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Fox Orders Pilots for Female Buddy Cop Comedy & Interracial Family Sitcom

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Fox is continuing to beef up its pilot slate of comedies, ordering two more projects, Variety has learned.

“The Enforcers,” a female buddy cop comedy, hails from writers Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. It centers around two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code  Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.   

The single-cam, half-hour comedy hails from Warner Bros. TV with the writing duo serving as exec producers, along with “Modern Family’s” Gail Mancuso who will direct.

Fox has also ordered an untitled comedy pilot from writer Chris Case. The interracial family sitcom follows Jay “Havoc” Hammond,  an African-American, ex-nfl lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons. The potential series will center around him »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Fox Orders Pilots for Gail Mancuso Buddy Cop Comedy, Chris Case Interracial Family Sitcom

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Fox has ordered pilots for comedies “The Enforcers” and an untitled Chris Case sitcom. “The Enforcers,” which hails from Executive Producer Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”), follows two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers. They find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department, where, instead of fighting crime, they’ve been relegated to handling petty code breaking, such as noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.  The single-camera half-hour Warner Bros. Television comedy will be written executive produced by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Mancuso (pictured above) will direct. Also Read: 'Grease: Live' »


- Tony Maglio

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CNN, Bleacher Report Team Up for Super Bowl 50 Special

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As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers prepare to square off on Sunday, CNN and sister sports website Bleacher Report are teaming up for “Kickoff by the Bay,” an inside look at “Super Bowl City,” the NFL fan experience in downtown San Francisco. “It’s a great example of two parts of the Turner organization coming together to share their respective strengths: CNN’s ability to create event programming in the heart of the action, partnered up with Bleacher Report’s NFL expertise and passionate fan base,” CNN Sports Programming and Development Svp Bill Galvin told TheWrap. Also Read: The »


- Brian Flood

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Berlin: Ethan Hawke Starring in ‘24 Hours to Live’

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Chinese production-distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures have tapped Ethan Hawke to star in their upcoming thriller “24 Hours to Live.”

Brian Smrz will direct from a Zachary Dean screenplay, based on an original script from Ron Mita & Jim McClain. “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job.

Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and International President Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Fundamental FilmsGary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will executive produce.

Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales starting next week at the Berlin Film Festival.

Smrz has been a second unit Director on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Iron Man 3,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Live Free or Die Hard. »


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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz on ’N Sync Nostalgia, Rockism, and His Super Bowl Pick

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Early last month, Fall Out Boy caused a frenzy within the (very large) part of the internet that lives and breathes 2000s nostalgia when they resurrected a 16-year-old 'N Sync video. Fob treated the video for "Irresistible," featuring Demi Lovato, as an update to 2000's meme-bait "It's Gonna Be Me," going as far as working with original director Wayne Isham on a spiritual successor that gives voice to all of the other toys not nearly as beloved by tween girls. (Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick even cameo!) It's peak Fall Out Boy, and just the latest entry in the band's decadelong history of doing the unexpected and having a helluva time. Before Fall Out Boy hit the stage Friday night in San Francisco for a livestreamed performance ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, Vulture caught up with Pete Wentz about the band's insane 'N Sync sequel, how his band has managed »


- Dee Lockett

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'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market

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He isn't a streaming service, exactly, but when Louis C.K. dropped the first episode of his new series "Horace and Pete" last Saturday, it had the feeling of a gauntlet thrown. Written, directed, produced, financed, and distributed by the comedian himself, "Horace and Pete" isn't just the ne plus ultra of "auteur TV" — it's an attempt to cut out the middleman and connect with consumers directly in a market crowded, as C.K. wrote in a follow-up email, with "the usual promotion, banner ads, billboards and clips that tell you what the show feels and looks like before you get to see it for yourself."  Though C.K. described the decision to offer "Horace and Pete" through his website as an artistic one — designed to retain the element of surprise, and to emphasize the "live feeling" of the multi-camera format — the move also suggests one of several paths forward in »


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’20/20 on ID’ Details How Unabomber’s Family Ratted Him Out to Feds (Exclusive Video)

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Step aside, Steven Avery: Investigation Discovery’s next “20/20 on ID Presents Homicide” will tell the unusual story of how the Unabomber was eventually brought to justice, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Wednesday’s hour, hosted by “Nightline” anchor Byron Pitts, revisits how Ted Kaczynski was discovered and ratted out by his own brother David and sister-in-law Linda. The Unabomber had evaded authorities for 18 years while his homemade bombs left three dead and nearly two dozen people injured. On the ID presentation, Linda Patrik speaks out for the first time about how she initially came to suspect her brother-in-law Ted was the infamous Unabomber. »


