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History Cancels 'Top Gear USA' After Six Seasons

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It's the end of the road for Top Gear USA -- at least at History. History has pulled the plug on the unscripted automotive series after six seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Tuesday's episode will now serve as a series finale. "We’d like to thank the entire Top Gear team for five great seasons on History, however we have decided not to order additional seasons for the network," the cabler said in a statement. Co-host Rutledge Wood first broke the news on his Instagram page Monday. "I'm very sad to say, but Tuesday night's #TopGear on @History is the

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- Kate Stanhope

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ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates

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ABC is diving into the 2016-17 TV season early. The network announced its fall premiere dates Tuesday, with the latest installment of Dancing With the Stars set to bow a week early, on Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. Most of the network's new series, including the Kiefer Sutherland-starrer Designated Survivor, the family comedy Speechless and the legal soap Notorious, will bow during the week of Sept. 19, a day after ABC airs the 68th annual Emmy awards with host Jimmy Kimmel. However, the network will stagger two premieres: Conviction, the legal drama starring former Agent Carter lead

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- Kate Stanhope

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Hulk Hogan Wants to Assess Whether Gawker's Nick Denton Is Really Indispensable

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Not even a bankruptcy and a temporary restraining order can keep Hulk Hogan and Gawker from continuing to fight with each other. On June 10, after a Florida judge handed down a $140 million final judgment in favor of Hulk Hogan in the invasion-of-privacy lawsuit over the posting of a sex tape, Gawker Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The media company also brought an adversary case against its legal foes as part of an effort to hold back Hogan and potentially stave off a personal bankruptcy for Gawker's founder and owner Nick Denton. Fortunately for Denton, upon some

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- Eriq Gardner

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TV Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Finale Hits Series High as Weekly Audience Continues to Climb

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Game of Thrones continues to age well with audiences. Six seasons in, the HBO drama notched another series high with its recent finale. The original telecast of "The Winds of Winter" pulled 8.9 million viewers to HBO during the premiere telecast, outpacing last summer's finale by nearly 800,000 for a new record. Game of Thrones' overall audience is even more impressive. According to HBO, which combines original telecasts, DVR, encores, on-Demand and streams on both HBO Go and HBO Now, the show's sixth season has been grossing 23.3 million weekly viewers. That's up from the comparable

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- Michael O'Connell

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Prominent Casting Director Blasts Pay-to-Play Audition Practices: "More Like a Speed-Dating Scenario"

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Veteran casting director Marci Liroff, who is currently spearheading a Casting Society of America committee to probe widespread pay-to-play audition practices, has harshly criticized the industry’s practices, according to a memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter and recently circulated among the embattled casting workshop owners she was apprising. Liroff’s long list of film credits runs from E.T. the Extra Terrestrial and Footloose to Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. The Csa committee was established in April, weeks after THR published an investigation into the proliferating pay-to-play scene. Since then, its most prominent practitioner, Criminal Minds casting director

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- Gary Baum

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The Awkward Politics of Hollywood Playdates: Socializing, Soliciting and Schmoozing

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"I hate playdates," says Leah Forester, star of Bravo's There Goes the Motherhood and wife of Lotus Entertainment co-chair Bill Johnson. "Sometimes your children befriend children with parents whose lives are very different from yours. It can get awkward as you try to find common ground." Forester by no means is the only parent who bemoans the ritual that often feels to adults like blind dating without cocktails. In Los Angeles — with its 1,877 private pre- and elementary schools — the classroom, where most playdates originate, probably is the only arena where kids of struggling voiceover

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- Monica Corcoran Harel

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Julie Chen and Hollywood Power Spouses Speak Out: "Being a Trophy Wife Is an Antiquated Trope"

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A few years ago, several industry heavyweights gathered for a dinner party at Nora Ephron's New York apartment. Among them: Ephron and her husband, producer-writer Nicholas Pileggi; Leslie Moonves and his wife, Big Brother host Julie Chen; Bette Midler and her artist husband, Martin Von Haselberg; and power lawyer Allen Grubman and his wife, real estate broker Debbie Grubman. Allen Grubman, known for his many theories, shared one with the group: "There's only one star in each couple," he said. "She's the star," pointing to Ephron, then Midler. Then he pointed to Moonves. But Chen, also a

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- Rebecca Ford

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BBC Names Piers Wenger Drama Chief

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The BBC has named Piers Wenger its new controller of BBC drama commissioning, starting in the fall. Charlotte Moore, BBC controller of TV channels and iPlayer, made the announcement on Tuesday. Wenger replaces Polly Hill, who earlier this year moved to ITV as its new head of drama. Wenger, most recently Channel 4's head of drama, will be responsible for commissioning across the U.K. public broadcaster's portfolio and overseeing more than 450 hours of drama a year. "Piers is a brilliant creative leader with great taste and a passion for writing," said Moore. "He has a breadth of

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- Georg Szalai, Alex Ritman

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Jesse Jackson Slams Dish Network's Decision to Drop Wgn America as Discriminatory

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Reverend Jesse L. Jackson called for Dish Network to put Tribune Broadcasting stations and Wgn America back on the air, referencing slavery in regard to the network's decision to darken Wgn, which boasts the critically acclaimed show Underground.  On Friday, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition released a letter to Dish chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen stating the importance of Wgn America portraying positive images of African-Americans on television during a necessary time in society. Jackson suggested that Dish network ignoring the high ratings and milestones of the show is a discriminatory act. "Is Dish using the same kind of

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- Arlene Washington

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