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Lee Daniels & Taraji P Henson Light Up Paris With ‘Empire’ Dish – Series Mania

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While Mip-tv in Cannes this past week turned out to be a very subdued affair, there's another television event gaining traction up in Paris. Run by cultural org the Forum des Images, the Series Mania festival opens a window for professionals and the public onto current and upcoming comedies and dramas from around the world, giving them the big screen treatment. This weekend, the event kicked off with the world premiere of Fox’s Wayward Pines from Chris Hodge and M Night… »

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MTV’s ‘Eye Candy’ Cancelled After One Season

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The first season of MTV’s technothriller series Eye Candy will be the only one. The network has cancelled the freshman series, as confirmed today on Twitter by star Victoria Justice. “I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2.  Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart,” Justice… »

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Ben Powers Dies: ‘Good Times’ Actor Was 64

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Ben Powers, best known for his role as Keith Anderson on the Good Times sitcom that aired on CBS in the middle to late 1970s, has died. Powers was 64 and died April 6 in New Bedford, Ma. His character was the football player husband of Thelma Evans, who was played by BerNadette Stanis on the hit series from producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. Powers also played the character Moochie on another CBS series The New Mike Hammer that starred Stacey Keach. He also appeared in… »

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Pete Rose Hired As Fox Sports Guest Analyst, Commentator

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Pete Rose may be banned from baseball, but that isn’t standing in the way of the all-time hit king’s serving as a guest studio analyst for Fox Sports. Rose will provide commentary and analysis for pregame and postgame shows during regular-season Major League Baseball games on Fox and Fox Sports 1, including “America’s Pregame,” “Mlb Whiparound” and “Fox Sports Live.” "It's obvious that Pete has a vast knowledge of baseball history,” said Fox Sports Evp of production and… »

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Jonathan Crombie Dies: Actor Known For Canada’s ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ TV Series

18 April 2015 1:36 PM, PDT

Actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for his role as the romantic lead in the Canadian TV series Anne of Green Gables, has died. He was 48. Crombie was adept at playing clean-cut characters of unexpected depth and warmth, and to generations of Canadians he’ll always be Gilbert Blythe to Anne Shirley as played by Megan Follows (currently Queen Catherine on the CW’s Reign). Crombie, who died April 15, also appeared in followups to the series including telefilms Anne of Avonlea… »

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‘The Messengers’ Off To Low Ratings Start, ‘Last Man’ & ‘Cristela’ End Seasons

18 April 2015 10:25 AM, PDT

It was a night of endings, beginnings and a dip in primetime TV usage on Friday. With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as competition and a 4% slip among adults 18-49 in overall usage from last week, there was also a bit of some things remaining the same with ABC topping the night among adults 18-49 for the second week in a row. With a 1.3/5 rating and no original dramas on CBS last night, ABC also won Friday in total viewers with 5.950 million tuning in. Part… »

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It’s Raining Paul Shaffer’s Greatest Hits, As Dave Letterman Ponders Grand Finale

18 April 2015 9:26 AM, PDT

David Letterman said his friend Al Franken said he’d like the last show “to be mawkish or maudlin,” possibly leaning toward the former. (We think it’ll probably have a little of both.) Letterman asked bandleader Paul Shaffer for his insight, which was “I have no idea what it should be.” Letterman replied, “If we knew what to do with the last show, do you think the previous 6,000 would look the way they looked?” And then segued into a montage of some of Shaffer’s finest… »

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Bill Maher Not Buying What Judith Miller Selling On ‘Real Time’

18 April 2015 7:41 AM, PDT

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller stopped by Real Time with Bill Maher  as she sells her book The Story: A Reporter's Journey, to explain why she wasn't more skeptical while reporting in the walk-up to the Iraq War. She insisted she "couldn't have been more skeptical" in her reporting, but "politicians lie – you know that." But then she said real problem was "the intelligence community that is paid billions of dollars a year… totally got it wrong… and they… »

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‘Cristela’ Creator & Star Cristela Alonzo Pens ‘Possible Goodbye’ Letter To Fans, Addresses Show’s Potential End & Legacy

17 April 2015 10:18 PM, PDT

On the eve of the Season 1 finale of freshman ABC comedy series Cristela tonight, the series’ creator and star, standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, wrote an emotional entry in her blog addressing the possible end of her show, which is on the bubble for a second season renewal. In the lengthy post, titled “A Possible Goodbye,” Alonzo is open about the show’s uncertain future. “It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show… »

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‘The Brink’ Trailer: HBO’s New Geopolitical Comedy

