The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: The History Channel has a big old hit on its hands, Zac Efron and Goldie Hawn finally team up, and NBC has yet another singing show.
Last night the History Channel debuted its new miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, about America's most famous feuding families (after the Gorga/Giudices, obviously), and lots of people watched it. Like "the No.1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable television history" lots of people. 13.9 million folks tuned in, which is just short of how many people watched a recent episode of American Idol. So that is pretty big! This is great news for the History Channel, obviously, but also a nice endorsement of Kevin Costner's remaining star power and a good sign that Bill Paxton will have a life after Big Love. And hey, good for Tom Berenger too. And for Jena Malone. Good for everyone, really. Too bad they're all dead now. Ah well. Guess that's just where bitter blood feuds get you. [Deadline]
Haha, oh dear. Tom Cruise is playing a character named Jack Reacher in a new movie that was originally called One Shot, but now the studio has decided to change the name to just Jack Reacher. Which... Tom Cruise... Jack... Reacher... It just... They had avoided it! Sure his character was still named Jack Reacher but the movie wasn't. But now it is. And it will be a joke forever. For us, anyway. We're not too sophisticated in the whole humor department, so Tom Cruise/Jack Reacher is a pretty funny joke. Haha. Oh man. "I think we're going to a showing of Jack Reacher 'rounder 8 o'clock or so?" Snort. [The Hollywood Reporter]