News Nuggets: Tony Awards will feature largest production number ever on Sunday’s show

Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony live on CBS will feature 175 performers in one blockbuster production number. Featuring singer Josh Groban, it will be the largest single number on stage in the history of the awards show. The casts of all of this year’s Best Musical and Best Musical Revival nominees will be performing: “An American in Paris,” “Fun Home,” “Something Rotten,” “The Visit,” The King and I,” “On the Town,” and “On the Twentieth Century.” Other casts performing include “Finding Neverland, “Gigi,” and “It Shoulda Been You.” Past Tony champs Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming are hosting the broadcast this year. Playbill

Bruce Rosenblum, CEO of the Television Academy, discusses the state of the Emmys in a lengthy interview. Issues include diversity, new Emmy rules, and the elimination of the blue ribbon panels. On that last topic, he says, “One of the criticisms we’ve heard over the years is same old, same old — the same people continue to win. So we’ve meaningfully opened up the number of people who are going to participate in the second round of voting by eliminating the blue ribbon panels and enabling all members of the peer group to participate in the second round of voting — other than those who have a conflict and those who aren’t willing to watch the material. This is by far the most encouraging and optimistic of all of the changes.” Variety

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Showtime officially enters the streaming game. The premium network announces Wednesday that it will launch “Showtime,” a stand-alone streaming service for $10.99 per month. It will restrict service to Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. The July launch will be just in time for the new seasons of “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan.” Other current and past shows such as “Dexter,” “Episodes,” “Homeland,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Weeds” will all be available. Entertainment Weekly

Will “Entourage” find itself “outside the velvet rope” at the box office this week? The adaptation of the Emmy-winning HBO comedy series is projected to have a soft opening. At its peak, the show starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven drew eight million viewers each week. But it flopped in syndication, and the entire storyline about a Hollywood posse might seem “passee” now. The Wrap

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The rumored and possibly cancelled Lifetime movie starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig is really happening after all. And with virtually no promotion, the network plans to air “A Deadly Adoption” this month on Saturday, June 20. The telefilm is written by Andrew Steele (“The Spoils of Babylon“) as a “winking take” on the network’s usual “hyper-dramatic fare” to help celebrate its 25th anniversary of original programming. Cinema Blend

The 2016 film festival season is already gearing up. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will hold its event February 3-16 by screening over 200 films, at least 50 of those being U.S. premieres. Even though they choose their recipients months before, organizers often tap into what Oscar voters might be awarding. That happened this year by honoring Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, Michael Keaton, and Eddie Redmayne at the 2015 event. Deadline

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association elects Lorenzo Soria as its next president. He succeeds outgoing president Theo Kingma for the upcoming year. Soria previously served in the same role 2003-2005. Meher Tatna, Jorge Camara, and Serge Rakhlin are elected vice-president, treasurer, and executive secretary respectively. The group will present the next Golden Globe Awards ceremony on January 10, 2016. Hollywood Reporter

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