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Prolific TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies at 90

30 July 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Halmi Sr., the Hungarian-born producer who battled the Nazi and Soviet occupations in his youth before becoming a top magazine photographer and telepic mogul, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm at his home in New York City. He was 90.

With his son, Robert Halmi Jr., Halmi produced more than 200 TV productions, including hit 1990s miniseries including “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Arabian Nights” and “Dinotopia.”

The dozens of telepics and miniseries produced by the Halmis, many in the fantasy genre, won more than 100 Emmys. Halmi Sr. shared the Emmy for outstanding miniseries for NBC’s “Gulliver’s Travels” in 1996.

The Halmis were riding high during the 1990s, a period in which virtually all the networks programmed spectacular, big-budget miniseries, which drew spectacular ratings.

Halmi Sr. picked up his first Emmy nomination, for outstanding children’s program, in 1985 for ABC’s “The Night They Saved Christmas.” He was also nominated »


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From "Sassenach" to Time Travel! Everything You Need to Know About Starz's Outlander

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

What if your future was the past? And could you leave your old life behind for a new one? That's the question Starz's highly anticipated series Outlander asks.

Based on the wildly successful book of the same name, Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a combat nurse in 1945 who's swept back in time to 1743. Immediately, Claire finds herself fighting to survive a clan of soldiers and in an effort to keep suspicions at bay she marries handsome Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). As the two develop a relationship, Claire is torn between her blossoming romance with Jamie and her feelings for the husband (Tobias Menzies) she left behind. 

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Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren to star in Jay Roach's 'Trumbo'

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

Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren are set to star in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, a film about Roman Holiday writer Dalton Trumbo, their reps confirmed to EW.

Cranston will play the titular character, who made a career as a screenwriter before he was blacklisted from Hollywood in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. After using a pseudonym, Trumbo was eventually able to claim his works, including 1960s Spartacus and Exodus, using his real name.

Helen Mirren will play Hedda Hopper, a gossip columnist who was against Trumbo and an avid supporter of his blacklisting. The Wrap reports that John Goodman, »


- Ariana Bacle

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'Sharknado 2' becomes Syfy's most watched original movie

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

Sharknadoes might not be good for humankind, but they’re definitely good for ratings: 3.9 million viewers tuned in to Syfy Wednesday night to watch the premiere of Sharknado 2.

The first Sharknado aired in July 2013 and brought in 1.4 million viewers for its premiere, with 570,000 of those watching belonging in the coveted 18-49 age bracket. For Sharknado 2’s premiere, 1.8 million of the 3.9 millions viewers were in the 18-49 demo.

Because of these stellar ratings, Sharknado 2 is now Syfy’s most watched original movie ever. The flick will re-air on Syfy Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Et and Sunday, August 3 at 9 p. »


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Ben Stiller scales a wet rockface in 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

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

In Bear Grylls’ newest reality show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert takes celebrities on 48-hour adventures to test their survival skills, get to know them, and hopefully teach them a thing or two. And after Zac Efron passed the test as Grylls’ first partner in survival on Monday’s premiere, Ben Stiller is next on the hit list.

We’ve got an exclusive clip from episode 2, in which Grylls and Stiller find themselves situated thousands of feet in the air, trusting their lives to one tiny rock.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays at 8 p.m. »


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‘Galavant': John Stamos to Guest Star on ABC Musical Comedy

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

John Stamos will be bringing his singing chops to a new realm, with a guest appearance set for “Galavant,” ABC’s upcoming musical comedy series. Stamos will appear as a rival to the show’s titular knight, played by Joshua Sasse.

“We are absolutely thrilled that John Stamos is joining us on the series as Galavant’s longtime rival — a dashing knight who squares off against him once more in a local joust,” says Dan Fogelman, the series’ executive producer. “We’ve wanted John to do an arc on this show since inception.”

While he is currently set to film one episode next month in England, there is a chance for the character to recur.

Stamos is best known for his role on “Full House,” but has recently appeared on “Necessary Roughness” and “The New Normal,” and has performed on Broadway.  Stamos also still tours with The Beach Boys.

“He’s funny as hell, »


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Video: Comic-Con Highlights, Outtakes with the Stars of Castle, Bones, Once, True Blood, Community and More!

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If you thought TVLine’s Comic-Con interviews were fun — and, knock wood, you did — you’re really gonna get a kick out of this.

