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Battling Republicans On CBS Fuel Highest-Rated Debate Of 2016

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Last night’s Republican presidential debate on CBS wasn’t only the angriest debate of the season, but the most-watched of the year, drawing 13.51 Million viewers. Kicking off only hours after news spread of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, CBS’s presentation of the Gop’s final go-round prior to the important South Carolina primary was also the year’s highest-rated debate in adults 25-54 (3.0), according to Nielsen time adjusted live plus same day fast… »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of the most popular Saturday Night Live hosts in the past few years, earning Emmy nominations for all 3 of her previous stints on the show from 2011-2014. McCarthy’s previous SNL show, which she hosted in February 2014 (5.4 in overnight household rating, 2.9 in adults 18-49) continues to be a high mark that even Donald Trump’s hosting gig could not match in the demo. (McCarthy’s 2014 show also marked the final episode of Seth Meyers as… »

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Video – Kanye West & Kyle Mooney’s Rap Duel: ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Musical  guests on Saturday Night Live don’t always get a chance to shine outside their two slotted numbers, but Kanye West nearly stole the show from host Melissa McCarthy last night with some extracurricular appearances. Not only did his numbers blow everyone away with a roster of guests led by Chance the Rapper, but he dropped his new album during the show. And he iced the cake by appearing in one of the season’s best videos. That was the one in which Kyle Mooney… »

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Video – Melissa McCarthy Spoofs Hollywood’s Audience Test Screenings & Cracks Up Leslie Jones: ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Melissa McCarthy, with two movies to promote, hosted the Valentine’s Day edition of SNL, with musical guest Kanye West, in a B+ episode of the 41st season. Things got off to a topical start with a cold open that featured cast members discussing Hillary-vs.-Bernie — and leaning toward the latter, as Kate McKinnon’s Clinton swung around on a trapeze, serenading them with a pointedly flop-sweaty “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” McCarthy, comparatively sleek in black, monologued… »

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Video – Melissa McCarthy Palms Fellow Cat Lady Kate McKinnon: ‘Saturday Night Live’

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The writing wasn’t always up to the talents of physical comedian Melissa McCarthy, hosting last night’s SNL, but there were still enough laughs to keep the show’s motor, well, purring. A recurring Kate McKinnon bit, coming near the end, paired her with McCarthy as Barbara and Tabitha, spokesladies for the Whiskers R We Annual Valentines’s Day Cat Giveaway. The featured felines were given increasingly loopy back stories (“We call him O.J. because he’s orange like the… »

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‘Purity’ Drama Starring Daniel Craig From Scott Rudin Eyes Series Order

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James Bond star Daniel Craig is headlining Purity, a hot drama series package that hit the cable and digital marketplace earlier this week. The project, produced by Scott Rudin, is based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, published last September. Todd Field is writing the adaptation with Franzen. I hear the package has been seeking a series order 20 episodes, with Field set to direct all 20 hours. Purity was taken out to cable… »

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Gop Debate Live Blog: And Then There Were Six

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  Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have podiums at tonight's CBS News Gop debate, what with Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie having dropped out after their disappointing finishes in the New Hampshire primary this week. It’s the final debate setting for the New Hampshire survivors before the South Carolina primary February 20.  Count on at least one line of questioning about… »

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Anderson Cooper To Moderate Back To Back South Carolina Gop Town Halls

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CNN has announced back-to-back Town Halls with the Republican presidential candidates to air live from South Carolina February 17 and 18, with Anderson Cooper moderating. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Donald Trump will be on hand to answer questions from voters in advance of the Gop’s South Carolina primary on February 20. The Town Halls will be split evenly between the… »

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Hollywood & Washington React To Scalia Death With Tributes, Biting Criticism

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With the death of the man known as the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice, admirers and critics from the worlds of entertainment and politics alike took to social media to weigh in on the legacy and career of Antonin Scalia. Responses ranged from praise, to condemnation, to polite condolences but as expected, the man’s legal mind was as respected as his opinions were divisive. Supporters mourned his death as a blow to American jurisprudence. Those who stood… »

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WGA Awards: ‘Spotlight’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Marquee Film Honors; ‘Mad Men’, ‘Veep’ & ‘Mr. Robot’ Top TV – Full List

