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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 4 Streaming Ratings Finally Revealed By Nielsen

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Orange Is The New Black” fared well on its viewership numbers for its Season 4 premiere. Nielsen revealed its first findings on select streaming shows during a conference in Las Vegas, and the Netflix original series was one of them. 

According to the measurement service, the premiere episode of the fourth season of “Oitnb” was watched by 6.7 million people from June 17, when it debuted on the service, through June 19. The second episode was watched by 5.9 million people.

In comparison to that same week, “Orange” would be placed as the second most watched show on cable behind the June 19 episode of “Game of Thrones,” which had 10.4 million viewers.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 4 Ratings: Massive With Netflix Bingers, But Softer Than ‘Fuller House

Lionsgate, which produces the women’s prison drama, gave permission to Nielsen to reveal the numbers. Digital services such as Netflix and Amazon rarely release ratings »

- Liz Calvario

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Watch: Albert Brooks Resorts to Nefarious Methods to Stream His Films on Netflix

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Albert Brooks is probably best known to younger movie fans as Marlin in Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” but thanks to a recent deal, Netflix is reminding everyone of the comedian’s long history in film. In a humorous new clip, Brooks announces that Netflix will host seven of his movies starting July 1.

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The lineup will include “Real Life,” “Defending Your Life,” “Modern Romance,” “Lost in America,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.” Brooks wrote, directed and stars in each film.

Until now, the movies haven’t been streaming online and were only available for purchase or rental. In the promotional video, Brooks jokes that he may have resorted to unsavory means to secure the deal with Netflix. “I’m not advocating kidnapping in any situation. It is a federal crime, »

- Kate Halliwell

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Will Debut With A Two-Night Premiere Event on The Oprah Winfrey Network

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Queen Sugar,” Ava DuVernay’s highly-anticipated one-hour drama finally has a premiere date. Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the series will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10Pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network. From there, the series will regularly air Wednesday nights.

The show will consist of a total of 13 episodes, with the “Selma” director helming the first two. The subsequent episodes are all directed by seasoned and emerging women which include Tina Mabry, Victoria Mahoney, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, Kat Candler, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Neema Barnette.

Read More: ‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer: A Funeral Brings Family Home in Ava DuVernay’s Oprah Winfrey Network Series

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two estranged sisters in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Nova (Wesley) is a world-wise journalist and activist and Charley (Gardner) is the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star. Kofi Siriboe »

- Liz Calvario

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July 4 Weekend TV Guide: 9 Movie and TV Marathons, 4 TV Specials to Watch

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Are you scared of fireworks? Do you eat too much at the 4th of July family BBQ? Is summer too hot to go outside? Those are a few reasons to lounge on the couch this weekend and if you’re a movie buff or a TV binger, we’ve got many more. In the spirit of a holiday weekend, many networks are running ridiculously long marathons that we’ll applaud you for staying up for.

TV Shows

“Empire” (Season 1 and 2)

TV One, July 3 at 7am to July 4 at 5pm

Check out the epic tale of a man having to decide who in his family should inherit his entertainment company with TV One’s “Empire” marathon. Airing all 30 episodes, the marathon will begin at 7am on July 3 and go to 5pm on July 4.

Read More: How ‘Empire’ Season 2 Raised the Stakes (Emmy Watch)

“Underground” (Season 1)

Wgn, July 2 from 7am to 5pm »

- Kyle Kizu and Kate Halliwell

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7 Great Independent Pilots from SeriesFest We Hope Become TV Series

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The world of independent television is pretty chaotic right now, largely because, unlike the indie film scene, there’s no clear trajectory to success. Some shows threw all their money into shooting a pilot. Some shows have shot multiple episodes. Some shows have found alternate distribution opportunities already. Some shows remain unseen. All of them, though, want to go beyond their current status.

Read More: SeriesFest 2016 Winners Include Fan Fiction and Irish Crime

As an attendee of SeriesFest 2016, I had the opportunity to see a large percentage of the pilots screened as part of the independent pilot competition. Some of these pilots were not world premieres, but all of the ones I saw represented the impressive state of independent production today; where a shoestring budget can still produce content on a level equal to what you might watch on TV. Below are just a few of the pilots that impressed me most, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Nashville’ Season 5 Will Likely See Return Of Its Biggest Stars

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After “Nashville” was cancelled over at ABC, Cmt quickly resurrected the country music drama. Now, as they try to make the transition, it’s time to see which of the cast members will stick around.

