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Ahs: Cult Recap: Shots Fired

Ahs: Cult Recap: Shots Fired
This wasn’t a great week to be a woman on American Horror Story: Cult — but when has it ever been?

RelatedLast Week’s American Horror Story: Cult Recap: You Are the Weakest Link, Goodbye!

Tuesday’s time jump-happy hour opened at a rally for Kai’s city council campaign, where a shooting left several bystanders either injured or dead. Kai appeared to have been among those hit, though the real “surprise” came when the dust settled — and Ally was the one holding the literal smoking gun. (Side note: The version of this scene that aired on FX was re-edited
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Ahs: Cult Episode Re-Edited in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting Massacre

Ahs: Cult Episode Re-Edited in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting Massacre
American Horror Story: Cult has recut an upcoming mass shooting sequence in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, which left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded.

VideosJimmy Kimmel Delivers Emotional Monologue on Las Vegas Shooting, Calls Out NRA-Backed Politicians

As first revealed during a panel at Saturday’s New Yorker Festival, creator Ryan Murphy has chosen to re-edit the Oct. 10 episode, “Mid-Western Assassin,” which features an eerily similar tragedy. While the shooting has not been entirely cut from the installment, the scene is reportedly less graphic following new edits, with most of the violence taking place off-screen.
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Producer Phil Gurin to Head Unscripted Division for Im Global Television

Veteran reality TV producer Phil Gurin has joined Im Global Television as head of its newly created unscripted and alternative division.

Gurin will oversee production and development as well as the effort to expand Los Angeles-based Im Global’s reach in TV with operations in overseas markets. He reports to Im Global CEO Stuart Ford.

Im Global has been expanding in television since 2014 when it recruited former Syfy programming chief Mark Stern to launch a scripted division. Earlier this year, Tang Media Partners acquired a controlling stake in Im Global with a focus on revving up its television operations. The company also has a TV production joint venture with Chinese Internet giant Tencent.

“Phil is a hugely respected and experienced figure in the unscripted and alternative content arena and therefore a very important addition to our fast evolving television studio,” Ford said. “Along with our partners at Tmp and Tencent we’re very excited to dovetail the
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Phil Gurin to Oversee Im Global Television Unscripted Arm

Im Global Television is turning its attention to unscripted.

The independent studio has launched an unscripted division and tapped veteran producer Phil Gurin to run it, the company announced Tuesday.

Gurin, whose credits include Remote Control, Candid Camera, The Weakest Link and more, will lead a team charged with creating, acquiring and co-developing unscripted and alternative projects. He reports to Im Global TV CEO Stuart Ford. Gurin's team will also work with broadcasters to create new revenue partners with various partners as well as expand production and development offices overseas.

The unscripted unit joins Im Global TV's scripted side, which...
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Im Global, Tmp launch unscripted division

  • ScreenDaily
The Los Angeles-based company has brought on Emmy-winning producer Phil Gurin to lead the new venture, Im Global executive chairman Donald Tang and Im Global founder and CEO and Im Global Television CEO Stuart Ford said on Tuesday.

The new unscripted and alternative division marks the latest expansion for Im Global and will create, acquire and co-develop content in all unscripted and alternative genres across all platforms.

As president of unscripted and alternative content Gurin, who won three Primetime Emmy Awards as an executive producer on ABC’s Shark Tank, will also work with brands and broadcasters to initiate new revenue models with partners and expand with production and development offices overseas. He will report directly to Ford.

The division will complement Im Global Television’s scripted operation, which is led by president Mark Stern and overseen by Ford.

Eli Shibley, president of Im Global’s international TV distribution and co-productions operation, and his team
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Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82
Florence Henderson, the actress who defined the television mom of the modern era with her starring role in “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Henderson’s manager, Kayla Pressman, confirmed the actress died on Thanksgiving night surrounded by family and friends. She’d been hospitalized the day before.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from heart failure,” said Henderson’s family in a statement. “On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private.”

Henderson seen was on camera as recently as Monday when she attended the taping of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Her one-time TV daughter, Maureen McCormick of “Brady Bunch” fame, was a contestant on the show this season
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BAFTA appoints Jane Lush as chair

Former BBC controller replaces Anne Morrison who will continue as deputy chair.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has appointed Jane Lush as the organisation’s new chair.

She replaces Anne Morrison in the role, who will continue as deputy chair.

