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Bark And Switch?: Complaints Dog ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Over Winning Act – Video

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The Sunday finale of Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent became the highest-rated program on UK TV this year with an average of 11.7M viewers tuning in to see dog trainer Jules O'Dwyer and canine Matisse score the top prize. The 52% share was good news for the ITV series, but the audience, and potentially regulator Ofcom, now have a bone to pick. Following the win, which comes with a £250,000 purse, O'Dwyer confirmed on ITV morning program Lorraine that Matisse did not… »

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Image Nation Abu Dhabi Partners With Discovery To Launch Arabic Language Channel Quest Arabia

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Image Nation Abu Dhabi is partnering with Discovery Communications to launch Quest Arabia, a new free to air Arabic language channel that will cater to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa. The channel will launch before the end of the year. Quest Arabiya will be aimed primarily at Arab men aged 16-44 with a grid combining factual and reality programmes with a combination of locally-produced original material as well as localised content from Discovery's library… »

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Cj Entertainment In Co-Production Pact With Major Cineplex Group; Red Arrow Adds Pair To Board: Global Briefs

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Korea’s Cj Entertainment has entered a film production and investment joint venture with Thailand’s Major Cineplex Group for a slate of about 10 Korean-Thai co-productions and local films during the next three years. Cj will work with Thai talent, both established and emerging, in a bid to grow the local business. The deal will help the company, already Korea’s largest, expand its business across Southeast Asia. Since 2000, it has sold and distributed 290 Korean films in… »

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TV’s Summer Of Fear: When Kids & Puppies Attack On New Drama Series

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Is there anything cuter than little kids and puppies? Well, you’ll be forced to rethink that judging by the new broadcast drama offerings this summer. Launching tonight — on International Children’s Day, no less — is ABC’s horror-themed The Whispers, in which young children are manipulated by a paranormal force into killing their parents. And if the kids don’t get them, the parents might fall victims to the family pets. Premiering on the last day of June is CBS’ thriller Z… »

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‘UnReal’ Review: Lifetime’s Unscripted Exposé Drama Really Nails It

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It's the fourth week of Season 11 of The Bachelorette on ABC tonight, but to me the real reality TV is over on Lifetime with the debut of UnReal at 10 Pm. As my video review above says, the drama created by Marti Noxon and former The Bachelor producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is really great fun and eminently watchable TV about bad TV. Centering on conflicted idealistic but manipulative producer Rachel Goldberg, played by Shiri Appleby, and the fictional Bachelor… »

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Andrew Dettmann Joins ‘Chicago Med’ As Showrunner

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CSI alum Andrew Dettmann has joined new NBC medical drama Chicago Med as executive producer/showrunner. The latest offshoot in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise is described as an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city's most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. This marks the first sole showrunner gig for Dettmann, who will executive produce alongside the Chicago core creative team of Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael… »

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‘Homeland’ Casts Miranda Otto Among Four New Series Regulars For Season 5

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As Showtime’s Homeland moves to its new German locale for Season 5, the show is adding four new series regulars, including a new boss and a new love interest for Carrie. Joining the CIA drama are Miranda Otto (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), top German actor Sebastian Koch (The Lives Of Others), Alexander Fehling (Inglorious Basterds) and Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes The Night). The quartet will begin filming in Berlin this week alongside returning stars Claire Danes… »

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Cynthia Cidre Joins ABC Drama ‘Oil’ As Executive Producer As Show Tweaks Title

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When it comes to a big sprawling drama about oil, Dallas remains the gold standard. So it is fitting that Cynthia Cidre, co-creator executive producer of the well-received recent Dallas sequel series, has joined the latest entry in the field, ABC’s newly retitled fall drama series Blood & Oil (formerly Oil) as executive producer and co-showrunner. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and executive produced by Tony Krantz, Blood & Oil, centers on a young working-class… »

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Luke Mitchell Upped To Regular On Marvel’s ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

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Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People), who recurred as Lincoln in Season 2, has been promoted to series regular for the third season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lincoln is a member of the Inhuman tribe led by Agent Skye's mother, Jiaying (Dichen Lachman). He possesses the ability to generate and wield electricity and has an important role to play in Skye (Chloe Bennet) understanding the true extent of her transformation. Ming Na-Nen, Clark Gregg, Iain De Caestecker… »

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‘Abolitionists’ Documentary Series About Rescuing Kids From Sex Slavery Shopped

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The efforts of Tim Ballard, former CIA and Homeland Security agent, and his nonprofit Operation Underground Railroad team to combat child trafficking worldwide are being documented in The Abolitionists, a 10-episode hourlong documentary series being shopped by EveryWhere Studios, the company of David Calvert-Jones, Dan Angel and veteran TV executive Tom Mazza. For 12 years, Ballard served as a U.S. Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, helping infiltrate… »

