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Emmys, 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter' finale -- which will you watch live Sunday?

Emmys, 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter' finale -- which will you watch live Sunday?
Judgment Day is almost upon us.

By that, of course, I’m referring to Sunday, Sept. 22 — when millions of TV viewers will be forced to choose between Dexter Morgan’s last stand, Walter White’s second-to-last stand, and TV’s biggest night.

Dexter’s series finale begins at 9 p.m. Et that evening. So does “Granite State,” the 75-minute-long penultimate episode of Breaking Bad. By that point, the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards — which begin at 8 p.m. and go until at least 11 p.m. — will be in full swing as well. Just to complicate matters further, HBO is also
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Marti Noxon's 'Divorce' Dramedy Nabs Pilot Order at Bravo

Bravo is taking another crack at scripted programming. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network said Tuesday that it has ordered to pilot Marti Noxon's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. The hourlong dramedy becomes the third scripted entry to receive a pilot order at the network following Rita and The Joneses. Of the two, only Rita was cast and produced before Bravo opted to not move forward with the project starring Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn. Story: Bravo Developing 'Heathers' Reboot, 4 More Scripted Dramas (Exclusive) Divorce is based on the book series by executive producer Vicki Iovine. It follows a best-selling author of a

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Update: Pilot ‘Rita’ Gets A Pass At Bravo, Other Networks Interested

Update 11:30 Am: I’ve learned that Fox TV Studios, which produces Rita, is shopping the pilot and other networks have expressed interest. Previous 8:50 Am: I’ve learned that Bravo has opted not to go forward with its pilot Rita. Written by Krista Vernoff, directed by Miguel Arteta and produced by Fox TV Studios, the family drama follows Rita (Anna Gunn), an acerbic, outspoken private-school teacher who struggles to raise her three teenage children while dealing with the inane bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Rita, which had been generating solid buzz, was one of two drama pilots greenlighted by Bravo last December in its first foray into scripted series. The other, Joneses, was shelved in March before filming had begun. Bravo’s plan had been to launch its first scripted series in fourth quarter of 2013, which now won’t happen. The network’s initial scripted strategy and
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E! Nears First Scripted Pilot Orders For Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren’s ‘Songbyrd’, Mark Schwahn’s Hamlet Drama ‘The Royals’

Exclusive: I’ve learned that E! is finalizing deals for its first two scripted pilots. The orders, which will be be cast-contingent, are going to dramas Songbyrd, from writer Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), top songwriter Diane Warren and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and The Royals, from Lionsgate TV and the One Tree Hill team of creator Mark Schwahn and producers Brian Robbins & Joe Davola. Both projects were part of E!’s most recent scripted slate unveiled at the network’s upfront in April. Entering the scripted space had been a priority for E! under its new NBCUniversal leadership team led by Bonnie Hammer. Sibling cable channel Bravo has been on a similar path and recently produced its first scripted pilot, drama Rita. Songbyrd was originally developed at E! sibling NBC by Universal TV this past development season. It centers on Lauren Byrd, a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Warren.
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Longtime TV Regulars Face Uncertain Job Market

Longtime TV Regulars Face Uncertain Job Market
Not every TV series ensemble actor has been as lucky as Bryan Cranston.

After years of playing the dad on Malcolm in the Middle, the talented thesp landed the gig as Walter White on Breaking Bad that shot him to the top of casting must-have lists.

Actors can spend years as important cogs in a successful ensemble series, and then find themselves jobless after season upon season of security. For every Cranston, there are hundreds of actors who slip into obscurity or unemployment once their long-running series are over.

Cranston’s Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul has already begun his segue. Transitioning into film work, Paul is in such projects as DreamWorks’ Need for Speed.

“It’s all about doing something that terrifies me a little bit and is completely different from myself,” Paul says. “I’m having so much fun doing this action film, but I think after this
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Emily Head aiming to crack America

Emily Head is hoping to crack America. The 'Inbetweeners' actress - who portrayed Carli D'Amato in the British sitcom - has filmed a pilot for new Us show 'Rita', and she is hoping the programme will boost her acting career in the country. Speaking at the UK premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing' at London's Apollo Theatre, she said: ''I have just shot a pilot for an American series, so now I'm just waiting to see if it goes anywhere. ''It stars Anna Gunn, it's called 'Rita'. It's about her, she's a private school teacher, and her family. I play her daughter.'' Rita,
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Elle Macpherson: Dannii is a 'kick-ass' Bintm judge

