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John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Comedy Lands At Fox With Penalty

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Hot feature writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are venturing into television with a single-camera comedy project for Fox, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Written by the Daley and Goldstein, the single-camera comedy, described as a mix of adrenaline and heart, follows a group of adult underdogs as they try to ignite a spark in their lives and stand up… »

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DGA: Minority Women Got Only 2% Of First-Time Episodic TV Helming Jobs Last Season

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During the 2014-15 TV season, 128 directors got their first shot at helming an episodic TV show. Of those, only one is an African-American woman, two are Latina and none is Asian-American. According to the DGA's latest data, 18 of those first-timers are Caucasian females, while 83.6% of the jobs went to men. But the job market was particularly squeezed for minority women. Here’s how the numbers break down: Women of color make up nearly 19% of the U.S. population… »

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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Casts Stephen Rider As New Regular For Season 2

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Daredevil will be introducing another character from the Marvel comic book universe in Season 2. I have learned that Stephen Rider (Lee DanielsThe Butler) will be joining the Netflix superhero series as a new regular. I hear he will play Blake Tower, a District Attorney for New York City who helps Charlie Cox’s Daredevil — a lawyer in his civilian identity as Matt Murdock — with information to help track down and capture criminals. Rider is repped by Wme and One… »

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Colm Feore Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As Recurring

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Colm Feore (The Borgias) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s House Of Cards. Feore will a high-profile new character in the White House drama, opposite Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The series is filming in and around Baltimore for a 2016 release. Feore was cast in HBO’s Utopia and next will be seen in indie feature Reversion. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and The Coronel… »

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Matt Hubbard/Michael Schur Interracial Family Comedy Gets Production Commitment At NBC

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Another big comedy commitment at NBC, which has been a very aggressive buyer this summer. The network has given a production commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from former 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator/executive producer Mike Schur. The project from Universal TV, where Schur and Hubbard are under deals, revolves around Andrew and Josie, a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a… »

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Showtime Developing ‘The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt’ As Limited Series

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Showtime has put in development The Life And Times Of Teddy Roosevelt as a limited series. David McKenna (S.W.A.T., Blow) is writing the script, and Electus and Authentic Entertainment is producing. The project centers on the 26th President of the United States, who served two terms from 1901-09. Taking office at age 42 after the assassination of President McKinley, Roosevelt remains the country’s youngest Potus. His progressive agenda included trust-busting, conservation… »

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Emmys: Creative Arts Show Rounds Out Presenters List With Chuck Lorre, Heidi Klum & Others

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The Television Academy has revealed the final group of presenters for next week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. They are Pamela Adlon (Louie), Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles), Shiri Appleby (UnReal), Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang), Reg E. Cathey (House Of Cards), Billy Eichner (Billy On The Street), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory), Aasif Mandvi (The Brink), Katharine McPhee (Scorpion), Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth), Martin Starr (S… »

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‘The Mindy Project’ Review: New Hulu Home Sees Comedy In Top Form

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A little more than five months after The Mindy Project ended its third and final season on Fox, the comedy is back on September 15 for a fourth season – now on Hulu. Unlike some cancelled network shows that have made the move online, the Universal Television-produced series, as my video review above says, hasn't lost any of its strengths in translation. On Hulu, as previously on Fox, Tmp is funny, witty and hitting its high marks. The fact is, as fans of the series likely… »

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Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Its Cottonmouth

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Marvel’s Luke Cage has found its Cottonmouth. Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) has landed the role of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the third series in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. A Harlem nightclub owner, Stokes will become an unexpected foe in Luke's life when Stokes' criminal activities threaten Luke's world. In Luke Cage, Mike Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment… »

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‘Mr. Robot’ Ratings Steady In Season 1 Finale

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Pushed for a week because of similarities to the on-air slaying of two journalists in Virginia, the USA Network cyberpunk series Mr Robot ended its first season last night with cliffhangers galore. With that unexpected break in mind, Mr. Robot wrapped its 10-episode first run pretty much on par with its last original two weeks ago. The Sam Esmail-created show was watched Wednesday by 1.210 million total viewers with 589,000 in the 18-49 demo for a 0.5 rating, according to… »

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YouTube Stars Dude Perfect Land Cmt Series For 2016 Premiere

