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AMC Launches Virtual Reality App With 'The Walking Dead' Bonus Scene

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AMC is betting that The Walking Dead will breathe life into its new virtual reality app. 

The cable network has launched AMC Vr, its new hub for immersive video, with an extended bonus scene from the popular zombie drama. The 360-degree scene, which will feature Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam, will debut on the app on Sunday following the the season eight premiere of The Walking Dead. The scene was produced by Moth + Flame, directed by Greg Nicotero, an executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor on the series, and co-directed by Kevin Cornish. It will become available »

- Natalie Jarvey

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'Breaking Bad' Actors to Host Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

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Two actors from the hit series Breaking Bad will host an Albuquerque fundraiser next week for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Bob Odenkirk, who played sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, is sponsoring a benefit event in Albuquerque, where the show was filmed, the actor announced on social media.

"Albuquerque! A benefit event for Puerto Rico — October 23 with my friend Steven Quezada of Breaking Bad. Join in if you can!" Odenkirk wrote on Twitter, with a picture of the invitation.

Steven Michael Quezada played federal drug enforcement agent Steven Gomez in Breaking Bad and is now an elected »

- the Associated Press

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Showtime Nabs Legal Thriller From 'Good Wife' Creators

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Showtime continues to add to its drama roster.

The premium cable network has handed out a series commitment for a legal thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. While not a straight-to-series order, it means that if the project does not go forward, Showtime will have to pay a massive series penalty. 

Your Honor will be written and exec produced by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat — whose BBC drama Criminal Justice inspired HBO's Emmy-nominated limited series The Night Of. The Kings will exec produce.

Your Honor is described as a legal thriller that rips through Chicago »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'The Walking Dead': The 100 Greatest Moments, Ranked

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One hundred episodes. That's a whole lot of rotten flesh.

As soon as the upcoming season eight premiere, AMC's The Walking Dead will have officially logged 100 episodes over the course of its existence — an impressive number by any measure, and especially noteworthy given there's no end to the zombie drama in sight. With so many days gone by in the world of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his friends (and foes), it's virtually impossible to sit back and recall every single atrocity the survivors of this post-apocalyptic world have committed and otherwise endured. But »

- Josh Wigler

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Mipcom: Gordon Ramsay Talks Cocaine Documentary, Embracing "Grittier" Projects

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Cement powder, sulfuric acid, battery acid and gasoline are not the normal ingredients in a Gordon Ramsay recipe. But the famed TV chef traveled to Colombia and Honduras to take a closer look at these ingredients as part of his new documentary, Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine.

"I had to get to the crux of the recipe, so we witnessed the process," said the MasterChef star, who saw all the poisonous ingredients added before it was cooked and crystallized.

The documentary project started out with Ramsay wanting to show how cocaine and drug use is decimating chefs who think they're rock »

- Rhonda Richford

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'Casual' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Hulu

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The end is near for Casual.

Hulu has renewed the series for a fourth and final season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The last eight-episode season will premiere sometime in 2018. The renewal comes two and a half months after the end of season three.

Starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, Casual marked one of the streamer's first forays into original scripted programming. Launching in 2015, the half-hour also helped usher Hulu into the awards-season conversation, earning a Golden Globe nomination for best TV series musical or comedy that same year. 

Zander Lehmann created the Lionsgate TV series, while Liz »

- Kate Stanhope

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and More Cmt 'Artists of the Year' Open Show With Las Vegas Tribute

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During Wednesday night's (Oct. 18) 2017 Cmt Artists of the Year awards show, honorees Jason AldeanLuke BryanFlorida Georgia LineChris Stapleton, and Keith Urban opened the show with a somber tribute to the victims of the countless tragedies that have occurred in the U.S. over the past month. The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was of particular focus, as Aldean headlined the event as the tragedy occurred.

Bryan began the tribute with a statement on the effects of music. “Music can be so powerful, and we have never needed it more than we do right now.” He continued, “Music moves »

- Allison Stubblebine, Billboard

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TV Ratings: 'Riverdale' Takes Week 2 Dip, Fox Tops Wednesday

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Fox nabbed a Wednesday victory with a steady outing of Empire. The drama topped all other broadcast offerings with an average 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. (Star followed with a 1.3 rating in the key demo.)

Just behind Empire were similarly steady episodes of CBS' Survivor and ABC's Modern Family — each of which averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. But CBS beat ABC to No. 2 status for the night, even if Seal Team dipped to a low 1.0 rating before an even Criminal Minds (1.1 adults). ABC's other comedies — The Goldbergs (1.4 adults), Speechless (1.1 adults), American Housewife »

- Michael O'Connell

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UTA Signs The Jim Henson Company (Exclusive)

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The company responsible for Kermit, Miss Piggy and Grover has signed with UTA.

The Jim Henson Company, which is behind the Muppets movies, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, signed with the talent agency for a partnership that will focus on expanding the company's feature and primetime television slate, as well as Vr, gaming and digital initiatives.

"As we become more active in film and primetime, a partnership with UTA's highly motivated team will bring together our creative and innovative legacy with the top talent in the industry, leading to some exciting announcements very soon," said CEO Lisa Henson.

Founded in 1958 »

- Mia Galuppo

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'Mr. Robot': Cracking the Code on Elliot's New Plan and That Massive Death

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[Warning: this story contains spoilers for season three, episode two of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]

Goodbye, friend.

