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Trailer For J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ On HBO

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HBO’s miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestseller The Casual Vacancy unfolds in a deceptively cozy British village thrown into an uproar by the sudden death of the Parish Councillor. Michael Gambon stars with Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie and Abigail Lawrie. Jonny Campbell directed from a script by Sarah Phelps. The adaptation of the Harry Potter author’s first novel for adults was produced by Rowling and Neil Blair’s Bronte Film… »

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Ncaa Tournament Ratings Jump From First Friday, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finale Even

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We may be in the thick of March Madness but it sure felt a bit like summer last night – and I'm not just talking about the weather in L.A. With the 2015 Ncaa Tournament determining its Elite Eight on Friday, repeats and movies were scattered over the primetime schedule last night. However, let's get to the college basketball first and full points to Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski who lead his team to a 74-62 victory over UCLA in the first of the Ncaa Tourney games CBS had on… »

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DVR Gains Raise Renewal Prospects For Sunday Newbies ‘Secrets & Lies’ & ‘Last Man On Earth’, Justify ‘Royals’ Pickup

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Updated: TV network executives have long said that they don’t rely on Live+Same day ratings when making renewal decisions. And for good reason. Three new Sunday midseason series have performed so-so to Ok in Live+Same Day but have posted solid ratings gains after 3 days of DVR viewing. That includes ABC mystery drama Secrets & Lies and Fox comedy Last Man on Earth, which look pretty hopeful for a second season pickup, and E! soapy dramedy The Royals, which had been… »

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Bill Maher To PC Liberals: “Shut Up”

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After nicking Sen. Ted Cruz who signed up for Obamacare, and grilling Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Christian persecution complex, HBO Real Time host Bill Maher scolded liberals for their internecine. "What is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?"  he wondered. "How deeply stupid has the far left become when gay designers can't get along with gay musicians, when vegans attack vegetarians for not being pure enough…I see agnostics and atheists bitching… »

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Trevor Noah’s Fast Track To Replace Jon Stewart On ‘The Daily Show’

27 March 2015 7:33 PM, PDT

Finally! Someone who wants to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Trevor Noah, the relatively new correspondent addition to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, now is considered the most likely candidate to replace Stewart as show host, a source told Deadline today. Contacted for comment, Comedy Central reiterated, “We are not commenting or providing guidance on any speculation about any individuals.” The news about Noah is welcome for those who, like us, are exhausted… »

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‘Furious 7′ Stars Take Over ‘Kimmel’ Next Week; NBC Late-Nighters Slim On Guests From Universal Pic

27 March 2015 7:02 PM, PDT

This is a rather unusual cross-conglom promotion: Disney-owned ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will have four of the biggest stars from Universal’s biggest tentpole of the year, Furious 7, next week. Also in a rare setup, Jimmy Kimmel will have one Furious 7 leading man every night Monday through Thursday, leading to the film’s April 3 opening: Vin DieselDwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. Meanwhile, there will be two Furious 7 cast members on the late-night shows… »

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Ernie Hudson Cast In ‘Delores And Jermaine'; Corbin Bernsen In ‘Living On Video’, ‘Uncle Buck’ Adds Young Co-Star

27 March 2015 6:51 PM, PDT

Ernie Hudson is set for a recurring role in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine. Written by comedian Jermaine Fowler based on his life, it stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Whoopi Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Hudson will play the grandmother’s love interest. The… »

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Lolita Davidovich & David Clennon Among Cast Additions To ‘Dr. Del’ Indie Pilot

27 March 2015 6:02 PM, PDT

Lolita Davidovich and David Clennon (Gone Girl) have joined the cast of Katie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler’s independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, inspired by Peter Hessler's New Yorker piece "Dr. Don." Written by John Sayles and directed by Jacobs, Dr. Del follows Del Canyon (John Hawkes) as he reluctantly returns to his small hometown of Isotope to run his family's apothecary, the only source for medical attention for hundreds of miles. There, he emerges as… »

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Tom Wheeler Inks 2-Script Deal At Sony Pictures Television In TV Return

27 March 2015 5:30 PM, PDT

After focusing exclusively on features for the past few years, writer Tom Wheeler is returning to television with a sizable two-script deal at Sony Pictures TV. The studio and Wheeler are already zeroing in on ideas for the two projects, which I hear both will likely be one-hour originals, one with horror elements and the other possibly touching upon science fiction. Wheeler wrote several projects back-to-back that went to pilot: The World According To Barnes (2007), Capta… »

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‘Blunt Talk’ Teaser: Patrick Stewart Character’s Falklands War Account Questioned By Bill O’Reilly

27 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT

Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames took a poke at Bill O’Reilly in a newly released teaser for their new Starz comedy series Blunt Talk about a frequently fractured British TV news legend Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) now headlining a U.S. cable TV news network.  In the video short, one of Blunt’s minions reads a line from O’Reilly’s radio show in which O’Reilly dings Blunt for having claimed he was “wounded in the Falklands.” CBS News last month put online the video Fox N… »

