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Oscar Telecast To Be Available Online For The First Time

24 February 2013 1:09 PM, PST

Exclusive: The Academy Awards will be breaking new Web ground this year. We have learned that for the first time, ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will make the full Oscar telecast available for streaming in the U.S. on Monday across multiple platforms. They include ABC.com, the ABC Player app, Hulu, Hulu Plus and some of Hulu’s official distribution partners, including ShareTV. The Oscars will be available to stream beginning tomorrow morning at 6 Am Est through Wednesday, Feb. 27 at midnight Est. Disney-abc co-owns Hulu, having joined NBCUniversal and News Corp. in the online venture in 2009. This is the first time a major TV awards show is being made available online in its entirety. Highlights from tonight’s 85th Academy Awards already will be available to watch online faster than ever. Oscar.com will put up buzzed-about musical performances, acceptance speeches and jokes almost »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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R.I.P. Ray Cusick

24 February 2013 7:14 AM, PST

Ray Cusick, the British TV production designer best known for his work on Doctor Who, passed away Thursday night after a short illness. He was 84. In 1963, Cusick, a staff designer at the BBC, was asked to give form to the race of aliens created by screenwriter Terry Nation for nascent sci-fi series Doctor Who. Cusick came up with the design for the Daleks, mutants encased in studded metal shells who appear to glide over the ground as they move. The villains became emblematic of Doctor Who, continuing to appear throughout the series’ life including in its current incarnation and in other films and TV shows. They’re also well-known for their catchphrase, “Exterminate!” It is often thought that Cusick’s design was inspired by a pepper shaker. He recently said the detail came during a lunch with the special effects expert who would make the Daleks. At the meal, Cusick »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Union Didn’t Disrupt ‘Night Before’ Party

24 February 2013 2:21 AM, PST

Deadline contributor Ross Lincoln reports that Beverly Hills Hotel security kept a handful of members of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West well back from guests arriving for Saturday night’s 11th Annual ‘Night Before’ Oscars Party. It’s the fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund thrown by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Union personnel were prohibited from setting foot on hotel property, demarcated by blue tape on the sidewalk next to the main entrance and on the traffic island outside the hotel. As limos began to arrive, the party guests inside mostly didn’t notice the small contingent of Seiu members - 6 total - clustered in an inaccessible area. Any vehicles that did attempt to stop and see what was happening were waved on by hotel security. (“Driver, keep driving!”, security shouted at one car.) The leaflets which union reps attempted to pass out summarized their position: ”Mptf management »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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NBC’s Summer Series ‘Camp’ Finds Lead, Network’s Pilot ‘About A Boy’ Adds Actress

23 February 2013 12:00 PM, PST

In his Us series debut, young Australian actor Tom Green has been cast as a lead in the NBC 10-episode summer series Camp, from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, BermanBraun and Universal TV. In the tradition of Meatballs and Dazed And Confused, Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. In the one-hour dramedy, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love. Green, repped by Wme, Luber Roklin & Australia’s Rgm, plays young male lead Kip, an adorable loner who likes indie rock and documentary films and hates people. In Australia, Green starred on drama series Dance Academy, which was carried in the Us by TeenNick. Anjelah N. Johnson has been cast in About A Boy, NBC‘s single-camera pilot based on the Nick Hornby book and the 2002 movie. Written by Jason Katims, and directed by Revolution’s Jon Favreau, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Jorge Garcia Joins CBS’ ‘The Ordained’, Joe Lo Truglio Cast In Fox’s Schur/Goor Project

23 February 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Lost alum Jorge Garcia has been cast opposite Charlie Cox in the CBS drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by Rj Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, The Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. Garcia will play Carlos, the law firm’s staff investigator. Nestor Serrano co-stars. Garcia has been recurring on ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Joe Lo Truglio (Wreck-It Ralph, Free Agents) has landed the last series regular in the Andy Samberg-starring Fox comedy pilot, from Mike Schur, Dan Goor, Universal TV and 3 Arts. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the single-camera pilot, which revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Undercover Boss’ Down In Return, ‘CSI: NY’ Flat In Finale, ‘Nikita’ Drops

