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

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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

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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’

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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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PBS Already Has Talked To Julian Fellowes About Next Masterpiece Drama

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PBS already has talked with Julian Fellowes about his next drama for MasterpieceMasterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton, talking to Deadline about today's announced ending for Fellowes' Downton Abbey, confirmed the talks, but declined to elaborate. PBS chief Paula Kerger also was on the phone call, to assure Deadline PBS is not in a panic about the coming end of its most popular drama series in its history and a show that single-handedly made public broadcasting sexy… »

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Starz Rises To No. 2 Pay Cable Network In Subscribers

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All major premium cable networks posted subscriber growth in the most recent fourth quarter of 2014, which also featured a different pecking order for the first time in years, with Starz (23.3 million subscribers) edging Showtime (22.8 million) to finish No.2 behind perennial leader HBO (31.4 million). It’s been awhile since Starz has had a No.2 ranking — on a yearly basis, it last finished ahead of Showtime in 2008. Starz’s subscriber base dipped the following year… »

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‘Downton Abbey’s Gareth Neame On Series End: “We Know Exactly The Story We Want To Tell” (6 Seasons & A Movie?)

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Amid mounting speculation, the end of Downton Abbey was finally confirmed today. The historic period drama that has become a global phenomenon will close its doors after the currently shooting sixth season. Questions surrounding when the series would conclude have dogged and confounded creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame going back as early as Season 2. Just 10 days ago — when they spoke at a conference in Jerusalem — the pair would not be lead as… »

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‘Mr. Robinson’ & ‘The Carmichael Show’ To Debut In August; NBC Sets ‘Welcome To Sweden’ Return, Other Summer Dates

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NBC, which has struggled with comedy this season, is making a major push in the genre in the summer with two new series, Mr. Robinson and The Carmichael Show, set to debut in August. They will be joined by Welcome To Sweden, which will return for a second season in July. Last summer, NBC premiered Welcome To Sweden and Undateable, both of which were renewed for a second season. Summer traditionally has been a reserved territory for burn-off shows, so Undateable‘s solid… »

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‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Season 2 Premiere Set For May 31

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AMC has slotted the Season 2 premiere of Halt And Catch Fire for 10 Pm Sunday, May 31. The second season will pick up in early 1985 and center on the rise of Mutiny, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna's (Kerry Bishé) start-up company that is built upon the most disruptive idea of the modern era: the Internet. Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy also star. Check out a clip of Season 2’s premiere… »

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Nickelodeon’s ‘School Of Rock’ Rounds Out Cast

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Ricardo Hurtado, Lance Lim (Growing Up Fisher), Aidan Miner (Homeroom), Jade Pettyjohn (Henry Danger), and Breanna Yde (The Haunted Hathaways) have joined the cast of Nickelodeon's straight-to-series live action musical comedy School Of Rock. It centers on Dewey Finn (Tony Cavalero), a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving students to play and love rock 'n'… »

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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Night 3: 1.35 Million Viewers – Update

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Updated, 11:28 Am: Night 3 of CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden delivered 1.35 million viewers, according to preliminary stats, as well as a 0.5 ratings in adults 25-54, 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 0.2 in adults 18-34. That’s a decline of 310,000 viewers from James Corden’s unveiling as host of Late Late Show on Monday (1.66 million viewers). Wednesday’s early stats show he also hung on to his ratings with 18-34 and 25-54, and dipped 0.1 in 18-49. On Night 2, Corden… »

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‘Wolf Hall’ Review: Damian Lewis Rules As Henry VIII In PBS Drama

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With the beginning of the end for AMC's Mad Men, the debut of NBC's Biblical A.D. and American Odyssey plus the premiere of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Lifetime, Easter Sunday's primetime is a very crowded place this year. Among the offerings, I recommend in the video review above that you check yourself into Wolf Hall on April 5. The six-part series on PBS' Masterpiece provides some very compelling television. Based on Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels and… »

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All3Media Nearing Deal To Acquire Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions

