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Nat Geo Channel Confirms It Will Cut Ad Loads In New Series

12 May 2016 4:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Following what is quickly becoming an industry movement, National Geographic Channel said it would cut ads in new series and specials in the U.S. by 25% and air documentaries commercial free as it seeks to win revenue from advertisers as part of the “upfront” market.

The move will create “a TV experience that amplifies brands and commands maximum attention from viewers,” said Toby Byrne, president of advertising sales of Fox Networks Group, which controls National Geographic through a joint venture with the fabled exploration society.

Viacom and Time Warner’s Turner have announced efforts to trim the number of ads they run during certain shows or dayparts. Turner intends to cut ads on its TruTV network, for instance, and reduce the amount of commercials that accompany some new dramas set to launch on TNT.  As a new generation of viewers grows accustomed to seeing fewer ads on streaming-video and video-on-demand, »

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Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon to play Ronald and Nancy Reagan in Killing Reagan

8 May 2016 9:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having enjoyed huge success with their adaptations of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus, the National Geographic Channel is now set to adapt Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan, with Tim Matheson (The West Wing) signing on to portray President Ronald Reagan alongside Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) as First Lady Nancy Reagan.

“We wanted to get somebody in both roles who, No. 1 had a lot of experience, because these aren’t easy roles,” states O’Reilly in an interview with Deadline. “They aren’t caricature roles. Matheson and Nixon are accomplished, and they’ve played a lot of roles, but they’re also not strongly identified with any one role.”

Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander in Chief) is directing the adaptation, which will tell of John Hinckley’s failed 1981 assassination attempt on the newly-elected Reagan and how it impacted his time in office.

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TVLine Items: Nixon to Play Reagan, Impastor Return Postponed and More

6 May 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Given her presidential surname, Cynthia Nixon‘s next role seems all too appropriate.

The Sex and the City alumna will play First Lady Nancy Reagan in NatGeo’s upcoming adaptation of Killing Reagan, based on Bill O’Reilly’s book.

RelatedRon Howard Directing NatGeo’s First Scripted Drama Series Genius

Nixon will star opposite Hart of Dixie‘s Tim Matheson (as President Ronald Reagan) in the project, which explores how the assassination attempt made on Reagan’s life impacted his time in office.

Airing in fall 2016, this will be NatGeo’s fourth take on an O’Reilly book, following Killing Lincoln, »

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Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon to Play Ronald and Nancy Reagan in ‘Killing Reagan’

6 May 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon have been cast as Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, respectively, in National Geographic Channel’s adaptation of Bill O’Reilly‘s “Killing Reagan.” The cable network will continue its successful partnership with Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions to produce the next movie based on the brand new O’Reilly and Martin Dugard book, “Killing Reagan,” which was published Tuesday by Henry Holt and Company. The network’s three most-watched programs ever were the O’Reilly adaptations “Killing Lincoln,” “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Jesus.” Also Read: Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Reagan' Heads to Nat »

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Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon Cast As Ronald & Nancy Reagan In ‘Killing Reagan’

6 May 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Tim Matheson has been cast as President Ronald Reagan and Cynthia Nixon as First Lady Nancy Reagan in the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan, for National Geographic Channel. And, in a Hitchockian move, O’Reilly will have a small role in the project, which he declined to name except to say it was “a pretty fun role.” “We wanted to get somebody in both roles who, No. 1 had a lot of experience, because these aren’t easy roles. They aren’t caricature roles… »

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Win National Lampooon’s Animal House on DVD

8 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of National Lampoon’s Animal House on 15th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. This raunchy, screwball spoof about college life in the 1960’s sees Bhuto (John Belushi), Otter (Tim Matheson), Pinto (Tom Hulce) and Flounder (Stephen Furst) lead the way with their outrageous behaviour in the

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