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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Josh Hutcherson Does ‘SNL’: Video

24 November 2013 3:02 AM, PST

Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Josh Hutcherson wasn’t even alive in the ’80s, but the mullet fit as he lip-synched The Outfield’s 1985 chart-topper “Your Love” in one of Saturday Night Live‘s better, and least explainable, sketches. (He did go ’90s retro in his 2012 indie Detention.) Elsewhere in the night Hutcherson’s highlights included a Hunger Games-themed monologue as well as him playing the straight man to Beck Bennett’s office boss-in-a-baby-body and his brief turn as a special correspondent in Mike O’Brien’s Bugs skit. Maybe a Horrible Bosses sequel is in this kid’s future – or Anchorman 3? Weigh in on the clips below. Josie Opening monologue Office Boss Bugs »

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Deadline Global Showbiz Watch 15: The Laos-y Movie Deal Episode

23 November 2013 6:14 PM, PST

Listen to (and share) episode 15 of Deadline’s audio podcast “Global Showbiz Watch, with Nancy Tartaglione.” Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about The Rocket, the best film to come out of Laos in perhaps ever, and why the Laotian government is banning it; Keshet’s Rising Star continues to rise in the U.S. and U.K.; so-past-rising star Simon Cowell’s newest three-year deal with ITV; what new EU film-support rules may mean for getting more films made there; and a French film debut that may redeem a poor year at the box office for local productions. Global Showbiz Watch 15 – The Laos-y Movie Deal Episode (.MP3 version) Global Showbiz Watch 15 – The Laos-y Movie Deal Episode (.M4A version) 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. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Hot Teasers: ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 & ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special

23 November 2013 4:51 PM, PST

BBC‘s Sherlock returns for its 3rd season on January 19 on PBS in the U.S., picking up after Season 2′s “Reichenbach Fall” finale. Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the 30-second teaser for Sherlock‘s return that was unveiled during today’s 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special: But wait, there’s more! BBC also dropped a new teaser for its Doctor Who 2013 Christmas Special: Related: ‘Doctor Who’s ‘An Adventure In Space And Time’ + 50th Anniversary Update »

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DGA Board Approves New Contract With Producers; 2.5% Wage Increase For 1st Year, 0.5% Pension Increase, Some Svod & Avod Increases

23 November 2013 1:44 PM, PST

Related: DGA, Producers Reach Tentative Deal On New Contract As expected, the Directors Guild of America Board today unanimously rubber-stamped the new three-year deal its negotiating committee finalized with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers on Friday. With the board’s approval, the agreement now goes to the DGA’s 15,000 members for ratification to succeed the current Basic Agreement and the Freelance Live and Tape TV Agreement, which expire on June 30, 2014. No word yet on when that voting deadline will be but the DGA expect to announce a date just before the voting packages go out in the next week or so. The board meeting started around 9 Am today at the DGA HQ on Sunset and went into the early afternoon. The deal, which took just two and a half weeks to reach, sees wage increases of 2.5% the first year and 3% for the second and third years of the agreement. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Nikita’ Returns With Premiere Low, ‘Bones’ Rises, ‘JFK’ Special Solid, CBS & ABC Tied To Win Night

23 November 2013 9:49 AM, PST

The final Friday of the November sweep was a night of return and remembrance. The return was with the fourth and final season premiere of The CW’s Nikita (0.2/1). Back for just six final episodes, the spy drama fell a hard 33% among adults 18-49 from its October 19th Season 3 debut last year. That’s a premiere low for Nikita. Added to that was the fact that last night’s result also cratered 60% from the season finale of America’s Next Top Model in the same slot last week. In terms of overall viewers, Nikita was also down sharply from 947,000 watching last year’s season debut to 732,000 watching last night. A modest but steady Friday night performer for the CW over its run so far, Nikita has done well in DVR viewing so expect so uptick there as Live+3 and Live+7 results trickle in. Nikita’s lead-in, The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1), was even with last week. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Fox Rechristens Its Music Building In Honor Of Composer Lionel Newman

