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Disabled Characters on Television: 95% of Roles in Top 10 Shows Played By Able-Bodied Actors — Report

16 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A new study by Ruderman White Paper took a comprehensive look at the employment of actors with disabilities in television. Their findings concluded that 95 percent of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, an act that, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood.”

Co-authored by “Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn and Kristina Kopić, advocacy content specialist at Ruderman, the study examined 31 shows across all platforms, from streaming, cable and network, and also determined that only four actors with disabilities were cast during the 2015-2016 season, amounting to less than 2 percent of all actors on screen. With people with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the Us population, it concluded that they are the most underrepresented minority in Hollywood.

Read More: If You Want True Diversity in Hollywood, Don’t Forget About Seniors and Actors With Disabilities »

- Liz Calvario

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Disabled Characters on Television: 95% of Roles in Top 10 Shows Played By Able-Bodied Actors — Report

16 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

A new study by Ruderman White Paper took a comprehensive look at the employment of actors with disabilities in television. Their findings concluded that 95 percent of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, an act that, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood.”

Co-authored by “Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn and Kristina Kopić, advocacy content specialist at Ruderman, the study examined 31 shows across all platforms, from streaming, cable and network, and also determined that only four actors with disabilities were cast during the 2015-2016 season, amounting to less than 2 percent of all actors on screen. With people with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the Us population, it concluded that they are the most underrepresented minority in Hollywood.

Read More: If You Want True Diversity in Hollywood, Don’t Forget About Seniors and Actors With Disabilities »

- Liz Calvario

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Fall TV First Impression: Speechless

15 July 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

The Show | ABC’s Speechless (Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c, premiering Sept. 21)

The Competition | CBS’ Survivor, NBC’s Blindspot, Fox’s Lethal Weapon (new) and The CW’s Arrow

The Cast | Minnie Driver (The Riches), John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory), Mason Cook (The Goldbergs), Micah Fowler (Labor Day »

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Able-Bodied Actors Play 95% of Disabled Characters in Top 10 TV Shows, Says New Study

13 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

95% of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, according to a new study released by Ruderman White Paper.

The comprehensive study on employment of actors with disabilities in television reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood,” per the white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation.

The study proves that people with disabilities are the most unrepresented minority in Hollywood.

However, disabled actors have not been included in ongoing conversations regarding Hollywood’s diversity crisis, which has brought light to providing more jobs for people of color and equal pay for women, both in front of and behind the screen.

The report was co-authored by “Seinfeld” actor Danny Woodburn and advocacy content specialist at the foundation, Kristina Kopić. Hundreds of actors with visible and non-visible disabilities were surveyed for the study, which points to that people with disabilities represent nearly 20% of the U.S »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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ABC Expects to Nab Volume Gains in TV Upfront

6 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Walt Disney’s ABC expects to close its annual upfront sales with a modest increase in volume in advance advertising commitments, the latest sign that Madison Avenue is focusing more intently on TV than it has in recent years.

Advertisers proved interested in ABC’s new slate of programs, according to a person familiar with the situation. The network unveiled a new drama,  “Designated Survivor,” featuring Kiefer Sutherland as a U.S. government official left to run the country in the wake of a terrorist attack, and a new comedy, “Speechless,” featuring Minnie Driver as the mother in a family with a special-needs child. In the TV industry’s annual upfront, U.S. TV networks try to sell the bulk of the advertising inventory for their coming cycle of programming.

Most of the nation’s TV companies are expected to nab a volume increase in the low-single-digit percentage range. ABC last year was able to secure between »

- Brian Steinberg

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Will Weissman joins Vmi Worldwide / Vision Music

22 June 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The executive arrives from Lightning Entertainment as director of acquisitions and marketing.

Weissman will get to work on a slate that includes The Recall starring Wesley Snipes, Conspiracy with Minnie Driver, John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, Dianna Agron, and Frank Grillo, and Outlaws And Angels starring Luke Wilson, Chad Michael Murray, and Teri Polo.

“Right now is a very exciting time for Vmi, and I’m thrilled to have someone of [Weissman’s] calibre join our team,” said Vmi Worldwide president Andre Relis.

“Will brings with him exceptional experience and we believe he is the perfect fit for our company at a time where we are seeing significant growth.”

At Lightning Weissman served as director of marketing and acquisitions and worked on campaigns for Ask Me Anything, The Mind’s Eye, Bravetown, Gus, Love And Honor, and Struck By Lightning, among others.

He also ran the company’s VOD department and its considerable digital library. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Will Weissman joins Vmi Worldwide / Vision Music Inc

22 June 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The executive arrives from Lightning Entertainment as director of acquisitions and marketing.

Weissman will get to work on a slate that includes The Recall starring Wesley Snipes, Conspiracy with Minnie Driver, John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, Dianna Agron, and Frank Grillo, and Outlaws And Angels starring Luke Wilson, Chad Michael Murray, and Teri Polo.

