or


[05/04/18 - 02:30 PM]
NBC Honors Legendary Pop Group with Special "ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute" Set to Air in December
The two-hour special will showcase specially invited artists performing classic songs made famous by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia", "The Winner Takes It All" and "Take A Chance On Me".

[via press release from NBC]

NBC HONORS LEGENDARY POP GROUP WITH SPECIAL "ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE" SET TO AIR IN DECEMBER

New ABBA Music Will Premiere for First Time in 35 Years

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 4, 2018 - Paying homage to one of the most influential groups of all time, NBC is celebrating Sweden's most popular export with "ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute." The two-hour special, set to air in December, will showcase specially invited artists performing classic songs made famous by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia", The Winner Takes It All" and "Take A Chance On Me".

The once-in-a-lifetime event will be broadcast around the world to a global audience. BBC Worldwide will handle the international distribution.

One of the bestselling music groups of all time with album and single sales of 380 million, the four members of ABBA - Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - will be debuting their first new song in 35 years, written by Andersson and Ulvaeus. It is set to be performed by virtual ABBA, a state-of-the-art digital representation of the band in 1979 but voiced and recorded by ABBA today.

Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid said: "The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience! It resulted in two new songs and one of them "I Still Have Faith In You" will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December. We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good".

The telecast will be produced and directed by Johan Renck and executive produced by Simon Fuller, with Es Devlin on board as set designer.

"There is a lot of music in the DNA of NBC and we are so proud that the iconic members of ABBA and world-class producer Simon Fuller chose us to bring this incredible tribute special to the world," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

Added Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, "This network is also thrilled to be the home of brand new ABBA music for the first time in decades. It's a gift."

Simon Fuller said: "It has been such a pleasure to work with ABBA. To see their unique talent, passion and attention to every detail has been enlightening and a true honor. In this global TV event we will be able to celebrate the music of ABBA and see other incredible artists perform their wonderful songs. I still can't believe we will also be showcasing a new song, the first in over 35 years, which is set to ignite a whole new timeless journey in their incredible career."

Johan Renck said: "As an adult, to find a new relation and perspective to the music that formed your childhood is a formidable thing, I feel tremendously fortunate to engage in this journey with a group that played such an integral part of my upbringing. We can't wait to make this event come to life"

ABOUT ABBA

The ABBA story began in the 1960s when Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met in Sweden and became songwriting partners. By 1969, they had met Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and, after musical collaboration on each other's solo and duo acts, they began their career together as ABBA, achieving superstardom with their breakthrough hit "Waterloo," winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, charting at No. 1 across Europe and reaching the Top 10 in the U.S. In the years that followed, ABBA became successful around the world, releasing eight studio albums, two live albums, seven compilation albums, four tours and 73 singles. To date they have sold 380 million albums and singles worldwide. They became the first music group from a non-English speaking country to top the charts in English-speaking countries and their distinctive '70s-style costumes became synonymous with their unique look and sound. Topping the charts globally from 1974-82, many of ABBA's songs have become timeless classics internationally. ABBA placed 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with 14 making the Top 40 and 10 soaring to the Top 20. "Dancing Queen" became a No. 1 hit in 1977 in the U.S. while "Take a Chance on Me," "Waterloo" and "The Winner Takes It All" peaked at No. 3, No. 6 and No. 8, respectively. In the U.K., ABBA had nine No. 1 singles, including "Dancing Queen" and "Super Trouper," 19 Top 10 hits and 26 in the Top 40s. Collectively, their singles retained entries in the U.K. Top 75 chart for a total of 260 weeks. They were named Vocal Group of the Year by the American Guild of Variety Artists in 1981 and won nine Bravo Otto Awards between 1974-82. In 2010, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Barry and Robin Gibb. In 1999, ABBA's songs were the inspiration for the West End and Broadway hit musical "Mamma Mia!" and the film that followed, "Mamma Mia!" became a box office smash, and became the fifth highest-grossing film of 2008. The 2018 seque,l "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsg�rd, Julie Walters and Dominic Cooper, is set for global release in July.

ABOUT SIMON FULLER

Simon Fuller is an entrepreneur, artist manager, film and television producer, best known as the creator of "American Idol." Fuller is also the executive producer of hit shows and films including "So You Think You Can Dance," "Q'Viva," "Spiceworld The Movie" and "My Generation," starring Sir Michael Caine. An influential figure in British popular culture, Fuller first came to prominence managing the pop group Spice Girls though he has since guided a range of talent that includes David and Victoria Beckham, Annie Lennox, Steven Tyler, Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Lisa Marie Presley and others. In 2008, Fuller was certified as the most successful British music manager of all time by Billboard magazine. Fuller received the 2,441st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. Today his business interests extend across the world and include high-value ventures in content production, branded goods and innovative ventures in music, leisure and technology. Fuller's XIX Entertainment is represented by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz PC.