The second episode of Mr. Robot's third season removed a player from the field, killed off in shockingly brutal fashion: Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), a mainstay since the earliest days of the series, shot in the head by her jilted lover Derek (Chris Conroy). It's the first series regular casualty in three seasons of Robot, and one that feels especially surprising considering Joanna's enigmatic role as a devil-may-care power player in the Sam Esmail-created »

- Josh Wigler

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'Better Things' Renewed for Third Season at FX

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Better Things will be back.

FX has renewed the Pamela Adlon comedy for a third season, set to premiere in 2018, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The pickup comes in the midst of the acclaimed series' second season. In addition to creating, writing and starring in the series, Adlon also directed all 10 episodes of season two.

The semi-autobiographical comedy returned in September to rave reviews, including from THR TV critic Tim Goodman, who called season two "wonderfully nuanced" and even wrote that the comedy was "one of »

- Kate Stanhope

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Steve Buscemi Replaces Owen Wilson in TBS Anthology

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There's a change at the top of TBS' upcoming comedic anthology Miracle Workers.

Owen Wilson has dropped out of the seven-episode comedy from Lorne Michaels and Simon Rich, with Steve Buscemi stepping in to star opposite Harry Potter grad Daniel Radcliffe. Wilson is said to have just walked away from the project.

Miracle Workers is executive produced by Saturday Night Live's Michaels and created by Man Seeking Woman's Rich, who also will serve as showrunner on the series. In addition to Michaels, executive producers include Rich, Wilson, Radcliffe and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Samie Kim Falvey Tapped as Imagine TV President

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Samie Kim Falvey is returning to the executive suite.

Falvey has been tapped as president of independent production company Imagine Television. The news comes a day after Francie Calfo was promoted to chairman of the company.

For Falvey, the move marks a return to television after she served as head of M4, the planned over-the-top service from AwesomenessTV and Verizon. The effort folded in February. Before that, she was head of comedy at Disney-owned ABC.

"Samie is an amazing and respected executive with great taste and deep relationships,” Calfo said. “I'm thrilled to have her in this key leadership position »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Mipcom: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams Talk New Starz Drama

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Viewers will get double the dose of J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd on Sony and Starz's new parallel-worlds drama, Counterpart, but don’t call the Berlin-set drama "sci-fi."

“Say ‘sci-fi’ and there are so many images that spring to life,” said Simmons, adding that while the premise has elements of the genre, it draws heavily on Cold War and spy themes while working in a sci-fi world.

“We really didn’t want ray guns,” added writer and creator Justin Marks, who framed it as a metaphysical, existential, John LeCarre-inspired spy thriller.

So what’s it about? “Regret or hope, depending on »

- Rhonda Richford

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Ellen DeGeneres Talks Sexual Assault in Hollywood, Praises #MeToo Movement

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On Thursday's edition of her eponymous daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres praised the #MeToo movement during her monologue on Thursday's show.

Commenting on the numerous women who have come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood in the wake of disturbing allegations about Harvey Weinstein, DeGeneres said of sexual misconduct, "This is not a male thing or a female thing. It is not a Hollywood thing or a political thing. This is a human thing. And it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world, and we are all the same." 

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- Lexy Perez

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'Daily Show' Contributor Michelle Wolf Takes on Weinstein, Calls for Gender-Based Solution

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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah contributor Michelle Wolf, comically addressed the sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein during Wednesday's broadcast.

Wolf said there is a deeper underlying issue within the scandal: "This problem is bigger than Harvey Weinstein."

After the New York Times exposed decades of alleged sexual harassment by Weinstein and more than 40 women claimed they were either harassed or assaulted by the disgraced mogul, Wolf attributed Weinstein's actions, in part, to a misconstrued perspective men share.

"Men don't know anything that's going on with women," Wolf explained. "You think you understand vaginas because sometimes »

- Lexy Perez

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Court Refuses to Revive Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Kathrine McKee's lawsuit against Cosby.

The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee's rape allegations. The judge who dismissed McKee's case said the letter was protected by the First Amendment.

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Erica Ash to Star in Straight-to-Series Bet Legal Drama 'In Contempt' (Exclusive)

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With the end of its signature drama Being Mary Jane in sight, Bet is looking to replenish its scripted roster.

The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series 10-episode order for legal drama In Contempt starring Erica Ash (Survivor's Remorse).

The procedural is in the fast-paced world of a legal aid office in New York City and follows Gwen Sullivan (Ash), an opinionated attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented public defender in her district.

The drama, which is in production in Canada, was created by Terri Kopp (Law & Order, Third »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'S.W.A.T.': TV Review

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If it's platitudes and predictability you crave, there's no better source than a network television drama.

And with CBS' S.W.A.T., that's pretty much what you're getting — a paint-by-numbers procedural where the good guys are always going to win in the end. With the outcome assured, it's hard to raise the stakes — even if you account for the acting talent involved, and the pilot director with action blockbuster bona fides (Justin Lin).

What's more, reviving a TV series that was previously revived as a movie gets you down to the kind of iteration where viewers are coming for one thing »

- Tim Goodman

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'Survivor' Season 35: Alan Ball Strips Down the Latest Twist

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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers regular season coverage! Every week, we're bringing you exit interviews with the latest person voted out, recaps from THR's very own Dan Fienberg, and weekly check-ins with executive producer and host Jeff Probst. Bookmark our season 35 one-stop shop to make sure you don't miss out on any of it.

Warning: spoilers ahead for season 35, episode four.

"I have to give credit where credit's due. They played a hell of a game, and they got me."

Those are some classy final words »

- Josh Wigler

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