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Beatles-Inspired Animated Musical Kids Series ‘Beat Bugs’ Set At Netflix With Eddie Vedder, P!nk & More

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Beat Bugs, an animated kids series inspired by the songs of the Beatles, will premiere on Netflix this summer, with artists Eddie Vedder, P!nk, Sia, James Corden and more adding their voices. Josh Wakely will direct, write and produce the series via his Grace: A Storytelling Company, which he co-owns with Beat Bugs executive producer Trevor Roy. Film and TV production group Thunderbird co-produces with Beyond Screen Production. The series follows Grace’s deal with… »

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YouTube Red Unveils New Projects As Service Goes Live

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YouTube’s new subscription service YouTube Red takes the wrapping off today, going live with its already announced first three original films (A Trip To Unicorn Island, Dance Camp and the already successful Rooster Teeth pic Lazer Team) and original series (Scare PewDiePie). It marked the occasion by announcing its next two projects to be released this year: a documentary from Oscar winner Barbara Kopple about YouTube creator and transgender woman Gigi Gorgeous and an… »

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Courteney Cox Comedy ‘Charity Case’ Gets Fox Pilot Order

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A day after CBS handed a pilot order to a comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, Fox has given the pilot green light to a comedy toplined by another former Friends star, Courteney Cox. The single-camera Charity Case (working title), was written by former The Office writer-producer Robert Padnick. As has been the case with virtually all Fox comedy pilot orders this season, Charity Case already has a director on board, James Griffiths, who had been attached since the project was set… »

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Donald Trump & Bernie Sanders Win New Hampshire Primary, TV News Operations Perform Collective Happy Dance

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Democratic and Republican parties’ establishment choked on a large grain of sand in their spiritual spinach tonight at 8 Pm Et when TV news operations called the New Hampshire primaries for self-funding reality TV star Donald Trump and Super Pac-shunning Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders immediately after polls closed in the state. TV news talking heads, on the other hand, seemed giddy over the yeasty way the 2016 White House race was shaping up. “Two years ago if I told you an… »

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Showtime Taps Rolling Stone Articles For Docuseries Pilot

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Showtime is covering Rolling Stone. Actually, the premium cabler today confirmed that it has ordered a pilot based on articles from the venerable music and pop culture magazine. Showtime told Deadline’s sister publication Wwd that it is moving forward on an untitled “pop culture-focused docuseries in the vein of Rolling Stone,” the Wenner Media title that will mark its 50th anniversary next year. The pilot will be produced by Left/Right, which also is behind the… »

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Adam Campbell Cast In NBC’s Tracey Wigfield Comedy Pilot

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Adam Campbell, who recurred on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is reuniting with the Netflix comedy’s creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock on their NBC pilot. Campbell is set to co-star in the project, written/executive produced by 30 Rock alumna Tracey Wigfield. The single-camera comedy centers on an already inseparable mother-daughter relationship that becomes more complicated when the mom accepts an internship at her daughter's workplace, a news program… »

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Bernie Sanders Books Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ For Nh Primary Victory Lap

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Bernie Sanders is hopping back on a plane to appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and ABC’s daytime talker The View on Wednesday after his big win tonight in the New Hampshire primary. Minutes after polls closed in New Hampshire, TV news operations called it for Sanders in the Dem primary and Donald Trump among Gop hopefuls. It will be Sanders’ second jaunt to Manhattan in less than a week. Last weekend he took a short break from campaigning in the Granite State… »

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‘Fuller House’ Trailer: The Tanneritos “Still Look Good” – Update

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Updated with full trailer: “Damn, we all still look good!” Those words spoken by Jesse Katsopolis (aka John Stamos) at the beginning of the first full trailer from Fuller House, Netflix’s reboot of the classic sitcom. Cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber stopped by Ellen to drop a sneak peek of the clip that sees most of the Tanneritos reunited. Ellen DeGeneres asked the trio if we might see the Olsen twins at some point in the series, and… »

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‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’ Renewed For Season 3 By Nickelodeon; Creator Exits

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Nickelodeon has ordered a 14-episode third season of its live-action comedy series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn.  Series creator Matt Fleckenstein is stepping down as executive producer. Michael Feldman, who developed the comedy with Fleckenstein and served as executive producer and showrunner for the first two seasons, will continue in the same capacity. "Matt Fleckenstein has left his role as executive producer of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, and is staying on the show… »

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John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’ Casts Marcus Anderson

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Marcus Anderson has booked a series regular role in Presence, John Ridley’s drama pilot for ABC and ABC Studios. Described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre, Presence follows Presence Foster (Stephanie Sigman), a former Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a widely divergent, and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed Private Investigator. Anderson will play Tre Davis, Presence’s… »

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Disney Theatricals Sets Broadway Timeline For Fresh ‘Frozen’ Musical In 2018

