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Parminder Nagra Cast In ABC Pilot ‘The Kingmakers’

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The Blacklist alumna Parminder Nagra has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot The Kingmakers. Written and executive produced by Sallie PatrickKingmakers, from ABC Studios, centers on Eli, a young man whose sister Julia is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – in order to… »

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Matthew Lillard To Star In ‘Problem Child’ NBC Pilot

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Matthew Lillard is set as the male lead opposite Erinn Hayes in Problem Child, NBC's single-camera comedy pilot inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The TV adaptation, written by Scot Armstrong, is described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents… »

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Review: Tina Fey Netflix Comedy More Than Funny, Says Dominic Patten

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More than two years after 30 Rock wrapped up, Tina Fey is back with a new comedy looking at the foibles of modern life and NYC. Except this time the series created by the SNL alum and 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock is on Netflix not NBC and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt goes to some rather dark places with a disarming sunny disposition. As my video review about says, the Ellie Kemper-starring series that debuts its entire 13-episode first season early tomorrow on the… »

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Daniel Sharman To Star In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Lfe'; Joe Spano In Fox’s ‘48 Hours Til Monday’

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Teen Wolf star Daniel Sharman has been cast as a lead in the CBS medical drama pilot Lfe, from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, Lfe is described as a high-octane medical procedural revolving around second-year residents at New York City's top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Sharman will play Joe, a good-hearted, expertly talented surgical resident. In addition to his starring… »

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Chuck Lorre Remembers Leonard Nimoy In ‘Big Bang Theory’ Vanity Card

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Leonard Nimoy, who died last week, made a voice-over appearance on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory three years ago this week. That night, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) bought Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) a pair of Star Trek keepsake collectibles. Sheldon, of course, breaks his while playing with it and clandestinely tries to switch his toy with Leonard’s. Then Sheldon’s conscience — Nimoy’s voice — starts to get to nag at him. Tonight, series creator Chuck Lorre used… »

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‘True Blood’s Rutina Wesley To Star In ‘Broad Squad’, More ABC Pilots Add Cast

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Rutine Wesley, coming off playing Sookie’s best friend Tara on True Blood for seven seasons, has been cast as one of the four leads in ABC's period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc. A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first female patrol officers in 1978, the project centers on four newly minted cops — Eileen, Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Wesley) &mdash… »

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Johnny Galecki Brings In Andrew Haas To Join His Production Shingle Alcide Bava

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Exclusive: Looking to ramp up his output as producer of TV series and feature films, The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki has hired Andrew Haas to be vice president and his producing partner at Galecki's Warner Bros-based Alcide Bava Productions. The label is currently producing the Bobby Miller-directed The Master Cleanse, which stars Galecki, Anna Friel, Angelica Houston and Oliver Platt. Haas has a strong background in comedy. He was president of De Line Pictures… »

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TV Land Hit By Layoffs As Viacom Consolidates And Looks To Cut Costs

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Not a happy day at TV Land: It was just hit by an undisclosed number of layoffs largely in PR and marketing as part of parent Viacom’s broad effort to cut costs. The entertainment giant “is making changes in three of our domestic network groups, creating two new organizations,” it said today in confirming the TV Land cuts. “Today's changes are part of the process of realigning our resources to meet the new needs of these organizations." Viacom has consolidated its… »

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Alec Baldwin Plots TV Return As NYC Mayor In HBO Series

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Exclusive: In his first major episodic TV project since his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin will star in and executive produce an untitled series for Universal Television and HBO. The series will be scripted by Wells Tower, and Baldwin will play Joe Byrne, a billionaire real estate developer philanthropist, and celebrated socialite/tabloid fixture, who is unexpectedly rocketed into NYC politics when tragedy strikes the incumbent mayor and he is drafted to… »

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Harve Bennett Dies: Producer Of ‘Star Trek’ Movies & TV Classics Was 84

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Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramount’s Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoy’s death February 27. After executive stints at ABC and CBS and co-creating Mod Squad, Bennett had a hand in creating or producing some of the most iconic sci-fi… »

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NBC Picks Up Sniper Miniseries ‘The Reaper’ From Weinstein Co.

