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TV News Roundup: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Join ‘The Voice’; People’s Choice Awards Announce Show Date

TV News Roundup: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Join ‘The Voice’; People’s Choice Awards Announce Show Date
In today’s TV news roundup, “The Voice” will feature country-couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the People’s Choice Awards announce the live CBS broadcast, Popsugar has a new series titled “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” and more!

Greenlights:

Popsugar Studios and cable network Z Living are producing a new series called, “Popsugar Presents: Conquered.” Each half-hour episode of the series will explore themes like fitness, relationships, career and health. “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” will be executive produced by Nicole and Ted Haimes, and executive producer Tim Krubsack for Z Living. The series is slated to premiere on Z Living in January.

Muse Entertainment has acquired the rights to “Amp’d,” the debut novel by two-time Emmy award nominated screenwriter and author Ken Pisani. “Amp’d” is set to be developed as a half-hour premium comedy series with Pisani as the leading creator. The series tells the story of Aaron, whose life is derailed after a car accident leads
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Spike Miniseries ‘Tut’ Digs Up 1.7 Million Viewers for Premiere

Spike Miniseries ‘Tut’ Digs Up 1.7 Million Viewers for Premiere
Spike’s scripted miniseries “Tut,” dubbed by the network as its “most ambitious project to date,” opened to 1.7 million viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen estimates. The viewership total is more than double what Spike averaged in primetime during the previous week (761,000).

The first part of the three-night, six-hour event starring Ben Kingsley also drew more than 900,000 viewers for a pair of encores, bringing its total to about 2.6 million. Demographic data will be released tomorrow by Nielsen.

Review: Tut

Spike’s first scripted series in eight years, “Tut” tells the story of King Tutankhamun’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, all while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme to advance their own nefarious interests. It was shot entirely in Morocco and Canada last fall.

Tut” is produced for Spike by Muse Entertainment, with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as executive producers from Muse.
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Disney Channel’s ‘Bad Hair Day’ Has Good Ratings Night

Disney Channel’s ‘Bad Hair Day’ Has Good Ratings Night
Featuring actors familiar to viewers from the net’s primetime series, Disney Channel scored in the ratings Friday night with “Bad Hair Day,” which averaged nearly 4 million viewers and became cable’s most popular telecast of the year in key kids demos.

The pic, starring Laura Marano (from current series “Austin & Ally”) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (from “Good Luck Charlie,” which wrapped last year), drew about 2 million kids 2-11, 1.6 million kids 6-11 and 1.4 million tweens 9-14, according to Nielsen estimates.

For 2015 to date, Disney Channel has delivered the year’s top five cable TV telecasts in these kids demos, led by “Bad Hair Day” and the new series “K.C. Undercover.”

Disney Channel made “Bad Hair Day” available early to verified users on the Watch Disney Xd app, allowing viewers to watch on tablets, phones, computers and set-top boxes. Since Feb. 6, the movie has amassed 435,000 on Watch Disney Channel.

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Germany’s Tmg Takes Muse’s Pharaoh Drama ‘Tut’

Germany’s Tmg Takes Muse’s Pharaoh Drama ‘Tut’
London — Herbert L. Kloiber’s Tele München Group has taken all rights in German-speaking Europe to Ben Kingsley starring epic miniseries “Tut,” which is based on the life of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Muse Entertainment’s six-part action-adventure-thriller tells the story of Tutankhamun’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests.

The drama, which is shooting on location in Morocco, also stars Avan Jogia (“Twisted”) as Tutankhamun and Alexander Siddig (“Clash of the Titans,” “Da Vinci’s Demons”).

Tut” is being produced for Spike TV by Muse, whose historical drama “The Kennedys” earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four. Its event series “Pillars of the Earth” also won an Emmy.

Tut” is directed by David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels,” “Californication”), who is also an executive producer, and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige and
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'Twisted,' 'Victorious' Star to Play King Tut for Spike TV (Exclusive)

Spike TV has found its King Tut. Twisted and Victorious star Avan Jogia will take on the role as the Egyptian ruler in the Viacom-owned cable network's original miniseries Tut, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut. Tut hails from Muse Entertainment, best known for Emmy-nominated The Kennedys as well as Pillars of the Earth. The company's Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas along with Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive produce with writer Michael Vickerman (Impact), Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters) and Elice Island's Jeremy Elice and Angela Mancuso (Spartacus, Helen of Troy). Irene Litinsky (Being Human) serves as

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Ben Kingsley Is Grand Vizier In "Tut" Mini-Series

Ben Kingsley has scored a key role in Spike TV’s upcoming six-hour event series "Tut".

