News Nuggets: ‘Hatfields and McCoys’ sets cable ratings record

Hugh Jackman and Tom Hooper discuss “Les Miserables“: “Jackman also believes the moment is right, given the popularity of TV’s ‘American Idol‘ and ‘Glee.’ ‘I think, generally, among younger people, musicals are cooler,’ says the Tony-winning actor, whose recent one-man Broadway show allowed him to get in shape vocally for the demands of his role as ex-convict Jean Valjean. Add Tom Hooper to the growing list of filmmakers recruited to the genre. After winning the Oscar for 2010’s ‘The King’s Speech,’ he had his pick of projects and went for ‘Les Mis.’ ‘I wanted to take a risk on something,’ he says. ‘I was interested to find material that worked on a very visceral, emotional level. What would be better than a musical?'” USA TODAY

HBO’s “Hemingway and Gellhorn” squeaks before the end of Emmy eligibility: “HBO looked at the made-for-TV movie and miniseries races at the Emmys, scratched its lengthy, flowing beard, and said, “Hey, we could probably do another one of those.” Now, granted, this movie about Ernest Hemingway and his lover Martha Gellhorn starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman has been in the works for ages. But we prefer to imagine that the network gathered those two actors and director Phillip Kaufman over the course of a spare weekend or two, then set them up with a few sets it had laying around up in the Bay Area.” THE A.V. CLUB

Hemingway and Gellhorn” met with mixed reviews: “The handful of reviews for HBO’s ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ are all over the map. The Wall Street Journal says it’s ‘rich and impressively ambitious’ … The Hollywood Reporter agrees, ‘the film looks rich and resplendent, perhaps at times even too spiffy and pristine. Geoffrey Kirkland’s production design and Ruth Myers’ costume design are nothing if not resourceful and evocative, with Rogier Stoffers’ cinematography enhancing all their color and atmospheric detail’ … There are negative reviews too. Seek them out at Metacritic. Right now the thing itself is on the screen in the room with me, so I’m going to un-pause the DVR and find out for myself.” AWARDS DAILY

Will “Celebrity Apprentice” champ Arsenio Hall make a syndicated talk show comeback? “I hear Hall has been in talks with CBS TV Distribution about a project that also may involve Tribune. There are no deals in place but if conversations materialize, Hall will likely film a presentation. CBS TV Distribution declined comment. Immediately following his Celebrity Apprentice victory a week ago, Hall spoke publicly of his desire to return to television in a more permanent fashion. A deal with CBS TV Distribution would mark a reunion for the company and Hall. Hall’s syndicated late-night Arsenio Hall Show, which ran from 1989 to 1994, was produced by CBS TV Distribution predecessor Paramount Domestic TV.” DEADLINE

Hatfields and McCoys” a hit with viewers: “Perhaps viewers were feeling the nostalgia on Memorial Day, or perhaps the onslaught of repeats and marathons created a hunger for original programming. Maybe the temptation of Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton’s bedraggled beards was too great. Whatever it was, the Monday kick-off to History’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ was impressive. The miniseries was watched by 13.9 million viewers total, making it the No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable television history.” EW.COM

Mumford and Sons will release their second album this fall: “Mumford & Sons confirmed that their second album will released on September 24th in an interview conducted by 3FM backstage at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands yesterday. ‘We finished the record this week,’ says multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett. ‘We hope to get it out in September. We just figured that out, September 24th.’ Lovett says that the band’s new album will not be tremendously different from their hit debut ‘Sigh No More.’ ‘There’s similarities, yeah,’ he says. ‘Nothing’s really changed in our dynamic as a band. We write songs together and they’re very much based in our experiences. The instruments are pretty much the same, except for a few we’ve picked up along the way. For the most part, it’s a progression. We don’t want to reinvent ourselves.'” ROLLING STONE

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