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Ryan Seacrest Returns To ‘American Idol’, ABC Confirms

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Ryan Seacrest is confirmed to host ABC’s resurrected American Idol. The announcement was made on today’s Live with Kelly and Ryan. Seacrest hosted the franchise since its inception in 2002. ABC says he’ll continue to host Live with Kelly and Ryan from New York. Seacrest also hosts and executive produces ABC's annual live show,Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest will also continue hosting and executive producing On Air with Ryan Seacrest, his… »

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Deadline’s Pmc, Hollywood Filmmakers & Sports Teams Back Launch Of National Heroes Day

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A group of Hollywood filmmakers, sports teams and Deadline’s parent company Penske Media Corp are among those teaming to support the launch of this country’s first annual National Heroes Day today. The Day is designed as a celebration of every day Americans who perform courageous and selfless acts of heroism. National Heroes Day comes on the 48th anniversary of Nasa’s successful Apollo 11 Moonwalk mission, and is inspired by the heroism of those who sacrificed and risked… »

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BBC Partners With James Corden’s Fulwell 73 For Live Music Show

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The BBC is teaming with James Corden's Fulwell 73, the banner behind the popular Carpool Karaoke series, to make a live, weekly music show set to air on the UK channel this fall. It has yet to receive a title or timeslot but an initial run of six episodes has already been commissioned. The new series, which promises to showcase "the hottest bands and artists in the world right now," will see the BBC make a return to the live, weekly music space eleven years after the… »

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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

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Updated: Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40.  Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of Alias, NCIS, Bones, Rizzoli & Isles and… »


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Lena Dunham Joining ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7

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Updated with more details: American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy just tweeted out that Girls star Lena Dunham is joining the latest installment of the FX anthology series. We’re hearing that the gig is for one episode. Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the American Horror Story family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r! — Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 20, 2017 Murphy has been dropping hints on social media about the new season of… »

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Red West Dies: ‘Road House’ Actor, Stuntman & Songwriter Was 81

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Red West, best known as an actor for his role as Red alongside Patrick Swayze in Road House, and a longtime friend and songwriting partner of Elvis Presley, has died. West died Tuesday at a Memphis, Tn hospital after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper. He was 81. The Bolivar, Tn native befriended Presley in high school, and went on to appear in small roles in several of Presley’s films in the 1960s. As a songwriter, he… »

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TV Producer Deb Spera Sells Period Novel

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Veteran TV producer Deborah Spera (Criminal Minds) has sold her first novel. Titled Alligator, the novel is set in 1924. It revolves around three women struggling to survive in economically depressed rural South Carolina — a first generation free black woman, a poor white woman, and the wealthy white woman who employs them both — and the lengths they go to protect their children, and themselves. The book has been picked up by Liz Stein at Park Row Books. Spera and her… »

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Sen. John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer, CNN Reports

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Updated with Potus statement: Arizona's Sen. McCain has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, CNN's Sanjay Gupta was first to report Wednesday afternoon. After speaking to the senator and getting his permission, Gupta said he spoke to McCain’s doctors, who had operated on Friday, revealing the aggressive type of brain cancer. President Donald Trump has issued a statement after the diagnosis was revealed: “Senator John McCain has always been a… »

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Suranne Jones To Star In Sally Wainright Drama Series For HBO & BBC One

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Suranne Jones is set to star in Gentleman Jack (fka Shibden Hall), HBO and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley). Filming will begin next year. Set in 1832 Halifax, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne's relationships at home with her family, her… »

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‘The X-Files’: Mitch Pileggi Set To Return For Season 11 Of Fox Series

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Mulder and Scully will continue to have their trusted ally Walter Skinner by their side. The X-Files veteran Mitch Pileggi has closed a deal to return for the recently picked up 10-episode eleventh season of the Fox sci-fi drama and second as an event series. He will reprise his role as Walter Skinner, an assistant director at the FBI, which he played on the original Fox series as well as the 2016 six-episode event series revival, both from creator Chris Carter. Pileggi… »

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White House Reporter Dares To Stream Audio Of White House Press Briefing Live; Republic Still Standing

