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Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Delayed By Widespread Cable & Satellite Outages – Update

7 hours ago

Updated 9:01Pm:  Massive cable and satellite service outages have forced the delay of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao championship fight. Service outages or connection problems have occurred in many parts if not most of the country.  Pay-per-view customers who have forked over $90-$100  for the privilege of watching the bout are themselves in a fighting mood over problems with Time Warner Cable, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Charter, At&T and Optimum, to name a… »

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Nets $400M For HBO/Showtime; Hollywood Comes Big

8 hours ago

Understandable, since the event has overwhelmed cable systems, but even so, the staggering take from tonight’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is, well, staggering. Estimates are now holding that the event will bring in an amazing $400 million from PPV revenues. With fight fans paying as much as $100 in the U.S. to watch the bout, #MayPac is looking to bring in what might be the biggest haul in pay per view history. 3 million individual PPV buys are being reported by HBO and Sho… »

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Controversy Dogs #MayPac: Were Reporters Banned For Criticizing Mayweather?

12 hours ago

Are sports journalists being punished for criticizing Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s alleged history of domestic abuse? That’s the question with only hours to go before tonight’s Mayweather championship bout with Manny Pacquiao. Numerous reports and overnight tweets contend that Espn/HBO reporter Michelle Beadle, USA Today’s Martin Rogers, and CNN/TNT reporter Rachel Nichols have been either denied press credentials or had them revoked due to pressure from the Mayweather… »

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‘Beyond The Tank’ Ratings Strong In Debut, ‘Blue Bloods’ Finale Steady With 2014, ‘Grimm’ Down

18 hours ago

With May sweeps in full bloom, there have been a number of finales peppered around the Big 4 the past week and last night was no exception. However, as Blue Bloods (1.3/5) ended its fifth season on Friday, there was also a debut on the primetime landscape too with ABC's Beyond The Tank (1.5/6) at 9 Pm. Once again, the 10 Pm Tom Selleck-led CBS series was the most watched show of Friday with 11.02 million tuning in last night and therefore CBS once again claimed the most… »

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A New Princess: U.S., International Media Welcome #RoyalBaby

19 hours ago

“It’s a princess!” U.S. and foreign media proclaimed this morning in breathless coverage of the arrival of the latest member of the British royal family. #RoyalBaby was top trender on Twitter as social media muscled into the scene. Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and their newborn daughter subsequently have left St. Mary’s Hospital. U.S. media don’t necessarily treat the royal family like the 24/7 soap opera that usually unfolds in Britain, but… »

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Bill Maher: Obama And W Embody ‘Romper Room’s Do Bee/Don’t Bee

20 hours ago

In his weekly New Rule editorial, HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher exhumed the old Romper Room "Do Bee/Don't Bee" motif, to illustrate why May 1 should be declared National Do This Not That Day, and the difference between presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Romper Room, he explained to millennials, is the TV show that people used to use to bore pre-schoolers into taking a nap in the days before Ritalin. Doo Bee, he explained, was always doing everything right… »

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Pilot Season 2015: The Latest Buzz

1 May 2015 9:34 PM, PDT

We are officially in the series pickup stage of pilots season as NBC today kicked things off with orders to Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreaker. Other frontrunners may soon follow suit, like Minority Report at Fox, the Jenna Bans drama at ABC and Cordon at the CW. Here is one final roundup of pilot buzz ahead of the onslaught of series orders (and passes) next week. Even with the three series orders, I hear the NBC drama field is still wide open, with multiple other… »

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HBO Miniseries ‘Lewis And Clark’ Adds To Cast

1 May 2015 5:45 PM, PDT

The Army is growing in HBO’s miniseries Lewis And Clark. Brendan Fletcher (Gracepoint), James Cutler (Kick- Ass 2), Rob Aramayo, Devin Harjes (Daredevil, Gotham), Tim Plester, Tyson Ritter, and David Wilmot have been cast as members of the Corps of Discovery, the expeditionary group led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, played by Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts, respectively. Based on the book Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose, Lewis And Clark tells the… »

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Rick Feldman Exits As Head Of Nonfiction Producers Association

1 May 2015 3:23 PM, PDT

After less than a year on the job, Rick Feldman has stepped down as executive director of Nonfiction Producers Association, a nonprofit trade group launched last year to rep companies that produce documentaries and reality TV shows. Feldman, who served as president of Natpe from 2003-12, joined the New York-based Nonfiction Producers Association shortly after its founding in June of 2014. The organization says it's now begun "a broad search for a new, long-term executive… »

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NBC Picks Up Dramas ‘Blindspot’, ‘Chicago Med’ & ‘Heartbreaker’ To Series

1 May 2015 2:30 PM, PDT

NBC, the first broadcast network to present its 2015-16 lineup on May 11, has been one step ahead this pilot season — making the first pilot order to drama Warrior and being the first network to give pilots permission to begin staffing with nods to dramas The Player (formerly Endgame), Blindspot and Heartbreaker (formerly Heart Matters). Now NBC has become the first network to pick up pilots to series for next season — Blindspot, Heartbreaker and Chicago Fire spinoff, Chic… »