Video Watch Full Comic-Con Interviews With Stars of Once, Bates Motel, Bones, Gotham, Castle and More

It’s nearly five minutes of stars from Castle, Bones, True Blood, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead and more of your favorite series alternately cracking up and snarktastically sucking up to our own Michael Ausiello and Sdcc virgin Andy Swift.

By the time we’re done, we’ve sent Community creator Dan Harmon spiraling into a meltdown — that’s how ridic. »


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Ben Scott calls 'Bachelor In Paradise' his 'redemption story' in deleted clip

2 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Ben Scott will forever be remembered in Bachelorette history as the guy who brought his kid to the first rose ceremony. And after that, he’ll be remembered as the guy who said hello to “Hollywood” on his exit limo ride, adding that the show had missed its shot at the perfect Bachelor. After all, he is a single dad from Texas, and does it get any better than that? Well, probably.

Regardless, Scott is now on his way to Bachelor In Paradise, and we’ve got an exclusive look at his introductory package, which was cut from the first episode. »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Mindy Project' star Adam Pally reveals which celeb sex tape he owns

2 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

When The Mindy Project’s Adam Pally isn’t busy playing the role of Peter—Mr. Wedding and general supporter of Mindy and Danny’s love—he keeps himself busy with a variety of projects. For one thing, he recently partnered with Philips Norelco Click & Style and YouTube stars The Warp Zone to create a two-part online video series that explores some of the “hairy issues” involved with manhood. Part 1 of that series, titled Game of Bros, is already online, with part 2 premiering Friday, August 1.

And when he’s not filming the web series? Well, you might be able to »


- Samantha Highfill

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Once Upon a Time Season 4: New Shots of Frozen's Elsa and Kristoff Revealed

2 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Teased before and during the San Diego Comic-Con, ABC’s Once Upon a Time now has released several photos from the Season 4 premiere’s introduction of the Frozen characters Elsa and Kristoff.

Related Once Upon a Time @ Comic-Con: Evil Reborn, Elsa’s ‘Surprise’ and More

Played by Fringe‘s Georgina Haig, Elsa’s TV incarnation will pick up some time after the animated blockbuster left off, with kid sis Anna (newcomer Elizabeth Lail) heading for her wedding to ice merchant Kristoff (Greek’s Scott Michael Foster). In a short teaser shown at Comic-Con, the sibs meet at their parents’ gravestones, »


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Recast 'Game of Thrones' princess posts hilarious video reaction

2 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It’s a hard life, playing a princess on Game of Thrones. Sure, you get some guaranteed screen time whenever someone gets married. Sure, there’s always the ambient possibility that you’re suddenly going to become the most important character 40 episodes after you get introduced. But Thrones has also made a habit of recasting some of its minor characters, aging them upwards or beardwards, clearly operating under the assumption that people can barely keep track of the show’s 5,000 characters already.

And so it was that Aimee Richardson—a day 1 Thrones cast member who played nominal Baratheon/actual Lannister »


- Darren Franich

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Kevin Magee To Depart Fox Business Network

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

Kevin Magee, who has been the overseer of day-to-day operations at Fox Business Network since its days as a start-up enterprise, is departing, the network confirmed Thursday, leaving the management structure of the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet under review.

“I’m writing you today to tell you that I am leaving Fox Business and Fox News Radio. I’ve been thinking this over for a while now and it was a difficult decision to reach,” Magee, an executive Vice President, said in a note to staffers. Magee also supervised the operations of Fox News Radio.

He has played a central role at Fbn  since before its 2007 launch and helped monitor its current lineup featuring Maria Bartiromo in the morning.

Fbn has vied with NBCUniversal’s CNBC in trying to capture the business-news aficionado, and while its audience is typically smaller, it has in recent months pursued a strategy of offering »


- Brian Steinberg

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John Stamos Guest-Starring on ABC's Galavant as a Knight in Singing Armor

3 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

John Stamos has a long, colorful history of singing on ABC — Full House‘s Jesse and the Rippers, anyone? — but his next musical visit to the alphabet network will be a little more “dashing.”

Related ABC 2014 Fall Schedule Revealed

Stamos will guest-star on the upcoming musical comedy series Galavant, reports ABC News, as a rival for the show’s titular character, played by Joshua Sasse. Though he’s only scheduled to film one episode next month in England, there’s a chance Stamos’ character will recur.

