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FX Renews ‘Tyrant’ For Season Two

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FX has picked up the political drama “Tyrant” for a second season, increasing the episode order to 13.

The 10-episode first season run of “Tyrant,” which is exec produced by Howard Gordon, averaged 5.1 million total viewers and 2.3 million adults 18-49 inclusive of linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing. It was also mired by filming problems, such as a move to Turkey after this summer’s Gaza conflict made it unsafe to continue production in Israel.

“We’re so proud of ‘Tyrant’s’ performance throughout its first season,” said Nick Grad, who, along with Eric Schrier, is the president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Production. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look forward to seeing how Tyrant grows in season two.”

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Fall TV Ratings: Fox’s Red Band Society Opens Weakly

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It’s not a red-letter day for Fox’s Red Band Society: The cancer ward drama, the first big series premiere of the new fall season, drew just 4 million viewers with its first airing and averaged a modest 1.3 rating among Fox’s target demographic of viewers under 50. Red Band came in sharply lower than Fox’s fall 2013 Wednesday lineup: Last year, the season-three premiere of The X Factor delivered 6.8 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among viewers under 50. On a positive note, Red Band pretty much matched its lead-in (Hell’s Kitchen, which averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 1.4 rating).Today’s numbers also don’t measure how well Red Band will do once time-shifted viewers are tallied; the fact that the show skews young suggests it might (underline might) get a notable bump from DVR viewing. Those numbers will be in by early next week. Meanwhile, NBC has to be »


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'Skyfall' Star Ben Whishaw Cast in BBC Spy Drama

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British actor Ben Whishaw (The Hour, Cloud Atlas), who portrayed Q opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in Skyfall, has been cast in London Spy, an upcoming BBC drama. The 33-year-old, who was last year among those tipped to become the new star of Doctor Who before Peter Capaldi was cast, will play the lead character in the series made by Working Title Television for BBC Two. Five episodes of the hourlong show are scheduled to air next year. Whishaw, considered one of Britain's up-and-coming stars, will play Danny, "a gregarious, hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into

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Jon Stewart Eviscerates NFL's Handling of Domestic Abuse Scandal

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Jon Stewart took the NFL to task for their handling of the ongoing domestic violence scandal, or mishandling as he sees it, during Wednesday night's installment of “The Daily Show.” What started with the video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator has escalated to include other examples of violence and even alleged child abuse among members of the league. Stewart broke them each down case by case, mentioning the small punishments meted out by the NFL at first. Also read: PepsiCo Condemns NFL Domestic Violence Scandal: Players’ Behavior Is Repugnant In the case of Adrian Peterson, »


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Super Bowl Ads: NBC Has Sold 70% To 80% Of Inventory In Big Game

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has managed to sell approximately three-fourths of the high-priced advertising that will accompany its 2015 broadcast of Super Bowl Xlix. Now comes the hard part: selling the rest.

NBC has sold between 70% and 80% of the approximately 60 30-second spots that regularly appear during a Super Bowl broadcast, according to the estimates of one media buyer familiar with negotiations. This buyer said NBC may have between 15 and 18 30-second berths left, and suggested the network might face some headwinds in getting to the goal line.

Why? Well,  NBC is seeking a record price for time in the game – approximately $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, with a similar amount contributed to other NBC Sports properties. The figure represents an approximate 12.5% increase over prices sought by Fox for its 2014 broadcast of the pigskin classic.

Another buyer suggested NBC has been flexible, seeking between $4.2 million and $4.6 million for an ad berth. A person familiar with the »


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Sanjay and Craig Video: Chris Hardwick Brings Craig to Life — Plus: New Clip

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Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig returns with an all-new episode Saturday (10:30 am), and things are about to get weirder than ever — which is saying a lot for a show about a kid whose best friend is a snake.

