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‘Serial’ Season 2 to Premiere This Fall, Season 3 in the Works

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“Serial” will return with a second season this fall, and a third season is in the works, too. Sarah Koenig, the host and executive producer of the hit podcast, sent an email newsletter to subscribers this week announcing the fall return, as well as an anticipated Season 3 premiere the following spring. “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we’re planning on a third season of ‘Serial,'” Koenig wrote. “And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three. »

- Greg Gilman

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5 Times ‘San Andreas’ Made California’s Chief Earthquake Scientist Laugh Out Loud

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While the majority of moviegoeers will be rooting for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as he goes head-to-head with an earthquake in Friday’s “San Andreas,” there’s a small community whose disbelief will be hard to suspend: scientists. TheWrap spoke with Dr. Thomas Jordan, the Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center headquartered at the USC, for his opinion on the big screen effort from New Line and Warner Bros — who invited several leading seismologists to see the film this week. In director Brad Peyton‘s destruction marathon, Johnson stars as a Los Angeles Fire and Rescue captain who sets »


- Matt Donnelly

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Ratings: Fox, CBS Split Wednesday Wins With ‘Bullseye,’ ‘Briefcase’ Debuts

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Fox’s “Bullseye” didn’t quite hit the mark on Wednesday’s premiere, but coupled with “MasterChef” the network topped the night in the key adults 18-49 demographic. CBS’s “The Briefcase” faired better, handing that network a close second place in the demo and a comfortable victory among total viewers. That reality debut was the most-watched hour in primetime last night. Fox was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 3.98 million, according to preliminary numbers. “MasterChef” at 8 p.m. received a night-high 1.5/6 and had 4.6 million viewers. »

- Tony Maglio

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Behind the New Media Merger Mania: Charter-Time Warner Cable, Vox-ReCode Just the Beginning

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Global media looks set to ride its biggest merger wave in a decade as companies of all shapes and sizes are on the move, nudged by new entrants, spooked by disruptive technology and encouraged by a brighter global economy. Charter Communications just announced a $56 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, a deal that followed Verizon’s $4.4billion bid for AOL, At&T’s $45 billion offer for DirecTV. Last year, Facebook paid $20 billion in cash and stock to buy WhatsApp. Throw in significantly smaller deals, like Vox Media’s purchase of Re/code this week, and even failed ones, like ITV’s bid for The. »

- Jill Goldsmith

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‘What’s the Deal?’ With Summer TV: TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider Picks 6 Favorite Shows (Video)

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NBC’s 13-episode event series “Aquarius” debuts today, effectively kicking off one of the most dynamic summer TV seasons in recent memory according to TheWrap’s TV-loving film reporter Jeff Sneider, who examines the current state of the small screen in this week’s episode of “What’s the Deal?” It wasn’t too long ago that TV was a relative dead zone during the summer, when audiences were once content to gorge on Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. That’s not the case anymore, as the TV industry is ready to fight for attention year-round. HBO is trotting out new »


- Wrap Staff

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‘Suicide Squad’ Set Leak Shows Ben Affleck’s Batman Hunting the Joker (Video)

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It should be no surprise by now that Ben Affleck‘s Batman will be back in action in David Ayer‘s “Suicide Squad,” and a video a fan shot while observing the Toronto production shows him hunting The Joker in what appears to be an exciting action sequence. The Dark Knight rides atop what has previously been identified as The Joker’s souped-up sports car, no doubt a continuation of the chase scene that appeared in a previously leaked video from the set. Fans were abuzz when Affleck — who will make his first big-screen appearance as Batman in Zack Snyder »


- Joe Otterson

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Larry Wilmore Guts Josh Duggar, Family: ‘I Hate Pedophiles – But I Love Irony’ (Video)

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Larry Wilmore took it to Josh Duggar and family on Wednesday over the “19 Kids and Counting” star’s molestation scandal, which has been dominating entertainment news headlines since just before Memorial Day. “So, you mean to tell me the family that goes around saying gay and trans people are pedophiles preying on America’s young people, actually has a pedophile that preyed on America’s young people?” Wilmore set up at 11:30 p.m., adding the punchline: “I hate pedophiles — but I love irony.” News broke last week that Duggar, the eldest son of the expansive reality TV clan, had been accused of. »


