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‘Waco’: Camryn Manheim, Eric Lange Among 5 Cast In Event Series For Par Network

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The Practice alumna Camryn Manheim, Eric Lange (Narcos), Annika Marks (The Fosters), Stephen Culp (Bosch), and Sarah Minnich (Better Call Saul) have joined the cast of Waco, the six-part event series that will be part of the inaugural slate launching Viacom's Paramount Network in January 2018. Produced by Weinstein Television, the series — based on the true story of the 51-day standoff in Waco, Texas that resulted in a deadly fire — is currently filming in Santa Fe, Nm. Wa… »

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Audience Network’s New Documentary From Vince Vaughn To Tackle Police & Race Relations

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As an emerging network, At&T's Audience Network already boasts original programming with series like Ice, Kingdom, Rogue, You Me Her and Full Circle under its banner. Now it’s now producing a documentary focused on the relationship between African American communities and the police. "We haven't announced it yet, so I can't say much," network head Chris Long told Deadline today on the sidelines of a Hollywood Radio & Television Society event in Los Angeles. "We were… »

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Chill On Rumors Of Netflix Side Deal As WGA Strike Authorization Looms

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Exclusive: With the result of the WGA’s strike-authorization vote expected today, those binge-ing on the hope of a rumored Netflix side deal with writers if picket lines go up next week should chill out: it ain't happening. "So f*cking unlikely," one source close to the situation said bluntly of the streaming service seeking an agreement of its own, or swooping in to play honest broker, if there is a strike on May 2. Hoping to quell rumors, WGA and AMPTP insiders on both… »

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‘Blood Drive’ Trailer: Cannibals, Monsters, Cults, Nymphos & More In Syfy’s Grindhouse Series

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Not for the fainthearted here. Syfy has released the first trailer for its upcoming grindhouse cinema-inspired series Blood Drive starring Alan Ritchson and Christina Ochoa. After Los Angeles' last good cop (Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Ochoa). Oh, and there’s no need for gasoline. “What the f*ck? These cars run on human blood?” asks Ritchson. “Have you… »

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Ingrid Michaelson/Liz Tigelaar Comedy Series ‘The Way I Am’ In Works At Hulu

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In a competitive situation, Hulu has landed The Way I Am, a half-hour single-camera comedy from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar, with Michaelson set to star. Created by Michaelson and Tigelaar and written by Tigelaar, The Way I Am, now in development, is based on loosely Michaelson, who’s at the height of her career (even if everyone thinks she’s Lisa Loeb). Michaelson and Tigelaar executive produce with Lynn Grossman. The Way I Am… »

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‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 5 On Hallmark Channel

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Hallmark Channel has picked up a fifth season of When Calls The Heart, its original scripted drama starring Erin Krakow as a young woman who begins a new chapter in her life in an early-20th century coal mining town. Also starring Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith, the series wrapped its fourth season with year-over-year double-digit ratings gains in households and key demos, the Crown Media-owned cable net said. "Viewers have… »

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Chris Bearde Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Laugh-In’ Writer & ‘Gong Show’ Creator Was 80

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Chris Bearde, who won an Emmy as part of the Laugh-In writing team, created The Gong Show and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and co-wrote what became known as the Elvis ’68 Comeback Special, died Sunday. He was 80. Bearde grew up in Sydney, launching his career hosting a 1950s kids TV show in Australia. In the early 1960s, he landed a writing gig on the CTV comedy series Network for CTV. He went on to create CBC’s Front and Centre and Nightcap, the latter being Canada’s… »

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‘Fox & Friends’ Anchor Heather Nauert Named State Department Spokesperson

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Heather Nauert, the news anchor on Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends, has been tapped as the Trump administration’s new State Department spokeswoman. She originally joined Fox News in 1998 and then rejoined as an anchor in 2007. The 15-year veteran has covered both foreign and domestic news and events including the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War and Darfur. As an anchor, she handled breaking news events on Fox & Friends and other programs. She also covered the… »

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Eliza Dushku To Star In ‘The Black Company’ Series Adaptation In Works By Im Global & David Goyer

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Im Global Television is developing The Black Company, based on Glen Cook's (Garrett P.I. series) fantasy books as a TV series, along with Eliza Dushku's Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer's Phantom Four, with Dushku set to star. Boston Diva Prods. optioned the ten-book epic action fantasy series, as well as the forthcoming book, Port of Shadows, which falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series and will be published by Tor Books in 2018. Dushku (Bull, Dollhouse, Buffy th… »

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‘Little Big Shots’ Ratings Down But Top Sunday, NBA Playoffs Rise Big Over 2016

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An almost full night on the Big 4 saw movement up and down the ratings court Sunday as the NBA playoffs scored on cable. In early metered market results, ABC and Espn saw double-digit increases from last year as reigning champs the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers 106-102 and the Houston Rockets topped he Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109. With a 3.6 Mm rating, the Cavs' win on ABC was up 33% from the equivalent game of last year's playoffs. A 2.6 Mm rating put the… »

