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Pilot Season 2015: The Overachievers

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With cable networks and digital platforms stepping up original production, broadcast networks are no longer the only game in town. Broadcast has lost a lot of its clout but by sheer volume — hundreds of pitches bought and 80+ pilots shot every year — broadcast pilot season remains the ultimate TV business lottery with long odds to go to pilot. Here is Deadline's annual list of The Overachievers Of Pilot Season, which lists the selected few individuals and production… »

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Sex Sells On We TV

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Sex Box, the show that has the Parents Television Council’s undies in a bunch these days, clocked just 378,000 viewers in its unveiling Friday night on We TV– a mere 18% more viewers than the network had averaged this calendar year to date in its 10 Pm time slot with wedding-planning reality series David Tutera’s CELEBrations. Guess who was most interested in Sex Box? If you guessed “older viewers” — you win! Of those 378,000 viewers, 232,000 were aged 25-54, a 23%… »

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Wilmer Valderrama Joins ‘Minority Report’

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Wilmer Valderrama has been cast opposite Stark Sands and Meagan Good in Fox's drama pilot Minority Report, a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, Dash (Sands), struggles to lead a "normal" human life but remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Good), who's haunted by her past and just might help him find a purpose to his gift. Valderrama will play Will… »

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’

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Following back-to-back recurring turns on TNT’s Major Crimes and FX's Sons of Anarchy and American Horror StoryMalcolm-Jamal Warner is returning to his comedy roots with a co-starring role opposite Rob RiggleSarah Chalke, Merrin Dungey and Jane Curtin in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot 48 Hours 'Til Monday, written/exec produced by Charlie Grandy. 48Hours, from Universal TV, chronicles husband and father of three Charlie's (Riggle) desperate struggle not to let every… »

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Greta Lee Cast As Lead in ‘Sharing'; Nancy Lenehan & Izzy Watts In Dana Klein Pilot

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Greta Lee (New Girl, Wayward Pines) has booked the female lead in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot Sharing, from Universal TV and Jimmy Fallon's Eight Million Plus. It is a workplace comedy about the different groups of people working side by side in a shared office space. Lee, repped by CAA, Regarding Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer, plays Heidi Salazar, the face of Giftr. She’s desperate for the app to make Wired magazine so she doesn’t have to go back to… »

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Mireille Enos To Star In Shondaland ABC Pilot ‘The Catch’

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The Killing star Mireille Enos has been tapped as the lead of another drama project, ABC pilot The Catch. Also cast in the pilot, from ABC Studios and Shonda RhimesShondaland, are Jacky Ido and Jay Hayden (Battleground). Written and executive produced by Jennifer Schuur based on the novel by Kate Atkinson, The Catch centers on Alice (Enos), who is about to get married to Kieran and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates… »

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Sense8′ Get Premiere Dates

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Netflix has announced premiere dates for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day At Camp, the third season of Orange Is The New Black and Sense8. Wet Hot American Summer will premiere July 17; Sense8, the new sci-fi drama series from Andy and Lana Wachowski, on June 5; and Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black on June 12. Canadian thriller Between will debut in May (no specific date yet). Netflix will also premiere original stand-up comedy specials Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible on… »

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Driver Charged In ZombieWalk Crowd Incident At Comic-Con

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The deaf driver who hit and seriously injured a 64-year-old woman during Comic-Con in San Diego last July has been criminally charged in the matter. Matthew Pocci, 47, is facing one count of reckless driving with injury and one count of personal infliction of great bodily injury, according to the San Diego District Attorney’s office. He is expect in court for arraignment on March 9. Pocci was driving through San Diego with two other deaf adults and his child in the back… »

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‘Jesus’ Lifts CNN

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Original series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery was ratings manna for CNN last night. The premiere episode, and the unveiling of The Wonder List With Bill Weir that followed, both debuted at No. 1 in cable news in their respective time periods, in both total viewers and the news demo. At 9 Pm, the Finding Jesus (Shroud Of Turin) episode averaged 1.139 million viewers —  80% bigger than Fox News' crowd of 634,000 and 314% better than MSNBC's 275,000. Finding… »

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Judy Sheindlin Extends Deal With CBS TV Distribution Through 2020

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Judy Sheindlin, host of top-rated syndicated daytime show Judge Judy, has signed a multi-year deal with CBS TV Distribution that extends through 2020. The pact includes a first-look production deal with Sheindlin's Queen Bee Prods., which produces the Sheindlin-created Hot Bench, the top-rated new show in syndication this season. Judge Judy has been the highest-rated show in first-run syndication for the past five seasons. Now in its 19th season, it is averaging 10.3… »

