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‘Luther’ Trailer: Idris Elba Returns To Track A New Serial Killer

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Idris Elba is back as tormented genius Dci John Luther in the trailer above. The London detective, whose brilliant mind is often in conflict with the dangerous violence of his passions, returns in two new one-hour episodes next month which have been given confirmed air dates. On BBC One in the UK, the special kicks off December 15, and on BBC America in the States, it will air on December 17. When we last saw Luther it was on Southwark Bridge in the Season 3 finale back… »

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‘Empire’ Ratings Unsurprisingly Down On Thanksgiving Eve, ‘Code Black’ Rises

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There was some Alicia Keys, some more Vivica A. Fox, some Rosie O'Donnell and even some Lee Daniels himself in the penultimate Empire (3.1/ 10) episode of 2015 on a relatively quiet Big 4 night on Wednesday. As great swaths of America were on the road, in the air or in the kitchen for Thanksgiving today, the Danny Strong and Daniels co-created blockbuster was one of the few new offering on TV last night. But even with the lack of broadcasting competition, the looming… »

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NBC’s Thanksgiving Parade Coverage Launches With Gloria Estefan Musical ‘On Your Feet!’

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Already looking like a hit with Broadway theatergoers, newcomer On Your Feet! — the biotuner about the courtship and rise to superstardom of the Miami Sound Machine’s  Gloria and Emilio Estefan — got a priceless plug Thursday morning,  leading off NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by star-in-the-making Ana Villafane as Gloria singing “Conga” and “Turn The Beat Around,” the show got the kind of exposure no 30-second spot could bring. The Today… »

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History UK To Premiere Exclusive Documentary On Paris Attacks

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Beginning Friday on History in the UK, A+E Networks will broadcast a one-hour special event documentary about the Paris attacks that claimed at least 130 lives. Terror: Seven Days In Paris looks at the tragedy in the context of a world faced with the threat of international terrorism. Throughout the rest of the Emea markets where A+E is present, the doc will roll out from November 29-December 3. For the seven days immediately following the deadly events of November 13… »

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‘Second Chance’ Trailer: Basically The Six Million Dollar Scrooge

25 November 2015 4:36 PM, PST

A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. In short, this thing is going to be The Six Million Dollar Man meets A Christmas Carol but with The Shield as its backstory. Sold, Fox. Sold. Second Chance follows Jimmy Pritchard… »

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‘Empire’ Online Store Launched To Swag Up Your Christmas

25 November 2015 1:24 PM, PST

It wouldn’t be the holiday shopping season with the opportunity to buy a hell of a lot of branded swag, and so it goes that Fox is bringing back the online Empire store just in time for the start of Christmas shopping. A collaboration between Fox Consumer Products and Delivery Agent, the Official Empire Commerce Experience offers consumer apparel, accessories and jewelry inspired by the hit series, and launches today with a $1000 holiday shopping spree contest. What can… »

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Says Sumner Redstone “Engaged & Attentive” In Response To Lawsuit

25 November 2015 1:09 PM, PST

Sunmer Redstone's former companion and self-described caregiver Manuela Herzer may want back into the Viacom chairman's "living ghost" of a life, but Redstone’s corporate right-hand man says the boss is still in good shape. In papers filed today in response to Herzer's revealing petition of yesterday seeking a determination of Redstone's faculties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman describes 92-year-old Redstone as "engaged and attentive." "Sumner and I spoke about… »

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Frank Gifford’s Family Donating His Brain To Medical Research After Cte Diagnosis

25 November 2015 1:01 PM, PST

Frank Gifford is one of the biggest stars in football history — with a Hall of Fame playing career under the media spotlight of New York followed by a legendary broadcasting stint as the original and longtime play-by-play man for Monday Night Football. He died in August at 84, and today his family said they are donating his brain to medical research. Why? Because they said doctors recently diagnosed him with Cte, the degenerative brain disease linked to concussions. <a href="https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/frank-gifford-usc.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1201638522" target="_blank"… »

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NY Supreme Court Postpones Decision On Plea To Bar DraftKings And FanDuel

25 November 2015 12:25 PM, PST

DraftKings and FanDuel can keep doing business in New York for at least a little while longer. After a hearing today, New York State Supreme Court Judge Manuel Mendez said that he will rule soon on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s petition to bar the daily fantasy sports sites from doing business in the Empire State pending a full trial. The decision followed arguments by both sides centering on the question of whether people who use the sites are… »

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‘Animals’ Animated Comedy From Duplass Brothers Gets HBO Premiere Date

25 November 2015 12:15 PM, PST

HBO has confirmed the debut date for Animals, with the animated adult comedy series set to launch its 10-episode season on Friday, February 5 at 11:30 Pm Et, exclusively on HBO. Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals focuses on the creatures native to Earth's least-habitable environment: New York City. Lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons, and aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis engage in awkward small… »

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‘Girl Meets World’ Renewed For Third Season By Disney Channel