22 November 2013 8:22 PM, PST

Steven Spielberg, John Williams and Jim Gianopulos were among the big names attending the dedication of the Lionel Newman Music Building. The building on the Fox lot in Century City has been renamed in honor of the late composer, conductor, pianist and longtime head of Fox’s music department, whose tenure with the studio spanned nearly half a century and more than 200 films, including his Oscar-winning score for 1969′s Hello Dolly! He also earned 10 other Oscar noms for such films as Doctor Doolittle and There’s No Business Like Show Business. He also worked on numerous TV series including Batman and M*A*S*H. Spielberg talked about meeting Newman during the scoring of Jaws, and five-time Oscar winner Williams spun tales of Newman’s colorful career at the studio. More than a dozen members of Newman’s family also were on hand, including his nephew Randy Newman, a two-time »

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DGA, Producers Reach Tentative Deal On Terms of New Contract

22 November 2013 7:09 PM, PST

After just 18 days of negotiations, the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced tonight that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year TV/theatrical contract. The deal will be reviewed Saturday at a special meeting of the DGA’s National Board; if the board approves it, the deal will be sent to the full membership for ratification soon afterward. Related: NBCU Hires Labor Relations Topper Ahead Of Negotiations Neither side is commenting tonight. As they have through the negotiations, which began November 4 at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, the DGA and the producers have imposed a blackout on details of the tentative agreement until it is approved by the DGA board. Meanwhile, neither the WGA nor the merged SAG-aftra has begun their negotiations with the AMPTP. Although the WGA announced its negotiating committee last week, it has yet to set a start date for talks. »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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Deadline Big Media 60: The Games Yes Movies No Episode

22 November 2013 7:08 PM, PST

Listen to (and share) episode 60 of our audio podcast “Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman.” Deadline’s financial editor talks with host David Bloom about Sony’s big investor meeting this week and the changes and cuts it’s promising to make to enhance the health of its “vital” entertainment unit; the race between Sony and Microsoft as each finally launches long-awaited next-generation videogame consoles; more big cuts at the long-suffering Tribune Co.’s newspapers; and John Malone and Charter Communications look like they’re about to go hunting for more cable companies. Deadline Big Media Episode 60 (.MP3 version) Deadline Big Media Episode 60 (.M4A version) 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. »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Won’t Compete In 2014 WGA Awards Drama Series Category

22 November 2013 6:05 PM, PST

HBO’s flagship drama Game Of Thrones won’t extend its streak of two consecutive WGA Awards nominations in the best drama series category due to a submission issue. “As a result of an inadvertent online entry error HBO’s Game of Thrones was not entered in the WGA Awards Drama Series category,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “The series’ episodic entries were not affected.” Since the submission process is online, it is not clear whether the omission was a result of a computer glitch or human error. I hear HBO tried hard to rectify the problem the moment it was discovered, but WGA would not add the show to the top drama category it had been competing in since it launch. In addition to two best drama series WGA Award nominations the last two years, Got also landed a WGA nom for best series in 2012. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Aasif Mandvi Joins HBO Pilot ‘The Brink’; Katherine Lanasa In USA’s Sean Jablonski

22 November 2013 5:34 PM, PST

Exclusive: Actor and Daily Show correspondent, Aasif Mandvi has been cast in The Brink, HBO‘s comedy pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. Exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins), a lowly Foreign Service officer (Jack Black); and an ace Navy fighter pilot. Mandvi, repped by ICM Partners and Sweet 180 Management, will play Rafiq Massoud, a young Pakistani employed by the U.S. embassy whose love of America runs as deep as his resentment. He will be seen next in Million Dollar Arm. Katherine Lanasa (Deception) is set to co-star in USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot. The project, from Ucp, follows investment banker Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Suspension Is Over After Tonight — Or Not