“We are absolutely thrilled that John Stamos is joining us on the series as »


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The leading ladies of ShondaLand preview your Thursday night

3 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Starting September 25, Shonda Rhimes fans are going to get three straight hours of Omg moments… every week. On the ABC line-up, Thursdays this fall will consist of Grey’s Anatomy at 8 p.m., Scandal at 9 p.m., and How to Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. And to preview the big night, the women of ShondaLand created a promo to tease their upcoming seasons.

In the video, Rhimes is joined by stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, who divulge a total of zero spoilers while talking about their strong female characters—though they do give Davis, their newest addition, »


- Samantha Highfill

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In Defense of Allison Williams as Peter Pan

3 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Let me start by admitting something that I’m not proud of.

When I first learned that Allison Williams had been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s Peter Pan Live, I was gleeful. I absolutely could not wait to sit down in front of the television—with a platter of sad tacos—and savor the schadenfreude of seeing Marnie from Girls unleash her theater-geekdom on national television. And apparently, I’m not alone. Not everyone is happy about this news. Some have blamed the casting on nepotism. Critics like to suggest that Williams and other Girls stars are only »


- Melissa Maerz

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What the hell is Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman'?

4 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Glad you asked.

1. It is, according to Netflix, “darkly hilarious, irreverent, serialized, animated comedy for adults.” The words “comedy for adults” are underlined.

2. It stars Will Arnett as the title character, “the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.” He is also a man with the head (and body?) of a horse.

3. It also features Aaron Paul as BoJack’s human sidekick Todd, Amy Sedaris as his agent/ex-girlfriend (she is a cat-person), and Alison Brie as another human person. »


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'Doctor Who': Special TV programming and cinema screenings announced

4 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Do you want to watch Doctor Who on the big screen? Or on the small screen in a big way? Then we’ve got good news. BBC America announced today it is marking the start of the long-running science fiction show’s new season—the first to star actor Peter Capaldi at the controls of the Tardis—with both cinema screenings and special TV programming.

First, the small screen stuff: BBC America will premiere the feature-length first show of the new season, a Ben Wheatley-directed story called “Deep Breath,” at 8pm Et on Saturday, August 23. That broadcast will be »


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Sharknado 2 Takes Much Bigger Chomp Out of Ratings, Up 180% Vs. Original

4 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It appears the sharks weren’t the only ones who came back for seconds.

Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One on Wednesday night sucked 3.9 million total viewers into its vortex — making it the cabler’s most watched original movie ever — with 1.6 mil landing in the extra-tasty 18-49 demo, up 180 percent versus the original telepic.

Related Sharknado 2: The 13 Best Worst Lines and 13 Fishiest Leaps of Logic

TVLine readers gave the over-the-top follow-up an average grade of “B+.”

The original Sharknado drew 1.4 million total viewers with its initial airing, with 570K landing in the demo. (Its first two encores »


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‘Sharknado 2’ Draws Syfy Record 3.9 Million Viewers

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

Sharknado” hasn’t yet jumped the shark with viewers, as Syfy’s sequel to last year’s creature feature drew a sizable crowd of 3.9 million viewers on Wednesday night — dwarfing the original’s total, according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates.

Sharknado 2: The Second One,” in which Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to battle a Sharknado unleashed on New York City, gave the network its most-watched original movie ever.

See Also: Twitter Much Bigger for ‘Sharknado 2

By comparison, the NBCUniversal cabler averaged 987,000 viewers in primetime for the first four weeks of July. And in recent years, its biggest recent movie prior to last night was “Swamp Shark,” which gobbled up about 2.2 million in June 2011.

In adults 18-49, “Sharknado 2″ averaged about 1.6 million viewers — nearly triple what the original attracted — and outdrew Wednesday broadcast originals like “Extant,” “Motive” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The first »


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Emmys Poll 2014: Who Should Win Best Supporting Actress in a Drama?

5 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Not-so-good news for Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith. Not since Huff‘s Blythe Danner strode up to the podium in 2006 has there been a repeat winner in the Emmy race for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

If Emmy voters continue the trend of spreading the wealth in the category, Gunn and Smith — who respectively snagged Supporting Actress statuettes in 2013 and 2012 — will have to settle for the honor of simply being nominated.

Related  Emmys 2014: Who Should Win Lead Actor in a Drama? Take Our Poll!

The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, meanwhile, »


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