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Watch: The ‘Downward Dog’ Web Shorts That Inspired ABC’s New Talking Dog Comedy

30 June 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The road from web shorts to ABC primetime series was a long one for the chatty canine comedy “Downward Dog.”

It all started when Michael Killen, the co-founder of Pittsburgh-based VFX production house Animal, came up with a new idea for a talking dog.

Killen, whose credits include animating the infamous Taco Bell chihuahua (you remember – “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”), was looking to depict a dog in an entirely different way than usual. He enlisted commercial director Samm Hodges to write the scripts. That led to “Downward Dog,” a web series about Martin, a talking dog suffering from ennui and a bit of depression as he ruminates about his relationship with his owner, Nan.

Read More: ABC Upfronts Preview: First Look at New Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell Shows

“[Killen] had always wanted to do a dog thing that took dogs more seriously,” Hodges told IndieWire last week at the 2016 Palm Springs ShortFest. »

- Michael Schneider

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Watch: The ‘Downward Dog’ Web Shorts That Inspired ABC’s New Talking Dog Comedy

30 June 2016 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The road from web shorts to ABC primetime series was a long one for the chatty canine comedy “Downward Dog.”

It all started when Michael Killen, the co-founder of Pittsburgh-based VFX production house Animal, came up with a new idea for a talking dog.

Killen, whose credits include animating the infamous Taco Bell chihuahua (you remember – “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”), was looking to depict a dog in an entirely different way than usual. He enlisted commercial director Samm Hodges to write the scripts. That led to “Downward Dog,” a web series about Martin, a talking dog suffering from ennui and a bit of depression as he ruminates about his relationship with his owner, Nan.

Read More: ABC Upfronts Preview: First Look at New Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell Shows

“[Killen] had always wanted to do a dog thing that took dogs more seriously,” Hodges told IndieWire last week at the 2016 Palm Springs ShortFest. »

- Michael Schneider

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Remember ‘Celebrity Family Feud’s’ Big Ratings From Last Year?

22 June 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Celebrity Family Feud” returns this weekend with a lot of family history to live up to. The Steve Harvey-hosted ABC primetime series was the hottest series on broadcast last summer, when the spinoff posted some numbers as flashy as one of Harvey’s signature suits. “Celebrity Family Feud” averaged a whopping 2.4 rating/9 share in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, alongside an even-more impressive 9.4 million total viewers. By the latter figure, “Celebrity Family Feud” was Sunday’s biggest summer broadcast series. In the former, the show at least topped its time slot. Also Read: Summer TV Ratings: NBC Will Finish First, »

- Tony Maglio

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Justin Chadwick Signing On To Direct Signal Hill Movie

17 June 2016 12:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The developing film project about the infamous Signal Hill case is moving closer to reality, with the news that director Justin Chadwick is in talks to take the helm. The movie will see Marvel star Anthony Mackie play the role of lawyer Johnnie Cochran – who later made a name for himself representing clients such as O.J Simpson and Michael Jackson, but began his career as an advocate for black victims of police brutality.

The Signal Hill case arose in 1981, when Cal State Long Beach football star Ron Settles was arrested for speeding in Los Angeles County, and was later found hanging in his jail cell. While the La police insisted that the cause of Settles’ death was suicide, the family vehemently disagreed, until Johnnie Cochran arranged for the body of the late 21 year-old to be exhumed. Further examination indicated that Settles had been choked to death, and his family »

- Sarah Myles

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Jessica Lange Is Only One Award Away Now from Egot After Nabbing Best Actress Tony

12 June 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jessica Lange is one trophy single away from achieving bona fide Hollywood-legend status. The 67-year-old actress nabbed the Tony for best actress in a leading role in a play at Sunday night's 2016 Tony Awards, leaving her just one award short of an Egot. Defeating the likes of Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Williams, Lange took home the trophy for Long Day's Journey Into Night. "This is a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness even on such a sad day as this," Lange said while accepting the award, acknowledging the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. "It's a thrill »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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What Would You Do?: ABC Series Returns in June

25 May 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49718" align="aligncenter" width="590"] What Would You Do TV series host, John Quiñones (ABC/Lou Rocco).[/caption]

ABC has announced the new season of its What Would You Do? TV series, hosted by John Quiñones, premieres Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The hidden-camera show sets up ethical dilemmas and documents how people react.

This season, What Would You Do? travels to Atlanta, Ga. The show, formerly known as Primetime: What Would You Do? is executive produced by Danielle Rossen.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV News Roundup: Esquire to Air O.J. Simpson Special; First Look at JLo’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’

24 March 2016 2:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s round-up, Esquire Network is offering viewers a chance to relive the notorious O.J. Simpson murder trail with a 12-hour special. Plus, your first look at Jennifer Lopez with James Corden for Carpool Karaoke is here . . .

First Look:

Jennifer Lopez is ready to sing-a-long in the car with late-night host James Corden in his viral TV segment Carpool Karaoke.

Today, CBS released the first image (above) of the “American Idol” and “Shades of Blue” star with Corden, teasing her March 29 debut on “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” an hourlong celebrating Corden’s first year in late-night, sprinkled with the host’s favorite moments and a new Carpool Karaoke moment with Lopez.

