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Fusion Calls Out Comcast, Time Warner Cable After Setting DirecTV Pact

23 December 2014 7:17 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fusion, the Hispanic millennial-targeted news venture of ABC and Univision, is getting a big boost in distribution from the carriage pact that Disney has set with DirecTV.

Fusion’s subscriber base will rise to about 40 million homes next year. DirecTV reaches 20 million subscribers in the U.S., though it’s unclear how widely Fusion will be distributed across DirecTV when it bows on the satcaster’s lineup next month.

In noting the distribution gains from DirecTV, Fusion cited Comcast and Time Warner Cable as “the only major distributors not carrying” the channel. The news release statement came on the heels of Disney’s announcement of the wide-ranging DirecTV pact. But it also neatly coincided with Tuesday’s deadline for the last round of public comments on the Comcast-tw Cable merger before the FCC staff completes its review and the commission votes on whether to approve the deal.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Extant Season 2: Who's In? Who's Out?

23 December 2014 6:43 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

CBS’ Extant is readying some of its cast for blastoff.

Due in part to a shift in storyline focus for Season 2 – in which Halle Berry’s Molly will search for her alien offspring — original players Goran Visnjic and Camryn Manheim will only return for a couple episodes, our sister site Deadline reports, while Hiroyuki Sanada and Michael O’Neill won’t return at all.

So, who’s definitely on board for Season 2 of the of the summertime drama? In addition to series lead Berry, Pierce Gagnon (who plays Molly’s android son Ethan) and Grace Gummer (Humanichs partner Julie Gelineau) will return as series regulars, »

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Why 24 Cannot Continue Without Jack Bauer

23 December 2014 5:10 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Last Thursday, news broke that Emmy Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland said that he is most likely done playing the character of Jack Bauer in any future 24 projects. “Me, I don’t see going back to it,” Sutherland said regarding the idea of doing more 24 in an interview with The Telegraph. “We had set out to do 12 episodes [of Live Another Day] to end the show and deal with some of the past history of the show. It was also an irresistible opportunity to go shoot in England. So for all of those reasons it made sense to do that last season.” As a longtime 24 fan who absolutely loved Live Another Day (in fact, I loved it so much that I put it on my list of the best shows of 2014), I was disappointed upon hearing Sutherland’s statement, but I understood it. Playing a role for nine seasons over more…

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- Chris King

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‘Shameless’ Season 5 Preview: What’s Ahead for the Gallaghers?

23 December 2014 4:09 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The troublemaking Gallagher clan returns to Showtime on January 11, and after a particularly dark fourth season — which found Fiona in jail and Frank dying of liver failure — the series’ stars say things are looking up this time around.

“Things have to get better for Fiona,” says Emmy Rossum, “because they got really rough last year for her with jail and drugs. She’s going to be a little more introspective, and a little slower to throw the first punch.”

Her ever-dramatic love life, too, is going to get a bit more complicated: She’ll experience rejection for the first time.

“She’s hot in pursuit of Dermot Mulroney, who’s not that into her, so she’s kind of a mess,” reports Rossum. “He’s in Na (Narcotics Anonymous) and trying to keep on the straight and narrow, and with her drug history, she’s not good for a recovering junkie like him. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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