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The dudes are heading to Cmt. The network has greenlighted The Dude Perfect Show (working title) from Rob Dyrdek's Superjacket Prods for premiere in 2016. The series will combine comedy and live-action stunts and follow the lives of digital stars Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert and twins Coby and Cory Cotton, along with their beloved panda mascot, as they open the doors to their mancave in Dallas, TX. Dude Perfect announced the series in a video message via their… »

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NFL To Appeal “Deflategate” Ruling That Voided Tom Brady’s Suspension, But Qb Ok’d To Play – Update

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Updated, 11:53 Am: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell just announced that the league will appeal a judge’s ruling this morning that overturned the four-game suspension of Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will not seek an emergency stay, freeing Brady to play while an appeals court considers the case. His New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular-season opener a week from tonight. “We are… »

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Donald Trump Pledges Allegiance To Gop – And Kanye West

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“I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands,” Donald Trump announced today after meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The Rnc never has issued a pledge for candidates to sign in a presidential political cycle, marveled talking heads at the TV news outlets that covered his news conference from the glistening halls of Trump Towers. “Frankly I felt it was the best way to… »

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NBC Buys ‘The Watcher’ Thriller Drama From Alex Cary & Aaron Kaplan

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In June, a local news story about a New Jersey family forced to abandon their new home over chilling letters from a stalker who calls himself “The Watcher” made national headlines. It has now become an inspiration for a thriller TV drama project from former Homeland executive producer Alex Cary, producer Aaron Kaplan (Secrets & Lies, The Mysteries Of Laura) and Universal TV. Titled The Watcher, the project was bought preemptively by NBC. It marks the first sale under the o… »

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NBC Brings In Lionsgate Executive Cara Dellaverson As Svp Drama Development

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NBC Entertainment has named Lionsgate development and current executive Cara Dellaverson as Svp of Drama Development. She will report to Pearlena Igbokwe, Evp of Drama Development. Most recently, Dellaverson was Svp of Television Development and Current Programming at Lionsgate, where she oversaw the launch of ABC's Nashville, as well as Jenji Kohan's Netflix series Orange Is The New Black.  "Cara's knack for finding fresh and unique stories that resonate with audiences… »

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Entertainment One TV Ups Jeff Lynas To COO

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Entertainment One Television has promoted Jeff Lynas from his current position as Svp, Operations & Business Development to Chief Operating Officer. Lynas reports directly to CEO John Morayniss, and continues to be based in Los Angeles. In his expanded role, Lynas takes on oversight of all day-to-day operations for eOne Television on a global basis. He will also continue in his business development capacity, establishing and structuring new business relationships for eOne… »

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A+E Networks To Receive Television Academy’s 2015 Governors Award

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The Television Academy will honor A+E Networks with its 2015 Governors Award in recognition of their corporate social responsibility programs. The Governors Award will be presented during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, September 12. "For over 30 years, A+E Networks has had an unwavering commitment to the communities we serve. It is a great honor for our Corporate Outreach initiatives to be recognized by the Television Academy with its Governors Award," said… »

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Curt Hecht Dies: Weather Channel Exec And Digital Innovator Was 47

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Weather Channel executive Curt Hecht, a pioneer in the adoption of technology with tremendous impact on television and advertising, has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 47. Hecht had been fighting the disease for five months, a fact he kept secret from all but a very few close friends, according to a statement from Weather Channel CEO David Kenny. “He did not want a fuss or pity or distraction,” Kenny said. “To him, cancer was like a challenging bike ride… »

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SundanceTV Acquires Genre Drama ‘Cleverman’

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SundanceTV has become the U.S. home for the Australian-New Zealand series, which Red Arrow is distributing worldwide. The six-part high concept drama is slated to premiere in 2016. The show will have its market launch at Mipcom in October. Cleverman is set in the near future where a group of nonhumans battle for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior and want to silence, exploit and kill them. It's based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen and… »

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Debut Will Be Supersized

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Set your DVRs: CBS’ unveiling of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is going to run long Tuesday night. Expect it to run to 12:44 Am Et, the network advised today. That will give Colbert plenty of time to ask Gop presidential candidate Jeb Bush if he wishes he’d first run by Colbert his campaign’s contest to win a ticket to the premiere; Colbert on Wednesday jabbed him via video for setting up the raffle and announced one of his own. Also guesting that night is George Cloo… »

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