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Jermaine Fowler To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’, James Burrows To Direct

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Jermaine Fowler has closed a deal to star in and co-executive produce Superior Donuts, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by The Odd Couple showrunner Bob Daily and Community alums Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan. James Burrows has come on board to direct the pilot for CBS TV Studios. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, his new young employee, Franco (Fowler), and… »

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‘Riverdale’ Archie Comics CW Pilot Casts Its Betty Cooper & Jughead Jones

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Exclusive: Riverdale has cast two of its four main characters. Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack) is set to play Betty Cooper, while former Disney Channel star Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody) will play Jughead Jones in the CW pilot based on Archie Comics. Set in present time, Riverdale, from producer Greg Berlanti, is a subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling… »

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Crown Media Holdings Takes Over ‘Hallmark Hall of Fame’ Franchise

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Hallmark Cards, which has owned, produced, and managed the long-running Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise since the early 1950s, today announced that Crown Media Holdings Inc.’s Hallmark Channel will take over production and management of the franchise. Crown Media Holdings operates and distributes Hallmark Channel to more than 90 million subscribers in the U.S. Hallmark Cards will continue to sponsor the series and will remain involved in the creative process, including… »

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John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’ Casts Rick Gonzalez

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Rick Gonzalez (USA’s Rush) is set as a male lead opposite Stephanie Sigman in PresenceJohn Ridley's drama pilot for ABC and ABC Studios. Described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre, Presence follows Presence Foster (Sigman), a former Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a widely divergent, and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed Private Investigator. Gonzalez plays Manny… »

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Film4 Gets Record Funding Increase, Sets Co-Fi Deal With Fox Searchlight On Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’

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Film4 is enjoying the moment. The film division of the UK’s Channel 4 on Tuesday announced a record increase in its funding to £25 million ($36 million) for 2016 as well as a deal with Fox Searchlight to co-finance Martin McDonagh’s new film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Separately, Film4 has also inked a four picture deal with the UK’s Entertainment Film Distributors and Fp Films to co-develop, finance and produce a slate of four new comedy features. The… »

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Jeremy Sisto To Star In ABC Pilot ‘The Jury’

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Jeremy Sisto is set to co-star opposite Archie Panjabi in ABC's murder trial drama pilot The Jury, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines "the ultimate social experiment" that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: a person's fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. Described as "12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial," the series follows a single murder trial a season as… »

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Donald Trump Finally Puts Price Tag On “Great Wall” Of Mexico; Cable News Networks Give Thanks

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Donald Trump bailed out TV news operations struggling to flood the zone with today’s New Hampshire primary voting – only so much you can do to make parka’d lines at polling places look sexy and only so many different ways to say voter turnout is expected to be a record – when he finally announced his estimated cost of  that wall between the U.S. and Mexico. "The wall is probably $8 billion, which is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico,"  he told MSNBC’s… »

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NBCUni Consolidates USA & Syfy In New Network Group Led By Chris McCumber, Syfy’s Dave Howe Segues To New Post, Bill McGoldrick To Head All Scripted

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After bringing Bravo, E!, Esquire Network and Oxygen together in the Lifestyle Networks group led by Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer is making a similar move with the rest of her portfolio. USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo are being consolidated into Entertainment Networks group headed by USA president Chris McCumber, who will become President, Entertainment Networks. Syfy president David Howe will be leaving his post to become… »

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‘Star Trek’ TV Series: Bryan Fuller To Serve As Showrunner

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Bryan Fuller, who started his writing career with the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager TV series, is coming full circle, returning to the television franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the new CBS Star Trek series, slated to launch in 2017. The new gig fulfills a long-time dream for Fuller, who has stated repeatedly over the years that he would love to created a new Star Trek series, and comes during the year that marks the franchise’s 50th… »

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‘The X-Files’ Ratings Stabilize, ‘Castle’ On Par In Return, ‘The Bachelor’ Inches Up To Season High

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After steep Live+same day declines for the first two Monday airings of Fox’s The X-Files (most recently -0.5 in adults 18-49 last week), the event series may have found the bottom, with a 2.5 fast national demo rating last night. That was down a just tenth from its fast national last Monday. Newcomer Lucifer (1.7) was able to cut its Week 2 drop in half, down two tenths from last Monday’s fast national. (Both dramas were adjusted up a tenth in the finals last Monday and… »

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Sumner Redstone Says Ex-Companion Just After $50M In Old Will, Not His Well-Being

