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WGA East Calls for Union Exemption To Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

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The WGA East today called for all union health plans to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac Tax," a 40% nondeductible excise tax that is scheduled to go into effect in 2018 on employers who provide high-end health benefits to their workers. In comments filed today with the IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury, the guild said that "the Cadillac Tax would strip away benefits from the basic package of compensation guild members have struggled… »

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‘Narcos’ Review: Netflix’s Pablo Escobar Series Chopped Up & Non-Addictive

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The story of the crimes, life and death of Pablo Escobar has long been a pop culture mini-industry unto itself. Even before the Colombian drug warlord died in a shootout in 1993, he and his multibillion-dollar cocaine-supplying Medellín cartel had taken hold of the media and the public's imagination in both South and North America. One day the definitive tale of Escobar will hit the small or big screen, but, as I say in my video review above, the August 28 debut of Netflix… »

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Chris Cuomo, Megyn Kelly Interview Father Of Killed-On-Air Reporter About Gun Control

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Andy Parker, father of Wdbj reporter Alison Parker, spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo this morning about her on-air murder. Her father, like relatives of victims of other shootings over the years, spoke about the need for greater gun control measures but predicted that the media will treat this as “a great story for a couple of days and then it goes to the back burner and nothing happens,” as has been the case in the past. Last night, he shared a similar observation with Fox… »

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Philip Matthys Tapped To Head Biz Affairs For Hulu Originals

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Former NBCUniversal exec Philip Matthys has joined Hulu as head of head business affairs for its original series. Starting on Monday, will oversee biz affairs for all development and production deals related to Hulu Originals, including managing the business relationships with studio suppliers. He will report to Chadwick Ho, Svp & General Counsel at Hulu. Matthys spent nearly 13 years in various roles at NBCU, most recently as Svp, Head of Business Affairs, at USA… »

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HBO’s ‘Wizard Of Lies’ Madoff Movie A Go With Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola Joining Robert De Niro; Barry Levinson To Direct

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Wizard of Lies, HBO Films’ long-gestating Bernie Madoff movie, starring Robert De Niro as the disgraced financier, is going ahead with a lead cast and a director. Joining De Niro, who plays Madoff, are Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, Ruth Madoff, and Alessandro Nivola as Madoff’s older son Mark Madoff, who committed suicide. Barry Levinson, who directed the HBO Films movie You Don’t Know Jack about another controversial figure, Jack Kevorkian (played by Al Pacino), is set… »

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Donald Trump Asks Audience Member To Pull His Hair To Bash NY Times

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Donald Trump continues to stump political journalists with his reality-tv antics and ensuing reality hit TV ratings and polling stats. Giving a speech today, the former Apprentice star-turned-gop front-runner instructed a woman in the audience to come up onstage and pull his hair. The stunt was by way of attacking The New York Times for what Trump described as a front-page inaccuracy – Nyt being today’s Donald Trump Media Target. Never any downside to blasting the media… »

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‘Homeland’ Season 5 Trailer: There’s Trouble Brewing In Berlin

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“You think that’s a good idea — marching a billionaire into a war zone?” When we last left our bipolar heroine, Carrie Mathison was coming off a disastrous stint as CIA station chief in the Pakistani capital. Picking up where Season 4 of Homeland left off, now she’s done with the agency and trying reconcile things in self-imposed exile in Berlin. She’s toiling as the head of security for a German philanthropist (Sebastian Koch) who wants to visit a refugee camp in… »

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‘Love & Hip Hop’ Franchise Gets More Love At VH1 With Atlanta Spinoff

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VH1 will renew one new series and add another spinning off its lynchpin Love & Hip Hop franchise, the network said today while taking a breather between its two-part Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta reunion special, among the top-rated cable reality series of the summer. Both shows spin from Atlanta: VH1 has ordered Season 2 of K.Michelle: My Life, and is launching an untitled new series featuring Stevie J and Joseline. Both are slated for winter 2016. "In a summer where the film S… »

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‘American Dad!’ Renewed For 2 More Seasons By TBS

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TBS is proving to be a very welcoming new home to American Dad!, which moved to cable last fall after nine seasons on Fox. Ahead of the Season 11 premiere, TBS has ordered two more seasons – 12 and 13 — of the animated comedy. This marks the second time in less than year that the Turner network has renewed the series, which it shares with sister net Adult Swim. American Dad!, which aires an encore of each new episode on Adult Swing after its TBS premiere, has been picked… »

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‘Gotham’ Exec Producer Danny Cannon Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

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Top TV director-producer Danny Cannon has signed a new, three-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Under the pact, Cannon will continue as executive producer/director on the studio’s Fox drama series Gotham where he has been since the pilot, which he directed. Gotham was one one 11 pilots Cannon has directed, 9 of which have gone to series. Those include the mothership CSI series and spinoffs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, as well as Nikita, Dark Blue and The Tomorrow… »

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‘Mythbusters’ Tackles ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale – And Vince Gilligan Approves