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Ncaa Tournament Ratings Surge For Undefeated Kentucky & CBS

27 March 2015 2:38 PM, PDT

Update, 2:38 Pm: It was all Sweet 16 in the Ncaa Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday and the primetime games proved quite sweet for CBS, as the final ratings reveal. Let's just start off saying it was all double digits over the first Thursday of the college basketball tourney. Starting at 6:45 Pm, Notre Dame's 81-70 win over Wichita State drew a 1.9/8 rating and 6.96 million viewers. The first game of Thursday's primetime was up 19% among adult 18-49 over what the… »

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Docuseries Set For April Premiere On Showtime

27 March 2015 1:09 PM, PDT

Even if you’re not a fan of the sweet science, chances are you’ve heard rumblings about the set-to coming in May starring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Showtime is training for the Fight of the Millennium (or whatever) with a four-part docuseries Inside Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao, which it premieres April 18. The series will follow the undefeated Mayweather as he prepares for his looooong-anticipated faceoff with Pacquiao. Why not tag along with both fighters, you… »

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Fox Wants To Whack $250M ‘Simpsons’ Lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor

27 March 2015 12:56 PM, PDT

Exclusive: More than five months after Frank Sivero launched his mega-complaint against Fox alleging that a character from the Matt Groening co-created series was based on the role he played in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film, the studio has hit back – blunt and hard. "Defendant specifically denies that the character ‘Louie’ in The Simpsons television series was based on Plaintiff or any character that he has ever played," Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation said this… »

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Masi Oka Joins ‘Heroes Reborn’, Will Reprise Hiro Nakamura Role

27 March 2015 12:36 PM, PDT

Another Heroes fan favorite character will return for the upcoming Heroes Reborn event series. Masi Oka, who played wide-eyed time/space jumper Hiro Nakamura on the original series, is set to reprise his role in a guest-starring arc on Heroes Reborn, which is now slated for NBC’s fall schedule. (Will it return to Monday where the original launched successfully?) "I'm excited to return to my Heroes roots," said Oka. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play… »

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‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Titled ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

27 March 2015 12:23 PM, PDT

Well, this doesn’t leave much to the imagination. AMC has unveiled the title of its The Walking Dead companion series: it’s Fear The Walking Dead. Still no word on a premiere date for the new shows other than “later this year,” though the network said as before it was debuting it globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere on AMC Global’s 115-plus countries and territories — a move that befits a project so closely tied to TV’s most-watched show. Earlier this month, Fear… »

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Disney Xd Orders Adventure Comedy Pilot ‘Mtx!’

27 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

Disney Xd has given a pilot green light to Mtx!, a live-action adventure comedy pilot starring up-and-comer Nathaniel Potvin. Potvin is a home-grown talent — he has done guest shots on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World and Jessie while the Disney casting executives have been looking to find a starring vehicle for him. This is a long-time Disney strategy, with Disney Xd recently giving a straight-to-series order to comedy Gamer's Guide To Everything, toplined by Jessie… »

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‘Happyish’ Gets Preview After ‘Shameless’ Finale On Showtime

27 March 2015 11:06 AM, PDT

Showtime will sneak the pilot for its new comedy Happyish on Sunday, April 5, following the season finale of hit dramedy Shameless. The move should provide solid sampling for the new series as Shameless is one of the premium cabler’s highest-rated series and has a similar offbeat sensibility as the newcomer. Showtime is expected also to put the Happyish pilot on multiple digital platforms ahead of its premiere for additional sampling, something the network does with all… »

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Katharine McPhee Signs With ICM Partners

27 March 2015 10:54 AM, PDT

Katharine McPhee, who co-stars on CBS’ freshman spy drama Scorpion, has signed with ICM Partners. She had been with Wme. McPhee was a runner-up on American Idol in Season 5 and got her big acting break in NBC’s Broadway musical drama Smash, the big-budget effort that was cancelled after two seasons despite lots of love from the network.  She has also done film (The House Bunny) and TV (Community, CSI: NY), and then hooked up with Scorpion, based on the life of genius… »

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NBC Orders ‘First Dates’ Docu-Reality Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

27 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

NBC has picked up First Dates, an eight-episode reality series based on a format from Shed Media’s Twenty Twenty banner. The hourlong series will be produced by Shed Media, which is part of Warner Bros. TV’s alternative department, and Ellen DeGeneres’ Wbtv-based A Very Good Production. First Dates is described as an observational documentary series that takes an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. Casting is… »

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Jon Stewart Sends Jason Jones On His Way To TBS

27 March 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

Jon Stewart last night celebrated Jason JonesThe Daily Show career on the longtime correspondent’s final night with the Comedy Central late-night show. “The one thing that was always — nothing makes my job easier than knowing there is someone there who I can always go to, and always count on, and who’s going to deliver the funny, the smart, the everything,” Stewart said. “You were always that dude. I thank you very much.” (Watch the video above.) Last month, TBS… »

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