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Now that Sumner Redstone has resigned from running Viacom and CBS, the white gloves have seemingly come off in the heath care legal action brought by his former companion Manuela Herzer — and it’s all about the money. “This is a pre-death trust contest dressed up as a health care litigation,” Redstone’s lawyers said in a filing today in L.A. Superior Court. "Under the September 20, 2015 plan, Ms. Herzer would have received $50 million and Mr. Redstone's Beverly Hills… »

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Sundance’s ‘Other People’ Breakout Jj Totah Inks With Wme

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Exclusive: Jj Totah, the young star of the Sundance Film Festival dark comedy Other People, has been scooped up by Wme post-festival. Totah, who was Glee‘s youngest castmember in that show’s final season, starred alongside Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in SNL writer Chris Kelly’s Sundance pic, about a struggling comedy writer who moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother after a breakup with his boyfriend — forcing him to live with his conservative… »

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Bill Cosby’s Ex-Lawyer Marty Singer Dropped From Janice Dickinson’s Defamation Suit

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Less than a week after taking a big legal loss in his criminal sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby was handed a win by the California courts today. An L.A. Superior Court judge Tuesday agreed with the actor-comedian's lawyers to toss an amended complaint by Janice Dickinson in her defamation suit against Cosby and his former attorney Marty Singer. In a tentative ruling read from the bench, Judge Debra Weintraub also allowed Singer to be dismissed from the… »

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Amy Poehler/Charlie Grandy NBC Comedy Pilot Casts Nico Evers-Swindell, Tim Baltz

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Nico Evers-Swindell (Grimm) is set as the lead in NBC’s untitled royal family comedy pilot (aka Dumb Prince) written by Charlie Grandy and executive produced and directed by Amy Poehler. Co-starring in the pilot, from Universal TV and Poehler’s Paper Kate Prods. is Tim Baltz (Drunk History), with Jessie Ennis (Veep) also cast.  The comedy is set in the country of Modaria, known for the manufacture of mopeds and… »


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Nina Lederman Joins All3Media America As Head Of Scripted Programming

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All3Media America is signaling a push in the original scripted arena with the appointment of former Lifetime executive Nina Lederman as Evp of Scripted Programming, the company’s first dedicated senior scripted executive. In the newly created role, Lederman will work with all the scripted businesses in the All3Media Group to expand the company's scripted business in the U.S. She will report to All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone, marking one of the first major executive… »

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‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’s Evangeline Lilly Signs With UTA

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Exclusive: Evangeline Lilly has signed with UTA. The actress, best known for starring in Lost and the second and third installment of The Hobbit, aligns with the agency as she moves up to co-lead in Ant-Man And The Wasp, the sequel to Marvel’s Ant-Man. Lilly played Hope Van Dyne opposite Paul Rudd in the first film and she becomes a superhero, The Wasp, in the sequel. Lilly also starred in DreamWorks' Real Steel, and The Hurt Locker. Lilly also wrote the successful… »

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Michael Engler To Direct ABC Drama Pilot ‘Notorious’

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Michael Engler has been tapped to direct ABC drama pilot Notorious, from Josh Berman and The Firm. Inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker, Notorious was written by Drop Dead Diva creator Berman and blogger Allie Hagan (Suri's Burn Book). Described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media, it follows the professional and personal relationship… »

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‘Fuller House’ Clip: The Tanneritos “Still Look Good”

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“Damn, we all still look good!” Those words spoken by Jesse Katsopolis (aka John Stamos) at the beginning of a clip of the latest trailer from Fuller House, Netflix’s reboot of the classic sitcom. Cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber stopped by Ellen to drop a sneak peek of the clip that sees most of the Tanneritos reunited. Ellen DeGeneres asked the trio if we might see the Olsen twins at some point in the series, and they made it clear the… »

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Amazon Renews ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ For Third Season

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Amazon has renewed Golden Globe-winning Mozart In The Jungle for a third season. Production will begin later this year. Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke and Bernadette Peters, Mozart In The Jungle will continue the story of the talented, contentious musicians who perform (and live) with passion under the baton of its spirited single-name conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Executive produced by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, Season 3 will… »

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Stephen Colbert Makes Ben Carson Entrance On ‘Late Show’

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Stephen Colbert paid tribute to the opening moments of ABC News’ Gop debate in New Hampshire on the eve of that states’ first primary in the 2016 presidential race. That debate opening consumed TV coverage of the White House race yesterday. Making her debut half an hour before Colbert’s Late Show, TBS’s Full Frontal host Samantha Bee described it as a debate going off the rails  when “43% of Republican candidates failed an important presidential test: Can you walk… »

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