The story explores the life of Tutankhamun in Egypt in 14th Century BC. Becoming pharoah at nine years old after his father's murder, King Tut was forced to marry his sister in order to maintain the dynasty. He was also controlled like a puppet by three men who plot against him, yet he ultimately grew into a hero in battle.

Kingsley plays Ay, Grand Vizier and top advisor of the pharaoh, as a result he wields tremendous power and influence. The new mini is said to be based on historical facts from recently discovered DNA evidence.

Michael Vickerman, Michael Prupas, Joel S. Rice and Greg Gugliotta will executive produce. Shooting begins this Fall in Morocco and Canada.

Source: Deadline
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Ben Kingsley to Star in Spike TV's King Tut Event Series

Spike TV is going big with its return to scripted fare. The male-leaning cable network has enlisted Ben Kingsley to star in its six-part King Tut miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut. Tut hails from Muse Entertainment, best known for Emmy-nominated The Kennedys as well as Pillars of the Earth. The company's Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as well as Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive produce alongside writer Michael Vickerman (Impact), Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters) and Elice

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‘Bad Hair Day’: Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker to Star in Disney Channel Original Movie

Disney Channel stars Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Good Luck Charlie”) will co-star in the network’s new original movie, “Bad Hair Day,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Set to premiere in 2015, the comedic buddy adventure will star Marano as a high school tech whiz who’s bound and determined to be crowned prom queen. But, on the big day, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, starting with her sudden and epically uncontrollable hair and her once lovely but now destroyed prom dress. She soon comes to rely on a down on her luck cop (Baker) who’s in pursuit of a missing necklace that the teen unwittingly has in her possession. Prom day goes from bad to mad as the pair is pursued by a dogged jewel thief (Christian Campbell) on a wild ride across the city.

Baker is also executive producing the movie, which will
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‘Final Exam’ [1981] Blu-Ray Review (Scream Factory)

Stars: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, DeAnna Robbins, Sherry Willis-Burch, John Fallon, Terry W. Farren, Timothy L. Raynor, Sam Kilman, Don Hepner, Mary Ellen Withers | Written and Directed by Jimmy Huston

Because of the scrappy, can-do success of Friday the 13th, audiences in cinemas were hit with a deluge of slasher movies, some pretty nifty and others that weren’t so hot. Though in my not so esteemed opinion, even the not so-hot ones had a roughshod, scattershot attitude that elevated them far above the generic knockoffs that this particularly unloved sub-genre would put out on a monthly basis. Some weeks, you’d get Just Before Dawn and others you get Splatter University.

The thing is, because of the profitability of these films, they were in cinemas for one week, made their budgets back and then zoomed out after making a decent killing (pun seriously unintended). They
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King Tut Miniseries Gets Green Light at Spike TV

King Tut Miniseries Gets Green Light at Spike TV
It's official: Spike TV is returning to scripted programming. The male-skewing cable network has given the green light to Tut, a six-hour miniseries first developed in September. The Viacom-owned cabler made the announcement Monday, noting that the limited series is based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut. Tut hails from Muse Entertainment, best known for Emmy-nominated The Kennedys as well as Pillars of the Earth. The company's Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as well as Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive produce alongside writer Michael Vickerman (Impact), Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige

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Review: Final Exam (Blu-ray)

If you consider yourself a Final Exam fan, then picking up the Scream Factory Blu-ray is a no-brainer-you’re going to be more than pleased with their efforts on this release. For the uninitiated, Final Exam may or may not earn high marks from you, depending on your level of patience for a whole lot of talking and not much else.

Final Exam starts off promising enough with two college students parked one night who are attacked by a mysterious maniac (even though both actors seem less than terrified by their predicament). The following day, Final Exam then picks up over at Lanier College where we are introduced to a group of students who are in the midst of taking their final exams, so that they can finish up the semester and head home for the summer. Of course, the mysterious killer from Final Exam’s opening arrives on campus
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Original Trailers for Evilspeak and Final Exam

Scream Factory’s May releases include 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and they’ve released the original theatrical trailers for both titles.

“This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray™ editions
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Bailee Madison Tapped as Co-Lead Hallmark’s Holiday Movie ‘Northpole’

Bailee Madison Tapped as Co-Lead Hallmark’s Holiday Movie ‘Northpole’
Bailee Madison has landed a co-lead role in the Hallmark Channel’s upcoming TV movie “Northpole,” the network’s first full-length, two-hour original holiday movie.

