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‘The Blacklist’ Promotes Hisham Tawfiq To Series Regular For Season 3

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Dembe Zuma will not be leaving Raymond Reddington’s side anytime soon. Hisham Tawfiq, who has been recurring on The Blacklist, playing Red’s bodyguard and protector, has been promoted to a series regular for NBC drama’s recently picked up third season. Introduced in the first episode after the pilot, Tawfiq’s Dembe has appeared in virtually every episode since. His backstory revealed that he shares a special bond with Red who years before had saved him from the world of… »

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‘Bloodline’ Renewed For Second Season By Netflix

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Just days after releasing the first season of its latest original drama series Bloodline, Netflix has renewed the family thriller for a second season. The series, created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), will go back into production later this year for a 2016 release in all Netflix territories. In Bloodline, when the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the… »

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MSNBC Ratings Crater To All-Time Lows, Fox News Tops Q1 Results, CNN Up

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Talk about a tale of two cable news networks. With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined. Contrast that to the fate of the NBCUniversal-owned MSNBC, which  not only saw a 39% drop in the… »

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Justin Bieber Roast Lures 4.4M Viewers On Comedy Central, Sets Social Aflutter

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The first airing of Comedy Central’s Roast Of Justin Bieber was the No. 1 program on cable last night among the 18-49 demo, pulling a 3.3. The 10 Pm insult-a-thon drew 4.4 million total viewers and added 1.4 million in its repeat. The network said the show did best among the 18-24 crowd (5.8) and topped all of TV in a number of younger demos including 18-34, 18-24 and men and women of both age ranges. Another 420,000 folks dialed up the live stream, the cable net said… »

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Three More CAA Agents Join UTA

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On the heels of the bombshell move of five top CAA comedy agents to UTA earlier today, three of their colleagues at CAA — agents John Sacks, Susie Fox and Joanna Scott — have followed them. That brings the number of agent defections in one of the biggest exoduses in recent memory to eight. And I hear there may be more. Sacks, Fox and Scott were among the names speculated about today as potentially joining Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Greg Cavic, Gregory McKnight and Nick… »

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Trevor Noah Dismisses Controversial Tweets As Jokes That “Didn’t Land” – Update

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Update, 2:30 Pm: The new  host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has issued a semi, sort-of apology for tweets he posted over the years that have offended Jews and women for their subject matter, and talented comedy writers for not being funny. In his latest tweet, he seemed to agree with the latter group, calling the tweets that the media uncovered this morning jokes that “didn’t land.” To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true… »

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CAA To Take Legal Action Against Five UTA Defectors

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Exclusive: More fallout following this morning’s bombshell exit of CAA agents Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, Greg Cavic and Nick Nuciforo, who all left to bolster the comedy department of UTA. CAA shortly will be filing legal action, charging that some if not all of those defectors left while under binding contracts and seeking redress. I am told that historically this is not unusual when major agents exit to a rival agency. It doesn’t undo what happened… »

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‘House of Lies’ Renewed For Fifth Season By Showtime

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On the heels of House Of Lies‘ fourth-season finale on Sunday, Showtime’s dark comedy has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season to air in 2016. The Don Cheadle-starring series joins companion dramedy Shameless, which was renewed for a sixth season in January. The third series of Showtime’s comedy-themed Q1 original lineup, half-hour Episodes, is yet to be renewed, but a pickup is expected — with the question being whether it would be Hollywood satire’s final… »

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‘Ingress’ TV Series Based On Google Game In Works With ‘The Expanse’ Producer

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Google’s augmented reality game Ingress is eyeing a leap to television. I’ve learned that the web giant has teamed with The Sean Daniel Company, which produces Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse, to develop a TV drama series based on Ingress, a game which uses real locations and social media interactivity to bring its 10 million players together in a global sci-fi mystery. This would mark Google’s first foray into television. The Sean Daniel Co. is meeting with… »

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History Eyeing Vietnam Series ‘The Boys Of ’67’ From ‘Die Hard’ Scribe

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History has gone into development on The Boys Of ’67, a potential scripted series about the First Platoon of Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Division, the only unit raised, trained and deployed en masse to service in Vietnam. Die Hard and The Fugitive scribe Jeb Stuart is reuniting with the network to write and executive produce the project, based on the book by Andrew Wiest. No other details are available, but among his recent credits Stuart just finished adapting The Liber… »

