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WGA Members “Ready To Strike” After Round Of Pre-Contract Talks Meetings

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The threat of a writers strike continued to mount today as the WGA held the last of 11 membership informational meetings in advance of next month's negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "We're always ready for a strike," a TV writer laughed as he left the meeting at the Beverly Hilton. "Television is in another Golden Age and the companies are reaping record profits, but writers aren't sharing in that. Our incomes are going down, so it's going to be a tough… »

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Pondering The Imponderable: How A Restructured Hollywood Would Deal With Striking Writers

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While pre-Oscar limousines squeezed in and out of the Peninsula and a political crowd rallied at UTA, an industry power player (who will remain nameless), was fretting over lunch about another problem on Friday: Will the coming months bring a Hollywood writers strike? And, more precisely, which companies will be most exposed if labor peace breaks down? It's too early to worry in any serious way about a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America, East and West… »

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Univision Pulls Ads For Pulse Shooting Show Segment; Club Owner, Mothers, Victims, GLAAD Press Network To Stop ‘Blood Bath’

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Mothers of murdered children, victims/survivors from the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, the club’s owner and GLAAD have pressed Univision not to air a segment on its weekend crime show Crónicas de Sábado titled “Baño De Sangre” (it translates to Blood Bath), about last year’s massacre that killed 49 people and injured hundreds more physically and/or mentally. Ads for Blood Bath that showed a re-enactment inside the nightclub shooting in gory detail… »

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Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s ‘Real Time’ Surprise Call For Special Prosecutor Gains Traction

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As Real Time With Bill Maher interviews go, last night’s top-of-show chat with Republican congressman Darrell Issa was low-key, even genial, but Issa’s call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement in last November’s presidential election has been reverberating ever since. The Republican congressman from California surprised Maher by agreeing that President Donald Trump’s recently appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an… »

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‘The Good Fight’ Adds Nyambi Nyambi As Recurring

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Mike & Molly alum Nyambi Nyambi is returning to the CBS fold with a major recurring role on The Good Fight, the new legal drama series for CBS All Access and CBS TV Studios, which debuted last Sunday. The Good Fight, a spinoff of CBS’ The Good Wife, follows Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart as she joins Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago's pre-eminent law firms. Nyambi will play Jay Dipersia, the firm’s long-time investigator. Smart, witty, and even-tempered, he… »


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‘American Girl’: Gwendoline Yeo To Star In Amazon’s Special ‘Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance’

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Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime, Grey's Anatomy) has been cast in the upcoming third installment of Amazon’s original American Girl live-action special, An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance. Ivy & Julie is set in 1976 San Francisco and centers around 10-year-old Ivy, a Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American. Yeo will play Marilyn Ling, a strict, but loving mother to Ivy. As… »


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‘MacGyver’ Rebounds In Demo Ratings, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Top Night

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CBS’ MacGyver is on a demo ratings yo-yo. After dropping -0.3 (-25%) last week to a season low 0.9 in adults 18-49 (Live+same day), the action procedural (1.1) remade most of the ground last night, up +22%. The show did it while shedding old viewers because its total viewership, 7.01 million, was actually down from last week’s 7.31 million to a new low. Hawaii Five-0 (1.1) was even with last week’s fast national, off by a tenth from the final, with the night’s largest… »

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‘Doctor Who’ Trailer Teases Return Of “Most Dangerous Man In The Universe”

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The first time you meet Doctor Who, says his new companion Bill (played by series newcomer Pearl Mackie) in this new trailer for the BBC America series return, you think he’s funny. Second time, amazing. And the third time? “He’s the most dangerous man in the universe.” If that doesn’t hook Who fans, the ghostly smoke-monsterish faces in this new promo for the April 15 season 10 premiere of Doctor Who should do the trick. “I’m having the time of my life,” says Mackie’s… »

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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Slams ‘Bait’-Taking Liberals & Huggy, Panda-Loving TV Journalists

24 February 2017 9:16 PM, PST

Updated with New Rules video After praising recent instances of journalists like George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd standing their ground against White House falsehoods, Bill Maher didn’t stay nice for long. Showing clips of network news segments on unicorns, hugs and pet goats, Maher’s New Rules segment of tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO excoriated the softies. Scott Pelley of CBS News got two swats, first for introducing a news item with “From time to time… »

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UTA Rally: “This Is Our Time To Resist,” Jodie Foster Tells Crowd; Asghar Farhadi Speaks Via Video – Watch

24 February 2017 7:45 PM, PST

Updated with video montage and more quotes, 7:45 Pm: “The rights of the press and artists and the right to seek a better life is what this country is about,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told a crowd gathered in the heart of Beverly Hills as his agency hosted a rally at its headquarters. He also joked about getting a tweet from President Donald Trump that read, “UTA best company in the world. Rally so sad.” Check out a video montage of the days events above. Jodie Foster was… »