25 November 2015 11:47 AM, PST

Girl Meets World is getting a third go-round. Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the comedy for premiere in spring 2016. Girl Meets World is the No. 1-rated series in total viewers across all kid-targeted cable TV networks and among the top five cable TV series of the year among kids 2-11 and tweens 9-14, according to Disney Channel. Created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly and executive-produced by Jacobs, the series follows the everyday adventures of an… »

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Female TV Biz Assistant: Why I Resigned After Making A Discrimination Complaint

25 November 2015 10:34 AM, PST

With heightened awareness of gender disparities in the entertainment industry, one might think that companies would be extra sensitive to issues of gender discrimination. Based on the specific case of one woman who wanted to tell her story to Deadline, that does not necessarily seem to be the reality. Until she quit last week, Jane (not her real name) was the assistant to the head of scripted development at a company that's well known for the many TV shows it produces. Las… »

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‘Bones’ Ep Sues Fox Over Profit Participation, Accuses Top Execs Of Cancellation Threats

25 November 2015 9:50 AM, PST

Exclusive: Bones executive producer Barry Josephson and his lawyers have done the forensics on the long-running Fox series and claim they've found something rotten financially. In a detailed breach of contract and fraudulent inducement complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), Josephson says the "unrelenting" broadcaster stiffed him and others for potentially millions in promised profit participation. A Fox rep declined today to comment on Josephson’s… »

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Broadcast Networks Kick Off Thanksgiving Programming With Obama Message: Keep Calm, Carry On

25 November 2015 9:33 AM, PST

Big 4 broadcast networks joined their cable news brethren today in carrying President Obama’s short Thanksgiving-eve statement to a jittery public about traveling, shopping, etc., over the holiday. “As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, what I want the American people to know is that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama said from the White House while flanked by some of his security bigwigs. “All of us recognize how horrific and heinous what… »

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale Ratings Down From 2014, ‘Chicago Med’ Ok In Week 2

25 November 2015 9:22 AM, PST

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a winner was crowned on Dancing With The Stars (2.4/8) last night, and we're getting closer to one on The Voice (2.1/7). As America gets ready for the holiday, usage slipped 4% from last week. Up 4% among adults 18-49 from its Season 20 finale on May 19 this year for its best demo rating in almost a year, Tuesday's two-hour DWTS was down 17% from the Season 19 ender of November 25. And DWTS can't blame its lead-in — the A Charlie Brown Thanks… »

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Archery Pictures Rolls With Fiona Cummins’ Hot Book ‘Rattle’

25 November 2015 8:35 AM, PST

Exclusive: In a competitive situation, Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s Archery Pictures has optioned Rattle, the debut novel by former Daily Mirror showbiz reporter Fiona Cummins, to be adapted into a TV series. Dark and compelling, Rattle is about a sinister bone collector who has a macabre obsession with his museum of medical oddities. Now it seems the time has come for a fresh harvest, and it’s down to Detective Etta Fitzroy to hunt down this psychopath before he can… »

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The First ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer Hits Like A Punch To The Head

24 November 2015 9:17 PM, PST

Disney is flexing every single one of its synergistic muscles in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, using (Disney-owned) ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the mouse house’s biggest franchises. Last night’s Star Wars edition of the show kicked things off, and tonight a special all-Marvel show followed. Making the episode something of a must-watch was the appearance by Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Teased in advance as part of a “Big” surprise related to Captain Amer… »

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Amazon Has No Regrets As ‘Man In The High Castle’ Ad Campaign Pulled From NYC Subway – Update

24 November 2015 5:16 PM, PST

Updated, 5:16 Pm: Today the controversial refitted Nazi and Imperial Japan imagery from Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle that was on New York City subway cars has come off. I’m told by sources that the decision to remove the ads for the new streaming series was not made by Amazon but by the Big Apple’s Mta after some pressure from high up the Empire State and NYC food chain. On both the outside and inside of the vehicles, the imagery depicting an Axis Powers-ruled… »

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‘Grease Live’ First-Look Promo: Hand Jives & Fast Times At Rydell High

24 November 2015 5:12 PM, PST

Well-a, well-a, well-a, unngghh — here’s our first video peek at the stars of Fox musical special Grease Live. Julianne Hough, Aaron Tviet, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepsen and others show off their moves in a spotless Rydell High hallway (a far cry from any at L.A.’s Venice High, where some of the 1978 movie’s scenes were shot). There’s ’50s cool, ’50s kitsch and ’50s in-between as Zuko, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie and myriad T-Birds and Pink Ladies try to… »

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College Sex Scandal Drama From Jessica Mecklenburg & Rod Lurie Lands At NBC

24 November 2015 3:23 PM, PST

NBC has put into development a university-set hourlong drama penned by former Resurrection writer Jessica Mecklenburg that has Rod Lurie attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. The project, titled Fated, is from Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV and Universal Television. The plot revolves around two brothers at the top of their game — one the president of a Texas university and the other the revered football coach — and the sex scandal that threatens to unravel… »

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