Lin-Manuel Miranda Makes Career Debut on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actors List

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s makin’ bank…

Forbes has released its ranking of the world’s highest-paid actors, with the 40-year-old Puerto Rican actor, singer, rapper and playwright making the list for the first time in his career.

Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Miranda, who has starred in Speech & Debate, Mary Poppins Returns and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, comes in at No. 7 with earnings of $45.5 million.

Helping Miranda land on the list? Disney’s acquisition of the worldwide film rights to Miranda’s Tony Award-winning original Broadway production of Hamilton for $75 million this year.

Even with Broadway closed for the remainder of 2020, Miranda can expect another big payday next year when the film version of his other Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights comes out.

This year’s highest paid actor is Dwayne Johnson, for the second year in a row, with earning of $87.5 million.

Methodology: Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax and reflect earnings between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020; fees for agents, managers and lawyers (generally 10%, 15% and 5%, respectively) are not deducted. The list of highest-paid female actors will be out next month.

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NBC Renews J.R. Martinez’s “Manifest” for a Third Season

It’s J. R. Ramirez manifest destiny…

NBC has given the green light for a third season of the missing plane drama series Manifest, starring the Cuban-American actor.

J.R. Martinez in Manifest

From Jeff Rake and Warner Bros. Television, the series is influenced by the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.

The season 2 finale drew solid numbers, earning a 0.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.58 million viewers, with the series averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers in live plus seven, according to Nielsen.

In addition to Martinez, who portrays Detective Jared Vasquez, Manifest also stars Melissa RoxburghJosh DallasAthena KarkanisLuna Blaise, Jack MessinaParveen Kaur and Matt Long.

NBC Renews America Ferrera’s “Superstore” for Fourth Season

America Ferrera isn’t letting her Super time end…

NBC has renewed hit comedy Superstore for a 22-episode fourth season, starring the 33-year-old Honduran American actress.

Superstore

Created and written by Justin Spitzer, Superstore centers around Amy (Ferrera), the store’s most stalwart employee as well as the glue holding the place together. Jonah (Ben Feldman), who is often the target of his colleagues ribbing, is joined on the floor with his fellow associates, including sardonic Garrett (Colton Dunn), the ambitious Mateo (Nico Santos) and sweet teenager and new mom Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom). Overseeing the store is Glenn (Mark McKinney), the affable, clueless store manager, and Dina (Lauren Ash), the aggressive assistant manager who enforces Cloud 9 policy with an iron fist.

Superstore is one of our signature NBC comedies, and we’re so pleased to be bringing it back for the 2018-19 season,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

The early renewal comes in the middle of Superstore’s 22-episode third season.

“This clever comedy, featuring America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and an incredibly talented ensemble cast, is a source of pride for the comedy team at NBC and I’m personally gratified that it has connected with audiences and critics alike,” added Tracey Pakosta, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.

Season to date, Superstore is up 6% versus one year ago in adults 18-49 (1.7 rating) and +3% in total viewers (5.195 million), according to “most current” ratings averages from Nielsen.

Superstore is also a strong performer on alternative platforms, growing to a 2.9 in 18-49 when 35 days of non-linear viewership is included in the rating.

Fuse Renews Iglesias’ “Fluffy Breaks Even” with New Title and Format

Gabriel Iglesias isn’t blowing his Fuse… deal…

Fuse has greenlighted a third season of the 40-year-old Mexican American comedian and actor’s series with a new title and format, while adding companion digital components.

Gabriel Iglesias

The cable net, which targets a Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, said that Fluffy Breaks Even will be renamed Fluffy’s Food Adventures for the third season and will return in the summer.

Ahead of the rejiggered series’ premiere, Fuse is adding three shortform series for its digital and social platforms, the first being the working-titled Fluffy Off the MenuThe others will be unveiled later.

“Fluffy cannot be contained on just one screen,” Iglesias said. “I can’t wait to unveil what Fuse and I are cooking up for the next season on TV and the new digital series.”

Season 2 of Fluffy Breaks Even reached 4.5 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, and featured celebrity guests including NFL coach Ron RiveraCristela alum Carlos Ponce and NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez.

Season 3 will see Iglesias, aka Fluffy, and his eccentric stand-up tour mates Martin Moreno, Rick Gutierrez, Alfred Robles and G Reilly as they visit Harlem, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans and Nashville for a taste of the locals’ favorite spots.

Meanwhile, Fluffy Off the Menu will see chefs teaching Iglesias how to cook an item off of his or her menu, including bacon-wrapped bacon at BluJean in Harlem and crickets at Guelaguetza in Los Angeles. The additional two digital originals will incorporate fan engagement with Iglesias’ unique and humorous spin. All three will be exclusive to Fuse’s digital platforms, with different versions being created for the network’s social channels.

“We have big plans for Gabriel to expand his reach across platforms as we continue to grow our online and mobile presence,” said Michael Dugan, VP Original Content at Fuse Media. “Our audience couldn’t get enough of Fluffy for the first two seasons of his series, and in 2017, there will be more opportunities than ever for fans to connect with one of the most talented comedians around.”

Fluffy’s Food Adventures and Fluffy Off the Menu are exec produced by Iglesias and co-produced with B-17 Entertainment and Arsonhouse Entertainment.

TBS Picks Up Gonzaga’s “Wrecked” for a Second Season

Ginger Gonzaga is still wrecked

TBS has given an early renewal for the network’s rookie comedy series Wrecked, starring the part Latina actress.

Wrecked

Wrecked, which revolves around a diverse group of plane crash survivors on a remote island, was picked up for a 10-episode second season.

Wrecked is reaching a multiplatform audience of 5.2 million viewers across linear, video on demand, digital and mobile. It ranks among cable’s Top 25 scripted series for the year-to-date and is the No. 1 new cable comedy based on Live+7 delivery of adults 18-49, according to TBS and Nielsen.

In addition to Gonzaga, the ensemble cast includes Asif Ali, Zach Cregger, Rhys Darby, Brooke Dillman, Will Greenberg, Jessica Lowe, Ally Maki and Brian Sacca.

Wrecked airs at 10:00 pm ET on Tuesdays.

MTV Renews Posey’s “Teen Wolf” for Super-Sized Fifth Season

Tyler Posey is still the wolf of MTV

The cable network has renewed its hit series Teen Wolf, starring the 22-year-old half-Mexican actor, for a fifth season.

Tyler Posey

The upcoming 20-episode season will be split in two parts, similar to the way the supernatural high-school series aired in Season 3, which also was super-sized (24 episodes).

Seasons 1, 2 and 4 each have consisted of 12 episodes running continuously.

Based on the Michael J. Fox-starring MGM movie, Teen Wolf was developed by Jeff Davis. The show has become a hit online, where fan tweets about it routinely put it in the Weekly Top 10 of Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings, one of only two or three scripted shows to grab one of those spots regularly.

Posey stars as Scott McCall, the title teen werewolf character.