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BBC To Cut More Than 1000 Jobs As Part Of Restructure

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BBC director general Tony Hall announced today that the public broadcaster will be cutting more than 1000 jobs as part of a restructure caused by a $234 million gap in license fee income for 2016/2017. The shortfall in revenues has been blamed on more people using iPlayer, mobiles and online catch-up, leading to an unexpected fall in the the number of households owning televisions. Most of the cuts are expected to come from professional and support areas with management… »

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam Serenade Ellen Greene In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ -Review

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Judy Garland at the Palace had nothing on the crowd that roared when Ellen Greene made her entrance Wednesday night on stage at New York’s City Center for the final of  just two performances in a staged concert of Little Shop Of Horrors. It felt like Homecoming, Sunday church in Harlem and the Governor’s Ball all rolled into two joyfully cathartic hours, part celebration of a more innocent time, part funeral for the loss that soon followed. Based on Roger Corman’s 1960… »

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Is Chris Pratt Psychic? ‘Jurassic World’ Star Predicted His Role In 2010

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Ok, maybe there is something to the idea of ‘put it out there to the universe and it will happen’. In 2010, Chris Pratt was playing Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While recording a behind-the-scenes video extra for the show’s DVD version, he made a joke about getting a text from Steven Spielberg. ‘Man, I just got a text message,’ said Pratt as he looked down at his phone. ‘From Steven Spielberg. God, so annoying’, he said relaying his reply aloud. ‘I’ll have to… »

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David Kennedy Dies: TV Producer & Former Talent Agent Was 73

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David Kennedy, veteran TV producer and former talent agent, has died. Kennedy died suddenly June 14 in Los Angeles from complications from knee replacement surgery, according to a statement from FX Productions. He was 73. Kennedy was under a first-look development deal with FX Prods at the time of his death, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years, according to the network. Among his projects were How To Survive A Plague, which he was developing with… »

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‘Hannibal’ Releases Cast As Show Continues To Look For New Home

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Ten days after NBC cancelled Hannibal, the series no longer has its cast under contract. I hear that starting today, stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are free agents, and they are already fielding film and TV offers. Their options expired last night and were not extended by Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television. Still, the independent production company continues talks with potential distributors. If Hannibal finds a new home, new deals have to be hammered… »

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Own Hits Ratings Highs With ‘The Haves & Have Nots’ Mid-Season Premiere

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It was very much a have night for Oprah Winfrey's 4-year old TV network on Tuesday. The mid-season return of The Haves And The Have Nots drew 3.3 million viewers with a 2.80 rating among Own's core demo of W25-43. Inching ahead of 3.22 million who tuned in for the Season 2 premiere this January of the Tyler Perry-produced series, last night's Season 2B debut is now the most watched opener in Own's history. The W25-54 result is an all-time premiere high for Thathn and Own… »

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Espn Denies — Or Confirms — Report On Keith Olbermann Commentary Nixing

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Remember how Espn’s outspoken big-ticket talent Bill Simmons was negotiating his new contract with Espn and being pretty chatty with the press about it, and then in early May network president John Skipper pulled a fast one and issued a statement saying "I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons' contract," and how they all “wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter” and Simmons reportedly found out he was kaput at the network via… »

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Stephen Colbert Debuts On Michigan Public Access Show

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Stephen Colbert has been getting his fans accustomed to his non-faux-gasbag self in advance of his September unveiling on CBS’s Late Show. But he’s been doing so in short YouTube videos. So, he headed West to Monroe, Michigan, aka birthplace of the La-z-Boy and General George Custer, in order to guest host a 40-minute public access TV show, Only In Monroe. During his program, he addressed the online war being waged between Jerry’s Frenchtown Bar & Grill and a Yelper known… »

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‘Foodies’ Comedy In The Works At AMC

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AMC has yet to launch an original comedy series and only has done one half-hour pilot, We Hate Paul Revere, but the network brass had insisted that they would remain opportunistic in the genre when a project gets their attention. I’ve learned that the cable network has put in development Foodies, a half-hour comedy written by Duncan Birmingham and executive produced by Michael London of Groundswell Prods. Set in Los Angeles’s fast-paced culinary world, Foodies follows a… »

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Lifetime Greenlights Charles Manson Girls Movie; MacKenzie Mauzy Leads Cast

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Lifetime will be revisiting one of the most gruesome crimes in 20th century America, the Manson Family murders. The network has greenlighted Manson's Lost Girls (working title), an original movie about the circle of teenaged girls who fell under the demonic spell of Charles Manson and helped carry out brutal killings meant to start an apocalyptic race war. Manson will be played by Jeff Ward. Cast as Manson girls are MacKenzie Mauzy (Into The Woods) as Linda Kasabian, Eden… »