- Tony Maglio

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Sundance Doc Audience Award Winner 'Jim: The James Foley Story' Paints Harrowing Portrait of Isis Captive

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Access often makes the difference between a good and a great documentary. When the family of the late freelance war journalist James Foley—who was executed on camera by Isis for the world to see, something that is not shown in HBO's "Jim: The James Foley Story"—decided to pursue a documentary about their son, they went to one of his oldest friends, New York graphic designer and filmmaker Brian Oakes ("Living with Lincoln").  His first solo feature world premiered in the Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition and won the Audience Award. Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. VOD and DVD rights. “I made this film to carry on the stories that Jim needed us to know,” he has stated. “It’s important that we understand the significant role of today’s conflict journalists and why they risk their lives to tell the world how bad it can be.” When »


- Anne Thompson

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' fell fall short of 'Avatar's' box office record. Here's why.

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The latest press release from Disney confirms once again the following irrefutable fact: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive box office hit. But the numbers put forth today also confirm the predictions of the box office experts we surveyed several weeks ago: there's simply no way J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot can touch Avatar's worldwide record of more than $2.7 billion. It would take a great cynic indeed to sniff at these Star Wars numbers. The film is by far the domestic box-office champ, having now racked up over $900 million in North American receipts in its 50th day of release (Avatar made $749 million). It will also pass the $2 billion mark globally on Saturday. But it's still a whopping $700 million off from Avatar's worldwide take, thanks to a less-robust-than-expected performance in several key international markets including Russia, China and South Korea.  In Korea, for example, Avatar made over »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Rich People Loved ‘Madoff': Viewers With $100,000-Plus Flocked to ABC Miniseries

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ABC’s “Madoff” opened and closed to modest numbers, especially in the key 18-49 demographic — but the miniseries premiered far better among the affluent. On Wednesday night, Part 1 of “Madoff” debuted to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which was only good enough to be the No. 8-rated broadcast show of the night. In other words, not “good” at all. However, when adjusting for just those with a six-figure annual income, the Richard Dreyfuss-starrer jumped 25 percent to a 1.5 rating, making it fifth-best for the evening. And among those in the age range with $200,000-plus in annual income, “Madoff” rose. »


- Tony Maglio

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Oscar predictions: Getting Best Animated Short correct could be key to winning our contest

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There are three races in our annual Oscar predictions contest that can trip up even the most experienced award prognosticators: the three short film categories for Animated, Live-Action and Documentary. Until recently, these nominees were only made available to academy voters, leaving the rest of us to blindly guess the winners based on the titles alone. But now the nominees are screened together at arts cinemas nationwide. The Animated program contains additional “highly commended,” non-nominated shorts to fill out the running time to at least 90 minutes, while the Documentary and Live Action contenders, running anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes each, are shown in two separate programs. This year’s nominees for Best Animated Short Film are an eclectic lot, but based on past winners the field can be narrowed down. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “Sanjay’s Super Team »

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‘Grease: Live’ Grows to Over 14 Million Viewers in Delayed Viewing

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It turns out “Grease: Live” is the word. According to Nielsen estimates released Friday, the live Fox musical grew 20 percent in live-plus-three viewing, up to 14.6 million viewers. That number includes VOD, Hulu, and Fox Now. The special was also available on Fox.com but that data was not immediately available. “Grease: Live” landed 12.2 million viewers when it aired on Jan. 31, handing Fox first place in both overall audience size and the key 18-49 demographic with a 4.3 rating. Also Read: 'Grease: Live' Review: Fox Musical Was Smooth as Greased Lightning The special also bested NBC’s latest live TV musical, »


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Dave Mirra May Have Had Cte, Mayor Suggests

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Dave Mirra, the BMX legend who was found dead of an apparent suicide at age 41, might have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy . At least, that appeared to be the suggestion of Allen Thomas, the mayor of Greenville, North Carolina, where Mirra resided and was found dead. “This is a young man, I’ll call him a young man, in his early 40s, that had a pretty rugged sports career, and he took a lot of injuries in his career,” Thomas said. “And you have to give pause to think and wonder just as we hear about brain trauma in »


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MSNBC Debate Only Draws 4.5 Million Viewers, Network Doesn’t Mind