According to TVLine, the entire original cast is almost set to return. Among those who will continue as series regulars for Season 5 include Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella and Chris Carmack

Previous reports also stated that Aubrey Peeples and Will Chase would not be returning to the series, but Variety learned that both actors are in talks to appear in a couple of episode to wrap up their storylines.

Nothing as this moment has been confirmed by either Lionsgate or Cmt.

Read More: ‘Nashville’s’ Renewal Reveals the Good and Bad Within Today’s TV Industry

The fifth season of “Nashville” will include 22 episodes »

- Liz Calvario

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Why Aziz Ansari’s Dad Could Be the Surprise Emmy Nominee of 2016 (Really)

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Sitting in an overflow room at the Paley Center for Media, a thought struck me: “What if Shoukath Ansari wins an Emmy for ‘Master of None’?”

The thought wasn’t entirely baseless — Shoukath, the father of Aziz Ansari, certainly warrants the praise for his hysterical, honest and empathetic turn — nor was it unprompted. Netflix was holding its official For Your Consideration event for “Master of None,” and the event attracted so many people that a substantial chunk of us couldn’t even fit in the main theatre. We had to move to a backroom with a television displaying first the episode being screened and then a conversation between creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, producer Michael Schur and cast members Lena Waithe and Kelvin Yu.

Clearly, there’s a fervor surrounding this show — and a devout fan base for the senior Ansari family member, as well. His debut in the »

- Ben Travers

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‘Stranger Things’: New Trailer For Netflix Series Pushes the Paranormal, Kids & More Spielbergian ’80s Nostalgia

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“Ninety-nine out of a hundred times, the missing kid is with a parent or relative. What about the other time?”

Netflix plans to answer this question in their new eight-episode series, “Stranger Things,” which will stream in full on July 15.

Read More: Netflix’s Binge Scale Reveals Which Shows Viewers Watch for More Than Two Hours at a Time

According to the official description, “A love letter to the supernatural classics of the ’80s, ‘Stranger Things’ is the story of a young boy named Will who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.”

In the new trailer, Will’s loved ones search for him and grow increasingly frustrated with what seems to be some sort of governmental cover-up involving paranormal events. The discovery of Eleven, »

- Kate Halliwell

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Watch: The ‘Downward Dog’ Web Shorts That Inspired ABC’s New Talking Dog Comedy

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The road from web shorts to ABC primetime series was a long one for the chatty canine comedy “Downward Dog.”

It all started when Michael Killen, the co-founder of Pittsburgh-based VFX production house Animal, came up with a new idea for a talking dog.

Killen, whose credits include animating the infamous Taco Bell chihuahua (you remember – “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”), was looking to depict a dog in an entirely different way than usual. He enlisted commercial director Samm Hodges to write the scripts. That led to “Downward Dog,” a web series about Martin, a talking dog suffering from ennui and a bit of depression as he ruminates about his relationship with his owner, Nan.

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“[Killen] had always wanted to do a dog thing that took dogs more seriously,” Hodges told IndieWire last week at the 2016 Palm Springs ShortFest. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Preacher’ Exclusive Clip: Romantic Tensions Arise As Tulip and Cassidy Get Close

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Fans of AMC’s darkly funny “Preacher” are having a good day: The show, adapted by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a popular graphic novel series, was just renewed for a second season and granted thirteen more episodes. As if that wasn’t enough, an exclusive clip hints that newfound romantic tensions may be brewing in this weekend’s upcoming episode.

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In the video, Tulip finds herself up close and personal with charming resident vampire Cassidy. When Jesse walks in on the confrontation, Tulip scrambles to cover up the presence of her second suitor.

