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MGM TV Acquires Margaret Atwood’s Novel ‘The Heart Goes Last’

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MGM Television is building on its collaboration with author Margaret Atwood on the upcoming Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale by acquiring the TV rights to her well reviewed novel The Heart Goes Last. The book tells the story of Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple, who have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of a nationwide economic collapse. Forced to live in their third-hand Honda, where they are vulnerable to roving gangs, they think the gated… »

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‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’: Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins Among Nine Cast In HBO Drama Pilot

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HBO is building out the cast for its drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K'naan Warsame and executive produced by Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow. Elvis Nolasco (American Crime), K.C. Collins (RoboCop), Rif Hutton (Hotel Transylvania), Ezana Alem (Oasis), Hanad Abdirahman Abdi, Selam Tadese, Prince Abdi, Yusra Warsama and Liya Kebede (The Best Offer) have joined the cast. All will be regulars if the… »

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‘Designated Survivor’ & ‘Lethal Weapon’ Post Modest Week 2 Ratings Dips, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Code Black’ Return

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Snapshot: New series Week 2, all drops under -20%: Lethal Weapon (1.9 in 18-49, -14%, 7.1 million) Designated Survivor (1.8, down -18%, 7.9 million), Speechless (1.8, down -10%, 6.4 million); Returning series all down from their premieres though Blindspot is in an virtual tie. Fox’s Empire (3.6 in 18-49, 9.6 million) is highest rated and most watched program of the night. Those more than 6 million viewers who watched the series debut of ABC’s Designated Survivor on DVR… »

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’24 Legacy’: Tiffany Hines & Bailey Chase Cast As Recurring

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Tiffany Hines (Bones) and Bailey Chase (Longmire) have joined the cast of Fox’s 24 franchise reboot 24: Legacy in recurring roles. The series, starring Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins, chronicles a race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. It will follow the original series' real-time format. Tiffany will play Aisha, Isaac's (Ashley Thomas) smart and ambitious girlfriend, as well as an important part of his drug-dealing business. She's clever… »

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Jennifer Hudson Joins UK’s ‘The Voice’; Doha’s Ajyal Youth Fest Unveils Line-Up — Global Briefs

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Jennifer Hudson and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale have joined the UK version of The Voice. Singer-actress Hudson, a 2004 American Idol finalist whose career has earned her a Grammy and a Oscar for her role as Effie in Dreamgirls, will make her debut with Rossdale on the show as coaches on the singing competition. They join Tom Jones and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who previously have served as coaches — Jones for the first four seasons and will.i.am on every season… »

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‘Dear White People’: Nia Long To Recur On Netflix Series

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Nia Long is the latest to join the cast of Dear White People, Netflix’s straight-to-series comedy based on the 2014 Sundance pic. A sendup of “post-racial” America, the Lionsgate-produced show revolves around a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. Long will recur as Neika Hobbs, an African-American studies professor at Winchester University with a whip-smart… »

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FCC Delays Vote On Proposal To Promote Competition For Cable Set Top Boxes

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FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel doesn’t seem to be on board yet with Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to help independent manufacturers sell cable set top boxes. The FCC took a proposed vote on the matter off of the agenda for today’s open meeting, but will keep it on the circulation list. The two FCC members, and fellow Democrat Mignon Clyburn — who make up a majority of the five-member commission — said in a statement that they “are still working to resolve the… »

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Jay Z Makes 2-Year Overall Movie & TV Deal With Weinstein Company

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The Weinstein Company has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter to generate movies and scripted and unscripted TV. Carter has been involved in such pics as Annie, Top Five and The Great Gatsby and is looking to elevate his presence. TWC has a two-year overall deal and already has a couple of projects that will be announced soon. This follows a first-look deal for The Weinstein Company with Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua. Through his multimedia… »

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Cecily Strong Does Not Appreciate ‘SNL’ Sketch Pitches From Fans, Sympathizes With Melania Trump

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Cecily Strong, pitching the return of Saturday Night Live on Seth Meyers' Late Night, says she has sympathy for Melania Trump, who she has played on SNL. Melania did not ask for this presidential race; her world is her son, and gowns, and looking like a billion bucks, Strong said. She is more disdainful of SNL fans who pitch her their sketch ideas, via Facebook. "I get this weird mean edge I shouldn't get," Strong acknowledged. So, don't bother pitching Strong a sketch… »

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ & ‘Finding Prince Charming’ Push Logo To Ratings Record

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Strong ratings for Emmy-winner RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars as well as new competition reality series Finding Prince Charming  have led Logo to its highest-rated Thursday in network history. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars logged a series high with last Thursday's episode, up 88% from the current season average, according to Nielsen and Logo. It also was the highest-rated episode in the Drag Race franchise since the Season 5 finale of the mothership series, RuPaul’s Drag Race… »