- Tony Maglio

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Jon Stewart Skewers FIFA Corruption Scandal as Old as Jennifer Lawrence (Video)

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Jon Stewart took on the FIFA corruption scandal on Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” and poked fun at the U.S. Justice Department’s indictment, which alleges that the corruption began 24 years ago. “To put that in perspective, this FIFA corruption scandal started Jennifer Lawrence ago,” Stewart said. Stewart also found humor in the fact that  that top FIFA officials were arrested by Swiss authorities. “FIFA is so bad they got arrested by the Swiss, a country whose policy on Nazi gold was, and I quote, ‘We’ll allow it,'” Stewart said. See photos: Shootings, Stabbings, Dog »


- Joe Otterson

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Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston and Taylor Schilling Among Tony Awards Presenters

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The 69th Annual Tony Awards have some pretty big screen stars taking to the stage. Among the presenters at Radio City Music Hall on June 7 are Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Taylor SchillingJason Alexander, Larry David, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Manganiello, Debra Messing and Jim Parsons. Also handing out awards and/or introductions will be Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Anna ChlumskyMisty Copeland, Taye Diggs, Marg Helgenberger, Jennifer Nettles, David Hyde Pierce, Thomas Sadoski, Amanda Seyfriend, Corey Stoll, Kiefer Sutherland, Sting, Ashley Tisdale, Tommy Tune and Rita Wilson. Also Read: Tony Nominations Biggest Snubs and Surprises - From »


- Tony Maglio

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Donald Trump Has ‘Foolproof’ Plan to Defeat Isis – But He Won’t Share It (Video)

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Donald Trump told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren that he has a “foolproof way” of defeating Isis, but he won’t share it with the media. He will, however, put his plan into action if he’s elected President of the United States. “If I run, and if I win, I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing,” Trump said of the Islamic extremist terrorist group that has been steadily causing trouble in the Middle East. “Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to tell at some point, but there is a method of defeating them quickly »


- Joe Otterson

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’19 Kids and Counting’ Pulled From Hulu

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Hulu has removed “19 Kids and Counting” following star Josh Duggar’s admission that he acted “inexcusably” as a teenager in response to reports that he molested underage girls, including some of his sisters. Episodes were available as late as Wednesday, and while they will appear when searched for, users of the streaming service will be greeted with a “404” error message when they try to watch them. Hulu confirmed to TheWrap on Thursday it is no technical error, and the company decided to pull the series. Also Read: Inside TLC's '19 Kids & Counting' Disaster: Why Network Is Facing Another Molestation Scandal The. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Tracy Morgan’s First Interview Since Deadly Accident to Air on Monday’s ‘Today’ Show (Video)

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Tracy Morgan is set to sit down with Matt Lauer for his first television interview since the June 2014 car crash that left him critically injured. The live in-studio conversation will air Monday, June 1 on NBC’s “Today” show, when Morgan will be joined by his lawyer Benedict Morelli. Morelli appeared on “Today” Thursday, speaking about the prior day’s settlement with Walmart, the mega-company whose semi-truck rear-ended a limo bus carrying Morgan and other comedians. Also Read: Tracy Morgan, Walmart Reach Settlement in Car Crash Lawsuit The New Jersey Turnpike accident left James McNair dead and the others badly injured. »


- Tony Maglio

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David Oyelowo on Commanding the Screen Solo for 90 Minutes in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’

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Before he became Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma,” David Oyelowo took on one of his most challenging roles yet, as a man descending into madness in “Nightingale.” It was his first lead role in a film, and it required him to carry the drama solo for the entire 90 minute duration. “I knew it would be very exposing, I knew if it failed it would be glaringly obvious whose fault it was,” the actor told TheWrap. “Nightingale,” which premieres Friday on HBO, was written by Frederick Mensch and directed by Elliot Lester.  Oyelowo plays a disturbed war veteran who suffers from. »


- Linda Ge

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U2 Pays Tribute to Late Tour Manager at La Concert

