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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 Debates Rebound On PBS/CNN Simulcast, Scoring 8.03M Viewers

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An average of 8.03 million total viewers watched the PBS NewsHour's Democratic Primary Debate last night, nearly doubling MSNBC’s Dem debate 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 least, and whose White House win would be more historic. PBS averaged a slightly… »

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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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Syfy Orders ‘Prototype’ Thriller Pilot

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Syfy has given a pilot order to Prototype, a sci-fi thriller drama written by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). It centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger. Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Esposados) will direct the pilot and executive produce with Basgallo and Escape Artists Productions (Southpaw). Taylor Latham… »

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Emily Kinney Joins ABC’s ‘Conviction’

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The Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney has been cast opposite Hayley Atwell and Shawn Ashmore in ABC's legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct the pilot, Conviction stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along… »

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‘Talking Saul’ To Follow ‘Better Call Saul’s Premiere And Season Finale On AMC

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AMC has had success with its Talking Dead aftershow for its blockbuster The Walking Dead, and now it’s hoping for the same with Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. The network said today that it will air the live aftershow Talking Saul following Better Call Saul‘s Season 2 premiere on February 15 and season finale on April 18. Hosted by Talking Dead‘s Chris Hardwick– who also led the Breaking Bad aftershow Talking Bad — the hourlong talk show will feature series cast… »

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‘Scandal’ Ratings Return Down, ‘Shades Of Blue’ Even & ‘Big Bang Theory’ Up

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head in another Democratic debate on PBS and CNN last night, but the real news on Thursday's primetime was the return of Shondaland from its winter break. With a jarring Grey's Anatomy (2.4/8), Scandal (2.1/7) and a heart-stopping How To Get Away With Murder (1.8/6) back, ABC tied with a steady American Idol (2.1/7) on Fox for the top stop among adults 18-49 for the night. That's a 90% overall jump for ABC over the… »

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‘Roadies’ Trailer: Cameron Crowe’s Showtime Series About Rock Laborers Gets June Premiere Date

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Picked up to series last October, Roadies is Cameron Crowe’s first foray into television and it shows. I mean because of the subject matter. The show follows a group of roadies working for the arena rock group The Staton-House Band as they tour the United States. Focusing on the unconventional family they find in one another as well as their devotion to the music they love, it offers a look at the rock world through the eyes of the people who make it work correctly so the… »

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Will Smith & Alan Horn Join Obama & Katzenberg For Private L.A. Dinner – Update

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Exclusive: Update, 7:56 Am: Looks like last night’s private power-player dinner with President Barack Obama was with more than just Jeffrey Katzenberg. After our initial scoop late last night, I hear that Will Smith and Disney’s Alan Horn also were in attendance for an off-the-schedule post-fundraisers sit-down with Potus. As these private dinners go that Obama seems to be having almost every time he’s in town, their presence makes sense — along with the DreamWorks Animati… »

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Samantha Bee Vs. The Guys On Late Night, Plus: The Coming Tony Awards Wars? – Gerard & Roth

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Exclusive: Deadline's Jeremy Gerard and Jujamcyn Theatres majority owner and president Jordan Roth talk about the state of the industry (and whatever else might be on their minds), the only stipulation being no holds barred. Gerard: This week saw the debut of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, after a campaign that I thought was as long-winded and self-important as the Presidential nominees that the former Daily Show star and her colleagues have been dining on since forever… »

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‘Little People’ Animated Musical Comedy Series To Premiere On Sprout

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Little People, a new animated musical comedy series from Mattel and its Hit Entertainment, is set to premiere March 7 on Sprout. Based on the original Fisher Price brand and created for children ages 2-5, Little People celebrates the power of collaborative play. In the series, preschoolers are invited to join five lovable 'little people' as they embark on imaginative adventures, inspired by their playful antics in a typical suburban backyard. Sprout has ordered 52… »

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Obama Declines To Dance For Ellen DeGeneres’ Show; Republic Still Standing

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Updated with video: If you had money on Barack Obama becoming the first sitting president to dance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show when he taped his appearance today, we have bad news. “I was watching some of the dance moves backstage,” Obama said when he finally walked onstage, at the Warner Bros lot this afternoon, referencing her audience warm-up entertainment. “You guys were doing pretty good.” No dance, Obama decided. “They set the bar too high,” he said, according to the… »

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‘Good Place’ NBC Comedy Series Casts William Jackson Harper

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William Jackson Harper is set to co-star opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in Good Place, NBC's 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series from Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur. Good Place, which NBC ordered to series last summer based on a pitch, centers on Eleanor (Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be… »

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Pitch’

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Former Franklin & Bash star Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set as the male lead opposite Kylie Bunbury in Pitch, Fox‘s baseball drama pilot, written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer and directed by Paris Barclay. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, follows Ginny (Bunbury), a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Gosselaar will play Mike Lawson, a handsome, charming, self-assured future Hall of Fame Mlb catcher. A… »

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