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Gareth Neame On ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: No Script Or Plan Yet – TCA

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Ending Downton Abbey with Season 6 set in 1925, rather than taking the long-running ITV/PBS series through the stock market crash of 1929 leaves “a lot of rich territory” to explore if a movie “ever happens,” Carnival Films chief Gareth Neams told grieving journalists at TCA this evening. “There’s rumor and speculation,” Neame said when pressed. “I’m not denying anything; I think a Downton movie could be a wonderful thing. But we don’t have a script or plan yet,” he said… »

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Norman Lear Updates ‘One Day At A Time,’ ‘Good Times’ Reboots – TCA

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Norman Lear updated reporters this afternoon on reboot plans for his hit sitcoms One Day At A Time and Good Times.  Lear was at TCA to talk about his profile on PBS’s American Masters franchise, in which filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were given unprecedented access to his work and personal archives to track his turbulent childhood through his record-setting TV successes and social activism. PBS says it will air in fall of ’16. Asked if he was interested in, or… »

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‘Mercy Street’ Very Contemporary In Subject And Facial Hair – TCA

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PBS’s first original American drama in more than a decade, Mercy Street follows doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists in Union-occupied Alexandria, Va in the early years of the Civil War,  but could not be more relevant, co-creator David Zabel told journalists at TCA this afternoon. “This show is not a political show – we’re trying to capture a cross-section of characters, as the War is just getting going,”  Zabel said in response to a question about… »

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‘Descendants’ Draws 6.6 Million Viewers In Disney Channel Premiere

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How long before Disney Channel greenlights a sequel? The cable channel has another potential hit movie franchise on its hands with Descendants, a modern-day coming-of-age tale about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains. In its premiere at 8 Pm Friday night, the movie drew strong 6.6 million total viewers, including 3.0 million Kids 2-11. Additionally, the movie set a record with 1.4 million views on the Watch Disney Channel app since Friday… »

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‘Sherlock’ Victorian-Set Special Remains Shrouded In Mystery After Q&A – TCA

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Sherlock Ep Steven Moffat and PBS’s Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton worked like gangbusters this morning, for the better part of an hour, making sure to convey no actual information about the Sherlock one-off special, which will be set in the Victorian era. Though it’s been widely reported the program will be a Christmas special in the UK, and a trailer of what has been described as such was screened at Comic-Con (watch it below), Eaton and Moffat steadfastly declined to… »

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PBS Sets Michael Jackson Tribute, “Show Boat,” Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman Concerts For Fall Fest: TCA

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A Latin musical tribute to Michael Jackson, concerts by Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman, and productions of Show Boat and Billy Elliott The Musical are among this year’s line-up of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, the network announced at Saturday’s TCA. The fifth-annual fest kicks off October 9 with Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, hosted by Sheila E and featuring Latin artists performing Jackson’s hits. Along with a 37-piece orchestra, the various performers will… »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Will Ride Rose Parade Float To Launch Final Season On PBS; ‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 3 In Works – TCA

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Downton Abbey will get its own float at the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1, to plug the PBS hit drama’s final season debut two nights later on January 3. PBS chief Paula Kerger, announcing the Season 6 kickoff stunt this morning at TCA, called it a “beautiful sendoff” but declined to give any more details except that “it’s a float and will have a lot of flowers on it and it will be a Downton Abbey theme. Sometimes at public television we are accused of not having a sense… »

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PBS Brings Back “Curious George” and “Super Why!” For Kiddies – TCA

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Curious George returns to PBS Kids August 17 in his third feature-length adventure Curious George 3: Back To The Jungle, featuring the voices of John Goodman and Angela Bassett and music by the Plain White Ts, the network announced at TCA Saturday. Also announced were new episodes of the Emmy-nominated pre-school series Super Why!, also bowing August 17. The third George movie, already available on Netflix, is set in Africa, where the cartoon chimp crash-lands after a… »

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Starz’s Chris Albrecht On Why ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Was Cancelled & How It Will End

31 July 2015 9:54 PM, PDT

Starz recently announced that the upcoming third season of Da Vinci’s Demons will be the period drama’s last. The series, which has been off the air for almost year and a half, has been a respectable performer, so the decision to end it before seeing how Season 3 does was somewhat of a surprise. It came down to having stronger shows that appeal to the same demographics, CEO Chris Albrecht said. “We really believe in serving underserved audiences in the premium cable… »


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André Benjamin Joins ABC Drama Series ‘American Crime’

31 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT

Jimi: All Is By My Side star André Benjamin has been cast opposite Regina King on the second season of John Ridley’s ABC drama series American Crime. Benjamin will play architect Michael Lacroix. He and his wife, Terri, are prominent members of the community in which they reside. A true power couple, they have both the financial means, as well as the acumen needed to fiercely defend their son when he becomes entangled in a scandal at an elite private school. In addition… »

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Valerie Harper Is Recovering From Health Scare, “Has Never Been In A Coma”

