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‘Tower’ Survivors Embrace Animation Approach, Director Keith Maitland Says – TCA

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Keith Maitland says he had concerns when approaching survivors of the August 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas about making his PBS documentary, Tower, as to how they would feel about being turned into “a cartoon.” “When you make the decision to call somebody out of the blue and say you want to talk to them about the worst thing that has happened to you and I’m going to turn it into a cartoon … you’re bound to ruffle some feathers or turn people off,” he… »

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‘Furniss’ Drama From Kyle Killen & Macon Blair In Series Consideration At AMC

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AMC is developing Furniss, a supernatural drama from Awake creator Kyle Killen and actor-filmmaker Macon Blair, Paramount TV, Anonymous Content and AMC Studios. The project has been put on a straight-to-series track under AMC’s model that involves the opening of a writers room for a series production order consideration that AMC brass uses for pilot scripts they are high on. Furniss is one of two AMC dramas on that path — with writers room currently working on scripts… »

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CNN Defends Jim Acosta Again As Trump Press Conference Fallout Continues

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CNN on Monday said it remains behind its Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, issuing a statement of support (read it below) after incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said over the weekend that Acosta should apologize for his behavior. This is the latest back and forth since Acosta and President-elect Donald Trump got into an exchange during Trump’s press conference Wednesday morning. During the presser, Trump’s first since July, he took aim directly… »

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David Haydn Jones Joins ‘Supernatural’ As Mystery Character

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Exclusive: David Haydn-Jones has landed a recurring role as the mysterious Mr. Ketch on the CW’s long-running fantasy drama Supernatural. Teased in the fall-finale episode in December, the character is an associate of the British Men of Letters – a shadowy organization of monster hunters operating in the UK.  He's suave, handsome, totally competent — and a sociopath. Haydn-Jones has starred in several Hallmark movies including last year’s My Christmas Dream, and his… »

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Breaking Glass Pictures Breaking Into TV Series

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Exclusive: Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures is launching a TV division with two pilots in development and repping a third completed series being eyed for a feature film adaptation. The episodic pilots in the works at the Los Angeles- and Philadelphia-based outfit run by Richard Wolff and Richard Ross are The Fifth Borough, a Steve Stanulis-penned drama about an extended Staten Island crime family starring The Sopranos alum Vincent Pastore, Cathy Moriarty and… »

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Donald Trump’s Next Sit-Down Interview: ‘Fox & Friends’

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Fox News Channel's Ainsley Earhardt will get the next sit-down interview with President-elect Donald Trump, which the network says will air Wednesday on its Fox & Friends morning show. The network said Trump and the show’s co-host will touch on details about Friday’s inauguration, the brouhaha over Rep. John Lewis, Trump’s relationship with the press, and plans for his first day in office. Last Wednesday, Trump held his first press conference since July. At the nearly… »

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‘Taboo’ Premiere Draws 3.4M Viewers In L+3 For FX

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Tom Hardy’s 19th century drama Taboo is off to a solid start with 3.43M viewers in Live+3 for its January 10 premiere. The series also drew 1.63M adults 18-49, which the cable net said is its most time-shifted series ever in the demo (+101%). The premiere also was the most time-shifted FX drama series bow in total viewers (+86%). For Tuesday night, it was the No. 1 basic cable drama among men 18-34 and No. 2 in multiple demos. Based on an original story by Hardy and his… »

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Expected To Return For Season 14 In Summer

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Fox is yet to weigh in officially on the fate of summer reality staple So You Think You Can Dance, but things are looking up for the venerable dance competition. “We expect the show to return for a 14th season in the summer,” Fox chairman Gary Newman told Deadline during TCA last week. “We are having lengthy conversations with the producers about it.” The extensive talks follow mixed reaction to last season’s 13th installment, which was branded Sytycd: The Next Generation… »

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Glory Daze: Springsteen Cover Band Latest To Pull Out Of Trump Inauguration Event

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The B Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen cover band that had been under fire for agreeing to play during a New Jersey inauguration gala for President-elect Donald Trump, has pulled out of the event. In a letter posted on a Springsteen fan site, the band, which had played the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala for the past two Barack Obama inaugurals, said it was exiting the gig out of respect for Springsteen, a vocal Trump critic. The band originally signed on for… »

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Steelers Win On NBC Is Most-Watched & Highest Rated Game Ever In First Two NFL Playoff Rounds

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Updated, 11:50 Am: The NFL lost plenty of ratings momentum during the 2016 regular season, but last night’s Afc Divisional playoff on NBC has to make network and league brass happy. NBC said today that Pittsburgh’s tight win over Kansas City in the Afc Divisional playoff averaged 37.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched primetime game ever in the NFL's Divisional and Wild Card Playoff rounds. Viewership for Steelers-Chiefs peaked at 39.1 million from 9-9:30 Pm… »

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Monica Crowley Bows Out Of Trump Administration Role As Plagiarism Reports Swirl

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Monica Crowley, the conservative radio host and former Fox News commentator whose Twitter bio boasts “Profoundly honored to serve my country,” won’t be doing that in the Trump administration. Today she said she won’t take a gig appointed by Donald Trump to serve in a senior communications role for Michael Flynn, his choice for national security adviser. The move comes amid swirling allegations of plagiarism in her 2012 book and other published materials. "After much… »

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Gerald Levin To Donald Trump On Rep. John Lewis: Have You No Sense Of Decency, Sir?