Emily Head is hoping to crack America. The 'Inbetweeners' actress - who portrayed Carli D'Amato in the British sitcom - has filmed a pilot for new Us show 'Rita', and she is hoping the programme will boost her acting career in the country. Speaking at the UK premiere of 'Much Ado About Nothing' at London's Apollo Theatre, she said: ''I have just shot a pilot for an American series, so now I'm just waiting to see if it goes anywhere. ''It stars Anna Gunn, it's called 'Rita'. It's about her, she's a private school teacher, and her family. I play her daughter.'' Rita,
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Bravo greenlights 17 new series; Phaedra Parks, Gordon Ramsay, Marti Noxon projects in development

Bravo's original programming is getting a boost with the greenlight of 17 new unscripted series, renewal of 18 ongoing unscripted shows and announcement of six more shows in development.

Several of the new series were previously announced -- including "Real Housewives of Atlanta" spinoff "The Kandi Factory," which stars Kandi Burruss and premieres next week (April 9), and "Most Eligible Dallas" spinoff "Courtney Loves Dallas" starring Courtney Kerr (airdate Tbd).

Additionally, Bravo added three unscripted projects to its development slate: Gordon Ramsay's competition series "America's Best Restaurant" modeled after his U.K. series "Ramsay's Best Restaurant"; "Rich People's Problems," another "Atlanta" spinoff starring Phaedra Parks and focused on quirky legal cases; and "Ivy League Confidential" following four elite college admissions consultants in New York and Los Angeles.

Bravo also continues to work on scripted programming (the network's scripted pilot "Rita," starring Anna Gunn of "Breaking Bad," is in production and could go
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Rhys Darby To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

Flight Of The ConchordsRhys Darby will co-star opposite Kelly Preston in ABC‘s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer Andrea Abbate, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th Century Fox TV. It centers on Karey (Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Actor-comedian Darby, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, will play Karey’s husband. He is best known for playing Murray in HBO’s Conchords and most recently wrote, executive produced and starred in Short Poppies for Tvnz in his native New Zealand. Rhys Wakefield has booked a series regular role on Bravo pilot Rita. He will play Rita’s (Anna Gunn) oldest son who has a close but complex relationship with his mother.
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Beth Riesgraf Joins CBS Pilot ‘Surgeon General’, Bravo’s ‘Rita’ Adds Duo

Leverage alumna Beth Riesgraf has been cast in CBS’ drama pilot Surgeon General. Written by Samuel Baum and produced by CBS TV Studios, the project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs) — the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Riesgraf will play Dr. Page Wyatt, an expert in microorganisms. Rafi Gavron (Snitch) and Anisha Nagarajan have joined the cast of Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta, the family drama follows Rita (Anna Gunn), an acerbic, outspoken private-school teacher who struggles to raise her three teenage children while dealing with the inane bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Gavron, repped by Affirmative and Nelson Davis Wetzstein, plays Rita’s cool, easygoing eldest son; Nagarajan plays an eager new teacher.
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Colin Salmon Books Role In Bravo's Private School-Set Drama Pilot 'Rita'

British actor Colin Salmon has joined the cast of Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita, which is written by Krista Vernoff and will be directed by Miguel Arteta. The family drama follows Rita (to be played by Anna Gunn), described an acerbic, outspoken private-school teacher who struggles to raise her 3 teen children while dealing with the bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Salmon, who can currently be seen in a recurring role on the CW’s The Arrow, will play a character named Colin Paige, who's described as an aristocratic, emotionally-guarded British teacher who is the head of the history department at the school.
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Lindsay Sloane To Co-Star In NBC’s Sean Hayes Comedy Pilot, Colin Salmon In ‘Rita’

Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses) is set as a lead opposite Sean Hayes in NBC’s untitled Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco multi-camera comedy pilot. Written by Fresco and directed by James Burrows, the comedy, from Universal TV and Hazy Mills, centers on Sean (Hayes), who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler), who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss (Thomas Lennon) at work. Sloane, repped by Gersh, will play Liz, Sean’s long-time loyal friend with whom he also works. Liz is a former therapist who quit because she had too many opinions and couldn’t listen to people talk about their problems without telling them what to do. British actor Colin Salmon and Robbie Kay have joined the cast of Bravo‘s hourlong pilot Rita. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta, Rita is a family drama that follows Rita (Anna Gunn), an acerbic,
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