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USA Picks Up 1940s Hollywood Drama Pilot ‘Paradise Pictures’ From ‘Suits’ Duo

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USA Network continues to experiment with drama settings, genres and timeframes, giving a pilot order to old Hollywood priod drama Paradise Pictures, written/executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron KorshUniversal Cable Productions, where Korsh is under an overall deal, is the studio. Paradise Pictures revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream… »

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Cablevision Has A Deal With Hulu, But Won’t Say What It Entails

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The Long Island-based cable operator presents us with a head-scratcher. Cablevision says that it has an agreement to “offer Hulu’s subscription streaming service to Optimum customers” making it the “first cable or satellite provider” that will provide Hulu’s “comprehensive on-demand content.” That could be a big deal if, say, Cablevision offers Hulu Plus as a subscription TV service like HBO or Showtime. It could be a big nothing if the cable operator just plans to market… »

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Winter Ave Zoli, Kelly Overton, Aisling Franciosi, Steve Kazee Join TNT’s ‘Legends’

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TNT is adding to the cast of drama series Legends. Winter Ave Zoli (Sons Of Anarchy), Kelly Overton (True Blood), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall) and Steve Kazee (Shameless) have signed on as new series regulars, joining star Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones) for the upcoming second season. Ave Zoli will play Detective Gabriella Laska, whose fierce drive hides behind a free-spirited Bohemian laissez-faire; Overton is Nina Brenner, a tough, ambitious CIA Intelligence Officer who… »

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Pilots 2015: NBC Dramas Begin Staffing

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We are starting to get more definitive signs of the broadcast pilots likely to go to series for next season. I hear NBC has given three drama pilots  — The Player (formerly Endgame), Blindspot and Heartbreaker (formerly Heart Matters) — permission to begin staffing. While not a guarantee for a series order, such a nod from the networks is usually a promising indication of their intentions. While all pilots vet prospective writers and offer those they like “if come” deals… »

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Transformers, G.I. Joe, Other Hasbro Animated Series Storm Vimeo On Demand

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Hasbro is bringing its entire library of classic animated titles for franchises such as Transformers and G.I. Joe to online distributor Vimeo on Demand. The initial shows to launch are Transformers: Generation 1 and Jem and the Holograms, with hundreds of episodes from 13 franchises debuting at different points through this year. It’s the latest programming deal for Vimeo’s relatively new on-demand unit as it tries to move beyond the shadow of giant competitor YouTube… »

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‘Flesh And Bone’ Trailer: First Look At Starz Gritty Ballet Drama

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We’re getting our first look at Starz’s ballet drama Flesh And Bone. The eight-hour limited series follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The curtain rises on November 8. Shot entirely in NYC, Flesh And Bone is described as a dark, gritty, complex series that unflinchingly explores the city through the eyes of Claire, played by Black Swan‘s Sarah Hay, an emotionally wounded but transcendent ballerina… »

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‘Stalker’ Ratings Rise In New Slot, ‘Gotham’ & ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Steady, ‘2 Broke Girls’ Down

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One villain met his end and another made his big move on Gotham (1.5/5) last night as the Fox series stepped toward its Season 1 finale next week. There was no Fish Mooney on Monday, but Wayne Enterprises' Lucius Fox made his debut on the Batman backstory show's penultimate episode. Among adults 18-49, it was fairly steady with last week: The show slipped 6% in preliminary numbers from April 21’s final numbers, which were adjusted up a tenth from their fast nationals… »

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‘Barely Famous’ Renewed For Season 2 By VH1

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Sisters Erin and Sara Foster will be back for another round of Barely Famous. VH1 has picked up a second season of the docu-comedy series for premiere in 2016. Barely Famous centers on two sisters who say they would never do a reality show, but are being filmed by a camera crew. The pair offer a tongue-in-cheek perspective on the culture of reality TV and the hypocrisy of everyday life in Los Angeles, as they navigate the treacherous La waters of career and dating, all… »

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‘Miles From Tomorrowland’ Renewed For Season 2 By Disney Junior

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Disney Junior has ordered a second season of its hit animated space adventure series, Miles From Tomorrowland. The series charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto (Cullen McCarthy) and his family as they work together to help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, incorporating unique space and science facts into each storyline. Miles From Tomorrowland is the No. 1 TV series across preschool networks in Total Viewers… »

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Emmy-Nominated TV Writer Chris Case Juices Up Latest Sgn Game

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Exclusive: Chris Case – a long-time writer on shows such as Spin CityTitus and Mad About You who is exec producer on Yahoo’s new Sin City Saints – ended up with a very different writing assignment recently, punching up the story line, characters and emotional engagement of a new mobile game, Juice Jam, from Sgn. “Mobile for me is the Wild, Wild West,” said Case. “It was an opportunity to understand what’s happening here. It’s really cool to try to innovate. It’s wide… »

