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‘The Messengers’ Off To Low Ratings Start, ‘Last Man’ & ‘Cristela’ End Seasons

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It was a night of endings, beginnings and a dip in primetime TV usage on Friday. With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as competition and a 4% slip among adults 18-49 in overall usage from last week, there was also a bit of some things remaining the same with ABC topping the night among adults 18-49 for the second week in a row. With a 1.3/5 rating and no original dramas on CBS last night, ABC also won Friday in total viewers with 5.950 million tuning in. Part… »

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It’s Raining Paul Shaffer’s Greatest Hits, As Dave Letterman Ponders Grand Finale

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David Letterman said his friend Al Franken said he’d like the last show “to be mawkish or maudlin,” possibly leaning toward the former. (We think it’ll probably have a little of both.) Letterman asked bandleader Paul Shaffer for his insight, which was “I have no idea what it should be.” Letterman replied, “If we knew what to do with the last show, do you think the previous 6,000 would look the way they looked?” And then segued into a montage of some of Shaffer’s finest… »

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Bill Maher Not Buying What Judith Miller Selling On ‘Real Time’

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Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller stopped by Real Time with Bill Maher  as she sells her book The Story: A Reporter's Journey, to explain why she wasn't more skeptical while reporting in the walk-up to the Iraq War. She insisted she "couldn't have been more skeptical" in her reporting, but "politicians lie – you know that." But then she said real problem was "the intelligence community that is paid billions of dollars a year… totally got it wrong… and they… »

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‘Cristela’ Creator & Star Cristela Alonzo Pens ‘Possible Goodbye’ Letter To Fans, Addresses Show’s Potential End & Legacy

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On the eve of the Season 1 finale of freshman ABC comedy series Cristela tonight, the series’ creator and star, standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, wrote an emotional entry in her blog addressing the possible end of her show, which is on the bubble for a second season renewal. In the lengthy post, titled “A Possible Goodbye,” Alonzo is open about the show’s uncertain future. “It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show… »

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‘The Brink’ Trailer: HBO’s New Geopolitical Comedy

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HBO’s The Brink drops Jack Black into Pakistan where he plays a foreign service officer, one of secretary of state Tim Robbins’ minions on the ground amid an escalating geopolitical crisis. The unlikely trio of Black, Robbins and ace fighter pilot played by Pablo Schreiber will need to pull together to prevent the chaos from spiraling into World War III. Did we mention this is a comedy? HBO is rolling out The Brink and another rookie comedy following the season premiere… »

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Espn Says Verizon FiOS Contracts Don’t Permit Separate Sports Packages – Update

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Update, 7:23Pm: Espn has thrown up a red flag to Verizon’s plan to allow FiOS TV subscribers to choose smaller “skinny” packages of programming bundles tailored a little more closely to individual consumer tastes — including splitting off Espn and ESPN2 into sports bundles. The Re/code website reported late this afternoon that the Disney-owned sports network asserted that Verizon’s new packages “would not be authorized by our existing agreements. Among other issues, our… »

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Michael Roark Joins ‘Finding Carter'; Alexandra Metz To Recur On ‘Chicago Fire’

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Michael Roark has joined the Season 2 of MTV’s Finding Carter. He will play Shay, the uncle of Crash (Caleb Ruminer). His recent credits include Stalker, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy. Roark next will be seen in the feature Wild For Night with Tommy Flanagan and James Maslow. He is repped by Amanda Glazer at The Kohner Agency and Principal Entertainment. Alexandra Metz is set to recur on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She returns to the series as Elise Mills, sister of Peter… »

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Sterling K. Brown To Play Christopher Darden In ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’

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FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson has cast another key player in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Army Wives alum Sterling K. Brown has been cast as prosecutor Christopher Darden in the miniseries, which takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the… »

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‘Late Show’ Warmup At Tribeca? Colbert Tells Lucas “I’m Not The Guy To Take Over For Jon Stewart”

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While George Lucas had the spotlight at today’s Tribeca Talk: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert, it was the future Late Show host who came away with spades in the conversation. Clearly on display were the comedian’s interview chops sans his Colbert Report conservative alter ego. As an interviewer, Colbert never overshadowed his guest, he but touted a plethora of hysterical, snappy responses to Lucas’ long-winded storytelling about his life, which canvassed everything from… »

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Elizabeth Perkins Joins ‘Preacher’ Cast

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Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins is set for a co-starring role opposite Dominic Cooper in AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip… »