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TVLine has an exclusive behind-the-scenes video (above), featuring Chris Hardwick — the voice of Craig — letting loose and slipping into the (occasionally dolled-up) skin of his character. We also have a bonus clip from Saturday’s premiere below, in which Craig takes it upon himself to turn Puppy into “the best, »


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A&E Developing Drama Based on Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Nino Santo’

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A&E Network has found the path of “Nino Santo” and is developing multiple scripts for an adaption of the Mexican series of the same name that was created by Mauricio Katz, Pedro Peirano and Pablo Cruz and executive produced by Cruz, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

The series follows a group of young doctors who are sent to a remote village to vaccinate the locals, only to encounter an unusual cult headed by an enigmatic faith healer. The doctors decide to become involved with this group in the name of science, but as they witness Nino’s “miracles,” they begin to weigh scientific impossibility against the possibility of faith.

The team who created the Mexican version will be adapting the series for the U.S. and it will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Amblin Television and Canana. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will serve »


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'Bones' first look: Will Booth get killed in prison?

53 minutes ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Prison will not be easy for Booth when Bones returns for its 10th season.

After being arrested for the murders of three FBI agents in the season 9 finale, Booth will face a new obstacle in prison: Most of his cellmates are convicts he actually locked up there, and they’re not too happy with him. Will Brennan be able to clear Booth’s name before an unruly inmate makes him pay with his life?

Bones returns Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on Fox. »

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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6 Sneak Peek: Has Someone Hurt Hetty?!

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As CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles uncorks Season 6 — premiering Sept. 29, in its shiny, new Mondays-at-10/9c time slot — it appears that Hetty’s trip to Washington, D.C. may be (gulp) a one-way trip.

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As showrunner Shane Brennan shared during our Fall Preview Q&A, “The story takes Hetty to Washington, where she faces some very hostile questioning from a Senate committee trying to get to the truth of what happened in Afghanistan and whether Hetty was acting outside her job description, so to speak. And then we »


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Exclusive Person of Interest Video: Can Shaw Handle Her New Day Job?

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Person of Interest's Shaw better get used to her new day job.

On the Season 4 premiere Finch (Michael Emerson), Reese (James Caviezel), Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and Root (Amy Acker) try— key word: try— to adapt to the new identities (and mundane jobs) protecting them from Samaritan. In our exclusive clip below, Shaw isn't so keen on spraying perfume at the local department store. But as Root tells her, they must trust the machine.

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Hey Budweiser: On NFL, This Hypocrisy’s For You

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A whole host of constituencies are complicit in the excesses of big-time sports, but most of them don’t try to have their beer and drink it too. So the indignation and shock expressed by advertisers – most notably Anheuser-Busch, which fired a very public shot across the NFL’s bow over its mishandling of recent scandals plaguing the league – has a stronger-than-usual whiff of hypocrisy.

Of course, advertisers are pretty well versed in the kabuki dance of trying to avoid controversy, often by acting absolutely mystified about the content of the programs they sponsor as soon as someone tries taking them to task for supporting such material. Seldom known for their courage, they employ this rope-a-dope routine, then drift back to their venues of choice once the heat blows over.

The company’s statement seemed designed to accomplish exactly that. As Variety‘s Brian Steinberg noted, Anheuser-Busch didn’t pull any advertising, »


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Bad Judge First Look: Kate Walsh Gets Wild With Ryan Hansen

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On NBC’s upcoming comedy Bad Judge (premiering Oct. 2 at 9/8c), Kate Walsh is enjoying the best of both worlds, working hard and partying even harder as the sexually unapologetic Rebecca. And when she’s not doing one of those two things, she’s hooking up with Veronica MarsRyan Hansen as her on- and off-again psychiatrist beau in TVLine’s exclusive first look.

Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites!

“There’s part of [Rebecca] that’s still a college girl, partying, getting into trouble,” executive producer Adam McKay explains in the video below. “Then there »


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CBS Promotes Karen Church, Fern Orenstein to Svp

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CBS has upped Karen Church and Fern Orenstein to senior vice president of casting, announced Peter Golden, CBS Entertainment’s Evp of talent and casting. They join current casting SVPs Lucy Cavallo in Los Angeles and Amy Herzig in New York.

