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Barkeep Hillary Clinton Sets ‘Em Up For Laughs On ‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere

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Playing amiable barkeep “Val” to Kate McKinnon’s anxious Hillary Rodham Clinton, the real Hrc walked away with the premiere outing of SNL’s 41st season, kidding herself, singing “Lean On Me” and even hanging around long enough to introduce Miley Cyrus, who was doubling as host and musical guest. It was an A+ appearance (video above) in a solid B show. The cold open featured Donald and Melania Trump (Taran Killam, new to the imitation game following prior Trump… »

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Scooter Braun & Cyber Group Partner On ‘Rock Angels’ Animated Musical Series – Mipcom

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Scooter Braun's Sb Projects' School Boy Records, whose artists include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen, has teamed with France's Cyber Group Studios to co-develop Rock Angels, a musical animated CGI series for kids. Rock Angels will follow the exploits of a five member teen band, aged 12 to 15, comprised of the Sky Angels, a sweet sisters pop duo from Louisiana, Dayna and Cherie, and the Rock Ons, a Detroit rock band of three cousins, Dev, Joey and… »

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Abby Huntsman Joins Fox News As Reporter

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Fox News has hired Abby Huntsman as a general assignment reporter, the network confirmed to Deadline this evening. Huntsman previously worked at MSNBC as a co-host on The Cycle. One of the network’s few conservatives, she left MSNBC after The Cycle was cancelled at the end of July. Before joining MSNBC in 2013, she worked at HuffPost Live. In addition, she recently served as a host on SiriusXM satellite radio. Huntsman also worked at ABC News where she appeared as a… »

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Adds Paddy Considine, International Intrigue & More As Season 3 Shoot Begins

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The long-anticipated return of Peaky Blinders is approaching. Shooting starts Monday on the third season of the Steven Knight-created crime saga with new cast additions now set, and more revealed about what’s to come for Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby. Among the new cast members, Paddy Considine has joined as the representative of a force beyond anything Tommy has previously encountered. Season 3 will see Tommy pulled into the glamorous and dangerous world of international… »

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‘Dr. Ken’ Ratings Debut Solid, ‘Blue Bloods’ Viewership Rises, ABC Wins Night In Demo

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Now nearly two weeks in, the new TV season has started to settle in a bit. But that doesn't mean new shows aren't still making their debuts – even on Fridays. And the premiere of comedy Dr. Ken (1.4/6) was a nice jolt for ABC, in fact the sitcom was the top scripted show of the night. Coming off the second week of the latest season of Last Man Standing (1.2/5), which bopped up 9% from its September 25 show, the semi-autobiographical Ken Jeong-led show about a doctor with… »

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Stephen Colbert Talks Oregon Shooting, McCarthy’s Benghazi “Little White Truth”

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Stephen Colbert packed a lot of politics into his Late Show opening last night. As had many other late night show hosts, he began by addressing the latest school shooting.  Late-night comedy show serious/sad openers have become part of that post-school-shooting routine President Obama was talking about in his latest post-mass-shooting news conference. “These things happen over and over again and we're naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we… »

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For ‘Limitless,’ ‘Rosewood’ And Other New Shows, Is 15 Minutes All It Takes To Win?

2 October 2015 11:00 PM, PDT

It’s not the same as that 15 minutes that will supposedly save you 15% on car insurance, but 15 minutes may be all it takes to predict which new TV shows are most likely to make the cut to return next season, if Peel Smart Remote App data is as accurate this year as it was in 2014. This season’s top 5 new shows holding on to an average of 70.2% or more of their viewers for 15 minutes were Limitless (CBS) with 73.8%, Rosewood (Fox) with 73.3%, Blindspot (NBC) at 72.5%, The… »

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Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected As Evp Of SAG-aftra, National VP/La Is Clyde Kusatsu – Update

2 October 2015 8:35 PM, PDT

Update, 8:35Pm (adds national VPs): Clyde Kusatsu has been elected SAG-aftra’s national VP, Los Angeles, the guild announced this evening at its ongoing biennial convention at which delegates nominated and elected eight national vice presidents, including the Evp Gabrielle Carteris, whose victory was announced earlier today. Ilyssa Fradin was elected national vice president, mid-sized locals and Samantha Mathis was chosen national VP, actors/performers. National VPs who… »

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‘Quantico’ Gets 2nd Encore After Strong L3 Ratings, ‘Beyond the Tank’ Pushed

2 October 2015 8:02 PM, PDT

Quantico, starring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, has emerged as a potential breakout new series, and ABC is getting firmly behind it. Three days before the series premiere, the network last Thursday pushed the return of reality series Beyond the Tank, originally slated for Sept. 29, by a week to give the Quantico opener more sampling with an encore airing two days later in the Tuesday 10 Pm slot (which actually was Quantico‘s original berth before ABC moved it to… »

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Premiere Week Live+3 Ratings: Scripted Series Take Charge As ‘Empire’, ‘Big Bang’ Overtake ‘Sunday Night Football’

