago

After Alec Baldwin exited the role of Thomas Wayne last month, Brett Cullen has been cast in the role for the upcoming Joker movie. The news comes after director Todd Phillips revealed the first look at Phoenix as the future villain.

The upcoming film is described as a crime drama that will not be part of the continuity of DC’s other films.

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One of the most anticipated films of 2018 is 31 days away from its release. The irony about that is that the film takes place on October 31st. Halloween is set to release on October 19th and is a direct sequel to the 1978 original, ignoring all the sequels in between.

At the film’s Los Angeles press junket, director David Gordon Green spoke to Bloody Disgusting where he stated that he originally intended to begin with the climax of John Carpenter’s film. This would have required refilming the sequence 40 years later. “Even in the script going into production, we were going to refilm the end of the original film from a different perspective. We had this very complicated overhead view of Loomis shooting the gun, Michael going over and then the apprehension, assuming everybody was going to need a little bit to get back up to speed with where we are and we haven’t seen the movie in a long time or we’ve never seen the movie, had to invite everyone to the party and that kind of thing. We kept pushing it off. Jamie would’ve recreated, with a blend of Jamie and a body double similar to 19-year-old Jamie.”

Ultimately, it was Carpenter himself who convinced Green he didn’t need the sequence. “This was Carpenter actually calming me down on set.”

“I’m like, ‘Nobody’s going to know what’s happening and where we’re coming from.’ He’s like, “Just trust ‘em and leave ‘em alone and let ‘em figure it out.”

Halloween opens October 19th.

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Despite a move to Monday night by NBC, the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards hit a new ratings low according to early numbers released this morning.

The broadcast snagged a 7.4/13 result in metered market ratings. This would mean the ceremony was down 10% from last year’s Stephen Colbert fronted show on September 16, 2017, on CBS. By moving to Monday, the show didn’t have to compete with Sunday Night Football but this didn’t seem to matter. A part of me thinks many were still confused by the move to Monday night since award shows tend to air on Sundays. The live show also competed with Monday Night Football and while those ratings aren’t as strong as Sunday Night Football, it’s still strong competition.

NBC last aired the Emmys in 2014 and in comparison to that show, the drop is a steeper 32% in metered market ratings. The 2014 Emmys were the last time the broadcast did better than 12 million viewers, with 15.59 million eyes watching the Seth Meyers fronted ceremony. In the final numbers, last year’s Emmys hit 11.8 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. That translated into matching the previous viewership low of the Jimmy Kimmel hosted 2016 Emmys and a new low among the key demographic. According to these early metered market ratings, it would suggest that the final numbers for the 2018 show will come in lower than that.

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The director of the upcoming untitled Joker origin film, Todd Phillips, has revealed the first look at star Joaquin Phoenix before he becomes the popular Batman villain.

Phillips captioned the image with just “Arthur,” evidently this iteration of the Joker’s name before he took on his mononym.

Phillips has stated that the upcoming film will be an “exploration of a man disregarded by a society that is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The Joker film will be released in 2019.

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Reel Talk by Gaius Bolling - 1w ago

Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel - Official Trailer - YouTube

It’s finally here! After a little bit of teasing (sorry Brie Larson Entertainment Weekly covers don’t “break the internet”), we finally have the first trailer for the much anticipated female-led, Captain Marvel and I must say it was worth the wait.

Captain Marvel takes place in the 90s and is the first MCU film fronted by a woman. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is an Air Force pilot who debuted in the comics in 1968 as a human companion to the original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell). When her DNA was fused with that of an alien during an accident, the resulting alteration imbued her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection and flight.

Danvers was hinted at in the last scene of Avengers: Infinity War, called upon by Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury who looms large over the trailer that we got today. Captain Marvel also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, Annette Bening and Clark Gregg. Law is the leader of Starforce, the elite Kree military team. Mendelsohn is Talos, head of the opposing green-skinned extraterrestrial humanoid Skrulls. Chan is Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist and spy who has powers similar to Marvel/Danvers, per the comics-verse.

The movie will mark the penultimate installment of MCU’s Phase 3 which concludes with Anthony and Joe Russo’s untitled Avengers follow-up to Infinity War next May. Captain Marvel hits screens on March 8, 2019, with overseas rollout beginning two days earlier on March 6.

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse premiered last Wednesday and it was easily the top cable show for Wednesday night, even though it was down from last season’s premiere.