22 November 2013 5:14 PM, PST

Tonight, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, MSNBC planned a primetime lineup that included the special JFK: The Day That Changed America, The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary, 50 Years of Guns – a docu in which Al Sharpton profiles guns in America decades after Kennedy’s murder — and a “very enlightened and well-researched” edition of Up Late,  “dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination,” according to that show’s host Alec Baldwin. But after Baldwin went on another homophobic slur-spewing against a photographer earlier this month, his well-researched show on the JFK assassination has been replaced by one of the cable news network’s Lockup programs, as part of what Baldwin has described as a two-week-and-possibly-forever suspension of his program. Related: MSNBC Temporarily Suspends ‘Up Late With Alec Baldwin’ “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now,” Baldwin wrote in his blog »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Unscripted Producer Sean Travis Sets Up Shop At Asylum Entertainment

22 November 2013 5:13 PM, PST

Exclusive: Veteran reality producer Sean Travis has inked a pod deal with Asylum Entertainment. Under the pact, he will produce his own shows. Travis’ unscripted credits include MTV’s The Real World, ABC’s The Mole and Celebrity Mole, WB’s High School Reunion, Spike TV’s The Joe Schmo Show and Fox’s Princes Of Malibu and The Rebel Billionaire. He also was executive producer for MTV’s The Hills and The City, and currently is Ep on that network’s Wait ‘Til Next Year via his 2Lights Entertainment. He is repped by Wme and Greenberg Traurig. It’s the latest addition for Asylum, producers behind The Kennedys miniseries as well as reality shows like ReelzChannel’s Beverly Hills Pawn and the Espn docu series 30 For 30. As part of its expanding unscripted efforts, Asylum last month inked an output deal with Kennedys partner ReelzChannel with plans to produce 50 hours »

- PATRICK HIPES, Managing Editor

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More Ryan Seacrest Prods. Executive Turnover — CEO Exits

22 November 2013 4:23 PM, PST

The revolving door at Ryan Seacrest Prods. continues with a slew of comings and goings in the past year. The latest development is the exit of CEO Adam Sher, who had been with the company since 2008. According to sources close to the company, Sher he will retain his equity stake. In the past year, the company, which is yet to score a major hit beyond the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise, also parted ways with Fernando J. Hernandez, Evp Development and Production, who took a job at Universal TV, and Svp Development and Current Unscripted Programming Heather Schuster. On the coming side, Rsp brought in veteran scripted executive Nina Wass and Jason Sarlanis as Svp Unscripted Development, with Izzie Pick Ashcroft set to join early next year when Rsp is expected to name a new president. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Comcast’s 2014 Rates Will Include A $1.50 “Broadcast TV Fee”

22 November 2013 3:54 PM, PST

The cable giant will score some PR points next year when consumers open their monthly bills. Instead of hiking rates for “limited basic” and “digital preferred” service, Comcast will tack on a new $1.50 charge that it calls a “Broadcast TV Fee” — designed to point a finger at TV stations that demand rising retransmission consent payments. “In recent years, the cost of retransmitting broadcast television signals has increased significantly, and we want to address these more recent increases through a separate itemized charge so that they are clear to you,” the company says in a customer notice. The $1.50 charge is just the amount that Comcast is passing along to rate payers, not necessarily the whole amount of the increase in its outlays to broadcasters. Others, including Charter and At&T U-verse, have similar fees that call attention to retransmission consent. Comcast won’t have a similar charge to highlight the rising »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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Time Inc Acknowledges Business Problems As It Begins Its Formal Effort To Go Public

22 November 2013 3:27 PM, PST

Be sure you read Time Inc‘s financial documents if you’re tempted to buy the company’s stock next year when Time Warner spins it off. The initial SEC filing today shows that it’s a fixer-upper. The No. 1 magazine company– whose 23 U.S. titles include Time, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, People, and Sports Illustrated — says that its long term strategies “have not met management’s original expectations” and are being changed. But the publisher “had several recent changes in executive leadership” that have been “disruptive to our business” and may make it “more difficult to attract and retain the key employees we need to meet our strategic objectives.” Joseph Ripp became CEO in September, replacing Laura Lang. Ripp is still examining operations; once he’s finished he’ll “be better positioned to articulate areas of strategic emphasis for our business.” Lawyers believe the spin off should be tax-free. But »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ Carries On With New Format