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Lenny Platt Joins CBS Pilot ‘Perfect Citizen’; Demetrius Grosse Cast In NBC’s ‘For God And Country’

24 February 2017 7:24 PM, PST

Lenny Platt (Quantico) has booked a role in CBS pilot Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk. Written/executive produced by Turk and directed by Ep Paris Barclay, Perfect Citizen centers on the former general counsel for the Nsa who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. Once there, he must face the reality that… »

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‘Sun Records’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On Cmt

24 February 2017 6:33 PM, PST

Following a pivotal episode of Nashville last night, Cmt launched its limited series Sun Records, about the birth of rock’n’roll, to 2.1 million viewers and a .71 gross rating with Adults 18-49 across four airings across on three networks — two on Cmt and one Nick at Nite and TV Land. That was on par with the Season 5 premiere of Nashville, which drew nearly 2 million viewers and a .77 across three airings on two networks, two on Cmt and one on Nick at Nite. On Cmt, which… »

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Trond Fausa & Dan Gill Join Fox’s ‘Thin Ice’ Comedy Pilot

24 February 2017 6:28 PM, PST

Norwegian actor Trond Faus and Dan Gill (The Wedding Ringer) have signed on as series regulars opposite Bridgit Mendler in Thin Ice, Fox's single-camera comedy pilot co-written and executive produced by New Girl creator Liz Meriwether. Written by Meriwether, Ed Macdonald and Mark Grimmer, and to be directed by James Ponsoldt, Thin Ice centers on Lou (Mendler) who reclaims her dreams when she finds herself at the end of the earth — in Antarctica — surrounded by a group of… »

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Erinn Westbrook & Michael Provost Join ‘Insatiable’; Brooke Lyons In ‘Life Sentence’

24 February 2017 5:39 PM, PST

Erinn Westbrook (Awkward) and Michael Provost (Six) have booked series regular roles opposite Debby Ryan in the CW’s drama pilot Insatiable, from former Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Storied Media Group and CBS TV Studios. Written/executive produced by Gussis and directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft), Insatiable was inspired by real-life Southern lawyer and top beauty pageant coach Bill Alverson. It focuses on Bob, a disgraced… »

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‘Doubt’ Pulled By CBS After 2 Airings, ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ To Replace It

24 February 2017 4:45 PM, PST

We have the swiftest cancellation of the season. CBS has pulled midseason legal drama Doubt from the schedule effective immediately after two low-rated airings. Next week, a repeat of Bull will air in Doubt‘s Wednesday 10 Pm slot. The following Wednesday, March 8, Criminal Minds: Beyond Border will take over the hour where the spinoff originally launched last spring. The drama’s Season 2 opener will follow the two-hour 34th season premiere of Survivor. Starting March 15, C… »

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ABC’s Shondaland Legal Pilot Casts Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall & Regé-Jean Page

24 February 2017 3:45 PM, PST

Hope Davis (Allegiance), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Chicago Hope) and Regé-Jean Page (Roots) have joined the series-regular cast of ABC's untitled legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. Written by Scandal's Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica, the legal drama, set in the Southern District of New York (Sdny) Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as… »

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‘Household Name’: Timothy Omundson Cast In Carol Burnett ABC Comedy Pilot

24 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST

Galavant alum Timothy Omundson is set for a lead role opposite Carol Burnett in Household Name, ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot starring Burnett, written/executive produced by Michael Saltzman and executive produced by Amy Poehler through her Paper Kite banner. Written by Saltzman, Household Name is about a family who gets the deal-of-a-lifetime on a house, but it comes with an unusual caveat: the original owner of the home, aging former movie star Vivian Valmont… »

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Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway Among Final Round Of Oscar Presenters

24 February 2017 3:28 PM, PST

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – fifty years after the release of their classic Bonnie & Clyde – are among the final slate of Oscar presenters confirmed today by producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Also joining the presenter roster: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn. The latest slate joins a line-up of… »

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‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Faces Jail With New Final Sentencing Date In Fraud Case

24 February 2017 3:12 PM, PST

Exclusive: With the feds pushing for Abby Lee Miller to get 2 ½ years behind bars for fraud, the Dance Moms host today learned she will have just under two-weeks more of assured freedom. Two days after Miller's final sentencing hearing of February 24 was suddenly yanked off the court calendar at the request of the government, a federal judge in Pittsburgh this morning set March 8 as the new date on which the high volume host could learn if her fate is prison or probation… »

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Court Tosses Tatyana Ali Lawsuit Claiming ‘The Real’ Was Her Idea

24 February 2017 3:02 PM, PST

The Los Angeles Superior Court got real today with former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali, tossing the actress’ claims that Warner Bros and Telepictures pilfered her idea for syndicated daytime talk show The Real. In dismissing Ali’s lawsuit, the court ruled that the trade secret laws upon which the actress made part of her claim does not protect ideas. Information that would be protected as trade secrets — formulas, methods, techniques and the like — were not… »

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