2 October 2015 6:58 PM, PDT

Here is another great indication of how rapidly and profoundly consumption of scripted programming is changing, with delayed/on-demand viewing’s share growing by the day. NBC’s Sunday Night Football dominated Premiere Week in Live+Same Day ratings, sitting at No.1 with a 8.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 22.07 million viewers, comfortably ahead of the closest finishers, Fox’s Empire (6.7 in 18-49) and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (18.20 million viewers). But after only 3 days… »

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‘Top Chef’ Extortion Case: Feds Indict Wrong Teamster, Won’t Admit Mistake

2 October 2015 6:42 PM, PDT

The U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts this week indicted the wrong man for harassing and threatening the cast and crew of Top Chef last year. Richard Jeffrey, one of the five members of Teamsters Local 25 indicted by the office Wednesday, had his charges quietly dropped. Another member of the Boston local, Michael Ross, was indicted in his stead. It turns out that the two men look alike, and when prosecutors viewed crew members' cell phone footage of the Top Chef… »

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Comedy From Tina Fey, Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock Gets Big CBS Commitment

2 October 2015 4:45 PM, PDT

In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed a multi-camera project from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trio of Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock. Written by Burditt, the untitled comedy centers on an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers bonkers after he unexpectedly finds himself retired. Burditt, Fey and Carlock executive produce with 3 Arts’ David Miner. Universal TV, where Fey, Carlock and Burditt are under overall deals, is… »

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HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Sunnier Makeover For Title Theme

2 October 2015 3:53 PM, PDT

The most ominous musical chord on TV is no more, as HBO’s The Leftovers gets a plucky alt-country opening title sequence to replace the grim, spooky (but quite wonderful) bombast of its debut season. The new main title song, Iris DeMent’s spry, winsome 1992 bluegrass tune “Let The Mystery Be,” kicks off with Sunday’s Season 2 debut at 9 Pm. No spoiler alerts needed here — I haven’t seen the new episodes — but the Season 2 title sequence suggests an optimism that might be… »

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Fox News Channel Leads Cable News Nets As Oregon Community College Shooting News Breaks

2 October 2015 3:46 PM, PDT

Fox News Channel was the most watched cable news network during 2-4 Pm Et coverage of breaking news out of Oregon on Thursday, averaging 1.7 million viewers and 294K news demo viewers. That’s up 46% and 151%, respectively, compared with same day last year. CNN clocked 1.04M viewers, with 240K of them news demo viewers, as it covered the shooting at Umpqua Community College. CNN was up 107% and 67%, respectively, compared with same day in 2014. MSNBC’s Brian… »

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Grant Show Joins ABC Drama Series ‘The Family’

2 October 2015 3:44 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Devious Maids star Grant Show has been cast in a recurring role opposite Joan Allen in ABC’s new midseason drama series The Family. Written by Jenna Bans, The Family follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? Show will play Charlie Lang, the ego-driven, blue blood Democratic… »

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‘MacGyver’ Series Remake Set At CBS, James Wan & Henry Winkler Producing

2 October 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

Another classic action-adventure TV series is getting a reboot. CBS is developing MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife. The new series, which comes from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan, the original’s executive producer Henry Winkler and NCIS: La executive producer R. Scott Gemmill, will feature a… »

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Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’: S.J. Clarkson Directs First Two Episodes

2 October 2015 2:00 PM, PDT

Marvel just announced that UK director S.J. Clarkson helmed the first two episodes of Jessica Jones. Clarkson, who has directed shows including Vinyl (HBO), Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) and pilots Dig (USA) and Hunted (BBC/HBO/Cinemax) also served as an executive producer on the premiere episode. Based on the Marvel Comics series Alias, the second installment of Marvel’s line of Netflix shows stars Krysten Ritter as title character Jessica Jones. A former superhero… »

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Marvel Comics ‘Damage Control’ Adapted As Comedy TV Series By ABC

2 October 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

Sometimes the most important super heroes are the ones behind the scene. Marvel Television is heading to the half-hour live-action comedy arena with Damage Control, a single-camera comedy project based on the Marvel Comics books, which has received a put pilot commitment from ABC. Developed for TV by former Daily Show and Colbert Report executive producer Ben Karlin, Damage Control follows the overworked, underpaid, clean up crew of the Marvel Universe. Specializing in… »

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‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Series From ‘Forever’ Creator Set At Fox As Put Pilot

2 October 2015 12:45 PM, PDT

After rebooting Rush Hour as a series last year, Warner Bros TV is doing the same with another blockbuster buddy action movie franchise about mismatched cops. A Lethal Weapon hourlong series based on the films that starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. It will be written by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller, who most recently created and executive produced the ABC drama <em… »

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Alek Skarlatos Leaves ‘DWTS’ Rehearsal After Oregon College Shooting But Expected Back Monday

2 October 2015 12:32 PM, PDT

Expect increased ratings for Dancing With The Stars this coming Monday. A source says competitor Alek Skarlatos is planning to return to the series in time for Monday’s broadcast, despite his abrupt departure from rehearsal Thursday after learning of the mass shooting at the community college where he’d been enrolled this semester. Heading home to roseburg tonight. Everyone send thoughts and prayers to the families — alek skarlatos (@alekskarlatos) October 2, 2015 Dwt… »

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