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Bill Paxton ‘Training Day’ Dedication Planned For New Episode

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This Thursday, CBS will air a new episode of Bill Paxton's drama series Training Day, which will include a special dedication to the actor at the top of the episode, Deadline has confirmed. Paxton's unexpectedly passed away on Saturday at the age of 61 from complications from surgery. Production for the series wrapped in Decemeber, with the Twister actor completing his work on the 13-episode first season of the midseason drama, a reboot of Antoine Fuqua's 2001 film. Trai… »

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Jj Totah Cast In Mindy Kaling’s NBC Comedy Pilot; Josh Kidd Joins CW’s ‘Searchers’

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Jj Totah has been set to play Mindy Kaling’s son in the pilot for NBC’s untitled Kaling/Charlie Grandy comedy from Universal TV, Kaling International and 3 Arts Entertainment. Written by Kaling and Grandy and directed by Michael Spiller, the pilot centers on Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when Vince's teenage son Michael… »

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Kelen Coleman Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Me, Myself & I’; Roberto Aguire Joins CBS’ Paul Attanasio Drama

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Kelen Coleman (Big Little Lies) has joined the cast of CBS’ Me, Myself & I, Dan Kopelman's single-camera comedy pilot from Warner Bros TV and Kapital Entertainment. Written and executive produced by Kopelman and directed by Randall Einhorn, the project examines one man's life over a 50-year span, somewhat in the vein of Boyhood. The show will focus on the man’s three distinct periods: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042… »

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ To Launch By Early Fall On CBS All Access, Les Moonves Says

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Star Trek: Discovery will rev its engines on CBS All Access “sometime late summer, early fall we’re looking at probably right now,” CBS chief Les Moonves told investors today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. The series was delayed from the original plan to launch in May. “It’s important to get it right, and Star Trek is the family jewels,” Moonves says. “We’re not going to rush it in. There’s a lot of post production. But I’m very confident… »

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Oscar Ratings Down Double Digits In Demo; 32.9M Viewership Hits 9-Year Low – Update

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Updated, 11:49 Am: Unintentionally delivering an ending that will live forever in awards show history for its Best Picture fiasco, last night's Oscars really went places only live TV can. In that vein, the near final numbers for last night's 89th Academy Awards are now in, and they are down from last year. Sunday night’s show drew 32.9 million viewers with a 9.1 rating among adults 18-49. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time, the 2017 Oscars are down 4% in viewership… »

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Fox News’ Longtime Ad Sales Exec Paul Rittenberg To Leave In April

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More changes today at Fox’s  ad sales operation. Fox News Evp Advertising Sales Paul Rittenberg — who has led TV and digital ad sales for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since their inceptions — will step down on April 28, the company says. The announcement follows the one in September about the departure of Fox Networks Group Ad Sales President Toby Byrne, who had been with the company for 21 years. That position has not yet been filled. Fox News Co-Presidents… »

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Jeremy Piven To Topline ‘Wisdom Of The Crowd’ CBS Drama Pilot

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Entourage alum Jeremy Piven has been tapped as the lead of Wisdom of the Crowd, CBS’ drama pilot from former The Good Wife writer-executive producer Ted Humphrey and Keshet Studios. Written by Humphrey and directed by Adam Davidson, who helmed the Fear the Walking Dead pilot for AMC, Wisdom of the Crowd is based on the Israeli format. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, it centers on Jeffrey Tanner (Piven), a charismatic tech innovator who… »

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This Is Not A Joke: ‘La La Land’ Producer Jordan Horowitz Talks Oscars’ “Surreal Moment” On ‘Gma’

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You might have heard about a little oopsie at the end of last night’s Oscarcast. Good Morning America certainly did, and it had La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz on via phone this morning to talk about it. He’s the guy who announced Moonlight’s belated Best Picture triumph to the world with already-infamous words, “This is not a joke.” “It was a surreal moment for sure,” Horowitz told George Stephanopoulos in his first public remarks about the wild finish to the 89th Osc… »

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Showtime Orders More ‘The Circus’ With Mark Halperin And John Heilemann

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Showtime today made good on chief David Nevins’ comments that he’d love to continue the premium network’s relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. It has ordered a new season of their political documentary series The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. It will return at 8 Pm  Sunday, March 19, examining President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Halperin and Heilemann (Game Change, Double Down) will be back, and Mark McKinnon will… »

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John Oliver Launches Campaign To Get Donald Trump Banned From Women’s Bathrooms

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Once again John Oliver began an episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with the words:  “Unfortunately we must begin again with President Trump.” This time it’s because President Donald Trump during the week laid out plans for an aggressive crackdown on immigration that could potentially spark a steep increase in deportation, Oliver said, describing it as “terrifying” even by Trump standards. Trump’s new plan gives Ice agents much more latitude as to who they can pursue and… »