Lush has been closely involved with BAFTA for a decade, joining the Board of Trustees in 2010 and serving as deputy chair for the past year. Her tenure as chair will run for two years.

She was previously a factual programme-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, and was behind hits such as the Weakest Link and Doctors.

She was later responsible for commissioning shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den as entertainment and comedy controller.

Jane Lush commented: “It’s a huge honour to become chair of BAFTA, succeeding Anne Morrison who has taken the Academy from strength to strength.

“It’s exciting
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BAFTA Selects Former BBC Executive Jane Lush as Chair

London — Former BBC executive Jane Lush has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been deputy chair for the past year; her tenure as chair will run for two years.

Lush’s promotion, announced at BAFTA’s annual general meeting on Monday, was anticipated as it is BAFTA’s practice to move up its deputy chair to chair. Also in line with BAFTA tradition, Morrison will now serve as deputy chair for one year.

Lush was a factual program-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, launching hit shows such as “Weakest Link” and the drama series “Doctors.” She went on to become the BBC’s controller of entertainment and comedy, overseeing a budget of £200 million ($292 million) and commissioning a range of BAFTA-winning series including “Strictly Come Dancing,” “The Apprentice,” “The Catherine Tate Show,” “Dragons’ Den” and “Have I Got News for You.
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BAFTA Selects Former BBC Executive Jane Lush as Chair

London — Former BBC executive Jane Lush has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been deputy chair for the past year; her tenure as chair will run for two years.

Lush’s promotion, announced at BAFTA’s annual general meeting on Monday, was anticipated as it is BAFTA’s practice to move up its deputy chair to chair. Also in line with BAFTA tradition, Morrison will now serve as deputy chair for one year.

Lush was a factual program-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, launching hit shows such as “Weakest Link” and the drama series “Doctors.” She went on to become the BBC’s controller of entertainment and comedy, overseeing a budget of £200 million ($292 million) and commissioning a range of BAFTA-winning series including “Strictly Come Dancing,” “The Apprentice,” “The Catherine Tate Show,” “Dragons’ Den” and “Have I Got News for You.
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Caitlin McGee & Eugene Cordero Join NBC Pilot ‘Crunch Time’; Owen Smith In ‘Sebastian’

Caitlin McGee and Eugene Cordero (Comedy Bang! Bang!) have booked series regular roles opposite Craig Ferguson and Andrea Anders in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson)…
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Andrea Anders To Star In ‘Crunch Time’ NBC Game Show/Comedy Pilot

Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) is set as the female lead opposite Craig Ferguson in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). Driven, loyal and level-headed, Emily is…
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Craig Ferguson To Star In ‘Crunch Time’ NBC Pilot, Kyle Howard & Kellee Stewart Also Cast

Celebrity Name Game host Craig Ferguson will be blending game show hosting and acting as the star of Crunch Time, NBC’s hybrid game show/comedy. Also cast in the project, written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link), are Kyle Howard (Royal Pains) and Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man), reuniting with Thomas after co-starring on her TBS comedy series My Boys. Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and…
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Anne Robinson is stepping down from Watchdog after 15 years for a new BBC One factual show

Anne Robinson, the long-serving presenter of BBC One's consumer show Watchdog, is leaving the programme after 15 years as its host.

Following the success of her primetime series Britain's Spending Secrets, which aired to strong ratings on BBC One this summer, Robinson is departing to make a brand new factual series for the channel to air in 2016.

"It's been an honour to be part of the most important consumer show in Britain," said the former Weakest Link host, who returned to Watchdog in 2009 after an eight-year break.

"Annie is a much-treasured part of the BBC One family and I'm grateful for everything she has done on Watchdog for nearly 15 years," added BBC One controller Charlotte Moore.

"I'm looking forward to her returning to the channel with a new factual series next year."

Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins will be staying with Watchdog, and the rest of the new presenting line-up will be announced soon.
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The leaders' debate: Here's how Twitter reacted

It's exactly five weeks until the General Election and with the first week of campaigning nearly finished, all seven main party leaders turned up to ITV Studios tonight (April 2) to debate four main issues and tell voters their policies.

David Cameron for the Conservatives, Ed Miliband the Labour Party, the Lib Dem's Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage of Ukip, leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennet, Nicola Sturgeon for the Snp and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru all took to their podiums and discussed the economy, immigration, the NHS and education.