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Vincent Bollore Consolidates Grip Over Vivendi, Now Poised To Create Global Media Giant

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Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore emerged victorious at the French media giant’s annual meeting, seeing off a shareholder rebellion and winning a battle over double voting rights that will allow him to move forward with his vision of turning Vivendi into a global player. The billionaire businessman, who has tightened his grip over Vivendi in recent weeks by nearly tripling his stake in the company to 14.5% in the space of less than two months, was presiding over his first… »

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short ‘Smilf’ To Be Developed As Showtime Comedy

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner Smilf is headed to television, with some big-name producers on board. Showtime has put in development a half-hour comedy based on Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short with Shaw set to write, direct, star and executive produce. Developed by Shaw and Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, Smilf examines the travails of a young woman (Shaw) who comes to La as both a struggling actress and a struggling single mom. The prolific… »

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George Lucas To Colbert At Tribeca: “Experimental Films — That’s Exactly What I’m Going To Do”

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If you were a Star Wars fanatic looking for any kind of hints or reveals for the next Star Wars feature films, well the Tribeca Talks: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert conversation wasn’t the place to find it today.  At the top of their dialogue, Lucas told the crowd, “They’re (Disney) are doing a different story, I don’t even know anything about it.”  While the entire conversation recapped Lucas’ career from wannabe race car driver to cutting Jabba the Hutt out of the… »

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Isabelle Fuhrman Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’

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She is all grown up! As Masters of Sex fast forwards another half-decade to 1966 in Season 3, the Showtime drama has cast Isabelle Fuhrman in a major recurring role as Virginia Johnson’s daughter Tessa. Set in 1966, Season 3 of Masters of Sex finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and… »

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‘Modern Family’ Writer-Producer Vali Chandrasekaran Inks 20th TV Overall Deal

17 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT

Modern Family co-executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning ABC comedy. Under the pact, Chandrasekaran will continue as co-executive producer on Modern Family next season and will be promoted to executive producer the following season, working under creators/executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan. Chandrasekaran joined Modern Family at the beginning of this… »

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Meredith Wechter Exits ICM, Puts Josh Gad, ‘Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot In Play

17 April 2015 11:40 AM, PDT

Exclusive: The movement of agents continues. Meredith Wechter, a longtime agent at ICM Partners whose clients include Josh Gad and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, has left the agency and will be moving on. I’ve confirmed she’s no longer at ICM, where she spent a decade. I’d heard rumors that she might resurface at Wme, but I’m told she is under contract until June 30. So nothing will happen until then. We’ve seen the litigation flying back and forth between CAA and UTA after… »

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Dominic Cooper Set For ‘Preacher’ Lead

17 April 2015 11:14 AM, PDT

After lengthy negotiations, Dominic Cooper has closed a deal to play the lead in AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth… »

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‘Mom’ Grows At 9 Pm, ‘Scandal’ Ratings Up In Return, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Flirts With Low

17 April 2015 10:26 AM, PDT

CBS’ Mom is starting to settle into its temporary Thursday 9 Pm slot, where the sophomore comedy is being tested with a couple of airings. Last night, Mom drew a 2.2 in adults 18-49, up 10% (.2) from its first outing at 9 Pm last week. The Big Bang Theory (3.7) kicked off things for CBS on a higher note, up 9% from last week’s fast national. That helped The Odd Couple (2.2), which was up a tenth at 8:30 Pm in its campaign to secure a renewal. Maybe it was the Big Bang… »

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Spike TV Teams With Jerry Bruckheimer Television For ‘Harvest’ Drama

17 April 2015 9:17 AM, PDT

Spike TV has put in development Harvest, a drama series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television. The project, part of Spike’s expansion into scripted programming, marks the cable network’s first collaboration with a major studio. (Warner Horizon is the cable division of Warner Bros TV.) Harvest, which originally was set up at A&E in 2013, is written by Ian Sobel & Matt Morgan (12 Monkeys, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series). It centers on a mild-mannered… »

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Robert Morton Signs With UTA

17 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT

The Emmy-winning producer who moved with David Letterman from NBC to CBS in 1993 has a new agency home. Robert Morton has inked with UTA. Morton was with Letterman for more than a decade, earning nine Emmy noms and winning in 1994. He went on to work on such programs as The Chris Rock Show, The Wayne Brady Show — for which he nabbed a Daytime Emmy — Mind Of Menica and Lopez Tonight. Morton and his production banner Panamort Productions also have produce pilots, comedies… »

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