23 February 2013 9:35 AM, PST

All CBS’ midseason reality series The Job seems to have done is kill the momentum of Undercover Boss. Boss returned to CBS‘ schedule last night after a two-week break to make room for the quickly cancelled The Job with a 1.5/5 in 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers. That was down more than 20% from the shows last original, which posted series highs (1.9, 9.94 million). Still, Boss delivered a 103% improvement in the 8 Pm hour vs. last week. The stronger lead-in didn’t help the ninth-season (and likely series) finale of CSI: NY (1.2/4, 9.4 million), which was flat with last week. Also matching last week’s performance was Blue Bloods (1.4/4), the most watched program of the night (11.06 million). CBS won the night in total viewers. The top program on Friday among adults 18-49 was once again ABC‘s Shark Tank at 9 Pm (1.8/6), even with last week. But its lead-in and lead-out were down — the 8 Pm comedies Last »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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R.I.P. Bob Godfrey

22 February 2013 9:39 PM, PST

Britain’s first Oscar-winning animator Bob Godfrey, whose work ranged from the children’s TV cartoon Roobarb and the BAFTA-winning Henry’s Cat to mock-erotic films like Kama Sutra Rides Again, died Thursday at the age of 91. Born in Australia (née Roland Frederick Godfrey), he was educated in England where he began his career as a graphic artist in the 1930s. During World War II he served in the Royal Marines and afterward seized an opportunity to work in animation that eventually lead to a collaborative animated film produced in 1952 at a cost of £10 and entitled The Big Parade. Godfrey’s crew — Jeff Hale, Keith Learner, and later Nancy Hanna and Vera Linnecar — decided to set up their own studio, making some of the first commercials for ITV. The Guardian described him as the godfather of British animation. In addition to winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for his 1975 musical comedy Great, »

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Striking Editors, ‘Swamp People’ Producers Settle Dispute

22 February 2013 8:58 PM, PST

Striking editors on the History Channel‘s Swamp People have reached an agreement, according to Motion Picture Editors Guild statements posted on Facebook and Twitter. “We have successfully resolved the Swamp People strike. After a work stoppage of four days, the crew of the History Channel’s docu-reality series will return to work with a union contract” read the statement on Facebook. The Twitter message said The @MPEG700 crew of #SwampPeople has a deal to end the #strike! Back to work under an @Iatse contract. The editors walked off the job Tuesday in protest against producers trying to stymie union organizing. Approximately 16 people were involved in the walkout. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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‘Community’s Ken Jeong Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

22 February 2013 8:00 PM, PST

On the same day NBC’s Community posted a series low, its co-star Ken Jeong was cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy. The casting of course is in second position to Community, but ABC is clearly betting that the cult comedy won’t come back next season. Based on the UK series, Spy centers on Tim (Rob Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Mason Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Jeong will play the lithe and mischievous Examiner. The role is played by Robert Lindsay in the original series. Jeong is the first Community cast member to book a pilot. After an encouraging start to its fourth season earlier this month, Community dropped off precipitously, posting a series-low 1.1 18-49 rating for its episode last night. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Esai Morales To Co-Star In CBS Pilot ‘Advocates’, Tyler Labine In ‘Super Clyde’

22 February 2013 7:45 PM, PST

Esai Morales is has joined the cast of CBS‘ legal drama pilot The Advocates. Written by Bruno Heller and directed by David Nutter, Advocates centers on lawyer Shannon Carter and ex-con Henry Bird who team up as “victim advocates,” going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog. Morales will play Rafael “Raffa” Cortez, an ambitious and somewhat Machiavellian district attorney. He joins recently cast Cch Pounder. Morales, repped by Innovative and Klwgn, is recurring on the upcoming second season of Starz’s Magic City. Tyler Labine is set to co-star opposite Rupert Grint in Super Clyde, Greg Garcia’s single-camera pilot for CBS. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Clyde (Grint), a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. Mike Fresco is directing. Labine, repped by CAA and manager Tyman Stewart, will play Duke, Clyde’s older brother. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Fox’s ‘I Suck At Girls’ Cast Young Leads, ‘Gang Related’ Adds Detective