“Right now is a very exciting time for Vmi, and I’m thrilled to have someone of [Weissman’s] calibre join our team,” said Vmi Worldwide president Andre Relis.

“Will brings with him exceptional experience and we believe he is the perfect fit for our company at a time where we are seeing significant growth.”

At Lightning Weissman served as director of marketing and acquisitions and worked on campaigns for Ask Me Anything, The Mind’s Eye, Bravetown, Gus, Love And Honor, and Struck By Lightning, among others.

He also ran the company’s VOD department and its considerable digital library. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Matt Damon and Rooney Mara lead campaign against dog slaughter

21 June 2016 2:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A host of Hollywood stars, including Joaquin Phoenix and Minnie Driver, have recorded a video to protest the torture and killing of 10,000 dogs in China

Related: Matt Damon lobbies for dogs and Elvis & Nixon reviewed – the Dailies film podcast

Matt Damon has headed an impassioned video to shed light on a Chinese festival that sees 10,000 dogs tortured and killed every year.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Broadcast Networks Re-Commit to Comedy in Hopes of Finding Next Big Hit

8 June 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With a dozen network comedies cancelled this past season, it’s no secret that broadcast is struggling to find a big hit. But take one quick glance at the fall schedule, and this year’s secret is out: comedy is on trend.

While the past season delivered respectable performers in CBS’ “Life in Pieces” and NBC’s “Superstore,” plus a critical darling in The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” no broadcast comedy has been a true smash since ABC’s “Modern Family” debuted in 2009.

And yet the networks are eager to find the next big thing as they recommit to the genre in a major way: ABC has slotted 10 half-hours on its fall schedule, CBS will return to four hours of sitcoms a week after going all drama on Mondays last season, NBC is bringing comedy back to Thursday, Fox continues taking big swings and The CW has added a third »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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What You Need to Know About Speechless, ABC's Sitcom About a Family With a Special-Needs Child

27 May 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

ABC has a new schedule of shows coming this Fall, in addition to all the brand-new series coming, and there are already a few shows that are standing out to us. One of the shows that people will be talking about this Fall is Speechless, which is yet another of the network's family sitcoms, only this one is portraying a family with a special-needs child. From the first looks of it, it's like nothing else on TV right now; find out all you need to know about this groundbreaking new comedy. Who's Starring Minnie Driver heads up the family as the matriarch of the Dimeo family, with John Ross Bowie as her husband, and the kids are played by Kyla Kenedy, Mason Cook, and Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy in real life. What It's About The show revolves around the Dimeo family, who in turn revolve around the oldest child, »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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Speechless: ABC Series Drafts Grinder Producer

24 May 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49645" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Speechless TV series on ABC stars: Mason Cook as Ray, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as Jj, and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. (ABC/Kevin Foley.)[/caption]

Comedy writer Niki Schwartz-Wright, who produced the now cancelled Grinder TV show on Fox, will join the Speechless TV series on ABC as a supervising producer. According to a Deadline report, Schwartz-Wright has signed her first overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Speechless features Minnie Driver as Maya Dimeo. Maya is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy (John Ross Bowie), and her kids Ray (Mason Cook), Dylan (Kyla Kenedy), and Jj (Michah Fowler), her eldest son with special needs. Cedric Yarbrough also stars.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Watch New ABC Show Trailers: 'Conviction,' 'Notorious,' More

19 May 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hayley Atwell lost a job and gained another in one fell swoop. The actress's "Agent Carter" was canceled by ABC, but now she's headlining a new legal drama titled "Conviction."

It's just one of a large crop of new series ordered by the network, which cleared out its schedule in canceling "Agent Carter," "Castle," "The Family," "The Muppets," and "Nashville." The new shows continue ABC's brand mixing sexy, serialized dramas with family comedies.

And for the first time in a few years, Thursday will not be entirely ruled by Shonda Rhimes' shows. Due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy, "Scandal" is being held until midseason. In its place, talk show drama "Notorious" will try to continue the #Tgit magic.

Here are the trailers for ABC's new series:

"Conviction," starring Hayley Atwell as a troubled former First Daughter who reluctantly joins a wrongful conviction legal team:

"Designated Survivor," with Kiefer Sutherland »

- Kelly Woo

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9 New ABC Series That Have Us Itching for Fall

18 May 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Despite some surprising cancellations at ABC recently (R.I.P “Nashville”!), with a new primetime lineup this good, there’s plenty more to look forward to this 2016–17 season. “Our new shows reflect the inclusive and empowering storytelling that defines the ABC brand,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said while unveiling the network’s new series on May 17. “We will continue to raise the bar for our audience, investing in great storytellers and reflecting the authentic faces and voices of the world around us.” Among the five new drama entries are the latest projects from Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell, Shonda Rhimes, and others. ABC’s four comedies add new work from Minnie Driver and “Fargo” star Allison Tolman. Get a peek at what’s to come with the network’s slate of trailers below. “American Housewife”Get ready to fall in love with Katie Otto. She a “confident, unapologetic, plump wife »

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Watch Trailers for ABC’s New Shows: ‘Notorious,’ Hayley Atwell’s ‘Conviction,’ Shondaland’s ‘Still Star-Crossed’

17 May 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has released full trailers for its new slate of shows following the network’s Upfront presentation to advertisers in New York, offering a sneak peek at series from prolific producers Shonda Rhimes (“Still Star-Crossed”) and Kevin Williamson (“Time After Time”), and starring fan favorites like Hayley Atwell (“Conviction”) and Allison Tolman (“Downward Dog”).

