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Al Markim, Who Played Astro In Pioneering ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet,’ Dies At 88

28 November 2015 12:12 PM, PST

Al Markim, known to TV’s first generation of fanboys as Astro, the Venusian pal and fledgling scientist of ’50s sci-fi program Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, died Tuesday, according to his family. He was 88. After serving in the Army and witnessing the Nuremberg trials of Nazi officials, Markim turned to acting, appearing in the soap opera Love of Life and in an off-Broadway production of La Ronde. But it was his performance as Astro (at far right in photo) in the pioneering… »

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‘MasterChef Jr.’ Ratings Down, ‘Amazing Race’ Even, ‘Santa Claus’ Matches 2014

28 November 2015 10:29 AM, PST

On a Friday night of mostly repeats and holiday specials, Fox was the only network to run a full slate of originals. As it was, MasterChef Junior (0.9/3) and World's Funniest (0.6/2) both got hit by the expected post-Thanksgiving lull, with millions of Americans beginning their trek home. The Gordon Ramsay led cooking series saw an 18% drop among adults 18-49 from its November 20 show. Its Terry Crews hosted follow up was down 14% in its 9 Pm slot from the week before. Mas… »

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‘NFL On CBS’ Snags Strong Thanksgiving Day Ratings

27 November 2015 5:30 PM, PST

CBS Sports' Thanksgiving Day matchup of Carolina vs. Dallas (4:31-7:49 Pm, Et) had an average viewership of 32.5 million (Persons 2 +), according to Nielsen fast national ratings (Live + Same Day). That’s up 11% from last year's 29.4 million (Chicago vs. Detroit; 12:39-3:56 Pm, Et). Yesterday's viewership also was up 2% from last year's comparable Nfc window (Philadelphia vs. Dallas; 32.0 million, Fox; 4:36-7:54 Pm, Et). The rating/share of 14.3/35 is up 1% from last… »

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Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 Teaser: Hayley Atwell Kicks Butt In Hollywood

27 November 2015 11:32 AM, PST

Agent Carter is back and taking on Hollywood. ABC has dropped a new teaser for Season 2 of the action drama series. Hayley Atwell stars as Agent Peggy Carter, the unstoppable secret agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Dedicated to the fight against new atomic-age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy now heads from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new… »

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Thanksgiving NFL Matchup Draws 27.8M Viewers, 2nd-Most Ever For NBC Primetime Regular-Season Game – Update

27 November 2015 11:25 AM, PST

Updated, 11:25 Am: The Bears-Packers rivalry game is the gift that keeps on giving for NBC. The network said this afternoon that the Thanksgiving nailbiter drew 27.8M viewers to become the second-most-watched primetime game ever on the network. It trails only 30.3M who watched the Week 17 “win-and-in” game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012, which the Redskins won to claim their first division title in 13 years. Thursday’s game saw the Chicago… »

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French Media Dedicates Coverage To Emotional Memorial Service For Victims Of Paris Attacks

27 November 2015 3:50 AM, PST

Black Friday took on an entirely different meaning in France as the still-mourning country’s nets dedicated wall-to-wall coverage to the memorial service for victims of the Paris attacks. In an emotional, defiant ceremony in Paris – attended by several of the wounded, some still in wheelchairs- the names of the fallen were read. At least 130 people were killed November 13 in Paris in a spate of terrorist attacks across the city, with most of the deaths occurring at music… »

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

26 November 2015 10:51 AM, PST

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

26 November 2015 10:06 AM, PST

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 prepping for Thanksgiving Thursday, the Danny Strong and Daniels co-created blockbuster was one of the few new offerings on TV Wednesday. But even with the lack of broadcasting competition, the… »

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

26 November 2015 7:47 AM, PST

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 show’s… »

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History UK To Premiere Exclusive Documentary On Paris Attacks

26 November 2015 2:28 AM, PST

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. During 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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