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Patti Deutsch Dies: ‘Laugh-In’ And ‘Match Game’ Regular & Veteran Voice Actor Was 73

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Patti Deutsch, a comic who was a regular on the last season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, appeared often on the 1970s Match Game and went on to a successful voice-over career, has died. She was 73. Her family said she died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh on December 16, 1943, Deutsch worked alongside Fred Willard in the improv troupe Ace Trucking Company in the 1960s and early ’70s. The group, which made multiple… »

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Kathy Griffin Says She’s Been “Cleared” In Federal Probe Of Her Severed Trump Head Photo

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Kathy Griffin, who caused a firestorm in May after a doing a photo shoot that showed her holding a fake severed head that resembled PResident Donald Trump, tweet today that the federal probe into the incident is “closed” and that she has been “completely exonerated.” Today. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28… »

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‘Outlander’ Keeps Cast And Viewers On Their Time-Traveling Toes In Season 3 – TCA

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Season 3 of Starz’s Outlander, unveiling September 10, picks up where last season's cliffhanger left fans hanging: Caitriona Balfe's Claire tossed back into post-World War II, separating her from Sam Heughan's Jamie just before the Battle of Culloden. The season spans their two-decade separation, which, for her, spans the 1940s through the 60's, cast and Ep’s told TV critics at TCA. After those 20 years, they will reunite in Episode 5, which showrunner Ronald Moore says… »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Sues Ex-Manager Over “Sham” Contract & Commissions

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's character on Game of Thrones is known as the Kingslayer, but the actor today is trying to put a legal end to what he calls a "sham" agreement with his former manager. "The only real factual dispute in this case is the timing of the Defendants’ dishonesty," says the multi-claim complaint (read it here) filed Friday against Jill Littman and her Impression Entertainment. "On the one hand, Defendants may always have harbored a secret intent to hold… »

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‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Review: Sam Worthington & Paul Bettany Are Riveting

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Debuting on August 1 with a two-hour premiere, Discovery's excellent and riveting Manhunt: Unabomber probes the real story of how Ted Kaczynski's 17-year reign of terror was finally brought to an end. Having killed three people and injuring nearly two dozen in mail bomb attacks spanning 1978-1995, the child prodigy, Harvard grad and anti-tech Kaczynski was snared by the FBI in 1996. As the eight-episode first installment of Manhunt depicts, two years later the man known… »

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‘Howards End’ Ep On How Starz Period Drama Is Relevant Today – TCA

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The executive producer and cast of Starz’s upcoming miniseries Howards End were on hand at TCA today to talk about how the period piece is still relevant to modern times. Based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea scribe Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation, the four-part drama explores the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing… »

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‘The Good Witch’ Renewed For Season 4 By Hallmark Channel

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The Good Witch will be back. Hallmark Channel confirmed the series has been renewed for a fourth season. Based on the network's successful movie franchise, Good Witch is set in the fictional town of Middleton and follows Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) and her bright teenage daughter Grace (Bailee Madison), who shares her mom's special intuitive charm. Sam (James Denton), a doctor, and his teenage son (Rhys Matthew Bond) live next door and are charmed by the "magical"… »

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Reince Priebus Lands On CNN In First Interview After Exit

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Updated with more details: Out on the cable hustle just hours after his exit as White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus went on CNN today for his first interview since President Donald Trump made the news public via Twitter from Air Force One. The decision to grant the first interview to CNN was all the more striking as Fox News Channel is usually the landing spot for Trump staffers, surrogates and the President himself. Trump and his administration have been… »

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Starz Boss Chris Albrecht On Lionsgate Integration & ‘American Gods’ End Date

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Seven months after Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz was completed, the effects of the merger are starting to reach the screen, with Starz today announcing the first series order to a show from Lionsgate TV, The Rook. It’s the first of many to come. “We've got an exciting slate of stuff with Lionsgate in development,” Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said during the premium channel’s TCA executive session. “There will be more to come in close partnership with… »

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ABC Developing Bollywood Comedy From The Mark Gordon Company; Priyanka Chopra To Ep

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ABC has put into development a single-camera Bollywood comedy from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. Sri Rao (What Goes On) is writing the pilot and Quantico star Priyanka Chopra will executive produce. The untitled project is inspired by the true-life story of Indian actress and global icon Madhuri Dixit, who also executive produces with Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Rao and Shriram Nene. Dixit, praised for both her acting and dancing skills, made her film debut in Abo… »

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At&T Formally Positions John Stankey To Run Time Warner’s Assets