The 14-year-old actress will play Clementine in the movie that tells the story of a reporter who tries to recapture the joy of the holiday season to save Christmas in a world that is losing its faith.

Madison is currently a series regular on ABC’s “Trophy Wife” and will appear on the ABC Family’s hit drama series “The Fosters.” She is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and John Carrabino Management.

Muse Entertainment’s “Northpole,” penned by Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer, is helmed by Douglas Barr, produced by Irene Latinsky and exec produced by Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas.

The TV movie is set to premiere Nov. 15.
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Scream Factory Reveals Full Details on Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Releases

A double dose of 1981 horror flicks will usher us into the summer, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Read on for full details about both releases, which put Evilspeak and Final Exam on Blu-ray for the very first time!

From the Press Release

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps.

Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson ("What’s Happening!"), Don Stark ("That ‘70s Show"), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll ("Night Court"), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time
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Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Release Details

Scream Factory officially announced a May release for 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and we have a look at the official cover art, along with the list of bonus features:

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content.
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Hallmark Channel Picks Up ‘Signed, Sealed & Delivered’ Starring Eric Mabius To Series

Exclusive: Hallmark Channel is expanding its scripted portfolio. I’ve learned that the cable network has given a 10-episode order to Signed, Sealed & Delivered (formerly Dead Letters) ahead of the backdoor pilot’s October 12 premiere as an original movie. I hear the decision was made based on great testing results for the pilot. Created and executive produced by former Touched By An Angel executive producer Martha Williamson, Signed, Sealed & Delivered is a comedic drama about an intrepid group of mail detectives in the Dead Letter Office who will deliver every last lost & dead letter to its rightful owner just when the recipient needs it most. Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius is leading that cast, which also includes Daphne Zuniga, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson. Williamson is executive producing with Joel S. Rice, Michael Prupas and Jesse Prupas. The pickup comes on the heels of the second season renewal
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Spike TV Developing Miniseries On Tutankhamun - Youngest Pharaoh To Rule Ancient Egypt

Spike TV announced this afternoon that the network has optioned a limited event series script that "takes an illuminating, new look" at the story of Tutankhamun (aka King Tut, 1333 to 1323 BC), the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt. The series will be based on "recently discovered historical evidence," says the press release - specifically DNA. To be titled Tut, the series was brought to Spike TV by Muse Entertainment with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas from Muse, along with Greg Gugliotta as Executive Producers, Michael Vickerman as Writer/ Executive Producer, and Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige as Writers. If eventually greenlit, Tut will be what the...
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Spike TV Plans "King Tut" Mini-Series

Spike TV and "The Kennedys" producer Muse Entertainment have begun development of a six-part event series about the life of Tutankhamun in Egypt in 14th Century BC.

Becoming pharoah at nine years old after his father's murder, King Tut was forced to marry his sister in order to maintain the dynasty.

He was also controlled like a puppet by three men who plot against him, yet he ultimately grew into a hero in battle. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under debate.

The new mini is said to be based on historical facts from recently discovered DNA evidence. Michael Vickerman, Michael Prupas, Joel S. Rice and Greg Gugliotta will executive produce.

Source: Deadline
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King Tut Event Series in the Works at Spike TV

King Tut Event Series in the Works at Spike TV
Spike TV has added another event series to its development coffers. The Viacom-owned cable network announced Thursday that it is developing Tut, a six-episode limited series based on the story of Tutankhamun, otherwise known as King Tut. Tut hails from Muse Entertainment, best known for Emmy-nominated The Kennedys as well as Pillars of the Earth. The company's Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as well as Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive produce alongside writer Michael Vickerman (Impact) and Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters) Story: The 'Bible' Effect and the Resurrection of the TV Miniseries

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Spike TV Developing King Tut Event Series

Exclusive: Spike TV, which earlier this year signaled a return to scripted programming through event series, has added another such project to its development slate — a new look at the story of Tutankhamun, aka King Tut (1333 to 1323 BC), the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt. The six-part series, from Canadian production company Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys), is based on historical facts from recently discovered DNA evidence. It explores the drama of power, political backstabbing, war and murder and chronicles King Tut’s rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his death. A young Tut is thrust into power after the murder of his father. The neophyte ruler is forced to marry his sister in order to maintain the dynasty. Although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is controlled like a puppet by three formidable men who plot against him and vie for the throne themselves.
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