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Taking the stage about 15 hours after the death of Dennis Sheehan, their tour manager of more than 30 years, the members of U2 turned Wednesday night’s concert at the Forum in Los Angeles into a tribute to the man they called a member of their family. Sheehan passed away early Wednesday morning in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel following the band’s first concert at the Forum on Tuesday night. He had been working for the band since 1983, said Bono after the first few songs in the Forum show. “Last night we lost a member of our family, »


- Steve Pond

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5 ‘Empire’ Takeaways From Show’s Star Terrence Howard and Creators at the Code Conference

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Team “Empire” dropped in on the Code Conference on Wednesday night to talk about the intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. The second annual event, held at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, featured star Terrence Howard, who plays hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon on the Fox series, and the show’s producers, including executive producer Brian Grazer, creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels and executive producer and showrunner Ilene Chaiken. Also Read: Emmy Contenders to Watch: 'Mad Men,' 'Transparent,' 'Empire,' 'Game of Thrones' and Netflix Breakouts Here’s 5 things TheWrap learned: 1. Lee Daniels still »


- Deborah Day

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HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill Cries While Debating Duggar Molestation Scandal on CNN (Video)

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HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill seemed to get emotional Wednesday on Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” as the panel discussed the child molestation scandal surrounding TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” The panel debated conservative support of the show’s evangelical Duggar family, whose eldest child Josh has admitted to acting “inexcusably” while a teenager. “What he did was awful. There should be punishment, there should be justice, there should be all of those things,” said Hill, who is also a CNN political commentator. As tears began streaming down his face, he added, “But I also think a lot of »


- Deborah Day

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TV In Memoriam: 17 Characters We Lost in 2015 From Killings, Exits and Recastings

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When all your favorite TV shows and potential new favorite TV shows begin airing in the fall (and midseason), the landscape will look a bit different than where we left things. It was a big season for high-profile exits from big shows. From Patrick Dempsey‘s “Grey’s Anatomy” McDreamy to Nina Dobrev’s “Vampire Diaries” leading lady Elena, plenty of long-running shows are moving forward without lead characters. Meanwhile, before new shows have even aired, changes are already being made. Also Read: 45 First Looks of New TV Shows From the 2015-2016 Season See the actors you won’t be seeing on 2015-16 shows – at. »


- Linda Ge

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CCTV6 to Debut Entertainment News Show ‘Talking to Hollywood With Betty Zhou’

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China Movie Channel CCTV6 will debut “Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou,” the first and only television show offering inside access to Hollywood films and stars exclusively for the Chinese audiences, the network announced Wednesday. Zhou has been a star on the rise in China, known for delivering reliable, entertaining and inside coverage of American movies and sports. Every Friday, the show will feature exclusive content and interviews with Hollywood talent. She will also engage in various activities, such as drift car races with Tom Cruise, touring the Pixar animation studios, and meeting Marvel’s newest superhero, Ant-Man. Also Read: China's Weekend Box Office. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Kristoff St. John Lawsuit: Mental Health Facility That Treated Son Before Suicide Fires Back

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The mental health facility that treated “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John’s son Julian at the time of his suicide has fired back at St. John’s allegations in a lawsuit filed this week, saying that it was “in compliance with all applicable licensing laws and regulations.” In a statement provided to TheWrap, the La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, Calif., said that the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health determined that La Casa’s treatment of Julian St. John was “reasonable and in line with clinical procedures, given his mental condition.” The facility cited a May. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Prospects for Bradley Cooper-Emma Stone’s ‘Aloha’ Show How Hack Attack Still Haunts Sony

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Box-office expectations for “Aloha” are very low going into Friday’s debut of writer-director Cameron Crowe‘s latest movie, an indicator of the difficulty Sony Pictures has had putting last year’s massive hack attack behind it. “I don’t think this film has ever recovered from the buzz those emails started,” BoxOffice.com senior analyst Phil Contrino said ahead of release of the romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray. He sees an opening in the low-teen millions for “Aloha,” the latest from the man behind hits “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.” “Those emails »


- Todd Cunningham

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