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Why This Year’s TV Upfront May Be Unlike Any Other in Recent Memory

Why This Year’s TV Upfront May Be Unlike Any Other in Recent Memory
With billions of dollars at stake, TV’s annual upfront selling season amounts to a referendum on the health of the U.S. economy in general, and the television business in particular. In 2016, both sides of the buyer-seller divide are preparing for a welcome jolt.

For the past few years, the narrative surrounding traditional TV has been gloomy: As more viewers consume more television via new platforms, ad dollars have spread out far and wide. Indeed, by Variety’s tracking, Madison Avenue has not increased the money it commits in advance to TV since 2012, if not longer. Most concerning to industry veterans is the volume of viewing that is shifting to advertising-free services.

But this year there’s a plot twist. TV spot prices in the scatter market have climbed significantly since last year’s upfront, prompting Wall Street prognosticators and ad-sales honchos to rub their hands in anticipation. All
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The Young and the Restless Actor Beau Kazer Has Died at 63

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Genoa City is saying goodbye to another member of the infamous Chancellor clan. Beau Kazer - best known for originating the role of Katherine Chancellor's son Brock Reynolds on CBS's long-running sudser The Young and the Restless - died Dec. 30 in Thousand Oaks, California, according to reports. He was 63. The Ontario-born actor got his big break in 1974 by originating the role of Brock, the adult son of Katherine (the late Jeanne Cooper) on the daytime drama. After leaving the show in 1980, he appeared on and off from 1984 to 2013, when he returned to Genoa City to attend Katherine's funeral. Brock fondly
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The Young and the Restless Actor Beau Kazer Has Died at 63

  • PEOPLE.com
Genoa City is saying goodbye to another member of the infamous Chancellor clan. Beau Kazer - best known for originating the role of Katherine Chancellor's son Brock Reynolds on CBS's long-running sudser The Young and the Restless - died Dec. 30 in Thousand Oaks, California, according to reports. He was 63. The Ontario-born actor got his big break in 1974 by originating the role of Brock, the adult son of Katherine (the late Jeanne Cooper) on the daytime drama. After leaving the show in 1980, he appeared on and off from 1984 to 2013, when he returned to Genoa City to attend Katherine's funeral. Brock fondly
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The Young and the Restless Actor Beau Kazer Has Died at 63

Genoa City is saying goodbye to another member of the infamous Chancellor clan.

Beau Kazer – best known for originating the role of Katherine Chancellor's son Brock Reynolds on CBS's long-running sudser The Young and the Restless – died Dec. 30 in Thousand Oaks, California, according to reports. He was 63.

The Ontario-born actor got his big break in 1974 by originating the role of Brock, the adult son of Katherine (the late Jeanne Cooper) on the daytime drama. After leaving the show in 1980, he appeared on and off from 1984 to 2013, when he returned to Genoa City to attend Katherine's funeral. Brock fondly referred to his mother as "the duchess.
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Legendary TV Producer Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Legendary TV Producer Glen A. Larson Dead At 77
The iconic television writer, creator, and producer Glen A. Larson passed away Friday, November 14, at the age of 77.

Larson was perhaps best known for creating some of the most iconic TV shows of the 1970s and '80s including Alias Smith and Jones, McCloud, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, B.J. And The Bear, Trauma Center, Quincy M.E., Manimal, The Fall Guy, and Magnum P.I..

However, two of Larson's most lasting creations are still cultural touchstones to this day. In 1982, Larson introduced Kitt, the artificially intelligent car, and David Hasselhoff's Michael Knight to American audiences with Knight Rider, and it quickly became one of the biggest TV hits of its day.

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Four years prior, Larson created a show that would, much later, become a hugely celebrated franchise. In 1978, Larson brought the cult classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica to TVs across the country.

While not a huge
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Glen A. Larson: 8 Outlandish Projects From the Creator of ‘Knight Rider,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’

Glen A. Larson: 8 Outlandish Projects From the Creator of ‘Knight Rider,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’
In his prime, Glen A. Larson could have sold a pilot for ice to the Eskimo Network.

The prolific producer, who died Friday at the age of 77, was not afraid of stretching the limits of physics and credulity in the pursuit of a hit series. He gave us K.I.T.T., the talking supercomputer car of “Knight Rider.” He gave us Steve Austin, the astronaut whose creaky atomic-powered implants gave him superhuman strength. He put Lorne Greene in a track suit and cape to lead “Battlestar Galactica.” And he sicced a mild-mannered Nyu professor who turns into fierce animals on NBC with “Manimal.”

But even with a track record of success that also included “Quincy,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Fall Guy” and, yes, “B.J. and the Bear,” Larson had plenty of ones that got away. Culled from the pages of Variety, here’s a look at a few Larson pilots
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'Magnum P.I.' Creator Dead -- Glen A. Larson Dies From Cancer at 77

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Glen A. Larson -- who created the hit shows "Magnum P.I.", "Knight Rider" and "Quincy M.E." -- has died from esophageal cancer at the age of 77.The incredibly successful writer died Friday night at UCLA Medical Center ... according to his son James.Larson was one of the most prolific producers of the '70s and '80s ... creating a string of iconic hit shows -- including "Battlestar Galactica," "The Fall Guy," "B.J. and the Bear,
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'Battlestar Galactica' Creator Glen A. Larson Dead at 77

'Battlestar Galactica' Creator Glen A. Larson Dead at 77
Glen A. Larson, the television writer-producer who created Battlestar Galactica, among many other hits series, died on Friday at the age of 77. Larson's son told The Hollywood Reporter that he died of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center.