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Kevin Alejandro Joins Fox Series ‘Lucifer’ As Regular In Recasting

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Exclusive: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Arrow) has been cast as a series regular on Fox's comic book midseason drama Lucifer. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez who played the role in the pilot, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the series, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his… »

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‘Suits’ Renewed For Season 6 By USA

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A week into Suits‘ fifth season run, USA Network’s flagship drama has been renewed for a 16-episode sixth season. The news comes after the Season 5 premiere of the legal drama logged 3.4 million viewers and 1.3 adults 18-49 in Live+3. In Live+same day ratings, Suits was down slightly from the Season 4 opener (2.13 million vs. 2.50 million) but remains USA’s top drama and a reliable utility player. The series, created/executive produced by Aaron Korsh, was just used to… »

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It’s Official: New York’s 30 Rock Is Now The ‘Comcast Building’

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Had to happen sometime, I guess. NBC’s iconic 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters, once named after RCA and Ge, today officially became the “Comcast Building.” The name of the No. 1 cable operator, and owner of NBCUniversal, will beam from the rooftop, making it part of the Manhattan skyline. Comcast’s logo, facing the north and south, is 12 feet tall, and includes an 11-foot NBC Peacock. The western front has an 18-foot high NBC Peacock. They will be lit by Led bulbs that… »

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‘Teen Beach 2′ Ratings Ride Live+3 Wave

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Disney Channel said today that the time-shifted ratings are in for its Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to its 2013 hit, and that it is the biggest cable TV original movie of 2015 to date. The sequel, which premiered June 26 at 8 Pm, was watched by 7.5 million total viewers, 3.2 million kids 6-11 and 2.8 million tweens 9-14 in Live+3 ratings. That also makes it the most-watched TV telecast in nearly 2 years in the youth demos. In Live+Same Day ratings, Teen Beach Movie 2… »

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Betty White, NeNe Leakes Set For ‘To Tell The Truth’ Reboot On ABC

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Betty White and NeNe Leakes (Broadway’s Cinderella) are set as regular panelists and Anthony Anderson (black-ish) will host ABC’s re-imagining of the 1960s hit game show To Tell The Truth. The new six-episode comedy/variety show version pits White and Leakes and a third panelist (additional celebrity guests will join throughout the season) against three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is telling the… »

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Disney Exec Moves To Creative Marketing Outfit Pongo

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Ron Pomerantz, currently VP Marketing and Creative at Disney Channel, is exiting to become VP Content & Strategy at Pongo, a creative marketing agency for entertainment industry clients. In his new role he will oversee the new creative content division for Pongo, which will develop and produce interstitial content, PSAs, commercials and business-to-business integration as the company expands its client offering to charitable and philanthropic arms. Pomerantz had his hand… »

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TV Land Benches ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’

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TV Land already is getting angry calls from Dukes Of Hazzard fans after the network this week yanked the show out of rotation. The Viacom network had only begun airing repeats of the decades-old CBS series on June 10. “We have removed it from the schedule and have no further comment,” A TV Land rep told Deadline. The Viacom-owned network’s decision follows by about a week Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ announcement it would stop participating in Confederate flag… »

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‘Fatal Attraction’ Getting Reboot From Paramount As Event TV Series At Fox

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Exclusive– Lock up your rabbits. Paramount is rebooting its iconic thriller Fatal Attraction into a one hour event TV series with Maria and Andre Jacquemetton (Mad Men) exec producing and writing.  The series is being developed under the auspices of Paramount Television Production. Fox Broadcasting Network is on-board and has commissioned the script.  Stanley R. Jaffe and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin are exec producing. Fox’s president of entertainment, David… »


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‘Botched’ Renewed For Season 3 By E!

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Ahead of the Season 2 midseason finale of Botched on July 12, E! Entertainment has renewed the breakout hit plastic surgery reality series for a third season to premiere in Q1 2016. Botched‘s current second season is averaging 863K in adults 18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers in Live+3, recently hitting season highs with the June 14 episode (1.1M A18-49 and 1.8M total viewers). The series, from Evolution Media, also was among the main drivers, along with Keeping Up With T… »

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Laurence Fishburne To Star In ‘Roots’ Remake On A+E Networks

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Laurence Fishburne will star as Alex Haley in A+E Networks scripted event series Roots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time. Fishburne, an Emmy and Tony winner currently co-starring on ABC’s Black-ish, will play Haley, author of the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version is described as an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material… »

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