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FIFA Crisis Turns Political; Sponsors And Broadcasters Eye Presidential Election Results

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All eyes are on Zurich as FIFA’s 209 associations vote today on whether to retain beleaguered Presidential incumbent Sepp Blatter or end his 17-year role by selecting Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. Politicians weighed in on the crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin blasting U.S. authorities for “illegally persecuting people” with its investigation into graft at the world soccer body, while UK Prime Minister David Cameron called on Sepp Blatter to resign… »

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Bob Saget Signs On For ‘Fuller House’ Reunion

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Bob Saget is set to reprise his role as the squeaky clean patriarch Danny Tanner. John Stamos, who confirmed Saget’s involvement in Netflix’s Full House reboot, tweeted: Last but not least-best piece of casting yet. The great @bobsaget will be joining our show on @netfilx – this completes the perfect reunon! — John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 29, 2015 To which Saget replied: How did you get this information? Kidding! Love you Jesse! https://t.co/dj5VKlCRqR — bob… »

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Idris Elba Nelson Mandela Docu ‘Mandela, My Dad & Me’ Acquired By A+E Networks

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A+E Networks has acquired the exclusive TV rights to Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me,  a one-hour docu by Idris Elba. The film, directed by Daniel Vernon, chronicles the story behind the creation of Mi Mandela, an album of South African music recorded by Elba in tribute to Mandela and to his own late father. The actor-singer was inspired after having spent months working on Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.   The documentary will air on History in Africa in… »

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Jim Parsons Rewrites God’s Top 10 List, Dishes Noah – Broadway Review

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Update, 10 P.M.:  Adds Betty Buckley review at end. Hal Holbrook mimicked Mark Twain of Hannibal, Missouri; Tovah Feldshuh did Golda Meir from Kiev and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Julie Harris played Emily Dickinson from Amherst, Massachusetts. Now comes Jim Parsons perhaps responding to a Higher Calling, playing God from Grossinger’s, of Borscht Belt, New York. I would add “Oy,” but that would raise the comic level of An Act Of God a notch or two. No, really. The 90-minute… »

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Reynaldo Rey Dies: Veteran Actor From ‘Friday’, ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, ‘227’

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Reynaldo Rey, an actor and comedian whose dozens of credits include big-screen comedies Friday and White Men Can’t Jump and a recurring role on TV’s 227, died today in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke last year. He was 75. His manager Vanzil Burke confirmed the news. The Oklahoma native got a late start to his screen acting career, earning his first credit at 41 for the Sanford & Son spinoff Sanford, starring Redd Foxx. He appeared in the 1982 gigglefest Young Do… »

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Dana Walden & Gary Newman Honored By Mipcom; Fennessys Remain With Endemol Shine

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Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, have been named Mipcom’s 2015 Personalities of the Year. The pair “form an inspirational leadership team in the entertainment sector, having propelled Fox to global success through the quality of its creative programming, built largely on their unique relationships with top talent” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed Midem, organizer of Mipcom. “In recognition of their outstanding parallel careers and… »

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Bill O’Reilly Announces ‘Legends & Lies’ Season 2 Pickup By Fox News Channel

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Bill O'Reilly announced tonight on The O’Reilly Factor that Fox News Channel’s series Legends & Lies has been renewed for a second season. The next installment, Legends & Lies: Patriots will profile figures who shaped the country’s early days. Fnc has ordered 12 weeks of Patriots – a two-episode increase from the current season. O'Reilly is exec producer on the series, produced by Warm Spring Productions, the makers of History's Mountain Men, Animal Planet's American River… »

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Erin Cummings Joins ‘Madoff’ Miniseries; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II In ‘The Get Down’

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Erin Cummings (The Iceman) has signed on for a lead role opposite Richard Dreyfuss in ABC's miniseries Madoff. Cummings will play Eleanor Squillari, personal secretary to Bernie Madoff's (Dreyfuss), in the project from ABC News' Lincoln Square Prods. Inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross' reports and his book The Madoff Chronicles, the mini follows the rise and spectacular fall of the now-imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he… »

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Matt Corman & Chris Ord Join CW Drama ‘Containment’ As Co-Showrunners

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Coming off a five-year run at the helm of their USA Network action drama series Covert AffairsMatt Corman and Chris Ord have joined the midseason CW drama Containment as executive producers and co-showrunners alongside Julie Plec. Plec, who wrote the Containment pilot based on a Belgian format, will need help next season when she will have three series on the CW, Containment and returning dramas The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Containment, produced by Warner… »

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Nazneen Contractor Joins NBC’s ‘Heroes Reborn'; Aoibhinn McGinnity In Cinemax’s ‘Quarry’

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Nazneen Contractor (Covert Affairs) has booked a recurring role in NBC's upcoming event series Heroes Reborn. The project from Heroes creator/executive producer Tim Kring will revolve around a new group of everyday people with extraordinary abilities. Contractor will play Farah, a mysterious character who is militant, tough and stoic. The Heroes follow-up stars Jack Coleman, who reprises his role as Noah Bennett from the original series, joined by a new set of characters… »

