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ABC Developing Marriage Drama ‘Vows’ From Doug Robinson & David Hubbard

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ABC has put in development drama Vows, from The Goldbergs‘ executive producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by David Hubbard, Vows marks the first drama sale for Drp Doug Robinson Productions, which Robinson launched in July with an overall deal at Sony Pictures TV Studios. Told through the Pov of four diverse and interconnected couples, Vows explores the whirlwind road to the altar and the profound journey that begins after we say, "I… »

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Six-Second Ads Rise Up With ‘Walking Dead,’ Fox And The NFL Leading The Way

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As viewers grow frustrated with the TV advertising experience and vote with their remotes, networks are responding with shorter ad breaks and digital tricks aimed at making brand messages palatable in an ad-averse world. But their latest experiment gets straight to the pitch: 6-second commercials. (See videos below.) Quick-hit spots for brands like Michelin tires and T-Mobile wireless service have been running on Fox’s NFL broadcasts and this month the mini-ads will debut… »

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‘Will & Grace’ Ratings Stabilize To Top Thursday, ‘Arrow’ Steady As ‘Scandal’ & ‘Htgawm’ Slip To Lows With No ‘Grey’s

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Updated with final ratings: ABC’s preemption of flagship drama Grey’s Anatomy had repercussions for ABC’s other Thursday drama series and NBC’s Will & Grace. ABC had Halloween specials airing instead of Grey’s from 8-9 Pm. With The Great Pumpkin (1.4 in 18-49, 6 million viewers in Live+Same Day) and Toy Story of Terror! (1.1 4.8 million) both down double digits from their year-ago airings and off from what Grey’s has been delivering in the hour, Scandal (1.1, 4.7 mil/1.1)… »

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Amazon’s Morgan Wandell Joins Apple As Head Of International TV Development

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One of Amazon Studios’ top programming executives, Morgan Wandell, is leaving the company to join Apple’s upstart original programming operation. Wandell, most recently Head of International Productions for Amazon, has been tapped as Head of International Creative Development for Apple. He will report to Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, Chief Content Officers, Worldwide Video. While Wandell’s announcement comes just days after the swift exit of Amazon Studios head… »

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Brent Briscoe Dies: ‘Sling Blade’, ‘A Simple Plan & ‘Twin Peaks’ Actor Was 56

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Character actor Brent Briscoe, who played Lou Chambers in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan, appeared with Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade, and most recently played Detective Dave Macklay in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival on Showtime, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, a friend announced on Facebook. A cause of death is not known. He was 56. A Moberly, Missouri native, Briscoe began his career as an apprentice at The Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in 1985. He eventually made his… »

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Fox News Channel Apologizes For Debunked Veteran Story

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Fox News Channel has apologized to veterans for a story earlier this month that profiled a man who claimed to have served in Vietnam, was a Navy Seal and earned two Purple Hearts – none of which was true. Fnc made the correction and apology yesterday after both the story and the veteran were debunked by the Navy Times. The Fnc correction (read it below) begins, “On Sunday, Oct. 8, Fox News Channel aired a story about John Garofalo, a glass artist who created a… »

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Jane Lynch Daytime Show In Works At Telepictures

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Exclusive: Telepictures, which is behind the hugely successful Ellen DeGeneres talk show, is looking to bring another funny lady to daytime. I have learned that Warner Bros.’ syndication production arm is developing a new daytime format for Jane Lynch. Details about the project are still sketchy as it is in early stages but I hear it is a feel-good, variety show that would be tailored for Lynch, showcasing her comedic take/spin on everything from pop culture moments to… »

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Fox Buys Single Mom Comedy From Claudia Lonow Rapaport & Hazy Mills

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Fox has put in development Emma’s At Her Dad’s, a single-camera comedy from How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) creator Claudia Lonow Rapaport, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills,  and Universal TV where Hazy Mills and Lonow Rapaport are based. Written and executive produced by Lonow Rapaport, Emma’s At Her Dad’s is a semi-autobiographical, half-hour comedy about Joey, a lost, 35-ish newly single mom using every single second of her weekends… »

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Apa Investigating Agent As Two Men Come Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations

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Two men have accused an agent at Apa of sexually assaulting them. The Hollywood agency says it has launched an internal investigation. "Apa takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter," a spokesman for the agency told Deadline. Apa says it has engaged a neutral, independent investigator to look into the allegations, and that it is company policy not to discuss confidential personnel matters. Former child actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, 28, says… »

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‘Mayans Mc’: Raoul Trujillo Cast In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff Pilot

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Raoul Trujillo (Sicario) has booked a series regular role opposite Edward James Olmos and Michael Irby in Mayans Mc, Kurt Sutter's retooled Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot for FX. Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller's death at the end of SoA's seven-season run in 2014, Mayans Mc will focus on the struggles of Ez Reyes (Jd Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the California/Mexico border. Trujillo will play Che “Taza” Romero, Vicepresidente of Mayans Mc, Santo Padre… »

