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‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’

‘Stargate’ Alums Attached to Syfy International Original ‘The Outpost’
Syfy has greenlit “The Outpost,” an original fantasy series for its international networks. “Stargate” producer Dean Devlin and “Stargate SG-1” showrunner Jonathan Glassner will executive produce the 10-part series.

It will bow on NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Australia. Production got underway Tuesday, in Utah, for delivery later in 2018.

The Outpost” will star Jessica Green (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”) as Talon, the lone survivor of a race called the Blackbloods. After her village is destroyed by mercenaries, she sets out to find the killers of her family, discovering along the way that she has mysterious powers, which ultimately she must use to battle a fanatical religious dictator.
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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

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NAACP Image Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List
The 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony is underway, hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Nine awards will be handed out during the Monday broadcast, including Entertainer of the Year, with nominees Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman.

47 other Image Awards were handed out Sunday night during a non-televised gala dinner, including Outstanding New Artist for singer SZA, and writing and directing wins for “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar among the night’s other big winners. For the complete list of winners from Sunday...
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Comedy Central Renews ‘Jim Jefferies Show,’ Sets Nikki Glaser Sirius XM Morning Show

Comedy Central Renews ‘Jim Jefferies Show,’ Sets Nikki Glaser Sirius XM Morning Show
Comedy Central has renewed “The Jim Jefferies Show” and ordered a new Sirius XM morning show with Nikki Glaser, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

The Jim Jefferies Show” has been ordered for a twenty-episode second season. Each week, Jefferies tackles the week’s top stories through desk pieces and remote segments. In Season 1, he took on topics such as gun control, big game hunting, the National Anthem protests, and sexual harassment.

Jefferies, Scott Zabielski, Jason Reich and Brillstein Entertainment PartnersAlex Murray and Tim Sarkes are the executive producers on the series. Adam Londy and Daniel Wolfberg are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.

Glaser will host “You Up with Nikki Glaser,” Comedy Central’s first ever live daily morning show, which will air on Sirius XM’s Comedy Central Radio. It will premiere in February and will broadcast live every Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am
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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo

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‘Heathers’ Series Creator Promises ‘Major’ Changes to Cult Classic, Teases Shannen Doherty Cameo
Paramount Network’s “Heathers” is technically an adaptation of the 1988 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but series creator Jason Micallef said the show will still find ways to put a new spin on the story. “It’s 2018, it’s not 1988,” Micallef told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “No one’s going to want to watch a girl for 10 episodes follow a guy around, murder people and then whine about it.” So Micallef said he created some “very, very major character changes” for the lead character Veronica Sawyer, played by Ryder in the original movie...
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‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon

‘Catastrophe,’ ‘Divorce’ Co-Creator Sharon Horgan Inks Overall Deal With Amazon
Sharon Horgan has inked a two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Amazon has also struck a first-look deal with Merman, the production company Horgan founded with Clelia Mountford.

The pair already have a relationship with Amazon, which has exclusively acquired all seasons of “Catastrophe” for the U.S. Produced by Avalon, Birdbath, and Merman, the comedy series about an unexpected pregnancy and a dysfunctional relationship was co-created by Horgan and Rob Delaney, her co-star on the show, which airs on Channel 4 in Britain.

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series for Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”

Horgan earned
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‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom., Jr. to Sing ‘America The Beautiful’ at Super Bowl LII

‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom., Jr. to Sing ‘America The Beautiful’ at Super Bowl LII
Leslie Odom Jr., best known for his Tony Award-winning role in the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” will sing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.

The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium. It was previously announced by the NFL and NBC that Pink will sing the National Anthem. Justin Timberlake performs the Pepsi Super Bowl Lii Halftime Show.

The pregame and halftime shows are executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

Odom was an original cast member of the award-winning musical created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and was named Best Actor in a Musical at the 2016 Tony Awards. As a principal singer on the cast recording of a”Hamilton,” he also won a Grammy.