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Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy took the Original Screenplay honor tonight for Spotlight while Charles Randolph and Adam McKay won the trophy for Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 WGA Awards. Typically, at least one of these winners continues on to win an Oscar in their respective category, and this year you can bet your money that both will rally at the awards ceremony on Feb. 28. There’s often a discrepancy between the Oscars and the WGA in that the guild… »

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Deadline’s 2016 WGA Awards Live Blog

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Spotlight and The Big Short were the top film winners tonight at the 2016 WGA Awards, with Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, taking the marquee honors, respectively, for original and adapted screenplay. Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief took the documentary prize. On the TV side, it was Mad Men and Veep with top drama and comedy series honors, respectively, and Mr. Robot notched a best new series win. Here’s… »

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Antonin Scalia Dies: Conservative Supreme Court Justice Seen As No Friend To Hollywood

13 February 2016 2:14 PM, PST

He was pro-Aereo, anti-same sex marriage and one of the most combative members of the Supreme Court of the modern age. With that, the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last night leaves a complicated legacy for conservatives, liberals and Hollywood. A strong proponent of the vigorous free enterprise system that Hollywood likes, the Senior Associate Justice was also one of only three dissenters on the nation’s top court who voted in mid-2014 against the broadcasters in the… »

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‘Shark Tank’ Ratings Hit Season High, ‘Amazing Race’ Steadyish, ’20/20′ Surges

13 February 2016 11:04 AM, PST

In some ways the unofficial soundtrack to Shark Tank (1.7/6) should be Diana Ross's Upside Down. Not as a nod to the multiple Grammy winner on Grammy weekend but to the fact that the ABC reality entrepreneurial series' ratings fortunes shift so suddenly. Maybe it was the sweetener that tasted like honey pitch last night but after a double digit drop last week from its previous season high, Shark Tank surged 21% among adults 18-49 to hit a new Season 7 high. Up 25% overall… »

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Nigel Lythgoe To Exec Produce Dance Pic ‘Tackling Romeo’ – Berlin

13 February 2016 8:45 AM, PST

Exclusive: Choreographer, producer and reality dance judge Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol) has signed on to executive produce the dance feature Tackling Romeo, which will be introduced during this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Aimed at fans of films like Pitch Perfect, Tackling Romeo follows East Coast prep school senior Bobby Sherwood, a star Rugby player who sets about trying to become a ballet dancer in secret. As he juggles his life at school… »

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Angus Sampson Joins Hulu Drama ‘Shut Eye’; Manny Montana Cast in ABC’s ‘Conviction’

12 February 2016 6:15 PM, PST

Angus Sampson has landed a regular role in Shut Eye, Hulu's original series from creator Les Bohem, TriStar Television and Mark Johnson's Gran Via Productions. It takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Sampson will play Fonzo, a macho and powerful Romani kingpin with a taste for the finer things in life. A single father still mourning the loss of his wife, he appears affable… »

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NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

12 February 2016 6:14 PM, PST

Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… »


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Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

12 February 2016 6:06 PM, PST

Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans", A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's… »


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Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show Finally A Go At NBC

12 February 2016 5:18 PM, PST

NBC confirmed today it has greenlighted a Maya Rudolph-hosted variety show, an idea that had been in the works since a primetime special The Maya Rudolph Show aired back in May 2014. The new show will be co-hosted by Rudolph and Martin Short and be executive produced by their old SNL boss Lorne Michaels. Our sister pub Variety broke the news today, saying the network is targeting a late May premiere for the tentatively titled Maya And Marty In Manhattan. No word on the… »

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Jennifer Getzinger To Helm ‘Miranda’s Rights’, Only Female Director Hire On Drama Pilot This Season

12 February 2016 5:10 PM, PST

Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men, The Big C) is set to direct NBC/Universal TV’s legal drama pilot Miranda’s Rights, written by Katie Lovejoy. Surprisingly, given the current push in the industry to open up the field to female directors, Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season with just 1-2 open assignment left. Out of about 40 broadcast drama pilots ordered, she is one of only two female directors total, along with Liz Friedlander, who… »

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Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy Pilot

12 February 2016 4:44 PM, PST

Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… »


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