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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie To Start Production In 2018

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The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year. NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018. "We are working on… »

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Samantha Bee Looks For All The Words Donald Trump And His Team Are Hiding

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Samantha Bee took Full Frontal viewers on a trip to The Semantic Vortex, where language is fractured and unmoored from meaning, where words mean their opposite, or mean nothing. In other words, Donald Trump’s presidency. He had the best words, and he took them and hid them,” she said, of Trump. The first one to go? “Lies.” Former FBI Director James Comey used it, in testimony describing Trump’s claim he fired Comey as FBI director because of a morale issue at the bureau… »

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‘Really?! With Seth & Amy’: Meyers & Poehler Trash Trump/Caesar Protests On ‘Late Night’

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It’s been nearly a decade since Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler anchored “Weekend Update” together, but sometimes they’ve been reuniting on his NBC late-night for their old Saturday Night Live segment called “Really?!” Tonight’s edition of Late Night with Seth Meyers has the two erstwhile fake newsers lambasting those who lambast that Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar in which the ill-fated title character looks like President Donald Trump. In case you… »

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‘Fargo’ Ep Noah Hawley On Open-Ended Finale, Potential Season 4 & ‘Cat’s Cradle’

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Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Fargo Season 3 finale. “Please don’t tell people this is the end,” says Fargo series creator Noah Hawley about the recent news that there may never be another season of the FX show. “Right now, I just can’t point to (a production start) date on the calendar.” Hawley is a busy guy. He’s currently breaking story on the second season of FX/Marvel’s Legion, which goes into production in September and lasts through the… »

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‘Marvel’s The Defenders’: First Poster Brings The Solitary Superheroes Together

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First, in 2015, Netflix brought us Marvel's Daredevil. That was followed five months later by Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage in 2016 and Marvel's Iron Fist in March. Sense a pattern there? Yes, because it was all part of the grand plan back in November 2013 to unite Marvel’s The Defenders. Now comes the first poster from the series. Check it out below. After toiling mostly solo in Hell's Kitchen, Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritt… »

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‘Queen Sugar’ Ratings Score Core Demo Series High With Season 2 Premiere

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There are a lot of unique elements to Queen Sugar, but last night’s Season 2 debut of the Own series from Ava DuVernay had the rare distinction of returning better than its series premiere last year among the Oprah Winfrey net's core female demographic. Add to that, the midseason return of The Haves and the Have Nots also saw some bounce. Relentlessly diving into themes of police violence, celebrity, equality, gender and heartbreak, Tuesday's 10 Pm Kat Candler-directed… »

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Donald Trump Takes Victory Lap In Iowa After Gop’s Georgia Win

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“It’s always terrific to be able to leave that Washington swamp and spend time with the truly hard working people we call American Patriots, truly amazing people,” President Donald Trump told a crowd attending his latest still-campaigning rally, in  Cedar Rapids, Iowa, aka “home of the greatest wrestlers in the world.” Trump quickly congratulated Karen Handel on Tuesday night’s win in the Georgia special election. Karen is going to be really incredible,” Trump said of the… »

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‘The Interventionist’ TV Comedy Based On Tom Arnold’s Life In Works At Paramount Network From Kapital Entertainment

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The upcoming Paramount Network (currently Spike TV) is development half-hour single camera comedy The Interventionist, executive produced by Tom Arnold and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan. Written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity), The Interventionist is based on Tom’s life as a recovering addict and interventionist for substance abusers in La. Arnold, Pink and Kaplan executive produce with Alex Hardcastle, Glenn Porter and Kapital’s Dana Honor. Hardcastle (Grace and Fran… »

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Universal TV Ups Erin Underhill To Evp Drama Development, Hires Vivian Cannon As Svp

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Universal Television has promoted Erin Underhill to Evp  Drama Development, from Svp. In addition, the studio has brought in veteran TV producer Vivian Cannon (Preacher) as Svp Drama Development. Underhill continues to report to Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television. Cannon reports to Underhill. Uni TV never filled the Drama Evp/head of drama position after Russell Rothberg left a year ago. Underhill is now officially moving into that job, with Cannon joining… »

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Altice USA To Go Public Tomorrow After $1.92B Ipo – Update

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Updated, with Ipo launch date: Altice USA moved quickly. The No. 4 cable operator plans to go public tomorrow, it says, following following an Ipo that prices its shares at $30 apiece. That makes the sale worth $1.92 billion. BC Partners accounts for 49% of the shares sold in the Ipo, followed by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board with 32%. Stock sold directly by Altice USA represents 19% of the offering. Parent company Altice will control 70.3% of the U.S… »

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More Viewers Chose Fox News Channel For Georgia Special Election Coverage

