The most musical Emmy Awards telecast in recent history attracted 17.63 million viewers, the ceremony’s biggest audience since 2005.
With Elton John performing his new single “Home Again,” Carrie Underwood singing Lennon and McCartney’s “Yesterday” and host Neil Patrick Harris spoofing musical numbers with a middle of the show routine, the Sept. 22 telecast saw marked increases over last year’s show on ABC. The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards was up 26 percent in the coveted demographic of adults 18-49 (4.99 million viewers) and up 33 percent in total viewers from last year’s audience of 13.2 million.
Danny Elfman will make his first concert appearance since 1995 at “Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton,” three concerts with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and the Page L.A. Choir conducted by John Mauceri. The concerts will be held Oct. 29-31 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The program includes newly created suites from all 15 film collaborations between Elfman and Burton with film clips. The world premiere of the concert will be Oct. 7 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A national tour of the event is being worked on as well.
“Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Beetlejuice” and “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” are among the duo’s collaborations, which began in 1985 with “Pee-wee's Big Adventure.” They are working together on “Big Eyes” about the painter Margaret Keane for 2014.
Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films are in final negotiations to partner on a Tupac Shakur biopic. "Tupac" will begin filming next year in Atlanta and will be executive produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur. Neither a star nor director has been announced.
Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of the “American Masters” on PBS, has signed a multi-year deal to produce and direct documentaries for HBO “American Masters,” created in 1986, has more than 190 titles that explore the lives of musicians, writers and artists. Lacy directed, wrote and produced “Inventing David Geffen” which received the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
Among Lacy’s credits are films on Paul Simon, Lena Horne, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and John Lennon.