Max Greenlights Hospital Drama ‘The Pitt,’ Starring Noah Wyle

The Max subscription streaming service has made a 15-episode order for “The Pitt,” a new hospital drama from Warner Bros. Television, starring and executive produced by five-time Emmy Award nominee Noah Wyle (“ER,” The Librarian movie franchise, “Falling Skies”). Emmy nominee R. Scott Gemmill (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “ER,” “JAG”) will serve as showrunner of the new series.

Noah Wyle (Shutterstock image)

The series aims to showcase the challenges facing healthcare workers in today’s America, as seen through the lens of the frontline heroes working in a modern-day hospital in Pittsburgh.

“Collaborating with the talents of Wells, Gemmill, and Wyle to develop this new series has already been an exhilarating process. Their passion, creativity, and dedication to storytelling elevate every aspect of the project, and together, we’re poised to deliver a compelling and authentic portrayal of today’s medical world that will captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact,” Sarah Aubrey, head of Max original programming, said in a statement.

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The Roku Channel Exclusive AVOD Home to ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show’

Roku Dec. 1 announced that The Roku Channel is now the exclusive AVOD home for new daytime talk show, “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” starring Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner Jennifer Hudson.   

The distribution deal between Roku and the show’s producer Warner Bros. Unscripted Television includes all previously aired episodes of the series, with all new episodes available to stream the day after their broadcast air.

Hudson, who has also appeared on “The Voice” as a celebrity judge, interviews celebrities, community heroes, viral sensations, and covers topical news and music. 

 “The authentic spirit that Jennifer brings to each episode of the series has already won over the hearts of audiences across the country,” Rob Holmes, VP of programming for Roku, said in a statement. 

Produced in Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures and distributed in national syndication by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, “The Jennifer Hudson Show” is executive produced by Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Corey Palent, Jennifer Hudson, Lisa Kasteler Calio, Graehme Morphy, and Walter Williams III, with Shani Black as co-executive producer. 

“The momentum [the show] has experienced since debuting [in syndication] only three months ago, speaks volumes about Jennifer’s ability to connect with audiences,” said David Decker, head of content licensing for Warner Bros. Discovery. “Adding J.Hud to the Roku Channel gives fans a whole new way to connect with her, which is what we are all about.”

Nielsen: Netflix’s Devil (‘Lucifer’) Returned Atop Weekly Streaming Chart Through May 30

Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil (a.k.a. Netflix’s “Lucifer”) relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.

How quickly “boredom” can be erased with the arrival of a new season of episodes. After Netflix dropped eight new episodes of the fifth season, the series was the most-streamed show on living room televisions, generating 1.28 billion minutes to dominate Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 charts of most-streamed original, licensed TV shows and movies through May 30. That compared with 321 million minutes across 77 episodes in the previous-week period.

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“There was really a lot of pent-up demand for the show,” said Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy.

Netflix original movie Army of the Dead generated 786 million minutes as the top-streamed movie. That was 14% lower than the 913 million minutes streamed the week before.

Among Netflix licensed shows, perennial charter “Grey’s Anatomy” tracked 633 million minutes across 374 episodes. That was almost 10% more than the 575 million minutes streamed last week across the identical number of episodes.

Fuhrer said 34% of the streaming audience for “Lucifer” represents the core streaming viewer: 18- to 34-year-olds.

“That’s really giving red meat to the hardcore streaming audience,” he said, adding that over half the streaming audience for original program runner-up “The Kominsky Method” is over the age of 65.

“That’s pretty extraordinary from a SVOD perspective,” Fuhrer said.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.


Original Movies:


SVOD Provider

Program Name


Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix Army of the Dead (2021) 1 786
2 Netflix Home (2015) 1 449
3 Netflix Blue Miracle (2021) 1 338
4 Netflix The Mitchells vs. The Machines 1 302
5 Netflix Dog Gone Trouble 1 283
6 Disney+ Cruella  1 280
7 Disney+ Moana 1 196
8 Netflix The Woman in the Window 1 162
9 Disney+ Raya and the Last Dragon 1 162
10 Netflix Sabotage (2014) 1 122

Licensed Shows:


SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 374 633
2 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 310 616
3 Netflix “Start Up” 31 547
4 Netflix “Cocomelon” 9 543
5 Netflix “NCIS” 353 525
6 Netflix “Heartland” 177 354
7 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 288
8 Netflix “Supernatural” 328 270
9 Netflix “New Girl” 146 227
10 Amazon Prime Video “SpongeBob SquarePants” 161 217


WarnerMedia Nabs 30 Nominations for the 27th Annual Vision Awards

WarnerMedia March 16 announced it earned 30 nominations for the 27th Annual Vision Awards, presented by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), which honors inclusive programming mirroring the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color in their diverse viewing audiences.

WarnerMedia’s brands CNN, HBO Max, Turner Classic Movies, Turner Sports, and Warner Bros. Television, among others, were represented in 15 different categories. Both HBO and TBS dominated “Best Comedy Performance” scoring all the nominations within that category. This year’s Vision Award winners will be announced in April.

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WarnerMedia in September 2019 released its first-ever annual report looking at diversity, inclusion and belonging across both its corporate operations and the films, television series and digital content created by its various production businesses.