22 November 2013 3:00 PM, PST

In early September, NBC News announced that Carson Daly, host of NBC‘s late-night show Last Call and the network’s primetime singing competition The Voice, would be joining Today as a daily contributor. At the same time, Last Call, renewed in April for a 13th season, was slated to begin production but it didn’t, raising speculation about the show’s future. NBC back then stressed that Daly will remain an exec producer on Last Call, which was working on a “transition” plan. That typically is a code name for a quiet cancellation but in this case, Last Call indeed started production in late September, a couple of weeks behind schedule. It quietly started airing originals the last week of October, introducing a new format that still features Daly. Because of his increased workload, he is now only doing “wraparounds,” framing each episode with an opening and a conclusion, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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ABC News Parts Company With Katie Couric

22 November 2013 2:47 PM, PST

ABC News and Katie Couric are breaking up. Couric, meanwhile, is close to a deal with Yahoo which would include doing an interview show for the Internet giant. Yahoo, ironically, has a news-sharing contract with ABC News. ABC News was on the hook for a much smaller portion of Couric’s reported $20 million paycheck with the company than is the syndication operation, with which she has a deal for her daytime talk show Katie. The ABC News gig was seen by some as a vanity thing tacked to her talk show by those who have noted she’s not done much for ABC News in the past year. Anyway, it’s no longer the case that ABC News will be paying part of her paycheck. “Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up. Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Jessica Szohr & Beth Riesgraf Among Quartet Cast In USA Pilot ‘Complications’

22 November 2013 2:31 PM, PST

Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Beth Riesgraf (Leverage), Demetrius Grosse (Justified) and Lauren Stamile (Burn Notice) will co-star opposite Jason O’Mara in USA Network‘s pilot Complications, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix and Fox TV Studios. The project centers on John Ellis (O’Mara), a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. When he learns the boy is still marked for death, he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost, and discovers that his life and his outlook on medicine may never be the same.Szhor, repped by ICM Partners, Mosaic, and Bloom Hergott, will play Gretchen, an ER nurse at Samaritan Hospital. Pretty and whip-smart with an ironic smile and penetrating eyes, she’s a good nurse, but a bit of a dark soul. When »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ratings Rat Race Update: The CW Tops NBC From 8-10 Pm In 18-49 For First Time

22 November 2013 2:05 PM, PST

Update, 2:05 Pm: The CW’s The Vampire Diaries (1.3 in 18-49) held onto its fast national rating, and Reign (0.7) was down 0.2 due to an NFL pre-emption, but the network still averaged 1.0 in adults 18-49 for the night — beating NBC head-to-head from 8-10 Pm on Thursday for the first time with regularly scheduled programming. NBC averaged 1.0 from 8-11 Pm but 0.9 from 8-10 Pm. Adjusted down were both Fox series — The X Factor (1.5, up .2 from last week) and Glee (1.4, flat) — while Big Bang went up a tenth. With the Latin Grammy Awards, Univision drew 4.6 million total viewers, 2.4 million of them adults 18-49, to finish No. 3 for the night behind CBS and ABC. Previous, 10 Am: Is there a more lopsided time slot on TV than Thursdays 8 Pm? CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (5.2 in adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week’s fast national) beat the other four shows in the half-hour combined »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Renewed For Second Season

22 November 2013 1:45 PM, PST

Lifetime is going two for two with its freshman scripted series. As expected, the cable network has given a second season pickup to drama Witches Of East End, starring Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. The series has received a 13-episode order for a 2014 premiere. “With its great story telling and amazing cast, Witches Of East End is leading a full-blown witch renaissance,” said Rob Sharenow, Evp and General Manager of Lifetime. Witches Of East End joins Lifetime’s freshman Devious Maids, which also has been renewed for a second season. One of Lifetime’s youngest skewing scripted series ever, with a median age of 46, Witches Of East End, from Fox 21, is averaging 3.0 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 viewers, and 1.3 million Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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