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‘The Bachelor’ & ‘The Bachelorette’ First Seasons Among ABC App October Slate

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ABC has announced the slate of new programming for October available on the ABC app. Among the new additions now accessible to viewers are the first seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and two new series from Upright Citizens Brigade alumni. Other new programming includes additional episodes of A Little of Your Time with Quinn Marcus from comedian Quinn Marcus and On the Record featuring Fancy Hagood are also now available, as well as two new ABCd original… »

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Cult Hit Animated Series ‘Adventure Time’ To End In 2018

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Prepare to bid a fond farewell to bacon pancakes. Cartoon Network announced today that its Peabody- and Emmy-winning animated series Adventure Time will be ending in 2018 — eight years and 71 hours of programming after it began. Adventure Time content will continue to debut on Cartoon Network over the next two years, including specials, miniseries and the ninth and final season. The Pendleton Ward-created series centers on the post-apocalyptic adventures of Finn the Human… »

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BBC Ww Ups Stake In Lookout Point; Factory 42 Launches With Vr ‘Giselle’

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BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in British drama producer Lookout Point from 35% to 49% with an option to take full ownership at a future date. Lookout Point, run by Chairman Simon Vaughan and his co-ceo Faith Penhale, was founded in 2009 and has become a leader in global drama financing. The company recently teamed with The Weinstein Co and the BBC on epic miniseries War And Peace. Its other credits include period crime series Ripper Street and Benedict… »

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UTA Vs. CAA Agent-Poaching Lawsuit: Judge Officially Hits Pause Button

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Exclusive: The lawyers on both sides were starting to sweat a bit, but nearly a month after almost formally ruling on whether to halt the court battle between the uber-agencies over the spring 2015 poaching of  five senior CAA comedy agents and many of their clients by UTA, the judge has now made her move — and its 2-0 for CAA in what is still a very fluid situation. L.A. Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman finally ruled Tuesday to pause the open court case against UTA and… »

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Fox Buys ‘The Underlings’ Legal Dramedy From ‘Hart of Dixie’ Creator

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Fourteen years after the end of Ally McBeal, Fox is returning to the legal dramedy arena with another female-centered young ensemble. The network has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Underlings, from Hart of Dixie creator producer Leila Gerstein and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written/executive produced by Gerstein, The Underlings is set at a corporate law firm fueled by greed where a group of beleaguered, hapless assistants, led by a plucky… »

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Andrea Tantaros’ Shrink Backs Sexual Harassment Claims Against Roger Ailes & Fox News

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The battle between former The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros and Fox News Channel and Roger Ailes just took a detour from the courts to the shrink's couch and back again today. In filings her lawyer Wednesday to stop the multimillion-dollar sexual harassment suit against the cable news giant, its former boss and its current brass from going to arbitration, Tantaros' psychologist says she knew about the alleged bad behavior at Fnc for years. "In 2014, Andrea told me about… »

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ABC Nabs Political Family Comedy Starring Felicity Huffman From Kenya Barris & Vijal Patel With Big Commitment

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Exclusive: In one of the biggest half-hour sales so far this season, ABC has landed a family comedy from Black-ish creator/executive producer Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has Emmy winner Felicity Huffman attached to star and executive produce. The single-camera project about a politically divided family hails from ABC Studios, where Barris and Patel are under overall deals. The big commitment, a rarity for a deal between a studio and its… »

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‘The Magicians’ Casts Christopher Gorham; ‘Outcast’ Adds C. Thomas Howell

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Covert Affairs alum Christopher Gorham is set for a recurring role on the second season of Syfy’s The Magicians. Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians centers on Quentin (Jason Ralph), a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Gorham will play Sen. John Gaines, who discovers he's in possession of unusual abilities. Gorham is in post-production on… »

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‘NCIS’ Current & Former Cast & Crew Remember Gary Glasberg: “Our Rock, Our Cheerleader, Our Team Captain” – Update

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Updated with additional reaction: It is a day of mourning on the sets of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans where the casts and crews are trying to come to grips with the devastating news about the sudden death of the series’ executive producer Gary Glasberg. Here is the statement released on behalf of the actors and crew members of mothership NCIS, on which Glasberg served as showrunner, followed by messages by current and former cast members of the venerable drama series. Gary… »

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‘Imaginary Mary’ Order Trimmed By ABC

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ABC has cut the order for midseason live-action/CGI-hybrid comedy series Imaginary Mary to nine episodes (pilot plus eight), from its original 13-episode order. The pilot, from The Goldbergs team of Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Happy Madison, was well received at ABC last spring, though the live-action portion, especially star Jenna Elfman, scored higher marks than the CGI elements. A decision was made to make some tweaks to the animation which require more time… »

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