For those who aren’t caught up with AMC’s strangely compelling series, the network describes it as “a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him »

- Kate Halliwell

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‘Lost In Space’ Remake Finally Blasts Off, Heads To Netflix

17 hours ago

Continuing their ongoing domination of all past and present media, Netflix has ordered a “Lost In Space” remake series. Deadline reports that the streaming service has given Legendary TV a 10-episode straight-to-series order for “Lost In Space,” after competitively outbidding others for a development deal back in November. It will premiere sometime in 2018.

Read More: Fan-Made “Lost In Space” Animated Pilot Should Go To Series

The original “Lost In Space” series was broadcast on CBS for three seasons from 1965-1968. Set in the year 1997, 32 years into the future from 1965, the series followed the Robinson family as they plan to colonize deep space. Though initially headed to a planet near the star Alpha Centauri, the Robinson family are veered wildly off course when Dr. Zachary Smith, a foreign secret agent, tries to sabotage the mission and unintentionally sends them hurdling hopelessly through space.

The series starred Guy Williams and June Lockhart »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2: Five Reasons Why You Can’t Look Away

29 June 2016 4:40 PM, PDT

Mr. Robot” began last year as the tale of isolated hacker Eliot (Rami Malek), out on a one-man quest to “save the world.” But the series’ unique storyline quickly escalated into epic-level chaos as society itself came under attack by the mysterious “fsociety.” And while some of the story beats might have felt familiar, creator Sam Esmail changed the game for USA, bringing to the screen a production sensibility reminiscent of the best of independent film.

Read More: Review: What is ‘Mr. Robot,’ and Why Did It Win the SXSW Audience Award?

The Golden Globe winner for Best Drama, “Mr. Robot” returns July 13 for a two-part premiere event. The first two episodes of Season 2, made available this week to critics, confirms that all of the series’ most captivating elements remain intact.

You literally can’t take your eyes off the screen for a moment, and here are five reasons why. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Inside Steve Levitan’s TV Showrunner Gun Summit

29 June 2016 3:23 PM, PDT

For “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan, the topic of guns in America is personal.

Levitan, who has lost two friends to gun violence, gathered a group of A-list showrunners Wednesday on the 20th Century Fox lot to discuss the issue. Levitan is involved with Everytown.org, and invited co-founder John Feinblatt to address around 50 TV writers and producers at the Daryl Zanuck Theatre.

Showrunners and writers in the audience included “Homeland” executive producers Alex Gansa and Chip Johannessen, “24: Legacy” executive producer Howard Gordon, “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether and “Scream Queens” executive producer Brad Falchuk. Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman and 20th Century Fox TV president of creative affairs Jonathan Davis were also in attendance.

Read More: Katie Couric Documentary Aims to Reignite the Gun Debate

“We want to educate, make people aware, maybe get them involved in any way, financially or via social media — and maybe content, »

- Michael Schneider

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Denis Leary Explains How ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Season 2 Blossomed With A Woman’s Touch

29 June 2016 1:42 PM, PDT

Denis Leary might seem like the kind of guy who celebrates the conflict that comes with creative collaboration. But the creator and star of FX’s”Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” is quick to champion another writer for the show’s new energy in Season 2.

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Leary credited one of the show’s new writers, Julieanne Smolinski, for helping enhance the storylines of Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) and Ava (Elaine Hendrix). “It doesn’t matter how many women you know and how many times you’ve tried to keep your eyes and your ears open to gain information for writing purposes, you’re never going to be able to write a woman the way a woman could,” he said.

The new season of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” also pays tribute to David Bowie, including some old concert footage of the glam rocker at his prime. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Renewed for Season 2, Gets More Episodes

29 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT

AMC has granted the series “Preacher” its heavenly reward. The new drama, developed for the small screen by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and showrunner Sam Catlin, has not only been renewed for a second season, but will receive 13 episodes in 2017, versus Season 1’s 10 episodes.

An adaptation of the popular graphic novel by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, “Preacher” has been well-received so far, receiving a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes through five episodes and garnering over 3 million viewers in live+3 numbers — viewers during the live broadcast and over the following three days on various platforms.