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Michael Nyqvist Signs With ICM Partners

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Exclusive: Michael Nyqvist has signed with ICM Partners. The Sweden-born actor, previously at Wme, played Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish version of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie series alongside Noomi Rapace, then jumped to the U.S. for roles including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise and the Keanu Reeves actioner John Wick. Nyqvist recently joined the cast of I.T., an indie revenge thriller starring Pierce Brosnan. In the John… »

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Nicholas D’Agosto Returns To ‘Gotham’ As Series Regular

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Nicholas D’Agosto was cast in a recurring role as Harvey Dent/Two Face in the first season of Fox’s Gotham with an option to become a regular in Season 2, and now the network has exercised that option. D’Agosto will return for the second season as a regular in the role. D’Agosto announced the news via Twitter. In the Batman prequel series, based on the DC characters, Harvey Dent is a bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to… »

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Sony Eyes Relaunching TriStar Television Banner Run By Suzanne Patmore Gibbs

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After being dormant for more than a decade, I hear the TriStar Television brand is ready to make a comeback as a boutique production unit within Sony Pictures Television. I hear it would be run by Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who would segue to the new position after a three-year stint as Evp drama development for Sony Pictures Television. The new division is expected to tackle a small number of projects, including Sony’s 1970s drama The Good Girls Revolt, which is being picke… »

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Emmy Campaign Employs Gina Rodriguez’s Own Words

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Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez’s emotional acceptance speech for best actress in a comedy series was among the highlights at the Golden Globes in January. Portions from the aspirational address as well as Rodriguez’s equally well-received comments at last summer’s TCA press tour about her mission as an actress looking to break Latino stereotypes have become a centerpiece of CBS TV Studios’ Emmy campaign for the hourlong CW series, which successfully petitioned to… »

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Jon Cor Joins ‘Shadowhunters’ On ABC Family

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Jon Cor (Dark Matter) has been cast in a recurring role on ABC Family's straight-to-series drama Shadowhunters. He will play Hodge Starkweather, a weapons trainer at the Shadowhunters New York Institute and a former Circle member. Based on the best-selling young-adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather… »

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Keke Palmer Joins ‘Grease: Live’ On Fox

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Keke Palmer has landed a role in Grease: Live, Fox's upcoming live production of the popular musical, set to air on January 31, 2016. She’ll play the sassy Pink Lady “Marty Maraschino”, alongside Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. Broadway writers Robert Cary (Anything but Love, Ira & Abby) and Jonathan Tolins (Buyer & Cellar, The Last Sunday In June) will pen the adaptation. Palmer will next be seen in Fox’s comedy horror series Scream Queens, set to debut this fall… »

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Graham Moore-Marc Forster Outbreak Drama Gets 10-Episode NBC Series Order

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Writer Graham Moore, whose first feature, The Imitation Game, earned him an Oscar, is making another debut, as TV series creator. NBC has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a drama from Moore, World War Z director Marc Forster and Endemol Shine Studios. The untitled thriller (fka Patient Zero) was co-developed by Sky, which will serve as the series’ UK network. Created and written by Moore and to be directed by Forster, the series is described as a candid… »

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Evolution Media Ups Alex Baskin To Partner, Expands Creative Team

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Evolution Media (Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, Botched) has promoted Alex Baskin to Partner as part of an expansion of the production company’s creative team. In his expanded role, Baskin will continue to oversee Evolution’s development team and provide creative oversight for all Evolution productions. He joins CEO Douglas Ross and CFO Gregory B. Stewart as Partner and also will continue to serve as Evp of Programming and Development. In addition, Evolution Media has… »

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‘Banshee’ Co-Creator Jonathan Tropper Inks Deal With HBO-Cinemax

28 May 2015 12:15 PM, PDT

Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of Cinemax breakout drama Banshee, has signed an overall deal with Cinemax and sibling HBO. Under the pact, Tropper will continue to executive produce Banshee — Cinemax's first homegrown hit from its current foray into primetime drama programming — which is in production on its fourth season. In addition to Banshee, Tropper is writing and executive producing a drama project for Cinemax, Warrior, inspired by writings of Bruce Lee and shepherded… »

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Lori Loughlin Set For ‘Full House’ Sequel

28 May 2015 11:56 AM, PDT

Aunt Becky will be back. Lori Loughlin made it official today on Good Morning America: She’ll return as Aunt Becky for Fuller House, the Full House sequel that premieres on Netflix next year. "I'm very excited," said Loughlin. "Officially I am going to be a part of the reboot, or spinoff, Fuller House." John Stamos, the erstwhile Uncle Jesse, is producing Fuller House, which will star Full House regulars Candice Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten and Andrea Barber, with Stamos… »

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