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TV Land’s Jennifer Zaldivar-Clark Named Svp Talent For Paramount Network

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Jennifer Zaldivar-Clark is expanding her role at Viacom, adding a second Svp title to her resume. She’s been tapped as Svp Talent for Paramount Network. In her new role, Zaldivar-Clark will oversee Paramount Network's newly formed talent function and will continue to serve as Svp of Talent and Communications at TV Land. She will report to Kevin Kay, President of Paramount Network, TV Land and Cmt, with a dotted line to Frank Tanki, General Manager of TV Land. "Jen has an… »

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‘Hannity’ Plans Las Vegas Tribute Tonight: Big & Rich, Rascal Flatts To Perform

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Fox News Channel will present a special edition of Hannity tonight in support of the Las Vegas shooting victims. The one-hour program, titled “Vegas Strong: Night of Healing," will include performances by Big & Rich and Rascal Flatts. Host Sean Hannity will participate in the event and interview victims and first responders from the October 1 Las Vegas mass shooting. The Hannity special airs tonight at 9 pm Et on Fox News… »

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Viacom Has Running Room With Ratings Uptick, Charter Carriage Deal–Ubs Analyst

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After recent years of a kind of corporate trauma without much precedent in the media business – complete with family feuds, CEO double-crosses and cratering results for its iconic TV and film properties – Viacom has gradually begun to hike the comeback trail. A new report from Ubs analyst Doug Mitchelson argues the bull case for the company, especially in light of this week’s tentative carriage deal with Charter, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator. “Most favored nations… »

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ABC Nabs Single Parents Comedy From Liz Meriwether & J.J. Philbin As Put Pilot

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New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether has teamed with one of the departing comedy’s long-time writers, J.J. Philbin, for a new single-camera comedy, which has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The untitled project, written by Philbin based on a story by her and Meriwether, revolves around a group of single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids and look for another chance at love (or at least sex). Meriwether and Philbin executive… »

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YouTube Greenlights Multi-Generational Relationship Comedy Series ‘Swipe Right’ Starring Carly Craig

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Exclusive: YouTube Red is taking on Tinder dating with a new eight-episode female comedy series starring Carly Craig (American Housewife). The online video platform has greenlighted Swipe Right, created by Craig and Daniel Reisinger, for a 2018 premiere. Written by Craig based on a true story by her, with Reisinger set to direct and Robin Schiff (Romy & Michele's High School Reunion) Schiff serving as co-showrunner alongside Craig, Swipe Right revolves around three… »

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Down As Raiders Score Close Win Over Chiefs

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It was a good night for California teams as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs to move on to the World Series and the Oakland Raiders pulled off a last minute comeback over the Kansas City Chiefs to win at home. Ending a four-game losing streak for the Bay Area team, that 31-30 victory on Thursday Night Football also came as Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was booted out of the game for bumping hard into a line judge. In the first NFL game since the league… »

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Jennifer Ashton Named Chief Medical Correspondent At ABC News

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton has been named Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News. She joined the ABC News Medical Unit five years ago and most recently had been Chief Women’s Health Correspondent for ABC News. Ashton, who last year added a Master's Degree in human nutrition to her resume, began her television career in 2006 as Fox News Channel medical contributor. In February, Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, announced he was leaving to become… »

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Tracy Morgan Talks Brooklyn Gentrification, Halloween Costume With Jimmy Kimmel

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Gentrified Brooklyn perplexes Tracy Morgan, who described his reax on Jimmy Kimmel Live during its week of broadcasts from the borough. “It’s weird to see white people walking down Myrtle Avenue, unafraid,” Morgan said. “I'm a black man from Brooklyn and I'm afraid. I come out of a coma and everything has changed!” Morgan, who’s upcoming TBS show The Last O.G. is set in Brooklyn, told Kimmel he was well known locally as a kid, being the one who had pooped in protest at… »

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TV Academy Board Votes To Initiate Disciplinary Proceedings On Harvey Weinstein; Hearing Set For November

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Harvey Weinstein may be dismissed from another entertainment industry organization. After a discussion at tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Television Academy’s board of governors, the group voted to initiate disciplinary proceedings on the disgraced mogul, possibly expelling him from the organization that numbers nearly 22,000 active voting members. The procedure is in accordance with the Academy’s “established procedures” for such actions. Per the Academy’s… »

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Dodgers Clinch World Series Berth; Can Yankees Complete Major TV Market Sweep?

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The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first trip to the World Series in 29 years tonight with an 11-1 victory over the defending champion Chicago Cubs to win the National League Championship Series. Dodgers outfielder Kike Hernandez hit three home runs in the victory, the first Dodger to do so in a championship game. The last time the Dodgers make the World Series was 1988, when they beat the Oakland A’s for the franchise’s sixth world championship. Fox, which broadcasts… »

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