ABOUT JOHAN RENCK

Johan Renck is one of the most respected and sought after directors of television series, commercials and music videos of today. You will have seen his name as a director of your favorite TV shows such as "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "Vikings," "Bloodline" and "Last Panthers." Renck is currently helming "Chernobyl," the much-anticipated HBO miniseries featuring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsg�rd and Emily Watson. Renck worked closely with David Bowie before his death and directed both the videos for "Blackstar" and "Lazarus." His previous music videos include artists such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Lana Del Ray, New Order and Kylie Minogue, among others. Renck's commercials currently include a long-standing partnership with Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Cartier and Calvin Klein, to name a few.

ABOUT ES DEVLIN

Artist and stage designer Es Devlin OBE has made stage sculptures in collaboration with U2, Beyoncé, Kanye West, The Weeknd and Adele as well as stage designs for The Met Opera, The Royal Opera House and La Scala. She has created solo art installations at Miami Art Basel and V&A Museum, London and designed the London Olympic Closing Ceremony. Most recent work includes a huge sculptural portrait of The Weeknd for his recent Coachella performance and a large scale projection mapped ovoid model of Manhattan now showing at the new XI Gallery in Chelsea. Devlin was the designer for Adele's 2015 "Live in New York City" special on NBC and was profiled in the first season of the Netflix docu-series "Abstract: The Art of Design."





  [may 2018]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[11/14/18 - 01:59 PM]
Thanksgiving May Be a Week Away, But We're Very Thankful That "Bosch" Season 6 Is a Go!
The streaming service revealed the news on social media this afternoon.

[11/14/18 - 01:28 PM]
Amazon Studios Inks Production Deal with Blumhouse Television for a Series of Eight Thematically Connected Films
Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television are committed to attaching diverse and underrepresented filmmakers to direct and bring these titles to life.

[11/14/18 - 01:04 PM]
"Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland," Exploring the Controversial Death of a Young Black Woman in Police Custody, Debuts Dec. 3 on HBO
The documentary made its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

[11/14/18 - 12:11 PM]
Oxygen to Debut Two-Hour Documentary "Dirty John, The Dirty Truth" in January
A companion to Bravo's scripted anthology, the special goes beyond the articles and podcasts made famous by Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard, and traces con-man John Meehan's trail of manipulation that started long before he met Debra Newell.

[11/14/18 - 12:02 PM]
Video: Netflix Debuts Trailer & Key Art for "Out of Many, One"
Directed and produced by John Hoffman and Nanfu Wang, the film launches globally on Netflix on December 12.

[11/14/18 - 11:00 AM]
Colton Underwood Gets a Chance for Love as the Star of ABC's Hit Romance Reality Series "The Bachelor," Premiering for Its 23rd Season on Jan. 7, 2019
During its 22nd season, "The Bachelor" dominated its 2-hour time period among Adults 18-49 and stood as Monday's No. 1 television series with Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

[11/14/18 - 10:32 AM]
Season Two of Lifetime's Beauty Competition Series "American Beauty Star" Premieres January 2
International superstar model Ashley Graham joins as the new host with celebrity makeup artist Sir John returning as mentor and a new panel of judges.

[11/14/18 - 10:28 AM]
Discovery to Broadcast Live from the Bottom of One of the Largest Submerged Sink Holes in the World
Located 46 miles off the coast of Belize, the Blue Hole is known around the world for its crystal-clear water and its abundance of sharks and sea life.

[11/14/18 - 10:11 AM]
NBC Brings Good Cheer to Year's End with Eclectic List of Holiday Specials
Programs debuting are "A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy" and a special episode of "Deal or No Deal" two days before its premiere on CNBC.

[11/14/18 - 08:16 AM]
A&E Network Announces New Docuseries "The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta" and the Return of Hit Non-Fiction Series "60 Days In"
An extension of one of A&E's most coveted brands, "The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta" follows homicide detectives from the Atlanta Police Department as they unravel the mysteries behind some of the city's most gruesome and highly visible crimes.

[11/14/18 - 08:14 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "This Is Us" Continue Demo Reign
The Peacock takes home top honors among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[11/14/18 - 08:01 AM]
Video: Netflix Debuts "F Is for Family" Season 3 Trailer
The new season rolls out Friday, November 30 on the streaming service.

[11/14/18 - 07:32 AM]
Video: "Frontier" Season 3 - Official Trailer - Netflix
The battle for profit and power spans continents as ferocious outlaw Declan Harp takes his fight against the Hudson's Bay Company across the Atlantic.

[11/14/18 - 07:01 AM]
Video: Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald Star in the Official Trailer for "Dumplin'"
The Netflix film is an adapted screenplay by Kristin Hahn based on Julie Murphy's #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name.

[11/14/18 - 06:31 AM]
"MTV Spring Break" to Return in 2019
The all-new "MTV Spring Break" will be held March 19-21 at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancún, Mexico.