FIRST LOOK AT JOSH GROBAN IN THE GOOD COP: Josh Groban plays the nice cop to Tony Danza’s naughty cop in Netflix’s The Good Cop. The pair play a father-and-son, with Danza having emerged from prison after being sentenced to seven years for getting kickbacks. The show follows their evolving relationship as reluctant roomies. The show bows September 21st, and a trailer landed Monday.
HOUSE OF CARDS EYES FALL PREMIERE: While Netflix has not confirmed the rumors, House of Cards is said to be considering a November bow on the streaming service. Observers say the premiere would be timed to coincide with the election. The show will be led by Robin Wright; Kevin Spacey was fired following a series of sexual misconduct allegations. This will be House of Card’s sixth and final season.
KEVIN SMITH TEASES BIG PROJECT: Kevin Smith is beloved for his indie projects, but this time, the Clerks director has something a little bigger in mind. He teased the upcoming work on Twitter. "Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet," he wrote. "It’s the most massive IP I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…" Smith is bouncing back and focusing on his health after recovering from a heart attack earlier this year. His biggest budget project to date has been 2004’s Jersey Girl, with a budget of $35 million, Deadline points out.
AMC SIGNS $65M DEAL FOR RLJ ENTERTAINMENT: It’s a done deal. AMC Networks has finalized a deal to acquire control of Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment. Johnson will retain a 17% per the terms of the deal, while AMC will up it’s ownership from 30.1% to 50.1%. AMC shelled out $65 million for the additional stake, and the aggregate enterprise value of RLJ is reportedly $274 million. Said Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks: "Bob Johnson is a legend for good reasons that we are the beneficiaries of. His management team is extraordinary, having successfully transitioned Acorn TV from a home video and DVD business to a leading direct-to-consumer subscription service, and growing both Acorn TV and UMC in a competitive environment, by offering excellent, sought-after content and creating strong brands. In addition, RLJ Entertainment’s majority stake in the Agatha Christie library — a content brand which remains one of the most popular and venerable — provides AMC Networks with valuable IP opportunities."