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Angus Simpson Joins Hulu Drama ‘Shut Eye’; Manny Montana Cast in ABC’s ‘Conviction’

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Angus Simpson has landed a regular role in Shut Eye, Hulu's original series from creator Les Bohem, TriStar Television and Mark Johnson's Gran Via Productions. It takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Simpson will play Fonzo, a macho and powerful Romani kingpin with a taste for the finer things in life. A single father still mourning the loss of his wife, he appears affable… »

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NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

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Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… »

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Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

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Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans", A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's… »

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Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show Finally A Go At NBC

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NBC confirmed today it has greenlighted a Maya Rudolph-hosted variety show, an idea that had been in the works since a primetime special The Maya Rudolph Show aired back in May 2014. The new show will be co-hosted by Rudolph and Martin Short and be executive produced by their old SNL boss Lorne Michaels. Our sister pub Variety broke the news today, saying the network is targeting a late May premiere for the tentatively titled Maya And Marty In Manhattan. No word on the… »

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Jennifer Getzinger To Helm ‘Miranda’s Rights’, Only Female Director Hire On Drama Pilot This Season

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Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men, The Big C) is set to direct NBC/Universal TV’s legal drama pilot Miranda’s Rights, written by Katie Lovejoy. Surprisingly, given the current push in the industry to open up the field to female directors, Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season with just 1-2 open assignment left. Out of about 40 broadcast drama pilots ordered, she is one of only two female directors total, along with Liz Friedlander, who… »

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Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy Pilot

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Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… »

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Bill Cosby Fights Again To Stop Sexual Assault Case Moving Forward

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Bill Cosby's team said earlier this month they were going to fight the criminal charges and try again to stop the sexual assault case moving forward in the Pennsylvania courts. and today the much accused actor-comedian did just that. "Notice is hereby given that Defendant William H. Cosby Jr., by and through his attorneys, hereby appeals …and to the exceptional circumstances doctrine applicable to appeals of orders denying petitions for writ of habeas corpus and motions… »

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Kevin James CBS Comedy Casts Ryan Cartwright; Andy Fickman Set To Direct

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Kevin James is re-teaming with Andy Fickman, director of his 2015 feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Fickman is set to direct the opening episode of James’ multi-camera comedy series for CBS. Additionally, Ryan Cartwright (Alphas, Bones) has been set as a regular opposite James in the project, from Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. The untitled show centers on newly retired police officer Kevin (James) who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids… »

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Jake Tapper Snags First TV Interview With Actress In Pulled Ted Cruz Attack Ad

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CNN’s Jake Tapper landed the first TV interview with the actress who caused the Ted Cruz campaign to pull a new ad attacking Marco Rubio. "As if we were not already in the middle of the most bizarre presidential race in modern history,” Tapper began giddily, noting the ad got pulled yesterday when Daily Caller revealed one of the actors in the spot had done adult films. Amy Lindsay is the one who delivered the line to the actor playing the disillusioned Rubio fan, “Maybe… »

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‘Hart Of Dixie’s Wilson Bethel Joins A&E Pilot ‘The Infamous’

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Former Hart Of Dixie star Wilson Bethel has landed a co-starring role on A&E Network’s hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous. It revolves around two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster (Bokeem Woodbine) poised to break out of South Central and the Lapd detective hell-bent on taking him down. It will be set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the L.A. riots. Bethel, repped by Wme, Link, Zero Gravity and Morris… »

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‘Twin Peaks’: Ashley Judd Joins Reboot

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I have learned of another big name that has quietly joined Twin PeaksDavid Lynch's upcoming new installment of his groundbreaking 1990 supernatural mystery series. I hear Ashley Judd will be in the new season, slated for premiere on Showtime in early 2017. Additionally, in addition to Lynch reprising his role from the original series as Gordon Cole and fellow co-creator/executive producer Mark Frost reportedly doing a cameo, I hear Frost’s dad, 90-year-old actor Warren F… »

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As Disney Junior Turns 5, Nancy Kanter Talks Boys Vs. Girls, Disney Synergies, Multi-Platform Challenges, Kids TV Future