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A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ F-Bombs, from Paul Shaffer to Sam Rockwell (Photos)

A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ F-Bombs, from Paul Shaffer to Sam Rockwell (Photos)
In more than 40 years of live television, it’s amazing there haven’t been more people who have dropped an f-bomb on “Saturday Night Live.” How is it that Jimmy Fallon has giggled his way through more sketches than there have been Freudian slips from rookie cast members or famous musicians who just couldn’t give a f—, whoops! Sam Rockwell is the latest to have committed “SNL’s” cardinal sin, but he’s hardly the first. Paul Shaffer, 1980 This is the reason why musicians aren’t in more sketches. Shaffer, then a part of “SNL’s” house band, appeared in a sketch during the show’s...
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USC Scripter Awards Nominations: Ties Make For Loaded Flim & TV Field

USC Libraries has unveiled the finalist for its 30th annual Scripter Awards, which honor adapted screenplays as well as the author of the original works. This year, there were ties in both the feature film and TV categories, meaning seven screenplays made the list on the movie side and six on the TV side. Finalists were selected from a field of 91 film and 28 TV adaptations, with author Margaret Atwood the only writer to land two nominations: with Bruce Miller for Hulu’s…
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The Dark Knight to Return to Theaters for 10th Anniversary

It is hard to believe but it has been 10 years since the Dark Knight was released in July of 2008. Not only was the movie a massive hit at the box office, but it inspired an even darker presentation of who Bruce Wayne really is and how he ultimately became the Bat Man. The Dark Knight was actually the second installment in a trilogy that began with Batman Begins. While there is no shortage of debates surrounding who has played the role of Batman the best, Christian Bale definitely left his mark on the franchise. The movie was also

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‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Lost City of Z,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Among USC Scripter Finalists

Finalists have been unveiled for the 30th annual USC Scripter Awards, celebrating adaptations of the written word.

Due to a three-way tie, there were seven nominees on the film side this year.

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee* selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Nominees for film are:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me by Your Name

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist,” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”

Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., for “Logan”

Screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann for “The Lost City of Z

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom for “Molly
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‘Bear Grylls: Face The Wild’ & ‘Fly Guys’ Unscripted Series Ordered By Facebook

Facebook Watch is expanding its unscripted slate, ordering docuseries Bear Grylls: Face the Wild for premiere March 21, and Fly Guys, a 10-episode action series featuring some of Europe’s top acrobats and stunt performers, for debut on February 2. Bear Grylls: Face the Wild hails from Electus and renowned survival expert, adventurer and former soldier Bear Grylls. The series features 10 of Grylls’ fans who have been invited to accompany him an an adventure to face the…
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TV Ratings: ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Good Doctor’ Lead Strong Night on Broadcast

“The Bachelor” and “The Good Doctor” led ABC to a win on Monday, a night that saw most of broadcast’s primetime lineups grow in both key measures.

According to Nielsen overnight data, “The Bachelor” drew a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, up significantly in both measures from last week. At 10 p.m., “The Good Doctor” drew a 1.7 and 9.3 million viewers, up slightly in total viewers from last week.

CBS’ entire Monday comedy lineup improved this week. The numbers are: “Kevin Can Wait” (1.3, 7.1 million), “Man with a Plan” (1.2, 6.7 million), “Superior Donuts” (1.1, 5.9 million), “9Jkl” (1.0, 5.1 million). “Scorpion” (0.9, 5.6 million) was up slightly in the demo.

On NBC, “The Wall” (1.2, 5.8 million), “Better Late Than Never” (1.0, 5.5 million), and “The Brave” (0.7, 3.9 million) all saw significant improvements.

On Fox, the two-part finale of “The Gifted” was up significantly in the first hour (1.0, 3.4 million), and held even in its second hour (1.0, 3.4 million).

On The CW, “Supergirl” (0.6, 2.2 million) was up in both measures, while
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Natpe Roundup: Sony Pictures TV Teams With Tegna, Telemundo Nabs Nicky Jam Series

Miami — Day One of the Natpe conference always brings a flurry of deals, partnerships, and pickups.