Read More: Review: ‘Preacher’ Only Hints at Tragic Pasts, But Doesn’t Skimp on Bloodshed

“‘Preacher’ is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a statement. »

- Kyle Kizu

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‘Daily Show’ Favorite Jessica Williams Is Leaving Late Night Show To Develop Own Projects With Comedy Central

29 June 2016 12:28 PM, PDT

News correspondent Jessica Williams will leave “The Daily Show” after this Thursday’s episode to develop her own projects with Comedy Central. Williams joined “The Daily Show” in 2012 at the age of 22, making her the youngest correspondent in the show’s history and the first black woman as well. Williams quickly gained popularity on the show for her insightful commentary and funny delivery, so much so that fans rooted for her to take over the late night show following previous host Jon Stewart’s departure.

Now, Williams is getting the chance to work on her own titles at the same network.

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After she leaves “The Daily Show,” Williams will write, produce and star in a half-hour scripted pilot about a socially-conscious twenty-something who’s still figuring out her life.

In an interview with EW, Williams »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale: Director Discusses Filming That Epic Fiery Moment

29 June 2016 12:05 PM, PDT

Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale was one for the books. Now, director Miguel Sapochnik is revealing the details on how he crafted the explosive last episode of the season.

*Warning: Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “The Winds of Winter.”

Sapochnik is known for his impacting episodes such as the bloody “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Gift” and “Hardhome.” The helmer discussed his inspiration for the epic finale, where Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) destroys King’s Landing’s historic Sept of Baelor with a massive explosion of wildfire, and how he crafted the episode.

Read More: Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale Unleashes Epic, Hardcore Vengeance

“When I first read it, I wondered how we would do this and avoid it feeling cheesy or cheap,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After all, blowing everyone up in the third act isn’t uncommon in Hollywood action movies. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Game of Thrones’: New HBO Infographic Appears To Confirm Jon Snow’s Parentage

29 June 2016 11:44 AM, PDT

One of the biggest moments to occur during Sunday’s epic “Game Of Thrones” Season 6 finale was Bran Stark’s trip back to the Tower of Joy, where the show finally brought to life one of the most important scenes in the history of the franchise’s mythology. It was here that Bran found out the truth of Jon Snow’s parentage, as a bloodied Lyanna Stark made her brother Ned promise to keep her newborn child safe. We couldn’t hear exactly what Lyanna said, though it became very clear that the baby’s real identity must be concealed if the child were to stay alive.

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The critical scene confirmed that Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow’s mother, though it did not outright state who his father is (though, if the baby’s life is in danger, his father »

- Zack Sharf

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Bryan Cranston Would Be ‘All In’ For A ‘Better Call Saul’ Appearance

29 June 2016 10:43 AM, PDT

Walter White’s story may have ended in 2013, but could there be an opportunity to bring the “Breaking Bad” character back to life? According to Bryan Cranston, it could be a possibility.

The actor recently appeared on an episode of “The Rich Eisen Show” where he was asked if he would consider appearing in “Better Call Saul,” prequel to the hit series. His response: He’s “all in.”

“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role,” he told the host. “He said, ‘That’s my guy. This is the guy I want’ […] If they were to call me and say, ‘We have this idea, we’d like…’ I would say, ‘Yes, you don’t have to finish the pitch. I’m there, what do you want me to do?’ I’ll do whatever they want because I know how careful they are and proprietary »

- Liz Calvario

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Jimmy Kimmel Unleashes His Troompa Loompas On ‘Bully’ Donald Trump

29 June 2016 10:39 AM, PDT

Donald Trump’s boorish behavior during this election season isn’t exactly a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to the news. He frequently insults his opponents with childish nicknames to his crowd of supporters, and though he’s largely moved away from that now that he has sewed up the Gop nomination, Jimmy Kimmel has no problem reminding his viewers of Trump’s bullying tactics.

On last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Kimmel played a supercut of Trump’s nicknames for other candidates — Little Marco, Crazy Bernie, Crooked Hillary, etc. Then, he brought out his crew of Troompa Loompas again to sing a Wonka-esque number about Trump’s behavior, complete with breakdancing and a reference to Trump’s old reality show “The Apprentice.” Watch the video below.

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Jimmy Kimmel started his »

- Vikram Murthi

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