Other celebrities who’ve participated in Carpool Karaoke include Adele and Justin Bieber.

TV Specials:

Esquire Network will air “The Real O.J. Simpson Trial,” a 12-hour TV special that will source archival courtroom footage »

- Alyssa Sage

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With Full Frontal, Samantha Bee Is the New King of Late Night

10 March 2016 1:30 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It all started with a glass of milk.

When Full Frontal With Samantha Bee premiered on TBS on Feb. 8, 2016, its Werner Herzog-esque documentary piece on Jeb Bush quickly went viral by likening the Republican presidential candidate to the “not fantastic” white beverage that’s “a source of calcium and protein, mucus and flatulence.”

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The deeply weird specificity and gleeful gross-out humor of Jeb? Ein Film Für Full Frontal — which included an extreme closeup of a bearded man guzzling the white beverage ’til it dribbled down his chin — set the tone for a show that, »

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Of Kings And Prophets Season 1 Review

7 March 2016 4:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

In recent years, it’s been far too easy to associate Biblical adaptations with poor-quality, turgid productions that exceed far too well in earnestness and succumb tragically in the areas that actually make a TV show fun to watch: i.e., drama, characters, plot, and basic coherence. Of Kings And Prophets, the latest such adaptation, packs a one-two punch of negativity for any mainstream, non-devout audience to overcome – its staunch commitment to the source material, and somewhat courted comparisons to HBO’s Game of Thrones.

What surprised me most about the series was how it transcended the former hurdle by actually (somewhat, kind of) succeeding at the latter. The show’s rendition of a stricken Israel is far from Westeros in many aspects, but it’s close enough in a few key areas (epic scope, interesting characters, commitment to an unjustifiably cruel world »

- Mitchel Broussard

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TV Review: ‘The 88th Academy Awards’

28 February 2016 9:18 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Staging the Oscars is already a delicate high-wire act, and the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, fueled by a lack of diversity among the highest-profile nominees, added a formidable degree of difficulty. Meeting the high expectations the build-up engendered, Chris Rock brilliantly threaded the needle with his opening monologue. After addressing the elephant in the room, however, the producers and host went back to that issue a few times too many (and less sharply), in a telecast that yielded periodic highlights but couldn’t overcome the Academy Awards’ habit of feeling mostly inert.

Given how awkwardly the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handled the criticism when its nominations were announced, Rock performed an enormous service by tackling the absence of performers of color in such a smart yet funny way. Not only did he manage to underscore what the problem really boils down to – a deficiency of opportunity – but he put the debate into perspective, »

- Brian Lowry

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‘The $100,000 Pyramid’ Revived by ABC With Michael Strahan Hosting

9 January 2016 10:14 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC is bringing back “The $100,000 Pyramid.” Michael Strahan will host the rebooted game show, which will enjoy a 10-episode run on ABC primetime this summer. Sony Pictures Television is producing the new series. Also Read: 'Making a Murderer' Inspires Single by Black Keys Frontman The original “The $100,000 Pyramid” was hosted by Dick Clark. A more recent version aired on Gsn in 2012. Strahan has a deep relationship with ABC, serving on “Live With Kelly and Michael” and “Good Morning America.” He also is an analyst on “Fox NFL Sunday.” ABC also renewed “Celebrity Family Feud” for a second season. »

- Daniel Holloway

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Golden Globes 2016: The Ultimate Party Guide

4 January 2016 11:47 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While this awards season’s front-runners are less concrete, the week-long roster of ritualistic parties leading up to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday will follow a tried-and-true formula — with a few exceptions.

Audi and W Magazine will join revelry forces, rather than throwing rival cocktail bashes on Thursday; Art for Amnesty joins the party with a first-time brunch fostering free speech on Friday; Showtime will be celebrating solo, rather than teaming up with partners CBS and the CW; and Amazon — which landed its first Golden Globe last year, and has both winner “Transparent” and newcomer “Mozart in the Jungle” in the running this year — will throw an inaugural post-Globes celebration (having gained some practice, with its first-time Emmy bash last fall). The move seems fitting, in a year when digital (namely, Netflix) surpasses networks with the most nominations, breaking HBO’s 14-year streak of domination and leading the TV race. »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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Golden Globes 2016: The Ultimate Party Guide

4 January 2016 11:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While this awards season’s front-runners are less concrete, the week-long roster of ritualistic parties leading up to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday will follow a tried-and-true formula — with a few exceptions.

Audi and W Magazine will join revelry forces, rather than throwing rival cocktail bashes on Thursday; Art for Amnesty joins the party with a first-time brunch fostering free speech on Friday; Showtime will be celebrating solo, rather than teaming up with partners CBS and the CW; and Amazon — which landed its first Golden Globe last year, and has both winner “Transparent” and newcomer “Mozart in the Jungle” in the running this year — will throw an inaugural post-Globes celebration (having gained some practice, with its first-time Emmy bash last fall). The move seems fitting, in a year when digital (namely, Netflix) surpasses networks with the most nominations, breaking HBO’s 14-year streak of domination and leading the TV race. »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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