22 February 2013 7:15 PM, PST

Connor Buckley (Deception) has landed the young lead in Fox’s untitled Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker comedy pilot (aka I Suck At Girls), from Bill Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Bros. TV. Based on Justin Halpern’s book, the single-camera comedy tells the story of a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google. It centers on a father, Jack and his teen son Frankie (Buckley). Claudia Lee will play the teen daughter Rachel. Buckley is with Robert Stein Management and Cesd. Inbar Lavi (Underemployed) has been cast as a regular in Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th TV and Imagine TV. Written by Chris Morgan and directed by Allen Hughes, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. Lavi, repped by TalentWorks, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Andrea Anders To Star In ABC’s ‘Divorce’, ‘Friends & Family’ & ‘Intelligence’ Add Casts

22 February 2013 6:12 PM, PST

Andrea Anders is set as the female lead in ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story, from Sony TV ABC Studios. Written by Mike Sikowitz & Daniel Lappin based on an Israeli format and directed by Pam Fryman, Divorce centers on Kenny and Robin (Anders), a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they’re even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of each others’ lives. This marks Anders’ return to ABC where she starred on Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine. Dustin Ybarra has been cast in Friends & Family, Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot from writer David Rosen, Sony TV and BBC Worldwide Prods. Based on the UK series Gavin & Stacey, Friends & Family focuses on the key life moments for Gavin (Jason Ritter) and Stacey, who try to maintain their relationship while combining their polarizing families’ lives. Please a character description and rep info below. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Signs With CAA

22 February 2013 5:36 PM, PST

Exclusive: CAA has signed Jennifer Jason Leigh. The award-winning actress appeared most recently on ABC’s Revenge in a recurring role as Kara Clarke-Murphy, Emily Thorne’s mother. In January she premiered two films at Sundance: The Beat poet pic Kill Your Darlings, acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, and James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, which was snapped up by A24. Leigh was previously repped at UTA. She is managed by Greg Clark at Untitled Entertainment and is also repped by David Weber and Harris Hartman of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern, Llp. »

- JEN YAMATO

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ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ Recasts Mad Hatter Role With An Eye Toward Spinoff

22 February 2013 5:20 PM, PST

Exclusive Updated: The Mad Hatter may get his own series. I’ve learned that ABC brass are mulling spinning the character from fairytale drama Once Upon A Time into his own series. I hear ABC’s original plan was to do it with Sebastian Stan, who has played the character in six episodes. But he was not available for the potential series commitment, so the network has quietly put out feelers to recast the role. (Stan is finishing a run in Picnic on Broadway, segueing straight into training for his role in Captain America.) I hear one scenario has ABC filming a short presentation with the character, with a 13-episode commitment to the project also bandied about. It is also possible that the Mad Hatter returns to Once for a guest stint later this season. If the character and his storyline pop (as they have done in the past), that »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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John Stamos To Star In NBC Pilot ‘I Am Victor’

22 February 2013 4:45 PM, PST

ER alum John Stamos is returning to NBC as the lead of I Am Victor, a drama pilot from former House executive producer Katie Jacobs and bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. Stamos is in final negotiations for the project, written by Mark Goffman based on Nesbo’s book. It centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Quick, charming, disarming, brazen and direct, he unapologetically says what most people think, but dare not say, and the methods he uses on behalf of his clients are anything from jurisprudence and artful negotiation to manipulation and pure extortion. Nesbo, Jacobs, Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers and Niclas Salomonsson executive produce for Universal TV. Stamos, repped by Wme and Brillstein Entertainment, already is in business with NBC — he is recurring on comedy The New Normal. The actor, coming off a Broadway run in The Best Man, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Union Leaflets, Not Pickets For Katzenberg’s ‘Night Before’ Oscar Party For Mptf

