• NBC is planning a Miami Vice reboot, produced by Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan. The CW is eyeing a Charmed remake.
  • Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower, which opens Friday, is getting trounced by the critics. Tomatometer: 16 percent. THR: “Decent but uninspiring.”
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s Despacito, featuring Justin Bieber, matched the longest command of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017, logging a 12th week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 12. The song matched the 12-week reign of Ed Sheeran‘s Shape of You, from January through April.
  • ABC’s The Middle will end with season nine.
  • Freeform’s Black-ish spinoff, starring Yara Shahadi, has changed its title from College-ish to Grown-ish.
  • Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country featuring the songs of Bob Dylan has become a London theatrical hit.
  • A long-time Donald Trump critic, Norman Lear plans to skip the Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House in December.
  • NBC has no plans for more Celebrity Apprentice.
  • ABC postponed the Little Mermaid live musical, reportedly due to financial issues.
  • ESPN announced that on Aug. 8 (aka 8/8), the company will turn ESPNU into “ESPN8: The Ocho.”a fictional channel featured in the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. On the 8th, the network will have a “line-up of unconventional sporting events ranging from Disc Golf to Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball.”