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11 items from 2017


'Mad Men' at 10: Why This Landmark TV Show Is Still a Golden-Age Standout

19 July 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons." With these tender words, Don Draper talked himself into the heart of his new client Rachel Mencken, and into TV history. The first episode of Mad Men aired 10 years ago today, on July 19th, 2007, introducing the world to a rogue's gallery of glamorously twisted con artists. Jon Hamm as Don, the Korean War deserter who steals a dead officer's dogtags and invents himself a new life as a Madison Avenue advertising genius. John Slattery as Roger Sterling, »

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Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

18 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down

This week: Bryan Fuller watches “Twin Peaks,” and showrunners love “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

We Would Watch The Crap Out of This

Think big, Hollywood, and listen to Shonda Rhimes’ casting suggestion here.

Obvious: only actor who could play Comey and do him justice?

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," says Denzel Washington. Bam. Academy Award.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 10, 2017

Bryan Fuller Is Catching Up on TV

One of these lists wouldn »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Seth Rogen Gets ‘Inception’-ed, Carrie Coon Loves the Public Theater — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

18 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Last Week’S Tweets: Who ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Really Attacking, And R.I.P. ‘The Get Down

This week: Bryan Fuller watches “Twin Peaks,” and showrunners love “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

We Would Watch The Crap Out of This

Think big, Hollywood, and listen to Shonda Rhimes’ casting suggestion here.

Obvious: only actor who could play Comey and do him justice?

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," says Denzel Washington. Bam. Academy Award.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 10, 2017

Bryan Fuller Is Catching Up on TV

One of these lists wouldn »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

13 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Amidst the chorus of people saying that TV is better than it’s ever been, you’ll always find one person lamenting the decline of the theme song. While it’s true that the days of minutes-long intros with original songs and catchy melodies might be in the past, there’s no denying that shows are still finding memorable (and in a few cases, iconic) ways to open each episode.

Read More: The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

With that in mind, we set out to pick the best TV themes of the young century. Some of these are snippets from existing songs, others are new instrumentals that have quickly taken on meaning well beyond the shows they’re attached to. As DVRs and streaming services make it easier than ever to skip TV credits, there are plenty of songs and shows trying to keep the art of the opening alive. »

- Steve Greene and Michael Schneider

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The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

13 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amidst the chorus of people saying that TV is better than it’s ever been, you’ll always find one person lamenting the decline of the theme song. While it’s true that the days of minutes-long intros with original songs and catchy melodies might be in the past, there’s no denying that shows are still finding memorable (and in a few cases, iconic) ways to open each episode.

Read More: The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

With that in mind, we set out to pick the best TV themes of the young century. Some of these are snippets from existing songs, others are new instrumentals that have quickly taken on meaning well beyond the shows they’re attached to. As DVRs and streaming services make it easier than ever to skip TV credits, there are plenty of songs and shows trying to keep the art of the opening alive. »

- Steve Greene and Michael Schneider

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Miptv: Reality TV Struggles to Find a New 'Voice'

4 April 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Reality TV has been waiting for a new hit show to conquer the world. And waiting. And waiting.

The Voice, which launched in 2011, was the last blockbuster to follow the likes of Idol, Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and become a global ratings phenomenon. Every year since, the people who make, and buy, reality TV gather in Cannes for the Miptv market, hoping to find the next big thing in so-called non-scripted TV.

NBCUniversal's World of Dance, a dancing competition show featuring Jennifer Lopez, and Lionsgate's Candy Crush — a game show »

- Scott Roxborough

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Multiple Class-Action Lawsuits Loom Over Pay-to-Play Audition Scandal

28 March 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

As criminal court proceedings continue against dozens of individuals charged with violating California’s Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act, civil class action filings are being explored to recoup money lost by actors in what many consider a predatory labor practice.

Among those weighing such a move is Roman Silberfeld, a veteran partner at the big Century City-based law office Robins Kaplan. The heavy-hitting trial attorney responsible for one of Hollywood’s largest jury verdicts — he won $319 million from Disney in a 2010 case over Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? profits — says his firm has been looking into the issue for »

- Gary Baum

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Mission Control Media Names Brent Burnette VP of Development

20 March 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mission Control Media has hired producer and development executive Brent Burnette as the new vice president of development, Variety has learned.

In his new role at Mission Control Media, the production company behind unscripted series like “Hollywood Game Night” and “Face Off,” Burnette will be tasked with creating and developing original formats in addition to forging new creative and talent partnerships, with a focus on comedy and digital. He will report to McM’s senior vice president of development Nicholas Oakley-Tilley as well as co-presidents Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith.

“Brent brings a rich background as both a veteran developer and a skilled executor that complements our existing team incredibly well,” Smith said. “We are thrilled to have him join us at Mission Control and look forward to creating great content together.”

“I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the Mission Control team and am looking forward to helping them expand their »

- Joe Otterson

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Sneak Peek: Kaitlyn Bristowe And Shawn Booth Play ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ For Animal Charity

1 February 2017 1:36 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth will try their best at trivia as part of a special week-long edition of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. Airing on Global beginning Monday, Feb. 6, “Bachelor Fan Favourites” will take over the popular game show for a chance to win big for their favourite charities. Naturally, animal lovers […] »

- Rachel West

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Scoop: This young actor all set to replace Amitabh Bachchan as the host of Kbc?

20 January 2017 6:30 PM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

It all started off in the year 2000 when the TV industry saw a (r)evolution of sorts in the form of the Indian adaptation of the widely watched game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’. The Indian version of the game show was titled as ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, which later gained popularity as ‘Kbc’.Read More

The post Scoop: This young actor all set to replace Amitabh Bachchan as the host of Kbc? appeared first on Bollywood Hungama. »

- Satish Sundaresan

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Natpe Briefs: Sinclair Launches Action Net, Mark Burnett Alums Set Banner

17 January 2017 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sinclair Broadcast Group and MGM have teamed again to launch a digital multicast network, this time devoted to action-adventure programming.

The ad-supported channel dubbed Charge is slated to launch by the end of the quarter. It will draw on MGM’s vast library of movies and TV shows, including the James Bond and “Rocky” film franchises.

Charge comes a little more than a year after MGM and Sinclair teamed on the sci-fi themed Comet channel, which is now distributed outside of Sinclair markets in 83% of the country. Charge will be available for streaming via web and mobile platforms as well.

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C. Scot Cru and Patrice Choghi, formerly with Mark Burnett’s One Three Media, have teamed with producer Robert Bauer to launch a consulting firm dubbed Stamper Lumber Media Group, based in Beverly Hills.

The firm’s aim is to serve as a matchmaker between producers and domestic and international TV and digital distribution outlets. It »

- Cynthia Littleton

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