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Blended family problems. Sofia Richie is set to make her Keeping Up With the Kardashians debut on Sunday, October 6, on an awkward family vacation with Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian. "It is a really awkward situation," the 36-year-old house-flipper begins in a new teaser clip for the upcoming episode. "This trip has so much pressure." During another scene, Disick tells Kardashian, 40, that he wants both her and Richie, 21, to be "comfortable." "But it does take, like, a toll on me," he admits. Disick and Kardashian, who share sons Mason, 9, and Reign, 4, and daughter Penelope, 7, called it quits in 2015. Two years later, he started seeing Richie, who joined the exes on a ski trip. "You're a lot more sophisticated with me when Kourtney's around," Richie tells her boyfriend in the teaser. Kardashian, for her part, calls the vacation "bizarre." While Richie, who is close friends with Kylie Jenner, has been spotted in the background of KUWTK, the aforementioned ski trip marks her first major appearance. Last month, the model appeared on Disick's spinoff series, Flip It Like Disick. During the Sunday, September 29, season finale, the couple made plans to move to Malibu together. "I think it's hard, anywhere, to find somebody that you can be comfortable with. The truth was, without her, I was always looking for somebody or something," Disick gushed about Richie to the camera. "She's definitely been that little piece that's calmed me down and made me a better man and made things easier in my life." Despite any awkwardness in the KUWTK clip, a source told Us in September that Kardashian is "happy" for Disick and Richie. "Kourtney thinks Sofia brings out the best in Scott," the source said. "Kourtney and Sofia share a common background and lifestyle, and Sofia is easy to get along with and is a normal girl." The insider added that Lionel Richie's daughter has found her place in the Kardashian-Jenner family. "Everything is positive with Sofia and Kourtney right now. The family is in a really good place right now and everyone views Sofia as being part of the family," the source explained. "Sofia is integrated into their lives and they're closer than ever before." Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs on E! Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)
Viacom Int'l Media Networks Hires ITV Studios Exec Maria Kyriacou for Top Europe Post. As president for VIMN U.K., Northern and Eastern Europe, she will oversee the company's networks and related businesses in 33 countries while ITV Studios restructures, with 'The Voice' creator John de Mol exiting. Viacom International Media Networks has hired Maria Kyriacou as president of VIMN U.K., Northern and Eastern Europe, giving her oversight of all the company's media networks and related businesses in 33 European countries, including Britain's Channel 5. Kyriacou, who has most recently served as president of international for ITV Studios, will report to David Lynn, president and CEO of VIMN. "Maria has led the international expansion of ITV's studios business, and her track record of growing international revenues from production, content licensing and distribution at both ITV and Disney means she is ideally equipped to head our operations managed out of the U.K.," Lynn said. "Her experience of acquiring, integrating and managing creative businesses and her deep knowledge of the international television market will add a valuable perspective to our fast-evolving U.K. operations, and I'm delighted to welcome her to the team. She will take the helm at an exciting time, with the merger to form ViacomCBS set to confirm us as one of the world's most important content producers and providers and to open up new opportunities to license our brands, content and IP." Said Kyriacou: "I am incredibly excited to be joining David and the team. With the strength and breadth of its brands and its extensive reach, VIMN is in a great place to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the dynamism of our industry. I'm looking forward to being part of this exciting future." Kyriacou was appointed to her ITV role in 2010. She joined ITV Studios from the Walt Disney Company, where she was senior vp digital media distribution EMEA. Amid Kyriacou's departure, ITV Studios on Tuesday unveiled a reorganization of its international distribution and commercial business, which will take effect in January. With Kyriacou joining Viacom, ITV Studios COO David McGraynor "takes on increased responsibility with oversight across all Studios commercial operations," the company said. Sharjeel Suleman becomes CFO for ITV Studios. ITV Studios said its reorganization would create three centers of excellence. They are the creative network, "which will boost creativity across unscripted format labels in ITV Studios to increase the potential of developing global hit shows," global entertainment, which brings together international unscripted format sales and exploitation across the group under one roof, and global distribution, which will focus on the international distribution of drama and the finished tape versions of all other ITV Studios programs. The reorganization includes the departure of Big Brother and The Voice creator John de Mol, whose Talpa Media ITV acquired in 2015 for $436 million. The Talpa brand will disappear, with Talpa businesses being folded into other parts of ITV Studios. "John De Mol has chosen not to exercise his option to extend the earn-out period for a further three years as part of the Talpa Media acquisition and has decided to focus on the further development of his company Talpa Network as of 2020," ITV Studios said. "He will continue to provide management services to Talpa Media until the end of April next year. ITV Studios has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with John De Mol since the acquisition of Talpa Media in 2015. We wish John well and look forward to continuing our partnership with him via the first-look agreement between John and ITV Studios in relation to future formats." (Hollywood Reporter)
BBC's World on Fire is the hotly-anticipated costume drama you *need* to see. Say goodbye to the Sunday blues. Professional Netflix binger. Sauvignon Blanc aficionado. Passionate about Spaghetti Vongole. Thanks to the success of Downton Abbey, costume dramas have become ubiquitous on our screens in recent years. Our latest obsession? World on Fire, BBC's sumptuous new period drama set during World War Two. The seven-part drama series explores the first year of the second world war through the 'intertwining fates' of ordinary families in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States and the devastating effects the war had on their lives. Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt leads the cast in her role as US journalist, Nancy Campbell, who is determined to broadcast the truth about Nazi plans for invasion. She is joined by Lesley Manville, Sean Bean, Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown and Zofia Wichlacz. In the first episode, which aired on BBC One, viewers were introduced to several families living across the UK, Poland and Germany in 1939. Amongst the dramatic series of events that took place was the siege of Gdansk which saw roughly 60 Polish volunteers hold off German troops for 15 hours before being forced out when petrol is poured into the basement. This marked the beginning of the German invasion, and one of the first events of WW11 in Europe. The series has been met with widespread praise for its heartbreaking portrayal of the events that occurred in the year of 1939. One user wrote: "#WorldOnFire is a prime example of why the BBC is one of the best producers of dramas across in the world." Another said: "#WorldOnFire loved it, that ending! It was especially powerful because it started in Poland, the French think they are safe, the Americans think it's nothing to do with them. Yet the viewer knows what the next 6 years will bring. Just brilliant, can't wait for next week." Others praised the series for depicting the courage and bravery of Poland in WW2. Fans also wasted no time comparing the series to Peaky Blinders which has just wrapped its fifth series. "So #PeakyBlinders ended with Mosley and #WorldonFire starts with Mosley? Accidental or clever scheduling?," wrote one user, whilst another said: "My word, that was a seamless transition from #PeakyBlinders to #WorldOnFire on Sundays with the Mosley connection!" From Peaky Blinders to World on Fire, Sunday nights have never looked better! World On Fire airs at 9pm on Sunday on BBC1. (British Glamour)