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All3Media is closing a deal to acquire Sam MendesNeal Street Productions. A deal is expected to close within days for the company, which Mendes founded in 2003 with former BBC Drama commissioner Pippa Harris and theater veteran Caro Newling. Neal Street has been for sale since last November, when Mendes and his partners had reportedly put a $60 million price tag on the company. Though launched as a film, theater and TV company, Neal Street has enjoyed its most… »

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William Petersen Joins Wgn America’s ‘Manhattan’ For TV Return

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Former CSI star William Petersen is returning to television with a series regular role on the second season of the Wgn America drama series Manhattan. Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos. Petersen will play Col. Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at… »

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Talent Agency Launches Biz Development Arm Verve Ventures; Amy Beecroft Will Steer It

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Lit agency Verve has hatched Verve Ventures, an internal global business development arm. International sales vet Amy Beecroft will run it. She’s a veteran of First Look/Overseas Film Group, HBO, GreeneStreet Films, and FilmNation. They will hatch strategic partnerships in international and domestic film and TV, get into finance and sales, digital distribution and develop new technologies. The agency got a taste of that ushering in Virtual Reality, a concern that is… »

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HBO & Vice To Launch Daily Newscast As Part Of Major New Content Deal

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In its most expansive content deal ever, HBO has closed a four-year pact with Vice that will dramatically increase the network’s current events coverage. The deal includes the launch of a daily Vice newscast, consisting of five half-hour shows per week, 48 weeks a year. The deal also extends the Vice series through 2018, increasing from the current 14 episodes to 35 episodes a year. It also includes a four-year commitment for an increased number of Vice-produced specials… »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Ending After Season 6: “Good To Quit While You’re Ahead”, Producer Says

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Updated with press conference, more details: NBCUniversal-owned Carnival Films, the producer of Downton Abbey, today announced that Season 6 will be the final season of the worldwide hit TV drama. The news isn’t entirely surprising, given that last January NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics Julian Fellowes long awaited NBC period drama The Gilded Age had been put on the front burner – disturbing news for Downton fans, given that he writes every episode of the PBS… »

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British Election Campaign Kicks Off With First Televised Leaders Debate

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The British General Election campaign gets into full swing this evening with the first televised live debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. The event, which will be aired on Channel 4 and Sky News, comes after months of tortuous negotiations about what format the debates, if any, should take. The impact the debates will have on this year’s elections, however, looks set to be reduced from their oversized influence in 2010. Back… »

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Rod Perth Re-Ups As Natpe President & CEO For Final One-Year Term

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Rod Perth has extended his contact as president and CEO of Natpe//Content First through February 2016, Natpe Board Chairman Jordan Levin said today. At that time he will join the non-profit’s Board of Directors and will help in the choice of a successor and continue to manage the business throughout the transition. "These actions we are taking reflect the culmination of a multi-year turnaround effort made possible by all of the success we've achieved during Rod's watch,"… »

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Richard Rosenblatt Launches Whipclip Video App; Will 3rd Time Also Be A Charm?

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Serial entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt thinks he’s found the next hot thing again: the mobile app Whipclip, launching today, that makes it easy for TV fans to snip and share pieces of video from more than 90 network shows. “Everybody is thinking forward, about how to share video,” Rosenblatt said in demoing the app to me. “The technology is finally here.” Rosenblatt was chairman of the early social-media success MySpace, selling it to Fox for $580 million in 2005, and… »

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‘American Idol’ Ratings Fall Hard For Fox On ‘Empire’-Less Night, Steady CBS Wins Night

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First off, let's take a moment to recognize this first Thursday morning in months where we weren't talking about those amazing Empire ratings dominating Wednesday's primetime. Those dizzying heights of last week's finale of the Lee Daniels- and Danny Strong-created drama already seem so long ago. What didn't seem that long ago, at least on Fox last night, was the 1980s. With appearances by Salt-n-Pepa, David Hasselhoff and a mentoring Boy George, the music of the Reagan… »

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