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

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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 od 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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!’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore Ups His Stake To 10.2%

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Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore has upped his stake in the French media giant to 10.2% only days after an activist investor challenged his strategy for the company. Bollore acquired an extra 27.7 million shares for $687 million, and his stake is now double what it was only a few weeks ago. Bollore is consolidating his grip on Vivendi in advance of an expected showdown next month with activist investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management, which has been calling for Vivendi’s… »

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Don Mischer To Return As Producer Of Primetime Emmy Awards

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While there will be a change at the helm of the Oscars, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announcing yesterday that they won’t be coming back, there will be continuity at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Don Mischer, who produced last year’s telecast and four of the past six, is set to return. He will produce the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare through Don Mischer Prods. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the Primetime Emmys will air live on Fox on… »

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Sony Pictures TV Buys Dutch Pay TV Group Film1 From Liberty Media

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Sony Pictures Television Networks (Spt) announced today it has closed a deal to acquire Dutch Pay TV group Film1 from John Malone’s Liberty Global. Under the deal, which still needs to get regulatory approval, Spt will fully own and operate the five Pay TV channels under the Film1 umbrella along with its Film1 Go service. Film1 offers both local language movies as well as titles from Dreamworks, Fox, Paramount, MGM and Warners. All five Film1 channels will continue to be… »

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‘Fancy Nancy’ Books To Be Developed As Animated TV Movie & Series By Disney Jr

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Disney Junior has optioned Fancy Nancy, the New York Times best-selling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, to develop as an original animated TV movie and series for premiere in 2017. Also included is a licensing deal with Disney Consumer Products for related role-play items and other consumer products. In addition, the books’ publisher HarperCollins and Disney Publishing will collaborate on future books based on the television series. The stories… »

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‘Coach’ Comes Back As 13-Episode NBC Series Starring Craig T. Nelson

26 March 2015 5:00 PM, PDT

A signature 1990s sitcom is coming back for a new chapter. NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to Coach, with original star Craig T. Nelson on board to reprise his role and creator Barry Kemp set to write. A sequel to the original series, the new Coach will be set in present day, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom went off the air after nine seasons. Coach Hayden Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to… »

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TNT’s Miami Drug-Trade Drama To Be Redeveloped

26 March 2015 4:36 PM, PDT

The road to the screen for Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay's drug-trade drama is taking a new turn. I have learned that the project, which was picked up to pilot by TNT last fall, will be redeveloped by the cable network. While the current pilot is not going forward, I hear TNT brass liked the setting — the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s — and want to take another stab at it. Michelle Ashford, who wrote the pilot script before her… »

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Jason Alexander Will Take Over When Larry David Leaves His ‘Fish In The Dark’

26 March 2015 4:10 PM, PDT

Larry David’s final performance in his play will be on June 7, which is when the freshman playwriting effort was slated to shutter. Instead, the run has been extended six weeks, with his Seinfeld alter ego Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) stepping into the role of Norman Drexel. Scott Rudin is the lead producer. “I left Broadway 25 years ago because Larry David co-created the show that would change my life and career," Alexander is purported to have said, according… »

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