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‘Naked And Afraid’ Renewed For Season 3 By Discovery Channel

1 May 2015 1:11 PM, PDT

On the heels of its Season 2 premiere, Discovery Channel has picked up a third season of its hit survival series Naked And Afraid. The series’ April 19 Season 2 premiere was Discovery Channel’s highest-rated ever, according to the network. It earned a 2.20 in P25-54, up +32% vs last season’s premiere. Additionally, Naked And Afraid pulled in 3.471 million total viewers in P2+, up 29% vs last season’s premiere and was the most watched premiere without a Wallenda lead-in. Na… »

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Jimmy Pardo Inks Overall Deal With Conan O’Brien’s Conaco

1 May 2015 12:30 PM, PDT

Jimmy Pardo is expanding his relationship with Conan O’Brien. The actor-comedian has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros TV Group-based Conaco, O’Brien’s development/production banner, to develop scripted and unscripted projects. Pardo has a long history with O'Brien. He has been the warm-up comedian for O’Brien’s late-night talk show Conan for the past six years, after doing the same gig on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.  Additionally, he is a regular panelist… »

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NFL Draft Day 1 Watched By 7.03M; Third Best Result Ever – Update

1 May 2015 12:26 PM, PDT

Update, 12:26 Pm: The final scores for Day 1 of the big pick are in and it's a Bronze for Espn this year. Day 1 of the NFL Draft drew 7.03 million total viewers and a 4.5 rating among Adults 18-49 last night. That's the third best Draft Day 1 has done since it was first broadcast by Espn in 1980. It is also a 29% fall in viewership and a 26% drop among the key demo from the all-time high of last year. The second best result ever for the big night was back in 2010 when the… »

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Ray Romano Touts David Letterman Primetime Special As Retirement Nears

1 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

CBS sent a clip about Monday’s primetime special celebrating the record-breaking career of retiring late-night legend, David Letterman: A Life On Television. Ray Romano, seen in the clip, hosts the 9:30-11 Pm program celebrating his more than three decades in television; Letterman's last night as host of Late Show will be Wednesday, May 20. “If you have children you should wake them up, because if you haven’t seen any of the old Dave you should see,” Romano says in the… »

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FX Picks Up John Singleton ‘Snowfall’ Pilot

1 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

The Boyz N The Hood director's take on the beginnings of a crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles has found a new home. Originally set at Showtime, John Singleton's Snowfall pilot has now been picked up by FX, Presidents of Original Programming Nick Grad and Eric Schrier announced today. "Snowfall takes us on a wild ride through one of La's most fascinating cultural and social periods, and no one can tell this story better than John Singleton," said Schrier. "The pilot… »

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CBS Mulls ‘CSI’ Last Chapter: Will Veteran Drama Avoid ‘Law & Order’s Fate?

1 May 2015 11:55 AM, PDT

It was May 2010. NBC’s Law & Order was eying a place in the history books with a 21st-season pickup, which would’ve broken a tie with Gunsmoke and make L&O the longest-running drama series ever. The mothership series also had just spawned a third spinoff series, L&O: Los Angeles, which had been ordered to series. Then, just days before NBC’s upfront presentation, the network abruptly canceled the long-running show. Fast-forward five years. It is May, and we have another… »

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Alberto Rosende & Emeraude Toubia Join ‘Shadowhunters’

1 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Alberto Rosende (Blue Bloods) and Emeraude Toubia (Tu Dia Alegre) have joined the cast of Shadowhunters, ABC Family's straight-to-series drama based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series, whose first episode is being directed by McG, follows 18-year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids… »

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TV Upfronts 2015 Schedule: Presentations, Parties & Karaoke

1 May 2015 10:19 AM, PDT

Trips to the upfronts in New York may still be on hold for many producers and actors while the networks are deciding the fate of their pilots or shows, but here is what awaits those who make the cross-country schlep. There are a few changes from last year, like NBC’s upfront presentation returning to the Radio City Music Hall after giving Seth Meyers a lot of fodder with their Javits Center location last year “in the heart of New York's historical Stabbing District,” as… »

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Mike White’s ‘Mamma Dallas’ HBO Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward

1 May 2015 9:58 AM, PDT

HBO has opted not to go to series on Mamma Dallas, its comedy pilot by Enlightened creator Mike White, which followed a conservative Texan family who unwittingly hire a hard-living drag queen as their live-in nanny. With its concept, the project was considered a big swing and, while it is not going forward, HBO remains committed to its creator, as reiterated by the network’s programming chief Michael Lombardo. “Mike White is one of the most talented filmmakers working… »

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‘Today’ Beats ‘Good Morning America’ In News Demo By 28K Viewers

1 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT

NBC's Today won the week of April 20, beating its closest morning infotainment show rival, ABC’s Good Morning America by 28,000 news-demo viewers. That's Today’s biggest adults 25-54 victory over Gma since the second week of the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Of 31 weeks this TV season to date, Gma has won 29 in the demo so far. The last time Gma lost to Today in the demo was back in December, during Christmas week, when it lost by just 1,000 viewers. But Today has won six of… »

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