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Look, if you haven’t watched the final episode of Breaking Bad and still plan to do so, click away now. Seriously. This is the ultimate spoiler. Still here? Ok, then check out the Mythbusters guys as they built and use the trunk machine gun Bryan Cranston’s Walter White deployed on those unsuspecting neo-Nazi turds in the final minutes of the Emmy-winning AMC drama. After Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman re-create that grim rotating M60 — complete with box end wrenches… »

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HBO’s Michael Ellenberg On New Shows, Diversity, And Jon Snow (Still Dead) – Edinburgh

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HBO Evp of programming, Michael Ellenberg, drove another nail into Jon Snow's coffin today in Edinburgh. He told a packed house that the Game Of Thrones character, who met his demise in the Season 5 finale, much to the chagrin of fans, "is absolutely dead." There were audible gasps inside the Convention Center here today, even though HBO president of programming, Michael Lombardo, uttered a similar phrase at TCA last month. While discussing Got's now well-documented… »

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‘Hemlock Grove’ Final-Season Teaser & Premiere Date: Bloodlust Redefined

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“Savor every last drop.” The 20-second tease for the final season of Netflix’s Eli Roth-produced chiller is not going to make the Red Cross happy. You see, rather than those live-preserving blood reserves going to the needy, they’re being devoured. Bill Skarsgard, Famke Jannsen and Landon Liboiron star in Hemlock Grove, whose third and final season starts streaming on October 23. Kaniehtiio Horn and Madeline Brewer co-star and Richard Gunn and Camille de Pazzis join the… »

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‘Galaxy Quest’ Series Lands At Amazon For Development

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Paramount Television’s TV series take on cult sci-fi comedy feature Galaxy Quest has been set up at Amazon where it is in early stages of development. The project, originally put together in the spring, is based on the 1999 DreamWorks movie about the cast of a long cancelled space TV show who become reluctant real space heroes when they are accidentally transported to a spaceship and tasked with saving an alien nation. Like most  Paramount TV series projects based on… »

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Jimmy Kimmel Tests Donald Trump’s Leadership Skills

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Political analysts and other pundits have been navel lint gazing since June about Donald Trump’s improbable presidential campaign and whether he had the diplomatic and the negotiating skills to perform the role of President Of The United States. Most recently, he’s been chastized for having Univision’s biggest star Jorge Ramos tossed out of a news conference when he insisted on taking the floor, though Trump had not picked him to ask a question, barking at Ramos to “sit… »

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‘Difficult People’ Renewed By Hulu For Season 2

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Hulu’s original series Difficult People starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner has been picked up for a second season, the streaming service said this morning. The Season 2 order is for 10 episodes. Its a high-profile title for Hulu, with the comedy coming from executive producers Amy Poehler, Dave Becky (Louie), Tony Hernandez of Jax Media and showrunner Scott King. Klausner — creator, star and executive producer — and Eichner both are returning to the Universal Cable… »

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‘Carmichael Show’ Ratings Solid(ish) In Debut, ‘Antm’ Hits 2-Year High, ‘Extant’ Up, ‘MasterChef’ Even

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To quote Herman's Hermits, it was a little bit of a case of “second verse same as the first” last night on NBC. Having burned off 6-episodes of Mr. Robinson in 3-weeks, the Comcast-owned net debuted The Carmichael Show (1.1/4) last night in the same post America's Got Talent (1.6/6) slot. And the result was …pretty much the same. The 9 Pm pilot for the newbie was a mere 8% less among adults 18-49 that Mr. Robinson's August 5 start. Compared to last week's 9 Pm Mr. Robinson… »

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Showtime Takes Over Production Of ‘Episodes’; BBC 2 Still Will Air Season 5

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There will be a behind-the-scenes change on the showbiz-centric comedy Episodes. Since its inception, the show, starring Matt LeBlanc, has been a co-production between the BBC, Showtime and UK’s Hat Trick Productions. Heading into the series’ upcoming fifth season — fully expected to be the Episodes‘ final run — the BBC has dropped out as a co-producer. Showtime and Hat Trick will now foot the bill for the comedy. There will be no changes in the creative/producing team of… »

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Donald Trump: Univision Tried To Take Over News Conference

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Donald Trump interrupted CNN’s Gun Death Grief Porn Day 2 to punch back at Univision’s CEO, who last night called him “beneath contempt” for telling its star anchor to sit down and wait his turn at a news conference. Chris Cuomo broke this morning from CNN’s flood-the-zone coverage of yesterday’s on-air shooting in Virginia to ask Trump why he “created these situations” by “going after” Jorge Ramos at his Tuesday presser. “I didn’t go after Jorge Ramos,” Trump corrected… »

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Discovery Channel To Air ‘Sherpa’ Docu In 200 Countries Next Year – Edinburgh

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From director Jennifer Peedom, Sherpa looks at how Mt Everest's Sherpa community united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain following the deadly avalanche that struck on April 18, 2014, killing 16 of their members. Here in Edinburgh, Discovery Channel has unveiled plans to air the documentary in more than 200 countries around the world next year. The project originally began as a look at the climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view after a 2013… »

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