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George W. Bush: “I Consider Media Indispensable To Democracy”

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Former President George W. Bush visited Today Show, where his daughter Jenna works, to plug his new book, Portraits Of Courage. When asked about President Donald Trump’s remarks that news outlets he does not favor, including NBC, are the “enemy” of the American people, he replied: "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," W. told Matt Lauer. "We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be… »

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Bill Cosby Loses Attempt To Move 2004 Rape Trial; Actor Granted Outside Jury

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Facing up to a decade behind bars, Bill Cosby will get to bring in outside jurors for his criminal trial set for this summer in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County over the alleged 2004 sexual assault of then-Temple University employee Andrea Constand. However, a Keystone State judge has decided that the comedian will not get the change of venue he desired. Having failed in past attempts to derail the case or get it dismissed, the 79-year-old Cosby arrived at the Norristown… »

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‘Incorporated’ Canceled By Syfy After One Season

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Exclusive: Syfy has opted not to renew freshman drama series Incorporated for a second season. The futuristic thriller, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, ended its freshman run January 25. One of the show’s regular cast members, Dennis Haysbert, already booked a new series project, signing on as the male lead of drama pilot Reverie for Syfy sibling NBC. Incorporated was a modest ratings performer, ranking below most other Syfy series such as flagship The Ma… »


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Time Warner Shares Rise As FCC Chief Says He Probably Won’t Review At&T Deal

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Time Warner shares jumped late this morning after FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that his agency probably won’t review its $85 billion deal to sell itself to At&T. Last week, the entertainment giant agreed to sell its only TV station, Atlanta’s Wpch, to Meredith for $70 million — which means it would not be among the assets Time Warner will sell to the telco giant. “That is the regulatory hook for FCC review,” Pai told the Wall Street Journal at the Mobile World Congress in… »

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Rachelle Lefevre To Star In ‘Doomsday’ ABC Drama Pilot

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Former Under The Dome star Rachelle Lefevre is set as a lead opposite Jack Davenport in ABC's thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV. Written by Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and directed by Joachim Ronning, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their… »

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Sony Pictures TV Taps MTV’s Jennifer Solari As Svp Media & Talent Relations

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Jennifer Solari, most recently VP Program Publicity and Communications at MTV, has joined Sony Pictures Television as Svp Media and Talent Relations. In her new role, which begins today, Solari will oversee consumer media relations for current series produced and distributed by Spt. She succeeds Marianne Romano. Solari spent the past almost four years at MTV, working through multiple regime changes. As VP Program Publicity and Communications she oversaw programming for… »

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Steve Harvey To Warren Beatty: “Call Me”

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Until last night’s epic Oscar gaffe involving presenters Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, the Best Picture Oscar winner and a certain wrong envelope, the last awards-show emcee to preside over a mix-up approaching this magnitude was Steve Harvey. Remember it was Harvey who in December inadvertently announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant during that live show in Las Vegas. Harvey didn’t miss a beat this morning, effectively passing the torch to… »

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Amazon Picks Up Sky Drama Series ‘Fortitude’ For Season 2

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Fortitude, the drama whose first season was co-produced and aired on Participant Media’s cable channel Pivot before it was shut down, has found a new U.S. home on Amazon. After originally releasing the first season of Fortitude for U.S. in January 2016, the streaming service has picked up Season 2 of the Sky Atlantic series, starring new cast addition Dennis Quaid, as an Amazon original in the U.S. to premiere on Prime Video later this year. Fortitude follows Sheriff Dan… »

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Comcast Agrees To Add YouTube App To Xfinity Platform

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Comcast's effort to make peace with Internet video services continues this morning with the announcement that Xfinity X1 customers will be able to watch YouTube sometime later this year. The cable operator, which in late 2015 introduced a YouTube-like service called Watchable, says today that it will add a YouTube app to X1, and make some of its content available via Xfinity On Demand. Users can call up programming including music videos with the X1 voice remote. YouTube… »

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Viola Davis & Mahershala Ali’s Oscar Wins Prove Successful Film & TV Careers Can Co-Exist

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On Thursday night, Viola Davis was live-tweeting the season finale of her ABC drama series How To Get Away With Murder. On Sunday night, she won an Oscar for her role in Fences. In addition to Davis, Ruth Negga, a lead actress Oscar nominee for Loving, is the female lead of the AMC drama series Preacher. And Mahershala Ali, supporting Oscar winner for Moonlight, was segueing from this three-and-a-half season stint on Netflix’s House of Cards to a season-long arc on the… »

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