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Exclusive: The Reaper has landed at NBC. I’ve learned that the network has given a production order to a six-hour miniseries from the Weinstein Co. based on the recently released book The Reaper: Autobiography Of One Of The Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving, the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper. I hear NBC went aggressively after the project, announced by the Weinstein Co. a month ago, and bought it preemptively. A writer for the mini is… »

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Florence Pugh To Star In Fox’s ‘Studio City'; Kimberley Crossman Joins ‘Fantasy Life’

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The young actresses from the UK and New Zealand are heading Stateside, landing roles in their first U.S. pilots on Fox. UK native Florence Pugh has been cast as the female lead opposite Eric McCormack in Fox's family dramedy pilot Studio City, written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Inspired by Vernoff's real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars, Studio City is set in present-day Studio City, CA and tells the story of a… »

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Networks Still Nagged By Weak Ad Growth As Upfront Market Approaches

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The numbers have been too worrisome for too long to consider them a short term fluke. If the TV ad sales business hasn’t peaked, it probably soon will, according to a growing number of Wall Street analysts — including Cowen & Co’s Doug Creutz and MoffettNathanson Research’s Michael Nathanson, who both just cut their 2015 TV ad sales estimates. They reject the view that media companies’ slowing domestic ad growth numbers in Q3 and Q4 mostly reflected temporary quirks in… »

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Samantha Bee To Headline TBS Comedy Show – Update

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Updated throughout: Remember Comedy Central’s statement last month about Samantha Bee “remaining with” The Daily Show when TBS announced it had nabbed her husband, Jason Jones to do a comedy series for them? Yeah, not so much, TBS responded today, indicating you should take her off your list of candidates to replace Jon Stewart as host. TBS announced it’s signed longtime Daily Show correspondent Bee to host a new comedy show, “cementing its relationship with the prolific… »

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Pair Of SVPs Leaving E! Amid Marketing Shakeup

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A pair of E! execs are exiting their posts as the cable net is merging its marketing team with Esquire. Svp Marketing Solutions Tim Rosta and Leigh Anne Gardner, Svp Print, Online Design and On-Air Design, are heading out. The moves come a week-plus before the premiere of E!’s first scripted series, the Elizabeth Hurley drama The Royals, and two months ahead of NBCUniversal Cable’s upfront. “To more fully align the E! and Esquire Marketing department we have restructured… »

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‘Conan In Cuba’ Clocks 2 Million Viewers On Opening Night – Update

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Updated with numbers from repeat telecast: An average of nearly 2 million people watched the premiere of Conan In Cuba on opening night. TBS’s unveiling of Conan O’Brian’s historic trip to Cuba logged 1.3 million viewers in its 11 Pm Et premiere on Wednesday, after which the network immediately ran it again, posting another 510,000 viewers. For comparison sake,  642,000 watched O’Brien’s late night show, Conan one night earlier. The first telecast alone ranks No. 31 among… »

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Martha Plimpton To Star In Dan Savage ABC Pilot ‘Family of the Year’

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Raising Hope star Martha Plimpton is back on pilot duty with another role as a mom in a single-camera family comedy. Plimpton is set as a lead in ABC’s Family Of The Year. Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Dan Savage, Family Of The Year revolves around the O'Neals, a seemingly perfect All-American family. When the youngest son, Kenny (Noah Galvin), comes out of the closet, all the family secrets are revealed… »

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Christina Vidal To Star In ‘The Curse Of the Fuentes Women’ Pilot, Daphne Rubin-Vega Also Cast

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Christina Vidal is set as a lead in The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, NBC‘s drama pilot from Warner Bros TV. Also cast in the project, written/executive produced by Silvio Horta and directed by Jason Ensler, is Daphne Rubin-Vega (Smash). When a magical and mysterious young man (Adan Canto) inexplicably emerges from the ocean, he breathes new passion into the lives of the Fuentes women – the beautiful but lonely Lola (Vidal), her ailing mother Esperanza (Rachel Ticotin) and… »

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Charity Wakefield To Star In ‘Endgame'; Ben Hollingsworth Joins ‘Code Black’

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Charity Wakefield (The Raven) has landed the female lead opposite Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes in NBC drama pilot Endgame, written by John Rogers and directed by Bharat Nalluri for Davis Entertainment and Sony TV. Described as a high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas, it centers on Alex (Winchester), a former intelligence officer turned security expert who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic… »

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‘Dig’ Review: USA Network Event Series Not Very Deep, Says Dominic Patten

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Debuting at 10 tonight on USA Network, the 10-episode series created by Gideon Raff and Tim Kring stays pretty shallow despite its international, geopolitical and historical reach and aspirations. Even with its attempts to dig into the mysteries and revelations deep beneath Jerusalem and the potentially world-ending plans of Christian and Jewish extremists, Dig is, as my video review above says, really just a plodding procedural dressed up in solemn garb. The event series… »

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