Take a look at ABC’s new shows below.

Notorious” is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media starring Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) as Julia George and Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland”) as Jake Gregorian.

Conviction” centers around lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (“Agent Carter” star Hayley Atwell) who is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY »

- Laura Prudom

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ABC's Designated Survivor Trailer Debuts — Plus: Watch Previews for Conviction, Notorious and More

17 May 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Along with announcing its fall 2016 schedule, ABC on Tuesday unveiled sneak peeks of its new shows, including Kiefer Sutherland’s Potus thriller Designated Survivor, legal drama Conviction and Minnie Driver comedy Speechless.

On the midseason front, trailers were also released for Shondaland’s Romeo and Juliet follow-up Still Star-Crossed, Jenna Elfman laugher Imaginary Mary and more.

Watch the trailers in their entirety below, preceded by the logline for each series:

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New

Designated Survivor (Wednesdays, 10/9c)

Centers on a lower level United States Cabinet member who is suddenly handed the presidency after a »

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'Scandal' delay leaves ABC's fall schedule without all-Shonda Thursday

17 May 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Say goodbye to ABC's all-Shonda Thursday lineup — at least until midseason. Kerry Washington's pregnancy has delayed (and shortened) the next season of Scandal, which means the schedule ABC announced today will be the first in a few years featuring a show not produced by Shonda Rhimes airing on that night in the fall. In this case, it's Notorious with Piper Perabo, one of two new ABC legal dramas whose descriptions in the press release includes the word "sexy," just in case we weren't clear on the branding.  On the whole, ABC's schedule has many more changes, and more new shows, than either the NBC schedule or Fox schedule announced earlier in upfront week. Among the shifts: with Castle done for, ABC will have a new post-Dancing with the Stars drama — Conviction with Hayley Atwell (the other "sexy" legal show) — for the first time in years; Agents of Shield »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Colin Firth Appears on Cannes Red Carpet Looking Significantly Slimmer

16 May 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looking good as usual, Mr. Darcy! Colin Firth walked the Cannes red carpet looking noticeably slimmer on Monday. The star, who will reprise his role as Marc Darcy in the upcoming Bridget Jones's Baby, posed for photos alongside his wife, Livia, at the premiere of Cannes favorite Loving. Firth fit in with the glamour of Cannes in a sharp black tuxedo, with his weight loss apparent in his face. With Bridget Jones's Baby in post-production and set to arrive in theaters in fall 2016, Firth has just one movie on the docket, the sequel to 2015's hit, The Kingsman. Firth played secret agent Harry Hart, »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Colin Firth Appears on Cannes Red Carpet Looking Significantly Slimmer

16 May 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Looking good as usual, Mr. Darcy! Colin Firth walked the Cannes red carpet looking noticeably slimmer on Monday. The star, who will reprise his role as Marc Darcy in the upcoming Bridget Jones's Baby, posed for photos alongside his wife, Livia, at the premiere of Cannes favorite Loving. Firth fit in with the glamour of Cannes in a sharp black tuxedo, with his weight loss apparent in his face. With Bridget Jones's Baby in post-production and set to arrive in theaters in fall 2016, Firth has just one movie on the docket, the sequel to 2015's hit, The Kingsman. Firth played secret agent Harry Hart, »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Quantico Ep Talks Choosing a Bomber, [Spoiler]'s Fatal Sacrifice, Alex/Ryan Drama and the CIA in Season 2

15 May 2016 7:59 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Quantico season finale. 

Quantico on Sunday wrapped its season-long mystery — who was really behind the Manhattan bombings? — tighter than a Nat’s henley left too long in the clothes dryer.

As revealed last week, Liam was the driving force behind the carnage originally blamed on Agent Alex Parrish… but he wasn’t the only one. So after we watched a quick rewind of Liam’s whereabouts while pulling the whole shebang together (set to a pretty great orchestral arrangement of Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt”), we witnessed Alex & Co. realize that »

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale Video: 'Fallen Agent' Mystery Gets New Twist

13 May 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Being the “fallen agent” is an actual cross to bear — and your latest theory about which of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will die is about to zag, courtesy of this sneak peek from the two-hour Season 3 finale.

RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

When last we tuned into ABC’s already renewed Marvel drama, Elena aka “Yo-Yo” (played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley) paid a visit to Mack (Henry Simmons), to reflect on the day’s events, revisit the topic of having “faith” and then gift him with her cross necklace — which, as seen in a flash-forward, »

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