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UTA Lands Chris Pratt: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Star Moves From CAA With Longtime Agents

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Exclusive: The first big shoe has dropped after the exit of five senior CAA comedy agents to UTA. I’m told that Chris Pratt has followed his reps Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak to UTA. When Pratt began working with those agents, he was a comedy client, a cast member on Parks And Recreation. That series has just finished its run, and now Pratt has become so much more than that. He has emerged as perhaps the brightest leading man to come along in a long time. He starred in Gu… »

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CBS, ‘General Hospital’ Lead Daytime Emmy Noms

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Nominations for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards are out today, and CBS and PBS are way ahead of the field network-wise. The Eye scoring 62 nominations to lead the field, with the pubcaster landing 50. ABC is third with 35, and NBC has 20. Nickelodeon tops the cable field with 18. While there’s no denying that the face of daytime TV has changed dramatically during the past decade, it’s still the soap operas that attract the most attention from the National Academy of… »

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‘The Americans’ Renewed For Season 4

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Philip and Elizabeth may keep going all the way to the end of the Cold War. FX has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of its praised 1980s Russian spy drama The Americans. The pickup comes four episodes remaining in the current third season, which will conclude with the finale on April 22. "Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “The series has cemented it status with critics as… »

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‘Longmire’ Producers Implement Safety Measure Following Accident

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Exclusive: Netflix and Warner Horizon Television has undertaken new measures on the set of their wildly popular crime drama series Longmire to help ensure the safety of their production crew by providing charter buses to take the crew to and from remote shooting locations. The decision is welcome news to crew members. The move follows the death last year of 48-year-old Longmire crew member Gary Joe Tuck. He fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car on a New Mexico… »

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‘Midnight Rider’ Film Allman Contests Safety Citation In Federal Court

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Lawyers for Film Allman LLC arrived in federal court today in Savannah, Ga to contest a safety violation and fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the Midnight Rider set accident which resulted in the death of 27 year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. The production company Film Allman, LLC was set up by director/producer/co-writer Randall Miller and producer/co-writer Jody Savin to film the biopic based on rocker Gregg Allman… »

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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ On Netflix Sets Cheo Hodari Coker As Writer & Showrunner

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Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third series in Marvel’s four-series package at Netflix, is bringing a new Marvel character to the TV superhero ranks and a new writer-producer to the TV showrunner ranks. Ray Donovan co-executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner on Luke Cage. He also will build the show’s story by writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016. Luke Cage stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as the… »

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UTA Lands 5 Major CAA Comedy Agents In Mass Exodus, Putting Big Names In Play – Update

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2Nd Update adds new details: The exit of the braintrust of CAA’s comedy department agents to UTA is not only the most seismic mass movement from one agency to another in recent memory, it has put some of the biggest Hollywood stars in play and possibly on the move. And it may not be over, with speculation swirling that more CAA agents may be following suit. There are several agent names floated out there as potentially moving to UTA though that has not happened, at least… »

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‘New Girl’ Renewed For Season 5 By Fox

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Fox has given New Girl a fifth-season pickup. The network’s longest-running comedy joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the list of live-action comedy renewals. Newbie The Last Man On Earth also looks hopeful, with The Mindy Project very much on the bubble. "Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television," said Fox Entertainment President David Madden. "The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and… »

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Barbara Walters Back For ID Series; Science & Discovery Life Set Slates – Upfronts

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Investigation Discovery was among the Discovery Communications networks to unveil their new and returning slates for the 2015-16 upfront season. The network is adding seven new series including a trio with big names: Barbara Walters is hosting American Scandal, revealing never-before-heard details and personal insight from her most notorious interviews; Death By Gossip is produced and hosted by Wendy Williams and showcases the dark side of rumors where dishing the… »

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TLC Tackles Arranged Marriages, Doubles Down On Weddings, Babies, Fashion Disasters – Upfronts

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TLC wrapped up a year in which it dumped Honey Boo Boo and welcomed back Stacy London, with 30 series averaging more than 1 million viewers, including 19 Kids and Counting’s highest-ated season premiere and a Top 5 ranking among cable’s most social networks for reality programming in 2014, according to Nielsen Social rankers. This year, TLC & Animal Planet Group President Marjorie Kaplan promised, TLC would “dig deeper into our brand to deliver bigger moments and… »

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