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The Washington press corps was a'twitter Wednesday afternoon with word that one brave White House correspondent had dared to stream live the audio of the day’s no-cameras-allowed White House press briefing held by Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. That is in violation of White House rules that only allow audio of the briefing to be used after the event has wrapped, on the thinking that messing with rabbit-like reporters is a terrible thing to waste. Since… »

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Forest Whitaker Set As ‘Empire’ Guest Star; Plays Music Hitmaker In Multi-Episode Arc

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Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on Fox’s Empire this fall, playing "Uncle Eddie," described as a charismatic music icon and hitmaker who gave Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment's 20th anniversary. Empire… »

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‘Damnation’: Zach McGowan Set To Recur In USA Period Drama

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Black Sails alum Zach McGowan is set for a recurring role opposite Logan Marshall-Green and Killian Scott in USA Network’s period drama Damnation from writer-poet-critic Tony Tost (Longmire), Entertainment 360's Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Rappaport, and James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line). An epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, Damnation centers on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the… »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators Reteam With HBO On ‘Confederate’ Alt-History Drama Series

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Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have set their follow-up series to the blockbuster fantasy drama. They will reteam with HBO for Confederate, an alt-history original drama series. Written by Benioff and Weiss, who also will showrun, Confederate chronicles events leading to the Third American Civil War. It takes place in an alternate timeline, where the Southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery… »

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Comic-Con: Essential Panels, Surprises + Backstage With Ricky Whittle Of ‘American Gods’

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"It's like Disneyland for adults — I still geek out," American Gods star and Comic-Con veteran Ricky Whittle says of the colossal San Diego confab that officially kicks off tomorrow. To help negotiate the July 20-23 fanboy and fangirl extravaganza, Whittle and his backstage insights joined Deadline to, er, whittle the hundreds of panels, activations and events that fill Sdcc's schedule to its core essentials. Check out Deadline's Comic-Con 2017 video preview and see who… »

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‘Hawaii Five-0’: Ian Anthony Dale Upped To Regular, Meaghan Rath & Beulah Koale Join Cast After Shake-Up

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Ian Anthony Dale has been promoted to series regular and Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale are set as regulars opposite Alex O’Loughlin in Hawaii Five-0, which begins its eighth season September 29 on CBS. The trio was cast following the departures of series vets Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who were not able to agree on new deals to return for another season. Dale has recurred as Adam Noshimuri since Season 2, becoming a trusted confidant and resource for the team, who… »

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Comic-Con: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘The Orville’ Offers Cryogenics Sweepstakes

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Exclusive: Everyone is looking to stand out from the pack at Comic-Con and Seth MacFarlane's upcoming sci-fi satire The Orville is set to plant a flag with a first of its kind San Diego sweepstake for this life and beyond. With an aim to snag attention for the latest project from the Emmy winner and Family Guy boss, Fox has built the Orville Space Training Station, which opens Thursday on the Hilton Bayfront Lawn. However, pushing into another final frontier, The Orville… »

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Discovery Communications Taps Fred Graver As Svp Digital Content & Social

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Industry vet Fred Graver has been hired as Svp Digital Content and Social for Discovery Communications. Graver, who most recently served as Global Head of TV for Twitter, will oversee the digital network teams across Discovery's U.S. portfolio to extend the brand's reach across all digital media platforms. He’ll be based in Discovery’s New York office and report to Karen Leever, Evp/General Manager, Digital Media, Discovery Communications. Graver, who built Twitter's U.S… »

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Liberty Media’s John Malone Weighs Investment In Univision: Report

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There’s a lot of activity in John Malone’s world: The Liberty Media chairman is discussing the possibility of buying a “significant stake” in Univision, the Wall Street Journal reports. Malone and Liberty CEO Greg Maffel met with Univision directors Haim Saban and Jonathan Nelson last week at the annual Allen & Co. gathering in Sun Valley, the paper says. They were “far apart on valuation,” though, it adds. Univision is considering alternatives, which include the… »

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Towers Over Tuesday Ratings

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NBC entirely dominated Tuesday night with reality competition series while its broadcast competition conceded the night, airing repeats. The network’s 2.2 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demographic group, and 10.64 million viewers overall, more than quadrupled any of its Big 4 broadcast competitors in the demo. Towering over the night, NBC’s America's Got Talent – basking in its most-watched edition of its 12-season history – clocked a 2.4 demo and 12M viewers from 8-10 Pm… »

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