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John Oliver Takes On Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner On ‘Last Week Tonight’

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John Oliver zeroed in on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight. Oliver noted that liberals’ popular assumption that the first daughter and son-in-law would be moderating influences on President Trump, might be a bit misguided. “Basically, if Trump is thinking about pressing the button that says ‘Nuke Earth,’ they will, on behalf of all us, guide his hand towards the button that says ‘Hey…Maybe Don’t.'” But hold on, noting that Ivanka for… »

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Fox Ramps Up Off-Cycle Development, Eyes Multiple Pilot Orders This Summer

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While reading pilot scripts, picking up and casting pilots this winter, Fox also has been actively buying drama and comedy pitches in a renewed effort to develop projects for off-cycle pilot and straight-to-series orders. The idea is not new — broadcast networks have been talking about switching to year-round development for years as they lament the craziness of pilot season when more than 80 pilots are being cast and produced at the same time, competing for acting and… »

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Disney Says Affiliate Deal Will Enable ABC Streams To Reach 90% Of Households

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Disney is crowing today about its progress in persuading ABC’s broadcast affiliates to let the entertainment giant negotiate deals with digital distribution services on their behalf. In conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual confab taking place in Las Vegas, Disney|ABC Television Group says it signed more than 160 stations including those owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, E.W. Scripps Company, Hearst Television and Tegna Media. The… »

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Obama & Trump Face Off On Cable News As Ex-potus Returns To Public Stage

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Barack Obama's first official public appearance since leaving office got the full attention of CNN and MSNBC today but not Fox News Channel. After cutting to the 44th Potus' remarks at the University of Chicago on Monday morning, the former home of Bill O'Reilly then went to the White House and President Donald Trump's strident lunch with U.N. Security Council ambassadors. With no small irony, the remarks Obama made in his adopted hometown were almost a prophecy of how… »

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Megyn Kelly NBC Sunday Show Set For June

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Megyn Kelly will front an NBC show that is penciled in to start on Sundays in June, according to sources who spoke with Deadline. The news is the latest as NBC News positions its new high-profile name since it signed her away from Fox News. Kelly officially was released from the remainder of her Fox News contract within the past couple of weeks, so getting her on the air is the next logical step. According to a Page Six report this morning in the New York Post, she will… »

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Jason Alexander Comedy Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Audience Network

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At&T Audience Network has given a straight-to-series order for 10 half-hour episodes of original comedy series Hit The Road from Jason Alexander. The Seinfeld alum is set to star and executive produce with Primary Wave Entertainment, which is co-financing the series. Fabrik Entertainment (Bosch) will produce. Co-created by Alexander, Emmy-nominated comedy writer Peter Tilden and British screenwriter Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral, Moonwalkers) Hit The Road is about the… »

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Michael Mann & Michael De Luca Set Miniseries On Mark Bowden Tet Offensive Book ‘Hue 1968’

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Exclusive: Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Hue 1968, and they will shape as an event eight- to 10-hour miniseries Mark Bowden’s kaleidoscopic account of the Tet Offensive that became the turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Bowden’s books have been catnip for Hollywood, and his Black Hawk Down was turned into the memorable Ridley Scott-directed 2001 thriller. Bowden worked five years on Hue 1968, which will be published June 6… »

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Norman Lear To Host Weekly Podcast; Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Among Guests

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Norman Lear is lending his voice to the world of podcasts. The veteran writer, producer, director and creator of such landmark sitcoms as All in the Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Maude and others will be hosting a new weekly podcast on PodcastOne. All of the Above with Norman Lear will cover topics ranging from comedy to family, current events, music, politics and social issues featuring the unique perspectives of celebrities, politicians and… »

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Netflix To Seek €1B In Debt To Help Pay For Original Programming

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After burning nearly $1.5 billion in cash last year, Netflix says today that it’s headed back to the debt market for help to pay for its fast-growing content needs as it expands throughout the world. The company says it will borrow €1 billion through senior debt notes it will sell outside of the U.S. Details about the interest rate and maturity date are yet to be determined. The streaming power will use the cash “for general corporate purposes, which may include content… »


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EOne, Aquarius Board Aussie Series ‘The Other Guy’; Studiocanal Picks Up ‘American Gods’; Viceland Producing Comedy ‘Brexit Stage Left’ — Global Briefs

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Entertainment One and Lion producer Aquarius Films are co-producing a new Stan Original comedy series The Other Guy, starring and written by Australian comedian and broadcast personality Matt Okine. The show, which has already begun production, is based on Okine's own experiences, which he developed into a stand-up show and is now a TV series for Australia's local streaming service Stan. The show is co-written by Becky Lucas (Please Like Me) and Greg Waters (Soul Mates, Da… »

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