The premiere scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.08 million viewers – five-tenths lower than the 2.0 that American Horror Story: Cult premiered with last year. However, in addition to its 1.5 being triple the ratings of any of its Wednesday cable competition, it was also up five-tenths from the Cult season finale so these numbers are quite encouraging for the eighth season moving forward.

The new season of American Horror Story features the long-awaited crossover between Murder House and Coven. The premiere hinted at the crossover but it wasn’t the focus of the episode so I think once the crossover really kicks in, we’ll probably see an uptick in the numbers.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs Wednesdays on FX

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.The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards aired last night and while HBO is the Emmy’s champion, it had to share top honors with Netflix at this year’s ceremony.

The streaming era has already been a big game changer in the TV landscape, and at the Emmys Monday night, streamers staked a claim to awards dominance as well. Netflix tied HBO for the most honors at the 70th Primetime Emmys, with each outlet taking home 23 awards.

Also earning some bragging rights was another streaming service. Amazon took home eight awards last night and there were all for outstanding comedy series winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. With the streaming series taking home that honor, it was the first time a streaming show took home the outstanding comedy award and it was the first time in years that Modern Family or Veep hadn’t taken home the top prize.

HBO had the slimmest of leads after the Creative Arts awards, with 17 wins to Netflix’s 16. With two early wins for comedy series Barry, HBO took the lead at the primetime ceremony, only for Netflix to regain the lead with a strong showing in the limited series and movie categories. The outstanding drama series win for Game of Thrones in the final award of the night created the 23-23 tie.

GoT went home with nine Emmys, the most for any program, including seven, won at the Creative Arts ceremonies. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was the biggest winner in the primetime ceremony with five awards — outstanding comedy series, lead (Rachel Brosnahan) and supporting actress (Alex Borstein) in a comedy and writing and directing honors for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. It has eight Emmys overall, tied for second with Saturday Night Live.

As is the case every year, there were some surprising snubs. While Game of Thrones, Saturday Night Live, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ryan Murphy’s Versace-centered second season of American Crime Story cleaned up last night, there were a few critically-acclaimed series that went home empty-handed.

Hulu’s critically acclaimed series The Looming Tower and The Handmaid’s Tale, last year’s best drama series winner in the absence of Game of Thrones, failed to collect any awards. Handmaid’s Tale did win three honors at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies

but failed to take home any prizes during Monday night’s broadcast, including in the categories of best drama series and lead actress in a drama, which it won last year. Looming Tower, which was up for four Emmys, including for star Jeff Daniels, was completely shut out. Daniels did win an Emmy, but it was for his supporting role on Netflix’s Godless.

FX’s second installment of Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, won seven awards,  but fellow celebrated FX series Atlanta, which had the most nominations for a comedy series this year with 16, only won three awards, all at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies. Similarly, NBC’s breakout hit This Is Us only won one Emmy out of multiple nominations, and that prize went to guest actor Ron Cephas Jones, a trophy handed out during the Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies. Other shows winning multiple awards at last week’s ceremonies but failing to collect in the main telecast include Netflix’s GLOW and NBC’s Will & Grace. Other programs with multiple Emmy nominations that failed to win any of the awards for which they were nominated include Black-ish, The Voice, Twin Peaks, American Horror Story: Cult, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Silicon Valley, Ozark, Fahrenheit 451 and Roseanne

Check out the full list of the winners below:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Game Of Thrones • HBO
HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • Prime Video

Amazon Studios

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story • FX Networks
Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO

HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Saturday Night Live • NBC
SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

RuPaul’s Drag Race • VH1
World of Wonder Productions
Pamela Post, Executive Producer
Tim Palazzola, Executive Producer
Fenton Bailey, Executive Producer
Randy Barbato, Executive Producer
Tom Campbell, Executive Producer
RuPaul Charles, Executive Producer
Mandy Salangsang, Executive Producer
Steven Corfe, Executive Producer
Bruce McCoy, Co-Executive Producer
Michele Mills, Co-Executive Producer
Jacqueline Wilson, Co-Executive Producer
Thairin Smothers, Senior Producer

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

The Crown • Netflix
Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

The Americans • FX Networks
Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions
Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Crown • Paterfamilias • Netflix
Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Stephen Daldry, Directed by

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Americans • Start • FX Networks
Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions
Joel Fields, Written by
Joe Weisberg, Written by

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA..

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