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Fox News Channel clocked the biggest crowd among cable news networks for coverage of the highly hyped Georgia special election Tuesday night, both in overall audience and in the news demographic. Fnc averaged 2.8 million primetime viewers, 570K of whom fell in the key 25-54 age bracket. MSNBC followed in the demo with 481K viewers and 1.943M viewers overall CNN logged 398K news-demo viewers out of 1.183M total viewers. Fnc’s Tucker Carlson Tonight was the top viewer… »

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‘Quantico’: Priyanka Chopra Among 4 Cast Members Returning For Season 3, Michael Seitzman Set As New Showrunner

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Season 3 of Quantico is starting to come into focus. ABC’s terrorism drama, which clinched an eleventh-hour renewal last month, has tapped Code Black creator Michael Seitzman as new executive producer/showrunner, replacing creator Josh Safran who stepped down at the end of the second season. Seitzman already has been working on next season, outlining the storyline and firming up the returning cast. Four series regulars — star Priyanka Chopra, fellow original cast members J… »

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‘The Mist’ Review: Spike’s Stephen King Adaptation Lost In A Fog

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It is hard to see clearly what is going on with The Mist, which premieres on Spike on June 22. Based on a beloved novella by Stephen King from the early 1980s, this latest adaptation initially plays on the horror of the cloud that envelops a Maine community adroitly, but also quickly becomes bogged down in small-town stereotypes. Unlike the 2007 big-screen version from now ex-The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, this updated to 2017 Christian Torpe-created… »

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Bill Cosby Rape Mistrial Jurors Revealed By Court Order Despite D.A.’s Objections

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In another setback for the prosecution in Bill Cosby's criminal trial for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand, a Pennsylvania judge today agreed to release the names of the jury in the case that ended in a mistrial June 17. "The request for names of the jurors is Granted and a list of the same shall be provided to the Court Administrator for distribution, following contact by the Court," said an order by Judge Steven O'Neill on Wednesday (read it here). The move by the… »

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‘Casual’s Tara Lynne Barr Talks Singing On Set And A Season Driven By Female Directors

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Currently in its third season, Hulu’s standout original comedy series Casual is notable for its unique exploration of familial tensions, but also for its portrait of teenage life today, as seen through the lens of Laura (Tara Lynne Barr)’s experience. Season 3 follows up on previously established questions about Laura’s self-destructive patterns and shifting dynamics in her dysfunctional family, which leave her more alone and less self-assured than we’ve ever seen… »

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‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Allan Heinberg Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal, Sells Dramedy To ABC With Shondaland

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Allan Heinberg is probably the hottest writer at the moment on the heels of the blockbuster success of Wonder Woman, and, amid a slew of possible opportunities, ABC Studios is making sure he’s staying in the fold. Heinberg, who had been at ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes’ studio-based Shondaland for more than a decade, has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios and its cable unit ABC Signature Studios to develop new projects. Additionally, Heinberg, co-creator/showrunner… »

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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Bow Moves After Being Boxed In By Mayweather-McGregor

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Showtime has shifted the premiere date of its Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me, moving it up a day to Friday, August 25 at 9 Pm. It originally was scheduled to bow August 26, but that’s the now-settled date for the Floyd Mayweather Jr-Conor McGregor fight that will air on Showtime PPV live from Las Vegas. The pay network last spring unveiled the documentary about the complicated life and career of the late singer Houston, co-helmed by Kurt & Courtney… »

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New Leadership Coming To WGA West: President Howard Rodman Won’t Seek Re-Election

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The WGA West will have a new president and vice president come September. Howard Rodman, the guild's president, is not seeking re-election as the guild's election season gets underway, and he's likely to be succeeded by David Goodman, currently the guild's vice president. Rodman has served one two-year term as president and was eligible under guild rules to serve another, but chose not to. The guild's nominating committee selected to candidates to succeed him, but only… »

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Les Moonves Partially Hauled Into Sumner Redstone’s Legal War With Ex-Companions

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After avoiding being part of the long on-going court spectacle of Sumner Redstone and his former companions, Les Moonves today has been put in the subpoena spotlight of sorts. First permitting a motion to quash the CBS boss being served, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Hess changed his mind and said the subpoena can now go ahead, partially. Originally 11 categories in scope, Redstone's lawyers wanted to quash four of the issues before Sydney Holland's side… »

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On-Camera Press Briefings Turn Reporters Into Wannabe YouTube Stars, Sean Spicer Complains

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The ratings success of the White House’s on-camera press briefings are turning some White House correspondents into attention seekers hoping to become YouTube stars, Press Secretary Sean Spicer complained Wednesday. President Donald Trump has spoken about Spicer's daily briefings being the most popular program in daytime TV – an ominous sign for those who know Trump likes to be the star of his show. Similarly, a red flag went up this month among those who cover Trump when… »

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