And here's what Twitter thought of the two-hour programme:

The set's blue hue and sheer number of podiums required for all seven leaders brought one TV show in particular to mind:

Its time to play, The Weakest Link. #leadersdebate

— Ben Stinton (@bmstinton93) April 2, 2015

It's a bit like watching The Weakest Link meets Spitting Image. #leadersdebate pic.twitter.com/9mgocgUXzU

— Matt
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Pointless: the daytime game show in a league of its own

Pointless is a rare thing indeed – a bookish, leisurely game show where nobody involved is a shrieking idiot (the celebrity offshoot excepted). Long may it continue

Pointless is a daytime game show, which means its contemporaries are Loose Women and Dickinson's Real Deal and the weird Channel 4 cookery show that's basically the world's most irksome Sainsbury's commercial. And yet it somehow seems wrong to lump Pointless in with that lot. It's become so much more than that.

This might say more about the meandering gaggle of slackers and no-hopers I follow more than anything else but, like clockwork every weekday afternoon, my Twitter timeline will briefly glow with people congratulating themselves on their ability to beat the Pointless contestants. This sort of thing just doesn't happen with other daytime game shows. People don't publicly play along with the Countdown conundrum, or attempt to outfox the woman from The Chase,
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7 Former Sitcom Stars Who Should Join "Survivor"

Lisa Whelchel, it's been real, but your stint on Survivor: Philippines is already disappointing. You've brought none of Blair Warner's flair to the proceedings, and you prove your Survivor cred is lacking with quotes like, "I can only play with the cards I've been given!" Guess who doesn't leave their fate up to the "cards" dealt by other players? People like Parvati Shallow. Russell Hantz. You know, Survivor super-champs.

Thus, it's time to think about which sitcom legends should join Survivor next. I love seeing TV stars of yore regain screentime, so this is a perfect opportunity to highlight other greats who 1) could slip by without the other contestants recognizing them, 2) are cooler than the anti-gay Whelchel, and 3) would be, uh, interesting. Here are our seven best options.

1. Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island)

This is my most controversial choice because Wells is both 73 and still very recognizable, but come On. Her
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Telepictures Prods. Taps Stuart Krasnow as Evp, Creative Affairs

  • The Wrap
Stuart Krasnow has signed on with Telepictures Productions as its executive vice president, creative affairs, the company said Tuesday. In his new position with Telepictures -- home of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "TMZ," "Anderson Live" and others -- Krasnow will oversee the creative efforts for new program and content development, and hold responsibility for the creation of new programming. Also read: Anderson Cooper Talk Show Gets Name Change, Format Shakeup Krasnow, whose credits include Ricki Lake's '90s talk show, "The Weakest Link," "The View," "Today" and "Late Night With David Letterman," will oversee
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Stuart Krasnow Named Evp Creative Affairs For Telepictures Prods.

Telepictures Prods. has brought in veteran reality producer Stuart Krasnow as Evp Creative Affairs. He will replace Lisa Hackner, who stepped down in March after a 22-year tenure to become a producer, and will report to Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin. Krasnow will oversee the creation of new programming for first-run syndication business, cable strips and digital. ”Stuart completely understands our business and brings a fresh perspective and entrepreneurial spirit from running his own production company,” Estey McLoughlin said. Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Most recently, he has been running his own production company, Krasnow Prods., which had overall production deals with Fox 21 and FremantleMedia. In daytime, Krasnow executive produced Ricki Lake’s original syndicated talk show after identifying her as
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The CW orders up more 'Oh Sit!' and 'Breaking Pointe'

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The CW Network has ordered new seasons of "Oh Sit!" and "Breaking Pointe." "Oh Sit!" is an extreme spin on musical chairs, where 12 contestants go through physically demeaning obstacle courses in order to fight control of the chair. "Sit!" also features noted musical guests to serenade the competitors. The series was created by executive producers Phil Gurin ("Shark Tank," "Weakest Link"), Richard Joel and Deena Dill.   Meanwhile, "Breaking Pointe" takes a peek into the inner-workings of the ultra-competitive Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where dozens of talented dancers compete for the coveted titles of Prima Ballerina and Premier...
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Independent is the strongest link | Media Monkey

Nine years ago, Archie Bland was scorned by Anne Robinson for his "silly name, being at Cambridge University and my parents' big house". Now 28, and the Independent's Saturday editor, Bland triumphs after the Queen of Mean chose her nine favourite contestants for a Weakest Link special on Saturday. Independent staff reckon they are on a winning streak – the paper's travel correspondent, Simon Calder, won Celebrity Mastermind last year.

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