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Disney Theatrical Productions chief Thomas Schumacher made it official today: Frozen, the musical based on the Mouse’s blockbuster, Oscar-winning animated film from 2014, will come to Broadway in the spring of 2018 at a theater to be announced. Presumably, it will join Aladdin, at Disney’s Broadway flagship, the New Amsterdam Theatre, and The Lion King, which is at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre; both shows are long runs and among the highest-grossing… »

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NBC Nabs Most Demo Viewers During Iowa Caucus Week; ABC Snags Biggest Overall Crowd

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ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir took total viewers in a crazy week that included the Iowa caucuses on Monday, while NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt won the week in the new demo. Muir’s newscast edged out Holt’s by 44K viewers of all ages, marking his third total-haul victor of the past six weeks. But Holt’s newscast clocked 195K more 25-54 year olds than Muir’s last week. CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley noted it was the only broadcast TV newscast to show… »

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Colm Feore, Alex Kingston & Jacob Vargas Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Crushed’

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Colm Feore (House Of Cards), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who) and Jacob Vargas (Sons Of Anarchy) will co-star opposite Regina Hall in the Hulu pilot Crushed, from Peeples writer-director Tina Gordon Chism and Lionsgate TV. The comedy, written by Chism, centers on an African-American family, led by brother and sister Will and Celia (Hall) who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa. The comedy is described as a fish-out-of-water story following the family's unorthodox… »

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Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Premiere Seen By 2.2M Across Turner Networks

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Maybe Adult Swim should share custody of Full Frontal? Samantha Bee’s new TBS late-night show clocked 2.2 million viewers in its 10 Pm Et launch last night. Of that crowd, 1.2M fell into the 18-49 demographic. Turner simulcast the unveiling on Adult Swim, TNT and truTV. That’s a strong start for a new late-night comedy franchise launched in an unusual late-night 10:30 Pm time slot. Last September, when Trevor Noah took over for Jon Stewart as host of the very… »

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‘The White Queen’ Sequel ‘The White Princess’ Greenlighted By Starz

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The long-gestating The White Queen sequel is finally a go. Starz has greenlighted The White Princess, the follow-up to its critically-acclaimed miniseries The White Queen, from Company Pictures. Adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel of the same name and part of The Cousins' War book series, The White Princess tells the story of England's War of the Roses from the perspective of the women. The 8-episode limited series drama is currently in pre-production. The W… »

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‘Vinyl’ Review: Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger’s HBO Series Rocks

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On the surface, it may not seem the most appropriate Valentine's Day gift, but if you are as in love with rock'n'roll and storytelling from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, then HBO's Vinyl is a TV kiss you don't want to miss. Debuting on February 14 with a two-hour pilot directed by the Oscar winner, Vinyl, as I say in my video review above, literally and figuratively rocks. And yes, from its NYC circa 1973 mean streets to blasting the New… »

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Bet Taps Brie Miranda Bryant As Svp Unscripted, Original Programming

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Bet Networks has named Brie Miranda Bryant Senior Vice President of Unscripted, Original Programming. Reporting to Zola Mashariki, Evp, Head of Original Programming, Bryant will be responsible for overseeing all unscripted development and production for the network. She will be based in New York. "Brie is a talented creative executive with a knack for identifying complex, real life experiences and transforming them into rich and nuanced stories that audiences can't get… »

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‘Star Wars’ Helps Disney To Beat Year-End Financial Expectations But Espn Slips

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Time to break out all your jokes about The Force. Star Wars: The Force Awakens helped Disney to soar past Wall Street’s financial expectations for the last three months of 2015. We’ll have to see, though, whether that’s enough to outweigh concerns about the continuing slippage at Espn — a much bigger force for Disney’s bottom line. Company shares were up initially in post-market trading, but then dropped 4.8%. Disney reported net income of $2.88 billion, up 32% vs the… »

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Glenn Fleshler Joins HBO’s Comedy Pilot ‘Barry’; Matt Barr In Amazon’s ‘The Interestings’

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Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) has booked a series regular role on HBO’s Barry, a half-hour comedy pilot starring, directed and co-written by Bill Hader. It centers on an ex-Marine (Hader) who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Fleshler, repped by Gersh and Suskin… »

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Wall Street Clobbers Viacom Shares Following Disappointing Reports

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Wall Street delivered its response to Viacom’s recent performance, and CEO Philippe Dauman’s latest forecasts for the company, and it’s ugly: Traders drove Viacom’s share price down 21.5% today to $32.86, the lowest it’s closed since mid-2010. The pummeling slashed $3.5 billion from Viacom’s market value. At $12.7 billion, the entertainment company that owns MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Bet and Paramount Pictures is worth less than Nielsen and Liberty Interactive… »

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