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Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series Taps ‘True Blood’s’ Mark Hudis, Barry Sonnenfeld (Exclusive)

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

Former “True Blood” showrunner Mark Hudis and director Barry Sonnenfeld have signed on to steer Netflix’s adaptation of the Lemony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” fantasy book series.

Hudis will serve as showrunner and exec producer of the series, while Sonnenfeld will direct and exec produce. Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler is also an exec producer for Paramount Television, which produced the 2004 feature rendition starring Jim Carrey in 2004.

Netflix billed the series as having multigenerational appeal to kids and parents when it announced the acquisition of the property in November. The “Unfortunate Events” series revolves around a trio of orphans who encounter the villainous Count Olaf and a host of other obstacles as they search for their rightful family fortune and the truth about their parents’ death.

The book series has sold more than 65 million copies since its debut in 1999.

There’s no word yet about a production timetable for the series. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Ellen Pompeo Is Offended Fans Think ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Can’t Continue Without Patrick Dempsey’s McDreamy

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ellen Pompeo doesn’t think “Grey’s Anatomy” needs McDreamy, a.k.a. Dr. Derek Shepherd, and is offended that fans believe the show can’t carry on without him after his death. Season 11 of the ABC show killed off Shepherd after a horrific car accident, and backlash erupted on social media as fans were sad to see a fan favorite go after 11 years. The love story between Meredith Grey (Pompeo) and McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) was over — but Pompeo said that doesn’t mean the show is over, too. “Let’s keep it really real for a second and say »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Bastard Executioner’ Review: Kurt Sutter’s Strong Series Cuts Sharp & Deep

19 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

You know that overused quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald that there are no second acts in American lives? Well, add Kurt Sutter to the list of those who've proved The Great Gatsby author wrong. With the debut of The Bastard Executioner on FX on September 15 at 10 PM, the Sons of Anarchy creator has, as my video review above says, crafted a strong show that cuts sharp and deep. Honestly, it is something you don't want to miss. Set in the Wales of the 14th century Wales with… »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Casts ‘UnREAL’ Star Freddie Stroma for Season 6

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Game of Thrones” has added Freddie Stroma, star of Lifetime’s “UnREAL,” for season six, Variety has confirmed.

Stroma will play Dickon Tarly, brother of Samwell (John Bradley), in the HBO series’ upcoming season. We’re expected to meet the rest of Sam’s family, including his father, the ruthless Randyll Tarly, in the new season.

In addition to his breakout role as Adam Cromwell on the Lifetime drama — which has already been renewed for a second season — Stroma is best known for playing Cormac McLaggen in the “Harry Potter” franchise.


- Laura Prudom

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Scott Porter Joins Robert Kirkman's Exorcism Drama Outcast

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

Scott Porter is traveling from Hart of Dixie into the heart of darkness, joining Cinemax’s exorcism thriller Outcast as a regular, TVLine has confirmed.

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The series, from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, follows Kyle Barnes (Almost FamousPatrick Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Viewership Grows 43% With Time-Shifted Numbers

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The ratings tally for the second outing of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” grew by a whopping 3.5 million viewers with three days of time-shifted viewing factored in.

Total viewership climbed to 11.7 million with Nielsen’s live-plus-3 ratings, up from 8.2 million for Sunday’s premiere. In adults 18-49, the L3 numbers brought in another 2.4 million for a total of 7.6 million, a 46% gain from Sunday’s live-plus same-day numbers.

The second installment saw a slight uptick in time-shifted viewing compared to the Aug. 23 premiere. That 90-minute episode opened to 10.1 million viewers and added 3.2 million in the L3 measure.

AMC will serve up reruns of the first two “Fear” episodes this coming Sunday because of the Labor Day holiday weekend. The next fresh episode will air Sept. 13. Here’s a glimpse of “The Dog.”


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘King Of The Nerds’ Cancelled After Three Seasons On TBS

10 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The reality competition series hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong won’t be returning for a fourth cycle. TBS has ended King Of The Nerds after three seasons. Armstrong announced the news on Twitter: Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning for a 4th season. Hard to find words now. #nerdsrule — Curtis Armstrong (@curtisisbooger) September 4, 2015 The cancellation decision, confirmed by TBS, comes after TNT and TBS… »

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TBS Cancels ‘King of the Nerds’ Reality Series

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TBS has pulled the plug on its reality-competition series “King of the Nerds” after three seasons.

The show produced by Electus featured “nerd off” competitions among teams of contestants vying for the ultimate title of “King of the Nerds.” Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, stars of the 1984 comedy “Revenge of the Nerds,” served as hosts. Armstrong announced the cancellation via Twitter on Friday.

Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning for a 4th season. Hard to find words now. #nerdsrule

Curtis Armstrong (@curtisisbooger) September 4, 2015

“Nerds” wrapped its most recent eight-episode run in March.

The departure of “Nerds” is no surprise as the new regime at Turner has vowed to make significant changes in the tone of TBS’ comedy programming. Earlier this week TBS began its promo push for the upcoming late-night talk show hosted by “Daily Show” alum Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal.”


- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Public Morals’ Binge Alert: First Season Available For TNT Subscribers Over Labor Day Weekend

10 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Binge-hungry Public Morals fans will have plenty to munch on this Labor Day weekend. TNT is making available the entire first season on-demand for subscribers beginning at noon Saturday through Monday evening. All 10 episodes of Ed Burns’ 1960s-set police drama will be available via TNT On Demand, tntdrama.com and the Watch TNT mobile app, as well as on participating TV providers’ platforms and apps. Turner Broadcasting System announced last month that it would release… »

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