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‘Orphan Black’ Season 3 Trailer: Tatiana Maslany & Ari Millen Face Off

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Ahead of the April 18th premiere, BBC America has dropped the first full trailer for Orphan Black Season 3, opening with the many faces of star Tatiana Maslany. The second season finale brought to light a new line of militaristic male clones, played by Ari Millen, and Season 3 plunges the clone sisterhood, Project Leda, into unexpected territory with the realization that they're not alone. Co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer… »

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Christine Woods To Star In NBC’s Aseem Batra Comedy Pilot

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Hello LadiesChristine Woods is set as the female lead opposite Michael Cassidy in NBC's untitled pilot written by Aseem Batra and directed by Betsy Thomas. The politically incorrect office comedy centers on best friends Dale (Cassidy) and Georgie (Woods) whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the "perfect" woman. Batra is executive producing with Joe and Anthony Russo for Universal TV. Woods, repped by Gersh, Management 360 and attorney Melissa Roga, most… »

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‘Last Man On Earth’ Has Strong Premiere

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Will Forte’s Last Man On Earth became a rare comedy breakout last night, which also featured the debuts of dramas Secrets And Lies and Battle Creek.  Fox’s Last Man premiered with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. While that is tied for the fourth-biggest new comedy series debut this season, the majority of the other series benefited from big lead-ins — Modern Family (No. 1 Black-ish), Big Bang Theory (No. 2 The Odd Couple) and The Voice (tied for No. 4 Marry Me). The only… »

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Larry David On His ‘Seinfeld’ Fortune: “I Don’t Have That Kind Of Money” – Update

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Update Monday 9:22 Am: Here’s the 60 Minutes clip we were talking about over the weekend in which Larry David refutes the amount of money he made off of Seinfeld. It’s actually an outtake from the interview which wasn’t included in last night’s episode. David calls the figures that the media has reported on his worth over the years “ridiculous and absurd and unseemly.” “I don’t have that kind of money! My wife took half of it in the divorce,” David tells Charlie Rose… »

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Daytime Emmy Awards Return To TV With Multi-Year Deal At Pop

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After decades as a staple on the Big 4 broadcast networks, the Daytime Emmy Awards went to the CW and, after two consecutive airings on Hln, dropped off TV completely last year when it was only broadcast online. Now the 24-year-old telecast is back on TV through a multi-year deal between the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Pop (formerly Tvgn and TV Guide Network). It starts with the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live across… »

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Nielsen Reasserts Its Local TV Ratings Clout With New Tribune Deal

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Tribune Media’s renewal with Nielsen comes about a month after the broadcaster surprised some in the industry by also agreeing to use Rentrak audience measurement data at its 42 TV stations — including for their TV Everywhere streaming efforts. People are watching to see whether Nielsen’s hold on the local TV ratings business is in jeopardy at a time when many execs say its data shortchange them, for example by failing to count people who watch TV on mobile… »

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Mark Cuban & Ann Coulter Elected U.S. President & VP In ‘Sharknado 3′

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Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) has been cast as President of the United States and political commentator/author Ann Coulter will assume the duties of Vice President in Syfy/The Asylum’s Sharknado 3. The latest installment of the pop culture phenomenon will cause mass destruction in Washington, D.C. before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida. It will premiere on Syfy in July. The Dallas Mavericks owner and Coulter will join stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie… »

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John Oliver Sexes Up ’60 Minutes’ Report On Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure With Ed Norton And Steve Buscemi

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John Oliver sprayed blame on politicians’ do-nothing approach to grappling with our crumbling infrastructure on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. The long and detailed segment included a shot at Congress for twiddling its thumbs in re our starving Highway Trust Fund. More accurately, CBS News’ 60 Minutes warned of the coming disaster — Oliver’s show mostly rehashed a 60 Minutes report that aired November 23, featuring Steve Kroft, with Ed Rendell in Philadelphia and in a… »

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Allie MacDonald Joins Monica Potter Pilot, Mouzam Makkar In ‘Unveiled’

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Allie MacDonald (House At The End Of The Street) has booked a series regular role in NBC's multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter. The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres' studio-based A Very Good Production, is loosely based on Potter's life and stars the actress as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands — which proves to be difficult… »

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Maggie Smith Hints At ‘Downton Abbey’ Departure

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Season 5 of Downton Abbey concluded last night in the U.S. while Season 6 is currently shooting in Britain. A perennial question surrounding the show ever since its early global success has been just how long it will keep going. Executive producer Gareth Neame told Deadline yesterday that is the question he’s asked “a dozen times a day. I don't think I have ever known such speculation.” But there has also been earlier speculation surrounding Maggie Smith’s future in the… »

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