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Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.

The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”

Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »


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‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2

9 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has renewed drama series “The Deuce” for a second season.

Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos, “The Deuce” premiered Sept. 10 on the premium service. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s.

“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”

Executive producers for “The Deuce” are Pelecanos, David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble, James Franco. Richard Price is co-executive producer; Marc Henry Johnson and Gyllenhaal serve as producers.

“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to »


- Daniel Holloway

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Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere Plummets 19 Percent From Last Year

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ABC may have won Nielsen’s Mirrorball Trophy on Monday, but its “Dancing With the Stars” premiere performed nowhere near as well as last year’s. Still, the Disney-owned broadcaster topped primetime outright, though the network was inflated in Detroit by “Monday Night Football.” The preliminary numbers for the net could slip a bit (further) when finale averages are available. For now at least, ABC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “DWTS” at 8 p.m. put up a 1.7/6 and 10.8 million. »


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‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios

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Justin Doble, writer and producer on Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has moved over to another streaming service.

Amazon announced Tuesday it closed an overall deal with Doble, who will be developing genre television projects exclusively for Prime. Doble’s other credits include working on Hulu’s “The Path” and AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” He began his career writing episodes of “Fringe” and “Almost Human.”

“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, »


- Carli Velocci

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Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead

18 September 2017 6:28 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sometimes dead is dead — even on Homeland.

At Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Showtime drama’s longtime EP/director Lesli Linka Glatter officially confirmed that the death of Rupert Friend’s seemingly immortal Quinn in the Season 6 finale will indeed stick. “I wish he wasn’t [dead],” she lamented to me on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, where she was up for her fifth Emmy for directing Homeland (she lost out to Handmaid Tale‘s Reed Morano).

At the start of our brief Q&A — which »


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Jimmy Kimmel Revives Healthcare Debate and Criticizes Louisiana Senator Cassidy

44 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is mixing more and more serious stuff in with his comedy.

Kimmel took to the stage of his ABC late-night program and, for the second time in five months, urged viewers to push back against Republican lawmakers seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  And, in a rare instance of a late-night host singling out a regional politician, he urged his viewers to reach out to one of the bill’s sponsors, Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy, to make their feelings known about the new proposed legislation, known as the Graham-CassidybBill.

“Listen. Healthcare is complicated. It’s boring.  I don’t want to talk about it, and the details can be exceptionally confusing. And that’s what these guys are relying on,” Kimmel said in a monologue taped for Tuesday’s night’s broadcast of his program, “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed by all the information – you »


- Brian Steinberg

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Trump Says He Was ‘Saddened’ By ‘Worst Ever’ Emmy Ratings

46 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Washington — President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Emmys, which were heavy on humor and swipes at his expense.

“I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the ‘Deplorables,'” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night, two days after Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. The President is in New York, staying at Trump Tower, during the United Nations General Assembly.

I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the "Deplorables."

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017

The Emmys, broadcast by CBS, were about on par with last year’s ceremony in terms of total viewers. Sunday’s awards ceremony averaged 11.4 million viewers, compared to 2016’s 11.3 million, its lowest ever. The telecast also averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49, dropping below last year’s »


- Ted Johnson

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American Horror Story: Cult Recap: Another One in the Casket

51 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you didn’t think that Ally “accidentally” shooting Pedro would instantly turn her into a media figure and social pariah, you obviously haven’t been watching the news lately. Or at any point in the last five years.

RelatedLast Week’s Ahs: Cult Recap: Won’t You Bee My Neighbors?

Though Ally isn’t charged for killing him on Tuesday’s American Horror Story: Cult — Detective Jawline is very clear about Michigan’s “stand your ground” policy — she’s persecuted by the community. Some go so far as to call her the “lesbian George Zimmerman.”

Even Harrison and Meadow get in on the backlash, »


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American Horror Story: Cult: Here's Why Harrison Might Actually Be Innocent

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[Warning: This post contains spoilers from Episode 3 of American Horror Story: Cult, "Neighbors From Hell."]

As it turns out, Meadow (Leslie Grossman) and Harrison (Billy Eichner) are far more sinister than we previously thought. Tuesday night's American Horror Story: Cult dove right into their

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- Keisha Hatchett

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‘American Horror Story’ Recap: Almost Everyone Turns on Ally in ‘Neighbors From Hell’

52 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’ve seen Season 7, episode 3 of “American Horror Story,” titled “Neighbors From Hell,” which aired on Sept. 19.

The isolation of Ally (Sarah Paulson) is in full swing. After she shot and killed her former employee Pedro at the end of the last episode, her neighbors and fellow liberals have turned against her, and by the end of “Neighbors From Hell,” she even loses the support of her wife, Ivy (Alison Pill). She still has one person on her side, though: Kai (Evan Peters), and it’s hard not to think that this is all part of his plan as he begins to earn her trust.

But before all of that happens, we meet a couple who’s seeing Dr. Rudy Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson). The woman had a fear of coffins going back to a childhood trauma, but, thanks in part to Dr. Rudy, she »


- Alex Stedman

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American Horror Story: Cult's Latest Victim Speaks Out: "Nothing Is Ever as It Seems"

53 minutes ago | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for American Horror Story: Cult's latest episode. Read at your own risk!]