22 February 2013 4:28 PM, PST

Guests at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s 11th Annual ‘Night Before’ Oscars Fundraiser benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund tomorrow won’t have to worry about crossing a union picket line after all. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to ignore the contract talks battle between the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West and the Mptf. I’ve learned that the union plans to have members on the scene outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday as guests arrive. “It won’t be a formal picket line but more an informative leafleting,” says a source close to the situation. At around 6 Pm, approximately 25 to 30 Seiu members who work at the Mptf’s Wasserman Campus hospital in Woodland Hills will start handing out flyers to arriving guests. The flyers will thank them for their support of the Mptf and urge them to ask the organization to “bargain in good faith. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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CW Pilot ‘The Selection’ Casts Its Lead

22 February 2013 3:49 PM, PST

Exclusive: In her first pilot season in the U.S., Israeli actress Yael Grobglas has landed one of the most sought-after roles for young actresses, the lead in the CW drama The Selection. Because of a theater commitment in her native country, I hear Grobglas, who is of French-Austrian decent, only had two weeks to audition in Los Angeles before returning home. They resulted in her booking America Singer. Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is an epic romance centering on America Singer (Grobglas), a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Warner Bros. TV is producing the pilot, written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain based on Kiera Cass’ book. Aimee Teegarden, who played America in The Selection last year, is the lead of another CW pilot this year, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Odette Annable & Bruce Greenwood To Star In ABC’s Pilot ‘Venice’ Directed By McG

22 February 2013 3:30 PM, PST

Odette Annable (Breaking In) and Bruce Greenwood (The River) have been cast in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque drama pilot Venice. Written by Byron Balasco, directed by McG and executive produced by Ilene ChaikenVenice is a soap about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. It focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Annable will play Sophie Nance, the owner of the hippest boutique in Venice, who falls in love with the offspring of her family’s archenemies, Chris Carver. Greenwood plays Sophie’s father Gordy Nance, the most powerful man in Venice and head of the Nance family. Jennifer Beals plays the Carver matriarch. Warner Bros. TV and McG’s Wonderland produce. Greenwood, repped by Gersh and manager Chuck Binder, was recently in Flight »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Update: Eden Riegel Set For Guest Arc On ‘All My Children’s Online Revival, Julia Barr Joins Cast

22 February 2013 3:25 PM, PST

Update 3:25 Pm: Prospect Park has announced that Eden Riegel will reprise her Emmy-winning role as Bianca Montgomery as a cameo guest arc in the online revival of the ABC daytime drama All My Children. Previous: Prospect Park‘s The Online Network announced today that Julia Barr will reprise her role as Brooke English in the online revival of the cancelled ABC daytime drama, the character for which she earned two Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She joins previously announced cast members Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin), Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin Castillo), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater). Additional casting details will be announced in the coming weeks. Prospect Park announced earlier this year that new 30-minute episodes of All My Children and One Life To Live will be launched each weekday and will »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 24

22 February 2013 3:14 PM, PST

Listen to (and share) episode 24 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. Deadline Executive Editor Lieberman and host David Bloom look at whether a rash of Big Media stock buybacks and special dividends are about brand strength or stockholder bribery; what to make of a new report that suggests the pay-tv business has some breathing room before its business models “implode”; and Tom Wolzien’s plan to bring the back-and-forth of talk radio to lower-tier cable TV channels. Deadline Big Media, Episode 24 (MP3 format) Deadline Big Media, Episode 24 (MP4A format) The M4A version of this podcast is designed to run on any device using Apple’s iTunes software, and includes enhanced graphics and links to stories and other resources. The MP3 version of this podcast is designed to play on virtually any device capable of playing digital audio. For those using non-iTunes software to listen »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor

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