Larson's incredibly fruitful television career came after a stint in the 1950s pop group the Four Preps. After working as a story editor and producer on It Takes a Thief, he created his first show with the western Alias Smith and Jones, followed by The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1976, Larson introduced Quincy,
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Slideshow: Exclusive Portraits at 2013’s The Hollywood Show

Previous | Image 1 of 25 | NextBarbara Eden of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ still enchants.

Chicago – Every fall in the Chicagoland area, it’s “The Hollywood Show.” This annual event showcases celebrities from TV and film, both current and from the nostalgic past, greeting fans and signing autographs. The September of 2013 show featured “I Dream of Jeannie” TV show personalities Barbara Eden and Bill Daily, plus notable cast reunions of TV’s “My Three Sons” and the 1973 film version of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

HollywoodChicago.com covered the event, and photographer Joe Arce put the show’s participants in front of the lens. “The Hollywood Show” will be back in Chicago in September, 2014. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. Barbara Eden’s hair by Angela Brasington. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

HOLSHOW1: Barbara Eden
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What Old NBC Shows Might The Peacock Consider Next?

What Old NBC Shows Might The Peacock Consider Next?
With a remake of “Murder, She Wrote” on tap and a “Remington Steele” re-do reportedly in the works, NBC may want to consider switching its slogan from “More Colorful” to “Everything Old Is New Again.”

The Peacock in recent years has exhibited a jones for dusting off old TV chestnuts and trying to breathe new life into them. The record thus far has not been that stellar, as this season’s now–cancelled “Ironside” can attest, alongside efforts such as 2007’s “Bionic Woman,” 2008’s “Knight Rider,” or 2012’s “Mockingbird Lane” special (a revamp of “The Munsters”). NBC recently tried to resuscitate “The Rockford Files,”but the pilot never got picked up for a series.

To be sure, it’s not fair to single out NBC for this practice. Isn’t CBS running a retooled version of “Hawaii Five-o” on Friday nights (and didn’t word just surface that CBS is
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R.I.P. Character Actor Ed Lauter

R.I.P. Character Actor Ed Lauter
The veteran actor played Peppy’s butler in Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist and appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Trouble With The Curve — some of the most recent roles in a prolific four-decade career. Ed Lauter died today of a rare form of cancer at his home in West Hollywood. He was 74. He had roles in dozens of films and TV shows including a recurring gig on Showtime’s Shameless. He also recurred as a fire captain on ER. The Long Island native’s long list of credits includes the features Leaving Las Vegas, Mulholland Falls, The Rocketeer, My Blue Heaven, Alfred Hitchcock’s final film Family Plot and the Rob Lowe hockey pic starrer Youngblood. But Lauter might be most recognizable for his key role in another sports movie: He played Capt. Knauer — the imposing, football-playing prison guard and Burt Reynolds’ nemesis in 1974′s The Longest Yard. He
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‘Grindhouse 5: Dr. Alien’ Review

Stars: Billy Jacoby, Judy Landers, Troy Donahue, Olivia Barash, Stuart Fratkin, Raymond O’Connor, Bobby Jacoby | Written by Kenneth J. Hall | Directed by David DeCoteau

Yet another film from my youth and one that I distinctly remember from the pages of The Dark Side magazine (back in my pre-internet days when I used to buy horror mags religiously), Dr. Alien is a film that, despite my knowledge of it, I have yet to see. So this new DVD from 88 Films is a welcome addition to my ever-growing B-movie library.

After Ms. Xenobia takes over Dr. Ackerman’s science class following an “incident” the puts Ackerman in the hospital, she persuades a nerdish Wesley Littlejohn to participate in some vitamin research she and her assistant Drax are conducting. Suddenly Wesley becomes very desirable to all the ladies – including Ms. Xenobia herself – despite the fleshy antenna that grows out of his head when he’s excited!
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Briana Evigan has 'Bright' spot

Briana Evigan has 'Bright' spot
"Step Up 2 the Streets'" Briana Evigan has landed the lead role in Sobini Films' tiger-run-amok thriller "Burning Bright".

Evigan will play a woman who wakes in the midst of a hurricane to find a tiger roaming through her home. With her stepfather nowhere to be found, she is forced to drag her autistic young brother through the house in a desperate attempt at survival.

Carlos Brooks will direct for producers Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff of Sobini and David Higgins ("Hard Candy") of Launchpad Prods. Higgins also wrote the story for "Burning", which begins shooting July 14 in Florida. Sobini Films has a first-look deal with Lionsgate.

Evigan, whose father Greg starred opposite a chimpanzee on the 1979-81 NBC series "BJ and the Bear", will next appear in the "Donnie Darko" sequel "S. Darko".

She is repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

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