31 July 2015 6:35 PM, PDT

The television and stage actress, who has been waging a forthright public battle with cancer that spread from her lungs to her brain, is resting comfortably at an undisclosed location, according to a statement released tonight by Bradford Kenney, executive artistic director of the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda, Harper has been performing in a summer stock production of the… »

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Producer Teases Link To ‘Walking Dead’ As Season 2 Episode Order Set – TCA

31 July 2015 5:27 PM, PDT

Updated with more panel info: The spinoff to the most popular show on television will be back for 15 episodes in its second season, AMC told the TCA today. The first six-episode season of Fear The Walking Dead is set to debut August 23 with a 90-minute episode, as was announced at Comic-Con. The second season will premiere in 2016. The L.A.-set Fear The Walking Dead centers on a blended and often broken family of schoolteachers in the early days of what would become the… »

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Zendaya’s ‘K.C. Undercover’ Probed For Using White Stunt Double For Star

31 July 2015 5:02 PM, PDT

On Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover, 18-year-old actress Zendaya plays K.C. Cooper, the daughter of African American spies. On the show, K.C. is black; her mother is black; her father is black; her nerdy brother is black; her robot sister is black; and her grandfather is black. But her main stunt double for Season 1 was white. Several black stuntwomen have told Deadline that they want the show to hire black stuntwomen for the job when the show begins production on its… »

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How Martial Arts Series ‘Into the Badlands’ Kicked Its Way Onto AMC; Debuts Nov. 15 – TCA

31 July 2015 5:01 PM, PDT

Updated, 5:01 PM: AMC finally has nailed down a date for its martial arts drama series Into The Badlands, which will make its debut on November 15 at 10PM, right after The Walking Dead. The news was announced at TCA today after it was revealed at Comic-Con that the show would be premiering in November. The six-episode series was created by EPs/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based loosely on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. Daniel Wu, who also serves as Ep… »


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‘Gigi Does It’ Star David Krumholtz Loves Being His Grandmother – TCA

31 July 2015 4:37 PM, PDT

David Krumholtz spends about 4 1/2 hours getting the prosthetic makeup required to turn him into the elderly widow Gertrude Rotblum, who has discovered her dead husband had a secret bank account and now is living large in IFC’s Gigi Does It. Asked about his initial reaction to seeing himself in the makeup for the first time, he told journalists at TCA: “We didn’t know what it was going to look like – there was no design. My grandmother had passed away … and when the… »

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper Dies: Pro Wrestling Icon & Veteran Actor Was 61

31 July 2015 4:24 PM, PDT

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a wrestler and actor who was one of the kings of the squared circle during the WWF’s go-go days in the 1980s, died overnight at his home in Hollywood. He was 61. His agent Jay Schachter told Deadline that Piper, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death was given. Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007 but said last year that he was cancer-free. “I am shocked and beyond devastated,&#8221… »

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ABC Family Ups Jennifer Gerstenblatt To VP Current As Kelly Goode Exits; Brooke Bowman Segues To Consulting

31 July 2015 4:18 PM, PDT

ABC Family is making executive changes. Kelly Goode, who had been running the network’s current department as VP Current Programming, has left. She will be succeeded by one of her executives, Jennifer Gerstenblatt, who has been upped from Executive Director to VP Current Programming. She will oversee Abcf’s current programming team and cover current and digital series. Meanwhile, Brooke Bowman has stepped down from her post as Svp Original Programming but will continue to… »

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‘Documentary Now!’ Spoof Born Of Love, From Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers & Bill Hader – TCA

31 July 2015 4:17 PM, PDT

Fred Armisen sang a song about Catalina Island, we think, to warm up the TCA crowd to talk about Documentary Now! – his comedy series nod to Eagles documentaries and such, for IFC. “We just love soft rock," Armisen gushed moments later, onstage with fellow series creators/SNL alums Seth Meyers and Bill Hader. "It's so bold in its gentleness." Each episode is a nod to a different docu, rather than flat-out parody. "If we did our job right, people would be flipping through… »

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‘Cosby Show’ Ep Tom Werner: “At The Moment The Show Is Kind Of Tarnished” – TCA

31 July 2015 4:16 PM, PDT

Tom Werner was at TCA today in his capacity as executive producer of Starz’s basketball series Survivor’s Remorse, but on the sidelines he was asked about another of his series: iconic The Cosby Show. His Carsey-Werner produced the iconic sitcom starring Bill Cosby that ran from 1985-1992. Currently, Cosby is fighting allegations from more than 40 women that he drugged them without their knowledge in order to have sex with them. The show, a rerun staple, has been pulled… »

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The CW Moves Up Premiere Dates For ‘Jane The Virgin’ & ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

31 July 2015 3:57 PM, PDT

The CW’s comedy Monday lineup will launch a week earlier than originally planned. New hourlong comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and returning dramedy Jane The Virgin will debut on Monday, October 12, instead of October 19 as previously announced. The decision was made after CW affiliates, including the station in the No. 1 market, New York, informed the network of NFL pre-emptions on October 19. Feeling that it was crucial to make the two premieres available to all fans for… »

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