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At&T Entertainment Group CEO John Stankey will indeed be in charge of the Time Warner properties after the telco completes its $85 billion acquisition. The company just announced that beginning this Tuesday Stankey will be CEO of At&T’s media properties — and is leading the Time Warner Merger Integration Planning Team, working with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. John Donovan, who was Chief Strategy Officer, is now CEO of At&T Communications, which includes its wired and… »

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CBS Board Elects Sumner Redstone’s Lawyer To Fill His Board Seat

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CBS just turned Sumner Redstone’s former board seat over to Robert Klieger — the lawyer who defended the mogul last year in his battle to oust former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman — the company says in an SEC filing. Klieger focuses on entertainment and intellectual property litigation at Hueston Hennigan. His clients have included companies Redstone owns — such as CBS, Paramount Pictures, MTV and Nickelodeon — as well as Electronic Arts and Disney. CBS says that Klieger… »

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‘Gotham’ Season 4 Premiere Moved Up A Week To Give ‘The Orville’ Continuous Run

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Season 4 of Fox’s DC drama Gotham will premiere on September 21 in the series’ new Thursday 8 Pm time period. It will be followed by the time period premiere of Seth MacFarlane's new space dramedy series, The Orville. Fox’s new Thursday lineup originally was slated to debut during premiere week, on September 28. But with The Orville launching with a special two-night premiere on back-to-back Sundays, September 10 and 17, immediately following NFL doubleheaders, that would… »

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date, First-Look Photos – TCA

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Starz has set Sunday, November 5 for the Season 2 premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s critically praised anthology series The Girlfriend Experience. The premium cabler also released some first-look photos and teaser art for the new season today during its TCA presentation at the Beverly Hilton. As previously announced, Season 2 breaks with last season’s format and follow two parallel stories each focusing on entirely new characters, relationships, plotlines and locations… »

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Starz, Lionsgate & Liberty Global Team On Spy Thriller ‘The Rook’ With Stephenie Meyer, Stephen Garrett – TCA

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Lionsgate and Liberty Global are partnering to produce supernatural spy thriller, The Rook, which will air on Starz in the U.S., and across Liberty Global’s international platforms. Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer and The Night Manager‘s Stephen Garrett are exec producing. This is Starz’s first series order from Lionsgate TV since Lionsgate acquired the pay cable network last year. Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht made the announcement at TCA today. The London-set… »

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Starz Unveils New ‘Outlander’ Season 3 Footage; ‘Howards End’ Photos – TCA

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Starz released new footage of Season 3 of Outlander, along with the first images of upcoming limited series Howards End, a co-production with BBC, during its presentation Friday at the TCA summer press tour. The third season of Outlander picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie's (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her… »

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‘South Park’ Season 21 Premiere Date Moved To September

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Comedy Central has delayed the season 21 premiere date for South Park. The popular animated series will now debut on September 13, instead of its original August 23 date, the network confirmed to Deadline. “We decided to push the upcoming seasons of South Park and Broad City into September when schools are back in session,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. South Park airs at 10 Pm, followed by Broad City at 10:30 Pm. In a May interview on The Bill Simmons Podcas… »

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‘What Would Diplo Do?’ EPs On What The Real Diplo Thought Of The Viceland Comedy Series: “It’s Lit” – TCA

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The team behind Viceland’s first scripted comedy made its inaugural appearance on the TCA stage today. The What Would Diplo Do? panel included star/Ep/showrunner James Van Der Beek, Ep-director Brandon Dermer and cast members Jamar Malachi Neighbors, H. Michael Croner, Dora Madison and Dillon Francis. Described as “Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap,” or as Van Der Been put it, “Edm Jesus sucks at life,” the series centers on afictional version… »

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Reports Katie Couric Leaving Yahoo Finally Accurate

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Ending months of speculation, reports of the end of Katie Couric’s  contractual relationship with Yahoo are now accurate. Couric’s future, or not, at Yahoo has been the subject of speculation for some time, and became a sentence or two in some reports a year ago that the former Internet behemoth was selling to Verizon for $4.8B in cash, in a deal Forbes described as the “saddest $5B deal in tech history.” That sale lead to the exit of Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, who had… »

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Donald Trump Fires Chief Of Staff Via Twitter From Air Force One

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Updated with more info: Just hours after Reince Priebus was attacked with profanity by Anthony Scaramucci in the press, President Donald Trump today pink-slipped his besieged Chief of Staff and replaced him with the current Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. On his way back from a speech in New York, the President sent out a trio of tweets from Air Force One: I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief… »

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