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Disney Xd Orders More Spider-Man & Avengers — With Some New Bad Guys

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Disney Xd has ordered new seasons of its toon block featuring a rather well-known webslinger and superhero team. The cable net picked up Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, featuring the arachnoid crimefighter taking the unified supervillains, and Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, in which Captain America, Iron Man and company battle a vengeful Ultron and also encounter other classic comic-book baddies. It’s the fourth season for Ultimate Spider-Man and… »

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Caitlyn Jenner Debuts New Name & Look Before E! Reality Series Launch – Update

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Updated throughout with breaking news: Just hours after E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim announced she’s pregnant with her second child with Kanye West  —  big news in reality TV circles — Kim got totally upstaged when Vanity Fair blasted out to media the cover of its June issue featuring her step-parent/upcoming E! reality series star Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, on the cover, in an ivory satin teddy. In maybe the biggest walk-up ever to a… »

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Sandrine Holt Joins ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ On AMC

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The Returned star Sandrine Holt has landed a recurring role on AMC's upcoming The Walking Dead companion series Fear The Walking Dead, which has a two-season pickup. Holt will play Dr. Bethany Exner, a confident and skilled doctor. Set in Los Angeles (and shot in Vancouver and L.A.), Fear The Walking Dead focuses on new characters and storylines. Holt joins previously announced cast Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam… »

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Betsy Palmer Dies: Killer Jason’s Mom Was A Tennessee Williams Muse

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A fresh-faced blonde in the Doris Day mold who found unlikely fame as the mother of psycho killer Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th and its first sequel, Palmer died Friday of natural causes, her manager Brad Lemack said. She was living in hospice care in Danbury, Connecticut. Although she had a long career in television and films beginning in the 1950s, Palmer considered herself first and foremost a stage actress whose notable appearances included Ensign Nellie Forbush… »

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Ken Howard To Seek Re-Election As President Of SAG-aftra

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Ken Howard will seek re-election to SAG-aftra’s top post. Howard was first elected president of SAG in 2009, won re-election in 2011, and after SAG and AFTRA merged, was elected president of the merged union. "I love my work – both as an actor and as SAG-aftra president," he said in a statement. "But while entertainment and media have always been tough businesses, they are uniquely challenging today. Despite countless jobs being created in seemingly endless new ways… »

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Fatima Robinson, Harvey Mason Jr & Stephen Oremus Board ‘The Wiz Live!’

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NBC has rounded out its creative team for The Wiz Live!, which airs December 3. Fatima Robinson has signed on as choreographer, Grammy winner Harvey Mason Jr is set as music producer, and Tony and Grammy winner Stephen Oremus will serve as music director, orchestrator and music co-producer. Robinson choreographed the features Dreamgirls, Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice and Public Enemies. She also is one of the top performance producers for NBC's The Voice. Her TV work has… »

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Hit British Series ‘Doc Martin’ Getting U.S. Adaptation By Marta Kauffman & Electus

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ElectusBen Silverman has teamed with Grace And Frankie creator Marta Kauffman to adapt the popular ITV medical dramedy series Doc Martin for the U.S. market. Produced in the U.K. by Buffalo Pictures in association with HomeRun Productions, Doc Martin centers on successful surgeon Dr. Martin Ellingham, who abruptly leaves his London practice to become general practitioner in the sleepy fishing village of Portwenn, where he spent the holidays during his youth with his… »

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Ad Spending For Digital Media Poised To Pass Broadcast TV – Forecast

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The lines were bound to cross sometime. And 2015 is when core Internet spending will surpass broadcast TV — including its offshoot online services — according to a forecast out today from Fti Consulting. The firm projects that Internet spending will rise 11.4% to $41.8 billion while broadcast lifts just 0.9% to $38.9 billion. Cable, also including online, is expected to be up 6.2% to $33.4 billion. Advertisers still spend more on direct mail — $44.2 billion — than they do… »

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‘Transparent’ Sticks Up Emmy Fyc Bathroom & Billboard Campaign In L.A.

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Exclusive: The Jill Soloway-created series from Amazon Studio plans to get up close and intimate in its first Emmy campaign. Starting this week, I've learned, expect to see single-stall bathrooms in restaurants around Los Angeles to go from being gender specific to gender neutral for Transparent. With the hashtag #BeTransparent, a sticker (see above) will be placed on the doors of the facilities as a part of the streaming service's campaign emphasizing the celebration of… »

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Fox’s ‘Scream Queens’, ‘Minority Report’ & More To Debut At Comic-Con

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Fox’s anticipated comedy horror anthology series Scream Queens will make its world premiere at Comic-Con. It’s among 13 20th Century Fox TV series that will be repped at the megafest, which runs July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center, with the preview night on July 8. From Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the first installment of Scream Queens revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders. In addition to the world… »

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