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Former AOL-Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin writes guest columns for Deadline when the spirit moves him. Like it has today, on Mlk Day, on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president, and the controversy over his reaction to comments made by iconic Civil Rights reformer and Georgia congressman John Lewis. Rep Lewis was in attendance in 2001 when Levin received the Mlk Award from Coretta Scott King and her son, Dexter Scott King. An open letter to… »

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Wme Boss Ari Emanuel Joins Chicago Cubs Celebration At White House

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Ari Emanuel, who met with his former client Donald Trump soon after the election, was at the White House today with President Barack Obama as the Wme | Img boss helped commemorate his hometown Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory. The Cubs joined Obama in the White House celebration, which also included his brother, Windy City mayor and former Potus Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Ari is a huge Cubs fan, and for the record Wme | Img also represents the team. He and his brother… »

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Cooking Competition Series Vomitous For Jacques Pepin & Alice Waters – TCA

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Jacques Pepin and Alice Waters are not fans of cooking competition reality TV series. They did not mince words when asked about the programming trend during a TCA panel today to promote PBS’ American Masters series upcoming Chefs Flight series of four documentaries, debuting in May. "It's a disservice; it's not what cooking is about," Pepin said dismissively. "Confrontation you have there is not how you learn to cook or understand food." Scoffed Waters, "We're teaching… »

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‘The Great British Baking Show’ Returning To PBS

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Season 4 of the BBC’s The Great British Baking Show will head to PBS on June 16, set to air Friday nights at 9 Pm Et. PBS made the announcement today during TCA in Pasadena, where it also said it has committed to a fifth season of the popular amateur baker competition series. The most recent season was the most viewed to date in the UK, where it is known as The Great British Bake-Off. "The British Baking Show has emerged as one of PBS' most popular programs, with the… »


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‘Humans’ Creators Ink Overall Deal With AMC

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AMC has signed an overall deal with Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, creators/executive producers of the network’s sci-fi drama Humans, a collaboration with Channel 4 in the UK. Humans was written by the British duo of Vincent and Brackley based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans. The English-language version debuted last summer on AMC and Channel 4. Season 2 just concluded its UK run and is slated to premiere in the U.S. on February 13. Human… »


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Fox News Brings Bob Beckel Back To ‘The Five’ Fold

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More than a year and a half after he was abruptly dumped by Fox News Channel, the prodigal political consultant has returned, with the cable newser saying today that Bob Beckel will return to The Five tonight. "Bob was missed by many fans of The Five, and we're happy to welcome him back to the show,” 21st Century Fox and Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch in a low-key statement Monday. Added Beckel, the former Walter Mondale campaign manager: "I'm thrilled for the… »

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Cannes Film Festival Re-Elects Pierre Lescure As President; Lionsgate Inks Deals For ‘Kicking & Screaming’ — Global Briefs

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As Cannes gears up for its 7oth edition this year, former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure has been unanimously re-elected as the fest's president for a new three-year term. Lescure was first named president in 2014 and the new term will see him cover the period from 2018-2020. A journalist and co-founder of the Canal Plus television channel, Lescure was president and CEO of the Canal Plus group from 1994-2002. Between 2008-2014, he was a producer and COO at the Théâtre… »

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Tegna Media & MGM To Launch Live Syndicated Daytime Show In Fall

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Bold, which is being dubbed as TV’s first live multi-daypart syndicated show, is in the works for a fall 2017 launch from indie station group Tegna Media and MGM. The 30-minute show will spotlight the day's essential stories, information and trending social media content in real-time across multiple screens, and be produced unique to each time zone. Dubbed Bold (Broadcast Online Live Daily), viewers will be able to interact live with the hosts, share their reaction and… »

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eOne Acquires TV Rights To ‘The Architecture Of Heaven’ Novel; Michael London Producing

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In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, Entertainment One has acquired the television rights to science writer Holly Cave's upcoming novel The Architecture of Heaven, due out in 2018 from Quercus Books in the UK. Oscar-nominated producer Michael London (Sideways) will produce. The Architecture of Heaven is set in a near-future London where humans can create artificial heavens before they die, formed from the best memories of their lives. Heaven architect Isobel… »

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