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MSNBC’s Democratic primary debate pitting Bernie Sanders versus Hillary Clinton delivered the lowest ratings for a debate this election cycle with only 4.5 million total viewers and 1.2 million among the key 25-54 demo. These numbers are significantly lower than previous debates, including sister network NBC’s recent face-off, which averaged 10 million viewers. Last August’s Gop debate on Fox News is the most-watched non-sports cable event of all time with 24 million viewers; the most-watched Democratic debate of this cycle was back on Oct. 13 when 15.8 million watched on CNN. An MSNBC insider with knowledge of the situation says the low ratings were expected given the. »


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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Questions Whether the NFL Will Exist in 50 Years

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In a recent interview with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the family of former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill and Dr. Bennett Omalu discuss how McNeill may be the first NFL player to receive a pre- and post-mortem Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Cte) diagnosis. McNeill’s wife told Gupta that after doing some research she reached out to Omalu, the doctor portrayed by Will Smith in the movie “Concussion.” Omalu suspected that McNeill suffered from Cte back in 2012 and approached the family about a new technology that he helped develop. When Omalu and his team examined McNeill’s scan, »


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Kudos Founder Stephen Garrett Launches Character Seven, Boards Fickle Fish’s ‘The Rook’

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London — Stephen Garrett, founder of “Mi-5” and “Life on Mars” producer Kudos, has launched production company Character Seven, which is developing “The Rook,” a London-set supernatural series for Hulu, with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s company Fickle Fish and Lionsgate.

Garrett, who co-founded Kudos in 1992 and was later joint managing director with Jane Featherstone, oversaw a run of TV series hits including “Mi-5” (known as “Spooks” in the U.K.), “Hustle” and “Life on Mars.” As a film producer and executive producer, Garrett’s credits include “Eastern Promises,” “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

Since leaving the Endemol Shine Group-owned company in 2014 Garrett has been working on projects that bring together international talents. His first credit under Character Seven is in partnership with the Ink Factory, the John le Carré adaptation “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The six-part »


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E! Orders Two More Episodes of ‘Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry’

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E! has ordered two additional episodes of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” bringing the first season to a total of 10 episodes, Variety has learned exclusively.

The extra episodic order comes after ratings success for the reality series, which features Tyler Henry, the go-to medium to the stars, giving readings to celebrities. Snooki, Monica Potter and Tom Arnold have appeared on the show.

The second episode, which aired Jan. 31, brought in 1.8 million total viewers, delivering a 10 percent increase among viewers in the 18-49 demo from the Jan. 24 premiere, which marked E!’s largest non-spinoff unscripted launch in the past three years. Three airings of “Hollywood Medium” drew 3.2 million unique viewers on its Sunday night series debut.

Originally titled “Hollywood Teen Medium,” the show — which perhaps changed its title, now that Henry is 20 years old — was greenlit last July with an initial straight-to-series eight episode order. The series hails from 44 Blue Productions »


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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to Cross $2 Billion Mark

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is expected to cross the $2 billion worldwide mark on Saturday, becoming only the third film to ever do so. It will also likely hit the $900 million mark at the domestic box office — the only film in history to reach that milestone. “This is a historic moment for ‘Star Wars,’ for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Here’s Playboy’s First Cover of the Non-Nude Era (Photo)

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Playboy has unveiled the first cover of its non-nude era, featuring model Sarah McDaniel in a nod to millenials and social media. McDaniel is seen in a bikini with a Snapchat-style overlay text reading “heyyy ;)” “The idea was to look at me from a boyfriend’s perspective,” McDaniel explained the theme of the cover in a statement. Playboy announced plans to abandon nudity within its pages in October. Also Read: Playboy Uncovers Final Nude Centerfold Model At that time, Playboy’s print circulation, once measured in millions, was about 800,000, according to Alliance for Audited Media. The magazine will still include photo spreads of women in. »

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Michael Moore Hospitalized in NYC

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If you’ve been seeing a lot less of Michael Moore recently, there’s a good reason. Moore has been hospitalized with pneumonia, the “Bowling for Columbine” filmmaker wrote on Facebook Thursday night, adding that he had been put in the Intensive Care Unit of a New York City hospital on Sunday. Moore suggested that he had become run down from a combination of promoting his upcoming film “Where to Invade Next,” providing aid to the citizens of his hometown Flint, Michigan — which currently is suffering a water crisis due to lead contamination — and supporting the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie. »


- Tim Kenneally

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