Did American Horror Story: Cult just deliver its first big death of the season? (No offense Roger or Pedro.)

"Neighbors from Hell" ended with Harrison (Billy Eichner) being arrested for

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- Sadie Gennis

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Being Mary Jane Season Finale Recap: Did Mj Make Her Biggest Mistake Yet?

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Mary Jane Paul, Queen of Self-Sabotage™, has struck again.

The fourth season finale of Being Mary Jane buried its titular news anchor under increasingly mounting pressure, as Justin and Kara’s ongoing Game of Thrones — or at least Game of Offices — came down to her tie-breaking vote. Would she choose Justin, the man who (at this point) can give her everything she’s always wanted? Or would she choose Kara, her “ride or die” since Day 1?

RelatedPower Ep Hints at Final (?!) Season

Frankly, it was too difficult a decision for Mary Jane to make with a clear head, so she »


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Jimmy Kimmel Comes Down Hard on 'Scam' of a Health-Care Bill — Watch

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Jimmy Kimmel used the opening monologue of Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday to take aim at Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “They’re trying to sneak this scam of a bill they cooked up in without an analysis from the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office,” he said in video released online ahead of the show’s airing.

RelatedHillary Clinton Criticizes Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ U.N. Address on Colbert

“They don’t even want you to see” the Graham-Cassidy bill, he continued. “They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement [and not read it], and this guy, [Louisiana Senator] Bill Cassidy, »


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America's Got Talent Finale (Night 1) Recap: Which Act Is Getting Your Vote?

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On the eve of the America’s Got Talent finale, the 10 remaining acts of Season 12 gathered for one last chance to impress the judges and win the nation’s favor.

RelatedFall TV: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 35+ Returning Favorites!

Here’s what went down on Tuesday…

* Angelica Hale got the night started with a powerful performance of Clean Bandit’s “Symphony,” leaving nary a face unmelted. Like, how did those sounds come out of a child? I haven’t been this speechless since I saw Mel B.’s unicorn hair.

* Next up, Chase Goehring served up what Simon Cowell called »


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Fox Is Using Twitter to Pimp Its Series, Including an Empire Pre-show

2 hours ago | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Good news for those of you who can't get off Twitter. You don't have to get off Twitter!

Fox is teaming up with Twitter to promote three of its fall shows in pretty interesting ways. The most notable is the introduction of a live Empirepre-show which can be streamed on the Empire Twitter account. The

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- Tim Surette

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Fox Is Using Twitter to Pimp Its Series, Including an Empire Pre-show

2 hours ago | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Good news for those of you who can't get off Twitter. You don't have to get off Twitter!

Fox is teaming up with Twitter to promote three of its fall shows in pretty interesting ways. The most notable is the introduction of a live Empirepre-show which can be streamed on the Empire Twitter account. The

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- Tim Surette

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Beau Willimon Says He’ll Push Diversity Initiatives, Organizing Efforts as WGA East Leader

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beau Willimon has an ambitious new drama series launching next year on Hulu, and he has a Broadway play opening in late November. But a busy schedule has not deterred him from taking the reins of the WGA East at a tumultuous time for the film and TV biz.

In assuming the presidency of the WGA East as of Wednesday, Willimon said his goal was to build on the progress that executive director Lowell Peterson and his predecessor, Michael Winship, have made in fostering diversity initiatives for writers, organizing in the area of unscripted TV and continuing to improve relations between the WGA East and WGA West.

Willimon said his experience in serving on the WGA negotiating committee for the master film and TV contract deal reached in May was eye-opening. The guilds went down to the wire and were ready to walk if the studios hadn’t budged on key deal points.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Hillary Clinton Criticizes Trump's 'Dangerous' U.N. Address on Colbert

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Visiting The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton weighed in on President Trump‘s assertion to the United Nations General Assembly that he’d “totally destroy North Korea” if it threatened the United States or its allies.

RelatedAlec Baldwin Has Mixed Feelings About Sean Spicer’s Surprise Emmys Cameo

“What I’d hope the president would have said,” she offered, “was something along the lines of, ‘We view this as dangerous to our allies, to the region and even to our country. We call on all nations to work with us to try to end the »


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Hulu’s Craig Erwich on What ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Emmys Mean for Streaming Service

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With a win for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Sunday night, Hulu became the first streaming service to win a best drama series Emmy — beating to the punch larger competitors Netflix and Amazon.

“Handmaid’s,” based on the feminist dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, dominated the drama categories, taking eight Emmys this year, including best actress for Elisabeth Moss. Hulu senior VP of content Craig Erwich, who greenlit and shepherded development of the series, spoke with Variety about the history-making Emmy run and what it means for the company.

What was your reaction Sunday night when you won series?

Numbness, surprise, and then just elation, because we’ve just been working toward this for three-and-a-half years since I got here. It was a profound moment for us and for the show.

Were you really surprised?

Yes, I was really, really surprised. When you sit in that auditorium and you look at the reel of shows, every »


- Daniel Holloway

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Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President

3 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.

The results were announced Tuesday evening in New York. Incumbent vice president Jeremy Pikser and secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider were also re-elected after running unopposed.

Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by  Willimon’s election as president.

Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He »


- Dave McNary

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