“For over a decade, I’ve been fortunate enough to work side by side with Karen and Fern, two of the industry’s most talented casting executives,” said Golden. “Their relationships with casting directors, agents, managers, showrunners and executives are unparalleled, their knowledge of actors is immeasurable, and their passion, dedication and commitment are boundless.”

Church will oversee casting for all series regular roles and guest star roles for current comedy series and comedy pilots. She has served as VP of casting since 1998, and oversaw casting for the entire runs of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “The King of Queens,” among others.

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Michael Bay's 'Untitled Cocaine Project' gets pilot order

1 hour ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In what might be the most colorful official temporary title in recent memory, TNT has given a pilot order to “Untitled Cocaine Project.” Bonus: It’s from mega-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Jonathan Littman, Billy Corben, and Alfred Spellman.

The pitch: “A serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s.” The pilot was written by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex).

The project was originally set up at HBO and is based on Corben and Spellman’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys (which was also the »


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Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay Sell 1970s Drug Trade Pilot to TNT

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Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are investigating the drug trade business, as TNT has ordered an untitled serialized drama pilot about the cocaine business in 1970s Florida from their Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Bay Films shingles in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Michelle Ashford (“Masters of Sex”) wrote the script and is exec producing along with Bruckheimer and Bay. Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman is also exec producing. So are Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, who are respectively known for directing and producing the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” about the Miami drug trade of that era. Bruckheimer TV’s KristieAnne Reed is co-exec producing.

Bay is an exec producer on TNT’s “The Last Ship,” which was a ratings win for the network over the summer. Bruckheimer recently partnered with “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich on the comedy mystery pilot “Couch Detective” for ABC.

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ABC orders game show '500 Questions' from Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell

1 hour ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

This newly announced event game show on ABC sounds a bit tough—and more than a little mysterious.

ABC has made a direct-to-series order for 500 Questions, a new event game show from executive producer Mark Burnett and Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television president President Mike Darnell. Burnett and Darnell previously worked together on Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Details about the show are scarce, but according to the press release, the show will feature “contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.” Hopefully, it won’t be as much pressure as it will be for the contestants on Sex Box. »


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FX renews 'Tyrant' for season 2

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Tyrant has been renewed for a 13-episode second season, FX announced Thursday.

The Howard Gordon drama stars Adam Rayner as the son of a dictator who returns to his homeland and finds himself thrown back into the family business when his father passes. The first season averaged 5.1 million viewers.

“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” said Nick Grad, one of FX’s presidents of original programming. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. »


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FX Renews Tyrant for Season 2

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That Tyrant reign just won’t let up.

FX on Thursday announced the renewal of its political drama for a 13-episode second season.

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“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look »


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TV Review: Amazon’s ‘Transparent’

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Almost instantly achieving a beguiling and bittersweet tone, “Transparent” represents the sort of breakthrough destined to firmly put Amazon’s nascent original programming push on the map. Jeffrey Tambor stars as a family patriarch grappling with the decision to reveal to his grown kids his desire to be a woman. Jill Soloway’s grainy, indie film-style half-hour series contains more melancholy than mirth, with knowing insight about family dynamics and private pain. Delicately dealing with the transgender issue, the show features a familiar device — dad’s changed life has ripple effects — but establishes its ensemble as one worth watching (or bingeing) over 10 episodes.

Tambor’s Mort Pfefferman is introduced over dinner with his children: daughter Sarah (Amy Landecker), who seemingly has an idyllic existence, but yearns for passion in a cold, loveless marriage; Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), a perennial slacker, always looking for a parental handout; and son Josh (Jay Duplass »


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Tvgn Changing Name to Pop

1 hour ago | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Tvgn (TV Guide Network) has rebranded itself as Pop.

"Pop is an exciting new chapter for a cable network that has made great progress and generated significant ratings momentum over the past year. Our new brand not only positions the channel for continued growth but reflects its identity, focus and fan base," Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, and Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, said in a statement.

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