Sony Pictures TV on Tuesday unveiled a distribution pact with station group owner Tegna to handle distribution of Tegna’s growing roster of original series. Sony will also handle national barter advertising sales for Tegna shows, including the Internet buzz series “Daily Blast Live.”

“It’s a one-of-a-kind agreement, where Tegna and Sony Pictures Television each bring distinct strengths to the new partnership,” said Robert Sullivan, Tegna’s senior VP of programming. Tegna’s other in-house shows including the talk show “Sister Circle” and singing competition “Sing Like a Star.”

“Tegna is a first-class broadcasting company with forward-thinking, digital and programming initiatives,” said John Weiser, Sony’s president of U.S. distribution.

Endemol Shine Boomdog, a newly formed Mexico-based production unit, has sold a drama series about the life of Reggaeton star Nicky Jam to Telemundo in the U.S. and Netflix
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The Bold and the Beautiful: Brooke Won’t Be Happy

The Bold and the Beautiful fans know Brooke is shocked by not only what Bill decided to do when she told him she’s getting remarried to Ridge and wants to end her marriage to him, but also by the emotional state in which she’s going to find Steffy. She knows things aren’t good with Steffy and Liam despite the baby news, but she’s yet to find out precisely what happened to make this situation so bad. And she is going to be more than a little shocked. When she finds Steffy in this state, she will wonder what is going

The Bold and the Beautiful: Brooke Won’t Be Happy
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‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’ Toon Based On Book Series Coming To PBS Kids – TCA

PBS Kids is making a trip to Pinkville next month. The pubcaster’s tyke brand said today at TCA that will launch Pinkalicious & Peterrific, a toon series based on Victoria Cann’s books, to the small screen on February 9. Pinkalicious & Peterrific follows the adventures of Pinkalicious (Kayla Erickson) and her brother, Peter (Jaden Waldman), as they explore the town of Pinkville with their neighborhood friends. The imaginative Pinkalicious finds creative opportunities…
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Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to Help Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue is populated by ad firms with names that remind one of alphabet soup: Ddb. Jwt. Bbdo. Y&R. Now these agencies are about to be joined by a three-letter organization that evokes quite a different reaction: Ucb.

Since 1990, the improv troupe known as Upright Citizens Brigade has primarily been in the business of making people laugh. Original members, after all, include people like Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Horatio Sanz. But the organization has also developed a specialty in helping people unlock creativity on the quick – and hopes to bring some of that talent to the advertising industry.

“We have a lot in common with ad agencies,” says Deidre Sullivan, director of brand strategy at Ucb, in an interview. “We are both making creative product and dealing with creative people.”

Under the terms of a new partnership, The 4As, a trade organization that represents the nation’s advertising and marketing agencies, will begin offering
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Bill Clinton Impeachment to Be Focus of Fox News Documentary Series

Fox News Channel is going after Clinton again. (No, the other one.)

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The network on Tuesday announced the premiere of Scandalous, a historical documentary style series chronicling the events that led up to President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment in the 1990s. The hourlong series will begin airing Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c and will run for seven consecutive weeks.

More than 45 individuals connected to the investigation and impeachment trial — including then-Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, Senator Lindsey Graham and Monica Lewinsky confidante Linda Tripp — were interviewed for the series,
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Saudi Arabia Fund Eyeing Endeavor Stake; May Invest $500M+ In Wme Parent

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia is in talks about buying a stake in Wme holding company Endeavor. Pif, as the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund is known, is in preliminary discussions about investing more than $500M for what could be a 5%-10% share, Deadline has confirmed. Along with the talent agency, Endeavor owns Img, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Professional Bull Riders and the Miss Universe organization. An investment from Saudi Arabia would help with its…
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Latino Digital Media Company Raze Sets Series Deals With Netflix, Hulu, & TNT

Exclusive: Just in time for their one-year anniversary, the Latino digital media company Raze announced today that they have struck production and development deals with Netflix, Hulu, and TNT. Co-founded by actress Sofia Vergara, Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, and industry leader Emiliano Calemzuk, the fast-growing company will roll out three series across the aforementioned platforms. Raze is moving forward into production with the original series Catri…
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