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Underscoring how rapidly the TV landscape is changing, just five years ago there was an entire 24-hour cable channel dedicated to rerunning episodes of daytime soaps someone may have missed. As the number of soaps shrunk and the proliferation of DVR viewing grew, Disney-abc decided to replace SoapNet with a preschool channel. Disney Junior started as a programming block on Disney Channel on February 14, 2011 with Jake And The Never Land Pirates before launching as a… »

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‘The Simpsons’ Nancy Cartwright Launches Production Banner Spotted Cow With First Projects In Place – Berlin

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The Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright has announced the launch of her new film and television production company, Spotted Cow. With an eye on global audiences, the outfit will look to finance, produce and acquire live action and animated films, television series, as well as entertainment for digital platforms with budgets up to $15M. Heading up Spotted Cow: Producer and longtime collaborator with Cartwright Peter Kjenaas in onboard as President, while producer… »

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‘Vinyl’s Terence Winter Talks Mick Jagger, Season 2 Plans, Olivia Wilde & Scorsese

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Exclusive: If you wanted to put together a behind-the-camera supergroup, starting with Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and Mick Jagger would be one way to surely kick out the jams. Well, the Boardwalk Empire boys are back in town, teaming with the Rolling Stones frontman for Vinyl. The 10-episode series debuts on HBO on Valentine's Day with a two-hour pilot helmed by the Goodfellas maestro, executive produced by Jagger and co-written by showrunner Winter. Long story… »

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Colin Woodell Joins John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’

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Colin Woodell has been tapped for a series regular role in Presence, John Ridley’s female Pi drama pilot for ABC. It’s the latest high-profile gig for the actor, who has been heating up after graduating from USC a couple of years ago. Described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre, Presence centers on Presence Foster (Stephanie Sigman), an Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a divergent and colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she… »

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Democratic Debate Rebounds On PBS/CNN Simulcast, Scoring 8M Viewers

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An average of 8.03 million total viewers watched the PBS NewsHour's Democratic debate last night, nearly doubling MSNBC’s Dem faceoff results last month. CNN simulcast the debate and nearly doubled its haul, to get to that 8M+ figure. An average of 4.1M total viewers watched on CNN as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debated who loved President Obama more, who loved Henry Kissinger less and whose White House win would be more historic. PBS averaged a slightly smaller… »

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Andrea Martin To Star In Tracey Wigfield NBC Pilot, Kimrie Lewis-Davis Also Cast

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Andrea Martin is set as one of the two leads in NBC’s untitled Tracey Wigfield comedy pilot from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Also cast in the single-camera project from Universal TV is Kimrie Lewis-Davis (Scandal, Peeples). They join previously cast Adam Campbell. Written by Wigfield, the comedy centers on an already inseparable mother-daughter relationship that becomes more complicated when mom Carol (Martin) accepts an internship at her daughter's workplace, a news… »

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Gop Debate Musical Chairs Ends: All New Hampshire Survivors Make CBS Stage

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Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have been given podiums for Saturday's CBS News Gop debate. No musical-chairs competition here, what with Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie having dropped out after their disappointing finishes in the New Hampshire primary this week. It’s the final debate setting for the New Hampshire survivors before the South Carolina primary February 20. Fac… »

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‘The Night Manager’ Trailer: John Le Carré Spy Thriller With Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston & Olivia Colman

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Here’s the first trailer for The Night Manager, a six-part mini-series produced alongside BBC One and The Ink Factory and having its premiere on April 19 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. An update of John le Carré's spies-and-gangsters drama with a screenplay by e.p. David Farr and helmed by e.p. and Oscar winner Susanne Bier (In A Better World), it promises to bring together “love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality,” per AMC. The series follows former British… »

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Pilot Ordered By Fox; Damon Wayans Starring, McG Directing

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After lengthy negotiations, Fox and Warner Bros. TV have closed a pilot-order deal for Lethal Weapon, an hourlong series based on the cop buddy action comedy movies that starred Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh. In Living Color alum Damon Wayans Sr. is set to play Murtaugh in the remake (no word on the Riggs role), with Charlie’s Angels helmer McG set to direct the pilot for Warner Bros. TV. Written by former Chuck executive producer and Foreve… »

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