17 April 2015 8:37 PM, PDT

HBO’s The Brink drops Jack Black into Pakistan where he plays a foreign service officer, one of secretary of state Tim Robbins’ minions on the ground amid an escalating geopolitical crisis. The unlikely trio of Black, Robbins and ace fighter pilot played by Pablo Schreiber will need to pull together to prevent the chaos from spiraling into World War III. Did we mention this is a comedy? HBO is rolling out The Brink and another rookie comedy following the season premiere… »

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Espn Says Verizon FiOS Contracts Don’t Permit Separate Sports Packages – Update

17 April 2015 7:23 PM, PDT

Update, 7:23Pm: Espn has thrown up a red flag to Verizon’s plan to allow FiOS TV subscribers to choose smaller “skinny” packages of programming bundles tailored a little more closely to individual consumer tastes — including splitting off Espn and ESPN2 into sports bundles. The Re/code website reported late this afternoon that the Disney-owned sports network asserted that Verizon’s new packages “would not be authorized by our existing agreements. Among other issues, our… »

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Michael Roark Joins ‘Finding Carter'; Alexandra Metz To Recur On ‘Chicago Fire’

17 April 2015 7:02 PM, PDT

Michael Roark has joined the Season 2 of MTV’s Finding Carter. He will play Shay, the uncle of Crash (Caleb Ruminer). His recent credits include Stalker, Sleepy Hollow and Grey’s Anatomy. Roark next will be seen in the feature Wild For Night with Tommy Flanagan and James Maslow. He is repped by Amanda Glazer at The Kohner Agency and Principal Entertainment. Alexandra Metz is set to recur on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She returns to the series as Elise Mills, sister of Peter… »

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Sterling K. Brown To Play Christopher Darden In ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’

17 April 2015 5:13 PM, PDT

FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson has cast another key player in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Army Wives alum Sterling K. Brown has been cast as prosecutor Christopher Darden in the miniseries, which takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the… »

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‘Late Show’ Warmup At Tribeca? Colbert Tells Lucas “I’m Not The Guy To Take Over For Jon Stewart”

17 April 2015 5:04 PM, PDT

While George Lucas had the spotlight at today’s Tribeca Talk: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert, it was the future Late Show host who came away with spades in the conversation. Clearly on display were the comedian’s interview chops sans his Colbert Report conservative alter ego. As an interviewer, Colbert never overshadowed his guest, he but touted a plethora of hysterical, snappy responses to Lucas’ long-winded storytelling about his life, which canvassed everything from… »

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Elizabeth Perkins Joins ‘Preacher’ Cast

17 April 2015 4:07 PM, PDT

Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins is set for a co-starring role opposite Dominic Cooper in AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip… »

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Vincent Bollore Consolidates Grip Over Vivendi, Now Poised To Create Global Media Giant

17 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT

Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore emerged victorious at the French media giant’s annual meeting, seeing off a shareholder rebellion and winning a battle over double voting rights that will allow him to move forward with his vision of turning Vivendi into a global player. The billionaire businessman, who has tightened his grip over Vivendi in recent weeks by nearly tripling his stake in the company to 14.5% in the space of less than two months, was presiding over his first… »

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short ‘Smilf’ To Be Developed As Showtime Comedy

17 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT

Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner Smilf is headed to television, with some big-name producers on board. Showtime has put in development a half-hour comedy based on Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short with Shaw set to write, direct, star and executive produce. Developed by Shaw and Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, Smilf examines the travails of a young woman (Shaw) who comes to La as both a struggling actress and a struggling single mom. The prolific… »

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George Lucas To Colbert At Tribeca: “Experimental Films — That’s Exactly What I’m Going To Do”

17 April 2015 2:17 PM, PDT

If you were a Star Wars fanatic looking for any kind of hints or reveals for the next Star Wars feature films, well the Tribeca Talks: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert conversation wasn’t the place to find it today.  At the top of their dialogue, Lucas told the crowd, “They’re (Disney) are doing a different story, I don’t even know anything about it.”  While the entire conversation recapped Lucas’ career from wannabe race car driver to cutting Jabba the Hutt out of the… »

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Isabelle Fuhrman Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’

17 April 2015 2:15 PM, PDT

She is all grown up! As Masters of Sex fast forwards another half-decade to 1966 in Season 3, the Showtime drama has cast Isabelle Fuhrman in a major recurring role as Virginia Johnson’s daughter Tessa. Set in 1966, Season 3 of Masters of Sex finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and… »

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‘Modern Family’ Writer-Producer Vali Chandrasekaran Inks 20th TV Overall Deal

17 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT

Modern Family co-executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning ABC comedy. Under the pact, Chandrasekaran will continue as co-executive producer on Modern Family next season and will be promoted to executive producer the following season, working under creators/executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan. Chandrasekaran joined Modern Family at the beginning of this… »

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