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CBS Sets ‘The Briefcase’ Reality Series From ‘The Biggest Loser’ Creator

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CBS has set The Briefcase, a new reality series for summer from The Biggest Loser creator/executive producer Dave Broome. The show, which will premiere May 27 and air in Survivor‘s Wednesday 8 Pm time period, features a social experiment element. In each episode, two hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks are presented by the show’s producers with a briefcase containing $101,000 and a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the… »

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David Krumholtz Comedy ‘Gigi’s Bucket List’ Gets Series Order By IFC

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IFC has greenlighted comedy series Gigi's Bucket List, starring David Krumholtz. The eight half-hour episodes will shoot this June in Los Angeles for a premiere later this year. Gertrude Rotblum, aka "Gigi," just lost her beloved husband Harold, but has gained a new lease on life with the help of an unknown bank account discovered in his will. With her dead husband's secret millions, this 76-year-old yenta with a heart of gold and a razor-sharp tongue sets out to… »

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Seville Int’l Brings ‘Sleeping Giant’ To Cannes; Series Mania Fest Boosts Attendance: Global Briefs

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Seville International, the boutique sales outfit of eOne, is set to handle sales on Cannes Critics' Week selection Sleeping Giant. It’s the feature directorial debut of writer-director Andrew Cividino, which is in competition for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Newcomers Nick Serino and Reece Moffett star alongside Jackson Martin, David Disher and Erika Brodzky. The story follows Adam, a teenager who is spending his summer vacation with his parents on Lake Superior. His dull… »

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Paul Ryan Dies: Actor, TV Host & ‘Et’ Correspondent Was 69

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Paul Ryan, an actor, TV host and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent, has died. He was 69. Ryan died April 23 of leukemia at Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank. He hundreds of celebrity interviews as Et‘s Hollywood correspondent, co-hosted the local Mid-Morning Los Angeles and most recently produced web series A BraveHeart View. Ryan also authored the 2007 book The Art Of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny. His acting career included more than two… »

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Peter Hoffman “Stunned” By Guilty Verdict In Louisiana Tax Fraud Trial – Updated

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2nd Update, 5:46 Pm: Peter Hoffman told Deadline he is “stunned” by the verdict but would have no other comment until he moves to have it set aside. Updated, 4:51 Pm: Peter Hoffman, Hollywood's once-highflying guru of exotic tax breaks, has been found guilty on tax fraud in federal court in New Orleans. Hoffman was convicted on 21 counts of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud the state of Louisiana out of $1.13 million in tax credits to… »

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Viola Davis To Star In Harriet Tubman HBO Movie From Kirk Ellis, Doug Ellin & Amblin

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HBO Films has teamed with writer Kirk Ellis, producer Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for a project about Harriet Tubman, with Oscar nominee Viola Davis set to portray the famous abolitionist. Based on the biography Bound For The Promised Land by historian Kate Clifford Larson, the film, now in development, tells the story of American hero Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the… »

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Bruce Jenner Interview Hits 17.1M In Final ‘20/20’ Viewership Results – Update

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Updated, 3:28 Pm: The final numbers are in, and the viewership gold medal is shining a little brighter for Friday’s 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview. While the two-hour Diane Sawyer sit-down with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stepdad stayed the same among adults 18-49 with a 5.2/17, the highly promoted conversation about Jenner’s transition to becoming a woman bopped up a bit from its fast nationals in total viewers. With a… »

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‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie In The Works At Lifetime

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On the heels of The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, Lifetime has given a green light to The Unauthorized Full House Story (working title), based on the long-running Full House ’90s sitcom that made John Stamos a household name. Unauthorized Full House will look at the rise of the cast and the pressure on them to balance the idyllic family life on the show with the more complicated reality of their own lives outside the series, but it will also look at the warm bond… »

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Ellen Pompeo On Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit — How Meredith Will Go On

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For the first time since Patrick Dempsey’s surprise exit from Grey’s Anatomy last week, his onscreen wife, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith), is speaking out. In a Twitter post titled “Happy Monday,” she says she is “excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible.” Apparently the veteran ABC show’s fans aren’t nearly as excited. They’ve launched a petition to bring Dr. Derek Shepherd back. It’s already collected more than 29,000… »

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‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Ratings Steady With 2014, ‘High Profits’ Fizzles In Week 2

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There was a lot of drinking last night on the Kitchen Confidential author's latest season premiere on CNN, and today brought a bit of a ratings reality check both for Anthony Bourdain and his lead-out about pothead profit seekers. With a trip to South Korea as its Season 5 opener, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown snagged 575,000 total viewers with 301,000 among the news demo of adults 25-54 at 9Pm. While down 34% in total viewers from the audience that time-slot rival Fox… »

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