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Short Form Emmy Nominations: ‘Childrens Hospital’ Leads, Few Independents Honored

14 July 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Television Academy unveiled the inaugural nominees for its expanded short form programming categories Thursday morning – and it was dominated by programming from familiar broadcast and cable network sources.

Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” lead the pack with four nominations, while History’s “The Crossroads of History” and AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” each received two. The only independent series to be nominated in the Outstanding Series category is “Her Story,” a drama about the lives and loves of two transgender women living in La, created by Jill Soloway protege Jen Richards.

Read More: Emmys 2016 Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘The Americans’ Get Major Nods

Not surprisingly, two of the five series nominations went to online content from major networks that offer inside looks into their popular shows. “Broad City“–the smash Comedy Central sketch show from Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer–was snubbed in other »

- Jude Dry

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Hollywood Mourns Anton Yelchin: ‘He Was a True Artist’

19 June 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Trek” and “Alpha DogAnton Yelchin died early Sunday morning in a freak car accident at the age of 27, his rep confirmed.

“Actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a fatal traffic collision early this morning,” said a statement from his representative. “His family requests you respect their privacy at this time.”

After news broke on Sunday afternoon, celebrities quickly took to social media to mourn the late actor. John Cho, who co-starred with him in the “Star Trek” reboot, called him “curious, beautiful, courageous.” “I’m in ruins,” he added.

Guillermo del Toro, who was set to direct Yelchin as part of the voice cast for the upcoming “Trollhunters,” called Yelchin “a great creative partner and artist.”

Kat Dennings, who co-starred with him in “Charlie Bartlett,” called Yelchin one of her best friends. Anna Kendrick called the late actor “such a talent.”

The likes of Kevin Smith, John Francis Daley, »

- Alex Stedman

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ABC, Dick Clark Prods. Partner on Musical Event ‘For the Record Live’

9 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC and Dick Clark Productions are partnering with the creators of “For the Record” — an indie musical theater show that has become a cult hit in Los Angeles — to develop “For the Record Live” for television.

“For the Record” is described as a unique, genre-bending production turning the soundtracks of iconic directors’ films into immersive live entertainment events. Creators and producers Shane Scheel and Anderson Davis have staged productions based on the work of directors Quentin Tarantino, John Hughes, Baz Luhrmann, Martin Scorsese and others since the show’s conception.

“’For The Record Live’ is a first-of-its-kind live musical event made for ABC,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “The show will be a game changer for the genre and the network is proud to partner with Dick Clark Productions and For The Record for this exciting experience.”

“The first time I saw ‘For The Record,’ I knew it would »

- Laura Prudom

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Slavery Time Travel Web Series 'Send Me' Now Available on Bet.com

5 February 2016 6:22 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As you may recall last month, we reported that controversial web series "Send Me," created by television and stage writer Steve Harper, would soon make its premiere on a video platform that would soon be announced. Well this week Bet.com has begun to post episodes of the series (here) and also on the Bet Now App. In the series, Tracie Thoms stars as a person who has the power to send Black people back in time to the days of slavery, however "her husband is determined to stop her in spite of the fact that people want to go." And that's the thing - who would want to go back to slavery times, let alone willingly?  And keep in mind that, in the series, the »

- Sergio

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TV News Roundup: Miley Cyrus To Visit ‘The Voice’; Metallica Will Appear on ‘Billions’

3 February 2016 5:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Miley Cyrus will be an adviser on “The Voice,” while heavy metal band Metallica is set to appear on Showtime’s “Billions,” in today’s news roundup…

Casting

Miley Cyrus will be a key adviser in the 10th season of the NBC musical competition series “The Voice.”

“When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture.”

Along with being a singer/songwriter, Cyrus has hosted the VMAs and “Saturday Night Live” and become an accomplished actress, appearing in “A Very Murray Christmas,” “The Night Before,” and a new Woody Allen series for Amazon.

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- Jacob Bryant

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Lifetime Sets Movie About Kevin Durant’s Mom; Queen Latifah Produces, Cassandra Freeman Stars

3 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Cassandra Freeman (Inside Man, Single Ladies), Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), Pauletta Washington (Wilma), Daniel Bellomy, Nic Few (Major Crimes, The Exes), and Demarius Mack (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) have been cast in Lifetime original movie with the working title of The Real Mvp: The Wanda Pratt Story, based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant’s mom. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit are executive producers. Production is currently underway in… »

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Slavery Time Travel Web Series 'Send Me' Set to Premiere in Feb.

14 January 2016 9:42 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

We have been following the progress of the sure to be controversial web series "Send Me," created by television and stage writer Steve Harper. Now comes news that, after filming all the episodes a year ago, it is now set to make its premiere on Feb.1 on a video platform soon to be announced. Tracie Thoms stars as a woman who has the power to send Black people back in time to the days of slavery, however "her husband is determined to stop her in spite of the fact that people want to go." And that's the thing - who would want to go back to slavery times, let alone willingly? And keep in mind that, in the series, the premise is that anyone who does volunteer to go back »

- Sergio

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