"Modern Family" has a new neighbor, and is not too happy about it. "Thanks for giving us this award before 'Empire' premiered," joked showrunner Steve Levitan as he accepted an honor from the Family Equality Council. The hit Fox drama recently moved to the same time slot as Levitan's show and has been pummeling it in the ratings. "I'd like to thank … everyone at 20th Century Fox Television [which produces 'Family' for ABC] for their continued support," Levitan said. "Now please move 'Empire'!"
Swimming with the sharks
Businessman/"Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban and conservative commentator/barracuda Ann Coulter join the cast of Syfy's "Sharknado 3" as the president and vice president. … Season 3 of "Orange Is the New Black" will debut on June 12. … Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming with Netflix to produce a series of environmental-themed documentaries. … Fred Savage will join Rob Lowe's Fox series "The Grinder." … The sixth season of "Children's Hospital" will premiere on Adult Swim on March 20. This season's guests include Key & Peele and Weird Al Yankovic.
It's what she does
Jennifer Lawrence will play war photographer Lynsey Addario in the adaptation of her book "It's What I Do." It will be directed by Steven Spielberg. … "Training Day" buddies Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke will reunite for Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven," also starring Chris Pratt. … Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") and Emma Watson will star in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast."
Less is more
The five-year experiment could be over: The Oscar best-picture category reportedly might return to five nominees next year. The current maximum of 10, sparked by the snub of "The Dark Knight" in 2009, hasn't had the intended effect of increasing interest in the Oscars. "They tried it, and it really didn't do us any good," one studio source told the Hollywood Reporter. The academy's board of governors is set to meet March 24.