Vision Awards nominees include:

“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” (CNN)

Best Comedy Performance:

Jay Ellis: “Insecure” (HBO)
Issa Rae: “Insecure” (HBO)
Michaela Coel: “I May Destroy You” (HBO )
Tracy Morgan: “The Last O.G.” (TBS)
Yvonne Orji: “Insecure” (HBO)

Best Performance – Drama:
Jonathan Majors: Lovecraft Country (HBO | Warner Bros. Television)
Jurnee Smollett: Lovecraft Country (HBO | Warner Bros. Television)

“Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” (CNN & Sesame Street) (CNN)
“We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest” (HBO)

“Betty” (HBO)
“I May Destroy You” (HBO)
“Insecure” (HBO)
“The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Digital Media – Short Form:
“African Voices: Miss Universe” (CNN)
“Blackface and Hollywood: A TCM Original Production” (Turner Classic Movies)

“First Ladies: Michelle Obama” (CNN)

“All Rise” (Warner Bros. Television)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO | Warner Bros. Television)

Foreign Language:
“Veneno” (HBO Max)

“Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe” (HBO)

Original Movie or Special:
“Between the World and Me” (HBO)

“We’re Here” (HBO)

Reality – Social Issues:
“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

“Field of Dreams…Deferred” (Turner Sports)
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
“The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO)

Variety/Talk Show:
“HA Festival: The Art of Comedy” (HBO Max)
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion” (HBO Max)
“Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!” (HBO)


‘Friends’ Props and Costumes to be Auctioned for Charity to Celebrate the Series’ 25th Anniversary

As part of the 25th anniversary for former NBC sitcom, “Friends,” Warner Bros. Television for the first time is putting up for bid to the public props, costumes, studio-edition authorized reproductions, set decorations and production material from the series.

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman (“Grace and Frankie”), “Friends” helped make Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer household names. The show aired in primetime from Sept. 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004.

The show has been a home media retail juggernaut, in addition to generating lucrative runs in syndication and streaming video. WarnerMedia reportedly paid $425 million to land the show for its pending HBO Max service, beginning in 2020.

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Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.

Bidding begins on Dec. 3 and runs until Dec. 17. Bidders who sign up for the auction are also eligible to win a production script. Complete contest rules can be found at Each item comes with a Warner Bros. Certificate of Authenticity.

Warner is working with film and TV memorabilia company Prop Store, which will offer more than 100 auction lots spanning all 10 seasons of “Friends,” straight from the Warner Bros. Archive.

“It’s an honor to be able to bring some amazing original pieces to the fans, such as Joey’s (LeBlanc) original Hugsy doll,” Brandon Alinger, COO of Prop Store, said in a statement. “We’re also happy to offer detailed studio-edition reproductions, including the Holiday Armadillo costume, Central Perk couch and 10 copies of Monica’s (Cox) peephole door frame, straight from the Warner Bros. Props department.”

Auction items include:

Numbered, limited edition silkscreen coffee cup modeled after the signature image featured on the wall of Central Perk. The print is signed by artist Burton Morris and includes a signed “Friends” catalog, Est. $3,000.

Studio-edition authorized reproduction of Ross Geller’s (Schwimmer) Holiday Armadillo costume, Est. $10,000-15,000.

Studio-edition authorized reproduction of Central Perk orange couch, Est. $6,000-8,000.

Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing’s (Perry) wood canoe and two paddles, Est. $4,000-6,000.

Rachel Green’s (Aniston) Hawaiian print dress, Est. $3,000-5,000.

Studio-edition authorized reproduction of door picture frame, Est. $2,000-3,000.

Studio-edition authorized reproduction of turkey with sunglasses, fez and stand, Est. $2,000-3,000.

Ursula Buffay’s (Kudrow) “Buffay The Vampire Layer” VHS tape, Est. $1,500-2,500. Joey’s bedtime penguin pal Hugsy, Est. $1,000-1,500. Monica and Chandler wedding invitation set, Est. $1,000-1,500.

A selection of lots will be available to view in the “Friends” Boston Pop-Up starting on Nov. 21.

Netflix Orders ‘The Sandman’ Series Based on Neil Gaiman Comics

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the Warner Bros. Television series “The Sandman” based on Neil Gaiman’s DC comic book series.

A blend of modern myth and fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are interwoven, “The Sandman” follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.

The writer/showrunner/executive producer will be Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, “Grey’s Anatomy”) with Gaiman (Good Omens, Coraline) and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, “Krypton”) writing and executive producing. Gaiman, Heinberg and Goyer will co-write the first episode.

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“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series ‘The Sandman ’ to life onscreen,” said Channing Dungey, VP of original series at Netflix, in a statement. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.”

Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education’ Top ‘TV Time’ Binge Week Chart

Netflix created the binge-viewing phenomenon, so it’s understandable if two of the SVOD pioneer’s original series ranked among the top-three binged TV shows from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, according to TV

Top series streamed repeatedly included Netflix’s “Russian doll,” starring Natasha Lyonne, and “Sex Education,” starring Gillian Anderson, Kedar Williams and Asa Butterfield, among others.

Notably, re-runs of “Friends” finished third, underscoring why Netflix paid $100 million to series’ owner Warner Bros. Television for the rights through 2019.

TV Time claims to rank shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the TV Time app within a given day.

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Separately, TV Time reports that actress Natasha Lyonne was the No. 1 trending talent of the week, based on fan votes. Lyonne’s role as Nadia Vulvokov in “Russian Doll” is currently the third runner-up out of Lyonne’s cast of characters following “Orange Is the New Black” and “Smoky Quartz.”